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· August, 2012

Stories about Disaster from August, 2012

30 August 2012

Venezuela: Political Polarization Trumps Amuay Oil Refinery Tragedy

After the Saturday, August 25 explosion at the Amuay oil refinery in the state of Falcón, the political climate in Venezuela became even more tense, which was clearly evident on...

27 August 2012

Senegal: 18 Dead as Floods Paralyse the Country

Heavy rains led to catastrophic flooding in many regions of Senegal on August 26, 2012 with 18 dead and 42 injured so far. The Senegal government has launched a rescue...

Iran: Blogger Arrested in Earthquake Zone

Venezuela: Fires Still Burning at Amuay Oil Refinery

China: Collapsed Highway In Harbin

25 August 2012

Venezuela: Chaos in Amuay After Oil Refinery Explosion

'The action radius for the propane spheres explosion is devastating. The entrance to Judibana and everything surrounding it is destroyed.' A gas tank explosion in Judibana, Falcón state, has left...

Venezuela: 19 Killed in Blast at Amuay Oil Refinery

Niger: Floods leave thousands Homeless in Niamey

24 August 2012

Ecuador on Alert Over Spewing Tungurahua Volcano

The Tungurahua volcano has been spewing pyroclastic material and ash throughout this month, affecting thousands of families, crops, and animals. Scientists and citizens use Twitter and Facebook to inform about...

23 August 2012

Myanmar: Delta Region Hit by Worst Flooding in a Decade

More than 30,000 people were displaced from their homes as floods hit the delta region of Myanmar. Residents have described the flash floods as the worst in a decade.

22 August 2012

Mauritania: Landslides Leave Residents Homeless

Landslides resulting from recent heavy rain left hundreds of families homeless in different parts of Mauritania at the end of July. After destroying their homes, the landslides left hundreds of...

21 August 2012

Hong Kong: Citizens Lead Clean-Up of Typhoon Plastic Pellet Spillage

More than 150 tons of plastic pellets manufactured by SINOPEC were spilled into the sea when Typhoon Vicente hit Hong Kong this July. However, the government neither announced the incident...

12 August 2012

Iran: When Earthquakes Kill, “TV Broadcasts Prayers”

Two powerful earthquakes hit the northwest region in Iran, East Azarbaijan province on Saturday, killing 250 people and injuring around 1,800. Iranians flocked to the Internet to mourn the victims...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dark Cloud, Gold Lining

Heavy floods pounded the northwestern part of Trinidad yesterday morning, as two rivers burst their banks following torrential rains from a tropical depression. But the nation's spirits were to be...

8 August 2012

Philippines: Criticism of Government's Response to Major Flooding

"Ultimately, the Aquino administration reveals its true ‘bosses’: not the Filipino working class and the millions of other hard-working Filipinos, but the greedy corporations and capitalists."

7 August 2012

Philippines: Floods Hit Metro Manila and Nearby Provinces

Strong rains caused huge floods in many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Luzon Island of the Philippines. Manila-based Global Voices editor Mong Palatino gathers photos from...