Stories about Disaster from October, 2013
Mapping Recent Reports Of Dengue Fever In India
Vidyut at Aam Janata blog has created a map of the Dengue outbreak in India from various reports published in print media in the last couple of months.
VIDEO: The Human Cost of Development in India
A proposed steel plant is threatening the homes and livelihoods of residents in Jagatsinghapur, India. Activists are fighting an uphill battle against the governments and company behind the project.
Tipaimukh Dam -A Threat To Nature And Native Culture
The Tipaimukh Dam in the Indian state of Manipur, has been planned for flood control and hydroelectric power production. However, In Search For Greener Partures blog reports that this dam will lead to severe changes in climate condition, affecting the livelihoods of over 20 million people in the lower riparian...
After Lampedusa Shipwreck, Italy Considers Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration
The tragedy, in which 350 or so African migrants were killed, has renewed debate about illegal immigration in Italy, which is a destination for many African migrants.
In Wake of Suicide Bombing Russians Question Their Security
An explosion aboard a Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) commuter bus caused a stir in Russia’s blogosphere on Monday.
363 Coffins Close, Reopening the Debate on Illegal Immigration in Europe
The shipwreck of a boat full of immigrants off the coast of Lampedusa, which caused more than 360 deaths, reopens the debate in Europe on illegal immigration.
Sydney Bushfires Spark Climate Change Brawl
Takver Takvera examines the devastating spring bushfires in the Australian state of New South Wales that have destroyed nearly 200 homes so far on his Climate Citizen blog: Raging Bushfires surround Sydney with early start to Fire season: Is there a link and is it appropriate to air the debate...
Japan: OpenStreetMap Aggregates Typhoon Info
OpenStreetMap users volunteered their time to create a crisis map of Izu Oshima island [ja], a small island to the south of Tokyo where more than a dozen of people were killed by mudslides triggered by this week's deadly Typhoon Wipha. The red dots on the map represent reports submitted by users, which give...
PHOTOS: Hundreds Dead, Historic Churches Destroyed in Philippine Quake
"Our churches may have been destroyed but not our faith" became a popular online message in the Philippines after a strong earthquake hit the central part of the country
Massive Anti-Nuclear Protests Held in Tokyo
On October 13, 2013, thousands of people marched down the streets of Tokyo to protest against nuclear power. In a rally dubbed Goodbye Genpatsu [ja], Japanese people demanded the end of nuclear power plants and the use of more environmentally friendly sources of energy. Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the 1994...
Hundreds of Earthquakes on Catalan Coast Stir Protests Against Gas Company
Over 300 microtremors hit the northern area of Valencia and southern Catalonia. The quakes could be related to the activities of a controversial natural gas company called the Castor Project.
The Castor Project Causes Seismic Movements on the Spanish Coast
The tremors may have been caused by injecting gas in an undersea reservoir that the corporation Castor project manages.
Hungry in Haiti
Why – when the country has received at least one billion U.S. dollars worth of food aid between 1995 and the 2010 earthquake – is hunger on the rise? Haiti Grassroots Watch examines “complaints and rumors about the misuse, abuse, or negative effects of food aid.”
Bangladesh’s New Flood Forecasting Website Provides Useful Data
The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People blog reports that Bangladesh has come up a new website containing flood forecasting and warning information available from June 2013. The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre website caters some remarkable features to provide flood forecasting information to users in local language...
Mapping Earthquake Reconstruction in Tohoku, Japan
TPFsquare, a project by a group of volunteer professionals based in Tokyo, compiles a list of efforts to rebuild areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 into single map. The project, which is available in English, seeks to aggregate various reconstruction projects in different locations so that...
Protesters March Hundreds of Kilometers to Save Sundarbans from Coal Plant
The proposed coal plant would be only 14 kilometers away from the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Deadly Storms, Delayed Aid Devastate Mexico's La Montaña Indigenous
According to several reports, aid took days to arrive and has been insufficient. More than 200 communities remain isolated.
Helping Balochistan Earthquake Victims
More than 300,000 people have been affected in the recent earthquake in six districts of the Balochistan province in Pakistan. Kashif Aziz at Chowrangi provides some info on how to help the Balochistan Earthquake victims.
Dark Humor Reigns As Russia's Winter Olympics City Floods
Sochi was hit by massive flooding last week, just as the International Olympic Committee wrapped up its final inspection visit. Videos of the storm's damage soon inundated the Russian Internet.