Stories about Disaster from May, 2014
Information Hub for Humanitarian Aid for Bosnia and Herzegovina Floods
POINT, the international conference on political accountability and new technologies in Sarajevo, has used its skills to aid in relief of the ongoing disaster affecting three Balkan countries – Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. BosniaFloods.org, the first tool developed by the participants, specifically targets Bosnia, because the situation in this country...
Remembering the Lima Football Tragedy, 50 Years On
On May 24, 1964, 300 people were killed at the Lima National Stadium as a crowd fleeing tear gas were crushed against the close doors of the sports venue.
Serbian Bloggers Censored for Criticizing Flood Relief Efforts
Bloggers, journalists and rights-conscious Internet users have flooded the Serbian web with republications of a blog post condemning the government for stifling free expression during the country's state of emergency.
Apocalyptic Scenes in Andranondambo, Madagascar as Villages Fight Over Land
L'Express Mada reports that the entire village of Andranondambo in the South of Madagascar was destroyed [fr] during an inter-village conflict that stems from a dispute over land rights. The civilian conflict, which lasted from May 20 to 22, left no residents of the village alive. One of the military police...
GV Face: People Powered Flood Relief in Serbia
This week we talk to friends in Serbia involved in relief efforts. What are next steps for citizens and government? And why is social media under threat?
Tens of Thousands Stranded, Serbians Take Flood Relief Into Their Own Hands
As Serbia and Bosnia live through the worst floods the region has seen in 120 years, relief and aid efforts are mostly being led by civilians and civic movements.
Colombia: 32 Children Die in Fire
Colombian outlets are reporting [es] the death of 32 children caused by fire in a bus, in the township of Fundación, in Magdalena, North of Colombia. The tragic event occured by noon on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Even though the facts are under investigation, there are speculations that the vehicle...
Paraguay: Heavy Rains Complicate Assistance Efforts in Affected Areas
The heavy rains affecting the Southwestern Paraguayan department of Ñeembucú raise concerns as 100% of the agricultural production for self-consumption has been destroyed, according the local media [es] reports. On Monday, May 12, the delivery of goods had to be suspended due to weather harshness. Aldo Saldívar, director of logistic...
After Six Months, Typhoon Haiyan Victims Continue to Demand Relief and Justice in the Philippines
Six months after a powerful storm displaced millions of residents in central Philippines, survivors continue to demand relief and justice. Lack of government rehabilitation master plan also slowing recovery.
South Korea: Subway Crash, in the Wake of Ferry Disaster
In South Korean capital Seoul, two subway trains collided last week, injuring over 200 passengers, mostly minor injuries. The accident occurred in the wake of the Sewol ferry disaster, and the timing of the event and passengers’ immediate responses to the crash have further fueled discussion. Noticeably, most of subway...
South Korea: Stunning Sand Animation Video about Ferry Disaster
Various artists have joined in paying tribute to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster which cost over 260 lives, most of them high school students. This stunning sand animation video commemorating the victims and their families uses nothing but sand on a flat surface and artist's fingers to arrange...
One Month On, Chileans in Tarapacá Are Still Recovering from Earthquake Damage
Tarapacá is the region most affected by earthquakes in northern Chile last month. Those hit hard by the natural disaster are still waiting for concrete solutions.
Dissecting the Dead in Odessa
Vladimir Golyshev's text on the Odessan tragedy is an excellent representation of pro-Maidan bias, and it's worth reading as a typical case of how Kiev’s allies understand last week's tragedy.
GV Face: Too “Asian” to Evacuate? South Korea's Ferry Tragedy and Culture Blaming
Stubborn stereotypes about South Koreans prevail in much of the reporting on a capsized ferry that led to the deaths of more than 200 young people. Were they too "obedient"?
Colombia: Collapse of a Mine Causes Death and Destruction
At least three people died people and between 25 and 30 got trapped after the collapse of an illegally operated mine in the department of Cauca, Soutwest of Colombia, as reported [es] local media on Thursday, May 1. HSBNoticias informed on Twitter: [FOTOS] [+18] Se lleva a cabo el rescate...