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· September, 2017

Stories about Disaster from September, 2017

29 September 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

Advox

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

Sri Lanka Condemns Mob Attack Against Rohingya Refugees by Buddhist Monks

"I condemn these actions as a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence & compassion."

27 September 2017

The Unsung Heroes of the 2017 Floods in Mumbai, India

"...I want to ask this government, is the cleanliness of the streets the only important thing? What about the people who do this work?”

Clapping Back Against Online Xenophobia, Trinidad & Tobago Citizens Continue to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica

"I apologise for our having here persons who are less charitable and more ungracious in your time of trouble. They do not represent the majority of us."

25 September 2017

Puerto Rico, Trapped Between Colonialism and Hurricanes

The Bridge

Irma and Maria's passing and aftermath have once again brought to light Puerto Rico’s primordial conundrum: colonialism.

22 September 2017

The Earthquake that Revealed Mexico's Strength and Solidarity

"A people's greatness is out there, in the streets. Face to face. Hands holding hands. Heartbeats that don't give up, and ask that others don't fade."

21 September 2017

Mexico Earthquake: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die When Pieces of the Ceiling Began to Fall’

People who lived through the September 2017 earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City tell us their experience.

20 September 2017

‘We Dare Not Look Out': Dominica Is Brutalised by Hurricane Maria

'Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. [The] physical damage at this time [...] is devastating…indeed, mind boggling.'

19 September 2017

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

9 September 2017

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

The Bridge

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

8 September 2017

The Caribbean Comes Together After Hurricane Irma

"We need to see and hear and interact with each other much much more. That's the message Irma has brought to me".

As Myanmar Violence Spikes, Why Is India Threatening to Deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims?

"Surely Modi's government must know of the terrible suffering these Rohingya have fled from."

6 September 2017

Hurricane Irma Hits an Already Crisis-Ridden Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, an island already broken by a bitter economic and political crisis, suffers through the tragic passing of Hurricane Irma.

5 September 2017

Ishinomaki's Reborn Arts Festival: Art Therapy for a Tsunami-Scarred City's Soul

The Bridge

The city of Ishinomaki had recovered physically from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but still lacked its former vitality. Enter the Reborn Art Festival.

1 September 2017

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

Advox

"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."