· November, 2007

Stories about Disaster from November, 2007

Syria: Mourning Lost Sailors

  16 November 2007

This week, the Syrian coast was washed in the black color of mourning, after the shocking news of the Syrian vessel [Georgian flagged, but owned and operated fully by Syrian crew] "Haj Ismail" was hit with the horrendous storm that hit the Black Sea last week, along with another nine ships. Yazan Badran brings us the latest buzz from the Syrian blogosphere.

Bangladesh: Hurricane Sidr and the aftermath

  16 November 2007

Sidr is a category 4 Hurricane (deadlier than Katrina) raged its severest onslaughts packing winds of 240 kph (150mph) on the southern coast of Bangladesh from about 5:30pm Thursday to early Friday. Now it has weakened into a tropical storm and is moving across the country to the northeastern part...

Japan: Yamanote Line Sprint

  15 November 2007

Earlier this week, roughly 20,000 Tokyo commuters were forced to wait when a 40-year-old woman jumped onto the tracks of the Yamanote Line, one of the city's busiest train lines, and began to run. Reportedly triggered by trouble with an aquaintance, the woman's 1.5 km sprint was heralded by many as the first of its kind. Needless to say, many bloggers wondered what it was the woman was thinking.

Burkina Faso: No famine, but farmers still in peril

  13 November 2007

In Burkina, the government's announced there is no danger of famine, but peasants say [Fr] this season's rainfall and agricultural production have been particularly bad, and many have had a difficult time harvesting enough to feed their families these last two weeks, writes Ramata Sore.

Vietnam: Floods

  13 November 2007

Virtual Doug talks about the floods in Vietnam and how the Vietnamese people are coping with the floods.

Afghanistan: Rumors Fly About the Baghlan Bombing

  13 November 2007

The horrible suicide bombing of November 6 in Baghlan, which killed dozens, including several members of parliament, has consumed the Afghan blogosphere. I was made privy to a rumor about the bomber's origin: the United National Front, the political coalition of former communists and Northern Alliance warlords. I expressed skepticism,...

Mexico: State of Emergency in Tabasco

  12 November 2007

The state of Tabasco was hit hard by heavy rains and subsequent flooding. As has been the case with many recent natural disasters, bloggers in Mexico have pulled together showing support for the victims and spreading the information on how and where to help.

Japan: Panama, again?

  12 November 2007

Boguspokesman at Bogus News reports that conversations [ja] on Japanese forums about the sinking of a Panamanian freighter off the coast of Japan yesterday have been very critical of Panama. At 2-channel, one person blamed Panamanians for having “bad manners”, another wondered what the frieghter was even doing near Japan,...

D.R. of Congo: This is the sound of suprise

  11 November 2007

Extra Extra's observations after returning to Congo: “I’m still reeling from returning to Congo to find Kinshasa flooded (for want of a bookshelf our library was lost), our neighbourhood hit by up to four power-cuts a day (candle sales are booming; my laptop battery is foutou), and a series of...

Brazil: 5 years old boy dressed as Spiderman saves baby

  9 November 2007

Rachel Glickhouse, from Adventures of a Gringa in Rio, brings a piece of news that happened in Santa Catarina, state in the south of Brazil: “5-year old boy named Riquelme (named after an Argentine soccer player), rescued a one-year old girl from a terrible fire in a neighboring home, while...

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