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· April, 2008

Stories about Disaster from April, 2008

D.R. of Congo: Fifth fatal crash in under a year, food prices the real disaster

News agencies are reporting that 75 were killed when a cargo plane crashed in Goma shortly after takeoff on Tuesday. Du Cabiau à Kinshasa reflects on how a plane crash...

Philippines: Bomb blasts

The Mindanao Examiner reports that two bombs exploded in southern Philippines. There were no reports of casualties

Southeast Asia: Rising price of rice

Rice is the staple food in Southeast Asia and in many parts of the world. Many people in Southeast Asia are worried over reports that rice is getting more expensive...

Kuwait: A Ridiculous Mixture of Hail, Rain, Wind and Dust

Unusual for this time of the year, Kuwait was just hit by a 'semi-tornado,' which included "a ridiculous mixture of hail, rain, wind, dust, gusts" in the words of blogger...

Myanmar: 54 dead after suffocating in a lorry

Watch a You Tube video which reports the death of 54 Myanmar migrants who suffocated in a lorry while being smuggled in southern Thailand.

Malaysia: Airport shoot-out

A Malaysian blogger wonders why the closed-circuit television cameras outside the Kuala Lumpur International Airport departure hall were not switched on during the shoot-out in the area.

India: Ties with Africa

Sepia Mutiny on the growing ties between India and Africa, and the first-ever India-Africa summit in New Delhi.

Haiti: Thoughts from Port au Prince

“Looters and destroyers do not represent this country any more than serial killers represent the United States”: The Livesay Haiti Weblog posts some thoughts by Ruth, a resident of Port...

Bangladesh: Hidden Hunger

Unheard Voices Blog quotes UNDP which hit the panic button for Bangladesh last month: Skyrocketing oil prices have driven up the cost of food worldwide, but their impact has been...

Egypt: Bloggers on the Frontline

Egyptian bloggers worked round the clock telling the world about a workers' revolt that shook their country, as thousands rioted at a textile mill in Al Mahalla, demanding better pay...

Egypt: A Wake Up Strike

Around 500 people were arrested in Egypt Sunday as police quashed a general strike, in protest against the increasing cost of living and calling for better wages. And just as...

Suriname, Guyana: Plane Crash Kills 19

Airline World says that 20 are feared dead in a plane crash in Suriname, while Guyana Providence Stadium links to a mainstream media report on the tragedy.

Bulgaria: Rethinking History – A National Holiday in Days of Tragedy

On Feb. 28, a fire on the train from Kardam to Sofia killed nine people. The majority of Bulgarians thought that a national mourning must be declared, but the authorities...

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