· August, 2011

Stories about Disaster from August, 2011

Haiti: Hurricanes Only Part of the Problem

  8 August 2011

Throwing Down the Water says that although Hurricane Emily “mostly missed Haiti…the usual rains of this season will not because they are part of the usual cycle of nature. And as it was with the earthquake, it will not be their nature killing people but the lack of appropriate accommodations,...

Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan in Mourning After Tragic Bus Accident

  8 August 2011

Friday, August 5, was a tragic day for the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire. A bus transporting passengers in the capital city Abidjan, plunged off a bridge into the Ebrié lagoon, killing 40 and injuring 9. The Ivorian government has decreed three days of national mourning as a mark of respect for the victims.

Walking through Japan

  8 August 2011

On August 1st Thomas Köhler started a mission: to walk trough three of the major Japanese islands, from Hokkaido to Kyushu. Köhler – who works as a manager at a tour operator – came up with the project after the March 11 disaster, when the number of visitors to Japan...

Japan: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Creative Industry Survey Results

  6 August 2011

Chris Palmieri published “Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Creative Industry Survey Results” in English and Japanese on the AQ blog, reporting how people who work in the creative industries were affected by the events following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. It's also been translated into Chinese.

Haiti: Tackling the Housing Problem

  5 August 2011

Toussaint on Haiti maintains that “kicking people out of the IDP camps without providing them with an adequate alternative will not solve the [housing] problem”, adding: “The only solution is for the government to provide some form of public housing [and] engage in serious agrarian reforms that will provide real...

Haiti: Fair Pay Needed for Honest Work

  2 August 2011

“Eighteen months after ‘bagay la’ (‘the thing’) brought Haiti to its knees, Haiti is still on its knees”: Dying in Haiti says that “there is much work to be done in Haiti and there are many Haitians to do the work. They need to be paid fairly for their work...

Caribbean: Online Reactions to Guyana Plane Crash

  1 August 2011

When news broke early on Saturday that a Caribbean Airlines flight had crash landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana, the regional blogosphere sat up and took notice. In its 71-year history, the airline had boasted an unblemished safety record until the incident.

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