· May, 2009

Stories about Disaster from May, 2009

Southeast Asia: Reactions to the H1N1 virus

  4 May 2009

Early this year, I wrote about the virus scare which swept the Southeast Asian region. Rising cases of dengue fever, chikungunya, bird flu and ebola viruses were registered in many countries in the region. There is another threat in the region: H1N1 virus (formerly known as “swine flu”)

Caribbean: Hurricane Names

  4 May 2009

Repeating Islands reports that “three Atlantic hurricane names—Gustav, Ike and Paloma—have been retired after those storms killed more than 200 people in the Caribbean region during the 2008 season.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Empower OSHA

  4 May 2009

“The Government has pumped millions into the construction of skyscrapers and mega-projects all over Trinidad and Tobago, but it appears to have fallen short when it comes to properly funding OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Act)”: Tattoo says that the government's failure to act on construction workers’ deaths “risk[s]...

China: He saw no conscience, no sympathy.

  3 May 2009

Professor Xu blogs down his experience with a few petitioners at a hospital. The indifferent doctors refusing to take care of the petitioners and the security guards striving to expel them out finally drives the well-mannered scholar to a furious confrontation- 'You have no conscience at all!'