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#Natural Disaster

# natural-disaster - Friday 11 March, 2011

Pacific tsunami: Eyewitnesses upload photographs Pacific Tsunami This post contains images

Pacific tsunami: Eyewitnesses upload photographs

People in the areas affected by the Pacific tsunami have uploaded photographs on social networking sites.

Tsunami passes over Taiwan, Indonesia braces for impact

The Pacific tsunami has hit Taiwan causing minimal damage – it is due to hit the vulnerable Indonesia islandssoon.

Japan tremors incredibly close to the surface

Map shows how shallow the focus of earthquake is – red and orange spots denote shocks less than 25km from the surface.

Tsunami may 'totally engulf' low lying Pacific islands: Red Cross Pacific Tsunami This post contains images

Tsunami may 'totally engulf' low lying Pacific islands: Red Cross

The low lying Pacific islands may be swept over as a powerful tsunami hits the region – meanwhile Indonesia is bracing itself, as warnings indicate it will be the first area to be hit after Japan.

Major tsunami damage in North Japan after 8.9 quake (video)

A 10 metre high tsunami has struck north-eastern Japan after a massive earthquake.

# natural-disaster - Tuesday 22 February, 2011

New Zealand earthquake was just 'waiting to happen'

Why the Christchurch happened, why it caused so much damage – and why there are still dangers to come.

# natural-disaster - Monday 15 November, 2010

After the attention, thoughts turn to Burma's homeless Cyclone Giri This post contains images

After the attention, thoughts turn to Burma's homeless

More than 80,000 remain homeless after Cycline Giri struck two weeks ago – when all eyes were on the elections.

# natural-disaster - Wednesday 6 October, 2010

Trains come to end of the line in Vietnam floods

1,400 rail passengers stranded as railway swept away by rain and flooding claims at least 26 lives

# natural-disaster - Thursday 19 August, 2010

FLOODWATERS WHICH CONTINUE to ravage Pakistan won’t recede until the end of this month, according to the country’s top meteorologist, Arif Mahmood.

Mahmood says that current flooding is heading for major cities in the south such as Hyderabad and Sukkur, but no heavy rain is forecast for this week.

Twenty million people have been affected by severe flooding which began three weeks ago. Just under 1 million homes have been damaged, leaving four million people homeless.

Pakistan’s national disaster management authority has set up special phone lines to help them identify the bodies of flood victims. Around 1,500 people have died.

Call for aid

Speaking on the radio this morning, Trócaire’s Paul Healy said the north of the country was a “desolate wasteland”, with no water, medicine or utilities to cook food.

The UN is holding an emergency session today, to push for international donors to supply funds for Pakistan. So far, only half of the $460 million the UN has appealed for has actually been pledged.

Minister Peter Power will address the General Assembly at the meeting, which begins at 8pm Irish time. The EU announced an extra €30m, bringing the total donated by the EU to €70m.

A spokesperson for the UN said that despite the initial sluggish response to the disaster, the pace of donations was picking up:

There has been an increase in the pace of pledges, but we still need more funds, tents, food, water and medical supplies.

Insurgency fears

As Pakistan’s military is consumed by flood-relief operations, fears that militants will take advantage of the crisis and return to areas where they were driven out are mounting.

The US held off on drone attacks planned for Taliban targets in northern Pakistan when the flooding began, but launched it first missile attack this month on 15 August, killing 13 insurgents.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announced an aid increase today that will push US aid to Pakistan over $100 million.

# natural-disaster - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

BILL CLINTON has said that donor countries are still holding out on pledges made to rebuild Haiti.

Clinton, who is chairman of the reconstruction fund, said last week that less than 10% of the $5.3bn pledged has been lodged with the fund, and Ireland is one such country that has yet to make good on its promise.

Ireland has pledged over €13m to fund the reconstruction, but only €4m in emergency aid has been received.

RTE.ie has revealed that the remaining funding was expected to go to the Haiti Reconstruction Fund but a spokesperson for Irish Aid said that no funding has yet been transferred.

A spokesperson for Irish Aid has said it may take till 2012 to lodge all the money.

# natural-disaster - Sunday 15 August, 2010

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon arrived in Pakistan today to visit regions devastated by severe flooding. Ki-moon has urged international governments to commit further funds to the aid effort.

Twenty million people have been made homeless and at least 1,600 killed by the flooding already described by the UN as being one of the world’s worst disasters. The UN has appealed for $460 million from international donors to help Pakistan in coping with the flooding.

Fears that diseases such as cholera and malaria could spread quickly among the survivors of the flood are growing after the first cholera case was confirmed yesterday. Containing a cholera outbreak is a priority of aid workers responding to the flood crisis.

Donor fatigue?

Aid agencies have echoed the UN chief’s call for emergency funding, saying that the response needs to be stepped up. Aid organisations say that conditions in Pakistan are deteriorating quickly and current resources are inadequate.

Ireland’s Oxfam director, Jim Clarken, said that the situation is worsening and the disaster requires a huge response:

The rains are continuing and each hour that passes the flooding is multiplying misery across the entire country. Swathes of Pakistan are still under-water and people have seen homes, shops, schools and crops flattened.

The world must not leave these people stranded. This is a mega disaster and it needs a mega response.

In comparison with the influx of aid in the wake of previous disaster, such as the Asian tsunami of 2004, the response to Pakistan’s crisis has been much slower, prompting concerns of ‘donor fatigue’ (people are tired of donating).

US drone attack

A US drone attack on militant targets in Pakistan’s volatile Waziristan region has killed 13 Taliban fighters, according to the Times of India. Six other militants were injured in the attack.

The US, which is pushing Pakistan in its battle against the Taliban, had suspended the missile attacks due to the country’s severe flooding and this was the first such attack this month.

# natural-disaster - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

The Guardian is reporting that aid is failing to flow to Pakistan.

The US has announced more than $20m in aid for Pakistan, while Ireland has announced half a million in aid.

Fresh flood warnings have also been issued according to The Times of India.

There are warnings of pirate bandits.

The BBC has a diary of the floods in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

# natural-disaster - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

OVER 700 DEATHS have been confirmed as a result of the major mudslide which struck the Gansu province in northwest China on Sunday. Over a thousand people are still missing.

One man was rescued 50 hours after being buried by mud and rubble which trapped him in his home. The 52-year-old was described as being very weak, but breathing normally.

A family was rescued after a 12-hour rescue operation, according to the Xinhua news agency. More than 1,200 people have been rescued so far, but hopes of finding any more survivors is fading.

This CNN reporter explains the difficulties facing those involved in the search effort:


China’s premier Wen Jiabao has called on rescuers to continue the search until every survivor has been found, but the death toll is expected to rise even further.

Engineers using controlled explosives have succeeded in lowering the water level of an overfilled lake which cause the landslide:

# natural-disaster - Monday 2 August, 2010

IRISH CHARITY Concern is releasing over €500,000 in funds to aid relief efforts in flooded areas of Pakistan. The charity has also begun a €5m appeal to aid rebuilding and disaster relief in the effected areas. It is estimated that over 1,500 people are dead as a result of the worst floods in 80 years.

FIREFIGHTERS in Russia are battling more than 400 fires and are facing the possibility that things could get much worse, with  weather of over 40 degrees estimated for central and southern Russia according to BBC News.

The news comes just as Russia felt it was getting over the worst of the wildfires.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that over 34 people have been killed, while thousands have lost their homes since the fires began last week. The area effected by the fires has spread to over 110,000 hectares. Strong winds have been fanning the flames, forcing villages, summer camps and hospitals to be evacuated. Many have been forced to stay in temporarily refugee centers.

240,000 people and 226 aircraft were sent to fight the blazes according to Sergei Shaposhnikov, the head of the civil defense department at the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Although the fires are a “traditional August disaster”, they seemed to strike early this year. A hot dry summer and temperatures of over 39 degrees (the hottest since records began in 1879) in Moscow, didn’t nothing to quench the disaster. The fires happen once every few decades and are part of a heatwave that has had an enormous effect on Russia.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promptly ordered local officials, including governors, to work on weekends.

“Neither fire nor wind have days off, so we can’t take any days off,” Putin said during a video conference Saturday.

Putin also said that homeowners who’s houses have been destroyed, will be compensated. He said Moscow will also begin an investigation into the lack of action from officials.

Artificial climate change could be the solution to the Russian fires. Test pilot Aleksandr Akimenkov says:

“Dispersing clouds may not really be a job for the air force, but aviation can provide a solution until we find another way. Regarding the Chernobyl explosion, our crews hampered the rains and helped stop the spread of radioactive substances throughout the Soviet Union. It could work well in the present drought,” he believes.

The Beginning of Fire in Tamboles Village in Russia – contains strong language.

Russia Today report.