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New Zealand Earthquake

In Environment on September 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

A state of emergency has been declared on Saturday after Christchurch was extensively damaged by a massive 7.1-magnitude earthquake. It flattened buildings, ripped up roads and cut power, water and sewage connections………

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Obama declares emergency as storm nears east coast

In Environment, Obama, USA on September 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The eastern coast states of the US are today preparing evacuation plans to be put in to operation if hurricane Earl moves inland instead of glancing the shoreline.

President Obama has authorised the department of homeland security and the Federal Emergencies Management Agency to co-ordinate disaster relief. This  move  will permit rapid movement of equipment and other resources if the hurricane threatens the most densely populated area of the country……..

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800,000 Flood Affected Pakistanis Cut Off From Road

In Environment, South East Asia on August 26, 2010 at 7:34 am

John Holmes, the United Nations emergency relief coordinator, has said in statement that,“These unprecedented floods pose unprecedented logistical challenges, and this requires an extraordinary effort by the international community.”………

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67 missing in latest China landslide

In China, Environment on August 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

A landslide swept through a mountain town in south-eastern China after days of heavy rains on Wednesday.  At least 67 people are missing and access to the area has been cut off due to this landslide…….

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Never Seen Anything Like Pakistan Floods says Ban Ki-moon

In Environment on August 16, 2010 at 5:11 am

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon carried out an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Pakistan on Sunday.  He was appalled with what he saw and exclaimed that he has never seen anything like the flood disaster in Pakistan……

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Disease to follow Floods in Pakistan

In Environment on August 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Amid warnings of  more rain across most of the Pakistan and fresh flood warnings for Punjab and Sindh Provinces that could last into the weekend, the nation will be marking its independence on Saturday…..

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Radioactive Smoke from Russian Fires ?

In Environment, nuclear on August 11, 2010 at 9:27 am

There is a growing concern  that fires in regions coated with fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 24 years ago could now be emitting plumes of radioactive smoke…..

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Cloudburst calamity in Leh (Ladakhh):Update

In Environment, India on August 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

UPDATE (9th August 2010).

The death toll has risen to 145 whereas more than 500 people are still missing. Rescue workers struggled through piles of mud and slush looking for persons who are still missing after the Friday’s devastating cloud burst calamity.

The once picturesque landscape has turned into a disaster zone, with tossed up vehicles lying scattered and mounds of silt and slush burying houses made of mud called ‘gomfa’.

UPDATE (10th August 2010).

Three French nationals, an Italian and a Spaniard were among 23 foreigners killed in cloudburst and flash floods that devastated Leh last Friday.Three French citizens — Augavelis Henri, Hellot Jacques and Daniel Hauri, an Italian identified as Riccardo Titton and Maromas Maria Lousdes from Spain have been declared dead. Sixteen of those killed are from Nepal and two persons were from Tibet.

The toll in the tragedy has risen to 166 with 400 people still missing. 73 injured people, including security personnel, were today flown out of the region by IAF for medical help.

Pakistan Floods”Worst Disaster in UN History”?

In Environment on August 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

Death toll of 1,600 in current Pakistan floods appears  a tiny fraction of the estimated 610,000 people killed in the South East Asian Tsunami and earthquakes of Pakistan & Haiti. However when you compare the number of affected people, these floods have 13.8 million, who have suffered losses requiring long or short term help, ie some two million more than the combined number of previous three disasters…..

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Portugal’s Clean-Energy Makeover

In Environment on August 10, 2010 at 6:18 am

Portugal is blessed with plenty of sun shine and strong winds. Five years back,its leadership decided to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels. Accordingly they embarked on an array of ambitious renewable energy projects to harness the country’s wind and hydropower as well as its sunlight and ocean waves….

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