Monthly archives: September 2008

Sep

30
2008

FLASH FLOOD: more casualties in North Vietnam

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-9.30.08- The flood swept out 672 houses and damaged another 17,792. It also ruined 14,088 ha of rice and other agricultural products. Read more


Sep

30
2008

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Mekong Flood Warning System Fails

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-9.30.08- As communities along the Mekong River face some of the worst floods in decades, a flood warning network that combines scientific and local knowledge is under scrutiny. Activists say it has failed its first major test. Read more


Sep

29
2008

Heavy rain causes flood chaos across northern Scotland

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The city was deluged as heavy rain sent up to 4ft of water surging through the streets yesterday. The city centre was closed off during the rush hour as water flooded into shops in the city’s commercial hub. Read more


Sep

29
2008

EU response to floods in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova

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-9.29.08- The flooding in Ukraine, which started in the northwest of the country, has now moved to the southwest. Up to 15,000 people are estimated to have been affected, and there are at least 30 dead. Six regions of the country have been hit, with the worst of the damage coming along the banks of the Dniester and Prut rivers. Read more


Sep

29
2008

Drought Has Cut Iran�s Wheat Production, Growing Our ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds)

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-9.29.08- Iran has been hit hard by drought, slashing their own production by one-third this year. The fact that they came to the United States to buy their wheat shows how dire the situation is. Read more


Sep

29
2008

Greenland glacier crack points to disintegration

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-9.29.08- In northern Greenland, a part of the Arctic that had seemed immune from global warming, new satellite images show a growing giant crack and a 28.5sqkm chunk of ice breaking off a glacier. Read more


Sep

07
2008

Hanna speeding up Atlantic coast

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MYRTLE BEACH,-9.7-08- South Carolina (CNN) — After earning a reputation as a killer in Haiti, Tropical Storm Hanna amounted to little more than a windy rainstorm along the Atlantic Coast on Saturday. No states have “expressed any damage that they couldn’t handle,” said Glenn Cannon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assistant administrator for disaster operations. He said there were some concerns about flooding near rivers and in low-lying areas. “We’re monitoring Hanna, but it seems to be a heavy rain event,” he said. According to the Associated Press, Hanna did cause one death in a traffic accident on Interstate 95 in Maryland. Read more


Sep

07
2008

Ike looms as Haiti counts the dead from 3 storms

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GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) -9.7.08- U.N. peacekeepers and aid groups are struggling to feed thousands left hungry by Tropical Storm Hanna, but are yet to reach thousands even as powerful Hurricane Ike approached Saturday with the likelihood of more rain. Read more


Sep

07
2008

Tourists, residents ordered out of Keys as Ike strengthens

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-9.6.08- MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Visitors to the Florida Keys were told to pack up and leave Saturday because of the threat from Hurricane Ike, swirling in the Caribbean. “We’re sorry to interrupt their vacations, but we need visitors to leave the Keys to ensure their safety,” said Keys Mayor Mario Di Gennaro, who also chairs the islands’ Tourism Council. “We do hope they will return and understand our concerns for their well-being.” A couple of hours after the orders were announced, Ike strengthened to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with winds near 135 mph, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. At 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Ike’s center was near the Turks and Caicos Islands, moving west-southwest at 15 mph. Florida emergency management officials began evacuating visitors from Key West and the rest of the Keys on Saturday and planned to help residents leave Sunday. Read more


Sep

07
2008

CWS Hotline – 08 Sep 2008: India, USA, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba

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-9.8.08- “It is a catastrophe far greater than the annual floods,” says long-time Church World Service partner Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, of severe flooding in India. More than two million people have been affected by floods caused by the overflowing Kosi River in Bihar, India–the worst flooding to hit the northeastern Indian region in decades. At least 70 people have been killed. The flooding has inundated towns and villages�even some that were considered “flood-safe areas” and that have not seen such floods for decades. Read more