Monthly archives: April 2010

Apr

17
2010

Tropical Storm Robyn Menaces Indian Ocean Shipping

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-04.09.10- A tropical depression intensified into Tropical Storm Robyn to the south of Sumatra on Sunday, bringing heavy rainfall and storm-force winds to open waters far from any significant land areas. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Once-in-a-generation drought creates water crisis in Alberta

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-04.12.10- With little hay to sell, the bulk saved to feed his cattle over winter, southern Alberta rancher John Bland remembers well the dry conditions last year that threatened his livelihood… Fields failed to grow and fellow ranchers sold off their herds, unable or unwilling to pay to import feed. Now, Alberta is in the grip of a once-in-a-generation drought with the driest back-to-back years on record since the 1880s, poised grimly to drag into a third year with little snow over the winter and, according to Environment Canada, a long, hot spring and summer ahead. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Record Drought Exposes Water Woes

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-04.12.10- A once-in-a-century drought in south-west China has sparked concern over how China, which has one-fifth of the world�s population but just 7 percent of its water, has managed its water supply and growing network of hydroelectric dams. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Heat wave grips parts of northern India

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-04.12.10- A severe heat wave has hit northern and eastern India with temperatures reaching more than 40C (104F). Read more


Apr

17
2010

At least 100 killed in India-Bangladesh storm

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-04.14.10- At least 100 people have died in a powerful storm that hit areas on the border between India and Bangladesh. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Thousands need aid after deadly Indian storm strikes

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-04.15.10- Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of shelter, food and water after a tropical storm ripped through impoverished villages in eastern India, killing 120 people, aid workers and officials said on Thursday. Packing wind speeds of up to 120 kph (75 mph), the nor’wester — a weather pattern that develops in the Bay of Bengal during the summer — flattened thousands of homes, destroyed crops and killed hundreds of cattle when it struck late on Tuesday. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Nine dead as landslide derails Italian train

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-04.12.10- At least nine people were killed and 28 injured in northern Italy on Monday when a landslide derailed a local train carrying commuters and students near the Alpine city of Bolzano. Scores of rescue workers dug bodies by hand from the wreckage after tonnes of rock and mud swept the front carriage of the train into a steep gorge between the towns of Castelbello and Laces at around 9 a.m. (0700 GMT). Read more


Apr

17
2010

SOMALIA: Floods near Jowhar displace hundreds, destroy crops

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-04.13.10- Hundreds of people have been displaced and at least 7,000 hectares of newly sown crops destroyed by floods after a river burst its banks in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region, local officials told IRIN. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Death toll from Brazil floods now 229, officials say

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-04.12.10- Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday the government will do everything possible to help victims of flooding and mudslides that have killed at least 229 people and left thousands homeless. Read more


Apr

17
2010

Almost all Austrian glaciers shrank in 2009: report

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-04.09.10- Almost 90 percent of Austrian glaciers shrank in 2009, some by as much as 46 metres (150 feet), the Austrian Alpine Association (OeAV) said Friday. Read more