Posted by feww on April 26, 2013
Maize prices soared by 231 percent in Malawi
The southern African nation of Malawi is experiencing a maize shortage after two consecutive dry seasons. Maize is Malawi’s staple diet, accounting for 90 percent of all caloric intake, said a report.
“A 50-kg bag of maize used to cost around 13 dollars, but now the price has more than doubled to about 30 dollars – way above the earnings of those living in dire poverty, on less than 20 dollars a month.”
The food situation has further worsened recently, as 30,000 metric tons of maize held in the strategic grain reserves were spoiled.
Queues at Malawi’s state-run maize traders are never-ending as thousands of people wait for days to purchase the staple crop. At the Lilongwe Admarc people sleep overnight in the queue as they wait for a chance to buy maize. More than two million people are facing food shortages this year due to the prolonged dry spells and soaring food prices. Credit: Mabvuto Banda/IPS
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Death toll in Dhaka building collapse tops 300
Death toll in Dhaka building collapse had reached 304, as of posting, and the authorities feared that hundreds of others were still trapped in the wreckage.
- The building housed factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands, especially the European and North American chains, said a report.
- About 60 percent of Bangladesh’s low-cost garment exports go to Europe, 23 percent to the U.S., and 5 percent to Canada.
- “Wednesday’s collapse was the third major industrial incident in five months in Bangladesh. In November, a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka killed 112 people.”
- Some 3,122 people, most of them female garment workers, were in the Rana Plaza building at the time of collapse despite warnings that it was structurally unsafe, officials said.
- About 2,350 people have been rescued from the wreckage, but more than half of them injured.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 26, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,051 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,051 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
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Posted by feww on February 10, 2013
Torrential Rains, flooding and landslides affect 5 million people in South America
Extreme rain events in the Andean region along the Pacific coast side of South America have affected about 5 million people, leaving at least 10 dead, and thousands of others displaced.
Extreme rain events in the Andean region of Chile have triggered landslides near San Jose de Maipo causing fresh water shortages in the capital, Santiago, affecting more than 4 million people.
- The landslides contaminated two major rivers that supply the city’s water plants.
- In January, another contamination of the river Maipo left about 4 million people in the Chilean capital without water.
The government has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding in the southern city of Arequipa, where tens of thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.
- Extreme weather dumped the equivalent of three months of rain in about seven hours, Peru’s meteorological service reported.
- “It’s a record of records. There are no records of an event of this magnitude,” the Andina news agency quoted an official as saying.
- Up to a 100,000 people have been affected by extreme weather.
Torrential rains and flooding throughout most of Bolivia have destroyed homes, crops and infrastructure, affecting about 20,000 people.
Flooding in Madagascar
“In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Felleng caused the deaths of 9 people, affected 4,958 people, and displaced 1,303 people, all of whom have since returned to their homes. Furthermore, an estimated 162 houses were totally destroyed, 54 partially destroyed, and 670 houses flooded.” UN OCHA reported.
Flooding in Malawi
In southern Malawi more than 33,000 people have been displaced due to flooding, which has left many without shelter or clothing. “Crops have been destroyed, while over 20 schools have been disrupted, affecting thousands of children.” UN OCHA reported.
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,126 Days Left
[February 10, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,126 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
- Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …
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