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Collapse Headlines: August 2, 2010

Posted by feww on August 2, 2010

Flooding near the North Korean border has cut water supplies to  a third of a million people in China

Flooding has damaged water pipelines leaving about a third of a million people without tap water since Saturdays in Tonghua, an industrial city in NE China’s Jilin Province bordering N. Korea, officials said Monday, the official media reported.

How Many Gorges Dam?

Massive amounts of  garbage and debris washed down the Yangtze River by recent floods pose a new  threat to China’s Three Gorges Dam.  The garbage is so thick in some places,  people can stand on it, state media quoted a senior official as saying.

“The large amount of waste in the dam area could jam the miter gate of the Three Gorges Dam,” Chen Lei, director of the key water project department under the China Three Gorges Corporation, told China Daily in an interview, the report said.

“Such a large amount of debris could damage the propellers and bottoms of passing boats,” he said. “The decaying garbage could also harm the scenery and the water quality.”

“A layer of garbage about 60 cm thick covering an area of more than 50,000 square meters began to form in front of the dam when the rainy season started in early July, the Hubei Daily reported.” The report said.

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Planet Earth 2009

Posted by feww on August 14, 2009

Images of the Week: Coping with Human Abuse!

This is what Earth looked like in 2009—just a few years before she…

As of August 14, 2009 some 116 people confirmed dead in Taiwan with hundreds more uncounted for, feared to have been buried alive by mudslides…

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Roads, bridges, riverbanks, homes, hotels and business all demolished and swept away by floods and mudslides in
Shaolin Village, southern Taiwan. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyrights.

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Southern Taiwan after Morakot. More than 2,500mm of rain, the entire year’s quota,  fell in just 2 days. Photo AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Collapse: A bridge collapses on the Maruyama River, Asago city, Northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. To the Northeast of Taiwan, typhoon Etau killed 13 people in western Japan, when local rivers burst their banks, destroying houses and drowning people in their vehicles. Etau, with winds approaching 130km per hour,  dumped as much as 640mm of rain on Hyōgo and Okayama prefectures and the island of Shikoku. Photo; The Kobe Shimbun/EPA. Image may be subject to copyright.

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China, Vietnam Submereged Under Floods

Posted by feww on July 8, 2009

Earth Observatory Image [acquired June 29, 2009 – July 5, 2009]

Intense Rain Floods China and Vietnam

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Floods swept across southern China and northern Vietnam in the wake of several days of extreme rain in early July 2009. This image, based on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, shows rainfall anomalies for the week of June 29 through July 5, 2009. Blue indicates regions where rainfall was much heavier than average, while brown indicates that less rain fell than average. A broad swath of blue covers southern China and northern Vietnam, revealing patterns of heavy rain during the week. NASA image courtesy Jesse Allen based on data provided by the TRMM team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Widespread flooding and landslides have killed 75 people, with up to 1.5 million people left homeless in southern China, according to various reports. In Vietnam, up to 50 people may have died from severe weather, and dozens are missing. More intense rain was forecast in the region.

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