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Indus River Flooding

Posted by feww on August 19, 2010

More than 20 million affected by Pakistan Floods

Flooding near Kashmor, Sindh Province, Pakistan

Flood Disaster Summary:

  • More than 20 million people have been affected, and the toll is rising.
  • Thousands of people have been killed or injured.
  • 3.5 million children face waterborne diseases.
  • A quarter of Pakistan land area, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated.
  • Up to 3.5 million hectares of crops have been destroyed.
  • At least a million homes destroyed or damaged.


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Download large image (8 MB, JPEG) — acquired August 12, 2010


Top: Flooding near Kashmor in Sindh province, Pakistan, on August 12, 2010 (Landsat 5 satellite), immediately prior to the second wave of the flooding striking the region. Above: The same region on August 9, 2009. Download large image (9 MB, JPEG).

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Latest Info

Posted by feww on August 17, 2010

Dispersants may have forced crude to the ocean floor: Report

The largest environmental disaster in American history will get larger still

University of South Florida researchers believe that crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico at levels toxic to marine life and further east than previously thought.

“The dispersant is moving the oil down out of the surface and into the deeper waters, where it can affect phytoplankton and other marine life,” said John Paul, a marine microbiologist at USF, CNN reported.

I’m a hypocrite and a liar? Tell the phytoplankton to sue me!


President B.O. and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point [sharks!] in Panama City Beach, Fla. August 14, 2010. Official White House [of horrors] Photo by Pete Souza.

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Researchers in Georgia say most of the BP oil the government said was gone from the Gulf of Mexico is still there.

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Deadly Landslides Kill 100 in Bangladesh, Burma, China

Posted by feww on June 16, 2010

At least 60 people have been killed in  SE Bangladesh, Burma border landslides and about 40 others in China, dozens missing

Most of the deaths in Bangladesh occurred in the beach resort of Cox’s Bazar, with other casualties reported in the neighboring Banderban district, where at least one large family was “entombed by a landslide,”  Banderban police chief Kamrul Ahsan told the BBC.

“At least 34 bodies were recovered from the legal and illegal camps which house up to 300,000 [ethnic Rohingya] refugees described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities on Earth.” A report said.

“It was a huge flash flood, it washed everything in its path away,” said district police chief Nibhas Chandra Majhi.

“At least 20,000 people have been trapped by the flash floods. We cannot reach them as the roads are flooded or blocked with mud.”

CHINA

At least 23 people have been killed an d7 others injured after a  massive landslide in China’s Sichuan province buried a construction site for a hydroelectric dam.


GANZI, June 15, 2010  Rescuers search at the collapse site in Pengta Town of Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, June 15, 2010. A mountain collapse occurred and crushed work sheds at a construction site in Pengta Town at wee hours Tuesday, causing 23 people dead and seven injured. (Credit Image:  Xinhua/ZUMApress.com). Image may be subject to copyright. See Fir-Earth Fair Use Notice.

“In Nanping, eastern Fujian Province, six bodies have been recovered after landslides and flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, engulfed a bus and a mini-van on Monday noon while 18 others remained missing, said Huang Xinmin, deputy secretary-general of the Nanping municipal government.” A report said.

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BP Leak Already Biggest Oil Disaster in U.S. History

Posted by feww on May 18, 2010

About 1.4 million barrels of crude may have already spewed into the Gulf of Mexico

[NOTE: Fire-Earth estimate for the amount of crude oil already leaked into GOM is about 700,000 barrels as of May 18.]

BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has already exceeded by a factor of 2.5 to 5 the magnitude of Exxon (Exxon Valdez) disaster in Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska in 1989.

In the Exxon Valdez disaster an estimated 11 million gallons (262,000 barrels) of crude oil were released into the Alaskan waters. An estimated 30,000 gallons of crude still remains in the sand and soil.

Even at NOAA’s hugely underestimated calculation of 5,000bpd, the spill total now stands at 140,000 barrels (6 million gallons and counting).

Oil disasters are usually measured in terms of how many barrels of oil are spilled into the waters; however, the plight of so many millions of people whose livelihood depends on what was already an ailing body of water, has added a new socioeconomic dimension.

What BP Says:

BP Plc says its “quick fix” is sort of working. Using undersea remote control devices [‘robots,’]  their technicians have inserted a mile-long tube into the leaking riser, the  massive ruptured pipe, and are  siphoning about a fifth of the oil that is gushing out of the well.


GULF of MEXICO – Gas from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon wellhead is flared by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, 2010. A fraction of the gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a narrow siphoning tube that was placed inside the much wider damaged riser. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley. [Caption edited by FEWW]

“I do feel that we have, for the first time, turned the corner in this challenge,” BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said in Florida.

“Over the last 48 hours, we’re beginning to meet with some significant success.”

Clearly the criteria for success in BP minds is different to the rest of us. WE see the leak as still continuing.

Center for Public Integrity has released a new paper that shows 2 of the BP-owned U.S. refineries were responsible for 97 percent of the worst refining industry safety violations in the past three years, according to federal inspectors.

Let the federal inspectors call it safety violations, what BP has done in the Gulf of Mexico is corporate terrorism.

The suspected terrorist who left a car in New York’s Time Square recently which reportedly contained propane gas cylinders, which may or may not have exploded, and may or may not have killed anyone, would probably spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.

BP executives who have already killed 11 people, devastated at least twice as many families and left a number of orphans behind, on the other hand, are walking freely and discussing their next deepwater drilling project.

How Badly is Louisiana Affected?

Meanwhile, hundreds of shrimpers in Louisiana as well as many others whose income depends on fishing, tourism and related industries, have already lost their jobs, and are barely surviving, making ends meet by doing odd jobs where available.

And Florida?

US Coast Guard  Rear Adm Peter Neffenger is on record as saying that the oil could be swept up into the “loop current” and move around Florida coastline.

“Currently it shows to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 miles [65km-80km] from the southern edge of the spill,” he said.

“We are watching that carefully and as a result of that we are preparing for potential impact on the southern Florida coast and impacts around the southern Florida coast.”

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Mudslide Buries Chemical Factory in China

Posted by feww on April 22, 2010

Landslide Kills at least 8 People in Jiande City China

Initial reports of how and when the two female and six male workers were killed are conflicting. In fact the number of the victims could be higher.

The following bulletins were broadcast by the official Xinhua news agency.  The worrying aspect of their reporting is the change in the cause of deaths:

Seven killed in east China landslide

English.news.cn 2010-04-21 00:27:00
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-04/21/c_13260201.htm

HANGZHOU, April 20 (Xinhua) — Seven people were killed in a landslide in east China’s Zhejiang Province Tuesday, local authorities said.

The landslide buried part of a factory at 2:30 p.m. in Daciyan town, Jiande city, trapping six men and two women workers, said Yan Weihua, of the publicity department of Jiande Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The seven died during medical treatment.

One worker, who was pulled from the debris late Tuesday, was still receiving emergency treatment in hospital.

The workers were employed in Jinkai Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd., which was located at the foot of a hill.  Editor: yan

And a later bulletin read:

Eight confirmed dead in east China landslide

English.news.cn 2010-04-21 08:50:56
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-04/21/c_13260635.htm

HANGZHOU, April 21 (Xinhua) — The eight people buried in a landslide in east China’s Zhejiang Province Tuesday have been confirmed dead, a doctor said Wednesday morning.

The doctor with the No.3 People’s Hospital in Jiande City told Xinhua that all of the eight people had been already dead when they were sent to hospital, with their mouths full of mud and sand.

The landslide buried part of a factory at 2:30 p.m. in Daciyan Town, Jiande City, trapping six men and two women workers, said Yan Weihua, of the publicity department of Jiande Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The workers were employed by Jinkai Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd., which was located at the foot of a hill.  Editor: Lin Zhi

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