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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 31st March 2010
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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 30th March 2010
USA: Texas - A thief in Austin, Texas may not know that he or she is in possession of dangerous radioactive waste. Cops say someone stole a half-dozen containers
of radioactive tracer sand from a vehicle parked at a Wal-Mart late last week. The vandalized vehicle belongs to a Houston-based laboratory and state heath services
officials say the thief may be at risk of radiation exposure.
ITALY / MEDITERRANEAN: Europe's largest undersea volcano could disintegrate and unleash a tsunami that would engulf southern Italy "at any time", a prominent
vulcanologist warned in an interview published Monday. The Marsili volcano, which is bursting with magma, has "fragile walls" that could collapse.
KENYA: Seven people have died as floods continue to wreak havoc across the country. Three of them who were swept away by freak floods in the North Rift while
two drowned in Pokot Central District as they tried to cross a swollen River Wei Wei.
USA: Massachusetts - The third heavy storm of this month's massive rains prompted Governor Patrick to declare a state of emergency for the second time in March
and activate National Guard units to stem the damage of more flooding in the waterlogged state.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 29th March 2010
BAHAMAS: Police in the Bahamas say a tornado has apparently touched down in at least two places on the island of Grand Bahama. Police spokeswoman Loretta
Mackey says there are no immediate reports of fatalities. Mackey says authorities are still checking reports of damage at the island's container port and elsewhere.
Monday's storm uprooted trees in the tourist area of Lucaya. There are also reports of damaged cars and businesses. A forecaster with the Bahamas Meteorology
Department says heavy thunderstorms are expected to last until at least late afternoon.
USA: South Carolina - Two fires in an electrical room have forced Progress Energy to shut down its South Carolina nuclear plant. The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission says no workers were injured in the fires Sunday night at the H. B. Robinson site, and the people living around the plant near Hartsville were not in
danger. The NRC has sent several investigators to the plant to figure out what caused the fires.
USA: North Carolina - A broad band of severe thunderstorms Sunday sparked heavy rain and hail and prompted tornado warnings from Florida to Virginia, with
multiple twisters reported in North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. At least eight unconfirmed tornadoes were spotted along North Carolina's I-
85 corridor between Charlotte and Greensboro, with overturned mobile homes, toppled trees and downed power lines left by the storms, the weather service said.
RWANDA: At least four people have been confirmed dead and 17 seriously injured following heavy rains that started on Friday night in Rubavu and Nyabihu districts.
According to Rubavu Sector Executive Secretary, three children from one family drowned when floods destroyed part of their house.
50 firefighters were called to the scene around 7pm where a huge scrub fire stretching across 200m was burning dangerously close to railway tracks near West
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 28th March 2010
KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan's Emergency Situations Ministry has announced that 36 towns and villages in East Kazkahstan Oblast with a population of
nearly 40,000 people are in danger of being flooded. Melting snow combined with rain has caused floods that have hit several districts in the region. The
announcement was made on March 26. About 1,500 private homes, more than 1,000 commercial buildings and more than 50 livestock farms have been
damaged or fully destroyed since March 18. Thousands of local residents have evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were killed by the
floods. On March 13, at least 41 people died when flood waters burst two dams in southeastern Kazakhstan.
USA: New York - A listing crane struck the side of a 25-story building near Wall Street on Saturday, sending debris cascading to the ground, disrupting
traffic and leading to evacuations at five buildings. There were no injuries reported after the crane hit a 23rd-story ledge of a mixed-use building on Maiden
Lane, three blocks from Wall Street, the Fire Department of New York said.
Lest we forget: 28th March 1979 - Nuclear leak causes alarm in America. Radioactive steam has leaked into the atmosphere in Pennsylvania, USA. The
accident happened when a water pump broke down at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, 10 miles (16km) south-east of the state capital Harrisburg. There
are fears some of the plant's 500 workers have been contaminated. The authorities have declared a "general emergency" but did not inform the public until
five hours after the gas escaped at 0400 local time. Concern mounted in the days following the accident as investigations showed serious damage to the
nuclear fuel rods, which threatened melt-down of the plant. The authorities recommended pregnant women and children under school age living within five
miles of the site should be evacuated. And Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh gave a warning that the four counties surrounding Three-Mile Island
might have to be cleared of people too. The accident was caused by a combination of human error and equipment failure and the plant was partially shut
down. Three Mile Island remains the largest nuclear incident in US history. It has attracted enormous public attention, although nobody died as a direct result
of the accident and subsequent radioactive fall-out. Research released in 2002 showed incidences of cancer in the area were not significantly higher than
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 27th March 2010
RUSSIA: An apartment block west of Moscow partially collapsed following a suspected gas explosion Saturday, killing three people and possibly trapping others
under the rubble. Some of the supporting walls of the three-story building gave way and a fire broke out in the building in the small Moscow-area town of
Pavlovskaya Sloboda. Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Veronika Smolskaya was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying seven people were injured
and three may still be trapped under concrete.
RUSSIA: Several hundred people were safely evacuated early on Saturday from a subway train in eastern Moscow after smoke appeared in the tunnel, a spokesman
for the Russian capital's emergency service said.
THAILAND: Thai officials said Friday disaster areas have been declared in 53 provinces due to water shortages brought on by a severe drought. The Interior
Ministry's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said a total 1,755,100 households, or 6,482,602 people, have been affected by the extreme dry season, the
Bangkok Post reported Friday. The drought has also caused damage to 58,300 acres of farmland in the 53 provinces, officials said. The officials said rescue workers
with the department have distributed 20.6 million gallons of water in the area and performed installations, repairs and upkeep on 3,645 weirs, 3,985 reservoirs and
689 water pumps.
Lest we forget: 27th March 1980: North Sea platform collapses - 120 oil rig workers died after a North Sea accommodation platform collapsed during gales. A
massive wave hit one of the legs of the platform, causing it to break and send the 208 people on board into the sea at around 1830 GMT. Some were able to make it
to the lifeboats before the platform fully capsized while others were thrown into the sea as the rig began to tilt. Most of those missing from the Alexander Kielland
platform, which was situated 235 miles east of Dundee, were Norwegian. A previously undetected crack in one leg of the platform is thought to be the reason the
structure gave way. Experts believe it took 15 minutes for the platform to collapse into the sea. It was not until 1983 that the platform was salvaged.
Lest we forget: 27th March 1977: Tenerife plane crash In total 583 people died in the blaze that followed the collision and the incident remains the world's worst
aviation accident in history. The KLM jumbo preparing for take-off is understood to have clipped the Pan-Am plane which was taxiing across the runway. Ultimately,
the crash was blamed on the KLM pilot who had not checked if he was clear for take-off and sped down the foggy runway.
Neither airline was originally due to be at the airport but both were diverted from the much bigger Las Palmas on nearby Gran Canaria island after a terrorist bomb
blast near the departure lounge. The crash remains the deadliest aviation accident on record.
Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 26th March 2010
UGANDA: At least one person is killed and 10 injured as thousands gather at a Ugandan royal tomb, destroyed by fire last week.
INDIA: A fire at one of the Indian army's largest ammunition depots triggered a series of explosions but caused no injuries, officials say. Military spokesman Mahesh
Upasani said the fire was at the Panagarh army base 120km (75 miles) west of Calcutta. He said it was now under control. However he said 150 tonnes of explosives
and ammunition kept at the base was destroyed.
USA: Iowa - A total of 15 people were transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after an anhydrous ammonia leak reported at West Liberty Foods
around 11:30 a.m. Friday, West Liberty Fire Department's assistant chief Tom Christensen said. West Liberty Foods is a meat-processing plant that processes mostly
RUSSIA: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says thousands of Russian towns and villages could be affected by "unusually strong" spring floods as record snowfall melts
after the harshest winter in years. Russia's NTV television reported Friday that hundreds of people in the central Voronezh region had to be evacuated after their
homes were flooded. TV footage showed emergency workers using boats to ferry stranded people out.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 25th March 2010
RUSSIA: Moscow - City's Chief Firefighter Laid to Rest After Blaze -Moscow's chief firefighter was laid to rest Wednesday after pulling five people out of a burning
office building on his day off work but dying when the roof collapsed. About 3,000 mourners paid tribute to Yevgeny Chernyshev, 47, including senior Emergency
Situations Ministry officials, relatives and people whom he had rescued from fires over the years. No one else was killed or injured in the fire, which destroyed an
area of 1,800 square meters.(Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues).
PHILIPPINES: A strong earthquake has struck close to the Philippine capital, Manila, but officials say there are no immediate reports of damage. Residents said that
buildings in the city shook after the tremor and employees rushed out of buildings. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.1, struck in the sea 135km (85 miles) to the
southwest of Manila, the US Geological Survey said.
CHINA: Chinese soldiers are sent in to help as parts of the southwest experience their worst drought in a century.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 24th March 2010
MADAGASCAR: A tropical storm that hit the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar this month killed at least 78 people and affected some 145,000, according to
a new toll authorities released Tuesday. Madagascar's southeastern regions were the worst affected by tropical storm Hubert, which brought severe weather between
March 8 and 12. Thirty-four people remain missing.
AUSTRALIA: WA - Some 100,000 people were left without power Tuesday after a freak storm battered the Australian city of Perth, hurling golf ball-sized hailstones
and causing floods and landslides. Western Australia premier Colin Barnett estimated a damage bill of hundreds of millions of dollars after the wild weather smashed
into the city late on Monday, paralysing flights and commuter traffic.
NORWAY: A train has crashed in Norway, killing three people and seriously injuring another three, according to reports. Several railway cars broke loose and sped
out of control towards the port in Oslo, the capital. Witnesses said it travelled at 100km/h (62mph). They derailed and smashed into a building, bringing part of it
crashing down, killing and injuring some of those working nearby, police said. Some of the 16 wagons, with no locomotive, then fell into a fjord.
INDIAN OCEAN: Bay of Bengal - A tiny island claimed for years by India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared beneath the rising seas, scientists in
India say. The uninhabited territory south of the Hariabhanga river was known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis.
Recent satellites images show the whole island under water, says the School of Oceanographic Studies in Calcutta. Its scientists say other nearby islands could also
vanish as sea levels rise.
INDONESIA: West Sumatra - Three people were killed and eight others injured after a landslide hit Saok Laweh, Solok regency, West Sumatra on Wednesday. West
Sumatra disaster management coordinator Ade Edward said the landslide occurred at 6:30 a.m., destroying three homes and an auto repair shop near Jl. Solok, just
four kilometers from Muara Kalaban, Sawahlunto.
USA: Colarado - A heavy, wet spring snowstorm forced airlines to cancel scores of flights at the Denver airport on Wednesday and left thousands of people without
power. Tree branches sagged and snapped under the weight of the snow. Dozens of schools canceled classes and the state Legislature declared a snow day,
canceling House and Senate sessions as well as committee meetings. Traffic was light for Denver's morning rush.
Lest we forget: 24th March 1989: Exxon Valdez creates oil slick disaster - An oil tanker has run aground on a reef off the Alaskan coast, releasing gallons of crude oil
into the sea. The Exxon Valdez got into trouble in Prince William Sound when it hit Bligh Reef, splitting its side open and releasing oil, with reports of an eight-mile
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 23rd March 2010
INDIA: At least seven people have died in a huge fire in an old building in the Indian city of Calcutta's famous Park Street, fire service officials say. At least 30 people
were injured in the blaze - many when they were forced to jump off higher floors to escape. The fire engulfed the six-storey Music World building adjacent to
Fleurys, Calcutta's well known confectionery.
BRAZIL: More than 2,000 people have been left homeless as heavy rains have hit southern Brazil, the local civil defense service has said. Stormy winds and
downpours reportedly damaged some 2,500 houses in several southern Brazilian states. A total of 500,000 people have been affected by the disaster.
ZAMBIA: Cholera killed at least 12 people in Zambia's capital Lusaka after floods caused by torrential rains contaminated drinking water, a health ministry official said
on Tuesday. Health Ministry spokesman Rueben Mbewe said 562 cases of cholera were recorded in Lusaka out of 694 reported cases across the southern African
country last week and most of the sick came from areas hit by serious flooding.
USA: Illinios - People in Tuscola woke up to a loud blast and sirens this morning. There was an explosion at the Lyondell Plant off Route 36. It happened before 9
AM. The company makes ethanol and other chemicals. The noise woke people up out of bed. Witnesses say they were expecting a disaster. Everyone made it out
safely. A company spokesperson said workers were prepared for an emergency. Now investigators will work to figure out what sparked the explosion.
PHILIPPINES: A magnitude-5.9 earthquake has hit off the northern coast of the Philippines, the United States Geological Survey said.
TAIWAN: Rescuers have found nearly 1,000 people alive in the area around three remote villages devastated by Typhoon Morakot, which pummeled the island over
the weekend, Taiwan's military said Wednesday.
Lest We Forget: 24th March 1981 - The UK government has banned all animal transport on the Isle of Wight and in southern Hampshire in an attempt to contain a
new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
The move follows Sunday's slaughter of 400 infected animals on the Isle of Wight and last week's discovery, the first in Britain for 13 years, of infected animals on
Jersey. This was the start of a massive economic and human disaster.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 22nd March 2010
CHINA: Hong Kong - School children are kept indoors as Hong Kong's government says air pollution levels in the smog-hit city are at a record high.
AUSTRALIA: NSW - The biggest storm to hit Perth in 50 years has caused massive destruction across the city. Within a couple of hours of the storm passing
through, more than 150,000 homes were without power, residents flooded Fire and Emergency Services helplines desperate for assistance, roads were underwater
and traffic in some areas was at a standstill. Almost 100 sets of traffic lights were out and planes were stranded at both Perth airports. The State Emergency Service
has had reports of structural damage to several major hospitals and aged care facilities, and these cases were the priority.
NIGER: Angry bees attacked villagers in southwestern Niger after being disturbed Monday, putting more than 40 badly-stung residents in hospital and killing some of
their animals. The bees swarmed into Dake-Garka village after a gust of wind broke the tree branch which had held their nest for more than half a century, sending
panic-stricken people fleeing into the bush. More than 40 villagers, including 14 children, were admitted to emergency wards of the regional hospital in Birni-N'Konni,
it said. A horse and a donkey died of stings while 95 goats and sheep were left paralysed.
GERMANY: Today's Odd One - A herd of wild boars ran loose through a Hamburg neighbourhood on Friday evening, invading a metro station and an office building
as police chased the rampaging pack of pigs. One of the approximately dozen boars gained access to the office of a consulting company after breaking through a
closed window, according to a police spokesperson. After staff members evacuated the building, police tried and failed to contain the wayward swine before shooting
him. The animal reportedly caused at least â‚¬15,000 in damage. Seven other pigs paid a visit to a U-Bahn metro station in the Volksdorf area. One animal was hit by
a train, though the cars remained on the tracks.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 21st March 2010
ICELAND: An Icelandic volcano, dormant for 200 years, has erupted, ripping a 1km-long fissure in a field of ice. The volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier began to
erupt just after midnight, sending lava a hundred metres high. Icelandic airspace has been closed, flights diverted and roads closed. The eruption was about 120km
(75 miles) east of the capital, Reykjavik. About 500 people were moved from the area, a civil protection officer said.
CHINA / S KOREA: Beijing has been shrouded in orange dust as a strong sandstorm blew hundreds of miles from drought-struck northern China to the nation's
capital. The authorities have issued a level-five pollution warning and urged people to stay indoors. In Tiananmen Square, clouds of dust obscured monuments and
visitors wore masks to avoid the dust and soil. The storm has already caused havoc in Xinjiang, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei regions and is heading to South Korea.
Residents of the South Korean capital, Seoul, as well as those in central and western regions, have been advised to stay indoors.
RUSSIA: A heavy snowstorm has paralyzed traffic on Russia's Far Eastern island of Sakhalin, regional transportation authorities reported on Sunday. The cyclone,
which approached from the Yellow Sea, hit the Pacific island on Sunday morning with winds up of to 25 meters per second and heavy snow, creating the danger of
avalanches in the island's south, the transportation authorities said. The cyclone has partially interrupted air communication with Sakhalin while the ferry service
between the island and the mainland has been suspended, the transportation authorities said. Sakhalin residents have been advised against traveling until the
Lest we forget: 20th March 1995 Sarin Attack on Tokyo subway â€“ a defining case study in the changing capabilities of terrorists to use chemical, biological,
radiological or nuclear (CBRN / WMD) weapons.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 20th March 2010
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 19th March 2010
FIJI: Islands in Fijiâ€™s Lomaiviti group were hit by eight metre-high storm surges at the height of Cyclone Tomas, according to the National Disaster Management
Office, DISMAC. DISMAC spokesman Anthony Blake said the agency has been receiving reports about eight metre high waves. Blake said a satellite system available
to DISMAC recorded five metre high waves in the open sea. He said based on that, reports of the eight metre high waves can be confirmed â€œbecause the wave
heights are likely to be higher closer to shoreâ€�. â€œOne village in Nairai was completely inundated,â€� Blake said. â€œOther places whether storm surges
occurred are yet to be confirmed,â€� he said.
CANADA: Alberta - About 300 people are homeless after a major fire engulfed the top floor of a southwest Calgary condo building, sending plumes of black smoke
over the city. At its height on Thursday afternoon, the flames tore ferociously through the four-storey building as burning debris fell to the ground. The roof
subsequently collapsed. The fire, which began just before noon, required the efforts of about 50 firefighters, who were also battling strong winds, said Stephen
Nicholl, a spokesman for the fire department.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 18th March 2010
USA: North Dakota - The city of Fargo largely completed flood preparations early Thursday as a surging Red River rose nearly 3 feet in 24 hours. The waterway was
well beyond its banks along the North Dakota-Minnesota line. "Thanks to our volunteers, we've been able to fill a million sandbags and place 700,000 around our
city," Fargo spokeswoman Karena Carlson said early Thursday. "We're just buttoning up a lot of our clay levees and putting a few more sandbags in place and we
hope to be protected up to 40 feet." Several hundred volunteers worked with the National Guard in Fargo to fill those sandbags as the river rose.
TAJIKISTAN: An avalanche killed eight people on a mountain road in the Central Asian state of Tajikistan, the emergencies committee said Thursday. The avalanche
hit several cars on a busy road between the capital Dushanbe and Khujand, the largest city in the north. "Eight bodies have been recovered so far," said emergencies
committee spokeswoman Munira Nazariyeva. "Rescue work is under way." Warm weather has persisted in Tajikistan following heavy snowfalls, triggering
avalanches in the former Soviet republic where mountains account for 93 percent of land area.
Lest we forget: 18th March 1967 Torrey Canyon Disaster â€“ Termed a â€˜supertankerâ€™ in its day the Torrey canyon ran aground off Lands End, England,
carrying 100,000 tons of crude oil. 50 miles of the French coast and 120 miles of the English coast were contaminated and it is estimated 15,000 sea birds died.
Because of high seas booms couldnâ€™t be used so in the end the tanker was bombed by the RAF and the crude burnt off. The first generation variants of â
€˜detergentsâ€™ were found to be ineffective, as were other clean up methods used; this led to the development of many of the techniques now used.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 17th March 2010
FIJI: Australia and New Zealand have begun airlifting aid to the Pacific island nation of Fiji, battered by a powerful cyclone which sparked sea surges. The planes are
taking relief supplies, including tarpaulins, and are also carrying out surveys of the damage. A state of emergency was declared after Cyclone Tomas struck on
Monday and Tuesday, battering the north and east. The country's military leader described the damage as "overwhelming".
DENMARK: The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 8 March to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The report says that the virus
was found on a farm at Fuglebjerg on the island of East on 5 March. The affected population was a breeding farm with 190 mallards and five hens. The suspicion
arose on 5 March 2010 due to positive samples taken in connection with the surveillance programme for avian influenza. All the birds have been destroyed. The virus
appears to be an H7 sub-type but serology results are pending. The last outbreak of avian flu in Denmark was in May 2008.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 16th March 2010
USA: South Dakota - Turner County farmer Dave Smit says flooding in the Vermillion River basin near Davis is the worst in memory. Snowmelt and heavy rain have
driven the James, Vermillion and Big Sioux rivers up to and out of their banks in some places. Ice jams near bridges have made the situation worse. National Weather
Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie says that barring any more widespread rain, the worst of the flooding should be over by the end of the weekend. But several
highways in the Centerville and Davis areas remain closed, along with some roads in the Huron area. In Sioux Falls, city officials have been forced to release
untreated wastewater into the Big Sioux River to keep the sanitary sewer system from backing up into people's basements.
ROMANIA: Romania has identified an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm and taken steps to control its spread, the European Union's executive said on Tuesday.
Romania has identified an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm and taken steps to control its spread, the European Union's executive said on Tuesday.
CHINA: An electrical fire at an illegal coal mine in central China has left 25 people dead, the latest fatal accident to rock the country's mining industry. Three people -
the mine's owner, manager and an investor - have been detained by police following the Monday night blaze at the mine in Henan province, near the famed Shaolin
kung fu temple, said He Yu, an official in the press office of the Zhengzhou city Communist Party. The mine is located in Xinmi city, which is overseen by
Zhengzhou city. Six of the 31 miners underground managed to escape the fire, He said. It was not clear how the electrical fire started. An investigation was under
way. China's coal mines are the world's deadliest, despite a multiyear government effort to reduce fatalities. Most accidents are blamed on failure to follow safety
rules or lack of required ventilation, fire-control and other equipment.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 15th March 2010
BANGLADESH: At least 117,000 chickens were destroyed in northern Bangladesh Sunday after avian flu outbreak on one of the country's largest poultry farms, a
local official said. The deadly H5N1 strain of flu was detected on Saturday when 400 chickens died suddenly at the Kazi Farms complex in Thakurgaon town.
Comment: In the developed world we tend to forget about the fight against Avian Flu that is going on in less developed agricultural systems. Slaughters such as this
can have devastating consequences for agricultural communities.
ANGOLA: At least 12 people were killed after heavy rain triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses in Angola's capital Luanda, the city vice-governor said on
Monday. The rain, which began early on Monday, left dozens of Angolans homeless after floods washed away their huts in a city that is home to more than one-third
of the country's 16.5 million people.
FIJI: A powerful cyclone has hit northern Fiji, damaging buildings and crops, and forcing at least 5,000 people to leave their homes. Cyclone Tomas, a category four
storm, is packing winds of up to 170km (106 miles) an hour. The storm is forecast to intensify and shipping has been warned to stay away; a night-time curfew is in
operation. Schools have closed, public services have been suspended, and international flights have been cancelled.
HAITI: The first kidnappings of aid workers in Haiti jolted the thousands-strong foreign relief operation in the quake-torn nation Thursday, adding to the staggering
challenges it faces two months after the country's disaster. Two European women workers with the French-based aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF,
Doctors Without Borders) were released early Thursday, unharmed. They had been held for nearly a week, but their abduction had been kept secret.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 14th March 2010
CANADA: An avalanche has struck a snowmobile gathering in Canada's Rocky Mountains, killing at least two people. About 200 snowmobilers were taking part in
the event on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke, British Columbia, when the avalanche hit. Officials say people may still be trapped. Rescue teams with helicopters
and search dogs are combing the area.
USA: Transit officials say 500 passengers have been stranded on a New Jersey Transit northbound train for more than five hours because of flooding on the tracks
from a powerful storm. NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett says the New York-bound train became stuck before reaching the Rahway station along the
Northeast Corridor line. She says emergency workers were unable to reach the train. She says police have boarded the train, and NJ Transit was to send a diesel
engine to transport the commuters to the Rahway station, where busses would meet them. The storm also knocked out power to more than 165,000 customers
across the state. In Atlantic City, a city police officer was injured when a crane collapsed at a casino construction site and sent debris flying.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 13th March 2010
NIGERIA: Nigerian plane taking part in an exercise aimed at testing disaster response operations has crashed in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt. The air force
plane - carrying dozens of officials - skidded off the runway as it was landing at the city's international airport. Emergency workers on the ground who had been
preparing to stage a mock rescue had to deal with a real accident.
RUSSIA: Landslides in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan have destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of 82 people, emergency workers said on
Saturday. The landslides, which are moving at a speed of 15 cm an hour, are occurring in the town of Buynaksk, some 40 km from the republic's capital,
BOLIVIA: All seven members of a family died when a mudslide buried their home in the Los Yungas region of central Bolivia, media outlets said Friday. The home in
Santa Rosa was destroyed in the wee hours of Thursday as the Catacora family slept, the accounts said. The bodies of four adults and an infant were recovered at
the scene, while neighbors say the remains of the other two victims were carried away by the rain-swollen river flowing past the house. The mudslide damaged a 150-
meter (492-foot) stretch of the road from Chulumani to La Paz. Authorities said Friday that crews were already working to reopen the highway. Heavy rains also
played a part in the deaths Wednesday of a woman and her 1-year-old daughter who were swept away by a river in the southern province of Potosi, Bolivian media
SOUTH ATLANTIC: The secondâ€“ever known tropical cyclone in the South Atlantic Ocean can't escape satellite eyes, and today, the Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite, GOES-12 captured a visible image of Tropical Storm 90Q now located off the coast of Argentina. GOES-12 satellite captured an image of
Tropical Storm 90Q at 1745 UTC (12:45 p.m. ET) today, March 12, when it was more than 1,350 miles east of Buenos Aires, Argentina, approximately near 36.5
degrees South latitude and 34.8 degrees West longitude.
LEST WE FORGET: 13th March 1996 Dunblane Massacre â€“ A lone gunman goes on a killing spree in a quite Scottish Towns Infants School killing 16 children
and their teacher before shooting himself. This lead to significant changes in the gun laws in the UK and prompted a greater degree of emergency planning for
Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 12th March 2010
KAZAKHSTAN: Thousands of people have been evacuated in Kazakhstan after two dams burst in the region around Almaty, the Kazakhstan Emergency Ministry said
today. A dam burst yesterday at a water reservoir in the Aksuisky district north of Almaty, flooding a village of 3,000 people, who were evacuated to a nearby town,
the ministry said in a statement. "There are victims, but their identities and numbers are being checked," the Emergency Ministry said. In a separate incident yesterday
, a dam was washed away in the nearby Karatalsky district after heavy snowfall melted, forcing the evacuation of a village of 820 people, most of whom have taken
shelter in a school. The flooding has also washed away a bridge on a main highway connecting Almaty with the northern city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, the ministry said.
Around 300 rescue workers have been sent to the scene, the ministry said. The country's Prime Minister Karim Masimov was also due.
MOZAMBIQUE: Around 130,000 people are to be evacuated in flood-prone Mozambique because of rising waters in three main rivers, state media said on
Wednesday. Government declared a red alert for regions along the mighty Zambezi River, Africa's fourth-longest which originates in Angola, as well as the smaller
Pungwe and Buzi rivers.
CHILE: The largest aftershock since Chile's devastating earthquake rocked the South American country Thursday minutes before the inauguration of President
Sebastian Pinera. The head of Chile's National Emergency Office, which has been accused of responding too slowly to a deadly magnitude-8.8 earthquake nearly two
weeks ago, resigned a day before a new president is sworn in.
USA: New York City is to pay rescue workers who say their health was damaged by dust at Ground Zero. The City has agreed to pay up to $657.5m (Â£437m) to
thousands of rescue and clean-up workers after 9/11. The settlement would compensate more than 10,000 plaintiffs who say they were made sick by dust at the
Ground Zero site of the attacks.
INDONESIA: A rain-triggered landslide has killed at least seven villagers and left three missing on Indonesia's main Java island, a Red Cross official says. Rudi
Syahriar says at least 10 people were buried under tonnes of mud from Thursday's landslide in a village in West Java province. He said on Friday that rescuers had
dug up seven bodies.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 11th March 2010
ENGLAND: A hundred firefighters and 25 fire engines were at the scene of an early-morning fire over four floors of a building in East London, a London Fire Brigade
spokesman said Thursday. The spokesman said the fire brigade was called at 4:30 a.m. to the building on Tabernacle Street, near London's trendy Shoreditch
neighborhood. The fire began in the popular Sosho bar and restaurant it then spread to the other floors, the adjacent building, and the courtyard behind the building,
where the fire was still burning some four hours later. A four-block radius around the fire was cordoned off disrupting London rush hour traffic significantly.
SCOTLAND: Another two heroin addicts from Dumfries are being treated in hospital for anthrax. A man and woman, both in their thirties, are the latest victims of an
outbreak that has so far killed 10 drug users in Scotland. The man was admitted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary on February 28 and the woman admitted
on March 5. The region's first anthrax victim, a 44-year-old Dumfries man, has been receiving treatment in hospital for almost a month.
SPAIN: A freak snowstorm dumped more than a metre (3.3 feet) of snow on the Pyrenees mountains, stranding more than 6,000 travellers Tuesday and blocking
some 40 roads between France and Spain. Barcelona on Monday saw its heaviest snowfall since 1962, triggering emergency measures.
SPAIN: Three days after the historic snowfall that brought Catalunya to a standstill, some 20,000 homes are still without power, most of them in the Girona area.
Depite the fact that over 50,000 homes were still without electricity this morning, a spokesperson for Fecsa-Endesa assured the press that by the end of the day this
figure would be reduced to 20,000, concentrated mainly along the Costa Brava coastline, which has been most severely affected by the snowstorm.
Lest we forget:
11th March 2004 Madrid Train Bombings 191 people were killed and 1,800 injured in terrorist bomb attacks on three commuter stations on Madrid rail network. 10
bombs were used in what turned out to be an al-Qaeda based plot.
Comment: The attack changed the government in Spain and lead to Spanish troops withdrawing from NATO operations in Afghanistan. The speed at which the
government tried to blame ETA was partly to blame for the anti-government feeling. An excellent case study on response to a multi-site terrorist attack, with
examples of body holding and temporary mortuary arrangements that are very useful as comparison studies.
Finally todays X-File
ENGLAND: A mystery killer has struck in Coxley and its victims number over 100. On Sunday evening, scores of starlings started to fall out of the sky over one
house in the village, and no one can understand why. The deaths all occurred at the same time, and the bodies of the birds covered an area 12 feet across. All the
birds had blood coming out of their beaks, and their feet curled up as if in agony.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 10th March 2010 **
ZIMBABWE: Five people, who died from what was initially believed to be malaria in Mabvuku, actually succumbed to typhoid fever, Harare City Councilâ
€™s health department has said. City health services director Dr Stanley Mungofa said they had moved into the area where 40 other people have been
ENGLISH CHANNEL (LA MANCHE if your French): Three sailors have died of food poisoning on an oil tanker traversing the Channel between Britain
and Europe, French maritime authorities said Wednesday. The captain of the Marshall Islands-flagged Arionas reported the deaths overnight, French
officials said, adding that the source of the food poisoning was not known. The 183-meter (about 600-foot) -long vessel was going from Cyprus to the
Dutch port of Rotterdam, carrying 28,000 tons of kerosene. The 20 crew members were from Russia and the Philippines. French officials have sent a
helicopter with two gendarmes and a doctor for a preliminary investigation. More gendarmes would be sent later to question the crew.
CHINA: Three people were killed and 20 others reported missing when the side of a mountain in north China came tumbling down early today, burying
more than 10 homes. Rescuers have dug out about 20 survivors of the landslide in Shaanxi province, which took place shortly after midnight, and were
continuing to search for the missing. It was not immediately clear what triggered the landslide.
EARTHQUAKES: At the time of reporting (11.25 GMT) there have been 47 tremours today above 2.2 topping at 5.5 ......
ODD ONE -
GERMANY: A passenger jet with 300 passengers on board was unable to land at its destination in Leipzig because of the absence of air traffic controllers in
the tower, the German Frankfurter Rundshau reported on Tuesday. The pilot of the Irish budget Ryanair flight from London to Leipzig's Altenburg Airport
made the decision to fly to Berlin's Schoenefeld Airport where it landed safely. The absence of an air traffic controller in the tower was due to an error in
staff scheduling, according to Markus Asmussen, the regional manager for Tower Company, which is a subsidiary of Germany's air traffic control service.
"Nothing like this has ever happened before," Asmussen said. Passengers awaiting departure on that flight from Leipzig were bussed to Berlin to catch their
flight to London, as those who had arrived in Berlin were bussed to their final destination of Leipzig. An internal investigation into personnel scheduling is
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 9th March 2010
USA: Oklahoma- A powerful tornado has hit the town of Hammond, Oklahoma, destroying buildings and tearing down power lines.
FRANCE / SPAIN: Heavy snow (50 cm) has caused widespread disruption across south central Spain and western France, with schools closing and
transport suffering. Flooding has caused landslips in parts of Spain, while the beaches of the French Riviera have been covered in snow.
TURKEY: Aftershocks have continued throughout the morning.
CHINA: Hail and heavy rains in the north of east China's Fujian Province from Friday to Monday affected more than 300,000 people and more than 15,000
hectares of crops, local government sources said Tuesday. The extreme weather has killed two people and injured 51. Direct economic losses were
estimated at 340 million yuan (49.85 million U.S. dollars). On one farm large hail stones Friday killed more than 1,000 of ducks. Hail stones also left holes in
the 3,000 square meters of roofs at a soybean processing plant of Hongye Food Co., Ltd., in Heping Town of Shaowu, causing at least 1 million yuan in
direct economic losses.
RUSSIA: Moscow - About 250 people were evacuated early on Tuesday from a residential building in downtown Moscow due to a fire in an adjacent night
club, a spokesman for the local emergencies service said. The flames have consumed over 1,000 sq. meters of the three-storey Opera night club and the
roof of the club has collapsed, but no casualties have been reported at the site. Over 30 firefighter teams with a variety of special equipment have been
involved in efforts to extinguish the blaze.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 8th March 2010
UKRAINE: On 5 March, a EU/UNEP/OCHA team had briefings with the Governor of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and the deputy mayor of Kalush. The
first assessment mission was undertaken by all members of the team on Thursday. It included visits to three tailings dams north of Kalush, "Dombrowsky
quarry" and the three big mines (Kalush, Golin and Novo-Golin). The mines are now closed and their poor condition threatens to cause sink holes and
subsidence. Fifteen sinkholes have already been formed at various locations. The regional government confirmed full support for the local authorities and
population in Kalush and also offered any further support and assistance to the team.
TURKEY: A strong earthquake has struck eastern Turkey, killing at least 51 people, officials have said. The 6.0-magnitude quake, centred on the village of
Basyurt in Elazig province, struck at 0432 (0232 GMT). It has been followed by more than 30 aftershocks. Elazig Governor Muammer Erol said the
majority of deaths had occurred in the nearby villages of Okcular, Yukari Kanatli and Kayali. Rescue teams have been deployed to find survivors trapped
TURKEY: A big fire broke out at a power generation unit at Istanbul's main Ataturk Airport at around 22:00 local time (2000 GMT) on Sunday, media
said. Firefighters were called to the airport to control the blaze. The cause of the fire was not known and no other details were immediately available.
CUBA: Coastal flooding occurred since early yesterday morning in the northern coastal lowlands of the western region, including Havana's Malecon. In the
afternoon it began to decrease gradually. According to information provided by experts at the Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology, the
phenomenon was associated with high tides with waves of over three feet, associated with constant northwest winds of 30 to 45 km h and gusts up to 72
km/h, recorded at the station in Casablanca.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 7th March 2010
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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 6th March 2010
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 5th March 2010
CHILE: A true disaster .. Chile's famous grape-growing region, which has helped propel the country into ninth place among the world's top wine producers, is
soberly counting the cost of the massive earthquake. Growers believe some 12.5 percent of Chile's current production, just coming into the fall early harvest in this
southern hemisphere nation, was destroyed by Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake.
SWEDEN: Dozens of ships that had been trapped in ice in the Baltic Sea off Stockholm, some for several days, have been freed, Swedish maritime authorities have
said. A spokesman told the BBC that the last vessel was rescued from the waters between the capital and the Aland Islands early on Friday morning. At least 26 ships
are awaiting help further north in the Bay of Bothnia.
ENGLAND: Four people were taken to hospital today with chemical burns from a cloud of toxic gas after an explosion at a factory on the river Humber near
Grimsby. The casualties also inhaled toxic fumes after titanium tetrachloride gas escaped from the Cristal Global chemical plant, Humber coastguard said. One of the
injured was transferred to a specialist burns unit at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and all shipping in the estuary was halted for several hours. The
coastguard's watch manager Mike Puplett described the incident, which happened at around 12.30am, as serious.
AUSTRALIA: Homes at Bendigo in central Victoria have been inundated after flash flooding throughout the city. The Weather Bureau has recorded 50 millimetres of
rain in the area since mid-afternoon. The SES has fielded more than 140 calls for help.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 4th March 2010
INDIA: At least 63 people have died in a stampede after the gate of a Hindu temple collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police say. Dozens more
were injured in the panic at the temple in Pratapgarh district, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Delhi. All of the dead identified so far are women and children, police
say. The temple gate was still being built.
KENYA: Flash floods have washed away a major scientific research centre used to study Africa's wild elephants.This morning, flooding of the Ewaso Ng'iro River
destroyed the research facility and associated camp located in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. The centre has unveiled pioneering insights into elephant behaviour,
including how fences made from beehives can deter elephants from raiding farms.
TAIWAN: An earthquake in southern Taiwan has disrupted power supplies in the capital, Taipei and caused the high speed rail service to be suspended. There have
been no reported deaths but several injuries from falling objects. The US Geological Survey said the 6.4 magnitude quake hit about 70 km (43.5 miles) from southern
MEDITERRANEAN: Two people have been killed and six injured as giant waves slammed into a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, the ship's owners have said. The
26ft (8m) high rogue waves hit the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty off the coast of north-east Spain. A spokesman for owner Louis Cruises said three "abnormally
high" waves washed two passengers overboard and broke windows in the front of the ship.
YEMEN: A building in southern Yemen has collapsed, killing at least 10 people, after an explosion ripped through it. At least two children are reported to have died in
the explosion, which happened just before dawn in the town of Taiz. Some reports said a basement near the building was used to store fireworks.
SWINE FLU / MEXICO: Mexican officials said Wednesday they have confirmed the first mutation of the A(H1N1) flu virus in a girl who survived the infection. He
said the girl was treated two months ago at a hospital in Mexico City for a respiratory illness and then returned with a case of severe pneumonia, from which she
recovered. Cordova called on anybody with risk factors that could make them more susceptible to the virus to be vaccinated against it, warning that "these viruses
can mutate at any time" with serious consequences. Officials say 1,088 people have died in Mexico from the virus commonly referred to as the swine flu since the
pandemic first emerged in the country in April 2009. Nearly 16,000 people have died worldwide from the strain after it spread into 212 countries and territories. The
World Health Organisation said last month it was too early to declare that the peak of the global flu pandemic had passed as infections were still rising in regions such
as western Africa.
CUBA: High tidal surges have lead to flooding along the northern coast with some flood defences topped by the waves.
DUBAI: The seasonal rains have again been very heavy and the city has failed to cope with the sheer volume of water leading to several deaths and chaotic impacts
on the roads. The built environment continues to struggle to cope with the seasonal rains.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 3rd March 2010
AFGHANISTAN: Police in Afghanistan say an avalanche has killed a small child and trapped more than 200 motorists in the country's northern mountains. Rescuers
were able to save others who were stranded in Baghlan province. Provincial Deputy Police Chief Zalmai Mangal says authorities and local villagers were able to dig
out hundreds of trapped people by Tuesday using shovels and police vehicles.
SOMALIA: A heavy downpour at Bardere district in Gedo region southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu has caused a flash flood with sever damage to properties
in the district.
UGANDA: More than 300 people are feared dead after heavy rain caused a series of landslides in the mountainous eastern region of Bududa in Uganda. A trading
centre in a village was flattened, leaving shops and houses buried under the mud, officials said. Rescuers are digging in the mud with handheld tools as mechanical
diggers can not reach the affected villages.
CHINA: Rescue workers are attempting to reach at least 31 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in the Inner Mongolia region of China, say officials. One person has
been killed in the flooded mine, near the city of Wuhai, 1,000km (600 miles) west of Beijing. State media said powerful water pumps were being used but that 12
hours after the flood, "no progress" had been made. China's coal mines remain notoriously dangerous despite tighter government regulations aimed at upgrading
VIETNAM: Vietnam's health ministry yesterday announced that a 17-year-girl has been hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country's third case
so far this year, according to a media report.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 1st March 2010
FRANCE: Blame is being laid on weak and aged sea defences after violent storms left at least 50 dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast. Many
died after the sea wall off the coastal town of L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer was breached, allowing 8m-high (26ft) waves to crash through the streets. A local governor said
the walls dated back to the time of Napoleon and needed to be replaced with taller barriers. President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged 3m euros (Â£2.6m) in emergency
sOUTH AFRICAN: Western Cape - Dozens of children remain in critical condition and the number of cases in the measles outbreak continues to grow. Health
officials opened a second isolation unit at Tygerberg Hospital on Friday as the ward at New Somerset Hospital approached capacity. It is understood that by the
weekend, 28 children had been admitted to the New Somerset Hospital and 18 to Tygerberg. The two wards can accommodate 30 patients. On Thursday the
Western Cape Department of Health reported 422 confirmed cases of measles in the province. This was, however, at odds with the records of the National Institute
for Communicable Diseases, which said on February 12 that there had been 517 confirmed cases in the Western Cape. The department has brought forward a
planned immunisation campaign targeting known hot spots.
ENGLAND: Nearly 200 flood warnings were in force last night after Britain was hit by the tail-end of killer Cyclone Cynthia that has ravaged much of the Continent.
Southern England bore the brunt of the torrential rain and high winds which brought havoc to householders and motorists. Okehampton in Devon was worst hit as
more than six inches of rain fell over the weekend. In Kent and Essex cars were trapped in water and residents were cut off from their homes as roads became