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Subject: Around the World Today - Tuesday 30th September
EUROPE: Climate change: Floods, drought, mosquito disease aim at Europe. Climate change will amplify the risk of flooding in northwestern Europe, water scarcity
and forest fires on the northern Mediterranean rim and bring milder winters to Scandinavia, the European Environment Agency (EAA) said on Monday.
Higher temperatures will also extend the habitat range of virus-carrying mosquitoes, including the Asian tiger mosquito which carries the chikungunya virus and other
pathogens, it said. Full Story: http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_change_Floods_drought_mosquito_disease_aim_at_Europe_999.html
SPAIN: Cueta - Rainstorms wreaked havoc Monday in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, forcing the closure of schools, disrupting maritime traffic and
damaging the border fence separating the autonomous city from surrounding Morocco, officials said. Police patrols were increased on the border to prevent the entry
of undocumented immigrants, who have long used Ceuta as a gateway to Europe, climbing over the 8-kilometre-long fence topped by barbed wire. Floodwater
inundated buildings, forcing the evacuation of three families, as well as a market and a morgue which were closed. Ferry traffic between Ceuta and Algeciras on the
Spanish mainland was suspended already on Sunday. Flooding was reported also in Melilla, the other Spanish enclave further to the east, where a river carried tons of
garbage to the beach. Ceuta and Melilla, which are claimed by Morocco, have more than 70,000 residents each.
MEXICO: Authorities of Civil Protection of the state of Tabasco in southeast Mexico declared on Monday a general alert for the imminent tropical wave and a cold
front in the coming 48 hours, Tabasco's governor Andres Granier said. About 5,600 families were evacuated on Monday and sheltered in Tabasco Park, public
school and other buildings because of the overflow of Grijalva, La Sierra, El Teapa and El Pichucalo Rivers. The water levels of six other rivers are over their critical
lines due to the downpour. The Samaria and Carrizal dams are also close to the limits of their capacity. Tabasco suffered the worst flooding in its history 11 months
ago, which killed one person, caused 300 million U.S. dollars in damage and left around 1.2 million people homeless.
INDIA: At least 147 people have been killed in a stampede at a Hindu temple in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan, the state government says. More than
150 people were injured, many seriously, in the crush at the Chamunda Devi temple in Jodhpur. A wall near the temple is said to have collapsed, causing panic among
thousands of devotees marking the start of the Hindu Navaratra festival.
Subject: Around the World Today - Monday 29th September
EGYPT: A fire destroyed the main hall of Egypt's National Theater in the heart of the downtown Cairo Saturday, wounding three firefighters, a civil defense officer
said. Billowing white smoke filled the busy Ataba Square as 22 engines responded to the alarms. Dozens of riot police also deployed to keep back onlookers.
VIETNAM: The death toll from a powerful typhoon that hit the Philippines and China earlier in the week has jumped to 32 in Vietnam as flash floods swept through
villages, the government said on Sunday. Thousands of homes were either washed away or destroyed in northern Vietnam as typhoon Hagupit brought heavy rains
and landslides, the government's storm and flood prevention committee said in a report.
THAILAND: Two Australians and three Thais were struck by lightning and killed during a school trip to a waterfall in northeastern Thailand, authorities said Sunday.
The victims were part of a group of Australian and Thai secondary school students and teachers who were visiting the waterfall Saturday as part of a cultural
CHINA: Torrential rains since Thursday caused swelling of local rivers and led to flood which inundated part of the urban zones of Chongzuo City in south China's
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with more than 13,000 people affected. Seven of the eight streets in the old city zones were flooded with water level as high as
CANADA: Hurricane Kyle veered away from New England Sunday and sped its ripping winds and pounding rains straight toward southeastern Canada, the US
National Hurricane Center said. At 1500 GMT Kyle was moving north-northeast at 24 miles (39 kilometers) per hour with sustained winds of 80 miles an hour (130
kilometers an hour) with higher gusts, making it a category one storm on the five level Saffir scale.
TAIWAN: Hundreds of people evacuated their homes as Typhoon Jangmi pounded Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain on Sunday, causing a major landslide
and forcing the cancellation of flights. Forecasters warned of possible flash floods saying Jangmi, the sixth and biggest storm to hit Taiwan this year, could unleash
up to 1400 millimetres (56 inches) of rainfall in some areas.
GEORGIA: Six people died as a result of landslide in Adjara in the early morning of 29 September. Landslide took place in Khalvashi village of Kobulet Region as
result of heavy rains and fully covered a local resident Archil Davitadze's house.
IRAQ: More than 300 confirmed cholera cases have been registered in central and southern Iraq since an outbreak began on 20 August, with almost 50 percent of
the cases occurring in the past week, the health ministry's cholera unit has said. "The number of cholera cases has reached 327 in nine provinces.
NEPAL: At least 1,000 people have been reportedly affected by an unidentified disease in some villages of Gulmi district in western Nepal, while number of
pneumonia patients has gone drastically up in the district. According to the National News Agency RSS Friday's report, the unidentified disease gripped Darling for a
week and Neta and Paudi Amarai in the district, some 200 km west of Kathmandu, for the last four days. The disease is characterized by headache, fever, common
cold, fainting and diarrhea. With the number of patients increasing, the Village Development Committees (VDCs) have fallen short of medicines, the RSS said. Young
people in between 14 to 20 years of age were more affected. Classes in schools have also been affected due to the disease. However, district public health office said
it was not aware of the epidemic. Acting chief of the office Shiv Chalise said a team of health personnel would be dispatched to the VDCs soon.
ENGLAND: London - A fire at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children has wounded four firefighters and left more than a hundred patients on the street.
Witnesses reported a loud explosion as the fire spread, which is said to have come from a gas canister in the cardiac wing of the hospital. All patients and visitors to
the hospital are said to have escaped the fire unharmed. There was no smoke visible outside the building.
GUINEA: Report by WHO: The Ministry of Health, Guinea has reported two cases of Yellow fever on 20 August and 12 September 2008. The cases have been
laboratory confirmed by the Institut Pasteur, Dakar.
Subject: Around the World Today - Sunday 28th September
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Subject: Around the World Today - Saturday 27th September
GREECE: authorities in Greece's main port of Piraeus have quarantined a North Korean freighter after all 34 seamen on board were diagnosed with tuberculosis. The
Merchant Marine Ministry says all the North Koreans are being taken to hospital for treatment and the ship — named Rakwon 2 — will be disinfected. A ministry
statement said Friday the ship arrived for repairs in January. It had completed a second seaworthiness trial when one of the seamen was hospitalized with
tuberculosis, and the remaining 33 subsequently tested positive for the infectious disease. Authorities are urging everyone who had contact with the ship's crew to
undergo medical tests.
USA: Michigan - Authorities are evacuating a neighborhood on Grand Haven's east side after a sulfur dioxide tank used at the city's wastewater treatment plant
began leaking about 4:35 p.m.A hazardous materials crew is on the way to the area of the plant, 1525 Washington to determine how to stem the gas release.Police are
going door-to-door to clear the area of the plant, and there are no reported injuries or illnesses at this time, according to the county's central dispatch.In municipal
treatment plants, sulfur dioxide is often used to neutralize chlorine during the cleaning and disinfection process. Chlorine is toxic to aquatic life and the plant sits
adjacent to Grand River tributaries. Authorities are asking people to stay away from the area east of Hopkins Street and north of Pennoyer Avenue.
VIETNAM: The death toll from floods in northern Vietnam triggered by Typhoon Hagupit has risen to at least 25 while four others are missing, disaster officials said
Saturday.The victims came from five different provinces, 10 of them from mountainous Son La, said an online report from the national flood and storm control
department. State media had reported 16 dead on Friday.Another three bodies have been recovered in Lang Son province which borders China, bringing the death toll
there to seven, said Bui Thanh, a provincial disaster official."These people were swept away during floods," he told AFP, adding that little rain had been reported since
EAST COAST N. AMERICA: Tropical Storm Kyle will most likely strike Canadian Maritimes possibly New Brunswick, sometime tomorrow - Sunday 9/28. late
Sept. Hurricane warnings are up for coastal areas in U.S. State of Maine.
BULGARIA: A cargo ship, believed to be Ukrainian or Russian, sank in stormy waters off the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria with 10 crew members aboard, authorities
say. The 5,000 tonne Tolstoy, carrying scrap metal, did not send out a distress call, said Nikolai Apostolov, head of the Bulgarian maritime office.
Subject: Around the World Today - Friday 26th & Thursday 25th September
EUROPE: Testing EU's Emergency Management and Response Mechanisms
The third exercise to test the functioning of the EU's Emergency and Crisis Coordination Arrangements in Brussels (CCA) was conducted successfully on Tuesday
September 23rd, 2008. The results of the exercise performed this year to assess crisis management and response mechanisms, confirmed that the arrangements
work well, and the lessons learned will allow them to be improved further. http://euroalert.net/en/news.aspx?idn=7859
PERU: Two archaeological sites near the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu have been damaged by a forest fire, according to Peruvian culture officials. The
government did not reveal how damaged the sites are, saying only that Wayna Q'ente and Torontoy were the sites affected. 600 firefighters are currently battling the
blaze, which briefly looked like it was going to threaten Machu Picchu.
AUSTRALIA: Australia's nuclear research body says it is confident problems arising from a water leak at the country's only nuclear reactor can be addressed. The
reactor has been shut down for 11 of the past 14 months because of various problems, including the seepage. Andrew Humpherson from the Australian Nuclear
Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) says the water seepage was detected at Sydney's Lucas Heights reactor in December of 2006 but it poses no risk to
safety. While ANSTO has acknowledged it may not be able to fix the leak, Mr Humpherson says measures to treat the leaking water are now being considered.
CHINA: Fourteen people have gone missing in the wake of landslides triggered by heavy rain in the quake-hit Beichuan County of Sichuan Province in southwest
China, a local official said on Wednesday. Some villagers in Leigu town have also been injured, said Zuo Daifu, a county official in charge the reconstruction of
Beichuan. Torrential rain has cut contact with more than 20,000 people in southwest China still recovering from the May 12 earthquake which killed at least 80,000
BURUNDI: A lethal mix of rain, hail and strong winds pounded Burundi, killing three people, injuring five others and destroying more than 100 homes, local officials
said Wednesday. A couple died when their home collapsed under the crushing weather on Tuesday in the town of Nyamurenza, in the northern province of Ngozi,
said Jean-Bosco Makera, chief aide to the governor.
SPAIN: The death of a woman in Lein has been confirmed to be the third case of Mad Cow's disease in Castilla y Lein and the fourth in Spain. The Junta de Castilla
y Lein has confirmed that the victim died in the second half of last month from the human variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, but insisted that there was no risk of
any epidemic spreading to the general population. The Spanish Ministry for Health has also commented that the appearance of sporadic cases of the disease did not
indicate any new risks for the general population, and appeared inside the forecasts made for Spain some eight years ago. The Junta implied that the infection in the
latest case took place before the exhaustive controls were introduced by the Spanish Government following the outbreak in the U.K.
CHINA: Macao - About 17 crew members on a South Korean cargo ship were missing after the ship capsized off the coast of Macao on Wednesday. The 4,000-ton
Zues-ho was found capsized in waters around 57 km southwest of China's Macao Special Administrative Region at 4:10 p.m.(0810 GMT) by a Chinese rescue ship.
The ship lost radio contact after sending a distress call to Singaporean maritime authorities earlier on the day. Eight South Koreans, eight Myanmarians and one
Indonesian sailors are missing. The Chinese authorities deployed a 3,500-ton rescue ship and an airplane to the scene to find the missing, but Typhoon Hagupit
hampered the rescue ship from conducting the rescue operations, South Korea's Coast Guard said.
CHINA: Three people died and two were missing as Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in south China's Guangdong Province early on Wednesday, local authorities said.
More than 4.94 million people in Maoming, Yangjiang, Zhuhai and Jiangmen cities were affected and 7,915 houses collapsed. A Guangdong Provincial Flood Control
and Drought Relief Headquarters official said 180,260 hectares of crops were affected and 38,980 ha were ruined. He said 870 factories stopped production and 34
roads were cut off. In addition, 32 reservoirs and 287.8 km of dams were damaged. The direct economic loss was 5.45 billion yuan (800 million U.S. dollars), he
said. Also, 99 hydro stations recorded more than 100 millimeters of rain and 258 stations recorded more than 50 mm of rain on Wednesday, he said. Er Jingping,
general secretary of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and deputy head of the Water Resources Ministry, went to Guangdong to guide the
rescue work on Wednesday morning. The 14th strong typhoon of the year landed in Dianbai County in the city of Maoming at 6:45 a.m. with winds of more than
200 km per hour at its eye, the Guangdong Provincial Meteorological Bureau said.
SUDAN: Twenty-one refugees are believed to have drowned after an overloaded boat capsized in a Sudanese river, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on
Wednesday. Eyewitnesses told UNHCR that the refugees were part of a larger group that tried to cross the Atbara River, near the Shagarab refugee camp in eastern
Sudan, on Tuesday night. One of four boats, designed to carry 15 passengers but crammed with 26, overturned 600 metres from shore.
USA: Colorado - A high school was partially evacuated and 14 people were hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon when 20 gallons of acid spilled. A spokeswoman
with the Cherry Creek School District says Eaglecrest High School, located at 5100 S. Picadilly St., was partly vacated after hydrochloric acid spilled near where
students catch school buses. Authorities say the acid spilled around 3 p.m. as school was getting out. Cunningham Fire responded to the scene, along with its Hazmat
team. Fire officials say three people were treated at the scene and the 14 people taken to the hospital due to exposure to the acid have been treated and released.
PHILIPPINES: The death toll from Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines rose to eight with hopes fading for 13 gold miners still trapped in a flooded tunnel, officials
said Wednesday. The civil defence office said four people were drowned, three killed by landslides and one person electrocuted by a fallen power line after Hagupit
hit the archipelago on Sunday. Almost 5,000 people were still displaced.
CHINA: The Macau government says its tests have found excessive amounts of the industrial chemical melamine in Chinese-made chocolate-filled cookies. The
government in the southern Chinese gambling enclave says in a statement the tainted cookies are made by Lotte China Foods Co. Ltd.
RUSSIA: Some 91 people, mostly children, diagnosed with serous meningitis were hospitalized in Arkhangelsk, a press secretary of the health care department in the
Arkhangelsk regional authorities, Alexander Gavrilov, said on Thursday.
ZIMBABWE: An anthrax outbreak has hit parts of Mhondoro once again, prompting the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to suspend the sale of meat,
particularly beef, in the area. There have been moves to raise awareness on preventive measures and also calls to avoid slaughtering beasts until the situation is
brought under control. So far, only one human case has been detected and authorities are still monitoring the situation to establish if there are more cases.
IRAQ: Thousands of chickens were culled in parts of Iraq as a strain of bird flu tears through the country's poultry industry, officials said Thursday. Luqman Tayeb
Omer with the central veterinarian office in northern Dahuk province said several thousand chickens were infected with the H9 strain.
MEXICO: Veracruz - An outbreak of bird flu was recorded in the northern area of the state of Veracruz, affecting 78 animals, which have already been slaughtered.
MEXICO: Storms flooded hundreds of people out of their homes in southeastern Mexico and caused the death of a woman and four children whose car plunged into
a swollen irrigation ditch. More than two dozen rivers have overflowed in the coastal states of Veracruz and Tabasco, flooding thousands of homes, damaging
bridges and cutting off some villages, according to Civil Protection officials.
ITALY: Ferrara - There have been 6 confirmed and 5 suspected cases of West Nile virus infection in horses reported in the vicinity of Ferrara in Italy. To verify the
diffusion of viral circulation and to prevent the spread of disease, the regional authorities of Emilia-Romagna adopted a special plan of West Nile fever surveillance.
SOUTH AFRICA: Eastern Cape - Queenstown has been hit by an outbreak of Newcastle poultry disease, the Eastern Cape Agriculture Department said yesterday.
"Several districts have been hard-hit by a highly virulent Newcastle disease," the head of Veterinary Services Dr Luba Mrwebi said. There had been two flocks with
confirmed cases so far, one at a commercial poultry establishment near the town, the other in Mlungisi township, he said. Newcastle disease affects all birds
including poultry, waterfowl, pigeons, cage birds, ostriches, and wild birds including guinea fowl. "The disease is caused by a paramyxo virus and spreads very
rapidly through an area by airborne transmission and via nasal discharges, contaminated feed and water, carcasses, wild birds and infected eggs."
Subject: Around the World Today - Wednesday 24 September
PHILIPPINES: One person was killed, about 2,000 displaced and ferry services suspended as Typhoon Hagupit battered the central Philippines with heavy rain,
rescuers said Monday. Heavier than usual southwest monsoon rains whipped up by the typhoon wreaked destruction across the central and southern Philippines over
the weekend, forecasters said. One person drowned and two others went missing when a boat capsized while crossing a river on the central island of Panay on
Sunday, the civil defence office said.
HORN OF AFRICA / ETHIOPIA: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday launched an appeal for 460 million dollars (315 million euros) to
feed 9.6 million people affected by drought and rising food prices in Ethiopia. "The Horn of Africa region is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1984, and
Ethiopia is caught in the middle," said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran in a statement.
EL SALVADOR: Five people have died in El Salvador in flooding caused by continuous rains in the Central American country. Local authorities said Monday night
that all five drowned in La Union province Sunday when a river flooded. The government put the country on high alert because of the rainfall. In the neighbouring
countries of Honduras and Guatemala, the heavy rain has also caused flooding in the valleys and landslides in the mountains.
THAILAND: Nearly two weeks of heavy monsoon rains have killed 14 people in Thailand, inundated 550,000 acres (222,600 hectares) of farmland and affected
hundreds of thousands of households, officials said on Tuesday. Water-borne diseases were spreading rapidly in Thailand's northern, northeastern and central
regions, where some villages were battling 2 metre high water levels. The Interior Ministry said the flooding had affected some 800,000 people in 30 of 76 provinces
in the country of 63 million people.
RUSSIA: East Siberia - An intestinal infection has hospitalized a total of 29 cadets from a military school in the city of Minusinsk in East Siberia's Krasnoyarsk
Territory, a source in the regional consumers rights watchdog said on Tuesday. The exact type of infection and its source is currently being established, although it is
believed to have been caused by out-of-date food. The age of the infected cadets ranges between 10 and 16. Russian media earlier reported that 20 people had been
CARIBBEAN: This situation report is based on information received from, the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) in the affected countries, the Regional
Office in Panama and the National Hurricane Centre. This situation report covers the effects of Hurricanes "Gustav", "Hanna" and "Ike" in the Caribbean. http://www.
BRAZIL: An explosion along a gas pipeline killed at least four people in northeastern Brazil on Tuesday, the state-run oil company said. Petroleo Brasileiro SA said the
explosion occurred at its Furado oil treatment station and forced interruption of at least some gas and oil supplies. A company statement said firefighters controlled
the fire that followed the blast at the station, whose main output is natural gas. The amount of gas and oil produced at the station and what markets have been
affected remain unclear. The statement said rescue teams were searching the site "to make sure there are no other victims." The causes of the explosion were
USA: New Jersey - An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has struck six patients at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick during the past two weeks,
state health officials said today. Three men and three women have tested positive for the disease, and one of the men has since died, though his death is not being
attributed to Legionnaires' because he had other "serious underlying illnesses," said Marilyn Riley, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Senior
Services. Riley said such outbreaks are "pretty rare" in New Jersey hospitals.
MEXICO: A strong earthquake struck off Mexico's Pacific coast late on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami Warning was issued and there
was no immediate report of damage. The quake, measuring 6.4, hit 113 miles (181 km) southwest of Manzanillo, Colima, at a depth of 25.9 miles (41 km) at 7:33 p.
m. local time (0233 GMT), USGS said. It was the second quake to shake Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday.
SPAIN: Heavy rain caused flash floods in several parts of the country on Monday, killing one person, injuring four others and causing major traffic jams. Around
1,900 people were stuck on long-distant trains as tracks were inundated near Tarragona.
ENGLAND: Up to 250 people who fled their homes after a series of explosions in Bath are being allowed to return. Gas canisters blew up at the site of the 60m
SouthGate retail development site, shooting flames 50ft (15m) into the air on Tuesday. Up to 10 canisters were left in a potentially dangerous state and people living in
nine streets were moved out. A 150m exclusion zone around the blast site has been lifted and the affected roads have been reopened.
Subject: Around the World Today - Tuesday 23 September
Subject: Around the World Today - Monday 22 September
ASIA: The global charity organisation World Vision says large investments are needed to protect millions of poor people living in Asia-Pacific coastal areas who are
vulnerable to increasingly deadly natural disasters. It says the investments could run into tens of billions of US dollars, and should focus more on preparing
communities for calamaties cause by climate change rather than waiting for them to happen. World Vision says tens of millions of people are vulnerable to rising sea
levels across the region. Asia is already home to most of the world's natural disasters, with 75 per cent of all people killed last year from such calamities within the
USA: Michigan - A small fire has forced the shutdown of one of two units at southwestern Michigan's Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant. A spokesman says no one
was hurt. Officials say the fire happened about 8 p.m. Saturday in a non-nuclear section of the plant and say there's no radioactive leak or other danger. The cause is
unknown. American Electric Power Co. spokesman Bill Schalk said Sunday the fire started in a turbine generator that converts steam to electricity. The Cook plant is
near Bridgman on Lake Michigan in Berrien County's Lake Township, about 180 miles west of Detroit. It generates about 6 percent of the utility's power. Schalk says
the company will use its coal plants and possibly other utilities to supply the lost power.
CHINA: China said nearly 13,000 children were in hospital overnight after drinking toxic milk powder in a dramatic escalation of Beijing's latest safety scandal. As
the World Health Organisation questioned Beijing's handling of the crisis, premier Wen Jiabao appeared on state television promising to head off further incidents. But
a Hong Kong toddler also became the first child affected outside the mainland and more countries moved to bar Chinese milk products. The health ministry said
12,892 infants were in hospital with 104 babies in serious condition. About 1579 babies had been "cured" and discharged, the ministry said, adding that hospitals
nationwide had seen almost 40,000. At least four children have died from drinking poisonous baby formula. The scandal stems from the practice of adding industrial
chemical melamine, normally used to make plastics, to watered-down milk to boost apparent protein levels. Melamine, which causes urinary problems including
kidney stones, was first discovered in baby formula and then in liquid milk, yoghurt and ice-cream, leading to mass recalls.
INDIA: Leaving 5 children dead in Mingli and one in Afti village, Marwah Tehsil, in the mountainous Kishtwar district, has been hit by a deadly measles epidemic,
affecting dozens of others. Measles, which also goes by the name of rubella [rubeola], is a highly contagious, though rare, respiratory infection caused by a virus.
Causing skin rash all over the body and flu-like symptoms that include fever, cough, and runny nose, it is not always [not often] fatal if treated in time.
REUNION: A volcano on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion started erupting on Sunday, forcing authorities to raise the alert for a possible emergency.
NEPAL: Flooding and landslides in western Nepal killed more than 24 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes during the past two days. At least 15
people were killed in Kailali district and 25 communities inundated when the Mohana River burst its banks after torrential monsoon rains, Nepalnews.com reported.
Almost a dozen flood- and landslide-related deaths were reported in the Kanchanpur, Bajura and Doti districts, it said. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in
the Kailali district capital, Dhangadhi, after it was inundated. More than 50,000 people in Kailali and Kanchanpur are waiting to be rescued. Nepal is still recovering
from flooding in the southern Terai region last month that displaced at least 70,000 people, according to the United Nations. Poor weather is hampering rescue and
relief efforts in the far west. Labor Minister Lekhraj Bhatta joined other lawmakers on a visit to flood-hit areas in Kailali yesterday amid complaints about the
government's slow response to the crisis, according to Nepalnews.com.
TURKEY: Thirteen newborn babies have died in 24 hours at a state hospital in the western Turkish city of Izmir. An investigation into the deaths was underway, said
a senior official. "The number of babies that have perished has increased to 13. We are looking into the deaths," Mehmet Ozkan, the head of the local health
directorate, said. A detailed statement could be made later, he added. Turkish newspapers reported that the babies, all prematurely born and underdeveloped, died at
the Tepecik hospital on Saturday and Sunday. The reports and suggested that an infection was to blame. In July this year, 27 newborn babies died in 15 days at a
state hospital in capital Ankara. The hospital said at the time that the deaths were caused by a variety of reasons, including hypertension, heart failure and
complications at birth. But trade unions blamed it on an infection triggered by poor sanitary conditions.
AUSTRALIA: NSW - Strong winds have swept across south-western New South Wales, causing significant damage and a large dust storm. Emergency crews are
on stand-by across Sydney tonight as storms approach the coast. The Weather Bureau says thunderstorms and high winds will reach the east coast later tonight. The
dust storms have also swept across Mount Kosciuszko, turning the snow orange. Winds blowing in excess of 100 kilometres per hour have already ripped through
several towns including Broken Hill, Hay and Griffith. The State Emergency Service (SES) has received dozens of call-outs for fallen trees and damaged roofs. The
winds whipped up a large dust storm that blanketed the region.
INDIA: At least 15 people were killed and dozens more taken ill Saturday in India`s northeastern state of Assam after inhaling toxic gas while attempting to pilfer fuel
after forcibly stopping a freight train, officials and witnesses said. A police spokesman said the incident took place before dawn near Rangapahar village close to the
Diphu railway station in Karbi Anglong district, about 290 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati.
PUERTO RICO: A tropical disturbance dumped up to 20 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, killing four people and flooding scores of homes, businesses and roads,
authorities said on Monday. Up to 12 inches more rain were expected and flash flood warnings were posted across the island. Schools and many businesses were
closed and officials urged people to stay inside.
Subject: Around the World Today - Sunday 21 September
CHINA: A migrant worker was crushed to death and 14 were injured after a thunderstorm hit part of Shanghai on Saturday afternoon, municipal flood authorities
said. The storm hit the eastern Chinese city's Pudong and Nanhui districts from around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with precipitation of up to132 mm, the Shanghai Municipal
Flood Control Headquarters said. A strong wind accompanied the storm. A 47-year-old male migrant worker died after a two-storey workshop building at a steel
factory in Heqing Town collapsed. Another person was injured. Elsewhere, nine persons were injured at two construction sites. Four others were injured when a 100-
square-meter market building fell. The headquarters said all the injured had been sent to hospital for treatment and there was no danger to life. The "once-in-a century
thunderstorm" also flooded some road sections and more than 60 households, it said.
INDIA: Five districts of Marathwada region are facing the risk of flood after 1.65 lakh cusecs water was released from Jaikwadi dam in Paithan tehsil. High alert has
been sounded in 218 villages situated on the banks of Godavari river, official sources said. Aurangabad, Jalna, Nanded, Parbhani and Beed districts of the region are at
the risk. Waters in Jaikwadi dam surplused due to the incessant rains that lashed Nashik on Friday. Six out of 25 villages in Gevrai tehsil of Beed district are
inundated, said the officials sources.
INDIA: At least 15 Indian train robbers looking to steal diesel from a freight carriage died on Saturday after inhaling poison gas stored in another tank they
accidentally broke open, police said. A police patrol party said they found 30 other people lying unconscious on both sides of a forested train track in India's Assam
state. "We found many empty drums which they must have brought with them to fill with oil," a local police officer said by phone. The train was earlier stopped by
dozens of armed people who police believe were members of a gang which frequently steals crude oil from trains and pipelines carrying oil to refineries in the oil-rich
CHINA: Hong Kong - The Centre for Health Protection today confirmed a case of cholera involving a 25-year-old Tuen Mun man. He developed gastroenteritis on
September 13 and attended Tuen Mun Hospital on September 17. He is now in stable condition in Princess Margaret Hospital. Tests came back positive for Vibrio
cholerae Ogawa. He did not have a recent travel history and his home contact had no cholera symptoms. This is the second cholera case reported this year.
PHILIPPINES: Ships blew their loud horns and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) sailors conducted a search and rescue drill and oil cleanup exercises in Manila Bay on
Saturday to kick off National Maritime Week. GMA reporter Julius Segovia said in a report aired over QTV's "Balitanghali" that the simulation activity was meant to
test the group's efficiency in responding to sea accidents. The drill simulated an incident that supposedly had a motor boat burst in flames at about 9 a.m. at the
Manila Bay. The PCG would receive the distress call by 10:30 a.m. and arrive at the scene using a helicopter.
CHINA: A fire at a club in south China's Guangdong Province left at least 43 people dead and 88 others injured on Saturday night, local police said. Among those
injured, 51 people needed treatment and were being treated in hospital. All were in stable condition, doctors said. The fire broke out at about 11 p.m. at a club, named
"King of the Dancers," in Longgang District in Shenzhen City, when hundreds of people were watching a performance. According to police's initial investigation, the
fire was triggered by fireworks ignited during the performance on the third floor of the club. There was only a narrow aisle, about 10 meters long, in the hall. Many
people got hurt in stampede, said Yang Zhi, a club staff member who survived the fire. "I saw people rushing out at about 11 p.m. and all light were off." Yang
wetted his clothes and followed the others. He got burns on the neck. The fire was extinguished at the night. Most of the injured were the audience, police said. The
province has set up a special working team for the case. An investigation has begun.
CROATIA: Croatian authorities ordered the evacuation of parts of the southern Adriatic resort of Makarska on Saturday because of advancing forest fires, state
radio reported. The blaze near Makarska, 440 km (275 miles) south of Zagreb, started on Friday evening and has been fanned by a northerly wind reaching up to 150
kph (95 mph). Croatia's Adriatic coast is often hit by fires during the summer months. Some 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of pine forests have been burnt and several
hundred firefighters were tackling the blaze. Several nearby villages were without electricity.
AUSTRALIA: WA - Wild weather has hit Perth today, with the temperature plunging almost 8C in just two hours this morning. The temperature was a mild 17.7C
at 8.36am, but had dropped to a chilly 9.8C by 11.32am. At noon, it was 11.1C, with 5.2mm of rain fallen since 9am. Ocean-side suburbs have been pummelled by
high winds, with gusts reaching 102kmh at Ocean Reef, and 87kmh in Mandurah. Gusts hit 67kmh in the city and 82kmh at Perth Airport. The wild winds hit the
Marmion Angling Club, which lost part of its roof this morning. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster James Ashley said a cold front moved through the
metropolitan area about 10.30am. It was expected to be short-lived and start clearing by mid-afternoon.
PHILIPPINES: Nearly 200 people have been reported stranded in eastern Philippine ports on Saturday as tropical storm Hagupit grew stronger on its way towards
the archipelago. The passengers and more than a dozen trucks, cars and buses were stranded in Albay province and neighboring Catanduanes province as sea
transport to and from Catanduanes was halted amid public storm warning.
INDIA: Uttar Pradesh - Torrential rains over the past two days since Sunday have claimed a staggering 1,066 lives in Uttar Pradesh, besides causing considerable
damage to property, an official said. Ninety-two deaths were reported over the weekend. Of the casualties, 138 drowned while the rest perished in rain-related
CYPRUS: Thunder and rain across much of Cyprus has lead to reports power cuts and flooding on the south - coasts. A storm which broke out in the Zygi area at
around 10am this morning caused the snapping of EAC Electric cables and left half of the region without power. With more rain forecast, police have also warned
drivers to take extra care on the roads, especially in the Troodos and Platres region, where low clouds and rain have made visibility poor. The stormy weather is
expected to continue until the middle of next week. The weather service has announced that winds will be moderate to strong (S-SW) at force 4-5, gusting off
windward shores and the highest reaches of the Troodos mountains.
GEORGIA: Floods killed three men in eastern Georgia and devastated villages, grapevines and crops, adding to the crippling damage from last month's war with
Russia, officials and residents said Sunday. Three men drowned in the village of Aziani, where a flood caused by torrential rains damaged dozens of houses and
ruined crops in the winemaking region of Kakheti on Saturday, district head Zviadi Epitashvili said.
Subject: Around the World Today - Saturday 20 September
FINLAND: A young bull in Orimattila in southern Finland was diagnosed with anthrax late on Thursday [18 Sep 2]. The previous documented anthrax infection was
in 2004 at the same farm, which has about 20 head of dairy cattle. The province's head veterinarian was alerted to the farm to establish the source of the contagion
and order decontamination measures.
RUSSIA: Samara - A increasing number of people in the Samara Oblast have contracted hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) -- still referred to locally
as "mouse fever." This is a consequence of an increase in the population of rodents in the region, which are the vectors of the infection. Approximately a 100 cases
of HFRS have been recorded in the region during the past summer.
AUSTRALIA: Northern Territories - Investigations are underway to determine what caused an explosion at a Darwin power sub-station yesterday which left
thousands of people in the dark. Northern Territory Power and Water says the explosion at the Casuarina sub station cut power to most of the northern suburbs for
up to eight hours. Police were left to control traffic, and back-up generators were needed at the Royal Darwin Hospital. Bertram Burke is the General Manager at
Power and Water. "Our systems operated as they were designed to do so which means shutting everything down but also we have to then dismantle, assess the
equipment for safety, effect repairs and test before we can place it back into service," he said. "And that is why these things take some time and we had to
progressively restore power last night."
RUSSIA: Chukchi - Trichinosis outbreak is registered in Nunligran village, Providenskiy area of Chukchi autonomous district. A total of 8 people were infected with
Trichinella after eating walrus meat. Of those, 2 died and 3 are in the district hospital.
Subject: Around the World Today - Friday 19 September
USA: Arkansas - An official says a rocket motor exploded and caused a fire at a weapons factory in southern Arkansas, and that one worker is unaccounted for.
Aerojet spokesman Glenn Mahone says a rocket motor exploded Wednesday afternoon at the company's plant in East Camden. Renee Preslar, a spokeswoman for the
state Department of Emergency Management, says fire crews are battling a blaze at the 1,200-acre compound. She says one worker is unaccounted for and that
there have been no reported injuries. Aerojet employs 500 people at the plant. The company says about 450 people would have been working when the explosion
occurred about 3:15 p.m.
WEST AFRICA: A tropical flesh-eating disease, Buruli ulcer, is spreading across West Africa and has infected at least 40,000 people leaving them with bloody
infected wounds and swollen skin ulcers, which at their worst, require surgery or amputation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease has
been reported in 30 countries around the world, mostly in poor, rural, tropical communities that live near water. In West Africa, according to WHO 2006 statistics,
Ivory Coast has reported 24,000 cases, Ghana reported 11,000, and Benin has 7,000 confirmed cases. Despite a 10-year global WHO-backed Buruli ulcer research
initiative, researchers still do not know how the disease is spread, and whether water-born insects are to blame, as suggested by early research. Even though the
same bacteria family causes both Buruli ulcers and tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer disease receives far less international attention and remains one of the world's most
overlooked diseases, according to WHO.
BOTSWANA: More than 80 percent of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, the world's largest wildlife park, has been destroyed by fires in the past two
weeks, a government official said.
PAKISTAN: In Pakistan, seven workers were killed and twenty wounded after the building of a paper mill collapsed due to an explosion in Gujranwala on
Wednesday. The mishap occurred when one of the dryers of the mill exploded leading to the collapse of the building. The injured are being treated at a local hospital.
COLOMBIA: At least 200 children and an undetermined number of adults were poisoned on Thursday in the Boyaca Province in central Colombia, government
officials said. The cause of the poisoning were unknown for now. Boyaca Governor Jose Rozo said 120 children are still in hospital in Ramiriqui, the other 80 are
being assisted at local health places and an undetermined number of adults await to be assisted in Rondon.
CHINA: Shops in China and elsewhere are cleared of Chinese dairy products after tests find tainted normal milk as well as baby formula.
Subject: Around the World Today - Thursday 18 September
RUSSIA: Two people have died as a result of rabies virus infection in the Povorensk and Podgorensk districts of the Voronezhska Oblast. Neither sought medical
attention for 3 days after being bitten, when it was too late for successful treatment. During the past 8 months of 2008, cases of animal bites increased 2-fold in
comparison with the previous year (4599 in 2007 compared with 7982 in 2008). Physicians emphasize that people experiencing bites by dogs or other animals should
go immediately to the Voronezh Antirabies Centre. Death is unavoidable if there is delay.
CHINA: Seventy-one people were hospitalized after a chlorine leak in a chemical plant in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said late Wednesday.
The leak occurred at around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday in liquified chlorine workshops of the Xundian Phosphorus and Power Company in Xundian Hui and Yi
Autonomous County, the county's official sources said. All the sick staff were sent to hospital within half an hour. They were receiving treatment or under medical
observation. No deaths have been reported. The company is under Yunnan Phosphorus Group. The leak has been contained. Environmental authorities said air quality
had returned to normal. The cause of the leak is still being investigated.
IRAN: A strong earthquake jolted a major port city on the Gulf coast of southern Iran on Wednesday, the official IRNA news agency reported, the second to strike
in a week. The five-magnitude quake hit at 10:13 pm (1843 GMT) west of the port of Bandar Abbas near Bandar Khamir./
GUINEA-BISSAU: With 6,461 cholera cases and 122 deaths, experts say the cholera epidemic in Guinea-Bissau is out of control. The number of reported cases has
doubled in the past three weeks. All of the country's 11 health regions have been affected, including the remote Bijagos islands, 60km off the Bissau coast, which
have reported 158 cases.
TURKEY: An overnight downpour hit the Istanbul region over night. Ground floor homes, underpasses and low lying areas were hit with flooding throughout many
districts of the city. Winds reached hurricane speeds. Many motorists not interested in facing flooded streets abandoned their cars which lead to firefighters facing
blocked roadways. Firefighters rescued numerous people stranded amongst the flood waters. The storm also interrupted flights causing the cancellation of 12
departures from Ataturk International Airport.
Subject: Around the World Today - Wednesday 17 September
WALES: Two imported cattle have tested positive for Bluetongue type 8 and a further is under investigation at a premises near Rhuthin, Denbighshire. The cattle
were imported from the Limoges area of France and were detected following post-import testing. They were part of a group of seven cattle. Restrictions have been
imposed on the premises pending further investigations and a veterinary risk assessment.
USA: Idaho - Hazmat crews rushed out to the Grandview area, outside of Mountain Home, early Monday morning. A semi truck carrying a toxic chemical had gone
out of control, losing one of its tankers. Part of Highway 78 had to be shut down for hours as crews worked to prevent a crisis. The tanker that over turned was
carrying sodium hydrosulfide. It's a caustic chemical commonly used by U.S. Ecology Idaho to treat hazardous waste.
NEW ZEALAND: Low levels of the H5N1 virus have been found in two samples taken from Mallard ducks in New Zealand. It came from a surveillance programme
researching the presence of avian influenza. Known as LPAI H5N1, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says it is different to "bird flu" which is the highly
pathogenic form of the virus. Spokesman Dr Andre van Haldren says the samples were taken from healthy birds and there have been no reported bird deaths or
disease. He says this confirms that strains of non disease causing avian influenza viruses are present in our wild bird populations.
RUSSIA: One person died after a pipe ruptured causing ammonia gas to leak into a dairy plant in Russia's second largest city of St. Petersburg, a source in the city's
emergency service said on Wednesday. A total of 15 people were injured, 12 of them were rushed to hospital. The cause of the industrial accident is being
established. The source added the leak was under control and not a threat to local people living around the plant.
BANGLADESH: Bay of Bengal - More than 100 fishermen were feared drowned in the rough waters of the Bay of Bengal with rising tides setting off flash floods
that hit the coastal belt of southern Bangladesh, rescuers and local officials said Wednesday. The high tides caused by a depression in the bay inundated the low-lying
areas of seven coastal districts, leaving hundreds of people stranded at flooded fishing villages and rice farms. At least 25 trawlers with nearly 300 fishermen on
board capsized in the giant waves overnight as the sea remained rough, hampering rescue operations carried out by coast guard sailors and civil volunteers.
INDIA: Orissa - Over 20,000 people have been evacuated from Orissa's coastal districts and moved to safer places as a wind storm in the Bay of Bengal caused
heavy rains and tidal waves, an official said on Wednesday. The people living near the sea have been moved to cyclone shelters, high rise buildings and near by
schools overnight as tidal waves entered into several human habitations in the coastal districts, Orissa's additional special relief commissioner B Baral told IANS. At
least three villages in the coastal districts of Kendrapada and some villages in its neighbouring districts of Jagatsinghpur and Balasore was affected by the sea water,
he said. Normal life has been affected in the state due to heavy rain in the past two days. The water level in at least two rivers Bansadhara and Rusikulya rose above
the danger level on Wednesday, an official in the state revenue control room said.
AUSTRALIA: Queensland - Four people were taken to hospital and more than 600 students were evacuated after a bin fire released toxic fumes at a Queensland
school. Sparks from welding equipment used by construction workers at Emmaus College at Jimboomba, south of Brisbane, caused the fire around 11.15am (AEST)
today. An Emergency Management Queensland spokeswoman said polystyrene bricks inside the bin caught fire, causing toxic fumes. The fire was extinguished
quickly but firefighters ordered the school's 630 students be evacuated. They were allowed to return at about 1pm (AEST) after firefighters tested the air quality.
Three students and one teacher were taken to Beaudesert Hospital as a precaution after suffering smoke inhalation.
EU / BULGARIA: It is expected that tomorrow the European Commission will make a decision to file the first suit against Bulgaria in the European court. The reason
is the emergency telephone 112, which is still not functioning in the country, a representative of the EC pointed out, cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.
HAITI: The death toll has increased to 423 with approximately 131,000 families affected. The MIC assessment team has undertaken the first of its field trips to
assess the situation as regards bridges.
JAPAN: As Typhoon Sinlaku was travelling through the East China Sea near Japan's southwestern islands, it caused heavy rains on Wednesday. The Japan
Meteorological Agency warned of more torrential rains, which could trigger landslides and flash floods. Typhoon Sinlaku is slowly moving northeast with winds of
up to 90 kilometers per hour.
EGYPT: The death toll rose to at least 90 people after a rockslide buried dozens of homes in Cairo slum 10 days earlier. Civil rights groups say it is possible hundreds
of bodies remain buried.
Subject: Around the World Today - Tuesday 16 September
USA: IKE - In the wake of Hurricane Ike, rescue operations continue in the US state of Texas, where nearly 2,000 people have been saved so far. Around 140,000
people remained in their homes during the storm, despite an official order to evacuate as Ike flooded about 100,000 buildings along an 800-kilometre section of the
Texas and Louisiana coastline. Officials say eight bodies have been found, including three in Galveston, an island city of 60,000 devastated by the storm. Damage to
power grids has left 4.5 million people without electricity and authorities in Houston have ordered a week-long nighttime curfew. Authorities estimate the total damage
at over 15 billion dollars. Hurricane Ike, which caused 100 deaths last week in the Caribbean, has now weakened to a tropical storm. It was the biggest storm to
affect a US city since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005.
KYRGYZSTAN: A state of emergency has been declared in Kadamdzhay District of Batken Region [in southern Kyrgyzstan] due to an outbreak of anthrax. The
Kadamdzhay district administration reported that two sources of the disease had been registered in the villages of Uchkorgon and Markaz. "Now 11 residents of these
villages have been taken to hospital with suspected anthrax. The anthrax diagnosis was confirmed in five of them, with one of them in a serious condition," the
deputy head of the district administration, Turgunay Aytmatova, said. The patients are provided with a sufficient amount of medicine necessary for the treatment, she
SPAIN: Malaga - Reservoir levels are even lower than last year at this time. Nearly 5,000 residents in Malaga province are currently suffering water cuts and the
drought in the region continues. 25 municipalities are suffering the cuts for as long as eight hours a day, for diverse reasons, including a lack of water pressure, and a
fall in the level of the underground water table. Three villages are in a particularly critical situation supplied by water tankers; Almoga, Colmenar and Casabermeja.
The situation may be eased by emergency works being carried out by the Junta de Andaluca, and new wells are also being searched for. Miguel Esteban, the man
responsible for the Environment in the Diputacian Provincial said that there had been a lack of provision A drought is not a problem, it's a characteristic of our climate
and so we should understand it. The reservoirs in the province are now at an average 19.2% capacity containing 117.3 cubic hectometres, levels lower than last year
at this time when they were 25% full.
MEXICO: In Huandacarero of the central western state of Michoacan, over 1,500 people were displaced after the stream flowing past city overflowed its banks on
Saturday night, municipality authorities said. At least five districts of the town were submerged in floodwaters more than one meter deep and some 50 houses were
destroyed, forcing the evacuation of residents to relatives' houses and provisional shelters, mayor Jose Refugio Manriquez said. In Sonora state, the number of
homeless reached to 20,000 and Governor Eduardo Bours asked for support from the Natural Disasters Fund to repair damaged houses, highways and sidewalks.
The most affected cities of the state were Navojoa, Benito Juarez, Huatabampo and Etchojoa. In Ahome of the northwest state of Sinaloa, some 5,000 people were
evacuated from 19 villages in case several dams could burst.
EGYPT: More than 80 Russian tourists vacationing at the Sheraton Sharm Resort in Egypt are believed to be suffering from food poisoning, a Moscow radio station
said on Monday [15 Sep 2008], citing one of the victims. The Ekho Moskvy radio station said it is not clear what caused the poisoning, but the tourists believe they
fell ill after consuming contaminated food. "The tourists are suffering from the same symptoms: diarrhea, stomachaches, nausea, vomiting," Gleb Borisov told Ekho
Moskvy. "Some of them have been unable to leave their hotel rooms for a 3rd day already, although some are feeling a little better now." Borisov said that no major
medical assistance had been given to the tourists, with hotel management reluctant to address the problem, advising the victims to contact their insurance companies.
Russia's honorary consul to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Akhmed Semari, told RIA Novosti that the hotel management had denied there were any
health issues at the resort. Semari said, citing the hotel, that 6 Russian tourists had been taken to an international medical clinic on Sunday [14 Sep 2008], adding that
the results of tests would be available later on Monday.
CAMBODIA: At least 77 Cambodians have been struck dead by lightning so far this year, a sharp increase from the year before, an official said Monday. Only 45
people were killed by lightning in the whole of last year,
CHINA: China evacuated nearly half a million people from coastal areas as tropical storm Sinlaku bore down, but officials said the mainland was expected to escape
the worst, state media reported Monday. Authorities also ordered 30,000 fishing boats to return to harbour in the eastern province of Zhejiang as heavy rains hit,
indicating Sinlaku was moving closer.
USA: Illinios - Governor Rod Blagojevich has declared seven Illinois counties state disaster areas. The governor visited an American Red Cross shelter for flood
victims in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines on Monday before taking an aerial tour of the flooded areas. The counties covered by the declaration are Cook, DuPage,
DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will. Residents in those counties are working to recover from flooding caused by record-setting rains over the weekend. The
governor's office says the state disaster declaration means more state assets and personnel will be available to flooded communities. So far, the state has already
provided 130,000 sandbags, along with several water pumps and boats to help with evacuations.
IRAQ: At least 1,000 people have died as a result of the recent outbreak of cholera in Iraq, Iraqi members of parliament said.
USA: Ohio - Over one million people in Ohio and Northern Kentucky lost power today, Sept 14th, 2008. Southern Ohio experienced strong winds in what appears to
be weather affected by Hurricane Ike and other coastal weather patterns. Tree limbs made contact with power lines and people, while whole trees were snapped off
mid trunk or pulled out of the ground by the roots.
HUNGARY: A cold weather record set in 1925 went by the books on Monday, as temperatures in Hungary plummeted. The coldest temperature on record as a daily
maximum for September 15 was 10.5 degrees Celsius measured in the SW city of Zalaegerszeg 83 years ago. It fell by the wayside when the city of Sopron, in the
NW, reported a high of 8.6 degrees, meteorologist Zoltan Fodor reported. Budapest also set a cold record, with a high temperature of 11.5 degrees Celsius. That did
in a record set on September 15, 1912, of 12.4 degrees. Fodor promised more of the same on Tuesday, with temperatures rising slightly afterwards, to peak at about
18 degrees Celsius on the weekend.
ENGLAND: Stockport - Huge plumes of smoke billowed over Stockport town centre today with residents warned to stay indoors after a fire broke out at a chemical
factory. More than 25 firefighters were sent out to the blaze amid concerns over the potential dangers from chemicals stored at the European Colour Pigment Ltd
plant in Christie Street off Hemshaw Lane and Hillgate. Residents living in Hillgate and Heavily were advised not to go out and to keep doors and windows shut. The
fire broke out at the height of rush hour as traffic was making its way into the town centre. A series of roads had to be closed causing significant delays to
commuters. St Mary's Way was closed between the junctions with Hemshaw Lane, Hall Street and the busy A6 which forms the main route into the town. Police
were this morning reporting heavy congestion on the A6 and urging motorists to use alternative routes. The fire service said no-one had been injured in the fire.
THAILAND: Thailand`s meteorological department has issued flood warnings for 29 provinces in the country`s north, northeast and central regions, while food
shortages, illness, and stress are affecting many victims in areas already hit by the seasonal floods. Residents in the northern province of Phichit moved their
possessions to higher ground after forest torrents from the Phetchabun mountain range inundated areas in Taphan Hin district. Some villagers built sand
embankments to prevent flooding in their villages. In Prachin Buri, some 300 households are without drinking water and many local residents are stressed after their
communities were hit by flooding.
PHILLIPINES: Floods had inundated almost the whole town of Pikit, North Cotabato since weekend and destroyed some P28.1 million worth of crops, reports
from Pikit Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO) said. Pikit municipal police director Elias Dandan said the waters of the Rio Grande de Mindanao overflowed due to
torrential rains since Saturday. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least half of the 42 villages of Pikit are still submerged in waist-deep waters, Dandan said. Reports from
MAO said the floods affected 3,423 farmers from rice and corn-producing villages located near the Rio Grande, including the villages of Inug-ug, Talitay, Rajamuda,
Bagoinged, Buliok, Barongis, Bulol, Bulod, Kabasalan, Katilakan, Punol, and Paidu Pulangi. Dandan said the waters that inundated the farming villages had come from
the Allah River in Sultan Kudarat and from the northern portion of Bukidnon.
COLOMBIA: Volcano Nevado del Huila remains unstable and at risk of erupting, officials said Monday, a day after a 4.0 earthquake shook the cone in southcentral
Colombia. A yellow alert remains in effect in the zone and the National Emergency System has prepared to evacuate local resients in case of an eruption, reported
Caracol Radio. Geologists from the Popay?n Volcano Observatory said that although the cone is shedding ice from its northern slope, they anticipate no repeat of the
avalanches into the canyons of the P?ez and Simbol? rivers that occurred the last three times the volcano heated up. The current activity dates to the first days of
September. The volcano has not caused a major disaster since 1994, when an eruption caused an avalanche that killed more than 1,000 people.
HAITI: As a result of damaged and/or destroyed bridges and infrastructures, the relief delivery is being hampered. The MIC technical assessment expert team plans
to undertake a series of field trips in the coming days in order to assess the situation.
INDONESIA: A 5.4-magnitude and 36 kilometer depth earthquake reportedly struck Maluku province on Tuesday. There are no reports of casualties or damages so
Subject: Around the World Today - Monday 15 September
TAIWAN / CHINA: Typhoon Sinlaku, the 13th tropical storm so far this year in China, injured 13 people when it hit northeastern Taiwan at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday.
The typhoon landed in Yilan County, Taiwan, with winds up to 45 meters per second, monitored by the Fujian provincial meteorological observatory at 5:00 a.m..
More than 130,000 households suffered a power blackout, and 800 lost their water supply, which has yet to be reconnected. A total of 32 shelters have been built for
782 typhoon victims, local authority said. Work and schools were suspended in 21 counties and cities on the island on Sunday. In Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on
the Chinese mainland, more than 170,000 people were evacuated from low-lying coastal regions.
TURKEY: A ferry carrying about 100 passengers sank near Turkey's northwest port of Bandirma overnight, killing at least one person and leaving some 30 people
missing, officials said on Monday. Broadcaster NTV said two people had been killed but the report could not be independently verified. Local fishermen joined rescue
operations when the roll-on roll-off ferry, loaded with 73 trucks and two cars, went down in the Sea of Marmara shortly after leaving Bandirma for Istanbul.
Officials said 68 people had been rescued, 31 of whom were injured, but that strong waves and winds were hindering the search.
NEPAL: At least six people have been killed in southern Nepal in rampages by wild elephants in the last two days, police said Saturday.
ALGERIA: Fires have destroyed more than than 10,000 hectares (38.6 square miles) of scrubland and forest in Algeria within one week, the country's forestry
department (DGF) said in a statement Sunday. The speed of the destruction compares to more than 25,000 hectares of forestry ravaged by fire between June 1 and
September 12. The latest wave of fires -- concentrated mostly in eastern Algeria -- coincided with an exceptional heatwave that hit the north African country.
INDONESIA: At least 21 people have been killed and several others have been injured in a stampede in Indonesia, according to local officials and media reports. The
crush happened as people waited for charity handouts from a wealthy family in the East Javan town of Pasuruan. The cash handouts, of up to $4 per person, are a
tradition during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. Television footage showed women screaming as they were pushed into a fence by the crowd.
USA: Texas - A week-long curfew has been imposed in Houston to prevent looting in the wake of Hurricane Ike which hit the US city and many other parts of
Texas. The night-time curfew is needed because most of America's fourth-largest city is without power, officials say. Meanwhile, rescuers have evacuated nearly
2,000 people from the worst hit areas along the Texan coast. Texan oil refineries put out of action by the storm could take up to nine days to recover, a US official
Subject: Around the World Today - Sunday 14 September
TAIWAN / JAPAN: A typhoon packing winds of up to 160 kph (100 mph) hit northeastern Taiwan on Sunday, dumping up to a meter of rain, causing hundreds of
mudslides, injuring 14 and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights. Slow-moving typhoon Sinlaku covered much of Taiwan as its centre grazed the island's
northeastern tip on Sunday morning. Typhoon warnings have been sounded along China's east coast. The storm is expected to turn towards southern Japan by
September 16. Floods and mudslides have caused dangerous situations throughout the region.
CHINA: One worker was confirmed dead and two others remained missing, after an explosion in a petrochemical plant in northeast China's Liaoning Province at 5:
46 a.m. on Sunday. The body of Wang Guiyan, a female worker at the plant, was recovered Sunday morning, according to the Funeral House in Liaoyang City. A
city government spokesman said that two more workers on duty in the plant could not be reached.
AUSTRALIA: Victoria - Twenty families have left their homes in a Victorian housing estate where explosive methane gas is leaking from a nearby landfill.
USA: Texas - A weakened storm Ike barreled northward on Sunday after slamming into the Texas coast as a hurricane, flooding seaside towns, cutting power to
millions and paralyzing the oil hub of Houston. The giant storm left extensive devastation in its wake and officials had barely begun to assess the damage, which early
estimates put in the billions of dollars. Ike, which idled a quarter of U.S. crude oil production and refining capacity, swamped the island city of Galveston and
hammered Houston, the fourth-largest U.S. city. It shattered the windows of skyscrapers, showering streets with glass and debris, tore apart bus shelters and ripped
metal sheets off buildings. There were 2,602,045 customers without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Ike as of Saturday morning, the U.S. Energy Department
said. That number includes 2,383,062 without power in Texas and 218,983 customers in Louisiana.
USA: Louisianna - Officials say Hurricane Ike flooded more than 13,000 buildings and 200 miles of road in southern Terrebonne Parish, affecting about 20,000
residents. A state official had said 26,000 homes flooded. That apparently was incorrect. Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois says it's worse that Hurricane Rita three years
ago. The man in charge of the levees, Windell Curole, says Ike broke levees in three places - but surged over them almost everywhere. Curole - interim director of
the parish levee district - says most of the levees are between 5 and 8 1/2 feet. They could have handled the predicted surge of 3 to 5 feet. But Curole says the surge
was more like 7 to 9 feet. The Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District ordered 20 portable pumps to help existing pumping stations push water out of low-lying
SLOVENIA: A big storm with strong gusts of wind that hit parts of Stajersko and Gorenjsko regions Friday evening damaged several buildings and flooded many
basements, the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Administration said Saturday.
INDONESIA: Today at 12:00:10 AM UTC an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck the highly populated region of Timor Leste in Timor Leste.
RUSSIA: A Boeing-737 jet crashed near Russia's city of Perm in the central Ural mountains killing all 83 passengers and five crew on board, Russian news agencies
reported Sunday quoting emergency ministry officials.
Subject: Around the World Today - Saturday 13 September
USA: TEXAS - Houston and Galveston take full force of hurricane outcome still not know. Reports of serious damage and disconnections.
FRANCE: Several people were injured after a fire broke out part way through the Channel Tunnel yesterday, police said. The blaze apparently started on board a
lorry being carried on a freight train from Folkestone in Kent to Calais just before 3pm. The fire was detected about four-fifths of the way through the 31 mile-long
tunnel, Kent Police said. Thirty-two people were led to safety through a service tunnel as French firefighters tackled the blaze. French police said a number of people
suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation, but could not confirm whether they needed hospital treatment. The lorry, which is understood to have overturned on
the train, was reportedly carrying the chemical phenol.
CAYMAN ISLANDS: Police say a 74-year-old man died after a swarm of bees attacked him in the Cayman Islands. Police spokeswoman Deborah Denis said
Thursday that George Sherryl Whittaker was attacked by scores of honeybees in his yard in the wealthy British dependency's capital, George Town. Firefighters used
water hoses to chase away the agitated swarm. Denis said Whittaker was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after Wednesday's attack.
ECUADOR: Alexandra Burbano, a technician with the Ecuadorian Animal Health Service (SESA), confirmed today [9 Sep 2008] that 24 bovines with foot-and-
mouth disease (FMD) were identified in the farm "La Tortuga" in the Canton of Valencia, Los Rios province. She said this will be reported to the [World Organisation
for Animal Health/OIE Animal Health Information System] in the coming hours in compliance with international agreements. FMD continues to be endemic with
epidemic outbreaks caused by the virus types A and O. Statistics from the epidemiological information and surveillance system show that cyclical [epidemic?] foci
have not modified the curve of presentation of foci during the last 10 years. This implies that the cycle of presentation of the disease has not been broken, [thus
indicating a lack of progress] towards the goal of eradication of FMD.
NEPAL: At least 1,000 people have been reportedly affected by an unidentified disease in some villages of Gulmi district in western Nepal, while number of
pneumonia patients has gone drastically up in the district. According the Friday's report, the unidentified disease gripped Darling for a week and Neta and Paudi
Amarai in the district, some 200 km west of Kathmandu, for the last four days.
KAZAKHSTAN: Five people hospitalized with anthrax in southern Kazakhstan have had their diagnosis confirmed, the Kazakh emergencies ministry said Friday. The
patients, from a village in the Zhambyl Region, were hospitalized a week ago. "Laboratory tests have confirmed the diagnosis," the emergencies ministry press service
said, adding that the patients were in satisfactory condition and that people they had come into contact with were being closely watched. Measures are being taken to
prevent an epidemic in the region. Outbreaks of anthrax are relatively common in the Central Asian state. Owners of sick cattle have been known to sell meat from
infected animals after culling them, bypassing veterinary checks.
USA: Minnesota - Xcel Energy Inc's 572-megawatt Monticello nuclear power plant in Minnesota shut on Sept. 11 due to a problem with a transformer, the
company told the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a report. With a transformer shut for maintenance, Xcel said another transformer "experienced a lockout"
resulting in a loss of normal offsite power and the reactor shutdown. The company did not say in the report what caused the transformer to fail.
MEXICO: A Mexican gas pipeline caught on fire on Friday near the capital, sending flames more than 100 feet into the air and closing a main highway into the city,
Mexico radio reported. One person was injured at the fire in the satellite town of Cuautitlan Izcalli, the Formato 21 radio station said. The cause of the fire was not
known. State energy company Pemex said a private company operated the line. A Mexican leftist rebel group last year set off bombs at gas and oil pipelines,
disrupting supplies of crude oil and cutting off natural gas supplies to hundreds of manufacturers.
CANADA: British Columbia - Some residents in B.C.'s Central Interior are being told to avoid drinking or bathing in their tap water following an outbreak of
potentially toxic algae blooms. A public advisory was issued to some communities outside Prince George after a thick turquoise film giving off a pungent odour
appeared on the shores of the Tachick and Cluculz lakes.
USA: California - Los Angeles fire officials say at least 17 people have been killed in the collision of a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train in the San
Fernando Valley. Los Angeles City Fire Capt. Steve Ruda says crews are working continuing to work on the recovery effort Saturday morning. Officials say there
were 222 people on the Metrolink train and four Union Pacific employees aboard the freight train. About 250 fire department personnel and 200 police officers were
on the scene before dawn Saturday. As many as 135 people have been reported injured.
PORTUGAL: Braga - An historical building in the heart of Braga city centre collapsed last week killing three individuals who were working on its renovation.
Located on Rua dos ChÃ£os, the three-storey building crumbled to the ground at around 13h54, burying the workers alive. At the time the building fell, a total of
seven men were working on the renovations, three of whom were buried. Rescue operations were called off by the Civil Protection Organisation following fears the
building next door would also collapse. As a precaution, shops and homes in the vicinity were evacuated.
TAIWAN: Taiwan shut down schools, businesses and air transport Saturday as Typhoon Sinlaku lashed the entire island with strong winds and torrential rains.
Subject: Around the World Today - Friday 12th September
Subject: Around the World Today - Thursday 11th September
ENGLISH CHANNEL: Train services through the Channel Tunnel have been suspended after a fire on a freight train near the French coast. (As posting)
INDONESIA: An Indonesian man from Tangerang, a satellite town near the capital Jakarta, has died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to
112, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday. The official, who declined to be named, said the 37-year-old man had worked as a driver for a cargo company at
Sukarno-Hatta airport, Jakarta's main airport for domestic and international flights (Worrying!). The man, who had had no contact with sick fowl, died in early July,
after being treated at three different hospitals, the official said. Tests had showed he was infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
IRAN: At least five people were killed and 26 injured when an earthquake rocked southern Iran, sending tremors across the Persian Gulf and shaking the skyscrapers
of Dubai, Iranian state television said. The country's seismological centre said a magnitude six quake struck with the epicentre about 850 miles south of the capital
Tehran, in the region of Bandar Abbas.
JAPAN: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit northern Japan on Thursday morning, triggering a small tsunami that apparently caused no damage, Japan's Meteorological
Agency said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The agency said the quake hit at 9:21 a.m. off the eastern coast Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island at a
depth of about 12.4 miles. A 4-inch tsunami rippled at the shore about 35 minutes after the quake. A warning had been issued for a tsunami of up to 20 inches along
the eastern coast of Hokkaido and the northeastern coast of Japan's main island of Honshu. Authorities ordered people to stay away from beaches. National
broadcaster NHK showed footage of the coastal area, but there did not appear to be any damage. The report said the force of the quake had not broken windows or
knocked items from shelves.
PHILIPPINES: At least 23 houses were damaged and several families left homeless by a tornado that struck an area in Manila Wednesday afternoon.
INDONESIA: Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami alert on Thursday after a strong 7.6-magnitude earthquake in the country's east, but lifted the warning less than
one hour later. The quake happened at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) at 2200 GMT, 122 kilometres northwest of Ternate city in North Maluku province, the
meteorology and geophysics bureau said.
HAITI: The United Nations has called for some 107 million dollars in humanitarian aid to help Haiti recover from four major storms in less than four weeks, a top UN
official said here Wednesday.
CHINA: Several hundred people believed missing after an industrial landslide engulfed a Chinese town are likely dead, with 128 already confirmed killed, state press
said Thursday, citing a senior official. Minister of Work Safety Wang Jun said "several hundred" people are thought buried in the mud and sludge that came cascading
down onto the village after a mining waste reservoir burst its banks on Monday, the China Daily reported.
IRAN: At least 16 people have drowned in torrential rains and floods lashing western and southern parts of Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported on
Wednesday. The flooding, which began late Tuesday, destroyed or damaged several villages in Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari province in west of the country where 13
people were killed, it said. Another three people were killed and another three wounded in a violent storm in the southwestern city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan province.
Electrical installations were damaged by winds packing more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour and several homes were left without power.
NORWAY: Norwegian oil and gas group StatoilHydro said on Thursday that about 14,000 litres of production oil leaked from one of its facilities in Akershus,
southeast Norway, late on Wednesday. StatoilHydro said in a statement that the oil was a "thin oil" used in the production at the facility that produces lubricating oil. It
said it was able to stop the leak and that it had cleaned up about 6,000 litres during the night. Preliminary investigation showed that the leak was caused by a crack in
a pipe next to an oil tank, the group said.
INDONESIA: Twelve teenagers died and 10 others were having medical treatment in hospitals and their homes after they consumed alcohol-brewed drink on
Monday in Indramayu regency of West Java province in Indonesia, the local police spokesman named only Suhiro said on Thursday. Dozens of teenagers from
Losarang district of the regency were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals after they drank an alcohol-made drink of Vodka and Krattingdaeng, a locally-made
drink to boost stamina in several parties, the spokesman said. "Twelve of them have died since Monday and ten others are still getting medical treatment," he said on
telephone. The spokesman said that most of the teenagers refused to get medical treatment in hospitals because of shame. "Actually, there are dozens of them being
treated at home," he said.
Subject: Around the World Today - Wednesday 10th September
TURKEY: Mugla Province - It emerged yesterday [8 Sep 2008], hundreds of British holidaymakers may have been struck down with salmonellosis. Some have
already been diagnosed with the potential serious infection after returning from a hotel complex in Turkey. These numbers are expected to rise. The tourists affected
were staying at the Holiday Village Turkey in the resort of Sarigerme. They suffered sickness and diarrhea and some were so ill they had to be taken to hospital for
TOGO: An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in the West African nation of Togo for the first time since last year, the Health Ministry said Tuesday. The virus
was detected at a poultry farm housing more than 4,500 birds in the village of Agbata outside the capital, Lome, said a ministry statement read over state television. It
was not known how many birds died, but more than 80 per cent of those infected by the flu were fatalities, the ministry said. The statement did not say whether the
birds were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, which has scientists concerned because it has the potential to infect humans. The Health Ministry
banned the sale of all chicken and poultry products in the region around the farm.
AUSTRALIA: Tasmania - The world's biggest wild abalone fishery, which accounts for 25 percent of the global annual harvest, may be under threat from a
destructive virus, Australian officials said. The ganglioneuritis virus has been detected in two abalone from waters off Australia's southern island state of Tasmania
and tests are under way to determine the extent of the threat. The virus has already devastated the abalone industry in nearby Victoria state on the Australian mainland.
SPAIN: Madrid - The south of the city was most affected by the storm last night. A heavy hail storm brought traffic chaos overnight to the south of Madrid, and
caused damage to many cars and property with windows broken. Many people reported hail the size of bottle tops. The tunnels on the M-30 ring road have had to be
closed because of flooding. Particularly hit were the districts of Carabanchel, Usera and Santa Mara de la Cabeza.
GHANA: Some communities along the coast, in the Keta Municipality, have suffered from what could be described as one of the major disasters ever recorded in the
area in recent times, when strong tidal waves washed away three communities. The affected communities are Dzita, Akplorwotorkor, and Dakordzi. Other areas that
were affected by the waves were Atiteti, Fuveme and Kporkporgbor, which left hundreds of people, including women and children, homeless with all their belongings
washed away. The people, whose main occupation were fishing, farming and petty trading, told The Volta File that last Wednesday at about 2 a.m., the sea swept
over the shores and run into several homes, destroying properties worth millions of cedis.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has hit the Solomon Islands but has caused no immediate damage. Solomons national disaster officer Loti Yates
said the earthquake's epicentre was 200km west of the capital, Honiara, at a depth of 10km.
IRELAND: Its eerie blue hue was attracting plenty of curious onlookers who crowded around a glass jar yesterday -- but its sting could be deadly. A poisonous
Portuguese Man O' War has been found alive in Irish waters, sparking fears that larger swarms could follow. The discovery, in a lobster pot off the Kerry coast at
the weekend, could mean more of the fish are on their way here, a marine biologist warned yesterday.
IRAN: A quake in southern Iran injured 15 people on Qeshm, an island in the southern Gulf close to where the tremor struck, reported on Wednesday without giving
further details. Reported an aftershock of 4.8 on the Richter scale following the stronger tremor earlier in the day southwest of the major port city of Bandar Abbas.
The power was cut on Qeshm island as a result of the quake.
ENGLAND: A fresh outbreak of bluetongue has been detected in livestock imported to the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has
said. The disease, which can be fatal to animals such as cows and sheep, was identified in 18 cattle on premises near Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Defra said
the animals originated from a bluetongue-restricted zone in Germany. The disease was picked up during post-import testing carried out on all susceptible animals
arriving from the Continent.
EU / HAITI: Responding to the request for assistance from the Haitian authorities to the European Community Mechanism for Civil Protection on Monday, the MIC
is currently activated. The request concerns logistics and technical assistance as most of the international relief efforts are hampered by the damaged and destroyed
infrastructures and bridges on site.
CUBA: Hurricane Ike slammed into Havana after its second landfall in Cuba, packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour. Ike is gaining strength as it is now
moving across the Gulf of Mexico on a projected path towards the Texas coast although the storm's path could veer off. Source: GDACS / BBC News
JAPAN: Tropical storm Sinlaku formed in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday and it is expected gather strength to become a category IV typhoon as it will move towards
Japan on Thursday. Forecasters predict its winds will reach up to 230 kilometer per hour with wind gusts of up to 277 kilometer per hour. Source: GDACS
CHILE: Heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides in the region, La Araucania, affecting more than 81,755 people and damaging or destroying nearly 10,922
houses since last week. Evacuation of people from isolated area has begun by emergency response operations, however 4,713 people still remained stranded.
Subject: Around the World Today - Tuesday 9th September
GERMANY: Germany is engulfed in a discussion over how to best handle nuclear waste, after it surfaced that several leaks threaten security at a dumping site in
Lower Saxony state. German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel did not beat around the bush. The dumping site in the Asse mountain range in northern Germany
is "the most problematic nuclear facility in all of Europe," he said last week.
HURRICANE IKE / CUBA: Hurricane Ike has powered ashore south of Cuba's capital, Havana, bringing with it fierce winds and heavy rains. Huge waves are
pounding the capital's seafront promenade as the eye of the storm moves closer, while there are floods and mudslides on higher ground. Tens of thousands of people
have been evacuated from Havana ahead of the storm's second landfall this week. Four people are known to have died so far in the storm, which battered the east of
the island on Monday. It is the first time in several years that a hurricane has claimed lives in Cuba, which is renowned for its well-organised mass evacuations. State
television said almost 1.25 million people had been moved to shelters so far - more than one tenth of the island's population.
VANUATU: A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu early Tuesday, the U.S.
Geological Survey reported. No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
IRELAND: A series of flood warnings were issued yesterday as a result of the tail end of Hurricane Hanna passing by the north coast. Met Eireann said there will be
heavy rain throughout the first half of today and more tomorrow, with the country expected to be hit with bouts of "exceptionally wet" weather. The west of the
country, especially coastal areas, is expected to have anything up to 50mm of rainfall by lunchtime today as a result of poor conditions which started yesterday.
CHINA: Hundreds of people may be missing after a mudslide triggered the collapse of a reservoir of iron ore waste in northern China, burying houses and sweeping
away cars in a wall of thick sludge that killed at least 34 people. Monday's landslide, caused by torrential rain, injured 35 people at the Tashan iron ore mine in Shanxi
province. More than 1,100 police, firefighters and villagers were hunting for survivors in the rubble. State radio added in a report on its website that "several hundred"
were missing, though it did not provide any additional information.
LAOS: Authorities in Laos detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the north of the country last week and slaughtered all poultry affected, a government spokesman
says. The government did not say how many birds were infected with the deadly virus, which was detected in a village about 150km north of the ancient royal capital
Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
SOUTH AFRICA: Last week was the big chill, but this week Gauteng is in the grip of a heat wave. The mercury was today set to rise to 31C in Joburg and as high
as 34C in Pretoria. According to the South African Weather Service, the heat may cause "dangerous to very dangerous conditions" across the country's north, central
and eastern parts.
MOROCCO: The U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency says a highly contagious sheep and goat plague has hit Morocco and could spread to southern Europe. Agency
spokeswoman Teresa Buerkle says the outbreak has reached 29 Moroccan provinces and has largely affected sheep. She says the viral disease is known by its
French name peste des petits ruminants (small ruminants' plague), or PPR. The disease is closely related to cattle plague and is transmitted to goats, sheep and wild
small ruminants through close contact between animals. Buerkle says it poses no risk to human health. She told a U.N. briefing Tuesday that there is a concern PPR
could reach southern Europe because of the close trade Morocco has with countries including Spain.
BULGARIA: Samokov municipality declared a state of emergency on September 9 to deal with the fire that started two days earlier in the Mechkata area on the bank
of Iskur Dam in the foothills of Rila Mountain, the Interior Ministry said in a media statement. The cause of the fire is believed to be the wide-spread practice of
farmers to set stubble fields ablaze, private broadcaster bTV reported. The law prohibits such activity in areas that are within 500m from forests. The fire in
Samokov municipality is close to the village of Gorno Okol. French fire-fighting aircraft, which arrived a day earlier to fight the fire in the Rila national park, will
assist the fire fighters in Samokov municipality, where the fire has spread to cover around 400ha, half of which are mixed forests. About 120 employees of the
Interior Ministry, civil protection, Defense Ministry and Samokov municipality were trying to extinguish the fire near Gorno Okol. There were 10 fire-fighting
vehicles, three water tanks and a bulldozer at the site, the Interior Ministry said. Currently, there is no threat to Samokov municipality population and property,
according to the ministry's statement.
INDONESIA: Two people died and 60 were injured in an earthquake in Indonesia's South Sumatra province on Tuesday morning, a government official said. More
than 350 houses in several villages were damaged by the 5.6 magnitude quake, which hit the area near Lahat, said Rustam Pakaya, a senior official at the health
ministry who handles disasters, adding that 10 people had been hospitalised. Southeast Asia's biggest economy lies in an area of intense seismic activity.
CANADA: A person died of listeriosis in Ottawa Monday and public health officials are probing whether the death is linked to a recent outbreak that has killed 13
people across the country. Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa's medical officer of health, said the death was the city's first fatal case of listeriosis this year. Listeriosis is a food-
borne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. A single strain linked to 13 deaths has been traced to a Maple Leaf Foods meat processing plant in
SPAIN: Spain's Interior Ministry says a ship carrying 1,000 tons of fuel has partially sunk in the northeastern port of Tarragona. A ministry official in Tarragona says
an undetermined amount of fuel leaked from the 120-foot (36-meter) vessel after its stern went down early Tuesday while it was docked. The official said, that
crews have set up floating booms to contain the spill. He characterized it as minor. The ship is not a tanker. It supplies other vessels at the port with fuel. The official
says it was carrying 750 tons of fuel oil and 260 tons of diesel. He spoke on condition of anonymity because department rules do not permit publication of his name.
Subject: Around the World Today - Monday 8th September
PHILIPPINES: Authorities in the southern Philippines have ordered the evacuation of 50,000 people following two landslides in a remote mining village that left 25
people dead or missing. Villagers and soldiers are engaged in a desperate attempt to unearth a cluster of houses buried in thick mud and rocks in the Compostela
Valley. The provincial disaster rescue agency says the death toll has risen to nine, with 19 people injured. Sixteen are listed as missing, and hopes of finding them alive
are fading quickly. It says at least 18 houses had been completely buried while dozens of others are damaged in the village of Masara. Heavy monsoon rains over
three days triggered two landslides and intermittent rains are hampering rescue operations.
HAITI: Officials in Haiti said Sunday that heavy flooding caused by Hurricane Ike has killed at least 47 people. Those deaths add to an estimated toll of 500 people
killed during the past week by a series of storms. Officials also said a key bridge collapsed, cutting off the central city of Gonaives from desperately needed aid
RUSSIA: Magadan - An outbreak of trichinellosis has been registered in the settlement Myaundja of the Susumanskiy region of Magadan oblast. It involves 12
people, including 3 children under 14. The severity of the disease is mild to moderate. All the cases had consumed smoked bear meat at the end of July and the
beginning of August 2008. All affected people are now receiving treatment in the infectious diseases department of the regional hospital. A preventive informational-
educational campaign is being carried out on the spot to prevent new cases. Trichinellosis has been registered in all the territories of Russia, and family outbreaks are
TURKS & CAICOS: A slightly weaker Hurricane Ike moved toward Cuba late Sunday afternoon after damaging most of the homes on Grand Turk Island earlier in
the day. Turks and Caicos Premier Michael Misick said the storm damaged 80 per cent of the homes on the main island and that hundreds lost their roofs as the
hurricane made a near-direct hit. In South Caicos, a fishing-dependent island of 1,500 people, most homes were damaged, the airport was under water, power will be
out for weeks, and every single boat was swept away, despite having been towed ashore for safety, a government official said. The Category 4 storm was
downgraded to a 3 in the U.S. National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. ET report. The hurricane's eye was then about 120 kilometres west of Great Inagua Island, the
Bahamas' southernmost island, and the storm's maximum sustained winds had fallen to 190 km/h from of 215 km/h earlier Sunday. Moving west at 22 km/h, Ike's
core will move away from the Bahamas and be over or near eastern Cuba Sunday night, the centre said.
GUINEA BISSAU: A cholera epidemic which has claimed 90 lives to-date in Guinea Bissau, with more than 3,900 people suffering from the disease, is spreading but
no new cases have been reported from neighbouring Guinea, the WHO said Sunday. "The cholera outbreak continues with 3,915 cases and 90 deaths reported as of
31 August" in Guinea Bissua, said a World Health Organization report
ENGLAND: Northumberland - More than 400 people were evacuated from their homes after the town of Morpeth in Northumberland was 'virtually cut off' when
the River Wansbeck burst its banks. The town has experienced the worst flooding since the 1960s. The situation was so serious an RAF helicopter was called in to
help pluck several stranded residents to safety. The British government is to announce that it will operate the Bellwin scheme, which provides emergency financial
assistance from government to Local Authorities to meet the costs of an emergency or disaster. Severe flood warnings have also been issued for Pickering in North
Yorkshire which has been repeatedly hit by flooding in recent months and years.
CUBA: High winds and torrential rain hit the east of the island ahead of the Category 3 hurricane, flooding low-lying areas and causing rivers to burst their banks.
Forecasters warned that Ike could lash the heart of Cuba, still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Gustav, for two days, Officials said just over a million people had
been evacuated from their homes in a matter of hours on Sunday. In the capital Havana, police with loudspeakers passed through the streets urging people to take
steps to protect their property.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: At least one Papua New Guinean villager is confirmed dead, many are missing and thousands are homeless following flooding in the
northwestern Morobe Province. Morobe Disaster Service (MDS) said 500 people were now suffering malaria and dysentery that struck after flooding from heavy
rains for close to 24 hours caused major rivers to overflow. On Friday the MDS reported 250 homes were swamped as the Markham, Busu, Bumbu and Yalu rivers
rose. But a weekend report from Morobe's remote Garaina region described massive destruction to houses, good gardens, cash crops and domestic livestock. The
report also described a malaria outbreak and hundreds of locals now bedridden with cold and flu symptoms. PNG's National newspaper said access to the region had
been hampered by a lack of helicopters.
HUNGARY: Temperatures reached 36.7C in Szeged on Saturday, setting a new record high in Hungary for that date, the National Meteorological Service reported.
The previous record for September 6 was 36.5C, also gauged in Szeged in 1946. Budapest experienced the hottest weather for that date since 1982. The National
Ambulance Service said the number of accidents due to carelessness rose in the unusually hot weather. Disaster Control spokesman Tibor Dobson said fire-fighters
had been alerted 500 times due to the great heat and dry weather. Public swimming pools in Budapest were filled to capacity.
CHINA: A landslide triggered by heavy rain killed at least 26 people in northern China on Monday, while an unknown number of others remained trapped. The flow
of mud and rocks in Shanxi province collapsed a mine warehouse, said the provincial work safety bureau. It was not known how many of the victims were inside the
warehouse when the landslide occurred at about 8 a.m. in Xiangfen county of Linfen city. More than 300 police and villagers were searching for survivors. One
person was injured. Twenty-two people were rescued, state broadcaster China Central Television said.
MACAU: A total of 141 people in Macao were food-poisoned after eating polluted raw oysters in local restaurants, the Special Administration Region's health
authorities announced on Monday. The food-poisoning outbreak was firstly reported on Aug. 28 when a number of people fell sick after eating raw oysters served in
a buffet restaurant in the Venetian Macao Resort, and more cases were later reported in restaurants in the Sands Hotel, Golden Dragon Hotel and the Macao Tower,
according to the SAR's Disease Control and Prevention Center of the Macao Health Bureau (SSM). The SSM said in its latest press release that eight new cases were
reported on Monday, the victims of which dined in the four restaurants mentioned above and ate raw oysters, but it also confirmed that those victims have fully
recovered from the illness. The problem oysters served in the four restaurants came from the same supplier in Hong Kong, according to the SSM, which has ordered
the four eateries to stop providing raw oysters at their buffets. The food-poisoning was caused by Norwalk virus that was communicable through food, vomit, and
excreta among human beings, said the SSM, adding that the victims comprised locals as well as tourists from Hong Kong and elsewhere. Earlier, a spokesman for
Hong Kong SAR's Center for Food Safety told the media that they have made initial contacts with the supplier, Pearlwin Limited, and "requested them to supply
information on the quantity and distribution of the concerned oysters to facilitate the tracing of the source and distribution outlets". The SSM said that it will
strengthen cooperation with its counterpart in Hong Kong and the local Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau to tackle the issue.
AUSTRALIA: NSW - A bus crash will cause about 60 "casualties" in Sydney on Tuesday as part of NSW's largest emergency management exercise since the 2000
Olympics. Up to 150 emergency service personnel will take part in the exercise, which will centre on the emergency response to a crash between a bus and a car at
Sydney Olympic Park. Police, firefighters, ambulance officers and SES volunteers will take part, along with personnel from Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the
Salvation Army and NSW Health. Student nurses from Sydney University will play the role of casualties in the exercise
CANADA: Nova Scotia - The worst of post-tropical storm Hanna skirted Nova Scotia on Sunday, but still left residents in northern parts of the province dealing
with flooded basements and washed-out roads. Emergency measures officials said their main concern Monday was to warn those with flooded basements to be
careful if there were downed electrical wires near their homes. Heavy rainfall washed out some roads in Cumberland County, causing the school in River Hebert to
close its doors for the day since buses couldn't get students to the building. The town of Parrsboro was struck with the heaviest rain, at just over 100 millimetres.
Emergency officials were keeping a close eye on water levels in rain-swollen rivers in Cumberland County on Sunday.
IRAQ: Bagdad - Two more cholera cases have been diagnosed in Baghdad, bringing the number of cases to seven since last week, including a fatality in the south,
the Health Ministry said on 7 September.
SWEDEN: Two animals infected with bluetongue disease have been destroyed, as Sweden's agricultural ministry gears up to prevent a wider outbreak of the feared
livestock disease. A total of 81 municipalities are to be affected by restrictions.
CUBA: Hurricane Ike's winds and massive storm surge have ripped apart houses and toppled trees as the deadly storm roared across Cuba toward Havana and its
historic but decaying old buildings. Forecasters said it could enter the Gulf of Mexico next, with Louisiana among the likely targets. More than 770,000 Cubans
evacuated to shelters or higher ground ahead of the Category 3 hurricane, which earlier raked the Bahamas and worsened floods in Haiti that have already killed at
least 319 people.
BAHAMAS: Ike roared across low-lying islands Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, destroying homes, sweeping away boats and bringing more rain to waterlogged
communities in Haiti, where at least 48 people died in the floods. Slamming into the southern Bahamas, Ike bore down on Cuba on a path that could hit Havana head-
on, and hundreds of thousands evacuated to shelters or higher ground. To the north, residents of the Florida Keys fled up a narrow highway, fearful that the
"extremely dangerous" hurricane could hit them Tuesday.
Subject: Around the World Today - Sunday 7th September
CANADA: British Columbia - An industrial accident at a mushroom farm in Langley Township has left three people dead and two others in serious shape.
Emergency crews, including a medevac helicopter and a technical-rescue team, were called to the deadly mishap in the 23700-block 16th Avenue around 6 p.m.
Friday. CKNW News Radio reported that at least three men were overwhelmed by noxious fumes in a utility shed on the property, and that several others were also
overcome when they went in to help. Rescue crews on scene reported three fatalities, two people taken to hospital and about six others who were pulled to safety.
HAITI: Almost 500 bodies have been found in the port city of Gonaives, Haiti, after floodwaters caused by recent storms receded, according to reports. Police
commissioner Ernst Dorfeuille said 495 bodies had been found and the toll could get higher. A ship carrying 33 tons of UN aid arrived in Haiti on Friday to help an
estimated 600,000 people struggling in the wake of tropical storm Hanna.
USA: Minnesota - Winona health officials are warning people to be careful around bats. Two bats have tested positive for rabies in Winona in the past month. The
Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic has treated several patients for bat bites in the past two weeks, including one patient who was bitten by a rabid bat. In the most
recent case, a bat brought to a veterinary clinic tested positive for rabies after biting a 4-year-old boy. The bat was found in the child's bed. The first reported bat
with rabies bit a man on the finger as he grabbed it from his washing machine. Many times people won't know they've been bitten because a bat's teeth are so small.
Last October, a Monticello man died from rabies. He didn't realize he'd been bitten until symptoms had already set in.
UK: The UK was lashed by torrential rain and gale-force winds yesterday as the first major storm of the autumn caused widespread chaos. Large swathes of the
Britain were deluged, with heavy and persistent rain causing some localised flooding. Severe weather and flood warnings were in place in south west England and
Wales, with the heavy rain expected to drift north as the weekend progressed. Homes across Britain are expected to be at risk of flooding for days to come after
thousands of people were evacuated as water levels continue to rise. A total of five people have died in accidents related to the rains and the North East is currently
the region most seriously hit by the storms. Up to 1,000 properties in Morpeth, Northumberland, have been flooded. An RAF helicopter was called in to help pluck
several stranded residents to safety. Flash floods have also hit parts of Yorkshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
INDIA: Assam - At least 17 persons were killed as flood situation in Assam turned grim affecting an estimated 12 lakh people in 18 districts with surging waters
inundating the rhino homelands of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary drowning a rhino calf. With one more killed in Morigaon district, the toll
rose to 17 in the third wave of floods which breached embankments and overrun large tracts of human habitation, official sources said on Friday. Most of the flood-
hit people were forced to flee homes to take shelter in highlands and 189 relief camps.
SOUTH AFRICA: Eastern Cape - Twelve tuberculosis patients have run away from the Jose Pearson TB hospital in Port Elizabeth, up from the initial six thought
to have absconded, the Eastern Cape department of health said on Friday. "Three of the escaped patients have the extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR) and nine
have the Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR)," he said. Police have been dispatched to look for them. According to the department of health 10 more security guards have
been added to the Jose Pearson TB hospital and the Fort Grey hospital in East London after protests by patients wanting to leave the facility.
HUNGARY: he national medical officer has issued a heat alert effective until Sunday due to an approaching major heat wave. Afternoon temperatures will be several
degrees above 30 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country from Friday until early next week. The daily mean temperature is likely to reach 25 degrees Celsius in
the coming days, or even 27 on the weekend and Monday.
FRANCE: Twelve people were injured, three seriously, when a roof collapsed in a shopping mall in southeast France on Saturday, police said. About 20 people were
in a shop inside the Grand'Place mall at Echirolles near Grenoble when 150 square metres of the roof came down.
HURRICANE IKE: Hurricane Ike strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on Saturday as it churned westward across the Atlantic on a path
that would take it through the Bahamas toward Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
EGYPT: Cairo - Ten people were killed and 19 injured when a rockslide hit a shanty town in Cairo on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise, security sources
said.Dozens of houses in the Manshiyet Nasser shanty town east of central Cairo were completely destroyed by boulders and rocks, the sources said.
INDIA: Bengal - Around 70 people at Sidhar village under Suti-I block in Murshidabad are suffering from cholera for the last week or so. The disease has already
claimed two lives. Sources said all the tube wells in the village are lying defunct for the last few months.
NETHERLANDS: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) - The Netherlands must spend nearly 2 billion euros ($2.9 billion) annually in the coming decades to
protect low-lying areas from coastal flooding, the Dutch government said on Wednesday. With sea levels projected to climb as much as 1.3 meters (4 ft 3 in) this
century and another 2 to 4 meters in the next, current flood and sea defenses will not be enough to protect the country of 16 million people from surging tides, said
the commission, led by former agriculture minister, Cees Veerman.
Subject: Around the World Today - Saturday 6th September
Subject: Around the World Today - Friday 5th September
CHINA: Liaoning - At least 27 people were killed and six others injured when a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine on Thursday in northeast China, officials
said. The explosion occurred when 41 miners were working in the mine in Fuxin in Liaoning Province. Six of the 14 survivors were injured and hospitalised. Senior
officials have rushed to the accident site and a probe has been launched. Nearly 3,800 people died in coal mines accidents in China last year although independent
monitors say the real figure was likely far higher as many accidents were covered up.
TS HANNA / USA / HAITI: Tropical Storm Hanna closed in on the southeastern US Thursday after hammering Haiti and was expected to surge into a hurricane,
even as explosive Hurricane Ike gathered force in the Atlantic. The UN says the storms that have hit Haiti in recent weeks have left some 600,000 people in desperate
need of help.
HURRICANE IKE: Hurricane Ike turned into an "extremely dangerous" category four storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday with winds of 215 kilometers (135
miles) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center reported.
UGANDA: A hepatitis E epidemic has killed 121 people in northern Uganda, where it erupted in October last year, a health ministry official said Thursday. The
outbreak has mainly affected displaced residents in the Kitgum district returning to their homes, which lack proper hygiene.
KENYA: Busara - A huge hailstorm turned parts of central Kenya white, thrilling residents most of whom had never experienced such conditions, officials said on
Wednesday. Hailstorms are usual in some parts of Kenya, which straddles the equator, but the ferocity of the storm in Busara, 255 km (158 miles) northwest of the
capital was unprecedented.
USA: Idaho - A southwestern Idaho bird farm has been quarantined after two birds there were found to have a bird flu virus, but Idaho Department of Agriculture
officials say it is not the same virus that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. About 300 birds were shipped from the farm to a bird dog sporting
event at Prado Regional Park in Chino, Calif., just before the virus was detected, and all of those birds were quarantined and euthanized.
MONGOLIA: A total of 2460 sandgrouse were found dead in Uvurkhangai [Ovorhangay] aimag's Bayangol and Tugrug soums and in Dundgobi [Dundgovi] aimag's
Saihan Ovoo soum. Professionals have been investigating the cause of mortality but are still unable to identify it. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
officers were on site to destroy the dead birds and to disinfect the area.
BULGARIA: Sofia - An illegal landfill in Sofia neighbourhood Hristo Botev, close to Sofia airport and Drouzhba district, caught fire in the early hours of September
4. The reason was the spontaneous combustion of refuse, which included a large amount of polyethylene plastic bags, causing a suffocating stench to spread. The
fire was extinguished at 9am by teams of the civil protection service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The ministry said it measured the air quality and found
excessive levels of carbon and ethylene oxides in the air, which could harm the respiratory organs. Residents of both Hristo Botev neighbourhood, who are
predominantly Roma, and Drouzhba were advised to keep their windows closed.
USA: Hawaii - A U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed this evening about 5 miles south of Honolulu International Airport, a news release said. The
helicopter's four-man crew was conducting search and rescue drills with a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Honolulu when it went down at 8:15 p.m., the release
said. The Coast Guard was notified by the FAA and immediately launched a C-130 search plane from Air Station Barbers Point. A crew on board an inbound Air
Force C-17 to Honolulu International saw the Coast Guard helicopter go down and circled the site until a rescue boat from the Honolulu Fire Department could get on
scene. The 47-foot motor lifeboat is also on scene, as is the C-17, the C-130 and helicopters from the Honolulu Fire and Police Departments. Officials said three of
the four crewmembers have been accounted for, but their status is unknown. Divers are in the water searching for the fourth crewmember. Some wreckage has
been found by a rescue team that includes three boats and a helicopter. Coast Guard officials said a news conference is scheduled for about 10 p.m. tonight. (Our
thoughts are with crew, colleagues and families).
Subject: Around the World Today - Thursday 4th September
IRAN / IRAQ: An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale shook the vicinity of Iran-Iraq border in Ilam province, southwestern Iran, early on Thursday. The
Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 03:13 hours local time (22:43 GMT on Wednesday)
MEXICO: Police say an American tourist drowned after a giant wave swept him and two others away in southern Baja California. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that
Richard Harry Barr, 72, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, drowned in Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday. State police investigator Enrique Wilar says the two other people
managed to swim to shore. Wilar said the three were taking a walk on a beach when they were swept away. The surf was unusually rough from the effects of
Tropical Depression Karina. On the same stretch of beach two years ago, a giant wave swept away and killed an American tourist.
SPAIN: A wildfire on Thursday forced the evacuation of about 1,000 people from urban areas near the south- western Spanish port of Algeciras, rescuers said.
More than 100 firefighters using 17 aircraft or helicopters were trying to contain the flames, which devastated 150 hectares of scrub, including parts of a nature park.
HURRICANE IKE / ATLANTIC: Hurricane Ike turned into an "extremely dangerous" category four storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday with winds of 215
kilometers (135 miles) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center reported. The powerful storm was moving over the west-central Atlantic far from any land.
CHILE: Chile has declared an emergency in southern areas where torrential rains have left at least eight people dead and caused widespread flooding. Some 23,000
people have been affected by the rains, said to be the heaviest in more than 30 years. Helicopters have been used to reach some residents, but in the worst-hit areas
boats are needed for rescue work. Officials say food, blankets and fuel are being sent to the area, although many roads have been cut off.
UGANDA: Uganda has reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, FMD. The outbreak of the cattle disease has been reported in Nakisunga and Nyenga sub-
counties of Mukono district, central Uganda. According to Dr. Fred Mukulu, the director of production, it is the 1st time in 20 years that Mukono has registered an
FMD outbreak. The outbreak has led authorities to impose a ban on cattle movement.
HAITI: Tropical storm Hanna has killed at least 38 people and left thousands homeless in Haiti and caused widespread flooding in the Dominican Republic, authorities
said Wednesday. According to reports reaching here, many houses were damaged by the flooding. The city of Gonaives, some 100 km north to the capital city, was
flooded and declared in emergency state. The death toll reached 10 on Wednesday. The flooding even blocked the entrance to Gonaives, where water in some areas
was three meters deep. Haitian President Rene Preval said the government was taking actions to cope with the situation in eight of the 10 provinces of the country.
DUBAI: A helicopter crashed into an oil drilling platform off the coast of Dubai, killing all seven people on board, officials said Thursday. Among the victims were an
American and a Briton, said Hanan Moussa of the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. Also killed were two Indians, a Pakistani, a Philippino and a
Venezuelan, Moussa said. The Bell 212 helicopter crashed Wednesday on the deck of an oil rig, then broke up and fell into the sea, said a spokesman for AeroGulf
Services - which operated the chopper. A fire broke out aboard the rig, located about 43 miles (70 km) off the coast of Dubai. The fire was quickly contained, the
AeroGulf spokesman said. Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.
INDIA: New Delhi - With the death of a 33-year-old army garrison engineer, India`s national capital, Delhi reported its first suspected dengue death. Major Vikas
Kumar who died Tuesday was admitted to Research and Referral Army Hospital on Friday with high fever, vomiting and acute body pain.
ZIMBABWE: Harare - Two people have died and 23 are in hospital following an outbreak of cholera, the highly contagious diarrhoeal disease, in one of Harare's
crowded townships, health officials said Thursday. The outbreak occurred on Monday in Chitungwiza, a dormitory township of about a million people on Harare's
southern outskirts where sewerage routinely flows through the streets and people's yards.
INDIA: Uttar Pradesh - A deadly and mysterious fever is causing panic in the northern city of Kanpur, India and in the villages that surround the area. More than
100 people have already died of the illness in the past four weeks. As a result, there’s been a mass exodus from the region. The situation is particularly bad in two
villages where the disease has already infected more than 1,000 people. There are also reports that at least 40 people have died of the mysterious fever in the past few
days, according to the news agency.
Subject: Around the World Today - Wednesday 3rd September
BANGLADESH: Rising rivers driven by late monsoon storms in northern Bangladesh Tuesday flooded hundreds of homes and forced the rescue of thousands of
people stranded in muddy villages, officials said. The swollen Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers breached their banks, inundating farmlands in the 16 stricken districts in
the past two days, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said. The rains have been blamed for at least eight deaths in mudslides since the weekend. Nearly
20,000 people from the low-lying areas in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts were given shelter in schools and community centres. Another 100,000 people were
waiting to be rescued, officials said.
USA: Authorities in the US state of Louisiana have reported eight storm-related deaths, in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, which has now been downgraded to a
tropical storm. The dead include an elderly couple in Baton Rouge, who were killed when a tree fell on their home. It brings to more than 100 the number of fatalities
linked to the storm. Most died in Caribbean islands as the hurricane made its way towards the Louisiana coast. However, Gustav is continuing to weaken as it moves
inland from the US Gulf Coast. It is expected to slow further and lose energy today as it crosses into Texas. Officials say the city of New Orleans escaped the worst
effects of the storm and that flood defences that were rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago have so far managed to hold. An estimated 2m people had
moved inland from the Louisiana coast to avoid Gustav.
YEMEN: Hundreds of families (totalling about 2,000 people) in the southern governorate of Abyan have begun to leave their homes due to severe drought in their
mountain villages, a senior official has said. Sirar District, a mountainous area in Abyan, has been particularly badly affected since May. Al-Khader Mohammed Saleh,
director-general of Sirar District, told IRIN that over 300 families had left their villages over the past week as a result of the drought.
HAITI: Gonaives in northern Haiti was underwater today due to Tropical Storm Hanna, and town officials called for help amid fears of a disaster like the one
Tropical Storm Jeanne sparked four years ago.
Subject: Around the World Today - Tuesday 2nd September
CHINA: Hubei - At least five people were killed and three reported missing Monday after four consecutive days of torrential rain in central Chinas Hubei province.
The heaviest rain to hit the province this year has so far affected more than five million people in 43 counties, damaged 4,841 houses and caused loss of more than
1.978 billion yuan ($289 million), the Ministry of Civil Affairs said here. The ministry activated emergency response system and sent a work group to the province to
help in the relief work.
ENGLAND: Flash floods gripped the Burnham area last night as cars had to be rescued from flooding and homes seeped in water. Torrential rain hit parts of
Burnham, Taplow and Dorney causing severe flooding in less than two hours. The railway bridge in Huntercombe Lane North, in Taplow, was one hotspot where
cars had to hauled through the water after getting stuck. The scene was repeated around the area as Buckinghamshire and Berkshire fire crews said that they were
inundated with calls, after drainage systems struggled to cope. Chiltern Road, Stomp Road, Maypole Road, Conway Road and Hogfair Lane, all in Burnham, were
swamped in water, where it was reported that the roads 'looked like rivers'.
SOUTH AFRICA: Nkandla - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele has declared Nkandla and surrounding areas in the north of the province affected by fires
disaster areas. He made the announcement at the homestead of Inkosi Muziwami Zuma whose son was killed yesterday when a corrugated was blown off a roof by
strong wind. Ndebele was part of a high-ranking delegation visiting affected areas. He says it is not possible yet to determine how much money is needed to assist the
victims. Meanwhile, 18 people have been confirmed dead in the Nkandla area while around 200 homesteads have burnt down. Fires have also destroyed large areas of
grazing and killed wild animals and livestock in many areas, including the eastern Free State, the Waterberg mountains of Limpopo province and the Groot Marico
area near Zeerust in North West.
BUKINO FASO: Heavy rains and violent winds in Burkina Faso have killed six people, wounded 18, and left 4,200 homeless according to the government's National
Council for Emergency Aid (CONASUR). Seven of the country's 13 regions have been affected by the rains according to Amade Belem, the permanent secretary of
CONASUR, and overall 500 houses have been destroyed. The highest homeless toll is in Bati in the southwest where 1,188 people are displaced and are currently
sheltering in schools or government offices, or with neighbours and relatives.
SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape - In the tourist city Cape Town, high winds and torrential downpours flooded roads and caused power disruptions. Along the
Western Cape coast close to Cape Town -- known as the "Cape of Storms" -- salvage operators were keeping a close eye on the stricken 185 metre (607 ft) "Nena
J", which was reportedly carrying steel pipes from India to Chile. The carrier, with 16 crew onboard, had dropped anchor some two miles off the coast, after a tow-
line from salvage tugs snapped in 10 metre swells on Sunday.
FRANCE: Two Parisians are suffering from malaria, although they did not leave France. The 2 young people have been hospitalized at CHU [University Hospital
Center] Nice since 23 Aug . "Their health is improving," said the Directorate General of Health (DGS). The 1st clinical signs (fever, headache, vomiting, and
decreased blood platelets) appeared on 18 Aug 2008, 5 days after their arrival in the south of France. The DGS said that the couple visited friends 7 kilometres (4.4
mi) from the airport of Roissy Charles de Gaulle from 5 to 7 Aug . If a search was launched around their holiday location in Saint-Raphael in the Var region [in
south east France] in order to exclude the hypothesis of the presence of a mosquito vector of malaria, it would appear that the diagnosis of "indigenous malaria" called
"of airport" is the most likely.
BAHAMAS: Tropical Storm Hanna on Monday developed into a full-fledged hurricane east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic ocean, US officials reported, as deadly
Hurricane Gustav pounded the Gulf Coast near New Orleans.
CUBA: Hurricane Gustav damaged 100,000 homes and devastated schools, power supplies and tobacco crops in western Cuba, officials said Monday, as Fidel
Castro hailed preparations that prevented any deaths. Gustav, which killed more than 80 people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, tore through western
Cuba late Saturday as a huge Category Four storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson Scale.
JAPAN: About 590,000 people participated in disaster-prevention drills held nationwide Monday on Disaster Prevention Day. The government held a comprehensive
disaster-prevention exercise in cooperation with six prefectures in the Kinki region as well as Fukui, Mie and Tokushima prefectures based on the scenario that
Nankai and Tonankai earthquakes had hit the area.
GUSTAV / New Orleans - Hurricane Gustav has hit a deserted US Gulf coast but delivered only a glancing blow to New Orleans before weakening and heading
inland. A still-largely deserted New Orleans on Tuesday prepared to take stock of damage from Hurricane Gustav after rebuilt levees appeared to hold off a repeat of
the flooding caused by Katrina three years earlier. Gustav roared through the heart of the U.S. Gulf oil patch but oil and natural gas prices plunged when Gustav
weakened before landfall and spared key Gulf oil installations, easing fears of serious supply disruptions. As the hurricane's winds slowed, it also stayed on a westerly
track, missing New Orleans in a twist that helped keep it from becoming the monster storm feared just days earlier. But the storm surge kicked up by Gustav tested a
levee system still being rebuilt after collapsing during Katrina. A tense vigil followed into Monday night for any sign of the kind of deluge of three years ago when 80
percent of New Orleans flooded and thousands were stranded.
INDIA: Bihar - In the second boat capsize in four days, at least two persons drowned and 10 people went missing when an army boat carrying flood victims
capsized in swollen Kosi river in Bihar's Madhepura district on Monday evening. The accident took place when the boat carrying around 15-16 marooned persons
from a village in Purnea district was caught in a whirlpool in the river and sank, police sources said. Bodies an old woman and a child have been fished out while
around ten others were missing and were feared drowned. The missing persons included an army jawan, sources said, adding four of the occupants were saved.
Altogether 20 flood victims were killed when an army boat capsized near Mirganj in Murliganj block of Madhepura district on August 29 during evacuation.
USA: Nevada - An air tanker hoping to drop retardant on a wildfire in the Sierra Nevada crashed on takeoff near Reno on Monday, killing all three crew members on
board. The twin-engine P2V air tanker owned by Neptune Aviation of Missoula, Mont., had been fighting a wildfire earlier in the day that had forced evacuations over
the weekend in California's Alpine County near Hope Valley south of Lake Tahoe, Reno fire spokesman Steve Frady said Monday night. Names of the three
confirmed dead in the crash had not been released, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Preliminary reports from witnesses
suggested the tanker lost a piece of its engine or a wing after its 6:11 p.m. takeoff from Reno-Stead Airport before it caught fire and went down about a half-mile
away, he said. The crash started a small brush fire that local crews extinguished, Frady said. He said the debris field from the crash covered approximately 5 square
miles northwest of the airport northeast of U.S. Highway 395.
DR CONGO: A humanitarian plane carrying 17 passengers crashes in eastern DR Congo, a UN official says.
Subject: Around the World Today - Monday 1st September
GUSTAV / CUBA: Cubans returned from shelters to find 20,000 flooded homes and washed-out roads Sunday, but no deaths were reported after a monstrous
Hurricane Gustav roared across the island and into the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico. About 250,000 Cubans were evacuated before Gustav made landfall on Cuba's Isla de
la Juventud, then again on the Cuban mainland in the region that produces much of the tobacco used to make the nation's famed cigars. It was just short of top-scale
Category 5 hurricane with screaming 140 mph (220 kph) winds as it moved across the island, toppling telephone poles and fruit trees, shattering windows and tearing
off the tin roofs of homes.
GUSTAV / LOUISIANA: More than a million people fled Louisiana as killer Hurricane Gustav on Sunday roared toward New Orleans, a fragile US coastal city still
deeply scarred by the devastating 2005 Katrina storm. Highways out of New Orleans have been crammed since before dawn as people scurried to escape a monster
storm that could slam the Louisiana coast as early as midday Monday. GUSTAV / GULF COAST: Storm force winds and rain from approaching Hurricane Gustav
began lashing the US Gulf coast early Monday, soon after nearly two million people fled the state of Louisiana ahead of the killer storm. The exodus is being called the
largest evacuation in US history, and officials have also shut down the area's vital oil production facilities.
USA: East Coast - The State Department urged Americans on Saturday to be aware of the risks caused by Tropical Storm Hanna to people traveling to the Bahamas
and to the Turks and Caicos Islands
CHINA: A powerful aftershock rocked southwest China's Sichuan province on Sunday, one day after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake left at least 28 people dead and
about 350 injured, state media reported. The aftershock, with a magnitude of 5.6, struck the area near the city of Panzhihua, the same region hit by Saturday's deadly
quake, the US Geological Survey said. Rescue teams rushed to bring tents, food and water to survivors, as well as to help evacuate more than 30,000 people from
Panzhihua after up to 300 aftershocks rattled the area.
INDIA: Bihar - Authorities struggling to provide aid after devastating floods in eastern India said on Sunday they needed more boats and rescuers to help hundreds
of thousands of people still marooned in remote villages. Bad weather and heavy rain over the past few days have hampered rescue and relief operations in the worst-
ever floods to hit Bihar state in 50 years, officials said.
MISSOURI: Officials in East St. Louis say two people are dead after being exposed to a hazardous material. However, none of the hospitals involved are reporting
deaths from the incident. Eight to ten people are hospitalized around the St. Louis area after being exposed to some type of hazardous chemical or material. At least
two people are very critical condition. St. Anthonys Hospital in South County and DePaul Hospital in West County both shut down their emergency rooms when
victims showed up with blue skin.
USA: Washington - The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that an Ellensburg, Washington, police sergeant died from
[a] hantavirus [infection]. Local health officials are still investigating how the officer may have contracted the virus. The officer's death was the 2nd hantavirus
infection in Washington in August  and the 1st death this year . State health officials say a Bellingham resident whose name has not been released was
also treated for [a] hantavirus [infection]. The virus spreads through contact with mouse saliva, urine or droppings. On average, 1 to 5 cases of the virus are reported
in Washington annually. Of 35 confirmed state cases since 1993, 11 people have died.
RUSSIA: Kray - An outbreak of enterovirus infection has occurred in the city of Vladivostok. About 300 cases have been registered, 269 of whom are children. In
half of the cases the disease developed into serous (aseptic) meningitis, which can have serious consequences. Galina Shklyar, the senior infectious diseases specialist
in Vladivostok, said that all the infections occurred as a consequence of people swimming in the sea around the shores of the territory.
KENYA: Farmers near the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro have been reporting floods caused by the melting Kilimanjaro glaciers even during the dry season of the year.
Local English newspaper The African on Monday quoted a Mwanga farmer as saying that the amount of water from the mountain had been enormous this year to
have submerged farms and roads.
SOUTH AFRICA: West Cape - A cold front bringing with it snow, storms and minus degree temperatures to South Africa has cost several people their lieves as
well as destroyed thousands of hectares of bush and pasture land, according to local reports Monday. Highland regions of the West Cape Province around Capetown
were hit by snow, while three other provinces were plagued by bush fires of several kilometres that were whipped up by strong winds. One official compared the
burning areas to a battlefield, saying the fires were out of control. Rescue workers and government officials spoke of between 10 and 15 people dead, including the
pilot of water bomber plane that crashed over the weekend. Meanwhile Greek freighter the Nena J was in danger of being run aground near the coastal town of
Gaansbai. The ship containing steel destined for Chile was met by waves of up to 10 metres high.
CANADA: Newfoundland - Two adults and two children were taken to hospital to be checked out , after a giant wave hit Middle Cove beach. It happened around 8:
30 last night, as sudden large waves swept up the beach and pulled several people into the water. Rolanda Ryan says several dozen people were enjoying bonfires
along the beach when a giant wave came out of nowhere and rolled over them.
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