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  • Cyclone Pam leaves many of Vanuatu population homeless

    03/15/2015 2:21:00 AM PDT · by moose07 · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 March 2015 | BBC
    The President of Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale, described Cyclone Pam as "a monster" Vanuatu's president has told the BBC many of his people are homeless after the "monster" cyclone that ravaged the Pacific island nation on Saturday. His voice breaking, Baldwin Lonsdale said Cyclone Pam had destroyed most buildings in the capital Port Vila, including schools and clinics. A state of emergency has been declared in the tiny state of 267,000 people, spread over 65 islands. At least eight people are reported to have been killed. However, it is feared the toll will rise sharply as rescuers reach outlying islands...
  • First deaths confirmed after Tropical Cyclone Pam roars over Vanuatu

    03/14/2015 7:18:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    , CNN ^ | Ben Brumfield and Laura Smith-Spark
    A tropical cyclone killed at least six people in Vanuatu, UNICEF said Saturday, confirming first casualties from one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. Hardly a tree stood straight after Tropical Cyclone Pam bellowed across the Pacific island nation. Aid workers fear many more fatalities. The confirmed deaths came only from the capital, Port Vila. Only a little information has so far trickled out from areas outside the capital, but Sune Gudnitz, regional head for U.N. aid agency OCHA told CNN from Fiji, about 600 miles away, that he fears the worst.
  • Mega wave hit Oman's coast 4,500 years ago

    11/06/2014 5:01:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 73 replies
    Times of Oman ^ | November 03, 2014 | Sarah MacDonald
    Geologists from GUtech, in cooperation with archeologists from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, have dug up evidence of a tsunami or severe storm that hit Ras Al Hadd about 4,500 years ago...The fact that there were two settlement phases, the first of which was marked by buildings made of sand brick, and the second by mud brick, suggests the village was destroyed at one point and rebuilt. The remains date back to between 3,100 and 2,700 BC, and the evidence suggests they were built one after the other, meaning the people didn't leave the area despite having their homes...
  • Hawaii storms: Iselle set for direct hit; Julio looms behind

    08/07/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Justice · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7 | Ben Brumfield, Jason Hanna
    <p>Hawaiians are preparing for a potentially devastating one-two tropical cyclone punch, starting with Hurricane Iselle, which in a rarity for the state could make direct landfall Thursday evening.</p> <p>Iselle, on track to pass over the Big Island of Hawaii as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph, could bring up to 12 inches of rain, life-threatening storm surges, flash floods and mudslides, forecasters say.</p>
  • [Cat 5] Cyclone Ita shows no sign of weakening as it heads for north Queensland

    04/10/2014 8:40:29 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 22 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | 4/11/2014 | unknown
    The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Ita, the category-five system bearing down on the far north Queensland coast, is showing no signs of weakening. The weather bureau says Ita has slowed down as it heads towards the coast and should make landfall between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight. The bureau says the cyclone has very destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour near the core. Cooktown resident Ivan Juff says locals are nervous but he has decided to stay put. "I've seen what Cyclone Larry and all those did, and this is up there with them ......
  • NOAA.gov - (Subject: C5c) Why Don't We Try to Destroy Tropical Cyclones by Nuking Them?

    Subject: C5c) Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them? Contributed by Chris Landsea During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea. Now for a more rigorous scientific explanation of why this would not be an effective...
  • Decades-long mission to replace Sea Kings hits another snag

    07/04/2012 8:16:23 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | July 02, 2012 | Daniel Leblanc
    After more than 25 years of trying to replace the country’s fleet of Sea King maritime helicopters, the Canadian Forces have watched another deadline come and go. Sikorsky International Operations Inc. was supposed to deliver the first of 28 state-of-the-art CH-148 Cyclones in June, after the Harper government agreed in late 2008 to extend the deadline on the $5.7-billion contract by 43 months. In the latest in a string of missteps in military procurements, Sikorsky is pushing back on the delivery, with still no official date being offered for the completion of the contract. “Sikorsky has yet to start delivering...
  • What is the Difference Between a Cyclone, Typhoon and Hurricane?

    08/26/2011 10:28:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Dahloan Hembree, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Do you know the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone? People often think they are one in the same. It is confusing enough to try to keep up with the hurricane season and all the terminology, without having to decipher the difference between the three. All storms are the same after all, or are they? I found out that while they share common characteristics, they are still different. How are they different? Basically, the location is what gives the storm it's name. If a storm was to form in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean, we would...
  • Two tropical cyclone formations possible next 48 hours (South and West of Cape Verde Islands)

    08/11/2011 4:38:54 PM PDT · by Clive · 22 replies
  • Weather Wars?

    09/01/2005 6:09:36 AM PDT · by al_c · 23 replies · 839+ views
    weatherwars.info ^ | Scott Stevens
    "Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations.It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important." [Secretary of Defense William Cohen at an April 1997 counterterrorism conference sponsored by former Senator Sam Nunn. Quoted from DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Q&A at the...
  • Army aircraft are flying to North Queensland

    02/04/2011 9:27:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Avio News ^ | 2/4/2011 | Avio News
    “Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft including both C-17 Globemaster’s (heavy transport aircraft) and C-130 Hercules are on standby to fly north to cyclone-affected areas and the Australian army based in Townsville is preparing Blackhawk and Chinook aircraft to assist in emergency operations,” an ADF member (Australian Defence Force) said yesterday. On Wednesday ADF helicopters, eight Blackhawk’s, three Chinooks and three NH90s had flown from Townsville to Mackay Airport due to Tropical Cyclone Yasi emergency, but the aircraft soon came back to Townsville yesterday to go and assist in disaster recovery operations in North Queensland. “There are approximately 4000 defence...
  • Cyclone Yasi strikes North Queensland

    02/02/2011 1:19:34 PM PST · by jimt · 10 replies
    guardian.uk ^ | 2/2/11 | Patrick Barkham/Adam Gabbatt
    The residents of North Queensland are assessing the damage after cyclone Yasi, the largest tropical storm to strike Australia since Europeans first settled there, created winds of 186mph and waves more than 9m high. As meteorologists predicted, it was midnight when the destructive core of the category five cyclone crossed the coast at Mission Beach, a small resort where two World Heritage sites meet, 30 miles south of the town of Innisfail. Thousands of the 400,000 people living in the path of the 300-mile wide cyclone spent a sleepless night in hot and crowded emergency evacuation centres set up in...
  • 'Monster' Storm Bears Down On Australia...... Cat:4

    02/01/2011 12:25:04 PM PST · by TaraP · 31 replies
    Sky News ^ | Feb 1st, 2011
    Australia has begun evacuating thousands of people from its northeastern coast ahead of a cyclone that could rival Hurricane Katrina in its destructive power. Cyclone Yasi has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. Forecasters say it is likely to further strengthen and could generate winds of up to 175 mph before it hits land on Wednesday morning. An official warning has been issued saying it poses a "serious threat" to communities in north Queensland. More than 400,000 people live in Yasi's predicted path, which includes the towns of Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. The region, which takes in Australia's Great...
  • Evacuations as 'Potentially very deadly event' Cyclone Yasi bears down on Queensland

    01/31/2011 9:55:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 24 replies
    Telegraph (Au) ^ | February 01, 2011 4:16PM | By Greg Stolz, Brian Williams and Peter Michael
    UPDATE 3:20pm: Around 255 hospital patients at the Cairns base Hospital and Cairns Private Hospital are being airlifted out of the city early tonight as the north prepares for one of the biggest cyclones in his history. Premier Anna Bligh said the patients would arrive in Brisbane tonight and could be accommodated. Anna Bligh: "We have never evacuated a regional hospital like this in Queensland's history". Hundreds of tourists are deserting Queensland with airlines arranging extra flights for people scrapping their holidays due to Cyclone Yasi. Qantas has put two extra flights into Cairns and is expected to add another...
  • Cyclone roars toward Australia's flooded north (Yasi)

    01/31/2011 5:38:21 PM PST · by quantim · 6 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 31, 8:16 PM EST | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) -- A strong tropical cyclone roaring toward Australia's flood-ravaged northeast will likely cause powerful and deadly flash-flooding, officials warned Tuesday, as residents braced for what's predicted to be one of the fiercest storms the region has ever seen. Cyclone Yasi was barreling toward the Queensland state coast as a strong Category 3 storm on Tuesday with winds up to 137 mph (220 kph). It was expected to hit the coast Wednesday as a violent Category 4 storm with wind gusts up to 155 mph (250 kph), dumping up to three feet (one meter) of rain on communities already...
  • Southeast Queensland braces for more storms after severe cells batter areas south of Brisbane

    12/15/2010 1:13:19 PM PST · by steveo · 1 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | December 16, 2010 | Tuck Thompson
    SOUTHEAST Queensland is bracing for more storms after cricket ball-sized hail, lightning and strong winds lashed the region yesterday. The storm cell knocked out power to 35,000 homes and businesses as it swept through the region. A motorcyclist died in a crash with a car during a severe hailstorm on Mt Cotton Rd in Thornlands, south of Brisbane, police said. Trains and road traffic were delayed as commuters were hammered by more than 2500 lightning strikes, localised heavy rainfall and winds gusting to more than 75km/h. Energex crews were working through the night to restore power to thousands of homes....
  • What is the Difference between a Cyclone, Typhoon and Hurricane?

    08/10/2009 5:59:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 1,331+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 8/2007 | Dahloan Hembree
    Do you know the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon and a cyclone? People often think they are one in the same. It is confusing enough to try to keep up with the hurricane season and all the terminology, without having to decipher the difference between the three. All storms are the same after all, or are they? I found out that while they share common characteristics, they are still different. How are they different? Basically, the location is what gives the storm it's name. If a storm was to form in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean, we would...
  • Heads up - Tropical wave developing, to enter Gulf of Mexico next week (Invest 93)

    06/26/2009 8:39:26 AM PDT · by BP2 · 44 replies · 1,688+ views
    NOAA ^ | 6-26-09 | NOAA
    Invest 93 See Infrared Loop Here: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huirloop.html Statement as of 8:00 am EDT on June 26, 2009 For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico...A tropical wave over the western Caribbean Sea continues to produceshowers and thunderstorms from Cuba and the Cayman Islands southwestward to Honduras. Conditions appear marginally favorablefor some slow development of this system before it reaches theYucatan Peninsula late tonight or early Saturday. There is a lowchance...less than 30 percent...of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. Locally heavy rain will continueover portions of Cuba and the Cayman Islands today...
  • Category 5 cyclone moves closer to mainland Australia..

    03/08/2009 6:28:49 PM PDT · by TaraP · 28 replies · 1,166+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 8th, 2009
    Evacuations continued Sunday along Australia's Queensland coast as a Category 5 cyclone moved closer to the mainland. Residents were preparing for Cyclone Hamish, possibly the worst storm in almost 30 years, to make landfall Tuesday between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. Winds of up to 280 km/h were recorded as the cyclone approached islands in north Queensland on Sunday. The town of Airlie Beach, which is the gateway from the mainland to the Whitsundays, was already being pounded by strong winds and heavy rain. Evacuations were reported on several north Queensland islands, including Fraser, Lady Elliot, Heron, South Molle, Long and...
  • U.N.: Up to 25% of Myanmar cyclone aid lost

    07/25/2008 10:27:51 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies · 672+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/25/2008 | MSNBC
    BANGKOK, Thailand - As much as 25 percent of cyclone relief aid in Myanmar is being lost because of the military government's foreign exchange system, a United Nations official said Friday. Dan Baker, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Myanmar, said he is concerned that the losses could upset donors who have already shown a reluctance to fund the relief effort following the May 2-3 cyclone that killed 84,537 people, according to the government. "This is a big issue. This is a big concern," Baker said. "The donors aren't going to give us money if they know they will (lose) a...
  • Myanmar Cyclone: Burma's Junta Turns Away US Aid Ships

    06/04/2008 4:44:25 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 578+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships
    Myanmar cyclone: Burma's junta turns away US aid ships By Thomas Bell, South East Asia Correspondent Last Updated: 1:46PM BST 04/06/2008 Four American navy ships, laden with relief supplies, are steaming away from the Burmese coast because the military junta will not allow them to help starving cyclone victims. On board the boats were 22 urgently needed heavy-lift helicopters, amphibious vehicles and water purification equipment. The Burmese regime claimed that, far from wanting to help the 2.5 million survivors of last month’s cyclone, the US was in fact intent on stealing the country’s oil resources. "I am both saddened and...
  • LET THEM EAT FROGS

    05/30/2008 4:41:48 PM PDT · by rontorr · 16 replies · 697+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 31 May, 2008 | Bangkok Post
    Rangoon - The military junta began evicting destitute families from cyclone relief centres on Friday and rejected foreign food aid - because people can survive perfectly well by hunting "large, edible frogs." The New Light of Myanmar "newspaper", a government mouthpiece, also warned that foreign relief workers would snoop inside homes, and condemned donors for linking aid money to full access to the hardest-hit regions in the Irrawaddy Delta. The tirade came as the junta tightened its political grip on the country, extending democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest and announcing that its new constitution has been enacted....
  • UN: Myanmar forcing cyclone survivors out of camps (Is it time to pUNt'a the junta yet?)

    05/30/2008 1:54:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 610+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/08 | AP
    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military government is forcing cyclone victims out of refugee camps and "dumping" them near their devastated villages with virtually no aid supplies, U.N. and church officials said Friday. Eight camps set up by the junta for homeless victims in the Irrawaddy delta town of Bogalay were "totally empty" as the clear-out continued, said Teh Tai Ring of UNICEF, speaking at a meeting of U.N. and private aid agency workers discussing water and sanitation issues. "The government is moving people unannounced," he said, adding that authorities were "dumping people in the approximate location of the villages, basically...
  • 220 000 condoms off to Myanmar

    05/22/2008 6:34:08 AM PDT · by VocalObserver · 67 replies · 882+ views
    News 24.com ^ | 20/05/2008 17:14 | SA
    Bangkok - The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says. So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May. A total of 218 400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said. "We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos.
  • Myanmar State Media: Aid From U.S. Warships Rejected (Government thugs killing their own people)

    05/21/2008 8:18:43 AM PDT · by khnyny · 20 replies · 504+ views
    chron.com ^ | May 21, 2008
    YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar shunned a U.S. proposal for naval ships to deliver aid to cyclone victims today, according to state-run media, dimming hopes that the vessels could provide a major boost to relief efforts. The New Light of Myanmar, a mouthpiece for Myanmar's ruling junta, said that such assistance "comes with strings attached," citing fears that Washington wants to overthrow the country's government and seize its oil. The United States, as well as France and Great Britain, have naval vessels loaded with humanitarian supplies off the Myanmar coast, and had been waiting for a green light to deliver them....
  • World Bank says can't give aid to Myanmar now

    05/19/2008 11:58:25 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 20, 2008
    SINGAPORE, May 20 (Reuters) - The World Bank is not in a position to provide any financial aid to cyclone-stricken Myanmar because the country has not been servicing its World Bank debt since 1998, a bank official said on Tuesday. "The World Bank is not in a position to assist Myanmar at this time," World Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub told reporters, adding that it was the bank's policy not to provide funds to countries that have fallen behind on debt repayments.
  • As cyclone refugees wait, regime refuses aid

    05/17/2008 2:46:29 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 129+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/17/08 | AP
    Myanmar's junta kept a French navy ship laden with aid waiting outside its maritime border on Saturday, and showed off neatly laid out state relief camps to diplomats. The stage-managed tour appeared aimed at countering global criticism of the junta's failure to provide for survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which left at least 134,000 people dead or missing. The junta flew 60 diplomats and U.N. officials in helicopters to three places in the Irrawaddy delta where camps, aid and survivors were put on display. The diplomats were not swayed.
  • PCA Relief Effort: The Cyclone in Myanmar (Proddie Caucus)

    05/16/2008 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies · 356+ views
    MTW ^ | May 2008
    All, Mission To The World, the PCA's international ministry, has issued an appeal for funds to aid in the relief of Myanmar cyclone victims. I know that most of us have heard stories about countries and large relief agencies having their hands tied, but God will provide a way for His church to break through manmade barriers. _________________________________________________________________ Horrifying and harrowing stories are emerging in the aftermath of the catastrophic tropical cyclone that devastated much of already poverty-striken Myanmar. Reuters News is reporting as many as one million people left homeless. No one really knows how high the death toll...
  • Myanmar Cyclone Death Toll Will Hit 200,000 Say British

    05/15/2008 6:19:51 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 328+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-16-2008 | Graeme Jenkins
    Myanmar cyclone death toll will hit 200,000, say British By Graeme Jenkins in Rangoon Last Updated: 12:05AM BST 16/05/2008 British officials have said that the number of dead and missing after the Burmese cyclone is expected to rise to more than 200,000. There are more calls for the secret military regime in Burma to allow aid workers into the country, following the deadly cyclone. The Foreign Office said British officials were working on the basis that 217,000 people had died or were unaccounted for. The figure, which a spokesman said was based on new United Nations estimates, is approaching the...
  • Myanmar Cyclone: 130,000 May Have Died As Second Storm Gathers

    05/14/2008 4:23:59 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 226+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-14-2008 | Graeme Jenkins
    Myanmar cyclone: 130,000 may have died as second storm gathers By Graeme Jenkins in Rangoon Last Updated: 11:07PM BST 14/05/2008 The Red Cross said that almost 130,000 people may have perished in the Burmese cyclone disaster, as a second deadly storm gathered off the Burmese coast. There are more calls for the secret military regime in Burma to allow aid workers into the country, following the deadly cyclone. The organisation said that the toll may be 127,990, almost 30,000 higher than the figure estimated by the US embassy in Rangoon. A further 2.51 million people have been left battling to...
  • Burma: Are the generals still indifferent?

    05/14/2008 2:14:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 1 replies · 112+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | Wednesday May 14, 2008 | AUNG ZAW
    Whenever Burma faces a political or humanitarian crisis, Burmese and foreign observers monitor the reclusive military leaders from a distance, trying to gauge their reactions, guessing what shapes their decisions and where possible conflicts within the leadership lie. The question Burma watchers are quietly asking this time is: has the cyclone managed to instil fear in strongman Senior General Than Shwe and his hard-core military cronies? Are they trembling or are they standing firm? It is easy to imagine the pampered generals running from the storm, boarding themselves in their collective bunker and curling up in terror as the cyclone...
  • Burma's disgrace

    05/14/2008 12:15:04 PM PDT · by JZelle · 8 replies · 104+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-14-08 | James Lyons
    Burma's rogue ruling military junta's actions in preventing international humanitarian assistance in the wake of Cyclone Nargis is criminal. There are at least 100,000 dead in the Irrawaddy Delta. More than 1.5 million people are in desperate need of aid. With each day passing, denying international aid and rescue to their own people is nothing short of self-inflicted genocide. There is only a short window to provide aid, else there are sure to be thousands of more deaths due to the break out of diseases such as cholera. The lack of food will cause many more deaths by starvation. With...
  • New storm heads toward Myanmar

    05/14/2008 7:49:21 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 13 replies · 162+ views
    Another powerful storm headed toward Myanmar's cyclone-devastated delta, where so little aid has reached that the U.N. warned on Wednesday of a "second wave of deaths" among an estimated 2 million survivors. The U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center said there is a good chance that "a significant tropical cyclone" will form within the next 24 hours and head across the Irrawaddy delta area. The area was pulverized by Cyclone Nargis on May 3, leaving at least 34,273 dead and 27,838 missing, according to the government. The U.N. says the death toll could exceed 100,000. An estimated 2 million survivors...
  • Burma Cyclone: Burmese Officials Selling Emergency Aid Supplies In Local Markets

    05/12/2008 4:47:25 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 179+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-12-2008 | Alan Brown
    Burma cyclone: Burmese officials selling emergency aid supplies in local markets By Alan Brown in Yangonpauk Last Updated: 7:24PM BST 12/05/2008 Officials in Burma's cyclone-hit Irrawaddy delta area are appropriating emergency aid supplies and selling them in local markets, it was claimed on Monday. Burmese officials have been accused of selling aid supplies Burmese volunteers who are operating their own private aid missions to the area have said that they are having to hide from local apparatchiks in order to prevent them commandeering their aid and selling it on at markets. The Daily Telegraph learned of the alleged scam from...
  • Drudge Report, Fox News falsely smear Gore

    05/12/2008 9:18:13 AM PDT · by cogitator · 114 replies · 603+ views
    Grist ^ | May 10, 2008 | Brad Johnson
    Excerpted below: ... On May 6, Jeff Poor wrote for the Business & Media Institute (BMI) a story entitled, "Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a 'Consequence' of Global Warming," which was subsequently linked on the Drudge Report. Poor claims: "Using tragedy to advance an agenda has been a strategy for many global warming activists, and it was just a matter of time before someone found a way to tie the recent Myanmar cyclone to global warming." Poor wrote that Gore said in an interview on National Public Radio, "The year before, the strongest cyclone in more than 50 years hit...
  • What Thailand is trying to do in Burma

    05/11/2008 7:28:28 PM PDT · by rontorr · 8 replies · 305+ views
    The Bankok Post ^ | 12 May 2008 | Bangkok Post
    UN says 102,000 dead in Burma Thailand offers to be a base for relief supplies Thailand will act as a mediator to help with the movement of international relief supplies to Burma, which are being held up by the military junta and are stuck in Thailand, Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama said yesterday. The move comes as the UN says up to 102,000 people could have been killed by Cyclone Nargis and about 220,000 are reported missing. Mr Noppadon said he planned to leave for Burma tomorrow to push for additional assistance and ask the Burmese generals to provide wider access...
  • Kick Burma Out of the U.N.

    05/10/2008 12:02:34 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 8 replies · 138+ views
    The United Nations this week said the refusal of Burma's government to allow workers into the country's devastated agricultural region was unprecedented in the history of humanitarian relief. The human catastrophe produced by Burma's refusal to permit aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis has stunned the senses of a world that has watched this spectacle for a week. There are uncounted numbers of persons dead, homeless and orphaned. Bodies still float in water. The World Health Organization has warned there could be outbreaks of cholera and especially malaria. U.N. member-state India warned the junta the deadly cyclone was headed...
  • CNN reporter in Myanmar chased as he tries to chase cyclone story

    05/09/2008 10:09:31 PM PDT · by Hadean · 15 replies · 222+ views
    AOL ^ | May 9,2008 | David Bauder
    NEW YORK (AP) - A CNN reporter who left Myanmar on Friday was chased by authorities as he reported on the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis but escaped primarily because of the incompetence of the people after him. Dan Rivers hid under a blanket at one police checkpoint and casually covered up his name on a passport to avoid detection another time. He may ultimately have gotten out of the country due to a stewardess' impatience. "I was amazed at the lengths they apparently went just to catch me," Rivers told The Associated Press by telephone from Thailand on Saturday. Rivers'...
  • Cyclone Survivors May Have To Grow Their Own Food (Burma)

    05/09/2008 8:54:38 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 129+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-9-2008 | Debora MacKenzie
    Cyclone survivors may have to grow their own food 18:15 09 May 2008 Debora MacKenzie The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is calling for $10 million in emergency farming equipment and seeds for parts of southern Burma devastated by Cyclone Nargis, to help plant the next rice crop. Meanwhile the UN's World Food Programme has stopped emergency food shipments to the disaster zone after the country's military dictators impounded the first shipment on arrival. Cyclone Nargis, which hit southern Burma last Saturday, devastated the delta of the Irawaddy River, the country's main rice growing region. Up to 100,000 may have...
  • Goons In Rangoon

    05/09/2008 10:19:13 AM PDT · by DFG · 6 replies · 106+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/08/08 | Staff
    Foreign Aid: Burma's regime signals that allowing aid to its cyclone-stricken people isn't an obligation. As thousands die, why does the U.N. coddle this junta when the only humane response is to throw it out?
  • U.N.: Myanmar seizing aid flights

    05/09/2008 5:23:37 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 115 replies · 411+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/9/2008 | CNN
    YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- Authorities in cyclone-ravaged Myanmar have seized United Nations aid intended for victims of the disaster, a move that "shuts down" future flights from the organization, according to a U.N. World Food Program official. A child sleeps on the floor as cyclone-affected families shelter in a school in western Yangon. 1 of 3more photos » The organization, which insists on distributing its own relief supplies, said the seizure of two aircraft-loads of food, medcine and equipment, has already hit out at Myanmar's refusal to all access to foreign eis workers. "This is another example of them actively...
  • Burmese Dictators Priotities

    05/08/2008 11:03:48 PM PDT · by rontorr · 6 replies · 113+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 9 May 2008 | Christiane Oelrich
    BACKGROUNDER Dictators' priority BACKGROUNDER Dictators' priority Bank denial Parachute drops possible Sutha quits Left in the lurch ANALYSIS Burma storm clouds Hillary to junta: Aid trickle begins Burma agony Aid blockade By Christiane Oelrich, dpa While bloated corpses still litter Irrawaddy delta fields, the controlled media promote the referendum. While a million Burmese in deep shock fight for their survival, government ministers give speeches on the "flourishing discipline democracy." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mae Sot - The ruling military junta of Burma has imposed a vacation ban for all officials - but not so every last person can be available to assist survivors...
  • Burma Denies Aid From USA

    05/08/2008 10:54:51 PM PDT · by rontorr · 38 replies · 263+ views
    The Bangkok Post ^ | 9 May 2008 | Bangkok Post
    Burma denies US access Relief supplies from UN starting to get through AP AND BANGKOK POST RANGOON - Relief supplies from the United Nations began arriving in Burma yesterday, but US military planes loaded with aid were still denied access by the country's isolationist regime five days after a devastating cyclone. The military junta also continued to stall on visas for UN teams seeking entry to ensure the aid is delivered to the victims, amid fears that a lack of safe food and drinking water could push the death toll above 100,000. Two planes carrying high-energy biscuits, medicine and other...
  • Why the Cyclone in Myanmar Was So Deadly

    05/08/2008 7:19:07 PM PDT · by blam · 56 replies · 402+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5-8-2008 | AP - Michael Casey
    Why the Cyclone in Myanmar Was So DeadlyMichael Casey in Bangkok, Thailand Associated PressMay 8, 2008 It was Asia's answer to Hurricane Katrina—though with a reported 100,000 killed, it was many times more deadly. Packing winds upward of 120 miles an hour (193 kilometers an hour), Cyclone Nargis became one of Asia's deadliest storms by hitting land at one of the lowest points in Myanmar (also called Burma) and setting off a storm surge that reached 25 miles (40 kilometers) inland. "When we saw the [storm] track, I said, 'Uh oh, this is not going to be good,'" said Mark...
  • Burma killed by tyranny

    05/08/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 115+ views
    Hearld Sun ^ | 5/9/08 | Andrew Bolt
    But what's worse this time is that Gore's blundering attempts to blame global warming for Burma's agony distracts attention from the real causes of this catastrophe - despicable causes we may at least hope to do something about. If Cyclone Nargis had struck not Rangoon, but Melbourne or Tokyo, it is unlikely more than a few dozen people, if that, would have died. And that's because we are free, and rich - as free people tend to be with capitalism. Even Bangkok would have survived this far, far easier. But in Burma as many as 100,000 are now feared dead...
  • Water Missions International prepares water purification systems to aid cyclone survivors in Myanmar

    05/07/2008 8:08:16 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 7 replies · 131+ views
    ASSIST News Service ^ | May 7, 2008 | Michael Ireland
    Help for the survivors of Cyclone Nargis is on the way from Water Missions International (WMI). WMI is preparing 44 water purification systems for immediate deployment to aid survivors of last Saturday's deadly cyclone in Myanmar. The 44 Living Water(TM) Treatment Systems (LWTS(TM)) have been requested from other organizations around the United States who are working to get relief to the people of Myanmar. World Vision has requested 20 water systems, Operation Blessing has requested up to 12, and Samaritan's Purse has asked for 12 water systems to be ready for transport this Friday, May 9. According to a media...
  • World Food Prices May Worsen Burmese Disaster

    05/06/2008 1:28:44 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 76+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 5-6-2008 | Debora MacKenzie
    World food prices may worsen Burmese disaster 14:49 06 May 2008 NewScientist.com news service Debora MacKenzie As the scale of the disaster in Burma caused by Cyclone Nargis starts to emerge, relief agencies and rich countries are lining up to provide emergency aid. But with agencies already hit hard by soaring food prices, and Burma's own rice crop devastated, it is not clear where the relief will come from. Nargis hit Burma on Saturday, bringing with it a reported oceanic storm surge more than 3 metres high, which is said to have destroyed some low-lying towns. The storm wreaked havoc...
  • Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Death Toll Soars Past 22,000: State Radio

    05/06/2008 11:16:59 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 113+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-6-2008
    Myanmar cyclone death toll soars past 22,000: state radio 48 minutes ago YANGON, Myanmar - The cyclone death toll soared above 22,000 on Tuesday and more than 41,000 others were missing as foreign countries mobilized to rush in aid after the country's deadliest storm on record, state radio reported. Up to 1 million people may be homeless after Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, early Saturday. Some villages have been almost totally eradicated and vast rice-growing areas are wiped out, the World Food Program said. Images from state television showed large trees and electricity poles...
  • Myanmar - Death toll from Cyclone Nargis raised to 15,000

    05/05/2008 10:23:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 96+ views
    AFP via translation | May 6, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - New record of hurricane Nargis Official: more than 15,000 dead RANGOUN - The Burmese authorities have revised upwards the death toll of the devastating cyclone that Nargis was Tuesday to more than 15,000 dead, including about 10,000 in the town of Bogalay (south-west), reported the official media.
  • Fight To Aid Cyclone Victims Frustrated By Junta (Burma)

    05/05/2008 7:00:09 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 108+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-6-2008 | Graeme Jenkins
    Fight to aid cyclone victims frustrated by junta By Graeme Jenkins in Rangoon Last Updated: 2:31AM BST 06/05/2008 Burma said last night that it feared that more than 10,000 people had been killed when a cyclone struck the country at the weekend. Desperate Burmese queue for water in Rangoon At least a further 3,000 villagers in the Irrawaddy Delta are reported to be missing, while hundreds of thousands have been left homeless and without drinking water since Cyclone Nargis crashed into the coast on Saturday at 120mph, destroying entire villages and battering Rangoon. As United Nations agencies warned of an...