Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Earth Science News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
Floods add misery after Philippine Muslim rebel siege
by Staff Writers
Zamboanga, Philippines (AFP) Oct 05, 2013


32 dead in India lightning strikes
Patna, India (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - At least 32 people including nine children were killed over the weekend by lightning strikes in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand, officials said Monday.

"About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar," State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state's Dhanbad district said.

Torrential rains accompanied by strong winds uprooted trees, damaged houses and brought down power cables across the region on Sunday night.

Though lightning strikes during the June-October monsoon season are common, the weekend toll was unusually high. Villagers housed in bamboo-and-grass huts are generally most at risk.

Scores dead in recent SE Asia flooding
Phnom Penh (AFP) Oct 07, 2013 - More than 150 people have died in floods drenching swathes of Southeast Asia in recent weeks, officials said Monday, after a tree smashed into a 12th century temple at Cambodia's Angkor complex.

Heavy rains have waterlogged homes and farmland across the region as recent typhoons worsened the annual rainy season.

In Cambodia, the death toll from floods since mid-September stood at 83 on Monday, nearly half of them children, according to the National Disaster Management Committee.

More than 10,000 families have been evacuated, while hundreds of schools and dozens of homes have been deluged.

Heavy rain and strong wind also uprooted a 30 metre (100 foot) tree and sent it crashing into the ancient Preah Khan temple in the country's famed Angkor complex in northeastern Siem Reap province on Friday.

"The tree knocked part of the temple structure, causing some stones to fall off. But the temple itself did not collapse," said Im Sokrithy of the Apsara Authority which manages the World Heritage archaeological site.

In Thailand authorities said 34 people have been killed and 1.9 million have seen their homes or livelihoods damaged by the flooding.

Typhoon Wutip left a trail of destruction in Vietnam in late September, with high winds that ripped the roofs off nearly 200,000 houses according to state media. The country has seen some 40 deaths in flooding since early September.

Cambodia's floods have prompted the government again to cancel the annual water festival in front of the royal palace in Phnom Penh.

The festival, which usually draws millions of people, was also cancelled in 2011 and 2012, due to severe floods and the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk respectively.

More than 350 people were killed in a stampede on a bridge during the water festival celebration in 2010.

Heavy rains flooded evacuation centres in the southern Philippines, adding more misery for thousands of people displaced by a bloody Muslim rebel siege, officials said Saturday.

Almost a month after followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari besieged Zamboanga, over 116,000 people -- around one tenth of the port city's population -- are still sheltering in evacuation centres, where there is a shortage of toilets and medicine.

But government tents have been unable to withstand the heavy rain which has been falling since Friday, causing knee-deep floods said Adriano Fuego, the area's civil defence chief.

"The waters are as high as knee deep in some places. It is mostly muddy (there) and the people are getting soaked," Fuego said.

Of the 71,000 people sheltering at the main evacuation centre in the city's sports stadium, 46,000 have had to be moved from their tents to higher ground, while the rest sheltered in the elevated stands, Fuego said.

The government has begun constructing raised plywood shelters with tin roofs to replace the tents with fears that thousands will not be able to return home for months, he added.

"No evacuation centres have closed because they still cannot return to their neighbourhoods since the clearing operations are still going on," he said, referring to police and military searches in the siege area for unexploded ordnance, booby traps, dead MNLF fighters and possible rebel stragglers.

The government declared the rebel action crushed on September 28 with the release of the last of 195 hostages, but the areas where the fighting took place are still largely off-limits to civilians until they are cleared.

However the heavy rains have also affected clearing operations, said police spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca.

"It is flooding in a lot of places, even at our offices at the police camp," he said.

Zamboanga police on Friday brought in another MNLF straggler found in a ruined house.

Hajar Hajun, said "I have been hiding in the ceiling, surviving by drinking rain water. I was afraid to surrender for fear I would be killed."

He was among hundreds of heavily armed MNLF fighters who entered Zamboanga City on September 9 in an effort to disrupt government peace talks with a rival Muslim group.

They took residents hostage and set fire to about 10,000 houses during three weeks of fighting with soldiers and police.

The military said an estimated 206 MNLF fighters, 25 government troops and 13 civilians were killed in the violence.

Police are continuing their search for Misuari following a raid on his Zamboanga City home on Friday which recovered explosives and documents but failed to catch the MNLF leader, Huesca said.

Muslim rebels have been fighting since the 1970s for an independent or autonomous homeland in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines. An estimated 150,000 people have died in the conflict.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
Lourdes closed, 200 evacuated after flash floods
Toulouse, France (AFP) June 18, 2013
French authorities Tuesday shut the grotto at Lourdes and evacuated about 200 people following flash floods at the Roman Catholic pilgrimage site. The preventive measure came a day after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall in the area led to rivers flowing well above their normal levels, even cutting off some roads. "The Sanctuaries are closed," the local prefecture of the Haute-Garonne a ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Indonesia to boost patrols against people smugglers

'Ship in a bottle' detects dangerous vapors

Satellite flood maps reach crisis teams via Internet

US banks $584 mln in Egypt aid for safe-keeping

SHAKE AND BLOW
Making household items on 3D printer said greener than factory versions

A thermoelectric materials emulator

Lockheed Martin and Concord Blue to Deploy Advanced Gasification Technology Globally

Lockheed Martin Powers on First GOES-R Weather Satellite

SHAKE AND BLOW
Scientists warn of 'deadly trio' risk to ailing oceans

Dams provide resilience to Columbia from climate change impacts

South Atlantic fish resources at risk from warmer climate

Pacific's Palau mulls drone patrols to monitor waters

SHAKE AND BLOW
Arctic shipping route may take 20 years, Maersk CEO: FT

Russia to charge Greenpeace activists with piracy: report

Largest ice mass in California's Yosemite park melting, disappearing

Europe's top court rejects Inuit appeal against seal fur ban

SHAKE AND BLOW
Russia again cites tainted meat imports from Poland

Toxic metal selenium and diesel fumes baffle bees

Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology

Protecting the weedy and wild kin of globally important crops

SHAKE AND BLOW
11 dead as rains lash central, southern Philippines

U.S. seismologist calls for national warning system for earthquakes

Typhoon Fitow slams into China, kills five

Floods add misery after Philippine Muslim rebel siege

SHAKE AND BLOW
Islamists step up attacks in north Mali

Ethiopia says no plans to withdraw troops from Somalia

'Armed bandits' kill Niger soldier, wound three others in Nigeria: official

Nigeria bombs Boko Haram 'camp' near site of massacre

SHAKE AND BLOW
Council of Europe attacks genetic procedure

Ancient sagas show Vikings more social, less warlike

Einstein's genius put down to 'well-connected' brain halves

Roma families face wholesale expulsion from France




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement