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Central flooding kills 144 people, causes $401 million

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

Tropical depression causes more rains to flood hit central region

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

Titanium mining causes distress along central coast

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 7:03 am

Phu My District in the central Binh Dinh Province resembles a gigantic work site as 20 titanium mining projects are under way simultaneously.

A titanium mine in Phu Cat District in the central province of Binh Dinh

It has led to environmental problems on an equally large scale.
 
For instance, a swathe of protective forests along the coastal communes of My Thanh, My Tho, My An, and My Thang have disappeared, leaving 20-30-meter deep holes in sand in their wake.
 
Dinh Thi Mai of My Thanh said the forests had been considered guardian angels by the local villages for the last 30 years since they had kept out sand, wind, and water from land.
 
But after Anh Vi Trade Company Ltd began to exploit titanium, the forests were gradually cut down, she said, warning that the land will soon sink and houses will be swallowed by the sea.
 
The sea will soon flood the mainland, she further warned.
 
Upset with the company’s actions, residents in these communes razed its facilities several times, gathered in front of the district People’s Committee to protest, and intercepted the company’s vehicles on the highway.
 
Nguyen Hung, a company worker, said machines operate at full capacity every day, mining an average of 60 tons of titanium daily.
 
Workers dig holes 20-30 meters deep and since there is sometimes not enough water for the mining work, they pump groundwater, he added.
 
Cao Huu Lau, an official of Dien Hai Commune, said the company was licensed in 2009 to exploit titanium for three years but no agency has been assigned to monitor its work.
 
As a result, it has damaged the region’s environment, he said.
 
In Quang Tri Province’s Gio Linh and Vinh Linh Districts, huge tract of protective coastal forest has been levelled, allowing sand to encroach into farmlands and make them into deserts.
 
Le Thanh Hung of Gio Linh said these farms once yielded plenty of rice and sustained many generations of farmers but have now become barren also due to a water shortage caused by the mining.
 
Who benefit from the exploitation?
 
According to the Binh Dinh Mineral Management Division, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has licensed titanium mining on a total of 945 hectares in Phu My and Phu Cat Districts, while the province has licensed on over 360 hectares.
 
The province has also licensed 28 projects to explore and mine titanium in Nhon Hoi Economic Zone in Quy Nhon city.
 
This has become a hot issue questioned by many deputies at provincial People’s Council meetings.
 
Affected residents have written to authorities about the severe air pollution caused by the mining but have not received any response.
 
Nguyen Van Lich, head of the Phu My District Natural Resources and Environment Department, said titanium companies do not follow regulations.
 
There are 30 of them operating in Binh Dinh alone with a total output of 620,000 tons per year. Since most of them are small and use old technologies, they only export raw titanium.
 
An official from the province’s Industry and Trade Department said: “They exploited 400,000 tons of titanium in 2009.
 
“They would have earned around VND700 billion (US$36.8 million) but contributed less than VND100 billion to the province budget.”
 
An analyst, who wished to remain unnamed, said to improve titanium mining and processing, the ministry needs to be prudent about granting new licenses and should ensure they meet export standards.

Source: SGGP

Harsh weather causes young coffee beans to drop in Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

The ongoing sweltering weather have led young coffee beans fall down in some portions of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

The scorching weather leads young coffee beans to drop in Gia Lai Province (Photo: Gia Lai Newspaper)

Coffee fields have also seen plants bearing few beans or feeble beans in Chu Se, Chu Pah, Ia Grai and Dak Doa districts.


In addition, insects like bugs and cicadas develop amid the phase when coffee plants begin bearing beans.


Local farmers and authorities have sprayed pesticides and have bolstered efforts to take care of and irrigate their fields, to minimize damage to this year’s coffee crop.

Source: SGGP

Typhoon Conson causes major damage in Philippines

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

MANILA, July 14, 2010 (AFP) – Typhoon Conson ripped through the main Philippine island, leaving a trail of wreckage in Manila and sweeping shanties into the sea, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.


The official civil defence office said 19 fishermen from the eastern island of Catanduanes had failed to return home and were missing at sea after the typhoon hit the area late Tuesday.

Parents pick up their children wearing protective rain gear after elementary school classes in the Philippine capital Manila are called off due to Typhoon Conson, on July 13, 2010. AFP

There were no immediate reports of fatalities but communication systems were down amid the chaos of the typhoon’s aftermath, and disaster relief officials were still trying to determine the extent of the damage.


Electricity was knocked out throughout the main island of Luzon, including the country’s capital where fallen tree branches and other debris littered the streets.


Manila’s overhead railway system was also shut down due to the power outage. Knee-high floods and fallen trees were still blocking some roads in and around the capital, obstructing traffic.


Shanty towns erected by squatters on the coastal areas near Manila were swept away, leaving the shocked, drenched residents to scavenge scrap wood to build makeshift shelters, according to an AFP reporter there.


The government called off classes at grade and high school levels in Manila.


Several flights in and out of Manila were cancelled as Conson was passing but airport officials said their operations had returned to normal after the storm passed.


Conson, packing maximum gusts of 120 kilometres (74 miles) an hour, hit the eastern side of Luzon late Tuesday and crossed the island before exiting before dawn Wednesday, heading west into the South China Sea at 22 kilometres an hour.

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Source: SGGP

Heavy rain causes floods, traffic jams in city; typhoon Conson en route

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Vehicles “swam” across flooded streets after the heavy rainfall of July 12 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Heavy rain on July 12 causes flood on Chau Van Liem Street in District 5. (Photo: Sggp)

Many roads including Hong Bang, Chau Van Liem, Le Tuan Mau, Le Dinh Tham, Go Dau, Luy Ban Bich, Nguyen Cuu Dam and more in districts 5, 6, Tan Binh and Tan Phu became flooded, leading to traffic jams.


Kinh Duong Vuong Street suffered severe flooding of over 50-cm. depth.   Many motorbikes suffered engine failure due to water levels.


The heavy rain on July 12 caused more than 20 flooding areas in districts 5, 6,10, 11, Binh Tan, Tan Phu and Binh Chanh districts with a rainfall exceeding 50 mm.


According to the city’s Center for Flood Prevention’s report, sewers installed beneath Chau Van Liem, Minh Phung, Pham Dinh Ho and Nguyen Van Luong streets are not yet connected to drainage systems, causing floods.


Many flood prevention projects in the city such as the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin’s environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project have jammed flows, which have worsened inner city flooding on rainy days and more places would be vulnerable to heavy inundation, the Center for Flood Prevention warned.


According to the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center, the first typhoon, called Conson, due to hit the country this year is forming off the coast of the Philippines. The eye of the storm is about 580km east of the Philippines.  The wind speeds within the storm has been measured between level 8 and 10.


The typhoon will move west and north-west at a speed of 20km/hr and its direction could change suddenly, striking the land.


Deputy Director of the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center Le Thanh Hai ordered all boats in the north of the East Sea to take shelter in avoidance of the typhoon.

Source: SGGP

Ash cloud causes Europe flight chaos, airlines suffer

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

Britain and Ireland reimposed flight bans early Saturday as the huge cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland kept millions of air travellers stranded across Europe.


After Friday saw some 16,000 flights cancelled by the drifting dust amid the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II, air traffic had controllers warned that the cloud was likely to cause fresh travel disruption.


That was confirmed early Saturday when Britain’s air authorities reintroduced a flight ban on the country’s entire airspace.


“Current forecasts show that the situation is worsening throughout Saturday,” said NATS, which manages British airspace. It also extended the existing by six hours to 7:00 pm (1800 GMT).


Ireland also reimposed a total flight ban in its airspace until at least 1700 GMT.


“No commercial passenger flights including North American traffic will operate from any Irish airport during this period,” said a statement from the Irish Aviation Authority.


Earlier, Italy’s civil aviation authority announced airspace across the north of the country would be shut down for eight hours on Saturday as the ash cloud passed.


Eurocontrol, which coordinates air traffic control in 38 nations, had said the ash was moving east and southeast and warned of “significant disruption of air traffic (Saturday)”.


Justifying the widespread airport closures aviation officials have explained that airplane engines could become clogged up and stop working if they tried to fly through the ash.


In the past 20 years, there have been 80 recorded encounters between aircraft and volcanic clouds, causing the near-loss of two Boeing 747s with almost 500 people on board and damage to 20 other planes, experts said.


The International Air Transport Association meanwhile warned Friday of the economic fallout from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southeast Iceland.


According to their figures it was costing airlines more than 200 million dollars (230 million euros) a day.


More smoke and ash had spewed out of the volcano Friday, building up the cloud, which then blew east to stretch from the Atlantic to the Russian capital Moscow and from the Arctic Circle south to Bulgaria.


Europe’s three biggest airports — London Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt — were closed by the ash, leaving passengers stranded across the world as a global flight backlog built up.


Eurocontrol said only 12,000 of the daily 28,000 flights in the affected zone would take off Friday, after about 6,000 were cancelled the day before.


Austria, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland shut down all or most of their airspace.


Lithuania and Norway had gradually reopened theirs.


Budget airline Ryanair cancelled all its flights in northern Europe and the Baltics until 1200 GMT Monday.

Germany closed all its airports Friday, forcing flag carrier Lufthansa, Europe’s biggest airline, to cancel all its flights.

The Eurostar Channel tunnel rail service reported thousands of passengers rushing to get places on its London-Paris trains. It laid on three extra trains, but still could not keep up with demand.

The shutdown also played havoc with diplomatic schedules.

Poland had considered delaying Sunday’s funeral of president Lech Kaczynski because the cloud threatened the flights of US President Barack Obama and other world leaders, but a senior presidential aide insisted it would go ahead.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was stranded in Lisbon, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva in Prague and a UN Security Council delegation cancelled a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo that would have flown out of Paris.

Even US pop superstar Whitney Houston had to take a car ferry from Britain to Ireland for a concert in Dublin.

And comedy legend John Cleese, in what sounds like a sketch from his Monty Python days, reportedly paid 5,100 dollars for taxi ride from Oslo to Brussels.

The volcano on the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted on Wednesday, sending ash drifting towards Europe at an altitude of about eight to 10 kilometres (five to six miles).


 

Source: SGGP

Polish president burial row causes protests

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

WARSAW (AFP) – Fresh protests erupted in Poland Wednesday over a decision to bury president Lech Kaczynski in a castle with Polish kings that has ruptured the national unity since his death in a plane crash.


The funeral of Kaczynski and his wife takes place Sunday in the cathedral of Krakow’s Wawel castle. US President Barack Obama, Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev and Britain’s Prince Charles are among foreign dignitaries attending.

A group of people attends a protest demanding not to burry the late Polish presidential couple in Cracow’s Wawel castle, in front of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. AFP photo

But hundreds of people took to the streets for a second day and more than 38,000 joined a Facebook campaign against the couple’s burial in a spot where Polish royalty and historical figures are laid to rest.


“I’ve come here because the Wawel is a necropolis for Polish kings, for people of the stature of poets like Mickiewicz or Slowacki,” two iconic 19th century bards,” said Aleksandra Kozlowski, a protester in Warsaw.


Around 200 people rallied in central Warsaw and hundreds of demonstrators also turned out in the Baltic port of Gdansk, Poznan in the west, and in Krakow itself.


The rallies were in stark contrast to the thousands of mourners paying their respects to the Kaczynskis at the presidential palace following the air disaster in Russia on Saturday which killed them and 94 others.


The powerfully symbolic location for the burial was chosen by Kaczynski’s family, officials said.


But the nationalist and deeply Catholic Kaczynski, in office since 2005, was a highly divisive figure at home and abroad. His identical twin Jaroslaw is leader of Poland’s conservative opposition and a former prime minister.


“This decision will spark protests and could cause the deepest splits in Polish society since 1989,” Oscar-winning film-maker Andrzej Wajda wrote in an open letter published on the website of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza.


Parliamentary officials said earlier Wednesday that snap elections to replace Kaczynski would be held on June 13 or 20. Interim president Bronislaw Komorowski said after meeting members of parliament that the final date would not be announced until April 21.


Under the Polish constitution Komorowski, who is also the parliament speaker, must call the election within two weeks of the president’s death and the ballot must be held within 60 days of the announcement, meaning the ballot would fall on June 20.


Komorowski, a liberal, had been expected to run against Kaczynski in the October election. The deceased president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw, who was premier in 2006 and 2007, may take his sibling’s place but has made no public statement.


The remains of Lech Kaczynski, 60, and his wife Maria, 66, have been lying in state at the presidential palace in Warsaw since Tuesday, drawing tens of thousands of mourners of all ages.


Queues stretched for more than a kilometre (around half a mile) and families waited in the cold for up to 10 hours before filing silently past the closed coffins.


A plane carrying the bodies of 30 more victims arrived home from Moscow on Wednesday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk attended a ceremony for them while their coffins have been laid in a sports arena so relatives can pay their respects.


Poland extended the mourning period by one day until Sunday for the victims of the crash, many of them top military and political figures, which happened as the jet taking them to a memorial for a World War II massacre at Katyn near Smolensk tried to land.


The tragedy has brought signs of rapprochement between Moscow and Warsaw after years of bad blood, especially over the Katyn massacre, in which Soviet secret police slaughtered thousands of top Polish officers 70 years ago.


Russian investigators have pointed to pilot error. Air traffic controllers say the crew refused three times to heed advice to divert to another airport because of fog.


Investigators have ruled out a fire or explosion as the cause.
A group of people attends a protest demanding not to burry the late Polish presidential couple in Cracow’s Wawel castle, in front of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw.

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Source: SGGP

Blaze at Hanoi warehouse causes billions of dong in damage

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Fire tore through a 10,000-square-meter warehouse in Hanoi on December 19, causing billions of dong worth of damage.









A warehouse caught fire in Hanoi on December 19 destroying hundreds of goods.(Photo:Tuoi Tre)


The 10-hour blaze broke out at 1am in the warehouse at 20/165 Cau Giay street, where goods from several companies were being stored for the Tet holiday.

No injuries were reported, though hundreds of products including confectionaries, tea, milk, and tobacco were destroyed.

Twenty fire trucks arrived on the scene but the blaze was not brought under control until around 10am the next morning.

According to officials, the fire started at a hotel’s warehouse next door and quickly spread.

According to some reports, the blaze may have been caused by an electrical problem.

Nearby houses were reportedly unaffected by the incident.
 
Police have launched an investigation into the case.


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Ship collision causes oil spill outside Sai Gon port

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Hundreds of tonnes of diesel oil (DO) spilled over Long Tau river in Ho Chi Minh City when two ships collided outside the Sai Gon port on Nov. 26 evening.

Tanker Gia Dinh-SG 4193 carrying 700 tonnes of DO was heading to Vung Tau when it clashed into ship Imextrans 16 with 1,800 tonnes of vegetable oil aboard travelling from the opposite direction.

The accident broke the tanker’s cargo hold No. 2, but ship Imextrans 16 reported no damage.

Rescue forces are trying to move the ships ashore and prevent the spread of spilled oil.-