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Australia’s Brisbane besieged by major flood crisis

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan 12, 2011 (AFP) – Australia’s third-biggest city Brisbane was besieged Wednesday by once-in-a-century floods that could hit up to 20,000 homes, as fears grew up to 25 people were killed by raging torrents.

Thousands of people took refuge with friends and central districts were eerily quiet as the river city of two million prepared for its worst deluge since 1893, as floods spread across vast areas of Australia’s northeast.

Friends and family members transfer their belongings into a boat from their flooded home after rainwaters the day before inundated the city of Ipswich, some 40 kms southwest of Brisbane on January 12, 2011. AFP

Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman confirmed that the number of homes expected to be hit by waters breaching river systems around the city had risen from 6,500 to 19,700, as he opened more evacuation centres for victims.

“We are bracing for a one-in-a-hundred-year flood,” said state premier Anna Bligh. “We are bracing for a massive amount of water coming into this river system and it will flood thousands of properties.”

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the number of homes under threat was “mind-boggling”, but urged people in the city, bisected by the winding Brisbane River, to help neighbours deal with what is shaping up as a major emergency.

“If there’s someone in your street you’re worried about, maybe an older Australian that you haven’t seen for a while, maybe give them a knock on the door and make sure they’re okay,” she added.

Brisbane, the cosmopolitan state capital and economic hub, is the latest and biggest victim of a crisis caused by months of rains that have turned three-quarters of Queensland into a disaster zone twice the size of Texas.

Dozens of suburbs and roads are under water with the Brisbane River bursting its banks in some places and expected to swamp the city centre when it peaks on Thursday. Power will be cut to about 100,000 properties as a safety precaution.

Some 900 people spent the night in evacuation centres in nearby Ipswich, upstream of Brisbane, while two entire small towns were evacuated in the neighbouring state of New South Wales.

Some of the inundation is related to flash floods that smashed through towns high in the Great Dividing Range to the city’s west on Monday, leaving at least 10 dead as rescuers search wrecked communities for more bodies.

State premier Bligh said the toll was expected to rise sharply, warning that the number of people missing had been upgraded to 90.

“Police are anticipating or have very, very grave fears for at least 15 more people,” Bligh said. “This is a potentially gruesome day for our rescue workers and a heartbreaking day for families,” she added.

Meanwhile Melbourne, about 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) from Brisbane in Australia’s southeast, was on alert for flash-floods following incessant downpours also blamed on the disruptive La Nina weather system.

Source: SGGP

Flood battered Quang Binh recovers

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:05 am

The incessant floods have left much pain and suffering for people in the northern central province of Quang Binh, in the beginning of October. After a few months of recovery, the fields are beginning to be green again.


Residents in Tan Hoa Commune of Minh Hoa District have begun agricultural production after the severe floodings(Photo: SGGP)

Though the people in Son Trach Commune, one of the worse affected areas in Bo Trach District, are still affected by the flooding, they are gradually recovering from it.

Nguyen Van Ninh, Le Van Diep and Nguyen Van Phuong are three people considered as heroes. They saved over 300 lives in the fierce flooding in Van Tien Village.

One of the heroes, Ninh, now carries tourists by boat to visit the Phong Nha Caves. His house was swept away by severe floodwaters. Fortunately, donations from people around the country, has helped him to rebuild his home ahead of the Tet holiday.

Tan Hoa Commune was one of the worst flooded areas in Minh Hoa District, with 500 households losing their properties and 3,000 livestock were lost or swept away.

However, each home has stockpiled enough rice for about four months. Residents in the country have donated the rice, after the historically high floods.

Secretary of the commune Party Committee Cao Thanh Binh, said that Tan Hoa inhabitants have cultivated over 100 hectares of maize plants and vegetables. After the Tet holiday, when the relief rice runs out, they would harvest maize and other types of vegetables.

Gianh River sides revive

After three months of dealing with flooding, villages on both sides of Gianh River have made progress.

People from the Bo Trach District’s Lien Trach Commune, where seven drown due to the floods, are now growing potatoes to cope with a shortage of food and possibly starvation.

Nguyen Thi Chi said that the deluge had robbed people of much fortune; however, local residents are preparing the soil for agricultural production. Along the Gianh River, they have planted corn, mulberry and cassava.

In Thanh Hoa Commune, located in the upper reaches of the Gianh River, five men were swept away leaving a number of wives widowed and children orphaned.

Nguyen Thi Luong, whose husband died during the floods, said that her pain has been partly reduced with some material assistance and encouragement from neighbors and benefactors nationalwide.

With regard to the relief aid, the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper Management has sent Luong VND2 million, from which she bought four pigs and some rice. The four pigs are now growing up and she is about to sell them. This will enable her to celebrate the Tet holiday and possibly buy some breeding pigs.

Source: SGGP

Government supports flood victims

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on December 3 decided to extract VND335 billion (US$16,75 million) from the State budget and 8,600 tons of rice from the National reserve in support for central provinces to surmount the flood consequences.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) hands emergency relief to flood victims in the central province of Ha Tinh on October 20, 2010.(Photo:VNA)

Accordingly, government will hand over to Quang Tri Province VND30 billion and Thua Thien Hue provinces VND30 billion ($1,5 million) and 1,000 tons of rice.

Quang Nam Province will receive VND30 billion and Quang Ngai Province will receive VND40 billion and 2,000 tons of rice.

Government will provide VND40 billion and 1,000 tons of rice to Binh Dinh Province, Phu Yen VND30 billion and 2,000 tons of rice, Khanh Hoa VND30 billion and 500 tons of rice and Ninh Thuan VND70 billion and 2,000 tons of rice.

The PM also asked local authorities to use localities’ standby budget to overcome flood consequences.

As of November 10, the flood weary southern central provinces in the last few day were buffeted by another deluge which has killed 28 people and left two others missing.

Khanh Hoa Province alone had eight dead, one missing and six injured, total economic losses was estimated to reach VND410 billion (US$20.5 million).

In Binh Dinh Province, the traffic was blocked on some roads in Tuy Phuoc town. 


Source: SGGP

Flood leaves two dead in Khanh Hoa

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

Flooding killed two people in the south central province of Khanh Hoa on Monday.

Flooding inundates several streets in Nha Trang City (Photo: SGGP)

The South Central Regional Hydro Meteorological Center said that the flooding was triggered by heavy rain combined with the release of floodwater from the reservoirs on the previous day.

Several areas in Nha Trang City and Dien Khanh District were badly submerged with many portions under 1.5 meters of water.

According to the Khanh Hoa Province Flood and Storm Prevention Center, all irrigation reservoirs in the area are reducing the release of water. The reservoirs are too full. So if it continues raining heavily, they will be forced to discharge more floodwater.

The same day, the train-track through Suoi Cat Community, was repaired, allowing thousand of passengers that were stranded on the trains, to travel through at only 5 kilometers an hour.

Source: SGGP

World braces for WikiLeaks flood of US cables

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Governments around the world on Saturday braced for the release of millions of potentially embarrassing US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks as Washington raced to contain the fallout.

A screengrab of the Wikileaks page, taken in October.

The whistle-blower website is expected to put online three million leaked cables covering US dealings and confidential views of countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Russia and Turkey.

US diplomats skipped their Thanksgiving holiday weekend and headed to foreign ministries hoping to stave off anger over the cables, which are internal messages that often lack the niceties diplomats voice in public.

“WikiLeaks are an absolutely awful impediment to my business, which is to be able to have discussions in confidence with people. I do not understand the motivation for releasing these documents,” said James Jeffrey, the US ambassador to Iraq.

“They will not help, they will simply hurt our ability to do our work here,” he told reporters.

The top US military commander, Admiral Mike Mullen, meanwhile urged WikiLeaks to stop its “extremely dangerous” release of documents, according to a transcript of a CNN interview set to air Sunday.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley also condemned WikiLeaks’ plans.

“It will place lives and interests at risk. It is irresponsible,” he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had contacted leaders in Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France and Afghanistan over the issue, he added.

Russia’s respected Kommersant newspaper said that the documents included US diplomats’ conversations with Russian politicians and “unflattering” assessments of some of them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the impending file dump on “little thieves running around the Internet,” the Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

WikiLeaks has not specified the documents’ contents or when they would be put online, but Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said officials were expecting a release “late this week or early next week.”

The website has said there would be “seven times” as many secret documents as the 400,000 Iraq war logs it published last month.

Turkish media said the planned release includes papers suggesting that Ankara helped Al-Qaeda militants in Iraq and that the United States helped Iraq-based Kurdish rebels fighting against Turkey — potentially explosive revelations for the two allies.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey did not know what the documents contained.

“This is speculation,” he said on CNN Turk. “But as a principle, tolerating or ignoring any terrorist action that originates in Turkey and targets a neighboring country, particularly Iraq, is out of the question.”

Israel has also been warned of potential embarrassment from the latest release, which could include confidential reports from the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Haaretz newspaper said, citing a senior Israeli official.

The US ambassador in Canada telephoned Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon about the leak, a ministry spokeswoman said, adding that the Canadian embassy in Washington was “engaging” with the State Department on the matter.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told parliament that US diplomats informed him “that the person responsible for leaking the information has been arrested.”

The government meanwhile said that it was alarmed about “possible negative repercussions for Italy” from the release of the cables.

Officials in Australia, Britain, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden also said they had been contacted by US diplomats regarding the release.

Australia on Saturday condemned the whistle-blower website, saying the planned release could be a national security risk.

“The reckless and large-scale exposure of classified material by WikiLeaks could put at risk individuals named in these documents and harm the national security interests of the United States and its partners,” an Australian foreign affairs spokesman said.

US officials have not confirmed the source of the leaked documents, but suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a former army intelligence agent.

He was arrested after the earlier release of a video showing air strikes that killed civilian reporters in Baghdad.

Wired magazine said Manning confessed to the leaks during a webchat in May. He was quoted as saying he acted out of idealism after watching Iraqi police detain men for distributing a “scholarly critique” against corruption.

WikiLeaks argues that the first two document dumps — US soldier-authored incident reports from 2004 to 2009 — shed light on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including allegations of torture by Iraqi forces and reports that suggested 15,000 additional civilian deaths in Iraq.

WikiLeaks is the project of Australian hacker Julian Assange. Sweden recently issued an international warrant for his arrest, saying he is wanted for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual molestation.


Source: SGGP

Bird flu discovered in flood hit central provinces

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Bird flu H5N1 virus was discovered in northern provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh that were affected by floods this month, said health officials on Friday.

Poultries are breeded in Nam Dinh Province. (File photo)

In Nghe An Province, nearly 600 poultries infected H5N1 virus in Dien Chau District were burnt.

Province health officials sterilized breeding facilities and isolate epidemic areas.

In Ha Tinh Province, the bird flu outbreak has hit Cam Xuyen District.

currently, because of high demand for chicken farmers have expanded capacity of their farms. 

Cold whether and density of poultry farms have caused the disease be spread widely, said health officials.

Source: SGGP

SGGP supports flood victims in central province

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper on November 23 coordinated with Binh Dinh Newspaper to offer 500 relief aid packs to flood victims in Tuy Phuoc District, the central province of Binh Dinh.

Rescue workers evacuate people from isolated area during the latest flood beginning Monday in the southern central region (Photo: SGGP)

A Sai Gon Giai Phong representative said the relief aimed to help the flood victims at Phuoc Thang, Phuoc Hoa and Phuoc Thuan stabilize their lives soon.

Binh Dinh Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Do Nguyen Hung said SGGP is the first organization to bring relief to isolated areas.

On the same day, SGGP also coordinated with H.C.P.T Co.Ltd to offer 300 relied aid packs to flood victims in Quang Trach and Tuyen Hoa, central province of Quang Binh.

Earlier, SGGP and H.C.P.T Co.Ltd offered 300 relief aid packs to 300 households at Mai Tho, An Loc and Duc Giang communes, Vu Quang District, the central province of Ha Tinh.

Source: SGGP

VND44 billion for flood prevention in HCMC

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hanoi gives more aid to flood victims

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

18 dead, four missing in two day flood in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:27 am