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Heavy rains hit Australia’s flood-drenched northeast

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:13 am

 Heavy rains threatened further flooding in Australia’s drenched northeast Thursday as besieged Rockhampton cut supplies to “irresponsible” residents who refused to leave water-bound homes.

Torrential downpours could cause flash-flooding and worsen existing floods, the weather bureau said, as water levels slowly started to recede in regional centre Rockhampton, a town virtually surrounded by a brown inland sea.

Australia’s coal-mining and farming belt near Brisbane is suffering “biblical” floods across an area the size of Texas, after La Nina, a weather system, deluged Queensland state with its wettest year on record.

Emergency personnel look for residents in need of evacuation after the swollen Fitzroy River broke its banks and flooded the city of Rockhampton on January 5, 2011

Waters peaked in Rockhampton at lower levels than feared and slowly started to recede, while downstream other communities braced for the floods. The disaster, described as the state’s worst, has inundated or cut off 40 towns.

Entire towns have been airlifted as the murky tide gushes across Queensland, destroying crops, roads and bridges and sweeping 10 people to their deaths, along with thousands of animals.

The crisis has cost about Aus$1 billion ($1 billion US) in lost production at Queensland’s coking coal mines, which account for half the world’s supply, putting upward inflationary pressure on the shaky global economy.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have evacuated or are trying to salvage homes and belongings, while dealing with the threat of poisonous snakes, crocodiles and disease-carrying mosquitoes as they negotiate the sludge and rain.

Rockhampton’s mayor Brad Carter angrily slammed residents, including those with children, who refused to evacuate and now relied on food and groceries brought by emergency personnel wading through snake-infested waters.

“We have taken a decision, and we make it very clear, that we cannot put emergency services resources at risk bringing in those supplies,” Carter said.

“They have to now respect and understand that because they make that choice… they will not be getting resupply of essential services, goods and grocery items provided by emergency services personnel.”

Acting police superintendent David Peff said that wading into the waters — sometimes up to chest height — was dangerous for his men and backed the mayor’s pleas to isolated residents in the town of 75,000.

“Every time we put police or SES (State Emergency Service) people into that water… my personal concern is people that are helping will end up being bitten by a snake,” Peff told reporters.

Residents of Condamine, which was completely evacuated, were making their way back to the deserted town, while only about 100 of Emerald’s 11,000 inhabitants remained in emergency shelters as of Wednesday night.

Australia’s sodden 2010 — the third wettest year on record — broke a decade-old drought in some areas and brought the unusual sight of waterfalls cascading off Uluru, or Ayers Rock, as torrents raced along parched riverbeds.

Lush, green landscapes in New South Wales state forced film-makers to postpone shooting for “Mad Max 4”, set in a post-apocalypse desert, while an Outback yachting regatta went ahead for the first time in 10 years.

Source: SGGP

Heavy smoking in pregnancy linked to crime in offspring

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

Heavy downpours force VN to cancel flights

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Vietnam Airlines cancelled 30 flights to and from Vinh and Chu Lai airports from October 15-18 due to heavy downpours occurred in north central provinces, said a representative from Vietnam Airlines.

To ensure safety for passengers, Vietnam airlines cancelled 28 flights to and from Vinh City and two flights to and from Quang Nam Province.

Vietnam Airlines on October 18 carried out two flights from Vinh airport to Ho Chi Minh City to reduce affected passengers.

It also expects to increase more four flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and Hanoi – Vinh, not  including six daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Vinh and two flights between Hanoi – Vinh as usual.

Passengers should update information on website: and mass media channels or contact to Vietnam Airlines’ agencies.

Source: SGGP

Natural disasters caused heavy losses in life and property

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Natural disasters caused heavy losses in life and property

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

The first and second tropical storms in July, Conson and Chanthu, caused great losses of human lives and resources, and seriously impacted production and the daily lives of the local people.

The General Statistics Office (GSO) says that the natural disasters have left 40 dead and missing and caused a total of VND1,300 billion in property damage. The northern port city of Hai Phong suffered most, with a material loss of about VND1,200 billion.

According to a preliminary report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), more than 100 houses collapsed and about 1,900 more were partially damaged, while nearly 13,000 hectares of rice and other crops were damaged or washed away.

Each year, about 750 people are killed or go missing in Vietnam due to natural disasters, and an estimated 1.5 percent of the nation’s GDP in property is lost. Functional agencies need to increase their forecasting and warning capacity for floods and storms and make more joint efforts in responding to natural disasters.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue should draw up flexible plans to help local people cope with natural calamities to minimise human and material losses.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Black boxes ordered for heavy trucks, coaches

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Black boxes ordered for heavy trucks, coaches

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Transport Ministry has ordered the installation of a “black box” aboard heavy trucks and coaches from July next year.

The decision follows the successful trial of a “black box” on a coach travelling from Ha Noi to northern Lang Son Province.

The device helped detect driver transgressions.

The “black box” records the vehicle’s speed, when its doors open and close as well as its route.

The technical data it provides will help police understand the causes of traffic accidents with information about speed and braking.

The Public Security Ministry’s General Police Department chief Cao Xuan Hong said “data” from the “black box” would be used to both punish traffic violations and investigate the cause of traffic accidents.

The “black box” is linked to a satellite and the data will be transmitted via the Internet to authorised agencies to monitor.

Put off the road

Deputy Transport Minister Le Manh Hung said the device was easily installed and the Ha Noi-Lang Son trial showed it was highly secure and drivers could not interfere with it.

The ministry would now work with the relevant ministries and agencies to issue a decree guiding the instalment of the device this month so it could be installed in all coaches and trucks on schedule, he said.

Coaches and trucks without the “black box” would be put off the road and registry offices would not grant certificates for these vehicles.

Heavy trucks and coaches travelling routes of 500km and upwards will be required to carry device as of next July; the deadline for vehicles travelling routes of 300km upwards is July, 2012.

The cost of the “black box” and its installation has yet to be revealed.

Truck driver Nguyen Thanh Nam said that although he did not have any information about the “black box” he was willing to install the device as required. “I will install it to avoid being punished,” he said.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Daimler and Foton of China unveil heavy truck partnership

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

FRANKFURT, July 16, 2010 (AFP) – German automotive group Daimler and Foton Motor of China signed a deal on Friday to produce heavy trucks jointly in China, a first for Daimler which is the global leader in truck manufacturing.

The two companies were joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to China in announcing a 50:50 joint venture first floated two years ago.

Trucks under Foton’s Auman brand will be produced using Daimler technology in diesel engines and exhaust systems, allowing the vehicles to meet strict European standards, a statement said, without giving financial details.

Earlier this week, German governmental sources had indicated the partners would invest about 800 million euros (one billion dollars) in the deal.

Foton is a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC).

“The joint venture with Foton Motor represents another key milestone in implementing our China strategy. It further strengthens our position to address all segments of the market,” Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

The head of Daimler’s truck operations, Andreas Renschler, added that the deal would provide a springboard to the Chinese and international markets.

BAIC chairman Xu Heyi said: “We are very pleased to have Daimler Trucks, the world’s largest truck manufacturer, as our strategic partner for BAIC’s Foton Motor subsidiary.”

Daimler’s truck division includes the Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner, Western Star and Fuso brands, and sold 259,000 vehicles in 2009 for core earnings of one billion euros (1.29 billion dollars).

Source: SGGP

Heavy rains flood Hanoi roads again

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Downpours from 7am to 9am on July 13 prompted flooding in Hanoi and brought traffic in the capital to a standstill for several hours.

Rainwater floods a Hanoi street on the morning of July 13

Thousands of Hanoi residents couldn’t leave for work due to high floods on several main roads.

The Thai Ha, Nguyen Khuyen and Binh Trieu five-way crossroads were submerged under about 0.5 meter of rainwater.

Vehicles could barely move in the floods, and many cars and motorbikes broke down.
The heaviest floods were seen on Thai Thinh street, where rain water levels even submerged motorbikes’ engines.

Motorcyclists had to push their motorbikes across the street, and many tripped over potholes hidden by the water.

According to the Hanoi Drainage Company, the downpours drenched the capital in over 130 mm of water, the biggest downpour of the year so far.

The company said Hanoi’s inner-city drainage systems were overwhelmed by the downpours.

The company said all of four of its pumping stations were running at their full capacity during the floods.

After the rains, three people were found dead after being electrocuted.

A car’s engine fails and people pushed it out of the way during floods on Nguyen Cong Tru Street in Hanoi

The Lieu Giai Street remained flooded for several hours after the heavy rains in Hanoi July 13.

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

Hanoi traffic brought to standstill by heavy rain

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hanoi traffic brought to standstill by heavy rain

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A heavy rain lasting from 7am-9am on July 13 brought Hanoi’s traffic to a standstill. On most streets, means of transport could barely move for several hours.

According to the Hanoi Urban Environment and Water Supply, Drainage Company, 79 places were flooded across the city. Some streets experienced particularly high waters including Nguyen Khuyen, Ba Trieu, Tan Mai, Thai Ha, Giang Vo, Le Duan, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Nguyen Phong Sac and Nguyen Khanh Toan.

The stretch of Le Duan street along Hanoi’s railway station was severely flooded, while the Kim Ma-Nguyen Thai Hoc route saw the most serious traffic jam due to slow water drainage. A long queue of automobiles and motorbikes couldn’t move for several hours. Even when the rain stopped at 10am, vehicles could only travel at a snail’s pace.

Giang Vo, Thai Ha, Dien Bien Phu and Tran Phu streets were also seriously affected. In the morning, only on Nguyen Van Cu street, linking Gia Lam district to downtown Hanoi, could vehicles move easily.    

The National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre measured the rainfall of between 130-150mm in the downtown area. The centre forecast that heavy downpours would continue to lash down overnight with a moderate rainfall.

In the next few days, temperatures in the northern region will fall by 1-2 degrees. There is a strong chance that as of July 14, the heat wave the region has been experiencing will come to an end.  

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

La Nina to bring heavy rain to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

La Nina to bring heavy rain to Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The La Nina weather phenomenon that is developing in the Pacific region will not only drop temperatures but also cause more rain and storms in Asia, including Vietnam, said the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The WMO said that La Nina is characterised by unusually cool ocean temperatures in the east Pacific and the weather is expected to get harsher on a much larger scale in the coming months.

In late 2008, La Nina was blamed for icy conditions that claimed dozens of lives across Europe and brought torrential rain to Indonesia , Malaysia and Australia.

In Vietnam, La Nina made the summer of 2008 much cooler than previous summers and Hanoi and neighbouring areas also record the heaviest downpours in 40 years in late October with an approximate rainfall of 1m.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND