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BHUBANESHWAR, India: Tens-Of-Thousands Stranded By Floodwaters

27 Sep


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BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have been stranded and at least 20 have been killed since last week by surging floodwaters in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

The floods caused by heavy rains have inundated more than 3,000 villages that are home to more than 2 million people.

Orissa relief commissioner P.K. Mohapatra says five people were missing Tuesday in addition to the 20 killed since Friday.

More than 120,000 people have been evacuated but tens of thousands are still marooned. Air force helicopters are dropping food parcels, and more than 370 boats are shuttling the stranded to safety.

More than 70 people have died in Orissa since the monsoons began in August. Flooding also killed at least 31 over the weekend in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.

In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, Indian villagers carrying relief materials …

Breaking News: The Philippines: Serious Flooding In Manila As Typhoon Hits

27 Sep

By HRVOJE HRANJSKI and JIM GOMEZ – Associated Press | AP :

REUTERS – Residents assist a woman as they wade on waist deep floodwaters brought by Typhoon Nesat, locally known as Pedring, that hit the Tanza town of Malabon city, north of Manila September 27, 2011. Typhoon …more  Nesat crossed the Philippines‘ main island late on Tuesday, leaving behind at least seven dead after it lashed crop-growing provinces and brought the capital to a near standstill as it flooded roads and villages and cut power supplies. REUTERS/Stringer (PHILIPPINES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER).

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters and dodged flying debris Tuesday as a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines, killing at least 12 people and sending waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls.

Most deaths occurred in metropolitan Manila, which already was soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Typhoon Nesat’s arrival with more downpours and wind gusts of up to 93 mph (150 kph). Downtown areas along Manila Bay suffered their worst flooding in decades.

Pounding rains obscured the view of anyone on the streets as soldiers and police scrambled to safely evacuate thousands of people in low-lying areas, where rivers and the sea spilled into shanties, hospitals, swanky hotels and even the seaside U.S. Embassy compound.

“It’s flooded everywhere. We don’t have a place to go for shelter. Even my motorcycle got filled with water,” said motorist Ray Gonzales, one of thousands stranded by fast-rising floodwaters.

The massive flooding came exactly a day after this sprawling, coastal city of 12 million held two-year commemorations for the nearly 500 people killed during a 2009 cyclone, which dumped a month’s rainfall in just 12 hours. The geography of the archipelago makes it a welcome mat for about 20 storms and typhoons from the Pacific each year.

A family evacuate to safety with their pet dog at the height of typhoon Nesat Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 in Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Nesat, with winds of up to 133 miles (215 kilometers), slammed the northeastern Philippines Tuesday, unleashing floods, cutting power, halting work in the capital and forcing thousands of residents to flee to evacuation centers. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)View Gallery

Some residents acted more quickly this time to evacuate homes as waters rose, including in the Manila suburb of Marikina where 2,000 people escaped the swelling river by flocking to an elementary school, carrying pets, TV sets, bags of clothes and bottled water.

“We can replace things, but not people’s lives,” said janitor Banny Domanais, arriving at the school with his wife and three young daughters.

Typhoon Nesat hit ashore before dawn Tuesday in eastern provinces and headed inland just north of Manila with up to an inch of rain per hour, half that of the storm two years ago, said government forecaster Samuel Duran.

Emergency workers evacuated river areas in Manila that are notorious for flooding. In all, authorities ordered more than 100,000 people across the country to shelter from the storm’s sustained winds of up to 75 mph (120 kph) and its rains — dropping from an immense 400-mile (650-kilometer) cloud band.

Along downtown Manila‘s historic baywalk, cars and buses were stuck and residents struggled through floodwaters as waves washed over the seawall, turning a six-lane highway into a huge brown river. Sidewalks and buildings entrances were swamped.

In the financial district of Makati, a billboard fell on two cars and a bus, causing injuries.

Neck-deep waters on the ground floor of the Manila Hospital forced staff to move patients to higher floors and flooded generators left the facility without power, spokeswoman Evangeline Morales said.

Soldiers and police in trucks moved thousands of residents, mostly women and children, from the Baseco shanty facing Manila port after many houses were washed away. Male family members were reluctant to leave, saying they wanted to guard their property.

The Philippine Stock Exchange and U.S. Embassy were closed.

Waters at the gates of the embassy compound reached chest-deep, and staff were told to stay home, spokeswoman Tina Malone said.

“There was some flooding in the embassy. I don’t know the extent. I’m not there right now,” Malone said.

The Sofitel Philippine Plaza relocated its guests after flooding damaged areas of the high-end hotel on the shores of Manila Bay. Sirinate Meenakul, the hotel’s regional communications director, said no guests or staff were injured. She did not say how many guests were there.

Benito Ramos, a retired army general who heads the Office of Civil Defense, said authorities were still assessing the damage as the typhoon continued to pummel some areas of the country. He said it was heartwarming to see Filipinos remaining calm amid the unfolding crisis.

“We see people on the roofs of their houses drinking gin and smiling and waving,” Ramos said. “Such resiliency helps them get by in stressful times.”

Seasonal monsoon rains ahead of the typhoon plus winds pushing seawater inland had worsened the situation, forecaster Duran told the AP. “Land is saturated with rain so the next rain became run-off and was already floodwater,” he said.

The wind sent storm surges over an embankment that then trapped water on the city side so that it “couldn’t flow back to the bay,” said Francis Tolentino, chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority.

President Benigno Aquino III, on a state visit to Japan, told Associated Press Television News he was confident that authorities were adequately responding to flooding. He said he believed power would be restored to most of the Philippine capital by Tuesday afternoon.

He said in an earlier statement that the government had carried out preventive evacuations, and that nearly half of the Luzon areas served by the main power distributor were without electricity due to short circuits caused by high winds.

The first reported death was a 1-year-old boy who drowned in the central island province of Catanduanes after falling into a creek, the government disaster agency reported. As the typhoon’s winds lashed metropolitan Manila, a mother and child were killed when their house was hit by a falling tree, and four were reported killed by a collapsing wall.

Two others drowned, while a man was buried in a landslide in Olongapo west of Manila and another died in traffic collision. A 9-year-old girl was pinned to death when a tree fell on a house in Pampanga province, north of Manila, said regional disaster-response official Josefina Timeteo said.

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Four fishermen were missing while more than 50 others were rescued along eastern shores after their boats overturned in choppy seas. Forecasters warned of 12-foot-high (4-meter-high) waves.

The storm was expected to leave the Philippines late Tuesday and head into the South China Sea toward southern China.


Associated Press writers Oliver Teves, Bullit Marquez and Joeal Calupitan in Manila and Malcolm J. Foster in Tokyo contributed to this report.

Dublin: Vetran Campaigner Launches New Anti-Drugs Blog

26 Sep

A new anti-drugs website was launched in Dublin today by the well known veteran anti-drugs campaigner J. P. Anderson.

Containing almost 7,000 articles, all of the articles published on the previous blog are available on the home page.

Titled: People’s Free Press Ireland: Newsline.

The new look blog is to be found at:

It replaces http/lostchildreninthewilderness, which had received 255,000 views over the past 12 months

Editor Saying Thank You People For 255,000 Views Over The Past Year

25 Sep

On September 28th 2010 this blog switched from My Space to

Within that 12 month period readers have viewed the blog a total of 255,000 times.

As editor I want to say “THANK YOU PEOPLE”.

The name and address of the blog has been now changed to:

J. P. Anderson. Editor:

TOKYO, Japan: Six Dead,One Million Flee Typhoon: UPDATED + China Floods

21 Sep

A Million Flee As Typhoon Threatens Chaos
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TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Wednesday, leaving 13 people dead or missing in south-central regions and halting trains in Tokyo before grazing a crippled nuclear plant in the tsunami-ravaged northeast.

Officials at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, where engineers are still struggling with small radiation leaks due to tsunami damage, expressed relief that Typhoon Roke’s driving winds and rains caused no immediate problems there other than a broken security camera.

“The worst seems to be over,” said Takeo Iwamoto, spokesman for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., after the storm passed just west of the plant and then headed north.

More than 200,000 households in central Japan were without electricity late Wednesday. Police and local media reported 13 people dead or missing in southern and central regions, many of them believed swept away by rivers swollen with rains.

The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 100 mph (162 kph), made landfall in the early afternoon near the city of Hamamatsu, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Tokyo. The fast-moving storm went past the capital in the evening and then headed into the Tohoku region, which was devastated by the March 11 earthquak tsunami.

In Tokyo, where many rush hour commuter trains were suspended, thousands of commuters trying to rush home were stuck at stations across the sprawling city.

“The hotels in the vicinity are all booked up, so I’m waiting for the bullet train to restart,” Hiromu Harada, a 60-year-old businessman, said dejectedly at Tokyo Station.

Fire department officials reported three people injured in Tokyo. In the trendy shopping district of Shibuya, winds knocked a tree onto a sidewalk, but no one was hurt. Pedestrians struggled to walk straight in powerful winds that made umbrellas useless.

At the Fukushima plant, engineers are still working to stabilize the reactors six months after three of them melted down when the tsunami disabled the plant’s power and back-up generators.

Iwamoto said the storm passed without damaging the reactors’ cooling systems, which are crucial to keeping them under control. However, a closed-circuit camera that shows exteriors of the reactor buildings abruptly stopped, and plant workers were investigating, he said. 

Workers were trying to prevent pools of contaminated water from flooding and leaking outside the complex, said Junichi Matsumoto, another power company spokesman.

“The contaminated water levels have been rising, and we are watching the situation very closely to make sure it stays there,” Matsumoto told reporters.

As the storm headed further into the north, it triggered landslides in parts of Miyagi state that already were hit by the March disasters. Some 2,500 people, including 472 quake and tsunami survivors living in shelters in the town of Onagawa, were ordered to evacuate due to fear of flooding. The local government requested the help of defense troops. Dozens of schools canceled classes.

The disaster-struck region had a chilling reminder of its earlier disasters when a magnitude-5.3 earthquake struck late Wednesday just south of Fukushima in the Ibaraki state. Officials said the temblor posed no danger to the plant, and that it did not cause any damage or injuries in the region.

Heavy rains prompted floods and caused road damage earlier in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.

Parts of Japan’s central city of Nagoya, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) west of Tokyo, were flooded near swollen rivers where rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.

Police in nearby Gifu prefecture said a 9-year-old boy and an 84-year-old man were missing after apparently falling into swollen rivers.

More than 200 domestic flights were canceled and some bullet train services were suspended.

Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s No. 1 automaker, shut down its plants as a precaution.

Machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries told workers at its five plants to stay home, company spokesman Hideo Ikuno said.

Nissan Motor Co. spokesman Chris Keeffe said workers at its Yokohama headquarters and nearby technical facilities were being told to go home early for safety reasons, and that two plants were not operating.

A typhoon that slammed Japan earlier this month left about 90 people dead or missing.


AP writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report

At least six people are dead or missing and more than a million evacuated from cities in Japan as a typhoon strikes the country.

A Million Flee As Typhoon Threatens Chaos

The category 2 tropical storm, known as Roke , is expected to head toward the north eastern region which was battered by the tsunami in March.

The southern coastline near Tanabe and Nagoya has already experienced winds of over 100mph (160kph) and heavy rain.

Rescuers in boats have been trying to help people whose homes have been hit by floods and landslides.

In the capital, Tokyo, high winds and rain have knocked out the power to 200,000 homes while local authorities battle to strengthen river banks.

The Japanese government has asked people to follow evacuation orders.

Chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura warned: “We need to be extra vigilant against a potential disaster caused by heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas along a wide area from western to northern Japan.”

The typhoon has affected much of Japan’s industrial heartland and companies including car manufacturer Toyota have closed down their factories.

Also buffeted by the storm is the Fukushima nuclear power plant – which is at the centre of an ongoing radiation crisis since the earthquake and tsunami devastated the coastline on March 11.

The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co, has said there was no immediate problems reported at the damaged reactors from the storm.

Surging waves hit against the breakwater in Udono in a port town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast Wednesday, approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people. (AP Photo/Chunichi Shimbun, Daiji Yanagida) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES

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Residents try to salvage and clean up their belongings after flood waters swarmed the city of Guangan, southwest China's Sichuan province on September 19. Heavy flooding across large parts of China has left 90 dead and 22 missing, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday

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Heavy flooding across large parts of China has left 90 dead and 22 missing, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday.

Torrential rains have swamped parts of northern, central and southwest China, causing serious flooding in several provinces and forcing mass evacuations.

The death toll has now risen to 90, with downpours, floods and landslides affecting nine regions, according to the National Disaster Reduction Commission, Xinhua said.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent 22,000 tents, 70,000 cotton quilts and 35,000 items of clothing to affected areas, the NDRC said.

On Tuesday the ministry said 1.66 million people across the country had been forced to leave their homes. More than 120,000 houses had collapsed and economic losses from damaged houses, crops and land were estimated to have reached 26.09 billion yuan ($4.08 billion), it said.

China is hit by big downpours every summer. Last year saw the nation’s worst flooding in a decade, leaving more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

TOKYO, Japan: One Million Urged To Evacuate As Typhoon Nears

20 Sep

TOKYO (AP) — More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing.

Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya.

Heavy rains as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.

Local residents wade through a flooded street caused by approaching typhoon in Nagoya, central Japan,  Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Thousands of people in central Japan have been advised to evacuate as th

Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.

Police in nearby Gifu prefecture said a 9-year-old boy and an 84-year-old man were missing after apparently falling into swollen rivers.

The Meteorological Agency said the typhoon was located off the southern coast of Japan’s southwestern main island of Shikoku on Tuesday night with winds of 89 miles (144 kilometers) per hour. It could reach the Tokyo area by Wednesday afternoon, the agency said.

A typhoon that slammed Japan earlier this month left about 90 people dead or missing