Tuesday, February 06, 2007

For The Record IV

14 Jan, 2007 - Floods and landslides hit a small island of Indonesia's Sulawesi, Tahuna, district captial of the Sangihe islands, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado. Rescuers found 24 bodies and 10 people were missing. More than 1,300 people fled their homes and took refuge from the floods in schools and government buildings, the ElShinta radio reported, quoting local officials.

15 Jan, 2007 - Malaysia's worst flood in 40 years killed 15, all of which were by exposure to contaminated water with urine of rats and other animals. As 10, 000 evacuees crammed the emergency shelters amid offical warning of dengue and cholera, they faced another problem of serious food shortages.

This flood is the second wave that had hit the Southern part of Malaysia, severely crippling the transportation, water supplies and economy. The first wave had hit the area in late December last year, forcing 134,000 people to flee their homes.

5 Feb, 2007 - Floods in Jakarta, the worst in five years, have killed at least 20 people and displaced 340,000, as swollen rivers and canals spilt muddy water onto the city streets. The flooding in parts of the tropical city of nine million people has been up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep, causing blackouts, cutting telephone lines and blocking key roads. Meteorology officials have warned the city could suffer heavy rains until the end of the month.

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