1. #1
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, death and destruction across the globe ...

    Earthquake follows flooding in Central America
    Associated Press

    GUATEMALA CITY — With food and water running out, governments in Central America and Mexico scrambled Friday to reach isolated areas devastated by a week of intense rain, with residents saying panic was starting to grow among survivors.

    Mudslides and flooding exacerbated by Hurricane Stan killed 258 people across the region, with Guatemala bearing the brunt of the damage and deaths.

    Increasing fears Friday was a strong earthquake that shuddered through both Guatemala and El Salvador. The quake caused a rain-damaged highway bridge to collapse in Guatemala and also sent thousands of frightened Salvadoran residents into the streets.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries from the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8. Telephone service was cut off briefly in some areas of El Salvador, and Interior Minister Rene Figueroa urged residents to obey evacuation orders for high-risk areas.

    The quake also forced officials to suspend their search for two coffee workers missing since Saturday when the Ilamatepec volcano erupted about 40 miles west of the capital, San Salvador.

    The earthquake struck before residents had even begun to recover from the five days of heavy rains, which included Hurricane Stan's landfall on Tuesday in Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz before it weakened into a tropical depression.

    "We need food, clothing, medicine and help," said Lucas Ajpus, a former firefighter coordinating rescue efforts in Santiago Atitlan, the Guatemalan city near landslides that hit four villages.

    At least 50 bodies have been recovered, bringing Guatemala's death toll to 160. Workers continued to search for more than 100 people still missing.

    Ajpus said the bodies were found in two days of searching an area of 1,075 square feet. "There's still a lot to be done, because two towns have disappeared completely," he said.

    In Pathulul, 30 miles away from Santiago Atitlan, creeks that normally stream down from the highlands had turned into raging rivers, cluttered with rocks, branches and chunks of debris.

    Guatemalan officials organized an air-rescue squad of their own helicopters as well as those lent by the United States and neighboring Mexico. But poor weather prevented them from taking off until Friday.

    "We are going to review reconstruction policies and other important avenues to restore our country," Guatemalan President Oscar Berger said.

    Residents and tourists in Panajachel, on the banks of Lake Atitlan, said they needed aid.

    "Water is running out, food is running out and looters are coming now," said Stephanie Jolluck, a 32-year-old businesswoman from Atlanta who was reached by telephone.

    Jolluck, who has traveled to Guatemala for work since 1999, fought back tears as she described watching rivers grow from their usual width of 6 feet to more than 50 feet.

    Berger planned to visit the areas hit by landslides, including the town of Solola near Lake Atitlan, as well as the western province of San Marcos, on the border with Mexico, where residents cut off by floods have been pleading for help in telephone calls to radio stations.

    The president said government workers with heavy machinery cleared fallen trees and dirt from a portion of the InterAmerican Highway, allowing rescuers to reach isolated communities. The country's important Pacific coast highway remained impassable, however, after three bridges were washed out.

    More than 270 communities have been affected by the floods and landslides, forcing the evacuation of more than 30,000 people, according to the country's disaster management agency.

    In El Salvador, the death toll rose Friday to 67 after two people were buried in separate mudslides, said Cesar Marroquin of the National Emergency Committee.

    More than 62,000 people had been evacuated, including 5,000 removed Friday.

    Mexican President Vicente Fox was to make a second trip Friday to the city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, where a river overflowed, carrying off houses and people, washing out bridges, and cutting off communications.

    He promised to use rising oil profits to help victims of the storms.

    On Friday, floodwaters were receding, leaving homes full of mud.

    Forecasters predicted heavy rain for later this weekend, however.

    Tearful Tapachula residents, their clothes soaked and their eyes desperate, appeared on television news reports begging government officials to help them recover their belongings and to find missing relatives.

    Shelters were packed with families, including small babies. Doctors attended to some, but many complained there wasn't enough food, clothing or other basic supplies.

    Eight people have died in Chiapas, while civil protection authorities reported six deaths in the state of Veracruz, and three in Oaxaca.

    Farther south in Colombia, a landslide triggered by heavy rain Thursday night killed at least 26 people, many of them children, and left about 30 others missing, according to officials in the town of Bello, about 160 miles northwest of Bogota.

    At least 11 of the bodies pulled from the mud those killed were children, Gen. Ruben Carrillo, police chief of Antioquia state, told RCN television on Friday.

    Municipal official Claudia Helena Velez said more than 100 people, including firefighters and members of the civil defense agency, were taking part in the rescue. Local television video showed rural peasants with shovels looking for loved ones.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  2. #2
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default Couldn't decide where to put this ...

    Maybe this forum should be renamed "Natural Disasters"! Interesting that there were two earthquakes around the same time on opposite sides of the world.



    More than 3,000 believed dead in Asian quake
    CTV.ca News Staff

    A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake near the Pakistan-India border triggered landslides and reduced entire villages to rubble Saturday, killing more than 3,000 people.

    "The damage and casualties could be massive and it is a national tragedy," Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, Pakistan's chief army spokesman, told The Associated Press. "This is the worst earthquake in recent times."

    Officials believe the worst of the damage to be in Kashmir, although the temblor also rattled India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

    Details have been difficult to obtain because telephone lines are down, cellphone networks overwhelmed and roads impassable.

    "The earthquake was so strong it was felt right across Pakistan, northern India, and Afghanistan," CTV's Matt McClure reported from India, where he is watching developments.

    "Here in Delhi, paintings swung from the walls, candlesticks toppled over from tables and people rushed from their homes fearing they would collapse," he told CTV Newsnet.

    Two-hundred-eighty-six Canadians are registered in the region, Foreign Affairs Canada told CTV News.

    Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz ordered the military to extend "all-out help" to devastated areas and appealed to the nation to stay calm.

    "It is a test for all of us. It is a test for me, of the Prime Minister, of the government and of the entire nation and I am sure we will succeed," Musharraf said.

    About 1,000 people were killed in Pakistani Kashmir, said Sardar Mohammed Anwar, the top government official in the area. About 200 soldiers were included in that toll.

    "This is my conservative guess, and the death toll could be much higher," Anwar told Pakistan's Aaj television station.

    Most homes in Muzaffarabad, the area's capital, suffered damage. Schools and hospitals had collapsed, he said.

    On the Indian side of the disputed territory, about 250 people are believed to have died.

    One major tragedy occured when a school's collapse killed 250 girls in northwestern Pakistan.

    Another 500 students were injured, said Ataullah Khan Wazir, police chief in the northwestern district of Mansehra.

    The North West Frontier province suffered 1,600 deaths, an official said.

    Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao told local television: "We have reports that several entire villages have been wiped out."

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey's website, the quake struck at 8:50 a.m. local time. It was centred about 80 km northeast of Islamabad in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir.

    The first quake was followed by a series of frightening aftershocks between magnitudes of 5.4 and 6.3, also felt across the subcontinent.

    In other developments on Saturday:

    Canadians who have Canadian family members in the region can contact Foreign Affairs Canada at 1-800-387-3124 to seek more information.

    Rescue teams are scrambling to reach dozens of residents trapped in a 10-storey apartment building that collapsed in Islamabad.

    In eastern Afghanistan, a home's collapsed wall crushed an 11-year-old girl to death when a wall, police reported.

    The quake also jolted parts of Bangladesh, but no casualties or damage have been reported there.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  3. #3
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    332

    Default

    The death toll in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan is now up to 18,000.

  4. #4
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    332

    Default

    Up to 30,000.

  5. #5
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Wow, didn't expect to wake up to that news
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  6. #6
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Death toll soars to 30,000 in South Asian quake
    CTV.ca News

    Pakistan says at least 30,000 people have been killed by Saturday's massive earthquake and there are fears the death toll could rise much higher.

    Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called the 7.7 magnitude quake the country's worst on record and appealed for urgent help.

    "We do seek international assistance. We have enough manpower but we need financial support ... to cope with the tragedy," he said.


    Musharraf said supplies were needed "to reach out to the people in far-flung and cut-off areas."

    The president spoke in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital Islamabad, before leaving for a tour of devastated areas.


    The worst destruction was in and near the Pakistani side of the divided and disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, where the quake flattened dozens of villages and towns, crushing schools and mud-brick houses.

    The dead included 250 girls at a school razed to the ground and more than 200 Pakistani soldiers on duty in the Himalayas.

    The quake, which struck just before 9 a.m. local time, was felt across a wide swath of South Asia from central Afghanistan to western Bangladesh.

    It swayed buildings in the capitals of three nations, with the damage spanning at least 250 miles from Jalalabad in Afghanistan to Srinagar in northern Indian territory.

    In Islamabad, a 10-story building collapsed.

    Worst in history

    "We are handling the worst disaster in Pakistan's history," chief army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said.

    Dozens of bodies were strewn on the streets of Balakot, a devastated village of about 30,000 just west of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.


    Villagers desperate to find survivors dug with bare hands through the debris of a collapsed school, searching for children that were heard crying beneath the rubble.

    The worst-hit city in Pakistani Kashmir was its capital, Muzaffarabad, where at least 11,000 died. At least 42,000 are injured.

    Helicopters and C-130 transport planes took troops and supplies to damaged areas on Sunday. But landslides and rain hindered rescue efforts, blocking roads to some remote areas.

    The United States, the United Nations, Britain, Russia, China, Turkey, Japan, German and India have all offered assistance.

    Authorities in India reported 360 deaths and 900 people injured, while Afghanistan reported four killed.

    Pakistani military helicopters ferried troops and supplies to some hard-hit areas on Sunday.

    But there was no sign of government help in Balakot, in the North West Frontier Province about 60 miles north of Islamabad.


    The quake leveled the village's main bazaar, crushing shoppers and strewing gas cylinders, bricks, tomatoes and onions on the streets.

    Dozens of villagers, some with sledgehammers but many without any tools, pulled at the debris and carried away bodies.

    Elsewhere in Balakot two primary schools, one for boys and one for girls, also collapsed. More than 500 students were feared dead.

    In Pakistan's northwestern district of Mansehra, police chief Ataullah Khan Wazir told The Associated Press that authorities there pulled 250 bodies from the wreckage of one girls' school in the village of Ghari Habibibullah.

    Dozens of children were feared killed in other schools.

    On the India side of the border, at least 39 soldiers were killed when their bunkers collapsed, said Col. H. Juneja, an Indian army spokesman.

    The only serious damage reported in Pakistan's capital was the collapse of a 10-story apartment building, where at least 24 people were killed and dozens were injured.

    Doctors said the dead included an Egyptian diplomat, and the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said two Japanese were killed.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 60 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad, in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, and was followed by 22 aftershocks within 24 hours, including a 6.2-magnitude temblor.

    Hospitals moved quake victims onto lawns, fearing tremors could cause more damage, and many people spent the night in the open.

    India, a longtime rival of Pakistan, offered help and condolences in a gesture of cooperation.

    The nuclear rivals have been pursuing peace after fighting three wars since independence from British rule in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

    India reported at least 360 people killed and 900 injured when the quake collapsed houses and other buildings in Jammu-Kashmir state.

    Most of the deaths were in the border towns of Uri, Tangdar and Punch and in the city of Srinagar, said B.B. Vyas, the state's divisional commissioner.

    Afghanistan appeared to suffer the least damage. In its east, an 11-year-old girl was crushed to death when a wall in her home collapsed, police official Gafar Khan said. Three others also died.

    A U.S. military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, said the quake was felt at Bagram, the main American base in Afghanistan, but there were no reports of damage at bases around the country.

    An eight-member U.N. team of top disaster coordination officials was due to arrive in Islamabad on Sunday to plan the global body's response.

    President Bush offered condolences, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States was ready to help.

    Canadian assistance

    Meanwhile the Canadian government has promised at least $300,000 for immediate aid to regions devastated by the earthquake.

    Prime Minister Paul Martin said in a statement Saturday that Canadian officials are working with governments, international relief agencies and other organizations in the region to determine the need for financial aid and other assistance.

    Martin pledged $100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for an early-needs assessment, with an additional $200,000 to the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan to respond to urgent requirements.

    "Canada stands ready to provide further assistance depending on the needs identified," Martin said.


    Canadian consular officials said Saturday evening that, so far, there are no Canadian casualties.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  7. #7
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Entire generation wiped out in South Asia quake
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Pakistan's military spokesman has said an entire generation has been wiped out in the areas worst hit by Saturday's massive earthquake.

    Major General Shaukat Sultan told the AFP news agency that children had been the biggest casualties.

    Thousands were killed when school buildings collapsed on them in the country's worst natural disaster on record.

    Death toll estimates range from 20,000 to 30,000, but some reports put the toll as high as 40,000. At least 43,000 are injured.

    Meanwhile shopkeepers clashed with looters and hungry families huddled under tents as they waited for relief supplies after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake razed entire villages and buried roads in rubble.

    The United Nations said more than 2.5 million people have been left homeless and doctors are warning of an outbreak of disease unless aid arrives soon.

    With landslides blocking roads to many of the worst-hit areas, Pakistan's army was flying food, water and medicine into the disaster zone.

    International relief efforts cranked into action, and an American plane full of relief supplies landed at an air base near Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Monday.

    Most of the dead were in Pakistan's mountainous north. India reported more than 800 deaths and Afghanistan reported four.

    In the shattered streets of Muzaffarabad, where at least 11,000 people died, an Associated Press reporter saw shopkeepers scuffle with people trying to break into businesses.

    They beat each other with sticks and threw stones, and some people suffered head wounds. No police were nearby.

    Residents of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan's portion of divided Kashmir, said looters also targeted deserted homes.

    Survivors lack food and water, and AP reported little sign of any official coordination of relief in the devastated city of 600,000.

    People huddled around campfires through the cold night on a soccer field on the city's university campus, where most buildings had collapsed and hundreds were feared buried in classrooms and dormitories.

    A doctor, Iqbal Khan, said there was a serious risk of diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia if drinking water and other relief supplies do not arrive quickly.

    "These people feel as if there is no one to take care of them," he told AP.

    Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has appealed for urgent help, particularly cargo helicopters to reach remote areas.

    U.S. President Bush on Sunday promised cash and said he had told Musharraf "we want to help in any way we can."

    U.S. forces in Afghanistan prepared to send five Chinook transport helicopters and three Blackhawk helicopters to Pakistan on Monday to help ferry relief supplies.

    India, a longtime rival of Pakistan, offered help in a gesture of cooperation. The nuclear-armed neighbors have been pursuing peace after fighting three wars since independence from British rule in 1947, two of them over the Kashmir region.

    Other international aid, including emergency rescue workers, began to flow in. Planes arrived from Turkey, Britain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Russia, China and Germany also offered assistance.

    Senior officials in Pakistan's portion of Kashmir put the death toll much higher than official reports suggest.

    The top elected official in the region, Sardar Sikandar Hayat, said that more than 25,000 people had died there with "countless" injured. Tariq Mahmood, the province's communications minister, put the toll at over 30,000.


    The quake was felt across a wide swath of South Asia, with damage spanning at least 250 miles, from Jalalabad in Afghanistan to Srinagar in northern Indian territory.


    In Geneva, the United Nations urgently appealed for donations, including for at least 200,000 winterized tents.

    On the Indian side of the militarized Kashmir border -- where at least 800 have died -- hundreds of Kashmiris spent Sunday night outside in the cold after rumors of another quake.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  8. #8
    FIREMAN 1st GRADE
    E40FDNYL35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1999
    Location
    Malingering
    Posts
    3,643

    Default

    That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
    Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn - world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.
    Feed it off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, Ladder start to clatter with fear fight down height.
    Wire in a fire, representing seven games, a government for hire and a combat site.
    Left of west and coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
    Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
    Look at that low playing! Fine, then.
    Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it'll do.
    Save yourself, serve yourself.
    World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right, right.
    You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.


    Six o'clock - TV hour. Don't get caught in foreign towers.
    Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn.
    Locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood letting.
    Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
    Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
    Watch your heel crush, crushed, uh-oh, this means no fear cavalier.
    Renegade steer clear!
    A tournament, tournament, a tournament of lies.
    Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine
    .

    The other night I dreamt of knives, continental drift divide.
    Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.
    Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom!
    You symbiotic, patriotic, slam book neck, right? Right.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it. can't I have some time alone?
    It's the end of the world as we know it can't I have some time alone? and I feel fine...fine...

    It's the end of the world as we know it.
    It's the end of the world as we know it. can't I have some time alone?
    It's the end of the world as we know it can't I have some time alone? and I feel fine...fine...
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

  9. #9
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    OK, Ray
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  10. #10
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Little hope for Guatemalan village buried by mudslide
    Last Updated Mon, 10 Oct 2005 15:56:08 EDT
    CBC News

    Maya Indian villagers have given up hope of finding up survivors buried under a huge Guatemala mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan. A huge lake of mud has wiped out the village of Panabaj and sniffer dogs were being used to lead an almost hopeless search.


    A Panabaj resident searches for victims amidst mud and debris. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty)

    "At this stage, the bodies they could find are in a very advanced state of decomposition," said Mario Ramirez, the head of a Guatemalan rescue team of firefighters.


    RELATED STORY: Oct. 8: 1,400 dead in one Guatemala village as Stan blasts Central America

    "I don't think there is any hope of finding anyone alive, but we are going to try," said Spaniard Francisco Toledano.

    Panabaj was buried under a layer covering of mud, rocks and trees that poured hundreds of metres down a nearby when rain from Hurricane Stan hit Central America and southern Mexico last week.

    The fire department put the death toll at around 1,400. Only 76 bodies have been found so far.

    U.S. and Guatemalan military helicopters were being used to reach towns that had been cut off by floodwaters.


    A picture of a father with his son, apparently buried under a landslide, hangs from a string while residents search for bodies in Panabaj. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty)
    There has been a great deal of criticism leveled at Guatemala President Óscar Berger's government for responding too slowly to the tragedy. Add to that anger because senior officials have not visited the site of the disaster.

    "I feel totally sad, morale is very low. We want to see the president, we want to see him here," said Diego Esquina, mayor of Santiago Atitlan municipality, which runs Panabaj. The mayor felt racism was to blame.

    "It's like they are giving a message that it is because we are indigenous. That is the point. A lot of my people are saying it is because we are indigenous," Esquina said.

    The rains from Stan killed at least 400 people elsewhere in Guatemala and more than 100 others in neighbouring countries.



    Headlines: World

    Little hope for Guatemalan village buried by mudslide
    Help beginning to reach Pakistan quake victims, Canada increases aid
    German parties reach deal, Merkel to become chancellor
    Rescuers hunt for South Asia quake survivors
    Nobel Prize for Economics awarded for game theory research
    No clear winner for Polish president, run-off to be held
    Karzai aide condemns women in Afghan beauty contest
    New Orleans open for business, can't find enough workers
    Civil war forecast in Iraq
    Bird flu reported in Romania and Turkey
    2005 Nobel Peace Prize shared by UN nuclear watchdog, leader
    European Polar satellite breaks up, falls into ocean
    Auto parts maker Delphi files for bankruptcy

    http://sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/story/wo...e20051010.html
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  11. #11
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Help beginning to reach Pakistan quake victims, Canada increases aid
    Last Updated Mon, 10 Oct 2005 14:40:25 EDT
    CBC News
    International assistance is beginning to arrive in Pakistan following the weekend's deadly earthquake there. The quake has killed at least 20,000 people, with some estimates putting that number as high as 30,000.


    A man and a woman cry near the body of the man's grandson in Udoosa, India on Monday. India and Pakistan set aside their rivalry Monday when Pakistan said it would accept India's offer of aid. (AP Photo/Press Trust Of India)
    Canada raised its aid contribution to $20 million on Monday. Most of the money will go to international aid organizations.

    But Aileen Carroll, Canada's minister of International Cooperation, said funds will go to dispatching Canadian Forces aircraft containing 21 tonnes of blankets.

    Canada had already announced a $300,000 donation, which critics called a paltry sum.

    RELATED STORY: Oct. 9: Canada to give at least $300,000 for deadly Pakistan-India quake

    Eight United States military helicopters with supplies reached Islamabad Monday. The helicopters will help ferry supplies and rescue teams to areas inaccessible by road because of landslides.

    The U.S. has also pledged $50 million US in earthquake relief money to Pakistan.

    Setting aside old rivalries, Pakistan said it would accept earthquake aid from India. Israel, which does not have diplomatic relations with Pakistan, also offered assistance.

    RELATED STORY: Rescuers hunt for South Asia quake survivors
    Several other countries and world bodies are committing themselves to helping quake victims:

    The Asian Development Bank offered to reallocate $10 million US for immediate assistance for the worst-affected areas of Pakistan.
    The International Red Cross will provide emergency food and shelter to 120,000 vulnerable people stranded in the freezing autumn conditions.
    NATO offered troops, aircraft and humanitarian aid to Pakistan.
    Fifty German troops have already been sent from NATO's peacekeeping force in neighbouring Afghanistan.
    The European Union has aid workers on the ground in Pakistan and has allocated 3.6 million euros ($4.4 million US) in initial aid.
    Kuwait donated $100 million US for quake relief; Yemen said it would send two aid planes.
    Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Spain have sent sniffer dogs, while specialist rescue teams had been sent by Britain, France, China and Turkey.

    http://sympatico.msn.cbc.ca/story/wo...d20051010.html
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  12. #12
    FIREMAN 1st GRADE
    E40FDNYL35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1999
    Location
    Malingering
    Posts
    3,643

    Default

    Athens, 430 B.C.: Typhus epidemic
    Pompei, 79: Volcanic eruption
    Antioch, Syria, 526: Earthquake (250,000 dead)
    Costantinopole, 542: Bubonic plague
    Beirut, Lebanon, 551: earthquake and tsunami (tens of thousands dead)
    Japan, 1181: famine (100,000 dead)
    Holland, 1228: sea flood (100,000 dead)
    Chihli, China, 1290: Earthquake (100,000 dead)
    Europe and Asia, 1346-52: Bubonic plague or "black death" (one third of the European population dead plus millions in Asia and North Africa for a total of 25 million)
    Shensi, China, 1556: earthquake (800,000 dead)
    Napoli, Italy, 1631: Mt Vesuvius erupts (3,000 dead)
    Havana, 1648: Yellow fever epidemic
    Sevilla, Spain, 1649: Plague (80,000 dead)
    Turkey, 1668: earthquake (8,000 dead)
    Hokkaido, 1730: Earthquake (140,000 dead)
    Lisbon, 1755: earthquake and tsunami (30,000 dead)
    Calcutta, 1737: Earthquake (300,000 dead)
    Bengal, India, 1769: famine (10 million dead)
    India, 1775: Tsunami (60,000 dead)
    Northamerica, 1775-82: Smallpox (130,000 dead)
    Iran, 1780: earthquake (200,000 dead)
    Caribbeans, 1780: Hurricane (22,000 dead)
    Philadelphia, 1793: Yellow fever epidemic (5,000 dead)
    Sumbawa, Indonesia, 1815: Mt Tambora erupts (90,000 dead)
    Japan, 1826: Tsunami (27,000 dead)
    Cairo, 1831: Cholera epidemic, which spreads to London
    London and Paris, 1832: Cholera epidemic (25,000 dead)
    Ireland, 1845: famine (one million dead)
    Mapoli, Italy, 1857: earthquake (11,000 dead)
    India, 1864: Cyclone (70,000 dead)
    France, 1870-71: Smallpox (500,000 dead)
    Bangladesh, 1876: Cyclone (200,000 dead)
    China, 1876-78: Drought (9 million dead)
    China, 1881: Typhoon (300,000 dead)
    Indonesia, 1883: Tsunami (36,000 dead)
    Huayan Kou, China, 1887: Yang-tse Kiang flooding (one million dead)
    Mino-owari, Japan, 1891: earthquake (7,000 dead)
    Sanriku, Japan, 1896: Tsunami (27,000 dead)
    India, 1897: earthquake (1,500 dead)
    Galveston, 1900: Hurricane (8,000 dead)
    Martinique, 1902: Volcano (38,000 dead)
    San Francisco, 1906: earthquake and fire (3,000 dead)
    Colombia, 1906: earthquake (1,000 dead)
    Chile, 1906: earthquake (20,000 dead)
    China, 1907: famine (20 million dead)
    Messina, Italy, 1908: 7.5 earthquake (70,000 dead)
    Mexico City, 1911: earthquake
    Worldwide, 1918: Influenza pandemic (25-100 million dead)
    Gansu, China, 1920: 8.6 earthquake (200,000 dead)
    Ukraine, 1921: Famine (5 million dead)
    Yokohama, Japan, 1923: 8.3 earthquake (143,000 dead)
    Nanshan, China, 1927: 8.3 earthquake (200,000 dead)
    China, 1928: Famine (3 million dead)
    Florida, USA, 1928: Hurricane (1800 dead)
    China, 1931: Flooding (3.7 million dead)
    Ukraine and Russia, 1932: Famine (5 million dead)
    Gansu, China, 1932: 7.6 earthquake (70,000 dead)
    Sanriku, Japan, 1933: 8.4 earthquake (3,000 dead)
    Bihar, India, 1934: 8.1 earthquake (10,700 dead)
    Quetta, Pakistan, 1935: 7.5 earthquake (60,000 dead)
    China, 1936: Famine (5 million dead)
    New York, USA, 1938: Rains (600 dead)
    Erzincan, Turkey, 1939: 7.8 earthquake (33,000 dead)
    China, 1941: Famine (3 million dead)
    Bengal, India, 1943: famine (3.5 million dead)
    Tonankai, Japan, 1944: 8.1 earthquake (1,200 dead)
    Nankaido, Japan, 1946: earthquake (1,330 dead)
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 1948: earthquake (100,000 dead)
    Assam, India, 1950: earthquake (1,526 dead)
    Holland, 1953: Sea flood (1,794 dead)
    Iran, 1953: Rain flood (10,000 dead)
    Louisiana, USA, 1957: Hurricane (400 dead)
    Worldwide, 1957: Influenza pandemic (about four million dead)
    Japan, 1958: Typhoon (5,000 dead)
    China, 1960: Famine (20 million dead)
    Morocco, 1960: earthquake (10,000 dead)
    Chile, 1960: 9.5 earthquake (5,700 dead)
    Mt Huascaran, Peru, 1962: Volcano eruption (3,000)
    India, 1965: Famine (1.5 million dead)
    Worldwide, 1968: Influenza pandemic (about 750,000 dead)
    China, 1969: Famine (20 million dead)
    North Peru, 1970: 7.8 earthquake (66,000 dead)
    Bangladesh, 1970: Sea flood (200-500,000 dead)
    Vietnam, 1971: Red River flood (100,000 dead)
    Nicaragua, 1972: earthquake flood (10,000 dead)
    Bangladesh, 1974: floods (28,000 dead)
    Ethiopia, 1974: famine (200,000 dead)
    Haicheng, China, 1975: 7.0 earthquake (10,000 dead)
    Tangshan, China, 1976: 8.0 earthquake (750,000 dead)
    Guatemala, 1976: earthquake (23,000 dead)
    Andhra Pradesh, India, 1977: cyclone (10,000 dead)
    Caribbeans, 1979: Hurricane (2,000 dead)
    Mexico, 1982: volcanic eruption (1,800 dead)
    Yemen, 1982: earthquake (3,000 dead)
    Bhopal, India, 1984: Chemical pollution (3,800 dead)
    Ethiopia, 1984: Famine (900,000 dead)
    Ciudad de Mexico, 1985: 8.1 earthquake (9,500 dead)
    Colombia, 1985: Volcano (25,000 dead)
    Armenia, 1988: earthquake (55,000 dead)
    Colombia, 1985: eruption of Nevado del Ruiz (23,000 dead)
    Bangladesh, 1988: Monsoon flood (1,300 dead)
    Gilan and Zanjan, Iran, 1990: 7.7 earthquake (35,000 dead)
    Bangladesh, 1991: tsunami (138,000 dead)
    Latur, India, 1993: earthquake (22,000 dead)
    Kobe, Japan, 1995: earthquake (5,500 dead)
    Niger, 1995: meningitis epidemic (3,000 dead)
    Chicago, USA, 1995: heatwave (739 dead)
    North Korea, 1995-98: Famine and floods (3.5 million dead)
    West Africa, 1996: meningitis outbreak (25,000 dead)
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1996: earthquake (??,000 dead)
    Papua New Guinea, 1998: Tsunami (2,200 dead)
    Yangtze Kiang, China, 1998: flooding (3,600 dead)
    Central America, 1998: Hurricane Mitch and floods (12,000 dead)
    Afghanistan, 1998: Earthquakes (10,000 dead)
    Colombia, 1999: earthquake (1,185 dead)
    Izmit, Turkey, 1999: earthquake (17,000 dead)
    Taiwan, 1999: 7.6 earthquake (2,400 dead)
    Orissa, India, 1999: Cyclone (7,600 dead)
    Venezuela, 1999: Floods (20,000 dead)
    Gujarat, India, 2001: earthquake (20,000 dead)
    El Salvador, 2001: earthquake (850 dead)
    Afghanistan, 2002: earthquake (2,500 dead)
    Algeria, 2003: earthquake (2,266 dead)
    Andhra Pradesh, India, 2003: Heat wave (1,300 dead)
    France, Spain and Italy, 2003: Heat wave (50,000 dead)
    Bam, Iran, 2003: earthquake (26,300 dead)
    Al-Hoceima, Morocco, 2004: earthquake (571 dead)
    Haiti and Dominican Republic, 2004: rains (2,400 dead)
    Philippines, 2004: typhoon (1,000 dead)
    China, 2004: floods (1,300 dead)
    Southeast Asia, 2004: tsunamis caused by 9.0 earthquake (111,000 dead in Indonesia, 31,000 in Sri Lanka, 10,700 in India, 5,400 in Thailand, 68 in Malaysia, 82 in the Maldives, 300 in Myanmar and 150 in Somalia, including 1,500 Scandinavian tourists, and dozens of Germans, Italians, Dutch, etc)
    Zarand, Iran, 2005: earthquake (500 dead)
    Nias, Indonesia, 2005: 8.7 earthquake (1000 dead)
    Mumbai, India, 2005: monsoon (1,000 dead)
    China, 2005: floods (567 dead)
    Louisiana and Mississippi, USA, 2005: hurricane (1,069 dead)
    Niger, 2005: famine (10,000? dead)
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

  13. #13
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    That's a heck of a lot of dead people, Ray
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  14. #14
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Tue. Oct. 11 2005 9:30 AM ET
    Nazdeen Muhammed from the northern Pakistani town of Balakot waits to be treated at the AYUB medical complex in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

    Abid Zalzla, 3 days old, sleeps his father Mansur Ahmed's lap as the family is airlifted from Uri sector, India. (AP / Ajit Kumar)

    A Pakistan Army doctor provides medical help at Chaklala Air Base in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Tuesday. (AP / Anjum Naveed)

    Residents walk through the rubble of destroyed houses on Tuesday at the northern Pakistani town of Muzzafarabad. (AP / Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Anger mounts among quake survivors as toll rises
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Heavy rain and hail is delaying the arrival of much-needed humanitarian aid in the region devastated by the massive South Asia earthquake, as anger mounts among frantic survivors over the apparently slow response to the crisis.

    In parts of northern Pakistan, India and the disputed region of Kashmir, the scene is one of sheer devastation in the aftermath of the 7.6-magnitude quake that struck Saturday morning.

    Entire villages have been reduced to rubble, hundreds of thousands are left homeless, and landslides in mountainous areas have rendered roads impassable.

    Bad weather compounded the misery, with heavy rain and hail forcing helicopters loaded with food and medicine to cancel or delay their flights.

    As law and order break down among survivors desperate for food and water, looting is being reported in Pakistan.

    "The people here are angry, they are disappointed in the response by their government so far," CTV's Matt McClure reported from Uri, in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

    "The only sort of aid we are seeing here on the ground is from civilian groups distributing blankets and food," he reports.

    "There are mad rushes when these aid trucks pull up. People are grabbing whatever they can and hoping and praying their government will show up and provide them some assistance soon."

    While official death toll estimates range from 20,000 to 30,000, one army official told The Associated Press that between 35,000 and 40,000 are believed dead.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the estimate to journalists.

    When the first significant deliveries of aid began arriving in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, victims scuffled over badly needed food. About 10 trucks rumbled into the city, where 11,000 are believed to have died and 90 per cent of the city is thought to be destroyed.

    Efforts to distribute aid turned chaotic as residents scrambled for handouts of cooking oil, sugar, rice, blankets and tents in their frantic bid to stay alive.

    According to reports from correspondents on the scene, shopkeepers are guarding their stores around the clock and launching stones at would-be thieves as survivors scramble to loot food, tents and medicine.

    With winter just a few weeks away, United Nations officials said 2.5 million people in the worst-hit areas near the mountainous Pakistan-India border will need shelter.

    Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said his government was doing its best to respond to the disaster.

    "We are doing whatever is humanly possible," Musharraf said. "There should not be any blame game. We are trying to reach all those areas where people need our help."

    Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said a total of 30 helicopters, including eight U.S. military helicopters diverted from the war in Afghanistan, would be supplying food, water, medicine and other items to quake victims.

    Two more German and four Afghan helicopters would arrive later Tuesday, he said.

    Having set aside its often-bitter rivalry with its nuclear neighbour, India planned to send a planeload of food, tents and medicine.

    The move carries immense political implications for the neighbours who have fought three wars since their partition and independence from British rule in 1947. Two of those wars have been over the Kashmir region.

    On the Indian side, the toll rose Tuesday to more than 1,000.

    Meanwhile, India's prime minister acknowledged Tuesday that many survivors in Indian-ruled Kashmir don't have enough tents and medicine.

    Touring the devastated areas for the first time, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured thousands of victims that the government would help them restart their lives.

    "I am aware of the shortage of tents and inadequate medical facilities. We will do our best to organize these facilities for you," Singh said.

    He pledged an additional $111 million US in assistance on top of the $31.5 million already promised by his government for relief and rehabilitation in the Himalayan territory.

    In other developments:

    In Islamabad, search crews continued digging through the ruins of a 10-storey apartment building after pulling a woman and child to safety. Rescuers reporting hearing voices in the rubble, where at least two dozen people died.
    In the northern town of Balakot, a specialist French team on Monday rescued at least five children buried in a collapsed school, using sniffer dogs and special cameras. At least 100 children are thought to have been inside when the temblor struck, bringing the huge concrete roof down on top of them.
    User Tools
    Print This Page
    E-Mail Story
    Feedback
    Top Stories
    Anger mounts among quake survivors as toll rises
    No current plans to deploy DART to Asia, feds say
    Rebuked, B.C. teachers to continue strike today
    Ottawa wants greater wiretap access: report
    Toronto police could work-to-rule at midnight
    Colombia reports 'low-risk' bird flu outbreak
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  15. #15
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    I heard on the radio that they rescued a 4 year old boy today.

    I'm sure a big boost for the rescuers!
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  16. #16
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    710

    Default

    Once again our fine government is in superb form! As they stuff their faces with fine foods this weekend another disaster of epic proportions has taken place on two fronts. South Asia and Guatamala.

    At first the government was quick to react (couple of days) and send a dismal 20million to a aid agency (U.N) wich just got lambasted for being disorganized and doing basically a crap job in the Tsunami Reilief effort.

    Some key things that survivors of these disasters require - medical attention, food&water. Canadas D.A.R.T team is able to supply these basic needs - heck they can set up a mini hospital and make fresh water. NO NO NO - lets keep them locked away until THEY ARE ASKED FOR!!! WHAT THE F*** are they supposed to be for.

    I am absolutly once again disgusted in our LIBERAL tuck your head in the sand - hope nobody notices me BS!

    I feel sorry for those affected by these tragedies - especially with a government that doesnt care and one that wont act on its own initiative. We have the resources, lets use them!

    What a bunch of MORONS!


    arghh - rant over!

    Dave

    P.s. Thought I would post this before I posted the latest from our government minister!
    -I have learned people will forget what you said,
    -People will forget what you did,
    -But people will never forget how you made them feel!

  17. #17
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    710

    Default

    No plans yet to deploy DART to Asia, feds say
    CTV.ca News Staff

    Ottawa is monitoring the situation in earthquake-ravaged South Asia, but there are currently no plans to deploy Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, says International Co-operation Minister Aileen Carroll.

    "What's important to note here is we're talking about a very politically sensitive area, the Kashmir area, an area with a lot of military from both countries," she told CTV's Canada AM Tuesday.

    Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan by a 1972 ceasefire line called the Line of Control. Both countries claim the entire region as their own.

    "We would be very cognizant of those sensitivities with regard to Canadian military personnel in the area. So that is something we're just monitoring at this time," she said.

    Military officials have said the Department of National Defence is still deciding whether to send a reconnaissance military group to see whether the Disaster Assistance Response Team is needed, The Globe and Mail reported.

    After last year's tsunami in Asia, Canadian officials initially rejected the idea of sending DART because of cost and concerns about the safety of its troops.

    That decision prompted criticism about whether the military unit, formed specifically to respond quickly to disasters, was properly funded and adequately prepared.

    Carroll said Canada is doing everything it can to help with relief efforts, including a $20-million aid package.

    "(That) puts Canada ahead of any of the other G-8 countries on the per capita basis," she said.

    "I am very confident that the pledge we have made is a very generous one, putting us in the lead where we should be."

    Canada's commitment is earmarked for housing, food, clothing, fresh water and sanitation, and, later, for longer-term reconstruction efforts.

    The federal government has also decided to employ the same immigration measures that were put in place after the tsunami.

    New immigration applications from the disaster-stricken region were fast-tracked and the government waived applicants' processing and landing fees.

    On Monday, Ottawa upped its aid contribution for South Asia from an initial pledge of $300,000 after coming under fire for what some saw as a paltry initial response.

    The new figure came after senior federal cabinet ministers held a one-hour, closed door meeting with senior south Asian community leaders.

    Some still hoped for more.

    "I'm not satisfied with $20 million," Tariq Fatah, communications director of the Canadian Muslim Congress, told The Canadian Press.

    "This is an area of about 20 million people. ... The sheer rebuilding effort is going to take billions of dollars.

    "I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that this amount would reach the $100 million (mark) very soon," he added.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Paul Martin is set to meet with members of Toronto's Pakistani-Canadian community Tuesday to discuss Canada's role in the earthquake relief effort.

    There have also been discussions to send Defence Minister Bill Graham -- currently in Kandahar, Afghanistan -- to the disaster area.

    To make a donation to the earthquake relief effort, see CTV's special earthquake help page.


    I geuss only one country is facing a crisis in our dishounourable ministers eyes!
    -I have learned people will forget what you said,
    -People will forget what you did,
    -But people will never forget how you made them feel!

  18. #18
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Martin pledges matching funds for South Asia aid
    CTV.ca News Staff

    All public donations made to the South Asian earthquake relief effort will be matched by the federal government, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced today.

    The matching fund is in addition to the $20 million dollars the federal government pledged Monday and a further $1 million made available to the Canadian Red Cross Society.

    "Canada is in many ways a microcosm of the world and when tragedy hits we feel it deeply," Martin told a news conference Tuesday.

    "So many Canadians of Pakistani origin, of Indian origin, have lost loved ones and it is our responsibility as a people to respond," he added.

    The government will match all public funds given from the day of the earthquake up to and including funds given on Tuesday, October 25.

    Martin's announcement came after he held a private meeting to discuss the disaster with members of Toronto's Pakistani community in Mississauga, Ont.

    He defended accusations that Canada's response was "too slow," insisting that the government had "reacted quickly."

    "Canada's contribution is the greatest of all the G8 countries," he told reporters.


    Canada will also lease two helicopters through the United Nations to assist in the aid operation for the next three months.

    More than 20 tonnes of winter blankets are already en route from Canada to the hardest-hit areas of Pakistan.

    A joint team of government officials will arrive in the region within the next 24 hours to assess what else Canada can do -- including the possibility of sending the disaster assistance response team.

    Immigration officials will also work to expedite family reunification cases for those affected by the tragedy, Martin said.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew told CTV News that Canada had acted "very quickly" following the earthquake.

    "Pakistan was very impressed with what the government of Canada has been doing," he said.

    "Funding will go to housing, it will go to water, food, and clothing."


    And International Co-operation Minister Aileen Carroll said Canadians could be sure that every dollar would go to where it was needed, provided they donated to legitimate organizations.

    "The organizations to which Canadians can donate in order to have us match are registered charitable organizations here in Canada," she told CTV News.

    "It's very important as well that Canadians earmark their donations for the relief efforts in Pakistan."
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  19. #19
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Thumbs up Another child rescued

    Pakistani girl pulled out of quake rubble
    CTV.ca News Staff

    There was a bright moment Wednesday for rescuers looking for survivors of Saturday's earthquake in northern Pakistan, when a five-year-old girl was pulled out of the rubble, four days after her home crumbled on her.

    "I want to drink," the dust-covered girl named Zarabe Shah whispered to rescuers.

    Zarabe's father and two sisters were killed in the quake, but her mother and another two sisters survived.

    A day after bad weather temporarily grounded efforts, rescue work is resuming and aid is pouring into the affected regions.

    But reports from the scene indicate there are concerns about a lack of co-ordination, with supplies yet to reach some far-flung areas in the mountainous Pakistani Kashmir.

    Many bodies are still buried beneath piles of concrete, steel and wood. Four days after the quake rocked the region, hopes of finding more survivors are dimming.

    "Our resources are very stretched," said army Colonel Y.P. Sayyaj in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. "Every time we rush to one place we hear of another place that is worse.

    The United Nations, which estimates that some four million people have been affected, has appealed for $272 million for quake survivors. About 30 countries -- including the United States, Jordan, China, Russia, Iran, and Syria -- have sent relief equipment, medical staff, tents, blankets, medicine, and disaster relief teams. Many have also pledged financial assistance.

    Canada is dispatching Afghanistan-based Canadian Forces aircraft loaded with blankets to the affected area.

    Pakistan's longtime archrival India became the latest nation to deliver aid to survivors with a transport plane full of tents, medicine and other relief goods

    "Relief material is moving in," Jan Vandemoortele, UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan said in Islamabad.

    "It is getting there. Roads are open now. They were blocked until very recently. We have several trucks that are all loaded and on the road now."

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Pakistan after saying Washington would likely add to the $50 million US it has committed to the quake recovery effort.

    Pakistan is the latest stop on Rice's tour of Asia, which was expanded to include the earthquake-damaged nation.

    As aid begins to trickle in, health experts are warning the Himalayan region could become a fertile breeding ground for disease. United Nations officials are warning of a growing threat of measles, cholera, and diarrhea outbreaks among the millions of survivors.

    There have been no reports of epidemic outbreaks so far, but the area's health infrastructure has completely collapsed, Vandemoortele said.

    Regional sanitation systems are damaged, hospitals have been destroyed, and victims are left without clean drinking water, making them more vulnerable to outbreaks.

    As well, nighttime temperatures are already falling to as low as 6 degrees Celsius and will drop even further by the end of the week.

    "Measles could potentially become a serious problem," said Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokeswoman in Geneva.

    "We fear that if people huddle closely together in temporary shelters and crowded conditions, more measles cases could occur."

    When the 7.6-magnitude quake struck on Saturday, whole communities were demolished, with the hardest-hit areas in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

    The UN estimates that some 4 million people have been affected, including 2 million who have been left homeless.

    The Pakistani government has put the official death toll at about 23,000 people and 47,000 injured. However, a senior army official who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he believed 35,000 to 40,000 people had died.

    In Indian-held Kashmir, authorities say at least 1,200 people are known to have died, but officials fear the number will rise.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  20. #20
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default Just for you Dave ...

    DART ready if Pakistan needs it, says minister
    Last Updated Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:34:20 EDT
    CBC News
    Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, also known as DART, stands ready to head to the earthquake disaster zone in Asia, Defence Minister Bill Graham said Wednesday. All that's needed is a request from Pakistan's government.

    A Canadian military reconnaissance team has left for Islamabad. The group is headed by Canada's top military officer in Afghanistan, Col. Steve Noonan, whose four-day fact finding mission is aimed at finding out "what type of assistance [Canada] can provide," said Graham.

    As many as 40,000 died when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday. The UN estimates two million were left homeless.

    Canada has said it will contribute $20 million to an earthquake relief fund.

    The DART team is on standby in Canada and airlift capacity for the life-saving facility is being arranged, said Graham.

    "We will have the capacity [to send the DART team to the disaster zone]," he said during a media briefing from Kabul. All that is needed is for Pakistan to make a "specific" request for DART. The response team includes an emergency medical facility, a water purification plant and an engineering operation.

    DART was most recently used this year in Sri Lanka, as part of the tsunami recovery. It was also used in an earthquake zone in Turkey in 1999. During that operation, DART treated more than 5,000 patients in its field hospital and produced more than 2.5 million litres of purified water.

    Although Graham was unsure whether the Pakistani government will ask for DART, the minister said he expects to hear more from Col. Noonan about what further aid Canada might contribute.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  21. #21
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Aftershock jolts Pakistan as aid flows in
    CTV.ca News Staff

    There was more panic on Thursday for the hungry, homeless survivors of last weekend's deadly earthquake when an aftershock jolted parts of Pakistan.

    The 5.6-magnitude aftershock was centred 137 kilometres north of Islamabad, near the epicentre of Saturday's 7.6-magnitude quake that demolished towns mostly in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

    The aftershock forced British, German and Turkish rescuers to suspend efforts to save a trapped 22-year-old woman from the rubble in Muzaffarabad. Rescuers said she died overnight.

    Since the main quake, there have been dozens of aftershocks in the region, including a 6.2-magnitude temblor.

    "They will go on for months, possibly years," Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, told the Associated Press.

    The UN's emergency relief chief, Jan Egeland, flew by helicopter to Muzaffarabad to assess relief efforts. He said he fears "we are losing the race against the clock in the small villages" cut off by blocked roads.

    Half of the buildings in the town were flattened and hope of finding survivors has dwindled. Britain's Department for International Development was pulling out its team of 60 search and rescue workers, said Rob Holden, the team leader for UN disaster assessment and coordination.

    "No one is giving up but it is the acceptance that the actual real chances of finding someone alive are almost nil, so we don't need all the specialist international teams," Holden said. There are still 18 international teams in the region.

    Two plane-loads of Canadian aid arrived in Pakistan yesterday and today, and an advance team of Canadian soldiers is on the ground in Islamabad, laying the groundwork should Canada decide to send the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region.

    "What we'll be looking for is where we feel that we can be of the most benefit," Col. Steve Noonan, head of the military team, told CTV's Canada AM.

    "I was sent in because I'm also the commander of Task Force Afghanistan, and we have some military resources, as you know, located there and could provide quick response, followed up by ... soldiers, medical technicians and engineers from Canada."

    The quake's death toll was believed to be more than 35,000, and tens of thousands have been injured.

    The United Nations estimates some 4 million people have been affected, including 2 million who lost homes. They warned that measles and other diseases could break out.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  22. #22
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default D.A.R.T. is finally going ....

    Plane carries disaster relief team's gear to Pakistan
    Last Updated Sat, 15 Oct 2005 18:47:21 EDT
    CBC News
    A giant transport plane packed with equipment and supplies for Canada's disaster relief team has departed for Pakistan, while the bulk of the troops are getting ready to leave Sunday.


    INDEPTH: Canada's disaster-response team

    The Ukrainian Antonov AN-225 plane left Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Eastern Ontario at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday, carrying 75 tonnes of cargo.

    The chartered plane was flying to Islamabad, where it will be met by the two dozen members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team who have been trying to determine how it can best help in the aftermath of last week's massive earthquake.


    RELATED STORY: Quake death toll nears 40,000

    The bulk of the team – about 200 troops – are scheduled to depart for Pakistan on Sunday evening.

    The six-engine Antonov, which is the biggest plane in the world, will need to make as many as four more flights to ferry all of DART's supplies to Islamabad.

    Prime Minister Paul Martin confirmed Friday that DART was being deployed, hours after Pakistani army officials said they were abandoning their search for survivors of the 7.6-magnitude quake.

    The prime minister said the advance team would go to Pakistan-controlled parts of the state of Kashmir, where the earthquake did the most damage, to help in the next stage of recovery.

    After the advance team prepares the way, the rest of the DART personnel will follow early next week, Martin said.

    Part of the military team's job will be to establish clean drinking water supplies and help set up makeshift villages for survivors as winter approaches.

    The 200 members of DART were last deployed after the Dec. 26 tsunami that swept over the shores of nations around the Indian Ocean.

    Last Saturday's disaster killed at least 25,000 people in Pakistan and 1,400 in India.

    Pakistani authorities estimated that two million people lost their homes.

    Tens of thousands of people were injured and many people remain without medical care, food or shelter.



    Headlines: World

    Counting begins after historic vote in Iraq

    Tests confirm lethal bird flu in Romania
    UN pulls most staff out of Darfur
    Judge rules against Montana ranchers in BSE border case
    Besieged city back under control of Russian forces
    Britain's spies now online
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  23. #23
    Forum Member
    RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Sat. Oct. 22 2005 2:37 PM ET
    One member of Canada's Disaster Assistance Relief Team examines one victim's injury.

    DART team members Sgt. Will Smith, from St. Stephen, N.B., Wrt. Officer Bill Wyman, from Ottawa, and 2nd Lt. Zachary Zewwari, from Mississauga, look over a map of the disaster area during an operations briefing in Islamabad, Pakistan. (CP / Ryan Remiorz)

    Sgt. Alain Beauvais, from Quebec City, with Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, gives a young girl a tetanus shot at a clinic run by Pakistani doctors from America in Gari Dupata, Pakistan Oct. 21, 2005. (CP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz)

    DART clinic opens to stream of quake patients
    CTV.ca News Staff

    The Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team opened its field hospital near the epicenter of the south Asian earthquake on Saturday, two weeks to the hour after the disaster struck the region on Oct. 8.

    A steady stream of patients with broken limbs, open head wounds and large gashes, most of them women and children, were waiting to be treated by the DART medics.

    Seven-year-old Assad walked five kilometres with his grandfather, Babu Khan, to reach the clinic in Garidupata, Pakistan.

    "The quake destroyed his school," explained Khan to CTV news. "His brother died, but he escaped."

    The DART's clinic director, Dr. Sean Blundell, said he was relieved to finally be able to start helping these people who have received little or no treatment since the massive 7.6-magnitude quake.

    "The med techs are happy, I'm happy, the medical nurses and officers are happy. It finally feels good to finally be able to get out there and do things," Blundell told CTV News.

    Five people were admitted to the DART's small 20-bed overnight unit for observation.

    The lineups continued to grow as the hours passed, although most of the injuries were relatively minor. The most serious cases have been airlifted to a hospital in Islamabad. But many of the seriously injured are feared to be trapped in the remote mountain villages.

    CTV's Matt McClure made a five-kilometre hike with a team of medics to Kaladian, one of the cut-off communities.

    "When we finally do reach the summit, it's a scene of destruction," McClure said. "Not one home is still standing."

    Inside makeshift shelters, McClure and the team found people nursing infected wounds. The worst case was 14-year-old Sadakat. He was suffering from a fractured leg that wasn't properly set. His mother and sister were too weak to carry him towards help.

    While critics have complained that the DART deployment was more a public relations exercise than a humanitarian effort, many lined up outside the unit's Garidupata clinic disagreed.

    "There is no doctor here, no beds, no facilities," Robina Ateeq, the mother of a six-year-old burn victim who fell into a fire during the quake, told the Canadian Press.

    "We're very happy the Canadians have set up a very good medical centre. There are many injured people who today are coming down from the hills."

    Canadian medics, even those with recent disaster experience, said it's the first time they've seen so many broken bones and other trauma.

    "We've never experienced this before with the DART, not to this level," Warrant Officer Christine Styles of Whitby, Ont. told the Canadian Press.

    "It's unbelievable," said medical technician Nathalie Leclerc. "I expected this, but I was hoping it wouldn't be like this. It's hard to see such misery."
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  24. #24
    FIREMAN 1st GRADE
    E40FDNYL35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 1999
    Location
    Malingering
    Posts
    3,643

    Default

    this was out 10/31/05 -- This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota state after the recent snow storm.
    WEATHER BULLETIN
    Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic event — may I even say a “Weather Event” of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 24″ inches of snow and winds to 50 MPH that broke trees in half, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10’s of thousands.
    FYI:
    George Bush did not come….
    FEMA staged nothing….
    No one howled for the government…
    No one even uttered an expletive on TV…
    Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards…..
    No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House….
    No one looted….
    Phil Cantori of the Weather Channel did not come….
    And Geraldo Rivera did not move in.

    Nope, we just melted snow for water, sent out caravans to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars, fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Aladdin lamps, and put on an extra layer of clothes because up here it is ‘work or die’. We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for ’sittin at home’ checks.

    Even though a Category “5″ blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early…we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

    “In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% most of the world’s social problems evaporate.”
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

  25. #25
    Forum Member
    MIKEYLIKESIT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Division 24
    Posts
    4,360

    Default

    Tell him to take a ride to Waveland Mississippi and report back to us.
    IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register