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#AceNewsServices says `19 Villagers Killed, 10 Missing in Indonesia Landslides’

cropped-header-news-room.jpg Two landslides triggered by torrential rain killed at least 19 people on Indonesia’s main island of Java, a government official said Tuesday. Ten others remain missing, AP reported.

Five houses were buried when mud rolled down from surrounding hills just after midnight in Mekarsari village of East Java‘s Jombang district, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Tuesday’s fatal landslide was the second in several days on densely populated Java.

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UN:”Remembers #Haiti2010 Four Years After The Earthquake”


#AceWorldNews says “Remember Haiti After Four Years” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to increase its aid to Haiti on the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the impoverished country, noting progress already made in health and education, but warning that more needs to be done.

“Haiti remains extremely vulnerable on many fronts,” he said in a message delivered to UN staff in Port au Prince, the capital, by his Special Representative Sandra Honoré. “145,000 people continue to live in make-shift camps. The country is structurally exposed to recurrent food crises. Haiti has the lowest level of water and sanitation coverage in the Americas.”

“I continue to call on the international community to stand with Haiti at its time of dire need. We must intensify our efforts to help Haiti build a more stable and prosperous future for the all its people. Let us renew today our pledge to follow our fallen colleagues’ dream of a life of dignity for all the people of Haiti.”

The massive quake which struck Haiti on 12 January, 2010, killed some 220,000 people, including 102 UN staff, made 1.5 million others homeless, and caused widespread destruction and a major humanitarian crisis.

“Your commitment, combined with the resilience of the Haitian people, has made much progress possible,” Mr. Ban told UN staff. “Health systems are being strengthened, more children are in school, close to 90 per cent of the displaced population have left the camps and economic activities have resumed allowing Haiti to start moving from crisis to long-term development.”

Referring to his own visit to the country shortly after disaster struck, he said the personal stories of heroism, courage and dedication that he saw and heard “moved me deeply and showed the United Nations at its best.

“I pay tribute to all UN colleagues who have strived through the years to keep alive the memory of our fallen colleagues and friends and serve the people of Haiti,” he added. “This includes those who remained after the earthquake to deliver life-saving support and consolation to the other victims. It also includes those who arrived later to carry on the worthy cause of helping Haiti rebuild its future.

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Fukishima: “Cleaning Up with Just “Duct Tape” for Protection”


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#AceWorldNews says according to the latest report from the RT as TEPCO began preparations for the cleaning of the drainage system with tons of leaked radioactive water at the Fukushima power plant,a former employee reveals the reason for so many leaks was cost cutting measures such as using duct tape,Asahi reported.

Yoshitatsu Uechi, auto mechanic and tour-bus driver, worked at the devastated nuclear power plant between July 2 and Dec. 6, 2012, according to Asahi Shimbun report. He was one of the 17 workers from Okinawa Prefecture sent to work at the crippled nuclear plant in 2012 to create new places to store contaminated water.

The earthquake in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that hit Japan’s coast, damaging the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The catastrophe caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the facility, leading to the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

The water used to cool the reactors has been leaking into the soil and contaminating the ground water on the premises of the nuclear facility, with some escaping into the Pacific Ocean.

The 48-year-old Japanese man said that workers were sent to various places in Fukushima, including an area called H3 with high radiation levels. 

In one of those cases in October 2012, Uechi was given a task to cover five or six storage tanks without lids in the “E” area close to H3 as it was raining, the Japanese paper reported. When he climbed to the top of the 10-meter-high tank Uechi found white adhesive tape covering an opening of about 30 centimeters. After using a blade to remove the tape he applied a sealing agent on the opening and fit a steel lid fastening it with bolts. According to instructions he was to use four bolts, though the lid had eight bolt holes. 

According to the employee, his colleagues later told him that the use of adhesive tape was a usual practice to deal with the problem of sealing in radioactive water. 

“I couldn’t believe that such slipshod work was being done, even if it was part of stopgap measures,”Uechi told The Asahi Shimbun. 

Among other makeshift cost-cutting measures was the use of second-hand materials. Uechi also said that wire nets were used instead of reinforcing bars during the placement of concrete for storage tank foundations. In addition, waterproof sheets were applied along the joints inside flange-type cylindrical tanks to save on the sealing agent used to join metal sheets of the storage tanks. Rain and snow had washed away the anti-corrosive agent applied around clamping bolts, reducing the sealing effect, Uechi added. According to the Fukushima worker, many of the tanks were later found to be leaking contaminated water. 

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On Saturday, workers at Fukushima Daiichi began preparations for cleaning the plant’s drainage system that contains more than 20,000 tons of water with high levels of radioactive substances, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plant’s operator responsible for the clean-up.

In August, TEPCO detected 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter in the water located in underground passages which is leaking into the groundwater through cracks in the drainage tunnels. The normal level is estimated at 150 becquerels of cesium per liter, according to EU.

The workers are to set up the special equipment to freeze the ground around the reactors, according to TEPCO. The plan includes plunging tubes carrying a coolant liquid deep into the ground that would freeze the ground solid so that no groundwater could pass through it.

Fallout researcher Christina Consolo told RT that the contaminated water issue at the plant is a very difficult problem to solve.

 

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UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF URGES STRONGEST POSSIBLE AID RESPONSE FOR PEOPLE OF TYPHOON-RAVAGED PHILIPPINES


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#AceDisasterNews says it’s been a sometime since  Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and I remain concerned about the health and well-being of the millions of men, women and children who are still in desperate need and are struggling to cope with the impact of one of the worst storms since records began.

A massive aid effort is under-way, led by the Government and supported by the Red Cross, local and international NGOs, and UN agencies, with the generous help of other countries. More ships, planes and trucks of aid have arrived and much more is on its way. As our teams reach new areas we can see the widespread devastation that has been caused. This is an aid effort which will need to be sustained as people seek to rebuild their lives.

The United Nations and humanitarian partners have distributed food rations in Tacloban and Guian, and delivered emergency medical and hospital supplies, tarpaulins and shelter materials as well as clean water and hygiene kits to badly affected areas.

While the situation in the three Visaya’s regions remains very challenging, I welcome the progress that is being made on clearing roads of debris and restoring water and power systems, so that aid workers and local authorities can establish a pipeline of relief supplies to the people most in need.
More fuel and transport is needed to do this at the huge scale and pace required.

There has been an outpouring of assistance from individuals, Governments and companies around the world showing solidarity with the people of the Philippines. We are in a race against time to save lives, get services up and running and lessen the suffering of the Philippines people.

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A view of destroyed houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)
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An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said.

The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters.

“We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said.

Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents fetch free water at a plant of a softdrink company in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

Most of the dead drowned or were killed by collapsed buildings, authorities say.

The UN’s humanitarian agency puts the figure of people displaced at just under 331,000, while those whose lives have also been “affected” by the typhoon number a huge 4.3 million across 36 provinces.

People walking the streets like ‘zombies’

The situation in the street reminds one witness of a “movie”. Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte told Reuters that “people are walking like zombies, looking for food.” 

Meanwhile, reports came in that a big part of Visayas, the group of islands where Leyte and other major islands are located, has sustained great damage.

Mila Ward, a Philippine-born Australian on vacation in Leyte spoke of the human misery that was abundant in the streets everywhere one looked. “They were covered with blankets, plastic,” she spoke of the hundreds of bodies strewn around the streets. “There were children and women,” Ward added.

“It’s like the end of the world”, said another witness – Nancy Chang – who was on business in Tacloblan City and said that she had to walk for three hours through a mess of mud and floating debris to reach a military-led evacuation at the airport.

That airport itself was all but destroyed; with seawater so strong it shattered the glass of the control tower. A Reuters reporter was stranded there, recounting how the water had risen to four meters.

“It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind-swept through the airport…some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided,” said the reporter, 47-year-old Efren Nagrama, who discovered five bodies while in the chapel there.

Police have been deployed to patrol the ruins of Tacloblan to prevent looting as desperate residents look for food and water, said Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, describing the situation as “horrific.”

Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Thousands of homes lie destroyed near the fishport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The dead are on the streets, they are in their houses, they are under the debris, they are everywhere,”said Lim, adding that only about 400 bodies have been recovered so far.

The Red Cross said earlier that 1,200 people we confirmed dead in the Philippines.

Roxas said earlier on Saturday that it was too soon to announce any final figures.

A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A fishing boat which slammed into damaged houses lie atop debris after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013. (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

“The rescue operation is ongoing. We expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured,” Roxas told AP. “All systems, all vestiges of modern living — communications, power, water — all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way.”

Government officials are still waiting to make contact with Guiuan, with its population of 40,000, located in the Mindoro province. The UN says that 80 percent of it is now underwater.

Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters)

The storm weakened on Saturday after moving away from the Philippines toward Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities evacuated over 500,000 people to safer areas in preparation for the tumult which is forecast to make a landfall on Sunday afternoon, but that did not stop the disaster from claiming six lives and injuring dozens there too.

International relief effort mission

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said the priority for the government was to restore communications and power in remote areas and to deliver relief and medical assistance to families.

The Philippine Red Cross is preparing for a relief mission “because of the magnitude of the disaster,”says Richard Gordon, the agencies head.

Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)Residents take a bath and wash their belongings next to debris along a road in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.(AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)

But logistically speaking getting aid to the devastated regions of Leyte, 560 km from the capital could be difficult as the airport was destroyed.

Russia’s emergencies ministry has offered to help by providing search and rescue personal and a mobile hospital.

“If necessary, we will fly two planes to the Philippines with an operational group of 50 people,” Russian Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass. But that figure later changed to 200 rescuers, if the request is made, said the Ministry, adding that “among them are six dog teams intended for rescue work in collapsed buildings,” said Irina Rossius, a representative of the Ministry.

A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A boy carrying a plastic bottle of water walks past a car which slammed into damaged houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 10, 2013.(Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington “stands ready to help.” In the meantime the US navy is assessing the extent of the damage on the ground.

The UN will also be involved in the relief effort, the UN Disaster Coordination Team (UNDAC) has arrived in the city of Tacloblan.

“The United Nations agencies in the Philippines, with their humanitarian partners, are supporting the Government and other responders in their efforts to assess the situation and respond rapidly with vital supplies, through the coordination system led by the local authorities,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos.

A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)A damaged car is seen in front of the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)

UNICEF estimates that up to 1.7 million children could be affected by the typhoon.

“UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions – getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families,” said UNICEF’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi.

In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) has so far allocated $2 million for the response as it sent 40 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits to the victims.

A number of NGOs are also mobilizing their resources to help the families in the Philippines. These include names like Save the Children, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity, as well as an LA-based US relief agency called Operation USA.

Meanwhile, Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency is calling for donations to aid recovery efforts and funding for grant distribution to local agencies in the affected areas.

Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Romeo Ranoco)
Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)Philippine military C130 cargo planes (L) ferrying supplies park at the tarmac outside an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013 (Reuters / Erik De Castro)