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Updated: 2017-12-01T10:51:11.545+00:00


Leh: Save the Children response


Latest Updates
* 130 people are confirmed dead 600 people have been reported missing; 200 from a small village before Choglumsur.
* Within a minutes cloudburst and heavy rainfall the lives of hundreds lost and thousands displaced; and inflicted large scale damage to homes and to the districts communications networks and infrastructure.
* The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh to the families of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000 to those who have been seriously injured
* Government rescue efforts are well underway in the flood affected district.
* Save the Children is the lead NGO on the ground, and has begun its assessment of the scale of the flood damage and its affects for children and their families.

Current Situation
Within a minute, a cloudburst over the district of Leh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, brought a high concentration of rainfall to the area causing flooding and landslides. 130 people are confirmed dead, approximately 400 are injured and 600 people are missing. "We have recovered 130 bodies so far and at least 370 are injured. The number of missing is yet to be ascertained," State Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda said, adding the toll may go up.
A small village before Choglumsur, which bore the brunt of the incessant rains, was completely wiped out as rescue workers were looking for survivors in the mud slush and debris. Over 200 people were still reported to be missing from the worst-hit village Choglumsar, 13 kms from here. The death toll is expected to rise, as some of the affected villages remain inaccessible. Weather conditions have not yet improved and rainfall has been continuous since late Thursday night, hampering rescue efforts. The continuous rainfall increases the risk of additional landslides, further challenging rescue and relief efforts.
While the airport in Leh has reopened, poor weather conditions have made air travel difficult. Flights carrying relief materials and personnel have been unable to land however, the Civil Aviation Ministry is coordinating with the State Government to have relief materials airlifted to the affected areas as roads and highways remain closed.
The government has begun relief and rescue efforts, providing food and cooking materials to the affected families. 6000 soldiers have been deployed to the affected areas. The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh to families of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured.

Extract from a post on the Save The Children site where you can also find info about what is needed and how to donate to their efforts.

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Leh rehabilitation



You probably have heard about the flash floods in Leh. We are setting up a relief fund to assist with the rebuilding of Leh, Choglamsar and the other affected villages. Also, Sonam Norboo Memorial hospital in Leh has lost all its equipment and we plan to help it get back into business.

There is much to be done and we need resources and funds. I can assure you that every paise we raise will be used in Leh. Please make out cheques in the name of ‘The LAMO Trust’ and post them to me at:

Sunetro Ghosal
Matarwada Amboli
Andheri West
Mumbai 400 058
Tel: +91-22-26770980

Do not forget to send me your name and full address and we will send you a receipt for the amount.

LAMO stands for Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation ( and I can vouch for their integrity.



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7.2 Quake, Aftershocks Rock USA - Mexico Border


It is estimated that 20 million people have felt the shaking of the Easter afternoon 7.2 earthquake in Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, Mexico. Guadalupe is located 30 miles south of Mexicali, Mexico and about 120 miles east of the U.S. city, San Diego. The quake struck at 3:40 p.m. High rise buildings in Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego were reported to have been rocking back and forth. The earthquake was also felt in in Palm Springs, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas. No significant damage was reported in Southern California, but the twin border towns of Calexico, California and Mexicali, Mexico have both sustained significant damage. two deaths have been reported. Dozens of aftershocks have been reported.

Google launches person finder for Chile


Google launched a person finder to allow tracking of people potentially affected by the earthquake in Chile.

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8.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Chile


A massive 8.8 earthquake, one of the strongest ever recorded,struck South-central Chile at approximately 6:34 am UTC, cutting power and telecommunications in large sector of Santiago, the Chilean capital lcated 210 miles away, and triggering a tsunami alert as far away as Australia and Hawaii.

Collecting Data In Haiti


Google's Crisis Response Team has a Haiti Situation Tracking Form (link to; open to everyone).

There is also an online tracking tool called Ushahidi that could be very useful to earthquake victims in Haiti who may not have internet access but still have access to mobile phones.

It's important that word gets out about these tracking tools, so please consider linking to them on your blog, Twitter updates, Facebook profile and website.

(Links via a post on Reddit.)

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Tsunami Watch Cancelled Except for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands


The tsunami watch issued following the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at 2345 UTC has been updated as follows:



Link to Bulletin

Earthquake in Haiti - Tsunami Watch for Dominican Republic, Cuba and Bahamas


An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 has struck the nation of Haiti. A tsunami watch has been issued for the neighboring Dominican Republic, along with Cuba and the Bahamas.

Reuters is reporting that both mobile and land telephone lines are down in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Readers are reminded that sending SMS text messages via cell phone can sometimes be effective when telephones are not working.

Further information:
*Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Bulletin at 22:54 UTC Page that will be updated
*Google news aggregator Haiti

L'Aquila Earthquake: Eight Month Update


(image) Eight months after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake which devastated L'Aquila, Italy last April, little has been done to clean up the rubble in that city or the other affected hill towns towns in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Spiegel Online International has an updated report, which details how Mafia corruption has entered the rebuilding process, and how the area's economy has stalled. Roughly 19,000 are waiting for new homes, and progress is slow or nonexistent.

Earthquake and Tsunami in Samoa


Via the BBC
At least 65 people were reported dead in Samoa, more than 20 in American Samoa and at least six in Tonga.

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Government-authorised hospitals for the treatment of H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) in India


Symptoms: cough, headache, fever, bodyache, fatigue, chills, nausea, sore throat, vomitting, diarrhea. City Hospital Address Contact Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522 Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543 Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300 Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune– 01 (020) 26058243 National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road, Pune– 11 (020) 26006290 Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road, Kolkata - 10‎ (033) 23701252 Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,Trichy Road, Coimbatore– 18 (0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396 Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939 Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle, Mumbai - 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512 Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366 Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai – 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962 Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312 Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05 (0477) 2282015 Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road, Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040 Sathyajit - 09847840051 Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO, Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138 Vipin - 09447305200 Gurgaon &Delhi All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road, New Delhi– 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698 Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464 National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,New Delhi – 54 (011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,New Delhi – 01 (011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639Dr. N K Chaturvedi – 9811101704 Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182 Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore – 02 (080) 26703294 Dr. [...]

Swine Flu updates


Twitter has been full of Swine Flu tweets—they're up to 100 per minute, a friend notes.Here are a few links.WHO updates:24 April 2009Influenza-like illness in the United States and Mexico25 April 2009Swine influenza - Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan26 April 2009Swine flu illness in the United States and Mexico - update 2WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions.For more informationThomas AbrahamCommunications in EnglishMobile: +41 79 516 3136E-mail: abrahamt@who.intFadela ChaibCommunications in English and FrenchMobile: +41 79 475 5556E-mail: chaibf@who.intSari SetiogiCommunications in English and BahasaMobile: +41 79 701 9467E-mail: setiogis@who.intGregory HartlCommunications in English, French, German and SpanishMobile: +41 79 203 6715E-mail: hartlg@who.intAphaluck BhatiaseviCommunications in English, Thai and HindiMobile: +41 79 484 2997E-mail: bhatiaseviap@who.intCenters for Disease Control and Prevention says (go to that page for some useful links and advice, and also here):Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally. The current U.S. case count is provided below. U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection State # of laboratory confirmed cases California 7 cases Kansas 2 cases New York City 8 cases Ohio 1 case Texas 2 cases TOTAL COUNT 20 cases International Human Cases of Swine Flu InfectionSee: World Health Organization As of April 26, 2009 9:00 AM ET Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.Swine Flu FAQS on CBC.caA Google Map by Niman width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src=",-93.164062&spn=41.667373,70.3125&z=3&output=embed">View H1N1 Swine Flu in a larger mapPink markers are suspectPurple markers are confirmedDeaths lack a dot in markerTags: Americas / USA / MexicoSwine Flu, H1N1, Epidemic,[...]

Italian Red Cross Sends Immediate Response to Area Affected by Quake in Italy


Italian Civil Protection is leading the overall response to the Earthquake in Italy, and the Italian Red Cross has activated its national operations center in Legnano, which is coordinating all regional branches for the emergency response. The Italian Red Cross has sent a mobile kitchen which can provide 10,000 meals per day as well as two soup kitchens to respond to the needs of the L'Aquila Hospital. In addition, 36 ambulances, 2 emergency units, 10,000 blankets and 16 dog rescue teams. The orphanage in San Gregorio is being evacuated by the Red Cross who will care for the children.

The Italian Red Cross is seeking donations, which can be made by credit card on its website.

Continuing Coverage on Earthquake in Italy


(image) Continuing coverage of the Earthquake in Italy is available in English at the Rome Post. Coverage in Italian continues at RAI News 24, Corriere Della Serra and at Virgilio Notizie.

Early Video Coverage of the Earthquke in Italy


A number of videos about this morning's Italian Earthquake centered in the medieval fortess hill town of L'Aquila have been uploaded to Daily Motion and can be seen on their website on a page dedicated to coverage of the Equarthquake.

Italy Earthquake Destroys Onna, Damages Roman Baths


Electricity has been cut to 15,000 users in central Italy as a precaution following the eathquake in Central Italy. There are reports of damage to the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. The town of Onna is reported to be completely destroyed.

6.3 Magnitude Quake Rocks Central Italy


Ninety people are reported dead and 50,000 homeless following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred in central Italy in the early morning hours of April 6, 2009. It is believed that entire towns have been destroyed as a result of the quake which hit at 3:32 am local time. The quake struck 95 km NE of Rome, Italy and 115 miles SE of Perugia, Italy in the Abruzzo region. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency for the region, where the worst damage is reported in the picturesque medieval town of L'Aquila which suffered severe damage in earlier earthquakes occurring in 1461 and 1703.

Terror Blasts in Mumbai - MumbaiHelp provides coverage


Since the terror attacks in Mumbai on the 26th of November, 2008; MumbaiHelp has been providing instant updates on the situation including information on important contact numbers, lists on the injured and dead, and volunteering with contacting missing people amongst others as well as a call for blood donors.

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Bihar floods - appeal from Save the Children


Save the Children, India (part of the international Save the Children Alliance), has details of their aid plans here.

You can support them in these ways (copied from their site):

Bank transfer:
Indian nationals
Account Name: Bal Raksha Bharat
Account Number: 52205574986
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
IFSC code (NEFT/RTGS) SCBL0036001
Foreign nationals
Account Name: Bal Raksha Bharat
Account Number: 52505054724
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
Bank Address: 10 SANSAD MARG, NEW DELHI 110011

1. Download the donation form (PDF) and print it out.
2. Write a cheque payable to ‘Bal Raksha Bharat'
3. Send your cheque along with the donation form to Save the Children, Bal Raksha, Bharat

Online Donation (recommended as most cost-efficient)
Donation page

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Appeal: AID INDIA and Pratham (Bihar floods)


Email forwarded by Priyanka Joseph. Editor's note: 1 lakh = 100,000Bihar has been hit by a terrible flood. It is one of the worst disasters to strike the country.It is worse than the Tsunami, worse than the Gujarat Earthquake.Several million people have been affected. Entire districts - villages and towns - have been washed away. The number of people dead is not even known. There are over 6 lakh people living in 200 relief camps. In Saharsa district alone there are 2 Lakh people in 68 relief camps. Similar numbers are living in camps in Madhepura, Supaul, Araria, Purnia and Katihar districts. And many more (those who are better off and have relatives and friends outside) have fled these districts.This is NOT the usual Bihar flooding. Usually the Kosi river overflows its banks and floods the villages nearby. The people in these villages are prepared for it.We are calling it "Flood" - because we don't know what else to call it. What's happening now is not a river overflowing - it is the result of a river suddenly changing course.This year, the Kosi completely changed course - sweeping away several districts. Thousands of villages that had never experienced flooding before are now destroyed - submerged in water. The people living there were completely taken by surprise. Many have died. Others have lost everything - they are without clothes, food, homes, money.The scale of the disaster is much bigger than the Tsunami. But because it is Bihar and people think this is like the usual annual flooding, there has been very little coverage of the flooding and very little support pouring in for relief. There is an urgent need to inform people about the nature of this disaster and to mobilize support.For a week now, AID INDIA's Bihar team has been on the field organizing rescue and relief efforts in the affected districts. So far we have been able to organize some rescue operations and have provided food, milk for children, and medical support for children in several camps. But this is not enough - the scale of the disaster is very large and the need is a lot more. Pratham teams in Bihar have also started working with us and we will now be scaling up the relief efforts significantly.After the initial shock, the government has been taking a lot of steps to organize rescue and relief operations. The army has rescued people from most of the places. The immediate focus needs to be on food, clothing and health needs of the people in relief camps. Some food is being provided at the camps - but there is a severe shortage and lot of rioting to get at the food. Children are the most affected.Our immediate focus is on children - there are about 2 lakh children in all the camps. Milk, biscuits and food for children is the first priority now. We are trying to ensure that milk and food reaches all the children in all the relief camps.The second need is clothes. Most people left their homes with what they were wearing. We need children's clothes, saris for women, undergarments, lungis and lots of blankets. Disease outbreaks are becoming a serious threat and we need medicines.After the immediate phase, the need will be to focus on health, education, shelter and livelihood needs. But at present, given the scale of the problem, getting past the immediate relief and survival needs are the most critical issues to address.AID INDIA and Pratham field teams need a lot of support at this time. We need:1. Funds:You can donate online at you can send a check payable to AID INDIA (mention Bihar Flood Relief) to:[...]

Bihar floods - CASA's response


Forwarded by Nisha Purushothaman of IFPA BRIEF NOTE ON CASA’S RESPONSE TO BIHAR FLOOD- 2008CASA is registered as a Society under the Societies’ Registration Act XXI of 1860 and has a history of responding to emergencies and disasters since 1947 and is mandated to work in a purely secular manner in all spheres of its programme activities including humanitarian assistance programmes. CASA’s response is regardless of considerations of caste, creed, language, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation.In response to the current devastating flood situation in Bihar, we have mobilised a team of 30 staff members and volunteers with vehicle and other logistical support to render relief assistance in Supaul and Madhepura districts. The relief measures that we plan to undertake are as follows:Relief Distribution:Ready to Eat Food: 5000 families in the affected area of Bihar, will be provided with ready to eat food i.e. 1 Kg Jaggery (molasses) and 10 Kg Flattened Rice, as an immediate response.Dry Ration: 10000 dry ration kits will be provided to the affected families in Bihar. Each kit will consist of 10 kgs Rice, 2 kgs Lentil, 1 litre Edible Oil, 1 kg Salt, 200 gms Chilli Powder & 200 gms Turmeric powder.Household articles: 10000 relief sets will be provided in Bihar. Each set will consist of the following items:• 1 Woolen blanket• 1 Dhoti• 1 Saree• 12 pcs. of Aluminum Utensils• 1 Cotton floor mat• 1 Bed sheet• 4 meters of cotton (Markin) Cloth• Plastic containers (10 litre each) for storage of water• Cotton Wool Roll (250 gm.)• 5 pieces of Gamcha (towel)Plastic Sheet: 10000 pieces of plastic sheets (Size 15” x 12” of 170 GSM) will be provided to erect immediate temporary shelter for the families who have lost almost everything in the flood waters. These sheets will also provide the women with the much needed privacy during this crisis period.Transit Shelters: CASA proposes to construct 625 transit shelters using locally available resources like bamboo, GCI sheets, bamboo mats, ropes and basic hardware materials like nails etc. in the affected areas, which will house 2500 affected families. The proposed shelter will be of dimensions 15ft x 40ft. and will have four equal compartments of 10ft x 15ft each to house four families. Therefore 625 shelters will provide accommodation for 2500 families.Latrines: It is proposed to set up 625 field latrine units along with the transit shelters to cater to the sanitation needs of 2500 affected families. Each unit of the latrine with consist of 4 toilets, i.e. one for each family.After the initial assessment by the senior level staff of CASA, meetings were held with the local partners and institutional heads of the partner organisations to share the assessment, formulating the response needs, operational strategies and finalization of locations for our response. The programme will be implemented directly by CASA in collaboration with local partners. The CASA Delhi headquarter will coordinate the overall operation which includes expertise in disaster response, logistics and emergency communications.The total cost of appeal made by CASA to its donors is US $ 1.76 Million. This is however not a commitment and our response would be directly proportionate to the quantum of funds that are made available by our resource sharing partners against this initial appeal.We will continue to maintain close contact with the Government at Central, State and Districts level and also collaborate with the State [...]

Bihar Floods wiki


Amrit Hallan has begun a Bihar Floods wiki on his site. He would welcome as much help as you can give him. So if you have useful information about aid efforts in Bihar, please go register on the wiki and pitch in. You could also mail Amrit at amrit AT amrithallan DOT com.

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Bihar, India - Floods - an appeal from Goonj


Received via email.Dear Friends,Here is a recent picture of Bihar inundated by one of the worst floods ever in recent history. [Photo below the fold - ed.]For many years now, GOONJ has been working extensively in Bihar through its grassroots partners, with a special focus on the annual floods.This is an URGENT APPEAL to join GOONJ in its campaign RAHAT FLOODS to provide support to the victims of this unprecedented disaster. The situation is grim and millions of people are affected by the devastation.With a wide network of organizations and people present in most of the affected districts we are confident of reaching relief at the earliest possible. While the dispatch of material has already started the relief efforts will continue for the next few months.Possible options for joining this campaignMaterial support-Dry ration, Medicines, candles & matchbox, torch & batteries,utensils, tarpaulin, feeding bottles, buckets, ropes, bedsheets, allkind of usable clothing & footwear. (For the list of collectioncenters, please log on to www.goonj.infoLogistical support-¨ Transport support to reach the material to effected areas¨ Space for collection centers¨ Facilities for local pickups,¨ Transportation of material from different cities to GOONJprocessing centers in Delhi, Chennai & MumbaiNeeded- large quantities of¨ Rice, Chiwra, biscuits, packed eatables¨ Water purifier tablets¨ Basic medicines¨ Sarees and children clothing¨ Tarpaulins or thick polythene¨ Bedsheets¨ Export surplus/ Cotton cloth for making sanitary napkins¨ Mosquito nets¨ Stoves, cooking and water storage utensils/bucketsFinancial support-¨ Donations in India- Please send cash/cheque/draft in the name of GOONJ and send it to GOONJ..,J-93, Sarita Vihar,New Delhi- 76(Kindly send your full name & address with the contribution for receipt/accounting purpose. (All donations to GOONJ in India are tax exempted u/s 80 G of IT act.)¨ Overseas donation can reach us through Cheque (in the name of GOONJ with your full particulars) or by wire transfer with an information on yasmeengoonj@gmail.comRotate it (valid only for overseas donations ) through Wacovia Bank, New York swift code- 2000193008933, GOONJ, A/C No- 2591101004644Bank- Canara Bank, H block, market Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76Swift Code- CNRBINBBDFSContact- GOONJH.O Delhi-J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76Tel.- 011-26972351,, anshugoonj24@gmail.comGOONJ Mumbai- Mr. Rohit Singh Tel.- 9322381600, rohitgoonj1@gmail.comGOONJ Chennai- Ms. Padma Tel.- 9842665320, padmagoonj@gmail.comDo spread the word, talk to your friends & relatives, help us to organise campaigns in the offices, residential areas and schools.With best,Anshu Gupta (Ashoka Fellow)Founder DirectorGOONJ. Tags: Asia / IndiaFloods, Kosi, Bihar, Breaking News, Disaster, Emergency, Humanitarian, Relief, Rescue[...]

Hurricane Gustav Resources


Volunteers on the world wide web are getting ready to help as Hurricane Gustav gathers fury heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast. Here are some efforts:

* Gustav Information Center is up
* Follow live updates on Gustav at Twitter
* IRC channel - #interdictor to coordinate volunteer efforts
* UPDATE: Hurricane Gustav Wiki is here
* Wikipedia entry on Hurricane Gustav

Hurricane Gustav is still being described as a Category 4 storm, but meteorologists are forecasting that the storm will gain strength as it passes over Cuba and may emerge in the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane.
USA Today

See the full Hurricane Advisory here.

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Google LatLong: Imagery for Sichuan, China Earthquake


The Google Earth and Maps Team now has post-earthquake satellite imagery of Sichuan, China and the surrounding area. Google LatLong: Imagery for Sichuan, China Earthquake . The first scenes captured the rescue effort to assess and repair dam damage near Dujiangyan City" and were obtained from NSPO, Taiwan's national space agency. The images will be updated on a regular basis and can be viewed using Google Earth. which is free.