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Flood – Asia – Vietnam

EDIS Number: FL-20140722-44630-VNM
Date / time: 22/07/2014 12:37:15 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Asia
Country: Vietnam
State/County: MultiProvinces
Location: [Provinces of Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Son La, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Bac Kan, Lang Son and Tuyen Quang]
Number of Deads: 27 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Floodwaters caused by the tropical depression that began as Typhoon Rammasun has started to recede in the northern highlands, leaving 27 confirmed deaths and streets strewn with garbage in its wake. On Tuesday morning, the Northern Highlands Flood and Typhoon Steering Committee said at least 27 were killed and two others left missing in the northeastern provinces following flash floods, landslides, lighting and collapsed buildings. Ha Giang reported the highest casualties with seven deaths. Bodies were unearthed from the site of two separate landslides on Monday afternoon, following a search that took up most of the morning. The victims were a family of four, including a 10-day-old baby, a house guest, and two road workers stationed in Hoang Su Phi District. Lai Chau reported six more victims, Lang Son five, Lao Cai and Son La three each, Cao Bang, Dien Bien and Bac Kan one each. Two others who were swept away in Lang Son and Tuyen Quang Provinces remained missing as of press time. Rammasun, which was the second typhoon to hit Vietnam from the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) this year, made landfall in Quang Ninh Province on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported upon its arrival but reports of deaths began tricking in as the storm moved northeast and reduced to a tropical depression.

Damaged roads caused severe traffic jams throughout the region, where hundreds of hectares of agricultural fields and thousands of houses were ruined by floods. On Monday, the flood waters had receded from the city of Lang Son, leaving streets strewn with garbage, fallen trees and broken furniture. Residents had already begun informal clean-up efforts, as they picked through their mud-stained houses, market stalls and ragged fields. “Everything is gone,” Hoang Thi Tot, a sobbing 49-year-old chili farmer, told Tuoi Tre after finding her field barren. Authorities in Lang Son said the flood was the most devastating to hit the province in six years. Tot said she lost around VND40 million (nearly US$1,900)--much more than she did in the 2008 flood. “Farmers here depend on chili, water melon and paddy cultivation. But the massive flood rose too fast; we could only run for our lives,” she said. Her neighbor, Hoang Thi Thuy, kept staring at her devastated chili field with tear-filled eyes, unable to comment. Her husband, Hoang Van Dau, said they did not imagine that the flood would last for several days. Several families expressed their regret for not having harvested their crops last week while others worried about how to pay back the seed money they borrowed. Damages are likely to cost more than VND130 billion ($6.18 million) according to initial estimates complied from all affected provinces. Some families put up tents along the road as their homes remained devastated with mud and debris. Tens of thousands of people from Bac Giang, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Dien Bien and Son La Provinces are still without electricity; authorities have warned residents to brace for more landslides. Rammasun left some 100 people dead in China and the Philippines on its way to Vietnam.

Flood – Asia – Vietnam

EDIS Number: FL-20140722-44630-VNM
Date / time: 22/07/2014 12:37:15 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Asia
Country: Vietnam
State/County: MultiProvinces
Location: [Provinces of Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Son La, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Bac Kan, Lang Son and Tuyen Quang]
Number of Deads: 27 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Floodwaters caused by the tropical depression that began as Typhoon Rammasun has started to recede in the northern highlands, leaving 27 confirmed deaths and streets strewn with garbage in its wake. On Tuesday morning, the Northern Highlands Flood and Typhoon Steering Committee said at least 27 were killed and two others left missing in the northeastern provinces following flash floods, landslides, lighting and collapsed buildings. Ha Giang reported the highest casualties with seven deaths. Bodies were unearthed from the site of two separate landslides on Monday afternoon, following a search that took up most of the morning. The victims were a family of four, including a 10-day-old baby, a house guest, and two road workers stationed in Hoang Su Phi District. Lai Chau reported six more victims, Lang Son five, Lao Cai and Son La three each, Cao Bang, Dien Bien and Bac Kan one each. Two others who were swept away in Lang Son and Tuyen Quang Provinces remained missing as of press time. Rammasun, which was the second typhoon to hit Vietnam from the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) this year, made landfall in Quang Ninh Province on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported upon its arrival but reports of deaths began tricking in as the storm moved northeast and reduced to a tropical depression.

Damaged roads caused severe traffic jams throughout the region, where hundreds of hectares of agricultural fields and thousands of houses were ruined by floods. On Monday, the flood waters had receded from the city of Lang Son, leaving streets strewn with garbage, fallen trees and broken furniture. Residents had already begun informal clean-up efforts, as they picked through their mud-stained houses, market stalls and ragged fields. “Everything is gone,” Hoang Thi Tot, a sobbing 49-year-old chili farmer, told Tuoi Tre after finding her field barren. Authorities in Lang Son said the flood was the most devastating to hit the province in six years. Tot said she lost around VND40 million (nearly US$1,900)--much more than she did in the 2008 flood. “Farmers here depend on chili, water melon and paddy cultivation. But the massive flood rose too fast; we could only run for our lives,” she said. Her neighbor, Hoang Thi Thuy, kept staring at her devastated chili field with tear-filled eyes, unable to comment. Her husband, Hoang Van Dau, said they did not imagine that the flood would last for several days. Several families expressed their regret for not having harvested their crops last week while others worried about how to pay back the seed money they borrowed. Damages are likely to cost more than VND130 billion ($6.18 million) according to initial estimates complied from all affected provinces. Some families put up tents along the road as their homes remained devastated with mud and debris. Tens of thousands of people from Bac Giang, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Dien Bien and Son La Provinces are still without electricity; authorities have warned residents to brace for more landslides. Rammasun left some 100 people dead in China and the Philippines on its way to Vietnam.

​Lessons from the Liberation of Majdanek

Participants take part in the March of Life event at the Former Nazi Death Camp Majdanek in Lublin. (Reuters / Agencja Gazeta)

What happened at Majdanek dwarfed the future discoveries of at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and the other well-publicized German concentration camps uncovered by the Western allies. At least a quarter of a million people were killed there. First estimates at the time put the figure as high as 1.5 million.

The horrific facts of Majdanek were reported around the world almost immediately. Alexander Werth of the British Broadcasting Corporation sent graphic reports which ran on BBC News. But they were virtually totally ignored in the West as (supposedly) communist propaganda.

Almost no living survivors of Majdanek remain to testify to its particular horrors. However, Nazi hunters in modern democratic Germany are still hunting at least 17 former Nazi guards at the camp.

The anniversary of the liberation and the true facts surrounding it need to be remembered. They contain crucially important lessons essential for the preservation of world peace in the 21st century.

In recent years, Western historians have increasingly embraced a doctrine of moral equivalency between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It is perfectly true that the total death toll in Stalin’s terror, repressions and catastrophically bungled economic policies ran into the scores of millions. But an enormously important distinction needs to be made: The Red Army eye-witnesses from the lowest combat soldier to top ranking generals at the liberation Majdanek all shared the appalling horror and reacted in the most decent and admirable way to the unimaginable evil they confronted. The record of Red Army medical services in trying to cope with a health crisis no one had imagined possible among the survivors was exemplary.

The great British military historian Michael Jones in his 2011 work Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin documents this vital and untold story with vivid accounts from the eye-witnesses. “When we saw what (Majdanek) contained, we felt dangerously close to going insane,” recalled Vasily Yeremenko of the Second Tank Army.

Captain Andrey Mereshenko of the Eighth Guards Army never forgot that when he arrived at Majdanek, “the ovens were still warm.”

War correspondent Konstantin Simonov wrote in the newspaper Red Star that his mind refused to recognize the reality of what he had seen with his own eyes.

The Soviet soldiers and senior officers who liberated Majdanek reacted with horror at what they found: Many of them feared they were going insane. But they were not: They were retaining their humanity in its most precious forms.

“When death camp prisoners “realize we want to help them,” some moan with joy,” Col. Georgi Elizavetsky wrote to his wife Nina. “And when they see bread, others literally howl, kiss our feet and become quite delirious. … There is a children’s barracks in the camp. When we entered I just could not stand it anymore.”

In recent decades, as only a handful of combat war veterans from the three great Allied nations remain alive; this crucial truth has been lost: There was no moral equivalence. The soldiers of the Red Army suffered vastly more casualties than the Western Allies. They inflicted 90 percent of combat losses on the Nazi armies. They did more to win the war against the Nazi evils than anyone else.

They also deserve primary credit for ending the Holocaust. On September 23, 1944, the same day the Second Tank Army liberated Majdanek, troops of the Soviet First Belorussian Front also liberated the extermination camps at Sobibor and Treblinka. On January 27, 1945, they liberated the biggest and most diabolical murder factory of them all – Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Almost halfway through the second decade of this 21st century, this proud and crucial record has been entirely forgotten in the West. No senior Western leader took part in any ceremonies to commemorate the liberation of Majdanek. No major Western leaders currently plan to honor the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army next January.

Instead, the United States and its NATO allies continue to encourage new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his ultra-nationalist allies, some of whom openly identify with the World War II Nazis, in their use of lethal military force to kill hundreds of civilians in Eastern Ukraine.

The bravery and sheer decency of the millions of ordinary Russian, Ukrainian and other nationalities in the Red Army who won the war and liberated the worst death camps needs to be remembered and honored, not forgotten in the West, or swept under the carpet. Their achievements should be the lasting foundation for a new generation of understanding and mutual respect between the thermonuclear superpowers.

Martin Sieff for RT

Martin Sieff is chief global analyst at The Globalist and a senior fellow of the American University in Moscow.

​Lessons from the Liberation of Majdanek

Participants take part in the March of Life event at the Former Nazi Death Camp Majdanek in Lublin. (Reuters / Agencja Gazeta)

What happened at Majdanek dwarfed the future discoveries of at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and the other well-publicized German concentration camps uncovered by the Western allies. At least a quarter of a million people were killed there. First estimates at the time put the figure as high as 1.5 million.

The horrific facts of Majdanek were reported around the world almost immediately. Alexander Werth of the British Broadcasting Corporation sent graphic reports which ran on BBC News. But they were virtually totally ignored in the West as (supposedly) communist propaganda.

Almost no living survivors of Majdanek remain to testify to its particular horrors. However, Nazi hunters in modern democratic Germany are still hunting at least 17 former Nazi guards at the camp.

The anniversary of the liberation and the true facts surrounding it need to be remembered. They contain crucially important lessons essential for the preservation of world peace in the 21st century.

In recent years, Western historians have increasingly embraced a doctrine of moral equivalency between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It is perfectly true that the total death toll in Stalin’s terror, repressions and catastrophically bungled economic policies ran into the scores of millions. But an enormously important distinction needs to be made: The Red Army eye-witnesses from the lowest combat soldier to top ranking generals at the liberation Majdanek all shared the appalling horror and reacted in the most decent and admirable way to the unimaginable evil they confronted. The record of Red Army medical services in trying to cope with a health crisis no one had imagined possible among the survivors was exemplary.

The great British military historian Michael Jones in his 2011 work Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin documents this vital and untold story with vivid accounts from the eye-witnesses. “When we saw what (Majdanek) contained, we felt dangerously close to going insane,” recalled Vasily Yeremenko of the Second Tank Army.

Captain Andrey Mereshenko of the Eighth Guards Army never forgot that when he arrived at Majdanek, “the ovens were still warm.”

War correspondent Konstantin Simonov wrote in the newspaper Red Star that his mind refused to recognize the reality of what he had seen with his own eyes.

The Soviet soldiers and senior officers who liberated Majdanek reacted with horror at what they found: Many of them feared they were going insane. But they were not: They were retaining their humanity in its most precious forms.

“When death camp prisoners “realize we want to help them,” some moan with joy,” Col. Georgi Elizavetsky wrote to his wife Nina. “And when they see bread, others literally howl, kiss our feet and become quite delirious. … There is a children’s barracks in the camp. When we entered I just could not stand it anymore.”

In recent decades, as only a handful of combat war veterans from the three great Allied nations remain alive; this crucial truth has been lost: There was no moral equivalence. The soldiers of the Red Army suffered vastly more casualties than the Western Allies. They inflicted 90 percent of combat losses on the Nazi armies. They did more to win the war against the Nazi evils than anyone else.

They also deserve primary credit for ending the Holocaust. On September 23, 1944, the same day the Second Tank Army liberated Majdanek, troops of the Soviet First Belorussian Front also liberated the extermination camps at Sobibor and Treblinka. On January 27, 1945, they liberated the biggest and most diabolical murder factory of them all – Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Almost halfway through the second decade of this 21st century, this proud and crucial record has been entirely forgotten in the West. No senior Western leader took part in any ceremonies to commemorate the liberation of Majdanek. No major Western leaders currently plan to honor the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army next January.

Instead, the United States and its NATO allies continue to encourage new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his ultra-nationalist allies, some of whom openly identify with the World War II Nazis, in their use of lethal military force to kill hundreds of civilians in Eastern Ukraine.

The bravery and sheer decency of the millions of ordinary Russian, Ukrainian and other nationalities in the Red Army who won the war and liberated the worst death camps needs to be remembered and honored, not forgotten in the West, or swept under the carpet. Their achievements should be the lasting foundation for a new generation of understanding and mutual respect between the thermonuclear superpowers.

Martin Sieff for RT

Martin Sieff is chief global analyst at The Globalist and a senior fellow of the American University in Moscow.

Vehicle Accident – Asia – South Korea

EDIS Number: VI-20140722-44627-KOR
Date / time: 22/07/2014 11:58:54 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: Province of Gangwon
Location: Taebaek
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 80 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Officials say two trains have collided head-on in eastern South Korea, leaving one passenger dead and dozens of others injured. Fire officials say the collision between two passenger trains occurred Tuesday in the eastern Gangwon province but the cause of the incident wasn't immediately known. The officials say one woman in her 60s was killed and 65 people were sent to hospitals for injuries. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules and gave no further details.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 1 on 22.07.2014 at 12:30:55.

Vehicle Accident – Asia – South Korea

EDIS Number: VI-20140722-44627-KOR
Date / time: 22/07/2014 11:58:54 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: Province of Gangwon
Location: Taebaek
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 80 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Officials say two trains have collided head-on in eastern South Korea, leaving one passenger dead and dozens of others injured. Fire officials say the collision between two passenger trains occurred Tuesday in the eastern Gangwon province but the cause of the incident wasn't immediately known. The officials say one woman in her 60s was killed and 65 people were sent to hospitals for injuries. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules and gave no further details.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 1 on 22.07.2014 at 12:30:55.

Technological Disaster – Asia – India

EDIS Number: AC-20140722-44629-IND
Date / time: 22/07/2014 12:02:19 [UTC]
Event: Technological Disaster
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Maharashtra
Location: Bhiwandi [Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation-run school]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 25 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Around 25 students were injured after the slab of a Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation-run school in Bhiwandi collapsed on Tuesday morning. The incident took place at around 9.30am at Telugu medium school number 59/60 of the civic body situated at Padma Nagar area in Bhiwandi. The Bhiwandi police officials said that the slab of 9th and 10th standard classrooms collapsed while the students were attending a lecture. At the time of the incident, a total of 95 students were in the classrooms. The police said that after the incident, the teachers with the help of school staff and locals rushed all the students to Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, where around 30 students were given first aid and 25 others were hospitalized. Out of the 25 admitted students, two are suspected to have some serious head injuries. Sources claimed that one day before the incident, students had reported about a crack in the ceiling but the authorities did not take the matter seriously. Immediately after the incident, fire and police personnel sprung into action and carried out the rescue operation.

Technological Disaster – Asia – India

EDIS Number: AC-20140722-44629-IND
Date / time: 22/07/2014 12:02:19 [UTC]
Event: Technological Disaster
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Maharashtra
Location: Bhiwandi [Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation-run school]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 25 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Around 25 students were injured after the slab of a Bhiwandi-Nizampura Municipal Corporation-run school in Bhiwandi collapsed on Tuesday morning. The incident took place at around 9.30am at Telugu medium school number 59/60 of the civic body situated at Padma Nagar area in Bhiwandi. The Bhiwandi police officials said that the slab of 9th and 10th standard classrooms collapsed while the students were attending a lecture. At the time of the incident, a total of 95 students were in the classrooms. The police said that after the incident, the teachers with the help of school staff and locals rushed all the students to Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital, where around 30 students were given first aid and 25 others were hospitalized. Out of the 25 admitted students, two are suspected to have some serious head injuries. Sources claimed that one day before the incident, students had reported about a crack in the ceiling but the authorities did not take the matter seriously. Immediately after the incident, fire and police personnel sprung into action and carried out the rescue operation.

China secures Venezulan oil and gold deals, as President visits L.America

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during a signing-of-agreements ceremony, in Caracas on July 21, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leo Ramirez)

The 38 economic agreements are related to the production and development of Venezuelan oil and agriculture, as well as social and cultural expansion, says the BBC. The deals provides a credit line of $4 billion in return for Venezuelan oil and oil products, as well as allocating $691 million to explore Venezuela’s gold and copper reserves, and an agreement to develop the countries’ third jointly-owned satellite.

China is the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States.

The underlying purpose of the visit has been to secure more natural resources from Latin America to fuel China’s long term economic expansion, BBC cites analysts. The Venezuela negotiations were preceded by visits to Brazil and Argentina.

At the BRICS summit in Brazil the Chinese leader, along with the other emerging powers Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, launched a $100 billion BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 billion. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar.

Read more: BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance

The next stop was Argentina where President Xi Jinping agreed an $11 billion currency swap and extended much-needed investment to President Cristina Kirchner. Argentina’s economy has been locked out of the international capital markets since defaulting on its debt in 2001, and is staring down the possibility of another default.

After Venezuela the Chinese leader arrived in Cuba on Tuesday where he is meeting President Raul Castro on the last stop of his four-country visit to Latin America.

Xi Jinping hopes to expand political and economic ties in the other communist nation. The island has had close political ties with China for decades, and was granted generous trade credits in the past.

Chinese trade with Latin America has grown rapidly reaching $261.6 billion in 2013. It is now the second-largest trading partner in Argentina and Cuba, and has been Brazil’s largest since 2009. To compare, in 1990 China was ranked 17th on the list of Latin American export destinations.