Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours in Asia-Pacific

What the world does not need is a natural disaster to add on to the existing man-made disasters of warfare and terrorism. To have a country stricken with an 'act of God' is bad enough but to have a big part of an entire region being affected, all within a week, is totally beyond imagination. And sad.

First, it was Typhoon Ketsana hitting the Philippines, then Samoa and American Samoa hit by an earthquake. Next Typhoon Ketsana moving on to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, then two earthquakes off Sumatra, Indonesia. Tremors could be felt as far away as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Would it be correct to say that the Asia Pacific region has been 'attacked by nature'?

What a way to start the final quarter of the year!!

Some related articles below:

Indonesia quake toll between 100-200 people



Quake in Sumatra, tremors in Malaysia



Typhoon Ketsana wreaks havoc across South-East Asia

Samoa hit by Earthquake and Tsunami

10 comments:

  1. the natural disaster really bring destruction to all the places. Hope it will not happen again.

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  2. yeah, it's really saddening to see all the disasters happening..

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  3. Nature's wrath is increasing! We gotta find way to appease Her. And the only possible way is to stop destroying earth! :(

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  4. Disaster indeed! Glad to know that Malaysia is not affected.

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  5. This is really sad. We should really respect nature. Everybody should have done this a long time ago. Anyway, let's just hope that there is still a way to prevent global warming from worsening.

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  6. Superman, we are sitting on the "Ring of Fire" so it is something we can't escape from but hope the effect will be less.

    Indeed, it is sad, SK. We can help in some ways.

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  7. Ai Shiang, we are counting our blessings. Malaysia not affected othe than a few wall-cracks and some shakes - negligent by comparison to what's happening elsewhere.

    Rej, I wonder if govts will rev up efforts after this catastrophe. On the other hand, all this could be a sign of Earth breaking down and it is really the beginning of the end? I'm sorry, I don't mean to be pessimistic but really, who knows! Man is in a way accelerating Earth's demise by not doing the right things to preserve her.

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  8. i was surprised to hear the first typhoon in philippines and then after that more in the region. its a pity for the people.

    over the years, there seems to be a lot of disasters occurring.

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  9. I am so thankful we are living in Malaysia! Imagine staying in countries where they suffer from the triple threat of earthquake, typhoon and tsunami!

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