Monday, November 30, 2009

A woman mourns after her husband and son died in a ferry accident, by the bank of river Tetulia

A woman mourns after her husband and son died in a ferry accident, by the bank of river Tetulia, near Lalmohon town of Bhola district November 29, 2009. The death toll from an overcrowded ferry that sank in Bangladesh two days ago rose to 49, officials said on Sunday, with rescuers saying many more victims were still trapped trapped inside the vessel. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH TRANSPORT DISASTER)
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The partially capsized ferry M.V. Coco-4 is seen it is re-floated by salvage vessel M.V. Hamza by the bank of river Tetulia, near Lalmohon town of Bhola district November 29, 2009. The death toll from the overcrowded ferry that sank in Bangladesh two days ago rose to 49, officials said on Sunday, with rescuers saying many more victims were still trapped trapped inside the vessel. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH)
REUTERS/ANDREW BIRAJ

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saudi floods death toll rises to 98. Extremely Heavy Rain in Saudi Arabia


Source: Reuters
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The death toll from the heaviest rainfall to hit Saudi Arabia in years rose to 98 on Saturday as more bodies were recovered, with dozens more expected to be found, a rescue services spokesman said. The victims were drowned or were killed by collapsing bridges and in car crashes when floodwaters caused by the torrential rainfall ripped through the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Wednesday. No pilgrims attending the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage 80 km (50 miles) away in Mecca were among the dead, officials have said. Jeddah is the main entry point to the kingdom for pilgrims. Hundreds had to be rescued after being stranded by the floods, with access to the city hampered after two bridges on the highway leading to Jeddah were destroyed. Newspapers have repeatedly reported on the poor condition of the sewerage infrastructure of the city, where many live in unauthorised developments built on dry riverbeds. About 1.6 million pilgrims have come to Saudi Arabia from abroad for the haj, the world's largest regular religious gathering. (Reporting by Souhail Karam; Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky) ((raissa.kasolowsky@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: raissa.kasolowsky.reuters.com@reuters.net; +971 4 391 8031))
The incredible Autumn rainstorm brought extreme rainfall to Saudi Arabia. Rainfall from NASA TRMM website indicates rainfall around 100m over a large area of Saudi Arabia (mainly from Southern to Northern Saudi Arabia). The rainfall amounts probably exceeded 100m in some areas (see photos below). Rain also lashed Kuwait.
The rain was so heavy that it flooded many areas. Major cities affected include Makkah, Madina, Riyadh, Qassim, Hail, Abha, Jizan, and Jedda. The rainstorm forced many people to evacuate and caused several accidents. Read more about the heavy rain event from World Futurs and Arabian Business. Suprisingly enough, one of the oldest valleys (Rumma Valley) in the Arabian Peninsula have started flowing due to the persistent heavy rain and it’s moving northward. This is our Arabia River resurrected.


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Workers restore the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station near the Siberian village of Cheryomushki


A general view shows the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station near the Siberian village of Cheryomushki, about 520 km (323 miles) south of Krasnoyarsk, November 28, 2009. Repair work is currently taking place at the power station which halted power production after the August 17, 2009 accident when a turbine room in the station flooded, killing more than 70 people and causing billions of roubles of damage. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA ENERGY DISASTER)
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dam Failure


Dam Failure

There are are more than 80,000 dams in the United States, according to the 2007 update to the National Inventory of Dams. Approximately one third of these pose a "high" or "significant" hazard to life and property if failure occurs.

Dam failure or levee breeches can occur with little warning. Intense storms may produce a flood in a few hours or even minutes for upstream locations. Flash floods occur within six hours of the beginning of heavy rainfall, and dam failure may occur within hours of the first signs of breaching.

Other failures and breeches can take much longer to occur, from days to weeks, as a result of debris jams or the accumulation of melting snow.

REUTERS PICTURES OF THE DECADE


REUTERS PICTURES OF THE DECADE. A man holding a baby uncovers the body of a dead man, suspected to have been sitting there for two days, outside the New Orleans Convention Center September 1, 2005. Several people among the thousands of stranded hurricane evacuees died while waiting outside the building, with no sign of imminent help on the way. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES) TEMPLATE OUT
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Warming could bring fire and brimstone, tsunami and quake - scientists


LONDON (AlertNet)- Quakes, volcanic eruptions, giant landslides and tsunamis may become more frequent as global warming changes the earth's crust itself, scientists warned on Wednesday. Climate-linked geological changes could also trigger "methane burps" - the release of a potent greenhouse gas, currently stored in solid form under melting permafrost and the seabed, in quantities greater than all the carbon dioxide in our air today.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Floodwaters

Villagers wade through floodwaters in the village of Patia in Pandeglang, Banten province November 27, 2009. Indonesia has entered its rainy season although some regions in the vast archipelago still suffer from drought. REUTERS/Dadang Tri (INDONESIA SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Penduduk mengharungi banjir disebuah desa di Patia Pandeglang, Provinsi Banten November 27, 2009. Indonesia telah memasuki musim hujan meskipun beberapa daerah di kepulauan yang luas masih menderita musim kemarau. REUTERS / Dadang Tri ( PERKUMPULAN BENCANA ALAM SEKITAR INDONESIA)

REUTERS PICTURES OF THE DECADE


REUTERS PICTURES OF THE DECADE. A woman cries as she cannot find her four-year-old daughter and husband on the top of the ruins of a destroyed school in earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, May 17, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
REUTERS/JASON LEE

REUTERS PICTURES OF THE DECADE. Seorang wanita menangis saat ia gagal menemui anak perempuan berusia empat tahun dan suaminya di atas runtuhan sekolah yang rusak akibat gempa Beichuan county, wilayah Sichuan, 17 Mei 2008. REUTERS / Jason Lee (CHINA)
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Tsunami


How fast do tsunamis travel?

Tsunami wave speed is controlled by water depth. Where the ocean is over 6,000 meters (3.7 miles) deep, unnoticed tsunami waves can travel at the speed of a commercial jet plane, over 800 km per hour (500 miles per hour). Tsunamis travel much slower in shallower coastal waters where their wave heights begin to increase dramatically.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kehidupan Umpama Sebuah Keretapi


Kehidupan ini pada zahirnya dikawal oleh hukum sebab musabab. Hukum sebab musabab berjalan melalui makhluk, maka kelihatanlah tindakan makhluk mencorakkan berbagai-bagai keadaan dan peristiwa. Kehidupan ini adalah umpama sebuah keretapi. Pengalaman yang diharungi oleh seseorang menjadi batang-batang besi sambung menyambung membentuk landasan dan memaksa keretapi bergerak mengikut arah yang terbentuk. Keretapi tersebut bergerak mengheret gerabak-gerabak yang muatannya adalah berbagai-bagai anasir yang berkumpul dalam sistem sebab musabab, terdiri daripada berbagai-bagai jenis makhluk, memakai berbagai-bagai rupa dan nama. Semakin banyak sistem sebab musabab yang dikumpulkan semakin banyak juga makhluk yang mengenderai keretapi. Jika bahan yang dibawa terlalu banyak enjin keretapi tidak terdaya menarik gerabak-gerabak yang penuh dengan muatan itu. Keadaan ini memaksa keretapi berhenti kerana kehabisan tenaga. Tatkala itu semua bahan-bahan yang dimuatkan ke dalam gerabak keretapi perlu dinilai semula. Hasil daripada penilaian semula akan didapati banyak daripada muatannya adalah bahan yang tidak berguna. Sebahagiannya adalah sampah sarap dan sebahagian lagi benda-benda sisa buangan yang kotor dan menjijikkan.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

4 Perkara Di Pohon Ketika Berdoa

1. Sewaktu hendak berdoa seelok-eloknya sebutlah nama. Contohnya jika berdoa untuk anak-anak maka sebut nama anak kita secara khusus bukan secara umum. Seperti Ya Allah berilah taufik dan hidayah kepada anakku Ahmad.
2. Begitu juga jika berdoa untuk diri sendiri juga sebutlah nama kita. Seperti Ya Allah kurniakan pada saya Abu.....(dengan menyebut nama sendiri).
3. Begitu juga biasanya bila berdoa mohon rezeki kita akan kata Ya Allah murahkanlah rezekiku. Adalah lebih baik dengan mengatakan berkatkan rezeki/perluaskan rezekiku. Memang maksud murahkan rezeki seolah-olah permudahkan dapat rezeki tapi kadang-kadang akan menjadi makna lain seperti dapat rumah murah, kereta murah dan lain-lain.
4. Doa yang dianjurkan Nabi saw antaranya ialah KAYA dengan ILMU
5. HIASI diri dengan sifat SABAR.
6. MULIA dengan TAQWA.
7. CANTIKKAN dengan KESIHATAN.