Wednesday, January 20, 2010

disaster Headlines below the fold

100118-N-4774B-006 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 18, 2010) U.S. Navy SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transport water and supplies from the airport to areas around Port-au-Prince. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

Haiti, the disaster.
Yes, when the airport has one runway, the port is wrecked, the roads are blocked by debris, it's hard to get in supplies.
Alltogethernow: It's the logistics stupid.

(headsup Instapundit)

Photo from Phil Inquirer:
TWO MEMBERS of the Filipino peacekeeping troops attend to injured Haitian children in one of the makeshift clinics that United Nations rescue workers set up in Port-au-Prince.

Locating areas in Haiti prone to landslides using the space shuttle.

Yesterday's ManilaBulletin had a map of the Philippines with landslide prone and flood prone regions marked out...we are in the flood prone area, but since our home is on a slight rise, we usually don't get flooded out.
Last year's flood hit a lot of the lower rice fields at harvest time, which is why the Philippines will have to import rice (although we are harvesting winter crop now which might help).

This might help too: Scuba rice.
Scuba rice refers to rice varieties that contain the SUB1 (submergence 1) gene, which allows the rice to survive 10 to 14 days completely under water and is specifically designed to increase yield in flood-prone areas.

other related news:
5.8 earthquake in Caymans may be related to the Haiti earthquake

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