Weather News I Missed

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I was just scouting around the web looking for as much on Hurricane Gustav as I could find. From the official Cuban government weather site I was directed to the World Meteorological Organization’s site. Usually there’s little of interest from the WMO–a top-heavy international bureaucracy with nearly no operational responsibility.

“On 18 August, after heavy monsoon rains, a dam on the Saptakoshi (Kosi) river in Nepal burst, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless and triggering flooding in the neighbouring Indian state of Bihar, where at least 55 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced as the river changed its course. Thousands more people are being evacuated to higher ground to escape the rising floodwaters. Roads and railway tracks have been washed away and water and electricity supplies have been affected in many areas.”

That’s staggering. 2.5 million people displaced. I can’t imagine what it must be like there.

Why haven’t I heard or read about this? Are American’s really that isolated from the rest of the world? Am I that isolated?

3 Responses to “Weather News I Missed”

  1. Cousin Michael says:

    2.5 million people displaced is certainly a staggering number. But that is just about how many people will flee southern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi in the next 24 hours. According to press reports, a million people had already fled the Gulf Coast by Saturday afternoon.

  2. http://adam.chernow.org/blog/ says:

    I didn’t hear about this… but then again there’s been that major hurricane that’s dominated the national weather news. Well, that and the fact I live in a college town and football just started. (UW beat Akron, in case you were wondering.)

  3. dave says:

    Geoff-

    This is unrelated to your many informative posts re the hurricanes.

    Yesterday I d/l’ed and installed IE 8 beta 2. I am able to view every site I have tried, except your Blog. I usually use Mozilla, which I am now using to pen this entry.

    Thought you might like to know (if you do not already).

    dave

    branford

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