Blog Posts for 2016

February 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Seven Tube carriages have been partially buried under thousands of tonnes of rubble that poured into a station when a building collapsed. Hundreds of 'dead' bodies were today strewn across the horrifying scene of carnage, the victims of this major disaster. These are the traumatic sights that scores of emergency service were faced with as they took part in the first day of Europe's largest-ever disaster response training exercise. The scenario involves a tower block collapsing on to the bustling Waterloo Tube station, which has been partially built in a disused power station in Kent. Over the next four days, some 2,000 blood-covered volunteers will act as 'victims', with fake sliced limbs and open wounds recreating the blood and gore of such a large scale incident. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3469066/Dead-bodies-strewn-tube-...

February 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Egypt has offered urgent food aid to help 100,000 drought victims in eastern Ethiopia via the World Food Program. The Egyptian aid is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the victims in Ethiopia, Secretary General of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development Hazem Fahmy said in statements. "The move conveys a message of support and solidarity from Cairo to Ethiopia," he added. Director of the World Food Program office in Addis Ababa John Aylieff hailed the Egyptian aid, which was delivered at a highly sensitive time after the international community failed to offer adequate financial resources to provide emergency food aid to about 7.6 million Ethiopians. For his part, the chairman of Ethiopia's Disaster Commission thanked the government and people of Egypt for the move that would give wider horizons for bilateral relations: http://allafrica.com/stories/201602290560.html

February 29, 2016 | 0 comments

The Turkish relief ship Şefkat Gemisi (Compassion Ship) reached Yemen's de facto capital of Aden on Thursday with food and medical supplies. The vessel delivered 5,400 tons of humanitarian assistance to Yemen. More than 6,100 people have been killed in fighting since March, when a Saudi-led coalition, including Qatari forces, initiated a military intervention in Yemen against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels. Previously, on Feb. 14, 6,000 tons of humanitarian aid was sent to Yemen on a ship sent from Mersin. In a statement released on the same day, the Foreign Ministry said Turkey would continue to stand by Yemen during the difficult period as it always had in the past. According to the UN, 3,000 people have been wounded and 2.5 million forced to flee their homes. Donor organizations such as Qatar Charity and the Kuwait-based International Islamic Charitable Organization pledged more than $220 million of humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen in a conference held in Doha on Wednesday: http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_compassion-ship-delivers-humanitari...

February 29, 2016 | 0 comments

An Israeli nonprofit has been secretly transferring humanitarian supplies to the Syrian populace devastated by the civil war, Israel21c reported on Friday. Doreen Gold’s Il4Syrians has been operating since 2011, and provides local NGOs with goods that they then pass on to needy Syrians. The volunteer organization has sent sanitation kits, baby powder, food and medical supplies and devices, including 3,000 protective suits for doctors treating victims of chemical attacks. Il4Syrians supports 17 field hospitals and operating rooms, all led by Syrian NGOs, by keeping them stocked with everything from sterilization equipment to anesthetics. It also trained 22 orthopedists to create prosthetic limbs with 3D printers, which it also provided. Convoys from the non-profit enter Syria every month or three, depending on funding: http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/02/28/israeli-ngo-secretly-providing-huma...

February 29, 2016 | 0 comments

On Feb. 20, Cyclone Winston struck the South Pacific island country of Fiji. With winds faster than 100 miles per hour, Winston was the most powerful cyclone to ever make landfall in Fiji. The storm uprooted trees, flattened buildings and knocked out power and communications. Forty-two people died. The governments of New Zealand and Australia are leading the international effort to assist Fiji in the wake of the storm. The Australian navy sortied its new flagship, the light aircraft carrier HMAS Canberra, on the vessel’s first operational mission. Canberra sailed from Brisbane on Feb. 25 carrying 880 people, three MRH-90 helicopters, Army engineering equipment and 60 tons of humanitarian supplies. “This capability will assist Fijian authorities to clear debris, restore power, purify water and conduct engineering assessments,” according to Australia’s foreign ministry. Threading the dissipating tendrils of the cyclone en route to Fiji, the 757-foot-long Canberra — which commissioned into Australian service in late 2014 — will join an multinational task force including New Zealand’s amphibious ship Canterbury and patrol ship Wellington and aircraft from the Australian and New Zealand air forces. Canberra is Australia’s biggest-ever warship. Sister ship Adelaide commissioned in December. Based on Spain’s Juan Carlos, the Canberra-class vessels can, in theory, accommodate short-takeoff “jump jets” such as Harriers or F-35Bs. But Australia has no plans to acquire jump jets. At...