» 04/19/2017, 09.58
Melani Manel Perera
Colombo, victims of landfill slide rises to 32
On April 14, a mountain of waste 91 meters high has hit the slums of Meethotamulla. About 80 houses buried, another 17 damaged. At least 1,500 police officers involved in the search for 30 missing. Residents had complained for some time of the danger of the landfill.
27/04/2017 14:32:00 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka faces national emergency over tons of stockpiled waste
The waste crisis emerged following the garbage avalanche that buried an entire slum on the outskirts of Colombo. Card Ranjith appeals to the government. A new disposal area found in Muthurajawela, but the population and Catholic leaders oppose it.
23/05/2016 09:31:00 BANGLADESH
Cyclone Roanu leaves 24 victims and 500 thousand displaced. Caritas organizes relief efforts
Strong winds and heavy rain hit the coastal districts. Regional Caritas offices activate 246 emergency plans already in place for such situations. Thousands of people have been saved, many others appeal to government for aid. Aid from administration slow in coming.
Cadmium spill in the Beijiang River leaves millions of people without water
A state-owned smelting plant releases a toxic slick. The river supplies water to big cities and millions of people in Guangdong province. The accident occurred last week but was revealed only yesterday.
04/04/2017 11:17:00 INDIA - ASIA
Card. Gracias: Deep sorrow for the victims of St. Petersburg
The President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences expresses closeness to Pakistani faithful killed in a Sufi temple. Natural disasters in Latin America, as well as suffering of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil "encourage us to fervently invoke the mercy of God." Two deacons and five priests ordained; baptism of adult catechumens at the Easter vigil.
10/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Army says civilians rebelling against Tamil Tigers in security zone
The army of Colombo says there have been "serious disturbances . . . with loud explosions and machine gun fire" in the area of Ampalawanpokkanai.The population is believed to have risen up against the rebels after the latest appeal from the army, which asked the LTTE to allow the civilians to leave the no-fire zone. According to the Defense Ministry, the leaders of the Tigers have also taken shelter in the area.
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