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article imageMajor disasters hit South Asia

By Leo Reyes     Oct 8, 2009 in Lifestyle
Almost simultaneously, disasters and calamities occurred in South Asia, including Samoa, during the last two weeks. The typhoons have killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands in calamity affected areas.
Disasters and calamities hit South Asia as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes hit the Philippines, Indonesia and American Samoa over the last two weeks.
In the Philippines, a devastating flood hit metropolitan Manila as the rain-filled typhoon Ondoy left a large part of Metro Manila underwater for the last 10 days. More than 300 people died and thousands have been injured.
Damage to properties has been estimated at P5 billion ($107.6 million USD) . Many parts of towns and cities in Metro Manila and Laguna de Bay are still underwater.
In Indonesia, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit large part of Sumatra with estimated 3,000 people feared dead and buried in rubble as authorities continue to conduct relief and rescue operations in affected areas and villages.
As AFP reports:
Some 739 people died in the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Sumatra island around the city of Padang on September 30, Indonesian officials have said.
Another 296 people were missing and 2,219 had been injured .
Some 800,000 people were believed to have been affected by the earthquake and another tremor in West Sumatra on October 1, while nearly 200,000 homes were destroyed, the Red Cross said following aerial and satellite assessments.
In Samoa, a devastating tsunami hit the island that left the popular tourist destination in total disarray with scores of reported deaths, injuries and damage to properties.
Samoa is dependent on tourism as its major source of revenue.
Yahoo News reports:
Samoans who fled to the hills as a deadly tsunami tore through their villages last week began searching for materials to build new homes far above the sea that washed away their dwellings and many loved ones.
The tsunami claimed another life Monday as a woman who had been rescued from the raging waters died from her injuries in Samoa's Apia Hospital, police said. The death toll stood at 178, with 137 killed in Samoa, 32 in American Samoa, and nine in nearby Tonga.
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