UPDATE: May 16, 2008
- “The cyclone’s official death toll has nearly doubled to almost 78,000 and another 56,000 people remain missing two weeks after the devastating storm, state television reported Friday.”
- The Red Cross fears the toll may be as high as 128,000; the U.N. estimates more than 100,000 died. The U.N. estimates some 1.5 million to 2.5 million survivors are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. Aid groups have reached only 270,000 so far.
Sichuan, China: Survivors pulled from rubble of China quake(There are also links to videos of the damaged caused if you follow the link)
- “Officials have said the quake’s final toll could reach 50,000.”
- “The official death toll had risen to about 22,069 on Friday, and another 14,000 still were buried in Sichuan.”
- “The said the latest tremor measured magnitude 5.5, one of the strongest among dozens that have shaken the area.” ( Can you believe that even though it’s been a few days now, aftershocks are still going on and are THIS strong?!)
Bear in mind that these are all “official” numbers and that unofficial numbers tend to be higher.
Have you guys heard about the earthquake that occurred in the Sichuan Province?? I’d be very surprised if not! It was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the death toll is exceeding 12,000. Aftershocks from the quake reached Taiwan, India, Vietnam, and so on and so forth. Ahh…Is this world coming to an end? Just last week there was that Myanmar Cyclone, where death tolls reached about 40,000 in addition to the thousands missing. Furthermore, a Red Cross ship with aid going toward Myanmar ending up sinking because it hit a submerged tree trunk -___-
I’ve said this to several people, but I’ll say it again…either global warming is really taking its toll on us and the world is coming to an end, or I’m just old enough to understand what’s going on in the world nowadays.
Although it’s several months away, this summer, as many of you know, I will be going to study for about a month in Chengdu, China. With the current natural disasters going on, people are getting really concerned! Even me! Especially since the school I will be attending is Sichuan University in Chengdu. A student from the university actually filmed the earthquake while it was going on too! Check out the article and video by clicking >Here<.
Our advisor emailed us saying:
“I contact the Sichuan faculty last night. Chengdu is spared from the horrible earthquake, even though it is just 60 miles from the epicenter. I also contacted the IPE office, and they told me that our seminar will continue as planned.”
But yes…I can’t imagine being in their position. It’s heart breaking hearing about these events. Let’s hope for the best to the people in China and Myanmar.
(I think I write too much….time to focus on cutting down again..)