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Links 1 through 10 of 21 by Maitri E tagged disaster

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Michael Homan's and Abdulrahman Zeitoun's accounts of their ordeals during the Flood hit really close to home. Their stories come closest to what my father went through during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. People are awful. People are amazing. Such is humanity.

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"Invented by Berry Plastics in a partnership with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers." In other words, it will keep a one-ton buffalo from flying through your living room wall but water? Not so much.

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"The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with analysis, unclassified commercial satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence products of the Samoan Island areas devastated by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami. NGA is also providing public access to some of the images."

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All I could think on reading this was, "No, not a galactic-level FEMA! They'd outdo the Vogons in slowness and red tape."

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"The government gave her $10,000 to repair the house, but the structural damage was too great, and it would have taken at least $30,000 to rebuild it, she said. Because her lot is small, she was told she would have to raze the house to qualify for a mobile home. So she had her home torn down on Oct. 10, only to find out eight days later that the emergency management agency could not put a mobile home on the lot because it was in a flood zone."

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