Month: May 2010

36 villages at flood risk, if Hunza lake overruns

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Around 36 villages are at flood risk if the landslide-triggered Atabad lake overruns. The rising water level at the lake has posed threat of outflow from the under construction spillway. Atleast 36 villages situated from Hunza and Gilgit may possibly be affected with the overspill, a private news channel said while quoting local administration Tuesday.
Gilgit’s Home Secretary, Asif Bilal Lodhi and the Speaker of the Legislature Wazir Baig said Atabad Lake may pour out. “The outpouring poses threat to at least 36 villages; however all necessary arrangements have been completed to cope with the situation,” they said.
Home Secretary said low-lying areas between Hunza and Gilgit would be evacuated, adding essential commodities including food and medicines would be dispatched in the next five days to the areas affected by the flood. He said the edibles would be stacked up for the next two months.
Lodhi said large flood wave caused by the rising water level at the lake, may harm eight bridges at Karakoram Highway from Hunza to Gilgit.
At least 24 hours after the flood, the passage to the affected areas would be restored by installing emergency bridges. The water has reached Gulmit, the largest town in Gojal sub-district of Hunza-Nagar District.
“The situation is quite serious. About 13,000 people in the affected area face displacement,” said Noor Muhammad, of the NGO Focus Humanitarian Assistance, which has been monitoring the situation in Hunza. He said people had been moving away. “People need to be relocated to safe areas. Nine sites including government schools and other buildings, had been identified for housing people, he added.
The lake is 21 km long and 350 metres wide. Water is pouring into it at the rate of 2,500 cubic metres per day. The lake does not have an appropriate spillway, so there is a risk it could suddenly burst its banks.
Frontier Works Organization has been attempting since January to create a spillway, but is now likely to stop work due to rising water levels in the lake and the threat of flooding.
The January 4 landslide caused at least 13 deaths and blocked the river in the Atabad area. The lake that formed cut road links to Gojal, resulting in food shortages there.

T20 World Cup: India qualifies for Super8 by defeating South Africa

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India 186/5 (Raina 101, Yuvraj 37)
South Africa 172/5 (Kallis 72, Smith 36)
India beat South Africa by 14 runs

The Indian side continued their winning streak by defeating South Africa in their second game of World Cup T20. Both sides fought hard and it was closely contested game. The victory meant that India qualifies for the Super Eight Stage of the tournament and also top group C.
India managed to post a challenging total thanks to young star batsmen Suresh Raina managed to score his maiden century in T20 format. Yuvraj Singh was also prominent with his 37.
Jacques Kallis was prominent for South Africa by scoring 72 runs in just 54 balls. Skipper Smith managed to score 36.

Obama cheating scandal: Shocking new reports’: Newspaper claims Obama affair with campaign aide

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National Enquirer story titled “Obama Cheating Scandal: Shocking New Reports” claims that President Obama is “in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, DC Hotel with a former campaign aide. . .An Enquirer reporter has confirmed the limo driver’s account of the secret 2004 rendezvous.”

It was the National Enquirer that broke the story of former presidential candidate John Edwards (D) cheating on his terminally-ill wife Elizabeth, when other newspapers were ignoring steadily growing proof of Senator Edwards’ repeated infidelity.

Only time will tell whether there is any truth in these reports about Obama.  Any denials by Obama might only lend credence to these allegations — especially since Obama’s credibility has diminished as a result of all his broken campaign promises and false claims.

Obama’s broken promises include his pledge to enact a “net spending cut” (broken by trillions in new federal spending), his promise not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year (broken by excise-tax increases on middle-class and poor people, and by new health-care taxes on uninsured people, cosmetic surgery, and medical devices, and on millions of people with major out-of-pocket medical expenses or Flexible Savings Accounts), and his promise not to sign bills without first giving the public five days of notice.

Obama falsely claimed that the $787 billion stimulus package was needed to prevent “irreversible decline,” but the Congressional Budget Office admitted that it would actually shrink the economy “in the long run.”  As the Washington Examiner notes, “If his stimulus program was approved, Obama promised, unemployment would not go above 8 percent . . . The reality is that it passed 10.3 percent.”  (Most Americans and most economists think that the stimulus has failed to create jobs despite its enormous cost.)

Obama has repeatedly made false claims about Supreme Court rulings such as the Citizens United and Ledbetter decisions.