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Grantham floods inquiry…and more

Grantham floods inquiry

Grantham quarry played little role in the deadly 2011 flood. Commissioner Walter Soffronoff QC has delivered his report into the Grantham floods to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. The report states tjay the controversial man-made quarry, which locals blamed for damage made to the small Lockyer Valley town, had little influence on the disaster. “There were only two relevant man-made structures. One was the quarry pit and the associated embankment and the second (was) the railway embankment that has been there for about 100 years,” Mr Soffronoff said. “Both had insignificant evident effect, measurable effects but insignificant, that is to say if they weren’t there nothing would have been different. “I found that the quarry did not play any role in the flood.”…

 

Nepal faces looming food crisis after natural disasters hit farmers

KABHRE REGION, Nepal — Arjun Parajuli, a 67-year-old farmer from Kabhre, in northeastern Nepal, just survived one of the most challenging monsoons of his life. After working as a cycle rickshaw driver for 50 years in Kathmandu, earlier this year he poured his life savings into his family farm. A day later, everything was gone. The monsoons washed it all away. “Most people in my village lost their homes, storage and irrigation systems,” he said. The monsoon season in Nepal typically lasts from June to September, and this year it came after a devastating earthquake and several aftershocks in April killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed thousands of farms in the eastern part of the country. More than a third of Nepal’s population works in the agricultural sector, and before the rains, “a lot of farmers on the top of the hills abandoned their farms,” Parajuli said. In the wake of these disasters, the country has faced a looming food crisis as farmers have struggled to get back on their feet…

 

What Disaster Films Miss About Death

When things go wrong in “Everest,” they do so in a variety of small ways that resist undue dramatic emphasis. Credit Photograph by Universal Pictures via Everett

When things go wrong in “Everest,” they do so in a variety of small ways that resist undue dramatic emphasis.
Credit Photograph by Universal Pictures via Everett

In the new movie “Everest,” which is about an expedition on that mountain in 1996, the most poignant of the five deaths portrayed onscreen is one that hews carefully to real events. The mountaineer Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke) is trapped overnight near the summit in violent weather, and he is unable to descend the following day. In a moment likely adapted from transcripts of radio exchanges that occurred that weekend, Hall’s team at Base Camp patches him through to his pregnant wife in New Zealand, who desperately encourages him to keep moving. But with his oxygen regulator blocked by ice, and his hands and feet freezing into uselessness, he dies on the slopes…

 

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