IFNet Newsletter August 2011 issue
Aug 2, 2011 / IFNet secretariat


MAJOR FLOODS on August 2011

1.Water-related disasters in Asia
1-1 Floods in Republic of India

Since the 10th of July, some severe floods have occurred in the northern area, Assam region, due to monsoon rain, and a lot of villages were affected by the floods of the River Brahmaputra. Government authority said that the death toll was 539 people as of August 17th.


1-2 Floods in Republic of the Philippines
Tropical storm Nock-Ten hit on the eastern mountain areas of the Philippines' main island Luzon on the 3rd of August. And Muifa, named after a Chinese flower, stayed offshore on the Philippine Sea east of the main island of Luzon, and caused heavy rains and high coastal tides. The combined death toll by Tropical Storm Nock-ten and Typhoon Muifa in the Philippines has raised to 70, with threats of another storm in the rain-battered country, the government said on the 6th of August.


1-3 Floods and landslides in Korea
In the last month, July, some landslides and flash floods have occurred in the neighbor of the Seoul City on July 27 due to the heavy rain, which killed at least 32 people.
Worstly, a single landslide crashed into a mountain resort area at Chuncheon, east of Seoul, destroying three small hotels and killing at least 13 people.


1-4 Floods in Thailand
In August, some floods have occurred in the northern area of Thailand due to the Nock Ten storm. As of August 9, the storm had left a trail of death and damage in its wake. More than 1.1 million people have been affected, with 20 people killed, another missing and 11 others injured. Floods have swamped close to 620,000 rai* of farmland, and affected 6,809 villages in 21 provinces. (*1rai=1600m2)


2.Updated information about the Great East Japan Earthquake
Five months passed after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the recovery and reconstruction works are vigorously progressed. Also some research institute have conducted the detailed research on the damage of infrastructure.
The latest IDI QUARTERLY (No.56, July 2011) introduced the restoration activities from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami as below.

- Four months after the huge earthquake and the tsunami, Present status
- Advantageous effect of tsunami breakwater constructed in the port of Kamaishi
- Restoration status of the river and seacoast protection facilities
- Damages of the roads and the restoration status

In this IDI QUARTERLY, a strategic operation called 'Operation COMB' was reported. This operation aimed at securing the eastward emergency roads from inland trunk line route No.4(north-south direction) to the Pacific coast just like the teeth of a comb. Due to this operation, 7 days after the huge earthquake, most of rubbles on the roads were taken away and uneven road surfaces were repaired.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Cabinet Office
Public Works Research Institute

IDI has been publishing the free quarterly journal 'IDI Quarterly' since1996 for the purpose of introducing information relating to public works and construction technology to foreign countries. IDI has distributed the journal to administration officials in more than 90 countries around the world by e-mail.

3.Introduction of IDI's activities: Preparatory Planning Study for Meghna River Basin Management in the People's Republic of Bangladesh, March 2011
The study mainly focuses on the Meghna River Basin (the so-called Upper Meghna) and haor areas in that basin. It aims at examining the direction and approach for technical support that will contribute to implement effective river basin management and to mitigate flood disasters including those of flash floods.
After the implementation of this technical support, it is expected that flood damage mitigation measures in the Upper Meghan Basin will become more effective and that poverty reduction  and improvement of livelihoods will be realized in the haor areas. In addition, local disaster prevention capacity in this area will be strengthen in future.

Final Report(Japanese), MARCH 2011)

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