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


MAJOR FLOODS on September 2011

1. Water-related disasters in the world
1-1 Flood in United Mexican States
At least 73 deaths and more than 40,000 people affected by heavy rains in the states of Chiapas, Estado de Mexico, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tabasco y Veracruz in Mexico is allegedly reported where tropical storm Nate forms in gulf of Mexico in September 7. In Mexico City, over 2,000 families had to be evacuated from their homes after torrential rain caused widespread flood.


1-2 Flood in China
Recent flood triggered by heavy rain since September 1and related disasters have left 90 people dead and 22 others missing in nine Chinafs provinces as of September 21 according to the National Disaster Reduction Commision(NDRC). Heavy downpours, floods and landslides have affected the regions of Sihuan, Yunnan, Henan, Chongqing, Hubei, Shandong, Shanxi Gansu and Qinghai.


1-3 Flood in Japan
Two typhoons hit Japan in September 3 and September 20. Typhoon Talas on September 3 hit western Japan. 40 persons are dead and 55 missing, 100 persons are injured, more than 15,000 houses are flooded after heavy rain and fierce winds. Typhoon Roke on September 20, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (89 miles) an hour its center, landed in central Japan and moved northeast. More than a million people were warned to leave their homes.


2. Updated information about the Great East Japan Earthquake
Continuous efforts are taken on recovery and rehabilitation in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The transportation systems are mostly restored according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). As of September 26, it was allegedly reported that:

-No traffic restriction is imposed due to the disaster, except part of Joban Expressway
-All Shinkansen lines are in operation, and
-All airports are in operation

For more details, click the inks below:

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Cabinet Office

3. Japan-South Africa joint workshop held
Japan-South Africa joint partnership workshop between the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) of South Africa was held on 13-14 September 2011. It aimed at building cooperation between Japan and South Africa in the field of water resources management, particularly related to water-related disaster mitigation, sewerage and drainage management by sharing information on the status quo, and exploring collaboration to access the challenges. At this workshop under the attendance of Vice Minister for Engineering Affairs of MLIT and Deputy Minister of DWA, the presentations were made by participants from MLIT, DWA, Ministry of Finance, JICA, JETRO, Rand Water, local government from South Africa and private companies from Japan concerning flood control, water resource management, sewerage management and water-related technologies.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
http://www.mlit.go.jp/report/press/sogo07_hh_000152.html (written in Japanese)

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