Friday, January 19, 2007

Yesterday's provisional balance

12 people killed, including a 2 year old child

451,000 stranded commuters in the South East of the UK

140,000 people left without electricity in England and Wales

1,000 incidents caused by the strong winds and dealt with by rail workers

192 flights grounded at Heathrow

100mph (160 kmh) gusts of wind

60% increase in calls that Lloyds TSB Insurance said it had received yesterday as people made claims for damaged homes and possessions

5 people injured when a building partially collapsed in Cheshire

3 schoolchildren taken to hospital after part of the roof of their school in Staffordshire was blown on to them

source: Guardian

And the typical Winter weather prediction for the next 70 years is the same as today's...

Pictures of yesterday's bad weather can be seen in the BBC site.


S.B. said...

Yeh, sis! what are you doing up at this hour?????
Love u!!!!!

iznounderdeveloped said...

One can only be sad for the dead and injured and for the loss of property. But then again, "My, my!One would think that such things only happened in third world countries like Portugal".

Claudia said...

Who's the "one" who thinks that property damaging 160 Km/H winds only happen in third world countries??? Is Portugal a third world country???? I think that, as usual, I'm missing your point...

iznounderdeveloped said...

My point, dear blogger is that ONE should think that such "things" like catastrophy prevision and dammage control, both at the planing and executional level should be there to avoid that such not-so-infrequent acts of nature would not have the consequences it had. In the so-called third world countries as ours is(at least in the mind of many), it is only "natural" to think that "Civil Defence of the teritory" and other entities like these are not dependable. But my oh my, in England too (or for that matter, in the US of A too - see Katrina)??

Claudia said...

I don't think that a natural catastrophe having some consequences necessarily means that civil protection services are inefficient. How can you know what the losses would be if civil protection measures weren't in place? In this particular situation, there were enough warnings to the population about the storm that was heading our way and people knew what to do and what to avoid doing. I don't think there was anyway of preventing the fall of trees and walls that killed most of the people nor do I think that a mandatory and immediate curfew would have been adequate.
Whatever measures are in place in these situations, the bottom line is still that the forces of nature are a lot more powerful than those of man, be it in the UK, in the USA or in Portugal.