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11 December 2011

Hamnet weekly report 11 December 2011


Since the 25th of November this year, Columbia has experienced probably its worst flooding in over 40 years. More than 4 million inhabitants have been affected in some way and children again seem to be the worst affected.

The death toll has climbed to 485 with at least 40 plus still missing! The injury list tops almost 600 people and thousands of families have been left homeless. It is calculated that as many as 16 000 homes have been totally lost with close on 600 000 severely damaged.

The Colombian Institute of Family Welfare and other organisations have been providing more than 200 breakfasts on a daily basis to feed children under the age of 5 years old.

Weather forecasts are still being monitored as the rainy season is far from over and more rain is expected.

Locally, the COP 17 Conference has come to an end where a lot was discussed around climate change and how it is affecting our planet. However, many articles are now showing that the earth has gone through this type of climate change before and that earth warming is nothing new!

One such program recently showed that the Sahara Desert was a forest with many lakes and animals and that it actually froze over due to climate change and that cities are being discovered many miles from the Nile indicating fertile soil and good vegetation was available. Even the fossilised bones of a whale were discovered many kilometres inland from the Mediterranean Sea.

It is obvious that our planet has undergone many changes over the years.

However, we cannot get away from the natural actions of mother earth and its affects on the populations which obviously is now many billions more than thousands of years ago. The other factor also is the immediate availability of international communication that also brings disasters to your TV screens within minutes of it happening – think of Japan in March this year!

Hamnet will remain on the alert and with the ‘silly season’ about to hit us, we will be monitoring our emergency frequencies as often as we can! The builder’s closing day is probably this coming week and the first long weekend starts on Thursday the 15 when the first of the holiday makers will hit the roads.

Reporting for Hamnet – this is Francois Botha – ZS6BUU.