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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at
least 20 members of vigilante groups trying to fight
back against the group in north-east Borno state.
The deaths occurred in two separate attacks on
Sunday and Monday, said residents and a military
Boko Haram has waged a deadly insurgency in
Nigeria since 2009.
In May, President Goodluck Jonathan declared an
emergency in three north-eastern states, saying the
group threatened Nigeria s existence.
An offensive was launched against the group---
which says it is fighting for the creation of an Islamic
state in Nigeria---and the military encouraged the
formation of vigilante groups to help.
But now it appears Boko Haram is taking revenge
against such groups, say observers---adding weight
to fears that the vigilante groups may trigger an esca-
lation of the violence.
On Sunday, men disguised in military uniforms
stormed a meeting of one vigilante group in Bama,
opening fire and killing 14, residents said.
An official at a local hospital told AFP news agency
another four people died on Monday from the attack.
The second attack took place on Monday night in
the Borno village of Damasak, 125 miles away.
Attackers crept up on sleeping members of a group,
which calls itself the Civilian Joint Task Force, as
they slept in a guesthouse and shot them dead, said
a relative and a military official speaking anonymously.
vigilantes in Nigeria
About 450 Ethiopians of Jewish descent have
been repatriated to Israel, concluding an Israeli
government-backed scheme to relocate the com-
Their migration was "historic," Israel s Minister of
Absorption Sofa Landver is quoted as saying.
Many members of the Falash Mura community
lived in poor conditions in northern Ethiopia. They
have been waging a decades-long campaign to be
allowed to settle in Israel.
Their campaign has been plagued by controversy,
as some Israelis questioned their Jewish links, while
others accused the government of not doing enough
to help them.
In 2010, the Israeli government agreed to resume
its repatriation programme, dubbed Operation Dove s
Wings, after it was halted two years earlier.
The 450 migrants had been living in transit camps
in Gondar city in northern Ethiopia, as they waited
to go to Israel. They were the last of some 8,000
Ethiopians who qualified for repatriation under the
The group flew into Israel s Ben Gurion airport in
two chartered flights, with their relatives on hand to
"Three years after I advised the prime minister of
Israel to bring Operation Dove s Wings to an end, to
close the compound in Gondar and to complete the
journey of organised aliyah [migration] from Ethiopia,
I am proud to take part in this historic event," Ms
Landver said, the Jewish Press reports.
About 90,000 Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to
Israel since it was founded in 1948. They make up
one of the poorest sections of Israeli society. (BBC)
New Jewish immigrants
from Ethiopia arrive at the
Ben Gurion airport near
Tel Aviv, Israel, yesterday.
Israeli authorities have
completed what they say
is the final large airlift of
culminating decades of
efforts to bring in the
remnants of an ancient
community to the Jewish
PHOTO: BERNAT ARMANGUE
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