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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-08-11

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Deadly Morakot Typhoon Slams Taiwan
  • [02] Strong Quakes Struck India & Japan
  • [03] Questioning Side-effects in Children Taking Antiviral Drugs

  • [01] Deadly Morakot Typhoon Slams Taiwan

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    Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 16:40

    Taiwan rescue crews are making strong efforts to locate people trapped by mudslides after typhoon Morakot swamped the island. Some 100 people may be trapped under the rubble of collapsed houses said the national rescue service. Seven people were recovered alive from under the rubble in the morning while at least 41 were killed and 62 officially reported missing. Earlier local mass media spoke of 600 people missing but authorities have not confirmed the number.

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    In the meantime, Taiwan Air Force helicopter transporting aid to typhoon victims crash down in the southern parts of the island. The helicopter struck on a mountain and fell into a river. The two pilots and a crew member are missing.

    At least 7 buildings in China, Pengshi town were buried under tones of mud. This specific village was literally leveled down say news agencies.

    Rescuers have pulled 6 tenants out from the rubble. One is in hospital, in critical condition. The exact number of people trapped under the mud remains unknown.

    Morakot killed 22 people in the Philippines while at least 45 people lost their lives in India.

    Etau tropic storm in Japan killed 10 people while authorities have called 50.000 people to abandon their homes.

    News item: 25681

    [02] Strong Quakes Struck India & Japan

    News

    A strong quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted Tokyo causing light injuries, minor material damage, problems in transport and closing of a nuclear power plant for safety checks. Another strong quake 7.6 magnitude struck in the Indian Ocean off India's Andaman Islands but there were no reports of tsunami.

    The magnitude 6.4 quake was located in sea area 150 km southwest of Tokyo damaged the main Tomei motorway that runs between Tokyo and Nagoya and prompted a brief suspension of high-speed train services, but there were no reports of major casualties. State television reported that 81 people were slightly injured while TV pictures showed glass bottles shattered on the floor of a convenience store, a TV newsroom with videotapes thrown from shelves.

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    A nuclear power plant in Shizuoka halted operations for safety checks.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was located at 28.6 km depth and its epicenter was 30km from Shizuoka coast and caused a 40cm wave.

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey the quake in the Indian Ocean initially reported as a magnitude 7.7 was relatively shallow at a depth of 33 km and was centered 260 km north of Port Blair off India's Andaman Islands.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh which was later canceled. There were no reports of a tsunami or of any casualties from the tremor, officials said.

    Source: ΑNA, Reuters

    Also Read: Reuters: Strong quake rattles Tokyo, disrupts transport

    Reuters: Big quake hits off India's Andamans, no tsunami

    News item: 25665

    [03] Questioning Side-effects in Children Taking Antiviral Drugs

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 12:45

    British scientists maintain that benefits of antiviral drugs in children are limited but on the contrary the burden of side effects should be seriously considered. Children taking Tamiflu suffer side-effects such as nausea, insomnia and nightmares, dehydration, researchers said. Regarding benefits they are limited to reducing symptoms by a day and a half and lessening danger of infecting others.

    50% of Students Suffered Side-Effects

    Two studies from experts at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) showed a "high proportion" of British schoolchildren reporting problems after taking the antiviral drug. Data was gathered from children at three schools in London and one in the South West who were given Tamiflu earlier this year after classmates became infected.

    A total of 248 pupils took part in the study and were given Tamiflu prophylactically. Of them 50% experienced symptoms such as feeling sick, headaches, and stomach ache .

    The researchers said "likely side-effects were common" and the "burden of side-effects needs to be considered" when deciding on giving Tamiflu to children prophylactically.

    One of the researchers calls the British Health ministry to review its strategy regarding control of pandemic, actually describing it as improper.

    Tamiflu is supplied without doctor's prescription in Britain while it is obligatory in France and children are given Tamiflu only in serious condition.

    Source: Le Monde - AFP Relevant Articles: Le Tamiflu provoque nausΓ©es et cauchemars chez les enfants Tamiflu researchers warn of child nightmares

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