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Hutchinson News (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Hutchinson, KansasA4 saturday March 21, 2015 the Hutchinson news n news firefighters subdue out of control Burn on Avenue g b y t he n news s t Aff a controlled Burn got out of hand Friday morn ing in the 1000 Block of East Avenue g. Around 11 52 a. M. The Hutchinson fire department responded to the area finding about a half acre of land on fire. Acting battalion chief Craig Rothe said firefight ers were Able to control the Blaze after about 20 minutes. Units remained on scene to extinguish the original Burn pile. There were no injuries. Thousands wait for Relief in Vanuatu b y n ick p Erry associated press Tanna Island Vanuatu thousands of people left homeless by a fierce Cyclone remained stuck in shelters across Vanuatu on Friday waiting for Relief and Long ing for a return to normalcy As the death toll from the disaster Rose by two to 13. Australian and French troops arrived on the South Pacific nations hard hit is land of Tanna where shaken residents were waiting for help after their villages were flattened by Cyclone Pamus 168 Mph winds last saturday. The u. N. Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs citing figures from Vanuatu us National disaster management office upgraded the number of con firmed deaths to 13 from 11. Among the dead were seven people from Tafea province which includes Tanna and six from Shefa province which includes the main Island of Fate. Still Given the immense Power of the storm the relatively Low death toll is a testament to the residents experience in dealing with cyclones. In Many villages people found shelter in special structures built with sturdy Walls that can with stand heavy winds. Vanuatu us government authorized the distribution of emergency food and water supplies to affected areas and was working on a Complete damage assessment report before beginning a wider distribution of Relief items. Some Relief supplies have been starting to get there anyway but the More organized and the larger Relief efforts will Start tomorrow said Osnat Lubrani the u. N. S humanitarian coordinator for Vanuatu. The Relief has to Start coming now because if it does not come in the next two Days or so then we will have problems with food and with water. Aerial surveys of the islands continued Friday with a new zealand air Force plane flying Over Vanuatu us Northern islands to Survey the damage and Check on potential water sources for survivors. On Board was Cliff Luke a Vanuatu government representative and resident of Epi Island. He grew emotional As he looked Down at the battered remains of the Island he Calls Home where he said there is no running water and people were drinking Muddy Creek water to survive. Vanuatu is a nation of subsistence Farmers dependent on the food they grow for their own survival. The Cyclone wiped out gardens killed livestock and contaminated the water Supply in Many areas and agricultural experts estimate that those displaced by the storm will run out of food in less than a week. The Vanuatu government needs at least $ 2 million in financial Aid to buy supplies and ship them to the worst hit islands the u. N. Said. The government was asking for donations of enough biscuits Rice and canned protein to help keep Island Erst fed through june when newly planted crops will be ready. A Barge carrying food water and shelter materials arrived on Tanna on Friday and the supplies were being taken to the islands main Hospital said Tom Perry spokesman for care Australia. Two assessment teams were also planning to reach Remote sections of the Island on Friday that were reported to have been decimated he said. The storm turned Tannas Lush tropical forests into a Jumble of broken trunks and strewn branches and dam aged or destroyed at least 80 percent of Homes. Critically it also broke water pipes and decimated vegetable patches cutting off food and water sources for most of the islands 30,000 residents. On the Eastern Side of the Island near the belching Volcano Asur people say the prob lems Are compounded by volcanic Ash that the winds spread everywhere killing the plants. Tanna resident Patrick George has spent Days run Ning around trying to find water and trudging into the wilderness to collect fallen coconuts. The storm destroyed his crops including bananas and a local variety of potato and he worries about How he will feed his family when the coconuts run out. Meanwhile the Ash from the Volcano has started to make the children cough. Q q death toll climbs to 13 in Wake of Cyclone Many without clean water food. Nick Perry associated press women Wash clothes thursday on Tanna Island Vanuatu. Tanna Island in the Southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam Tore through the South Pacific nation Early March 14. The cyclones 168 Mph winds pummelled Lush tropical forests on Tanna into a Brown Jumble of broken trunks and strewn branches. Emails in Agency resisted declaring emergency in Africa ebola outbreak b y m aria c he n g a n d r a p Hael s a totter associated press Geneva by Early june of last year the ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest Ever recorded. There we rent enough Beds for patients and Many were refusing to seek treatment driving the outbreak under ground. Senior staffers in Africa at the world health organization raised the Prospect of declaring an International emergency. The answer from a hons Geneva Headquarters wait. According to internal emails and documents obtained by the associated press the u. N. Health Agency resisted sounding the inter National alarm until August a two month delay that some argue May have Cost lives. More than 10,000 Are believed to have been killed by the virus since who announced the outbreak a year ago. Who has acknowledged acting too slowly to control the ebola epidemic. In its defense the Agency says the virus spread was unprecedented and blames factors including Lack of resources and intelligence from the Field. Internal documents obtained by a however show a hons top leaders were informed of How dire the situation was. But they held off on declaring an emergency in part because it could have an gered the countries involved interfered with their mining interests or restricted the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in october. Declaring an emergency was a last resort or. Sylvie Briand who runs a hons pandemic and epidemic diseases department said in a june 5 email to a colleague who floated the idea. It May be More efficient to use other diplomatic Means for now. Five Days after Briand is email who director general or. Margaret Chan was sent a memo that warned cases might soon appear in Mali Ivory coast and Guinea Bissau. But it went on to say that declaring an International emergency or even convening a committee to discuss it could be seen As a hostile act. Critics and former who staff dismiss that reasoning. Thatus like saying you dont want to Call the fire department because you re afraid the trucks will create a disturbance said Michael osterholm a prominent infectious diseases expert at the University of Minnesota. Warning signs including panic and hints of Cross Bor Der spread were there from the beginning documents show. In mid april an experienced ebola expert with a hons Africa office wrote to Geneva with disturbing news that Many staffers at a leading Hospital in Guinea had been exposed. What we see is the tip of an iceberg Jean Bosco Ndicho Kuwayo wrote in an email writing in All Caps we need support. The ebola outbreak erupted at a difficult time for the Agency. Who was also struggling to contain polio outbreaks and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome. At a june 2 meeting one senior scientist warned the Agency was overwhelmed. The emergency was eventually declared on August 8, by which Point nearly 1,000 people had already died from ebola. A hons ebola response Leader or. Bruce Aylward say whether an ear Lier declaration would have made a difference noting that the Overall response slowed Down after the emergency was declared. Had we declared it earlier it is very very difficult to say How perceptions would have affected the response

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