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2008-09-11 13:45:00

In August torrential rains devastated the banks of the Kosi River of eastern India, displacing more than 3 million people. The monsoon rains weren't unprecedented, they occur every few years, which is why experts say the government should have been better prepared for such a scenario. "This is the mother of all floods," said P.V. Unnikrishnan of aid agency ActionAid. The Kosi, which feeds into the Ganges, flooded an area roughly the size of Belgium. The floods changed the course of the...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

By The Associated Press TRIVENIGANJ, India (AP) - Stranded by hundreds of miles of floodwaters and trapped on rooftops and trees, desperate villagers stormed rescue boats on Sunday as they tried to escape the flooding that tore through a riverbank and spilled over northern India's vast plains.Two weeks after the Kosi River overflowed its banks, Indian officials commandeered private watercraft after hearing that boat owners were charging people up to $150 each for a lifesaving ride - an...

2008-09-01 21:00:20

TRIVENIGANJ, India (AP)- Stranded by hundreds of miles of floodwaters and trapped on rooftops and trees, desperate villagers stormed rescue boats on Sunday as they tried to escape the flooding that tore through a riverbank and spilled over northern India's vast plains. Two weeks after the Kosi River overflowed its banks, Indian officials commandeered private watercraft after hearing that boat owners were charging people up to $150 each for a lifesaving ride - an impossibly large amount for...

2008-09-01 09:00:15

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ By Gavin Rabinowitz The Associated Press TRIVENIGANJ, India Stranded by hundreds of miles of floodwaters and trapped on rooftops and trees, desperate villagers stormed rescue boats Sunday trying to escape the flooding that tore through a riverbank and spilled over northern India's vast plains. Two weeks after the Kosi River overflowed its banks, Indian officials commandeered private watercraft after hearing that boat owners were charging people up to $150 each...

2008-09-01 00:02:27

By The Associated Press SAHARSA, India (AP) - The deluge came and turned his world to water, so Umesh Kushyaha decided to build a boat. Kushyaha squatted Saturday hammering nails into his rickety- looking wooden row boat on the side of the road, a lone strip of dry land that cuts across miles of water. He was preparing for what authorities say will be months more of life submerged under floodwaters. About 1.2 million people have been left homeless and scores have been killed in the...

2008-08-31 09:00:16

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ By Gavin Rabinowitz The Associated Press SAHARSA, India The deluge came and turned his world to water, so Umesh Kushyaha decided to build a boat. Kushyaha squatted Saturday hammering nails into his rickety- looking wooden rowboat on the side of the road, a lone strip of dry land that cuts across miles of water. He was preparing for what authorities say will be months more of life submerged under floodwater. About 1.2 million people have been left homeless and...

2008-08-30 09:00:25

By Andrew Buncombe It is a landscape of despair. The carcasses of dead animals lie adrift in the flood water, rotting and stinking. Entire villages in one of India's poorest states have been washed away and millions of people have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding in the region for 50 years. One aerial photograph showed a railway station - seemingly the only piece of land above water for miles in all directions - on to which countless people were crowded. India's Prime...

2008-07-02 06:00:00

By Davis, Coralynn V Ponds are ubiquitous in the Maithil region of Nepal, and they figure prominently in folk narratives and ceremonial paintings produced by women there. I argue that in Maithil women's folktales, as in their paintings, the trope of ponds shifts the imaginative register toward women's perspectives and the importance of women's knowledge and influence in shaping Maithil society, even as this register shift occurs within plots featuring male protagonists. I argue further that...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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