In today's edition: Web users give accounts of the flooding which has ravaged the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; the Indian web reacts to the deadly attacks by Maoist rebels in the east of the country; and a group of male Acapellasingerstake over the New York subway.
FLOODS IN RIO DE JANEIRO
The streets are flooded and favelas have been devastated by mud slides … since Monday night Rio de Janeiro has been plunged into chaos, due to severe torrential rain. The death toll is high: around 100 people have been killed and thousands have seen their homes destroyed. Web users bear witness to the catastrophe.
Rio de Janeiro has not seen this much torrential rain in 40 years. Photos and amateur videos are multiplying on sharing sites and bear witness to the magnitude of the deluge and to the damage it has caused.
This flooding has also provoked an avalanche of commentaries on Twitter where « caosnorio », meaning « chaos in Rio », has been one of the most popular subjects in Brazil. Thousands of Twitter users, including many celebrities, have expressed their solidarity with the victims.
This blogger is pointing the finger at the lack of forward planning in the urbanization of Rio and criticizes inadequate building standards and the absence of a drainage system; he hopes the authorities will learn a lesson from this disaster.
This web user has created an interactive map to coordinate help. It lists notably all the places where donations can be made and is updated in real time. Residents can use it to find out which roads are still open and also to report risks of landslides.
INDIA : MAOIST ATTACK
At least 75 members of India’s police force have been killed in attacks by Maoist rebels in the east of the country. The attacks follow a huge offensive launched by the Indian army to overcome the Maoist rebellion. Web users In India wasted no time in posting their reactions.
This Indian specialist notes on his blog that by falling into the trap, the troops have proven that to combat the Maoist rebellion they need to change their strategy and use helicopters and spotter drones in areas covered by thick jungles.
In this online report, this expert in conflict management says the Maoist rebellion is organized in such a way that it is very difficult to overcome.
This Indian man is examining the roots of the problem. He thinks it’s the tribal and lower caste people that make up the bases of the rebellion. This marginalized part of the population uses weapons to express itself. He thinks the solution would be to cede some institutional power to them.
But according to this journalist from Times of India, Maoist rebels, brought up with the revolutionary illusion, have not succeeded in mobilising the population, unlike their Nepalese neighbours who represent a political force in the country.
Create your own animated film. On the site goanimate, you can make a video in just several mouse clicks using their data base of over one hundred characters. Web users can view other people’s work. And up until the 14th of April, the site is organizing a competition. The aim is to create an animated film for a good cause, like this film about tigers, an endangered species.
Take care when choosing your pass word. This blogger explains the dangers of choosing pass words that are too simple when signing up to a web site or a messenger service. He has established a list of the most common pass words and says that hackers have software that finds them. His advice: do not choose the name of a person or a word from the dictionary. Add characters other than letters and choose different passwords for different sites.
VIDEO DU JOUR
On the Rocks is the name of this all male Acapela group from the US University of Oregon that took over the New York Subway. They wanted to” rickroll” the subway, by singing the Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give you Up”, to the great surprise of the other passengers…