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A tsunami has killed more than 370 people and injured hundreds on the shorelines of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia, the latest disaster to hit the vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people.

Saturday’s tsunami followed an underwater landslide believed to have been caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano nearby. The periodically active volcano has been spewing ash and lava since June.

Indonesia sits on the geologically active Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is frequently hit by earthquakes and tsunamis.

Here are some of the major disasters in recent years:

September 2018: More than 2,000 people are killed by a  7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi island, and the areas around it. Tens of thousands were left homeless. 

August 2018: Major earthquakes hit Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok, killing more than 500 people, mostly on the northern side of the island.

December 2016: A powerful and shallow quake strikes the Pidie Jaya regency in Aceh, northern Sumatra, causing destruction and panic as people were reminded by the devastation of a deadly 2004 quake and tsunami. No tsunami was triggered, but more than 100 were killed by fallen buildings.

October 2010: A 7.5 magnitude tremblor hits one of the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra, triggering a tsunami of up to 10 metres. Around 300 people are killed and dozens of villages are destroyed.  

September 2009: A 7.6 magnitude quake strikes near the city of Padang, capital of West Sumatra province. More than 1,100 people are killed.

July 2006: A 6.8 magnitude quake hits south of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, triggering a tsunami that smashed into the southern coast, killing nearly 700 people. Tens of thousands are displaced.

May 2006: A shallow earthquake rocks the area around ancient royal city of Yogyakarta in Java killing at least 5,500 and destroying or damaging 150,000 homes.

March/April 2005: A series of strong quakes hit the western coast of Sumatra. Hundreds die in Nias Island, off the coast of the Sumatra.

December 2004: A massive 9.1 magnitude earthquake on the western coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province triggers a tsunami that strikes 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coastline. Indonesia is the hardest hit, with more than 120,000 people killed in Aceh, where entire communities are wiped out.


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One person was in hospital in satisfactory condition following a head-on collision between two vehicles in Gatineau on Saturday.

According to Gatineau police, the crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Montée Paiement, between Saint-Thomas and Saint-Columban roads.

Each of the vehicles had only one occupant at the time of the incident.

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An Ottawa military family alleges their former landlord — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in Canada — acted in bad faith when he gave them a notice of eviction, claiming he intended to move into their Vanier rental home with his own family.

The home is now listed for sale for $950,000, two months after Vivian and Tim Funk moved out with their two young children.

In documents filed with the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Funks detailed how their landlord, Sulaiman AlAqeel, acted to end their tenancy by allegedly pretending he was moving in himself. This was preceded by an attempt to market the house to new tenants for significantly more money when the Funks had not given notice indicating they would be leaving, the documents alleged. “The landlord’s representative,” according to the documents, allegedly told the Funks they needed to accept a $500 monthly rent increase and a new lease if they wanted to continue living in the rental property, which wouldn’t be legal under the Residential Tenancies Act.

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With local data showing 50 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations coming from the community, long-term care residents aren’t the only one vulnerable to severe illness from the virus, Ottawa’s Board of Health reports.

Despite the majority of deaths having happened in older adult age groups in long-term care homes, residents shouldn’t think institutions are the only settings that are vulnerable to outbreaks that lead to serious illness from the virus.

“[Ottawa Public Health] continues to expand our understanding of the types of settings and situations that have the most impact on COVID-19 transmission in our community and is seeking academic partners to better explore exposure risks as well as a broader assessment of the harms from different public health measures,” OPH outlined in its document, to be present at the Board of Health on Monday.

At the same time, however, OPH says it is working closely with partners on “processes to strengthen and streamline responses.” This includes weekly meetings across agencies to address issues and concerns to ensure a strong collaboration, ongoing communications with facilities, preventative visits and phone calls to review infection prevention and control.

In situations where OPH identified failings at an LTCH or concerns of compliance have been raised, OPH has been quick to issue letters of expectation that outline the deficiencies and timelines fo compliance.

It is unclear how many letters have been issued through both waves of the virus.

And while outbreaks in LTCH during wave two have recorded a higher number of LTCH outbreaks than in wave one, the overall morbidity and mortality has been lower. This means fewer cases, fewer deaths and a lower average duration of outbreaks.

OPH contributed this to building on lessons learned from early COVID-19 outbreaks in LTCH in Ottawa.

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-covid-19-hospitalization-data-of-severe-illness-shows-half-of-cases-coming-from-community-not-just-long-term-care-homes-3136152

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