Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Five of the World’s most dangerous rivers

The sight of a river fascinates everyone. We always think about a river as calm flowing water that brushes more than stones at the bottom of the river. May be we envision some fishes in it too. Whatever we think, not all the rivers are calm, and there are some dangerous rivers in the globe as well.

Let’s have a look at 5 of the World’s most dangerous rivers.

1. Amazon River

Amazon River: The first to top the list is the Amazon River. The Amazon River located in South America is the largest and most dangerous river in the world because of its length, width and sheer volume. It accounts for about 20% of the world’s river flow into the oceans. Because of its vast dimensions, it is sometimes called the River Sea. It is so big that there aren’t any two points which can be crossed by a bridge. It is more than 150 feet deep. During a flood season, the Amazon widens to cover its banks and the islands in the middle of the river. The Amazon River is known for high tidal waves as well.

2. Congo River

Congo River: The Congo River, earlier recognized as the Zaire River, is in Western Central Africa. It is Africa’s most powerful river and the second most voluminous river in the world. It is about 2992 miles long. The river is one among the dangerous ones because still it begins peacefully; it picks up speed and becomes turbulent until it enters the “Gates of Hell”, a 75 mile long canyon of treacherous rapids. There are about 32 cataracts, having as much power as all the rivers and falls in the United States. At the Upper Congo, the river ends with the Stanley waterfall, a 60 mile draw out of rapids.

3. Orinoco River

Orinoco River: The Orinoco River is the third longest river in South America and is about 1330 miles long and flows through Columbia and Venezuela. Huge tropical forests cover the southwestern parts and large portions are still virtually inaccessible. Over 200 rivers are tributaries to this mighty river. It begins at the Delgado Chalbaud Mountain and as the river passes the forested terrain and waterfalls it slows. Navigation on this part is through shallow dugout or canoe. Farther on, the waterfalls become rapids and are very difficult to navigate. It drains into the Atlantic Ocean. It often posts a threat to the people who live close to the river due to its coastal upwelling throughout the year.

4. Yangtze River

Yangtze River: The Yangtze River is the largest and longest river in Asia as well as China. It is about 3964 miles long and it finally empties into the East China Sea. With plenty of rainfall all year round, it is also called the Golden Watercourse. The river has gorges along its way which are known for its dangerous with fast-moving water also numerous shoals. At several points there are deceitful whirlpools and the waters are extraordinarily turbulent. The river is also known for its flooding and dams which have been constructed have proved to be of no use. The tides of the Yangtze River are much stronger and hence the flooding. It has always been a powerful source of electricity.

5. Brahmaputra River

Brahmaputra River: The Brahmaputra River has its origin in the South Western Tibet and flows through Tibet, China, India and Bangladesh. It is about 1800 miles long. It is known for its flooding when the snow in the Himalayas melt and also for its tidal bare. This makes it more dangerous and stronger.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Deadly Avalanche Hits Afghanistan

All rescue operations have began with the help of international coalition, to help the people stuck in the Avalanche. (S. Sabawoon / EPA)

All roads have been blocked and could see the vehicles stranded on the highways. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Afghan military forces and rescue team arriving at the site to help the victims. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Afghan military forces and rescue team arriving at the site to help the victims. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Helicopters were brought in to carry the dead bodies of the people. Some dead bodies and injured people were sent to Parwan province in north of Afghanistan and also to Baghlan province in the south. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Reuters reported the bus was found with 15 dead bodies. (Omar Sobhani / Reuters)

Several bulldozers were put into work to clear the debris created due to avalanche. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

In the length of 4KM there were at least 17 avalanches and they are still in progress, which is causing delay in rescue operations. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Rescue teams shifting injured people to hospitals. (Musadeq Sadeq / AP)

Rescue team found wounded child during evacuation. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

People are shifted to safer place, and the threat of fresh avalanches cannot be ruled out. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

Nearly 17 deadly avalanches hit Northern Afghanistan near Salang Pass killing more 160 people. Thousands of people were evacuated from this zone. The 60 year old Salang Tunnel is completely submerged and at least 300 vehicles are blocked. This is the only route which connects north Afghanistan to the south Afghanistan.

source: bigpicture