Sandy's Asian Sisters: Five Superstorms You May Have Missed


As Sandy pummels the United States, the Pacific typhoon season has been well underway on the other side of the world, resulting in some 500 deaths and $3.36 billion in total damages in Asia. Take a look at the five storms that you may have missed:

1. Typhoon Khanun
In mid-July, Typhoon Khanun swept over the Korean peninsula, killing 89 and causing $11.4 million in damages. Flooding left 63,000 homeless in North Korea, according to state news agencies.

2. Typhoon Saola and Typhoon Damrey
In early August, eastern China was staring down two powerful typhoons that caused 96 deaths and more than $700 million in damages.

3. Typhoon Haikui
Soon after Saola and Damrey, Typhoon Haikui came hurtling towards Shanghai, with winds exceeding 150kmh. Coastal infrastructure was decimated and 105 people died.

4.Typhoon Tembin and Typhoon Bolaven
In late August, Typhoon Tembin and Typhoon Bolaven ravaged the Pacific Asian nations with Bolaven killing 88 people, around 50 of which were in North Korea.

5. Typhoon Son-Thin
The worst may still not be over. At the time of Sandy, Typhoon Son-Thin was hurtling its way across the Philippine islands and headed towards Vietnam and China's southern coast, leaving 32 deaths in its wake. The typhoon has left thousands stranded.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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