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Dec 05 2011

A Few Good Reads (12/5/11): The Lingering Effects of the Floods of 2011

This week: The mental recovery from flooding, Thailand cleaning up, Missouri river flood protection, an Indonesian bridge collapse, the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene, and some thoughts on social enterprise application known as Yammer.

Thailand Cleans Up; Areas Remain Flooded (Time World)

Room by room, the cleaning team sprinkled disinfectant powder on everything covered by the thick filthy film, which spread 30 inches (80 centimeters) high during the three weeks Nicha’s neighborhood was inundated. Other parts of Thailand were covered by more than 6 feet (2 meters) of water for two months.

Just down the street, her neighbors were not as lucky.

“We haven’t even started cleaning yet. We’re just throwing things out. We’ve been throwing stuff out for three days now,” said Yai Kupatanorrat, 50, who sells women’s clothes at the popular Chatuchak weekend market.

Missouri River Flooding – Time To End The Blame Game (American Rivers)

It has been a little over one month since the Corps of Engineers officially declared the Missouri River flooding to be over.  So we appreciate the House leadership taking the time now to host a hearing on the Missouri River flooding, right? Well yes and no.

Indonesia Bridge-Collapse Death Toll Reaches 10; 28 Missing (Bloomberg)

The 710-meter (2,330 feet) bridge spanning the Mahakam River collapsed Nov. 26 at 4:20 p.m. local time, sending cars and other vehicles into the muddy, 40-meter-deep water below, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the disaster agency’s data and information center, said by mobile-phone text message. The incident left 39 others injured, he said.

Hurricane season ends, but Irene’s effects remain (AP)

The season ended Wednesday as the sixth straight year without U.S. landfall of a major hurricane, yet Irene was one of the costliest storms in U.S. history and killed at least 47 people here and at least eight more in the Caribbean and Canada.

Why Yammer Is Snatching Up Enterprise Customers (CIO)

Instead of sifting through email threads with too many people chiming in, with Yammer you post questions and observations and respond to others in a Facebook-like interface, getting quick-and-dirty answers. Employees can look up topics and browse the history of posts and groups.

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