Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have changed the greeting on our answering machine: “Hello, you have reached the Acunto family, a family that believes that Washington, D.C., isn’t a swamp — it’s a cesspool. God bless America.”How do you clean a cesspool? You remove the waste and truck it out. In this situation, it would take a convoy.Ferdinand AcuntoCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Members of the security forces, officials and survivors have been working in deep mud, searching for any survivors and trying to clear the disaster area for more than 28 hours.The effort has been hampered by blocked and damaged roads.At least 250 people were injured.”The situation is very grim, the scale of loss is intense,” said AzimiSurvivors said many children were among the dead. The death toll was expected to rise as families prepared for mass burials with extensive rubble yet to be cleared.Afghanistan regularly suffers from drought but can be hit by very heavy rain during the south Asian monsoon. Topics : The death toll from flash floods in Afghanistan rose to 150 on Thursday as survivors and rescue workers combed through the debris of more than 1,500 homes that were destroyed to the north of the capital, Kabul.Authorities moved more than 900 families out of areas of mountainous Parwan province that were devastated by the flash floods, triggered by exceptionally heavy rain this week.”The search is still on as many people, we fear, are still buried under the rocks and rubble,” said Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the ministry of disaster management.