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2010 Disaster Calendar [OCTOBER]

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2010 Disaster Calendar

Links to monthly entries:  January 2010 |February 2010 | March 2010 | April 2010 | May 2010 | June 2010 | July 2010 | August 2010 | September 2010 |

[Note: This listing is by no means exhaustive.]

October 2010

  • Day 274 [October 1, 2010]
    • Jamaica. Death toll in Jamaica from Tropical Storm NICOLE has reached at least 12, Jamaican authorities have said.
    • Mexico. Death toll in Southern Mexico mudslides reaches at least 32, according to reports.
    • West Virginia, USA. Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton and Preston counties in West Virginia have been declared as disaster areas by the Dept of Agriculture due to drought, reports said.  The declaration has been extended to include six contiguous counties: Barbour, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Randolph, Taylor and Tucker.
  • Day 275 [October 2, 2010]
    • Indonesia. Death toll in Indonesia train crash has reached at least 36, a report said.
    • Nigeria. Death toll from car bombs that exploded during Nigeria’s independence celebration climbed to 15, with at least 17 others injured, a report said.
    • Colombia. Death toll from  a collision between an intercity coach and a truck in central Colombia rose to at least 11, police said.
    • Jamaica. Death toll from Tropical Storm Nicole in Jamaica has risen to at least 15, with a dozen others missing presumed dead, reports say.
    • Tennessee, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 Tennessee counties as natural disaster areas because of losses from drought and excessive heat, a report said.
    • Chester County, PA, USA. The Chester County Commissioners have declared a disaster emergency after heavy rain and violent winds from the remnants of TS Nicole wreaked havoc through the county, a report said.
  • Day 276 [October 3, 2010]
    • London, UK. Hundreds of homes across London were flooded after all-night torrential rain drenched the area, a report said.
    • Wyoming, USA. Nine outbreaks of pneumonia in as many months across five U.S. states have killed about 1,000 bighorns sheep.  Researchers have shown that the plague is caused by contact between the wild bighorns and domestic sheep flocks that  graze in ever growing allotments.
  • Day 277 [October 4, 2010]
    • Obama’s Blood Orgy in Afghanistan. An unnamed British soldier was the 339th British military personnel to be killed in Afghanistan since occupation began in 2001, reports say.
    • Bang-kok, Thailand. At least 8 districts in Phetchaburi, about 160 km SW southwest of Bang-kok, have been declared disaster areas following flash floods caused by torrential rains, a report said.
  • Day 278 [October 5, 2010]
    • Hungary. The authorities in Hungary declared states of emergency in three western counties after toxic sludge from a holding dam in an alumina plant leaked, killing at least 3 people and injuring more than 120, a report said. “The red chemical sludge flooded out of a burst dam, affecting at least seven villages and towns including Devecser, where it stood 2m (6.5ft) deep.”
    • India. India’s environment minister has announced that his country was now the number three emitter of GHG after China and the United States, a report said.
    • Indonesia. Death toll from flash floods in eastern Indonesia’s West Papua province has climbed to 31, with scores of people reported as missing, an official was quoted as saying.
    • Honduras. Death toll from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras has risen to at least 74, according to a health official.
  • Day 279 [October 6, 2010]

    • Vietnam. Death toll from flash floods that has devastated central Vietnam since last week has climbed to at least 50, with another 2 dozen people reported as missing, disaster officials have said.
    • Tajikistan. Death toll from the military helicopter crash in Tajikistan has climbed to 28, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported.
    • India-occupied Kashmir. At least 234 people have been killed by flash floods in Ladakh, a govt official has said. The dead include five foreign tourists and 13 Nepali workers, a report said. “As many as 234 people died in Leh and 424 others were seriously injured,” he said.
  • Day 280 [October 7, 2010]

    • Indonesia. Severe flash floods in West Papua in eastern Indonesia have killed 97 people and seriously injured 84 others,  with 66 missing, according to rescuers. Up to 1,000 people have received non-life threatening injuries.
    • Central Vietnam. About 40,000 people have been displaced in Vietnam, following devastating flash floods which have killed at least 50 people, local reports say.
    • Northern Cape, South Africa. Northern Cape has been declared a drought disaster area after winter rainfall delivered less than 50 percent of the average winter rain, a report said.  Some farms have been bone dry since 2003.
    • British Virgin Islands. “The entire Territory has been declared a state of emergency by Governor William Boyd McCleary on Wednesday following severe flooding that gripped the Territory, while the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said it is the worst flood that has ever hit the Territory,” according to a report.  “[I have] decided to proclaim a state of emergency in the Territory. I will also be making an Order declaring three areas as disaster areas – Capoons Bay, Pockwood Pond and Prospect Reef, to enable Public Works to go into these areas and carry out any necessary works,” the Governor William Boyd McCleary said.
    • Hungary. Hungary’s Toxic Sludge Spill Has Killed All the Fish in the Marcal River, a report said.
  • Day 281 [October 8, 2010]

    • Mexico. The number of people affected from heavy rains and swollen rivers in the SE Mexican state of Tabasco has now risen to at least 250,000, with most of the state’s 17 municipalities sustaining heavy damage from 6 overflowing rivers, reports say.
    • Hainan Province, China. Heavy rain continues to pummel south China’s island Province of Hainan for the seventh day in a row, killing an unknown number of people and affecting more than  than 1.6 million residents. Up to a quarter a million of the island’s residents  have been forced to flee their homes, a report said.
    • West Papua, Indonesia. Death toll from severe flooding in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua has now climbed to at least 100, with hundreds more reported as missing, reports say. About 1,000 people have been injured and 5,000 others have been housed in emergency camps.
  • Day 282 [October 9, 2010]

    • Vietnam. Death toll in devastating floods in central Vietnam has climbed to about 70 with 2 dozen people still missing,  as more than 100,000 people face food shortages, officials were reported as saying. 
    • West Papua, Indonesia. Dath toll from flash floods in Indonesia’s easternmost region of West Papua has climbed to about 130 with as many people still listed as missing. About 1,000 others have reportedly been injured. 
    • Thailand. Dozens of districts and towns in Thailand’s Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi states have been declared as disaster zones after severe  flood damage to property, farms, cropland, roads, bridges and other infrastructure, reports say.
  • Day 283 [October 10, 2010]

    • North Carolina, USA. Gov. Bev Perdue has requested a federal disaster declaration for six eastern North Carolina counties devastated by flooding and strong winds caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole last week., a report said. Up to a thousand homes and businesses, as well as many communities and farms in 21 counties were destroyed or severely damaged.
    • Psychopathic Obama’s Blood Orgy in Afghanistan.
  • Day 284 [October 11, 2010]

    • India. Death toll from a Ganges River boat incident has climbed to 38, Indian police has said. The boat was capsized in eastern India after the river was flooded.
    • Indonesia. Death toll from severe flooding in Indonesia has risen to about 150, with a similar number of people still missing. Flooding has destroyed more than a 1,000 homes so far, source say.
    • Akbarpur, India. Death toll from a ‘mysterious’ fever in India’s Ramabai Nagar district has reached 256, with 13 more deaths reported since yesterday. Many more people infected with the unidentified bug have swarmed the district hospital in Akbarpur, a report said.
  • Day 285 [October 12, 2010]

    • Vietnam. Death toll from heavy flooding has reached 66 with nearly a million people affected across five provinces in central Vietnam, aid agencies say.  Some 150,000 houses have been flooded and more than 2,000 have collapsed. “A lot of food has been destroyed, both stored food and crops… a substantive number,” Bhupinder Tomar, Red Cross Head of Mission in Vietnam, told AlertNet.
    • Brisbane, Australia. Record rainfall has flooded rivers, roads and hundreds of homes, and cut power to large areas of Brisbanne and SE Queensland, Australia, a report said. “The State Emergency Service (SES) has received more than 2,000 calls for help since early Monday morning, with homes, businesses and properties flooded on Brisbane’s northside.”
    • Ukraine. At least 40 people were killed and 10 injured, some seriously, in a collision between a bus and a train in eastern Ukraine, officials were reported as saying.
    • Warsaw, Poland. At least 18 people were killed when bus collided with a truck near the town of Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, about 80km (50 miles) south of the Polish capital, Warsaw, a report said.
    • ASIA. Wildfires have caused “unquantifiable damage” in Asia. “We are seeing more and more really big fires,” Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) forestry officer Pieter van Lierop told IRIN. “The control of these fires has become an issue of high importance, not only because of the increasing number of casualties and amounts of area burned, but also because of its link with other global issues, like climate change.”
      “The impact of. anthropogenic [man-made] impacts of increased population growth and higher demand for new agricultural areas, aggravates the risk of extended wildfire situations,” said Johann Goldammer, director of the German Research Institute, the Global Fire Monitoring Centre (GFMC). [http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/]
  • Day 286 [October 13, 2010]

    • China. Total number of dead and missing in China’s rain/storm related disasters in 2010 has risen to about 4,350, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.  The OFFICIAL stats are as follows
      • Dead: 3,313
      • Missing: 1,029
      • Displaced:  15.7 million people l
      • Direct economic losses: 370 billion yuan (USD55 billion).
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    • Obama’s blood orgy in Afghanistan. NATO is lying about the number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. “With a massive escalation in the number of air strikes in Afghanistan, many were likely surprised by today’s NATO claim that the number of civilians killed or wounded in them has dramatically dropped over the past two years. The surprise is understandable because the data simply isn’t true,” a report said. “NATO claims a total, so far this year, of 88 civilian casualties. That seems a bit low, but how low? Well the UN’s own report on NATO air strikes reported 114 civilian casualties in the first six months of the year alone, and scores of others have been killed in what have been virtually weekly high profile air strikes since then.”
  • Day 287 [October 14, 2010]

    • Hong Kong. At least 594 people have died prematurely in 2010 from the effects of worsening pollution levels in HK, the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health has reported. The University of Hong Kong’s Hedley Environmental Index (HEI) shows that the 2010 air pollution has claimed already cost the region HK$1.3 billion (US$167.54 million). The deadly smog has also been responsible for 4.36 million doctor visits and about  45,000 hospital stays, the report said.
    • China. The poor visibility caused by a deadly smog over parts of China has  led to  at least 32 deaths in traffic accident, reports say.
    • Minnesota, USA. President B.O. has issued a major disaster declaration for 21 southern Minnesota counties severely impacted by storms and floods in September, reports say.
  • Day 288 [October 15, 2010]

    • Bali, Indonesia. Death toll from rabies outbreak in Indonesia’s Island of Bali reaches 100, a report said.
    • Obama’s orgy of blood in Afghanistan. At least 8 NATO troops were killed today in Afghanistan pushing the war racketeer’s death toll to  14 in the past two days, reports say. See also: 17 coalition troops killed in last 3 days
    • NSW, Australia. Dozens of towns in Australia’s southern New South Wales have become isolated due to rising floodwaters after torrential  rain in the region, a report said. Hundreds of homes have been inundated.
    • Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Torrential rains and flash floods have impacted 13 provinces in Cambodia, with at least 4 related deaths reported. Tens of thousands of people are on standby to evacuated the worst hit areas, reports say.
    • Victoria, Australia. Torrential rains and 100 km-per-hour winds have wreaked havoc across Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state,  causing flash flooding, downing trees and damaging buildings, reports say.
    • North Carolina, USA. “Gov. Beverly Purdue received a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the flooding that devastated homeowners in six eastern North Carolina counties following Tropical Storm Nicole earlier this month,” a report said.
    • Africa. At least 2,000 people have died from the recent outbreak of cholera across Africa. WHO says there are more than 40,000 reported cases of cholera and 1,900 reported cholera deaths in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The outbreaks started earlier this year.
  • Day 289 [October 16, 2010]

    • Henan province, China. A large explosion at a coal mine in Yuzhou, Henan province, central China, has killed at least 20 miners and buried another 17 underground, a report said.
    • Hainan Province, China. The meteorologic department in China’s Hainan Province has issued red alert for torrential rain and extensive flooding for four cities and counties as well as orange alert for eight other cities and counties in the province, a report said.
    • Nicaragua. Death toll from leptospirosis (Weil’s syndrome) in Nicaragua reaches 17, a report said.
    • Krasnodar, Russia. At least 14 people have been killed or reported as missing  after flash floods inundated Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, a report said.
    • Australia. “WILD weather has caused havoc for thousands across Australia’s eastern states, with floods forcing residents to flee and severe wind damage leaving swathes of homes without power,” a report said.
    • North Carolina, USA. Governor Perdue has asked President B.O. to add 8 more counties (Brunswick, Camden, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Pender, Pitt and Washington) that suffered damage from recent flooding to the state’s “Major Disaster Declaration List,” a report said.
    • Minnesota, USA. President B.O. has issued major disaster declaration for 21 counties in southern MN in response to flooding that began on September 22, 2010, and is till continuing, a report said.
  • Day 290 [October 17, 2010]

    • Krasnodar, Russia. Death toll from flooding in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region has reached 14 with more than 11 people still missing, a report said. “Two days of heavy rain caused two major rivers to burst their banks, flooding 22 villages. At least a thousand people have been caught in the deluge. A state of emergency has been declared in the worst affected areas, Interfax agency reports.”
    • Afghanistan.  The foreign troops 2010 death toll reached 593 in Afghanistan, AFP reported.
  • Day 291 [October 18, 2010]

    • Philippines. Super Typhoon MEGI, the 13th typhoon of the season, and the 10th and strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2010, hit the northern province of Isabela this morning, where the governor declared a state of calamity. The damage from MEGI is expected to be substantial.
    • China. The southern island province of Hainan has been lashed by torrential rain since Friday, with about 1.3 million people affected and at least 140,000 made homeless, a report said. “Strong rains have inundated villages, damaged house, flooded crops and forced 84 primary and middle schools in the provincial capital, Haikou, to suspend classes.” Direct economic losses are  about 232 million U.S. dollars, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
    • Vietnam. “At least 19 people were killed and five were missing after heavy rains hit central Vietnam, bringing the death toll in October to 86,” authorities were quoted as saying today.
    • Henan province, China. Death toll from the coal mine gas leak in central China’s Henan province rose to 30 today, a report said. “The same mine reported another explosion in August 2008, that killed 23 miners.”
  • Day 292 [October 19, 2010]

    • Philippines. MEGI killed at least a dozen people in the Philippines; it has now cleared Luzon, and is expected to strike China’s southern Guangdong province, possibly as a cat 4 to 5 hurricane in the next 72 hours.
    • Vietnam. Death toll from flooding in central Vietnam floods that started last month has reached at least 101, with an unknown number of people still missing, a report said. 
  • Day 293 [October 20, 2010]

    • Philippines. Reported death toll from typhoon MEGI  in the Philippines has now reached at least 20, reports say. At least 250,000 tons of rice crops were destroyed in the Zambales region in NW Luzon.
    • Benin. “Weeks of flooding in the West African state of Benin have killed around 60 people and forced 120,000 to flee their homes, authorities said on Tuesday,” Reuters reported.
    • Thailand.  “The worst flooding to hit parts of Thailand in decades has inundated about a quarter of the country, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from fast rising waters climbed to 12,”  a report said. “The flooding in many provinces remains critical and the water has spread widely, leaving about one fourth of Thailand flooded,” interior minister said.
    • Myanmar.  “Eastern Myanmar is in the grip of a major health crisis caused by decades of civil war, human rights abuses and government neglect, a report released on Tuesday said.Child death rates are nearly twice the official national figure, and the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth is triple the national figure. The maternal mortality rate at 721 deaths per 100,000 live births, is close to World Bank figures for war-torn Sudan (750 deaths) and Democratic Republic of Congo (670 deaths),” AlertNet reported.
    • Haiti. At least 12 people have been killed by flash floods in Haiti, reports say.
  • Day 294 [October 21, 2010] 

    • Philippines. Death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon MEGI has risen to at least 27, the government has reported.  Early estimates of damage caused by the super typhoon is put at about $100 million.
    • Thailand. Death toll from floods in Thailand has risen to at least 17 with about a million people directly affected with rising waters inundating their homes and businesses.
    • Vietnam. Vietnamese authorities said the death toll from October’s storms has now reached 134.
    • Japan. Torrential rains triggered large scale landslides destroying dozens of homes and killing at least two people on the southern Japanese island of Amami-oshima about 1,300 m SW of Tokyo. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said 647mm (25.9 inches) of rain fell in the city of Amami over 24 hours.  “Damp air from Typhoon Megi is feeding into the rain front over southern Japan, bringing heavy rains to the area,” a weather agency official was quoted as saying.  “Local authorities have issued evacuation advisories to more than 2,100 islanders, while landslides and floods have cut off power supplies, telephone lines and major roads,” AFP reported them as saying.
    • Pakistan. Death toll from “target killings” in Pakistani city of Karachi has risen to 85, a report said.
    • India. Last year at least 1.3 million people died from infectious diseases (with acute fever as the main symptom) in India. The toll includes more than 205,000 victims WHO died from malaria. However, the malaria deaths are grossly underestimated by the World Health Organization, a new study reveals.
  • Day 295 [October 22, 2010]

    • Taiwan. Torrential rains from typhoon MEGI has caused extensive flooding in Taiwan, triggering landslides which killed at least  3 people, with about two dozens others reported as missing, report say.
    • Philippines.  Death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon MEGI has risen to 36, the government reported on Friday. Early estimates of the economic damage from the typhoon is now put at 176 million dollars, the office said.
    • Haiti. Death toll from an outbreak of cholera in Haiti has risen to 135.  Currently, some 1,500 victims are in need of urgent medical attention, reports say.
  • Day 296 [October 23, 2010]

    • Haiti. Death toll from a cholera outbreak in Haiti has risen to 200 with up to 3,000 people hospitalized, reports say.
    • Thailand. Death toll from severe flooding in central and NE Thailand has reached at 32 and floodwaters are now  threatening Bangkok, according to a government report.
    • California, USA. A severe outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) in California has claimed a tenth infant victim. About 6,000 cases have been reported in the state this year. Officials say the outbreak is the worst in 60 years.
  • Day 297 [October 24, 2010]

    • Burma [Myanmar.] Cyclone Giri, which became a category 5 cyclone before striking Burma’s west cost, has left thousands of people homeless, submerging entire village with  8m high waves and killing at least 3 people. “We’ve heard a number of villagers there were completely covered with water,” an official reportedly said. At least 60,000 people have been affected by the cyclone, early reports suggest.
    • Thailand. Death toll from flooding  in Thailand has risen to at least 38, Medical Emergency Institute of Thailand said on Sunday. About 1.3 million people in 8,610 villages have been made homeless.
    • Taiwan. Death toll from landslides triggered by rains from typhoon MEGI has reached 13, with at least two dozen people reported as missing.
    • Nigeria.  Cholera outbreak in Nigeria has claimed at least 1,500 lives with 40,000 cases reported, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.
    • Burundi. Strong winds, torrential rain and hail in the eastern province of Ruyigi, Burundi.  have destroyed or severely damaged more than 1,000 homes, infrastructure and crops, leaving thousands of families without adequate shelter, a report said.
  • Day 298 [October 25, 2010]

    • Burma [Myanmar.] Death toll from Cyclone GIRI has reached at least 26. GIRI has flattened entire townships in the west coast of Burma, a report said.  “A local resident in Kyaukpyu said that 80 percent of the crops in Sittwe, Myebon, Ann and Kyaukpyu townships Arakan State were destroyed by the cyclone. “
    • Obama’s Blood Orgy in Afghanistan. The number of occupation troops to die in Afghanistan this year has climbed to 600, reports say.  An average of two soldiers are killed each day, with the toll now standing at about 2,200  since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan9 years ago. The toll includes at least 1,350 US troops.
    • Benin. Continued flooding in the small, impoverished, West African country of Benin (Population: 9 million) has claimed at least 60 lives, leaving about 100,000 people homeless and affecting up to a million more, reports say.
    • Togo. Torrential rains in the neighboring Togo have caused extensive flooding, killing at least 10 and leaving thousands of people homeless.
  • Day 299 [October 26, 2010]

    • Indonesia. A tsunami created by a 7.7Mw quake that struck off the coast of Indonesia has claimed about 200 lives. The toll may rise.
    • Thailand. Death toll in Thailand’s worst flooding in living memory has reached 56, with 25 of the 34 flood-stricken provinces, still submerged under water, a report said.
  • Day 300 [October 27, 2010]

    • Yogyakarta, Java Island, Indonesia. About 30 people were killed and 15 others injured after Mount Merapi volcano, on the outskirts of Yogyakarta city on Java island, Indonesia, erupted, reports say. “Several houses and cattle have been burned by the hot cloud from the mountain,” cameraman Johan Purnomo said. “All the houses are blanketed in ash, completely white. The leaves have been burned off the trees.”
    • Midwest, USA. A massive wind storm, extending more than 2,000km (1,200 miles) north to south, pummeled the Midwest Tuesday, spawning tornadoes, causing widespread damage, and disrupting air travel throughout the region. Some 31 states were impacted by the storm system.
    • Indonesia.  Death toll from Monday’s earthquake and  tsunami has risen to at least 272, with another 412 people reported missing, disaster official Ade Edward has said.
  • Day 301 [October 28, 2010]

    • Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Tsunami death toll on the Mentawai Islands has reached at least 343 with about 400 others still missing [feared swept away by the wave,] officials say.
    • Afghanistan. At least 60 people were killed, mostly women and children, when part of house in Afghanistan’s Baghlan province collapsed during a wedding party, reports say.
    • Alberta, Canada. At least 350 ducks have perished on an oilsands tailings pond in northern Alberta, Canada,  according to Syncrude Energy Ltd., reports say.
    • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Death toll from a dengue fever outbreak has reached 61, reports say.
    • Canada.  A state of emergency has been declared in the  Mossey River and Gimli Municipalities and the village of Winnipegosis in Manitoba, Canada, due to flooding, reports say.
    • Guizhou Province, China. Death toll from flooding in a coal mine in southwest China’s Guizhou Province has reached 12, a report said.
  • Day 302 [October 29, 2010]

    • Togo. Recent flooding in the West African nation of Togo has claimed at least 21 lives and affected up to 100,000, the government reportedly said.
    • Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Tsunami death toll on the Mentawai Islands has reached at least 408 with 303 others reported as missing,  Agus Prayitno atWest Sumatra provincial disaster management center told reporters. At least 400 others were injured, 517 homes destroyed, 204 structures damaged .., a report said.
    • Thailand.  Death toll from almost three weeks of flooding in Thailand has risen to 94, a report said.
    • Benin. Almost two-thirds of Benin was hit by flooding, the statement said, killing [at least 60] people and leaving [more than 120,000] homeless. A cholera outbreak has added to the misery, with 800 cases counted across Benin, including seven deaths.
    • Nigeria. Rainy season death toll in Nigeria has claimed about 120 lives, reports say.
  • Day 303 [October 30, 2010]

    • Baghdad, Iraq. Death toll from the most recent car bombing in Baghdad has risen to 26, an Iraqi health official reported.
    • Thailand. Death toll from severe flooding in Thailand has risen to at least 100, reports say. As of posting, at least 5 million Thais have been affected.
    • Ireland. Torrential rains and flash floods have wreaked havoc across Ireland, with hundreds of homes damaged, and thousands of people affected, reports say.
    • Northern Ireland. Severe flooding has also affected parts of N. Ireland, reports say.
  • Day 304 [October 31, 2010]

    • Venezuela. An epidemic, possibly malaria, has killed scores of Amazon Indians in three villages of the Yanomami Indians, reports say.
    • Arizona, USA. USDA has declared 3 Arizona  counties of Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz as disaster areas in response to August 15 storm which destroyed large quantities of grapes, reports say.
    • Wisconsin, USA. President B.O. has declared nine Wisconsin counties as major disaster areas following damage caused by severe storms and extensive flooding between September 22 and October 9, reports say.
    • Talpatty island, India. Death toll from trawler incident near Talpatty island in the Hooghly river at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal has risen to 20 with dozens of passengers still missing, reports say.
    • Pakistan. The outbreak of dengue fever in Pakistan is approaching epidemic level, with about 5,500 positive cases of infection reported.
    • Djibouti. “Insufficient rainfall since 2005 (less than 50% of the normal average recorded since September 2007) has had a direct and life-threatening impact upon the most vulnerable, particularly pastoralists and rural dwellers. This year’s drought – the fourth consecutive year of failed rainfall in terms of its quantity and regularity – has led to the depletion of water reserves, deterioration of livestock health and milk production, massive loss of livestock and the resulting destruction of livelihoods and sources of income, increased malnutrition especially among children under five and associated health problems. The global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate among children under five is 20%, according to a rapid assessment in 2010 by the United Nations.” A UN OCHA  report said.
    • Burma (Myanmar).The Government has confirmed confirmed that as a result of Cyclone GIRI
      • 45 deaths  recorded to date,
      • at least 10 people remain missing
      • 49 injured
      • 70,975 people left  homeless
      • at least 15,000 homes were completely obliterated
      • 200,000 people affected.
      • about  17,500 acres of agricultural lands destroyed
      • a large number of dikes damaged
      • 279 primary schools, 24 middle schools and 15 high schools were also damaged or destroyed (Source: UN OCHA)
  • Day 305 [November 1, 2010]

    • Yogyakarta city, Central Java, Indonesia. Java’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted again forcing up to 70,000 to evacuate.
    • Baghdad, Iraq. At least 58 people were killed and 75 others wounded wounded after Iraqi forces stormed a church in Baghdad, where gunmen had held about 100 hostages, Interior Ministry officials said on Monday.
  • Day 306 [November 2, 2010]

    • Caribbean island of St Lucia. About 20 people have been killed in the Caribbean island of St Lucia after torrential rains brought   by TS Tomas triggered landslides. The island’s Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency, appealing for international assistance, according to media reports.
    • Vietnam. At least a dozen people have been killed by the latest round of flooding in central Vietnam. More than 500 homes have been destroyed uses were brought down by the floods, which have also damaged about 6,000 hectares of cropland.
    • Riverina, Australia. About $10m worth of crops have been lost in  one area of the Riverina alone following recent flooding, reports say.
    • Malaysia. Malaysian authorities have shut a dozen schools and evacuated at lest 12,000 people as floodwaters continue to rise in two northern states following torrential rain, official media has said.
    • Italy.  “The landslides were triggered by torrential rains over the weekend, causing flooding across large swathes of northern and central Italy,” a report said.
    • North Carolina, USA. NC Gov. Bev Perdue announced that the four counties of Camden, Martin, New Hanover and Washington have received a disaster declaration from FEMA.
    • Chad. Flooding in the African nation of Chad has displaced tens of thousands of people.  UNICEF has warned that a cholera outbreak that has infected about 4,000 people and killed at least 135 across the country, may worsen, reports say.

SEE ALSO: 2011 SIX TIMES MORE DISASTROUS THAN 2010

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