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2011 Disaster Calendar – MARCH

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FIRE-EARTH Forecast: 2011 SIX TIMES MORE DISASTROUS THAN 2010

Nearly all of the anthropogenic and human-enhanced disasters that will occur on the planet in the 2011-2012 period would have been preventable.

Humans continued to devour energy at a rate of 17.3terrawatt in 2011, when maximum ‘safe’ limit was less than 1.9terrawatt.

2011 Disaster Calendar

March 2011

  • Day 425 [March 1, 2011]

    • Florida, USA. A massive 13,000-acre fire continues to grow in Brevard and Volusia counties, Florida, reports say. The Iron Horse Fire has forced the Brevard Emergency Management to declare a state of emergency for the area. The fire has consumed two hunting camps and dozens of mobile homes, as of posting.
    • Ohio, USA. Severe flooding caused by torrential rain and melting snow has forced Lorain County commissioners to proclaim a state of emergency in North Ridgeville and surrounding areas, a report said.
    • Perth, Australia. A powerful storm that tore through eastern Perth with 150kmph winds ripping building roofs, felling trees and cutting powerlines.  Several people were reportedly injured and about 55,000 customers lost power.
    • Ohio, USA. The Morrow County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for Morrow County earlier today due to severe flooding which submerged the roads near Whetstone Creek, reports say.
    • Gulf of Mexico, USA. Obama Admin has granted the first new permit for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico since last year’s explosion at the Deepwater Horizon platform and the subsequent spill from the BP-owned oil well. The permit was issued to Noble Energy to drill a 2,000m (~ 6,500ft) well about 113km (~70 miles)  off the Louisiana coast.
    • Day 426 [March 2, 2011]

      • Texas, USA.Wildfires destroyed at least 80 homes in Texas and scorched some 300 square kilometers.
      • Austria. At least 30 skiers and snowboarders have been killed on slopes across Austria so far this winter, a report said. “The current death toll is more than twice as high as last season’s number of skiing fatalities (14). The same number of deaths was recorded in the 2008/2009 season. There were 11 fatalities in the winter of 2007/2008 and 18 in the 2006/2007 season. Between 56,000 and 60,000 people have to be hospitalised after skiing and snowboarding injuries in the Austrian Alps every year.” [NOTE: This item was added to disaster list after considerable deliberation! ]
  • Mississippi, USA. USDA has declared 44 Mississippi counties disaster areas due a drought that occurred between May 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2010.  Twenty-two counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee also i9ncluded in the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
  • New Mexico, USA. Albuquerque Mayor has declared the winter storm that hit the state’s largest city in February as a natural disaster.
  • Midwest, USA. Severe storm, up to 2.6 inches of rain and snowmelt triggered flooding in the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, killing at least one person and forcing the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to evacuate up to 1,000 people.  Four storm-related deaths were also reported in Tennessee, as flash floods struck the eastern part of the state, authorities reported.   Flooding impacted all of Ohio’s 88 counties, NWS reported. Most of Ohio and Indiana remained under a flood warning.  Multiple tornadoes reportedly touched down in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee causing damage to homes.
  • Day 427 [March 3, 2011]

    • USA. ” Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., with more than 400,000 deaths each year attributable to smoking or its consequences. And yet teens still smoke. Indeed, smoking usually begins in the teen years, and approximately 80 percent of adult smokers became hooked by the time they were 18. Meanwhile, teens who don’t take up smoking usually never do.” Says a new study by University of California, Los Angeles.
    • Finland.  “A new study published in the International Journal of Andrology reveals that semen quality has significantly deteriorated during the last ten years in Finland, a country that previously was a region with high sperm counts. At the same time, the incidence of testis cancer in the Finnish population showed a remarkable increase, following the worrying trends observed in several countries in Europe and the Americas.”  Study led by Jorma Toppari of the University of Turku.  [NOTE: This item was added to disaster list after considerable deliberation!
    • USA. Eastern cougar is now officially extinct, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared. Cougar, also known as  a catamount,  mountain lion, painter, panther or puma, according to its habitat, was put on the endangered species list in 1973. The government officials claim, however, that the animal has been extinct since the 1930s.
    • Italy. The authorities  declared a weather emergency in central and southern Italy following deadly storms which have so far  claimed at least four lives, and caused substantial damage, reports say. “The flooding has caused 100 million euros of damage to agriculture , especially vegetable, fruit and citrus crops, according to Italy’s national farmers’ union Coldiretti. [He] warned on Monday that all of Calabria’s 450 towns, cities and villages were at risk of flooding and landslides. This compared with around 70 percent of municipalities nationwide.”
    • Montana, USA. ” Winds and massive snowfall created blizzard conditions and roof-high drifts Tuesday, leading the Blackfeet Tribe and Glacier County to declare a state of emergency,” said a report.
    • Washington, USA.The City of Pacific mayor has declared a state of emergency because of the flood-prone White River, said a report. “There is no doubt that the capacity issue on the White River is a growing problem,” Mayor Richard Hildreth said. “Since 2008, there has been an estimated six-foot increase in parts of the White River adjacent to Pacific Park. With the safe-carrying capacity of the river reduced from 13,000 (cubic feet per second) to less than 5,000 (cfs), the City … can no longer wait for other entities to complete other mitigation projects.”
    • La Paz, Bolivia. A major landslide triggered by heavy rains east the Bolivian capital of La Paz has  destroyed at least 400 homes in 9 neighborhoods, a report said. The slide has left more than 100,000 people without running water. Meanwhile, the death toll from the intense rain, flooding and landslide has reached 52, nationwide.
    • Oakland City,  Indiana, USA. Oakland City officials declared a state of emergency after a tornado hit Gibson County with 110mph force, leavings an 18.75 mile swath of destruction from touchdown west of Oakland City into Pike County, a report said.
  • Day 428 [March 4, 2011]

    • Connecticut, USA. President B.O. has declared seven Connecticut counties as major disaster areas, after back-to-back storms dumped more than two feet of snow, destroyed dozens of buildings, a report said.
    • Ohio, USA. The Marion County Board of Commissioners have declared  a state of emergency in the county following damage caused by widespread flooding, a report said.
    • Madagascar.  Death toll from tropical cyclone Bingiza has raeched at least 34, according to Madagascar’s National Disaster and Risk Management Bureau. The cyclone which buffeted Madagascar between February 14 and 19,  affected more than 200,000 people, left 77,000 others homeless and destroyed vast areas of rice fields, the bureau said.
  • Day 429 [March 5, 2011]

    • Somalia. At least 50 African Union peacekeepers have been killed in Somalia fighting in past two weeks, reports say.
    • Ohio, USA.Ashland county has declared a state of emergency, following the widespread damage caused by the flooding throughout the county, a report said.
    • Hawaii. “A storm knocked out the power of 14,000 homes and businesses Thursday night. As of Friday evening, Mayor Peter Carlisle was reporting 8,000 homes still without power, 6,000 of who live in Ewa,” a report said.
    • Wisconsin, USA. Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency across southern Wisconsin ahead of a major snowstorm, a report said.
    • Florida, USA. Officials in Florida’s Brevard County have declared a state of emergency as a ferocious wildfire consumed up to 20,000 acres.  a
      The fire is raging  about 25 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center, but its dense smoke clouds stretches about 70 miles west through Orlando and north toward Daytona Beach, a report said. “The blaze — which destroyed a mobile home, three outbuildings and three camp structures but is largely confined to wooded areas — threatened 140 other unspecified structures, the forestry division said.”
  • Day 430 [March 6, 2011]

    • SE USA. A violent storm front spawning deadly tornadoes moved through SE United States. A deadly EF2 tornado with winds exceeding 200kmph (125mph) struck the town of Rayne, Louisiana killing at least one person, injuring 4 dozen others and destroying/damaging more than 100 buildings, reports say. The damage prompted the state governor to declare a state of emergency.
    • Angola. Torrential rains and severe flooding in the southwestern Angolan province of Namibe has killed at least 25 people, a report said.  The extent of damage and numbers of the injured or displaced aren’t known.
  • Day 431 [March 7, 2011]

    • New York, USA. New York state’s Broome and Chenango counties and the City of Binghamton have declared a State of Emergency today following heavy snowfall, reports say.
    • N.Y. A state of emergency was declared for the town Jay, N.Y.  due to  flash flooding. Dozens of people were forced to evacuate their homes.
    • N.Y. A state of emergency was declared for Rensselaer County following the severe weather.
  • Day 432 [March 8, 2011]

    • Faisalabad, Pakistan. At least two dozen people have been killed and up to 150 injured after a car bomb blew up a gas station in Faisalabad, Pakistan, reports said.
    • Afghanistan. A total of 14 children have been killed in Afghanistan in the past week by the US’s NATO forces and the US-spawned Taliban “insurgents.”
    • NY, USA. A state of emergency was declared in Clinton and Essex counties after up to 30 inches of snow fell, reports said. “It did flood ten or twelve homes, four or five of them quite severely.  They had to disconnect the power on several of them and there are some displaced people who are staying with friends and family.” Said Essex County’s emergency services coordinator.
    • Nigeria. “Lead poisoning linked with illegal gold mining has killed a further 400 children in northern Nigeria since November, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.”
    • USA. “The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld liability protections for vaccine makers, ruling that they can’t be sued in state court for design-defect damages.” Said a report.  “In its Feb. 22 opinion, the high court ruled 6-2 in favor of vaccine manufacturer Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer.”  Meanwhile, Japan continues suspending the use of meningitis and pneumonia vaccines made by both the Pfizer Inc.,  and Sanofi-Aventis SA, after at least 4 children died shortly after immunization with Pfizer’s Prevenar 13 and Sanofi-Aventis ActHIB products.
  • Day 433 [March 9, 2011]

    • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. Up to 4 dozen people were killed and as many were injured in a suicide bombing at a funeral procession in Adezai village, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, north-western Pakistan, a report said.
    • New Mexico, USA. A state of emergency has been declared in Lea County, southeastern New Mexico, after grass fires burned more than 65,000 acres in the county since February 23, a report said.
    • NY, USA. A state of emergency has been declared in several towns in the Columbia County, N.Y., “due to emergency conditions produced by: heavy rains, snow, Ice and ice melt causing hazardous conditions, road closures and power outages. Such conditions continue to threaten or imperil the public safety of the citizens of this municipality.” Said a report.
  • Day 434 [March 10, 2011]

    • Yunnan Province, China. A5.8 quake struck Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 200 others, a report said. The shock also destroyed about 1,000 buildings.
    • North Carolina, USA. “A 12th infant apparently has died of undetermined causes in military housing at Fort Bragg, N.C., a report said.
  • Day 435 [March 11, 2011]

    • Japan. A Mega Quake measuring 8.9 struck offshore about 130km east of the city of Sendai, triggering a 10-m high tsunami. The quake and ensuing Pacific-wide tsunami caused much destruction  along the eastern coast of Japan’s Honshu island. The death toll stands at about 400, as of posting, but it’s expected to rise.
  • Day 436 [March 12, 2011] 

    • Japan. A massive explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, tore down the walls of a unit within the facility on Saturday.  Several workers were reportedly injured, and Japanese officials said a reactor core meltdown was likely to occur. Tens of thousands of people living within the 20-km radius of the No. 1 plant and 10-km radius of No.2 plant  have now been evacuated. Japan’s Prime Minister declared a state of emergency at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants, and soon after it was revealed that as many as 300 people had received varying degrees of radiation, including 60 students at high school in Fukushima located about 3.5km from Plant No. 1, who were waiting to be evacuated.
  • Day 437 [March 13, 2011]

    • Japan. A growing humanitarian crisis looms in Japan. Millions of people are without water, food, electricity, or homes in freezing temperatures. Up to 2 million homes are without power.
    • California, USA. California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in four northern counties affected by the Pacific tsunami after one person went missing, and damage to ports and beaches was reported.
    • Oklahoma. USA. A State of Emergency has been declared for all 77 counties in Oklahoma, after a wildfire consumed more than 9,000 acres, destroyed 34 homes and injured 15 people, reports say.
    • Mississippi, USA. A State of emergency has been declared in Jones County due to widespread flooding, reports say.
  • Day 438 [March 14, 2011]

    • Japan. A second blast in two days  blew up containment building of reactor 3  at Fukushima Daiichi plant, injuring a dozen workers, one of them critically, reports say.  Radiation leak was detected outside the building.
    • Hawaii. The Governor of Hawaii has declared the state a disaster area following damage caused by the tsunami waves. The damage is estimated at about $3 million, reports  say.
    • Queensland, Australia. Virtually all of the Australian state of Queensland has been declared a disaster area this summer, a report said. “72 of Queensland’s 73 shires have been affected by flooding or cyclones or both during a season the Premier, Anna Bligh, has called a ‘summer of sorrow.'” Many farms and towns in the western QLD are currently isolated by floodwaters, as  torrential rains continue to pummel the northern coastal areas of the state.
  • Day 439 [March 15, 2011]

    • Bahrain. The self-promoted king of Bahrain has declared a state of emergency, effective immediately and to last for three months, according to reports quoting the state TV. To bolster the minority regime, Saudi Arabia has dispatched 1,000 troops  and the United Arab Emirates an additional 500 to the capital Manama.  “Protesters have blocked all roads leading to the capital’s financial centre, the scene of clashes on Sunday. The protesters are demanding widespread political reforms in the kingdom. Bahrain’s Shia Muslim majority has long complained of discrimination and dominance by the Sunni minority, including the ruling royal family.”
    • Texas, USA. The Dallas County Commission has declared a state of emergency following the damage caused by last week’s heavy rains, reports say.
    • NYC, USA. The death toll in tour bus crash in New York has risen to 15, local authorities said.
  • Day 440 [March 16, 2011]

    • EQ and Tsunami Zone, Japan. Death toll from Japan’s Megaquake and tsunami in northeastern Honshu has risen to 4,164, NHK television quoted the police as saying. The number of missing, as of today  stands at 7,843.
      • The disaster however is still unfolding, with the Fukushima NPP reactors facing the threat of  core meltdown.
      • Some 434,000 people were made homeless and are living in 2,400 shelters throughout 8 quake-ravaged prefectures.
      • Lack of water, food, fuel, warm clothes, medicine and other basic essentials pose enormous challenges to the authorities.
    • Bahrain. “Security forces with tanks have overrun a square in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama where anti-government protesters have been camped for weeks.” Said a report.
      • At least 5 people have been killed and more than 200 injured.
      • A senior Bahrain opposition MP described the crackdown as a “war of annihilation.”
      • “This does not happen even in wars and it is not acceptable,” he told Reuters
    • Crete, Greece. “Greek officials say another two bodies have been found off the island of Crete, raising the death toll to 12 after a group of Bangladeshi evacuees from Libya tried to jump ship upon arrival this month.” Said a report.
    • Oregon, USA. Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber has declared a state of emergency for Curry County after the damage caused by the tsunami last week, reports say.
  • Day 441 [March 17, 2011]

    • EQ and Tsunami Zone, Japan. The confirmed death toll from Friday’s 9.0Mw megaquake and tsunami has climbed to 5,178, police said. At least 8,606 people are still missing. According to various reports, a number of more remote areas in the megaquake and tsunami zones have not yet been searched for bodies, and the final toll could be higher.
    • Libya. Human rights groups say “thousands” have been killed in Libya, since Kadhafi forces launched an offensive against rebel-held areas last week.
    • California, USA. USDA has declared San Joaquin and surrounding counties a disaster area after a freeze in late November destroyed about 31% of the region’s olive crop.  The other counties included in the declaration are Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento and Stanislaus.
  • Day 442 [March 18, 2011]

    • EQ and Tsunami Zone, Japan. The official death toll from Japan’s megsquake and tsunami has topped 6,500, with more than 10,000 people still missing [see also previous entries.]
    • Philippines. Death toll in landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains in the central Philippines has reached at least 11. earlier a family of 7 were buried alive by a mudslide, reports say.
    • Waziristan, Pakistan. Death toll in the U.S. drone attack at a village in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan has reached at least 44, reports say.
    • Illinois, USA. President B.O. has finally declared Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties major disaster areas following the mega snowstorm that buried Chicago area and much of the state between January 31 and February 3.
    • Massachusetts, USA. President B.O. has declared “a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered Federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm and snowstorm during the period of January 11-12, 2011.” Said a statement by WH.
    • California, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared eight California counties as natural disaster aread because of the losses from freezing temperatures and a major storm on November 20 – 24, 2010.
    • Western Australia. Extensive flooding in the Kimberley community of Warmun has destroyed 45 homes, damaged 20 others and caused the area to be declared a natural disaster zone, a report said.
  • Day 443 [March 19, 2011]

    • United Nations. UN says landmines are still killing or maiming more than 4,000 people annually. They have asked for a paltry $498million “to address the challenge in 29 countries.”
    • Yemen. President of Yemen has declared a national state of emergency after 47 people were killed and hundreds of others injured, 55 of them critically, when unidentified gunmen, believed to be army snipers, fired on an anti-government rally from rooftops in the capital Sanaa, reports say.
    • Japan. Death toll in Japan’s twin disasters has reached about 7,400 with up to 11,000 still missing.
  • Day 444 [March 20, 2011]

    • Libya. The first phase of collapse in Libya has started.
  • Day 445 [March 21, 2011]

    • Pakistan.  Gas explosions at a mine near Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province, Pakistan have killed at least 24 miners and trapped 30 others, reports say.
    • Japan. Death toll in Tohoku Megaquake and tsunami has now climbed to about 8,500, with 13,000 people missing.
    • Philippines. Death toll from floods and landslides in Visayas and Mindanao provinces has risen to at least 13 with about 200,000 people displaced/affected, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
    • India. “At least 21 inmates of Mizoram Reang refugee camp in north Tripura district were killed in a devastating fire on Saturday.” Said a report.
    • Tripoli, Libya. “A Libyan health official said on Sunday the number of people killed as a result of Western air strikes overnight had risen to 64 from 48, a figure given by the government,” a report said.
  • Day 446 [March 22, 2011]

    • Kansas, USA. Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a state of disaster emergency after a large wildfire in Stanton County,  an area across the state line to Prowers County in Colorado, reports say.
    • New Zealand. NZ govt has extended the national state of emergency for another 7 days, following the Christchurch earthquake, reports say.
  • Day 447 [March 23, 2011]

    • Tokyo, Japan. Up to 210 becquerels per liter of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in some of Tokyo’s tap water;  the safe level for infants is under 100 becquerels per liter. Tokyo residents have been warned not to give tap water to infants, but told the radiation poses no short-term health threat to adults.
    • NSW, Australia. Premier Kristina Keneally has declared the towns of Shellharbour, Kiama, Bombala and Bega natural disaster areas after a “month of rain in a day” triggered flooding throughout southeast NSW, the heaviest rain in 33 year, a report said.  She said more areas could join the disaster list.
  • Day 448 [March 24, 2011]

    • Kenya. An estimated 2.4 million people in Kenya require assistance with food and esential supplies, according to the latest KFSSG short rains assessment report, Relief Web said. It estimated that some 855,000 people are severely affected in KRCS’s areas of operation.
    • Malawi. “Rainfall over the past two weeks has resulted in new cases of flooding and storm damage in Malawi. In the district of Nsanje, 1,323 households have been affected, with 66 collapsed houses. In Nkhotakota district, 72 households have been affected. In Dedza district, 1,658 households have been affected and 414.5 ha of crops damaged.” OCHA reported.
    • Namibia. About 4,900 people have been in northern Namibia have been displaced due to widespread flooding, according to the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS).
  • Day 449 [March 25, 2011]

    • Japan. Death toll from Japan’s  twin Megadisasters has topped 10,000 with about 17,500 people reported as missing. Some 2,800 others were injured as a result of Tohoku Megaquake and the ensuing deadly tsunami.
    • Myanmar. A strong quake measuring at least 6.8Mw and two significant aftershocks struck Myanmar near its border with Thailand, killing at least 60 people and injuring more than 90 others in areas close to the epicenter including Tarlay, Mine Lin and Tachileik townships, officials said.   The quake also destroyed at least 250 buildings, and damaged scores more.
  • Day 450 [March 26, 2011]

    • Fukushima, Japan. Radioactive iodine in seawater offshore the  earthquake-and-tsunami- stricken Fukushima NPP spiked 1,250 times higher than safety limit, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said.
    • Ivory Coast. Death toll in Ivory Coast violence has climbed to 462, said a report.
    • Thailand.  At least 354 districts inf 47 provinces across Thailand have been declared as drought disaster zones, a report said.
    • NSW, Australia. “The Eurobodalla has been declared a disaster zone after three bridges on the Tuross River flooded and roads were damaged this week,” said a report.
    • Oregon, USA. President Chauncy Gardiner [aka, Barack Obama] has declared the State of Oregon a major disaster area because of damage caused by a tsunami that struck its coastlines earlier this month, reports say.
    • NY, USA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared Brooklyn a disaster area following the record-breaking  December snowstorm, a report said.
    • Missouri, USA. President Chauncy Gardiner [aka, Barack Obama] has declared as disaster areas 59 Missouri counties, “including eight in Northeast Missouri, that were affected by the paralyzing winter storm that hit the region last month,” a report said.
    • USA. Hundreds of Native Americans were sexually abused by Catholic priests at Jesuit schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, reports say.
  • Day 451 [March 27, 2011]

    • Japan. More than 27,500 people have been confirmed dead or remain missing 16 days since the deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s tohoku region. An estimated 244,000 people are still in 1,900 evacuation centers. “Harsh weather is still continuing in the affected areas with snow storms today. The temperature is dropping to minus 6 degrees Celsius overnight and authorities in Miyagi Prefecture say the lack of fuel means they cannot use heaters. 210,000 households (516,600 people) do not have electricity and one million people are without gas.” OCHA reported.
    • North Korea. “More than six million vulnerable people are in urgent need of international food assistance, due to a substantial reduction of agricultural production and commercial imports, as well as a decrease or curtailment of bilateral assistance.” OCHA said.
    • DR Congo. A Cholera outbreak in areas of Kisangani in Orientale Province in the Democratic
      Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least 33 and sickened another 537 people, Act Alliance reported.
  • Day 452 [March 28, 2011]

    • California, USA. The city of San Pablo has declared a state of emergency after a large landslide threatened to bury homes, a report said.
    • California, USA. Tuolumne County has declared a Local State of Emergency because of damage caused by the latest wave of storms, a report said.
    • Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities in Way Kanan regency, Lampung, have declared a state of emergency  following an outbreak of Singaporean flu, or hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), a report said.
    • North Carolina, USA. Officials have declared a state of emergency in Onslow County, NC and have ordered evacuations as a massive wildfire at Camp Lejeune continues to grow, a report said. The wildfire began on Saturday and by late Sunday had consumed about 4,000 acres, more than half of which was on the Marine base in southeastern North Carolina.
  • Day 453 [March 29, 2011]

    • Thailand. Residents in at least 14 provinces have been warned about “the danger of forest run-off and landslides” after days of torrential rain disrupted “transport, tourism and day-to-day business,” a report said.  “This flooding is the worst we have seen experienced in a decade,” a local mayor was quoted as saying.
      • About 90 per cent of Narathiwat province have been flooded, “with the water between 40 and 50 centimetres deep.”
      • “In Surat Thani, the flood waters are above three metres in places with more than 3,000 households completely cut off.”
      • Large scale mudslides and fallen trees have destroyed/damaged  major bridges and washed off/blocked roads.
      • All train services to southern Thailand have been suspended because of the damage caused by flooding.
      • Tens of thousands of tourists have been stranded as major flooding and mudslide forced cancellation of ferry services as well as flights to and from Samui.
      • About a dozen people have been killed as a result of flooding and mudslides and a number of others reported as missing since March 23.
    • California, USA. Officials in Santa Cruz County have declared a state of emergency following widespread flooding caused by back-to-back storms, a report said.
      • “Officials in the San Francisco Bay area city of San Pablo have declared a local emergency to help the owners of several homes that are sliding down a storm-soaked hillside,” a report said.
    • Yemen.  Death toll in Yemeni ammunition plant explosion has topped 70, with many others  wounded, reports say.
    • Nepal. Death toll from the country’s 10-year civil war has reached at least 17,265,  the Nepalese government said.
  • Day 454 [March 30, 2011]

    • East Africa. Emergency thresholds in acute malnutrition rates have been reached in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda Karamoja region, UN OCHA said. The lives and livelihoods of about 8,400,000 people have been affected in these areas.
    • Namibia. A state of emergency has been declared in northern Namibia after severe flooding displaced about 10,000 people and washed away roads and other infrastructure, and submerged homes and medical centers, reports say.
      • “Some 62 people have drowned in Oshakati, 720 kilometres (450 miles) north of the capital Windhoek and 5,000 have been driven from their homes.” AFP reported.
    • Thailand. Death toll in widespread flooding and mudslides in southern Thailand has reached at least 21, a report said.
      • “The death toll in the Krabi landslide disaster has risen to 12, while 30 people remain unaccounted for,” a Krabi official said.
      • At least 2 dozen others have been injured.
  • Day 455 [March 31, 2011]

    • Laos.   Thousands of families in central and southern Laos face severe food shortages and are in need of ” immediate and medium term assistance before the next rice harvest in October 2011. People who are already vulnerable to food insecurity after Typhoon Ketsana hit the region in 2009 were struck hard by a 2010 drought lasting throughout June and localized flash floods.” UNWFP said.
    • Somalia. Drought has displaced at least 52,000 people since 1 December 2010, “many of them moving to urban areas in search of assistance.” UN OCHA said.
  • Day 456 [April 1, 2011]

    • QLD, Australia. The north Queensland township of Hideaway Bay has been declared a disaster area, after more than 600mm of rain fell in less than 70 hours, triggering large-scale floods and massive mudslides, reports say.
    • Tennessee, USA.President Chauncy Gardiner (aka Barack Obama)  “today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of February 28 to March 1, 2011.” WH said in a statement.
    • California, USA. Small Business Association has declared the 2010 salmon season a disaster, a report said.

     

  • April 2011

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