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Tens of Thousands Displaced Amid Severe Flooding in Philippines

Posted by feww on February 18, 2012

Floods and landslides plague Philippines Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao

Seven days of continuous rain has left dozens of municipalities deluged, as authorities declare a state of calamity in the town of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 18

[February 18, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,488 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines.  Tens of thousands of people have been displaced amid severe flooding which has plagued three major regions in the Philippines.
    • Seven days of continuous rain have triggered floods and landslides that have swamped dozens of municipalities in large parts of the Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao.
    • The authorities have declared a state of calamity in the town of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, said a report.
    • “Meanwhile, Alert Level 1 was raised by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) Thursday over the the cities of Surigao, Butuan and the provinces of Dinagat, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island and other areas of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) following the continuous rains that began last Saturday,” said a report.
    • Floods have severely affected at least 4,000 others in Regions VIII (Eastern Visayas), X (Northern Mindanao) and XIII (Caraga), with 3,000 moved to evacuation centers, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
    • Meanwhile, landslides occurred in dozens of villages in Leyte and Kahupian, burying several bridges, reports said.
    • At least 5 people have  been killed so far as a result of the extreme weather events, early reports said.
    • Heavy flooding in Daguitan River, Dulag, Leyte (Leyte Province is located in the Eastern Visayas region) caused power outages in many parts of the province, said the Philippines Information Agency, a government organization.

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Cyclone THANE Kills Dozens, Destroys or Damages Thousands of Homes in India

Posted by feww on December 30, 2011

Strong Cyclone THANE Wreaks Havoc Across India’s Tamil Nadu Province

Cyclone THANE struck the Tamil Nadu coast, leaving at least 2 dozen dead and causing extensive damage across the Cuddalore district and the Union Territory of Puduchery.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 30

[December 30, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,538 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Tamil Nadu, India.Cyclone THANE struck the Tamil Nadu coast with winds of up to 140kmh, leaving at least 2 dozen people dead and causing extensive damage across the Cuddalore district and the Union Territory of Puduchery.
    • At least 5,000 coastal homes have been damaged or destroyed.
    • Thousands of trees have been uprooted.
    • Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu is the worst-hit area, with roads severely damaged.
    • The Union Territory of Puduchery is cut-off from the nearby districts, reports said.


Cyclone THANE. IR-NHC Enhancement. Source: CIMSS

  • Thailand. Official death toll from epic flooding in Thailand has climbed to 790 with three people still missing (!)
    • Floods affected up to 14 million people across 66 of Thailand’s 76 provinces.
    • Up to 1.5 million homes have been destroyed or damaged.
    • The government estimates overall flood-related damage at  Bt1,300bn ($41.4bn), a report said.
    • Flooding, which began in late July, still persists in the provinces of Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani affecting up to 2.5 million people.
    • Thai government also declared cold spell disaster zones in 26 northern and northeastern provinces in November.

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Extreme Weather Event in Melbourne Declared Catastrophe

Posted by feww on December 29, 2011

Melbourne’s Xmas Day violent storms declared a catastrophe by insurers

The Insurance Council of Australia has declared the extreme weather event that tore through Melbourne a catastrophe.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 29

[December 29, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,539 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Melbourne, Australia.Insurance industry has declared the extreme weather event that struck Melbourne on Xmas Day Australia’s 8th catastrophe in 2011.
    • The insurance companies have received more than 15,000 claims for homes, businesses and vehicle damage following the violent storms, and the number is expected to grow in the coming weeks as more people return from their holidays, reports said.
    • Insured losses from the 2011 catastrophes are estimated to top $4.5 billion this year, more than twice the $2.144 billion in 2010.
  • Aklan Province, Philippines.  Authorities in the Aklan Province, Western Visayas, Philippines, have declared a State of Calamity after giant waves battering against coastal areas destroyed or damaged at least 500 homes.
    • Municipality of New Washington in Western Visayas is the worst hit area.
    • The disaster has left thousands of people displaced, destroyed crops and infrastructure.

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Niger Faces Food Shortages

Posted by feww on December 25, 2011

Poor harvests caused by prolonged drought and desertification plague Niger

Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 25

[December 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,543 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Republic of Niger. Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament, leaving the people in 6,981 villages, or 58 percent of the country, with the prospect of food shortages.
    • The harvest was down to 3.8 million tons, also a shortfall of 11 percent compared with the five-year average, the Minister said.
    • Allowing for wastage and seed grain for next season, an estimated 3,239,825 tons would be left for consumption, compared with 3,759,464 tons needed, a shortfall of 14 percent, he added.

Other Global Disasters

  • Cuba. A boat carrying Haitian migrants sank close to the eastern coast of Cuba, leaving at least 38 people dead.
  • Indonesia. Continued activity at Mt Gamalama including several eruptions since December 4, has left about 2,400 people displaced, the Ternate City Disaster Management Agency.
  • Philippines. At least 1,100 people are now confirmed dead and  with 1,079 others reported missing following the devastation caused by Typhoon WASHI in the Philippines, officials said.

  • Lakes State, South Sudan.  At least 250 people have been killed and more than 320 others injured in South Sudan cattle raids since January 2011, the parliament of Lakes state was told.
    • “In two counties alone nearly 17,000 cattle were stolen this year commissioners told a special inquiry into the practice in Rumbek, the capital of South Sudan’s central state,” a UN report said.
  • Sahel Region, West and Central Africa. More than one million children in 8 countries across the Sahel belt in West and Central Africa face severe malnourishment in 2012.
    • Poor harvests caused by drought, loss of top soil, sandstorms and desertification could mean food shortages occurring as early March next year.
  • Melbourne, Australia. Mini-tornadoes spawned by  severe thunderstorms that pummeled many parts of Melbourne causing widespread damage across the city, reports said.
    • Hailstones measuring about 4 ins (10 cm) in diameter have pelted suburbs of the city.
    • Parts of Melbourne also face the threat of flash-flooding, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
    • “The bureau has forecast very dangerous thunderstorms around Melbourne Airport and surrounding suburbs with severe thunderstorms in other parts of the city being accompanied by destructive winds, very heavy rainfall and hail, and flash flooding,” said the report.
    • “Hailstones the size of cricket balls, flash-flooding, planes diverted and flights postponed, power lost from homes, major transport delays and a tornado to top things off – that was Christmas Day in Melbourne.”

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Extreme Rain Event Causes Deadly Flooding in Tanzania

Posted by feww on December 24, 2011

Heaviest rainfall in living memory causes devastating floods in Tanzania, killing dozens, displacing thousands

Days of heavy flooding in Tanzania have caused devastating floods in Tanzania, killing about 40 people and leaving more than 10,000 displaced.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 24

[December 24, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,544 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Tanzania. Extreme rain events in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya regions of Tanzania have causes devastating flooding triggering landslides, killing at least two dozen people and leaving more than 10,000 displaced.
    • At least 4,000 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, have lost their homes.
    • The flooding and mudslides have detryed road, bridges and other infrastructure.
    • Hundreds [possibly thousands] of hectares of paddy, maize, sunflower and sorghum were buried in mud and debris, reports said.
    • Heavy rain is expected to continue into 2012, forecasters said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Colombia. Torrential rains continue to wreak havoc across Colombia.
    • At least 200 people have been reported as dead or missing.
    •  About 150,000 homes are reportedly destroyed or damaged.
    • The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (SIGPAD) has reported about 300 landslides and avalanches and up to 600 flooding events.
    • More than 800,000 people in 461 municipalities have been affected.
    • SIGPAD has placed many river basins under Red Alerts.
    • See previous entry at US 2011 Mega Disasters Costs Exceed $52 Billion*
  • Angola. Severe floods near the Angolan border with the Democratic Republic of Cong have destr4oyed or damaged at least 720 homes, leaving more than 1,000 families displaced.
  • Kuando Kubango province, Angola. At least 4,000 families have been displaced in Angola’s southeastern Kuando Kubango province following flooding caused by torrential rains.

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Philippines declares national calamity

Posted by feww on December 20, 2011

Philippine President declares national calamity amid mounting storm tolls

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by flash floods and landslides as typhoon WASHI swept through Mindanao and Negros islands, killing about 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 20

[December 20, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,548 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by flash floods and land slides as typhoon WASHI swept through Mindanao island, killing about 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
    • The government has simply no way of knowing how many people are still missing.
    • “We’ve lost count for those still missing,” disaster managment chief Benito Ramos said earlier.
    • About 340,000 people in 13 provinces have been  affected by the disaster inducing at least 43,000 still in evacuation centers, the disaster agency said.
    • At least 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by Typhoon WASHI and the ensuing flash floods.
    • Dozens of roads and bridges as well as schools and other infrastructure have also been severely damaged or destroyed.

Other Global Disaster

  • Moscow, Russia. A snowstorm and a sudden drop of temperature in the Moscow region has resulted in multiple car crashes leaving at least 10 people dead and dozens of others hospitalized, a report said.
  • India. The official death toll from cold snaps in northern India has climbed to 39 as intense cold swept through the region claiming 11 more lives, reports said.
    • The worst hit states are Uttar Pradesh. Punjab and Haryana.
    • Cold weather is forecast to continue for at least a week, meteorologists said.

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Typhoon WASHI pounds Philippines leaving 650 dead or missing

Posted by feww on December 17, 2011

UPDATED at 13:30UTC

Typhoon WASHI batters Mindanao island, southern Philippines, leaving at least 650 dead or missing, 100,000 displaced

Flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon WASHI [locally known as 'Sendong'] have claimed at least 256 lives, leaving more than 400 missing and 100,000 displaced, according to the PNRC. 

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 17

[December 17, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,551 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. Flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon WASHI [locally known as 'Sendong'] have claimed at least 256 lives, leaving more than 400 missing and 100,000 displaced, according to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
    • “Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City,” said the head of the national disaster rescue agency, adding that tens of thousands of people had been displaced.
    • Scores of villages have been swamped in the region by torrents and flash floods.
    • Many of the victims died from drowning, as floodwaters swamped homes in the middle of the night, trapping many residents sleeping in their homes.
    • The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm and is now heading towards Sulu Sea.
    • “Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, armed forces chief of staff, said military rescuers have retrieved 92 bodies in the city of Cagayan de Oro,” Deutsche Presse-Agenture reported.
    • At least 150 others drowned as flash floods struck Iligan City, and five more died in a landslide in Monkayo town in Compostella Valley province, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.
    • At least 3 people also drowned in Polanco town in Zamboanga del Norte province, the report said.
    • “Five miners were killed in a landslide in Monkayo on Mindanao and another 21 people drowned on the central island of Negros, the PNRC said.”

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Deadly epidemic kills 109 in Brazil

Posted by feww on December 10, 2011

Meningitis epidemic prompts tourists to cancel reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort

At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities said.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 10

[December 10, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,558 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Bahia, Brazil. At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities have said.
    • At least 1,670 cases of bacterial meningitis, the most serious form of the disease, have been reported in the state of Bahia so far this year, AFP reported officials as saying.
    • Dozens of tourists fearing the epidemic have canceled their reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort.
    • Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and is usually caused by caused by infection with microorganisms, especially viruses and  bacteria.
    • Meningitis is potentially life-threatening and has a high mortality rate if untreated.
    • Typically, Brazil has a bacterial meningitis rate of about 46 per 100,000 annually.
    • Bahia is one of Brazil’s 26 states, located in the country’s northeastern Atlantic coast (population: >14million).
    • The largest epidemic ever recorded in history plagued the sub-Saharan Africa in 1996–1997, causing over 250,000 cases and claiming 25,000 lives, a mortality rate of 10 percent.

Other Global Disasters

  • Alabama, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared twenty-six counties in Alabama as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred April 1-30, 2011.
    • Six counties were designated as Primary Disaster areas: Blount, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe and Morgan counties.
    • Twenty other counties were also declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous:  Baldwin, Conecuh, Fayette, Lamar, Butler, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Clarke, Escambia, Jackson, Limestone, Colbert, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair, Walker, Wilcox and Winston counties.
  • The following bordering counties in Mississippi and Tennessee were also declared as  disaster areas because they’re contiguous:
    • Mississippi: Itawamba and Monroe counties.
    • Tennessee: Franklin and Lincoln counties.

Global Disaster Links

WARNING: About 20 percent of the world population could perish [randomly] by 2016


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Extreme rains claim lives, displace thousands in Kenya

Posted by feww on December 7, 2011

Floods in Kenya kill a dozen people, displace 40,000

Extreme rain events in Kenya have unleashed severe flooding, washing away bridges and destroying roads. At least a dozen people have lost their lives, and more than 40,000 others made homeless, said the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 7

[December 7, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,561 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Kenya. Extreme rain events in Kenya have unleashed severe flooding, washing away bridges and destroying roads. At least a dozen people have lost their lives, and more than 40,000 others made homeless, said the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).
    • “River Nzoia burst its banks on 3 December, displacing thousands of people in Budalang’i, Bunyala and Funyula areas of western Kenya. Thousands are also displaced in Nyando and Nyatike areas in Nyanza, as well in Coast Province.”

Other Disasters

  • Northern Quebec, Canada.  Two First Nations communities in northern Quebec have declared states of emergency following sustained power outages amid extremely cold temperatures.
    • Chisasibi First Nation in James Bay has no electricity to provide heat for 4,000 residents who are experiencing -30ºC temperatures, a report said.
    • “Wemindji First Nation, located south of Chisasibi, has also declared a state of emergency after losing power at 9 a.m. on Monday”
  • Yemen.  Killing of civilians including children continues in Yemen. At least 138 children have been killed and about 570 others wounded in the ongoing violence, reports said.
  • Obama’s War on Afghanistan. A series of bombing across Afghanistan has killed or wounded hundreds of people, reports said.
  • Japan. Japan has used about 2.3bn yen ($30m) from its tsunami recovery budget to provide additional security measures for its whaling fleet, environmental groups said.

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Tens of Thousands Flee Mt. Gamalama Eruption

Posted by feww on December 6, 2011

Mt Gamalama erupts covering Ternate island with ash; tens of thousands flee

Hot ash and other volcanic debris from Gamalama volcano, which began erupting late Sunday evening, has covered almost the entire island city of Ternate, prompting tens of thousands of residents to flee.  The eruption ejected volcanic matter to a height of about 2 km above the volcano summit, and covered the island with a thick blanket of ash.


A small explosive eruption of Gamalama volcano in September 1980 is seen from the airport on the NE side of Ternate Island. Nearly 40,000 persons evacuated to a nearby island during the first two days of the eruption, which began on September 4 and lasted until the 23rd. Photo by S.R. Wittiri, 1980 (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia); caption by GVP

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 6

[December 6, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,562 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Ternate island, Indonesia. Hot ash and other volcanic debris from Gamalama volcano, which began erupting Sunday evening, has covered almost the entire island city of Ternate, prompting tens of thousands of residents to flee, and forcing  the closure of a nearby airport.  The eruption ejected volcanic matter to a height of about 2 km above the volcano summit.
    • More than 100 volcanic quakes have been recorded since the eruption began.
    • The 4-level alert status is currently at Level 3.
    • State volcanologist Surono said Gamalama had ejected “clouds of thick gray ash” into the air, and slow moving lava was  visible at the summit.

  • Gamalama Volcano
    • The 1,715-metre volcano forms the entire island of Ternate in North Maluku province, Indonesia
    • Most of the building on the island were destroyed during an 1840 eruption.
    • The volcano’s last major eruption occurred in 2003.
    • Recent eruptions include 1980, 1983, 1994, 2003 and 2011.
    • A violent eruption during Aug.- Sept. 1775 killed 141 people.
    • Gamalama is one of the 128 active Indonesian volcanoes (total of about 500).

Gamalama volcano (also known as the Peak of Ternate), one of the most active volcanoes of Indonesia, forms Ternate Island off the western coast of Halmahera. The northern and youngest of three cones forming the summit of Gamalama is seen here from the NE. Unvegetated areas in this 1994 photo consist of the ejecta blanket from recent explosive eruptions. Frequent eruptions have occurred since the 16th century, most of which originated from the summit vent. Photo by Gatot Sugiharto, 1994 (Volcanological Survey of Indonesia); caption by GVP.

Other Global Disasters

  • New Hampshire, USA. The disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Hampshire following the pre-Halloween  severe storm and snowstorm that occurred during the period of October 29-30, 2011
    • The worst affected areas were the counties of Hillsborough and Rockingham, according to a WH press statement.
  • Kentucky, USA. Uniontown, Kentucky has declared a State of Emergency because pumps that keep water out of the town failed.
    • “Officials say the town has been pounded with rain, four inches in a 24 hour period. Two and half inches of that came down within two hours,” a report said.
    • The rainwater has flooded local streets and roads.

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Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the U-S

Posted by feww on December 4, 2011

United States HIV Infection and AIDS Statistics

The following is a summary of  HIV infection and AIDS statistics in the United States and Dependent Areas, based on the HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 21.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 4

[December 4, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,564 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States and Dependent Areas.  From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic through 2009, some 1,142,714 people have been diagnosed with AIDS in America.
    • There were 490,696 people living with an AIDS diagnoses in the United States and five dependent areas by the end of 2008, CDC estimated.
    • AIDS has killed about 617,025 people in the U.S. since the 1980s.
    • Some 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas were recorded in 2008.
    • About 75% of adults and adolescents living with an AIDS diagnosis are male.
  • Global. More than 36 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in 2009.
    • About 2.8 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2009.
    • An estimated 2.4 million people died of aids in 2008.

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Measles epidemic exploding across Europe, spreading to the U-S

Posted by feww on December 3, 2011

Europe plagued by measles, threefold increase in 4 years

Some 26,000 cases of measles infection claiming up to a dozen lives and leaving about 7,300 hospitalized have been reported in Europe so far this year.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 3

[December 3, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,565 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Europe. More than 26,000 measles cases were reported in 36 European countries from January to October 2011. The rise re[resents a 3-fold increase in 4 years.
    • The worst-affected country is France with 14,000 cases.
    • Other major outbreaks of the disease have been reported  in Macedonia, Romania, Spain and Uzbekistan.
    • In the U.S. more than 200 cases have been reported so far this year. That’s the largest number in a decade, and a 4-fold increase.
    • Most of the recorded cases in the US weer linked to other world regions, including about 2 dozen cases from Europe.
    • Measles is a highly contagious and potentially dangerous disease which spreads easily.
    • Some 164,000 measles deaths were recorded worldwide in 2008, with 95 percent of deaths occurring in poor countries.

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Santa Ana winds destroy or damage hundreds of buildings

Posted by feww on December 2, 2011

L.A. County declares state of emergency due to destructive Santa Ana windstorm

Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana winds, following emergency declarations by Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 2

[December 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,566 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana windstorm.
    • The declaration came after Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora declared their own emergencies, a report said.
    • In Pasadena, dozens of buildings have been destroyed (red-tagged by fire department) and many more damaged (yellow-tagged), while others await damage assessment.
    • Thousands of trees, some century-old, and utility poles were uprooted or damaged.
    • Winds of more than 80 mph (130kph, the equivalent of a category one hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale) have knocked out electricity to about half a million homes throughout SoCal, also causing road delays and forcing dozens of flights to LAX to be diverted.
    • Hundreds of people have sought shelter in Pasadena.
    • “An American Red Cross shelter at Robinson Park in Pasadena housed about 60 displaced people bused in early Thursday from an apartment building that flooded after a tree toppled by the high winds crashed through the roof, breaking a water main,” said a report.


Sawyer Nelson, 8, checks out an uprooted tree in Sierra Madre. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

  • California, USA. Six California counties (combined population ~ 3.7 million) have been declared  agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by the combined effects of unseasonably cool spring weather, a freeze, hail, below normal summer temperatures and unseasonable rainfall that occurred from April 7 to Sept. 30, 2011, USDA reported.
    • Solano County was designated as primary disaster area.
    • Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo counties were declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
    • Soon we’d be blaming the ‘unseasonable weather,’ ‘abnormal temperatures’ and ‘unreasonable rainfall’

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New Jersey Declared Disaster Area, Again

Posted by feww on December 1, 2011

The Disaster President Signs New Jersey Disaster Declaration

Eight counties in New Jersey have been declared disaster areas due to damage caused by a severe snowstorm  on October 29, 2011.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 1

[December 1, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,567 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • New Jersey, USA.  The Disaster President has declared 8 New Jersey counties as disaster areas due to damage caused by a severe snowstorm  on October 29, 2011.
    • The disaster areas are Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties.
    • Still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irene, New Jersey counties have been declared major disaster areas for the 5th time so far this year.
    • Previous Major Disaster Declarations issued in 2011 were
      • Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee (Declared a Major Disaster Area on October 14).
      • Severe Storms and Flooding (September 15)
      • Hurricane Irene (August 31)
      • Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (February 4)
    • New Jersey counties have also been designated as agricultural disaster areas multiple times.

[NOTE: About 50,000 people in New Jersey were affected by Irene. FEMA approved more than $160million for the individual claimants.]

Other Disasters

  • USA. More than 25,000 Americans have died from prescription drug overdose in the last 12 months. [The actual figure could be as high as 50,000 or even higher, that is at least 14 deaths per standard 100,000 population. FIRE-EARTH]
    • The main culprits based on narcotic pain relievers are hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin) and oxymorphone (Opana).
    • The highest death rate occurred among people aged 35 to 54.
    • The number of overdose deaths was greater than deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
    • An estimated 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.
    • Prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction and death. Main categories of drug abuse include:
      • Narcotic  painkillers
      • Sedatives and tranquilizers
      • Stimulants (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)


Source: Astho/CDC

Note: In 2007, a total of 2,423,712 resident deaths were registered in the United States. The total includes 451,034 deaths from residual or non-specified causes.

Top 15 causes of death:

1. Diseases of heart (heart disease) ~ [616,067 deaths]
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) ~ [562,875]
3. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) ~ [135,952]
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases ~ [127,924]
5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) ~ [123,706]
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
8. Influenza and pneumonia
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
10. Septicemia (bacterial blood poisoning)
11. Intentional self-harm (suicide) ~ [34,598]
12.  Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
14. Parkinson’s disease
15. Assault (homicide) ~ [18,361]

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Violent Storm Triggers Calgary’s Municipal Emergency Plan

Posted by feww on November 28, 2011

Southern Alberta buffeted by gale-force winds, as large grass fire forces hundreds to evacuate

Dozens of buildings were damaged as strong winds uprooted trees, blew out windows and spread debris around downtown Calgary. The winds also caused several vehicles to overturn along Highway 2, and fueled a large fire northeast of Nanton.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 28

[November 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,570 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Alberta, Canada. Dozens of buildings were damaged as strong winds uprooted trees, blew out windows and spread debris around downtown Calgary. The winds also caused several vehicles to overturn along Highway 2, and fueled a large fire northeast of Nanton since last Tuesday, which forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.
    • “Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation closed portions of Fish Creek Provincial Park because of tree damage and public risk of power lines falling down,” said a report.
    • Strong winds have been wreaking havoc in southern Alberta from Okotoks to the American border since Tuesday.

Other Global Disasters

  • Indonesia. A 720-meter bridge linking the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province in central Indonesia collapsed killing at least 13 people and leaving dozens more missing, presumed dead. The bridge over the Mahakam river in central Indonesia was built to resemble SF’s Golden Gate Bridge.
    • About 2 dozen others were injured in the incident, 10 of them critically.
  • Indonesia. The recorded number of HIV/AIDS patients in Indonesia (population: 240 million) has climbed to at least 200,000.
  • Yunnan Province, SW China.  The SW China province of Yunnan registered about 84,000 HIV carriers and AIDS patients as of the end of l2010, one of the worst among Chinese provinces or regions, a report said.
  • Global. At least 34 million people around the world had HIV in 2010, up from 33.3 million in 2009, the UNAIDS reported.
    • Some 2.7 million new HIV infections were reported worldwide in 2010.
    • About two-thirds of new HIV infections in 2010, and more than a third of AIDS-related deaths, occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Thousands flee as floodwaters rise in Malaysia

Posted by feww on November 25, 2011

Rising floods kill 3, force thousands to evacuate their homes in Malaysia

Malaysia braces for massive flooding as 40 percent more monsoon rain forecast this season compared with last year.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 25

[November 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,573 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Malaysia. Rising floods have left at least 3 children dead, a teenager missing, and forced thousands to evacuate their homes across 2 north-eastern states of Terengganu and Kelantan. Up to 40 percent more rain is forecast for the monsoon season (November 2011 – March 2012) compared with last year.
    • The Malaysian states expected to receive extreme rain are  Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Sabah.
    • The govt has designated 5,156 evacuation centers, which could accommodate  about 1.4 million evacuees.
    • The Malaysian Govt has categorized about 500 schools with a total of more than 200,000 students as being at high-risk of flooding.
    • The flooding would be exacerbated by high tides.
    • “The high-tide phenomenon is predicted to occur on Dec 25 this year and Jan 23, 2012.” Malaysia’s deputy PM told reporters.

Other Global Disasters

  • Zambia.  Early rains have destroyed about a third of Zambia’s 2010/11 maize harvest.
    • “We are talking about a bumper harvest of 3.1 million tonnes but close to a million tonnes has gone to waste because farmers did not anticipate the rains coming early,” said Zambia National Farmers Union spokesman.

 

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Wildfire Attacks Reno

Posted by feww on November 19, 2011

Reno Fire Declared a Major Disaster by FEMA

A fast-moving 2,000-acre blaze whipped by 100 kph (60 mph) destroys at least 20 Reno homes, forces 10,000 people to evacuate and prompts Nevada Gov to declare a state of emergency in the state’s largest city (pop: 700,000 metro area)

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 19

[November 19, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,579 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Nevada, USA. A fast-moving massive blaze has destroyed at least 20 Reno homes, forcing 10,000 people to evacuate.
    • At least one person was reported dead as a result of a heart attack, and dozens were injured, mostly from smoke inhalation, respiratory or cardiac conditions.
    • “‘The whole mountain was on fire,’ said a Mountain Springs Road resident who escaped with his wife first to a shopping center and later to Reno High School after waking to the smell of intense smoke about 1:30 a.m.” AP reported.
    • The authorities ordered 90 schools to close.

Fire Report Summary by InciWeb:

The Caughlin fire is currently burning near homes on the southwest side of Reno, NV. The fire is scattered throughout a 2,000 acre area burning in a south to southwesterly direction.

Evacuation areas are from southwest of McCarran and S. Virginia Street and the entire area between Skyline Blvd, S. McCarran and Plumas.

Other Global Disasters

  • Virginia, USA. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia because of the damage caused by the Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee during the period of September 8-9, 2011
    • The worst affected counties are Caroline, Essex, Fairfax, King and Queen, King George, Prince William, and Westmoreland and the independent City of Alexandria.
  • Connecticut, USA. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Connecticut  in the area affected by the deadly pre-Halloween storm during the period of October 29-30, 2011.
    • The worst affected areas are in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland, and Windham Counties. Also affected were tribal lands of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nations.
  • Southeast Asia. At least 20 million people in SEA have been affected by flooding since June 2011. The worst affected countries are Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
    • See Disaster Calendar 2011 and earlier blog entries for specific details of flooding damage in each country.
  • Massachusetts, USA.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 7 counties in Massachusetts as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Irene that occurred Aug. 28-31, 2011.
    • The counties declared as Primary disaster areas are Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth.
    • The counties declared as Contiguous disaster areas are Bristol, Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • Maryland, USA. USDA has designated 22 counties in Maryland as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of drought, excessive heat and damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee that occurred April 1 – Oct. 31, 2011.


List of Maryland counties designated as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA


List of Maryland counties designated as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

  • The District of Columbia and following counties in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia were also added to the disaster declaration because the areas are contiguous.
    • Delaware: Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties.
    • District of Columbia.
    • Pennsylvania: Adams, Chester, Franklin, Fulton and Lancaster counties.
    • Virginia: Accomack, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
    • West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

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Deadly Tornadoes Strike Southeastern U.S.

Posted by feww on November 17, 2011

Tornadoes wreak havoc across the Southeast, leaving 5 dead and many injured

A strong storm system moved across southeastern US spawning 16 reported tornadoes, killing at least 5 and injuring many more. Dozens of homes and buildings were left damaged across 7 states.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 17

[November 17, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,581 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


At least 16 tornado reports were reported to SPC, as of posting.

  • North Carolina. At least one person died when tornadoes touched down in NC, Gov. Bev Perdue said.
    • “We have reports that tornadoes touched down in Randolph and Davidson counties [Wednesday] evening, causing a fatality in Davidson,” she said.
    • About a dozen people were injured and at least 3 dozen structures were damaged in the area.
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Several EF 2 tornadoes reportedly touched down injuring 15 people across several counties, with Jones County being the worst-hit.
  • South Carolina. At least 3 people were killed and up to a dozen others  injured when a tornado swept through a rural community about 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Georgia. At least one person was killed when a tree fell on a sport utility vehicle, a report said.
  • Alabama. “In eastern Alabama, a suspected twister splintered trees and demolished mobile homes at a pair of housing parks near the Auburn University campus,” the report said.
    • Tens of thousands of customers were left without power in Montgomery, the state capital.
  • Louisiana. A suspected tornado swept through Houma, southern Louisiana damaging several homes.
  • Pittsylvania, Virginia. Strong winds caused extensive roof damage to several building including the building housing the Unique Industries, according to reports received by SPC.
    • Dozens of trees were uprooted or splintered.
    • Numerous tractor trailers were  blown over.
    • Water tanks were tossed about.

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Dozens of Counties in 15 States Declared Agri Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on November 16, 2011

Drought and deluge, hurricanes and severe storms, extreme rain and excessive heat …  cause multiple disasters across the U.S.

141 counties in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Vermont declared Agricultural Disaster Areas

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 16

[November 16, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,582 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Pennsylvania, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Erie County in Pennsylvania as a Primary Natural Disaster Area because of excessive rain that occurred May 1 – June 28, 2011.
    • The following counties in Pennsylvania were also  added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous: Crawford and Warren.
    • The following 2 counties in New York and Ohio were also added to  natural disaster declaration  because they are contiguous:
    •  New York: Chautauqua County.
    • Ohio: Ashtabula County.
  • Oklahoma.  USDA has designates a total of 15 counties in Oklahoma as Natural Disaster Areas because of losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began May 1, 2011, and continues.
    • Oklahoma’s Primary Disaster Areas: Craig, Mayes, Ottawa, Tulsa, Delaware, Nowata, Rogers and Washington counties.
    • Oklahoma’s Contiguous Disaster Areas: Adair, Creek, Osage, Wagoner, Cherokee, Okmulgee and Pawnee counties.
  • Also declared as Natural Disaster Areas were the following 7 bordering counties in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
    • Arkansas: Benton County.
    • Kansas: Chautauqua, Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties.
    • Missouri: McDonald and Newton counties.
  • Pennsylvania. USDA has declared 14 Counties in Pennsylvania as Natural Disaster Areas due to excessive rain, flooding and flash flooding associated with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee that occurred Aug. 26 – Sept. 12, 2011.
    • Pennsylvania’s Primary Disaster Areas: Bradford, Lebanon and York counties.
    • Pennsylvania’s Contiguous Disaster Areas: Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks, Dauphin, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Tioga and Susquehanna counties.
  • The following 5 counties in Maryland and New York were also designated as disaster areas because they are  contiguous.
    • Maryland: Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.
    • New York: Chemung and Tioga counties.
  • Nebraska. USDA has designates 15 Counties in Nebraska as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to crop losses caused by severe storms with excessive rain, flash flooding, hail and high winds that occurred May 23-Aug. 11, 2011.
  • The following 3 counties in Colorado and Kansas were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Colorado: Phillips and Sedgwick counties.
    • Kansas: Rawlins County.
  • Pennsylvania. USDA has declared 47 Counties in Pennsylvania as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to drought and excessive heat that occurred between June 1 and August 30, 2011.


List of 13 Pennsylvania counties declared as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA


List of 34 Pennsylvania counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

  • The following 10 counties in Maryland and New Jersey were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Maryland: Allegany, Carroll, Harford, Baltimore, Frederick, and Washington counties.
    • New Jersey: Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren counties.
  • New Hampshire. USDA has designated 10 Counties in New Hampshire as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, Tropical Storm Irene, Tropical Storm Lee that began May 1, 2011, and continues.
    • The counties declared as Primary Disaster Areas are:  Belknap, Coos, Hillsborough, Strafford, Carroll, Grafton,  Rockingham and Sullivan.
    • NH counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas are: Cheshire and Merrimack
  • The following 10 counties in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Maine: Oxford and York counties.
    • Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
    • Vermont: Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

At least 4,104 counties were declared agricultural disaster areas between January 1 and November 16, 2011.
(Note: The total includes multiple counts for some of the counties because different disasters occurred during the period).

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Iowa counties declared disaster areas

Posted by feww on November 11, 2011

Six north Iowa counties have been designated agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 6 north Iowa counties as agricultural disaster areas because of the damage caused by high winds on September 2.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 11

[November 11, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,587 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Iowa, USA. Six north Iowa counties have been designated agricultural disaster areas by USDA because of the damage caused by high winds on September 2.
    • Mitchell County was designated as the primary disaster area, with 5 other counties, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Howard and Worth, included in the declaration because they’re contiguous.
    • The designation is granted when disaster yield falls at least 30 percent below the normal production yield of the crop.
    • Minnesota. Mower County in Minnesota has been added top the above designation because it’s contiguous.

Other Disasters

  • Pretoria, South Africa. The country’s Water Affairs Department has declared the Apies River a disaster area following significant water pollution, which has killed large number of fish.
    • The river flows through Pretoria (pop: 2.4 million), passing near the Rooiwal sewage works,  located north of the city, where leaks from the sewerage system contaminate the water.
  • Texas, USA. Gov perry has renewed Texas Disaster Declaration.
    • Perry originally issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on December 21, 2010, as extreme fire hazard posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas.
    • The extreme fire hazard continues to create a threat of disaster for the people, and record high temperatures, preceded by significantly low rainfall, have resulted in declining reservoir and aquifer levels, threatening water supplies and delivery systems in many parts of the state, Perry said in the extension to the Proclamation.
    • The exceptional drought conditions have reached historic levels, posing an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy, he added.
    • The state of disaster includes all 254 counties in the State of Texas.

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Flooding Forces Thousands to Evacuate in India, Vietnam

Posted by feww on November 8, 2011

Floods Continue to Wreak Havoc Across SE Asia

Reported death toll from continued flooding in SE Asia now exceeds at least 1,000.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 8

[November 8, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,590 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Vietnam. About 100 people have been killed or reported as missing in Vietnam’s worst flooding this century.
    • About 70 of the victims are said to be children under the age of 16, according to the UN.
    • Large areas in Central Quang Nam province as well as the Mekong Delta remain submerged.
    • About 150,000 homes have been inundated.
    • At least 10,000 of Quang Nam residents have been evacuated.
  • Tamil Nadu, India.
    • Extreme rain events have claimed at least 40 lives in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, displacing more than 6,500 others.

Other Global Disasters

  • South Korea. About 41 S. Koreans are committing suicides every day. The rise in suicide rates is said to be caused by increasing prevalence of mental health problems within the population.
  • Virginia, USA. The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the area affected by an earthquake (Louisa County) during the period of August 23 to October 25, 2011.
  • Connecticut, USA. Connecticut’s death toll has climbed to 10  from the early nor’easter that struck New England on October 29.
    • At least 50,000 people are still without power nine days after the storm.
  • Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.  For details of flooding in these countries see below links.

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Listeria-tainted cantaloupes kill 16, sicken 72

Posted by feww on September 28, 2011

Listeria outbreak officially deadliest food poisoning outbreak in a decade

Tainted Colorado cantaloupes have killed 16 people and sickened 72 others across 18 states

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 28

[September 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,631 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • USA. CDC has confirmed 13 deaths from listeria-tainted melons in the US. Three other deaths in Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming are probably linked to the outbreak, health officials said.
    • The outbreak is now officially the worst mass food poisoning in a decade, as the death toll tops that of the salmonella outbreak caused by tainted peanuts in 2009, which killed9 people.
  • Vermont, USA. USDA has designated 14 counties in Vermont as agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by extreme rain, flooding and flash flooding that began April 1, 2011 and continue. The counties are
    • Primary Disaster Areas: Addison, Bennington,  Caledonia, Chittenden,  Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Windsor counties.
    • Contiguous areas: Lamoille, Washington and Windham counties.
  • Nine counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York are also included in the disaster declaration because they are contiguous areas.
    • Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin counties.
    • New Hampshire: Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties.
    • New York: Clinton, Essex, Rensselaer and Washington counties.
  • Philippines. Death toll from Typhoon NESAT has climbed to at least 31, with dozens of people reported as missing.
    • Heavy rains and powerful winds caused widespread flooding and triggered landslides, displacing at least 60,000 families.
    • The typhoon destroyed about 40,000 tons of rice, more than  6,000 tons of corn and 100 tons of vegetables at a cost of about $17million.
    • Having left the Philippians bruised and battered, NESAT is now headed towards southern China/northern Vietnam region.

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Texas Wildfires Torch 1,100 Homes

Posted by feww on September 6, 2011

Wildfires Continue to Consume Texas

181 fires consume 118,413 acres and about 1,100 homes in 7 days

Texas wildfires have burned about  3.6 million acres and 4,400 structures [FEWW Estimate] so far this year.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 6

[September 6, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,653 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA. Some 181 fires have consumed 118,413 acres and destroyed about 1,100 homes in the past 7 days. Texas wildfires have burned at least 3.6 million acres and 4,400 structures [FEWW Estimate] so far this year.
    • The worst fires in Central Texas for at least a century are fulled by a year-long intense drought, low humidity and strong winds generated by the remnants of weather system that had earlier spawned Tropical Storm Lee.
    • Texas has been plagued by its worst drought in at least 6 decades.
    • Fire Management Details(Texas Forest Service, TFS)
      • Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011
      • National Preparedness Level: 3
      • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3
      • TFS Preparedness Level: 5
    • Fire Stats
      • Total Number of Fires YTD: ~ 18,741
      • Acres burned: ~ 3,600,000 ["That's roughly the size of Connecticut." Rick Perry said.]
      • Structures Destroyed by Fire: 4,400 units [FEWW Estimate]
      • Fires in the past 7 days: TFS has responded to 201  fires for 118,413
      • About 1,100  homes have been destroyed in various fires.
      • At least 5,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes.
      • About 700 people are in emergency shelters.
      • The 30,000-acre Bastrop Complex Fire near Austin is still zero-percent contained.
      • At least 13 of the blazes are larger than 1,000 acres (including 7 that have torched more than 3,000 acres).
      • Wildfires in East Texas have consumed at least 2,000 acres, killing a woman and her baby and destroying more than a dozen homes, a report said.
      • Death toll from the fire outbreak has climbed to at least 4, a report said.
      • Yesterday (September 5, 2011) TFS responded to 22 new fires for 7,544 acres, including 10 new large fires.
      • Texas drought-related losses YTD: At least $10 billion

Other Disasters

  • Japan. Death toll from Typhoon TALAS has climbed to at least 48 with 54 others reported missing.
    • About 3,000 people are still in evacuation centers.
    • Dozens of villages and tens of thousands of people in central Japan are still cut off.
    • TALAS was the worst storm to hit Japan in 3 decades.
  • Connecticut , USA. The White House has  declared Connecticut a major disaster area because of the damage  caused by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 27, 2011.
  • Virginia, USA. The White House has  declared Virginia a major disaster area due to the damage caused Hurricane Irene during the period of August 26-28, 2011.
  • New Hampshire, USA. The White House has  declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Hampshire due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 26, 2011.
  • Pennsylvania, USA. The White House has  declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 26-30, 2011.
  • Rhode Island, USA. The White House has  declared a major disaster exists in the State of Rhode Island due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene during the period of August 27-29, 2011.
  • Massachusetts, USA. The White House has  declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene during the period of August 27-29, 2011.
  • Pakistan. Death toll from flooding in Pakistan has climbed to at least 123, reports said.
    • Floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in southern Sindh province have destroyed about half a million mud huts.
    • At least 100,000 heads of cattle are dead or missing.
    • Floods have destroyed about half million acres of cropland, and 80 percent of harvest-ready crops in the region.
    • At least third of a million people have been displaced.
    • More than 2.2 million others have been severely affected.

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TS Lee: Louisiana and Mississippi declare states of emergency

Posted by feww on September 3, 2011

Governors of Louisiana and Mississippi declare states of emergency, as Lee moves closer to the Gulf Coast

Up to 40 centimeters of rain is expected to fall over southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with as much as 50 centimeters  (20 inches) forecast in some areas, the hurricane center said.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 3

[September 3, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,656 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Louisiana, USA. Governor Jindal has declared a state of emergency in 35 parishes expecting flash flooding and high tides as a result of the storm system.  State officials have urged voluntary evacuations in parts of Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, Jindal told reporters.
  • Mississippi, USA. Governor Barbour has declared a state of emergency in seven counties expected to receive heavy rain and floods as the storm moves slowly north.
  • Sindh Province, Pakistan. Flooding triggered by days of monsoon rains in Pakistan’s Sindh province have killed about 70 people, destroying or damaging about a half of a million homes, wiping out hundreds of villages, washing away roads, bridges and other infrastructure, breaching irrigation canals, inundating vast tracts of land, destroying or damaging 2.5 million acres of crop, leaving hundreds of thousands of cattle dead, and displacing or severely affecting more than 2 million people, officials have said.
    • The latest disasters in the area is a double whammy for tens of thousands of 2010 flood victims who had already lost their homes and were living in thatched huts which have all collapsed.\
  • Texas, USA. Some 18,612 wildfires in Texas so far this year have consumed at least 3,477,685 acres, destroying 2,450 homes/structures, Texas Forest Service reported. [Note: the actual figure may be closer to 3,100 structures - FEWW]

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Obama Bows to Big Business on Killer Smog Control

Posted by feww on September 2, 2011

Surprise, Surprise!!

The kowtow president reverses new rules on limiting deadly smog pollution

New rules to limit killer smog pollution would have cost big business “billions of dollars.”

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 2

[September 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,657 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • USA. Bowing to big business, the white House has withdrawn the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard.
    • The draft had proposed to limit ground-level ozone to between 60 and 70 parts per billion over eight hours [The previous standard was 75 parts per billion set by the Bush administration in 2008.]
    • “The Obama administration is caving to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. This is a huge win for corporate polluters and a huge loss for public health,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters.
      • “It’s good to see the administration recognizing the need to balance environmental rules with the potential impact on consumers and jobs,” said Melissa McHenry, a spokeswoman with American Electric Power.
      • “We would hope that same consideration should be given to other rules that the EPA is moving forward with,” she added.
    • “Smog kills more people than car crashes in the most heavily-polluted areas of the country: There were 2,521 vehicular deaths in the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Basin in 2006, compared to 3,812 deaths attributed to respiratory illness caused by particulate pollution, according to a study by researchers at Cal State Fullerton.” Source

Other Disasters

  • Sudan. Sudan has declared a state of emergency in the state of Blue Nile following a third outbreak of fighting on the country’s  border states with South Sudan, reports said.
    • Since South Sudan’s declaration of independence in July, at least a quarter of a million people have fled their homes, most of them from the South Kordofan state (population: ~ 1.2 million).
  • Connecticut River Valley. Flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Irene have submerged  farmland in the Connecticut River Valley, destroying crops both in Connecticut and Massachusetts and washing away topsoil, a report said.
  • Iowa, USA. The town of Hamburg in  southwest Iowa (pop: 1,100) may soon become a ghost town as many of its residents may leave because of chronic flooding. The summer-long flooding along the Missouri River have limited access to the town since June, a report said.
  • Southern California, USA.  Authorities have ordered the residents of 1,500 homes to evacuate after a wildfire engulfed a large section of I-15, the main interstate between SoCal and Las Vegas, AP reported.
    • The blaze began about1 pm Friday and consumed 500 acres in two hours, the report said.
  • Georgia, USA. Governor of Georgia has requested a disaster designation for 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties because of the ongoing drought and exceptional heat conditions that have plagued the state since April, a report said.
    •  “Earlier this summer, Vilsack [USDA] had granted a disaster designation for 22 counties and an additional 26 counties were declared contiguous disaster areas due to drought and heat conditions. Those counties were all in the southern portion of the state and reflected crop losses early in the year as a result of drought conditions.”
  • Shikoku Island, Japan. Typhoon Talas, the 12th of the season, made landfall on Shikoku Island, killing at least one person with half dozen others missing, and injuring dozens of others, a report said.
    •  Some 3,200 others were forced to evacuate in 16 prefectures in western to central Japan.
    • Typhoon Talas also disrupted air and rail traffic in western Japan, with hundreds of domestic and  international flights cancelled.
    • Mudslides caused by torrential rains blocked roads, isolating hundreds of people in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, on Shikoku.
    • A record 1,150 millimeters of rain fell in 72 hours over a village in Nara Prefecture.
    • Rain records for at least 4 other prefectures in western Japan have also been broken, reports said.

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