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Disaster Calendar – 26 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 26, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,420 Days Left

[26 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,420 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 25 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 25, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,421 Days Left

[25 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,421 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 24 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 24, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,422 Days Left

[24 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,422 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 23 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 23, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,423 Days Left

[23 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,423 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 22 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,424 Days Left

[22 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,424 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Floods Threaten Thousands of Towns in Russia

Posted by feww on April 22, 2012

Major flooding expected across Russia

More than 4,700 towns across Russia are threatened by floods, especially in Yakutia, the Maritime, Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk Territories, and the Irkutsk region in Siberia, said a report.

“The risk zone includes some 1,900 highway sections, 378 railroad sections and 563 bridges.”

In the past two weeks tens of thousands of homes have been deluged in southern and central Russia affecting tens of thousands of residents; many people have been evacuated.

The worst-hit areas are in “the Republic of Tatarstan, and Saratov and Samara regions, as well as in parts of the Central and Volga Federal Districts, where 45 bridges, two dams and two sections of highways have been flooded.”

In the latest incident, the 803-year-old Kadom village was inundated by floowaters, according to Ryazan’s regional emergencies ministry.

“More than 500 homes have been flooded in the central Russian region of Ryazan after melting snow caused the river Moksha to overflow,” affecting  about 1,200 people.

A state of emergency was earlier declared as floodwaters continued rising in the region, reports said.

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Disaster Calendar – 21 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 21, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,425 Days Left

[21 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,425 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 20 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 20, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,426 Days Left

[20 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,426 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 19 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 19, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,427 Days Left

[19 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,427 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 18 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 18, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,428 Days Left

[18 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,428 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 17 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 17, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,429 Days Left

[17 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,429 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Massive Bridge Over No Water

Posted by feww on April 17, 2012

Severe drought grips Shiyan City, central China’s Hubei Province

A severe drought caused by the failed rains has gripped Shiyan City in central China’s Hubei Province.


Recent photo shows dry bed of Hanjiang River crossed by a massive bridge near Shiyan City in central China’s Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Cheng Fuhua).   More photos…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Global Drought

Recent Global Drought Links

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Disaster Calendar – 16 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 16, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,430 Days Left

[16 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,430 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Spreads Across England

Posted by feww on April 16, 2012

“A longer-term drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond” forecast for England

East Anglia, the South East, the Midlands and the South West are now officially in drought, while dry weather continues to impact other areas of England, the UK Environment Agency reported.

Parts of England received less than 60% of the average winter rainfall, the Agency reported, warning that the drought could last beyond Christmas, and into a third dry winter.


Total rainfall across England and Wales for March 2012.  Source: UK Environment Agency.

Drought status for 17 new counties in South West England and the Midlands 

Seventeen new counties in South West England and the Midlands have been designated drought status, after two dry winters have left rivers and ground waters depleted, some of them at record lows, said the Agency. The dry weather is ” taking its toll on the environment and farmers – causing problems for wildlife, wetlands and crop production, ” the Agency reported

“In the Midlands the Environment Agency has rescued fish from the River Lathkill in Derbyshire after it dried up, and the Rivers Tern, Sow, Soar and Leadon reached their lowest ever recorded levels in March. In the South West rivers are also suffering and nationally important chalk streams, such as the Hampshire Avon and the Dorset Stour, which support rare trout and salmon species, are exceptionally low.”

New Regions Impacted by Drought

The South West region covers:

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Somerset
  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Parts of Hampshire
  • Most of Wiltshire.

The Midlands region covers:

  • Nottinghamshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Derbyshire
  • Staffordshire
  • West Midlands
  • Warwickshire
  • Shropshire
  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Gloucestershire

Drought Situation

The counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and west Norfolk were declared drought areas in June 2011. “In February 2012 following a dry winter, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, the east of Gloucestershire and the remainder of East Anglia and in March 2012 parts of Yorkshire are now also in drought.”

Third Year of Drought?

“A longer term drought, lasting until Christmas and perhaps beyond, now looks more likely,” head of Water Resources at the UK Environment Agency said.

See Also:

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Global Drought

Recent Global Drought Links

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Disaster Calendar – 15 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 15, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,431 Days Left

[15 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,431 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

 

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Disaster Calendar – 14 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 14, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,432 Days Left

[14 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,432 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 13 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 13, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,433 Days Left

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,433 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 12 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 12, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 12

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,434 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 11

Posted by feww on April 11, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 11

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,435 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Declared in Idaho Counties after Landslides and Flooding

Posted by feww on April 5, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 5

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,441 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

100-year rainfall records broken in Idaho and Bonner counties, Id

Extreme rain events have caused damaging landslides and closed roads throughout Shoshone, Idaho and Bonner counties, Id., prompting Governor Otter to declare a state of emergency.

  • Idaho, USA.  Extreme rain events have supersaturated the soil triggering multiple landslides, causing  widespread damage to infrastructure, closing roads throughout Shoshone, Idaho and Bonner counties, Id., and prompting Governor Otter to declare a state of emergency
    • “The landslides and flooding have damaged multiple roads in all three counties, causing residents and first responders to detour extensively around the closed roads. The landslide on Leitch Creek Road in Idaho County deposited an estimated 80,000 cubic yards of debris across the road, making it impassable for some time,”  said a report.

Significant Events

  • Mississippi, USA.  “March temperatures were above average across the entire NWS Jackson forecast area, with a new monthly average temperature record set at 3 of 6 area climate sites.”  NWS reported.
    • Warmest March on Record reported at
      • Greenwood (64.8ºF)
      • Hattiesburg (68.0)
      • Vicksburg/Tallulah (66.2)
    • 2nd Warmest at
      • Greenville (64.3)
    • 3rd Warmest
      • Jackson (66.3)
    • 4th Warmest
      • Meridian (65.0)
  • Current U.S. Drought Monitor

Other Disasters

  • Texas, USA.  The City of Forney (aka, the Antique Capital of Texas) in Kaufman County has been declare a disaster area after a tornado touchdown in downtown area mid afternoon Tuesday.
    • The twister damaged or destroyed about 100 structures,  and  a dozen people injured.
  • China.   Exceptional, extreme and severe levels of drought have spread to 13 Chinese provinces, leaving about 8 million people and 5 million heads of livestock without sufficient drinking water.

    • The worst affected provinces include Yunnan, Sichuan [a major farming area,] Hebei, Shanxi and Gansu, the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said
    • “The drought has also dried up reservoirs and threatened spring planting, affecting 60.1 million mu (4 million hectares) of crop land as of Thursday.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina. Torrential rains and hail storms across Buenos Aires have left at least twelve people dead and many injured, reports said.
  • England, UK.  Following two years of very low winter rainfall, large parts of England are officially in drought.
    • The drought has forced seven water companies throughout the UK to impose a temporary use bans (locally known as hosepipe bans).
    • “Dry winters can be particularly harmful because winter rain normally tops up groundwater and reservoirs. East Anglia, the South East and parts of Yorkshire are currently in drought, and other parts of the country  are affected. If the dry weather continues, more restrictions are likely to be necessary.” UK govt said.
    • Current situation: “East Anglia, the south east of England and south and east Yorkshire are in drought. . In parts of the Midlands, the south west of England and Wales some river flows are very low for the time of year and there are some noticeable impacts on the environment, but public water supplies are not affected.
    • “England and Wales had 38 per cent of the long term average rainfall in March. This ranged from 29 per cent in Wales to 68 per cent in our Anglian region. With dry weather affecting many regions this week, soil moisture deficits have continued to increase. River flows remain exceptionally low for the time of year in many areas. Groundwater levels continue to decrease and remain lower than at the same time in March 1976 in parts of Shropshire, the Chilterns, and the North Downs.”

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

China Drought

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Schmallenberg Virus Outbreak: April 3 Update

Posted by feww on April 3, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 3

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,443 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Up to 5,000 farms in the EU may be infected with SBV

Based on the data made available by various organizations monitoring the spread of Schmallenberg Virus in EU, FIRE-EARTH estimates that up to 5,000 farms may be infected with the deadly virus.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

Previous reports of SBV infection

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Flood Disaster Declared in Fiji

Posted by feww on April 1, 2012

Up to 10,000 people displaced as Fiji deluge intensifies

The main Fijian island of Viti Levu is hit by a near-total blackout amid worsening flood conditions, which have already claimed at least three lives, with three others missing, and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – April 1

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,445 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Fiji. A state of natural disaster has been declared for most of Fiji’s Western Division.
    • The main Fijian island of Viti Levu is hit by a near-total blackout amid worsening flood conditions, which have already claimed at least three lives, with three others missing, and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes.
    • The area declared a natural disaster zone covers most of Fiji’s Western Division, including the Lautoka, Nadi, Tavua, Ba, Nadroga and Navosa districts, as well as town of Nausori in Fiji’s Central Division.
    • There are NO incoming flights to Nadi international airport and all flights out of Nadi have been cancelled.
    • The Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) said power was cut after a landslide toppled a power transmitter into a river, Fiji Village website reported. More heavy rains, squally thunderstorms and flooding are forecast for the region.
    • See also entry for Fiji January floods: Deadly Tornado Season 2012 Begins Posted on January 23, 2012.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

 

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Drought in Kansas Damages Aquifers

Posted by feww on March 30, 2012

Kansas drought in 2011 has caused severe declines in groundwater levels

Ogallala Aquifer in southwest Kansas dropped an average 3.78 feet in 2011, Kansas Geological Survey said. That’s compared to a decline of 3 feet in 2010 and 1.39 feet in 2009.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 30

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,447 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Kansas, USA.  Kansas drought in 2011 has caused severe declines in groundwater levels.


U.S. Seasonal Drought Map.

    • The drought began in the fall of 2010.
    • Much of Kansas received between 25 to 50 percent of normal rainfall.
    • Ogallala Aquifer in southwest Kansas dropped an average 3.78 feet in 2011, Kansas Geological Survey said. That’s compared to a decline of 3 feet in 2010 and 1.39 feet in 2009.
    • Thew is a nearly 174,000-square-mile underground cache of water that spreads across parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming – one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world.
    • “The growing season was probably the worst since the 1930s,” said Kansas Geological Survey water-data manager. “It was just awful.”
    • “It’s a change from 80 years ago when, during the Great Depression, hundreds, if not thousands, of farmers went out of business after drought and dust storms damaged their crops. Back then, there was little irrigation relief or knowledge of the magnitude of the reservoir underneath the surface,” said a report.
    • The Ogallala Aquifer (aka, the High Plains Aquifer,) is one of the world’s largest aquifers, covering an area of about 450,000 km² (174,000 mi²).
    • Named after the town of Ogallala, Nebraska, the vast but shallow aquifer is located beneath the Great Plains covering portion of eight states of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.
    • Ogallala yields about 30 percent of the ground water used for irrigation in the U.S.
    • The aquifer has been declining for decades
    • “High Plains ground water is used primarily to grow crops for the Nation; irrigation accounts for 94 percent of the ground-water use. The second largest ground-water use, 418 million gallons per day (Mgal/day), is for domestic drinking water. Almost 2 million people rely on the High Plains aquifer for their drinking water. Surface water is used for drinking water primarily in the larger cities near the periphery of the High Plains aquifer (Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Lubbock, Odessa, and Amarillo, Texas). Other uses of ground water include livestock (222 Mgal/day), mining (210 Mgal/day), and industry (155 Mgal/day).” USGS said.


Water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2005 (modified from McGuire, 2007). Map shows the areas of substantial water-level changes in the aquifer from the time prior to substantial ground-water irrigation development (predevelopment or about 1950) to 2005 Source: USGS

Water-Level Changes, Predevelopment to 2005

  • The map of water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer from predevelopment to 2005  was generated using methods described by McGuire (2007). The map is based on water levels from 3,682 wells, which were measured in predevelopment and in 2005, and other previously published data in areas with few predevelopment water levels. The areas with few predevelopment water levels are in the central part of the Nebraska Panhandle, west-central Nebraska, and southeastern Wyoming.
  • The water-level changes from predevelopment to 2005 ranged between a rise of 84 feet and a decline of 277 feet. Area-weighted, average water-level change from predevelopment to 2005 was a decline of 12.8 feet. Approximately 25 percent of the aquifer area had more than 10 feet of water-level decline from predevelopment to 2005; 17 percent had more than 25 feet of water-level decline, and 9 percent had more than 50 feet of water-level decline. Approximately 2 percent of the aquifer area had more than 10 feet of water-level rise from predevelopment to 2005 (McGuire, 2007).

Change in Water in Storage, Predevelopment to 2005

  • Total water in storage in 2005 was about 2,925 million acre-feet, which was a decline of about 253 million acre-feet (or 9 percent) since predevelopment. Water in storage for predevelopment was inferred from water in storage in 2000 and water-level changes from predevelopment to 2000. Changes in storage prior to predevelopment were not estimated (McGuire, 2007).

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Ten things IPCC report can’t explain

Posted by feww on March 29, 2012

“Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX)”

Oh, REALLY?

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 29

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,448 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Global Disasters. IPCC’s  594-page report, Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation, echos everything FIRE-EARTH has already published.
  • The report is written by 220 authors from 62 countries, and we know they read everything we write. Yet, they still talk about “managing the risks”  of extreme events, and “low regrets” strategies, as if the “risks” are manageable!!!
  • They can’t explain why the deadliest as well as the costliest disaster in 2011, contrary to their predictions, was a
    • NON-CLIMATIC CATASTROPHE  that hit
    • HIGH-LEVEL TARGETS  in the  then
    • WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY.

[While you're scratching your "low-regrets strategies," here's another one we saw coming earlier! ]

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Spreads in England

Posted by feww on March 28, 2012

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 28

[March 28, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,449 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Persistent dry weather spreads drought to East Anglia, the South East and parts of  Yorkshire, England

Continued warm weather across the UK has led to numerous blazes in North Yorkshire, south Wales, Dumfries and Galloway (Scotland) and the Scottish Borders.

  • England, UK.  Drought has persisted in the English counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and west Norfolk since June 2011.  Following a dry winter, the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, the east of Gloucestershire and the remainder of East Anglia were officially declared as drought areas in February.  This month  parts of Yorkshire are also added to the official drought declaration.
    • Seven water companies (Anglian Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia Water Southeast and Veolia Water Central) have announced temporary restrictions to start by 5 April 2012, Environment Agency reported.
    • In the absence of above-average rainfall in coming weeks, the drought could spread and intensify even more widely, the Environment Agency has warned.


Latest available groundwater levels for indicator sites for the week ending 20 March, classed relative to an analysis of historic values for the same time of year (Source: Environment Agency). Geological map reproduced with kind permission from UK Groundwater Forum, BGS © NERC. Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Environment Agency, 100026380, 2012


Latest daily mean river flow expressed as a percentile2 and classed relative to an analysis of historic daily mean flows for the same time of year (Source: Environment Agency)

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Incidents

  • A major fire has razed a shanty town in Quezon City, Philippines, destroying at least 200 homes and injuring several people, reports said.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

UK Drought

Global Drought

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