Posted by feww on August 27, 2013
US “ready” to strike Syria: Hagel
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the US military is ready to act on Syria.
“We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take,” Hagel told the BBC.
“I think it’s pretty clear that chemical weapons were used against people in Syria,” he said.
“I think the intelligence will conclude that it wasn’t the rebels who used it, and there’ll probably be pretty good intelligence to show is that the Syria government was responsible. But we’ll wait and determine what the facts and the intelligence bear out.”
“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,” Mr Kerry said at a news conference on Monday.
“Make no mistake, President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russia’s Izvestia newspaper that claims of his government using chemical weapons made by Western countries are “an insult to common sense” and “nonsense.”
“The statements made by the politicians in the USA and in other Western countries represent an insult to common sense and neglect of the public opinion of citizens in those countries. It’s nonsense: first, they bring charges, and then they collect evidence. And it’s one of the most powerful countries that does it – the US. They accused us on Wednesday, and in only two days the American leadership announces they started to collect the evidence.… They accuse our army of using chemical weapons in the area that’s reportedly controlled by the terrorists. In fact, there is no precise front line between the army and the insurgents in that area. And how can a government use chemical weapons – or any other weapons of mass destruction – in the area where government troops are concentrated? This is against elementary logic,” said Assad.
President Putin has told the British PM that Russia did not have any evidence whether a chemical weapons attack had occurred or who was responsible, according to an official statement.
Other Disasters/ Significant Events
At least 43 people, including a dozen civilians, were killed in Afghanistan over the last 24 hours, authorities said on Tuesday.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has documented 1,319 civilian deaths and 2,533 injuries—a total of 3,852 civilian casualties—in the first half of 2013.
The total represents an increase of 14 per cent in deaths and 28 per cent in injuries over the same period in 2012, said UNAMA.
Swollen Heilong river triggers widespread, persistent floods in NE China
Original caption: The aerial photo taken on Aug. 26, 2013 shows houses [and vast tracts of crops and farmland] inundated by floods along the Tongjiang-Fuyuan river section of the Heilong River in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. The Heilong River has swelled since mid-August, with some sections of its middle and lower reaches seeing their worst floods in history.(Xinhua/Ma Ling). More images…
TS FERNAND leaves at least 13 people dead in E. Mexico
At least 13 people were killed Monday after landslides triggered by torrential rains from tropical storm FERNAND destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said.
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Posted by feww on August 13, 2013
Extreme heat kills at least 40 people in south China
A heatwave that has been hovering over a large region encompassing eight provinces and municipalities in central, eastern and southern China has already been the longest lasting since 1961 (presumably when record-keeping began), with the temperatures reaching or exceeding 35ºC for an average of 25.3 day since July 1, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
[Note: the actual number of people killed as a result of the heatwave may be much higher.]
“Authorities have for the first time declared the heat to be a second-level weather emergency, a label normally used for typhoons and floods. The NMC issued a second-level heat alert on Tuesday for the next 20 days.”
Worsening drought an the long-lasting heatwave have “taken a heavy toll on agriculture and made drinking water increasingly difficult to obtain,” said the report.
At least 130 million people in China have been affected by the drought and extreme heat. More than 10 million people, and as many livestock, are short of drinking water, FIRE-EARTH estimates. See earlier posts on China drought.
Original caption: Withered tea plants are seen at a Longjing tea protection area in Hangzhou City, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Aug. 12, 2013. More than 40 percent tea plants in the Longjing tea protection areas in Hangzhou died of the continuous scorching weather in recent days. (Xinhua/Long Wei). More images…
Related Links: Drought, Extreme Heat Cripple China, Japan, S. Korea
Iraq Death Toll
Since August 1, at least 400 people have been killed and more than 2,500 others wounded amid growing violence in Iraq.
- In July, at least 1,057 people were killed and thousands more injured.
- Since the beginning of this year, at least 4,500 people have lost their lives to the violence.
Vietnam’s coffee crop forecast down in 2013-2014
Vietnam’s coffee production for 2013-2014 is estimated at about 1.2 million tons, a decrease of 15 percent compared to the previous year, said the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa).
The decrease is due to the drought and hail in June, which damaged about 5,000 hectares of coffee plantation and affected other 27,000 hectares, said a report.
Fishery disaster declared in Apalachicola
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker has declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay, said a report.
“Gov. Rick Scott requested the declaration in September 2012 because the fishery was near collapse. A May 2013 state report sent last week to federal officials blames lack of fresh water flowing from federal reservoirs in Georgia and Alabama.”
“Pritzker declared the commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the fishery resource disaster resulted from excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida panhandle during the 2012-13 winter fishing season.” More…
Cholera outbreak infects 1,500 in NE Afghanistan
A cholera outbreak in northeast Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killing at least one person and leaving more than 100 in critical condition, local officials told reporters.
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Posted by feww on April 25, 2013
Another two million dead and Texas would have named a town after Bush
Mr Obama will help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential ‘Lie-Bury’ and Museum on Thursday. He is on record as saying “the failed policies of George W. Bush” wiped away a budget surplus. Mr. Bush put two wars “on a credit card,” led the country away “from our values” and “crashed the economy.”
- Ironically, Mr Bush, 66, has read little more than about half dozen books in his entire life.
- He raised more than $500 million for his presidential center, which will occupy 23 acres on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Spain unemployment hits record high
Total number of unemployed people in Spain has now topped 6.2 million, a new record of 27.2 percent of the nation’s workforce, according to the official data.
Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh Building Collapse
At least 228 people were killed and up to 2,000 others injured when a building collapsed in a suburb of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.
- More than 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, about 30km outside Dhaka, when it collapsed on Wednesday.
- It’s not known how many people are still trapped in the rubble.
- The factory owners, who have gone into hiding, had ignored warnings after cracks were noticed on Tuesday, Police said.
China: Death toll in Lushan quake reaches 196
Death toll from M7.0 earthquake that hit Lushan County, Sichuan Province, on Saturday has climbed to 196, with at least 21 people reported as missing, and about 12,000 people injured.
- Meantime, two dozen people were reportedly injured when two quakes hit Yibin City, about 500 km from Lushan County.
- “Two successive earthquakes measuring 4.8 and 4.2 magnitude jolted , southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on Thursday morning, leaving 24 people injured and thousands of houses damaged.” said a report.
Afghanistan: Earthquake and flooding kill 40 people
Death toll from a 5.6Mw earthquake that struck NW of Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Wednesday has climbed to at least 20, with more than 150 other injured.
- The quake left hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.
Meantime, ongoping flash floods in the northern province of Balkh have left at least 20 people dead and thousands of houses destroyed or damaged.
IRAQ: Clashes between army and Sunni militants kill more than 100
Iraq continues to plunge deeper into sectarian violence after two days of fighting between government forces and Sunni militants left at least 100 people dead and scores of others injured.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 25, 2013 — SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,052 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,052 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on May 13, 2010
Flooding in 20 of Afghanistan provinces kills 120 people, destroys or damage 10,000 homes: Afghanistan VP
Flooding has also destroys crops, agricultural land, roads and other infrastructure, the Vice President of Afghanistan said in a statement:
His statement as reported by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is as follows:
On 11 May, Vice President Khalili chaired a briefing at ANDMA, where he stated that almost 20 provinces have been hit by flooding, 8 of them severely; 120 people have died; and 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. In addition to human casualties, damage to infrastructure and livelihoods has been high. Road clearance, rehabilitation of agricultural land, and air access were identified as priorities. In addition to dispatching teams to the affected areas to assess needs and provide compensation, the government has allocated 3 million Afs to each flood-affected province as well as 2 million Afs each to all other provinces for preparedness. As of 11 May, WFP reported that they were providing food assistance to 5,800 flood-affected families and that assessment reports continue to be received.
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