Devastating Floods in Kentucky Wash Out Bridges, Destroy Infrastructure
Two weeks of severe flooding in eastern and southeastern Kentucky have devastated the region. Many bridges are washed out and dozens of roads and culverts in the region are severely damaged prompting Gov. Beshear to declare a state of emergency for 12 counties on Friday.
- The 12 counties covered by the declaration are Bell, Clay, Crittenden, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Rockcastle and Whitley, said a report.
North Dakota and Minnesota
Flood Threat increases for Red and Souris Rivers in North Dakota and Minnesota: River levels on the Souris and Red Rivers in North Dakota are rising as warmer temperatures allow the snowpack to begin a more aggressive thaw. Stream and river rises will continue, along with an increased risk of overland flooding. Flood Watches and Flood Warnings are now in effect in northern North Dakota and Minnesota. —NWS
Flash floods injure 10, force about 1,000 to flee their homes in North Sumatra, Indonesia
The Aek Mata and Aek Ranto rivers in North Sumatra, Indonesia overflowed on Sunday following an extreme rain event, injuring at least 10 people, 6 of them severely, and forcing about 1,000 people to flee their homes.
- Scores of houses were swept away by the floods, according to a report.
Bangladesh: Death toll from Dhaka building collapse nears 400
At least 385 people are now confirmed dead following Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Reuters reported.
- Hundreds of other mostly female garment workers remain unaccounted for.
- The Bangladeshi garment industry employs up to 4 million people, most of them female, some of whom earn just over $1 a day.
- About 60 percent of Bangladesh’s low-cost garment exports go to Europe, 23 percent to the U.S., and 5 percent to Canada.
Famine in Somalia killed 260,000 people in 2011
The 2011 famine in Somalia killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them aged 5 and under, according to a new report, which is being made public on Thursday by FEWSNET, a Western official briefed on the report told AP.
- The report more than doubles previous death toll estimates by the U.K. government which said between 50,000 and 100,000 people had died in the famine.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 29, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,048 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,048 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
- WARNING: Human impact 2.85 x Earth’s diminishing carrying capacity
- WARNING: RAPID PLANETARY DECLINE IN PROGRESS!
- Europe: The First Phase of Collapse Has Started
- United States: The First Phase of Collapse Has Begun
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