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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 4 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 4, 2013

100 killed or injured, 100,000 displaced as flash floods devastate parts of Kenya

Flash floods triggered by extreme rain events have left about 80 people dead, 20 injured and more than 100,000 others displaced in Rift Valley, eastern, western and central Kenya. 

Floods have caused widespread devastation, destroying much of the harvest, property and infrastructure throughout the affected areas.

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California wildfires

Springs Fire in Ventura County has blackened more than 30,000 acres, but was 30% contained as of posting.

  • Some 4,000 firefighters are tackling six significant wildfires in California, the state fire agency says.
  • Fire crews have tackled more than 700 wildfires so far this year, about 250 more than average for the period.
  • Hundreds of residences were under evacuation order, as of posting.

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State of Emergency Declared in Guatemala

The Guatemalan government has declared states of emergency in four towns near a controversial silver mine after clashes between police and anti-mining protesters in the southeast of the country.

  • The government has outlawed gatherings in the towns of Jalapa and Mataquescuinlta, and the areas of Casillas and San Rafael Las Flores.

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Saudi evacuates villages after dam partially collapses

Several villages in southern Saudi Arabia were evacuated after a dam partially collapsed due to heavy rains, Al Arabia Channel reported.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 4, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,043 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,043 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 29 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 29, 2013

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 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 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 25 April 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 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 WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 11 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 11, 2013

N. Korea’s missile launchpad moves into firing position

Japanese government is on high alert after defense officials said their satellite images showed North Korea (NK) had raised a missile launcher located in eastern part of the country.

  • Meantime, military analysts speculate that NK probably would launch multiple medium-range missiles simultaneously or within a short period.
  • “There are clear signs that the North could simultaneously fire off Musudan, Scud and Nodong missiles,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous military source as saying.
  • S. Korea is currently on “Watchcon 2″ military alert, the highest alert level before going into “state of war,” due to the  “vital threat” from North Korean missiles.

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Flash floods kill dozens, displace tens of thousands in Kenya

At least 32 people were killed and more than 20,000 others displaced by flash floods triggered by extreme rain events in Kenya.

  • “Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide,” according to Kenya’s Red Cross Society (KRCS).
  • Rainstorms and Floods have caused widespread destruction to property and the infrastructure, and severely disrupted farming in the affected regions, especially in Western Kenya, the Coastal region, and parts of Rift Valley.

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Flash floods hit Panua nature preserve, Sulawesi island, Indonesia

“Residents have been evacuated and several trans-Sulawesi roads have been cut off after flash floods hit the Panua nature preserve in Pohuwato, Gorontalo,” said a report.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 11, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,066 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,066 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Emergency Renewed for Kansas Counties

Posted by feww on May 7, 2012

Drought Order places 91 Kansas counties in warning or watch status

“Despite recent rains, the overall dry conditions that have persisted for more than a year now require us to continue to monitor the situation,” said Kansas Gov. “Meeting the needs of crops is a concern as moisture demands increase with the growing season.”

Effective immediately, the renewed drought emergency places 16 counties in a warning status and 75 in watch status.

Drought warning has been issued for Barber, Clark, Comanche, Finney, Grant, Gray, Haskell, Kearny, Kiowa, Meade, Morton, Pratt, Seward, Stafford, Stanton and Stevens counties.

“… the overall total moisture for the past year is below normal, and temperatures are projected to be above normal this year again,” said director of the Kansas Water Office. “It is important we monitor conditions for the state as they could deteriorate quickly with no reserves.”

U.S. Drought Monitor

As of May 1, 2012 about 60 percent of Contiguous U.S. was in D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought) conditions.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Afghanistan.  Flash flooding has left at least 125 people dead or missing and washed away a dozen homes  in the northern Afghan province of Saripul, reports said.
  • Kyrgyzstan. Flash floods and mudslides caused by melting snow and torrential rains across Kyrgyzstan have destroyed or damaged many   properties, businesses and infrastructure and ruined much of the nations food stocks.
    • The latest disaster followed the country’s harshest winter in memory, which left at least 25,000 farm animals frozen or starved to death.
    • Heavy snowfall and torrential rains exceeded the country’s annual average by up to 300 percent.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Extreme Rain Events Devastate Large Parts of China

Posted by feww on July 14, 2010

More than two months of extreme rain, flooding, landslides in China affect tens of millions of people

Hundreds, most probably thousands have been killed, millions of hectares of cropland destroyed, tens of millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods.

Extreme Rain in China


Image created using data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis at GSFC, which is  calibrated by the TRMM satellite, acquired July 6 – 12, 2010. Source: NASA E/O.  Click image to enlarge.

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Buses are blocked on a waterlogged street in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, July 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Zhuo). Image may be subject to copyright. See fair use notice.

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China Under Deluge

Posted by feww on June 20, 2010

At least 10 million People Affected by Floods in China

Torrential Rains, Flash Floods and Landslides Claim Hundreds of Lives in Southern China

Floods have destroyed more than 8,000 homes in one county alone, the Lichuan County of Jiangxi Province.


Original Caption: Flood heavily inundate the roads and vernacular dwellings, at Shayuan Village of Hecheng Town, Zixi County, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province, June 19, 2010. Rain-triggered landslides in eastern and southern China have killed at least 46 people since Sunday. As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, downpours that began pounding southern China Sunday had left 88 people dead, 48 missing, and forced the evacuation of 757,000 residents from their homes. About 9.27 million people in Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Guizhou and Sichuan were affected by the heavy rains. as direct economic losses caused by the heavy rains have topped 10 billion yuan (about 1.46 billion U.S. dollars). The torrential downpours have also triggered flash floods, caused rivers to swell, inundated crops, and disrupted traffic and telecommunications. (Xinhua/Wu Zhigui). Image may b subject to copyright.

At least 10  million people in Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Guizhou and Sichuan have been affected by the heavy rains, flooding and landslides, reports say, putting the direct economic loss at about $1.5 billion, so far.

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China may never recover from the disaster

“The scope and intensity of the rain have increased,” China’s National Meteorological Center on Sunday warned of more rainstorms to hit the affected regions.

“In parts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Henan, Guangxi and other areas of the south, the rainfall will be 100-180 millimetres. In other parts, the rainfall will be more than 200 millimetres.”

Up to 100,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, with about 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of crops ruined, reports say.

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70 Killed in Afghanistan Flash Floods

Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

Fresh flash floods in Afghanistan claim up to 70 lives and hundreds of livestock, destroying many homes and cropland

Fresh flash floods have claimed up to 70 lives, destroying hundreds of homes in Afghanistan, the Afghan authorities said.

Torrential rain in northern and western Afghanistan caused extensive flooding, killing about a thousand livestock , according to the head of the local National Disaster Management Authority.

“Twenty-three people have died in Badghis, 21 in Ghor and another 22 in Herat province,” said a government spokesman, citing the three worst-affected provinces.

Many mud homes have been damaged or destroyed, and up to a thousand acres of agricultural land devastated, affecting thousands of families in one of the world’s poorest areas.

“The Afghan government and the UN have mobilized air and ground teams to help those affected with food and non-food aid,” head of Afghanistan’s department for disaster management, Abdul Mateen Edrak, told the BBC.

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Mirinae Carved a Path of Death and Mayhem in Vietnam

Posted by feww on November 4, 2009

Tropical Cyclone Mirinae Left a Trail of Death and Destruction Behind in Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia

At Least 117 dead, hundreds injured, thousands of homes destroyed or damaged, thousands of hectares of rice and other croplands ruined.

Typhoon Mirinae killed at least 25 people in Philippines, with several others reported missing, after making landfall on October 30, 2009. The storm damaged about 15,000 structures, mostly houses, affecting about 100,000.

Mirinae temporarily lost its sting and weakened to a tropical depression as it passed over Luzon.

On November 2, 2009 it made another land fall in Vietnam’s central coastal areas as a tropical storm. It triggered severe flooding killing at least 90 people with 11 others reported as missing, and at least 60 injured, according to the officials.

More than 80,000 people were evacuated.

“Most of the victims were because of serious floods that hit the provinces of Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Gia Lai in particular,” an official said.

Some 338 mm (13 inches) of rain fell in Vietnam’s central regions, according to the country’s national disaster committee, destroying or damaging about 2,600 homes and up to 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of farmland.

“Rain is not very heavy now but several areas in our province are seriously flooded,” an official said.

Mirinae left two people dead in Cambodia.

In September, TS Ketsana, one of Vietnam’s worst disasters in recent years, left about 165 people dead with hundreds more injured. It unleashed severe floods, inundated many thousands of homes and damaged thousands of hectares of ready to harvest rice paddies and croplands.

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Flash Floods in NE Turkey Kill 25

Posted by feww on September 9, 2009

Deadly Flash Floods Submerge Parts of Istanbul, Turkey

Flash floods caused by torrential rain in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, kill at least 25 people leaving dozens missing and many more stranded, city officials said.

Istanbul flash floods
People on a flooded road in Istanbul wait to be rescued. Photo: Ibrahim Usta/AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Seven of the victims were female textile workers  who drowned in a micro-bus taking them to work in Bagcilar, a working-class suburb of Istanbul.

Many other vehicles were swept away with the drivers trapped inside. “TV pictures showed roads near Istanbul’s main airport submerged by deep water.” BBC reported.

“The flooding was caused by two days of torrential rainfall – the worst in 80 years.”

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Fay Heads North Toward SW Florida Coast

Posted by feww on August 19, 2008

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF FLORIDA FROM FLAMINGO TO ANNA MARIA ISLAND.  A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.  PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. (NOAA)


TS Fay – Short Wave IR Image – GOES Floater Imagery – 30 minute updates – NOAA

Fay struck Cuba’s south coast with 80km winds and heavy rain. She was expected to drop as much 20cm (8 inches) of rain over the island, having left a deadly trail across the Caribbean.

National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Mosaic


Base Reflectivity – Southeast Sector – NOAA – NWS

About 10,000 people including tourists in western and central areas of Cuba have been evacuated, boats were pulled out of water, temporary shelters and food distribution centers were set up.

State of Florida have deployed 500 National Guards, and Florida Keys are being evacuated.

In Haiti a bus plunged into a swollen river, killing 50 people. Many of the dead were swept away like “driftwood,” said the Mayor of Bomont, Haiti. Others, including several children, drowned while trapped in the sunken vehicle.

Five others were killed in Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic in flood-related accidents.

A couple died in Kingston, Jamaica when their car was swept away by floodwater.

Shell Oil and Marathon Oil have reportedly pulled as many as 700 workers from offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Deluge Across the World

Posted by feww on July 30, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere!

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In the past week dozens of world’s cities and regions have been flooded:

Romania: Areas north of Bucharest
Ukraine: Western Ivano-Frankivsk region
India:
Western city of Ahmedabad, the plains of Asam, eastern city of Patna


People make their way along a flooded park in Xiangfan, Hubei province, China, July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair use Notice!

Bangladesh:
Northeastern regions
New Zealand:
Various areas throughout the islands
South Korea:
Seoul and the country’s central regions
UK: Shropshire, West Midlands
Mexico: City of Matamoros and nearby regions
United States: Southern Texas, New Mexico, central Alabama, northeast Missouri,
China: Provinces of Jiangsu, Hubei, Sichuan and Hualien

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