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Disaster Declared in 11 Australian Zones

Posted by feww on February 25, 2013

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Australia: Back-to-back disasters intensify

Two Major floods in 2 months cause more disasters in NSW

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell have declared 11 areas in northern NSW as disaster zones due to severe storms and widespread flooding.

  • The disaster areas are Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Camden, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kiama, Nambucca, Port Macquarie Hastings and Randwick.

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February 25, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,111 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,111 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Towns Evacuated as Major Flooding Hits NSW, Australia

Posted by feww on February 23, 2013

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Australia: Back-to-back disasters intensify

Major flooding in NSW forces mass evacuations

Evacuation orders are being enforced in several towns along the northern New South Wales (NSW) coast, including Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Bellingen, and emergency services are warning people not to enter floodwaters, said a report.

Flood warnings are in effect for at least 11 rivers in NSW as floodwater from a low-pressure system continues to swamp a large region.

At least two deaths have so far been reported in the region as a result of flooding.

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New South Wales Rainfall Map to 9:00am, 23 Feb 2013. Source: Australia BOM. Image may be subject to copyright.

Other Disasters/ Significant Events

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of January 8-17, 2013.

The damage caused by the severe storms and flooding occurred in the parishes of Acadia, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, St. Landry, and Vermilion.

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State of Emergency‎ Declared in Ecuador

Posted by feww on March 9, 2012

Deadly flooding plagues five Ecuador provinces

Ecuador President has proclaimed states of emergency in the provinces of Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, El Oro, and Loja amid widespread floods which have left at least 2 dozen people dead and more than 3,000 homeless.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 9

[March 9, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,468 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Ecuador. Ecuador President has proclaimed states of emergency in the provinces of Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, El Oro, and Loja amid widespread floods which have left at least 2 dozen people dead and more than 3,000 homeless.
    • The states of emergency will remain effective for 60 days.

Other Global Disasters

  • Madagascar.Death toll from Tropical Storm IRINA which struck the country on February 26-27 has climbed to at least 72, the government said.
    • The storm triggered flooding and landslides which also destroyed some1,350 homes, leaving about 80,000 people displaced.
    • On February 14, Giovanna, a Category 4B Cyclone, slammed the Indian Ocean island with sustained winds of  231km (143 miles) per hour and wind gusts exceeding 275kph, killing at least 35 people, injuring 300 and destroying about 4,000 structures, mostly homes, and dozens of schools, leaving up to 15,000 people homeless.
    • In 2008, wind damage and severe flooding by Cyclone Ivan caused much devastation to  Sainte Marie Island and mainland Madagascar, leaving about 270 people dead or missing and 330,000  others homeless, destroying about 200,000 hectares of  crops and leaving thousands without food.
  • Sicily, Italy. A severe storm brought heavy rains, high winds and hail to the island of Sicily, forcing dozens to evacuate their homes and closing Catania’s international airport.

    • The storm caused substantial damage to standing crops, including fruit and vegetables.
  • W. Virginia, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 7 counties in West Virginia as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Nov. 21-23, 2011.
    • Primary disaster areas: Jackson County.
    • Contiguous disaster areas: Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.
  • Ohio. Meigs County in the bordering state of Ohio has also been designated a disaster area because it’s contiguous.
  • NSW, Australia. Goulburn Mulwaree Local Government Area has been declared a Natural Disaster Area because of the damage caused by flooding.
    • Seven more municipalities are to be declared Natural Disaster Areas.
    • Blayney Shire has been declared a natural disaster area following the severe flooding last week.
    • “It brings the total number of Local Government Areas Declared Natural Disasters as a result of this weather event to 46,” NSW  Emergency Services Minister said.
    • “Although the rain has stopped for the time being, flood waters continue to disrupt and threaten many towns and locations and there is hardly an area of NSW that has not been affected at some point,” the Minister said.

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Disaster Declared in Hawaii

Posted by feww on March 7, 2012

Kauai and Oahu declared disaster areas after flooding, sewage spills triggered by extreme rain event 

Hawaii’s governor has declared Kauai and Oahu Islands disaster areas following 3 days of torrential rains which triggered flooding and mudslides, blocking roads and causing  sewage spill on the two island.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 7

[March 7, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,470 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Hawaii.  The governor of Hawaii has declared Kauai and Oahu Islands disaster areas following 3 days of torrential rains which triggered flooding and mudslides, blocking roads and causing  sewage spill on the two island.
    • “Storms moving over Oahu, Kauai and Maui County generated thunder, lightning, hail, floods and even waterspouts offshore. Forecasters say more heavy rain is possible tonight and all three counties are under a flash flood watch until 6 a.m. Wednesday,” a report said.
    • Warnings have been issued also for hail, lightning, landslides and flooded roads.


Outline Map of Hawaii Islands. Source: USGS – The National Atlas of the United States of America. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

Other Global Disasters

  • Kentucky, USA.  The Disaster President has declared Kentucky a disaster area following the deadly tornadoes and violent storms that left at least 22 people dead..
    • The counties designated as disaster areas are Johnson, Kenton, Laurel, Lawrence, Menifee, Morgan and Pendleton.
    • More counties may be added to the disaster declaration as damage assessment continues.
  • Congo.  Death toll in Sunday’s munitions depot explosions in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, has climbed to about 300 with more than 1,300 wounded and 5,000 left homeless.
  • Nevada, USA.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 7 counties in Nevada as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by wildfires that occurred from Sept. 30, 2011, through Oct. 5, 2011.
    • The Primary Disaster Areas are Elko and Humboldt counties.
    • The contiguous disaster areas are Eureka, Lander, Pershing, Washoe and White Pine counties.
  • NSW, Australia.  At least 600 families were ordered to abandon their homes in NSW town of Griffith, North-West of Wagga Wagga, as floodwaters threatened the low-lying areas.
    • “Heavy rains over the Mirrool Creek upstream of Griffith have resulted in flooding within the area. Rising flood water is currently threatening parts of the city,” said the NSW State Emergency Service.

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Australia MTSAT Infrared, Zehr enhanced satellite image, Wednesday 7 March 2012. 22:30 AEST . Source AusBOM.


How Spiders Escaped Flooded Areas in Wagga Wagga, Eastern Australia. Credit Reuters via CBBC. The spiders’ behavior is known as ballooning, and is typical after spiders are forced to flee from floods, according to the Australian Museum’s entomology collections manager, Reuters reported. More Images …

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Washington Declared a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on March 6, 2012

Disaster in Washington state caused by severe winter storm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides during the period of January 14-23, 2012.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 6

[March 6, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,471 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA.   The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of January 14-23, 2012.
    • Areas worst affected by the disasters were Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.

Other Global Disasters

  • The Republic of Congo.The U.S. State Department has declared disaster in Congo after explosions in the capital Brazzaville.
    • The death toll from Sunday’s explosion that flattened buildings in Brazzaville has climbed to at least 236.
    • Many others are believed to be trapped under debris and the death toll may rise.
    • The explosions were reportedly started by a fire at a munition depot.
  • Georgia, USA.  A state of emergency has been declared in Paulding County, Ga., after an EF3 tornado hit the area.
    • The tornado damaged or destroyed more than 160 buildings.
    • “The Paulding County Regional Airport is temporarily closed due to more than $6 million in damage. Twenty-three planes were damaged, and 18 are a total loss, but authorities hope to have the runway open by the end of the week,”  said a report.
  • NSW, Australia.  NSW state government has declared a state of emergency for Wagga Wagga.
    • The deluge in the region has already been  described as the worst flooding in 40 years.
    • Wagga residents are working frantically to raise levee banks to hold back rising flood waters of the Murrumbidgee River.
    • The Burrinjuck dam, upstream from the city, has already reached about 110 per cent of its safe capacity, reports said.
    • Up to 10,000 people have already been evacuated from the Wagga Wagga CBD and those who stayed to protect their properties are now being urged to leave.
    • Wagga Wagga has received 188mm of rain since Feb. 27, its highest rainfall on record, causing the worst flooding in 160 years.
    • Since the NSW flooding began last week, about 14,000 people have been evacuated and at least 7,500 others have been isolated.
    • The cost of restoring roads, properties, fencing, livestock and infrastructure has already exceeded A$500 million, local government officials have said.
  • Queensland and Victoria. Widespread flooding continues also in two other states of Queensland and Victoria, with some areas receiving more than 160mm of rain in less than 48 hours.
  • Afghanistan.  A massive avalanche has obliterated a village in Afghanistan’s north-eastern Badakhshan province near the Tajikistan border, killing art least 40 people, and injuring more than a dozen.
    • The death toll is expected to rise as many others are reported missing.
    • Avalanches in the Badakhshan province left dozens of people dead in January.
  • UK.  “Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been identified on 121 farms [up from 92 farm on March 2, and 11 farms on January 31, 2012.] Eight of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 113 in sheep, and none to date in other species. Four new counties have reported disease: Devon, Dorset, Cambridgeshire and Somerset,” AHVLA reported. “So far, none of the affected farms have reported importing animals during 2011 from the affected areas in mainland Europe. SBV infection has only been identified in areas at risk of midge incursion from Northern Europe during summer / autumn 2011.”
  • Germany.  In Germany, animals on at least 847 farms have been tested positive for Schmallenberg virus, as of March 5, 2012, FLI reported.
  • Rest of Europe. Numbers of Schmallenberg infection in the Netherlands, BelgiumFrance, Italy and Luxembourg appear to be heavily under-reported.

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Thousands More Flee Australia’s NSW Floods

Posted by feww on March 5, 2012

UPDATE: An urgent evacuation order affecting more than 8,000 residents has been issued for central Wagga Wagga in southern NSW as floodwaters continue to rise to a 160-year high.

MAJOR FLOOD WARNING FOR THE MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER

Issued at 10:00 pm EDT on Monday 5 March 2012

Flood Warning Number: 30

The Murrumbidgee River at Wagga is expected to peak near 10.90 metres around 9:00am Tuesday morning with major flooding. This prediction is slightly higher than the 1974 flood event.

The Murrumbidgee River flood peak at 9:00pm Monday was upstream at Eringoarrah where the peak level exceeded the 1974 flood height.

Major flooding is expected downstream of Wagga Wagga.  (Source Australia BOM)

9 more areas declared disaster zones; at least 5,000 ordered to evacuate NSW flooded areas

Severe flooding across three Australian states has left at least two people dead and forced more than 5,000 to evacuate.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 5

[March 5, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,472 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  •  Australia.  Severe flooding across three Australian states has left at least two people dead and forced more than 5,000 to evacuate, with many others placed on high alert as flood levels continue to rise.

Australia rain map (week ending March 5, 2012)

  • New South Wales (NSW).  The state government has declared 9 more areas disaster zones.
    • The new local government disaster zones are: Young, Upper Lachlan, Boorowa, Weddin, Coolamon, Corowa, Gundagai, Snowy River and Cooma-Monaro.
    • The government has now declared more than 35 local government areas as natural disasters due to extreme rainfall events.
    • Many areas remain isolated after the unprecedented rain including the towns of Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera.
    • Also evacuated are parts of Cowra, Ungarie and Yoogali.
    • Flood warnings have been issued for 15 river valleys across NSW.
    • The Murrumbidgee river has breached its banks in several areas, threatening to inundate the city of Wagga Wagga (pop: ~ 50,000).
    • Major Flooding Forecast for Wagga Wagga, Naranderra, Darlington Point, Carathool, Hay and Balranald.
  • Queensland (QLD).  Parts of the state of Queensland (QLD) have been hit by the floods following torrential rainfalls.
    • A  town north of Brisbane, capital of QLD, received 312 mm (12.3 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period.
    • Flood warnings posted here.
  • Victoria. Flood and weather warnings for the state of Victoria posted here.

Other Global Disasters

  • KZN, South Africa.  “Hundreds of families have been left homeless and many roads and streets in Durban and other coastal areas north of the city right up to Kosi Bay were turned into raging rivers as tropical storm Irina wreaked havoc across the province,” a report said.

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Tornadoes Devastate 2 Small Towns, Kill 12 in 3 States

Posted by feww on March 1, 2012

Harrisburg declared a disaster area

EF4 tornado blasts through HARRISBURG, Ill., killing at least 6 people, injuring more than a 100 others and flattening entire blocks of homes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 1

[March 1, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,476 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Storm updates (unfiltered). Source: SPC

  • U.S. Midwest. Violent storms devastated communities in the Midwest and South, killing at least 12 people across three states, injuring hundreds and destroying or damaging up to a thousand homes.
  • Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois has declared Harrisburg a disaster area, after an EF4 tornado blasted through the town (pop: ~ 9,000), killing at least 6 people, injuring more than 100 others and flattening entire blocks of homes.
  • Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon has declared Taney County a disaster area after an EF2 tornado with winds of about 130MPH touched down in Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri leaving a 22-mile path of destruction from the Kimberling City area to Branson.
    • The tornado impact injured 33 people and damaged/destroyed  more than 100 homes and businesses in Branson, reports said.
    • About 20 of the more than 200 hotels in Branson have been badly damaged including a large motel, officials said.
    • Branson, dubbed a ‘music Mecca,’ is a major tourist destination with about 8 million visitors arriving each year.
  • The Next System. The storms are now heading for Mid-Atlantic states;  however, more destructive tornadoes may be spawned by the next system striking both the Midwest and South,  a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said.

The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart

EF0: 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH (>322 km/hr)

Other Global Disasters

  • Australia.  About  three-quarters of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) as well as parts of the two neighboring states of Victoria and the Northern Territory in the SE of the continent are affected by floods, reports said.
    • Thousands of people have been evacuated from Cooma, near the NSW Snowy Mountains, and Goulburn, midway between Sydney and Canberra.
    • Parts of Central Australia have received more than 100mm of rain in the past two days, about a half of  their annual rainfall, leaving many roads impassable.
    • “In the [Australian Capital Territory,] a large dam near Canberra being built after a severe drought four years ago was expected to overflow last night. The old dam, built in 1912, is completely submerged for the first time in its history,” said a report

Weather systems to remember!


Source: ABOM

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Drought Declared in Southeast UK

Posted by feww on February 21, 2012

Larger areas of the UK face drought this year: DEFRA

England declares drought in more regions after months of low rainfall.  Drought is now affecting the country’s southeastern, eastern and parts of the Midlands. The river Kennet has stopped flowing near Lockeridge in Wiltshire, reports said.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 21

[February 21, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,485 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • England, UK.  As UK government declares drought in southeast England, the country’s top official responsible for  environment has warned that large parts of the country are facing an inevitable drought this summer even if the coming months bring heavy rainfall.
    • “Drought is already an issue this year with the south-east, Anglia and other parts of the UK now officially in drought, and more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall,”  British Environment Minister has warned.
    • Meantime, the country’s Meteorological Agency has warned that ‘prolonged periods of heavy rainfall in the near future are unlikely.’
    • Groundwater levels in East Anglia are exceptionally low.
    • Rainfall in the Midlands, East Anglia and the south east in January was about 35 percent below normal.
    • East Anglia has experienced its driest-ever 5-month period from last September, the Center for Hydrology and Ecology reported.
    • The counties of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and large parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, as well as  west Norfolk are experiencing drought, while Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Kent, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire are extremely dry.
    • “Since June 2011, drought has affected Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, parts of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, and west Norfolk. In February 2012 following a dry winter, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and the east of Gloucestershire are now in drought,” Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reported.
    • In contrast, northern England and Scotland have experienced their wettest winter in 100 years, reports said.


UK Groundwater Levels as of mid February 2012. BGS © NERC. Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Environment Agency, 100026380, 2012.

Other Global Disasters

  • New South Wales (NSW), Australia.   The government in the Australian state of NSW has extended a natural disaster declarations to the northern areas of Bourke and Tamworth, a report said.
    • The disaster declarations follow widespread flooding which has substantially damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.
    • The following local government areas have already been declared disaster areas: Walgett, Brewarrina, Liverpool Plains, Gloucester, Upper Hunter, Ballina, Gunnedah, Moree Shire, Greater Taree, Gwydir, Narrabri, Tenterfield, Bellingen, Byron, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Inverell, Nambucca, Kempsey and Tweed Shire Council.
    • Flood evacuation orders may be issued later today.
  • Western NSW.  Meantime, major flooding is occurring across the western portion of NSW, reports said.
    • Fooodwaters from Queensland and eastern NSW are heading west towards Brewarrina and Bourke (combined pop: ~ 4,000), where three swollen river systems converge.
  • Southern NSW.   “Authorities received more than 300 calls for help as flash flooding hit Sydney and the New South Wales south coast last night,” a report said.
    • “Extraordinary rain. Terrey Hills had 61 millimeters in a hour, and Peakhurst had 26 millimeters in just ten minutes,” State Emergency Service spokesman said.

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Europe’s Big Freeze Deepens: Hundreds Dead

Posted by feww on February 4, 2012

Deepening freeze in eastern and central Europe claims at least 300 lives

As the death toll from the deepening big freeze climbs into the hundreds, with  thousands of others hit by hypothermia and frostbite, more countries enact states of emergency.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 4

[February 4, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,502 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Central and eastern Europe.    Death toll from the big freeze in central and eastern Europe has climbed to at least 300, with thousands of others afflicted with hypothermia and frostbite.
    • Serbia. The government has extended its emergency declaration to cover at least 23 municipalities across the country.
      • More emergency measures are being considered including the closure of schools, a report said.

Other Global Disasters

  • South Sudan. About 40 people were killed in South Sudan during a peace meeting, which was held to end recent killing in the region, officials said.
  • NSW, Australia.  The state government in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) has declared Gunnedah in northern NSW a disaster area as heavy rain and severe flooding continue devastating the state .
    • Gunnedah is the 17th Local Government Area to be declared a disaster zone.
    • Other areas recently declared as disaster zones are Local Government Areas of Bellingen, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Inverell, Nambucca, Kempsey, Tweed Shire, Tenterfield, Greater Taree, Moree, Narrabri and Gwydir, a report said.
  • Alabama, USA. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama. Severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of January 22-23, 2012 brought great devastation to Chilton and Jefferson Counties.
  • Idaho, USA.  Selenium contamination from a phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho is responsible for fish deformities such as two-headed trout, and the disaster would worsen if discharge limits into the Snake River were to be relaxed, according to a new official report.
    • “The toxic effects of selenium pollution drew widespread attention and study in the mid-1980s, when the chemical was found to cause deformities like protruding brains in 65 percent of ducks, herons and other birds and a massive fish die-off at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in California.”
  • Obama’s War on Afghanistan.   Civilian deaths in Afghanistan has risen for the fifth year in a row to a record high, a U.N. report said.
    • A record 3,021 noncombatants were killed in 2011, a rise of 8% over the previous year.
    • The number of internally displaced people, driven from their homes due to the war violence, also rose sharply by a whopping 45%, the report said.

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Disaster declared in Qld, Australia as flooding worsens

Posted by feww on February 3, 2012

Major emergency as rivers in Southern Qld continue to rise

Flooding across the two Australian states of Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW) is rapidly worsening, with southwest Qld declared a disaster area, while tens of thousands of residents are reportedly isolated by rising floodwaters in northern NSW and southern Qld.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 3

[February 3, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,503 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Qld and NWS, Australia. Southwest Qld has been declared a major disaster area, as flooding across the two Australian states of Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW) rapidly worsens, with tens of thousands of residents  reportedly isolated by rising floodwaters in northern NSW and southern Qld.
    • “Half of the houses in the town of Mitchell, 560 km west of Brisbane, have been affected by a major flood peak in the Maranoa River and it’s expected to reach 9.6 m later today.”
    • The town of Moree in northern NSW has been cut off by floodwaters, isolating about 10,000 residents, the State Emergency Service (SES) said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Alaska, USA.  The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska due to a severe storm during the period of November 15-17, 2011.
    • The severe storm caused widespread devastation in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
  • Eastern and Central Europe.The 10-day death toll from the big freeze in eastern and central Europe has claimed to at least 280.
    • The largest reported death tolls are in Ukraine (107), Russia (60), Poland (43) and Romania (28).
    • More weather related  deaths have been reported throughout the region including in Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    • At least 1,500 people have sought medical help for hypothermia and frostbites.
    • In parts of Kazakhstan temperatures fell to as low -50º C (minus 58º F) setting a new record.
  • Global.  An estimated 1.2 million people, about 90 percent of whom were  Africans, died from malaria in 2010, according to a new study.

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Flooded Australia: Thousands Evacuated in 3 States

Posted by feww on January 25, 2012

Torrential rains continue to cause havoc in Queensland, NSW and NT

Gold Coast prepares for evacuations as heavy downpour forces the release of water from Brisbane’s largest dam.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 25

[January 25, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,512 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Queensland, NSW and NT, Australia.   Heavy rainfalls in Queensland have caused extensive flooding, which is exacerbated by the release of water from Brisbane’s Wivenhoe dam, the largest in the area.
    • Residents in the Gold Coast are being evacuated as forecasters predicted strong storms on Wednesday pm.
    •  The water level in Hinze Dam, Gold Coast City’s main water supply, has risen by at least 3 meters in less than 48 hours, reports said.  
    • Gold Coast City Council activated the Disaster Co-ordination Center.
    • The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) have evacuated thousands of people and ordered many more in several areas to evacuate.
    • Thousands of people in remain isolated.
    • “Darwin and surrounding areas have been hit by wild weather since Tuesday. Strong wind gusts have knocked down trees and caused power cuts,” a report said, with wind gusts of up to 93kmh recorded at Darwin Airport.
    • Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning, with the possibility of flash flooding throughout the Darwin-Daly and northern Arnhem districts.
  • Western Australia.  Multiple bushfire continue to ravage Gascoyne region in Western Australia.
    • Month-long blazes have consumed more than 600,000 hectares, which includes grazing land, and destroyed  infrastructure in the region.
    • The State Government has so far rejected calls to declare the fire-ravaged area a disaster zone, a report said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Virginia, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 20 counties and 4 independent cities in Virginia as agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused two separate disaster conditions.
    • Disaster Conditions No. 1: Craig, Frederick and Page counties have been designated primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by excessive heat that occurred May 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2011.
    • The following 12 counties have been declared disaster areas because they are contigous: Alleghany, Giles, Montgomery, Rockingham, Botetourt, Greene, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Clarke, Madison, Roanoke and Warren.
    • The independent city of Winchester has also been declared a disaster area.
  • West Virginia. The following counties in West Virginia have also been declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Monroe, Jefferson and Morgan
  • Virginia.  Prince George County has been designated as a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by Hurricane Irene that occurred from Aug. 27-28, 2011.
    • The following counties and cities in Virginia were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous:
      • Counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Surry and Sussex;
      •  Independent cities: Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg.

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Floods isolate thousands in NSW, Australia

Posted by feww on November 27, 2011

Torrential rain triggers severe flooding in New South Wales, Australia

Floodwater has “created an inland sea and it’s quite spectacular when you’re in the air but not so happy for the people on the ground,”  said a State Emergency Service official.

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  • NWS, Australia. Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in New South Wales, Australia, isolating dozens of communities and hundreds of farms.
    • More than 2,000 residents have been isolated.
    • “I’ve just flown over the area in the chopper and it’s very extensive the amount of flooding,” said a State Emergency Service official.
    • The floodwater has “created an inland sea and it’s quite spectacular when you’re in the air but not so happy for the people on the ground,” the official added.
    • Floods have already killed a a three-year-old boy, who drowned  when he was swept into a stormwater drain at Bingara.

Other Global Disasters

  • Arizona, USA. “Extreme drought conditions have now expanded from southern Arizona up into central portions of the state, including the Phoenix metro area,” said a report.
    • The water levels in some of the state’s reservoirs have dropped by as much as 27 percent compared with a year ago.
  • USA. More than 43 percent of the Contiguous USA is currently in a drought (D0-D4), with about a third of the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) in moderate (D1) to exceptional (D4) drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.
    • “This is the most drought for the contiguous U.S. since Jan. 22, 2008,” according to the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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