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North Dakota Declared Disaster Area

Posted by feww on October 27, 2011

Extreme weather, insects and diseases render North Dakota a disaster area

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 out of  53 counties in North Dakota as natural disaster areas because of extreme weather, insects and diseases that have plagued the state this year.

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  • North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 counties in North Dakota as disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, high winds, hail, tornadoes, periods of unseasonably cool spring temperatures, excessive summer heat and weather-related insects and diseases that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continues.

List of 42 counties that are designated as primary disaster areas.  Source: USDA

    • The 10 North Dakota counties designated as contiguous disaster areas are Adams, Burleigh, Emmons, Kidder, Logan, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope and Stark counties.
  • Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. The following 17 bordering counties in the states of Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota have also been designated as disaster areas:

Source: USDA

Other Global Disasters

  • Mexico, Central America and Colombia. More than two weeks of torrential rains, triggering widespread flooding and mudslides and swamping up to 1,000 towns and cities in the region, have displaced or severely affected over a million people, destroying  their food stocks in southern Mexico and Central America.
    • “In the Mexican state of Tabasco alone, over 250,000 people have been displaced by the floods and are demanding government aid,” a report said.
    • Floodwaters have inundated tns of thousands of farms, destroying or damaging hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops in the region.
    • “Drought, freezing temperatures, and floods have contributed to the loss of some 400,000 heads of cattle,” the report said.
    • The region has also experienced  severe losses in the production of corn, beans and sorghum.
  • Colombia. Torrential rains have again hit Colombia, killing at least 35 and severely affecting more than 100,000 people.
    • The country hasn’t even remotely recovered from last year’s epic floods, which have contributed to devastating mudslides that have destroyed much of Colombia’s infrastructure over  large areas.
    • Famine. Food shortages are forcing up prices, and leaving  thousands threatened with famine, the report said.
    • “The price of tortillas, a staple in the Mexican diet, is expected to be 30 percent higher at the end of this year relative to 2010. The expectation for the rise in the price of corn is higher, 56 percent in comparison with last year. The price of beans is already 70 percent higher, and that of vegetable shortening 100 percent, sugar 40 percent, milk 50 percent, rice 130 percent, and bread 60 percent.”
  • El Salvador. The Mega Deluge has destroyed more than 40 percent of the corn crop and 75 percent of the bean crop according to preliminary reports.
  • Guatemala. At least 40,000 peasant farmers whose entire crops have been wiped out are now facing famine.
  • Nicaragua. Mega floods have affected up to 150,000 people, displacing at least 10,000 villagers.

Many of the nearly 1,000 towns and cities that have been inundated across the vast geographical area, which  extends from Mexico to Colombia, would be unable to recover from the ongoing disasters and face certain collapse.

In fact, collapse is already occurring:

  • Famine is already present in some parts of Mexico, the Torreón Catholic Diocese has reported.
    • “Every day hundreds of displaced farmers and their families flock to this city in Coahuila state to ask for food that they can no longer afford to buy. And it is not just food: the cost of potable water is also on the rise, forcing families to turn to sources of drinking water that are contaminated by parasites and pollutants.”
  • Minnesota, USA. Thirty-four counties in the state of Minnesota  have been designated as natural disaster areas due to the combine effects of excessive rain, excessive heat, high winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost that occurred during the period of April 1, 2011, through Sept. 15, 2001, USDA reported.

List of the 11 Minnesota counties designated as primary disaster areas.  Source: USDA

List of the Minnesota counties designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.  Source: USDA

  • North and South Dakota. The following counties in North and South Dakota have also been declared as disaster areas because they are contiguous:
    • North Dakota: Richland County.
    • South Dakota: Deuel, Grant and Roberts counties.
  • Turkey. The powerful quake that struck eastern Turkey together with large swarms of aftershocks have now claimed at least 525 lives, injured 1,650 people and made thousands homeless, officials said.
    • Hundreds are still missing under the rubble.
    • Survivors are buffeted by freezing rain and snow in worsening conditions.
    • There are severe shortages of tents and aid supplies, reports said.
    • A major earthquake could yet strike Turkey in 2011/2012 with a certainty of 0.7 (P= 66%).

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