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Dozens killed or missing in Nepal avalanche-triggered floods

Posted by feww on May 5, 2012

Floods ravage tourist resort town of Pokhara, Nepal, sweeping away dozens of people

Large masses of snow and ice slid down the Annapurna Mountain range blocking the Seti River in Kaski district, triggering extensive flooding south of mountain,  and leaving scores of people dead or missing.

The “apocalyptic flood” swept away trucks and buses and forced the authorities to evacuate settlements on the river banks, reports said.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • ChinaA severe drought has affected about a million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and neighboring Guizhou province.
    • The drought has left at least 100,000 hectares of cropland parched and hundreds of thousands of livestock with little or no drinking water.
  • Iran-Iraq border. A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran- Iraq border on Thursday has injured more than 3,500 people, reports said.
    • The quake struck at a depth of about 10km, some 467 km (290 miles) SW of the Iranian capital, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The shock caused moderate to severe damage to 50 villages, according to reports.
  • California, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 6 counties in California as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by freezing temperatures on Jan. 16-17, 2012.
    • Glenn County in California has been designated as a Primary Natural Disaster area.
    • The five contiguous counties of Butte, Colusa, Lake, Mendocino and
      Tehama have also been declared as disaster areas.

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