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Disaster Diary – 22 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 22, 2013

Himalayan Tsunami Death Toll Nears 600

As many as 55,000 people are still stranded in the rain-ravaged Uttarakhand as the death toll from flash floods and landslides cause by the Himalayan Tsunami neared 600.

  • About 400 people were reported as injured, many of them critically.
  • Some 13,806 people are still missing, according to one report.
  • Death toll is expected to rise.

Flood Victims Fighting Hunger, Desperation

Uttarakhand: 13,806 people missing


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Uncontrolled wildfires force evacuation of two Colorado towns, threaten third

Several raging wildfires sparked by lightning were burning out of control in Colorado mountain areas  on Friday, forcing the evacuation of two towns and threatening a third.

The West Fork Fire Complex in Rio Grande County in southern Colorado, which is made of two separate blazes, grow from 12,000 acres to 30,000 acres overnight, forcing more than 600 residents of South Fork to flee their homes.

The East Peak Fire  in Huerfano and Pueblo counties has forced the evacuation of about 1,000 residents of the town of La Veta. The blaze was approaching the City of Walsenburg (population: 3,100) .

Evacuation remain in effect for Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County, which was 15% contained as of posting.

Papoose Fire – The blaze started on June 20, 2013 in Hinsdale County. The
Cause is under investigation.

  • The fire has so far consumed about 1,700 acres and is 0% contained.
  • Some 292 personnel were assigned, as of posting.


Up to 140,000 Albertans displaced, Large sections of Calgary’s downtown evacuated

Alberta flooding has claimed at least 3 lives, possibly as many as 8, as of posting.
About 140,000 Albertan, including more than 100,000 Calgarians, have been forced to flee homes.  Large sections of Calgary’s downtown core were under mandatory evacuation Friday afternoon.

Mass evacuations throughout Calgary and southern areas of Alberta began Friday.

  • In Medicine Hat, residents in low-lying areas were told to leave their homes along the river. The mandatory evacuation will affect some 3,800 homes and 10,000 residents, said a report.
  • Edmonton and the town of Devon have declared a flood watch.\
  • Lethbridge and Medicine Hat have declared states of emergency on Friday.
  • In Medicine Hat, residents in low-lying areas were told to leave their homes along the river. The mandatory evacuation is expected to include about 3,800 homes and 10,000 residents.
  • At least 24 communities in the province have declared states of emergency, and about 30 communities are under mandatory evacuation.

Calgary Floods – Jun 21, 2013 [extended update]


Injury toll climbs to 200 in Central Russia Ammo Depot Fire

More than 200 people needed medical help after a large number of explosions blew up a “munition depot,” where millions of shells were stored.

  • The first blast occurred on Tuesday. Explosions continued until Friday, sending shrapnel as far as 1km and forcing at least 6,000 residents to flee the town of Chapayevsk.
  • “The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at munitions storage and disposal sites that have plagued Russia in the past two years,” said a report.


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