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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 8, 2013

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

State Of Emergency Declared for East Russia, Thousands Evacuated

Russian authorities have declared states of emergency for five populated regions in Russia’s far east following severe flooding.

“An emergency situation has been declared in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region, and a federal level of response has been introduced there,” according to a statement posted on the Emergency Situations Ministry website.

The decision was made “in view of the current hydrological situation in the Far Eastern Federal District and an adverse weather forecast,” it said.

“For preemptive purposes, 2,285 people, including 940 children, were evacuated beforehand from populated areas, children’s recreational institutions, and Federal Corrections Service’s correctional institutions. As many as 1,169 people, including 338 children, have been evacuated right from flooded homes. A system of the people’s vital support has been arranged.”

“According to earlier reports, the flood situation aggravated in the Amur region due to lengthy rains and the dumping of water from the Zeisk Hydroelectric Power Plant, which have affected dozens of populated areas. A state of emergency has been put in place in the region,” said a report.


Disaster Declared in Raton, NM

Torrential rains and flooding in Raton have caused substantial damage to the infrastructure, prompting the authorities to  declare the city a disaster area, said a report.

In July, Governor Martinez declared a statewide emergency following the damage  caused by severe storms and flooding.


State of emergency declared in Miller County, Missouri

Officials have declared a State of Emergency in Miller county due to serious flooding concerns, said a report.

Ameren crews are preparing to open the Bagnell Dam floodgates, which could result the river level to rise 3 feet. “That’s why Miller County Sheriff’s Deputies are notifying people living in low lying areas. There are no mandatory evacuations, but they do want people to be aware of the rising waters.”


Outagamie County, Wis., Declares a State of Emergency

Outagamie County  has declared an emergency, after severe damage caused by two tornadoes, an F1 and F2, and a line of powerful storms in which they were hidden, said a report.

The storms left at least 1 dead and 3 others injured, said a report.

Grand Chute, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following damage from storms, tornadoes

“The storm caused damaged in Fremont, New London, Waupaca and Weyauwega, knocking down numerous trees and power lines. In New London, Trinity Lutheran Church on Beckert Road was severely damaged. Power is out near the Waupaca airport and areas to the east,” according to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.

State of Emergency declared in Hortonville

The Village of Hortonville in Outagamie County, Wis., has declared a State of Emergency following significant damage to property and infrastructure and a blanket power outage caused by storms that hit Wisconsin early Wednesday morning.

  • The storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in the region.
  • The authorities have also issued a curfew, effective Wednesday  10:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Storms News Links


Japan Sweltering in 100-degree Heat

A severe heat alert was issued for 38 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, as temperatures climbed over 35ºC (95ºF), said Japan Meteorological Agency.

Shimanto town in southwestern Kochi prefecture recorded a high of 37.7ºC (100F), the agency said.


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Agricultural Disaster Declared for Dozens of U.S. Counties

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

Dozens of counties across 5 States designated as agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 30 counties across five states as agricultural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by various climatic and extreme weather disasters including the ongoing drought, frost, excessive rain and a tornado. [Several counties received two separate disaster designations.]

Drought Disaster Declared in Oregon

USDA has designated 8 counties in Oregon as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

  • Oregon counties designated as agricultural disaster areas: Baker, Grant, Crook, Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa, Harney, Morrow, Union and Wheeler.
  • Idaho counties designated as disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Adams and Washington

Drought Disaster Declared in Idaho

Idaho counties designated as disaster agricultural disaster areas: Washington, Adams, Gem and Payette.

Oregon counties designated as disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Baker and Malheur.

Pennsylvania Agricultural Disaster Declaration No. 1

USDA has declared agricultural disaster in Pennsylvania due to frost, excessive rain and a tornado in Erie, Crawford and Warren counties.

The disaster designation is extended to include Chautauqua County in New York and Ashtabula County in Ohio.

Pennsylvania Agricultural Disaster Declaration No. 2

USDA has designated 5 counties in Pennsylvania—Mercer, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, Venango—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages caused by excessive rain that occurred July 3-13, 2013.

Ohio Agricultural Disaster Declaration

USDA has designated Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio as  agricultural disaster areas because they are contiguous.

For a list of recent Disaster Declarations see entries posted at

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Deadly Flooding in Missouri: State of Emergency Declared

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

Missouri Gov. declares state of emergency due  to deadly flooding

Gov. Nixon has declared a state of emergency amid flash flooding in south-central Missouri which has left a 4-year-old boy dead and forced scores of people out of their homes.

“Parts of southern Missouri have been hit with heavy rain for several days, causing deadly flash-flooding, and that threat is not over,” Nixon said in a statement. “We have moved resources into the region to assist local authorities, but it is extremely important for the public in affected areas to pay close attention to weather conditions, have an evacuation plan and immediately move to higher ground if needed.”

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Calif. Wildfire Destroys Buildings, Forces Hundreds of Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

Fierce wildfire consumes 5,000 acres, destroys homes, forces evacuations of 3 communities in Riverside County

A fast-growing wildfire in Riverside County consumed more than 5,000 acres within a few hours of being ignited.

The Silver fire started at about 2:00pm PDT on Wednesday (UTC -7 hrs.) near Highway 243, south of Banning, and quickly spread, consuming at least 5,000 acres and destroying at least 10 homes and an undetermined number of  building in Twin Pines, and nearby Poppet Flats.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for hundreds of homes in the three communities of Twin Pines, Poppet Flats and Silent Valley. Authorities have also closed Highway 243.

The fire was zero percent contained as of posting.

DT Palm Springs - silver fire -MDSSmoke from the Silver Fire near Banning blankets downtown Palm Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.  Credit:  Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun. Image may be subject to copyright.

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