Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 18, 2013
Posted by feww on August 18, 2013
Extreme monsoon triggers severe flooding, swamps more than 200 villages in Pakistan
The latest episode has left hundreds of people dead, injured or unaccounted for, local media reported.
“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people, and wounded 104,” said a senior National Disaster Management Authority official. The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across Pakistan, he added.
An aerial view of the flood-hit area of Boddomali in Sialkot district, Punjab province, in Pakistan. PHOTO: APP (Image may be subject to copyright).
Flood warnings have been issued for more than 200 villages near the Chenab River, officials said.
Egypt Killing Fields
Egyptian army and the paramilitary police have evacuated supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from AL Fateh Mosque in downtown Cairo. The latest round of clashes starting Friday thru Saturday morning have left at least 173 civilian and 57 military/police personnel dead, according to government figures.
Floods, typhoon devastate China
“Dozens of people have been killed and millions more affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days,” said a report.
The worst affected areas are in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning Provinces.
“While the northeast regions are battling the flooding, southern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are fighting with a devastating typhoon (TY UTOR, the 11th and the strongest so far this year, made landfall Wednesday near Yangjiang, Guangdong), which has left at least 10 people dead and four others missing.” The report said.
The SW monsoon hit Guangdong soon after the typhoon, leaving more people dead and others missing, according to local flood control authorities.
Floods have destroyed or severely damaged at least 60,000 homes in the affected areas.
Residents of Seddon, NZ Abandon Town After Quake Swarm
[Our thanks to Nana for the heads up. JMC]
Terrified residents were fleeing Seddon last night after a 5.5 earthquake rattled the quake-weary town.
The aftershock that struck just before 9 o’clock last night was more than some residents could take, with at least one family leaving town for good.
Red Cross team leader Ben McKinnon said the succession of strong aftershocks was proving too much for some locals.
“We’ve actually just had people turn up after this latest aftershock who were heading for Nelson tonight.
“They’ve decided they don’t want to live in Seddon any more. They’ve got very young kids and they’re going nuts so they just threw everything into the car and took off.
“There’s a lot of very anxious people and anxious kids as well,” said McKinnon, who was manning a welfare centre at Seddon School.
Despite widespread damage to homes at the epicentre of Friday’s quake there have been just five injuries, including one person with a broken back. [More… ]
34 Dead, 85 missing in the Philippines latest maritime disaster
Death toll in the ferry collision off the Philippine Coast has climbed to 34, officials said. St Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry collided with the cargo vessel MV Sulpicio Express 7 in the seas off Talisay, Cebu Province in central Philippines. As of Sunday morning, at least 85 passengers were unaccounted for.