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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 22, 2013

Posted by feww on September 22, 2013

At least 103 killed in Iraq bomb attacks, gunfire

 A triple bombing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has left at least 85 people dead and more than 176 others wounded.

The attacks occurred around late on Saturday at a funeral in Sadr City, the eastern suburb district of Baghdad, said reports.

First a car bomb was detonated near a tent where a funeral was being held. Then a suicide bomber blew himself up as he drove a car into the the crowd. A third explosion occurred after police and emergency workers had rushed to the scene.

Earlier on Saturday, 2 policemen were killed by gunfire in Mosul, 1 person in Kirkuk, 4 Sahwa members in Shirqat, 1 person in Saadiya and 1 other in Basra, according to Iraq Body Count.

The latest incidents raise the September casualties so far to 815 civilians killed, and more than 2,000 others wounded.

According to information collected by UNAMI, a minimum of 804 Iraqis were killed and another 2,030 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in August, 2013.

The number of civilians killed was 716 (including 106 civilian police), while the number of civilians injured was 1,936 (including 195 civilian police). A further 88 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 94 were injured.

At least 5,071 people have been killed and 12,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to UNAMI.


Nairobi terror: Militants kill dozens, hold hostages in mall siege

Death toll in Nairobi mall attack has climbed to at least 59 with more than 175 others wounded after militants stormed an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, said a senior government official on Sunday.

The scene of the siege,  Westgate Mall, is situated in Nairobi’s affluent Westlands area and is frequented by wealthy Kenyans and expatriates, reports said.

“Cabinet Secretary in charge of Internal Security Joseph Ole Lenku told journalists in Nairobi that the security operation to free hostages who are still trapped inside the Westgate Mall will continue,” said a report.

“Regrettably, the human loss in the attack also went up overnight. The number of our dead has risen to 59. The number of injured has also risen to 175. Many of the injured were taken to local hospitals, treated and discharged,” he told journalists.

“We have established the location of the criminals. It’s a delicate balance and we want to evacuate the hostages safely. We believe there are some people in the building that is why I said the operation is still delicate.”

The police have so far managed to evacuate more than 1,000 people from the mall overnight, but an unknown number of others are still in the mall. “The operation is in a very delicate stage. Our paramount responsibility is to ensure that our people still held in the Mall come out alive. Our commitment is to save lives,” he said.


Dozens Killed in Pakistan Church Attack

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church in Pakistani city of Peshawar as people were coming out after Sunday Mass, killing at least 60 people and leaving more than 100 others wounded, officials said.

About 1.6% of the Pakistani population, or 2,800,000 people, are Christians.

The overwhelming majority of the Pakistani Christians are converts from the low caste Hindus from Punjab region, from the British colonial era.


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USAGI Poses a Severe Threat to Hong Kong: The HK Observatory

Posted by feww on September 22, 2013

Typhoon USAGI expected to slam Hong Kong by early Monday

The strongest storm to brew in the Western Pacific this year, is forecast  to pummel Asia’s financial center by early Monday.

The Hong Kong observatory has issued a Strong Wind Signal No. 3 and was expected to raise the warning level higher later on Sunday.

Typhoon USAGI poses a severe threat to the city, the HK observatory said.

USAGI chased by PABUK
Typhoon USAGI chased by Tropical Cyclone PABUK. MTSAT IR Satellite Image. Image recorded at 04:30UTC on September 22, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

The following is text of HK Observatory’s latest Warming issued at 12:45HKT on 22.09.2013.

Tropical Cyclone Bulletin – Hong Kong Observatory

The Strong Wind Signal No. 3 is in force. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 km per hour are expected.

At 1 p.m., Severe Typhoon Usagi was estimated to be about 300 kilometers [km] east of Hong Kong (near 22.1 degrees north, 117.1 degrees east) and is forecast to move WNW at about 20 km per hour across the northeastern part of the South China Sea and towards the vicinity of the Pearl River Estuary. [Hong Kong Observatory at 12:45HKT on 22.09.2013]

According to the present forecast track, there is a high chance Usagi would make landfall to the east of Hong Kong and will be closest to the territory around tonight and early tomorrow morning. Winds are now generally from the north and most parts of the territory are sheltered. However as Usagi gradually edges closer to Hong Kong, local winds will strengthen gradually. The Observatory will consider issuing the Gale or Storm Signal, No. 8 this afternoon to this evening.

The outer rainbands of Usagi are now affecting the vicinity of Pearl River Estuary. Local weather is deteriorating gradually. There will be heavy squally showers and rough seas.

If Usagi’s speed of movement matches with the time of the astronomical high tide, storm surge induced by Usagi may still lead to flooding in low-lying areas overnight. The public should be on the alert, and take precautions against strong winds and flooding as early as possible.

In the past hour, the maximum sustained winds recorded at Tate’s Cairn were 48 km per hour.

Typhoon alert forces schools to close in southeast China

Meantime, China’s National Meteorological Center issued its highest alert, and local authorities in Xiamen City on the eastern coast of Fujian Province called off classes, suspended shipping transport between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, and evacuated at least 100,000 people.

“On Sunday, major Chinese airlines canceled flights to cities in south China’s Guangdong, Fujian provinces as well as Hong Kong and Macao, citing that local airports could be battered by heavy rains and strong gales starting Sunday noon,” said a report.


Authorities in Taiwan evacuated thousands of people from 36 townships in seven counties on Saturday, said a report.

Forecasters said “severe torrential rain” would continue today in the eastern and southern areas, while the north could experience torrential rains.

Usagi waves Taitung-Taiwan-CNA
Waves break over the breakwater in Taitung, Taiwan as Typhoon USAGI moves through the Luzon Strait, Saturday Sept. 21, 2013. Photo credit CNA/ via Taipei Times.

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