Global Disasters/ Significant Events – December 26, 2013
Posted by feww on December 26, 2013
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
Deadly floods and landslides kill many, force evacuations in eastern Caribbean islands
Torrential rains, flooding and landslides kill more than a dozen people and force hundreds of others out of their homes on the volcanic islands of St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.
Torrential rains have also caused destruction on the islands of Martinique and Dominica, located north of Saint Lucia, in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
“I don’t think I can recall when we have had such heavy rainfall on the eve of Christmas,” said St Lucia’s Prime Minister.
Other Global Disasters, Significant Events
Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes
At least 663 Palestinian buildings— including 259 homes— have been demolished, and 1,103 Palestinians have been displaced in the West Bank and East Jerusalem so far this year, according to The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The UN agency has strongly condemned Israel for the demolition of Palestinian Bedouin dwellings in the West Bank.
“UNRWA condemns the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people, the most recent of which occurred on Christmas Eve,” said a spokesman in a statement.
“The demolitions took place in Ein Ayoub near Ramallah and Fasayil al-Wusta near Jericho in the Jordan valley with 61 persons displaced in Ein Ayoub, and seven persons, all refugees, displaced in Fasayil al-Wusta,” he said, adding that 32 of the victims were children, “including a five year old girl who is paralyzed from the waist down.”
“In addition, some 750 head of sheep and goats are without shelter at this crucial lambing season,” he said.
Father and child walk among their belonging after their homes was demolished by Israeli forces. Source: UNRWA
“Demolitions often occur to facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, with 60 percent of demolitions occurring in Palestinian communities close to settlement zones,” said NGOs, and rights organizations in a joint statement released earlier in December.
Up to 650,000 homes in northeastern US and southeastern Canada still without electricity days after deadly ice storm. Dozens of fatalities reported in the region, many caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from heating appliances.
Mercury (!) rises above 86 degrees at Oceanside, CA. Warm, dry Santa Ana winds drove temperatures to record or near-record highs in southern California on Wednesday.