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Extreme Rain Events Pound East Africa, Killing many, Displacing Tens of Thousands

Posted by feww on April 13, 2013

Severe floods wreak havoc across much of East Africa

Much of East Africa including parts of seven countries—Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania have been affected by deadly floods that were triggered by extreme rain events, beginning mid-March.

The rains have “caused significant flooding in the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda and Kenya, the southern Maasai rangelands in Kenya, and along the Wabi Shabelle in Ethiopia in late March and early April,” according to Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

“Above-normal rains have occurred in several areas, including northern and western Tanzania; Rwanda; Burundi; the Lake Victoria Basin; western, southern and northeastern Kenya; southern and central Somalia; and eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia,” said FEWS NET.

  • The rains are forecast to continue through May.
  • Floods have resulted in the loss of life, displacements of large numbers of people, the destruction of crops, and damage to infrastructure, FEWS NET reported.

Kenya

Flash floods have killed dozens of people in Kenya, displacing tens of thousands, and destroying crops and much of the infrastructure.

“If the current rains continue with the same intensity for the next three weeks, we expect food shortages and escalation of food prices in May and June this year,” according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

“In northeastern Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex, home to about 463,000 mainly Somali refugees, the rains have displaced some families and affected commodity prices.”

Somalia

“Robust precipitation accumulations (>75mm) were again observed over central and southern Somalia,” states an Africa Hazards Outlook.

“Many local areas have already experienced more than three times their normal rainfall accumulation since the beginning of April, sustaining the risk for localized flash flooding and downstream river inundation over the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in eastern Ethiopia and southern Somalia.”

  • “SWALIM [Somalia Water and Land Information Management] field reports in the last two days indicate river breakages at Hurway (about 8m wide), Eji (about 6m wide) and Maadheere (about 14m wide) villages all in Middle Shabelle Region. This has led to inundation of large areas, causing destruction of cropped area[s] of unconfirmed acreage, and displacement of several families.”

Ethiopia, UgandaBurundiRwanda

See report update by FEWS NET.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 13, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,064 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,064 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Disaster Declared in 11 Australian Zones

Posted by feww on February 25, 2013

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Australia: Back-to-back disasters intensify

Two Major floods in 2 months cause more disasters in NSW

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell have declared 11 areas in northern NSW as disaster zones due to severe storms and widespread flooding.

  • The disaster areas are Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Camden, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kiama, Nambucca, Port Macquarie Hastings and Randwick.

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February 25, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,111 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,111 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Major Winter Storm Hits U.S. Midwest, Targeting New England

Posted by feww on February 22, 2013

Weather Hazards forecast for Friday across the U.S.

‘Snow, heavy at times, will impact the Upper Great Lakes, Washington and Oregon Cascades, and northern Rockies on Friday. Meanwhile, significant ice accumulations are possible for the central Appalachians. Further south, severe thunderstorms may develop along the central Gulf Coast, with heavy rainfall capable of river and/or flash flooding from southern Mississippi to the eastern Carolinas.’ NOAA forecasters reported.

The storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the U.S. Midwest on Thursday, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations.

  • The system is forecast to hit the East Coast, dumping heavy snow on parts of New England for a third consecutive weekend.
  • Earlier, NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Kansas, nearly all of Missouri, as well as most of Nebraska and Iowa. Advisories were also issued for parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, northern Texas and Arkansas.
  • Kansas Governor  has already signed an emergency declaration for all 105 Kansans counties yesterday, shutting down all state offices in the Executive Branch.

US WHM 2-22-2013
US weather hazards Map, Feb 22, 2013 . Source: NWS

State of Emergency Declared in Missouri

A state of emergency has been declared in Missouri in response to the severe winter storm.

  • “A severe winter storm continues to bear down on communities across the state,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “Missouri stands ready to help communities in need and to deploy the resources to keep folks safe. I urge all Missourians to keep a close eye on the weather and avoid unnecessary travel.”

Tornadoes Strike MS and LA

SPC received 18 storm reports including 3 tornadoes in Mississippi and Louisiana on Thursday.

  • Moderate to heavy damage reported in counties Jefferson Davis (MS), as well as Concordia and Vernon (LA).

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SPC filtered storm reports- 21 Feb 2013.

US Drought Monitor

As of February 19, 2013 more than two-thirds of Continental U.S. was experiencing drought or was abnormally dry. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported. The report was prepared before the current winter storm, which may have alleviated the drought conditions in parts of the High Plains.

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US Drought Map for February 19, 2013, Released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on February 21, 2013. The map was prepared before the current winter storm.

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February 22, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,114 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,114 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Flood Disaster Spreads in Mozambique

Posted by feww on February 16, 2013

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Severe flooding in Mozambique affects about ¼ million, killing 111 and displacing 186,000 people

A storm system in the Mozambique Channel threatens to bring even more heavy rains to much of Mozambique and Madagascar, exacerbating the current flood situation, said UN OCHA.

  • “The Ministry of Agriculture’s preliminary assessment indicates about 191,315 ha (473,000 acres) have been affected by floods, including 166,278 ha of cultivated land destroyed. The most affected province is Gaza, followed by Inhambane and Maputo.”
  • Other affected provinces include Zambezia and Cabo Delgado.
  • Hundreds of cases of cholera infections and at least 2 related deaths have been reported in Cabo Delgado province between 28 January and 13 February 2013, according to the Ministry of Health.
  • Extreme rain events have triggered severe flooding in several other southern African countries, including Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and northern Zimbabwe.

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February 16, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,120 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,120 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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Thousands of Homes Flooded in N. Sumatra

Posted by feww on November 5, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,223 Days Left 

[November 5, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,223 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

N. Sumatra homes buried under three meters of water

Thousands of homes in two of Indonesia’s North Sumatra and Aceh provinces have been flooded following days of torrential rains in the region.

  • In North Sumatra widespread flooding was reported in three districts, Deli Serdang, Serdang Bedagai and Mandailing Natal Deli, while in Aceh Bireun district was inundated, said a report.
  • “In Serdang district, the banks of Batu Ginging, Kuala Namu and Ular rivers burst, inundating some 1,200 houses with floodwaters up to three meters deep.”

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United States: The First Phase of Collapse Has Begun

Posted by feww on October 31, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,228 Days Left 

[October 31, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,228 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Superstorm SANDY dumps enough snow to keep your heads buried

The progress of collapse would be swift, cruel and unceremonious [“abrupt, brutal and grisly.”]

Superstorm SANDY

  • Hurricane-force winds of up to 145 km/h (90MPH) were recorded as SANDY slammed into NJ shore.
  • “The devastation is unthinkable,” New Jersey Governor said after viewing photos of the New Jersey coast. “The idea … that you see homes [ripped from their foundation and tossed] in the middle of Route 35 southbound and northbound is just unfathomable,” he told reporters.
  • SANDY knocked out electricity to more 8 million homes and businesses [figure released by the U.S. Department of Energy,] affecting an estimated 65 million people across 17 states.
  • “New Jersey, New York in particular have been pounded by this storm. Connecticut has taken a big hit,” said the Disaster President. “This storm is not yet over.”
  • The White House has declared the States of New Jersey and New York as major disaster areas, having issued states of emergency declaration for  New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, District of Colombia, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland.
  • Thousands of homes and businesses have been inundated, many destroyed by flooding, high winds aor other storm related disasters.
  • A large fire, possibly caused by downed powerlines, destroyed 80 – 100 homes in Breezy Point, on the Rockaway barrier island, in NYC’s borough of Queens, reports said.
  • Garrett County in Maryland has reported  20 inches of icy snow.
  • The storm reached as far inland as the state of Ohio.
  • The massive storm has forced cancellation of at least 16,000 flights to and from the affected region thus far.
  • “To describe it as looking like pictures we’ve seen of the end of World War Two is not overstating it. The area was completely leveled. Chimneys and foundations were all that was left of many of these homes,” New York Mayor  said.
  • Blizzard warnings were issued by NWS for West Virginia, western Maryland, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and western North Carolina after  Sandy converged with a cold weather system.
  • Storm surge buried about three-quarters of Hoboken [pop: ~50,000], NJ under several feet of water.
  • Atlantic City remained in an official state of emergency, as of posting, with a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew in effect.
  • Death toll from SANDY has reached about 120, including 70 in the Caribbean and 20 in NYC [Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York state, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Toronto have reported up to 30 deaths due to the storm.]
  • Pelting the region with hail, snow, and rain, SANDY “continued to whip southern Ontario with winds,” where a warning for gusts of up to 100 km/h remained in place, said a report.
  • Meanwhile, the “Antichrist” and “Mammon” put campaigning on hold for a second day.

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Global Disasters Continue Intensifying

Posted by feww on October 30, 2012

FIRE-EARTH forecasts proving deadly accurate!

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,229 Days Left 

[October 30, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,229 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Storm surges inundate many towns as Superstorm SANDY slams into East Coast

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Million Plus Displaced by Floods in Nigeria

Posted by feww on October 17, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,242 Days Left 

[October 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,242 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

NOTE: Countdown was revised on October 16, 2012

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Flooding in north-central Nigeria displaces at least a million people, killing 300, destroying homes and public infrastructure

Flooding has ravaged vast areas in 6 states of north-central Nigeria, displacing more than a million people, killing at least 300 people and tens of thousands of livestock, destroying farmlands and hundreds of thousands of homes, roads and bridges.

  • “The worst hit was Kogi State, closely followed by Benue State. The two states had the worst cases because of their positioning along the River Niger and River Benue. In fact, in the case of Kogi, many people have even fled to parts of Anambra State located in the southeast region, but we have followed them and established camps there also,” according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
  • “Many people are still missing and we still receive distress calls from communities in danger of being submerged.”
  • Describing the flood as colossal, the NEMA official mentioned Plateau, Nasarawa, Kwara, and Niger as other north-central states badly hit by the flood,”  said a report.

Mali

The humanitarian crisis in the north of Mali continues deteriorating, as people struggle with the effects of armed conflict and severe flooding, which  has destroyed crops and sent food prices soaring, said ICRC.

  • “Basic foodstuffs have become difficult for most people to obtain in the Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Gao areas because of the high cost,” said the head of the ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger.
  • About 420,000 people in Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and Mopti areas have been severely affected.

U.S. Weather Hazards


US Weather Hazards map., 17-10-2012. Source: NWS

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Extreme Monsoon Rain Affects Millions in Pakistan

Posted by feww on September 30, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,263 Days Left

[September 30, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,263 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Thousands killed or injured, five million affected in Pakistan’s extreme monsoon flooding

Extreme monsoon flooding in Pakistan has left about 500 dead, thousands injured, hundrdes of thousands displaced and 5 million others affected.

  • Floodwaters have submerged vast areas in Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan provinces since August, killing about 250 people in Sindh province alone, reports said.
  • The victims affected by the mega flooding include 1.4 million children who are “experiencing devastating flooding for the second or third time over the past three years, and these new floods have disrupted their recovery,” said UNICEF.

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Millions Affected by Severe Flooding in India, Pakistan, Cambodia

Posted by feww on September 26, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,267 Days Left

[September 26, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,267 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Assam, India. Third wave of flooding so far this year has left more than 1.8 million people marooned in India’s northeastern state of Assam.
    • Thousands of villages in 18 of the state’s 27 districts have been submerged under floodwater.
    • Flooding has destroyed tens of thousands of homes, and left about ¼ of million people displaced, scores of others dead, injured or missing.
    • Health authorities have issued a state-wide alert due to sewage-contaminated water.
    • Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed.
    • “Nearly 130 people were killed and six million displaced by the floodwaters in Assam two months ago, which came during India’s June-September monsoon,” said a report.
  • PakistanFlooding in northwestern, southwestern, central, and southern parts of Pakistan has affected about 4.5 million people so far this year, officials said.
    • The deluge has killed at least 370 people, and left about 1,200 others injured.
    • Floods have destroyed more than 120,000 homes, and seriously damaged about 155,000 others.
    • Up to a million acres of crops have been destroyed.
    • Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh is the worst hit region with at least 188 killed and 743 injured due to the flooding, followed by Punjab with 60 dead, said a report.
    • Only about 5 percent of the 4,472,351 people affected were moved to relief camps while 4,189,825 are living in the open, without shelter or basic amenities, the report quoted Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as saying.

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Floods Threaten Niger’s Rice Crop

Posted by feww on September 14, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,279 Days Left

[September 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Republic of Niger. Flooding in Niger could destroy its main rice harvest, reports said.
    • Floods have already claimed dozens of lives since the annual rainy season began.
    • Niger produces about 130,000 tons of rice a year.
    • “Most of the rainy season rice crop, estimated at over 80,000 metric tons, risks being destroyed this year,” a Malian official said.
  • United States. The Department of Commerce has declared Fisheries Disasters in Northeast, Alaska, and Mississippi.
    • Northeast – Several key fish stocks in the Northeast groundfish fishery are not rebuilding and further cuts are expected in 2013.  More information here.
    • Alaska – Low returns of Chinook salmon to the Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, and Cook Inlet have resulted in a fishery resource disaster have caused a continuation of the Yukon River commercial fishery failure in 2010 – 2012, a Kuskokwim River commercial fishery failure in 2011 – 2012, and a Cook Inlet commercial fishery failure in 2012.  More information here.
    • Mississippi – Impacted by the massive freshwater impacts from the historic flooding in the lower Mississippi River in the spring of 2011, a commercial fishery failure has been declared for the Mississippi oyster fishery and the state’s blue crab fishery. More information here.
  • North Korea. Death toll from recent floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has risen to 300, with 600 others reported as missing and many injured, reports said.
    • “The floods between mid-June and late August destroyed 87,280 houses and affected roughly 298,050 residents, damaging farmland and social infrastructure such as electric cables, coal mines and railways, according to the KCNA, said a report.
  • Pakistan.  Flooding in Pakistan has left hundreds of people dead, injured or missing.  Thousands of others are left homeless.
  • Ryukyu Islands. Super Typhoon SANBA (TY 17W), near 23.5ºN, 129.1ºE,  continues to intensifies moving north (345 degrees) toward Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.


Super Typhoon SANBA (TY 17W) and its project path – enhanced IR satellite image.  Image source:  CIMSS

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Flooding and Landslides Leave Hundreds Dead, Missing or Injured

Posted by feww on September 10, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,283 Days Left

[September 10, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,283 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011...

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Flooding and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have left hundreds of people dead, missing or injured, tens of thousands of people homeless, thousands of properties destroyed or damaged and  much of the farmland submerged in Ghana, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, SW China and Vietnam.

  • Vietnam.  Flooding and landslides in Vietnam have left dozens dead or missing. “Floods have submerged over 3,500 houses and more than 22,000 hectares of crops and fruit trees, mainly in the two provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An,” said a report.
  • United States.  Marathon Detroit refinery has reportedly released unknown chemical into the atmosphere, NRC said.
    • “The material is causing nausea, burning eyes, and difficulty breathing to local residents.”

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TEMBIN Could Hit Taiwan Multiple Times

Posted by feww on August 24, 2012

Typhoon TEMBIN moves into Taiwan Strait after making first landfall

TEMBIN made landfall in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, early Friday, having dumped 500 mm of rain on parts of  southern and southeastern Taiwan over a 10-hour period, before moving out to sea shortly after.


TY TEMBIN – Vis/IR satellite image @ 03:32UTC – August 24, 2012. Source: UW/CIMSS

The storm could turn toward Taiwan again and dump more rain this weekend, according to the country’s Central Weather Bureau.

TEMBIN could interact with the approaching Typhoon BOLAVEN, by which time the latter, now a category 3 typhoon, could have intensified to a super storm.


Typhoon TEMBIN track and projected path. Source: UW/CIMSS


Typhoon BOLAVEN track and projected path. Source: UW/CIMSS

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2 Million Evacuated as Typhoon HAIKUI Strikes China

Posted by feww on August 8, 2012

Disaster Calendar – 8 August 2012

SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,316 Days Left

[August 8, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,316 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

HAIKUI brought torrential rains and winds of 150 km/h to east China

The massive typhoon forced authorities to evacuate about 2 million people from Zhejiang province and the outskirts of Shanghai. Earlier, HAIKUI had forced about 300,000 people in the Philippines to flee their homes.


Typhoon HAIKUI. IR NHC Enhancement Satellite Image – Source: CIMSS. The 11th typhoon of 2012 landed near the Sanmenwan Gulf in central Zhejiang (east China) early Wednesday morning, bringing torrential rains and triggering widespread flooding, the local observatory said.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Manila, Philippines. Up to a million people have been severely affected as seasonal monsoon rains, enhanced by Typhoon SAOLA and tropical storm HAIKUI, pounded the Philippines capital and surrounding areas for the 12th day, triggering widespread flooding that has inundated about two-thirds of Manila (Population: >12 million).  

    • The flooding and landslides have left dozens of people dead, and hundreds of thousands displaced since late July.

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Explosive Wildfires Continue Erupting Across the U.S.

Posted by feww on June 29, 2012

Waldo Canyon fire the most destructive in Colorado history: Officials

The Disaster President [Obama] has declared the state of Colorado a major disaster area due to the damage and losses caused by deadly wildfires in  El Paso County [Colorado Springs’ Waldo Canyon fire] and Larimer County [High Park Fire] which began on June 9, 2012, and continuing.

More counties may be designated subject to ongoing damage surveys, FEMA said.

The 5-day old Waldo Canyon fire in Pike National Forest, El Paso County, has now consumed an estimated 20,000 acres, destroying at least 346 homes [preliminary damage report,] forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, and threatening 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures.

Until yesterday, the High Park fire, still burning near Fort Collins north of Denver, was officially the most destructive Colorado fire on record having consumed 257  homes and 87,284 acres of forest and grassland.


Waldo Canyon Fire Map (June 27).


Map of Waldo Canyon Fire Mandatory Evacuation Line – as of June 28, PM.

Pine Ridge Fire

The Pine Ridge Fire is very active wildfire ignited by lightning 10 miles NE of Grand Junction, Mesa County, CO, on Wednesday June 27th, and has since grown to more than 1,500 acres.

  • Fire Behavior: Fire behavior remains extreme and is now threatening Northern Mesa County including the community of De Beque. The Mesa County Sheriff’s department has ordered immediate evacuation of all areas south of S ½ road, west of 45.5 Rd and east of I 70.

Utah Fire Explodes to 20,300 acres in 2 Days

Seeley Fire wildfire, ignited by dry lightning in Huntington Canyon and Gentry Mountain, 15 miles NW of Huntington, Utah, on June 26, has exploded to 20,300 acres threatening an unknown number of structures and forcing evacuations in the area. Road closures are in effect.

    • Growth Potential:  Extreme
    • Terrain Difficulty:  Extreme
    • Wind Conditions: 16-28 mph SW
    • Temperature: 75-77 degrees
    • Humidity: 10-12%

Idaho Wildfire

Charlotte Fire, a blaze ignited in the Charlotte Road area of Mink Creek early afternoon on Thursday, has quickly spread, engulfing about 500 acres in just 5 hours, destroying or damaging at least a dozen homes.

  • Bannock County Commissioners issued a disaster declaration for the County and immediately evacuated the residents in the Gibson Jack, Johnny Creek and Mink Creek area down to Portneuf Road. The evacuations have since expanded toward Pocatello past Juniper Hills Country Club, said a report .
  • An emergency shelter has been set up in the Idaho State University Holt Arena for evacuees of the Gibson Jack and Mink Creek areas that have been affected by wildfire on Thursday, June 28, announced Stephen Chatterton, director of ISU Public Safety.
  • “Multiple fire agencies are battling the grass fire that is burning dangerously close to homes. The fire sparked just after 2:30 p.m., Thursday, near Charlotte Road. Bannock County is handling evacuations,” said a report.

Montana Wildfires:

A dozen wildfires in Montana have destroyed more than 100 structures and forced up to a 1,000 people to flee their homes.

Dahl Fire. Fueled by dead and dying timber, high temperatures, low relative humidities and gusty winds, the Dahl Fire in Musselshell County, Montana, has grown to an estimated 20,000 acres and is currently uncontained.

  • Montana Governor has signed an emergency declaration for Musselshell, Rosebud, Custer, Treasure, Yellowstone and Big Horn Counties and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
  • An unknown number of residents have been evacuated.
  • Road closures are in effect.
  • A second fire in Musselshell County has been reported and located.

Ash Creek Complex Fire. The Ash Creek Complex fire, burning 10 miles east of Lame Deer in Custer National Forest, has exploded to 110,700 acres since it began Monday June 25th, 2012.

Utah Wildfires

  • The Wood Hollow Fire, a blaze about 1 mile south of Fountain Green in Utah State Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands has now grown to 46,190 acres, claiming at least one life and destroying a reported 56 structures  and scores of farm animals, mostly sheep.
    • The communities of Indian Ridge, Elk Ridge, Big Hollow, and Oaker Hills communities are under mandatory evacuation.
    • About 2,000 have been evacuated from surrounding communities.

Other fires are listed at Destructive Wildfire Activity Intensifies in Colorado (Posted on June 28, 2012) and the previous posts.

Some 4 dozen active wildfires are currently burning across a dozen states:  Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, South Dakota, Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, California and Hawaii.

U.S. Weather Hazards


US Weather Hazards Map, June 29, 2012Update

Excessive Heat Warnings: Excessive Heat Warnings are currently in effect in parts of at least 8 states.

Heat wave. The core of the heat wave currently broiling the central U.S. could shift to the east late this weekend, however critical wildfire conditions and debilitating heat will continue into next week, NOAA forecast.

Fire Weather. Critical Fire Weather conditions prevail in parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Red Flag Warnings. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming,  Colorado, Indiana and Kentucky, NWS said.

Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect until Saturday evening in many areas and record high temperatures are expected to continue into and through the weekend. Excessive Heat Warnings cover the eastern half of Kansas, western Missouri and parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Heat Advisories cover parts of western Kansas, all of Oklahoma but the Panhandle, southern and eastern Iowa, northern and eastern Missouri, southern Wisconsin, most of Illinois, west-central and northeast Arkansas, the western half of Tennessee, northern Mississippi and all but the southern third of Alabama.

Record Heat. SE Colorado and SW Kansas locations have set numerous high temperature records in the recent days:

  • Dodge City, KS – 111 degrees Wed. – the all-time record for the city since record keeping began in 1874; also broke high for the day by 4 degrees (107 degrees in 1980).
  • Garden City, KS – 109 degrees broke old record of 106 set in 1979
  • Medicine Lodge, KS – record 109 degrees broke old record of 107 set in 1980
  • Colorado Springs, CO – broke all-time maximum temperature record Tuesday, hitting 101, tied 101 on Wed.
  • Pueblo, CO – record high 106 degrees reached Tue, hit 106 again Wed; Pueblo airport recorded 105 degrees or higher for six consecutive days .
  • Source: NWS

U.S. River Conditions

Some 24 locations are currently under flood conditions, with 7  river gauge sites at Major Flood level, 3 at Moderate Flood and 14 at Minor Flood; 22 sites were Near Flood, Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service reported.

U.S. Drought

The drought in the U.S. has intensified since last week  with 72.01 of the lower 48 in D0-D4 (Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought) conditions.

  • No reported change in Hawaii since last week, with 78.89 of the state in D0-D4 conditions.
  • Alaska has reported an increase in dry conditions since last week, climbing from 18.35% to 42.00% in D0.


Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

Arizona Drought. Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions (D1-D3) currently prevail throughout the state of Arizona.

Colorado Drought. The entire state of Colorado is currently experiencing Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions (D1-D3).

Arkansas Drought. Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions (D1-D3) reported in 98.55% of Arkansas, with the entire states experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

Illinois.  The entire state of Illinois reporting Abnormally Dry to  Extreme Drought Conditions (D0 – D3).

Kentucky. Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought Conditions (D0 – D3) reported in 96.59% of Kentucky.

Georgia.   Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought Conditions (D0 – D4) reported in 86.09% of Georgia.

Indiana Drought. Drought conditions for Indiana have deteriorated during the past week.  Severe to extreme drought conditions cover two thirds of the state. Abnormally dry conditions cover 99.86% of the state.


Indiana Drought Map  – released June 28, 2012.

  • At least 83 counties reporting active burn bans, as of posting.
  • Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect throughout half of the state.

Kansas Drought. Drought has returned to Kansas with 100.00% of the state reporting abnormally dry or drought conditions (D0 0D4).

  • Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect throughout about two-thirds of the state.

Nevada.  The entire state of Nevada reporting Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought Conditions (D0 – D3).

New Mexico.  D0 – D3 Drought Conditions reported throughout New Mexico.

Oklahoma D0 – D3 Drought Conditions reported in 99.68% of Oklahoma.

South Carolina.  Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought Conditions (D0 – D4) prevail in 86.34% of S. C.

Tennessee. D0 – D3 Drought Conditions reported in 96.03% of Tennessee.

Texas.  Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought Conditions (D0 – D3) prevail in 95.92% of Texas.

Utah.  D0 – D3 Drought Conditions prevail throughout Utah.

Wyoming. D0 – D3 Drought Conditions exist in 93.50% of Wyoming.

Missouri Drought.  Severe Drought conditions persist in Missouri and the drought is likely to worsen, said NWS.

  • Currently 98.70% of the state is reporting drought conditions.
  • Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect in about 40% of the state, as of posting

Percent of Normal Precipitation – Last 7 days

Air Quality


NESDIS Map of Analyzed Fires from Satellite Data – June 29, 2012 – Time: See inset. 


Current Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Analysis – NOAA/NESDIS – June 29, 2012 – Time: See inset.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Assam, India. Floods of epic proportion caused by extreme monsoon rainfall have left at least 30 people dead, many injured and about a million displaced in the Indian state of Assam, reports said.
  • Bangladesh.  Death toll in Bangladesh flooding and landslides has climbed to at least 112, injured hundreds of others, with more than a quarter of a million people displaced.
    • Widespread damage to crops, farmland, homes and business reported throughout affected areas.

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Disaster Calendar – 15 June 2012

Posted by feww on June 15, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,370 Days Left

[June 15, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,370 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

  • Vietnam. At least 60,000 people contracted hand-foot-and-mouth disease or were infected with dengue fever in Vietnam between January and May this year,  and dozen died.

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Disaster Calendar 2012 – 9 May

Posted by feww on May 9, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,407 Days Left

[9 May 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,407 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Drought and Deluge States of Emergency Declared in Brazil

Posted by feww on May 9, 2012

Brazilian Amazon plagued by worst floods ever; NE Brazil declares drought emergency

Part of the Brazilian Amazon is under a state of emergency due to worst floods ever, while Brazil’s northeastern region has declared a separate state of emergency in 266 district due to severe drought.

The drought has destroyed large swathes of cropland, affecting hundreds of cities and towns across the region, and leaving ranchers struggling to feed and water cattle, reports said.

The drought is expected to continue until October, and possibly beyond.


The carcass of a cow, which died due to the drought, is seen on the ground near Maracas in Bahia state, northeast Brazil May 5, 2012. While a swath of the Brazilian Amazon is under a state of emergency as rivers overflow in one of the worst floods ever, the country’s northeastern region faces its worst drought in the last 30 years, affecting well over 500 towns and cities, according to data from different government monitoring agencies.  Reuters/Ricardo Moraes. Image may be subject to copyright.


Cattle walk in the waters of an area flooded by the rising Rio Solimoes, one of the two main branches of the Amazon River, in Anama, 160 km (100 miles) west of Manaus, May 5, 2012. While a swath of the Brazilian Amazon is under a state of emergency as rivers overflow in one of the worst floods on record, the country’s northeastern region faces its worst drought in the last 30 years, affecting well over 500 towns and cities, according to data from different government monitoring agencies. Reuters/Bruno Kelly. The carcass of a cow, which died due to the drought, is seen on the ground near Maracas in Bahia state, northeast Brazil May 5, 2012. While a swath of the Brazilian Amazon is under a state of emergency as rivers overflow in one of the worst floods ever, the country’s northeastern region faces its worst drought in the last 30 years, affecting well over 500 towns and cities, according to data from different government monitoring agencies.  Reuters/Ricardo Moraes. Image may be subject to copyright.
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Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Hawaii. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Maui and Kalawao counties in Hawaii as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by ongoing drought that began January 1, 2012, and continues.

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Disaster Calendar – 23 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 23, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,423 Days Left

[23 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,423 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar – 22 April 2012

Posted by feww on April 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,424 Days Left

[22 April 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,424 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Floods Threaten Thousands of Towns in Russia

Posted by feww on April 22, 2012

Major flooding expected across Russia

More than 4,700 towns across Russia are threatened by floods, especially in Yakutia, the Maritime, Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk Territories, and the Irkutsk region in Siberia, said a report.

“The risk zone includes some 1,900 highway sections, 378 railroad sections and 563 bridges.”

In the past two weeks tens of thousands of homes have been deluged in southern and central Russia affecting tens of thousands of residents; many people have been evacuated.

The worst-hit areas are in “the Republic of Tatarstan, and Saratov and Samara regions, as well as in parts of the Central and Volga Federal Districts, where 45 bridges, two dams and two sections of highways have been flooded.”

In the latest incident, the 803-year-old Kadom village was inundated by floowaters, according to Ryazan’s regional emergencies ministry.

“More than 500 homes have been flooded in the central Russian region of Ryazan after melting snow caused the river Moksha to overflow,” affecting  about 1,200 people.

A state of emergency was earlier declared as floodwaters continued rising in the region, reports said.

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State of Emergency Declared in S. Louisiana Following Widespread Flooding

Posted by feww on March 13, 2012

Dozens of homes in four Acadiana parishes inundated

States of emergency have been declared in four south Louisiana parishes— Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin—after floodwaters from severe thunderstorms caused widespread flooding.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 13

[March 13, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,464 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Louisiana, USA.  State officials declared states of emergency in four south Louisiana parishes—Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin—after floodwaters from severe thunderstorms caused widespread flooding.
    • “We had up to 7 feet of water on some streets,” said Capt. Kip Judice, the sheriff’s spokesman. “We had no deaths or injuries but a lot of near calls.”
    • SPC received reports of 4 tornadoes in Louisiana, one of which caused significant damage in Acadia.

  • Kentucky, USA.  FEMA has added several more Kentucky counties to the disaster declaration for the state following he deadly tornadoes and violent storms that left at least 22 people dead and caused widespread damage.
    • Currently, there are 16 counties in the Kentucky disaster declaration:  BATH, CAMPBELL, CARROLL, GRANT, JOHNSON, KENTON, LAUREL, LAWRENCE, MAGOFFIN, MARTIN, MENIFEE, MONTGOMERY, MORGAN, PENDLETON, ROWAN and WOLFE.

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Flooding Destroys Thousands of Homes in Acre, Brazil

Posted by feww on February 28, 2012

Thousands of homes destroyed, 1 in 5 people affected by flooding in Acre, Brazil

Major flooding in  Brazilian state of Acre (located SW of the Northern Region) has destroyed thousands of homes killing at least one person, and forcing a fifth of the state’s population of about 740,000  to relocate, officials said.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 28

[February 28, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,478 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Acre, Brazil.  Major flooding in Brazil’s state of Acre has affected about a fifth of the population, destroying thousands of homes and devastating infrastructure.
    • Flooding, caused by an abnormally intense rainy season, began more than a week ago in the Amazon basin.
    • The Acre River has burst its banks causing unprecedented flooding in Bolivia’s northern province of Pando, which borders Brazil, leaving the provincial capital, Cobija, completely inundated and obliterating dozens of villages, killing at a least a dozen people.
    • At least 45 suburbs of Rio Branco, capital of Acre, were submerged under floodwater, with more than 15,000 homes inundated by last week.
    • The Acre River has risen by about 18 meters above its normal levels, reports said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Yunnan province, China.  Worsening drought and low rainfall in the last three years have dried up 273 rivers and 413 small reservoirs in Yunnan province, China, a report said.
    • More than 6.31 million people in 91 counties of Yunnan province in SW China have been affected by a persistent drought, with at least 3.1 million people and 1.55 million livestock short of drinking water, according to provincial civil affairs authorities.
    • … more than 2 million mu (133,333 hectares) of forests and 8.2 million mu of corps having been affected.
    • Severe drought is also posing fire risks in forest areas of SW China.

    • Some 47 percent of Yunnan province (24.7 million ha) is forested.
    • Yunnan is China’s No. 2 forested province.
    • “From Jan. 1 to Feb. 16, Yunnan saw 100 cases of forest fires. Of the total, six were serious or catastrophic forest fires, a spokesman with the Yunnan forest public security bureau said.”
  • Sichuan Province, China.  Alarm bells should also be ringing in Sichuan province, SW China, as drought intensifies.


Most disturbing image of the day: A well or a mass grave?  Original caption: “Villagers wait for relief water next to a well, dug during a persistent drought in hopes of storing rainwater, at Yizi Vilage in the Renhe District of Panzhihua, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Feb. 22, 2012. The drought, striking the area since last year as a result of insufficient rainfall, has threatened the locals’ with limited access to drinking water. Measures are now being taken to relieve the pressures of water supply.” (Xinhua/Hai Mingwei). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Tens of Thousands Displaced Amid Severe Flooding in Philippines

Posted by feww on February 18, 2012

Floods and landslides plague Philippines Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao

Seven days of continuous rain has left dozens of municipalities deluged, as authorities declare a state of calamity in the town of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 18

[February 18, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,488 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines.  Tens of thousands of people have been displaced amid severe flooding which has plagued three major regions in the Philippines.
    • Seven days of continuous rain have triggered floods and landslides that have swamped dozens of municipalities in large parts of the Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao.
    • The authorities have declared a state of calamity in the town of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, said a report.
    • “Meanwhile, Alert Level 1 was raised by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) Thursday over the the cities of Surigao, Butuan and the provinces of Dinagat, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island and other areas of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) following the continuous rains that began last Saturday,” said a report.
    • Floods have severely affected at least 4,000 others in Regions VIII (Eastern Visayas), X (Northern Mindanao) and XIII (Caraga), with 3,000 moved to evacuation centers, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
    • Meanwhile, landslides occurred in dozens of villages in Leyte and Kahupian, burying several bridges, reports said.
    • At least 5 people have  been killed so far as a result of the extreme weather events, early reports said.
    • Heavy flooding in Daguitan River, Dulag, Leyte (Leyte Province is located in the Eastern Visayas region) caused power outages in many parts of the province, said the Philippines Information Agency, a government organization.

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Inland sea moving across NSW, Australia

Posted by feww on February 10, 2012

An area the size of England and Ireland flooded in northern NSW

A massive body of water moving across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has left at least 7,000 people isolated in the northern portion of the state, but the figure is expected to exceed 10,000.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 10

[February 10, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,496 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


QLD Flood Map. Source: ABOM


NSW Flood Map.  Source: Australia BOM.

  • NSW, Australia.  A massive body of water moving across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has left at least 7,000 people isolated in northern NSW, but the figure is expected to exceed 10,000.
    • Flooding in northern NSW has impacted an area the size of England and Ireland combined.
    • Many areas in the south are also impacted by extreme rain events.
    • “Down in the south, many rivers are on a flood watch and now, as we’ve seen, the Sydney metropolitan area and surrounds are also experiencing the impact of these weather events,” State Emergency Services (SES) said.
    • The inland sea moving from the north of the state to the south was expected to continue for two months, isolating towns and communities along its path for many weeks, SES spokesperson said.
    • “It really is quite a significant protracted event of an extremely large body of water moving across the state.”
    • “A lot of communities will be isolated, some communities will need to be evacuated,” NSW Assistant Police Commissioner said.”It is a significant welfare issue, emotionally and physically, for those people.”
    • “There are water-logged cotton crops, stranded cattle and farmers sitting on the veranda counting losses,” a report said.

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