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DISASTER Diary – 23 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 23, 2013

OKC Mega Tornado Destroyed or Damaged 13,000 Homes

The mega tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday has   destroyed or damaged as many as 13,000 homes and caused about $2 billion in damage, officials have  said.

  • FIRE-EARTH models show that about 50,000 people have been displaced as a result of the twister.

The deadly Moore tornado was EF5, according to NWS:

  • Rating: EF5
  • Peak Winds: 200 – 210 mph (338 km/h)
  • Path Length: 17 miles
  • Maximum Width: 1.3 miles
  • Begin Time: 2:45pm CDT
  • Begin Location: 4.4 miles west of Newcastle
  • End Time: 3:35 pm CDT
  • End Location: 4.8 miles east of Moore


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Rioting Spreads in Stockholm, Sweden

Rioting in Swedish capital continued for a fourth night, with at least one large building, reported to be a a restaurant, and 4 dozen cars torched by the rioters described by police as  a “mixture of every kind of people.”

  • The rioting began in the deprived suburb of Husby on Sunday, several days after  police shot dead an elderly man for allegedly threatening to kill them with a machete.


Montreal Residents Told to Boil Drinking Water

Up to 1.4 million Montrealers have been told by the City Council to boil their drinking water.

An urgent message posted on the official City portal read:

Boil water advisory

“You must boil your tap water (bringing it to a bubbling boil) for at lea[s]t one minute be[f]ore drinking it, or use bottled water instead, if you live in many boroughs or related cities.”


1,024 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,024 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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1 in 5 Bangladeshi deaths caused by arsenic: Study

Posted by feww on June 24, 2010

About 200,000 Bangladeshis Die from Arsenic in Their Drinking Water Each Year

The death rate in Bangladesh is 8 deaths per 1,000 population (2009 est.). The population is about 125 million. The rest is easy maths:

125 million x 8/1,000 x 1/5 = 200,000 arsenic deaths per year [Nearly 23 people per hour!]

The following is a News Release  by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

New study links 1 in 5 deaths in Bangladesh to arsenic in the drinking water

Increased mortality is linked to chronic diseases with a 70 percent increased mortality risk among those with the highest level of exposure

Between 33 and 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to arsenic in the drinking water—a catastrophe that the World Health Organization has called “the largest mass poisoning in history.” A new study published in the current issue of the medical journal The Lancet provides the most complete and detailed picture to date of the high mortality rates associated with this exposure, which began with the widespread installation of tube wells throughout the country 30 years ago—a measure intended to control water-bourne diseases.

Among the surprising findings of the study, conducted by a team of researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the University of Chicago, and led by Dr. Joseph Graziano are these:

  • One in five deaths in Bangladesh (population: 125 million) is associated with exposure to water from wells with arsenic concentrations greater than 10 micrograms per liter.
  • Arsenic exposure was associated with increased mortality due to heart disease and other chronic diseases in addition to the more familiar medical consequences of arsenic exposure: skin lesions, cancers of the skin, bladder and lung.
  • An increase of nearly 70 percent in all-cause mortality was found among those exposed to the highest concentration of arsenic in water (150 to 864 micrograms/liter). But researchers found a dose-related effect that included increased mortality even at relatively low levels of exposure, including the Bangladesh safety standard (50 micrograms/liter) and the WHO recommended standard (10 micrograms/liter).

The study draws its results from a carefully designed, prospective, longitudinal study involving 12,000 people in Bangladesh who were tracked for over a decade. To gather data for the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS), researchers traversed the tropical landscape over wooden bridges to interview each of the 12,000 participants and take urine samples every two years. Lifestyle and health data were tracked, allowing researchers to control for factors such as smoking, blood pressure and body-mass index. In addition, nearly 6,000 wells were tested to establish the arsenic concentration of the water source for each participant.

In an accompanying commentary in the same issue of The Lancet, Margaret P. Karagas of Dartmouth Medical School, describes the study design as “a substantial advance over previous ecological studies.”

The mass poisoning in Bangladesh was a result of well-intentioned efforts on the part of aid and development agencies in the 1970s, which built 10 million tube wells in an attempt to reduce water-bourne diseases such as cholera and dysentery, according to Dr. Graziano, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School. While the new wells reduced exposure to the microbes causing such diseases, they yielded water contamined with arsenic, which occurs naturally in the region. Arsenic can be avoided, however, by digging deeper wells—an approach that is already yielding safer drinking water for roughly 100,000 people. The Columbia Mailman School team has been at the forefront of this effort.

“The need for a global response is apparent because the situation goes far beyond the Bangladesh borders,” says Dr. Graziano. “Arsenic in ground water is affecting 140 million people across many countries and especially in South Asia. “There needs to be a concerted effort to bring safe to millions of people. Investment has not been commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.”

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