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Alaska Declared Major Disaster Area

Posted by feww on January 18, 2014

White House Declares Alaska a Major Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska in the area affected by flooding during the period of October 27-28, 2013.

Severe flooding in the Kenai Peninsula Borough has caused eExtensive damage to public facilities and infrastructure.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said FEMA.

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Exile inevitable for America’s first climate refugees

The impact of climate change is more intense in the far north, where temperatures are warming faster than the global average, causing  rapid thawing of the sea ice, melting the permafrost and forcing  residents of remote Alaskan areas out of their villages, said a report.

  • Some 184 Alaskan villages, or 86% of all native communities, are at risk because of climate change.
  • It cost $100 to $400 million just to relocate one village [See full report.]

ALASKA NATIVE VILLAGES

Most of Alaska’s native villages are affected by flooding and erosion, but few qualify for federal assistance, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Approximately 6,600 miles of Alaska’s coastline and many of the low-lying areas along the state’s rivers are subject to severe flooding and erosion. Most of Alaska’s Native villages are located on the coast or on riverbanks.

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Aerial View of Flooding in Aniak (c. 2002). Source: Alaska Division of Emergency Services

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Locations of 184 Native Villages Affected by Flooding and Erosion. Source: GAO.

Permafrost (permanently frozen subsoil) is found over approximately 80 percent of Alaska. It is deepest and most extensive on the Arctic Coastal Plain and decreases in depth, eventually becoming discontinuous further south. In northern Alaska, where the permafrost is virtually everywhere, most buildings are elevated to minimize the amount of heat transferred to the ground to avoid melting the permafrost. In northern barrier island communities, the permafrost literally helps hold the island together. However, rising temperatures in recent years have led to widespread thawing of the permafrost, causing serious damage. As permafrost melts, buildings and runways sink, bulk fuel tank areas are threatened, and slumping and erosion of land ensue. —GAO.

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Alaska Declares State Disaster for Interior

Posted by feww on November 20, 2013

Four Storm Systems Devastated Western and Interior Alaska

Governor Sean Parnell has declared a state disaster for Interior Alaska. The governor amended his disaster declaration for the western Alaska villages to include the Fairbanks North Star Borough, according to a press release posted on the state website.

“I commend residents for taking care of their neighbors and helping those who were hardest hit by the storm,” he said.

The same storm systems that devastated western Alaska villages went on to cause widespread damage in Interior Alaska. All told, the four storms that moved through the region blew down trees, cutting power to as many as 16,000 residents at the height of the storm.

“All of our state assets have been standing by to assist the borough, and we have maintained communication through the state emergency operations center during the event,” Governor Parnell continued. “The purpose of this disaster declaration is to ensure the borough has access to recovery grants in order to speed up the process.”

Golden Valley Electric Association has coordinated with all available linemen from across the state to repair downed power lines as quickly as possible. Crews have been working around the clock since the storm subsided this weekend.

Parnell made the announcement after meeting with residents in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Bering Straits Regional Education Attendance Area, and Lower Yukon, as well as the mayors  of FNSB, North Pole and Fairbanks.

Four major storm systems battered the state earlier this month with powerful winds, strong seas and freezing rain and snow, said a report.

The governor’s office says that the declaration opens access to state disaster relief funds to repair infrastructure and some homes.

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Disaster declared in Qld, Australia as flooding worsens

Posted by feww on February 3, 2012

Major emergency as rivers in Southern Qld continue to rise

Flooding across the two Australian states of Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW) is rapidly worsening, with southwest Qld declared a disaster area, while tens of thousands of residents are reportedly isolated by rising floodwaters in northern NSW and southern Qld.

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  • Qld and NWS, Australia. Southwest Qld has been declared a major disaster area, as flooding across the two Australian states of Queensland (Qld) and New South Wales (NSW) rapidly worsens, with tens of thousands of residents  reportedly isolated by rising floodwaters in northern NSW and southern Qld.
    • “Half of the houses in the town of Mitchell, 560 km west of Brisbane, have been affected by a major flood peak in the Maranoa River and it’s expected to reach 9.6 m later today.”
    • The town of Moree in northern NSW has been cut off by floodwaters, isolating about 10,000 residents, the State Emergency Service (SES) said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Alaska, USA.  The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska due to a severe storm during the period of November 15-17, 2011.
    • The severe storm caused widespread devastation in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
  • Eastern and Central Europe.The 10-day death toll from the big freeze in eastern and central Europe has claimed to at least 280.
    • The largest reported death tolls are in Ukraine (107), Russia (60), Poland (43) and Romania (28).
    • More weather related  deaths have been reported throughout the region including in Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    • At least 1,500 people have sought medical help for hypothermia and frostbites.
    • In parts of Kazakhstan temperatures fell to as low -50º C (minus 58º F) setting a new record.
  • Global.  An estimated 1.2 million people, about 90 percent of whom were  Africans, died from malaria in 2010, according to a new study.

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