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Iron Range death toll from mesothelioma rises

Posted by feww on October 18, 2011

82 Iron Rangers die from rare form of lung cancer

At least 19 more people have died from the deadly lung cancer mesothelioma since the 63 reported by Minnesota state health officials in 2010.

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 18

[October 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,611 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Iron Range (Minnesota), USA. At least 19 more people have died from mesothelioma, a rare and always fatal form of lung cancer, since the 63 reported by Minnesota state health officials last year.
    • Caused only by exposure to asbestos fibers, mesothelioma takes about 30 years after exposure to show up.
    • Previously it was believed that the Iron Range mesothelioma cases were caused by exposure to commercial asbestos, however, researchers now say that asbestos-like fibers from mining taconite rocks may be responsible for the  fatal disease.
    • “Early results also show that 1,681 taconite workers, of about 46,000 who ever worked in the industry, developed some sort of lung cancer. Again, it’s not clear if that rate is higher than normal, and it may never be clear if the cancers were caused by exposure to taconite dust, smoking or a combination of factors.” Said a report.
    • “It’s estimated about 80,000 workers have been involved in mining since the first operations began in Minnesota in the late 1800s. Researchers are focusing on the roughly 46,000 people born since 1920 who worked in the production of taconite — a low-concentrate iron ore that has been mined and processed in Minnesota since the 1950s.”

Other Disasters

  • Punjab, Pakistan. Death toll from dengue fever in Lahore has climbed to 274, a report said.
    • About 28,400 cases of dengue have been reported in Punjab, with more than 17,000 in Lahore alone, the report said.
    • Currently more than 330 cases of infection are reported daily.
  • Bangkok, Thailand. Death toll from flooding in Thailand has climbed to at least 315, amid growing fears that flood barriers protecting the capital Bangkok will fail, reports said.
    • Flooding has affected about half a million square kilometer of Thailand (total area: 513,115 sq km).
    • More than a million homes have been destroyed or damaged by flooding, affecting up to 10 million people in 61 of Thailand’s 77 provinces.
    • Floodwaters have also inundated “14,172 factories in 20 provinces, affecting 663,218 workers,” according to a senior official.
    • Floods have forced about 10 large industrial parks employing a total of more than a million to close.
    • About 270,000 workers and residents have been evacuated from the Navanakorn industrial park, located north of Bangkok, after flood protection barriers failed swamping the large estate. The industrial estate was declared “safe” by the authorities on Monday.
  • Vietnam. Death toll from has climbed to at last 55 from devastating floods in central and southern provinces of Vietnam, with dozens of people reported injured.
    • Record flooding caused by the Mekong river have inundated about 200,000 buildings, “damaging 1,455 km of dykes and 1,300 km of roads,” and destroying tens of thousands of hectares of rice paddies, aquatic farms, sugarcane fields and other cropland, reports said.
    • At least 50,000 people have been evacuated from various provinces.
  • Central America. Two separate low-pressure weather systems are wreaking havoc across Central America, one moving from the Pacific and the other from the Caribbean. The combined reported death toll from torrential rains, flooding and mudslides in Central America  (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua) and Mexico is reaching 100.
    • At least 750,000 people have been displaced as up to 120cm (~ 47 inches) of rain is dumped over the region since last week.
  • Honduras. Honduran government has declared a state of emergency in the southern portion of the country.
  • Nicaragua. Nicaraguan President has declared a state of emergency as 130,000 people are evacuated. The capital Managua is threatened by flooding as Lake Xolotlan continues to overflow.
  • Guatemala. Reported death toll from flooding in Guatemala has climbed to at least 38. The toll is expected to rise, officials said.
  • El Salvador. About 40 people are reported dead or missing, with 35,000 others evacuated so far as the government declares a “major emergency.”

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Mississippi Declared Disaster Area

Posted by feww on October 15, 2011

Sixty-nine of Mississippi’s 82 counties have been declared agricultural disaster areas

The state suffered crop losses caused by “unprecedented drought” that began in January and lasted through August, USDA said.

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[October 15, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,614 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mississippi, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 69 of Mississippi’s 82 counties as agricultural disaster areas due to losses crop losses caused by “unprecedented drought” that began in January and lasted through August.
    • Gov. Haley Barbour had asked the federal government to designate the entire state as a disaster area, saying all 82 counties had suffered from an “unprecedented drought.”
    • “Friday’s declaration comes two months after 27 counties were declared disaster areas because of severe flooding in May that caused an estimated $444 million in crop losses and $8.3 million in agricultural building damages.” Said a report.

Other Disasters

  • New Jersey, USA. The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey because of the damage caused by the Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee during the period of September 6-11, 2011.
    • The worst hit areas were the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren.
  • Thailand. At least 297 people are confirmed dead and two others missing in the Thailand floods that have submerged the upper part of the country since late July.
    • At least 61 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have been affected by flooding since the deluge triggered by heavy monsoon rain began three months ago.
    • Currently 25 provinces are flooded with more than 4 million acres  of farmland submerged under as much as several meters of water in the worst-hit areas.
    • Up to 9 million people have been affected directly.
    • About one million homes have been destroyed or damaged.
    • The main Chao Phraya River that runs through Bangkok is  at record levels, but government insists that the capital city is “safe.”
    • The communities of Ayutthaya and Nakhon Sawan north of Bangkok are completely submerged.
  • Mexico, Central America. The week-long torrential rains caused by Hurricanes Irwin and Jova, tropical depression 12-E and two additional storm fronts have wreaked havoc across a large region spanning half dozen countries.
    • The death toll in Mexico and Central America has risen to at least 50.
    • Some 100,000 people in Mexico and Central America are facing flooding as Hurricane Jova and a tropical depression unleash torrential rains over the region,” the UN news center reported.
    • The affected countries are Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
  • El Salvador. Salvadorian President has declared a state of national emergency as severe flooding hit the coastal areas. Up to 70,000 people are being evacuated from areas prone to flooding and landslides.
  • Guatemala. Torrential rains, severe flooding and mudslides have  destroyed or damaged thousands of homes in the provinces of Quetzaltenango, Santa Rosa and Escuintla, affecting about 60,000 Guatemalans.  Many people are reported as missing, but no figures were available as of posting. 

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The death toll in Mexico and Central America rose to 49 on Friday as tropical storms and hurricanes continued to hit the region.

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