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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events – September 15, 2014

Posted by feww on September 15, 2014

MAJOR CATASTROPHES
NATIONAL DISASTER DECLARATION
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES

MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 900, 555, 444, 333, 111, 101, 100, 080, 078, 070, 066, 023, 09, 05, 03, 02
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Floodwaters Threaten Pakistan’s Sindh Province with Large-Scale Devastation

Having caused  major catastrophes in Punjab and Kashmir, rising floodwaters could caused  large-scale devastations in Pakistan’s Sindh Province.

In Punjab province alone flooding affected more than 2.2 million people, killing at least 209 and leaving 4,286 others injured, said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Some 2,853 villages were severely inundated and 32,243 houses were damaged or destroyed, NDMA reported.

Authorities rescued 41,115 persons, while 200,000 people were displaced.

Kashmir Mega Catastrophe

Meanwhile at least 75,000 people are still awaiting evacuation in partly submerged homes in Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital city, “where roads have been transformed into stagnant canals strewn with sewage, wreckage and dead livestock,” reported Reuters.

“Floating carcasses have become a big source of worry with most houses still waterlogged. We are struggling to get in touch with government health officials,” said a concerned hotelier in Kashmir.

People are worried that hectares of stagnant water covering the city would increase the risk of waterborne diseases spreading.

“The stench of rotting carcasses of cattle was almost unbearable for people in some parts of Srinagar, a city of more than a million people,” said the report.

Flooding and landslides have claimed hundreds of lives left tens of thousands homeless in Indian-administered Kashmir, where the cost of flood damage could top several billion dollars.

Other Major Disasters/ Significant Events

Extreme Rain Events flood more than two-thirds of Croatia

EREs have triggered severe flooding inundating about two-thirds Croatia, Reuters quoted the national rescue agency DUZS as saying,

“The biggest threat is in flooded areas around the central towns of Sisak, Hrvatska Kostajnica and Karlovac. Several villages have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared in the northern municipality of Nedelisce.”

Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of Homes in California

Madera County – Courtney Fire.  More than 400 Structures with approximately 1,000 residents living in the Northern part of Oakhurst  and a section of Bass Lake near Road 222 have been evacuated, reported CalFire. The fire has destroyed at least a dozen buildings, as of posting.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 320 acres – 20% contained
  • Total Personnel: 400

El Dorado County – King Fire. The King Fire is located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River northeast of the community of Pollock Pines. Fire is currently traveling to the east/northeast with a rapid rate of spread, said CalFire.

500 Homes remain threatened. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas: Estates at Forebay Road between King of the Mountain Road and Pony Express Trail, as well as all of Whites Meadows Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for more than 400 homes  located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Ct, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Ct, and Baltimore Road.

  • Acreage Burned-Containment: 3,900 acres – 10% contained
  • Fire Personnel: 806

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Mass Evacuations as Floods Submerge Towns in Croatia

Posted by feww on May 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY HAZARDS
HISTORIC FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 023
STATES OF EMERGENCY 
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UPDATED at 13:00UTC

Flooding, landslides in Balkans kill dozens, destroy or damage thousands of homes, displace hundreds of thousands

  • More than 500,00 people have been evacuated or abandoned their homes in Bosnia: Officials

  • Thousands of landslides have devastated vast areas in both Bosnia and Serbia, destroying score of homes and killing dozens of people.
  • States of disaster have been declared for dozens of communities across Croatia as floodwaters submerge vast swaths of the country.
  • At least 30,000 Serbians have been evacuated.

  • Floodwaters threaten additional towns and key power plants in Bosnia and Serbia.
  • Thousands, possibly tens of thousands of livestock have perished in the flood-stricken regions.

River Sava topped previous record heights, bursting its banks in numerous places,  flooding several cities, dozens of towns and communities throughout central Croatia, and  forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

At least three people were reported dead or missing during mass evacuations, according to reports.

Serbia is facing its biggest natural disaster: Serbian PM

“The situation is catastrophic,” he said.

“While passing through Zabrezje, houses were just peeking from water… In some parts of the city there was total silence sometimes interrupted by barking of dogs looming on roofs,” Blic reported.

According to one rescuer in Obrenovac, bodies are floating in the water and the rescuers have trouble evacuating all the people who are still trapped in the city.

“The situation in Obrenovac remained very critical and rescuers had started uncovering dead bodies. I will not reveal the number until the water goes down,” Predrag Maric, head of police emergency sector said on Saturday. Floods are threatening to leave one third of Serbia without electricity. Forecasters expect the Sava River to rise in the coming days due to the rainfall upstream in Bosnia and Croatia.

Thousands of  Landslides

In Bosnia, the floodwaters were described as a 4 to 5 meter tsunami wave, destroying everything in its path.

Extreme rain events and flooding have triggered thousands of landslides, devastating homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure across vast areas.

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Wildfires Raging in Southern Europe

Posted by feww on August 26, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,298 Days Left

[August 26, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,298 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Thousands evacuated as wildfires ravage drought-hit western Balkans

Lingering heatwave has pushed the temperatures above 40°C (104 degrees), triggering over a thousand wildfires in dr5ought-stricken Greece, Spain and western Balkans.

Serbia and neighboring Bosnia are said to be worst hit.  Serbia has evacuated thousands of villagers and mobilized its army to tackle the fires, while Bosnia has appealed for international help.

The situation in Serbia has been described as “extremely serious” by the head of the ministry’s Emergencies Department.

Map of total precipitation in Europe (mm) – week ending August 18


Computer generated map of total precipitation in Europe (mm) for the week ending August 18, 2012. An area of high pressure brought above-normal temperatures (up to 4°C above normal) to the western half of Europe triggering more than a thousand wildfires.
  Image source: CPC/NOAA

  • Kosovo. The emergency services have asked NATO’s Kosovo peace force for helicopter support.
    • “There’s a huge part we can’t reach because of the landmines from the last war and we can hear explosions time after time,” Kosovo’s Emergency Department told Reuters.
  • Greece. In Athens, one of the latest wildfires raged in the capital’s suburbs, blanketing the city with choking smoke.

    • Major wildfires have ravaged thousands of hectares across Greece over the past two weeks.
  • Spain.  Wildfires have consumed more than 150,000 hectares in Sapin, claiming  several lives, so far this summer.
  • Italy. The Ministry of Health raised the extreme heat warning to the maximum level ‘red’  on August 21, after heatwave enveloped 8  cities including the capital Rome.
    • Wildfires were reported at multiple locations across southern Italy.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Heatwave Fuels Wildfires Ravaging Balkans

Posted by feww on August 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,302 Days Left

[August 22, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,302 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

State of emergency declared as wildfires threaten Bosnia towns

Residents and tourists are being  evacuated from Bosnian towns, as raging wildfires fueled by the extreme heat and strong winds approach.

  • Authorities declared a state of emergency in the town of Bratunac (eastern Bosnia) as wildfires approached from 4 directions.
  • Residents and tourists are being evacuated from the town TouKonjic (southern Bosnia) as multiple wildfires engulf the surrounding areas.

Authorities both in Serbia and Croatia have issued extreme heat warnings, instructing people to stay indoors to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.

  • Italy. The Ministry of Health raised the extreme heat warning to the maximum level ‘red’  after heatwave enveloped 8  cities including the capital Rome.
    • Wildfires were reported at multiple locations across southern Italy.
  • France. Heatwave has also affected most parts of France since last week.
    • In southern France, temperatures exceeded 40ºC (104 degrees).
  • Spain. A major wildfire fueled by the extreme heatwave has scorched more than 8,000 hectares in the central Spanish province of Leon, reports said.
    • Fires in Spain have consumed about 150,000 hectares of wild land killing several people this summer.
  • Greece.  Hundreds of fires were ignited across the Greek Islands over the weekend, scorching thousands of  acres of forest.
  • Belgium and Germany have also been affected by the heatwave since late last week.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Ecuador. Tungurahua volcano (summit elevation: 5,030 m) near Banos erupted again on Tuesday, August 20, 2012 spewing lava, ash and volcanic debris  into the air.  Authorities raised the alert level to ‘orange, and evacuated some of nearby residents, while advising others to leave the are voluntarily.
    • Tungurahua’s last major eruption occurred from 1916 to 1918, but the volcano became active again in October 1999.


Tungurahua volcano seen from Huambalo, Ecuador, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (Photo: Dolores Ochoa/AP). Image may be subject to copyright.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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