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‘Himalayan Tsunami’ Kills Hundreds, Leaves 72,000 Missing

Posted by feww on June 20, 2013

Hundreds Killed at ‘Temple of Doom’ as sludge buries scores of villages in northern India

Floods and mudslides have destroyed scores of villages, towns and communities, washed away more than 500 roads and at least 200 bridges in northern India, killing at least 200 people with 72,000 others listed as missing.

“The toll could go much higher as the process of recovery of bodies has not yet started in many places that are marooned,” said a high-ranking official.

Uttarakhand floods: 8000 stranded in Kedarnath; toll likely to rise- IBNLive Video

Carnage at ‘Temple of Doom’

The disaster began after a cloudburst shattered Kedar Dome, a glacier-like body in the in the western Garhwal Himalaya, which dislodged massive boulders causing a rupture in the Charbari Lake Dam, located about 6km from the shrine, said a report by India Times.

Thousands of people have died in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand: BJP

Indian People’s Party (BJP), which is the country’s second largest political party, has claimed that “thousands of people have died [in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand] and [that] there is no rescue operation,” said a report.

  • “We demand that urgent steps be taken to describe this disaster as a national calamity. Adequate attention on war footing be given for rehabilitation and rescue operations,” a BJP spokesperson told reporters in Delhi.

Uttarakhand: Thousands still stranded as roads, bridges wash away – IBNLive Video

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Michigan Declared Major Disaster Area

Posted by feww on June 19, 2013

16 Michigan Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas Following Devastating Floods

The Whit House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan in the areas affected by flooding during the period of April 16 to May 14, 2013.

The counties covered by the declaration are Allegan, Baraga, Barry, Gogebic, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa, and Saginaw.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

SNAFU at Fukushima

Trust TEPCO, the operators of Japan’s disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, turning a disaster into a farce… And, that’s exactly what they have been doing since March 2011 Mega Quake and tsunami, which crippled the reactors causing multiple meltdowns.

TEPCO  has revealed that high levels of a toxic radioactive Strontium-90 was present in the groundwater at 30 times the legal limit.  The plant operators also found Tritium eight times the legal limit.

To compound the problem, experts say that Fukushima plant is running out of storage space for contaminated water, while large amounts of water is needed each day to cool the reactors.

Strontium-90 has a half life of 29 years, and is believed to cause bone cancer if ingested.

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Uttarakhand, N. India: Death toll tops 150, as flooding and landslide devastate a vast region

The Mega Deluge and massive landslides, caused by extreme monsoon rains, have devastated hundreds of towns and villages, destroying thousands of homes and other buildings,  and leaving more than 150 dead, with at least as many reported missing.

The death toll may swell substantially once the exact count of bodies scattered across the ravaged towns is known.  Right now, large parts of the region remain deluged and hundreds of homes  and businesses lay in ruins, the report said.

  • “Very heavy casualties are feared and I cannot give the exact number without a proper survey,” said Uttarakhand Chief Minister, who described the flood ravage as unprecedented caused by a “Himalayan tsunami.”

Meantime, India’s Meteorological Center reported that the state of Kerala had received an average of 57 cm of rain between June 1 and 17, some 69 percent more than the normal level.

  • “The highest rainfall was recorded in Kannur district at 85 cm. This was 105 per ent more than the expected rainfall,” said a report.

Thousands of people have died in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand: BJP

Indian People’s Party (BJP), which is the country’s second largest political party, has claimed that “thousands of people have died [in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand] and [that] there is no rescue operation,” said a report.

  • “We demand that urgent steps be taken to describe this disaster as a national calamity. Adequate attention on war footing be given for rehabilitation and rescue operations,” a BJP spokesperson told reporters in Delhi.

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“Super heat wave hits many parts of China”

A “super heat wave” has hit many parts of China, according to the official media. Many areas have reported temperature highs of 37ºC (98.6 degrees F).

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U.S. High and Low Temperatures (F)

High Temperature for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 (received by 8 am EDT June 19)

  • 114 degrees (45.6ºC), recorded at Death Valley, CA

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (received by 8 am EDT June 19)

  • 27 degrees,  recorded at Spincich Lake, MI

Global High and Low Temperatures

  • 116.3 degrees (46.8ºC), Algeria
  • -86.8 degrees (-66ºC), Antarctica

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FIRE-EARTH Disaster Diary – June 18, 2013

Posted by feww on June 18, 2013

73 killed, tens of thousands stranded in north India extreme monsoon

Death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by extreme monsoon rains in north India climbed to at least 73 on Tuesday, said a report.

Meantime, about 73,000 pilgrims bound for the Himalayan shrines weer reportedly stranded in monsoon-ravaged Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Severe flooding and landslips have also destroyed hundreds of homes and dozens of hotels and other commercial buildings, as well as roads and other infrastructure.

The authorities have evacuated thousands of people  living in low-lying areas along the River Yamuna, as  the water level rose above the “danger mark,” said the report.

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Road collapses, as flooded river rages in Uttarakhand. Photo credit: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

“We are on a war footing, we are working day and night,” said an official in Uttarkashi, where two national highways were blocked by landslides.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watch for eight states

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map. June 18, 2013. Source: NWS

Severe Weather Possible for Parts of northern Rockies, High Plains, Ohio Valley, and Carolinas: NWS

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening for four distinct areas across the U.S.: from central Idaho into northwestern Montana; from northwest Texas to extreme southeastern Montana; across central Illinois, southern Indiana and into northern Kentucky; and across the central and eastern Carolinas.

High and Low Temperature for the Contiguous U.S.

High Temperature for Monday, June 17, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 18)

  • 115 degrees (46.1ºC) recorded at Ocotillo Wells, CA

Low Temperature for Teusday, June 18, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 18)

  • 29 degrees (-1.7ºC) recorded at Kenton, MI
  • 29 degrees (-1.7ºC) recorded at Doe Lake, MI

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Popocatépetl Volcano Erupts [again]

Popocatépetl volcano erupted on Monday, sending a column of ash and volcanic gases and into the air and prompting the authorities  to raise the volcano alert level to Yellow (Phase 2.) Access to a 12-km zone around the volcano is  restricted.

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Popocatépetl volcano Erupts.  Image Source: CENAPRED

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Flooding Displaces 1.8 Million Children in India

Posted by feww on October 15, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,248 Days Left

[October 15, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,248 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Three waves of flooding displace 5 million Indians

Severe flooding in June, July and September have displaced about 5 million people in India‘s north state of Assam this year including at least 1.8 million children, said Save the Children.

  • “Children are neither able to escape if there is a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami, nor are they able to deal with the hardships caused by displacement, lack of food and clean water. The disruption of schooling and their normal activity can lead to deep stress which affects their cognitive development progressively,” said Save the Children.

Nigeria

  • Schistosomiasis [aka, bilharzia, bilharziosis, blood-flukes or snail fever] has infected at least 15,000 people in NE Nigeria’s Gombe State.

    • Bilharzia is considered to be the second most devastating parasitic disease.
    • “The parasites that cause schistosomiasis live in certain types of freshwater snails. The infectious form of the parasite, known as  cercariae, emerge from the snail, hence contaminating water. You can become infected when your skin comes in contact with contaminated freshwater. Most human infections are caused by Schistosoma mansoni, S. haematobium, or S. japonicum.” CDC said.

Signs and symptoms of schistosomiasis

Within days after becoming infected, you may develop a rash or itchy skin. Fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches can begin within 1-2 months of infection. Most people have no symptoms at this early phase of infection.

Eggs travel to the intestine, liver or bladder, causing inflammation or scarring. Children who are repeatedly infected can develop anemia, malnutrition, and learning difficulties. After years of infection, the parasite can also damage the liver, intestine, lungs, and bladder. Rarely, eggs are found in the brain or spinal cord and can cause seizures, paralysis, or spinal cord inflammation.

Symptoms of schistosomiasis are caused by the body’s reaction to the eggs produced by worms, not by the worms themselves. [CDC]

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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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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