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States of Emergency Declared in Indiana, Oklahoma, Chile

Posted by feww on March 28, 2015

HIV Outbreak: Indiana Declares State of Emergency

Indiana Gov. Pence has declared a public health emergency after “the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history.”

Pence said 79 cases had been confirmed, but “we expect that number to go up,” with more testing underway.

Every single confirmed case so far has been related to intravenous use of Opana, an opioid painkiller, said Pence.

“This is a very serious situation,” he said, adding that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised for a needle-exchange program to be set up.

“I’m prepared to make an exception to my long-standing opposition to needle-exchange programs,” said Pence. “This is a public health emergency driven by intravenous drug use.”

All of the HIV-infected cases so far detected were either in or connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border, said a state health official.

Everyone who has tested positive for HIV has admitted to intravenous drug use, although some have also had sex with other users, said a public health nurse at Scott County Health Department.

Fallin Declares State of Emergency After Deadly Tornadoes

Oklahoma governor declared a state of emergency in 25 counties affected by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds.

The twisters destroyed a mobile home park in suburban Sand Springs. At least one person was reported dead and scores of others injured with widespread damage reported across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

An EF-1 tornado spiraled through the suburb of Moore in Oklahoma City, where 24 people were killed by a tornado in May 2013.

Chile declares a state of emergency due to unprecedented deluge

Chile has declared a state of emergency in the northern regions of Atacama and Antofagasta after extreme rain events (EREs) left dozens of people dead or missing, forced thousands of others to flee their homes and closed copper-mining operations.

The EREs triggered an unprecedented flooding in the desert region, as rivers broke banks isolating numerous villages and communities.

The deluge in the north occurs as drought stricken southern Chile struggles with massive forest fires.

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Major Disaster Declared for Maine

Posted by feww on March 18, 2015

‘Vacationland’ Declared a Federal Disaster Area

Maine Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding (DR-4208)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding during the period of January 26-28, 2015.

Most of the damage caused by the severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding occurred in the counties of Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York.

The Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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Madagascar: More than 200,000 People Face Starvation

Posted by feww on March 9, 2015

Exceptional drought destroys crops destroyed in southern Madagascar

Between 200,000 to 350,000 Malagasy suffer from hunger, reported AFP citing government figures.

The food has become scarce, and local officials have reported multiple cases of children dying from starvation, said the report.

The situation is currently being described as “famine,” as in 1991, when hundreds of people died of hunger in the region. “At the time, people left their villages to reach the water points and died on the way,” said an AFP reporter.

Head of  the Health center for one of the drought-stricken areas told the reporter that at least 16 children had died in two villages in December 2014.

“These children showed no signs of illness, they just lost weight progressively until death,” he said.

Meantime, flooding and landslides in the capital, Antananarivo, have killed dozens of people, leaving more than 63,000 others homeless, so far this year.

 

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 7, 2015

Posted by feww on March 7, 2015

Death toll from severe weather in Afghanistan rises to at least 308

Some 182 districts in 20 provinces have been affected by heavy snow, avalanches and flooding, which have killed at least 308 people, injured 187 others and completely destroyed 4,776 houses, government sources said.

The number of casualties is expected to  rise, with more severe weather forecast for northern and central Afghanistan.

Worsening Food Insecurity and Water Shortages in Ethiopia

Pocket areas that received inadequate seasonal rainfall in 2014 and/or had a poor harvest due to flooding or crop disease will remain vulnerable in early 2015.

Food insecurity is worsening in belg/gu/ganna/sugum rain-receiving areas, as the dry season reaches its peak. Delayed rains and the expected below-average seasonal rainfall will impact belg planting, as well as water and pasture availability in pastoralist areas, said UN OCHA.

Refugee Crisis

Ethiopia hosts the largest refugee population in Africa with 656,199 registered refugees including 251,545 South Sudanese refugees, 196,000 new arrivals in Gambella since mid-December 2013, and 125,000 Eritreans.

33,000 new Eritrean arrivals registered in 2014 (including unaccompanied minors).

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 4, 2015

Posted by feww on March 4, 2015

Disasters affect more than 1.3 million people in Colombia

Human-enhanced natural disasters affected 1,334,029 people across Colombia Between January 2014 and February 2015.

Severe drought in the Caribbean and Andean regions affected more than 729,000 of the total, while widespread flooding in other regions affected about 296,000 others, reported UN OCHA.

“For 2015, there is a likelihood for continuing dry conditions. The extremely dry season has led to drought, water shortages, forest fires and access constraints due to low river levels,” said the report.

An estimated 124,000 people displaced by conflict across Mindanao in 2014

Armed conflict, clan feuds and widespread violence has caused multiple displacements across Mindanao from starting 2012, UN reported.

In 2014, an estimated 124,000 people were displaced by conflict according to the Protection Cluster.
Currently, more than 100,000 people are directly affected
by conflict each year.

By January 2015, at least 77,000 people were still
without lasting solutions including some 30,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Zamboanga City.

UN Figures:  Displacement in Central Mindanao

Number of affected people: 69,700
Number of IDPs in evacuation centers: 46,400
Number of evacuation centers: 45
Number of house-based IDPs: 17,200

Zamboanga Crisis

Number of IDPs evacuation centers: 6,700
Number of IDPs in transitional sites: 12,400
Number of house-based IDPs: 11,300

Iraq violence kills more than 1,100 in February: UNAMI

Some 1,103 people weer killed in Iraq last month, including 611 civilians, said the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in a statement.

At least 2,280 people, including 1,353 civilians, were wounded across Iraq last month, added UNAMI.

Baghdad was worst hit by the violence with at least 329 people dead and 875 others wounded, said the report.

January’s death toll was at least 1,375, including 790 civilians, said UNAMI.

The UN figures do not include the casualties in Iraqi regions held by ISIL terrorists.

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Major Disaster Declared for Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Calif.

Posted by feww on January 28, 2015

Federal Disaster Declared for Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides (DR-4206)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists for Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians in Riverside County, California due to severe storms, flooding, and mudslides during the period of December 4-6, 2014.

The Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Links to Recent Federal Disaster Declarations

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TD CHEDZA: 4,500 Displaced, Tens of Thousands Affected

Posted by feww on January 18, 2015

Tropical Depression CHEDZA Crossing Madagascar

CHEDZA made landfall in Madagascar as a tropical storm, but weakened into a tropical depression as it crossed the island.

“While Chedza was not as powerful as initially feared, it is still too early to know its impact, especially considering the weeks of heavy rains that have already fallen over Madagascar and the forecast for more heavy rains over the coming days. Preliminary information indicates that 24,968 people have been affected and 4,500 people displaced, including 22,512 people affected and 3,150 displaced in the capital Antananarivo, said UNOCHA.

CHEDZA has damaged dozens of schools, health centers and other public infrastructure across Madagascar.

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Federal Disaster Declared for New York State

Posted by feww on December 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE WINTER STORM, SNOWSTORM, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS: 900, 887, 477, 444, 187, 177, 157, 111, 101, 097, 066, 063, 027, 025, 023
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Major Disaster Declared for The Empire State

New York Federal Disaster Declaration (DR-4204)

The White House has declared federal disaster in New York State due to losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events during the period of November 17 – 26, 2014.

Areas worst affected by severe winter storm, snowstorm, and flooding are the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Orleans, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming.

The Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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Crop Disasters Declared for 7 New York Counties

Posted by feww on December 11, 2014

DISASTERS CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
RECORD SNOWFALL
FLOODING
HIGH WINDS
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  887, 560, 477, 444, 177, 111, 063, 027, 025, 023, 02
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Record snow, freeze, flooding and high winds destroy crops in NY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven Western New York counties as crop disaster areas, due to losses caused by record snow, freeze, flooding and high winds that occurred November 17-24.

The crop disasters declaration is for Genesee, Erie, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,775 counties across 41 states.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on December 10, 2014.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations

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Severe Flooding Swamps W. Uganda, Slovenia, BA, Argentina

Posted by feww on November 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAJOR DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
SCENARIOS 900, 477, 444, 111,  097, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 025, 023
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Deadly Floods Triggered by EREs Hit Buenos Aires Province

Extreme Rain Events (EREs) since late October have flooded the Luján River, inundating large areas across 23 districts in Buenos Aires Province, and forcing more than 5,300 evacuations, government sources were reported as saying.

The worst affected areas are Tigre, Quilmes, San Fernando, Ensenada and Lomas de Zamora, as well as Luján and La Matanza.

At least two deaths have been attributed to the flooding, said a report.

EREs Displace Thousands in Western Uganda

At least 16,000 people have been displaced in the western Uganda due to severe flooding after River Semliki burst its banks following extreme rain events (EREs)

Slovenia issues more flood alerts

Flood alerts have been issued for central and southern Slovenia as extreme rain events continued to pound the country.

Thousands of homes around Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia, have been flooded as rivers continued rising, local media reported.

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Major Disasters Declared in Arizona, Nevada

Posted by feww on November 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTERS DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 477, 444, 111, 101, 097, 066, 027, 023
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Major Disasters Declared for Arizona, Nevada

The White House has declared federal disasters in Arizona and Nevada due to losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events.

Arizona Major Disasters Caused by Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4203)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arizona in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 7-9, 2014.

The worst affected areas are the counties of La Paz and Maricopa.

Nevada Major Disasters Caused by Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4202)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists also in the Nevada  in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of September 7-9, 2014.

The worst affected areas are the Moapa Band of Paiutes Reservation.

The Federal Coordinating Officers for federal recovery operations in the affected area across both states said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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Major Disaster Declared in the State of Missouri

Posted by feww on November 1, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 477, 444, 111, 101, 088, 066, 064, 027, 023, 02
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Federal Disaster declared in Missouri due to damage caused by Extreme Weather Events (DR-4200)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the the state of Missouri in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during September 9-10, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the extreme weather disasters include the counties of Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, Sullivan, and Worth.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer in charge of the recovery operations in the affected areas.

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Major Disaster Declaration Proclaimed for New Mexico

Posted by feww on October 31, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAJOR DISASTERS
REMNANTS OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ODILE
SEVERE FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 064, 027, 023, 02
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Federal Disaster declared in New Mexico due to damage caused by severe flooding (DR-4199)

“Just weeks after receiving a federal declaration, and a subsequent amendment only days ago adding more counties for July 27-August 5 flooding, a second presidential declaration has been approved, this time providing federal assistance for flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Odile between September 15-26,” said the federal officials.

The new declaration is said to cover  state agencies, tribal governments, certain nonprofits, community ditch associations and other local government entities in Colfax, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Santa Fe, San Miguel and Sierra counties.

“The flooding between July and September was devastating for many of our communities,” said the State Coordinating Officer.

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

 Federal Disaster Declarations Since July 2014

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States of Emergency Declared in Mexico due to Deadly Mudslides

Posted by feww on October 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS & MUDSLIDES
MAJOR DISASTERS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 022, 09, 03, 02
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Mudslides kill at least 6, displace thousands in Mexico

Mexico has declared states of emergency in 36 municipalities after mudslides killed at least 6 people and left more than 4,000 displaced.

Torrential rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm TRUDY unleashed widespread flooding and mudslides in southern Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca that left at least six people dead.

Schools have been ordered shut ” for an area stretching from the tourist resort of Acapulco to the border with Oaxaca,” AP reported.

 

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TY VONGFONG Batters the Radioactive Islands

Posted by feww on October 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES, COASTAL FLOODING, FLASH FLOODS, MUDSLIDES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 025, 024, 023, 022, 09, 02
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VONGFONG  kills at least two, injures 100 in Japan

After the Mt Ontake debacle, Japanese officials left nothing to chance issuing evacuation orders and advisories for up to a million people in at least 7 prefectures as the typhoon swept the along the radioactive islands.

VONGFONG [“the wasp” in Cantonese,] which was a super typhoon before striking Okinawa, landed near Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture at about 8:30 AM local time on Monday, and was later downgraded to a severe tropical storm.

The typhoon caused substantial damage to property in numerous areas due to flooding and storm surges. Torrential rains brought by the storm triggered flash flooding and mudslides, inundating many homes and businesses.

[Note: Failure by the Japanese authorities to issue a warning before Mt Ontake eruption late September, despite the enhanced seismic activity at the volcano, led to at least 56 fatalities with 7 others still missing.  —Editor]

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Major Disaster Declared for Montana

Posted by feww on October 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 064, 027, 023, 02
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Federal Disaster Declared in Montana due to Damage by Extreme Weather Events (DR-4198)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the the state of Montana in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of  August 21 – 25, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the extreme weather disasters include Blaine, Carter, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Valley counties and the Fort Belknap Reservation within Blaine County.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Major Disaster Declared for New Mexico

Posted by feww on October 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 027, 023, 02
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Federal Disaster Declared in New Mexico due to Extreme Weather Damage  (DR-4197)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the the state of New Mexico in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 27 to August 5, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters include Guadalupe, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel counties and the Pueblo of Acoma.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Major Disaster Declared for Kentucky

Posted by feww on October 2, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
LANDSLIDES, MUDSLIDES
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 027, 023, 022, 09, 02
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Kentucky Declared a Federal Disaster Area after Extreme Weather Damage  (DR-4196)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides  during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters include Floyd, Johnson, Knott and Pike counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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‘National- Disaster’ Declared in India Flooding

Posted by feww on September 8, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
CROP DISASTERS
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 078, 070, 066, 023, 02

Thousands of villages submerged under floodwater

The flooding in Jammu and Kashmir has been declared a “national-level disaster” by the Indian Prime Minister.

Severe flooding and landslides caused by extreme monsoon rains have submerged large swathes of India and Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, injuring hundreds more, and leaving hundreds of thousands of others marooned .

More than 15 million people have been affected, as deadly floods and landslides destroy thousands of homes in both Indian-administered Kashmir, Jammu, states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab.

More than a thousand bridges and hundreds of kilometers of roads lay in ruins. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops have also been destroyed across the two countries.

 

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Deadly Storms Cut Power to 600,000+ Homes, Businesses in Midwest

Posted by feww on September 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HIGH WINDS
DEADLY STORMS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 444, 178, 111, 070, 066, 064, 08, 07 
.

Killer storms wreak havoc in U.S. Midwest

A line of killer storms brought heavy winds, torrential rains and lightning to Illinois and Michigan, uprooting trees, downing power lines and leaving at least two people dead, said officials on Saturday, Reuters reported.

Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents were left without power, with the the Detroit area being  the hardest hit, AP reported.

Wind gusts of more than 120 km/h (75 mph) downed more than 2,000 power lines Friday, said DTE Energy Co, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

“An Illinois woman died Saturday of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a falling tree and a Michigan man was electrocuted after touching a power line,” Reuters reported local media as saying.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

“Mystery virus” infecting hundreds of children across the US

A severe respiratory illness is sickening hundreds of children across the U.S., according to reports describing disease as a “mystery virus.”

“The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold,” ABC reported.

The disease is said to be similar to a common cold, but is more severe. Symptoms include high fever,  breathing difficulty, and a wheezing couch.

“Officials at Children’s Hospital Colorado said they have treated more than 900 children since Aug. 18 for severe respiratory illness and admitted 86 to the hospital,” said a report.

Hundreds of additional cases have also been reported in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

Significant Seismic Activity Continues at Bardarbunga Volcano

Researchers monitoring Iceland’s massive volcano reported a total of 70 earthquakes between midnight and 08:00GMT on September 7,  2014, said IMO. The largest quake measuring magnitude M5.7  occurred at 07:08 in the Bárðarbunga caldera. “The lava has reached Jökulsá á Fjöllum. Steaming occurs.”  [The quake was later downgraded to magnitude 5.4  — Editor]

Another significant quake measuring M5.0 occurred Saturday morning some 7.2km NE of Bárðarbunga, said IMO.

Large changes on the ice surface: up to 15 m subsidence has occurred in the centre of Bárðarbunga caldera [which corresponds to a volume change of 0.25 km³]. There are no signs of eruption or increased geothermal activity in the caldera.The main eruptive activity is on the fissure that has been active since the eruption began. In addition, the fissure that opened yesterday morning is still active. Depressions in the ice have grown deeper.

The shape of the subsidence area is in accordance with the elevation of the caldera floor having lowered by that amount. [IMO]

 Deadly Floods Force Evacuations in S. Italy

Several people are dead or reported missing as severe floods inundated large parts of southern Italy forcing more than 1,000 families to evacuate.

Rainfall in the region has been the heaviest in at least 80 years, officials said.

Thousands evacuated as Hurricane NORBERT lashes Mexico’s Pacific coast

More than 2,500 people were evacuated as Hurricane NORBERT inundated large areas along Mexico’s Pacific coast, damaging at least 1,500 homes, officials said.

The hurricane also severely flooded the coastal town of San Carlos [population: ~7,000,] after levees protecting the area were breached by storm surges.

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GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS, SEP. 6, 2014

Posted by feww on September 6, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
CROP DISASTERS
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 078, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Extreme Monsoon Rains kill hundreds, affect millions across India and Pakistan

Severe flooding and landslides caused by extreme monsoon rains have submerged large swathes of India and Pakistan, killing more than two hundred people, leaving hundreds of thousands  marooned and affecting at least 10 million others.

Floodwaters washed away thousands of homes and triggered landslides in both Indian-administered Kashmir, states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as well as in Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Punjab.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops have also been destroyed across the two countries.

In August, extreme rain events flooded 1,746 villages, affecting about a million people in Pakistan, officials said. Flooding killed or injured more than a thousand people and 4, 555 heads of cattle, destroying 11,172 houses and 412,083 acres of standing crops.

Deadly Flooding Prompts States of Emergency Declarations in Bulgaria

States of emergency have been declared across several municipalities after Extreme Rain Events triggered severe flooding, claiming several lives, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and causing extensive damage to property and infrastructure.

The worst affected areas include municipalities of Galabovo and Opanand in Stara Zagora District and Primorsko Municipality, according to local reports.

California wildfire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes near Yosemite

A ferocious  wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park has forced the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office to order the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

In August, the El Portal fire consumed more than 4,700 acres west of Yosemite National Park, prompting Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Bridge Fire Incident Information:

Date/Time Started: September 5, 2014 8:30 pm
Location: Highway 49 at Harris Road, 10 miles east of Mariposa
Acres Burned – Containment: 300 Acres 0% Contained
Evacuations: Evacuations are still in place for homes on Harris Cutoff Road, Chowchilla Mountain Road and all of the Ponderosa Basin area.

 

 

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Million People Left Homeless in Bangladesh Flooding

Posted by feww on August 26, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
FLOOD DISASTER
CROP DISASTERS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 078, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Floodwaters threaten densely populated Bangladesh capital, Dhaka

Extreme Rain Events have triggered severe flooding across Bangladesh, destroying homes, public infrastructure and croplands.

Up to a million people have already fled their homes, as floodwaters threaten the densely populated capital, Dhaka.

“Over the next couple of days the flood situation around Dhaka [could] further deteriorate,” warned an official at the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.

“The main rivers continue to flow above danger levels due to heavy rainfall upstream in India. We expect the situation to worsen in the next 72 hours.”

Flooding has destroyed large swathes of croplands in dozens of districts, killing scores of livestock.

“I’ve lost my home and my rice,” said a farmer in the northern district of Rangpur. “My two cows are also missing. I don’t know how I’ll survive the year.”

Extreme Weather and Climate Events have claimed more than half million lives in the country over the past 4 decades.

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Major Disaster Declared for North Dakota

Posted by feww on August 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 101, 066, 023, 02
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N.D. Declared a Federal Disaster Area after  Severe Storms, Flooding (DR-4190)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of North Dakota in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of June 25 to July 1, 2014.

Areas worst affected by severe storms and flooding include counties of Benson, Bottineau, Divide, Eddy, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Major Disaster Declaration Proclaimed for Tennessee

Posted by feww on August 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066, 064, 023
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Tennessee Declared Federal Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of June 5-10, 2014.

Most of the damage caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding has occurred in the counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Carroll, Decatur, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Lawrence, Lewis, Madison, Marion, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Perry, Roane, Sequatchie, and Tipton.

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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Record Rainfall Causes Flash Floods in NY Suburbs

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
SCENARIOS 888, 023
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Up to 33cm of rain turns roads into rivers in New York Area

Record rainfall in parts of New York’s Long Island triggered severe flash floods turning roads into rivers during the morning rush hour on Wednesday.

Up to 33 cm of rain was recorded at MacArthur Airport in Islip over a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) breaking the previous record of 29 cm that was set in August 2011 in the Hudson Valley during Tropical Storm Irene.

During a particularly intense two-hour period the area received “more than two months of rainfall in two hours,” said NWS.

The record rainfall contributed to at least one fatality.

Flooding shut down parts of major commuter routes and forced the closure of the Long Island Rail Road, the largest commuter railroad in the U.S.

Floodwaters reportedly destroyed a number of homes and caused sewage backup, forcing dozens of people to evacuate in southern New Jersey.

The same weather system was responsible for extreme rain events in Washington and Baltimore on Tuesday,  said NWS.

Earlier this week, at least one person died in Detroit floods after record rainfall.

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