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2,000 Villages Washed Away in Odisha, India

Posted by feww on October 27, 2013

Extreme Rain Events trigger new round of flooding in east India

Five days of extreme monsoon rains have unleashed severe flooding in eastern India’s states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, washing away more than 2,000 villages in the cyclone-ravaged Odisha alone.

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Flood situation in Odisha continues to remain critical with more than 2,000 villages washed away in that state alone. Source: Times of India.

Floodwaters have inundated about two million hectares ( 5 million acres) of crops across the region, affecting more than a million people, with at least 250,000 displaced. The death toll has climbed to  42 in Andhra Pradesh, and 28 in Odisha, with about a dozen people reported missing.

About 85,000 people in the district of Ganjam alone have been rescued so far, with 200,000 others still cut off.

The floods have caused significant damage to public infrastructure across 30 districts, destroying or damaging  thousands of kilometers of roads and  railroad tracks, disrupting public transport and causing massive damage to agriculture fields in several parts of the two states.

Flood situation continues to remain critical across the the region.

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Death Toll in East India Floods Continues to Rise

Posted by feww on October 25, 2013

Dozens killed amid flash flooding in eastern India

Severe flooding in eastern India has killed at least 64 people in the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh Extreme northeast monsoon rains combined with a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and  pounded the two states for five consecutive days, said officials.

Floods have affected more than 10 million people in eastern India, forcing authorities to evacuate about 200,000 people in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

Hundreds of villages and thousands of tons of crops have also been destroyed or damaged by floodwaters. Thousands of people have lost their homes, and Hundreds of thousands of others are currently cut off by floodwaters.

“The situation is serious. We are asking people to stay on rooftops. We will rescue them,” said a senior official.

Meantime, rain is forecast to continue on Saturday, said local Meteorologists.

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Crimes Against Nature: Water Overflows from 12 Fukushima Barriers

Posted by feww on October 21, 2013

Radioactive water may have reached the ocean, says plant operator

Water has overflowed 12 barriers around holding tanks at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and some of it may have reached the ocean, the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said on Sunday.

“The utility says workers found water overflowing from five barriers Sunday afternoon. They found additional overflows in seven barriers Sunday evening,” reported NHK.

Although the barriers are 30 centimeter high, they already contained at least 20 centimeters of water due to earlier downpours brought by Typhoon WIPHA. The barriers overflowed after more than 100 millimeters of rain fell in four hours  Sunday afternoon. Workers can pump out the water at a rate of about 1.5 centimeters per day.

“The operator of the crippled plant also says workers released some of the water accumulated inside barriers into the ground. The utility says the water met safety standards for radioactivity set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.” said NHK.

Other Disaster News in Japan

More rain amplifies misery on Izu Oshima Island

Izu Ōshima Island is keeping its evacuation advisories in effect as town officials brace for more torrential rains that  may cause further destructive mudslides.

Officials in Ōshima have already evacuated more than 580 people and issued evacuation advisories to nearly 2,300 people in 1,200 households on the island on Saturday, reported NHK.

Massive mudslides caused by Typhoon WIPHA last week killed at least 27 people, with 19 others still missing, presumed dead. The typhoon destroyed or damaged more than 300 buildings, and overflowing rivers and mudslides continue to  close roads.

Izu Ōshima, a volcanic island in the Izu Islands, lies about 100 km south of Tokyo and is administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan government.

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Vietnam Evacuates 250,000 ahead of NARI

Posted by feww on October 14, 2013

Typhoon NARI to impact Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand

Vietnamese government has begun evacuating about 250,000 people from the country’s central coastal areas in the projected path of Typhoon NARI.

The typhoon is making landfall in central Vietnam early Tuesday (UTC) with sustained winds of about 125km/hr.

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Typhoon NARI. IR/WV Difference satellite image recorded at 11:32UTC on October 14, 2013. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.

The Philippines

NARI killed at least 26 people in Central Luzon, Philippines, over the weekend, with many more reported as missing, affecting tens of thousands of people in the region.

The typhoon left at least 60 towns submerged under floodwater in Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Zambales provinces, destroying or damaging scores of homes and tens of thousands of hectares of crops.

Typhoon NARI will impact Vietnam, China’s Hainan Province, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand in the next few days.

China

Heavy rains which began battering Hainan Province, the southern part of Guangdong Province and the southeastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region early Sunday are expected to intensify,  prompting Hainan province to issue a “red alert,” said a report.

Cambodia

NARI is forecast to dump moderate-to-heavy rains on more than half of Cambodia’s 24 provinces, said the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday.

“The country has been hit by Mekong River [flooding] and flash floods in recent weeks. Nhim Vanda, vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said Monday that in the last four weeks, floods have claimed at least 122 lives and affected some 1.5 million people,” said a report.

Additionally, floodwaters have submerged 250,000 hectares of rice paddies, and destroyed or damaged 110 km of national roads and more than 300 km of gravel roads, the report said.

More details to follow…

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FITOW Dumped 717mm of Rain in 70 hrs

Posted by feww on October 9, 2013

Large Swathes of SE Asia Submerged Under Floodwater

FITOW affects at least 12 million people in E China

Torrential rains brought by Typhoon FITOW continued to batter Shanghai City and Zhejiang Province in eastern China, submerging roads, causing rivers to overflow and inundating tens of thousands of homes in the region.

“From Saturday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Zhejiang saw average precipitation of 201mm, with 717mm in worst-hit Yuyao City, according to the Zhejiang provincial hydrological bureau,” said a report.

shanghai floodingFlooding Shanghai, east China, Oct. 8, 2013. Torrential rains by Typhoon FITOW brought Shanghai to a standstill on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Ting Ding)

Typhoon Death and Damage Toll

The typhoon’s death toll in China reached at least 6 on Monday, with four others reported missing.

The storm has affected more than seven million people in 11 cities in Zhejiang province alone, causing direct economic losses of 12.4 billion yuan ($2 billion), officials said.

Ningbo City received a record 390mm of rain between Saturday and  Monday, said the report.

FITOW made landfall in Fujian Province, south of Zhejiang, early on Monday, bringing torrential rains and causing widespread flooding  to east China.

Shanghai was also heavily affected. FITOW dumped about 153 mm of rain, the highest in a single day since 1961, between 8 pm Monday and 12 am Tuesday.

“A 15-meter-long flood prevention wall on the Huangpu River, which flows through the city, collapsed on Tuesday, flooding nearby residential houses,” said the report.

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DANAS Continues to Wreak Havoc in Japan

Posted by feww on October 9, 2013

TS DANAS Dumping Significant Rains throughout Japan

DANAS weakened to a tropical storm, continues to dump significant amounts of rain on Japan Islands, triggering extensive flooding, numerous flash floods and mudslides.

On Tuesday, while still punching typhoon-strength winds, DANAS caused significant damage to buildings on the Island of Kyushu, tearing rooftops, uprooting trees and utility posts and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.

Tropical Storm DANAS  (TS 1324)

  • Time: 00:00UTC – October 9, 2013
  • Position: Near 37°N, 134°E
  • Movement ENE 45km/h
  • Max winds: 85km/h
  • Max gusts: 120km/h
  • Source: JMA and others

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Tropical Storm DANAS Dumping Significant Rains on Japan. Image: MTSAT-2 via Digital Typhoon, recorded at 00:00UTC on October 9, 2013.

DANAS has also forced hundreds of flight cancellations across Japan, NHK reported.

The storm also caused major disruption to public transport, and ferry services from Kyushu, including “Jet Ferry” between Fukuoka and Busan, South Korea, said the report.

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Flooding in Kentucky, Raging Wildfires in California

Posted by feww on October 7, 2013

Many rescued in Kentucky amid severe flooding caused by heavy rains

At least 12 people were rescued from floodwaters and about 400 others evacuated after torrential rains hit Louisville area.

“The deluge swamped low-lying areas and flooded streets, trapping people in their homes and cars, as the area was drenched with 6 inches of rain in less than 24 hours,” said a report.

Wildfire burns 1,500 acres, forces hundreds of evacuations

A raging brushfire at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base forced the evacuation of 230 residents from the O’Neill Heights housing area and 22 patients from the base hospital, said a report.

The blaze damaged at least four buildings, but no injuries were reported.

“More than 200 firefighters from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were battling the blaze. They were assisted by six air tankers and five helicopters,” said the report.

Large blaze reported in southeast Orange County

Meantime, a large blaze was burning out of control in Silverado, an unincorporated area of southeast Orange County, near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest.

The blaze was driven by Santa Ana winds of about 10 mph amid extremely dry conditions, with relative humidity of 7%, LATimes reported.

“The fire started about 10:10 a.m. in a large mulch pile at a nursery in the 27900 block of Baker Canyon Road, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.”

More than 125 fire personnel were trying to contain the flames, so far without any success. The exact size of the fire was not known, as of posting.

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Major Disaster Declared for Pennsylvania

Posted by feww on October 3, 2013

Pennsylvania Declared Federal Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 26 to July 11, 2013. 

Most of the losses and damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding have ocurred in the counties of Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lawrence, Venango, and Wayne.

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

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Floods in Thailand Kill 23, Force Thousands of Evacuations

Posted by feww on October 2, 2013

Flooding spreads to 32 of Thailand’s 77 provinces

Deadly floods have affected 32 of Thailand’s 77 provinces since mid-September, killing at least 23 people, affecting 2.85 million others and forcing at least 15,000 people to abandon their homes, said the Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Floodwaters have also submerged at least a dozen provinces in Thailand’s central plains, the prime rice-growing region, since July; however, the authorities have not divulged full extent of the losses.

Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Friday floods had destroyed or damaged 6,900 houses [sic] 450,000 acres of farmland, 2,310 roads and 145 bridges.

The remnants of Typhoon WUTIP moved into the northern Thailand Late Monday dumping about 40mm of rain in the region.

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New Mexico Declared Federal Disaster Area

Posted by feww on October 2, 2013

Major Disaster declared in NM due to severe storms and flooding

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Mexico in the areas affected by during the period of July 23-28, 2013.

The worst of the losses and damages caused by severe storms and flooding occurred in the counties of Bernalillo, Colfax, Luna, Sandoval, and Socorro and the Cochiti, Kewa (Santa Domingo), San Felipe, and Sandia Pueblos.

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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Floods Submerge Third of Thailand

Posted by feww on September 29, 2013

More than 2 million people affected by flooding in Thailand

Severe flooding has hit at least 191 districts in 29 of Thailand’s 77 provinces , leaving eastern Thailand almost completely submerged.

Floods have killed at least 13 people, according to official figures, and affected more than 2 million others since September 17.

Floodwater has encircled an industrial complex northeast of Bangkok, but the authorities say water would not enter the park.

Local media reported water had entered the park after the nearby Prachin Buri river overflowed due to heavy rain, but a senior official has denied that, reports said.

“It has affected villagers living near the riverbank [more than 20,000 homes inundated] but there has been no impact on our industrial park. At our highest point, we are 22 meters above sea level,” an executive vice president of 304 Industrial Park told Reuters.

The 304 Industrial Park, about 130 NE of Bangkok, has more than 110 factories, many of them Japanese-owned.

Floodwaters have also submerged at least a dozen provinces in Thailand’s central plains, the prime rice-growing region, since July; however, the authorities have not divulged the full extent of losses.

Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Friday floods had destroyed or damaged 6,900 houses [sic] 450,000 acres of farmland, 2,310 roads and 145 bridges.

Last Few Famous Words?

The deputy PM responsible for flood management has assured the public that a scenario like the 2011 devastating floods in which all major dams in Thailand reached full capacity would not happen. Unless, off course, there’s more heavy rain in the north!

“He said the major dams in Thailand are now at half of its capacity and can contain more than 10,000 million cubic meters,” said a report.

He said earlier that the flood situation this year is “not worrying,” and that it’s “under control,” adding that “Bangkok would be 100 percent safe unless there is more heavy rain in the North for a couple of days.”

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Major Disaster Declared for Santa Clara Pueblo

Posted by feww on September 28, 2013

Santa Clara Pueblo Declared a Federal Disaster Area

Santa Clara Pueblo (Indian Reservation) has been declared a Federal Disaster Area due to losses and damages caused by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 19-21, 2013

Major Disaster Declaration was declared by the Disaster President on September 27, 2013.

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Disaster Declared for 204 Counties in 10 States

Posted by feww on September 27, 2013

204 Counties across 10 states declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 204 counties across 10 states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas,  Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding in two separate declarations.

First Disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 148 counties across six states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013, and continuing.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rain

  • Georgia: Appling, Clinch, Grady, Macon, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Atkinson, Coffee, Greene, Madison, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Bacon, Colquitt, Gwinnett, Miller, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Baker, Cook, Hancock, Mitchell, Bibb, Dooly, Henry, Monroe, Baldwin, Crawford, Hart, Montgomery, Bulloch, Dougherty, Houston, Murray, Banks, Crisp, Irwin, Morgan, Butts, Early, Lee, Pickens, Barrow, Decatur, Jackson, Newton, Calhoun, Evans, Liberty, Pulaski, Ben Hill, De Kalb, Jasper, Oconee, Camden, Forsyth, Lincoln, Rabun, Berrien, Echols, Jeff Davis, Oglethorpe, Candler, Fulton, Long, Richmond, Bleckley, Effingham, Jefferson, Peach, Charlton, Glynn, Lumpkin, Schley, Brantley, Elbert, Jenkins, Pierce, Clayton, Gordon, McDuffie, Stephens, Brooks, Emanuel, Johnson, Putnam, Dawson, Habersham, McIntosh, Sumter, Bryan, Fannin, Jones, Rockdale, Dodge, Hall, Marion, Burke, Franklin, Lanier, Screven, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Toombs, Chatham, Gilmer, Laurens, Seminole, Upson, Warren, White, Wilkes, Clarke, Glascock, Lowndes, Taylor, Worth, Telfair, Thomas, Tift and Towns counties.
  • Alabama: Houston County.
  • Florida: Baker, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison counties.
  • North Carolina: Cherokee and Clay counties.
  • South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Jasper, Aiken, Barnwell, McCormick, Allendale, Hampton and Oconee counties.
  • Tennessee: Polk County.

Second disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 56 counties across five states—Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred July 15 – August 19, 2013.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rainfall and Flooding

  • Missouri: Butler, Gasconade, New Madrid, Stoddard, Camden, Laclede, Osage, Texas, Cole, Maries, Pemiscot, Vernon, Dunklin, Miller, Pulaski, Webster, Barton, Cape Girardeau, Dent, Mississippi, St. Clair, Bates, Carter, Douglas, Moniteau, Scott, Benton, Cedar, Franklin, Montgomery, Shannon, Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Morgan, Warren, Boone, Crawford, Hickory, Phelps Callaway, Dallas, Howell, Ripley, Wright and Wayne counties.
  • Arkansas: Clay, Craighead, Greene and Mississippi counties.
  • Kansas: Bourbon, Crawford and Linn counties.
  • Kentucky: Fulton County.
  • Tennessee: Dyer and Lake counties.

All counties listed above were designated as agricultural disaster areas on September 25, 2013.

“Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage,” said USDA.

Notes:
1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
2. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

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Major Disaster Declaration for North Carolina

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

North Carolina Declared Federal Disaster Area

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of July 3-13, 2013.

Worst of the damage caused the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides have occurred in the counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Watauga, and Yancey and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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.

Western North Carolina to Receive Federal Aid for Flood Repairs

“This summer’s flooding was a sobering reminder that all regions of our state are vulnerable to flooding even without hurricanes,” said NC Governor McCrory. “These communities did a great job responding to the devastating floods and landslides. Now we can help them recover financially.”

Catawba, Lincoln and Wilkes counties were included in the state’s aid request but were not included in the federal disaster declaration. The state is appealing to FEMA to reconsider the counties that were omitted.

A series of severe thunderstorms and heavy rains dumped between 10 and 20 inches of rain over much of the foothills and mountains from July 3 through 27.

Several locations reported more than 20 inches of rainfall and many counties reported the wettest July on record. The record-breaking rainfall damaged roads, bridges, culverts, public utilities, parks and even some schools in many western counties.

See more at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/

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Agricultural Disaster Declared for 204 Counties

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

204 Counties across 10 states declared agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 204 counties across 10 states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas,  Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding in two separate declarations.

First Disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 148 counties across six states—Georgia, Alabama, Florida, The Carolinas and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013, and continuing.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rain

  • Georgia: Appling, Clinch, Grady, Macon, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Atkinson, Coffee, Greene, Madison, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Bacon, Colquitt, Gwinnett, Miller, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, Baker, Cook, Hancock, Mitchell, Bibb, Dooly, Henry, Monroe, Baldwin, Crawford, Hart, Montgomery, Bulloch, Dougherty, Houston, Murray, Banks, Crisp, Irwin, Morgan, Butts, Early, Lee, Pickens, Barrow, Decatur, Jackson, Newton, Calhoun, Evans, Liberty, Pulaski, Ben Hill, De Kalb, Jasper, Oconee, Camden, Forsyth, Lincoln, Rabun, Berrien, Echols, Jeff Davis, Oglethorpe, Candler, Fulton, Long, Richmond, Bleckley, Effingham, Jefferson, Peach, Charlton, Glynn, Lumpkin, Schley, Brantley, Elbert, Jenkins, Pierce, Clayton, Gordon, McDuffie, Stephens, Brooks, Emanuel, Johnson, Putnam, Dawson, Habersham, McIntosh, Sumter, Bryan, Fannin, Jones, Rockdale, Dodge, Hall, Marion, Burke, Franklin, Lanier, Screven, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Toombs, Chatham, Gilmer, Laurens, Seminole, Upson, Warren, White, Wilkes, Clarke, Glascock, Lowndes, Taylor, Worth, Telfair, Thomas, Tift and Towns counties.
  • Alabama: Houston County.
  • Florida: Baker, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison counties.
  • North Carolina: Cherokee and Clay counties.
  • South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Jasper, Aiken, Barnwell, McCormick, Allendale, Hampton and Oconee counties.
  • Tennessee: Polk County.

Second disaster Declaration

USDA has designated 56 counties across five states—Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred July 15 – August 19, 2013.

List of Disaster Areas – Excessive Rainfall and Flooding

  • Missouri: Butler, Gasconade, New Madrid, Stoddard, Camden, Laclede, Osage, Texas, Cole, Maries, Pemiscot, Vernon, Dunklin, Miller, Pulaski, Webster, Barton, Cape Girardeau, Dent, Mississippi, St. Clair, Bates, Carter, Douglas, Moniteau, Scott, Benton, Cedar, Franklin, Montgomery, Shannon, Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Morgan, Warren, Boone, Crawford, Hickory, Phelps Callaway, Dallas, Howell, Ripley, Wright and Wayne counties.
  • Arkansas: Clay, Craighead, Greene and Mississippi counties.
  • Kansas: Bourbon, Crawford and Linn counties.
  • Kentucky: Fulton County.
  • Tennessee: Dyer and Lake counties.

All counties listed above were designated as agricultural disaster areas on September 25, 2013.

“Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage,” said USDA.

Notes:
1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
2. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.
3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

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Widespread Flooding Affects 1.5 Million in Thailand

Posted by feww on September 25, 2013

Flooding affects 27 of Thailand’s 77 provinces; nine districts evacuated

Yet another round of severe flooding in Thailand has affected at least 1.5 million people in 27 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, killing about a dozen people and forcing nine districts to evacuate.

The affected provinces are in central, northeast and eastern Thailand. Forecasters say more rain will affect the country over the next few days.

Epic flooding in 2011 left about 1,000 dead and affected 15 million people in Thailand, causing major disruption to tourism and manufacturing.

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Image credit: Thanarak Khoonton/Bangkokpost.com

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State of Calamity Declared in Two Philippine Provinces

Posted by feww on September 24, 2013

Severe flooding, landslides destroy homes, bridges, roads and dikes, killing dozens

State of Calamity has been declared in Ilocos Norte province after strong winds and heavy rain accompanying Typhoon USAGI [locally known as "Odette"] destroyed scores of roads, bridges and dikes, inundating thousands of homes and ruining large swathes of crops.

Severe flooding has inundated the towns of Bacarra, Bangui, Piddig, Pagudpud, Paoay and Pasuquin, in Ilocos Norte province, prompting the authorities to declare a State of Calamity throughout the province, according to local reports.

Heavy rains kill at least 33 in Zambales, N. Philippines

A state of calamity has also been declared in the city of Olongapo, Zambales province, amid widespread flooding, as monsoon rains inundated the city and its neighboring Subic municipality, said a report.

As of 11 am Tuesday, September 24, the death toll stood at 33, local officials reported.

“As of posting, houses in Sta Monica subdivision in Barangay Matain, Subic, were still submerged.” Said the report.

Olongapo City
Floodwaters submerge vehicles in Olongapo City, September 23, 2013. Photo courtesy Ryan Viduya/ via Rappler.com

Major Flooding in Bataan Province, Central Luzon

Floodwaters also submerged at least 4 towns in the neighboring province of Bataan, in Central Luzon, authorities reported.

Mass evacuations are underway in the towns of Hermosa, Abucay, Dinalupihan, and Samal.

Thousands of families are being evacuated as floodwaters reached up to 5 feet high in some areas submerged homes and leaving roads impassable, said a report.

Flood victims were seen carrying their shivering kids as they waded through the floodwaters amid submerged cars, said an AFP reporter.

In Samal town, floodwaters “rose neck-deep” in some areas, the report said.

Olongapo City Mayor has asked the US ambassador to send the US Marines, who are conducting joint war games in the region, to help with relief efforts, said his office.

“About 2,300 US and Philippine marines are taking part in 3-week long joint exercises, many of them to be conducted in Zambales,” said the report.

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Death Toll from Mexico Storms Climbs to 110

Posted by feww on September 23, 2013

Mexico death toll from storms MANUEL and INGRID rises to 110, with 68 others still missing

Deadly storms MANUEL and INGRID have claimed at least 110 lives and left 68 others missing, presumed dead, after a mudslide buried the village of La Pintada in western Guerrero state.

Historic Rainfall

“We are confronting rainfall that has practically been the most extensive in the history of the entire national territory,” said President Nieto.

The death toll climbed after searchers recovered the bodies of five police officers who were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a hillside near La Pintada on Thursday.

The storms have destroyed or damaged private property and public infrastructure in all but 2 of Mexico’s 31 states and affected a total of 1.2 million people, reports said.

About 40,000 tourists had to be evacuated, including 25,00 who were airlifted, out of Acapulco after severe flooding destroyed road and bridges cutting off the popular beach resort.

The full extent of disaster is still unknown because many rural communities remain cut off, officials said.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Residents in sections of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, have been  told to evacuate due to flooding, Sunday night.

An evacuation order has been issued for residents along Highway 68 in Alcalde and Velarde, said a report.

Governor Martinez signed an executive order earlier this month declaring a statewide emergency due to flooding caused by extreme rain events.

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Typhoon USAGI Disaster Update No. 2

Typhoon USAGI has killed at least 25 after making landfall in Guangdong Province late Sunday.

The powerful typhoon has affected about 5.48 million people, leaving 310,000 residents displaced.

USAGI has destroyed 8,490 homes and ruined 50,800 hectares of cropland.

The losses and damage from USAGI is estimated at about  CNY7.1billion (US$1.16 billion) in Guangdong province, said a report.

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Iraq Violence

At least 39 people were killed on Sunday raising the death toll from Iraqi violence to 865 so far this month.

The killings occurred in Baghdad (29 people killed by gunfire, IEDs, suicide bomber), Mosul (9 killed by gunfire, IEDs ) and Abu Saida (1 person killed by gunfire), said Iraq Body Count.

As of September 22, at least 5,110 people have been killed and more than 12,000 other wounded in Iraq since the beginning of 2013, according to UNAMI figures.

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Agricultural Disaster Declared for 194 Counties in 13 States

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

Drought and Deluge Prompt Disaster Declarations in Multiple Regions across U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 194 counties in 13 states across 5 regions as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused either by drought, or by one or more of hail, severe freezing, excessive snow, excessive rain and flooding.

  • As of September 18, 2013, at least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all U.S. counties and county equivalents, were designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.
  • Since September 11, 2013 a total of 332 counties have been designated as Agricultural Disaster Areas.

[Notes: 1. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas. 2. The USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is a 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop. 3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.]

Drought Disaster

USDA has designated a total of eight counties in Idaho and Montana as Agricultural Disaster Areas.

  • Idaho: Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho, Latah, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.
  • Montana: Mineral and Missoula counties.

Excessive Rain and Flooding Disasters Beginning January 1, 2013

USDA has designated 102 counties in five states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee—as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began January 1, 2013, and continues.

  • Alabama (64 Counties):  Autauga, Cleburne, Geneva, Macon, Baldwin, Coosa, Greene, Madison, Barbour, Covington, Hale, Marengo, Blount, Crenshaw, Henry, Mobile, Bullock, Cullman, Houston, Monroe, Calhoun, Dale, Jackson, Montgomery, Cherokee, Dallas, Jefferson, Morgan, Chilton, Elmore, Lamar, Perry, Choctaw, Etowah, Lauderdale, Pickens, Clarke, Fayette, Lowndes, Pike, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox, Bibb, Coffee, Escambia, Marion, Butler, Colbert, Lawrence, Marshall, Chambers, Conecuh, Lee, Randolph, Clay, De Kalb, Limestone and Winston counties.
  • Florida (5 Counties):  Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa and Walton.
  • Georgia (13 Counties): Carroll, Clay, Floyd, Polk, Chattahoochee, Dade, Haralson, Quitman, Chattooga, Early , Muscogee, Seminole and Stewart.
  • Mississippi (11 Counties): Clarke, Jackson, Lowndes, Tishomingo, George, Kemper, Monroe, Wayne, Greene, Lauderdale and Noxubee.
  • Tennessee (7 Counties): Franklin, Hardin, Lincoln, Wayne, Giles, Lawrence and Marion counties.

Excessive Rain and Flooding Disasters Beginning May 1, 2013

USDA has designated 54 counties in three states—The Carolinas and Tennessee—as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began May 1, 2013, and continues.

  • North Carolina (41 Counties): Avery, Cleveland, Henderson, Rutherford, Brunswick, Columbus, Madison, Transylvania, Buncombe, Durham, Orange, Watauga, Wilson, Alamance, Chatham, Jackson, New Hanover, Ashe, Edgecombe, Johnston, Pender, Bladen, Gaston, Lincoln, Burke, Granville, McDowell, Pitt, Caldwell, Greene, Mitchell, Polk, Caswell, Haywood, Nash, Person, Robeson, Wake, Wayne, Wilkes and Yancey counties.
  • South Carolina (8 Counties): Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Spartanburg, Dillon, Horry, Pickens and York counties.
  • Tennessee (5 Counties): Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson and Unicoi.

Disasters caused by combined effects of severe freezing and excessive snow followed by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred January 1 – August 2, 2013

USDA has designated 22 counties in Minnesota and Iowa as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to the combined effects of severe freezing and excessive snow followed by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred January 1 – August 2, 2013.

  • Minnesota (18 Counties): Dodge, Koochiching, Mower, Steele, Freeborn, Lake of the Woods, Olmsted, Beltrami, Goodhue, Roseau, Waseca, Faribault, Itasca, St. Louis, Winona, Fillmore, Rice and Wabasha counties.
  • Iowa (4 Counties): Howard, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth.

Hail Disaster on August 6, 2013

USDA has designated 8 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to damages and losses caused by hail that occurred August 6, 2013.

  • Minnesota: Dakota, Goodhue, Ramsey, Scott, Hennepi, Rice and Washington counties.
  • Wisconsin: Pierce County.

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Extreme Rain Events Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in Guatemala

Posted by feww on September 14, 2013

Widespread flooding triggered by EREs affect hundreds of thousands in Guatemala

Dozens of rivers including Slaves, Motagua, Chixoy, The Passion, St. Peter and Usumacinta have flooded causing widespread deluge as forecaster warn of more torrential rains to follow, said the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

The authorities have issued an “orange alert” for destructive flooding in several regions.

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Source: Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

“In the last 48 hours in Jalapa department, some 783,000 people were affected and dozens of homes damaged,” according to a translation of bulletin issued by CONRED.

In the week to September 12, 2013, CONRED said it had responded to 39 incidents of landslides; 38 incidents caused by an earthquake on Friday September 06; 14 flood-related incidents, 4 slides, and one incident of collapse that affected more than 200,000 people nationwide.

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N. Colorado Declared as Federal Disaster Area

Posted by feww on September 14, 2013

Federal Disaster area declared for Fort Collins, northern Colo.

Thousands more evacuations have been ordered for the northern neighborhoods of Fort Collins.

The Poudre River is flowing at a rate of about 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), 100 times its normal flow, flooding significantly through Fort Collins and is expected to rise.

Officials have urged thousands of people to take shelter in dozens of the northern neighborhoods of Fort Collins.

Severe flooding has forced officials to close bridges, schools, and city offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo.

flooding on I-25 near Highway 34
Colorado State Patrol troopers took this photo on I-25 near Highway 34 in Larimer County at 7:30 on Friday, September 13, 2013.

A flood warning posted on the city of Fort Collins website read: “Poudre River has reached capacity and is flooding. The flooding on the river is of much greater severity than earlier reports. Travel is discouraged. For your safety, please avoid areas near the river. All bridges that cross the Poudre River are closed. Do NOT attempt to drive through floodwaters.”

The Big Thompson River is flowing at more than 9,000 cfs, the highest level since the Big Thompson flood of 1976, officials said.

“The city of Loveland has essentially been divided in two by the flow of the Big Thompson River,” said Tom Hacker, public information officer for the city of Loveland.

“There is no river crossing that is open in Loveland at this time. Any transit going from North to South in Loveland is impossible.”

4 Dead, 176 Missing

As of Friday evening, the death toll from the worst floods to hit Colorado in living memory had climbed to at least four with 176  others still unaccounted for.

Largest Storm in History

“It’s got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state’s history,” said Governor John Hickenlooper at a news conference.

Colorado Emergency Declaration

Meantime, the White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on September 11, 2013, and continuing.

The declaration is in response to the threat of catastrophe in the counties of Boulder, El Paso, and Larimer, said the WH statement.

On Friday, Governor Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency for 14 counties.

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Major Disaster Declared for Missouri

Posted by feww on September 8, 2013

Disaster President Declares Missouri Major Disaster Area

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Missouri due to severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred during the period of August 2-14, 2013.

The worst of the losses and damage  occurred in Barry, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Laclede, Maries, McDonald, Miller, Osage, Ozark, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties.

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

Other Federal Disaster Declarations for Missouri

The State of Missouri was also declared a Major Disaster Area on July 19, 2013 due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred during the period of May 29 to June 10, 2013 in Barton, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Clark, Howard, Iron, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Maries, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Sullivan, Texas, and Webster counties.

 

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30,000 People Evacuated in Far East Russia Floods

Posted by feww on September 7, 2013

Dam collapse in flood-hit eastern Russia forces hundreds more evacuations

Some 300 houses were inundated after floodwaters destroyed a dam in the Mendeleyev settlement, a suburb of the Far Eastern Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, officials said.

“The dam was destroyed at about 11:00 local time [midnight GMT] on Saturday. A powerful stream of water is coming. All children were evacuated immediately, adults are being evacuated now,” said a senior Russian official.

flooding in Amur far east russia
Statistics for Flooded Areas in Far East Russia. Data: Emergencies Ministry – gis.waterinfo.ru – Via RiaNovosti. Compiled by FIRE-EARTH.

The settlement is home to 4,500 people, however only about a thousand residents are in the immediate danger, of whom 700 have been evacuated, said a local official.

The authorities have evacuated a total of more than 16,000 people

Severe flooding in the Amur River has affected 100,000 people in Far Eastern regions, forcing the authorities to evacuate a total of about  30,000 people since late July.

The government declared a state of emergency in August, and some 45,000 people were mobilized for the rescue work in flood-hit areas, said the report.

The devastating floods are the worst in the 120-year history of meteorological records in the region, officials said.

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Alaska: Disaster in Slow Motion

Posted by feww on September 5, 2013

Exile inevitable for America’s first climate refugees: Report

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 Are Affected by Flooding and Erosion, but Few Qualify for Federal Assistance—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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State of Emergency Declared in Lee County, Fla., due to Flooding

Posted by feww on September 5, 2013

Widespread flooding in North Fort Myers: State of Emergency declared

The flooding is occurring in neighborhoods south of the Charlotte County line, and is reportedly the worst in more than two decades.

Floodwaters have cut off roads, stranding animals and forcing people to wade through the deluge to get into their homes, said a report.

“Just about every living creature on Nalle Grade at Slater Road is looking for higher ground. Goats and ducks stand on a small rise in a flooded pasture.”

The flooding is said to be so intense the emergency vehicles have difficulty responding to life-saving emergencies.

The floodwaters are mixing with sewage and creating a health hazard, said the report.

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