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More Deaths and Destruction as Floods Hit China

Posted by feww on August 26, 2013

Floods in China’s Yunnan province affect 1.6 million, killing dozens

Severe floods in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have affected 1.6 million people, killing at least 45, and displacing more than 26,500 others, said a report.

flooding in yiliang county-yunnan prov
Original caption: Vehicles are stranded on a landslides-hit road in Yiliang County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Aug. 25, 2013. Rainstorms-triggered mountain floods, landslides and mud-rock flows hit the county in this weekend. (Xinhua/Peng Hong)

Rainstorms and floods wreak havoc in NE and S China

The latest round of flood crests on the Songhua River is expected to reach Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province [population: ~ 10 million] , on Tuesday, flood control experts said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, nearly 600 oil wells in Daqing, one of China’s major oilfields, which is about 150 kilometers from Harbin, have halted operation.

Persistent downpours since Aug 14 have caused the worst flooding since 1998 in the northeastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang [85 lives lost, 105 people missing,] which are the heartland of China’s grain production.

Heavy rain is likely to hit the provinces of Yunnan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Hubei and Shanghai, with the precipitation in southwestern Yunnan expected to reach 100 to 150 mm from Sunday to Monday, the National Meteorological Center forecast on Sunday.[Xinhua]

Worst Flooding in a Century

historic flooding in China
Original caption: Photo taken on Aug. 26, 2013 shows residential houses inundated in floods in Shengdeku Village of Fuyuan County, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. Heilongjiang has seen its worst flooding in a century with continuous rising water levels. About 300 households from the flooded Shengdeku Village and Heiyupao Village of Fuyuan County were evacuated before the floods swept their hometowns, inundating nearly 400,000 mu (about 26,667 hectares) of farmlands. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei). More images…

Typhoon Trami kills 2, affects 200,000 in China

Downpours brought by Typhoon Trami and monsoon have left two people dead and nearly 200,000 affected in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said Monday.

Rainstorms also toppled 668 rooms of 348 households and seriously damaged another 855 rooms of 451 households in Guangxi.

Typhoon Trami was the 12th typhoon to hit China this year. Rainstorms brought by the typhoon have also swept Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, affecting 1.4 million people and forcing the relocation of 351,000, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Friday.  [Xinhua]

damage caused by TY TRAMI
Original caption: A villager checks his house damaged by flood at Zhoujia Village of Fuchuan Yao Autonomous County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Aug. 22, 2013. Trami, which was downgraded to tropical storm status, would likely bring persistent rain and cause floods in Guangxi. The region had been drenched by Typhoon Utor last week. (Xinhua/Lu Bo’an)

Hospital hit by landslide in SW China

landslide in SW China
Original caption: Geologists check the landslide site in Yiliang County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Aug. 26, 2013. A rain-triggered landslide occurred on Monday morning at a hill behind the People’s Hospital in Yilang, which damaged part of the hospital. Patients and residents in the surrounding area were evacuated and no casualties were reported. (Xinhua/Peng Hong). More images …

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Typhoon KAI-TAK Leaves a Trail of Destruction in S China

Posted by feww on August 19, 2012

KAI-TAK affects about 13 million people in south China

Typhoon KAI-TAK slammed coast of S China leaving behind a trail of destruction. The storm destroyed 4,200 houses and damaged another 17,300 in south China’s Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chinese officials said.

  • At least several people were killed or reported missing as a result of the typhoon and an unknown number of others were injured.
  • The storm forced 530,000 people to relocated as of early Sunday.
  • About quarter of a million hectares of farmland were inundated.
  • Cost of damage estimated at about a quarter o a billion US dollars.

Vietnam. KAI-TAK, downgraded to a tropical storm, also claimed at least 10 lives in Vietnam, with many others reported as missing,  and dozens injured.

  • More than 5,000 houses were damaged and about 1,500 hectares of crops were inundated, reports said.

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Floods Affect Millions in East, South, SW and Central China

Posted by feww on June 14, 2012

Storms, flooding and landslides leave many dead or missing around China

Extreme rain events in the Chinese provinces of Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Sichuan, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have triggered severe flooding and landslides, affecting  thousands of towns and villages, disrupting the lives of tens of millions of people, leaving many dead or missing, and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate. The disasters have destroyed tens of thousands of homes, millions of hectares of crops and much of the infrastructures .

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Syria.  The joint proxy war waged by Saudi Arabia and Israel against Syria has entered a new phase. The head of UN peacekeeping operations has described the Syrian conflict as a “civil war.”
    • Meantime, Germany’s leading daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported the May 25 Houla massacre was perpetrated by opposition forces aligned with the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
    • “The report refutes the official account by the United States and other major powers and presented uncritically by the media. The massacre was attributed to pro-government forces and used to step up the propaganda offensive for military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Without providing any serious evidence, the US and its allies claimed that either the Syrian Army or pro-government Shabiha militas carried out the mass killing of over 100 people.” Said a report.
    • “The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article is given additional weight by a report in Spiegel Online from March 29 pointing to the widespread practice of summary execution carried out by the FSA. Spiegel interviewed a member of an opposition ‘burial brigade’ who had ‘executed four men by slitting their throats.'”
  • Gaza.  The water in Gaza is too contaminated to drink, says a joint report by the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Save the Children.
    •  The report “Gaza’s Children: Falling Behind” describes the impact of the ongoing blockade on the lives and health of Gaza’s children.
    • Gaza’s only fresh source of water is highly contaminated by fertilizer and human feces, the report says.
    • The number of children being treated for diarrhea has doubled in 5 years, and the levels of nitrates found in the water are responsible for to the doubling since the blockade began, according to the report.
    • Israel’s 5-year blockade is preventing crucial sanitation equipment from entering the territory, and Gaza’s sewage system is “completely broken.”
    • The report will be launched on June 20, 2012 at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK.

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Millions of People Affected by Extreme Rain Events in China

Posted by feww on May 14, 2012

Continuous rainstorms forces hundreds of thousands of residents to relocate in southern, eastern and central China

Extreme rain events have destroyed tens of thousands of homes in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, central China’s Hunan provinceeast China’s Jiangxi province, leaving dozens of people dead, injured or missing.

The rainstorms have affected at least 3 million people, destroying their food stocks, also destroying or damaging tens of thousands of hectares of crops.

Villagers transport pork carcasses using a boat in Wuning County of Jiujiang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, May 13, 2012.  Days of heavy rains have caused local rivers and reservoirs to rise above warning levels in Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

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Flooding, Drought and Wildfires Ravage China

Posted by feww on May 10, 2012

Tens of thousands evacuated as extreme rain events swamp central China

More than a million people have been affected in central China’s Hunan province, as storms dumped 200+mm of rain in less than 24 hours.

Floods have claimed at least a dozen lives, leaving many others injured, damaging or destroying thousands of homes, and forcing the authorities to evacuate more than  30,000 people.

In Yunnan province, more than 700 people are desperately attempting to control a major wildfire on Mt. Laoyingshan on the outskirts of Lijiang, said to be a popular tourist destination.

There were no details available concerning the extent of damage or the number of casualties, as of posting.

The blaze is one of a dozen or so significant wildfires aided by the severe drought in southwest, north and northeast China in the recent weeks.

Severe Geological Event in South China

A significant land subsidence in Maohe Village, Liuzhou City, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, caused buildings to collapse, affecting an area of about 7 hectares, and forcing the authorities to evacuate more than 1,700 villagers.

Original caption: Photo taken on May 10, 2012 shows collapsed wall in the Maohe Village in Liunan District, Liuzhou City of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A severe geologic hazard hit Maohe Village in Guangxi on Thursday, affecting an area of about 100 mu (66,667 square meters) and forcing more than 1,700 villagers to be evacuated to safe places. Several buildings have collapsed in the disaster, local sources said. (Xinhua/Li Bin). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • In the first 4 months of 2012, China’s railways carried
    • 606 million passengers (up 2.8 percent YoY)
    • 785.34 million tons of coal (up 6.6 percent)
    • 35.96 million tons of grain (increase of 15 percent)
    • 1.33 billion tons of cargo (up 3.8 percent)

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Dozens killed or missing in Nepal avalanche-triggered floods

Posted by feww on May 5, 2012

Floods ravage tourist resort town of Pokhara, Nepal, sweeping away dozens of people

Large masses of snow and ice slid down the Annapurna Mountain range blocking the Seti River in Kaski district, triggering extensive flooding south of mountain,  and leaving scores of people dead or missing.

The “apocalyptic flood” swept away trucks and buses and forced the authorities to evacuate settlements on the river banks, reports said.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • ChinaA severe drought has affected about a million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and neighboring Guizhou province.
    • The drought has left at least 100,000 hectares of cropland parched and hundreds of thousands of livestock with little or no drinking water.
  • Iran-Iraq border. A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran- Iraq border on Thursday has injured more than 3,500 people, reports said.
    • The quake struck at a depth of about 10km, some 467 km (290 miles) SW of the Iranian capital, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The shock caused moderate to severe damage to 50 villages, according to reports.
  • California, USA.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 6 counties in California as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by freezing temperatures on Jan. 16-17, 2012.
    • Glenn County in California has been designated as a Primary Natural Disaster area.
    • The five contiguous counties of Butte, Colusa, Lake, Mendocino and
      Tehama have also been declared as disaster areas.

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Thousands of Chinese displaced amid deep freeze

Posted by feww on January 26, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of people affected by heavy snow and freezing weather in central China

Snowstorms have destroyed hundreds of homes leaving  thousands of people homeless in the mountainous regions of central China’s Hunan Province.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 26

[January 26, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,511 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Hunan Province, China.  Multiple snowstorms have destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands homeless in the mountainous regions of central China’s Hunan Province.
    • The storms have also destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of crops causing millions of dollars in damage, Chinese official media reported.

Other Disasters

  • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  The Longjiang River in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been severely polluted after a mining company discharged large amounts of industrial effluent containing cadmium into the waterways
    • Authorities in Hechi City, where the discharge occurred, have confirmed that the cadmium-rich pollutants were discharged by a local mining company.
    • Excessive cadmium levels, measuring at least three times the “official limit,” were detected in the river earlier this month, which killed many fish and prompted concerns over drinking water.
    • The local fire department has dumped more than 80 tons of aluminum chloride into the Longjiang River to “neutralize” the contamination.
    • Cadmium is a carcinogen. The metal is used to manufacture pigments and batteries and in the metal-plating and plastics industries.
    • “The incident caused panic buying of bottled water in Liuzhou city at the lower reaches of the river over the past few days,” said a report.
    • Liuzhou city supermarkets have run out of bottled water.

The main sources of cadmium in the air are the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil and the incineration of municipal waste.  The acute (short-term) effects of cadmium in humans through inhalation exposure consist mainly of effects on the lung, such as pulmonary irritation.  Chronic (long-term) inhalation or oral exposure to cadmium leads to a build-up of cadmium in the kidneys that can cause kidney disease.  Cadmium has been shown to be a developmental toxicant in animals, resulting in fetal malformations and other effects, but no conclusive evidence exists in humans.  An association between cadmium exposure and an increased risk of lung cancer has been reported from human studies, but these studies are inconclusive due to confounding factors.  Animal studies have demonstrated an increase in lung cancer from long-term inhalation exposure to cadmium.  EPA has classified cadmium as a Group B1, probable human carcinogen. (Source: EPA)

  • Pakistan. More than 100 people have died from the tainted heart medicine in the Pakistani city of Lahore, the health ministry said.
    • The heart medication was provided to patients free of charge by the state-run Punjab Institute of Cardiology.
  • South Island, New Zealand.  At least 82 of the 99 whales beached at the Farewell Spit on January 23 have died or were killed by the Department of Conservation in New Zealand, a report said.
    • “Department of Conservation (DoC) area manager John Mason said the remaining 33 whales were shot in the head with a high calibre rifle shortly after the decision to put them down at 8.15am today.”

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China: Yuan or Your Life?

Posted by feww on June 21, 2010

Nature’s Response to China’s Violent Assault on Ecosystems?

About 2 percent of China’s population have so far been impacted by torrential rain, flooding and landslides

Hundreds, possibly thousands of people have been killed, and many are missing in southern China after days of apocalyptic rain, violent flooding and massive landslides.

At least 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, with millions of hectares (acres) of crops spoiled by the deadly deluge.

Nanping City deluged by torrential rains. Original Caption: Photo taken on June 20, 2010 shows the waterlogging Nanping City, southeast China’s Fujian Province. Caused by continual torrential rains since June 18, rivers continued to swell in Nanping City, leaving 24 dead and 28 lost so far. (Xinhua/Wang Shanglin). Image may be subject to copyright.

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