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Deadly Floods, Landslides Plague Third of Nepal

Posted by feww on August 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS, LANDSLIDES
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Dozens killed, Many Missing in Nepal Floods and Landslides

At least 53 people have been killed and many more are reported missing in Nepal due to extreme monsoon rains that triggered flash floods and mudslides since Wednesday, officials said.

More than 25 percent of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts have been hit by floods or landslides.

“More than 200 houses are destroyed while hundreds of other homes are completely under water,” officials said, adding that thousands of people had been rescued.

“Early this month, a massive landslide near Kathmandu buried a village and killed 156 people. It blocked the Sunkoshi River forming a dangerous build up of water prompting authorities in Bihar in east India to evacuate thousands on flood fears,” said a report.


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“Himalayan Tsunami” Damaged or Destroyed 4,000 Villages

Posted by feww on July 15, 2013

5,748 Missing people presumed dead in north India floods

Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has officially declared that 5,748 people missing following last month’s devastating floods will be presumed dead.

Authorities have so far recovered some 580 to 625  corpses, according to various reports.

The floods and landslides triggered by extreme monsoon rains have damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 villages in the Himalayan mountains.

The 2013 monsoon rains in the Uttarakhand region were the worst in eight decades.

Tens of thousands who lost their homes are living in temporary camps, but the authorities are struggling to provide relief  because the remote  areas are still cut off after flooding washed away roads.

The temple town of Kedarnath, one of the worst affected areas, will be closed to the public for at least a year, government has announced.

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Tsunami-like waves hit Chile and Peru

Unusually high winds and strong tidal current generated huge, tsunami-like waves battering the shared coastline of Chile and Peru.

The spectacular waves reaching heights of more than 7 meters (22 feet), plucked up rocks from the ocean bed dumping them onto the shore line and coastal roads, reports said.

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Disaster Diary – 26 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 26, 2013

Alaska Declared Major Disaster Area

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska  in the area affected by flooding during the period of May 17 to June 11, 2013.

The worst affected areas are in the Alaska Gateway REAA*, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.

*[Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA)]

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Disaster President Signs Disaster Declaration for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The President has declared a major disaster exists for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 25 to June 1, 2013.

Extreme weather triggered severe storms and flooding which damaged or destroyed much of the facilities on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a Dakota, Lakota and Yanktonai Indian reservation located in the Dakotas.

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Himalayan Tsunami: 8,000 people still unaccounted for in N India

Death toll in Himalayan Tsunami triggered by extreme monsoon rains in
northern Indian state of Uttarakhand could exceed 8,000 as thousands of people, mostly pilgrims, are still unaccounted for, a senior official has said.

Meantime, the Indian military has recovered 824 rotting corpses, which are contaminating the water sources.

Authorities fear an outbreak of serious diseases such as cholera and dysentery due to poor sanitation throughout the flood-affected areas.

“We are getting reports from the field that there are rotting bodies lying around, many of them semi-buried in soil and rubble that came down from the mountains,” said the Humanitarian Manager for Oxfam India.

“There are also carcasses of livestock in rivers and streams and this has, of course, contaminated so many of their water sources. But people are desperate and are being forced to consume water they wouldn’t otherwise.”

The devastating floods have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, washed away farmlands, roads, bridge and other infrastructure.

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27 people killed in China’s restive Xinjiang region

Riots have killed 27 people in China’s restive, autonomous region of  Xinjiang, Chinese state media reported.

Rioters stabbed 17 people and set police cars alight, said the report. Police shot dead 10 of the rioters.

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Excessive Heat Warnings

Excessive Heat Warnings and Watches are in effect for SE California, S Nevada, NW and Central Arizona, E Oklahoma and NW Arkansas.

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National High and Low Temperature – Contiguous U.S.

High Temperature for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 108ºF (42.2ºC) recorded at Death Valley, CA
  • 108ºF at Ocotillo Wells, CA

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 37ºF (2.8ºC) at Mammoth Lakes, CA

NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 8 am EDT Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Global High and Low Temperature

High Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • 118ºF  (47.8ºC) – Recorded in Oman

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • -92.7ºF  (-69.3ºC) Recorded at  Davis Lgb 46 Aws (Antarctica Weather Station, located at an altitude of 2,354m)

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – 24 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 24, 2013

Himalayan Tsunami Death Toll May Top 5,000

“At least 5,000 people must have been killed in the deluge that inflicted heavy damage on vast tracts of land especially in Kedarnath valley,” Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya told reporters on his return from an aerial survey of the disaster areas.

The official death toll had climbed to 680 as of June 22, and the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand has said that the death toll would likely be around 1,000, said a report.

Official forecasters have issued various warnings concerning adverse weather in the disaster area starting today, June 24, including heavy rain to last until June 30.

At least 19,000 are still stranded in three areas, while 83,000 others have been rescued, according to reports.

At least two major landslides and numerous mudslides have been reported in the disaster zone.

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1,000 residents flee, as State of Emergency declared in Siksika Nations

Raging waters from the Bow River have devastated the Siksika Nation, forcing a least 1,000 people from homes.

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State of Emergency declared in Houston County, Minnesota

Authorities have declared a  state of emergency in Houston County, Minnesota, due to losses and damage caused by a storm.

Large swathes of southeastern Minnesota have been hit hard from flash flooding over the weekend, but storm damage  across Houston county is said to be extensive,  a state of emergency declaration.

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Deluge forces Manitoba community to declare state of emergency

“Environment Canada said radar indicated accumulations of 100 mm hovering above that area when the system hit,” said a report.

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Winnipegosis declares a state of emergency due to flooding

The Village of Winnipegosis has declared a state of emergency, making it the third rain-soaked part of Manitoba to be dealing with overland flooding.

“A lot of the land here looked like [a] lake. The water, the ditches began to overflow, and consequently the water was rising up around homes,” said a local resident.

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States of Emergency in Crawford and Grant Counties, Wisconsin

Crawford and Grant counties in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin have declared states of emergency due to water damage.

“Crawford County had flooding and multiple mudslides that closed several roads and forced evacuation of a number of homes. In Grant County, roadways were flooded along with an unspecified number of homes.”

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Saskatchewan, Canada: Cumberland House declares state of emergency

Cumberland House declared a state of emergency, as authorizes started  evacuations of  the Village of Cumberland House and the Cumberland House Cree Nation, a total of more than 2,200, as rising floodwater in Alberta threatened to move into the prairie province, said a report.

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Town of Devon remains under a state of emergency,  2,200 people evacuated

The Devon Lions Campground and Voyageur Park have been evacuated. More than 2,000 people were forced to leave the campground.

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Disaster Diary – 22 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 22, 2013

Himalayan Tsunami Death Toll Nears 600

As many as 55,000 people are still stranded in the rain-ravaged Uttarakhand as the death toll from flash floods and landslides cause by the Himalayan Tsunami neared 600.

  • About 400 people were reported as injured, many of them critically.
  • Some 13,806 people are still missing, according to one report.
  • Death toll is expected to rise.

Flood Victims Fighting Hunger, Desperation

Uttarakhand: 13,806 people missing

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Uncontrolled wildfires force evacuation of two Colorado towns, threaten third

Several raging wildfires sparked by lightning were burning out of control in Colorado mountain areas  on Friday, forcing the evacuation of two towns and threatening a third.

The West Fork Fire Complex in Rio Grande County in southern Colorado, which is made of two separate blazes, grow from 12,000 acres to 30,000 acres overnight, forcing more than 600 residents of South Fork to flee their homes.

The East Peak Fire  in Huerfano and Pueblo counties has forced the evacuation of about 1,000 residents of the town of La Veta. The blaze was approaching the City of Walsenburg (population: 3,100) .

Evacuation remain in effect for Lime Gulch Fire in Jefferson County, which was 15% contained as of posting.

Papoose Fire – The blaze started on June 20, 2013 in Hinsdale County. The
Cause is under investigation.

  • The fire has so far consumed about 1,700 acres and is 0% contained.
  • Some 292 personnel were assigned, as of posting.

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Up to 140,000 Albertans displaced, Large sections of Calgary’s downtown evacuated

Alberta flooding has claimed at least 3 lives, possibly as many as 8, as of posting.
About 140,000 Albertan, including more than 100,000 Calgarians, have been forced to flee homes.  Large sections of Calgary’s downtown core were under mandatory evacuation Friday afternoon.

Mass evacuations throughout Calgary and southern areas of Alberta began Friday.

  • In Medicine Hat, residents in low-lying areas were told to leave their homes along the river. The mandatory evacuation will affect some 3,800 homes and 10,000 residents, said a report.
  • Edmonton and the town of Devon have declared a flood watch.\
  • Lethbridge and Medicine Hat have declared states of emergency on Friday.
  • In Medicine Hat, residents in low-lying areas were told to leave their homes along the river. The mandatory evacuation is expected to include about 3,800 homes and 10,000 residents.
  • At least 24 communities in the province have declared states of emergency, and about 30 communities are under mandatory evacuation.

Calgary Floods – Jun 21, 2013 [extended update]

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Injury toll climbs to 200 in Central Russia Ammo Depot Fire

More than 200 people needed medical help after a large number of explosions blew up a “munition depot,” where millions of shells were stored.

  • The first blast occurred on Tuesday. Explosions continued until Friday, sending shrapnel as far as 1km and forcing at least 6,000 residents to flee the town of Chapayevsk.
  • “The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at munitions storage and disposal sites that have plagued Russia in the past two years,” said a report.

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

Posted by feww on June 20, 2013

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

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

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

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

Carnage at ‘Temple of Doom’

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

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

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

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

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

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Michigan Declared Major Disaster Area

Posted by feww on June 19, 2013

16 Michigan Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas Following Devastating Floods

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

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

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

SNAFU at Fukushima

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Super heat wave hits many parts of China”

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

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U.S. High and Low Temperatures (F)

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

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

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

  • 27 degrees,  recorded at Spincich Lake, MI

Global High and Low Temperatures

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

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