Posted by feww on July 16, 2012
Powerful tornadoes flatten large swaths of forest, destroy more than 100 homes in Poland
A string of tornadoes with winds of up to 200kph slammed northwestern Poland, leaving at least one person dead and a dozen others injured.
The twisters, described as ‘freak tornadoes with unprecedented scale and ferocity,’ left vast swaths of forest flattened, downing power lines and destroying at least 100 homes, mostly in Kujawy and Wielkpolska provinces, reports said.
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
- USA. Excessive heat is returning to Central and Eastern U.S., NOAA forecasters said.
- Near record temperatures ranging from 95 to 105 degrees will prevail across the central portions of the U.S. on Monday. “The above normal temperatures will expand into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic for Tuesday and Wednesday. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are already in effect for portions of the aforementioned areas.”
- China. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) infected more than 381,000 people in China in June, killing at least 112 people, AFP reported the health authorities as saying.
- More than 460,000 people were infected by HFMD in May, of whom 132 died from the disease, according to China’s Ministry of Health.
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Posted by feww on May 15, 2012
More EU farms infected by Schmallenberg virus
- Germany. Some 1,481 farms across Germany had reported animals testing positive for the virus as of May 14, 2012, including 92 new farms.
- France. France reported infections on 1,471 farms on May 11, including 105 new cases.
- Belgium. Some 477 farms had reported SBV by May 2, 2012, including 33 new farms from a week earlier.
- Netherlands. At least 339 farms have reported SBV as of May 11, 2012.
- U.K. As of May 14, some 258 UK farms had reported SBV including two new farms, one in the Channel Islands and one in Buckinghamshire, a new addition to the list of counties reporting affected animals, said DEFRA.
- Luxemburg, Spain, Italy and other European countries. No reliable statistics available!
Other Global Disasters, Significant Events
- Hunan Province, China. At least 20,078 cases of HFMD infections were reported in Hunan province in April, with 19 fatalities.
- Continuous rain has affected more than 2.91 million people in 50 of the province’s counties as of May 14, said a report.
Original caption: Photo taken on May 13, 2012 shows a bridge that collapsed after being hit by flood in Pingjiang County, central-south China’s Hunan Province, May 13, 2012. Torrential rain that struck south China since May 11 has affected the daily lives of 2.91 million residents within Hunan as of Monday noon. Direct economic losses caused by the flood reached 2.88 billion yuan (456.2 million U.S. dollars), according to provincial flood control authorities. (Xinhua/Bai Yu). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…
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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.
- 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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Posted by feww on August 15, 2011
Flooding in Sindh Province, Pakistan inundates 1,500 villages
Pakistani city of Badin received 475mm (187 inches) of rain in about 36 hours.
[August 14, 2011] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,676 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 14 Entry
- Sindh Province, Pakistan. The authorities have declared Badin district in Sindh Province, Pakistan a disaster area after torrential rains inundated at least 1,500 villages, destroying homes and crops and displacing more than 40,000 people, reports said.
- City of Badin reportedly received 475mm (187 inches) of rain in about 36 hours.
- Flooding has also killed an undisclosed number of people and livestock.
- Ohio, USA. Port Clinton has declared a state of emergency after wide spread flooding inundated the city.
- Texas, USA. Crop and livestock losses in Texas may have already exceeded $10 billion dollars, FIRE-EARTH estimates. State’s previous record losses were $4.1 billion set in 2006.
- Guizhou Province, China. At least 2.15 million people in 84 province’s cities and counties of SW Guizhou Province are short of drinking water, according to an official statement.
- “The drought has also affected 1.05 million hectares of crops and left 760,000 livestock short of drinking water, causing direct economic losses of more than 6 billion yuan (923 million U.S. dollars).”
- Hunan Province, China. Deepening drought in the city of Huaihua, central China’s Hunan Province, has left about 400,000 people and 110,000 livestock short of drinking water, a report said.
- “The dry weather, due to lack of rainfall, had withered up 140,000 hectares of crops and dried up more than 1,200 wells, said a spokesman with the Huaihua Municipal Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Friday.”
- “Drought has caused major problems for boats that use the Xiangjiang River in Hunan Province. Almost 170 vessels have been held up at the Zhuzhou section in the river’s upper reaches. Authorities are dredging a channel to allow river traffic to resume. Water levels have dropped to under 30 meters this year, eight meters lower than previous highs.“
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