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Tens of Thousands Hit by Waterborne Diseases as S. Asia’s Deadly Floods Recede

Posted by feww on September 6, 2017

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More deaths and diseases follow the deadly floods in S. Asia

Outbreaks of malaria, dengue, diarrhea and respiratory infections have hit tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal as the waters from the worst floods in recent years recede, aid agencies have said.

Severe floods have killed up to 1,500 people in South Asia since July, leaving tens of thousands displaced, in open air.

About 40,000 people have been infected in Bangladesh and Nepal, while multiple communities have been entirely wiped out in India’s eastern state of Bihar, Save the Children said.

An estimated 17 million children need protection, healthcare and basic nutrition in India alone, the agency said.

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Deadly Floods, Landslides Displace or Impact Millions across South Asia

Posted by feww on August 21, 2017

Deadlier than average monsoon rains wreak havoc in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Incessant rains have destroyed roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, washed away crops and killed scores of people and farm animals across South Asia.

The floods have ruined hundreds of thousands of homes, affecting or displacing up to 10 million people, according to local news.

Sierra Leone mudslide

The death toll in Sierra Leone mudslide has passed 500, with at least 600 others still missing.

Congo

Meanwhile, a massive landslide in eastern Congo buried a village last week, and may have killed hundreds of people.

Additional information on increasing threats of landslides in central and west and Africa are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Focus: INDIA

Posted by feww on March 9, 2017

India, world’s 63rd poorest country, is the largest importer of major arms

India, with a per capita GDP of $6,658¹, is world’s 63rd poorest nation. However, she is also the largest importer of major arms.

The 34-billion-dollar question:

Why does the most corrupt country in Asia Pacific², and arguably the most polluted place on Earth³, spend so much money buying arms instead of improving social welfare? Is she trying to preserve her way of life, or protect the already depleted natural resources?

Notes:

  • ¹GDP per capita, adjusted for relative purchasing power (PPP), 2016 International Dollars. Data obtained from International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2016.
  • India’s GDP (nominal) per capita 2016 World Bank: $1,598 (Current USD).
  • Central African Republic with a GDP of $656 is the poorest the list of 189 nations.
  • ²India Is The Most Corrupt Country In Asia Pacific, Two-Third Of All Indians Have To Pay Bribe.
  • ³India, world’s second most populous country, is among the most polluted countries.
  • Between 2008 and 2015, India purchased defence [sic] equipment worth $34 billion, while Wahhabi Arabia’s purchase was worth $93.5 billion, according to a report.

 

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: Air Pollution Emergency in Delhi, India

Posted by feww on November 6, 2016

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: India Declares Air Pollution Emergency in Capital, Delhi

  • Hazardous air pollutants exceed about 20 times the “safe limit” in the Indian Capital, Delhi, forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency and close the schools for t least three days.
  • Days of heavy smog have caused such massive buildup of harmful particles that air quality instruments cannot measure the pollution levels.

Major contributors to pollution levels include:

  • City traffic
  • Burning of agricultural waste in surrounding states of Haryana and Punjab
  • Badarpur coal-fired power station (SE Delhi)
  • Construction and demolition work
  • Smoldering fires at the Capital’s Bhalswa landfill
  • Diesel generators

Residents have been advised to stay indoor as much as they can and work from home.

  • Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Bangladesh Declares Disaster amid Surge in Lightning Deaths

Posted by feww on June 22, 2016

Lightning strikes kill more than 260 people in Bangladesh

At least 261 people have been killed by lightning strikes in Bangladesh, so far this year, putting the disaster-prone country on track to top last year’s 265 fatalities.

Most lightning deaths in the region occur during the warm months in spring, summer and early fall.

India

Meanwhile, at least 93 people were killed by lightning storms across India in the past 2 days, and dozens more have been injured.

The government has declared that it will give 400,000 rupees ($5,925) to each of the lightning victims’ families. Injured farmers may also receive some compensation.

In 2014, a record 2,500 people were killed in the country, according to the official figures.

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Significant Global Seismicity – May 27, 2016

Posted by feww on May 27, 2016

M5.2 – 13km WNW of Campoverde, Peru

Location: 8.450°S 74.927°W (13.0 km WNW of Campoverde, Peru) depth=132.4 km
Time: 2016-05-27 10:00:49 (UTC)

M4.6 – 103km ESE of Khonsa, India

Location: 26.517°N 96.447°E (103.0 km ESE of Khonsa, India) depth=74.8 km
Time: 2016-05-27 05:03:11 (UTC)

M5.8 quake strikes SSE of Naze, Japan

Location: 26.987°N 130.195°E (168.0 km SSE of Naze, Japan) depth=10.0 km
Time: 2016-05-27 03:44:29 (UTC)

M6.4 – 19km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Location: 20.826°S 178.671°W (19.0 km  S of Ndoi Island, Fiji) depth=572.1 km
Time: 2016-05-27 04:08:44 (UTC)

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51ºC – Hottest Day Ever in India

Posted by feww on May 20, 2016

Life-threatening heat breaks temperature record in India 

City of Phalodi in Rajasthan state has broken the country’s temperature record after registering 51°C (123.8°F), the highest in India since records began, said the weather office.

The new record surpasses the previous record for the hottest temperature set at 50.6°C in 1956.

Much of northern India has been plagued by a lingering heatwave with temperatures exceeding 40°C for several weeks, while dozens, more likely hundreds, of people have died from extreme heat in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The record [contested] for the highest air temperature in the world, 56.7°C (134°F), was  set on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California.

 

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Significant EQs Strike near Bamboo Flat, India & White Island, NZ

Posted by feww on May 9, 2016

M 5.2 quake strikes 136km WSW of Bamboo Flat, India

EQ Details

Magnitude: 5.2MW [USGS/EHP]
Location: 11.360°N, 91.511°E; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)
Time: 2016-05-09 16:03:47 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 136.0 km (84.5 mi) WSW of Bamboo Flat, India
  • 139.0 km (86.4 mi) WSW of Port Blair, India
  • 687.0 km (426.9 mi) SW of Bogale, Burma
  • 688.0 km (427.5 mi) SW of Mawlamyinegyunn, Burma
  • 1,013.0 km (629.4 mi) WSW of Bangkok, Thailand

M4.6 strikes 20km WNW of Whakaari (White Island, NZ)

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.6Mw  [USGS/EHP]
Location: 37.447°S,  176.970°E; depth=106.4km (66.1 mi)
Date/ Time: 2016-05-09 at 07:27:04 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 56.0 km (34.8 mi) N of Whakatane, NZ
  • 75.0 km (46.6 mi) ENE of Tauranga
  • 99.0 km (61.5 mi) NE of Rotorua
  • 130.0 km (80.8 mi) NE of Tokoroa
  • 466.0 km (289.6 mi) NNE of Wellington

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Extreme Heat Kills Hundreds of People across South Asia

Posted by feww on April 30, 2016

Record temperatures reported in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

Deadly heatwaves have scorched vast swathes of South Asia claiming hundreds of lives, exacerbating the drought and destroying or damaging crops in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The largest number of heat-related deaths have occurred in India, and weather forecasters have warned the recurring heatwave would persist and intensify into May, traditionally the hottest month in the sub-continent.

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Deadly Heatwave Intensifies in India, Odisha Broils at Record 48.5ºC

Posted by feww on April 25, 2016

Record-breaking heat claims more lives in eastern India

Mercury rose to a record 48.5ºC in Titlagarh (aka, Titilagarh) in the Indian state of Odisha on Sunday, breaking the town’s highest temperature record  for April set 17 years, said reports.

“Titlagarh had crossed 50 degree Celsius mark in 2003 on June 5 when it posted 50.1 degrees Celsius. Also, for the month of April, it is the highest since 1999 when on April 30 that year the place had registered 48.1 degrees Celsius,” said the director of meteorological center in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

The Odisha government has confirmed at least 88 deaths due to the heatwave across  the state, said a report.

Record or near-record temperatures have also been reported in dozens of towns and cities along the eastern seaboard.

Heatwaves have killed about 300 people in India, so far this year, local media reported.

Meanwhile, bout 45,000 people have been affected by flooding as the first wave of floods inundated more than 1,000 hectares of crops across four districts of Assam, said the state disaster management authority.

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Significant Events – April 23, 2016

Posted by feww on April 23, 2016

EQ death toll exceeds 600, as significant aftershocks continue to rattle Ecuador

More than 600 people have now been killed following Ecuador’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake last Saturday, as significant aftershocks continue to plague the disaster areas.

The devastating earthquake, the worst in almost seven decades, has left about 12,500 people injured with many others missing, the national authorities said.

Latest Significant Event

M5.8 at 0.601°N, 80.270°W about 26km W of Muisne, Ecuador; depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)

Today’s Seismicity

  • 4.8 40km W of Muisne, Ecuador 2016-04-23 04:06:33 UTC 10.0 km
  • 4.8 53km NW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ec
  • 5.8 26km W of Muisne, Ecuador 2016-04-23 01:24:34 UTC 10.0 km
  • uador 2016-04-22 15:39:05 UTC 10.0 km
  • 4.8 50km NNW of Manta, Ecuador 2016-04-22 15:36:27 UTC 10.0 km

deadly heat wave, the number of victims since the beginning of the 2016 has reached 220, local media reported Saturday.

Heatwaves claim 220th victim in India

The official death toll from heatwaves that have plagued India has reached 220, so far this year, local media reported.

At least 150 people have died from scorching heat in the last two weeks alone, with as many as 120 of the them in the southern states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

On Thursday, the maximum daily temperature climbed to 47.5 degrees Celsius (117.5 Fahrenheit) in Titlagarh, Odisha (Orissa), eastern India.

“Sonepur was the second hottest place with mercury rising to 46.3 degrees Celsius. Most of the areas in western Orissa have been reeling under intense heat wave conditions with temperature hovering around 44 degree Celsius,” said a report.

Major U.S. cities plagued by record number of rats

Several major U.S. cities—including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.— have been plagued by record number of rats in recent months, according to a report.

“In Chicago, which historically notches more rat complaints than any other city, residents’ reports of rodent activity rose by about 70% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year,” the report said.

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330 Million People Affected by Severe Drought: Indian Govt

Posted by feww on April 20, 2016

Quarter of India’s population impacted by drought

However, the number of people hit by the drought could be even higher because the states of Bihar (east) and Haryana (north) haven’t declared drought conditions despite shortfall in rain, said a report.

A report stating that 255,000 villages in 254 districts [out of a total 678] are being severely affected has been presented to the India’s Supreme Court.

The people are facing acute “drinking water shortage and agricultural distress,” the Court was told.

The worst hit state is Uttar Pradesh with almost 100 million people in 50 districts affected by rain deficit.

According to a petition filed by NGO Swaraj Abhiyan, 12 states — Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Haryana and Chattisgarh — are facing severe drought conditions. The report also avers that “the state governments were not implementing social welfare laws like MGNREGA, Food Security Act and the Centre’s drought manual.”

The drought is exacerbated by heatwaves that are plaguing much of India with temperatures exceeding 40ºC for several consecutive days each time.

“In water-scarce Orissa, farmers have reportedly breached embankments to save their crops,” said a report.

“Water availability in India’s 91 reservoirs is at its lowest in a decade, with stocks at a paltry 29% of their total storage capacity, according to the Central Water Commission.

“Some 85% of the country’s drinking water comes from aquifers, but their levels are falling, according to WaterAid.”

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Deadly Heatwave Persists in India

Posted by feww on April 14, 2016

Heatwave in southern India has killed scores of people

Temperatures in southern Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have soared to 113 degrees (45°C) this week, killing scores of people, according to reports.

“While 66 people died in Telangana, 45 lost their lives in Andhra Pradesh due to heatstroke,” said an official. “Nearly half of the deaths reported in Telengana were from the worst drought hit Mahabubnagar and Medak districts [as of Saturday.]”

“On Wednesday, the maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius was registered at Anantapur, Jangamaheswarapuram, Tirupati and Kurnool followed by 42 degrees Celsius at Nandigama, 41 degrees at Nellore, 40 degrees at Vijayawada and 39 degrees Celsius at Ongole and Machilipatnam. Visakhapatnam Airport registered a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius.”

In 2015, heatwave killed thousands of people in southern India.

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Deadly Unrest in India Leaves 10 Million Without Water

Posted by feww on February 22, 2016

Caste Riots in India Paralyzes a Northern State Kills at Least 19 People

The Indian Army has intervened to regain control of New Delhi’s water supply following days of deadly rioting and looting by Jats, a rural caste, which is demanding better access to government jobs.

Delhi government has announced closure of schools on Monday as part of water rationing to deal with crisis

With water supply to the national capital, Delhi, under threat amid the ongoing Jat agitation for quota, the Haryana government on Sunday rushed paramilitary forces and technical teams to Sonepat. However, reports coming in suggested that the teams were not able to wrest control of Munak canal. Thousands of protesters forced the security personnel including Army men to retreat.

Jat protesters have laid siege to the Akbarpur-Barota point and taken over control of the local irrigation office at Munak canal — a major source of water supply to Delhi.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/haryana-rushes-teams-to-restore-water-supply-to-delhi/article8264762.ece

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Manipur Region, India

Posted by feww on January 4, 2016

M6.7 strikes near Imphal, India

Centered at 24.834°N, 93.656°E the quake occurred at a depth of 55.0 km (34.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt as far away as Kathmandu in the NW, Kolkata in the SW, Coxs Bazar in the SSE, and Dibrugarth in the NNW’.

Strong Shaking = Radius of 200 – 250km

According to thed USGS/EHP model:

  • Estimated Fatalities: 100 – 1,000 (P = 33%)
  • Estimated Economic Losses: USD100 – 1,000 million (P = 35%)

Structure Information Summary

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and adobe block with wood construction.

Secondary Effects

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Initial Reports

Up to 8 fatalities and 150 injuries reported, as of posting.

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Hundreds Dead, Thousands Displaced in South India amid Weeks of Extreme Rain

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015

‘Endless’ rain in south India kills hundreds, destroys homes and leaves tens of thousands displaced

Weeks of extreme winter monsoon rain, described as the heaviest in living memory, have caused much devastation across south India, leaving tens of thousands of people displaced.

“In November, the heaviest rain in decades, aggravated by Tropical Cyclone ROVAN, brought widespread flooding across the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh causing more than 200 deaths and affecting 1.8 million people, said a report.

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Extreme Rain Shuts Down Indian City (Round 2)

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015

UPDATED

No Power, No Transport in Chennai

Extreme rain events in India’s Tamil Nadu state, said to be the heaviest the region has experienced in 50 years, have triggered severe flooding forcing the main airport in southern India to close, cutting off roads and highways, and leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.

Chennai [metro pop: 9 million] is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, and is the largest industrial and commercial hub of southern India. It is the country’s fifth-largest city and fourth most populous metro area, and 36th-largest urban area in the world.

Floods in Tamil Nadu state have killed hundreds of people since last month, when 160 hours of non-stop rain paralyzed the city.

About 20 percent of the population have been affecetd, according to local estimates.

The city’s airport was forced to shut down indefinitely on Tuesday after floodwaters buried the runway, according to local reports.

Floodwaters have also inundated railroad tracks, forcing many cancellations.

Ranked 4th in hosting the largest number of Fortune 500 Indian companies, following Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, with a nominal economy of about US$60 billion, Chennai has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, IT, manufacturing and others sectors.

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Beijing Issues ‘Crazy Smog’ Alert

Posted by feww on November 30, 2015

Self-imposed “house arrest” for N. China; potentially deadly consequences if they break the “curfew”

Heavy smog covers a massive area measuring 530,000 km² around Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as hazardous air pollution chokes 31 cities, said CCTVNews.

A thick blanket of smog, containing potentially deadly pollution, covered 31 cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi and Henan on Sunday and Monday, prompting authorities to issue a ‘crazy smog’ alert.

Resident in Beijing and other affected cities have been advised to stay indoors.

beijing smog 30Nov2015

Smog will persist in most parts of north China through Wednesday, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

China - crazy smog
Image source: http://aqicn.org/

Meanwhile,  the air quality in the Indian capital, New Delhi, also plunged into “hazardous” territory as thick smog choked the city, reducing visibility to about 100 meters.

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Earthquake – UPDATE

Posted by feww on November 11, 2015

Deadly earthquake: Clearer picture of death and destruction emerging

Background: A magnitude 7.5Mw earthquake struck northern Afghanistan on October 26, killing hundreds of people, leaving more than 2,000 others injured, and damaging or destroying about 120,000 homes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

The deadly quake was centered at 36.441°N 70.717°E, about 254km NNE of Kabul, striking at a depth a depth of 212.5 km, USGS/EHP reported.

Casualties by country

Pakistan: 28o dead; 1,982 injured
Afghanistan: 115 dead; 538 injured
India: 4 dead; 20 injured
Tajikistan: No reported death; 14 injured
Total: 399 dead;  2,554 injured, as of posting.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the worst affected area, 31 percent of the fatalities were women and 38 per cent children, OCHA quoted the officials as saying.

Hundreds of casualties were also reported in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir/Gilgit Baltistan, and Punjab, said the report.

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Deadly Hindu Kush Earthquake – Update

Posted by feww on October 27, 2015

Hundreds dead, thousands injured, major destruction reported in Hindu Kush earthquake

Death toll in the M7.5 quake that occurred in the Hindu Kusnh region on Monday has claimed about 300 people and left more than  2,000 others injured so far, according to local reports. The casualty toll is expected to rise as rescue workers reach remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan devastated by the event.

The quake has affected a vast region, and caused major devastation to multiple communities.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing more than 75,000 people.

In April this year, Nepal was struck by its deadliest earthquake on record, killing as many as 10,000 people and destroying or damaging nearly one million homes.

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes N. Afghanistan

Posted by feww on October 26, 2015

UPDATE: The event posted earlier has been downgraded to a magnitudes 7.5Mw.

M7.5 earthquake strikes northern Afghanistan

The earthquake parameters may be subject to additional changes due to procedural issues at USGS/EHP.

Centered at 36.441°N 70.717°E, about 254km NNE of Kabul, the quake occurred at a depth of 212.5 km, USGS/EHP reported.


USGS has issued an “Orange” alert level for shaking-related fatalities. This means significant casualties are possible and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response.

  • Scores of fatalities and hundreds of injuries have been reported in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Death toll is likely to rise.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 7.5Mw (downgraded from 7.7)
Location:36.441°N 70.717°E depth=212.5 km (132.1 mi)
Time:2015-10-26 09:09:32 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 45km (28mi) N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan
  • 48km (30mi) SSW of Jarm
  • 76km (47mi) S of Fayzabad
  • 77km (48mi) WSW of Ashkasham
  • 150km E of Konduz (FEWW)
  • 254km (158mi) NNE of Kabul

At least two aftershock measuring 4.8 and 4.7Mw reported as of posting.


Latest map of the 881 felt reports collected through LastQuake amsrtphone app and EMSC websites

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Earthquake location Map. Source: USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt across a vast region including India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Western China.

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  • For previous quakes in the region use search term “Hindu Kush”

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Floods Severely Affect 8 Million People across India

Posted by feww on August 4, 2015

Extreme Rain Events, flooding and landslides kill hundreds, affect more than 8 million others across India

The worst affected areas are the eastern state of West Bengal, neighboring Odisha, as well as the western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and the northeastern state of Manipur, officials have said.

Cyclone KOMEN, tracking across the Bay of Bengal, has brought heavy rains to the states of West Bengal and Odisha, submerging hundreds of villages and leaving more than 150,000 people homeless, according to local reports.

Mayhem in Myanmar

Meanwhile, heavy monsoon rains have left scores of people dead and affected up to a third of a million others across 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions.

“About 850,600 acres (344,493 hectares) of farmlands were submerged, of which Rakhine state suffered the most with over 260, 000 acres (105,300 hectares), an official of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation told Xinhua.

“Most of the country’s major rivers have reached or above their danger levels, said the Meteorology and Hydrology Department,” said a report.

Floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events since June have impacted large portions of the country, destroying homes, businesses, and farms as well as much of the public infrastructure.

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Weak Monsoon Threatens Drought in India

Posted by feww on June 2, 2015

UPDATED

Indian Govt Downgrades Monsoon Forecast to 88%

Rainfall below 90% is considered as drought year: IMD

India’s June-September monsoon rains will most likely be “deficient” this year and India Meteorological Department (IMD) has revised its earlier forecast from 93% to 88%, said the country’s earth sciences minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.

A five-day delay in the arrival of the monsoons has also been forecast, as large parts of the country experience a searing heatwave that has killed more than 2,500.

“The rain-bearing system, that typically begins its four-month journey across India on June 1 in Kerala, is also crucial for power, drinking and irrigation. A bad monsoon hits power production since hydropower accounts for a quarter of India’s electricity output, critical for industry and households alike,” said a report.

Rainfall in NW India is likely to be 85 percent of the Long Period Term Average (LPA), 90% of LPA over the Central region, 92% of LPA over South Peninsula and 92% of LPA over the Northeast, with a margin of error of ±8%,  the minister added.

The monthly rainfall over the entire country is forecast at 92% of LPA during the month of July, and 90% of LPA in August (margin of error of ±9%).

Minister Blames Climate Change

“Let us not fool ourselves that there is no connection between the unusual number of deaths from the ongoing heat wave and the certainty of another failed monsoon. It’s not just an unusually hot summer, it is climate change,” said Vardhan.

India is Asia’s third-largest economy and world’s 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The world’s second most populous country [pop: more than 1.2 billion,] India is home to 194 million hungry people—the highest number globally.

 

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Indian Govt Downgrades Monsoon Forecast to 88%

Posted by feww on June 2, 2015

Rainfall below 90% is considered as drought year: IMD

India’s June-September monsoon rains will most likely be “deficient” this year and India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) has revised its earlier forecast from 93% to 88%, said the country’s earth sciences minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.

A five-day delay in the arrival of the monsoons has also been forecast, as large parts of the country experience a searing heatwave that has killed more than 2,500.

“The rain-bearing system, that typically begins its four-month journey across India on June 1 in Kerala, is also crucial for power, drinking and irrigation. A bad monsoon hits power production since hydropower accounts for a quarter of India’s electricity output, critical for industry and households alike,” said a report.

Rainfall in NW India is likely to be 85 percent of the Long-Term Average (LPA), 90% of LPA over the Central region, 92% of LPA over South Peninsula and 92% of LPA over the Northeast, with a margin of error of ±8%,  the minister added.

Minister Blames Climate Change

“Let us not fool ourselves that there is no connection between the unusual number of deaths from the ongoing heat wave and the certainty of another failed monsoon. It’s not just an unusually hot summer, it is climate change,” said Vardhan.

India is Asia’s third-largest economy and world’s 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The world’s second most populous country [pop: more than 1.2 billion,] India is home to 194 million hungry people—the highest number globally.

 

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India Home to 194 Million Hungry People—Highest Number Globally

Posted by feww on May 28, 2015

Hungry: 795 million people, or one in nine—UN Hunger Report

India is home to the highest number of hungry people in the world, at 194 million, surpassing China, says the United Nations annual hunger report.

The number of hungry people in China are 133.8 million in 2014-15, says the report.

Countries with more than 40 percent of the populations undernourished:

Zambia: 7.4 million people or 47.8 % of the population
Central African Republic: 2.3 million or 47.7 %
Namibia: 1 million or
42.3 %
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: 10.5 million or 41.6 %

The number of hungry people globally has declined from about 1 billion 1990 to about 795 million this year, despite a surge in population growth, according to the report.

However, the Moderators were unable to independently verify the figures in the United Nations’ annual hunger report, which is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program.

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