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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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Flash Floods Kill Dozens, Destroy Thousands of Homesteads in S. Somalia, Kenya, Uganda

Posted by feww on May 10, 2013

Deadly Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in S. Somalia, Uganda

Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and livelihoods, and dozens are dead amid flash flooding across a vast region in East Africa.

Flash floods triggered by extreme rain events  in southern Somalia have claimed at least a dozen lives, most of them  children,  left  more than 50,000 others displaced, and submerged thousands of hectares of farmland across the country.

  • The flooding in Juba and Shabelle river basins have destroyed scores of homes, businesses and much of the infrastructure in the region.

In Uganda, at least a dozen people  are dead, and 25,000 others made homeless, since flooding began on May 1.

  • The lively town of Bulembia Division is now a ghost town, said a report.
  • “Further down River Nyamwamba is Kilembe Mines Hospital. The 260 bed hospital was hit by boulders wiping away the staff quarters and flooding the rest of the hospital.”
  • “The flash floods are attributed to heavy rains coupled with by the melting glaciers on top of Mountain Rwenzori. According to the climate change unit at the Ministry of Water and Environment, only 18.5 hectares remained [The peak has retreated by more than 85%—Moderator] by 2006 out of the hectares that were at the highest peak of Mountain Rwenzori in 1906.”

Ruwenzori range
The Ruwenzori Range. Satellite images of the Ruwenzori Mountains. Images  taken in 1995 and in 2012  show a decline in the extent of the glaciers on these mountain peaks. A century ago the glaciers of the Ruwenzori Mountains covered nearly 6.5 km².  The glacial recession on the Ruwenzori Mountains is most likely because of higher air temperatures and less snow accumulation during the 20th century
(UNEP n.d.).

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Iowa, USA

Fifteen additional Iowa counties have now been declared disaster areas following  damages and losses caused by severe flooding and storms late last month.

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Michigan, USA

Allegan County declares state of emergency from April flooding in attempt to get disaster aid

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Illinois, USA

Gov. Quinn has asked the Federal Government to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and flooding that pounded the state in April.

  • Quinn declared a total of 49 counties disaster areas following widespread flash and river flooding caused by extreme rain events in April.
  • “For the 11 counties included in Thursday’s request, the teams identified 41 homes that were destroyed, 761 with major damage and 2,715 with some damage, according to the governor’s office. In addition, nearly 80 businesses sustained flood damage,” said a report.

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 10, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,037 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,037 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

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Dozens of Counties in 15 States Declared Agri Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on November 16, 2011

Drought and deluge, hurricanes and severe storms, extreme rain and excessive heat …  cause multiple disasters across the U.S.

141 counties in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Vermont declared Agricultural Disaster Areas

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 16

[November 16, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,582 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Pennsylvania, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Erie County in Pennsylvania as a Primary Natural Disaster Area because of excessive rain that occurred May 1 – June 28, 2011.
    • The following counties in Pennsylvania were also  added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous: Crawford and Warren.
    • The following 2 counties in New York and Ohio were also added to  natural disaster declaration  because they are contiguous:
    •  New York: Chautauqua County.
    • Ohio: Ashtabula County.
  • Oklahoma.  USDA has designates a total of 15 counties in Oklahoma as Natural Disaster Areas because of losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began May 1, 2011, and continues.
    • Oklahoma’s Primary Disaster Areas: Craig, Mayes, Ottawa, Tulsa, Delaware, Nowata, Rogers and Washington counties.
    • Oklahoma’s Contiguous Disaster Areas: Adair, Creek, Osage, Wagoner, Cherokee, Okmulgee and Pawnee counties.
  • Also declared as Natural Disaster Areas were the following 7 bordering counties in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
    • Arkansas: Benton County.
    • Kansas: Chautauqua, Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties.
    • Missouri: McDonald and Newton counties.
  • Pennsylvania. USDA has declared 14 Counties in Pennsylvania as Natural Disaster Areas due to excessive rain, flooding and flash flooding associated with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee that occurred Aug. 26 – Sept. 12, 2011.
    • Pennsylvania’s Primary Disaster Areas: Bradford, Lebanon and York counties.
    • Pennsylvania’s Contiguous Disaster Areas: Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster, Schuylkill, Berks, Dauphin, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Tioga and Susquehanna counties.
  • The following 5 counties in Maryland and New York were also designated as disaster areas because they are  contiguous.
    • Maryland: Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.
    • New York: Chemung and Tioga counties.
  • Nebraska. USDA has designates 15 Counties in Nebraska as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to crop losses caused by severe storms with excessive rain, flash flooding, hail and high winds that occurred May 23-Aug. 11, 2011.
  • The following 3 counties in Colorado and Kansas were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Colorado: Phillips and Sedgwick counties.
    • Kansas: Rawlins County.
  • Pennsylvania. USDA has declared 47 Counties in Pennsylvania as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to drought and excessive heat that occurred between June 1 and August 30, 2011.


List of 13 Pennsylvania counties declared as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA


List of 34 Pennsylvania counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

  • The following 10 counties in Maryland and New Jersey were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Maryland: Allegany, Carroll, Harford, Baltimore, Frederick, and Washington counties.
    • New Jersey: Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren counties.
  • New Hampshire. USDA has designated 10 Counties in New Hampshire as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, Tropical Storm Irene, Tropical Storm Lee that began May 1, 2011, and continues.
    • The counties declared as Primary Disaster Areas are:  Belknap, Coos, Hillsborough, Strafford, Carroll, Grafton,  Rockingham and Sullivan.
    • NH counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas are: Cheshire and Merrimack
  • The following 10 counties in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont were also added to the disaster declaration because they are contiguous.
    • Maine: Oxford and York counties.
    • Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
    • Vermont: Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

At least 4,104 counties were declared agricultural disaster areas between January 1 and November 16, 2011.
(Note: The total includes multiple counts for some of the counties because different disasters occurred during the period).

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Iowa counties declared disaster areas

Posted by feww on November 11, 2011

Six north Iowa counties have been designated agricultural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 6 north Iowa counties as agricultural disaster areas because of the damage caused by high winds on September 2.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 11

[November 11, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,587 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Iowa, USA. Six north Iowa counties have been designated agricultural disaster areas by USDA because of the damage caused by high winds on September 2.
    • Mitchell County was designated as the primary disaster area, with 5 other counties, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Howard and Worth, included in the declaration because they’re contiguous.
    • The designation is granted when disaster yield falls at least 30 percent below the normal production yield of the crop.
    • Minnesota. Mower County in Minnesota has been added top the above designation because it’s contiguous.

Other Disasters

  • Pretoria, South Africa. The country’s Water Affairs Department has declared the Apies River a disaster area following significant water pollution, which has killed large number of fish.
    • The river flows through Pretoria (pop: 2.4 million), passing near the Rooiwal sewage works,  located north of the city, where leaks from the sewerage system contaminate the water.
  • Texas, USA. Gov perry has renewed Texas Disaster Declaration.
    • Perry originally issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on December 21, 2010, as extreme fire hazard posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas.
    • The extreme fire hazard continues to create a threat of disaster for the people, and record high temperatures, preceded by significantly low rainfall, have resulted in declining reservoir and aquifer levels, threatening water supplies and delivery systems in many parts of the state, Perry said in the extension to the Proclamation.
    • The exceptional drought conditions have reached historic levels, posing an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy, he added.
    • The state of disaster includes all 254 counties in the State of Texas.

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