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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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Disaster declared for more areas in NSW, Australia

Posted by feww on December 15, 2011

Severe rain and flooding in NSW causes significant damage to 15 areas

Torrential rain and severe flooding across parts of Northern and Central NSW have prompted the state government to declare natural disasters in two more council areas—a total of 15 disaster declarations.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 15

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  • New South Wales, Australia. Weeks of torrential rains triggering severe flooding in parts of northern and central NSW has caused significant damage to 15 local government areas.
    • Significant damage has been caused to Lachlan Shire and Parkes Shire Councils following the severe weather, said the Minister for Police and Emergency Services .
    • “The region has suffered extensive damage from the rain, hail and strong winds which has brought down trees causing damage to property and infrastructure including roads and fencing,” a report said.
    • “Many families and business owners have been affected by the weather that has lashed the area and this Natural Disaster Declaration will help get them back on their feet,” said the Minister.
    • Other areas that have been designated as disaster areas are Moree Plains, Inverell and Armidale Gunnedah, Narrabri, Gwydir, Muswellbrook, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth and the Upper Hunter Shire Councils, Uralla, Guyra, Glen Innes Severn Shire Councils, the report said.

Other Global Disasters:

  • Texas, USA. Gov. Rick Perry has included eight Big Country counties to a list of 67 state counties  to form an expanded federal disaster declaration, a report said.
    • “The original declaration in July covered only 45 [sic.] counties for fires that occurred between April 6 and May 3. The new declaration extended the wildfire window to include fires through Aug. 29 [2011.]”
    • The 8 additional areas, which make up a total of 119, are Brown, Coke, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Knox, Nolan and Shackelford counties.
    • Texas spent at least $330 million to tackle the wildfires that scorched about 4 million acres and destroyed thousands of homes and other structures across the state.
  • Minnesota, USA. Thirty-four counties in Minnesota have been declared Agricultural Disaster Areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive heat, high winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost that occurred during the period of April 1, 2011, through Sept. 15, 2011, USDA reported.
    •  The 7 Primary Disaster Areas are Clay, Meeker, Pope, Yellow Medicine, Le Sueur, Norman and Waseca counties.
    • The 27  counties declared as contiguous disaster areas are Becker, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Stearns, Blue Earth, Lac Qui Parle, Polk, Steele, Chippewa, Lincoln, Redwood, Stevens, Douglas, Lyon, Renville, Swift, Faribault, McLeod, Rice,Wilkin, Freeborn, Mahnomen, Scott, Wright, Grant, Nicollet and Sibley.
  • The following counties in the Dakotas are also designated as disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
    • North Dakota: Cass, Richland and Traill counties.
    • South Dakota:  Deuel County.
  • Maine, USA. Thirteen counties in the state of Maine have been declared as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to losses caused by two separate disaster conditions, USDA reoported.
    • Event No 1. Primary Natural Disaster Areas: Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot and Washington counties in Maine were designated primary natural disaster areas as a result of excessive rain, hail, high winds, below normal temperatures, dry weather and excessive heat that occurred from May 3, 2011, through Sept. 20, 2011.
    • Contiguous disaster areas: Knox, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo counties
    • Event No 2. Primary Natural Disaster Areas: Oxford County in Maine was designated a primary natural disaster area as a result of excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding and high winds associated with and following Hurricane Irene that occurred from Aug. 28, 2011, through Sept. 23, 2011.
    • Contiguous disaster areas: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties.
  • The following 2 counties in New Hampshire were also designated as natural disaster areas because they’re contiguous: Carroll and Coos counties.
  • Thailand. Death toll from Thailand’s epic flooding has reached at least 708, with three people missing, said the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department official.
    • Floodwaters are still flowing in 17 provinces in central and southern Thailand, affecting more than 5,7090 villages, China’s official news agency reported.
  • England. about 75,000 people with diabetes die in England every year (~15 per cent of all deaths), said a report.
    • An estimated 24,000 of the deaths are “avoidable.”
    • Some 290,000 people in the UK have Type 1 diabetes and more than 2.6 million are diagnosed with Type 2, however an additional 850,000 are undiagnosed.

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