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State of Emergency Declared in Kern County, Calif.

Posted by feww on June 25, 2016

Erskine Fire explodes to more than 30,000 acres prompts State of Emergency Declaration

The so-called Erskine Fire, burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County, has devoured more than 30,000 acres, killing at least two people, destroying or damaging scores of building and threatening more than 1,500 additional structures, fire officials said.

  • The deadly fire prompted Gov. Brown to declare a state of emergency.
  • Up to 6,000 people have been evacuated.
  • The fire started around 4pm on Thursday and quickly spread 18km in 13 hours, devouring 30,000 acres of parched grass, officials said.
  • Some 800 fire personnel are currently at the scene, Inciweb said.

Meanwhile, the federal government issued a Fire Disaster Management Assistance for California Erskine Fire (FM-5131).

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States of Emergency Declared in Canada, California, Alabama

Posted by feww on June 18, 2016

UPDATED

States of emergency declared for two BC communities in Canada’s energy heartland

“It’s causing a lot of problems for a lot of people. This time everything washed out” —Dawson Creek resident 

“This is a big-time event, how it’s affected the highways and streets and roads,” Mayor Dale Bumstead told CBC News. “Our hospitals and fire halls are separated, we’ve only got one link and some of the roads and streets and transit infrastructure have been severely damaged.”


Many roads and rail lines in the region have been washed out or damaged by flooding. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation)

The Ministry of Transportation say hundreds of rural properties have been “severely affected” by flooding.

A state of emergency has been declared in Dawson Creek, B.C. where flooding has left behind significant damage to city infrastructure, roads and homes.

Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Caldwell said the 89.8 mm of rain that fell in Dawson Creek during the daytime June 15 is an all-time high according to records going back 90 years.

The town of Chetwynd, about 100km west of Dawson Creek, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

In May, multiple communities north of Fort St. John were evacuated as ferocious wildfires swept northeast British Columbia.

Santa Barbara County declares a state of emergency as Sherpa fire spreads

Santa Barbara County official have declared a state of emergency as Sherpa fire grew to about 7,5200 acres by early Saturday.

More than 1,200 personnel were responding to the fire amid continued threat to structures, agricultural crops, state parks, and critical infrastructure, officials said.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for El Capitan, Refugio, Venadito and Las Flores canyons north of Santa Barbara. Several neighboring communities have received evacuation warnings.

However, many locals have voluntarily evacuated because of the poor air quality across the entire county.

Avocado, citrus and olives groves have already been consumed by the fire, but it’s too early to quantify the extent of the damage, officials reported.

Temperatures are expected to get hotter [probably exceeding 100F] and the winds stronger this weekend, forecasters have warned.

New Mexico

Meanwhile, the so-called Dog Head Fire in New Mexico, has consumed about 18,000 acres since Wednesday.

The destructive fire burning southeast of Albuquerque, has destroyed dozens of homes and structures, forcing mass evacuations, and prompting Gov. Martinez to declare a state of emergency earlier this week.

Alabama declares state of emergency following widespread power outages

Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency for Alabama following widespread power outages caused by Friday’s severe weather.

The Executive Order will allow crews from other states to assist in the restoration of power to about 50,000 customers left in the dark as powerful storms swept through the state.

The majority of the outages occurred in Mobile, where 13,500 customers were without power.

Other damage reports include broken poles, downed cables and uprooted trees statewide.

“This is a big-time event, how it’s affected the highways and streets and roads,” said Bumstead. “Our hospitals and fire halls are separated, we’ve only got one link and some of the roads and streets and transit infrastructure have been severely damaged.”

 

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State of Emergency Declared in New Mexico as Wildfire Spreads

Posted by feww on June 16, 2016

Fast moving Dog Head fire grows to over 5,000 acres, consumes structures

Dog Head fire broke out in the Manzano Mountains Tuesday afternoon and has since consumed more than 5,000 acres, with zero containment, prompting State of Emergency declaration and mass evacuations.

At least 200 homes have been evacuated, as Gov. Martinez declared a state of emergency, and placed the National Guard on standby.

The Dog Head Wildfire is affecting portions of Bernalillo and Torrance Counties, Martinez said in her Proclamation.

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State of Emergency Declared in Oklahoma amid Severe Storms, Floods

Posted by feww on June 15, 2016

State of Emergency Declared for 9 Oklahoma Counties Due to Floods, Storms —Lt. Gov.

The counties covered in the declaration include Caddo, Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, McClain, Murray and Stephens.

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Saturday, these Oklahoma counties have experienced flooding, severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds. Initial reports show damage in numerous communities including Apache, Cyril, Lawton, Maysville and Walters. Further damage assessments are ongoing, Oklahoma Governor’s Office said.

The extreme weather events beginning June 11 have caused extensive damage to public and private properties within the State.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

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Another Manchurian Candidate, or Village Idiot Turned Contractor

Posted by feww on June 12, 2016

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State of Emergency Declared in Orlando, Florida after Massacre in Nightclub

Was the massacre plotted by those who benefit from Donald Trump presidency? How much money was the shooter promised? Why was he negotiating with the police for a couple of hours?

At least fifty people were massacred in Saturday’s shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, prompting the city’s mayor Buddy Dyer to declare a “state of emergency.”

The shooter, named by officials as Omar Mateen, was reportedly killed by the police. At least 53 others were injured at the Pulse club.

The mass shooting, described by FBI as “an act of terrorism” is said to be the deadliest in recent US history.

The shooter reportedly lived in the town of Port St Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is said to be of Afghan descent. Authorities said he was currently being investigated for a criminal act that was unrelated to terrorism.

It is unclear what the police was negotiating about with the shooter for two hours.

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States of Emergency Declared in France and Germany amid Rising Floodwaters

Posted by feww on June 3, 2016

Tens of thousands evacuated as deadly floods sweep through France and Germany

French President has declared a State of Emergency in the areas devastated by floods, while German authorities declared  the “disaster alarm,” said reports.

Extreme rain events have triggered widespread flooding from Bavaria, Southern Germany, to Paris, France, killing at least a dozen people and destroying or damaging thousands of properties, roads and other public infrastructure.

The most affected city has been Nemours, south of Paris, where around 3,000 people were forced to flee their homes after the floods.

Soldiers have been deployed to help emergency personnel rescue stranded residents and motorists.

Meteo France, the country’s main weather agency, has put Paris region and six other departments on orange alert, the second-highest warning level on risk of floods, while the Seine-et-Marne department has been put on red alert.

The River Seine was forecast to peak six meters (19ft) above its normal level – the highest level since the 1910 Great Flood of Paris.

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Drought Severely Affects Malawi and Zimbabwe

Posted by feww on May 25, 2016

Severe food shortages in southern Africa worsening dramatically

Severe drought said to be related to El Nino weather pattern is affecting southern and eastern Africa. Drought follows extreme rain events and severe flooding that had previously inundated parts of the region.

“The crisis has affected some 32 million people in Southern Africa alone, and experts say they expect new assessments to rise to nearly 50 million people in early June.”

Africa’s breadbasket is empty

The UN World Food Program estimates that 16 million people in southern Africa are affected by the El Nino phenomenon, and that’s not counting the drastic increase of numbers in South Africa. Seven of the country’s nine provinces have been declared disaster areas. The government has channeled the equivalent of 55 million euros towards emergency aid. A country which normally produces so much corn that it can provide for the needs in neighboring Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland is now forced to import huge quantities.

Hunger in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency back in February. Owing to the drought, today almost one out of three Zimbabweans is dependent on aid. In the past twelve months, rain precipitation was about half that of the previous year.

The situation is particularly dire in the Mudzi district in northeastern Zimbabwe, on the border with Mozambique. Over 85 percent of the population there is dependent on food aid.

Malawi plagued by extreme drought

Malawi is also suffering from extreme drought. Prices for staple foods like corn, beans and rice, have risen steeply. People this year have less than five percent of the amount produced in recent years at their disposal. More than half of the country’s population of 15 million is now dependent on aid. Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergency in April and called on the world to help.

Mozambique: Drought in the south, floods in the north

Most water sources in the country have dried up. Much of the water that can still be found is salty. Animals are dying and the harvest will be even more meager than last year. A total of 600,000 Mozambicans are dependent on emergency aid. Authorities expect the number to increase significantly in the next couple of weeks. Rita Namucho, spokesperson for the country’s national water utilities, is very worried about the situation in Combumune: “For the last few months it has been possible to cross the river on foot. This is unusual because we are still in the rainy season.”

Meanwhile, recent rains in the north have destroyed 3,500 houses. “Many people drowned in the floods,” director of the Mozambican Center for Civil Protection told DW. Mozambique is one of the ten countries of the world hardest hit by climate change.

Angola’s government ‘is looking away

In Angola, the areas most affected by drought are the southern provinces of Cunene and Huila. DW correspondents have reported about people dying of hunger in an area inhabited by some three million people.

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States of Emergency Declared in Peru and Nigeria

Posted by feww on May 24, 2016

Mercury contamination prompts state of emergency declaration in Peru

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day state of emergency in the three provinces of Madre de Dios, Southern Amazon, because of extremely high levels of mercury contamination allegedly from illegal gold mining.

The Executive Order proclaims states of emergency in the three province of Manu, Tahuamanu and Tambopata, covering the towns of  Puerto Maldonado, Inambari, Las Piedras, Labyrinth, Fitzcarrald, Huepetuhe, Madre de Dios, Iñapari and Iberia said a report.

About 41% of the population, 40,000 to 50,000 people,  have been exposed to high levels of mercury contamination, particularly in the area of the Upper and Lower Madre de Dios and reserves inhabited by indigenous people in Amarakaeri area, where the exposure is six times the maximum permissible levels, said the country’s environment minister.

The mercury exposure is poisoning the people, polluting rivers and contaminating the fish, he said.

Nigeria declares a state of emergency as insects destroy crops

Nigeria’s Kaduna State has declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed up to 80% of tomato farms across the state. The damage caused by the tomato leafminer (aka tuta absoluta and South American tomato moth) exceeds 1bn naira ($5.1m).

More than 200 tomato farms in Kaduna have been affected over the past month.

A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in leaf tissue of crops and consumes it. Most leaf-mining insects are moths, sawflies (a type of wasp) and flies, though several types of beetles also destroy plants in similar ways.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared a state of emergency on tomatoes in the state. In the past one month 12 local government areas of the state who produce tomatoes have lost 80% of their tomatoes harvest,” said the Commissioner of Agriculture.

“In three local government areas about 200 farmers have lost one billion naira worth of their tomatoes. So you can imagine the magnitude of the losses. It is so severe that even Dangote [conglomerate] who has established a tomato processing plant in Kano had to shut down production.”

At least eight other states in northern Nigeria have also been affected by the insects, the Commissioner added.

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State of Emergency Declared in NW Bulgaria amid Overflowing Dams

Posted by feww on May 9, 2016

Extreme rain events lead to overflowing of multiple dams in Vratsa region, Bulgaria

State of emergency has been declared across northwestern Bulgaria’s municipalities of Mizia and Hayredin in Vratsa region, amid overflowing dams.

At least three dams—Rogozen, Rogozen-1 and Barzina—are overflowing after recent extreme rain events in the region, according to reports.

The regional governor of Vratsa has declared a state of emergency which is in force from 21 o’clock (EET) on Saturday to 21 o’clock (EET) on Monday.

Some of the people living in areas prone to flooding along the course of the Skat river have been evacuated.

Flooding turned deadly in the town of Mizia in August 2014, said reports.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Could Double in Size by Tonight: Govt

Posted by feww on May 7, 2016

The 101,000-hectare fire could double in size by tonight amid 27-dgree temp. and 40-kmph wind gusts

The massive blaze claiming Fort McMurray had grown to at least 101,000 hectares, as of posting, and was  moving northeast, away from the community, senior wildfire manager Chad Morrison told reporters.

Meanwhile, another wildfire in Manitoba province, one of the large blazes burning on the eastern border with Ontario, has prompted the provincial government to issue a Mandatory evacuation order.

The following update on wildfire situation, is mirrored from the Alberta

  • People who have been displaced will be provided with $1,250 peradult and $500 per dependant in emergency financial assistance. This will probably be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards. Details on when this assistance will be available and how to get access to it will be announced by May 11, 2016. Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until that time. When details are available they will be posted on emergency.alberta.ca and available through 310-4455. In order to allow for immediate distribution to people most urgently in need of this assistance, we are asking evacuees who are not in dire need of these funds not to claim them immediately.
  • The Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) will allocate an initial $200 million for emergency costs. Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event. This amount was already included in Budget 2016 to cover emergency events.
  • The Wood Buffalo Ministerial Recovery Task Force has been established to:
    • ensure safety and security in the affected areas;
    • support the needs of the communities;
    • plan the timely re-entry of residents when it is safe to do so; and
    • support the resumption of municipal, economic and business activities.
  • Convoys of vehicles were temporarily halted at about 1 p.m. today due to wildfire smoke on Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray. They resumed about an hour later. Traffic is flowing south on Highway 63 from the Parsons Creek Interchange under RCMP control.
  • Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.
  • A provincewide ban on the use of off-highway vehicles, due to the risk these vehicles pose in the very dry conditions Alberta is experiencing, is in effect.
  • A provincial fire ban remains in effect across Alberta. All fire permits are suspended and no new permits will be issued. All open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes, are prohibited.
  • Temperatures in the high teens and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour will make firefighting challenging.
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.
  • Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Expected to Keep Growing: Officials

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

UPDATED: 09:30UTC Fri May 6, 2016

“Fire conditions remain extreme, with 18 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 49 wildfires are burning, with seven considered out of control, 12 being held, 23 under control, and seven turned over to the responsible parties,” said Alberta Government.

Damage to Fort McMurray “Extensive,” the City “Unsafe” for Residents: Alberta Premier 

The explosive blaze, which erupted on Sunday, had grown to about 90,000 hectares by Thursday.

  • State of Emergency continues across in the disaster area across Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.
  • Mandatory Mass Evacuations of about 88,000 residents are nearly completed.
  • The residents will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials have warned.
  • The fire has destroyed thousands of structures in the city.
  • “The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Thursday evening.
  • The flames are spreading to the communities of Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates and posing “extreme threat” to the areas south and southeast of Fort McMurray, as of Thursday evening (local time).

UPDATE:

Fort McMurray Wildfire creating its own weather, lightning

“The wildfire threatening to engulf the city has become so powerful it has created its own firestorm,” reported CBC.

The powerful firestorm has created its own weather system, funneling smoke and particulates high into the stratosphere, and generating powerful lightning strikes, sad the report.

“They tend to promote their own kind of conditions,” said a meteorologist for Environment Canada.

“That’s why you’ll see the winds near fires … that are significantly stronger that the surrounding atmosphere.”

FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the direct damage costs from the fire at $5 billion, based on the data available, as of posting.  [Total damage costs could easily exceed $10 billion.]

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BC Wildfires Spark Evacuation Order, State of Emergency near Fort St. John

Posted by feww on May 6, 2016

10,000-Hectare Beaton Airport Road wildfire continues growing near Fort St. John

A State of Emergency and an Evacuation Order have been for areas near the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia as intense wildfires continue spread in the area.

The Peace River Regional District says the order is in effect for the Mile 80 area of the Alaska Highway, near Stoddard Road, and the Shepherds Inn area.

Anyone in those areas must leave immediately and register at the North Peace Arena reception center in Fort St John.

There are also several evacuation alerts in the area — meaning residents should be prepared to leave on short notice.

State of emergency

Officials in British Columbia’s Peace River Regional District have declared a state of emergency because of the raging wildfires near Fort St. John.  [CBC]

“The state of emergency was issued for the Electoral Area B region, an 86,000 square kilometre area that encompasses several towns and First Nations reserves in northeastern B.C.”

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Fort McMurray Wildfire has Destroyed 1,600 Buildings: Alberta Premier

Posted by feww on May 5, 2016

State of Emergency Declared in Alberta

Mandatory Mass Evacuations: 88,000 residents flee Fort McMurray, surrounding communities

The explosive wildfire that is raging around Fort McMurray, the Canadian oil city in the provice of Alberta, has consumed about 8,000 hectares so far,  destroying 1,600 structures in the city, said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.

“There’s been fairly significant destruction of residences,” she told reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at roughly 1,600 structures at this point, so we’ve begun conversations with our federal partners about work that will need to be done with respect to restoration and recovery once the fire is brought under control.”

“We successfully evacuated 88,000 people,” fire Chief Darby Allen said at a news conference.  “No one is hurt and no one has passed away.”

Fort McMurray effectively cut off from the rest of Alberta 

“Currently that fire, at Airport Road and Highway 63  … has jumped both sides of the road, and traffic is no longer moving north or south,” a city official said on Wednesday evening.


Morning dawns on the widespread devastation in Beacon Hill, where 80 per cent of homes were lost. (Sylvain Bascaron/CBC)

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Contaminated Water: State of Emergency Declared in Newburgh, NY

Posted by feww on May 3, 2016

Global Pollution: The Lingering Legacy of PFOS

City officials in Newburgh [pop: 30,000] located about 100km north of New York City on the Hudson River, have declared a state of emergency after detecting elevated levels of Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), a chemical found in stain repellents.

In 2002, a study by the Environmental Directorate of the OECD classified PFOS as a “persistent, bioaccumulative” that is “toxic to mammalian species.”

PFOS, an exceptionally stable compound in the environment, was the key ingredient in Scotchgard, a fabric protector made by 3M, and numerous stain repellents.

The following are excerpts from DISCOVERY AND INVESTIGATION OF PFOS/PFCs CONTAMINATION FROM A PFC MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN MINNESOTA–ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASES AND EXPOSURE RISKS:

The 3M Company was the primary global producer of PFOS – related PFCs, producing millions of pounds annually at its plants in the United States and Europe. In 2000 3M produced 7.33 million pounds at its plants in the United States and Europe. 3M also produced PFOA at its Cottage Grove plant until the end of 2002 when it terminated production of PFOA and PFOS – related compounds. The production or use of other PFC – related compounds (“4 carbon PFCs”) continues today. In addition to residual or by-product releases during production, PFOS , PFOA and other PFXA are the ultimate breakdown products of a range of perfluorochemical. Significant amounts of wastes, residuals, and sludges were generated in production of PFCs and PFC containing products. An assessment from Minnesota Pollution Control Agency revealed that PFC wastes from the 3M production plant in Cottage Grove, Minnesota/USA had been deposited to a large extent in selected landfills and on the production plant property.  http://www.dioxin20xx.org/pdfs/2010/10-1507.pdf

Highly soluble in water,  PFCs are easily mobilized and released from municipal landfills, according to the study.

From a landfill perspective , this study illustrates that PFCs deposited and released at landfills and a former production site are highly mobile and subject the wider environment to PFC contamination . Substance flows from landfills to leachates to wastewater plants and river , from landfills to groundwater , from landfill gases to atmosphere, or from contaminated ground water sprayed to the atmosphere, reveals multiple pathways in how deposited PFCs at landfills may end up in surface waters and fish , or perhaps in soil s possibly posing contamination to vegetables. Human exposure and risk assessment s around such contaminated sites to include all exposure pathways including fish consumption, drinking water, soil ingestion, fruit and vegetable consumption , and possibly – with respect to any landfill gas emissions – intake via inhalation near those sites, should be performed to assure adequate safeguards . Minority groups , where applicable, and who may have greater vulnerability of exposure due to their lifestyle and cultural attributes , should be considered.

Currently, the most important emission sources of PFOS are fire-fighting foams, metal plating and the semiconductor industry.

Animal studies have shown PFOS to cause cancer, neonatal mortality, endocrine disruption, delays in physical development and stunted growth. [Sounds familiar?]

Highest levels of PFOS have been detected in animal liver, plasma, egg and muscle throughout multiple global hotspots including Michigan (the highest concentration of about 60,000 ppb in mink’s liver); Minnesota; Mississippi River; Hudson Bay, Canada; Midwestern US; northern Quebec, Canada; California; North Carolina; Denmark; Tokyo Bay [aka “Sewage Bay,”] Japan; Charleston, South Carolina; Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea, Italy.

Meanwhile, a blog reader in NY has brought the following to our attention:

“What if  the AIM pipeline had ruptured near Indian Point?”

“Spectra Energy’s dangerous high pressure AIM gas pipeline is currently under construction only 105 feet from critical infrastructure at the Indian Point nuclear power plant.  Nuclear and pipeline safety experts have repeatedly warned that a pipeline rupture adjacent to Indian Point could result in a nuclear catastrophe similar to or worse than the Fukushima nuclear disaster and threatens more than 20 million people who live within a 50 mile radius in the New York tri-state region.  The pipeline poses a serious threat whether Indian Point is open or shut and decommissioned with 40 years of radioactive spent fuel remaining on site.  A comprehensive, independent risk assessment was never conducted.”

“On Friday Spectra Energy’s Texas Eastern Pipeline ruptured in Salem, PA. It was the SECOND rupture of that pipeline in less than a year.

“What would have happened if it was the AIM pipeline that had ruptured near Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant?” https://sape2016.org/

 

 

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UN Casualty Figures for Iraq – April 2016

Posted by feww on May 1, 2016

More than 2,000 civilian killed or wounded in Iraq in April

At least 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The number of civilians killed in April was 410 (including 11 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department), and the number of civilians injured was 973 (including 20 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police, fire department).

A total of 331 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 401 were injured.

The overall casualty figures are down from the previous month of March, where a total of 1,119 were killed and 1,561 were injured.

“Terrorists have used suicide attacks to target cafés, places of worship, pilgrims and markets in a wicked, unrelenting campaign to cause maximum casualties and inflict untold suffering on the population,” said the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 874 civilian casualties (232 killed, 642 injured). Ninewa 72 killed and 30 injured, Salahadin 32 killed and 24 injured, Diyala 17 killed and 15 injured, while Kirkuk had 16 killed and 10 injured and Basra 08 killed and 16 injured.

According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 252 civilian casualties (27 killed and 225 injured).

* CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. Figures for casualties from Anbar Governorate are provided by the Health Directorate and are noted below. Casualty figures obtained from the Anbar Health Directorate might not fully reflect the real number of casualties in those areas due to the increased volatility of the situation on the ground and the disruption of services. In some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care. For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.

Baghdad Declares a State of Emergency

Meanwhile, a state of emergency was declared in Baghdad on Saturday after thousands of protesters tore down the walls of the highly fortified Green Zone and stormed the Iraqi parliament, according to reports.

Double car bomb attack in Iraq kills 40, ISIL claims credit

Two car bomb explosions in the southern Iraqi town of Samawa have killed at least 40 people and injured 100 more, according to reports.

The Saudi-backed Islamic State (IS, aka, ISIS/ISIL) Wahhabi terrorists have claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.

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Earthquake Impact: Ecuador, Nepal

Posted by feww on April 24, 2016

Two powerful earthquakes impact millions of people

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck offshore northwest Ecuador, devastating coastal areas. Hundreds of aftershocks, including several significant events, have been registered to date.

States of emergency have been declared in the six provinces that have been hit hardest including Manabi, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos.

Pedernales a cantons in Manibi, the worst affected province, has been declared a “disaster zone.”

About 720,000 people out of a population of 7 million in those provinces have been impacted by the disaster, authorities said.

The seismic disaster has killed at least 650 people, left 155 missing and almost 8,500 injured. About 7,000 buildings have been destroyed and more than 25,000 people were living in shelters, as of posting, according to local reports.

“These have been sad days for the homeland… [our] country is in crisis,” said President Correa in his weekly public broadcast. He has estimated the damage at up to $3 billion.

Nepal Earthquake

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8Mw struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015, killing about 9,000 people, destroying or damaging  800,000 homes, and devastating the public infrastructure. One year on, an estimated four million people are still living in sub-standard temporary shelters in conditions that pose a threat to their health and well-being.

‘How ruthless child traffickers exploited Nepal’s earthquake’

As the poverty stricken nation struggles to recover from the disaster, “the shocking scourge of child slavery and sex trafficking is worse than ever.”

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Ecuador

Posted by feww on April 17, 2016

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State of Emergency Declared after M7.8 quake strikes near Muisne, Ecuador

Centered at 0.371°N, 79.940°W, the powerful quake struck at a depth of 19.2km about 27km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador, offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador, just north of the equator, reported USGS/EHP.

At least 4 dozen people have reportedly been killed according to initial reports.

A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces and the National Guard has been mobilized, according to local reports.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 7.8Mw
Location: 0.371°N 79.940°W depth=19.2 km (11.9 mi)
Time: 2016-04-16 23:58:37 (UTC)
Distances:

  • 27.0 km (16.8 mi) SSE of Muisne, Ecuador
  • 52.0 km (32.3 mi) W of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador
  • 68.0 km (42.3 mi) SSW of Propicia, Ecuador
  • 111.0 km (69.0 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador
  • 170.0 km (105.6 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

 

Aftershocks

Five significant aftershocks reported, as of posting including one measuring 5.4Mw.

USGS Pager: Orange

  • Fatalities: 10 – 1,000 [P: 34%]
  • Damage: USD10 – 100Million [P: 32%]

INITIAL TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST

  • HAZARDOUS TSUNAMI WAVES FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN 300 KM OF THE EPICENTER ALONG THE COASTS OF ECUADOR AND COLOMBIA – [US Tsunami Center]

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST [UPDATED]

  • THE TSUNAMI THREAT HAS NOW LARGELY PASSED.
  • MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS OF UP TO 0.3 METERS ABOVE AND BELOW THE NORMAL TIDE MAY CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS.

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States of Emergency Declared In Canada, Peru, Puerto Rico

Posted by feww on April 11, 2016

State of emergency declared in Peru’s Ucayali community due to mercury contamination

The Ministry of Health has declared a state of emergency in the Santa Rosa de Serjali community in Ucayali due to mercury contamination.

“The community of Santa Rosa de Serjali in Ucayali has been contaminated with high levels of mercury, with symptoms first appearing as early as November of 2014,” said a report.

Mass evacuation, as massive fire continues burning at Bay de Verde

“It’s absolute devastation,” said a worker at the Bay de Verde plant. “I got a phone call this morning at 6:30 and when I got out of bed and came downstairs, all I could see was black smoke coming from down in the plant.”

“My first thought was, ‘Oh my god, what’s gonna happen?'”

“Half of the [southern section of the community of about 700] has been evacuated, our emergency plan has been initiated and I have declared a state of emergency,” said the mayor.

State of emergency declared in Attawapiskat over spate of suicide attempts

Of the 2,000 citizens of Attawapiskat on remote James Bay, 101 people have tried to kill themselves, with one person dying, since September. The youngest was 11, the oldest 71, according to the First Nation’s chief, CBC reported.

On Saturday night alone, 11 people attempted to take their own lives, said Chief Bruce Shisheesh.

The Attawapiskat First Nation is an isolated First Nation located in Kenora District in northern Ontario, Canada, at the mouth of the Attawapiskat River on James Bay.

State of emergency declared at Puerto Rico government bank

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has declared a state of emergency at the Government Development Bank. He says the move is intended to protect the residents.

The executive order is aimed at  protecting the bank’s dwindling liquidity by only allowing withdrawals needed for the delivery of essential public services.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Montana; Wildfire Emergencies in Kansas, Oklahoma

Posted by feww on April 8, 2016

Drought continues to destroy or damage crops in Montana

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from March 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are

Montana. Carter, Custer, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie and Rosebud counties.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on April 6, 2016.

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

Previous Disaster Designations – 2016:

Major Fire Disasters Declared for

Kansas Burr Oak Fire (FM-5121)

Incident period: April 05, 2016
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on April 05, 2016

Oklahoma 350 Fire Complex (FM-5122)

Incident period: April 05, 2016
Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on April 05, 2016

State of emergency declared at Children’s Hospital

“Severe cases of flu, respiratory distress syndrome and a spike in the number of newborns needing intensive care prompted the Health Sciences Centre to declare a state of emergency this week at Children’s Hospital,” said a report.

 

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Oklahoma Governor Declares State of Emergency in 10 New Counties

Posted by feww on April 7, 2016

Wildfires converge; consume 60k acres in Kansas, Oklahoma; hundreds evacuated

Multiple wildfires raging across Kansas and Oklahoma have destroyed tens of thousands of acres (hectares). Four major blazes converged to form massive fire on Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents from a small town in Oklahoma.

Dubbed the 350 Complex Fire, the blaze has blackened about 60,000 acres (243 km²), as of posting.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declares state of emergency in 10 additional counties affected by wildfires.

The 10 counties covered by the executive order are Alfalfa, Blaine, Creek, Dewey, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Logan, Major and Woodward.

Fallin proclaimed a state of emergency in Woods County in March, which remains in effect in that county.

A large wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma was zero percent contained on Wednesday, but firefighters reportedly prevents the blaze from destroying the small town of Freedom, or engulfing an iodine-manufacturing plant.

In the neighboring state of Kansas, “rapid outbreak of wildfires” in the northeast prompted the governor to issue a state disaster declaration for Wabaunsee, Riley, and Pottawatomie Counties. The counties had separately declared local states of disaster emergency, earlier.

Brownback had earlier declared a State of Disaster Emergency for an area in south central Kansas threatened by major wildfires that spread into Kansas from Oklahoma.

Red Flag Warnings are currently in effect across most or parts of at least six states.

April 7, 2016. [The following fire stats are based on NIFC data and local media reports.] At least 26 new large fires have been reported across the U.S. since March 25. In Oklahoma, six large fires have burned up to 425,000 acres. Other states with uncontained large fires include Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Wildfires destroying more acres than ever before

Wildfire Stats [NOAA]

  • In March, 6,324 fires (9th least since 2000) burned 649,511 acres (2nd most on record), which is 102.7 acres burned/fire (most on record).
  • For January – March, 9,218 fires (5th least since 2000) burned 776,132 acres (2nd most on record), which is 84.2 acres burned/fire (2nd most on record).

Data Source: The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

NOTE: See previous comments posted on this blog concerning quality of data provided by the above source.

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Deadly Floods Plague Ethiopia, Fiji, Pakistan

Posted by feww on April 5, 2016

Death toll from Pakistan floods climbs to 71

Flooding in Pakistan’s northwest and in Kashmir has claimed more lives raising the death toll to at least 71 Tuesday, officials said.

“The number known to have died in rains so far in the northwest has now risen to 61 with over 350 houses damaged all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” the local officials said.

Severe flooding kills 28 in Ethiopia: Official media

At least 28 people have been killed in severe flooding in two remote regions of Ethiopia, reported the official news agency.

At least 23 people were killed and 84 others injured after a river that crosses Jigjiga, the regional capital of the Somali region, burst its banks on Sunday.

Extreme rain events flooded the drought-stricken region of Afar, causing severe flooding, and killing five people, AP reported.

Two tropical depressions continue to impact Fiji

The town of Nadi has been submerged under meters of floodwater since Sunday after heavy rain, and people throughout Fiji brace for even more flooding.

More than 3,500 people have fled their homes seeking shelter in about 80 evacuation centers in the north and west of the main island Viti Levu, as a double whammy of tropical depressions continue to impact the country, said a report.

At least one person was killed and another missing in weather related incidents.

Residents of Korociri cross the flooded Nadi Back Road. Photo: Fiji Government

Category 5, Severe Tropical Cyclone WINSTON struck the island nation on 20 and 21 February cutting a path of destruction across the country, wiping out entire communities/villages, and prompting the government to declare a state of disaster.

Drought-stricken Palau could dry up completely this month

Drought-stricken Palau could dry up completely this month, officials warned Monday as the Pacific island appealed for urgent international aid, including shipments of drinking water.

The tiny nation of 18,000 people declared a state of emergency in march, “the latest Pacific island nation to do so as one of the worst ever El Nino-induced droughts in the region worsens.”

“We’re still in the state of emergency, there’s a sense of urgency to address the crisis,” a government spokesman told AFP as the National Emergency Committee (NEC) met to discuss strategy.

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Toxic Water: Louisiana City Mayor Declares State of Emergency

Posted by feww on March 27, 2016

Donaldsonville’s water contains chlorine dioxide up to to five times EPA guidelines

The mayor of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, has declared a state of emergency after the state warned residents not to drink tap water, said a report.

The city’s privately run Peoples Water Company has allegedly failed to report chlorine dioxide levels that are up to five times EPA guidelines.

Chlorine dioxide is a potent oxidizing agent used to disinfect drinking water and in bleaching. EPA has set a maximum level of 0.8 mg/liter for chlorine dioxide in drinking water.

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Massive Fish Die-off Reported in Brevard County, Florida

Posted by feww on March 27, 2016

Tens of thousands of dead fish rotting on Brevard County beaches

The dead fish were first spotted on Wednesday in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, but have since spread further along Brevard County and continue to wash ashore, said a report.

A Brevard County commissioner, Trudie Infantini, wants the county commission to declare a state of emergency over the fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon.

“This is truly a statewide problem for the health and safety of the public,” she said.

She is also concerned that the water may be unsafe for people.

“Until we know [what cause the fish kill,] do you want one of your kids swimming in the lagoon?” she asked.

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Zika Virus Outbreak Result of Bioweapon?

Posted by feww on February 2, 2016

ZIKV outbreak possibly resulted from  biological warfare: Russian expert

Russia’s former Surgeon General has said that the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak could be due to the use of biological warfare, said a report.

One of the possible causes for the spread of the deadly Zika virus outbreak could be the use of biological warfare, Russia’s former Chief State Sanitary Physician Gennady Onishchenko said Tuesday.

“This is being looked into… If we don’t do anything at all, this will become a man-made spread [of the disease]. This infection has been known since 1948 and it lived very quietly, but over the last few years, it began to grow,” Onishchenko told RIA Novosti.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1.

WHY WHO Imposed No Travel Ban?

WHO failed to explain, however, as to why its Emergency Committee had “found no public health justification for restrictions on travel or trade to prevent the spread of Zika virus,” despite the “explosive” outbreak.

State of Emergency Declared in Honduras

Meanwhile, Honduras declared a state of emergency, after recording nearly 3,700 suspected cases of Zika infections since late November, reports said.

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Historic Nor’easter: Dozen Dead; NJ Declares State of Emergency

Posted by feww on January 23, 2016

UPDATES:

About 72cm of snow recorded in parts of West Virginia as of 15:00UTC

New York Gov. declares a State of Emergency

State of Emergency declared in New Jersey as nor’easter threatens massive snow dump, coastal flooding

One in seven Americans should expect at least 6 inches of snow by Sunday as historic winter storm moves north

Warnings, Watches or Advisories have been issued for up to 90 million people across at least 21 states, as the historic winter storm continued to move north.

Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning, High Wind Warning, Storm Warning, Coastal Flood Warning, Flood Warning, Gale Warning, and Freeze Warning in effect across multiple States.

At least a dozen people have been killed, multiple states have declared states of emergency, and thousands of flights have been cancelled across a large portion of the U.S. from Arkansas in the south to Massachusetts in the northeast.

States of emergency are currently in effect across North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and portions of several other states, as well as in the District of Columbia.

Major To Historic Winter Storm Will Impact The Middle Atlantic To Southern New England Into Sunday

A powerful low pressure system will bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions from the Middle Atlantic Region all the way through southern New England. The heaviest snow is expected to fall over the Middle Atlantic Region including the Washington DC and Baltimore metro areas west to the Blue Ridge mountains. In addition, moderate coastal flooding is expected. The storm will taper off by Sunday. -NWS-

 

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