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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

[December 15, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,553 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • 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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Pakistan floods affect 5 million, killing at least 200

Posted by feww on September 12, 2011

Weeks of heavy monsoon rain affect 5 million in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, killing more than 200


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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 12

[September 12, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,647 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Sindh Province, Pakistan. Southern Sindh province has been inundated after 5 weeks of heavy monsoon rains. Flooding has affected large areas destroying or damaging at least 1 million homes and 4.2m acres of land.
    • Torrential rains and flooding have affected at least 5 million, killing more than 200. Death toll is likely to rise.
    • Tens of thousands of farm animals have drowned.
    • Sindh province was also devastated by 2010 floods, which affected up to 25 million people, inundating about a fifth of the country and killing at least 2,000 people.
  • Nairobi, Kenya. A gasoline pipeline explosion and fire in Nairobi has killed at least 100 and injured scores more. The blast occurred in the capital’s Lunga Lunga industrial area and the fire consumed a large section of the surrounding shanty town. The blast littered a large section of the shanty town with body parts.
    • “There was a loud bang, a big explosion, and smoke and fire burst up high,” a survivor told AFP.
    • At least 112 people were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital, most of them with severe burns, the hospital authorities have said.
  • Spain. A large wildfire burning in Spain’s Andalucia region has forced at least 200 people to abandon  their homes.
    • The blaze broke out near the southern Spanish towns of Mijas and Ojen, close to Marbella, a popular tourist resort, rapidly consuming about 1,000 acres of “thicket and pine groves” and destroying at least a half dozen homes.
  • Texas, USA. Texas Forest Service (TFS) responded to 19 new fires for 1,099 acres yesterday, including new large fires in Harrison and Rusk counties.
    • TFS has responded to 141 fires for 34,933 acres.
    • As of September 6, 2011, 99 percent of Texas was in drought (D2 to D4) with 95 percent of the state in extreme drought (D3), including 81 percent in exceptional drought (D4, the highest category), according to Drought Monitor.
    • Texas has received 7.33 inches of rain this year through August, the lowest amount in 40 years, said John Nielsen, the state climatologist.
    • TFS Fire Management Report [Monday, September 12, 2011]
      • National Preparedness Level: 4
      • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 4
      • TFS Preparedness Level: 5
    • Texas Fire Stats 

YTD Fire Stats, September 12, 2011. Source: TFS

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The Wildfire that Broke Texas’s Back

Posted by feww on June 29, 2011

Expecting Miracles !!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the entire state of Texas a disaster area with 213 of the states 254 counties declared as primary natural disaster areas, folowing one of the worst droughts on record.

The Lone Star State. Source: The Texas Forest Service. Click image to enlarge.

Since January 1, 2011, the drought, wildfires and other natural disasters have destroyed at least a third of the  corn, oats, wheat, pasture and forage crops in the Lone Star State.

The back-to-back disasters have also destroyed tens of thousands of cattle, horses and other farm animals, so far this year.

The High Five Interchange, Dallas, Texas.
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Texas is the second largest U.S. state by area (695,620 sqkm), after Alaska, and second largest by population (pop: 21 million), behind California.

Drought Monitor Maps showing classification changes for selected time periods. Source: National Drought Mitigation Center/UNL. Click images to enlarge.


Map of below normal 28-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year (Texas). Source: USGS. Click images to enlarge.


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