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Florida’s Endangered Manatees Faced Another Deadly Year

Posted by feww on January 5, 2012

453 dead manatees recovered in Florida waters

Cold water raises the Manatee death toll total for the third consecutive year.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 5

[January 5, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,532 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Florida, USA.“Cold stress’’ killed over a quarter of the 453 dead manatees recovered in Florida waters, state wildlife biologists said.
    • It was the third consecutive year that cold water drove up the annual death total, the second-highest on record.
    • At least 88 of the sea cows were killed by boats.
    • Brevard county topped the list with 100 manatee deaths including 28 from cold stress and 7 from boats.
    • In 2010, a record 766 carcasses were found.
    • In 2009, 429 dead manatees were recovered.

Other Global Disasters

  • Mindanao Island, Philippines.Disaster visits  Mindanao Island again. A massive landslide in Pantukan town in Compostella Valley, 900 km south of Manila, has killed at least 25 people.
    • More than 100 people are still buried at or near a gold mine.
    • “Thousands of poor Filipinos dig and pan for gold in the area, hoping to strike it rich despite the dangers of largely unregulated mining. The tunnels are often unstable and landslides and accidents are common.”
    • Typhoon WASHI killed at least 1,257 people in Mindanao, and left an unknown number of people missing last month.
  • Montana, USA. Blackfeet Tribe have declared a state of emergency in Browning area.
    • Two major fires have forced evacuations and highway closures in Browning area, a report said.
  • South Sudan.  The state of Jonglei in South Sudan has been declared a  disaster area following inter-tribal fighting in the past few weeks.
    • “Fighting erupted in late December when the 6,000 armed men from the Lou-Nuer ethnic group attacked Pibor county, the home of the Murle community, in the latest of a series of raids between the two groups,” a report said.About 50,000 members of the Murle community have been displaced and hundreds of others have been killed.
    • More than 1,000 people have killed in cattle raids, abductions and counter attacks in the last seven months, the report said.
  • Tennessee, USA. Forty-three counties in the state of Tennessee have been declared agricultural disaster areas, USDA said.
    • The disaster designations are due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from May 1, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2011.


Tennessee counties designated as Primary Disaster Areas. Source: USDA


Tennessee counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

  • The following counties in Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina were also designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.
    • Kentucky: Allen, McCreary, Monroe and Wayne counties.
    • Mississippi: Benton and Marshall counties.
    • North Carolina: Cherokee, Graham and Swain
  • Texas, USA.131 Counties in the Lone Star State have been declared agricultural disaster areas, USDA reported.
    • The disaster designations are due to losses caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that occurred during the period of Jan. 1, 2011, and continues.


Texas Primary Disaster Counties. Source: USDA


Texas counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas. Source: USDA

  • Several counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma were also designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.
    • New Mexico: Lea County.
    • Oklahoma: Bryan, Choctaw, Jefferson, Love, McCurtain and Marshall counties.

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Typhoon WASHI Legacy Lingers

Posted by feww on January 4, 2012

Outbreak of leptospirosis kills at least 15, infects hundreds in N. Mindanao

Leptospirosis infection has killed at least 8 people Cagayan de Oro, and 7 more in Iligan City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines, the local Department of Health reported.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 4

[January 4, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,533 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 others infected in an outbreak of leptospirosis in the Northern Mindanao cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, Philippines, the local Department of Health reported.
    • The outbreak occurred following the devastating flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm WASHI (aka, Storm Sendong) in northern Mindanao island.
    • Leptospirosis is also known as Weil disease; Icterohemorrhagic fever; Swineherd’s disease; Rice-field fever; Cane-cutter fever; Swamp fever; Mud fever; Hemorrhagic jaundice; Stuttgart disease; Canicola fever.
    • The infection is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in  water contaminated with animal urine including rats, dogs, pigs, horses, cattle and wild animals.
    • The infection is more common in warmer climates.
    • Symptoms can take up to 4 weeks (average 10 days) to develop, and may include: Dry cough, fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and shaking chills.
    • Less common symptoms include: Abdominal pain, abnormal lung sounds, bone pain, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph glands, enlarged spleen or liver, joint aches, muscle rigidity, muscle tenderness, skin rash and sore throat.

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20,000 displaced in Philippines latest floods

Posted by feww on December 27, 2011

Dozens of cities inundated in Cebu, Mindanao and Visayas islands, Philippines

Extreme rain events have raised the water levels across Cebu, Eastern and Western Visayas, and the landlocked province of Agusan del Sur (Mindanao), triggering widespread flooding in low-lying areas.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 27

[December 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,541 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Extreme rain events have raised the water levels across Cebu, Eastern and Western Visayas, and the landlocked province of Agusan del Sur (Mindanao) triggering widespread flooding in low-lying areas, which have left at least 2 dozen towns and cities and hundreds of villages inundated.
    • The mayor of Bayugan, a city in the province of Agusan del Sur, has reportedly issued a mandatory evacuation order for villagers in at least one district due to rising floodwaters.
    • The worst hit area is Sagay City in the province of Negros Occidental, the Western Visayas, where more than 5,000 people have been displaced.
    • Floods and mudslides have destroyed at least a hundred homes and other structures and washed away several bridges according to early reports; however, the damage is expected to be far more severe.
    • Philippines weather agency (PAGASA) said the extreme rain events were caused by two weather systems: The tail-end of cold front and a low pressure area west of  Mindanao.
    • The agency has forecast more rain, flooding and landslides throughout the entire region.
    • Mindanao Island was declared a disaster area last week following the devastation cause by Typhoon WASHI (Sendong).
      • Death toll from the storm has climbed to 1500, with hundreds still missing.
      • At least a third of a million people were displaced   after WASHI [“Sendong”] struck.
      • More than 60,000 people are currently living in shelters, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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Death Toll Rises as Cold Wave Intensifies in N India

Posted by feww on December 26, 2011

At least 140 dead as temperatures in N India dip 5 degrees below normal

Most of the deaths have occurred in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with a population of more than 200 million.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 26

[December 26, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,542 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Northern India. At least 140 people are dead in northern India due to intense cold conditions.
    • Unusually cold conditions continue in the region.
    • The worst hit states are Uttar Pradesh. Punjab, West Bengal, and Haryana.
    • Most of the deaths occur among the homeless  and the dispossessed elderly.
    • India is among the top 10 procurers of weapons, spending more than $41.3 billion on its armed forces (Source: SIPRI).

Other Global Disasters

  • Philippines. Death toll from the devastaiting floods and landslides caused by Typhoon WASHI has now climbed to at least 1,250 with more than 1,100 missing, disaster officials said.
    • About 700,000 people have been affected by WASHI, of which 70,000 are housed in 46 evacuation centers, NDRRMC said.

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Niger Faces Food Shortages

Posted by feww on December 25, 2011

Poor harvests caused by prolonged drought and desertification plague Niger

Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 25

[December 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,543 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Republic of Niger. Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament, leaving the people in 6,981 villages, or 58 percent of the country, with the prospect of food shortages.
    • The harvest was down to 3.8 million tons, also a shortfall of 11 percent compared with the five-year average, the Minister said.
    • Allowing for wastage and seed grain for next season, an estimated 3,239,825 tons would be left for consumption, compared with 3,759,464 tons needed, a shortfall of 14 percent, he added.

Other Global Disasters

  • Cuba. A boat carrying Haitian migrants sank close to the eastern coast of Cuba, leaving at least 38 people dead.
  • Indonesia. Continued activity at Mt Gamalama including several eruptions since December 4, has left about 2,400 people displaced, the Ternate City Disaster Management Agency.
  • Philippines. At least 1,100 people are now confirmed dead and  with 1,079 others reported missing following the devastation caused by Typhoon WASHI in the Philippines, officials said.

  • Lakes State, South Sudan.  At least 250 people have been killed and more than 320 others injured in South Sudan cattle raids since January 2011, the parliament of Lakes state was told.
    • “In two counties alone nearly 17,000 cattle were stolen this year commissioners told a special inquiry into the practice in Rumbek, the capital of South Sudan’s central state,” a UN report said.
  • Sahel Region, West and Central Africa. More than one million children in 8 countries across the Sahel belt in West and Central Africa face severe malnourishment in 2012.
    • Poor harvests caused by drought, loss of top soil, sandstorms and desertification could mean food shortages occurring as early March next year.
  • Melbourne, Australia. Mini-tornadoes spawned by  severe thunderstorms that pummeled many parts of Melbourne causing widespread damage across the city, reports said.
    • Hailstones measuring about 4 ins (10 cm) in diameter have pelted suburbs of the city.
    • Parts of Melbourne also face the threat of flash-flooding, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
    • “The bureau has forecast very dangerous thunderstorms around Melbourne Airport and surrounding suburbs with severe thunderstorms in other parts of the city being accompanied by destructive winds, very heavy rainfall and hail, and flash flooding,” said the report.
    • “Hailstones the size of cricket balls, flash-flooding, planes diverted and flights postponed, power lost from homes, major transport delays and a tornado to top things off – that was Christmas Day in Melbourne.”

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Philippines declares national calamity

Posted by feww on December 20, 2011

Philippine President declares national calamity amid mounting storm tolls

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by flash floods and landslides as typhoon WASHI swept through Mindanao and Negros islands, killing about 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 20

[December 20, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,548 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity following the devastation caused by flash floods and land slides as typhoon WASHI swept through Mindanao island, killing about 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
    • The government has simply no way of knowing how many people are still missing.
    • “We’ve lost count for those still missing,” disaster managment chief Benito Ramos said earlier.
    • About 340,000 people in 13 provinces have been  affected by the disaster inducing at least 43,000 still in evacuation centers, the disaster agency said.
    • At least 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by Typhoon WASHI and the ensuing flash floods.
    • Dozens of roads and bridges as well as schools and other infrastructure have also been severely damaged or destroyed.

Other Global Disaster

  • Moscow, Russia. A snowstorm and a sudden drop of temperature in the Moscow region has resulted in multiple car crashes leaving at least 10 people dead and dozens of others hospitalized, a report said.
  • India. The official death toll from cold snaps in northern India has climbed to 39 as intense cold swept through the region claiming 11 more lives, reports said.
    • The worst hit states are Uttar Pradesh. Punjab and Haryana.
    • Cold weather is forecast to continue for at least a week, meteorologists said.

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Typhoon WASHI: 1,650 dead or missing

Posted by feww on December 18, 2011

Death toll from typhoon WASHI tops 650, about 1,000 missing

At least 650 bodies have been recovered following the floods caused by typhoon WASHI, mostly women and children, and up to 1,000  others are reported as missing.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 18

[December 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,550 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. Typhoon WASHI [locally known as ‘Sendong’] dumped more than a month of average rains on Mindanao island in southern Philippines according to local weather office.
    • A total of more than 1,650 people have lost their lives or reported as missing after flooding and landslides triggered by the typhoon [locally known as ‘Sendong’] buffeted southern Philippines.
    • Some 652 people were killed in eight provinces in the southern Mindanao region, said the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
    • “This thing happened so fast. It’s overwhelming. We didn’t expect these many dead,” a senior official said.
    • “We need body bags and lime to deal with too many cadavers,” said General Roland Amarille, head of an army task force in Iligan.
    • “Local mortuaries are no longer accepting cadavers and they are even asking people to bury the dead at once because there are too many bodies even in hallways.”
    • “About 70 percent of the houses on the island were washed into the sea,” Amarille said.
    • The authorities have declared states of calamity in Iligan City,  Dumaguete City and the municipality of Valencia, both located in Negros Oriental province.
    • At 4:00am local time, December 18, 2011, TS WASHI [‘SENDONG’] made another landfall near Puerta Princesa City and is now heading towards the West Philippines Sea, NDRRMC reported.
    • In its latest update, the NDRRMC also reported the storm had so far affected 19,759 families [or 108,130 people] in 140 districts in 17  municipalities and eight cities in 11 provinces.

Other Global Disasters

  • East Java, Indonesia. At least 220 people were missing [possibly as many as 600 are feared dead,] after an overcrowded boat packed with political and economic refugees heading for Australia sank off the coast of east Java in Indonesia, officials said.
    • Between 30 and 75 people have been rescued, according to different reports.
  • Cairo, Egypt.  At least a dozen demonstrators have been killed and about 500 others wounded by the Egyptian army following a third day of clashes in a new round of uprising as the winter of the so called “Arab Spring” deepens.
    • Increasingly, the Egyptians are realizing that what they actually participated in wasn’t a “revolution,” but a coup d’etat, cunningly orchestrated by the military and its paymasters and carried out on the back of a mass uprising.
    • Egypt is Israel’s next-door neighbor. Hell would freeze over before Egyptians are allowed to have a functioning democracy!
  • Russia. Some 53 people are dead or missing after an oil rig overturned in the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East, the emergency service officials said.

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Typhoon WASHI pounds Philippines leaving 650 dead or missing

Posted by feww on December 17, 2011

UPDATED at 13:30UTC

Typhoon WASHI batters Mindanao island, southern Philippines, leaving at least 650 dead or missing, 100,000 displaced

Flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon WASHI [locally known as ‘Sendong’] have claimed at least 256 lives, leaving more than 400 missing and 100,000 displaced, according to the PNRC. 

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 17

[December 17, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,551 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mindanao, Philippines. Flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon WASHI [locally known as ‘Sendong’] have claimed at least 256 lives, leaving more than 400 missing and 100,000 displaced, according to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
    • “Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City,” said the head of the national disaster rescue agency, adding that tens of thousands of people had been displaced.
    • Scores of villages have been swamped in the region by torrents and flash floods.
    • Many of the victims died from drowning, as floodwaters swamped homes in the middle of the night, trapping many residents sleeping in their homes.
    • The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm and is now heading towards Sulu Sea.
    • “Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, armed forces chief of staff, said military rescuers have retrieved 92 bodies in the city of Cagayan de Oro,” Deutsche Presse-Agenture reported.
    • At least 150 others drowned as flash floods struck Iligan City, and five more died in a landslide in Monkayo town in Compostella Valley province, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.
    • At least 3 people also drowned in Polanco town in Zamboanga del Norte province, the report said.
    • “Five miners were killed in a landslide in Monkayo on Mindanao and another 21 people drowned on the central island of Negros, the PNRC said.”

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