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Floods Severely Affect 8 Million People across India

Posted by feww on August 4, 2015

Extreme Rain Events, flooding and landslides kill hundreds, affect more than 8 million others across India

The worst affected areas are the eastern state of West Bengal, neighboring Odisha, as well as the western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and the northeastern state of Manipur, officials have said.

Cyclone KOMEN, tracking across the Bay of Bengal, has brought heavy rains to the states of West Bengal and Odisha, submerging hundreds of villages and leaving more than 150,000 people homeless, according to local reports.

Mayhem in Myanmar

Meanwhile, heavy monsoon rains have left scores of people dead and affected up to a third of a million others across 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions.

“About 850,600 acres (344,493 hectares) of farmlands were submerged, of which Rakhine state suffered the most with over 260, 000 acres (105,300 hectares), an official of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation told Xinhua.

“Most of the country’s major rivers have reached or above their danger levels, said the Meteorology and Hydrology Department,” said a report.

Floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events since June have impacted large portions of the country, destroying homes, businesses, and farms as well as much of the public infrastructure.

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Encephalitis Kills Dozens of Children in East India

Posted by feww on June 17, 2014


Encephalitis spreads across east India states of Bihar, West Bengal

At least fifteen children have died in the Indian state of Bihar from suspected encephalitis since Sunday as the disease spreads to new districts, taking the death toll to 92, health officials said.

Thirteen of th victims died from suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) Sunday, and two children died Monday.

Meantime, in the neighboring state of West Bengal, “at least 19 children have died of encephalitis from June 3 to 16. ” said a senor health official.

“The AES is now spreading its tentacles to new areas,” said the health department.

Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES)

Acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is a clinical condition caused by infection with Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) or other infectious and noninfectious causes.

Transmission of Japanese Encephalitis Virus 

Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus, a flavivirus, is closely related to West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses. JE virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Culex species mosquitoes, particularly Culex tritaeniorhynchus.

The virus is maintained in a cycle between mosquitoes and vertebrate hosts, primarily pigs and wading birds. Humans are incidental or dead-end hosts, because they usually do not develop high enough concentrations of JE virus in their bloodstreams to infect feeding mosquitoes.

JE virus transmission occurs primarily in rural agricultural areas, often associated with rice production and flooding irrigation. In some areas of Asia, these conditions can occur near urban centers.

In temperate areas of Asia, JE virus transmission is seasonal. Human disease usually peaks in the summer and fall. In the subtropics and tropics, transmission can occur year-round, often with a peak during the rainy season. —CDC

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Cyclone Aila Kills 70 in Bangladesh, India

Posted by feww on May 26, 2009

Cyclone Aila pummels eastern India and Bangladesh

Strong winds and tidal surges have forced the closure of major ports of Chittagong and Mongla in Bangladesh.

Flooding in coastal  Bangladesh. Image Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

Cyclone Aila has wreaked havoc across eastern India and Bangladesh killing at least 70.

Up to 500,000 people have been moved to safer areas, according to Bangladeshi officials, with another 500,000 stranded in coastal villages.

In West Bengal, rivers have burst embankments, flooding vast areas.

“The situation is very grave, countless families have been displaced, especially in the Sundarbans,” Reuters reported a state minister for the Sundarbans as saying.

The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve,  the world’s biggest tiger reserve, has also been flooded.

Flooding in (Calcutta), has reportedly killed about 10 people.

“The storm destroyed nearly 3,000 thatched and mud houses and toppled a large number of trees in nearly 300 villages across India’s West Bengal state, said Kanti Ganguly, a state minister.” AP reported.

more than 100,000 people were moved from the Indian side of the Sundarbans to safer areas.

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