Monthly archives: August 2013

Aug

31
2013

Mali flooding adds to conflict misery

Natalie     Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Enca.com reports that...

34 people have been killed and thousands displaced in Mali after flash floods swept through the capital Bamako. With rain set to continue, residents fear what might happen next. Raging waters tore through Bamako after flash floods caused the Niger River to burst its banks. Some residents were injured attempting to flee the rising water.

Read more at www.enca.com


Aug

30
2013

At least 34 dead in floods in Mali capital: Rescuers

Natalie     Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Zeenews.india.com reports that...

The death toll in catastrophic floods which left thousands homeless in the Malian capital Bamako rose to 34 today, one of the leaders of the rescue operation said.

More than 100 homes, mostly poorly constructed mud-brick buildings on drainage sites, were swept away as the Niger river burst its banks in torrential rain on Wednesday, bringing down bridges and submerging entire streets.

Read more at zeenews.india.com


Aug

30
2013

Tracking the arctic sea ice

Natalie     Data, Predictions, Records, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is not expected to reach a record minimum this year. The record minimum was set in 2012, when Arctic sea ice cover shrank to 3.41 million square kilometres (1.32 million square miles).

This year cooler than average conditions have prevailed. The extent of sea ice is greater than this time last year but it is still below the long term average and further melting is expected in the next few weeks.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


Aug

29
2013

Summer of floods continues

Jodde     Blog     0

If 2012 was the other year the world caught fire, (the first being 1968,) 2013 may be known as the year the world flooded.  The majority of floods occur because rivers overflow their banks in the spring due to melting snow, at least where it is cold enough for snow to accumulate.  The snow and rain enter the mouth of the river This is normal, and they are referred to as freshets.  Floods in the summer, particularly riverine floods, (those caused by a river,) are rarer, and there have been a number of historic floods this year already, most of which took place in the summer.  Mexico has been hammered with rain, killing 14 people, after tropical depression Fernand slammed into Veracruz and Oaxaca.  At least 20 people have died due to flooding in Laos after a typhoon hit their shores, and more rain is on the way.  Russia, in particular the Far East, is having record flooding problems.  Residents there are imperilled not only by raging torrents, but also by starving bears, that are moving closer to the cities to find food, as they cannot find their usual dietary staples, namely salmon and berries.

In other news, a massive wildfire has been scorching Yosemite National Park.  At its worst it was 165 square miles (427 square km) and only 2% contained.

For a full list of the week’s articles, click here.


Aug

29
2013

Mexico mudslides and flash flooding kill 14

Jodde     Damage over $1M, Fatalities, red, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Bbc.co.uk reports that...

More than a dozen people have died in eastern Mexico, in landslides triggered by heavy rain caused by tropical depression Fernand.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


Aug

29
2013

Cost of Russian Far East floods to top record $900mn

Jodde     Damage over $500M, Records, red, Severe Events, Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Rt.com reports that...

The Russian Far East is experiencing its worst flooding ever. With almost half of the crops and 9,500 homes damaged, the estimated costs are expected to go above $910 million.

Read more at rt.com


Aug

29
2013

Death Toll Tops 20 in Laos’ Floods; More Rain to Come

Jodde     Fatalities, red, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Accuweather.com reports that...

Flooding across Laos so far this summer has claimed more than 20 lives with more downpours on the way for the rain-weary country.

Read more at www.accuweather.com


Aug

29
2013

Huge wildfire pushes into Yosemite

Jodde     red, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Spokesman.com reports that...

FRESNO, Calif. – A giant wildfire raging out of control spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday as authorities urged more evacuations in nearby communities where thousands have already been forced out by flames marching through the timbered slopes of the western Sierra Nevada mountains.

Read more at www.spokesman.com


Aug

28
2013

Flash floods kill 24 in Mali’s capital Bamako, minister says

Natalie     Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Reuters.com reports that...

Twenty-four people were killed in Mali’s riverside capital Bamako on Wednesday when torrential rains provoked flash floods that washed away homes in several neighborhoods, a government minister said.

Read more at www.reuters.com


Aug

26
2013

Drought in S China eases following typhoons

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

English.peopledaily.com.cn reports that...

Water shortages in southern regions has eased in the wake of Typhoons Utor and Trami,China’s drought relief authority said on Monday.

Over the past ten days, heavy rain has eased conditions. Average precipitation reached135 mm and 92 mm in Hunan and Zhejiang provinces respectively, according to the StateFlood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Read more at english.peopledaily.com.cn