Monthly archives: September 2013

Sep

26
2013

Namibia drought sparks global warming debate

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Aljazeera.com reports that...

The severe drought that is devastating Namibia has prompted questions over the potential influence of global warming in the disaster.

Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba believes climate change may be to blame for the drought in the country, which is currently hosting the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The government says nearly a million people, almost half the population, are in serious need of food aid.

Al Jazeera’s Tania Page reports from Kuenene province.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com


Sep

26
2013

9 killed by flood in Thailand

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Globaltimes.cn reports that...

Nine people were killed by flood while 29 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have been hit by flood, the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department revealed on Thursday.

A total of 191 districts of 29 provinces have been hit by flood since Sept. 17, affecting more than two million people in the country.

Read more at www.globaltimes.cn


Sep

26
2013

Weather: Southern sea ice increases while Arctic ice diminishes

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

Inforum.com reports that...

The reduction in Arctic sea ice over the past 30 years is well documented. What is not generally knows is that Antarctic sea ice has been increasing over this same time.

To be sure, the increase in southern sea ice is not nearly as great as the decrease in northern sea ice, but the southern increase is real nonetheless.

Read more at www.inforum.com


Sep

25
2013

Thai provinces hit by floods, authorities say industry safe

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Reuters.com reports that...

Nine people have died and more than 1 million have been affected by flooding in Thailand, officials said on Wednesday, but authorities offered assurances that floodwaters would not reach central industrial areas and near Bangkok as in 2011.

Read more at www.reuters.com


Sep

25
2013

Sochi ‘being stabilized’ after heavy rain causes state of emergency (photos)

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Olympictalk.nbcsports.com reports that...

Russian authorities declared the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics in a state of emergency following floods and mudslides late Tuesday.

The Emergency Situations Ministry told media outlets that the situation was “being stabilized”on Wednesday.

The ministry said about 1,800 of its workers helped clean streets and pump out water after local rivers overflowed following heavy rain, according to The Associated Press. The water level was receding, traffic returned to normal and the Sochi airport and railway station were functioning normally, according to the AP.

Read more at olympictalk.nbcsports.com


Sep

24
2013

Deadly tornado and flooding hit Brazil

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Two people were killed when a tornado swept through the small Brazilian town of Taquarituba on Sunday, and severe flooding in the south of the country forced over 30 thousand people from their homes.
Residents of Taquarituba, around 320 kilometres (200 miles) west of Sao Paulo, awoke in fear on Monday after strong winds, and what some local media have reported as a tornado, battered the city, leaving two dead and 60 injured.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


Sep

24
2013

Landslides, floods kill 22 in Zambales

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Philstar.com reports that...

For two days, the monsoon rains poured incessantly, swelling rivers and causing flooding up to two meters deep. On the third day yesterday, soil loosened by the rains came crashing down on communities in Zambales, burying scores of residents.
As of last night, 22 bodies had been found in the landslide areas, with the town of Subic the worst hit.
The monsoons, enhanced by Super Typhoon Odette (international name Usagi), stranded hundreds of residents on rooftops in Subic and cut off the municipality from the rest of the province, officials said.

Read more at www.philstar.com


Sep

22
2013

Hong Kong Braces for Typhoon Usagi

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Online.wsj.com reports that...

The leading edge of typhoon Usagi was expected to make landfall near Hong Kong on Sunday night, after the powerful storm battered the Philippines and Taiwan, with forecasters warning of flooding in the city during high tide.

Flights in Hong Kong were canceled, ferry services were disrupted and the government advised its citizens to head home.

At 5 p.m. local time Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory said Usagi—which was downgraded from a “super” typhoon to “severe”—was about 210 kilometers east of Hong Kong and moving west-northwest at about 20 kilometers per hour.

Read more at online.wsj.com


Sep

20
2013

Mexico storms: Death toll up to 97 as Manuel loses force

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Mexican authorities say 97 people have been killed by storms that hit the country earlier in the week.

In the village of La Pintada, near the Pacific coast, a landslide partially engulfed the town.

At least 15 bodies have been recovered and almost 70 residents are missing, the authorities said.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


Sep

20
2013

Super typhoon forecast to hit Southeast Asia

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

The Philippines and Taiwan are braced for Typhoon Usagi, which meteorologists say could become the most powerful typhoon of 2013.

The typhoon was 560km (350 miles) east-southeast of Taiwan and 360km from the northern Philippines on Friday morning, weather officials said.

Both Taiwan and the Philippines have issued alerts and warned boats to exercise caution.

The tropical hurricane is expected to hit China over the weekend.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk