Monthly archives: April 2016

Apr

21
2016

Floods in Saudi Arabia, Yemen claim 34 lives | GulfNews.com

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Gulfnews.com reports that...

Riyadh: Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday.

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Apr

21
2016

Chile floods: 4 million people without water as world’s largest copper mine suspends operations – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Abc.net.au reports that...

Heavy rains battering central Chile have now left an estimated 4 million people without drinking water, as landslides wreaked havoc and rivers breached their banks, leaving at least one person dead and closing the world’s largest underground copper mine.

Read more at www.abc.net.au


Apr

21
2016

Wildfire season starts early in B.C., raising fears about the summer to come – British Columbia – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

The heat may put some into elated, shorts-and-sundresses territory, but it also brings on a certain dread: if this is April, can a summer of drought and smoke be far behind?

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Apr

21
2016

India drought: ‘330 million people affected’ – BBC News

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Bbc.com reports that...

At least 330 million people are affected by drought in India, the government has told the Supreme Court

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Apr

21
2016

Catastrophic floods and droughts

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Flood waters ravaged Saudi Arabia and Yemen this week, imperilling over nine-hundred people and killing at least 34. In Riyadh, schools were closed, and there was a great deal of traffic chaos. We have not heard reports of damage estimates at this point, but they could be in the billions. Major flooding also hit Texas recently. The flooding was so severe that it was called a one in two-hundred-year event. No person alive today has ever seen so much infrastructure damage or such high flood waters. Tragically, six people did not make it out of that deleterious torrent alive. Economic and insured losses are likely to top $7 billion. Possibly the most damaging flooding this week happened in central Chile, where deluges and landslides are decimating the region. While only one person is reported to have died, that number may grow significantly as four million people suddenly have very limited access to potable water. On top of that, a major copper mine had to be shut down for an indeterminate amount of time, which could lead to a loss of 5,000 tons of copper.

Meanwhile, the drought is worsening in India, with a third of the subcontinent in severe drought. Approximately 330 million people do not have enough water for daily needs. That number may even be a conservative figure.  The monsoons that usually douse India have been extremely weak for the last two years. Severe drought and punishing heat is a fatal combination, and it has killed many Indians recently, including an 11-year-old girl who was collecting water from a village pump. Hundreds of primarily poor people die every summer at the peak temperatures, but dramatically high temperatures have arrived early this year, and many more are expected to die. Anger is continuing to mount over the government’s alleged misuse of water. Protesters blocked traffic along a major artery over inadequate water supply. The volatile situation could well be made worse by the oppressive heat. The temperatures are expected to hit 45ºC(113ºF), and heat stroke is a significant danger in those temperatures, especially when compounded with inadequate water. While the next monsoon should be strong, for potentially hundreds of people, it will be too late.

The fire season has started early in British Columbia, Canada, with several blazes near the middle of the province. Temperatures of 28ºC(82.4ºF) are also arriving early. Relatively hot days like that are usually found in July. There was very little snow in BC this year, so some towns are so dry that officials are calling them tinder dry. 37 new fires started in Prince George in a single day due to the intense wind and these tinderbox conditions. It is s too early to tell whether this is simply an anomaly or if it portends a disastrous fire season for BC, but it is certainly a bad start.


Apr

09
2016

Water water everywhere … and nary a drop to drink

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Flash flooding killed two people in Oman this week.  They were in their cars at the time and couldn’t escape before being swept away in the raging torrent.  An additional three people required rescue.  

In Pakistan, heavier than normal rain has caused a deluge sending over a hundred people to their graves.  In the northern mountainous region of the country, a massive flood killed 92 people while a rain-triggered landslide killed up to 23 people.  There are reports or damage to 929 houses there so far, some of those being completely destroyed.  As severe as this sounds, remember that these events happened  the northern mountains.  More than 200 are confirmed dead throughout northern Pakistan.  All told, a total of 200 people have been injured, and 1,500 houses have taken flood damage.  Many roads leading to neighbouring China and Afghanistan are impassible after a spate of landslides.  Owing to many road closures and all around dangerous conditions, it is difficult to render rescue or aid.  Some experts have linked the dramatic, severe weather to climate change.

While Pakistan has had too much rain, India has not had enough.  They are currently in drought,   The Ramkund river, a holy site for Hindus, has run dry.  This has not happened for 130 years and is the result of an acute and devastating drought.   Pilgrims came to Ramkund in droves, as they have so done for years.  They were expecting to bathe in the river, as is extolled in Hinduism.  Hindus believe that such a bath along with its attendant rituals purges the bather of all sins.  Nashik, the city the Ramkund runs through, is considering drilling bore wells to feed the river, but this solution is both dubious and costly.

This drought is so severe that surgeons are limited in their ability to operate, farmers are in such dire straits that some are committing suicide, and the government is frantically trying to keep the accumulating thirsty, angry citizens calm so that the implicit threat of violence does not erupt into realized violence.  This is the case in Marathwada, another region of Maharashtra.  When surgeons in the region are operating, they are taking dangerous hygiene shortcuts, not out of negligence, but because they believe it is the lesser of two evils. Nevertheless, experts fear that this will lead to an epidemic.  There is a trainload of water coming, but for many it is not soon enough, and it is only a stop-gap measure.  The critically low water table is not expected to recover much if at all until mid-July when it is usually rainy.


Apr

09
2016

Maharashtra drought: Nashik’s Ramkund goes waterless for first time in 130 years | The Financial Express

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Financialexpress.com reports that...

Maharashtra drought: Ramkund, the sacred bathing spot on the Godavari river here where pilgrims take a dip and perform various rituals, has gone dry for the first time in 130 years due to acute water shortage, a top official said on Thursday.

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Apr

09
2016

Pakistan: Rains, floods kill over 200 in northern Pakistan – The Muslim NewsThe Muslim News

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Muslimnews.co.uk reports that...

KARACHI, AA: Rescue workers in northwestern Pakistan dug through debris and mud on Tuesday in hopes of finding survivors after a landslide buried at least 30 people alive on Monday as the death toll from days of torrential rains and flashfloods passed the 200-mark, local officials have said.

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Apr

09
2016

Maharashtra drought: Latur to get water by train in 15 days

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Tribuneindia.com reports that...

Water will be brought to Latur district by trains in the next 15 days while prohibitory orders were clamped near water supply spots in Parbhani town to prevent any violence as authorities grapple with drought in the worst-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra.

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Apr

09
2016

Doctors put off surgeries in drought-hit Marathwada 

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ATUR: The Severe Drought In MarathwadaBSE -5.00 % Has Led To Farmers Killing Themselves, The Whole Rural Economy To A Collapse And Now Is Leading To A Public Health Crisis That Threatens The Heath Of Over 5 Lakh People In Latur One Of The Worst Drought Affected Districts In The State. Read More At: Http reports that...

LATUR: The severe drought in MarathwadaBSE -5.00 % has led to farmers killing themselves, the whole rural economy to a collapse and now is leading to a public health crisis that threatens the heath [sic] of over 5 lakh (500,000) people in Latur one of the worst drought affected [sic] districts in the state.

Read more at ATUR: The severe drought in MarathwadaBSE -5.00 % has led to farmers killing themselves, the whole rural economy to a collapse and now is leading to a public health crisis that threatens the heath of over 5 lakh people in Latur one of the worst drought affected districts in the state. Read more at: http