Posts in category: Severe Events

Oct

17
2014

SOMALIA: Aid agency says the country is on the brink of famine.

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Raxanreeb.com reports that...

Nairobi (RBC) Somalia is once again under the brink of another humanitarian catastrophe, says aid agency, World Vision International.

The organization raised the red flag today over a severe drought as well serious food and water shortages that are having life-threatening consequences on over 3.2 million people in the country.

“We are extremely concerned that the figures have increased by 20% over the last 6 months. Sadly 218,000 children are now severely malnourished,” said Francois Batalingaya, World Vision’s Country Director in Somalia. “The world must act now and let it not forget that it waited too long for the famine that killed thousands in 2010 to occur.”

Humanitarian agencies have for the last 10 months been calling for action over the drought situation where 2.9 million people were in need of help. However United Nations recently estimated the figures to 3.2 million. About 1.1 million of the affected people (mostly in South Central regions) are families that have been displaced families by the long drawn conflict in the country.

World Vision says that majority of farmers were not able to harvest any grain due to the failure of the rain seasons. Water sources and pasture have dried up too thus causing death of thousands of animals. Furthermore, the ongoing conflict has caused market disruptions and reduced access to seasonal agricultural employment.

Read more at www.raxanreeb.com


Oct

14
2014

Typhoon Vongfong Leaves Two Dead, Nearly 100 Injured in Japan

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Newsweek.com reports that...

A powerful storm that battered Japan with high winds and torrential rain, and killed two people, headed off out over the Pacific on Tuesday and was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Typhoon Vongfong, at one point the strongest storm to hit Japan this year, was on Tuesday afternoon off the coast of the Tohoku region devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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Oct

11
2014

Cyclone wind speeds revised up again to 180 km/hr gusting to 195 km/hr

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M.thehindubusinessline.com reports that...

The India Met Department has revised upwards for a second time expected wind speeds of very severe cyclone Hudhud at the time of landfall tomorrow.The Met now says that the system may pack peak wind speeds of 170 to 180 km/hr gusting to 195 km/hr when it crosses Visakhapatnam tomorrow morning.

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Oct

11
2014

Powerful Typhoon Vongfong Slams Okinawa, Mainland Japan Next

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M.accuweather.com reports that...

While Japan is recovering from formerTyphoon Phanfone, another typhoon is approaching the country.Typhoon Vongfong, meaning “the wasp” in Cantonese, is currently crossing the Rtykyu Islands, located to the south of Japan. The center of the typhoon passed across the island of Okinawa very late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, local time.This dangerous typhoon has already recorded a brutal history. Vongfong brought flooding rainfall and damaging wind to the northern Mariana Islands on last Sunday, local time. Wind gusts over 89 kph (55 mph) and rainfall over 75 millimeters (3 inches) were common.

Read more at m.accuweather.com


Oct

09
2014

Asia braces for storms

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Bbc.com reports that...

Typhoon Vongfong and Cyclone Hudhud are set to plough into Japan and India over the weekend. Sarah Keith Lucas reports.

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Oct

02
2014

Drought Drains Already Diminished Aral Sea

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Climatecentral.org reports that...

The Aral Sea has been dying a long, slow death. This summer, another nail was driven into its coffin.

Starting in the 1950s, when Soviet authorities began programs that diverted water from its tributaries, the inland lake in Central Asia — once the fourth largest in the world, bigger than Lake Huron — has been shrinking. This summer, the eastern lobe of the remnant lake completely dried up for the first time in modern history.

 

Read more at www.climatecentral.org


Oct

01
2014

Forest areas reopen after huge California fire

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Capitalpress.com reports that...

The U.S Forest Service has reopened some wilderness areas that were closed because of a massive wildfire in Sierra Nevada foothills.

Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree says the Rubicon Trail, Wrights Lake and Desolation Wilderness are among the recreation areas that opened Tuesday. She plans to open more of the Eldorado National Forest soon.


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Oct

01
2014

Floods hit towns in south of France

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Storms in the south of France have caused severe flooding. The city of Montpellier was left under water when nearly half a year’s worth of rain fell on Monday. 

The storm caused the River Lez to burst its banks and flood the city centre.

On Tuesday, France declared a state of natural disaster in around 60 towns in the south of the country.

Most of the rain fell in just a few hours.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


Sep

28
2014

88 Killed, Over 10 Lakh Displaced in Flood-Hit Assam And Meghalaya

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Ndtv.com reports that...

At least 88 people have been killed and over 10 lakh displaced in flood-hit Assam and Meghalaya.

After combating the floods for more than a week in the two states, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has now shifted its operations from rescue to relief.

Read more at www.ndtv.com


Sep

26
2014

Floods: Assam-Meghalaya toll reaches 78; Gogoi makes aerial survey

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Indianexpress.com reports that...

…With the recovery of one more body late Thursday evening, the death toll due in the current wave of floods in Assam rose to 37. In neighbouring Meghalaya, at least 41 persons have lost their lives till Friday. Official sources said over eight lakh population have been affected in the current wave of floods in Assam. While about 1.6 lakh people have been put up in 59 relief camps and 122 shelter places, over one lakh people have taken shelter on highways and other elevated places.

Read more at indianexpress.com