Posts in category: Severe Events

Sep

20
2014

Typhoon Kalmaegi Kills 8 in China

Natalie     Damage over $1M, Data, Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Ndtv.com reports that...

The death toll in the heavy rains triggered by typhoon Kalmaegi rose to 8 today, even as nearly 400 students were rescued from an inundated school in China’s southwestern Yunnan province.

Heavy rains caused by the typhoon, which is the 15th typhoon to hit China this year, since Wednesday have flooded 53 counties and cities in Yunnan, leaving 390,000 people affected and resulting in an economic loss of US$55.86 million.

Read more at www.ndtv.com


Sep

18
2014

King Fire climbs to 70,944 acres; Eldorado Nat’l Forest off-limits

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events, yellow     0

News10.net reports that...

The King Fire in El Dorado County burned 70,944 acres as of Thursday morning, according to the national Incident Information System website...

As of 12:30 p.m., the fire is 5 percent contained with 3,695 personnel battling the fire.

The fire is being fueled by trees and brush on steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of Pollock Pines.

Read more at www.news10.net


Sep

12
2014

Fungus stoked by warming threatens organic coffee: Commodities

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

Azernews.az reports that...

Teodomiro Melendres Ojeda, an organic coffee grower in Cajamarca, Peru, stands at a crossroads. Neither path is attractive.

Leaf-rust fungus, known as roya in Spanish, has devastated about a third of his crop. Melendres, 48, can use chemicals to kill it, though he risks forfeiting his organic certification and the 10 percent price premium it brings. Or he can preserve the certification and watch his plants die.

“We coffee producers are living between a rock and a hard place,” Melendres said.

Global warming has been a friend to the fungus, enabling it to thrive in elevations that used to be inhospitable. The worst worldwide outbreak in 30 years has meant diminished yields, lower income and laid-off workers from Peru to Mexico. Organic growers face additional loss as they look for ways to save their livelihoods while at the same time avoiding chemical solutions.

Read more at www.azernews.az


Sep

12
2014

In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal

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

Thinkprogress.org reports that...

The 2014 wildfire season in Washington State is not over, but it has already been one of the most destructive and costly on record, state officials from the Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.

 

Since the beginning of the season up until the end of August, the DNR said wildfires in Washington had burned 363,000 acres, or 550 square miles of land, destroying homes along the way. That’s about 6 times worse than the average amount of acres burned per year in Washington, state forest officials said. Fighting the fires has been costly, too — the state says it spent $81 million this year, even though its annual budget is only $25 million.

Read more at thinkprogress.org


Sep

12
2014

Almost 500 dead, thousands homeless in Asia floods

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

Usatoday.com reports that...

The Pakistani military stepped up rescue efforts as floods wreaked havoc in more districts of the country’s eastern Punjab province on Friday, affecting 1.9 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

In neighboring India-controlled parts of Kashmir, meanwhile, flood waters started receding but triggered concerns about the possible spread of disease in devastated areas.

The severe monsoon floods, which began Sept. 3 in divided Kashmir, have so far killed 274 people in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while 200 have died in the India-controlled part of the disputed Himalayan region.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Sep

11
2014

Intense downpours flood Tokyo subway

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

Bbc.com reports that...

Parts of Japan have seen very heavy rain over the past few months. Torrential rain turned rivers into raging torrents and brought transport to a standstill. Chris Fawkes reports for BBC World.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Sep

06
2014

Pakistan: Death toll from floods reaches 110

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

Cnn.com reports that...

Pakistani flash floods have killed 110 people and left nearly 150 others injured in recent days, authorities said Saturday.

The flooding, caused by monsoon rains, has also destroyed 650 homes, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said in a statement.

Read more at www.cnn.com


Sep

03
2014

Guatemala battles devastating drought

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

Aljazeera.com reports that...

Central America is suffering from one of its worst droughts in decades.

A prolonged heat wave brought on by the El Niño weather cycle has killed thousands of cattle, and dried up crops across the region.

In Guatemala, the government has declared a state of emergency, as many families in rural areas are facing food shortages.

Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from San Jose Calderas, in Guatemala’s west.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com


Sep

02
2014

Flood hits the Balkans and China

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

Bbc.com reports that...

Flash floods rip through parts of China while Dubrovnik sees a month’s worth of rain in one day. Susan Powell has more.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Aug

25
2014

Monsoon floods hit north India, 1,500 villages under water | World | News | Toro

Jodde     red, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Torontosun.com reports that...

Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday.

Read more at www.torontosun.com