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Depth: 12 km
Distances: 174 km S of Amman, Jordan / pop: 1,275,857 / local time: 10:27:29.8 2014-05-24
49 km SW of Aţ Ţafīlah, Jordan / pop: 25,429 / local time: 10:27:29.8 2014-05-24
28 km NW of Petra, Jordan / pop: 14,000 / local time: 10:27:29.8 2014-05-24
At night, many families tour the streets on their motorbikes to keep cool. Many carry two or three children and the family dog.
At noon yesterday, the temperature in the capital soared above 40 degrees Celsius, the highest officially recorded.
In northern and central provinces, the mercury leapt to between 36 and 39 degree, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
In Quy Hop and Tay Hieu in central Nghe An Province, the temperature also reached more than 40 degrees.
The heat wave is predicted to weaken in Ha Noi and the north today, but no relief is expected until next Monday.
Nguyen Duc Hoa, deputy head of the centre’s Medium and Long-term Meteorological Forecasting Office told Dan Viet (Vietnamese People) online newspaper that high temperatures and heat waves would last until July.
He agreed that this year, the heat waves seem to last longer than in previous years.
Normally, a heat wave would last three to five days, weaken over the next few days, and then return.
However, the first heat wave this month began on May 9 and was quickly followed by two more.
He warned that temperatures of more than 42 degrees could hit Ha Noi during summer.
Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung has urged relevant authorities to take all possible measures to supply adequate levels of fresh tap water to city people, particularly on days of extreme heat.
At the meeting with the municipal construction department and the water supply company Vinaconex on Thursday, Dung asked relevant authorities to work on methods to distribute water to the whole city and resolve technical issues, problems that have led to water shortages in some areas across the city.
“Ensuring that no households are without water is the most urgent task”, he said.
Currently, there are 18 water plants in the city. Vinaconex Clean Water JSC supplies 30 per cent of the city’s total water demand.
In the past several days, people in many districts have suffered dehydration with temperatures reaching up to 39 degrees Celsius.
In Thanh Xuan District, people in Khuong Trung, Khuong Dinh and Khuong Ha wards have been forced to buy clean water at high cost.
Le Van Huynh, a resident in Khuong Dinh Ward, said water supplies started to dry up last week. It took Huynh four hours using a pump to fill up his 1-cubic-metre tank.
Many households have had to pump water from wells, but even then the water has been dirty and in limited portions, he said.
Some areas in the Tay Ho, Hoang Mai and Ha Dong districts are in the same situation.
Director of the municipal Department of Construction Le Van Duc said the water shortage on hot days had been caused by a spike in the demand for water by city residents, power cuts, and the degradation of underground water sources due to over-exploitation.
Duc said water supplies would be difficult to guarantee if the water pipeline from the Da River to Ha Noi kept breaking.
The water has ruptured on five separate occasions since it was put into operation in 1997, leaving thousands of households in the city without fresh water for days.
Nguyen Van Ton, CEO of the Vinaconex Clean Water JSC said that there was about 80,000 cubic metres of unused water left in the Da River, but substandard water pipes had made it inaccessible to households in need of fresh water.
Constant breakages and leaks was out of the company’s control, he said, adding that the best way to resolve the problem had been to replace it with another pipeline system built with better materials.
The construction of 29km long pipeline from the Belt Road 3 to Hoa Lac T-Junction would supply more 80,000 cubic metres to the city. However, the investment capital of about VND1.1 trillion (US$52.3 million) was a big problem to the company. The company has proposed the city authority to get loans with favourable interest rate of 5-6 per cent per year, he said.
The construction of the Da River Water Plant, now in its second phase, was also a key measure to curb the current water shortage.
Minister Dung also asked authorities to mobilise additional water container trucks to areas in need of fresh water. He also instructed the department to invest more money in speeding up the construction of the water plant.
Wildfire season is starting to sizzle, as firefighters battled a 2,630-acre Everglades blaze in western Palm Beach County on Friday.
Fueled by dry conditions and steady winds, the fire was burning near high-voltage power lines that run west toward Fort Myers, said Scott Peterich, spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
“We don’t know how it got started, but we don’t believe it was lightning,” he said.
Although it’s unlikely the fire could reach high enough to burn the wires, smoke and heat could damage them and cause power outages, Peterich said.
He said firefighters are using water from a nearby canal to keep the flames clear of the wires.
Hydroelectric power in Texas has all but dried up as the state’s drought continues, according to a statewide review of generation sources.
The amount of hydropower generated across Texas dropped 24 percent from 2012 to 2013, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Only a fraction of the state’s energy needs come from hydroelectricity but the downturn is yet another consequence of the drought.
“You can really see the impact of drought over time,” said Robbie Searcy, a spokeswoman for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s energy grid.
Apart from an energy emergency, hydropower is rarely used in Texas anymore, with coal and natural gas-fired power plants producing most of the state’s electricity needs.
As a young congressman, Lyndon B. Johnson worked to establish a series of dams to control flooding in the Austin area. The power generated by the water rushing through those dams was delivered to the Hill Country, vastly improving the standard of living for what was then among the poorest areas in the U.S.
Half a century ago, the Lower Colorado River Authority’s hydroelectric capacity made up about half of its overall generating capacity. Today it’s a mere 5 percent, according to Ryan Rowney, vice president for water operations.
In 2011, the LCRA generated 221,069 megawatt-hours of hydroelectricity. Last year, it generated only 69,118 megawatt-hours. An average household uses about one megawatt-hour per month.
Currently, the authority only releases water for fish and wildlife and some mandated irrigation needs, and has impounded billions of gallons of water that used to be released to farmers downriver.
The combined storage of Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the chief reservoirs for Central Texas, has dwindled to 35 percent of capacity, and customers may have to cut water use 20 percent by midsummer if the drought continues.