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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 2km (1mi) SSW of Xiluodu, China
96km (60mi) N of Zhaotong, China
116km (72mi) WSW of Xunchang, China
121km (75mi) WSW of Yibin, China
825km (513mi) NNW of Ha Noi, Vietnam
Over 200 villages in severely flooded; flood situation poses threat to a wildlife sanctuary in different districts of Uttar Pradesh, India
Over 200 villages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh were marooned on Saturday with the river Rapti flowing above danger mark. The rising level has left many other villages with seizable population in Bahraich, Gonda, Shrawasti and Lakhimpur districts quite vulnerable.
Rising water level also posed threat to the Suhelva Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its Tiger, Leopard, Bear and Boar.
Issuing flood alert for the entire area that fall along the river on its both sides, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday afternoon said, “The river Rapti in Balrampur district of UP is now flowing in high flood situation”.
The ‘high flood situation’ (HFS) is considered quite dangerous, specifically when water level in the river continues to rise.
The CWC in its report said, ” At 8 AM on Saturday, the river was flowing at a level of 104.79 meters with a rising trend. This is 0.17 meters above its danger level of 104.62 meters and 0.46 meters below its previous HFL of 105.25 meters recorded on September 11, 2000″.
The river Rapti falls in the Ganga basin and flows near Suhelva sanctuary.
Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) of the central government, under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, took stock of the preparedness in the wake of floods in Nepal.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have also been kept ready for rescue operations in Nepal, if required.
“Three helicopters have been kept on the stand-by at Gorakhpur for this purpose”, said an official statement of the ministry of water resources.
It said, “Flood situation in UP, Bihar and recent heavy rains and cloudburst in Uttarakhand were also reviewed with the state governments”.
A pilot and a paramedic were killed Saturday when their small chartered plane crashed on Grand Manan Island, N.B.
Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) said the Atlantic Charters flight carrying four people crashed in a wooded area near the airport shortly after 5 a.m.
A second pilot and a registered nurse survived the crash.
ANB confirmed the paramedic who died was William Mallock. He had almost 20 years of service.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of those whose lives were lost – an Ambulance New Brunswick paramedic and a pilot from Atlantic Charters,” said a statement released by ANB.
“William, or Billy as he was known by his friends, and the pilot lost their lives serving the public and helping patients. We also want to express our sympathies and the hope for a speedy and complete recovery to the two others that suffered injuries in the accident.”
A search-and-rescue helicopter was dispatched to the site. Capt. LiamMather, a defence department spokesman, said one survivor was taken to Grand MananHospital.
“The other one’s injuries were determined to be too extensive for treatment at Grand Manan so the Cormorant helicopter assisted with a medevac to Saint John Regional Hospital,” he told CBC News.
The RCMP said both survivors were taken to Saint John, and both were in serious but stable condition at the time.
Ambulance New Brunswick said the plane had dropped off a patient at Saint John Regional Hospital and was returning to Grand Manan when it crashed.
There were no patients on board the plane, a Piper PA-31, at the time.
‘We are devastated’
“We are devastated by this incident,” Paul Ward, interim president of Ambulance New Brunswick, said in a statement.
The paramedic who died worked for Ambulance New Brunswick and the pilot worked for Atlantic Charters, which has the contract to provide air service to Grand Manan.
John McGarry, CEO of the Horizon Health Network, tweeted “our thoughts and prayers are with those involved, and their families, in the Grand Manan plane crash. So tragic.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he and his wife, Laureen, offered their “deepest condolences” to the families.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Rick Doucet said he’s been in contact with the families of the victims. The MLA for Fundy-The Isles-Saint John West plans to head to the island later Saturday.
“It affects every single person, without a doubt,” Doucet said. “Everyone right now is in disbelief and shock as to what’s taken place. They’ve lost a couple of very close members of their community. You know, at times like this they’ll be comforting each other.”
Atlantic Charters is run by pilot Klaus Sonnenberg. Ed Shaw, a former Grand Manan resident, credits Sonnenberg and his team with saving his life.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him and his co-pilot and nurse that got me off the island and got me to Saint John so that they could do something with me,” Shaw said.
Paul Ward, with Ambulance New Brunswick, said it’s too early to say what happened.
The Transportation Safety Board is sending two people to the crash site. They will stop at the Saint John hospital to try to interview the crash survivors before heading to the island, a spokesman said.
Medevac services continue
Ambulance New Brunswick said its air ambulance service would continue despite Saturday’s tragedy.
This is the second paramedic to die in New Brunswick in two years.
In March 2013, Mike Harborne was killed in a house fire in Dieppe. He was off-duty at the time.
President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration to portions of Middle Tennessee affected by flooding and high winds
Some 100 persons were left homeless when a powerful whirlwind hit a coastal village in Macabebe town in Pampanga early Friday night, authorities said Saturday.
Inspector Benjie Gallano, Macabebe deputy police chief, said at least 19 houses were damaged by the tornado that struck past 6 p.m. No casualty was reported.
“Most of the houses are made of light materials situated near the shoreline,” said Gallano. The zero casualty count was attributed to the fact that residents quickly abandoned the place when they noticed that the whirlwind was heading to their direction.
Gallano said flying debris, including galvanized iron sheets from houses were found in nearby communities after the disaster.
Residents in Sitio Mindanao, Barangay San Esteban, are actually used to tornadoes, he said, but Friday’s whirlwind was quite powerful.
Local disaster risk reduction and management officials rushed relief goods and financial assistance to affected residents temporarily housed in government evacuation centers. Others took shelter with relatives in nearby communities.
Authorities have yet to determine the cost of damage.
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Depth: 96 km
Distances: 55km (34mi) E of Yairipok, India
60km (37mi) E of Thoubal, India
64km (40mi) E of Kakching, India
71km (44mi) ESE of Imphal, India
437km (272mi) ENE of Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Depth: 40 km
Distances: 1371 km N of Harbin, China / pop: 3,229,883 / local time: 23:51:01.6 2014-08-16
709 km SW of Yakutsk, Russia / pop: 235,600 / local time: 01:51:01.6 2014-08-17
168 km NE of Chara, Russia / pop: 1,974 / local time: 01:51:01.6 2014-08-17