Archive | August 2014

Severe storms causes havoc to many parts of Copenhagen, Denmark

Violent thunderstorms overnight in Copenhagen caused damage, flooding, train delays and nearly cost two motorists their lives when they were stuck in their cars and nearly submerged in flood waters. Rescue workers got to one man stuck in his car in Nørrebro at the very last moment.

Copenhagen firefighters were called out nearly 40 times overnight to help various residents  affected by the flooding. 

Heavy rain coming up from the south dropped over 100 millimeters of rain on parts of the city in just a few hours

Some streets are still under water and train and Metro traffic will be impacted during the day as the cleanup continues. 

Cleanup underway
Several tunnels are still filled with water, according to DSB. They are working to get them pumped out and bringing technicians in to assess the damage. Buses are taking the place of trains on many innercity routes today, particularly between Hellerup and Copenhagen.

Things aren’t much better for pedestrians. Covers have been blown off the tops of sewers and there is a danger that pedestrians could fall in. 

Extra emergency personnel will be working today to help get things back to normal, but traffic could still feel the effects of the storm during tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

RED ALERT issued due to an eruption near Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland

Red Alert Issued

Bardarbunga:Icelandic authorities Sunday raised an aviation alert to the highest level of red for a small area in the south-east, after a fissure eruption near the Bardarbunga volcano.
 
The eruption began at about 0600 GMT in the Holuhraun lava field, north of the Vatnajokull glacier, the Civil Defence Authority said.
 
Initial reports said the eruption was not producing ash, which could potentially harm airplane engines. Bad weather was reported in the area, affecting visibility.
 
However, all the country’s airport remained open, spokesman Eggert Mangusson told dpa.
Iceland raises aviation alert after eruption near Bardarbunga volcano
The restriction area covers airspace up to an altitude of 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometres), which does not affect commercial flights, spokesman Fridthor Eydal of aviation authority ISAVIA said.
 
A small lava eruption took place in the same area early Friday, prompting the Icelandic Meteorological Office to raise the alert to red, and then subsequently downgrading it to orange.
 
The main concern focuses on Bardarbunga, a subglacial volcano that has been threatening activity for more than a week. Thousands of earthquakes have been registered there since the middle of August.
 
A 2010 eruption of a volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier disrupted air travel for several weeks.
 
Areas north of the Vatnajokull glacier were earlier evacuated and roads leading into the highlands area remain closed amid fears that an eruption could melt the glacier, causing severe flooding.

Apocalyptic flooding situation worsens across Bangladesh

Flood situation worsens across country
Several lakh people have been marooned. Flood situation in the country has deteriorated further as fresh areas were engulfed by flood water due to rise of water levels in all major rivers during the past couple of days.
 
According to a bulletin issued by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), flood situation in the districts of Shariatpur, Madaripur, Munshiganj, Rajbari, Faridpur, may continue to slightly deteriorate in next 48 hours.
 
Flood situation in the district of Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Netrokona, Sunamganj may continue to improve and flood situation in the districts of Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Tangail may remain steady in next 48 hours, the FFWC bulletin added.
 
Among the 83 monitored water level stations, water levels at 20 monitored river stations are flowing above their respective danger marks while two river stations have remained steady, a bulletin issued by FFWC said.
 
In Bogra, overall flood situation in the district has furthered worsened as 300 metres embankment were wiped out due to strong current of the Jamuna river.
 
Nearly 50 villages under Sariakandi upazila went under water as embankment at Chandanbaisha was collapsed. Over one lakh people of the villages have been marooned, officials and local sources said.
 
After collapsing the embankment, the marooned people are being shifted to the safer places. Many of them took shelter to roads and other high land areas with their belongings.
 
In Tangail, flood situation in the district has deteriorated due to rise of water levels of two rivers– Jamuna and Dhaleswari.
 
A total of 50 villages in char areas of the district were flooded damaging houses and standing crops, local sources said.
 
They said flood situation of 15 union parishads under Bhuyanpur, Gopalpur, Tangail Sadar, Delduar and Basail upazilas have remained unchanged.
 
Nearly 500 houses under Nagarpur upazila along the Jamuna and the Dhaleswari were eroded during the past couple of days displacing few thousands of people.
 
In Rangpur, over 7.8 lakh people of 1.78 lakh families have so far been marooned following further deterioration of flood situation due to inundation of fresh areas in the Brahmaputra basin during the past 24 hours till 6am today.
Besides, erosion has damaged over 20,000 houses totally or partially and standing crops on 62,000 hectares of land have submerged in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Sirajganj districts, official sources said.
 
In Gaibandha, flood situation in chars and Brahmaputra river basin area of four upazilas in the district deteriorated further as Brahmaputra marked rise in last 24 hours till this morning.
 
The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board said water level of the river Brahmaputra increased by 10 cm during the period due to onrush of hilly waters from the upstream and incessant rainfall and was flowing 24 cm above the danger level at Fulchharighat point.
 
The chars and river basin areas of Kapasia and Chandipur unions under Sundarganj upazila, Kamarjani and Mollarchar unions under Sadar upazila, Fazlupur, Erendabari, Gozaria, Fulchhari and Urya unions under Fulchhari upazila and Holdia and Saghata unions under Saghata upazila have been inundated leaving 1, 16, 503 people marooned.
 
Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension Mir Abdur Razzak said 3,079 hectares of cropland of 29 unions of four upazilas went under flood water.
 
A total of over 100 government primary schools of four upazilas in the district were closed as the flood water entered into the schools, said district primary education officer AKM Amirul Islam.
 
Talking to the news agency deputy commissioner M Ehsan-e-Elahi said the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management has allocated a total of 500 tonnes of rice and Tk 11 lakh for the flood victims.
 
Some 298 tonnes of rice and Taka 5,83,500 had already been distributed among the flood victims, he said.

Severe flooding destroys 36 houses, kills pregnant woman, four others in Delta State, Nigeria

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A torrential rainfall which swept across Delta State yesterday destroyed no fewer than 36 houses, killing pregnant woman and four others in Okpanam and Asaba communities.
 
Reports said that the flood apart from the destruction it wrecked swept away properties worth millions of Naira at the popular Ogbogonogo market as well as destroyed vehicles that were parked by the market premises.
 
Sources said that the rain which started at about 2pm was heavily accompanied by wind and thunder lightning, creating palpable tension among motorists as well as pedestrians who struggled to get to their destinations.
 
LEADERSHIP Sunday reliably gathered that victims of the unfortunate incidents especially the pregnant woman were drowned inside the heavy flood between Ogbeke square along the Ibusa road; and while calling for help, all efforts to rescue her proved abortive.
 
The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Frank Omare, who expressed sadness over the incident however described the disaster as unfortunate and assured residents of Asaba and environs of government’s proactive measures to ensure a protective measure against further disaster.
 
But LEADERSHIP Sunday’s checks revealed that virtually all roads in Asaba – Ibusa, Okpanam, Nnebisi roads – were flooded.
 
While most houses were submerged as a result of poor drainage system in Asaba and Okpanam communities, some of the affected landlords who spoke on condition of anonymity however appealed to the state government to come to their aid, as well as provide them with relief materials.

Deadly Ebola Virus; Widow of sixth Ebola victim also has virus says state govt in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Ebola Virus

THE widow of a doctor who died from Ebola in oil city of Port Harcourt has also tested positive for the virus, the state government said on Sunday.
 
Rivers State health commissioner Sampson Parker said test results showed the woman had the disease, which claimed the life of her husband, Ike Enemuo, on August 22.
 
Enemuo fell ill and died after treating an official from the ECOWAS regional bloc who travelled to Port Harcourt after having contact with a Liberian man who brought the virus into Nigeria.
 
The doctor was the sixth to die from the virus in Nigeria and the first outside Lagos, raising fears about the spread of the haemmorhagic fever just as it was thought to have been contained.
 
Sampson said three patients — another doctor, a pharmacist and a woman who had contact with Enemuo at the hospital where he died — had been taken to a specialist treatment centre outside the city.
 
Enemuo’s widow was at an isolation unit in Lagos, he added.
 
“They have not been confirmed (as having Ebola) and we are waiting for the result of the investigation,” he told a news conference.
 
Some 200 primary and secondary contacts have been traced, although about 60 had yet to be spoken to, he added. None of them had shown symptoms, he said.
 
“We are concentrating on the names we have to capture in our (monitoring) activities but the good news is that we have been making good progress in checking the spread of Ebola,” he said.
 
Parker said early detection and treatment was vital, appealing for anyone who had contact with Enemuo, his clinic, the ECOWAS official or the hotel where he stayed to contact them immediately.
 
Of the 15 confirmed cases in Ebola, seven of the patients recovered, the government in Abuja has said.
 
The ECOWAS official is also thought to have recovered.
 
Nigeria is one of five countries in West Africa hit by Ebola, although the majority of the more than 1,500 deaths since the start of the year have been in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Boat sinks killing 12 off the coast of Southeast Nigeria

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Two more persons were confirmed dead on Saturday after an overloaded boat capsized off the coast of southeast Nigeria, taking the death toll to 12.

Twenty-two people were rescued and taken to hospital after the boat went down on Friday as it travelled between Bonny Island and Port Harcourt, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

“From our investigation, the capacity of the boat was 25 but it was carrying 34 people,” said NEMA local coordinator Onimode Bandele, revising downward by one the number of people thought to have been on board.

“We also learnt that on August 28, the same boat hit an object which affected its hull and we are not sure if it was repaired before being used again,” he told AFP.

The boat is thought to have hit an object and overturned early on Friday.

Boat accidents in Nigeria occur frequently and are often caused by overloading, poor vessel maintenance, speeding and poor lighting.

Plane crashes and kills one in the Kootenays, Canada

Plane Crash Alert

A plane crashed at the Crawford Bay Airport tonight in the Kootenays, killing the one passenger on board and injuring the pilot.
 
The privately registered Cessna 172 was departing the small strip at the airport, when it crashed near a golf course, according to Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board.
 
The two people on the aircraft were the pilot and the passenger. The pilot suffered burns and was taken to hospital.
 
The RCMP and BC Coroner Services are at the scene. The Transportation Safety Board is supporting their investigation and is not sending in crews tonight.
 
The plane was registered in Alberta.

MAGNITUDE 5.1 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 5 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.675  -17.415 
(6.6 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 3.6 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 3 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.668  -17.414 
(6.2 km ENE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 3.6 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 9 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.664  -17.550 
(2.8 km NNW of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   31 Aug 12:45 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude