Archive | June 11, 2015

Thousands Evacuate Amid Heavy Japan Rains And Landslides

Severe storm causes a landslide which kills 3; 2 missing in Corsica’s French Island

Landslide Danger Alert

Search and rescue units continued their efforts on Thursday to find two hikers believed to be missing in the mountains on the French island of Corsica after it was hit by a landslide brought on by a severe storm, leaving three people dead and three others seriously injured.
 
Northern Corsican regional governor Alain Thirion said in an interview with France 2 radio station that two people from a group of hikers were yet to be located in the mountains.
 
Thirion added that in addition to the three dead, three hikers with severe wounds were transferred to a hospital Bastia, the capital of Northern Corsica, by helicopter.
 
The landslide struck on Wednesday afternoon, taking the mountaineers by surprise as they hiked Corsica’s famous GR20 trail.
Courtesy of laht.com

Landslide kills at least 41 in Nepal

Landslide Danger Alert

At least 41 people were killed and eight injured on Thursday in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall that buried six villages in Nepal’s mountainous northeast, the second major disaster to hit the country after the April 25 quake. The landslide hit the villages in Taplejung district. So far 12 dead bodies have been recovered from the site.
 
The number of casualties may rise as many residents have gone missing. Army and police personnel have been mobilised for carrying rescue operation. Continuous rain and flash floods in the streams have hampered rescue efforts, police said.
Courtesy of thehindu.com

Severe Lightning Strikes Transformers In Florida, USA

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

The tornado warning for Martin County has expired, but not without some excitement.
 
CBS12 photojournalist Ernie Isgro and reporter Israel Balderas were driving along A1A in Martin County when a transformer exploded right in front of them.
 
According to the American Red Cross, tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
 
Go immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
Courtesy of wtvy.com

Apocalyptic Flooding Effects Tens Of Thousands In Parts Of India

State Of Emergency

The flood situation in Assam deteriorated drastically on Wednesday affecting about 1.95 lakh people in over 550 villages and destroying crops in more than 8,200 hectares in the Bramhaputra valley.
 
Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its daily flood report that more than 1.95 lakh people have been hit in the first wave of flood in Assam and as of now in 553 villages across Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Jorhat, Kamrup Metropolitan, Baksa, Dibrugarh and Kamrup districts.
 
Till Tuesday, 81,000 people were affected.
 
The flood death toll remained two, one each in Bongaigaon and Lakhimpur. The report said Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur and Puthimari at NH Road crossing in Kamrup district.
The monsoon rains have caused floods in several districts of Assam affecting over one lakh people. (AP Photo)
Lakhimpur has been worst-hit so far with 60,000 people reeling under floods there, followed by Barpeta where nearly more than 43,000 have been affected, it said adding the flood waters have inundated more than 8,200 hectares of crop areas.
 
Authorities have opened three relief camps at Tinsukia and one at Sonitpur where a total of 273 people are taking shelter. ASDMA said a total 38 roads, bridges and culverts were damaged in Baksa, Tinsukia, Barpeta, Darrang, Nalbari and Sonitpur, while at least 11 breaches were noticed in embankments in a number of districts across the state.
 
Assam revenue and disaster management minister Bhumidhar Barman and water resource minister Basanta Das on Wednesday held a meeting with other senior officials of the state on the flood situation and discussed issues such as mitigation steps and provision for relief and rescue materials. 
 
Instructions have been issued to the deputy commissioners of the affected districts to provide relief and rehabilitate the affected, an official release said. Barman said sufficient food stock and medicines have been kept ready to tackle the flood. 
 
The authorities have opened two toll free helplines – 1070 for State Emergency Operation Centre and 1077 for District Emergency Operation Centre, official sources said.
Courtesy of hindustantimes.com

**SEVERE UK WEATHER ALERT**

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

STORM SYSTEM EN MASS FROM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL DIRECTION WILL PRODUCE HEAVY RAIN, FLASH FLOODING, HAILSTORM, THUNDER, LIGHTNING IN MANY PLACES TO S, SW, SE AND CENTRAL AREAS THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY
**BE ALERT**

TROPICAL STORM CARLOS 2015 PREDICTED BY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

TROPICAL STORM CARLOS 2015 PREDICTED BY NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER | NHC
Tropical Storm Carlos 2015 is being predicted tonight by the National Hurricane Center, LALATE can report. Hurricane Blanca is gone. But a new system will strengthen to tropical storm status by Thursday morning, June 11, 2015, NHC reports. LALATE can report that based upon the 2015 Pacific Ocean Hurricane Storm Name List, this new Thursday system will be called Tropical Storm Carlos.
 
TS Carlos 2015 will be in the Pacific Ocean Thursday morning, LALATE can report. The system forming into Carlos is currently 260 miles south of Escondido. He is travelling 9 mph. “There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.” The National Hurricane Center tells news that at “400 PM CDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Three-E was located near latitude 12.4 North, longitude 98.7 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h) and a turn toward the north and north-northeast is expected over the next couple of days.”
 
Officials report that Three-E will grow into a tropical storm tomorrow morning. “Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by Thursday morning.”
 
The only hazard currently is rainfall. “Locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the southern coast of Mexico, primarily in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, during the next couple of days.”
Courtesy of lalate.com

MERS Virus alarm grows as two more people are tested in Hong Kong

MERS Virus Alert

Hong Kong authorities were testing two people for possible Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) on Thursday as worry grew across the region about the outbreak in South Korea.
 
The two Hong Kong people had recently travelled to South Korea, said the clinic that was treating them. Thirty-one people in Hong Kong who suspected they might have caught the disease have so far tested negative.
 
On Tuesday Hong Kong issued a “red alert” advisory against non-essential travel to South Korea, where 14 new cases of Mers were reported on Thursday, taking the total there to 122 cases. South Korea’s outbreak is now the largest outside Saudi Arabia.
 
One case has been reported in China, that of a South Korean man who travelled there after defying a suggestion from health authorities in South Korea that he stay in voluntary quarantine.
 
Hong Kong’s travel industry council has also cancelled 600 tour groups to South Korea, affecting about 12,000 travellers.
 
In the nearby former Portuguese colony of Macau, authorities have also warned residents against travel to South Korea unless absolutely necessary.
 
Nine people have died in South Korea of the disease, which is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered a deadly 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) that began in China.
 
There is no cure or vaccine for Mers, which was first identified in humans in 2012.
 
Most of the global cases, which number 1,271 according to World Health Organisation data, and at least 448 related deaths, have been in the Middle East.
Courtesy of theguardian.com