Archive | June 27, 2015



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Red Alert issued as severe flooding and landslides targets Costa Rica

Red Alert Issued

The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis declared an emergency on Saturday and declared a RED ALERT as heavy rainfall continued to flood the entire province of Limon and the cantons of Turrialba and Sarapiqui. 
President Solis said that emergency personnel had been activated.
Route 32, the main highway between San Jose and Limon, is blocked at kilometer 25 after a landslide blocked the roadway with some 4,000 cubic meters of material.
Official reports said that the Reventazon and Pacuare rivers have overflown, blocking the passage to El Impero in the canton of Siquirres.
The Parismina River has also broken its banks and the El Carmen River has overflown, flooding residents in an area known as la Pajarera.
In Turrialba, at least eleven people have been put into a shelter established at the local community center.
In the communities of Caño San Jose, Nogales and Colono in Sarapiqui, 144 people have been moved to shelters due to flooding.
A fiber optic line has also been damaged that is cut off both cellular and landline telephone service throughout Sarapiqui.
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Severe heatwave kills more than 1,150 in Pakistan

Heatwave Alert

Sea breezes brought lower temperatures on Friday to ease a heat wave that killed more than 1,150 people around Pakistan’s teeming port city of Karachi during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Mass funerals were held for 50 unidentified victims on Friday before their bodies were hastily buried.
The extreme heat of up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) – the hottest since 1981 – coincided with power failures and triggered sharp criticism of the government’s response in the city of 20 million people.
On Friday, the daily high temperature was about 36 degree Celsius (97 Fahrenheit), according to Dr Mohammad Hanif of the Director National Weather Forecasting Centre.
The power outages left many without fans, water or light at the beginning of Ramadan, when many Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.
“By Friday, at least 1,150 people have died in the government-run hospitals,” said Anwar Kazmi of the Edhi Foundation, a private charity that runs a network of ambulances and morgues.
The stench of rotting corpses pervaded one of those morgues on Friday as workers offered funeral prayers for 50 victims.
Afterwards, workers removed the bodies from a hallway so full it was hard to walk through and then piled them into ambulances to be taken to a graveyard.
“We waited for three days for any claimants to come forward, and now we are going to bury the 50 bodies,” Edhi’s Amanullah Khan told Reuters, adding that some of the victims appeared to be homeless.
“Before we bury them, we take photographs and issue tag numbers in case any claimants turn up later and can identify the body.”
The crisis – following a heat wave in India last month that killed about 2,500 people – illustrates how ill-prepared many developing nations are for the extreme weather conditions that scientists say will accompany global climate change in coming decades.
“These type of events are taking place across the world … we need to prepare ourselves and develop our strategy,” said Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, the Islamabad-based special adviser for Asia to the UN-World Meteorological Organization.
“It’s time to learn lessons, instead of getting into the blame game.”
Pakistan’s national and local political parties have blamed one another for the crisis, while much of the relief was provided by the powerful military and private charities such as the Edhi Foundation.
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Plane crashes killing 9 in Alaska

Plane Crash Alert

A recovery crew on Friday reached a remote site in southeast Alaska where a sightseeing plane crashed, killing all nine people aboard.
Chris John of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said the aircraft was sitting at a steep angle and three members from his organization had to secure it so they could safely work to recover the bodies.
Eight cruise ship passengers and the pilot died when the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop went down Thursday in Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
The identities of those on the plane were being withheld while authorities worked to notify their families. Their remains will be taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
The plane crashed on a cliff above a lake in steep, muddy and slippery terrain, John said. The fuselage was largely intact but the wings and tail were separated or heavily deformed, he said.
On Thursday, the Coast Guard received a report that the plane was overdue. An emergency locator transmitter activated and a helicopter pilot later spotted the downed aircraft.
Wind and rain prevented any recovery Thursday. Winds were not a concern Friday but there was cloud cover.
A National Transportation Safety Board team was assembled to investigate the crash. Plans were being made to take them to the site on Saturday, John said.
Ketchikan-based airline Promech Air operated the shore excursion offered through Holland America Line. The eight passengers were traveling on the Westerdam on a seven-day cruise that had departed Seattle last Saturday.
“We are incredibly distressed by this situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the plane and their families,” Holland America said in a statement.
The airline echoed those sentiments.
“There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and overwhelming sense of loss that we and the loved ones of those affected are feeling,” Marcus Sessoms, president of Promech Air, said in a statement.
The ship left Ketchikan Thursday night and was expected back in Seattle on Saturday.
Promech’s website advertises tours of the more than 3,000-square-mile Misty Fjord National Monument in its floatplanes.
“Towering granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, lush and remote valleys and serene crystalline lakes make up this incredible landscape,” it says.
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Explosion at Health Institute Kills 2; 2 Critical in Nagaland’s Dimapur, India

Explosion Alert

At least two persons have been killed and two others critically injured in a blast in the premises of Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHRS) at Dimapur in Nagaland today.
Police said the blast occurred at around 4:45 pm in one of the warehouses located within the CIHRS compound.
The two killed have been identified as Prakash Vishwakarma (40) and his daughter Ruth Gurung, both from the Nepali community. The injured are Deepak Gurung, husband of Ruth and their son Robin (4).
Police said Prakash, a staff of CIHSR working for the past six months as a cleaner, had returned home today from work in the afternoon and was seen in the room with an object that appeared to be a grenade which exploded killing him and his daughter.
The injured have been shifted to CIHSR and the area was sanitised by the police.
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Gas pipeline explosion injures 4; 2 are critical in Panhandle town, Texas, USA

Gas Explosion

A natural gas pipeline explosion and fire in a Texas Panhandle town has left four workers hurt, including two in critical condition.
The Carson County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Thursday night in White Deer, about 35 miles northeast of Amarillo.
Two men remained in critical condition Saturday at University Medical Center in Lubbock. A hospital spokesman says two other men were satisfactory.
The White Deer Volunteer Fire Department says the explosion occurred at a gas booster station as crews worked on a 4-inch gas line.
State and federal regulators are investigating. Messages left with the utility, West Texas Gas, and the sheriff’s department were not immediately returned Saturday.
White Deer is a town of about 1,000.
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“Flesh‐eating” virus claims its fourth victim this year in Mississippi, USA

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A man from Florida had contracted a deadly illness while swimming in Mississippi. The illness comes from a bacteria from Gulf of Mexico, it’s been called “Flesh­‐eating virus”. Scientifically the virus is called “Vibrio vulnificus”, the Florida Health department said that the virus could be developed when eating raw seafood, from seawater, or through a skin wound while swimming.
“It is always a concern from year to year, especially with extreme heat,” Anne Gayle Ellis, Florida Department of Health spokesperson, told WFLA NBC News Channel 8.
The Florida man’s death makes this the fourth case of this kind. Florida health officials assure that the infections are rare. They’ve had 10 cases this year and four deaths.
People have been warned not to eat raw seafood and not to swim with open wounds or scratches. The virus was named “Flesh eating” because it can break the skin. Some cases required surgery, some others amputation apart from the four deaths.
“The way to protect yourself from skin infections from vibrio is by performing good wound care and you do that by covering the wounds with dry clean bandages until they’re healed,” said Dr. Carina Blackmore, the deputy state epidemiologist in Florida.
For healthy people, the virus can be a mild disease. If it’s consumed, it can be manifested with diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain. If it is entered through scratches or wounds, the skin breaks down. When in the bloodstream, the infection’s deadly outcome is about 50 percent of the time.
For people with weak immune systems or medical conditions, the virus is fatal almost 80 percent of the time.
The summer is more dangerous since the bacteria thrive in warm places, in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Seaboard.
This year’s casualties are much less than last year’s so far, as there were 32 infection cases and seven deaths in Florida in 2014.
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Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day

A couple observe a sandstorm that shrouds the capital city from an observation deck of the Cairo Tower in Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP)
Egypt faces treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a 5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.
Airports near Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, along the Mediterranean coast, closed and diverted flights to Cairo due to poor visibility from the day’s sandstorm, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said.
In the Red Sea town of Dahab, near the epicenter of the quake in the Sinai peninsula, the tremor shook loose clouds of dust that enveloped nearby mountains, according to a witness. The quake appeared to startle local residents and tourists.
Fierce winds whipped through the capital as many residents took cover from the sand by staying indoors.
No damage was immediately reported from the earthquake.
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