Archive | September 13, 2015

Lightning kills 4 in Saurashtra, India


Even as four persons died after being stuck by lightning in Saurashtra, rains that lashed many parts of the region on Saturday came as a major relief to farmers facing crop loss due to deficient rainfall in August.
More good news followed as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a rainfall forecast for the next four days. Officials said that light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at isolated places in the districts of south Gujarat, Saurashtra, Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next four days.
Rains, coupled with lightning, claimed four lives on Saturday. A man died in Moruka village of Talala taluka in Gir-Somnath, while a 10-year-old girl died in Jamdar village of Kotda-Sangani taluka in Rajkot. A 17-year-old youth identified as Arvind died in Ora village of Vichhiya taluka and one person died in Rafda village of Rajkot. Over 10 cattle died due to lightning in four districts of Saurashtra.
According to the district flood control room, moderate to rather heavy rains occurred in Amreli, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Surendranagar and Rajkot districts on Saturday evening.
In Junagadh, Vanthali recorded 80mm rainfall followed by Bhesan (76mm), Junagadh (56mm) and Mendarda (15mm). In Jamnagar, Kalavad received 110mm rainfall while Jamjodhpur recorded 80mm rainfall in just two hours.
Heavy rains also occurred in Amreli district where Bagasara recorded 101mm of rainfall followed by Dhari (30mm), Amreli (25mm) and Liliya (25mm).
According to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), Saurashtra region has so far received 67.28% average annual rainfall. The water storage level in all 137 dams in Saurashtra region was around 46% of the total storage capacity.
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Britain on severe flood alert: Week of heavy rain to unleash extreme weather chaos

Severe Weather Alert

BRITAIN faces a week of blistering storms and floods as the Met Office has refused to rule out SEVERE weather warnings over the coming days
Remnants of tropical Storm Henri are set to sweep across the country and unleash devastating gales and torrential downpours.
Weather experts are advising Britons to prepare for the worst, with 70mph gusts and floods threatening coastal regions.
The “wild weather” will throw the relatively calm start to autumn into chaos.
Britain’s coastal regions are preparing for double the normal rainfall this week, which could trigger dangerous floods. 
Parts of Storm Henri, which is hurtling across the Atlantic, will be pulled into the UK by an unusually strong jet stream.
The severe storm alert comes as the Met Office called on the public to name Britain’s biggest, windiest and wettest gales before they strike.
The Met Office has not ruled out severe weather warnings over the next few days depending on the intensity of the storms.
Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: “A band of rain moves through the UK on Monday and it is looking very unsettled with gales in exposed coasts especially in the south.
“We are keeping an eye on what tropical storm Henri will do as there is another unsettled weather system piggy-backing into the UK.
“The track and timings of the low are still uncertain but it is likely we will be issuing warnings as this becomes clearer.
“It is quite a disturbed weather pattern.”
Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, said: “Much of the UK can expect 150-250 per cent of normal precipitation so quite a wet week.”
Weather Network spokesman Richard Chapman admitted that Britain is about to get a taste of some “wild weather”.
He said: “It is definitely set to be unsettled with rain and some strong winds dominating. 
“If the jet stream engages with ex-tropical storm Henri we could be in for some wild weather, a real taste of autumn.”
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather said: “After some short-lived Indian type summer weather for many it will become more unsettled at times.
“This will bring a changeable theme of sunshine and showers or some longer periods of rain as weather fronts edge in from the Atlantic for many to start next week.
“The unsettled weather will be accompanied by some gusty or potentially strong winds at times to give an autumnal feel to affairs.”
WeatherOnline forecaster John Ejdowski added: “Deep areas of low pressure will affect the country this week often bring in heavy periods of rain along with strong winds, especially to the south.
The weather alert comes as climate scientists warn of “big changes” to the Earth’s climate within just two years.
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300 Flamingos killed by massive hailstorm in Albacete, Spain

05.09.15 Flamingos Killed In Spain
A strong storm water and hail, which fell in the province of Albacete, killed 300 copies of the lagoon of Petrola flamenco. Sources of the special services of prevention and extinction of fire in the region (Sepei) confirmed that storm also caused tens of specimens wounded, that have been recovered by environmental agents.
Ovidio García, head of the Sepei, explained that “the figures are not official and are environmental agents who will have the final count”, although “the data that we have given have been 300 dead animals”.
Environmental agents have spent long hours recovering adults and dead chickens, and injured animals. Garcia said that “the lagoon of Petrola is extensive, but not deep,” by which rescues them “not have been complicated”. The same lagoon already was the scene of the death of some 80 flamingos by a strong HailStorm and hail in 2010, and then Albacete bird recovery center took care of injured animals.
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7,000+ birds killed due to avian flu in Bouake and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, Africa

Bird Flu

Six more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Cote D’Ivoire.
The outbreaks were clustered in two areas, three outbreaks in the centre of the country in Bouake, and three outbreaks in the south in Abidjan. The outbreaks were identified as H5N1 serotype.
Several species of poultry were affected, including ducks, chickens, pigeons and even doves. Both backyard and farm operations were affected.
4001 birds died across the six outbreaks, and the remaining 3398 susceptible birds on the premises were destroyed to prevent the disease spreading.
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Tens of Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lake in Baytown, Texas, USA

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Thousands of dead fish are washing up in one Baytown neighborhood, leaving behind a stink of a mess.
The fish are in the canals that fork off Burnet Bay. Eyewitness News found tens of thousands of in the canals behind the homes on Yaupon and Rue Oleans in the Lakewood subdivision.
A homeowner who lives along the waterway says she first spotted several dead fish early in the morning. When she came back from work in the afternoon, there were thousands of them beginning to rot under the hot Houston sun.
Eyewitness News reached out to Texas Parks and Wildlife. They tell us this is a seasonal issue that is common in many canal subdivisions due to low levels of oxygen in the water. High temperatures and algae blooms typically cause this.
“The kills typically happen overnight when much of the algae dies off and also produces less oxygen,” regional biologist Steven Mitchell explained. “These fish are juvenile Gulf Menhaden that gather in large schools and are drawn to these inland canals to feed on the algae and are very sensitive to environmental stresses.”
Mitchell says as the fish die, even more oxygen is removed from the water due to the decomposition process. That in turn causes even more fish to die.
“This large die off may in turn affect other species of fish if low dissolved oxygen persists day and night for several days,” said Mitchell. “The event usually lasts a few days until weather conditions change.”
Local birds and other animals in the water, like larger fish and crabs, will generally take care of most of the dead fish.
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600 Kilos of carp have died, ‘an unusual event’, in a river in Torreilles, France

This is a witness who gave the alert at 9 a.m. yesterday morning, worried to see a large number of carp float, the belly in the air, in the Bourdigou, in the centre of the village. Firefighters have therefore sent a team in recognition, which confirmed the abnormal mortality of carp in the river.
A boat of firefighters, with four personnel on board as well as a pumper mobilized so, initially, to oxygenate the water course. But it was eventually necessary removal of 600 kg of dead fish, an operation which continued up to 16 hours.
The municipality then had to take charge of destruction of fish thus recovered. Immediately conducted analyses revealed the presence of pollution of organic origin, without that the cause was unable yet to be determined.
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Thousands of dead fish wash up on a beach, ‘never seen so many dead fish’ in Buddina, Australia

Fish stranded at Buddina
SOMETHING very fishy is going on – thousands of fish have washed up on the beach at Buddina.
Local resident Susan Sheard was walking with her son yesterday afternoon when she took the photo attached.
Ms Sheard said many of the fish were still alive and “flapping on the beach”.
She tried to throw a few back in the water, but there were simply too many.
“There wasn’t a smell, it was obviously very new.”
She wondered if a very low tide had something do with the incident.
“I have never seen fish like that at Buddina beach,” she said.
“I’ve lived here 10 years. 
“The water was clean, there was no pollution in them.
“Some people were saying they may have been scared in by the sharks.”
Matthew Planck, from Swan boat hire, said the fish in the photo looked a pilchard.
He had no idea why they would end up on the beach there.
“For them to get washed up on the beach like that in that numbers is so uncommon.
“They could be bycatch from a fish trawler,” he said.
The Daily is seeking further expert opinion on what has caused the phenomenon.
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Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a beach in Gandia, Spain

The Government of Gandia, through the Department of responsible management of the territory, studied what happened so this Thursday morning appeared hundreds of fish dead in Venice Beach, near the mouth of the river Serpis. 
The Councillor responsible for the area, Xavi Ródenas, asked the Manager of the regional sewage treatment plant daily analyses of recent weeks to rule out that this is a problem in this plant spills.
Similarly, the company that manages the municipal water has moved technicians to the area, who have taken samples and sent them to the laboratories of Valencia for its study. You are expected in five days the results. You want to check if it’s a spill illegal in order to find out the origin and start the timely complaint. 
“At the same time we have decided to keep open the Venice Beach, since there is no danger to swimmers, according to the evaluation of the technical. What have put is the yellow flag as a precaution,”said Ródenas. In parallel was the removal of dead fish to avoid discomfort and smells.
It is not the first time that are fish killed in Venice Beach, as last summer, or must be closed by accumulation of fecal bacteria, especially after an episode of heavy rains.
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Large amount of dead or dying sea birds washing ashore in Bay Area, California, USA

An alarming number of dead or dying sea birds are washing up on Bay Area beaches and bird rescue centers say they’re being inundated with a particular species. ABC7 News traveled to the Marin headlands where many of them are washing up.
Beach goer Holly Barbarisi recently found 20 dead murre sea birds along Rodeo Beach on the Marin headlands. She also found one alive flapping in the surf.
Barbarisi told ABC7 News, “And it was obviously disabled and unable to fend for itself, so I did take it into Wild Care.”
That bird and many other survivors are transferred to the International Bird Rescue Center in Fairfield.
“We’re getting generally between five and 15 a day,” Michelle Bellizzi from the International Bird Rescue Center said.
International Bird Rescue normally receives about 10 murres a year, but they currently have 45 of them recuperating there.
“They’re such fluffy little things. But when I put my hand on his stomach you can feel that he’s got no muscle on his keel at all,” Bellizzi pointed out.
Most are young like the baby bird Bellizzi showed us, rescued on Dillon Beach at Point Reyes, on Tuesday. It’s being fed a slurry of fish formula to help it regain its weight. The International Bird Rescue believes the fish are diving deeper because of warming water temperatures.
“If those fish are just a little bit lower than those baby murres can dive for food, than we see lots of sick and dead and dying baby murres on the beach,” Bellizzi said.
If you find a sea bird in distress, the International Bird Rescue recommends that you throw a towel over it, wrap it up and gently place it in a well-ventilated box.
You can take it to a wildlife rescue center that cares for birds or you can call your local Animal Control.
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Hundreds of dead fish found floating in a lake in Louisville, USA

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A smelly situation at a South Louisville Lake has been traced to a mass death of fish.
The smell originated from Watterson Lake Park, where hundreds of dead fish floated on top of the shallow lake.
Investigators from the Department of Fish and Wildlife are working with the Metro Parks officials to determine what may have caused the mass die-off.
WHAS11 News learned of the mysterious event from a message via Facebook.
John Reed, the viewer who sent us that message, said that a biologist showed up at the lake and did some tests. He mentioned to Reed that the oxygen content of the water was extremely low.
Experts say a combination of heat and lack of rain can cause oxygen leves to drop, but investigators haven’t determined an official cause.
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