Archive | May 11, 2016

Massive Landslide Kills 15 In Uganda, Africa

Landslide Danger Alert

At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and scores still missing following a landslide triggered by heavy downpours in western Uganda’s Bundibugyo District Tuesday morning.
Bridges were washed away and some 200 homes destroyed in heavy rains that have cut off access to some areas. Rescue operations are on-going.
“It is a major landslide, which has killed about 15 people as from the reports so far received and 50 others are undergoing treatment in hospital,” a local official Godfrey Mucunguzi said.
The news comes a day after authorities announced that at least 49 people had been killed at the weekend in neighbouring Rwanda after landslides caused by heavy rains.
Landslides are not unusual in Rwanda but this year’s rainy season has been particularly deadly with at least 67 people killed from January to April.
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Massive Landslide Kills 42 In Ethiopia, Africa

Landslide Danger Alert

Rescue efforts were underway on Wednesday following a landslide in southern Ethiopia that killed 42 people, police said.
Torrential rains in Wolaita, around 300 kilometres (195 miles) southwest of the capital Addis Ababa, wiped out roads and bridges, Cmdr. Endale Aberra, spokesman for the state police, told Anadolu Agency.
He said a rescue and assessment team, led by the State Chief Dessie Dalke and Police Commissioner Fisseha Garedew, arrived in the region earlier on Wednesday.
Merihun Fikru, a member of the regional emergency committee, said that rescue efforts were being hampered by damage to the roads.
“Rescue operations have continued in an intensified manner,” he said.
“The bodies of 32 victims have been recovered so far from the rubble and laid to rest.”
Fikru said residents were being evacuated from the areas deemed most at risk from further landslides.
Although Ethiopia is coping with the worst drought in 50 years, heavy rain have caused damage across the country.
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Thousands of dead fish surface at a lake in Bengaluru, India

Fish Kill Alert

As morning joggers headed to the Ulsoor Lake in Bengaluru today, they were in for a shock. The entire surface of the lake was swamped by dead fish.
Thousands of dead fish washed ashore today at Ulsoor lake, a popular boating site in Bengaluru, raising concerns about water pollution in the city.
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Hundreds of snow geese found dead in Idaho, USA

Poison Gas Alert

Poisonous gas caused the deaths of more than 300 snow geese migrating through eastern Idaho in March, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game says.
The Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Lab and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab found traces of phosphine gas in tissue samples from dead birds collected at Mud Lake and Market Lake wildlife management areas.
Market Lake WMA hosts a blizzard of feathers in the spring. About 50,000 big, bright-white and honking snow geese stop at ponds near Roberts to rest and refuel, but for the second year in a row, some of those geese died. The trend warranted testing even though the overall snow goose and Ross’ goose population, estimated at 2 million, is not impacted by the die-off.
“It won’t cause any population concerns with those species, but it does raise concerns with other birds that are not as visible – birds like partridge, pheasant and Canada geese that are not as easy to find,” said Jeff Knetter, Fish and Game upland game and migratory bird coordinator.
During the same two-year die-off, the vole population in the area increased. Voles are similar to mice in size, and farmers often use zinc phosphide to control the rodents in their fields. When phosphide is consumed, it turns into the poisonous gas phosphine.
“Ag does use zinc phosphide to kill voles, but in truth we’re not sure where the geese picked it up,” Knetter says. “The folks that are using zinc phosphide are just trying to deal with voles damaging their crops. We can’t make a link at this point, but we want to provide people with resources so they can educate themselves on the issues.”
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9,000 birds killed by huge hailstorm in Utah, USA

Hail Alert

A major hailstorm wiped out thousands of birds over the weekend, so Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials went out to assess casualties, Monday. 
Experts say the lucky birds were able to take cover under bridges along the Antelope Island Causeway, but unfortunately 9,000 of them simply did not have time to get there.
“They’re very small, very delicate,” explained John Neill, Avian Biologist for the DWR.
Neill says that is why flock after flock of Red-necked Phalaropes dropped from the sky during the storm, Friday.  He says the migratory birds were likely heading to Northern Canada or Alaska for breeding season.
“Great Salt Lake’s a very important fuel stopover for them… it’s just a coincidence that the birds were here and the storm came at the same time,” Neill said. 
Neill says the birds were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it made for a sad outcome that no one could have prevented. 
“It kind of makes me sick to my stomach,” Neill said, adding that he spent most of his Monday counting the dead fowl along the Antelope Island Causeway.
“A lot of the scavengers will take care of them and eat them, and it will be a good food source for them,” he explained.
Neill says he also found about 50 injured  phalaropes.
“It’s not able to fly.  It probably has a broken wing here,” he pointed out after picking one up.
Neill says most of the injured fowl will die. 
“They’re able to feed, but they can’t fly…” he said.  “Ground-based predators and ravens… will probably snatch them up,” adding that the DWR can not save them.
Neill says he can not even remember the last time weather conditions took out this many birds.  He says it has been at least 10 years.
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Masses of dead prawns wash up on the coast of Arica, Chile

Is dyed red beach shore Lisera due to a stranding of dwarf shrimp, which is being analyzed by Sernapesca.
Jorge Rivera, in charge of control Sernapesca said that this species is common in the area and is not well known because its size is not consumed or sold, “at first glance it seems to be due to an environmental phenomenon linked to temperature , unlike as in Chiloé pollution. The prawns are alive and come to die on the shore. “
Rivera added that anyway samples to be sent to Santiago for analysis due to take contingency Chiloe.
This adds to the stranding of fish from the weekend in Chinchorro and Machas.
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100 dead sea birds found washed up on beaches in El Tabito and Matanzas, Chile

Un centenar de cormoranes fueron encontrados muertos en playas de la zona central
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Almost 100 cormorants were found dead on the beaches of El Tabito (V region) and Matanzas (VI region). 
The Navy confirmed that in both locations found almost 50 bodies of these birds showed no damage attributable to third parties. 
” We will continue to monitor the area to see the evolution of this issue , ” said Erick Anwandter, harbormaster of Algarrobo, the site.
It is estimated that the death of this species – identified as guanay cormorant or Pochard – were possibly victims of bycatch.
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Depth: 95 km

Distances: 339 km NE of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 01:44:23.8 2016-05-12
77 km SW of Whakatane, New Zealand / pop: 18,602 / local time: 01:44:23.8 2016-05-12
17 km SW of Murupara, New Zealand / pop: 1,876 / local time: 01:44:23.8 2016-05-12

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