Archive | July 24, 2016

Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

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A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base within the Buca district, Izmir, western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media reports.
The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO’s military base because of strong winds.
According to CNN Turk, the fire is threatening a number of populated areas, and has already impacted a home for the elderly and its adjacent garden.
Despite intense efforts by NATO-stationed troops to stop the fire, the rapidly-spreading flames are moving closer to the arsenal, T24 News reports. The channel also reports that possible “sabotage” is suspected.
The fire is threatening the Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) base at Şirinyer (Buca) in İzmir, Turkey. LANDCOM is charged with improving the effectiveness and reaction time of the alliance’s land forces that when needed could respond to an international crisis.
Under the NATO nuclear weapons sharing program, Washington maintains its largest overseas nuclear arsenal in Turkey, consisting of up to 50 nuclear weapons, according to some estimates. The nukes however are stored at the base at Incirlik, and none are reportedly stored in Izmir.
It took more than seven hours of battling the flames using helicopters and an airplane to contain the blaze. However, it has not yet been fully subdued, several local papers announced.
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Record Breaking Temperature In Kuwait

Record High Temperatures

If you’re feeling flustered by the mini-heathwave over parts of the UK and Europe at the moment, then you’ll want to avoid the Middle East right now. On Thursday a blistering temperature of 54C (129.3F) was recorded in Kuwait, firmly putting our hot spell into context. It is the highest temperature ever recorded in the eastern hemisphere and almost certainly the highest temperature ever recorded on earth.
A weather station in Mitribah, a remote featureless area of north-west Kuwait, took the temperature last week during an intense heatwave that continues in parts of the Middle East. The mercury in neighbouring Iraq on the same day soared to 53.9C (129F) in the ancient city of Basra.
If verified by the World Meteorological Organisation, they will almost certainly be the two highest temperatures ever recorded on the planet.
Until now the official record for the highest temperature was 56.7C (134.1F) on 10 July 1913 at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California. But many modern meteorologists are sceptical of the record, arguing that the equipment used at the time was prone to error and not as reliable as modern recording methods.
Records show nearby places were nowhere near as hot and the wind conditions not favourable for such high temperatures, they argue.
According to Weather Underground meteorologist Christopher Burt: “That record has been scrutinized perhaps more than any other in the United States. I don’t have much more to add to the debate aside from my belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence.”
Dr Jeff Masters, also of Weather Underground, noticed the record-breaking quality potential in Kuwait, describing it as “a historic day”.
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Orange Alert Issued Due To Severe Heatwave In Parts Of China

Extreme Heatwave Alert

China’s meteorological authority on Sunday renewed its orange alert for high temperatures in southern and western regions, with temperatures expected to top 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.
During the daytime on Sunday, temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius are expected along the Yangtze, Yellow and Huaihe rivers, regions to the south of the Yangtze and parts of the Sichuan Basin, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.
People in these ares were cautioned to prepare for high temperatures.
China has a four-color-coded warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 192 km SE of Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic / pop: 1,602,264 / local time: 23:33:41.2 2016-07-24
141 km E of Homs, Syrian Arab Republic / pop: 775,404 / local time: 23:33:41.2 2016-07-24
18 km N of Tadmur, Syrian Arab Republic / pop: 51,015 / local time: 23:33:41.2 2016-07-24

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Depth: 113 km

Distances: 822 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 03:03:32.3 2016-07-25
625 km E of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation / pop: 176,484 / local time: 05:03:32.3 2016-07-25
246 km NE of Kuril’sk, Russian Federation / pop: 1,719 / local time: 04:03:32.3 2016-07-25

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Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1


Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels

Kp Index NOAA 24.07.16  21.30 hrs UTC

Severe Flooding Kills At Least 7 With Over 20,000 Displaced In Assam, India

Severe Flood Warning

The overall flood situation continued to be grim in Assam with over six lakh people affected across 14 districts till Sunday evening while one person died in Lakhimpur on Sunday taking flood-related death toll to seven this year.
An Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said that the flood have inundated large areas in Tinsukia district on Sunday, besides Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Dhubri, Dibrugarh and Chirang districts, which have remained flooded since last few days.
“As on today (Sunday), 6,41,043 people in 1,206 villages in the 14 districts remained affected due to the current flash of floods. The concerned district administrations have opened 81 relief camps in the flood hit districts housing 21,931 marooned people,” an ASDMA official said.
One person died due to floods in Lakhimpur district on Sunday, the ASDMA officials said. Two deaths – one in Lakhimpur and another in Morigaon – due to floods were reported on Saturday.
Sources in the Inland Water Resources (IWR) department said that the ferry services between Dhala to Sadiya, and Neematighat to Majuli have been suspended due to increasing water level of Brhamaputra river at many places.
Officials of the Central Water Commission said that while the Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level at Dibrugarh, Neematighat, Tezpur, Golapara and Dhubri, some of the tributaries of the Brahmaputra are also showing increasing trend. The Burhidehing, Subansiri and Dhansiri rivers are flowing above danger levels at Khowang (Dibrugarh), Bedetighat (Lakhimpur) and at Numaligarh (Golaghat) district respectively.
Similarly, Jia Bharali is flowing above danger level at Sonitpur and Puthimari river is flowing above danger level at Kamrup district, followed by Beki at Barpeta district. Sonkosh river is also flowing above danger level at Golakganj in Dhubri district.
While the flood waters have inundated the Dibru-Chaikhowa national park in Tinsukia district, Pabitora wildlife sanctuary and Kaziranga national park have also been partially affected due to the flood.
The flood waters have also damaged houses, bridges, and road links to many interior places in various flood hit districts of the state even as there are reports of breaches on embankments at many places throughout the state.
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Landslides displace 118 families in rural Bajura, Nepal

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A landslide poses threat to houses in Rajali, Badimalika Municipality-9 of Bajura district, in July 2016. Photo: Prakash Singh
As many as 118 families have been displaced in a week due to landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Badimalika Municipality of Bajura.
The local families have been moved to safer places after the land began to develop cracks in different places at Jilli and Rajali of the municipality. According to District Disaster Rescue Committee, Bajura, Badimalika Municipality is at high risk of landslides.
The landslides displaced 32 families of Shergaun, 15 of Bathanlek, nine of Kaurej, two of Rajali and 60 of Jilli while hundreds of other families are still living in landslide-prone areas.
A victim, Dev Bahadur BK, of Rajali said the victims have been taking shelter on high ground and under makeshift tents after they were displaced by the landslides.
He added that some of the families have been taking shelter in a local Khalibhitta Primary School.
Coordinator at Bajura DDRC and Chief District Officer of Bajura, Bhoj Raj Shrestha, said preparations to distribute relief materials to the victims were under way. “We have been collecting relief materials for the victims,” he informed.
CDO Shrestha added that a team from Nepali Army, Nepal Police and representatives of the local political parties led by Red Cross Society has been deployed to the affected areas for construction of temporary huts and tents.
Meanwhile, the victims slammed the concerned authorities for failing to provide relief although almost a week has elapsed since they were displaced.
DSP Dal Bahadur Bogati, of Bajura District Police Office, said the victims were dissatisfied as although police collected details of the victims, no relief was provided to them. The local political leaders have suggested to Bajura DDRC to relocate the victims to safer areas.
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Landslide Strikes Construction Site In Odessa Arcadia, Ukraine

A landslide has already collapsed part of the slope and the road.
In Arcadia in the area of construction of the hotel and water Park, a landslide collapsed part of the slope and the road, writes Duma.
“Illegal earthworks on the future of the restaurant intensified landslide processes. There is already collapsed part of the asphalted road leading to the Sea Symphony, and clay slope stick communications”, – writes the edition.
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Building Collapse Kills 7 In Darjeeling, India

Building Collapse Alert

At least seven persons were killed and eight others injured when a building collapsed in the Zaikir Hussain Colony area of Darjeeling on Friday.
The district officials ruled out landslide as cause of the building collapse. They said that it was perhaps due to structural flaws in the four storied building.
“We have called in the Army for the rescue operations.” District Magistrate of Darjeeling Anurag Srivastava told The Hindu . The incident took place at around 10-30 pm on Friday and currently rescue works are going on. Earlier this week heavy rain triggered landslides in the Fincheytaar under Rimbick police station of the district killing three persons including an eight year old child. Another family whose house was destroyed in the landslide has been lodged at a nearby relief centre. The district administration was able to clear the stretches of the National Highway 10 that was blocked by the landslide soon after the incident.
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