Archive | October 16, 2016

Thousands flee as Typhoon Sarika lashes Philippines

Typhoon Alert
Typhoon Sarika lashed the main Philippine island of Luzon on Sunday, flattening homes and toppling trees and power pylons as more than 12,000 people fled to safer ground, officials said.
Minor landslides and flooding were also reported a day after the cyclone brushed past the remote eastern island of Catanduanes and left one person drowned and three others missing there.
“We were told roofs were ripped off houses and there were fallen trees but that’s about the extent of damage that we know of,” Ricardo Jalad, head of the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told reporters.
Nelianto Bihasa, the mayor of the town of Baler where Sarika made landfall before dawn, told ABS-CBN network the typhoon destroyed at least 20 houses and left one person injured there.
“Many trees and power pylons were toppled,” Bihasa said, adding the coastal town of 36,000 people some 145 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Manila was without electricity.
“This was no ordinary typhoon,” Bihasa added.
Government crews and utility workers immediately went to work clearing roads blocked by landslides, toppled trees and posts and other debris. Some towns began sending people in shelters back to their homes as the danger passed.
Sarika swept out into the South China Sea in the early afternoon after dumping heavy rain across a broad section of Luzon island.
However, the weather service warned the nation to brace for a second storm, with Typhoon Haima expected to strike the same area as early as Thursday.
The disaster agency said nearly 12,500 people had left their homes shortly before Sarika struck, seeking refuge in government-run shelters and relatives’ homes.
Eleven people were rescued after a boat capsized off the eastern island of Samar on Friday, while about 1,000 boats and 6,500 passengers were stranded in ports as the coast guard barred smaller vessels from putting to sea.
Local officials reported two other deaths in Catanduanes and the nearby province of Camarines Sur. But Jalad, the disaster agency chief, said the national authorities could not yet determine whether these had anything to do with the storm.
The disaster agency said 290 commercial flights, including 63 to international destinations, were cancelled.
Eighty-four climbers were rescued from three Philippine mountains in the typhoon’s path, it added.
The Philippine islands are often the first major landmass to be hit by storms that generate over the Pacific Ocean. The Southeast Asian archipelago endures about 20 major storms each year, many of them deadly.
Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit land, smashed into the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.
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Flood alerts issued as storm whips up high tides in Devon and Cornwall, UK

Flood alerts issued as storm whips up high tides
Flood alerts have been issued for long stretches of the Devon and Cornwall coast with high tides backed by strong winds tomorrow and into Monday.
The Environment Agency has issued three flood warnings and 26 flood alerts with “overtopping” forecast at many coastal locations.
It said: “Astronomical tide heights are increasing towards spring tides, peaking on Monday. Spray overtopping may lead to minor flooding over the high tides from Sunday Morning through until Monday evening. Property flooding is not expected.
“This is in combination with force six southerly winds and offshore waves of two metres. Overtopping is likely at exposed coastal locations especially along the edges of quays and sea walls.
“Environment Agency staff will be monitoring conditions and operating coastal defences. This information will be updated after the high tide on Sunday morning.”
South Devon coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
South Devon coast from Dawlish Warren to Seaton
South Devon estuaries
North Devon coast from Hartland Point to Lynmouth
South Cornwall coast from Lands End to Lizard Point
South Cornwall coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro City
North Cornwall coast from Lands End to Chapel Porth
North Cornwall coast from Chapel Porth to The Rumps excluding the tidal River Camel
Tidal River Camel excluding Wadebridge and Chapel Amble
North Cornwall coast from The Rumps to Hartland Point excluding Bude
The Met Office said there would be “scattered heavy and blustery showers” early on Sunday although they were “ease into the afternoon, leaving many places dry.”
It said: “Despite the breeze it will feel warmer than recent days. Maximum temperature 16C.
“Turning cooler and breezy from the west on Monday and Tuesday with frequent showers in between some drier interludes. Drier, brighter, and less windy on Wednesday.”
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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


Subject To Change

Depth: 22 km

Distances: 12 km (7 mi) NW of Rodotopion, Greece
24 km (14 mi) WNW of Ioannina, Greece
51 km (31 mi) SE of Gjirokaster, Albania
53 km (32 mi) E of Sarande, Albania
184 km (114 mi) SSE of Tirana, Albania

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Subject To Change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 10 km (6 mi) NW of Rodotopion, Greece
21 km (13 mi) WNW of Ioannina, Greece
54 km (33 mi) SE of Gjirokaster, Albania
54 km (33 mi) ESE of Sarande, Albania
186 km (115 mi) SSE of Tirana, Albania

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5 million chickens killed from flooding in North Carolina, USA

Flood Alert
Flooding from Hurricane Matthew has killed up to 5 million poultry birds in North Carolina, most of them chickens, the state’s top environmental official said on Wednesday, hurting a major contributor to its economy.
Donald van der Vaart, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, also told Reuters that some pits that hold hog waste on farms had been inundated with floodwaters. The waste, mixing with water, may eventually make its way into rivers, streams and the Atlantic Ocean.
Van der Vaart said he did not know how many pits had been inundated but that the environmental damage would be minimal because the hog waste will be “vastly diluted” by floodwaters.
North Carolina officials have been racing to help farmers swamped by Matthew and to assess damages since the storm dumped heavy rains on the state over the weekend. They have wanted to avoid a repeat of Hurricane Floyd, which overwhelmed hog farms and pits in 1999, contaminating waterways with animal carcasses and waste.
“Knock on wood, right now we don’t have the kind of catastrophic losses we had in 1999,” van der Vaart said. He added that there had been “a tremendous loss of life on the poultry side,” however, saying the number of birds killed could total about 5 million.
Floodwaters have covered areas across central and eastern North Carolina this week, killing 19 people and forcing more than 3,800 residents to flee to shelters.
Agriculture is the state’s top industry, contributing about $84 billion to the economy, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The department has confirmed 1.8 million poultry have died, mostly chickens, spokesman Brian Long said. The total is expected to increase, he added.
Last year, North Carolina produced about 823 million chickens for meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sanderson Farms Inc, the third largest U.S. poultry producer, said it lost about 250,000 chickens being raised for meat in the state.
Tyson Foods Inc said its losses were minimal because the company does did not have operations raising chickens for meat in flooded areas.
Privately held Perdue Farms said it was still assessing the number of chickens it lost.
Chicken carcasses will be disposed of primarily through composting inside the houses where the chickens were being raised, North Carolina officials said.
The state’s agriculture department said it had asked the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for about $5 million to help cover composting costs.
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Shocked farmer, 20 Ton Fish Sudden Death in District Paminggir HSU, Indonesia

Fish Kill Alert
Farmers fish in District Paminggir Hulu Sungai Utara (HSU) sudden confusion because the fish were maintained in cages to die suddenly.
This incident happened cage farmers in five villages throughout the District Paminggir the Village Bararawa, Ambahai, Tampakang, Sapala and Paminggir .
The village chief Ahmad Riani Paminggir said a few days ago the fish died suddenly turns from upstream to downstream. No sign of anything in the morning had a lot of fish floating in a swamp area used by farmers to preserve fish.
Some farmers are aware of the fish are less healthy by not normally swim straight when lifting and making dried fish. But so many are already rotten.
“We do not know because of what, more than 20 tons of fish die when combined se districts Paminggir , any loss of hundreds of millions of rupiah,” he said, Wednesday (12/10).
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