Archive | November 18, 2019


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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 400 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,793,000 / local time: 15:36:27.0 2019-11-18

190 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,300 / local time: 15:36:27.0 2019-11-18
101 km E of Mariposa, United States / pop: 2,200 / local time: 15:36:27.0 2019-11-18
12 km E of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,300 / local time: 15:36:27.0 2019-11-18

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1211 km SW of Dili, Timor-Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 06:59:13.0 2019-11-19

960 km S of Kupang, Indonesia / pop: 283,000 / local time: 05:59:13.0 2019-11-19
202 km W of Broome, Australia / pop: 13,300 / local time: 05:59:13.0 2019-11-19

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Heavy #Rain Triggers Deadly #Landslides and #Floods in South #Austria

Flooding along the Gurk River in Austria, November 2019. Photo: Feuerwehr Gurk

Heavy rain and snow in parts of Austria has caused flooding and landslides leaving 2 people injured and 1 dead.

Austria’s met agency Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), said some areas of Upper Carinthia, East Tyrol and the southern regions of Salzburg have seen 200 to 300mm of rain between 15 and 17 November.

News agency APA reported that one person died after a landslide in Bad Kleinkirchheim, district of Spittal an der Drau, in the state of Carinthia. The landslide occurred early on 18 November, almost completely destroying the house.

Elsewhere, a landslide in Bad Gastein, St. Johann im Pongau district, Salzburg state, destroyed 2 houses and injured 2 people.

Heavy rain has increased levels of the Gurk river in St. Veit an der Glan, Carinthia, where around 15 buildings have been evacuated by firefighters. As of 18 November the Gurk river at Weitensfeld (Ost) stood at 3.13 metres.

The severe weather has interrupted rail transport and power supply. Some parts of southern Austria were cut off after heavy snowfall.

ZAMG said more rain and snowfall in the south of Austria was likely on 19 November, although but not as extreme as in the last days.

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Thousands Hit by #Floods in #Haut #Uélé and #Tshopo, #DRCongo

A building is almost entirely submerged in water in the Cité Kolongo neighborhood of Bangui in the Central African Republic. Photo: Itunu Kuku/NRC

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports that flooding has affected thousands of people in the provinces of Haut-Uélé and Tshopo in the north of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Meanwhile ongoing floods in neighbouring Central African Republic have destroyed 10,000 homes and affected almost 60,000 people, according to Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

According to UN OCHA, 18,000 people have been displaced by flooding in 45 villages in Isangi Territory, Tshopo Province. Isangi is located at the confluence of the Lomami and Congo rivers. Flooding has affected the territory since late October. The UN says no humanitarian relief has been provided to victims, who, according to local authorities, are in dire need for shelter, health and essential household items, as well as clean water and sanitation.

Meanwhile more than 10,600 people in Dungu and Niangara in Haut-Uélé Province are also in dire need of humanitarian support. Recent flooding in the two territories has destroyed shelters, health facilities and schools. Crops have also been damaged. Niangara is situated directly on the Uele river. Dungu is located at the confluence of the Dungu and Kibali Rivers where they join to form the Uele River.

Around 40,000 people have been displaced by flooding along the Ubangi River in the northern provinces of Sud-Ubangi and Nord-Ubangi. Flooding began in October after a period of heavy rain caused the Ubangi River to break its banks.

In neighbouring Central African Republic, ongoing floods that also began in late October have destroyed more than 10,000 homes and has impacted at least 57,000 people, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

Country Director for the NRC, David Manan, said “Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and this disaster is affecting many people who were already struggling to make ends meet. The flooding is so severe in some parts of the capital Bangui that the only way to get around is by canoe.”

The government has declared a natural catastrophe and is appealing for national and international solidarity to support its emergency response efforts.

“People are currently living in overcrowded displacement sites as they seek protection from the rain. There is an urgent need for clean drinking water, mosquito nets and materials to set up temporary shelters to ensure people are kept healthy and safe,” said Manan.

“Stagnant water left by floods are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. We fear there could be a rise in the number of people affected by malaria and an outbreak of waterborne diseases like cholera if emergency assistance isn’t received in time,” he added.

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100 Rescued After #Floods Hit Central and Eastern Areas of #England, #UK

Severe Flood Warning

More rivers have flooded England after further heavy rain, affecting parts of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, as well as areas of eastern England.

Meanwhile villages in South Yorkshire are still underwater after rivers overflowed earlier this month.

The Environment Agency (EA), emergency responders and local authorities said they are helping to protect people and properties following flooding in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Around 22,000 properties have been protected by flood defences, including nearly 7,000 properties in Yorkshire.

As of 16 November there were nearly 400 operational staff working on flooded sites across the country pumping water and erecting temporary barriers to help better protect more homes and businesses against further flooding.

The EA deployed 83 high volume pumps, including four ultra-high volume units, extracting water to help protect homes and businesses in South Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Following the floods in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire that began on 07 November, further heavy rain from 14 November caused the Severn and Avon rivers to burst their banks, flooding parts of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. Flood barriers were erected in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, and Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service said they attended 46 incidents of vehicles trapped in flood water and rescued 97 people between 14 and 15 November.

One of the hardest hit areas was Evesham in Worcestershire, where the River Avon burst its banks. Schools and a hospital were closed. On 15 November levels of the Avon at Evesham reached 4 metres. Flood level here is 2.5 metres.

The city of Worcester, about 25km north west, was also flooded after the Severn river overflowed. Dave Throup, Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said via Social Media that this was the fourth time this year parts of Worcester have been flooded. The River Severn also caused flooding in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, with the river reaching 1.2 metres above flood alert level on 16 November.

About 25km south of Worcester, the town of Tewkesbury was once again flooded. Tewkesbury stands at the confluence of the Avon and Severn rivers, which broke their banks and flooded the town in late October this year.

In the east of England, St Ives in Cambridgeshire was surrounded by flood water after the River Great Ouse overflowed. Bardney, near Lincoln, flooded after the Barlings Eau burst its banks.

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Depth: 7 km

Distances: 732 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,446,000 / local time: 14:15:02.2 2019-11-18

81 km S of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 187,000 / local time: 14:15:02.2 2019-11-18
23 km S of Provo, United States / pop: 113,000 / local time: 14:15:02.2 2019-11-18
1 km SW of Payson, United States / pop: 18,300 / local time: 14:15:02.2 2019-11-18

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Depth: 18 km

Distances: 409 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,446,000 / local time: 12:46:48.6 2019-11-18

34 km W of Kanab, United States / pop: 4,400 / local time: 12:46:48.6 2019-11-18
9 km NE of Hildale, United States / pop: 2,800 / local time: 12:46:48.6 2019-11-18

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#Samoa shuts schools, declares #emergency as #measles kills 6

Measles Alert

Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people.

For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people has been in the grip of a measles epidemic that has been exacerbated by low immunization rates.

Schools were closed from Monday after the government declared an emergency on Saturday. The National University of Samoa also told students to stay home and said exams scheduled for this week had been indefinitely postponed.

Health authorities said most of those who died were under the age of 2. They counted 716 measles cases reported, with nearly 100 people still hospitalized including 15 in intensive care.

Samoa’s Director General of Health Leausa Take Naseri said in a news conference last week that he expects the epidemic will get worse. He said that only about two-thirds of Samoans had been vaccinated, leaving the others vulnerable to the virus.

But figures from the World Health Organization and UNICEF indicate that measles immunization rates among Samoan infants have fallen steeply from over 70% in 2013 to under 30% last year.

Helen Petousis-Harris, a vaccine expert at New Zealand’s University of Auckland, said the Samoan government halted its immunization program for several months last year after two infants died from a medical mishap involving a vaccine.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday it was sending 3,000 vaccines to Samoa as well as nurses and medical supplies.

Ardern said Samoan authorities believe the outbreak was started by a traveler from New Zealand.

“We, of course, have an open flow of people,” Ardern said. “But we see our responsibility as supporting Samoa as they deal with the outbreak, and we are doing that actively.”

Petousis-Harris said it was disappointing that people in New Zealand who were carrying the virus had traveled to Samoa. She said New Zealand has for years known it has immunity gaps.

“But we didn’t deal with the problem,” she said.

Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand have also reported outbreaks of measles but on a smaller scale than in Samoa.

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Depth: 20 km

Distances: 83 km NE of Malingao, Philippines / pop: 1,122,000 / local time: 21:22:11.0 2019-11-18

1 km E of San Vicente, Philippines / pop: 2,400 / local time: 21:22:11.0 2019-11-18

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Depth: 67 km

Distances: 13.440°N 145.215°E

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