Archive | September 4, 2020


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Depth: 14 km

Distances: 122 km NNE of Boise, United States / pop: 145,000 / local time: 20:11:46.4 2020-09-02

85 km ESE of McCall, United States / pop: 3,100 / local time: 20:11:46.4 2020-09-02

Locusts Now Threatening Parts of Southern Africa #Locusts #Botswana #Namibia #Zambia #Zimbabwe #Africa

Locust Alert

Locusts are threatening another part of Africa, with up to 7 million people in the southern region facing further food insecurity, the United Nations said Friday.

The outbreaks of African migratory locusts in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are not related to the huge outbreak of billions of desert locusts that has affected East Africa for months, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said.

While far smaller, the southern outbreaks need quick attention to prevent a wider problem as farmers and others already struggle to recover from a serious drought last year and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. agency said in a statement.

Swarms of the voracious insects “can eat enough food for 2,500 people in a day,” according to a separate Food and Agriculture Organization document on the southern Africa outbreaks. A single swarm can contain millions of locusts.

While all four countries have launched pesticide spraying efforts that have been called the only effective locust control, the work has been limited, the FAO said.

“The situation is aggravated by the inaccessibility and ecological sensitivity of some of the affected areas,” the agency said. A new emergency response initiative seeks environmental friendly pesticides along with other support.

One locust breeding area has been Botswana’s well-known and wildlife-rich Okavango delta.

The Botswana outbreak began in May, and the countries and the U.N. decided by late June that the outbreaks were a regional emergency.

“Some of the worst-affected areas are very difficult to reach,” FAO southern Africa coordinator Patrice Talla said.

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7 dead, 3 injured in explosion at firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore, India #Explosion #TamilNadu #Cuddalore #India

Explosion Alert

Seven people died and three injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory. The incident took place in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore on September 04. More details are awaited.

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Landslide kills at least five in Kasongo territory, Maniema province, DRC #Landslide #Kasongo #Maniema #DRC #Africa

Landslide Danger Alert

At least five people were killed and five others injured after a landslide occurred in the Mukulungu area of Kasongo territory (Maniema province) on Friday, September 4. The incident reportedly led to the collapse of an artisan gold mine.

Residual disruptions are expected in the vicinity of the incident in the coming hours and days as response operations continue.

Individuals in Kasongo territory are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of the incident over the near term, avoid landslide-prone areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

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