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06 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China
Power Outage - North-America - USA
Landslide - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Vehicle Incident - Europe - United Kingdom
Fire - North-America - USA
Heat Wave - Asia - China
Enviroment Pollution - Europe - Latvia
Vehicle Incident - Europe - Malta
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA
Landslide - Asia - Nepal
Vehicle Accident - Middle-America - Mexico
Vehicle Accident - Asia - China
HAZMAT - Asia - China

Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 08:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110705-31413-CHN
Date / time: 05/07/2011 03:01:11 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Shandong
Location: [Nanhuangcheng Island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Dead seaweed and rotting fish in the water around Nanhuangcheng Island in Shandong province, which is close to the site of a recent oil leak, suggest the local waters were polluted by the incident, say observers. "The oil leak will definitely influence the fishing industry nearby but we must carry out further investigations to see if the oil leak is the direct reason for the dead seaweed and fish," said a representative from the fisheries association in Changdao county. The county administers Nanhuangcheng Island. "The environmental impact caused by the oil leak is long-term," the man named Xiao told China Daily on Monday. Nanhuangcheng Island is about 40 nautical miles (74 kilometers) from the offshore oilfield in Bohai Bay where the leak originated. A local fishmonger surnamed Gao told China Daily some pollution definitely exists in the area. However, an official surnamed Song from Nanhuangcheng's local government told China Daily on Monday that the authorities have not yet received any reports of pollution. The State Oceanic Administration plans to brief the media on Tuesday afternoon about the oil leak but has not commented on it so far. According to a report from ConocoPhillips China, the company that operates the Penglai 19-3 oilfield from which the leak originated, an oil sheen was first seen on the surface of the sea "in early or mid June", a spokesperson from the China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) said in an e-mailed statement on Friday.

Cleanup work has almost finished and the source of the spill has been identified and brought under control, the statement said. The affected area was only about 200 square meters, China National Radio quoted a representative from CNOOC as saying on Sunday. The reason for the oil spill is under investigation but no injuries or reports of an impact on wildlife, fishing or shipping activities were detected, the report said. Those claims were repeated by ConocoPhillips China spokesperson Donna Xue. She said in an e-mailed statement to China Daily: "The size of the sheen is under investigation. There have been no reports of any impact on wildlife or fishing and shipping activities. Zhai Yuxiu, deputy director of the Yellow Sea fisheries research institute at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, said on Monday 200 square meters is a relatively small area, so the environmental impact is likely to be slight. According to earlier media reports, the oil leak was not publicized by the authorities at the time it happened but was exposed on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese micro-blogging site, on June 21. The leak was not the first that the public was told little about. On May 13, an oil leak was reported to the North China Sea branch of the State Oceanic Administration but few details were made public. And on April 22, the CNOOC said that a problem detected in its oil storage equipment in Bohai Bay led to four oilfields being shut down, but again offered few other details. CNOOC, which was founded in 1982, is a large State-owned enterprise and the largest offshore oil and gas producer in China. It produced 65 million tons of oil in 2010. China Daily was unable to reach a CNOOC spokesperson on Monday.


Power Outage - North-America - USA

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 07:59 PM PDT

EDIS Number: PW-20110705-31412-USA
Date / time: 05/07/2011 02:57:55 [UTC]
Event: Power Outage
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Michigan
Location: [Metro Detroit]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 30000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Nearly two days after a strong midsummer storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of DTE Energy customers in Metro Detroit, 30,000 remained without electricity late this afternoon. As of 4 p.m. 95,000 of affected homes and businesses had power restored, DTE spokesman John Austerberry said. DTE expected 90 percent of customers to be back online by tonight, Austerberry said. The company dispatched about 150 crews Sunday, 50 of which are contracted companies. The number of crews in service today wasn't immediately available. Each crew typically consists of three people. Customers have expressed frustration at the slow pace of repairs necessitated by strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines. Gusts up to 64 mph were recorded Saturday night at Detroit Metro Airport. "Nobody knows what they're doing, and nothing's getting done," said Douglas Taylor of Inkster, who has been without power since Saturday night. "They need to call us again because it may be that there was an additional problem with their service," he said. "For the most part, we have no way of knowing that unless they let us know."


Landslide - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 07:42 PM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110705-31411-PHL
Date / time: 05/07/2011 02:42:07 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Mindanao
Location: [Bukidnon province]
Number of Deads: 6 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 20 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least six people were killed and 20 others reported missing in a landslide caused by heavy torrential rain in the past few days in Bukidnon province in Mindanao, military and civilian officials reported on Monday. Lieutenant Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, the regional military spokesman, said soldiers who rushed to scene for the search and rescue operations have recovered six bodies buried under tons of mud and rocks as of 4pm on Monday. Cuerpo said the tragedy occurred in a “barangay” (village) located along the national road in Valencia City in Bukidnon. Cuerpo said the teams are looking for at least 20 more reported missing, most of them residents fleeing from their homes following warnings of landslides due to the continuous torrential rain pelting the province for the past few days. However, officials expressed fear the death toll could increase amid reports more people could have been buried due to the large area affected by the landslide. In an interview with the Metro Manila-based ANC News, Bukidnon Governor Alex Calingasan reported that most of the victims resided in a hilly village located along the national road.


Vehicle Incident - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 08:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110704-31410-GBR
Date / time: 04/07/2011 18:40:47 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: England
Location: [Adur Recreation Ground and at Beach Green, West Sussex]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

One person is believed to have died after a light aircraft collided with another plane in mid-air above an airport in West Sussex. Following the collision, one aircraft is understood to have crashed on a recreation ground close to the airport, while the second plane landed safely. No-one is thought to have been injured on the ground. Motorists have been warned to expect delays as police sealed off the A259 Brighton Road. A police spokesman said: "Emergency services are attending the scene of a light aircraft crash at Shoreham Airport. Initial reports suggest that one person has died. "The alarm was raised at 4.28pm. Initial accounts suggest that the aircraft was in collision with another and then crashed on a recreation ground close to the airport. "Police have established a cordon around the wreckage at Adur Recreation Ground and at Beach Green. "It is believed at this stage that the second aircraft involved landed safely. No-one is believed to have been injured on the ground." A team from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are at the crash site. Rob Piatt, 41, from Shoreham, was sitting in a pub garden when he heard a bang overhead. He said: "I saw the tailfin of one of the aircraft floating down. The poor pilot was weaving all over the place. "He did very well to get it to the recreation ground and not crash in the airfield itself. "It was very near a kids' playground and it is an area that's popular with dog walkers. "On a gorgeous day like today there would have been loads of people out on the recreation ground. "It's a miracle no one was hurt on the ground."


Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 09:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FR-20110704-31409-USA
Date / time: 04/07/2011 16:16:10 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: Perry
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A fire in the Wyoming County town of Perry has left apartment dwellers homeless. According to Assistant Fire Chief Steve Laraby, the fire began in an apartment building—which is actually is two buildings joined together, at the corner of Water and Elm Streets. Fire officials say it was a three-alarm fire. When they called for assistance, more than a dozen fire departments and over 100 firefighters showed up to help. The fire began at about 11 p.m. on Sunday and firefighters stayed on the scene right into the early morning hours. Everyone in the building got out safely. One firefighter suffered a broken leg. The initial call came in as a couch burning against a tree, and officials are still investigating whether that is what set the building on fire. The building is a total loss.

Heat Wave - Asia - China

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 07:38 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110704-31408-CHN
Date / time: 04/07/2011 14:37:37 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: MultiProvinces
Location: [Provinces of Sichuan, Chongqing Municipality, Shaanxi, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan and Fujian]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Monday continued the heat-wave alert for most parts of southern China. Temperatures in the Sichuan Basin, Chongqing Municipality, Shaanxi Province and other regions in southern and central northern China will reach 35 to 37 degrees Celsius on Monday, the NMC said. Some regions in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Fujian, as well as Chongqing, are expected to experience temperatures of 38 to 39 degrees Celsius, the center said. It has urged residents in these regions to refrain from outdoor activities during the early afternoon, when temperatures will reach their peak. It has also advised outdoor laborers to take precautions against the hot weather. According to media reports, the temperature in downtown Chongqing hit a historical high of 38.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest level for early July since the city began keeping records in 1951. Chongqing municipal government has opened 107 underground sites for residents to shelter from the heat. Each site is equipped with drinking water, books, TV sets and emergency medicine. In Shanghai, also suffering from the heat wave, authorities will provide a monthly allowance of 200 yuan (about 31 U.S. dollars) to those who have to work in places where temperatures reach above 33 degrees Celsius. Meteorological authorities in Jiangxi said 75 counties and cities in the province saw temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius Monday. Twenty-two of them have issued a heat-wave alert.

Enviroment Pollution - Europe - Latvia

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 07:20 AM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110704-31407-LVA
Date / time: 04/07/2011 14:19:23 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Europe
Country: Latvia
State/County: Capital City
Location: Riga [Maras Pond, Pardaugava]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A chemical spill in Riga's Maras Pond in Pardaugava has killed fish and ducks and is in danger of seeping into the Daugava. No injuries have so far been reported, but authorities are asking people to steer clear of the pond, television news program "900 sekunds" reported. The chemical spill is the result of a warehouse fire that swept through the "Baltais vēj¹" warehouse late Sunday night. The chemicals -- mostly detergents, disinfectants and other household cleaning products -- initially spilled into the Marupite stream before making its way to the pond. "Eko Osta" has begun leading the clean-up operation. The pond is reportedly a strange color and gives off strong odors from the high concentration of chemicals in the water. Authorities say that no wildlife will be able to live in the pond for some time, but that the damage from the spill is likely not permanent.


Vehicle Incident - Europe - Malta

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 05:24 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110704-31406-MLT
Date / time: 04/07/2011 12:22:28 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Europe
Country: Malta
State/County:
Location: Luqa [Malta International Airpor]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A French military surveillance aircraft made an emergency landing in Malta Monday after one of its two engines failed, authorities said. The Atlantique aircraft landed safely at about 1:30 am (2330 GMT Sunday) amid airport emergency service fire tenders and rescue vehicles which were deployed around the runway. Rescuers from the Civil Protection Department were also on stand-by at the airport. The plane was the 13th to land in neutral EU member Malta since operations over Libya started in March. Four pairs of French air force aircraft, two Danish Air Force F-16s and two US F-16s diverted to Malta for refuelling or following other technical faults. The Mediterranean island nation has strong contacts with nearby Libya and remains cautious on the conflict but earlier this month it recognised the rebel National Transitional Council as "the sole legitimate interlocutor of the Libyan people".

Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 04:55 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110704-31404-USA
Date / time: 04/07/2011 11:53:50 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Idaho
Location: Coeur d'Alene [Camp Lutherhaven]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 5 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Idaho Panhandle health officials confirmed this morning 5 kitchen workers at Camp Lutherhaven have been sickened by Escherichia coli (EHEC). 3 more staff are ill, but lab tests haven't linked it to the bacterial infection. No one has been hospitalized and the ill workers have been excluded from the kitchen. None of the 300-plus campers has reported getting sick during the 1st 2 weeks of summer camp along the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. A review of the camp by health and safety investigators determined that the camp's food handling procedures were more than adequate. They suspect that the employees may have contracted the infection in their living quarters. The strain at Camp Lutherhaven is _E. coli_ 026. It is different from the deadly strain that spread across Europe last month [June 2011] sickening several thousand people and killing at least 47.

Landslide - Asia - Nepal

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 02:12 AM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110704-31403-NPL
Date / time: 04/07/2011 09:11:53 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Asia
Country: Nepal
State/County: Western Region
Location: Thumki
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 4 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

Police say a landslide has hit a remote village in mountainous western Nepal, killing two people and leaving four others missing. Police official Mahendra Khadka said villagers at Thumki dug two bodies and pulled one person alive after the landslide swept away houses early Monday. The village is located 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of capital Katmandu and reachable only by foot. The four missing are presumed dead. Police rescuers have been sent to the area. Nepal's monsoon season began earlier this month and lasts until September. The rains often trigger landslides in mountain areas and floods in the southern plains.


Vehicle Accident - Middle-America - Mexico

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 08:20 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110704-31402-MEX
Date / time: 04/07/2011 08:53:28 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Middle-America
Country: Mexico
State/County: State of Baja California
Location: [About 87 miles south of San Felipe]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 8 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A small boat with 44 mostly American tourists on board sank off Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday and 23 people were still missing after rescuers pulled half of the passengers from the water. The tourist ship left the port of San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez, a haven for windsurfers and sports fishermen, on Saturday but was struck by an electrical storm and capsized the next day, port officials and the navy said. Five Mexicans and sixteen Americans were rescued by boats and a navy helicopter when the captain made an emergency call for help. The boat was found around 87 miles (140 kilometers) south of San Felipe. "We are still looking for the rest of the people. The weather is really bad right now, with strong wind," said local port official Felipe Vallecillo. Vallecillo said weather conditions were normal when the boat set sail on Saturday.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - China

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 01:44 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110704-31401-CHN
Date / time: 04/07/2011 08:43:04 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Hubei
Location: [The area wasnt definied]
Number of Deads: 26 person(s)
Number of Injured: 31 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

A bus flipped over and burst into flames after it was rear-ended by a cargo truck in south China on Monday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 31, state media said. The accident occurred at 3:50 a.m. Monday on a highway in Hubei province. It said people aboard both vehicles were hurt or killed and the number of the injured was likely to rise. Serious traffic accidents are common in China due to lax driving habits, overloaded vehicles and bad road conditions.

HAZMAT - Asia - China

Posted: 04 Jul 2011 01:35 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110704-31400-CHN
Date / time: 04/07/2011 08:30:21 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Location: Heshan
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 19 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

High levels of carbon monoxide have forced rescuers to suspend their efforts to save 19 coal miners trapped in a colliery in southern China, state media said on Monday, two days after it collapsed. The mine located in Heshan in Guangxi region collapsed due to non-stop heavy rain. While 49 miners managed to escape, 19 remained trapped, the report said. Rescuers have already recovered three bodies. "The location of the trapped miners has been identified, but their conditions are unclear," said the rescuers. Carbon monoxide and other toxic gases were found "gushing out" of the mine in the early hours of Monday morning, the source of which remains a mystery, it added. The rescue will be resumed as soon as possible. China's mines are the deadliest in the world, due to lax safety standards and a rush to feed demand from a robust economy.

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