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07 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Extreme Weather - Asia - China
Extreme Weather - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Afghanistan
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Japan
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Europe - Spain
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Sri Lanka
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Israel
Vehicle Accident - Asia - China
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Sudan
HAZMAT - Asia - China
Landslide - Asia - China
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia
Vehicle Accident - Europe - United Kingdom
Vehicle Accident - Asia - India
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Nepal
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Vehicle Accident - Europe - Norway
Epidemic - North-America - Canada
Technological Disaster - Asia - China
Non-categorized event - Asia - South Korea 

Extreme Weather - Asia - China

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 11:15 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110706-31436-CHN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 06:14:20 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Sichuan
Location: [Sichuan-wide]
Number of Deads: 7 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 5 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

A new round of heavy downpours in southwest Sichuan Province that began Monday evening has left one dead and another missing, bringing the rain-triggered death toll to seven since June 30, the provincial flood control office said Wednesday. At 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, a villager from Wangcang County was killed when a wall collapsed while he was discharging water from his yard. Earlier on the same day, a student from Guangyuan City was swept away by flood waters while walking to school and is now listed as missing. Continuous downpours have wreaked havoc in Sichuan since last Thursday. Eight people have lost contact with their families due to floods, which have forced 27,600 people to relocate, according to the flood control office. Rain-triggered mudslides have cut off access to a pivotal highway in the province, State Highway 213, which was referred to as a "lifeline" by rescue workers following the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in the province. Repair work on the highway is under way but was greatly hindered by new cave-ins. At least 400 meters of the highway was totally damaged by the roadside river as the course of it was diverted as a result of a mudslide, said Gao Feng, head of the provincial traffic bureau. Direct economic losses are estimated to reach 500 million yuan (77 million U.S. dollars) as a result of the flooding. The National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecast that rainstorms would continue lashing southwestern regions till Thursday.

Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 11:16 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110706-31435-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 06:03:06 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: Phoenix
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:

A massive dust storm has swept into the Phoenix area and drastically reduced visibility across the valley. The wall of dust moved across the desert from the south on Tuesday and descended on the valley by nightfall. KSAZ-TV reported the storm appeared to be roughly 50 miles wide. The National Weather Service says strong winds with gusts of more than 60 mph were moving northwest through Phoenix and the cities of Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale. More than a dozen communities in the area also were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that because of low visibility in the area, no Phoenix-bound flights were allowed to leave Las Vegas or Los Angeles airports until 9 p.m.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Afghanistan

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 11:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31434-AFG
Date / time: 06/07/2011 06:01:40 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Afghanistan
State/County: Province of Parwan
Location: [Sayagred district]
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 cargo plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan on late Tuesday evening, Afghan and coalition officials said on early Wednesday morning, but few details were immediately available. The accident happened at around 11 p.m. local time when the plane crashed into a mountain in the Sayagred district of Parwan province. "The crash site is at 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) and there is an ongoing Afghan operation to secure the site," a spokesperson for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. British Maj. Tim James, a spokesman for ISAF, said the accident did not involve a coalition or passenger plane. "Our reports indicate it was a cargo plane. We have no further info at this time," James said. It was not immediately known how many people were on board the aircraft or if anyone survived the accident. The cause of the crash was also not immediately known, but ISAF said there were no reports of any enemy activity in the vicinity at the time of the accident.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Japan

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 10:11 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31433-JPN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 05:10:45 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: Kanagawa Prefecture
Location: Yokohama Port [Yokohama Port gateway]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
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 Japanese fishing boat and a Vietnamese cargo ship collided near Yokohama Port gateway in Japan on Wednesday morning, killing a Japanese fisherman, local media reported. A 79-year-old fisherman and his son were thrown into the sea after the 4.9-ton Hirashin Maru overturned following the collision with the 4,095-ton cargo ship, reported a Coast Guard authorities. The cargo ship was on its way from Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, to the Philippines, the report said. The Japanese coast guard authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.


Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:45 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110706-31432-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:45:12 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oregon
Location: [Beals Creek]
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 100-acre fire has been reported in rugged terrain in southwestern Oregon. The Douglas Forest Protective Association and several fire departments have created a fire trail around the flames, but the fire was uncontained on Tuesday morning near Beals Creek. No injuries have been reported. Beals Creek is about 25 miles southeast of Roseburg. The firefighters planned to use a helicopter, a bulldozer and seven fire engines to fight the fire on Tuesday. Investigators have not yet determined a cause.


Biological Hazard - Europe - Spain

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:44 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110706-31431-ESP
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:43:39 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Spain
State/County: Andalusia
Location: [Málaga coastline]
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:

A fishing ban for bivalve molluscs is in place on some parts of the Málaga coastline, after increased levels of the toxin PSP, which causes the phenomenon known as 'red tide', were found in some shellfish. The ban currently affects fishing grounds in Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Rincón de la Victoria, and may be extended to the Nerja-Torrox area. The ban was issued last Friday, when the fishermen would have been putting out to sea for their first day after the annual fishing moratorium had ended for this type of shellfish. The red tide is a phenomenon which occurs several times a year and is caused by microscopic algae in what is known as an algal bloom. Some of these tides can produce natural toxins which affect bivalve molluscs.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Sri Lanka

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:28 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31430-LKA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:27:22 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Sri Lanka
State/County: Southern State
Location: Mirissa
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 53 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Around 53 passengers were injured when two private buses collided in Bandaramulla, Mirissa yesterday morning, a spokesman of the Weligama Police said. The injured were rushed to Matara and Mirissa hospitals. Matara Hospital Police sources said that two among the injured were critical. Among the injured were 19 females and three schoolchildren. One bus was plying from Colombo to Matara while the other bus was plying from Tangalle to Colombo. The police said that statements had been recorded from eye witnesses. Investigations are on to find the cause of the accident.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:22 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110706-31429-ISL
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:20:17 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Europe
Country: Iceland
State/County:
Location: [Mt. Hekla Volcano]
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:

Meters around Mt. Hekla in southern Iceland have shown “unusual activity” in recent days. The Public Safety Commission has been alerted. According to RÚV Public Radio there is no reason for action as of now. The movements have been recorded in five very precise meters that have been placed around Mt. Hekla in recent years. Professor Páll Einarsson says that these movements are seen in all five meters and even though the evidence is not conclusive they are thought to show magma movement under the volcano. It has now been eleven years since Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano, erupted. In the years since then the mountain is said to have slowly expanded because of magma buildup. The last eruption in Hekla came on February 26 2000 and then earthquakes started an hour and a half before the outbreak of the magma. As of now there is no cause for any activity on behalf of the Public safety commission.


Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Israel

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:11 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110706-31428-ISR
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:10:29 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Middle-East
Country: Israel
State/County: Haifa
Location: [Hadera Power Plant (?)]
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:

A swarm of jellyfish is threatening a power plant in Israel. The facility in Hadera uses sea water for cooling off purposes but huge numbers of jellyfish have been sucked into the cooling system. Israel's Electric Corp, which runs the plant, has warned entire cities could be left without power if the problem persists. Nachum Plaumbaum, a worker at the plant, explained how the jellyfish could stop the power plant from functioning.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - China

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:07 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31427-CHN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:06:48 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Hubei
Location: Xiantao
Number of Deads: 23 person(s)
Number of Injured: 29 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 melon truck and a passenger bus behind it collided on July 4 in Xiantao, Hubei. The vehicles overturned and burned, killing 23 on the scene. The accident occurred on the Suiyue highway about 3:50 am. The bus was heading to Tianmen from Guangzhou when the driver allegedly violated stopping procedures. An initial investigation by Hubei police also found that the melon truck driver was too fatigued for safe driving. Identification of the dead will be difficult due to the charred state of their remains. nother 29 passengers were injured, three seriously. Xintao is a city with over a quarter million residents slightly southwest of Wuhan. It has a reputation for producing several great gymnasts and is known as “Gymnastics Town.”

Vehicle Accident - Africa - Sudan

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:08 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31426-SDN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:04:03 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Sudan
State/County: Red Sea
Location: [The area was not definied]
Number of Deads: 197 person(s)
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: Catastrophic

Description:

Nearly 200 people have drowned when a boat carrying illegal migrants from Sudan to Saudi Arabia caught fire after four hours at sea, Sudanese officials said. “One hundred and ninety seven people from neighbouring countries drowned in the Red Sea, inside Sudanese territorial waters, following the burning of a boat that was illegally transporting them to Saudi Arabia,” the semi-official Sudan Media Centre said, citing officials. “The information (published by SMC) is correct,” a police spokesman said, adding that further details had not yet been received. SMC quoted authorities in Sudan’s Red Sea state as saying only three people had been rescued, but that the search for more survivors was ongoing.They said the people-trafficking operation was planned and implemented in the locality of Tokar, which is about 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Port Sudan, near the border with Eritrea, and that four Yemenis, who allegedly owned the Cuban-flagged boat, had been arrested.

HAZMAT - Asia - China

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110706-31425-CHN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:01:27 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Jiangsu
Location: Changzhou
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 200 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

At least 200 workers from a factory that produces batteries in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, have been sent to a local health department for further blood tests after an initial probe showed many had been exposed to lead poisoning. Earlier this week, Changzhou Maternity and Child Care Hospital tested more than 100 of the workers from the Taiwan-invested HIM URA Battery Technology Co Ltd. The hospital said at least 70 had high levels of lead in their blood. It found they had between 280 and 400 micrograms of lead per liter. The normal level is less than 100 micrograms. The local authorities have now called for additional tests and the company's 200-plus workforce has been asked to attend the Changzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "The results from the maternity and child care hospital cannot be viewed as authoritative, so we are all waiting for the results of their new blood tests," said an official surnamed Jiang from the human resources department in Chunjiang township within Changzhou's Xinbei district. Employees said they decided to go for the initial tests after a co-worker fell ill. "We decided to go for the tests spontaneously because we had heard that the company might be moving elsewhere and because a colleague, a woman who was two-months pregnant, fainted at work," Yangtze Evening News quoted an employee as saying.

The worker said the woman had a blood test and was found to have high levels of lead in her system, triggering her co-workers to follow suit. "The woman was immediately fired," he added. The battery producer and four neighboring companies that use lead in their production processes have been closed pending an inspection by local supervision departments. An official surnamed Chen from the Changzhou administration of work safety said the company was planning to relocate to Vietnam. "This case also involves the issue of the compensation of workers for the relocation," Chen told China Daily. "Now, the local department for work safety is working with the local health and environmental departments and is investigating the issue." Xu Yawei, vice-director of the Changzhou Xinbei Industrial Zone, said the company's failure to solve its compensation issues with its workforce was likely the main reason why the workers decided to have their blood tested for lead poisoning. He said the local government and the managers of the industrial zone had called on the company to appropriately compensate its workers. The results of the definitive blood tests will be released in three days. Battery plants have often been in the news in connection with the poisoning of children from surrounding communities and for the contamination of workers.

Landslide - Asia - China

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110706-31424-CHN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 02:59:00 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Shaanxi
Location: [Lueyang County]
Number of Deads: 18 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 200 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least 18 people were confirmed dead in a rain-triggered landslide in China, rescuers said on Wednesday morning. The landslides occurred in Lueyang county in Shaanxi province The local government has sent more than 400 people to the spot for rescue operations. Rescuers pulled out 20 people, 17 of whom were dead. One died after treatment failed, and two of the injured were being treated in hospital. Rescuers have cleared the provincial highway and traffic is expected to resume later Wednesday, officials said. More heavy rains are expected to hit Shaanxi, the weather forecast said. Flood control authorities are on high alert and are evacuating people living in low-lying areas.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 07:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31423-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 02:53:31 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale [U.S. 441]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 25 person(s)
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:

A Tuesday morning crash involving a passenger bus and tanker truck left 25 people injured. The incident occurred in Margate, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, after an empty Urbieta gasoline tanker truck rear-ended a Broward County transit bus filled with passengers. According to officials, the accident happened at about 9 a.m. on northbound U.S. 441 near Margate Boulevard. It appears that the tanker rear-ended the transit bus, however it’s not known what exactly led to the crash. Twenty-two people were taken to area hospitals by rescue crews. One person appeared to have suffered serious injuries and was taken to North Broward Medical Center, a trauma center. Three other people were treated on the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the tanker truck and the bus driver were not injured. Authorities are continuing their investigation.


Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 07:15 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110705-31422-AUS
Date / time: 05/07/2011 14:12:05 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of Queensland
Location: Brisbane
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 26 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

The outbreak of Hendra virus that has killed six horses and exposed 26 people to infection has reached the outskirts of Brisbane and is the most virulent in the known history of the fruit bat-borne disease. As the emergency spread to a property in Logan City, on the outskirts of the Queensland capital, chief veterinarian Rick Symons warned the outbreak was killing horses faster than before, and testing had indicated 30 per cent of samples from a southeast Queensland flying fox population had the virus. A 30-year-old horse died of Hendra virus on Monday night on an acreage in Park Ridge, 26km south of the Brisbane CBD, it was confirmed last night. It was the fifth property in the area to be hit by the breakout, the most severe since the emergence of the disease in 1994. A horse at Wollongbar near Lismore in northern NSW was put down last Thursday before tests confirmed it also had Hendra virus. The vet who tended the Park Ridge horse and its owner have joined the growing ranks facing a tense wait for tests results for Hendra, which has killed four of the seven people known to have contracted it from horses. Horses contract the virus from flying foxes by unknown means. It usually kills 75 per cent of horses in its acute phase. Dr Symons said the Park Ridge horse died within a day of showing symptoms -- a fast disease progression that is common to this cluster. "This Hendra virus seems to be quite fast in its action," Dr Symons said. "These incidents seem to have quick deaths rather than several days."

He said there was the potential for more cases amid a threefold rise in the prevalence of the virus in samples taken from the local flying fox colony. About 30 per cent of the samples tested positive, compared with about 10 per cent in previous outbreaks. "We've detected Hendra virus at a larger level than we would expect," Dr Symons said. Since late last month six horses have died in southeast Queensland and northern NSW. Dr Symons said there was "no justification whatsoever" for stopping the movement of horses, as the outbreaks were contained to the properties. He urged owners to limit their animals' exposure to flying foxes and stop them grazing under trees where bats may roost. Queensland chief health officer Jeanette Young said a Biosecurity Queensland vet who received a needlestick injury at the Mount Alford site on the weekend had a low risk of developing the virus. Queensland Horse Council president Debbie Dekker said this year seemed to be "making up" for few cases last year. "We've been expecting the outbreaks to possibly increase as years go on," she said. "Last year we had a very slow year for Hendra -- only one case -- this year apparently is making up for that." She said the industry was buoyed that a vaccine should be available next year. The Queensland horse industry biosecurity liaison group called for government funding for personal protective equipment against Hendra, warning some vets could refuse to treat horses because of the cost. Peter Reid, a vet who was involved in the first outbreak of the virus in 1994, said the four outbreaks in the cluster was "quite exceptional". He called for government aid for more protective equipment for treating vets and mandatory inoculations once the vaccine was available.

Vehicle Accident - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 07:56 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110705-31421-GBR
Date / time: 05/07/2011 14:10:16 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: England
Location: [Near Andover]
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:

The crew of a military helicopter have walked away after crash landing near an industrial estate in Hampshire, police have said. The Puma helicopter was on a training exercise from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire when it came down in a field close to the A303 in Andover at about 1330 BST. The pilot and two crew members suffered minor injuries, the RAF said. The Ministry of Defence said it was aware of the incident and would lead an investigation into the crash. Hampshire Fire and Rescue service is at the scene in case of any spilled aviation fuel. No buildings or vehicles were involved in the incident, an MoD spokesman said. The Puma is a battlefield helicopter used to move troops and heavy loads. It can carry up to 16 fully-equipped men or two tonnes of freight.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - India

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 04:55 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110705-31420-IND
Date / time: 05/07/2011 11:54:02 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Assam
Location: [Sonitpur and Dhemaji districts]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 300000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Incessant rains in parts of Assam and the upper reaches of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have caused flash floods in Sonitpur and Dhemaji districts, where nearly 30,000 people are affected. Continuous rains for the last two days in Sonitpur district’s Tezpur subdivision inundated vast riverine areas and damaged standing crops at Dalabari, Besseria, Parbatia, Panchmile, Koroiyani and Rajbharal, official sources said on Tuesday. Fed by the rains in Arunachal Pradesh along its course, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were rising alarmingly towards the danger level in the district. Rivers Jiabhorali at Khalihamari and Gabharu near NH-52 with other major tributaries were also rising. The overflowing waters of Brahmaputra and its branch rivers Borgang and Burigang submerged vast areas in Biswanath and Gohpur subdivisions, the sources said. Flooding the low-lying areas, the waters overtopped the National Highway linking Tezpur and North Lakhimpur at three places between Balipara and Gohpur. In Dhemaji district, the rains caused river Subansiri’s tributary Jiadhal to be in spate and flood adjoining areas in about 25 villages in west Dhemaji. The worst affected villages are Kesukhona, Nepalisuti and Rotua. The situation in Dhemaji was compounded by breaching of a temporary mud dam for diverting water of the Subansiri built during construction of the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Power Project. The temporary dam regularly breaches during the rainy season when uprooted trees brought down by the Subansiri from Arunachal hit against it and demolish the bund, the sources added.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Nepal

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 04:53 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110705-31419-NPL
Date / time: 05/07/2011 11:51:52 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Nepal
State/County: Central Region
Location: Benighat [Trishuli River]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 12 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Two died and a dozen others have gone missing after a passenger bus (Na 4 Kha 4429) fell into Trishuli River, early morning on Tuesday. Police identified a dead as Laxmi Dotel of Itahari. The bus was was en route to Kathmandu from Udayapur when the mishap occurred near Benighat. About a dozen are missing. Those missing include 13-year-old girl with Jaiswal surname, 70-year-old Man Maya Parajuli of Sindhuli, Srijana Gautam of Siraha, Amar Lama of Udayapur, Rajan Rai, Pushpa Pradhan of Sarlahi and Asha Nayar of Udayapur. According to the police around 32 passengers have been rescued so far. It has been learned that more than 45 passengers were traveling in the bus including the bus staffs, at the time of the accident. Sub Inspector Balbahadur Giri of the District Traffic Police Office informed that search and rescue operation are still on. Police are yet to identify the deceased, injured and the missing passengers.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 01:10 AM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110705-31418-RUS
Date / time: 05/07/2011 08:09:52 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Irkutskaya Oblast (Siberia)
Location: [The area wasnt definied]
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 14 person(s)
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 Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Russian Eastern Siberian Irkutsk region on Tuesday, killing two people, a spokesperson for the regional Emergencies Ministry said. There were 16 people, including three crewmembers, aboard the helicopter, the Emergencies Ministry spokesperson said. A source in the Russian Aviation Committee (Rosaviatsia) said 14 people were injured in the accident. The helicopter, owned by UTAir airline, was ferrying oil workers from the town of Ust-Kut to a drilling site. According to the local authorities, the passengers worked for a subsidiary of state-owned oil giant Rosneft.


Vehicle Accident - Europe - Norway

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 01:09 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110705-31417-NOR
Date / time: 05/07/2011 08:07:57 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Norway
State/County: County of Hordaland
Location: [Hardanger fjord]
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 2 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

At least three people died after their helicopter crashed late Monday in western Norway, authorities said. Norwegian police spokesman Gry Benedicte Halseth said in a statement that the number of people on board has not been established. But Gudmund Taraldsen, an officer with the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, said that there were five people total on the helicopter when it went down, meaning two people are still unaccounted for. The helicopter was hired by house builders to fly up into the Norwegian mountains, Halseth said. The aircraft -- an Aerospatiale 350 -- crashed before 8 p.m. Monday in a remote locale at the bottom of the Hardanger fjord, east of Bergen, Taraldsen said. "I don't have any information about the cause of the accident, but there are very poor weather conditions at the site," the aviation authority officer said. Another group, who had flown into the area before, reported the crash. They have been flown out of the area and are being taken care of by a local crisis team, according to Halseth. The crash site has been cordoned off and will be under surveillance overnight, the police spokesman added. Authorities have established a no-fly zone around the locale. Early Tuesday morning, federal crash site investigators and officers with the Norwegian police are expected to arrive on scene to start their investigation. "This is the worst helicopter accident we have ever had over land," Taraldsen said.


Epidemic - North-America - Canada

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 01:06 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EP-20110705-31416-CAN
Date / time: 05/07/2011 08:02:26 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: [Niagara Regional Municipality]
Number of Deads: 16 person(s)
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:

Another patient linked to the C. difficile outbreak in Ontario's Niagara Region has died. An outbreak of C. difficile has claimed lives at three hospitals in Ontario's Niagara Region in the past two weeks. "A 10th patient related to the C. difficile outbreak at the St. Catharines General died earlier this morning," Dr. Joanna Hope, interim chief of staff for the Niagara Health System, said in a release Monday. "We truly recognize the loss that the family and friends of this patient are experiencing and on behalf of our staff and physicians we extend our sincere condolences," Hope added. The patient had serious underlying health issues and also had tested positive for C. difficile. The patient's death will be reviewed to determine what role C. difficile played or did not play. The death has also been reported to the coroner, Hope said. Clostridium difficile causes diarrhea and is one of the most common infections in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In severe cases, C. difficile can cause critical illness and death in elderly or very sick patients. Other C. difficile-related deaths in the outbreak occurred at St. Catharines General, four deaths at the Greater Niagara General site and two deaths at the Welland site.

"I don't think is so out of the ordinary compared to what we have seen in some outbreak settings, but it is definitely a concerning number," said Dr. Susy Hota, an infection disease specialist at Toronto's University Health Network, commenting on the outbreak. The movement of patients or health care workers who happen to bring the organism with them on their clothing or equipment like stethoscopes could also spread the infection, Hota said. The outbreak was declared on June 23. The Niagara Health System serves 434,000 residents across 12 municipalities in the southwestern area of the province. In Ontario, reporting of C. difficile became mandatory in 2008 after an outbreak led to the deaths of 62 patients at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. As with any infectious disease, frequent hand-washing is one of the best defences against the spread of C. difficile, the Public Health Agency of Canada's website says. C. difficile has claimed about 2,000 lives in Quebec since 2003. The bacteria produce two toxins that cause diarrhea and damage the cells lining the bowel. "It's a bacterium that produces these things called spores, and the spores are very resistant to the usual cleaning substances that we would normally use every day in a hospital setting," said Hota. "They're resistant to antibiotics, which is why people can have a really hard time getting over this infection."


Technological Disaster - Asia - China

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 01:01 AM PDT

EDIS Number: AC-20110705-31415-CHN
Date / time: 05/07/2011 08:00:01 [UTC]
Event: Technological Disaster
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Capital City
Location: Beijing [Zoo Subway Station]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: 28 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Chinese officials have asked for a safety check of all subway stations after one person was killed and 28 injured Tuesday in an escalator accident at a Beijing subway stop, state media said. The Beijing municipal government's information office said that some people on the escalator at the Zoo Station subway fell after a "malfunction" but did not elaborate on what caused it.

Non-categorized event - Asia - South Korea

Posted: 05 Jul 2011 08:01 PM PDT

EDIS Number: UEV-20110705-31414-KOR
Date / time: 05/07/2011 07:35:19 [UTC]
Event: Non-categorized event
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: Capital City
Location: Seoul [TechnoMart]
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: 500 person(s)
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Hundreds of people evacuated a high-rise shopping mall in Seoul Tuesday morning as it began shaking for unknown reasons, fire authorities said. Between 300 to 500 people fled the 39-story TechnoMart mall in eastern Seoul after the upper part of the building began rocking up and down for about 10 minutes, the authorities said. There were about 3,000 people inside the building at around 10:10 a.m. when it began to move. "I fled the building with everyone else while it was shaking up and down. It almost made me feel dizzy," said Lim Joon-hee, who works on the 20th floor. The exact cause of the swaying is not known at this time, the local government office of Gwangjin District said, adding it plans to conduct a safety test on the building. As part of a safety check, district authorities briefly issued an evacuation order, which could last as long as three days. "We will immediately place the order and conduct a thorough safety examination," a district official said. The skyscraper accommodates hundreds of retailers selling electronics, housewares and books, as well as a multiplex and a number of commercial offices.

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