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10 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - Europe - United Kingdom
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Democratic Republic of the Congo
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Vietnam
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Explosion - Asia - Turkmenistan
Fire - Europe - United Kingdom

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 10:21 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110709-31470-USA
Date / time: 09/07/2011 05:18:48 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oklahoma
Location: [Ft. Gibson Lake]
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:

Another Oklahoma lake is stricken with a poisonous algae. The Army of Corps of Engineers has closed Taylor's Ferry Swim Beach at Ft. Gibson Lake because of a blue green algae bloom discovered there. The Corps closed the beach until further notice as a precaution Friday. "We do get quite a few people come out here and just enjoy the beach because it's one of our biggest ones that we have," Josh Mathis, a Park Ranger at Fort Gibson, said. Park Rangers put up signs and locks to keep people out of the water. Official signage went up Friday afternoon warning swimmers that these parts aren't safe for diving in. "We had at Grand Lake, but we didn't know about it here, so we just came to go swimming at this beach and it was closed," Abbie Tiffany said. Lake officials say they've had more phone calls asking about the lake and reporting sightings. Testers found an Algae bloom at Chouteau Bend as well, but say it's a non harmful green algae. "After the exposure at Grand Lake people are really looking out for it," Mathis said. Park Rangers said the water at Fort Gibson is a little more green than usual. But, it's a discoloration you wouldn't recognize unless you were a frequent visitor. "I mean I never heard of it till this summer and, I don't know, it ruins the fun," Tiffany said. Heat and dry weather are contributors to the high levels of the blue green bacteria. And it doesn't look like either will give any time soon. "It's in the lake at all times its just most of the times the conditions, it keeps it in check," Mathis said. With blue green algae in the water at all times, trouble typically comes when it reaches higher levels, like right now. Rangers predict this spike could last as long as a month. The agency has also gotten reports of algae blooms in Lake Tenkiller from a park visitor and a park volunteer. This comes just weeks after a blue-green algae outbreak closed off parts of Grand Lake, which is seeing a decrease in its algae levels. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers continues to monitor all of their lakes for the algae bloom. As a reminder, blue green algae in mild cases can cause respiratory and stomach issues, even rashes. In more severe instances, people have seen nervous system and even kidney damage. Young ones, elderly and pets are at the highest risk.


Flash Flood - North-America - USA

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 10:14 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110709-31469-USA
Date / time: 09/07/2011 05:13:19 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: [Eastern region]
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:

Hours of torrential rain in Pinellas County began to take its toll Friday afternoon. One canal along Ulmerton Road in Largo began spilling into the Mariner's Cove mobile home park, and when it did, the water rose quickly. Largo Police and Fire issued mandatory evacuation orders for the community of nearly 150 people. By the time the last few residents made it out, the water had already risen waist-deep in some places. People filled backpacks, grocery bags, whatever they could find, to take a few valuables with them. Nisla Aponte and her two daughters didn't have time to collect any belongings. "By the time we noticed, we had the paramedics coming and telling us we needed to evacuate the place," Nisla told us. Nisla's neighbor, Debbie Naugle, evacuated before the water made it inside her mobile home. Still, Debbie fears losing all her clothes and electronics by the end of the flood. Another problem is that it isn't just rain water flooding the area. The water also connects to a canal flowing from Tampa Bay. That means that high tide will push these water levels even higher and even further into peoples' homes. "There are a lot of snakes and it's dangerous for us. Our house? It's full of water right now," Maria Gonzales and Joshua Contreras added. The mother and son also told 10 News that this neighborhood floods frequently and that property owners haven't done anything about it. The American Red Cross showed up shortly after authorities to transport more than one hundred evacuees to a shelter at nearby St. Mark's Church. "Right now, we're looking at 82 units affected here. But, again, we are in hurricane season, but it doesn't take a hurricane to make a disaster," Janet McGuire with the Red Cross told us. As the last few people loaded buses and cars to leave, we asked Nisla Aponte what it would take for her to move permanently. "Well, I hope... after this one, my parents will go ahead and say, 'You know what? Let's go move to a safer place.'" By 11:00 Friday night, the water reached nearly five feet deep in some spots. Largo authorities say it will likely be sometime late Saturday before Mariner's Cove residents will be allowed back into their homes.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 12:37 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110708-31468-USA
Date / time: 08/07/2011 19:37:04 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oklahoma
Location: Tulsa
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 10 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

Ten Tulsa Transit bus passengers suffered injuries after a crash near 41st and South Lewis. A Tulsa Transit bus stopped at an uncertified bus stop to pick up a passenger when the bus was rear-ended by a car, authorities said. Ten patients were transported to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries to multiple hospitals, said Kelli Bruer, a spokeswoman with EMSA. Northbound lanes of Lewis were closed while crews clear the scene.


Flash Flood - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 12:36 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110708-31467-GBR
Date / time: 08/07/2011 19:35:28 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: Scotland
Location: Edinburgh
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:

Homes, businesses and cars have been hit by flooding during a heavy downpour across Edinburgh. Witnesses have been reporting cars floating in deep rivers running down roads in Morningside, Colinton and Oxgangs. One resident in Balcarres Street said her ground-floor-flat had been ruined following the flash flood at 1440 BST. Emergency council teams have been deployed in a bid to help firefighters deal with the "huge volumes of water". A resident in Balcarres Street added that the fish in her pond in her front garden had been washed away in the flood water. A 31-year-old witness said: "I have never seen anything like it. There was such a huge volume of water in Balcarres Street that buses were trying to plough through it and the wake was causing the cars at the side of the road to crash into each other. "There is also a car showroom in the street, which has been flooded." One person Tweeted that a car had been picked up by the flood water and "washed down" Comison Road. Others said they saw wheeliebins floating down roads in the south of the city. Fire crews were also sent to the Edinburgh Prison Officers Club on Longstone Road in Saughton.

The bar area was flooded, which was pumped out by two lines of hose. An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said: "Following very heavy rain this afternoon certain areas of the city have experienced flash flooding. "The worst affected areas are in the south and west of the city. "We are receiving a significant volume of calls from residents and businesses and have deployed emergency staff to provide assistance." Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said it was "busy dealing with flooding in large areas of Edinburgh after torrential rain". George McKendrick, operations manager for Lothian Buses, said: "From 1500 BST on Friday, a number of services in the south and west of Edinburgh were diverted due to the rain and subsequent flooding. "The control room team has been working with drivers and staff on the ground to create the most suitable diversionary routes for our passengers. "We have deployed all spare Lothian Buses vehicles to cover services that have been disrupted and to alleviate late running buses. "Services 5 and 16 were diverted at Greenbank because the Braid Burn burst its banks, while Balcarres Street in Morningside was flooded, resulting in the service 23 terminating on Morningside Drive. "One of our buses was stuck in Balcarres Street and has been flooded but the water has caused no damage to the bus." He added that the nearby Craighouse Campus of Napier University was closed due to a manhole cover being forced open by the flooding. Craiglockhart Campus has also been closed. Both of these incidents caused diversions for Lothian Buses and service 23. In Slateford Road there was flooding and service 4, 34 and 44 were diverted via Chesser and Longstone Road.


Vehicle Accident - Africa - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 08:51 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110708-31466-COG
Date / time: 08/07/2011 15:49:45 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
State/County: State of Orientale
Location: Kisangani [Kisangani International Airport]
Number of Deads: 53 person(s)
Number of Injured: 40 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Catastrophic

Description:

At least 40 survivors have been pulled from a crashed airplane that killed at least 53 people at Kisangani International Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday. "Fifty-three dead, that is the last figure I have,'' Stavros Papaioannou, chief executive of the Congolese Hewa Bora airline, told Reuters by telephone, while cautioning that the toll was likely to be revised. The Boeing 727 was carrying 112 passengers, according to a government spokesman. The plane was trying to land in bad weather, an official for the Congolese airline Hewa Bora said. "The pilot tried to land but apparently they didn't touch the runway," Papaioannou said. Hewa Bora is on a European Union list of airlines banned due to security concerns. Congo has one of the worst air transport safety and security records in the world.


Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Vietnam

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 07:46 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110708-31465-VNM
Date / time: 08/07/2011 14:45:06 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Vietnam
State/County: Province of Hai Duong
Location: Tan Truong [IRISO Electronics Company, Tan Truong Industrial Park]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 218 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

218 workers at the Japanese IRISO Electronics Company in Tan Truong Industrial Park in the northern province of Hai Duong suffered food poisoning after eating meals at the company café on July 6. Amongst those affected were pregnant women. 26 workers showed serious symptoms like fever, stomach ache, nausea and diarrhea and were rushed to the General Hospital in district Cam Giang. Pham Duy Tien, chief of the province Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, said that more than 20 workers have been discharged from the hospital. Soon after the incident, health authorities took food samples from the company café for testing, to verify the cause. According to initial investigations, the culprit seems to be the toxic vegetables that the workers consumed in their meal.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 02:02 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110708-31464-USA
Date / time: 08/07/2011 09:01:44 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: Watsonville [Watsonville Community Hospital]
Number of Deads: 2 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 small four-passenger airplane crashed into an unoccupied office building belonging to Watsonville Community Hospital, killing the two people aboard the plane. The accident happened shortly after take-off from nearby Watsonville Municipal Airport at around 7.30pm local time on Thursday, officials report. There were no further injuries or fatalities on the ground. No evacuations were ordered from the hospital.


Explosion - Asia - Turkmenistan

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 01:59 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EX-20110708-31463-TKM
Date / time: 08/07/2011 08:58:07 [UTC]
Event: Explosion
Area: Asia
Country: Turkmenistan
State/County: Khüzestān
Location: Abadan
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:

Turkmenistan on Friday insisted mystery explosions outside Ashgabat were caused by fireworks but unofficial sources said that a military arms depot had blown up in a potentially massive accident. The explosions took place Thursday afternoon at a military arms depot in the city of Abadan, just 20 kilometres (15 miles) outside Ashgabat, three concurring sources who asked not to be named told an AFP correspondent in Turkmenistan. A vast plume of smoke billowing from the depot while a Turkmen official said that the city was partially evacuated to protect the population. Some of the explosions were heard in Ashgabat. There were prolonged power cuts in the capital, which gets its electricity from a gas-powered plant in Abadan. With speculation growing over the cause and potential scale of the incident, the foreign ministry early Friday issued a hugely unusual statement to say the accident was caused by fireworks explosions.

"The fireworks kept in a special store outside of Abadan exploded as a result of the hot weather," it said. "There are no victims or major destruction. The population is being given all necessary help." However in a possible sign of the magnitude of the accident, it said that the explosions had been discussed at a joint cabinet and national security council meeting chaired by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. The opposition rights website Khronika Turkmenistana, which is blocked inside Turkmenistan, also said that the explosions took place at a military arms depot and said witnesses spoke of deaths and major destruction. It said the explosions had sparked panic and also mass looting in Abadan. The gas rich Central Asian nation is the most reclusive state to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union and is notorious for its low transparency. Berdymukhamedov is seeking to very cautiously ease the country out of the extreme isolation of his eccentric predecessor Saparmurat Niyazov who died in 2006, although critics say stabs at reform have been little more than window-dressing. He has cut back on some of the excesses of Niyazov, known as the Turkmenbashi, and last year removed a golden statue of his predecessor in Ashgabat which rotated to face the sun.


Fire - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 12:35 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FR-20110708-31462-GBR
Date / time: 08/07/2011 07:34:59 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: England
Location: Hermitage [Priors Court Road, Army base]
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:

An Army base was partially evacuated after a fire involving an acetylene cylinder broke out in a nearby barn. Fire crews set up a 200m (656ft) cordon around the barn in Priors Court Road in Hermitage near Chieveley after being called on Thursday night. Part of the Hermitage base was evacuated while the fire was put out. Personnel were later allowed back into the majority of the barracks but fire crews are on standby while the cylinder is made safe. Priors Court Road is expected to be closed for the rest of the day. The fire, which is believed to have been started accidentally, destroyed the barn, a fire service spokesperson said. A mobile vehicle, the same used to detect improvised explosive devices, was brought from London to go into the barn to check the cylinder.

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