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13 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil
Flash Flood - North-America - USA
Flood - North-America - Canada
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China
Extreme Weather - North-America - USA
Extreme Weather - Europe - Sweden
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Vehicle Incident - Europe - Russia [Asia]
HAZMAT - Middle-East - Iraq
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - Africa - Nigeria
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Flash Flood - North-America - Canada
HAZMAT - Asia - Japan
Heat Wave - Europe - Italy
Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Bulgaria
Vehicle Incident - Europe - Denmark
Snow Storm - South-America - Bolivia
Heat Wave - Asia - Japan
Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Lebanon
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA
Drought - Africa - Kenya
Drought - Africa - Somalia
Drought - Africa - Ethiopia
Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Chile
Volcano Eruption - Europe - Italy


Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 11:45 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110713-31548-PHL
Date / time: 13/07/2011 06:39:57 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Province of Quezon
Location: Infanta [Barangay Anoling]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 27 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

At least 27 villagers have been hospitalized in General Nakar, Quezon, due to typhoid fever. According to local health officials, drinking contaminated water could have been behind the sudden increase in typhoid fever cases in Barangay Anoling. The health officials said that 27 residents of Barangay Anoling have been rushed to the C.M. Rector hospital in nearby Infanta town and General Nakar Municipal Health Center since June 31. One person identified as Benny Soliano has also died, but health officials have yet to determine if the victim was suffering from typhoid fever at the time of his death. The local health office has taken blood samples from the victims. The samples have been brought to the Department of Health office in Manila for analysis.

Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 10:10 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110713-31547-BRA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 05:09:47 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: South-America
Country: Brazil
State/County: State of Sao Paulo
Location: Sao Paulo
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 42 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:

At least 42 people were injured in the collision of two commuter trains in São Paulo, according to Brazil's rescue service. At the time of the incident one of the trains was motionless at a station. The second train, which contained about 600 passengers, collided with it for unknown reasons. According to doctors, most of the injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries due to the low speed at impact.

Flash Flood - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 09:45 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110713-31546-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 04:44:48 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: Denver
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:

Torrential rain hit the Denver metro area Tuesday night, flooding streets and some buildings and prompting calls for water rescues. There were numerous reports of cars stalled in high water, with people on the roofs of their cars, requiring rescue. The monsoon moisture moved from the southwest to northeast across the metro area, pounding the downtown area starting just after 9 p.m. Drains clogged, backing up water to over curbs in some areas, including in front of the 7NEWS building at Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street. The National Weather Service had previously issued a Flash Flood Warning, but it was for Elbert County. Denver was under a Flash Flood Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.


Flood - North-America - Canada

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:44 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110713-31545-CAN
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:39:41 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Alberta
Location: Eckville
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:

Heavy rains in central Alberta caused flooding in the town of Eckville Monday. "People are just kind of dumbstruck," resident Sharon Walker said. "We have had washouts of roads. Some people have got 10 to 14 inches of water in their basements ... we've never seen anything like it." Signs of flooding were everywhere Tuesday. Belongings from water-filled basements were out on lawns and there was a sinkhole on the side of a busy road. About 100 houses were flooded in the town and more than 700 customers lost power for about 12 hours. "There's a lot of damage in the basement. Backyard — there's quite a bit of damage," said John Parsons. At one point, the water was up to his hips. His insurance company has told him it could be three to six months before his house is back to normal. The heavy rain also had an effect on roads outside town A portion of Highway 766 west of Rimbey is closed. Drivers using Highway 766 between Eckville and Highway 12 and Highway 53 west of Rimbey are asked to use caution because of water running across the surface of the road. A rainfall warning is in effect for the area Tuesday with amounts expected to exceed 60 millimeters. Heavy rain caused flash flooding to hit the city of Lacombe Monday. Streets were covered with several feet of water for about two hours. City officials said the sewer system wasn't designed to handle so much rain in that amount of time. Mayor Steve Christie said crews worked to clear flooded areas allowing all roads to reopen Tuesday morning. Heavy rain over the weekend has put the Peace River near Fort Vermillion under a flood warning. River levels are expected to peak late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning which could flood the hamlet and the nearby airport.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:36 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110713-31544-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:35:50 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: Tucson [Joaquin Murrieta Park]
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 46-year-old man attacked by a swarm of bees Friday night at a west-side park has died from the stings, an official said Tuesday. Oscar Navarro was stung hundreds of times while walking near the Steve Daru Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs at 1375 N. El Rio Drive, which is in Joaquin Murrieta Park. An autopsy Tuesday revealed that Navarro died from “mass envenomation”, which means venom from the bee stings, said Dr. Gregory Hess, Pima County chief medical examiner. Tucson Fire Department firefighters sprayed the bees with a foam before they could get to Navarro and render aid. He was taken by paramedics to St. Mary’s Hospital in serious condition. He arrived at 6:52 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 7:13 p.m., Hess said. “You can be stung so many times that you have difficulty breathing and your blood pressure drops. You die from the massive amount of venom,” Hess said. Navarro was the first death from a bee attack this year in Pima County, Hess said. Last year, there also was one bee attack fatality, and that victim was an undocumented migrant who crossed the border illegally, Hess said.

Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:34 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110713-31543-CHN
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:33:47 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Zhejiang Sheng
Location: [Bohai Bay]
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 new oil leak was reported in northern China's Bohai Bay, the third since June. The leak occurred at the Suizhong 36-1 oilfield at 1:30 am on Tuesday due to a malfunction at the central control system, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) Ltd, the field's operator, said in a statement. Technicians managed to seal the leak, which covered one square kilometer. Mats and chemicals were used to disperse the sheen which was likely to be cleaned up by Tuesday evening, the company said. Production at the oilfield was suspended and emergency response procedures were activated immediately after the incident, CNOOC said. The cause of the leak, a control system malfunction, had been repaired, it said. Suizhong 36-1 is the country's biggest independent oilfield, annually producing about 5 million tons. CNOOC's Tianjin branch is responsible for daily operations. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it sent teams to monitor the situation after being alerted by CNOOC and dispatched a helicopter and used satellite remote sensing to monitor the spill. The incident occurred on the heels of two other spills, in June, at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, which polluted more than 840 sq km of coastal waters.

A cleanup operation is under way, according to ConocoPhillips China, the field's operator. The US energy company holds a 49 percent stake in the project, while CNOOC holds the rest. The two companies and the SOA faced widespread public criticism for covering up the Penglai spill for almost a month. Both CNOOC and the SOA responded quickly to the latest incident on Tuesday. The SOA said it will improve monitoring of offshore oil and gas activities and release information "accurately and promptly". CNOOC said it will "continue to closely monitor production operations at all its oilfields" and reinforce procedures following a notice issued by the SOA, which requires offshore oil producers to identify spill risks and review emergency plans. Regarding the Penglai 19-3 oil leak, the SOA said that the spill affected water quality across an area of 3,400 sq km. But it added that the polluted area has "dramatically decreased" during the past week. "The leak at Platform B may continue to have minor residual seepage that we believe should diminish over time," ConocoPhillips China said on Tuesday. "The latest incident at Suizhong oilfield is not as severe as the earlier ones in terms of volume," said Chen Jianmin, a professor at the School of Petroleum Engineering at China University of Petroleum. The company should enhance safety management and inspection procedures, he said. "CNOOC is under comprehensive security checks at the moment after the incidents," said a company official, who declined to be named.

In another incident, a fire broke out at CNOOC's refinery in Guangdong province, located 40 km from the Daya Bay nuclear plant, on Monday. No casualties were reported. CNOOC is the country's biggest offshore oil producer by capacity.

Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:33 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110713-31542-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:32:40 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Missouri
Location: [Lewis County]
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 strong thunderstorm, reminiscent of the one two weeks ago that left a significant amount of damage in its wake, rolled through Hannibal Tuesday afternoon. Again, a number of trees and power lines are reported down. At least one structure caught fire during the storm.


Extreme Weather - Europe - Sweden

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:31 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110713-31541-SWE
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:30:14 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Europe
Country: Sweden
State/County:
Location: [Sundsvall 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: Moderate

Description:

On Tuesday torrential rain flooded many roads in Sundsvall on the eastern coast of Sweden, a major power outage in the area was caused by the ensuing thunderstorms and a man in his sixties was taken to hospital after being struck by lightning. Emergency services in Sundsvall are now putting all their efforts into draining the infrastructure. Head of local emergency services, Mats Granat, is counting on being busy all night – if the weather clears. “If the rains continue we’ll be working much longer,” he said. So far the water level hasn’t risen enough to pose a threat to the general public, according to Granat. “You’ll just have try to go round and avoid the worst-stricken areas,” he said. Heavy thundershowers also caused a major power outage and some 10,000 Swedish households were without electricity around lunchtime on Tuesday. However, power companies are counting on the problem being solved by the evening. At the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) they say that thunderstorms can continually be expected along the northeastern coastline and across the country to counties Dalarna and Värmland well into the night. “It is fairly intense and from what we have been told there have been hailstones and pretty serious thunderstorms,” said Elin Torstensson of SMHI said. A man in his 60’s was taken to hospital after being struck by lightning at a race course outside of the northern town of Kramfors. “He was in cardiac arrest and his face was bloody, but the chairman of the race course ran up and gave him heart massage, “ said Conny Ericsson, manager at the racecourse. Despite the dramatic accident the man was reportedly not badly injured and was taken to a local hospital. “They took him away on a stretcher but he answered when spoken to and was wiping his face. He seemed in good spirits,” said Ericsson. According to the SMHI forecast, the thunderstorms should abate over the course of the evening but heavy rains will continue to fall over the north as well as traveling down to more southern parts of the country.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:14 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110713-31540-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:13:39 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Nevada
Location: [Spring Mountains ]
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 wildfire in the Spring Mountains west of the Las Vegas Valley has burned 39 acres but is contained, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located about three miles northwest of the Las Vegas Beltway and Summerlin Parkway interchange, was deemed 100 percent contained this morning — meaning firefighters have formed a line around it to prevent its spread, said Robbie McAboy, the National Conservation Area manager for Red Rock. The fire is still burning. The blaze, which officials have named the La Madre fire, is within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It's in a remote area and not threatening any structures, McAboy said. The fire's intensity increased about 11 a.m. today, so officials called in three single-engine air tankers and one helicopter to deploy water from above, McAboy said. It's normal for wildfires to gain momentum in the daylight hours after dying off slightly overnight, officials said. Forty firefighters are battling the blaze, and two Nevada Department of Forestry crews are en route to assist, officials said. Investigators have not determined the cause of the wildfire.

Vehicle Incident - Europe - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:13 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110713-31539-RUS
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:12:27 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Europe
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Capital City
Location: Moscow [Vnukovo Airport]
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:

Russian news agencies say Moscow's third airport has been forced to close for 1 1/2 hours after a Boeing 737 with 56 people on board suffered a partial tire burst on landing. The agencies - citing aviation officials - say no one was injured during Tuesday's emergency landing of a Utair flight from the southern city of Rostov-on-Don at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. It was unclear how many tires burst and what the cause was. A switchboard assistant at the airport told the AP that the airport had already reopened, but small delays had affected most inbound and outbound flights. Emergency landings are commonplace in Russia, where aging fleets are often poorly maintained. Last month, 47 people died when a Tu-134 airliner crashed while landing in fog in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk.

HAZMAT - Middle-East - Iraq

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:46 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110713-31538-IRQ
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:10:01 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Middle-East
Country: Iraq
State/County: Baghdad Governorate
Location: Sadr City
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 700 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

Health officials say hundreds of people have been sickened by a chlorine gas cloud that leaked over Baghdad after an explosion at a water treatment plant. Dr. Ali Bustan al-Fartousi, manager of the Rusafa health office in the capital's east, said no one died in the Tuesday night accident and nearly all of the 700 people treated had been released from hospitals. Al-Fartousi said most of those affected were from the sprawling Sadr City neighborhood where many of Baghdad's poorest Shiites live. Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Ziyad Tariq confirmed the number of people who were sickened from breathing the poisoned air. Security officials blamed the explosion on a mechanical problem at the water plant.


Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:08 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110713-31537-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:07:28 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Indiana
Location: [Southern Indiana]
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 Weather Service says the heat index has soared to 121 degrees in the Southern Indiana town of Huntingburg. The weather service says the town about 67 miles west of Louisville had a temperature of 97 degrees and a dew point of 82 Tuesday afternoon. Weather service meteorologist Jayson Wilson says that's an unusually high heat index for anywhere outside the Middle East. In Evansville the heat index was down to 110, after hitting 114 earlier in the day. The weather service issued an excessive heat warning Tuesday for parts of southern Indiana, including Vincennes, Evansville, Jasper and New Albany. A heat advisory is in effect for Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus and Seymour. The weather service is urging people to cut back on or avoid strenuous activities.


Epidemic Hazard - Africa - Nigeria

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 09:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110712-31536-NGA
Date / time: 12/07/2011 16:03:28 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Nigeria
State/County: State of Kebbi
Location: Duhuwa [Maiyama Local Government]
Number of Deads: 3 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 18 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Three people lost their lives while 18 others were hospitalized in Duhuwa village of Maiyama Local Government of Kebbi State after consuming Bambara groundnut purchased in order to use the seeds for sowing. According to a close relative of the affected, Alhaji Abubakar Dangaladima, the incident which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, left panic in the village as the nuts which were purchased at the market for the purpose of sowing were used by some community members as food. He said after consuming the food prepared with the nuts three people instantly died while some including children were rushed to hospital over complaints of ailment such as fever, stomach ache and diarrhoea. Governor Saidu Usman Dakingari paid a visit to the village where he commiserated with the families of the deceased and gave a donation of N400,000 to them.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 07:44 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110712-31535-RUS
Date / time: 12/07/2011 14:43:32 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Republic of Komi
Location: [About 180 kilometers from Syktyvkar ]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 1 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:

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crash landed on Tuesday in the northern Komi Republic with no casualties, the Russian Investigative Committee said. A woman passenger broke her arm but no other injuries were reported. The crash took place earlier in the day 180 kilometers from the republic's capital Syktyvkar when the helicopter landed on rough terrain, falling on one side. There were three crewmembers and between six and 16 passengers on board, according to different sources. The Investigative Committee has launched a probe into the causes of the crash. It was previously reported that the helicopter had been fighting forest fires.


Flash Flood - North-America - Canada

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 07:28 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110712-31534-CAN
Date / time: 12/07/2011 14:27:38 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Alberta
Location: Lacombe
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:

Police in the central Alberta town of Lacombe advised motorists Monday to avoid the area if possible. Heavy rainfall has caused a number of roads to be flooded by about two to three feet of water. Some motorists are stranded. Police are asking people not to drive through the water. Lacombe is about 120 kilometres south of Edmonton. Late last week, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Slave Lake, Alta.

HAZMAT - Asia - Japan

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:45 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110712-31533-JPN
Date / time: 12/07/2011 12:12:16 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: Prefecture of Chiba
Location: Kashiwa city
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:

Japanese waste incineration plants near Tokyo have found high levels of radiation in ash, and officials said Tuesday it may be from garden waste contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The radioactive caesium was detected in plants in Kashiwa city in Chiba prefecture, northeast of Tokyo and about 200 kilometres (120 miles) from the plant that has leaked radiation since the March 11 quake and tsunami. Officials stressed that the radioactive ash collected in late June and early July, at concentrations of up to 70,800 becquerels per kilogramme, was safely contained within the plant and posed no health risk to the community. The level is far higher than the government's 8,000-becquerel per kilogramme limit, above which waste dumps must keep such ash in storage, and it presents authorities with the question of what to do with it. Authorities suspect the caesium may be from garden waste, such as tree branches and grass cuttings, that has been burnt in the facility. Kashiwa city official Kiyoshi Nakamura said: "Some people are believed to have cut plants and mown their lawns because of fear of radioactive contamination, and that waste was apparently brought to the plant." "The radioactive ash is stored inside the plant, so the radiation has not been leaked into the environment," he said. However, another city official, Masaki Orihara, warned that "we may run out of space to store the ash in about 55 days. There may be no other way but to end up suspending incinerators in the worst case."

Heat Wave - Europe - Italy

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:11 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110712-31532-ITA
Date / time: 12/07/2011 12:10:52 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Italy
State/County:
Location: [Southern 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:

Tourists and Romans alike splashed themselves with water from some of the Italian city's famous fountains on Monday as temperatures climbed to 33 degrees. Temperatures are set to reach as high as 37 or even 40 degrees in cities like Messina, Pescara and Perugia, well-above the seasonal average. Several cities have even been classified as "at risk" by Italian authorities.

Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Bulgaria

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:09 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110712-31531-BGR
Date / time: 12/07/2011 12:07:28 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Bulgaria
State/County: Burgas Oblast
Location: Kiten [Green Park Hotel]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 40 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Some 40 children, including ten Ukrainians, have been taken to the infectious disease ward of the central regional hospital in Burgas, Bulgaria, with symptoms of acute gastroenterocolitis, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov said quoting the preliminary information provided by the country's embassy in Bulgaria. The children were given the necessary medical care. They are now in stable condition and will be discharged soon. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Bulgaria, local services of epidemiological control suggest that the cause of children's poisoning could be potable water of poor quality at the Green Park Hotel in the town of Kiten, which is accommodates about 500 vacationers from around the world. Physicians are currently conducting checks to identify the cause of the infection. The situation is under special control of the Ukrainian embassy in Bulgaria and the Consular Service Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Dykusarov said. According to Bulgarian media, more than twenty children from Russia are among the ill children.

Vehicle Incident - Europe - Denmark

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:07 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110712-31530-DNK
Date / time: 12/07/2011 12:05:47 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Europe
Country: Denmark
State/County: South Denmark
Location: [Billund Airport]
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 commercial aircraft with 148 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Denmark's Billund airport Tuesday owing to a burst tyre. No one was hurt in the incident, airport authorities said. The plane, owned by Danish operator Jet Time, had taken-off from Billund, the main airport in western Denmark, around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday and was heading for the Azores. According to Billund Airport Director Keld Zacho Joergensen, one of the aircraft's tyres burst during take-off. But the plane landed "normally" shortly after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.


Snow Storm - South-America - Bolivia

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:11 AM PDT

EDIS Number: SS-20110712-31529-BOL
Date / time: 12/07/2011 07:25:19 [UTC]
Event: Snow Storm
Area: South-America
Country: Bolivia
State/County:
Location: [Highlands of Potosi]
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 worst snow storms in Bolivia in the last 20 years have left thousands of people stranded, as more snow is forecast for the coming days. The Bolivian government has appealed for help from neighbouring countries. It says it needs helicopters to drop aid to isolated communities and heavy machinery to clear the roads. The snow took farmers and tourists by surprise in the usually dry highlands of Potosi - a vast area in the south-west of the country. Farmers have lost their crops and more than 50,000 llamas and alpacas are without food, after their pastures were covered by a thick layer of snow. Roads remain closed, and rescue efforts have been hampered by poor weather. The Bolivian Civil Defence Department said that dropping aid to isolated communities and rescuing people stranded in freezing temperatures would be difficult without helicopters from other countries. The government has only two helicopters. The BBC's correspondent in La Paz, Mattia Cabitza, says that, giving the vastness and isolation of the territory affected, it will be very difficult to clear the roads before the next snowstorms arrive.


Heat Wave - Asia - Japan

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31501-JPN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 06:17:11 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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:

Japanese officials have warned residents not to cut back too much on the use of air conditioning, especially for older people and young children. The Japanese government warned of possible heatstroke from setting the thermostat on air conditioners too high -- and of possible food poisoning from raising the temperature in refrigerators. Officials said the temperatures in Japan have risen higher than they have in decades amid a nationwide power-saving drive. The government asked the public to set air conditioners at 82 degrees, but doing so "would make the actual temperature inside reach too high," said Ritsuko Momose, chief of staff at a home for the elderly in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. "Some of the measures run counter to the power-saving drive, but the lives of the elderly are at stake," Momose said. Nearly 7,000 people were hospitalized for heatstroke in June, more than three times the number from a year ago. Fifteen died after reaching the hospital. Weather officials said June's heatwave sent temperatures in parts of Japan to their highest levels since 1961. Temperatures in downtown Tokyo reached 95 degrees on June 29 -- just the third time the temperature has exceeded 95 degrees in June since the Meteorological Agency began compiling comparable records in 1875.



Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Lebanon

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110711-31498-LBN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 03:29:59 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Middle-East
Country: Lebanon
State/County: Liban-Sud
Location: Naqoura
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:

Thousands of jellyfish are invading the country’s southern beaches from Sidon to the town of Naqoura, stinging beachgoers who cross their path. Volunteers and lifeguards have responded by increasing their efforts to gather the jellyfish in a bid to make the public beaches safe for swimmers. At the beach of the southern coastal city of Tyre over the weekend, dozens of beachgoers suffered jellyfish stings, which can cause a burning sensation, itching and intense pain. At Sidon’s public beach, hundreds of jellyfish float near the water’s surface, drifting with the tide toward the shore and threatening swimmers, many of whom have become accustomed to dealing with the sea creatures. Volunteers there are working to pluck the jellyfish out of the sea water. According to volunteer Tarek Samoura, they gather the sea animals using plastic box and throw them onto the shore, taking care not to be stung. Many beachgoers were shocked to see Mohammad Bawji, a Sidon municipality lifeguard, along with his colleague Nabil, plucking jellyfish out of the water and holding them in their hands, indifferent to the stinging tentacles. “These jellyfish invade in the second half of June and remain until the first of half of August, after which they disappear completely,” said Mohammad, who had gathered hundreds of jellyfish and buried them under the sand. “I’m not affected by their stings. I carry them as I like and I kiss them too.” Mohammad explained to the beachgoers, especially the children, the dangers of jellyfish and recommended treating the pain by applying vinegar.


Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31496-USA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 03:24:55 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Missouri
Location: [St. Louis 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:

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to make an appearance on Monday with dangerous heat and poor air quality lingering through Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures on Sunday topped out at 97 degrees with a heat index of 111 degrees, but temperatures on Monday are expected to be even hotter. The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning for the St. Louis metropolitan area including St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois. The whole News 4 viewing area is under a heat advisory. Temperatures on Monday are projected to reach 101 degrees with a heat index of 115 degrees. Besides the unbearable heat, the air quality will be unhealthy for people with special needs. Also, children and the elderly should limit their outside activity. Area residents are urged to drink plenty of water and limit outside activity to morning and evening hours. Check on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they are doing well. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle even if the vehicle is running. The St. Louis area will get a short reprieve from the heat Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, but temperatures will climb to dangerous levels again for the following weekend.


Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110710-31489-USA
Date / time: 10/07/2011 19:30:32 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: [The area was not definied]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 10 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Severe E. coli infection has caused the death of one elderly male adult in Arizona and five cases of hospitalization in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The man who died had recently been to Germany, which has been ravaged by the deadly food poisoning outbreak. Authorities have not released the dead man's name, but say he is over 65 years old and comes from Northern Arizona. The CDC has confirmed that so far there have been six cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 10104:H4, five of whom had recently travelled to Germany. Experts believe the sixth person became ill after close contact with one of the other five in Michigan. Five of the infected Americans, including the one who died, developed HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), a severe kidney-damaging complication. Illnesses have been reported in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Arizona and Michigan. Public health authorities in Europe believe the most likely source of the E. coli outbreak were fenugreek seeds from Egypt that were imported and then used to grow sprouts in Europe. Fifty infected people have died so far in Europe, only one of them outside Germany. The EU (European Union) has recalled all fenugreek seeds and has also temporarily banned their importation.


Drought - Africa - Kenya

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:10 AM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31487-KEN
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:53:45 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Kenya
State/County: North Eastern Province
Location: [Dadaab 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: Catastrophic

Description:

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing drought in East Africa are walking for days in search of food and water and the situation is now extremely serious, aid agencies say. Many of those fleeing have come to Dadaab, in northeastern Kenya, near the borders of Ethiopia and Somalia. According to doctors in the area, most of the children have severe cases of acute malnutrition and related complications such as anaemia. "The children are presenting with skin complications where their skin is peeling off mainly due to deficiency in micro-nutrients," Milhia Abdul Kader says. "They are coming in a very bad shape." Speaking to Al Jazeera from a refugee camp in Kenya, Antonio Guterres, the head of UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, expressed grave concern and appealed for "massive aid" to provide the basic necessities.

UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres speaks to Al Jazeera from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya "I have no doubt that in today's world, Somalia corresponds to the worst humanitarian disaster. I have never seen in a refugee camp people coming in such desperate conditions," he said. "I saw a mother that had lost three of her children on the way here." The epicentre of the drought lies on the three-way border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock. Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit. Save the Children says more than a quarter of children in the worst-hit parts of Kenya are now dangerously malnourished, while malnutrition rates in Somalia have reached 30 per cent in some areas. According to UNHCR, Dadaab's three camps now host more than 382,000 people, while thousands more are waiting at reception centres outside the camp. "The people that are arriving are absolutely desperate," Andrew Wander of Save the Children says. "They haven't eaten for weeks, they've been travelling for a long, long time in very difficult situations." He says 1,500 people are arriving in Dadaab every day and that the situation is now "extremely serious".

As well as providing medical help, aid agencies are trying to distribute food and water to the hundreds of thousands of people reaching Dadaab. But UNHCR's Guterres says they are trying to provide aid inside Somalia despite al-Shabab's hold on large areas. "To deliver aid inside Somalia is a very important priority. When we see people in such desperate situation, it would be much better if they could be supported inside the country."


Drought - Africa - Somalia

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 10:06 PM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31486-SOM
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:52:30 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Somalia
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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: Catastrophic

Description:

The head of the U.N.'s refugee agency says Somalis fleeing hunger and drought are dying in high numbers in refugee camps in southeastern Ethiopia. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says 3 out of every 10,000 refugees die each day. Health officer Dr. Dejene Kebede says 58 people died in one week alone in June in the overcrowded camps. Guterres says those death rates are three times the emergency level. He says malnutrition is to blame. UNHCR says up to 2,000 Somali refugees cross into Ethiopia each day. Thousands also seek refuge in neighboring Kenya. Aid agencies are appealing for tens of millions of dollars in emergency funding to fight a drought that has created a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet.


Drought - Africa - Ethiopia

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:10 AM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31485-ETH
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:49:52 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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: Catastrophic

Description:

The United Nations (UN) humanitarian relief coordinator, Valerie Amos says that the world “must take the impact of climate change more seriously”. During a tour of the Somali Regional State, Valerie Amos said: “Everything I've heard has said that we used to have drought every ten years, then it became every five years and now it's every two years. And it you don't have the rains at the beginning of the year or towards the end of one year then you are going to have a problem into the next year." Many of the malnourished have fled to Ethiopia from neighbouring Somalia and this makes the situation much worse said Amos. Children who arrive at the feeding stations are given high protein food substitutes to try to boost their nutrition levels but the sheer number of people arriving threatens to overwhelm relief efforts. "We desperately need more supplies, more money to purchase them, more qualified staff, more of everything really to stop this turning from what is quite a severe crisis into a really major tragedy," said Emergency Response Team Leader for Save the Children, David Wightwick. Rainfall in the area gave some relief in May but drought conditions are expected to return before the rainy season begins in October.


Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Chile

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110710-31482-CHL
Date / time: 10/07/2011 12:03:14 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: South-America
Country: Chile
State/County: Province of Coihaique
Location: Villa Amengual
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 1 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A 63 year old woman from Cisne Medio was moved to the Coyhaique Regional Hospital, suspected of having a hantavirus infection. The patient felt unwell and consulted the health post in Villa Amengual, an area in Coyhaique, after an explosive increase in rodents in the area. "We had a notice of a suspected hantavirus pulmonary infection in a 63 year old woman and we now know that an explosive increase in rodent populations occurred, so that this case does not surprise us. However, we are on alert and are obliged to intensify our preventive measures and warnings," said the Health SEREMI [Secretaria Regional Ministerial de Salud; Regional Ministerial Secretariat of Health] Claudio Vallejos, who called on the populace to adopt pertinent preventive measures. Alerted by what was occurring in the area, the patient consulted the Villa Amengual health post early on. Given this, the 1st samples were taken and were sent to the Public Health Institute in Santiago in order to confirm or discard the presence of the virus.


Volcano Eruption - Europe - Italy

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VE-20110710-31481-ITA
Date / time: 10/07/2011 11:56:04 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area: Europe
Country: Italy
State/County: Sicily
Location: [Mt Etna 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: Moderate

Description:

A southern Italian airport was on Saturday closed due to ash from Mount Etna, forcing traffic to be diverted to Palermo. Catania airport on the east coast of the island of Sicily was not expected to re-open before Sunday morning while the runway was cleared, the report said. The volcano, which currently does not present any risk to local residents, spewed lava on to its southeastern slopes on Saturday afternoon and winds carried the ash further afield. Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet). The last eruption was in May. A massive flood of meltwater from Iceland's Myrdalsjoekull glacier, meanwhile, has raised fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano there.

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