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23 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - Australia - New Zealand
Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Colombia
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Morocco
Epidemic Hazard - Middle-America - Mexico
Flash Flood - Australia - Australia
Vehicle Accident - Europe - Ukraine
Biological Hazard - Europe - Spain
Vehicle Incident - Asia - India
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA
Extreme Weather - Europe - Hungary
Flash Flood - Australia - Australia
Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Biological Hazard - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:37 PM PDT


EDIS Number: BH-20110722-31694-NZL
Date / time: 22/07/2011 03:36:31 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: North Island
Location: [Wanganui coastal area]
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 number of prions that perished on the west coast of the North Island in last week's stormy weather could be in the tens of thousands. Though the species was not endangered, the birds might have "taken quite a good hit", said Manawatu/Wanganui Bird Rescue co-ordinator Dawne Morton. She was kept busy with the birds from Tuesday to Friday last week. They were picked up dead and alive along the length of the coast, from Wellington to North Cape. More than 600 birds were being nursed back to health at Massey University, others by the Conservation Department in New Plymouth and Wellington Zoo. At Massey the birds were put in warm water ponds, fed and re-waterproofed. Badly hurt birds were euthanised. The prions' small size put them at particular risk. "These guys lose 20g and they've had it," Ms Morton said. Recovered birds would be released from a boat, because any freed on the beach were likely to be killed and eaten by the much larger black-backed gulls. Ms Morton's best guess about last week's storm was that the birds were unable to fish because the storm lasted so long. They became weak from lack of food and were blown onshore. Some landed in the sea and were tumbled about and washed on to beaches. Many of those lost could have been young and inexperienced hunters. Most of the birds were the broadbilled prion species, but there were also fairy prions, Salvin's prions and Antarctic prions. Storms had been known to land seabirds in strange places - Lake Taupo, the top of the Parapara stretch of SH4, albatrosses at Halcombe - but never in such numbers. "We've never had anything like this before," Ms Morton said.

Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Colombia

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110722-31693-COL
Date / time: 22/07/2011 03:33:27 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: South-America
Country: Colombia
State/County: Departamento del Magdalena
Location: [Chimila region]
Number of Deads: 5 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 23 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Five children of the indigenous group Chimila died of a mysterious respiratory infection in the department of Magdalena, reported Radio Santa Fe Thursday. According to the department's governor, Manuel Jose Bonett Locarno, the infection has yet to be "clearly defined" by hospitals in the region because members of the Chimila group have not allowed full access to the sick patients and corpses. Locarno explained that there are at least 23 people who are presenting similar symptoms, and that they were transferred to different medical facilities in the region for treatment. According to the report, a hospital in the city of Barranquilla accepted three young children who were in poor health condition. A medical team has been sent to the department to assess the situation.

Vehicle Accident - Africa - Morocco

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:21 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110722-31692-MAR
Date / time: 22/07/2011 03:20:00 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Morocco
State/County: Souss-Massa-DrĂ¡a
Location: Tinghir
Number of Deads: 14 person(s)
Number of Injured: 35 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 head-on collision between two buses killed 14 people and injured 35 in southern Morocco Thursday, an official said. The accident occurred in the morning just outside Tinghir, some 420 kilometers south of the capital Rabat, a local government source said, requesting anonymity. The injured were taken to a hospital in the southern town of Ouarzazate, the source said, adding that the death toll could rise because seven of the injured were in critical condition. “The cause of the accident seems to be fatigue [of the drivers] and excessive speed,” the official added. Moroccan roads are among the most dangerous in the world. More than 4,000 people died in traffic accidents in the country in 2009, according to official statistics.

Epidemic Hazard - Middle-America - Mexico

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:14 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110722-31691-MEX
Date / time: 22/07/2011 03:13:18 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Middle-America
Country: Mexico
State/County: Capital City
Location: Mexico 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: N/A

Description:

Mexican health officials say a French baby girl who recently flew in from Paris is Mexico’s first case of measles in four years. The toddler has not been identified, but Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova says the Mexico City neighborhood where she is staying is under quarantine. Health officials are vaccinating workers at the capital’s airport. Authorities also are contacting passengers who were on the July 10 flight with the baby to notify them a traveler was infected with the highly contagious measles virus. The World Health Organization recorded more than 12,000 cases in the first five months of this year in Europe. Most of the cases were in France.

Flash Flood - Australia - Australia

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:10 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110722-31690-AUS
Date / time: 22/07/2011 03:09:26 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State Victoria
Location: [Gippsland 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:

Torrential rain is still causing chaos along the NSW coast, while conditions appear to have eased for residents evacuated along the Traralgon Creek overnight after a three-day drenching in Victoria's east. In NSW, the State Emergency Service received 560 calls for help in the 24 hours to Friday morning, with Sydney and the Central Coast drenched by more than 80mm of rain. With the city expecting 15-30mm of rain on Friday, it will be the wettest month of July in more than 50 years, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jake Phillips said. "It will be the wettest July since 1950 when 336mm fell," Mr Phillips said. Meanwhile in Victoria's Gippsland, a moderate flood warning for the area escalated quickly on Thursday evening to major, triggering an evacuation alert for about 60 properties affected in the town. Victorian State Emergency Service spokesman Lachlan Quick said extensive sandbagging in Traralgon, Moe and Morwell appeared to have protected most homes along the creek. He said the rain caused inundation in a small number of yards and there were some reports of properties being affected in one street in Traralgon, Mr Quick said.

Flood levels were dropping on Friday morning after the creek peaked at 4am, he said. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said parts of East Gippsland had recorded 100mm of rain over Tuesday and Wednesday, with the far east forecast to get another 40-50mm up until 9am on Friday. In NSW, a severe weather warning remains in place across Sydney, the south coast, Illawarra, Hunter and mid-north coast regions, the bureau of Meteorology said. A warning has been issued to avoid beaches with dangerous surf conditions expected. SES spokeswoman Stephanie Heard said workers had a hectic night, with four flood rescues on the Central Coast last night. Two people were rescued from two cars trapped at Ourimbah, while two children and an adult were rescued from a car at Holgate Grammar School near Gosford. A sixth person was rescued from a causeway at Bundook. Most of the calls for help have come from the Central Coast and Sydney's northern beaches, Ms Heard said. Leaking roofs are a major problem, she added, saying the service expected further calls for help this morning as people woke up and discovered damage to their homes. A landslide at Palm Beach in northern Sydney has led to the closure of the Barrenjoey Road, a Department of Transport spokesman said.

Also, a landslip at Pymble forced the temporary closure of part of the north shore rail line on Thursday evening. A rock fall at Hornsby Heights has also disrupted traffic on the Galston Road. The Wakehurst Parkway at Oxford Falls on Sydney's northern beaches and Audley Weir in the Royal National Park are closed due to flooding, with motorists advised to avoid those areas. Trains were behind schedule on the Airport & East Hills line and south line in both directions due to localised flooding at the international airport, a Department of Transport spokesman said on Friday morning. Sydney Ferries passengers also faced disruption on Friday morning, with the Parramatta to Rydalmere service replaced by buses, due to a weir overflowing at Parramatta. Also, the Cronulla to Bundeena service was cancelled because of rough seas.


Vehicle Accident - Europe - Ukraine

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 12:07 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110721-31689-UKR
Date / time: 21/07/2011 19:06:12 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Ukraine
State/County: Rivnenska Oblast
Location: Rivne
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: 11 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 bus accident in western Ukraine on Thursday left a 59-year-old Ukrainian woman dead and 11 other people injured, Interfax news agency quoted police as saying. Four Germans and two French nationals were among the injured. Two other injured passengers were residents of Luxemburg but police did not give their nationalities. All injured, including five minors aged one to 15, were rushed to hospital, police said. An 11-year-old German boy was in intensive care. "For unknown reasons" the bus which was on the way from the west German city of Trier to Kirovograd in central Ukraine drove on the wrong side of the road in the Rivne region before careering off and overturning, police said. Police said the driver was not drunk or tired and that the bus which carried 20 people was in good condition.


Biological Hazard - Europe - Spain

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 11:40 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110721-31688-ESP
Date / time: 21/07/2011 18:39:25 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Spain
State/County: Valencia
Location: [Beaches at Punta Prima, La Mosca, Playa Flamenca, Cala, Zenia and Cala Capitan]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 90 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:

Six beaches were closed to bathers this week after a plague of jellyfish resulted in no less than 90 casualties suffering with stings. The beaches at Punta Prima, La Mosca, Playa Flamenca, Cala, Zenia and Cala Capitan were all closed following recommendation by the Red Cross. Several swimmers called emergency services via 112 from early in the morning on Wednesday, with the Red Cross requesting an immediate inspection of the water via jet skis. Hundreds of jellyfish were sighted off shore, prompting the Red Cross to hoist a red Flag along the Orihuela coast to ensure swimmers’ safety. Punta Prima suffered the worst casualties with a total of 18 stings. A yellow flag that recommends caution when swimming was hoisted later on Wednesday at La Fustera near Calpe.

Vehicle Incident - Asia - India

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 07:36 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110721-31687-IND
Date / time: 21/07/2011 14:34:58 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Patna
Location: Patna [Patna airspace]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 134 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A Jet Airways flight with 134 passengers on board narrowly averted a mid-air collision on Thursday, triggering panic aboard, passengers said. Jet Airways Flight No 9W 2280 from New Delhi to Guwahati was probably flying over Patna when it abruptly lost control, leading to chaos inside. "First the flight abruptly turned right and then began to plummet. We thought it would crash. There was chaos and people were screaming inside," Caushik Bezboruah, chief executive officer of News Live, a satellite TV channel from Guwahati, told IANS. "I heard people crying, some praying on top of their voices. It was a chaotic situation for close to a minute before the pilot took control," added Bhaskar Sharma, director of News Live. Both Bezboruah and Sharma were seated in the emergency exit row of the plane. Soon after, the pilot announced that another plane was approaching from the opposite direction and was inside the "safe zone".

"The pilot said the flight's computer system automatically navigated the plane and moved away from the path of the approaching flight to avoid a mid-air collision," Bezboruah said. The incident took place around 11.35 a.m. The Jet Airways flight landed safely in Guwahati around 1 p.m. "No one was injured but I saw a woman with an infant frantically trying to reach her seat from the washroom when this incident took place. She didn't manage to reach her seat and instead sat on the aisle," Sharma said. Among those aboard the plane included Assam Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita and Congress MP Rani Narah. "God is great. We had a near brush with death," said Narah. Jet Airways issued a statement regarding the incident. "Jet Airways flight 9W 2280 from Delhi to Guwahati-Agartala encountered rough air generated by a large Boeing 747 taking off at around 1122 hrs this morning at Indira Gandhi International Airport. The flight was uneventful, continued on its normal course and the aircraft landed safely at its destination in Gawahati at 1300 hrs," the statement said.


Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 07:33 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110721-31686-USA
Date / time: 21/07/2011 14:31:28 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Maryland
Location: Baltimore [Ronald McDonald House, 635 West Lexington Street,]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 11 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Health and fire officials are looking into what caused a dozen people to become sick at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday evening. Fire officials said nine adults and three children reported becoming sick at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility in the 600 block of West Lexington Street. Investigators at the scene were at a loss as to what made so many people so sick so quickly. "We had brought in fire units to check for possible CO leaks and things of that nature, but all those things have been ruled out at this time. There are no hazardous situations at this facility," said Baltimore Fire Department Capt. Roman Clark on Wednesday. All of those treated at the hospital are recovering from their nausea symptoms, 11 News learned Thursday morning. The city Health Department said it plans to continue investigating the illnesses.

Extreme Weather - Europe - Hungary

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 07:28 AM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110721-31685-HUN
Date / time: 21/07/2011 14:26:18 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Europe
Country: Hungary
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: Heavy

Description:

Trees fallen on railway tracks caused disruptions and significant delays on several rail lines due to the heavy storm and rain overnight, the communications office of Hungarian State Railways (MAV) reported on Wednesday. Repair work and a clean-up is under way between Budapest and Szolnok where traffic has been temporarily suspended, MAV added. The extent of the damage caused by the severe weather is under assessment and will be later announced by the Disaster Management Authority. The National Meteorological Service (OMSZ) has issued a second-level warning for the central and eastern areas of Hungary. In Kecskemet (C Hungary), mobile communication services broke down for a couple of hours due to violent storms on Wednesday morning. Fire fighters were called several times to sites where hurricane-force winds pulled down trees, MTI's correspondent said. In Balatonalmadi in western Hungary, a wall collapsed due to heavy rain and damaged a gas pipeline, the disaster management authority told MTI. Repair work is under way to restore the service, they said. Fire fighters were also called in the town to pump water at 20-25 homes flooded by a brook. In the renowned wine region of Villany in southern Hungary, hail on Tuesday evening damaged the vineyards badly, causing a 15-20 percent loss of grape crops, Zsolt Spiegel, a spokesperson for local farmers said.


Flash Flood - Australia - Australia

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 08:30 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110721-31684-AUS
Date / time: 21/07/2011 12:40:01 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of New South Wales
Location: Sydney
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least 80 cars have crashed in Sydney's torrential rain, with the city bracing for the wettest July in more than 50 years, as a severe weather warning is issued for coastal areas. Torrential rainfall is creating traffic chaos as flooded roads are closed across the state. In the 48 hours to 5pm, paramedics attended to 128 car crashs across NSW - including 80 in Sydney's metropopolitan area. The car flipped on to its roof after two cars collided in atrociously wet conditions on Chalmers St, Surry Hills, just before 5pm, causing one to flip. A NSW Police spokeswoman said the drivers were treated by paramedics and did not need hospital treatment. Observatory Hill in Sydney's city centre has recorded 171 millimetres in the month so far, already giving coastal areas of the NSW capital the wettest July since 1999. If just another 10 millimetres falls, Sydneysiders would have experienced the wettest July since 1959, when 196 millimetres of rainfall was recorded. Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Jake Phillips said eastern Sydney was likely to post its wettest July in 52 years, with 15 to 30 millimetres of coastal rain expected tomorrow. "We'd have to say it's quite likely," he said. "It will make it the wettest one for 52 years."

Mr Phillips said a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea and high pressure over Tasmania was creating strong winds and generating showers along the NSW coast. A severe weather warning is in place for coastal areas of Sydney, along with the Illawarra, Hunter, Central Coast and Mid-North Coast. Wave heights of five metres are expected into tomorrow, as the low pressure over the Tasman moves east. The weather bureau says surf conditions are likely to be dangerous and is advising people to avoid areas exposed to high swells. Mr Phillips said large waves had the potential to cause serious erosion to beachfront houses. Heavy rain has flooded roads across Sydney and in the Hunter. The Wakehurst Parkway and Oxford Falls Road on Sydney's northern beaches is closed, with motorists advised to avoid the area. Roads have also been closed in the lower Hunter, with Tea Gardens Road shut down because of flooding after a number of cars became trapped. In Sydney's south, motorists are also advised to exercise caution at Taren Point Road in Caringbah. Nearby Cronulla had Sydney's heaviest rainfall today, with 58 millimetres recorded between 9am and 5pm. At Norah Head on NSW Central Coast, 59 millimetres fell, compared with 51 millimetres in the eastern Sydney suburb of Rose Bay.


Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 07:38 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110720-31657-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 03:24:48 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Indiana
Location: [Indiana-wide]
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:

One of the worst heat waves to hit Indiana in 70 years tightened its grip on the state Tuesday, forcing communities to launch emergency plans and prompting utilities to plead for consumers to conserve electricity. Hoosiers sweltered as the heat index reached 111 in Terre Haute and Shelbyville, 110 in Greenwood and 109 in Indianapolis, Peru and Greencastle. The highest temperature was in Mount Comfort, about 15 miles east of Indianapolis, at 99 degrees. With little relief in sight, the heat wave seemed poised to be one for the record books. The National Weather Service predicted the temperature will average slightly above 85 degrees for the eight-day period that began July 17 and runs through Sunday. That would mark the first time the state has seen such a stretch since July 1941. Residents and communities did their best to adapt.

In Bloomington, the Indiana University swim team suspended practice at the school's outdoor pool because the water was too warm even at 6 a.m. In Fort Wayne, the Salvation Army offered donated fans and air conditioners to low-income people with critical medical conditions aggravated by the heat. The city also began picking up trash an hour earlier Tuesday, starting at 5 a.m., to allow collectors to work when temperatures were cooler, The Journal Gazette reported. Utilities braced for record consumption and urged customers to limit unnecessary electrical use. Anderson Light and Power warned its 33,000 customers to expect random power outages because of transformers overheating. Nine have blown in the last eight days because of hot weather, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis reported. "The transformers overloaded because of the temperature. It doesn't have time to cool and the oil inside of it gets hot and wants to boil and causes failure," said Bruce Boerner, Anderson Light and Power. The heat wave, which prompted the weather service to place most of Indiana under an excessive heat warning through Saturday, is hitting as counties across the state are hosting fairs. That has put people and animals in the weather's crosshairs. Jacky Masterson and her son lost two chickens to the heat Sunday at the LaPorte County 4-H Fair. They decided to mist the remaining birds to keep them cool. "If they get too hot, we have the kids take them home. They're less stressed at home, but we try to come prepared and get ours all cooled down the best we can," Masterson told WSBT-TV.

Officials across the state urged residents to take frequent breaks, drink plenty of fluids and watch for the health of others. Indianapolis officials activated an emergency plan that allows the Marion County Health Department to coordinate heat-relief efforts that included asking community centers to extend their hours to serve as cooling locations. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control said it would pick up and take care of animals whose owners need to leave their homes after the city activated its heat emergency plan. Jerry Kalal, owner of K.Dee's Coffee in downtown Lafayette, said the heat was bad for business. He told WLFI-TV he plans to close at 2 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday to avoid the grind of the heat. That's five hours earlier than usual. "When it gets above a certain temperature, people don't normally think about coming to a coffee shop," he said.

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