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29 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh
Flash Flood - Europe - Poland
Vehicle Accident - Asia - South Korea
HAZMAT - North-America - USA
Vehicle Incident - Australia - Australia
Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - east - Fiji
Vehicle Accident - Africa - South Africa
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Turkey
Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Heat Wave - Europe - Russia [Asia]
Vehicle Accident - Europe - Germany
Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Caribean Area - British Virgin Islands
Vehicle Accident - Africa - Zambia
Flash Flood - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Azerbaijan
Biological Hazard - Europe - France
Vehicle Accident - Europe - Poland
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - Canada
Biological Hazard - Asia - Nepal
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 11:52 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110728-31770-BGD
Date / time: 28/07/2011 06:48:01 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Bangladesh
State/County: Bogra District
Location: [Shajahanpur]
Number of Deads: 17 person(s)
Number of Injured: 30 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:

At least 17 people were killed and about 30 others injured as a goods laden truck and a night passenger bus collided head on in Bangladesh's Shajahanpur sub- district of Bogra district, 197 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, on Thursday morning. Police was quoted by private news agency UNB as saying that the Dhaka bound truck collided head on with the passenger bus, leaving 11 passengers dead on the spot and over 30 injured at about 6 a.m. local time. Six of the injured died on the way to local hospitals. All the victims were passengers of the night bus which was over loaded. Police said the drivers of both the vehicles were driving recklessly and lost control while taking a turn. Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world due mainly to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules by inept drivers and lack of monitoring of the traffic department. According to a recent study of Accident Research Center of Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, some 10,000 to 12, 000 people are killed in road accident in Bangladesh every year, of which about 75 percent fatalities occur in rural areas.


Flash Flood - Europe - Poland

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:40 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110728-31769-POL
Date / time: 28/07/2011 04:39:16 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Europe
Country: Poland
State/County: Swietokrzyskie Region
Location: Sandomierz
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 Poland have caused flooding in parts of Sandomierz, a town in the country's south that was badly hit by massive floods last year. Firefighters are working Wednesday to pump water out of basements and flooded yards after a night of rain. Streets in some Warsaw suburbs were also flooded. Weeks of torrential rains in 2010 caused two waves of massive flooding in Poland and neighboring countries that destroyed dikes and caused widespread damage. The flooding in Sandomierz on Wednesday, while on a much smaller scale, occurred in areas where people are still rebuilding after last year's damage. More rain is expected across Poland in the next days.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - South Korea

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:45 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110728-31768-KOR
Date / time: 28/07/2011 03:29:20 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: East China Sea
Location: [South of Island of Jeju]
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:

Two pilots were killed when a South Korean cargo plane crashed into the sea off the country's southern coast early on Thursday, Yonhap said. The wrack of the Asiana Airlines Boeing-744 was found 107 kilometers to the west of the island of Jeju. The killed pilots were the only people on board the plane, which was en route to China. Preliminary investigation data show a fire on board the aicraft, which was carrying inflammable cargo, could become the reason of the crash, the news agency said. Asiana Airlines is South Korea's second-largest flagship carrier.


HAZMAT - North-America - USA

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:25 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110728-31767-USA
Date / time: 28/07/2011 03:22:05 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: Littlerock [Antelope Valley]
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 freight train derailed in the Littlerock area near Palmdale today, and while nobody was injured, the wreck raised concerns about a possible chlorine leak from one or more of the overturned railcars. Inspector Matt Levesque of the county fire department said the derailment was reported at about 1:25 p.m. near 92nd Street East and East Avenue T. The Union Pacific train included about 70 cars, and 22 of them were either off the tracks or overturned. Levesque said authorities were "initiating evacuations." "It is pretty sparsely populated up there, probably it is affecting only homes directly next to the train. The evacuations are just a precaution," he said. Levesque said it could take hours to determine if there actually are any chlorine leaks, given the number of cars in the train and the need to inspect each individually. The cause of the derailment was not immediately known, although the train did not strike any vehicles. An evacuation center was set up at Almondale Middle School at 9330 E. Avenue U in Little Rock, according to the sheriff's department. Capt. Roland Sprewell of the county fire department said about 100 homes were evacuated, even though still no leaks had been detected. He said that 14 cars contained hazardous materials. Residents from 87th Street East to 106th Street East between Avenue S and Avenue T were evacuated.

Vehicle Incident - Australia - Australia

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:16 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110728-31766-AUS
Date / time: 28/07/2011 03:14:34 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of New South Wales
Location: Sydney [Sydney International 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: Minor

Description:

An Air Canada plane was forced to dump fuel and return to Sydney after smoke filled the galley shortly after take-off. Flight AC34 departed Sydney Airport at 10.25am en route to Vancouver and Toronto and reportedly experienced smoke coming from an oven. Air Canada's general manager for Australia and New Zealand, Jeannie Foster, said the plane's captain had not declared an emergency but dumped fuel over Hornsby and Longreef, in the city's north, before returning to Sydney. The plane later landed safely at the airport, as firetrucks waited on the tarmac. Two years ago, at least 11 passengers and four crew members were injured when the Air Canada Flight 34 from Sydney to Vancouver hit severe turbulence caused by a thunderstorm about one hour northeast of Honolulu. This morning's scare came after a Jetstar plane sparked an emergency at Auckland Airport after reports of smoke in the cabin. The airline says passengers were leaving the plane, which had just arrived from Christchurch last night, when faint smoke was reported coming from the cockpit of the A320 Airbus. The fire service was called and checked the plane with the help of a thermal imaging camera, but no heat sources were found. After a thorough inspection by engineers, the aircraft returned to service this morning.

Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - east - Fiji

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 07:53 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110728-31765-FJI
Date / time: 28/07/2011 02:51:43 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - east
Country: Fiji
State/County: Capital City
Location: Suva
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 3 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Report to the nearest medical centre if symptoms of fever and body rash appear, warns the Ministry of Health. There is a rubella outbreak with 3 reported cases in the greater Suva area, as confirmed by Health Ministry spokesman Peni Namotu. Dr Francis Bingwor of the National Adviser Family Health said the Ministry intervened to raise awareness after it received reports of 2 females and a male aged between 19 and 24 years who developed symptoms of rubella at the Fiji School of Nursing. There are suspected cases for other areas like Samabula, she added Dr Bingwor is calling on parents to take precautions and get babies vaccinated against the disease to prevent them from contracting rubella from adults suspected of being affected. "Rubella is a vaccination preventable disease which can be prevented if children, both boys and girls, get vaccinated against it," she said. "Parents are encouraged to make sure that their children are vaccinated against the disease, which is a service provided at all baby clinics around the country," she said. "Mothers are urged to take their babies for the vaccination at 12 months, and it is also provided at primary schools," she said. "Usually it is thought that rubella [vaccination] was only for girls; however, this was only because females in primary schools would lineup for the rubella shots, so we are thinking the males who are being affected this time were missed in 2004, because prior to this, only girls were given the rubella injection," Dr Bingwor said. "Vaccines provided in Fiji are very effective, and parents should please seek immediate medical attention as soon as you have signs of fever and body rashes."

Vehicle Accident - Africa - South Africa

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:48 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110727-31764-ZAF
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:44:26 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: South Africa
State/County: State of KwaZulu-Natal
Location: [Christmas Bay, Sheffield Beach]
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:

Maritime safety authorities had tried to get the stricken ship, the MT Phoenix, into harbour but Durban and Richards Bay harbours were full. Gale-force winds and 5m swells swept the tanker from the outer anchorage, snapped the tow to the tug and, despite all attempts, ended on the rocks at Christmas Bay, Sheffield Beach. The derelict bulk tanker had been rescued earlier this month after its engines failed seven miles off the Eastern Cape coast. After initially being towed out to sea, it had been taken to Durban to bring it back into the jurisdiction of the courts. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) wanted the MT Phoenix out of the country’s waters for weeks “because she is not in a very good condition”, said Captain Nigel Campbell, Samsa regional manager. The 40-year-old, 164m oil tanker was on her way from West Africa to a scrapyard in India and had a 15-man skeleton crew on board. When the owners failed to respond to Samsa, the authority approached the KwaZulu-Natal High Court for the detention, seizure and sale of the vessel. The order was granted on July 22. The High Court was scheduled to make the order final on August 4. Buyers for the vessel had been identified. While awaiting this process, the ship was at anchor offshore of the Durban north coast, but the cold front pushed through. Anti-pollution equipment and a helicopter were deployed to the site. The hull is secure and there appears to be no oil leaking into the water. The ship has about 400 cubic metres of marine gas oil (fuel) on board, but no heavy oil. “But she is sitting in rocks and that is not good,” Campbell said.

Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Turkey

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:26 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110727-31763-TUR
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:12:22 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Turkey
State/County: Antalya Province
Location: City of Alanya [Hotel Club Gunes Garden]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 100 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Almost 100 Russian tourists have received medical assistance after suspected food poisoning in the Turkish resort city of Alanya, officials said on Wednesday. Russia's tourist watchdog said 98 tourists had been poisoned and that eight remained in hospital. The tourists were all staying at the Club Gunes Garden hotel. Turkish health officials have taken samples of the hotel's food and drinks. Five Russian tourists died in Turkey's Bodrum in late May after drinking bootleg whiskey on a sailing trip organized by a local company.


Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:10 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110727-31762-RUS
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:09:57 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Rostov Region
Location: [Region-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: Heavy

Description:

War-time shells exploded and Moscow subway passengers fainted on Wednesday as Russia again sizzled in the summer heat and battled dozens of blazes, officials said. A major fire started in the southern Rostov region on Tuesday causing two days of explosions of World War II-era shells embedded in a local forest, a local spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry said. "They are exploding where battles were fought," spokeswoman Marina Chernyavskaya said. She said no-one was hurt as a result of the blasts and more than 500 of emergencies personnel were proceeding with plans to put out the fire that now covered 200 hectares. Across Russia, the emergencies ministry used 18 planes and 38 helicopters in an effort to douse a total of 220 wildfires, including 28 major blazes covering nearly 12,000 hectares, a Moscow-based spokeswoman said.


Heat Wave - Europe - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:09 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110727-31761-RUS
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:08:04 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Capital City
Location: Moscow
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:

With temperatures hovering well above 30 degrees Celsius, several commuters on the Moscow subway fainted due to the suffocating heat, national television said. Muscovites have for days struggled with a heatwave although it has so far not been nearly as disastrous as the one recorded last year. The country endured the worst heatwave in its recorded history in 2010, when peat bog fires left Moscow shrouded in smoke for several weeks, forcing people to quit the capital in droves and causing the city's mortality rates to double. A record drought wiped out the harvest and wildfires spread out of control, killing dozens, burning down thousands of houses and threatening military and nuclear installations. Environmental campaigners Greenpeace warned earlier this year that Russia could again choke in catastrophic wildfires this summer but no major signs of noxious smog have been detected around Moscow so far.

Vehicle Accident - Europe - Germany

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:05 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110727-31760-DEU
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:05:02 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Germany
State/County: State of Bavaria
Location: Schwarzenfeld
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 21 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 coach returning to the Czech Republic after a football tournament in southern Germany crashed early on Wednesday, killing one. A further 21 people were injured, two seriously, when the bus veered off the motorway and crashed by Schwarzenfeld, 160 kilometres north of Munich, police said. The coach was carrying 57 people who had been in Munich for a football tournament hosted by Bayern Munich. The bus overturned, landing on its roof. Most passengers were able to escape, but two were trapped inside and a crane was needed to lift the bus and release them. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, the reasons for which were initially unknown. The motorway was closed in both directions in the area around the crash.


Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110727-31759-USA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:03:43 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: Key West [Port of Key West]
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:

Two Carnival cruise ships sustained minor damage after colliding at a South Florida port. The incident occurred Tuesday morning, as the Carnival Imagination and the Carnival Fantasy were being secured in port. The accident caused some minor cosmetic damage to both vessels. No one was hurt and the US Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

Biological Hazard - Caribean Area - British Virgin Islands

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:02 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110727-31758-VGB
Date / time: 27/07/2011 16:00:46 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Caribean Area
Country: British Virgin Islands
State/County:
Location: [North Sound Virgin Gorda, Cooper and Norman Islands]
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 Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Conservation and Fisheries Department are asking snorkelers, dive operators and other sea goers to exercise caution while at sea as the Box Jelly Fish was sighted in local waters. Box Jelly Fish also known as Sea Wasps are a blue or transparent coloured marine stinger which makes them difficult to detect in water. The bell-shaped jellyfish delivers a painful, venomous sting from its long tentacles which can drift up to several feet behind its body.Confirmed sightings were reported yesterday along the southern chain of islands which include North Sound Virgin Gorda, Cooper and Norman Islands. The sightings were also confirmed in deep water snorkelling areas, not near the shore. No reports from Tortola, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke were received by the Conservation and Fisheries Department. Marine Biologist with the Conservation and Fisheries Department Ms. Shannon Gore wants persons to be aware and prepared, in the event of contact with the Sea Wasp. “The stings are very painful. If stung, persons should rinse the area with vinegar to neutralize the firing cells and remove any remaining tentacles. Persons stung should be closely monitored and seek medical attention for anaphylactic shock or any other abnormal symptoms. Lifeguards have first aid kits in their possession with the appropriate initial treatment. Likewise, purple flags will fly on beaches indicating the presence of this marine life if detected,” Ms. Gore said. She cautions “This is a different species of Box Jelly fish than those found in Australia. Those found in Australia are much more virulent”. She added, “The Box Jelly Fish are usually found in large groups which are carried by waves and currents. While they may not be here today, it is important for people to be cautious while out swimming, snorkelling and diving as they are common during the summer months.” The Conservation and Fisheries Department envisions an educated public on the unique species of sea life which exist and visit the Territory’s terrestrial and marine eco-system.


Vehicle Accident - Africa - Zambia

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:58 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110727-31757-ZMB
Date / time: 27/07/2011 15:54:55 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Africa
Country: Zambia
State/County: Eastern State
Location: [Nyimba district]
Number of Deads: 35 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: Heavy

Description:

A head-on collision between a bus and a truck in the southeast Zambian town of Nyimba killed 33 people Wednesday, including six children, police said. Police spokeswoman Ndandula Siamana said the accident occurred when a bus travelling from the eastern town of Chipata on the Malawian border tried to overtake a vehicle and collided with an oncoming truck. "Thirty-three people are confirmed dead, 19 men, eight women and six children," Siamana said. She said police were still compiling figures of injured passengers from the bus, which had been carrying 88 people.

Flash Flood - North-America - USA

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 09:20 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110727-31756-USA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 15:52:12 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of South Dakota
Location: Sioux Falls
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:

Streets were flooded and cars were stranded in Sioux Falls overnight after the city was inundated with three to five inches of rain. Cars were stranded at several major intersections and rescue vehicles attempting to reach the stranded cars became stranded themselves. The rain has ended, however there are still a few flooded roads in the city. I-29 southbound at 41st street could be closed for several hours because of flooding and the DOT is asking motorists to stay away from that area.


Forest / Wild Fire - Asia - Azerbaijan

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 04:47 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110727-31755-AZE
Date / time: 27/07/2011 11:46:34 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Asia
Country: Azerbaijan
State/County: Ismayilli Region
Location: Geraybeyli
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:

A catastrophic fire blazed up in the mountainous area of Azerbaijan’s Ismayilli region. Firefighters and vehicles of the firefighting departments of Ismayilli, Agsu, Goychay and Kurdamir regions were sent to Ismayilli’s Geraybeyli, mountainous village covered by the fire. The firefighters also use helicopters. Three hectares of green area throughout the banks of Girdiman River burnt out. The mountainous conditions complicate extinguishing the fire.

Biological Hazard - Europe - France

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:17 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110727-31754-FRA
Date / time: 27/07/2011 10:37:44 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: France
State/County: Province of Cotes-dArmor
Location: [Gouessant estuary ]
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:

Dozens of wild boars have turned up dead this month around a beach in western France, officials say, as they suspect poisonous blue-green algae for the deaths. Three dead boars were found on Wednesday at the mouth of the Gouessant estuary in Brittany, bringing to 31 the number found this month, floating in the water or washed up in the area. The nearby beach has been closed for safety, its cove stinking with algae which give off a poisonous gas when they rot. "One of the theories we have is that the animals could have drunk water that could contain algae," said Gilles Buet, a Brittany water official. "They were not sick and they did not drown," said local police official Philippe De Gestas. "We found two carcasses in the morning, then five more, then it went up to 17" and later 18, he said on Tuesday. Local authorities said in a statement that tests on the water revealed a level of blue-green algae "above the alert level but below the danger level". Officials and environmentalists say the spread of algae is driven by nitrates used in fertiliser. The proliferation of the minute organisms was speeded by unusually hot weather early this summer. In 2009 a person in France died after working to clear algae, as well as a horse. Officials were testing for hydrogen sulphide, a poisonous gas given off by the blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, when they decompose. Gestas said they were also carrying out autopsies on some of the boars. Further test results were due Wednesday, the statement said.

Vehicle Accident - Europe - Poland

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 02:50 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110727-31753-POL
Date / time: 27/07/2011 09:49:02 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Europe
Country: Poland
State/County: County of Strzelce-Drezdenko
Location: Zwierzyn
Number of Deads: 3 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: 8 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Police are perplexed as to how the accident came about as the six freight wagons were not attached to an engine. The six wagons had been standing on a siding by a local asphalt plant. At about 10 pm, the wagons were set in motion, travelling two kilometres before ploughing into a the station at Zwierzyn and adjacent residential buildings. A 55-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man were killed in their home. An 18-year-old who happened to be in the vicinity also fell victim. She was rushed to hospital but did not survive. Eight people were evacuated from the scene.

Epidemic Hazard - North-America - Canada

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:18 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110727-31752-CAN
Date / time: 27/07/2011 09:21:40 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: Toronto
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 9 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Health authorities in Toronto say they have now confirmed nine cases of mumps associated with a recent outbreak — as well as three suspected cases. In a normal year the city only gets, on average, about 15 cases. According to Toronto Public Health, all of the cases are linked to Ki Restaurant at 181 Bay Street in the city's financial district. On Saturday TPH said it was investigating four cases of mumps and that all of those affected were restaurant employees. On Tuesday the number of confirmed cases jumped to nine: eight cases are employees at the restaurant and the ninth is someone who came into contact with one of those employees. Three other cases are under investigation: one employee and two restaurant patrons. According to health authorities the risk to patrons is low "however, as a precaution, if you were at Ki Restaurant at anytime on or between July 7 and July 18, watch for symptoms of mumps which could occur up to and including August 12th." The symptoms of the virus include swelling and pain on the sides of the cheeks and jaw, fever, headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue and loss of appetite. "If you were at the restaurant during this period, and you experience symptoms of mumps, please call Toronto Public Health at 311, and call your doctor and indicate that you may have been exposed to mumps." said Dr. Irene Armstrong, in an earlier release. An outbreak of mumps is very rare, since most people have been vaccinated or have developed an immunity from exposure to the virus. People who get the mumps usually recover in about two weeks — but in some cases the illness can be more severe. Mumps is most commonly spread through saliva — sharing cups or cigarettes for example, or through kissing, coughing or sneezing.

Biological Hazard - Asia - Nepal

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 08:18 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110727-31751-NPL
Date / time: 27/07/2011 07:02:09 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Nepal
State/County: Jhapa District
Location: [UN Refugee Camp]
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: N/A

Description:

Wild elephants have attacked a refugee camp in southeastern Nepal, killing two elderly men and damaging several huts. Gehanath Bhandari, the chief government administrator in Jhapa district, says two elephants entered the U.N.-run camp for Bhutanese refugees Wednesday morning and trampled the two victims. There were no other casualties. Floods during monsoon season usually drive the elephants from neighboring India into Nepal, where they destroy farms and occasionally attack humans. Bhandari says some of the refugees were chasing the elephants away from corn fields when the animals turned toward the camp and attacked. Thousands of Bhutanese refugees have been living in camps in Nepal since the 1990s, when they were forced to leave their homeland.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada

Posted: 27 Jul 2011 10:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110721-31678-CAN
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:10:02 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: [Thunder Bay, Sandy Lake and Kingfisher 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: 7000 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

The fire situation across Northwestern Ontario remains severe. There were twenty new fires reported since yesterday. Across the province the current scope of the area covered by fires is 300,000 hectares. This is a major increase in the scope of fires and sets a new record. Evacuations of communities in the North continue. It is expected that up to 7000 people will be evacuated out of their home communities. There will be people sent, mostly through Thunder Bay to London, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Wawa, Greenstone and other communities with hundreds also expected to stay in Thunder Bay.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse support the calls for immediate mobilization of resources by all levels of government for the safe evacuation of First Nation communities impacted by forest fires in northwestern Ontario, adding that capacity needs at the community level must be addressed to deal with immediate and long-term emergency response needs. “The safety and security of First Nation citizens and communities is of primary concern and our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by the devastating fires in northwestern Ontario, particularly in Nishnawbe Aski territory,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo speaking today from Vancouver, where he’s meeting with provincial and territorial leaders at a meeting of the Council of the Federation. “Too many of our people are already vulnerable and when disasters or emergencies strike, we are hit hardest. The reality is that First Nation citizens and communities are affected by these emergency events to a greater extent because of remoteness, lack of critical security infrastructure, resources and capacity. We need action on a number of fronts, including efforts by all governments to work with First Nations on effective coordination and delivery of emergency services on the short and long term. I am calling for immediate action by the federal government and also raising this issue with premiers and territorial leaders at our meeting today.”

Yesterday, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy called for the mobilization of provincial and federal resources to ensure the safe evacuation of impacted NAN members and communities. As of this afternoon, 19 NAN communities were on high alert, some of which have already been evacuated, including about 2,500 people from Sandy Lake First Nation and 265 from Kingfisher Lake First Nation. Currently First Nation citizens from NAN territory are being housed in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region, Winnipeg and Ottawa. “This situation demonstrates the difficulties associated with being a First Nation citizen and living in a remote location,” said Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. “What is needed right now is appropriate financial resourcing, for emergency assistance, by the province and the federal government that takes into account the realities and extraordinary challenges of living in the north. This is in addition to a swift response for calls to evacuate citizens.”

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