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08 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Fire - Asia - China
Vehicle Accident - Asia - India
Vehicle Incident - Asia - India
Vehicle Incident - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - Europe - Poland
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Tsunami - Australia - New Zealand
Tsunami - Australia - New Zealand
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Technological Disaster - Africa - Nigeria
HAZMAT - Europe - United Kingdom
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - China

Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 10:13 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110707-31451-BRA
Date / time: 07/07/2011 05:11:51 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: South-America
Country: Brazil
State/County: State of Sao Paulo
Location: [Near Pirasununga]
Number of Deads: 4 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:

Four Brazilian Air Force pilots have been killed in a mid-air collision of two aircraft. According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred during a training flight near the town of Pirasununga, 210 kilometers north of Sao Paulo. The pilots had been practicing stunts on T-25 Universal trainer aircraft, turned out by the Brazilian Aircraft Corporation Embraer. In the cockpit of each of the two crashed aircraft were a pilot and instructor. They all died. On the ground, there were no victims or injured. An investigation is underway.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:45 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110707-31450-RUS
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:45:02 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Krasnodarskiy Kray
Location: Krasny [Anapa-Gostagayevskaya highway]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: 13 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:

One man was killed and 13 injured after a tour bus collided with a car in Russia's southern Krasnodar Region late on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the local Emergencies Ministry's department said on Thursday. He said the traffic accident occurred on the Anapa-Gostagayevskaya highway some 3 km (1.9 miles) from the village of Krasny. "Tour bus MAN, en route from the village of Cherkessky to the city of Anapa, crashed with a Hyundai car," the spokesman said. He added that all 13 people injured in the crash were taken to nearby hospitals. According to statistics, 30,000 people lose their lives in traffic accidents every year in Russia due to the poor state of highway networks and reckless driving.


Fire - Asia - China

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:34 PM PDT


EDIS Number: FR-20110707-31449-CHN
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:33:11 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Shangdong
Location: [Zaozhuang Fangbei Coal Mine Co. Ltd.]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 36 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A coal mine fire occurred Wednesday night left at least 36 people trapped underground in Shandong province in eastern China, the official news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing safety officials. An air compressor in a parking lot 225 meters (738 feet) underground caught fire around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, trapping 36 miners working in the area, according to the news agency, which reported on the initial investigation by the State Administration of Work Safety early Thursday. The mine belongs to Zaozhuang Fangbei Coal Mine Co. Ltd., in Shangdong province. An team of experts headed by SAWS director Luo Lin rushed to the scene immediately, the news agency reported, and a rescue operation is ongoing. According to reports, the mine had been upgraded in June 2010 to expand production capacity to 150,000 tons a year. The work was approved in October, Xinhua reported.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - India

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110707-31448-IND
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:31:48 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Uttar Pradesh
Location: [Thanagaon area]
Number of Deads: 33 person(s)
Number of Injured: 17 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 33 people died and 17 were injured when a train collided Thursday with a bus in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, authorities said. The crash happened around 2 a.m. Thursday (4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday) when a bus packed with passengers tried to cross an unguarded railroad, said North-Eastern Railway spokesman Amit Singh. The bus was hit by the Mathura-Chhapra Express train that was passing through at the same time, Singh said. India's massive rail network, used by hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, has a poor safety record. Official figures show 100 train accidents occurred in the country in the 2009-10 fiscal year and 115 in 2008-09.


Vehicle Incident - Asia - India

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:24 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VIV-20110707-31447-IND
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:23:36 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Tamil Nadu
Location: Chennai [Chennai 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: N/A

Description:

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah made an emergency landing at Chennai airport in India after pilots noticed smoke coming from the cockpit. “Flight SV841 took off from Chennai for Jeddah a few hours later after it was checked by engineers and technicians at an isolation bay in the airport,” said Saudia spokesman Abdullah Al-Azhar in Riyadh on Wednesday. Al-Azhar pointed out that the plane, which was carrying 200 passengers, made the landing after smoke was detected by the pilots. “It was not a major problem and all passengers are safe,” said the spokesman, adding that the passengers were evacuated immediately after landing. Flight SV841 was crossing India when the pilots noticed smoke and notified air traffic control at Chennai airport. The ATC allowed the aircraft to land and made necessary arrangements at the airport. The aircraft was thoroughly checked before it was finally certified as fit to fly. This is the second instance of technical problems reported by a Saudia plane over the last 45 days. A Mumbai-Jeddah flight with 270 passengers on board was grounded at Mumbai airport on May 31 because of a technical glitch. In another incident, a Saudia flight made an emergency landing at Athens International Airport recently due to a false fire alarm in the cargo hold.


Vehicle Incident - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:22 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VIV-20110707-31446-RUS
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:21:26 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Republic of Dagestan
Location: Makhachkala
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 Russian Tupolev Tu-154 passenger jet with 165 people on board has made a safe emergency landing in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the local emergencies ministry said on Thursday. "The Tu-154 aircraft en route from Moscow has made an emergency landing in Makhachkala at 0:02 Thursday [20:02 GMT Wednesday] after a failure in one of its engines. According to preliminary information, the aircraft carried 165 people, including the crew and 14 children," Kantemir Davydov, a spokesman for the North Caucasus Emergencies Ministry's department, said. He said no one was injured upon the landing adding that "the crew's coordinated efforts prevented a possible emergency situation." Rescuers, firefighters and ambulances were dispatched to the landing stripe at the Makhachkala airport after traffic controllers received an emergency warning from the aircraft on Wednesday at 23:30 Moscow time (19:30 GMT). This is a second emergency landing of a Tu-154 aircraft in Russia in a week. Last Saturday, a Tu-154 passenger jet with 116 passengers on board made a safe emergency landing in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg after one of its engines failed.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:07 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VI-20110707-31445-USA
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:06:07 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Indiana
Location: Morrisontown [Big Blue River, Shelby 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: Moderate

Description:

A railroad bridge collapsed Wednesday, derailing nine freight cars and sending five of them into the Big Blue River in Shelby County, a CSX official said. No one was injured, but train cars were strewn into a wooded area and the Big Blue River after the trestle collapsed north of U.S. 52 west of Morristown. The site is about 15 miles southeast of Indianapolis. The cars were empty after delivering a load of ethanol, said CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan. The train involved had two locomotives hauling 94 freight cars from Cincinnati to Indianapolis. Sullivan said it appeared that nine cars came off the tracks and five went into the water. CSX crews were working with local law enforcement and fire officials to clear the wreckage. The derailment is causing disruptions to Amtrak service between New York and Chicago. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm says the derailment on CSX tracks affects the Cardinal line that was due to arrive in Indianapolis from Cincinnati on Thursday morning before heading to Chicago. Kulm says passengers will get off the train in Cincinnati and take buses either directly to Chicago or to Indianapolis to catch another train. When The Cardinal returns from Chicago on Thursday night, passengers will get off in Indianapolis and take buses to Cincinnati.


Flash Flood - Europe - Poland

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:04 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110707-31444-POL
Date / time: 07/07/2011 03:03:27 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Europe
Country: Poland
State/County: Capital City
Location: Warsaw
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:

Torrential rains that have persisted over the territory of Poland for the past few days have caused flooding in Warsaw and its environs. In the Polish capital, the streets have been transformed into rivers. The main road junctions of the city are flooded, as are many basements and garages. Water has leaked into the underground rooms and corridors of Grand Central Station. As reported by rescuers and firefighters, the number of calls from the public increases with every hour. In Mazovia region alone, staff had to follow up on such emergency calls over 80 times in a day. Most often, they have to pump out water, clear the roads littered with debris and fallen trees, repair broken power lines. The Institute of Meteorology and Water Management cautions that "in the next few days, due to rainstorms, water levels in rivers Wieprz and Bug may reach critical levels." According to weather forecasts, rains and storms with hail and gusty winds will show no signs of abating in the next 24 hours in central and eastern parts of the country.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 01:06 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110706-31443-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 20:04:41 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New Mexico
Location: [Between Roswell and Artesia]
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: 1 person(s)
Damage level: Minor

Description:

A military fighter plane crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico after the pilot ejected safely, Air Force officials said. The QF-4 Phantom from Holloman Air Force Base crashed southwest of Roswell in grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres. No structures were threatened, according to state forestry spokesman Dan Ware. The pilot was in good condition, according to a prepared statement from Col. David Krumm, commander of the 49th Wing. There was live ammunition aboard the plane, and rescue crews were being asked to approach the crash site with caution. Holloman officials declined to confirm that report, but Krumm, in his statement, said the base was "asking the public to cooperate with military and civilian authorities at the scene to ensure the safety of everyone involved." The aircraft was assigned to and operated by Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron. The QF-4 is used as a target for weapons testing. It can be flown by remote control or with a pilot.


Tsunami - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 01:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TS-20110706-31442-NZL
Date / time: 06/07/2011 19:48:46 [UTC]
Event: Tsunami
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: Raoul Island
Location: [Fishing Rock]
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:

Tsunami has been observed in Fishing Rock, Raul Island, New Zealand on 06.17.2011 at 19:23 UTC. The observed wave height was 0.99 metre/3.3 feet. Other information not available yet.


Tsunami - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 01:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TS-20110706-31441-NZL
Date / time: 06/07/2011 19:45:45 [UTC]
Event: Tsunami
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: Raoul Island
Location: [Boat Cove]
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:

Tsunami has been observed in Boat Cove, Raul Island, New Zealand on 06.17.2011 at 19:22 UTC. The observed wave height was 1.03 metre/3.4 feet. Other information not available yet.


Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 10:06 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110706-31440-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 17:05:04 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Georgia
Location: [Tybee Island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 894 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:

Authorities say 894 people were stung by jellyfish during the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Tybee Island, off the Georgia coast. Tybee Ocean Rescue Lt. Hunter Robinson says he thinks the number of attacks is unusual for this time of year at the popular tourist destination near Savannah. Robinson said the high number of victims might be because the water in the area heated up quickly this year, compared to previous years.


Technological Disaster - Africa - Nigeria

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 08:19 PM PDT

EDIS Number: AC-20110706-31439-NGA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 16:25:14 [UTC]
Event: Technological Disaster
Area: Africa
Country: Nigeria
State/County: Lagos State
Location: Lagos [Mogaji Street in Idumota area]
Number of Deads: 8 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:

Tragedy struck at Mogaji Street in Idumota area of Lagos Island on Tuesday night when a four-storey building collapsed, killing six people. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six bodies were removed from the rubbles on Wednesday afternoon by officials of the National and Lagos State Emergency Management Agencies. At least, 30 people were rescued alive from the building by the officials. NAN gathered that the building which went down at about 11. 30 p.m. was inhabited by three families, who lived on second, third and fourth floors while the ground floor was used as stores. A witness, Kamorudeen Olaseni told NAN that he heard a bang in the form of an explosion as the building gave way. "I heard a very loud bang like an explosion and immediately I ran out to ascertain what was happening. I saw a thick cloud of dust and I ran inside again,” he said. A survivor, Stephen Egede, who had been living in the house since 2007, told NAN that he was in his room when the incident happened. "I noticed that the building was going down gradually and I started praying; that is all I can remember," he said. Egede, who said he escaped with his wife and daughter miraculously, however, lamented the poor treatment meted to them at the hospital where the injured were rushed to for treatment. "We were packed in one place and treated as if we were animals," he told NAN while salvaging some of his personal effects.


HAZMAT - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 06:55 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110706-31438-GBR
Date / time: 06/07/2011 13:54:22 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: Scotland
Location: Caithness [Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment]
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:

High-hazard fragments of reactor fuel have been discovered on the seabed off Dounreay. The latest trawl of the contaminated seabed recovered 38 high-hazard fragments of reactor fuel. Each has over one million bequerels of radioactivity and has the potential to cause significant harm to human health. They have been detected and retrieved by a remote control robot launched from a barge anchored just off the shoreline. Contractor Land and Marine left at the weekend after completing a nine-week operation. In all, 351 particles of reprocessed fuel were found and brought back to the atom plant for analysis. It is the high-hazard ones which plant contractors DSRL is targeting in its multi-million pound drive to help clean up the local coastline. The pollution stems from historic sloppy waste practices at the former fast reactor site. A 22-strong team worked round-the-clock, scanning an area the size of 36 international football pitches. The robot - the size of a small bulldozer - worked at depths of up to 30 metres. Last year’s survey unearthed over 400 particles, including 74 in the high-hazard category. The latest trawl brings the total of seabed particles recovered to 1884. A further 481 have been recovered, nearly all from the Dounreay foreshore and Sandside each, near Reay. A two-mile fishing exclusion zone has been in place since the seabed pollution was detected in 1997.


Epidemic Hazard - Asia - China

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 03:24 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110706-31437-CHN
Date / time: 06/07/2011 10:23:06 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Location: Hong Kong
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 Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (July 6) is investigating a confirmed case of cholera and reminds people to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene, whether in Hong Kong or travelling abroad. The case involves a 25-year-old man who developed diarrhoea since June 27. He attended Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for medical consultation but did not require hospitalisation. Laboratory tests later showed that culture of his stool specimen yielded Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa. The patient has been admitted to the isolation ward of Princess Margaret Hospital and is in stable condition. He did not have history of recent travel. His home contacts have no symptoms of cholera. This is the first case of cholera reported this year. There were nine cholera cases in 2010, none in 2009 and seven in 2008. A CHP spokesman said, "Whether in Hong Kong or travelling abroad, people should pay attention to hygiene and take measures to prevent cholera and food-borne infection."

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