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04 August 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Asia - Mongolia
Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil
Epidemic Hazard - Indonesian archipelago - Malaysia
Extreme Weather - Asia - Pakistan
Power Outage - North-America - USA
HAZMAT - North-America - USA
Tornado - North-America - USA
Enviroment Pollution - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh
Flash Flood - South-America - Chile
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Thailand
Drought - Asia - China
Flood - South-America - Guyana
Biological Hazard - India ocean - Seychelles
Flood - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Biological Hazard - Europe - France
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Vietnam
Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Spain

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:46 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110803-31840-USA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 04:45:24 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oregon
Location: Madras
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:

Crews are fighting a wildfire north of Madras that's burned 400 acres. Officials say the wildfire was started on Monday by lightening. The Deadman Canyon Fire is burning a remote area east of Highway 97 and north of Highway 218. The fire started on private land, but has now moved to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Officials say one home with several outbuildings is currently threatened by the fire. Prineville BLM and Jefferson County Fire District #1 are responding with three helicopters, four engines, and two handcrews. Within the past 24 hours, Central Oregon has been struck by lightening more than 800 times, starting five new wildfires. Most of the single tree fires were quickly contained.

Biological Hazard - Asia - Mongolia

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110803-31839-MNG
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:30:45 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Mongolia
State/County:
Location: [14 provinces]
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:

Equine influenza has broken out in 14 provinces of Mongolia. The outbreak had been confirmed by the Mongolian government's news office on Tuesday, after suspected cases were recently discovered in 18 provinces of the country, where horses still play a key role. The Mongolia's vice premier, M. Enkhbold, called a state emergency situation committee meeting on Monday to consider the response to the epidemic. Just three provinces - Bayan-Ulgii, Zavkhan and Umnugobi - are unaffected at this stage. The government is reported to be considering promoting vaccination. Mongolia has experienced several equine flu outbreaks in recent decades. Outbreaks in Khovd province in 2007 and 2008 caused big losses to the local livestock industry. Mongolia has an estimated two million horses.

Vehicle Accident - South-America - Brazil

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:22 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110803-31838-BRA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:22:07 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: South-America
Country: Brazil
State/County: State of Santa Catarina
Location: Bom Jardim da Serra
Number of Deads: 8 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:

Brazil’s Air Force says one of its planes crashed in the country’s southeast, killing all eight people aboard. An Air Force statement says the single-engine Cessna Grand Caravan C-98A crashed Tuesday afternoon near the city of Bom Jardim da Serra in the state of Santa Catarina. The statement says the Air Force is investigating the cause of the crash. Lt. Col. Altair Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Santa Catarina fire department, says the plane burst into flames after crashing in a deserted rural area.

Epidemic Hazard - Indonesian archipelago - Malaysia

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:21 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110803-31837-MYS
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:18:39 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Malaysia
State/County: State of Sarawak
Location: [Sarawak Wildlife and National Parks (Bakun Dam)]
Number of Deads: 10 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:

A total of 10 people who were hired by the Sarawak Forest Corporation (SFC) to "save" animals from being drowned, following the impoundment of the Bakun Dam, are now dead. The dam was impounded in October last year [2010]. The 10 dead were allegedly killed by a mysterious disease. Bakun Community Safety Committee chairman Dr Ellie Luhat said today [1 Aug 2010] that the latest such death was a 28-year-old SFC worker who worked on the project. His father told FMT that his son fell gravely sick after returning from Bakun Dam. "We sent him to the hospital, but the hospital did not know what caused his sickness. We sent him to a private clinic. Again, we were told that the doctor could not determine what made him sick. 2 days later he passed away," said [the father]. Angry and dissatisfied, he asked for a post-mortem to be conducted on his son. According to him, the doctors again could not determine the cause of his death.

The death came to light after Luhat called for an investigation into the death of the 10 SFC workers. He believes they could have been exposed to infectious and deadly diseases such as melioidosis and leptospirosis (known locally as "penyakit kencing tikus"). "So far 10 persons have died from the mysterious disease and a number of others have been infected," said Luhat. Also in critical condition is the village penghulu (chief) who is in Bintulu Hospital. The penghulu was transported to the Bintulu Hospital when he collapsed during the recent visit of deputy chief minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang to the dam. "They (the 10 workers) were involved in moving large animals from the Bakun Dam water catchment area to higher ground and fell sick upon completion of the work. There have also been several mysterious deaths over the years in that area including a cousin of mine. Because of this, we want the government to confirm and identify the diseases, so that immediate and remedial actions can be taken. This may include vaccination," Luhat said. Melioidosis is caused by a bacterium (Burkholderia pseudomallei) found in soil, rice fields, and stagnant waters. Victims acquire the disease when the contaminated soil comes in contact with an abraded area of the skin. Leptospirosis is caused by a bacterium called a spirochete [Leptospira interrogans] and is transmitted through contact with contaminated soil or water.

Luhat, who is a retired Sarawak Timber Development Corporation (STIDC) officer, has been actively involved in the dam. He believes that the change of biodiversity could have resulted in the spread of the diseases. Local people believed that the "spirits" of the jungles are angry over the construction of the dam and the destruction of the surroundings. They believed their dead ancestors are also angry that their graves (pendam) have been submerged by the dam water. Luhat said that he is sending letters to the relevant authorities to alert them of the mysterious deaths. "These diseases can affect the tourism industry apart from the lives of the workers and the local people. The diseases can also affect the government's plan to introduce aquaculture of 'empurau', which is Sarawak's most famous and expensive fish," he said, adding that the death of several tonnes of fish early this year [2011] could have been due to these diseases.

Extreme Weather - Asia - Pakistan

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:13 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110803-31836-PAK
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:12:37 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Asia
Country: Pakistan
State/County: State of Gilgit-Baltistan
Location: [Ghizar District]
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:

Severe lighting and thunderstorm has hit the Single Valley of Ghizar District in Gilgit-Baltistan, causing severe mudslide downstream. The powerful lighting hit the valley gorge (Nala) at about 7.10 A.M, immediately spurring flood in the stream. The rising water in the stream immediately impelled off route mudslide that has inflicted widespread damage to standing crops, trees and other property in Single. The connecting bridges on the stream have been toppled by the flood. Reports also confirmed that the power supply to the district headquarter has been dismantled, for the floods have washed out water supply channel along the river to the main power house in Single. Ghizar-Shandur road also has been deranged. Rising level of torrential flood in the small streams in parts of Ghizar has increased the water level in Ghizar River, posing risk to the Ghizar road and adjacent properties. Ghizar Deputy Commissioner (DC) and other officials have arrived on the spot to analyse and restore the situation. The power to the district headquarters, Gahkuch, is cut off currently and, efforts are being made to restore the power.

Power Outage - North-America - USA

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: PW-20110803-31835-USA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:10:57 [UTC]
Event: Power Outage
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alaska
Location: Anchorage
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 24700 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A power outage this afternoon left as many as 24,700 Chugach Electric Association customers without electricity and darkened traffic lights in parts of Anchorage, the utility said. Power had been restored by 3:45 p.m., company spokeswoman Sarah Wiggers said. The problems started about 2:30 p.m., Wiggers said. Though it was unclear at the time, a tree had fallen on a powerline, causing a large substation off of Tudor Road to shut down, Wiggers said. As a result, three other substations in East Anchorage failed, she said. Up to 16,800 customers lost power for about an hour, Wiggers said. For a shorter time, an additional 7,900 were without electricity, she said. Electrical crews were able to restore power by routing electricity around the problem areas in the system, Wiggers said. Some city traffic signals were out from Lake Otis Parkway east to Muldoon Road, and from Northern Lights south to Tudor Road, a police dispatcher said. Meantime, steady rainfall prompted the National Weather Service to issue a small stream flood advisory for this afternoon and evening in the Anchorage area. "Streams through the city will be running high ... there will be a lot of ponding of water across a lot of roadways," said Jim Nelson, a weather service meteorologist in Anchorage. The advisory is in effect through 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Winds of about 25 to 35 mph have been blowing across Anchorage today, with gusts above 50 mph on the Hillside and approaching 70 mph at McHugh Creek, Nelson said.

HAZMAT - North-America - USA

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:09 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110803-31834-USA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:09:01 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: Pueblo [Pueblo Chemical Depot]
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:

Workers at the U.S. Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot will be looking for a mustard gas leak Wednesday, after dangerous vapors were detected in a munitions storage facility this afternoon during routine monitoring. "Highly trained depot employees installed an air filtering device on the earth-covered storage igloo today, in addition to the filtering system already in place," the Army stated in a media release this afternoon. No one was sickened by the gas, which was to be used as a toxic agent in chemical warfare. Five leaking artillery shells were found and sealed at the depot in February. The 23,000-acre Pueblo facility is one of five Army chemical stockpile sites in the United States, according to the Department of Defense. The depot includes 2,600 tons of mustard agents and more than 700,000 munitions, which are to be destroyed at an on-site destruction plant under construction and is to begin operation in 2014 and be complete by 2017. The destruction is mandated by the international Chemical Weapons Convention treaty, signed in 1993.


Tornado - North-America - USA

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TO-20110803-31833-USA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 03:00:48 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: [Tamarac, North Lauderdale and Margate]
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:

While Broward County was looking east toward Tropical Storm Emily, residents in the western cities were jolted by a rare tornado that touched down Tuesday in Tamarac. The funnel also skidded over parts of North Lauderdale and Margate, damaging scores of homes, downing trees and littering streets with tree branches and the occasional mailbox and plastic trash can. Although most of the reported damage was mild to moderate, and authorities said there were no serious injuries, the twister that emerged shortly after 5 p.m. — during rush hour traffic — was a sight to behold. Twitter users posted photos of the funnel cloud online, motorists emailed cell phone photos to local media and Broward sheriff's deputies were on their police radios trying to figure out where the funnel would touch down. Local 911 centers were flooded with phone calls as the weather turned from a normal afternoon thunderstorm to what some said felt briefly like a strong hurricane. "Within seconds out of nowhere the wind went crazy and the trees on McNab started falling," said Cristel Garcia, 43, of Lauderhill, who was shopping at the Publix at McNab and Southwest 81st Street, in Tamarac. "I knew it had to be a tornado but it was still scary because so many people were in the street driving."

The most serious damage from the twister appeared to be on Northwest 70th Street in Tamarac, where six houses in the Mainlands of Tamarac development showed significant roof damage, authorities said. One of the houses had its windows blown out and was deemed uninhabitable. Dozens of other homes in the area had lesser damage, such as shutters blown off and broken windows. "We are currently red tagging homes — people will not be able to stay in their homes this evening. We have the Red Cross here assisting," said Tamarac Fire Department spokesman Van Schoen. Meteorologist Barry Baxter said the tornado was spawned by down-flowing air from two thunderstorms that collided with the sea breeze over the northwest suburbs of Broward. Most tornadoes in South Florida are small, weak and short-lived, he said, compared to the twisters more common in the Plains and Midwest.

The Weather Service said the tornado first touched down about 5:05 p.m. roughly two miles east of Tamarac. Six minutes later the tornado was seen near McNab Road and Southwest 81th Avenue in Tamarac, spotters told the Weather Service. The tornado then moved up to Margate, where damage was primarily to fences and trees, authorities said. Chris Montalvo, 22, was driving south on State Road 7 near Southgate Boulevard in Margate when he saw the twister swooping out of the sky around 5:15 p.m. "I was a bit nervous. It's the first time I've ever witnessed a tornado in South Florida," he said. "I'm a big fan of the movie 'Twister.' " Montalvo parked his car and used his cellphone to snap photos and videos of the tornado's final stages as it skipped from the ground back into the sky. He said he couldn't see any debris or damage but could hear a "whooshing" sound. Meteorologists were surveying the damage Tuesday night to try to calculate the twister's strength and speed. The downed trees and damaged roofs — all-too familiar sights in South Florida during hurricane season —left many residents and rescue workers in awe. "This storm came in fast," said Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Enviroment Pollution - North-America - USA

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 07:56 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110803-31832-USA
Date / time: 03/08/2011 02:55:06 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Vermont
Location: Vernon [Connecticut River]
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:

Vermont health officials say radioactive strontium-90 has been found in a fish sample taken from the Connecticut River 9 miles upstream from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. William Irwin, the state's chief radiological health officer, said Tuesday that the sample was unusual in that the strontium-90 was found in the fleshy, edible portion of the smallmouth bass sample. Irwin says the substance more often turns up in fish bones. Irwin says it's not certain whether the material came from Vermont Yankee or from atmospheric deposits left over from atomic-bomb testing in the 1950s and `60s or from the Chernobyl accident. He says it's unlikely it would have been from the Fukushima disaster so soon after that incident in Japan.


Vehicle Accident - Asia - Bangladesh

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 09:50 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110802-31831-BGD
Date / time: 02/08/2011 16:47:58 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Bangladesh
State/County: Narsingdi District
Location: Narshingdi
Number of Deads: 16 person(s)
Number of Injured: 50 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:

Two passenger buses in Bangladesh collided head on Tuesday morning, leaving 16 people dead and another 50 hurt. The road mishap, which occurred at Narshingdi nearly 100 miles northeast of the capital, blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway for hours, said police officer Fakhrul Islam from the scene. Police, with the help of local residents, rescued the injured from the buses and rushed them to area hospitals. Hospital doctor Abdur Rashid told local journalists that the death toll is likely to rise as the condition of some of the injured was critical. Officers said the 45-year-old driver of a luxury bus coming from Sylhet was among the dead. Identities of most of the deceased could not be known immediately, a police officer said. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Flash Flood - South-America - Chile

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 07:38 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110802-31830-CHL
Date / time: 02/08/2011 14:37:15 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: South-America
Country: Chile
State/County:
Location: [Atacama Desert]
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:

This has been the wettest winter in decades for Chile's arid northern desert, where fractions of an inch of rain have done major damage in some areas and set the stage for spectacular floral displays in the weeks to come. July came and went with major storms that together dumped more than five times the annual average of rain and snow on parts of the world's driest desert. The past weekend's precipitation blocked highways, forced the cancellation of a top Chilean football match and damaged the homes of 1,800 people, said Vicente Nunez, chief of the Interior Ministry's national emergency office. A similarly wet stretch in early July dumped four years' worth of rain in one day on coastal Antofogasta. That was just a quarter of an inch (more than 6.3 millimeters) but it was still enough to cause collapsed or leaking roofs in homes and businesses that usually have no reason to protect themselves against even minimal precipitation.

That storm also brought as much as three feet (a meter) of snow to mountains that normally receive zero precipitation during the southern winter. Soldiers helped rescue 400 people including busloads of foreign visitors who were trapped in snow drifts and 50 mph (80 kph) winds, said Ernesto Figueroa, chief of Chile's emergency agency in the northern Tarapaca region. Some copper mines in the region, including the massive Collahuasi operation, temporarily halted production because of snowfall. Further south in Copiapo, dry riverbeds became torrents, trapping people who tried to drive across. The government helped out by delivering plastic sheeting to shantytown residents. "Windstorms devastated some roofs and knocked over big trees," said Horacio Larrain, an archaeologist who lives in Iquique, where a dust storm surprised residents. "The sky was red with dust at sunset, which was something no one had ever seen before."

Average annual rainfall in the northern city of Arica is so low that it would take 50 years to accumulate an inch. This July, the city was swamped twice by what would be considered mild showers almost anywhere else on the planet. So far this year, Arica has had 0.13 inch (3.4 millimeters) of rain, more than six times its yearly average during 30 years of record keeping. While climate scientists say global warming has made for increasingly extreme weather worldwide, this rain is particularly unusual for the Atacama, where precipitation has declined over the past century and climate change models predict deserts will expand southward and become even drier, said Juan Quintana, a meteorologist with Chile's weather service. This year's rains and snow are caused by high-pressure systems farther south that have disrupted prevailing wind currents, Quintana said. From central Santiago southward, Chile is having a very dry year, causing drought conditions in places and draining reservoirs needed for hydroelectricity.

The Atacama desert ecosystem normally has very little vegetation or insects, and its flowers don't bloom every year. But July's rains should bring an amazing transformation, said Pilar Cereceda, a professor of biogeography at the University of Chile. "We expect to have to have all these seeds and insects that are latent, that will explode. Probably we will find lots of flowers in many places," she said. When the Atacama does bloom, purple and yellow flowers are most common, with spots of red, as an estimated 200 varieties of flowers burst from the sand. July's abnormal rainfall is expected to cause flowers to bloom starting in late August. Usually, the high season is September through November, Tourism agencies are already preparing for an early influx of camera-snapping visitors, and environmentalists will be looking for evidence that the Dakar Rally, which now brings hundreds of off-road vehicles to the remote deserts each January, will have carved up tender bulbs and seeds that sometimes lay dormant for years just under the sand's surface, waiting for the next rain.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Thailand

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 06:05 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110802-31829-THA
Date / time: 02/08/2011 13:04:05 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Thailand
State/County: Province of Chon Buri
Location: [Udom Gulf harbor]
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 cargo ship sank in Udom Gulf harbor of Thailand's Chon Buri province on Tuesday after being hit by another ship. However, there were no casualties. Chon Buri marine police said a Panamanian registered cargo ship 'Unison Vego' was maneuvering to anchor at Siam seaport harbor in Udom Gulf when its engine shut down. The huge vessel crashed into another moored cargo ship 'Ocean Tower'. The crash tore a big hole in the Ocean Tower and it slowly sank as sea water gushed into its cargo hold. Twenty crewmen on board the stricken vessel were evacuated to safety, the marine police said. The ship was loading heavy machinery at the time of the accident and only a little could be salvaged before the vessel went down. Besides loss of the ship, cargo damages were expected to be very high, police said.

Drought - Asia - China

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:53 AM PDT


EDIS Number: DR-20110802-31828-CHN
Date / time: 02/08/2011 12:52:50 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Multiple areas
Location: [Inner Mongolia, the Ningxia Hui region and the provinces of Gansu, Guizhou and Hunan]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: 4280000 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

A lengthy drought has parched several regions of China, leaving 4.28 million people facing water shortages, officials said. The drought, blamed on high temperatures and insufficient rain the past two months, has affected Inner Mongolia, the Ningxia Hui region and the provinces of Gansu, Guizhou and Hunan, China Daily reported citing the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Besides people, 3.88 million head of livestock also are facing water shortages and the dry conditions have affected 10.5 million acres of arable land in these areas, the report said. Chinese Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu has asked for more support for relief work in the drought-hit southern regions to guarantee supplies of water for people and agriculture. "We haven't seen a single drop of rain here since June," said chief agronomist Zhang Honglong in the town of Anshun in Guizhou province. In Anshun alone, 116,000 people have experienced water shortages, the report said. "We lack the funds to help the farmers to harvest their crops and we hope media reports will attract the governments' attention," Zhang said.

Flood - South-America - Guyana

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:35 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110802-31827-GUY
Date / time: 02/08/2011 12:33:28 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: South-America
Country: Guyana
State/County: Upper Demerara-Berbice
Location: Linden
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 rains have caused flooding and erosion across sections of Region 10, where homes in Silver City and Blue Berry Hill, Linden are under water. The Agriculture Ministry yesterday said the situation is the result of intense rainfall over the past 36 hours. Other information not available yet.

Biological Hazard - India ocean - Seychelles

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:32 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110802-31826-SYC
Date / time: 02/08/2011 12:30:47 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: India ocean
Country: Seychelles
State/County:
Location: [Praslin isle 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:

A French tourist diving in the Seychelles died after a possible shark attack, officials said Tuesday. The 36-year-old had been deep-sea diving in Anse Lazio in the arichipelago's Praslin isle on Monday, police spokesman Jean Toussaint told Agencies. "Other tourists on the beach tried to help him, but he died as his injuries were serious," Toussaint said, adding: "The injuries looked like a shark bite." An autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday to determine the exact cause of death, which some officials said could have been as a result of being cut by a boat propeller. Shark attacks are rare in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago. "I have been diving for the last 40 years and I have never encountered any problems. Sharks are actually very rare because they are hunted for their meat and fins," said Michel Gardette, a development official in Praslin. "Seychelles is one of the safest countries for diving," he added. The 115-island Indian Ocean archipelago is a popular top-end tourist destination, with some villa accommodation costing as much as 10,000 euros per night.

Flood - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110802-31825-PHL
Date / time: 02/08/2011 12:26:37 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Capital City
Location: Manila
Number of Deads: 1 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: 800 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

At least one person has drowned in waist-deep floods that swamped the streets of the Philippine capital after a night of monsoon rains closed down schools and government offices. Nearly 800 evacuated their homes Tuesday along one of Manila's rivers as waters rose to dangerous levels. The Marikina River is notorious for flooding and residents voluntarily took shelter in schools. Massive traffic jams slowed down movement in many sections of the capital. The northern Philippines has been battered by back-to-back storms that killed more than 60 people in the last two weeks, and forecasters are warning of two more days of rain. Nearly 1,000 people died in and around Manila in 2009 during the heaviest rainfall in decades following several powerful typhoons.


Biological Hazard - Europe - France

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 02:08 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110802-31824-FRA
Date / time: 02/08/2011 09:06:34 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: France
State/County: Provence Alpes-Cote dAzur
Location: Saint-Tropez [Coastal waters]
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:

Coastguards on the French Riviera are on alert after a shark was spotted several times this weekend off the coast of Saint-Tropez. A professional diver reported seeing the two-metre-long animal at the weekend near the port at the popular tourist destination. Nicolas Faucon was clearing boat debris from the sea on Saturday, about six metres below the surface, when he came within 50cm of the shark. He told Var Matin: "It didn't seem to be aggressive. It looked at me and then changed direction." He quickly returned to the surface, where his wife was waiting in a small boat, but later decided to go back underwater and finish his job. He saw the shark again and spotted it a third time, further away, on the following day. Coastguards have carried out further searches but have not seen the shark since. No beaches in the area have been closed.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Vietnam

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 12:25 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110802-31823-VNM
Date / time: 02/08/2011 07:24:24 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Vietnam
State/County: Province of Quang Ninh
Location: Cam Pha [National Highway 18]
Number of Deads: N/A
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: Minor

Description:

Eleven passengers were heavily injured in an accident between a truck and a bus on National Highway 18 near Cam Pha Town in north-eastern Quang Ninh Province yesterday. The bus, heading towards northern Hai Duong Province, crashed into a truck heading in the opposite direction. Initial investigations have revealed that the bus driver had been speeding and using his mobile phone. Local authorities donated VND3 million (US$146) to each of the injured while the provincial Youth Union mobilised 40 people in donating blood for surgery purposes.

Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Spain

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 08:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110729-31782-ESP
Date / time: 29/07/2011 06:16:20 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Spain
State/County: Valencia
Location: [Alcásser, Alcoy and Silla]
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 Valencia health department has confirmed that a 95 year old woman who was ill from Legionnaire’s Disease has died in a hospital in Alcoy. Department sources quoted by EFE said she had tested positive for the Legionella bacterium, but said she had other health conditions and it could not be certain that legionellosis was the cause of her death. A second case of Legionnaire’s Disease in the town is under treatment at the Virgen de Los Lirios Hospital and is in a stable condition. The health department has described them as two isolated cases. It comes after 10 cases were detected in Alcàsser, in the south of Valencia province, last Friday. Another two were reported in nearby Silla on Monday.

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