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03 August 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Extreme Weather - Europe - Spain
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Vehicle Accident - Asia - India
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Europe - Finland
Enviroment Pollution - Africa - Morocco
Heat Wave - Middle-East - Iraq
Vehicle Accident - North-America - Canada
Vehicle Incident - Europe - Italy
HAZMAT - Indonesian archipelago - Malaysia
Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia
Flood - Asia - North Korea
Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan

Extreme Weather - Europe - Spain

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:25 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ST-20110802-31821-ESP
Date / time: 02/08/2011 03:24:24 [UTC]
Event: Extreme Weather
Area: Europe
Country: Spain
State/County: Catalonia
Location: [Barcelona, Utiel and Requena ]
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 storms sweeping across the province of Barcelona have brought down 50 trees and caused flash floods. At the same time, gale-force winds reaching at least 90km per hour, together with rain and hail, have led to widespread damage in the Requena and Utiel areas in the province of Valencia. Torrential rain on Saturday afternoon in Barcelona led to traffic lights failing and fire-fighters having to bail people out of their homes and cars. A total of 58.6 litres per square metre was registered in most of the province, including Barcelona city. Main metro lines, including those linking Sants and Passeig de Gràcia stations on line 5 and Tetu�n on line 2, were flooded, and passengers on two trains on line R1 between Molins de Rei, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Matar� and Ma�anet de la Selva had to be rescued after becoming trapped following a mechanical breakdown. The southbound lane of the AP-7 motorway was closed in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), leading to tailbacks of over six kilometres. Further south, in the Requena-Utiel district of the province of Valencia, a ‘violent storm’ brought hail and gale-force winds at around 17.00hrs on Saturday, reveals the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Rain reached approximately 19 litres per square metre, accompanied by hail, although this rose to 44 litres in Casinos (Valencia) and Sot de Ferrer (Castell�n).


Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:23 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110802-31820-USA
Date / time: 02/08/2011 03:21:53 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: [Solano 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:

Firefighters are battling a seven-alarm grass fire in the Cordelia area just outside of Fairfield. The fire began 4:10 p.m. Monday and is near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 680. Fairfield Fire Marshall Morgana Yahnke said the fire is east of the intersection of Central Place and Pittman Road and that 16 to 20 mph winds were pushing the fire eastward toward open space and dense vegetation, so no structures were threatened as of 5:30 p.m. However, she said that there has been some preparation for structure protection in several areas. Motorists are advised that the California Highway Patrol has closed the Cordelia Road exit from I-680 because of drift smoke over the roadway. The Fairfield Fire Department has been receiving assistance from surrounding agencies including Cal Fire, which is better equipped to handle vegetation fires. The fire initially was a two-alarm fire.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - India

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 07:56 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110802-31819-IND
Date / time: 02/08/2011 02:55:08 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Madhya Pradesh
Location: Bareli
Number of Deads: 22 person(s)
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: Moderate

Description:

At least 22 passengers were killed and 21 injured after a private bus, en route to Jabalpur from Bhopal, veered out of control-- following a tyre burst on a bridge this afternoon-- and plunged into the Barna River along the national highway in the limits of Bareli Police Station. "The bodies were fished out and the vehicle brought out using an excavator. The injured were admitted to a government hospital in Bareli. Some of the injured swam to safety while others were rescued by villagers," said Superintendent of Police I P Kulshrestha. District administration and police officials are executing a rescue and relief operation, the officer said, adding that it is not possible to state the precise figure of missing persons as the total number of passengers was unclear.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 09:21 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110801-31818-USA
Date / time: 01/08/2011 16:20:45 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Massachusetts
Location: Newton [Highland Street and Lockwood Road]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 12 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 passenger van carrying adults with special needs collided with a garbage truck in Newton this morning, sending 13 people to area hospitals, including three who suffered serious injuries, Newton officials said. At least one person was trapped in the mangled wreckage and had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life, officials said. The crash took place near the intersection of Highland Street and Lockwood Road shortly after 9 a.m., said Newton Assistant Fire Chief Paul Chagnon. He said six ambulances were sent to the crash site, along with fire trucks. A Newton police spokesman, Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, said the van, which was operated by AART Transportation, was carrying 12 adults with special needs. Aman in his 50s had to be extricated and was among the three passengers taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for treatment of serious injuries, Apotheker said. Ten people, including the driver, were taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for treatment of less serious injuries. Apotheker said the driver was a man in his 50s from Dorchester who was able to make it into the ambulance under his own power. The Waste Management Services garbage truck was staffed by two people. Neither was injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation by Newton police.

Biological Hazard - Europe - Finland

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 07:43 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110801-31817-FIN
Date / time: 01/08/2011 14:40:33 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Finland
State/County: Capital City
Location: Helsinki
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:

According to the water samples collected by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre, poisonous blue-green algae is present on most public beaches in Helsinki. The amounts of blue-green algae have mostly remained small, while in some places the occurences of algae have been abundant. Occasionally, plenty of blue-green algae has been detected in Lauttasaari Kasinoranta, Mustikkamaa, Tuorinniemi, Kallahdenniemi, and Kallahden kainalo beaches. At the same time, very few algae observations have been made at the beaches along the Vantaa River. As a result of the long spell of hot weather we have enjoyed once again this summer, small amounts of blue-green algae can be detected on all seaside beaches. Information of the water quality, algae situation, and water temperature at beaches is on display at beaches and on the Environment Centre’s website (in Finnish). Despite a small amount of algae in the water, swimming is generally safe. The water samples collected from the Vantaa River and the west of Helsinki were hygienically of high quality.

Enviroment Pollution - Africa - Morocco

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 06:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110801-31816-MAR
Date / time: 01/08/2011 13:16:02 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Africa
Country: Morocco
State/County: State of Oriental
Location: [Banks of the Moulouya 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: Heavy

Description:

Since mid-June, thousands of dead fish have been rotting along the banks of the Moulouya River, in north-east Morocco. While tests are being carried out to establish the cause of death, environmental activists are blaming a local sugar refinery that they accuse of “environmental crimes.” After residents notified local environmental groups of the situation, these groups formed a collective called the “North Moroccan Green Platform” to shed light on the problem. The collective points out that the river’s estuary is classified as a protected site of biological and ecological interest, and that its fauna risks extinction. In Oriental, a north-eastern region of Morocco, dead fish litter the river’s shores for dozens of kilometres, as several videos show. The environmentalists put the blame on the sugar refinery Sucrafor. The refinery is part of the Moroccan group Cosumar, which has a monopoly on Morocco’s national sugar production. This is not the first time that the company has been blamed for contaminating the Moulouya River. In the 1980s and 1990s, environmentalists said Sucrafor had released more waste water into the river than was legally allowed.

This new scandal comes just one month after the new Moroccan constitution was adopted. Article 35 of the constitution stipulates that the state guarantees all citizens the “right to water, a clean environment and sustainable development.” The North Moroccan Green Platform’s allegations have not been proven and tests are still in progress to determine the cause of death. FRANCE 24 has attempted to contact Sucrafor, but has not yet received a response. Najib Bachiri is the president of the Man and Environment Organization in Berkane, a city in the Oriental region in north-east Morocco. On July 15, someone came to our office in Berkane carrying a dead fish. He wanted to let us know there was a problem with the Moulouya River. Several members of our collective travelled down the river to where it meets the Mediterranean in order to pinpoint the source of the pollution. For dozens of kilometres we saw all sorts of dead fish. After 50km we arrived at the Oued Zebra tributary near to the town of Zaio. The water at this point was hot, black and smelled horrible. Not far from there is Sucrafor, a sugar refinery. “It’s no coincidence that the fish died after the sugar beet production period"

We think it is obvious that the fish were poisoned by the chemical waste products from the factory. But when we met the director of Sucrafor on July 20, he refused to admit that the factory’s waste is toxic. He told us that we had no proof and that only lime [and no chemical products] was used in the sugar refining process. According to him, it is the National Office of Drinking Water that is causing the problem by dumping its waste water. But that is not the case. If it were, then the problem would have been going on all year and not have appeared all of a sudden in July at the end of the sugar beet production. [According to Cosumar's website, sugar beet processing begins in May and lasts for three months on average.] It’s no coincidence that the fish died after the sugar beet production period: Sucafor is committing an ecological crime!

Heat Wave - Middle-East - Iraq

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 05:40 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110801-31815-IRQ
Date / time: 01/08/2011 12:36:08 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Middle-East
Country: Iraq
State/County: Capital City
Location: Baghdad
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 public holiday was declared on Monday for Baghdad and southern Iraq as the mercury hit 50 degrees Celsius at the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The head of Iraq's Meteorological Office said temperatures are expected to rise further on Tuesday and Wednesday before finally giving people some respite later this week. A parliamentary official said the holiday for public sector workers had been declared for Baghdad, Diyala province in central Iraq, and all of the south of the country, "because of the increased temperature." It is the first time Iraq has taken such a step, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Meteorological Office chief Ali Karim said the temperature hit 50 degrees Celsius in Baghdad and southern Iraq on Monday, and "will be higher tomorrow and the day after" but he did not give specific estimates. He added that the temperature rose as high as 50.6 degrees Celsius in 2010. The rise in temperatures coincides with the beginning of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. Ramadan begins on Monday for Sunni Muslims, and on Tuesday for Shiites. Summer in Iraq also typically brings with it a decline in electricity supply from the national grid, meaning Iraqis must rely more on private generators to power their air conditioners and fridges through the rising temperatures. Frustration over poor power provision at the peak of summer spurred Iraqis to take to the streets in violent rallies across the south of the country last summer.

Vehicle Accident - North-America - Canada

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 05:20 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110801-31814-CAN
Date / time: 01/08/2011 12:20:20 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of British Columbia
Location: [Nelson Glacier]
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: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

RCMP confirmed that a pilot and two passengers died in a helicopter crash on the Nelson Glacier in northern B.C. Sunday. The helicopter, owned by Vancouver Island Helicopter Ltd., was reportedly on a geological mission when it crashed at an elevation of 5,100 feet. The company attended the area and transported RCMP members to the crash site, where late today it was confirmed that a pilot and two client passengers had perished in the crash," said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk Sunday evening. Names of the deceased will not be released until next-of-kin have been notified. The crash took place near Stewart, which is about 160 kilometres north of Prince Rupert. Stewart RCMP will assist the B.C. Coroners Service and Transport Canada, the lead agency in the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Vehicle Incident - Europe - Italy

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 05:18 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110801-31813-ITA
Date / time: 01/08/2011 12:17:13 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Europe
Country: Italy
State/County: Mediterranean Sea
Location: [Island of Lampedusa]
Number of Deads: 25 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:

Twenty-five men were apparently asphyxiated by motor fumes and died in a small boat crammed full of African migrants which arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday, port authorities said. The boat arrived after a three-day voyage from Libya carrying 296 people from sub-Saharan Africa, including 36 women and 21 children, the latest in a wave of arrivals since a western alliance began a military campaign to oust Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi earlier this year. "Twenty-five bodies were found on board a boat from Libya; the others appear to be fine, they are now undergoing checks," said Antonio Morana, the commanding officer at Lampedusa port. Hundreds of people have drowned attempting the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Lampedusa, a tiny island off the southern coast of Sicily, as the fighting in Libya has brought down previously strict border controls. The latest victims were squeezed into the hold of the vessel which arrived on Monday and were already dead when it pulled into harbour with the aid of coast guard vessels, who came to the boat's rescue some 35 miles (55 km) offshore, authorities said.

They said others on the boat said the men had died from asphyxiation but a formal cause of death had still to be established. Some people on the boat had also said another man had died on the voyage and his body dropped overboard. Local prosecutors have opened an investigation to see whether any criminal responsibility can be established under laws against aiding clandestine immigration. Lampedusa, a tiny island which normally lives from tourism and fishing, has found itself on the front line of a growing immigration crisis as tens of thousands have arrived from Tunisia and Libya since the beginning of the year. The U.N. refugee agency has said one in 10 migrants fleeing conflict in Libya by sea is likely to drown or die from hunger or exhaustion in appalling conditions during the crossing.

HAZMAT - Indonesian archipelago - Malaysia

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 03:51 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110801-31812-MYS
Date / time: 01/08/2011 10:49:51 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Malaysia
State/County: Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Location: Bukit Jalil [Malaysian Technology Park]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 1000 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

About 1,000 workers of a chemical company at the Malaysian Technology Park in Bukit Jalil were ordered to evacuate the building, after chemicals used for insect control, leaked. Bukit Jalil Fire and Rescue Department chief Jalil Shaari Abdullah said 26 firemen from Bukit Jalil, Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Department and a Hazardous Materials Expert team from the Jelatek Fire and Rescue Department arrived at the scene at 9.58am. He added that Bromomethane and Chloropicrin chemicals were found on the ground and first floor of the eight storey building. "The chemicals are toxic and could damage the respiratory tract if exposed for a long time," he said after carrying out a cleaning process, here today. He said except for those working on the ground and first floor where cleaning work was still in progress, the rest of the workers were allowed to return at 1pm.

Epidemic Hazard - Australia - Australia

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 07:58 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110731-31797-AUS
Date / time: 31/07/2011 04:12:40 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: Australia
State/County: State of Queensland
Location: Townsville
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 1 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

One university student is dead and a second is in hospital after an outbreak of meningococcal disease in the north Queensland city of Townsville. An 18-year-old medical student was found dead in his bedroom at James Cook University on Wednesday. The Dean of Medicine and Dentistry, Professor Richard Murray, says the student was from Western Australia and was planning a career in humanitarian medicine. He says a memorial service was held yesterday. "This is a fine, very talented and widely admired and liked young man," he said. Another medical student from the college has also tested positive for the infection. Meningococcal invades the area around the brainstem and spinal cord and can also cause blood poisoning. The University says he is responding well to treatment. Professor Murray says people who have been in close contact with the men have been interviewed and given antibiotics. "Certainly with the widened antibiotic clearance we wouldn't be expecting to see any further cases, however, vigilance of anybody really is important," he said. Students and staff have been offered counselling. In the past four years there have been between two and four deaths in the state annually. Meningococcal is uncommon and has similar symptoms to the flu. So far this year there have been 38 cases in Queensland; it is believed this is the first death. The dead student's family has taken their son's body home to Perth.


Flood - Asia - North Korea

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 06:19 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110730-31792-PRK
Date / time: 30/07/2011 10:43:04 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Asia
Country: North Korea
State/County:
Location: [Southern region]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

Heavy rains in recent days have inundated rice fields in North Korea and flooded parts of a city near the border with South Korea. Footage obtained Saturday by Associated Press Television News from North Korea’s state broadcaster showed flooded and damaged rice fields and people wading through water in the city of Kaesong. Also visible in the footage shot Tuesday through Friday was damage to a country road, a collapsed bridge, a bus left stranded and tilted at a precarious angle, bent over rice shoots and crops washed over by earth and gravel. North Korea’s state news agency reported Friday that the country is suffering “seriously” from flooding. Dozens of people in South Korea died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooding.


Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan

Posted: 01 Aug 2011 09:11 AM PDT

EDIS Number: NC-20110531-30948-JPN
Date / time: 31/05/2011 08:21:49 [UTC]
Event: Nuclear Event
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: Province of Fukushima
Location: [Fukushima I. (Daiichi) Nuclear Power Plant]
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:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.TO) said Tuesday that the sound of an explosion was heard at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, but radiation levels haven't increased and no injuries were reported. The explosion was heard around 0530 GMT as wreckage was being removed by remotely controlled heavy machinery on the southern side of the No. 4 reactor building. Tepco said it was possible that a machine ruptured a buried gas tank, causing the explosion, the report said.

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