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EQ-20170812-59454-BWA – Earthquake – Botswana – Africa

Aug 12th 2017, 18:13

Botswana has been rocked by yet another earthquake, a fourth one in a space of five months. A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the diamond rich nation at 2:37 a.m. GMT Saturday morning in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city and the surrounding areas. The reverberation occurred some ten kilometres below the surface, meaning the tremor would have felt stronger than the magnitude suggests. In early April, two earthquakes measuring 6.5 and 5.0 in a space of two days, rocked the southern African nation’s central parts, just 210 kilometers north of the capital. On July 5, 2017, the United States …

DR-20170812-59453-LKA – Drought – Sri Lanka – Asia

Aug 12th 2017, 14:09

The number of persons affected by drought has risen to 1,242,140. The Kurunegala District is the worst hit with over 59,632 families affected. Meanwhile, the Met Department forecasts possible afternoon thundershowers in the Eastern, Uva, Northern and North-Central Provinces. It is predicted that fairly heavy showers (of about 75mm) can be expected at some places in the Uva, North-central and Eastern Provinces.

DR-20170812-59452-ETH – Drought – Ethiopia – Africa

Aug 12th 2017, 13:23

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that two million animals have been lost to a "devastating" drought in Ethiopia. The UN agriculture agency said that the drought had devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources. It said the current food and nutrition crisis was significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods. "For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for children, pregnant and nursing mothers, for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition. "With up …

ST-20170812-59451-CHN – Extreme Weather – China – Asia

Aug 12th 2017, 12:14

More than 700 residents of a central China village were evacuated today as a dam was breached due to heavy rains and landslides. Heavy rain has lashed parts of Hunan Province since yesterday. At a village in Yueyang County, rain-triggered landslides clogged the floodway of a dam, causing a surge of water in the dam and collapsing of the dam wall, the local government said. Dozens of houses were flooded, but there were no casualties as all villagers were evacuated in time, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Across the province, floods trapped hundreds in the county of Pingjiang and the …

ST-20170812-59450-NPL – Extreme Weather – Nepal – Asia

Aug 12th 2017, 10:55

At least 20 people have reportedly lost their lives and more than 50 have gone missing due to the floods and landslide triggered by incessant rainfall from past 24 hours in various parts of Nepal. A total of six people died due to water borne disaster in the low lying district of Sunsari where 50 people are still missing, local media reported. Four people lost their lives in the Banke district after the torrential rain flooded into the residential areas. The local police in the area informed that three children lost their lives after their house got collapsed. The identity of persons found …

ST-20170812-59449-USA – Extreme Weather – USA – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 06:14

Roughly 15,000 people in Northern Virginia are without power Friday night, and some roads are closed to due flooding and storm damage. A flash flood warning is in effect until 11:15 p.m. for Fauquier County and 11:45 p.m. Friday for western Fairfax County, and portions of northwestern Manassas Park and Prince William County. At 9:30 p.m., Dominion Energy was reporting 10,593 customers were without power. More than half of those affected were in and around Leesburg. There were 2,900 Fairfax County customers without power and a few hundred in Prince William County. NOVEC was reporting at 9:35 …

WF-20170812-59448-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 04:33

Crews are battling a 114-acre wildfire Friday near Lake Berryessa, Cal Fire said. The fire, called the Canyon Fire, ignited around 1 p.m. in the area of Highway 128 and Sage Canyon Road. As of 9:20 p.m., the flames were 25 percent contained. Evacuation warnings are in place for the immediate Hwy. 128 area. Initially, mandatory evacuations were issued, but have since been down graded. Cal Fire said 162 personnel are battling the blaze, with help from three helicopters. Officials closed Hwy. 128 at Lower Chiles Road and Hwy. 128 at Capell Valley Crossroad. No other details were available.

EH-20170812-59447-ISL – Epidemic Hazard – Iceland – Europe

Aug 12th 2017, 04:25

VI-20170812-59446-YEM – Vehicle Accident – Yemen – Middle-East

Aug 12th 2017, 04:24

The General Command of the Armed Forces of the UAE announced early on Saturday the martyrdom of four of its brave soldiers, namely Captain Ahmad Khalifa Al Balushi, 1st Lieutenant Pilot Jasem Saleh Al Zaabi, Muhammad Sa’id Al-Hassani and Samir Muhammad Murad Abu Bakr. The four were carrying out their routine duties in Shabwa governorate in Yemen, where their helicopter was hit by a technical fault, causing an emergency landing and hitting the ground, the UAE’s official news agency WAM reported. The General Command of the Armed Forces extended its condolences to the families of the martyrs …

BH-20170812-59445-CAN – Biological Hazard – Canada – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 04:22

Alberta Health Services is warning the public after finding blue-green algae in Pigeon Lake. Blooms of the algae, also known as cyanobacteria, have been identified on parts of the popular swimming spot 100 kilometres southwest of Edmonton. The algae is dangerous for both humans and pets and can cause skin irritation, sore eyes and throat, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea within hours of contact. Cyanobacteria is naturally occurring, and becomes visible during periods of calm weather, according to an AHS advisory issued Friday. It appears in grassy or musty smelling clumps that look like …

EH-20170812-59444-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 03:54

Two sections of Exeter Hospital were evacuated Friday after 19 staff members reported flu-like symptoms in the inpatient operating room, a hospital official said. The cause of the staff members’ sickness at the New Hampshire hospital remained a mystery Friday, officials said. State public health officials who inspected the hospital on Friday had "no findings," hospital spokeswoman Debra Vasapolli said. "Whatever caused it is no longer present," she said on Friday night. Between 8:30 a.m. and noon, 19 staff members from the operating room complained of dizziness and nausea and were taken to …

HT-20170812-59443-IRQ – Heat Wave – Iraq – Middle-East

Aug 12th 2017, 03:45

The Middle East has been hit with an ‘ungodly’ heatwave so extreme Iraq’s government ordered all of its civil servants to go home on Thursday, when temperatures rose above 50C. Temperatures are expected to stay above 45C for the next week, with the UK Met office predicting temperatures as high as 49C this weekend. Meanwhile Kuwait will see highs of 47C and 44C in Riyadh. It comes after temperatures above 48C every day this month in the Iraqi capital. Iraq’s underfunded power network is struggling to cope with the increased demand from air conditioning and water coolers. "It’s really hard …

HS-20170812-59442-CAN – Hailstorm – Canada – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 03:21

Late Thursday night a powerful hail storm began moving across the city of Calgary. The fast-moving storm caught many Calgarians off guard. Parts of the city were hammered by nickel- to quarter-sized hail, but there were no reports of any serious damage. The hail only lasted a few minutes. According to Global Calgary’s weather specialist, Paul Dunphy, the heaviest downpour was between 11:20 p.m. and 11:35 p.m. Thursday. By 11:47 p.m. the first wave had passed through the south of the city. Twitter lit up with comments about how loud the storm was. Thursday night, Environment Canada began …

ST-20170812-59441-USA – Extreme Weather – USA – North-America

Aug 12th 2017, 03:19

People in Las Vegas said the storm that hit town on Wednesday came out of nowhere. "They were giant sized, they looked to be tennis ball sized," Michael Martinez said. He said it tore apart trees, doing tons of damage to cars. "There was nothing I could do," he said. His car took a beating, but some people had it even worse. "Tennis ball size piece of hail came through his back windshield," said April Ortega, describing her husband’s drive home during the storm. She said her two kids were in the back seat at the time. "It hit my daughter right on the head, and in the meantime, just shattering …

CID-20170811-59440-IND – Critical Infrastructure Disruption – India – Asia

Aug 11th 2017, 15:35

At least 30 people including 25 kids lost their lives at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur during the last 48 hours when the firm supplying oxygen to neonatal units and encephalitis wards allegedly stopped supply due to non-payment. Officials sources, however, are keeping the casualty figure at seven since Thursday midnight. District magistrate Rajeev Rautela said that 30 deaths were reported in the past 48 hours but categorically denied that the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen supply. Director General Medical Education KK Gupta has also rushed to Gorakhpur and a high- …

EH-20170811-59439-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 14:50

A summertime mystery illness is sweeping through Southwest Florida, and it’s leaving people with symptoms that seem just like the flu. The Centers for Disease Control said that’s not what it is while doctors believe it’s the Rhinovirus. It’s not as severe as it may sound. It’s just another name for the common cold. And if you think it’s bad now, doctors predict it’s about to get a whole lot worse. Just Cagle of Fort Myers described his summertime illness much like the flu. He had a runny nose, felt light headed, and he’s suffered from a cough and inflammation of the sinuses. "It’s definitely …

VI-20170811-59438-EGY – Vehicle Accident – Egypt – Africa

Aug 11th 2017, 14:41

More than 20 have been killed and dozens injured in a head-on train collision in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria, according to an Egyptian official. Footage broadcast on state television showed one train had partly keeled over in the crash, and medics were seen moving the dead and injured to ambulances. One train had been travelling from the capital Cairo, the other from Port Said. Dr Mohamed Abu Homs, the head of the ambulance services in Alexandria’s western sector, said the collision took place in the western suburb of Khorshid on Friday evening. He said he fears the death toll …

WF-20170811-59437-CAN – Forest / Wild Fire – Canada – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 11:09

A 4 hectare wildfire looks to be under control in the area of Hutley Road and Otter Lake Cross Road on the east side of Highway 97A north of Vernon in Spallumcheen. So far no structures are nearby the flames but the Township of Spallumcheen will keep an Evacuation Alert overnight. Hutley and Head roads are closed to non-residential traffic. Hutley Road South is closed to assist the fire crews working in the area. An Emergency Operations Centre has been opened at the Municipal office at 4144 Spallumcheen Way. A large plume of smoke was initially visible from businesses on the west side of the …

EH-20170811-59436-NAM – Epidemic Hazard – Namibia – Africa

Aug 11th 2017, 11:05

An unidentified man died at the Windhoek Central Hospital today afternoon after he was diagnosed with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever. He was 63-years-old. The acting permanent secretary of the health ministry, Bertha Katjivena, confirmed the case this afternoon and said the deceased travelled from Uukwandongo in Okahao District at Omusati region to Windhoek on 01 August.

EH-20170811-59435-NGA – Epidemic Hazard – Nigeria – Africa

Aug 11th 2017, 10:59

Borno State Commissioner of Health, Haruna Mshelia, has revealed that onesuspected case of Lassa fever had been reported in the state. Speaking with newsmen in the Maiduguri, Mshelia disclosed that the case was reported in Zabarmari community of Jere local government area of the state. Mshelia said the patient was at first quarantined but later discharged after medical examinations. "The patient was discharged after medical examination certified him free of Lassa fever infection. It is medically proven that the case was not Lassa fever as earlier suspected," he said. He added that the state …

FR-20170811-59434-USA – Fire – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 10:37

A man is dead and at least four other people have been injured in a raging fire that erupted at a six-story apartment building in Brooklyn on Thursday night, officials say. About 60 firefighters assisted in battling the blaze, which broke out on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights shortly after 10 p.m. Police said once the fire was put out, a 56-year-old man was discovered unresponsive and unconscious with burns all over his body. The man, identified as Rupert Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the NYPD. The four people who were hurt were taken to an area hospital, all …

BH-20170811-59433-PHL – Biological Hazard – Philippines – Pacific Ocean – West

Aug 11th 2017, 05:24

The Philippines reported its first outbreak of bird flu on Friday and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said 400,000 birds will be culled to contain the spread of the poultry disease. There has been no case of human transmission so far, Pinol told reporters. The avian flu outbreak was detected in a farm in a town in Pampanga province, north of the capital Manila. "We will cull all 400,000 birds within the one-kilometer area. We don’t want diseases to spread," Pinol said.

VIV-20170811-59432-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 04:49

Three JetBlue crew members were taken to a local hospital after their flight was diverted to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport after they became ill Thursday evening. JetBlue Flight #19 with 126 passengers on board was en route to San Diego from Boston when a crew member took ill and forced the plane to land in Buffalo around 7 p.m. The pilot and two flight attendants were checked out by medical personnel for dizziness and later went to Erie County Medical Center for observation according to NFTA Spokesperson Helen Tederous. Michael Feuerstein was a passenger on board the flight and tells …

FL-20170811-59431-USA – Flood – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 03:56

Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding. The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the city’s pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods. Gov. John Bel Edwards described his emergency declaration as a precautionary measure. He and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tried to calm the jangled nerves of …

ST-20170811-59430-USA – Extreme Weather – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 03:51

A fast-moving storm with high winds, hail and heavy rain passed through Greeley and much of Weld County on Thursday afternoon, causing minor flooding, blowing down tree limbs and power lines, and knocking out power for about 5,000 residents. "It’s a storm that fired up over the Poudre Canyon, moved through Fort Collins, then Greeley and then on to the southeast," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chad Gimmestad. "That’s a really intense rainfall, and we had a lot of street flooding in susceptible places. It would have been a lot worse if it had continued like that." Pea-size hail …

ST-20170811-59429-USA – Extreme Weather – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 03:46

A microburst storm felled trees on Tucson’s east side, causing a "massive eucalyptus" to collapse into an apartment complex Thursday afternoon. There were reports of trees down and malfunctioning street lights throughout the metropolitan area. No injuries were reported. Tucson Fire Department crews were dispatched shortly after 4 p.m. to Woodridge Apartments, 8225 E. Speedway, near North Pantano Road where "five massive eucalyptus trees" collapsed, said fire Capt. Julian Herrera. "One tree fell into an apartment building and two people were trapped in their apartments," said Herrera. …

VI-20170811-59428-CHN – Vehicle Accident – China – Asia

Aug 11th 2017, 03:40

A long-distance passenger bus crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China’s northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others, official media reported Friday. The front end of the red bus was left mangled after it ploughed into the wall at the entrance to the tunnel on a four-lane highway, according to photos published by state media. The crash occurred in Shaanxi province shortly before midnight Thursday as the bus with a legal carrying capacity of 51 people was on its way to Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of …

EH-20170811-59427-MAR – Epidemic Hazard – Morocco – Africa

Aug 11th 2017, 03:27

Fifteen teenagers who sexually assaulted a donkey in the small rural town of Sidi Kamel in the communal providence of Sidi Kacem have been treated for rabies infections received from the animal. The sexually frustrated children and teenagers stayed at the Mechraa Belksiri Hospital for one week to receive rabies vaccinations after the animal transmitted the disease to them, explained Moroccan daily Al Akhbar in its August 10 edition. The incident has put the families of these fifteen young people into distress and horror, reports the daily. Local authorities have been alerted and search for …

BH-20170811-59426-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Aug 11th 2017, 03:20

On July 11, staff discovered a deceased rock squirrel in the square kiva at the Quarai mission of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. On Aug. 4,the Colorado State Veterinary Diagnostic lab informed monument staff that the squirrel tested positive for plague. Only one deceased squirrel has been found. Information about plague has been posted at the site to inform the visiting public. The National Park Service is prohibiting pets on the trail because the disease is spread by fleas. Park staff will be treating the entrances to burrows with a pesticide to control fleas on the rodents. …

EH-20170810-59425-ROU – Epidemic Hazard – Romania – Europe

Aug 10th 2017, 18:31

Two Romanians, husband and wife, were admitted to the Victor Babes Infectious Diseases Hospital in Craiova, after laboratory tests have shown that they are infected with anthrax, reports local The two went to the Emergency County Hospital Craiova on August 4 with several hand injuries. They were admitted to the hospital, and the tests later confirmed that both of them were infected with anthrax. The doctors decided to transfer them to the hospital of infectious diseases, where they are receiving the appropriate treatment. The authorities will conduct an epidemiological investigation …

EQ-20170810-59424-SRB – Earthquake – Serbia – Europe

Aug 10th 2017, 18:28

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was on Wednesday evening felt in the town of Pancevo, northeast of Belgrade. A short while later another earthquake, of 3.6 magnitude, affected Vrsac, a town located further northeast, near the border with Romania. The website of Serbia’s Seismological Survey reported this and said that such tremors can only cause damage in the area of their epicenter. Meanwhile in Croatia’s western Istria region, in the town of Rijeka, two more minor earthquakes were felt overnight, causing fear among the local population, Croatian media reported. The number of tremors felt in the …

CID-20170810-59423-USA – Critical Infrastructure Disruption – USA – North-America

Aug 10th 2017, 18:23

A power outage hit central Durham at mid-morning Thursday, knocking out service to about 13,000 customers, Duke Energy said. Police said the outage extended from north of Interstate 85 to south of N.C. 147. A Duke spokesman said the problem was at a sub-station on Washington Street, but crews did not immediately know what went wrong there. An alert from Durham County stated that power is expected to be restored by 1:15 p.m.As of about 11:30 a.m., the power at Downtown Durham Inc. had been restored after being out for about an hour, said Matt Gladdek, director of policy and planning at DDI. …

WF-20170810-59422-FRA – Forest / Wild Fire – France – Europe

Aug 10th 2017, 10:34

A forest fire raged in parched southern France on Thursday, forcing 400 campers and residents to flee, firefighters said. The blaze has been contained after ravaging 500 hectares (1,250 acres) of pine forest and bush 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Montpellier, the fire service said. Some 200 firefighters were still battling the blaze, with strong winds expected during the day. "Today’s weather conditions call for the greatest prudence," the fire service said.At the height of the blaze 800 firefighters were involved. Last month, blazes across southern France and Corsica, which are …

VI-20170810-59421-GBR – Vehicle Accident – United Kingdom – Europe

Aug 10th 2017, 10:17

A double-decker bus crashed into a shop in south London leaving two women trapped on the top deck. London Fire Brigade (LFB) said crews used an aerial ladder to rescue the two passengers. One eyewitness said he felt the bus drifting before it crashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre in Lavender Hill, causing the shop front to collapse. The driver of the bus has been taken to hospital. London Ambulance Service said 10 people had been treated by paramedics and three had been taken to hospital. It said it had sent five ambulance crews, two paramedics and an incident …

VE-20170810-59420-CRI – Volcano Eruption – Costa Rica – Central-America

Aug 10th 2017, 08:42

Turrialba Volcano presented two new eruptions (06:15 and 08:20 local time) with passive emissions of ashes, maintained up to now, with a column not over 300 meters over the top of its crater. This volcano is located in Cartago, 60 kilometers east from San Jose. Its eruptions and the eruptions of Poas, mainly affect the Central Valley of Costa Rica, where 60 percent of the 4.8 of Costa Rican inhabitants, are now living. Arenal, Irazu, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba are the five most active of the 150 exicting volcanoes in Costa Rica.

VE-20170810-59419-CRI – Volcano Eruption – Costa Rica – Central-America

Aug 10th 2017, 08:39

Between the 01:00 and the 06:00 hours local time, Poas presented exhalations with the presence of ashes, which is still maintained up to now. The column still does not go over the 400 meters over the top of the crater, located in the province of Alajuela, 45 kilometers northwest from San Jose. The column of ashes is produced one day after the eruption of gases, for several hours.

HZ-20170810-59418-IND – HAZMAT – India – Asia

Aug 10th 2017, 05:37

At least five persons were hospitalised on Thursday after chlorine gas leaked from a waterworks at Sector 20 in Panchkula. Over 30 persons complained of giddiness and uneasiness after the gas was leaked. The residents of near-by houses were moved as they complained of itching in their eyes and other effects of the gas. Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia, who visited the site, said the chowkidar of the waterworks was most affected. The waterworks, she said, is of the HUDA and its officials were at the site taking stock of the situation.

EH-20170810-59417-NGA – Epidemic Hazard – Nigeria – Africa

Aug 10th 2017, 04:01

Two people in Lagos have died and a hundred medical workers have been placed under observation after a flare-up of Lassa fever, a cousin of the deadly Ebola virus, officials said Wednesday. Lagos University Teaching Hospital said the two died this week after being admitted for treatment. "Each of these two patients presented very late and died in spite of efforts to salvage them," Professor Chris Bode, the hospital’s chief medical director, said. The first case was a 39-year-old pregnant woman with a bleeding disorder who died after stillbirth, he said. A post-mortem examination had been …

VIV-20170810-59416-IND – Vehicle Incident – India – Asia

Aug 10th 2017, 03:59

An Ethiopian Airlines plane clipped wings with an Air India aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International airport. The incident happened on Tuesday night when the Ethiopian Airlines’ plane was pushing back for take off and Air India’s Airbus A320 was parked. The wings of the two planes collided with each other, said an Air India official on the condition of anonymity. The Air India plane has been grounded temporarily. A statement from Ethiopian Airlines is awaited. The Air India official said the national carrier will be claiming damages from Ethiopian Airlines.

BH-20170810-59415-ROU – Biological Hazard – Romania – Europe

Aug 10th 2017, 03:49

Romania is being overrun by dangerous wasps. One man has already died after going into anaphylactic shock as a result of being stung, and dozens have been rushed to hospital in the midst of the country’s heatwave. The insects, whose population has been on the rise in recent years, are particularly aggressive and Romanians across the country have been working to destroy their nests. One man said that while swimming in a local river, he and some friends saw someone faint after he was stung. He said: "We ran over to help him and gave him first aid until the ambulance came. We threw some water on …

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