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Archive | May 29, 2017

MAGNITUDE 5.4 SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Depth: 35 km

Distances: 255 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,300 / local time: 08:10:51.3 2017-05-30
30 km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands / pop: 1,200 / local time: 08:10:51.3 2017-05-30

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France heat wave: Locals break 300 fire hydrants in bid to beat high temperatures

Some 300 fire hydrants have been broken or vandalized across France as people try to beat the summer’s record high temperatures.
 
As temperatures topped 35 degrees across the Paris region of Île-de-France, numerous roadways flooded after hydrants were transformed into geysers, BFMTV reported.
 
In Plaine Saint-Denis neighborhood in the Paris suburbs, fire hydrants were left open for much of Sunday night and Monday morning
 
“This lasts for more than a week now,” said one Plaine Saint-Denis resident. “A group of young people come with a wrench and open fire hydrants.”
 
“For them it’s funny, there’s water coming out, they’re cooling off, except that …. It’s still vandalism,” another added.
 
Average temperatures across the region hit 22.3 degrees Celsius, according to La Chaine Meteo. A previous record average of 21.9 degrees Celsius was set in 1922.
 
Paris firefighters were forced to remind the public that fire hydrants are used to extinguish fire, not for recreational purposes.
 
“Refreshing with the hydrants [is] a bad idea! Fire hydrants are for the safety of everyone and are reserved for firefighters!” Paris firefighters said in a statement.
 
In Lyon, violence erupted on the streets after firefighters clashed with a group who had been asked to stop their activities. A number of projectiles were thrown at emergency services, local media reported.
Courtesy of newsline.com

Evacuation alert issued as wildfire grows in the Lillooet, BC, Canada

A wildfire is burning east of Lillooet.
A wildfire is burning east of Lillooet. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Two homes east of Lillooet, B.C., have been placed on evacuation alert as a wildfire burns nearby.
 
“The fire is near the Fountain Valley Road which is close to Lillooet,” said Kamloop Fire Centre information officer Max Birkner. “That fire is now 12 hectares in size and in full response — that means we have 32 firefighters on scene,” 
 
Flames were spotted Sunday in the bush about eight kilometres east of Lillooet on the east side of the Fraser River and was originally reported to be 9 hectares in size.
 
The fire is not contained and Birkner says investigators are now on site trying to determine how it started. 
 
Temperatures around Lillooet are expected to reach 34 C today and Environment Canada is not forecasting showers for the region until at least Wednesday.
 
Birkner said even though there is flooding in many valleys the recent warm weather has quickly dried out “fire fuels” in some areas, raising the fire danger to high.
Courtesy of cbc.ca

Massive Landslide Demolishes Homes In The Stavropol Territory Of Russia

In the Northwest of Stavropol, in the dacha partnership “Yagodka” because of a landslide, two houses were completely destroyed.
 
The natural disaster happened as a result of torrential rains, which washed the soil and provoked a shift. Two families from the destroyed houses had to be urgently evacuated by the city administration.
 
In addition, three more families were taken from the dangerous territory, whose housing could be destroyed due to the threat of another landslide. Now the residents of the association are safe, they were allocated hotel rooms and everything was provided.
 
As the head of Oktyabrsky district administration Alexei Lomanov stated, the situation is completely under the control of the municipal authorities.
 
For the affected people, food is provided, as well as transport for transporting furniture and other things to the designated places of responsible storage. The households themselves, in order to avoid accidents, are cut off from utility lines, the Stavropol administration reported.
 
In total, out of 450 country sites in the risk zone were 27, of which only five were residents. Other cottages are still uninhabited, or completely abandoned by the owners. Nevertheless, the water supply was restored in the unaffected landslides.
Courtesy of earth-chronicles.com

300,000 evacuated as cyclone Mora approaches Bangladesh

Bangladesh has evacuated nearly 300,000 people as Cyclone Mora barrelled towards its southeastern coast at speeds of more than 85 kilometres per hour, officials said on Monday (May 29).
 
The cyclonic storm was 385 kilometres from the port city of Chittagong and likely to make landfall early Tuesday, meteorologists said.
 
Evacuation efforts were ongoing, with nearly 300,000 people already shifted to cyclone shelters, disaster management authority spokesman Abul Hashim said.
 
“We are targeting zero casualties and we will try our best to evacuate more than a million before the landfall,” he told AFP.
 
Meteorologist Abdur Rahman said estimated wind speeds were between 89 to 117 kilometres per hour, with torrential rain and thunder expected across the South Asian nation.
 
The met office warned coastal districts could face flooding as a result of storm surges along the seafront. “We have advised the ports to hoist great danger signal number 10,” Rahman said.
 
The local administration has called in all fishing vessels from the sea and advised them to remain anchored, while the Chittagong port authority has postponed activities.
 
Bangladesh is routinely hit by bad storms between April and December that cause deaths and widespread property damage.
 
In May last year, Cyclone Roanu hit the southern coast of Bangladesh leaving 20 people dead and forcing half a million to flee their homes.
 
Flash floods and excessive rain led to landslides in hilly areas, which caused most of the casualties. “But this time we are more prepared,” Hashim said.
Courtesy of channelnewsasia.com

Intense hailstorm causes extensive damage to fruit crop in Kullu, India

Hailstorm in Kullu damaged fruit crop to the tune of Rs 10 crore yesterday. The damage was caused to apple, pear and plum crop in Haripur, Fojal, Raison, Dobhi, Shirad, Duara, Nashala Katrian, Kias and Badgran areas in the district.
 
The adverse weather condition has disappointed the horticulturists in the district. Gopal Kaistha, a horticulturist hailing from Fojal, said the 30-minute hailstorm damaged his 60 per cent apple orchard. “The loss is unbearable because our economy depends on apple crop, which is the sole source of income for us,” he said.
 
Another orchardist Khek Ram Negi said in the lower region there was 30 per cent loss, while in the upper valley it was up to 50 per cent. Orchardists in the district are seeking relief from the state government for the extensive damage caused to their crop.
 
The Horticulture Department issued an advisory to orchardists, especially those who have insurance cover for their crop, that they should inform the authorities concerned to assess the loss.
 
Amar Singh, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, Kullu, said orchardists should spray Bavistin (100gm) and Indofil M-45 (500gm) mixed with 200 l water within one or two days to the hailstorm-affected crop. After a gap of six days, they should use spray of Boric acid (200mg), Zink Sulfate (500mg) and quicklime (200mg) mixed with 200 l water.
 
He said the department was also providing advisory on mobile through Mkisan app to make the orchardists aware of the use of spray schedule in their orchard. The Horticulture Department has calculated loss to the tune of Rs 7.60 crore in the Kullu and Nagar block today, while officials are collecting details from the other parts of the district.
Courtesy of tribuneindia.com