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Storm in Karak, Pakistan injures 25

Heavy storm in Karak, Pakistan has injured twenty five people including twelve women.

Heavy rainstorm hit Tor Dhand, Ambeeri Kalan, Chokara and other surrounding regions, The Express Tribune reported.

Storm also disrupted communication and power line with hospitals declaring emergencies.

Flood damage assessment is current underway and authorities are adviced to distribute disaster relief materials immediately.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 30, 2013

Flooding, landslides in China claim 14

Recent flooding and landslides across China have claimed lives of at least 14 people, the Xinhua reported.

At least eight people died due to hailstorm in Erdos city of Mongolia.

Landslides buried four in Anhui province of east China. Six rivers overflowed in Huizhou district. Others two were buried in Sichuan province.

The National Meteorological Center (NMC) has predicted more rainfall in Inner Mongolia.

A total of 97,500 hectares of cropland have been flooded, more than 247 houses have been totally destroyed causing damage of 430 million yuan in Mongolia, the regional civil affairs department said.

Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarter has expected tropical storm Rumbia to hit Guangdong province on Monday night or Tuesday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 30, 2013

Landslide claims 2 in Hunan, China

Landslide caused by heavy rainstorm has claimed lives of at least two people in Hunan Province of China.

Landslide hit a house in Shuangqiao at 1 p.m, the Xinhua reported. One person was rescued but others two were found dead under rubble.

Heavy rainfall and floods have collapsed more than 272 houses in Huanan since Monday.

Similarly hail and flooding have affected more than 290,000 people in Mongolia. A total of 97,500 hectares of cropland have been flooded, more than 247 houses have been totally destroyed causing damage of 430 million yuan, the regional civil affairs department said.

Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarter has expected tropical storm Rumbia to hit Guangdong province on Monday night or Tuesday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 29, 2013

2 missing in flash floods in New York and Pennsylvania

At least two people are reported to be missing in flash floods in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

Flood water swept away a woman in upstate New York's Mohawk Valley along with her mobile home.

Another 86-year-old was washed away in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

Mohawk River overflowed in upstate New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited flood damage area Saturday.

National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency in Central Pennsylvania two days ago. According to an emergency management official, bridge on East Main St in Sykesville was also collapsed.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 29, 2013

Tropical storm Gorio makes landfall in Samar, Philippines: Thousands stranded

Tropical storm Gorio (international name Rumbia) made landfall today morning in Hernani, Eastern Samar, Philippines.

Around 5,400 passengers are believed to be stranded in Visayas and Bicol region due to effects of Tropical storm Gorio, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

According to Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines, several domestic flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.

As of 11 a.m, Gorio was located 30 kilometers southeast of Catbalogan, Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Related post: Tropical storm disasters in Philippines in 2013

Storm warning signal number 2 is currently in effect in 13 provinces of Philippines including Masbate, Ticao, Samar and Leyte.

Similarly storm warning signal number 1 has been issued for 26 provinces including Batangas, Bulacan, Zambales, Aurora, Metro Manila, Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island.

The government has already provided 6.9 m…

Flash floods in Noakhali, Bangladesh affect 25,000

At least 25,000 Bengalis have been affected by the flash floods in Hatiya, Subarnachar and Companiganj upazilas of Noakhali, Dhaka Tribune reported.

Tidal surge and torrential rains have been hitting Noakhali region since Wednesday.

Flash flood has also washed away 11,500 hectares of paddy.

Met office has forecast more heavy rainfall in Chittagong and Barisal areas Friday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 28, 2013

Rukum, Nepal earthquake injures 20, damages more than 14 houses

According to the National Seismological Centre, the earthquake of magnitude of 5.5 has hit Rukum, the Mid Western Region of Nepal.Tremor has been felt in at least 15 districts of Nepal including capital Kathmandu. Updates below
Report prepared by Ashish Khanal and Bivek Bhattarai from Nepal.


Update 15:55 UTC

-We are getting reports of several houses damaged in southern part of Rukum mainly in Nuwakot, Arma area.
-According to Police, earthquake has damaged two storey building of Tara Bharati in Jagatipur, Jajarkot. Another significant damages have been observed in Khalanga-9.

Update 14:50 UTC

-At least 20 people are reported to be injured in earthquake in Rukum, Nepal.

According to Anil Devkota, his families in Rukum are still outside due to fear of more earthquakes.
He personally don't hope any rescue work to carry in the earthquake area. It is already 8:20 pm there and detail report will only arrive tomorrow morning.

तपाईंसँग पनि यस्ता भुकम्पका अनुभव भये , कृपया तल सेयर  गर्नुहो…

Elviira, Finland's biggest storm in century brings 28,000 lightning strikes

Finland has been hit by biggest storm in century combined with more than 28,000 lightning strikes.

According to Yle, so called Elviira storm is the biggest storm in Finland this century.

The all-time lightning strikes record in Finland was 40,000 on June 29, 1988.

Luckily no serious storm damage has been reported.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute had earlier issued the emergency warning on severe thunderstorms in Central Finland, Southern Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, emergency warnings were issued on the radio channels of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) and on commercial radio channels operating under a long-term licence.
Below is a wonderful you tube video of  thunder storm in Finland.



Original post: Natural Disasters List June 28, 2013

Ash fall from Kamchatka's largest volcano Shiveluch covers village

The Shiveluch volcano in Russia has spewed ash to a height of up to 7,000 meters, RIA Novosti reported quoting local Emergencies Ministry’s department.

Local firefighters and rescuers have send text messages warning people to stay inside.

Ash fall is seen in the village of Klyuchi in the Ust-Kamchatsky district and authorities have distributed gas masks, The Moscow Times reported.

However according to disaster management official, Shiveluch volcano in Russia is currently not a threat to local residents.

The Kamchatkan volcano Shiveluch has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers from May 2009.

Shiveluch is the largest and most active volcano in Kamchatka Krai, Russia.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 28, 2013

Light earthquake in Salinas, California

M 3.9 light earthquake shakes Salinas, California today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 11 km WSW of Ridgemark. It was 4.3 miles deep.

News developing... Did you feel this earthquake? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.

03:52 UTC (local time 2013-06-27 20:52 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
III (Weak): San Juan Bautista, Hollister, Lakeside, Ridgemark, Prunedale, Salinas, Boronda, San Jose, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and San Mateo.

Epicenter Location
11 km (7mi) WSW of Ridgemark, California
12 km (7mi) SSW of Hollister, California
17 km (11mi) E of Prunedale, California
18 km (11mi) ENE of Salinas, California
202 km (126mi) S of Sacramento, California

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 28, 2013

DuBois, Pennsylvania flood 2013: Emergency declared

Update 19:25 UTC
-Red Cross has set up two shelters in DuBois.
-Mudslide has been reported in Pottsville.
-A tornado watch also remains in effect for southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Update 19:00 UTC
-Jefferson and Clearfield counties each declared disaster emergencies.
-According to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, 20 to 30 homes in Clearfield County were rescued.

Below is a photo of flooding in DuBois, Pennsylvania (Via twitter; Tri-State Weather @tristateweather).



National Weather Service has declared a flash flood emergency in Central Pennsylvania.

Flood emergency has been declared from Troutville to DuBois and Treasure Lake. Water rescues and evacuation currently ongoing (at 18:00 UTC).

Floods have closed roads in Jefferson, Clearfield counties in PA.

According to an emergency management official, bridge on East Main St in Sykesville has collapsed.

NWS has said this an extremely hazardous situation and urged locals to move to hig…

1 dead, 2 missing in Hubei landslide

Landslide in Hubei province of China has claimed life of one people and left two others missing, China daily reported.

Landslide occurred at around 9 a.m. on Jiugong Mountain and hit road maintenance workers.

Rescuers from fire departments and the mountain's management bureau are searching for the missing people.

Heavy rainfall triggered landslide in Hubei.

Recent storms have caused floods and landslides affecting around 80,000 people in Yichang, Huanggang and Enshi area.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 27, 2013

Thousands evacuated in Paraguay flooding

Thousands people have been evacuated in Paraguay flooding due to overflow of the Parana River.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated only in Ayolas, Misiones, Presna Latina reported.

Alto Parana and Misiones are believed worst affected by floods.

Police, firefighters have moved the people to different shelters in safer place.

Paraguay flooding could affect 2,000 households over the next few days, Paraguay National Emergency official told a local radio.

Paraguay Emergency Service has provided flood relief materials to Alto Parana. Tents and food have been send to affected families.

The river's water level in the region has reached close to six meters. The continuous rise of Parana River would lead the government to declare a state of emergency.

The 1982-83 Paraguay flooding caused by El Niño had affected parts of Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. Flood damage was around $3 billion.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 27, 2013

Kalikot, Nepal landslide claims 2

Landslide in Kalikot district of Nepal has claimed lives of two people and injured one other.

Landslide hit a hotel in Bharta-8 of Kalikot where a group of 18 people were staying. Fifteen others however escaped the disaster.

All of them were from Rachuli and Odanku VDC returning from Kedarnath. Their four relatives have been missing in recent Uttarakhand floods and landslides. They had gone India in search of their relatives.

Odanku is the largest VDC in Kalikot district in Karnali zone of Nepal.

Cloudburst triggered landslide in Kalikot Wednesday night.

Meanwhile another landslide at Sawadin VDC-7 in Taplejung district has claimed life of one people.

Nepal is prone to natural disasters. Due to complex land topography, the emergency and disaster management services are not so much effective.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 27, 2013

Washington earthquake 2013: Epicenter located 25 km N of Leavenworth

M 4.3 light earthquake hits Washington today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 25 km N of Leavenworth. It was 5.7 miles deep.

Recent interactive map called Washington State Earthquake Hazards Scenario Catalog has expected large scale earthquake damage in Seattle and Washington.

02:45 UTC (local time 2013-06-26 19:45 @ epicenter)

Shaking Intensity (MMI)
II-III (Weak): Granite Falls, Manson, Cashmere, Chelan, Entiat, Waterville, East Wenatchee, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee Bench, Sunnyslope and Quincy.

Epicenter Location
25 km N of Leavenworth, Washington
52 km NNW of Wenatchee, Washington
54 km NNW of East Wenatchee, Washington
91 km ENE of Snoqualmie, Washington
188 km ENE of Olympia, Washington

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 27, 2013

Tornado in Columbia County rated EF-0

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado in Columbia county on Tuesday.

Small tornado touched down in Birkenfeld between 3:45 p.m. and 4 p.m, Fox 12 Oregon has written in its online edition.

Tornado has damaged the roof of a building and downed trees. 

Another report by the Oklahoma Insurance Department has mentioned that tornado insurance claims from May Oklahoma tornadoes have reached 75,758 with insurance payments reaching $687,945,276.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 26, 2013

Tsunami hit US East Coast, NOAA says

A tsunami was observed on June 13, 2013 at East Coast, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

At Newport, Rhode Island tsunami wave reached just under 25cm above sea level.

According to NOAA, Gages in Kiptopeke, Virginia, and Atlantic City and New Jersey also recorded similar peaks.

Related post: Japan Tsunami debris reaches California

At least two divers were injured in Barnegat Inlet in Ocean County, New Jersey. Minor tsunami damage was reported at the yacht club to the dock and two boats.

Scientists are still trying to determine the cause of Tsunami. So called meteotsunami has been related to a strong storm that moved through the region and offshore that day. Some believe that the continental shelf landslide, a rare event, caused Tsunami.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 25, 2013

Hurricane Cosme in Mexico claims 2 lives

Hurricane Cosme in Mexico has claimed lives of at least two people, The Voice Of Russia reported.

A gust of wind and strong Ocean wave hit a boat killing a tourist, Guerrero authorities said.

In another incident, a police officer died along Mexico City-Acapulco road.

At least 19 people are reported to be injured in the tragedy.

On June 24, Cosme developed into a Category 1 hurricane. Meteorologists at the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional has expected a "moderate" hazard risk along southern Mexican coastline.

Hurricane Barbara in Mexico in May 2013 claimed lives of at least six people. Hurricane damage was between  $750,000 to $1 million.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 25, 2013

Hailstorm in Singapore: Damages roofs, cars

Update 10:40  UTC
According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), latest hailstorm in Singapore isn't related to cloud seeding in Indonesia.

Update 10:15 UTC

Storm has damaged roofs, downed trees and damaged cars in Bukit Batok.

Below is a Singapore hailstorm damage photo taken by Azhar in Jurong East and posted by Yahoo Singapore.


Heavy rains and gusty wind have caused hailstorm in Singapore, local medias reported.

Hailstorm occurred around 3 pm today in western Singapore including Jurong and Bukit Batok, the Yahoo Singapore News said.

Related post: Singapore natural calamities

Singapore hail damage report (if) is yet to come.

Last hailstorm in Singapore was on 27 March 2008.

Below is a you tube video of hailstorm in Singapore.



Singapore is already experiencing worst haze in history. According to the Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, a task force comprising 23 agencies has been made to deal with the situation and draw up contingency plans.

Original p…

Flooding in Pilbara contrast Perth with second driest June

Heavy flooding has been reported in Pilbara contrast with Perth where dry condition prevails, Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.

Parts of the Pilbara are currently on alert due to heavy floods. Opposite to it, Perth has made a record of second driest June.

According to the Meteorological department, Perth has only received 39 millimetres of rain whereas Karratha region received 209 millimeters of rain in last 24 hours.

Perth average rainfall for the month is 175 millimetres.

Similarly, Karratha rainfall was very close to the wettest day on record. 212 millimeters rainfall in January 2006 was the record rainfall in the region.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Service has predicted more rainfall between Onslow and east of Karratha on Tuesday.

A flood evacuation warning is still in effect at Goulburn in southern NSW.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 25, 2013

Central African Republic gold mine collapse kills 37, national mourning declared

A three days national mourning has been declared after 37 people died in Central African Republic gold mine collapse, local news reported.

Heavy rainfall triggered CAR gold mine collapse. Disaster area is located in Ndassima, about 440km east of Bangui.

According to Al Jazeera which has quoted Prosper Ndouba, spokesman for the president's office, 10 miners have been rescued and still unknown number of bodies have been trapped.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 25, 2013

Sinkhole in Philippines bans swimming in Zambales beach

A huge sinkhole has formed in Philippines Zambales beach where swimming has been banned, local medias reported.

Puerto del Mar beach in Candelaria, Zambales was collapsed due to soil erosion caused by tidal waves.

There is currently no threat to the visitors and no evacuation order has been issued, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau said.

According to the philippine star, who has quoted a geologist from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, deep penetration radar will be used to further examine the sinkhole in Philippines beach of Puerto del Mar in Zambales.

About sinkholes in Philippines
Sinkhole is a natural depression in the Earth's surface. Latest reports by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has shown at least seven barangays in Bohol to be susceptible to sinkholes.

What after a sinkhole opens?
Immediately contact homeowners insurance company if your home (property) is under threat.Get in contact with Office of Emergency Manageme…

Heavy rain causes flash flood in Odisha, India

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flood in Odisha's Kalahandi district affecting nearly 15,000 people, local media reported.

Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Bolangir and Koraput districts are said to be heavy hit by flash floods.

Flood water has washed away two fair weather bridges joining Kalampur and Junagarh in Kalahandi district. Parts of highways between Junagarh and Dharmagada have also been washed away.

According to the Revenue and Disaster Management Department official, 660 mm rainfall has been recorded in Thuamul Rampur block.

The government has already asked all districts collectors to remain alert as more rains are predicted in other parts of the state in next 48 hours.

Cyclone and flood in Odisha are common as the important districts are situated near to the Bay of Bengal. Similarly, poor water management has also made drought and floods common in Odisha.

According to the disaster management minister Yashpal Arya, flash flood in Uttarakhand has claimed lives of at least 5,000 …

Weak earthquake in Spitak, Armenia

M 2.9 earthquake shakes Armenia’s Spitak region at 14:16 local time, the Armenian Emergency Ministry's Seismic Protection Service reported.

According to the Seismic Protection Service, the epicenter was located 7 km far from Spitak with hypocenter at a depth of 10 km.

Tremors were well felt in Vanadzor and Spitak.

Spitak is the same town which was almost entirely destroyed in 1998 earthquake. The Spitak earthquake (also called Leninakan earthquake and Gyumri earthquake) claimed lives between 25,000 - 50,000.

Epicenter Location
71 km NW of Yerevan, Armenia
27 km E of Gyumri, Armenia
2 km S of Lernavan, Armenia

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 24, 2013

Tropical storm Barry hits Veracruz, Mexico: 3 killed

Tropical storm Barry has claimed lives of at least three people in Mexico and left one missing in El Salvador.

Tropical storm Barry has caused heavy rainfall from northern Nicaragua to South-Central Mexico.

A woman and her child were swept away by the swollen river in Oaxaca. Another person was swept away in Veracruz.

Barry made landfall in Veracruz, Mexico on June 20 and caused damages in at least eight municipalities in Veracruz. Three people were injured and at least 1,200 residents were evacuated earlier.

Tropical storm Barry impact

Mexico: At least two killed. Several landslides occurred in Guerrero and Puebla.
El Salvador: One killed, two others injured by lightning.
Nicaragua: Flooding reported in 14 districts in the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte.
Honduras: At least 60 houses damaged in flooding, around 300 affected. Landslides reported in Iriona.
Belize: At least 54 people evacuated from Hope Creek.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 24, 2013

Flash flooding hits Wisconsin: Flood damage assessment under way

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, United States.

According to the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center, damage from the Wisconsin flood isn't known as flood damage assessment is underway.

Around 8 inches of rain has been recorded in Boscobel.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing flood assistance and officials are busy in flood damage assessment.

The National Weather Service has predicted more flash flooding in southwestern Wisconsin tomorrow.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 22, 2013

Damaging earthquake near Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia: 24 injured, 3 critical

M 5.2 damaging earthquake hit off the coast of the Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia on June 22, 2013.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 12 km NW of Karangsubagan. It was 6.2 miles deep.

According to The Voice Of Russia who has quoted Iwan Maret Asmara, the head of the department for liquidation of consequences of natural calamities of the North Lombok, earthquake has seriously damaged 1,700 houses and more than 25 temples.

At least 24 people have been injured with three of them in critical condition. Seriously injured people are having treatment in a hospital in Tanjung.

Earthquake damage is expected extensive in Kecamatan Gangga, Tanjung and Kecamatan Pemenang districts.

Earthquake relief command post have been set up in Lombok by The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands named Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air located just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

State of emergency in Malaysia: Air pollution level reaches 16-years-high

State of emergency has been declared in Malaysia after the air pollutant index (API) reached 16-years-high.

Malaysian government declared a state of emergency today in Muar and Ledang districts after the air pollutant index (API) hit 750 in Muar.

Malaysian authorities have already closed all 221 schools in Muar and Ledang for two days due to health hazards. Similarly the Department of Environment has also issued a ban against open burning activities in Selangor, Malacca and Johor until further notice.

During 1997-1998 haze, the air pollutant index (API) reached 860.

Hazardous haze in Malaysia and Singapore have been caused by continued uncontrolled burning from plantation cultivation in Indonesia. 2013 Singapore haze is said to be worst in its history.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 23, 2013

Hailstorms cause havoc in 8 villages in Georgia

Wild hailstorms have caused heavy damage to agricultural crops in eight villages in Akhmeta in Kakheti region of eastern Georgia.

Hailstorm damage have been found extensive in Ashkhnis Velebi, Akhshani, Arashenda, Chabinaani, Khorkheli, Zemo Khodasheni, Ozhio and Atskhuri, Democracy & Freedom Watch has written quoting Kakheti Information Center.

The hailstorms which lasted for 20 minutes have damaged 80 percent of vineyards in Akhmeta, local government official said.

Detail hail storm damage report is yet to come.

Hailstorm caused heavy damage in eastern Georgia in April 2013 too.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 22, 2013

3 children struck by lightning in Kalaiya, Nepal

Lightning has claimed lives of three children below age 10 in Kalaiya, Bara Nepal.

Lightning struck them in Kalaiya-13, Baidhyanathpur as they were out around 7:45 am Saturday morning.

Bodies have been send to Kalaiya Hospital for postmortem.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 22, 2013

Tropical storm Bebinca makes landfall in China: 4 missing fishermen found

Update 14:35 UTC
-According to  local marine authorities, four missing fishermen have returned to port safely.
-At least 42 flights have been cancelled at the Sanya Phoenix International Airport.
-An emergency response system is still in effect.

At least four fishermen are missing as tropical storm Bebinca makes landfall in South China, Xinhua reported.

Four fishermen have gone missing in the Beibu Gulf, local marine authorities said.

According to local meteorological department, tropical storm Bebinca made landfall at 11:10 a.m. in Tanmen Township in Hainan's city of Qionghai.

Train and shipping services across the Qiongzhou Strait have been suspended due to the arrival of tropical storm Bebinca.

An emergency response system is in effect and rescue ships have been send.

Meanwhile landslide in Luzhou, China has claimed lives of four people early today.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 22, 2013

2013 Supermoon and natural disasters: Are Doomsayers right?

Supermoon falls on June 23, 2013 at 11:32 UTC. Supermoon time is 6:32 a.m. CDT in the U.S. At this time, the moon will be just 221,824 miles away from Earth.

Astronomers calls this this sort of close full moon a perigee full moon.

The moon will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.

Information about Supermoon
The word Supermoon was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle. A Supermoon is formed when a full moon or a new moon lines up with the earth and sun at a specific point in its orbit. At this time, the moon is visible from the earth with its full brightness and size. So it is called Supermoon.

Below is 2013 Supermoon Infographic prepared by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post has asked the people to tweet Supermoon photos with hashtag #HPsupermoon.



Supermoon and natural disasters
If we look earlier history, Doomsayers have linked many worldwide natural disasters with the supermoons of the nearby dates. But the question is, Will June 2013 Supermoon cause…

Landslide in Luzhou, China claims 4 lives

Update 14:00 UTC
Four people are confirmed dead in Luzhou landslide. Three other injured people are having medical treatment in hospital.
At least four fishermen are missing as tropical storm Bebinca made landfall in South China at 11:10 a.m. today.

Update 05:50 UTC
At least four people have been rescued from the rubble and send to a local hospital. Still three people remains trapped in SW China landslide.

At least seven people have been trapped in a landslide in Luzhou City in Sichuan Province of China, Xinhua reported.

Landslide hit a residential house in Fulai village in Luzhou at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

According to Luzhou city government, more than 200 rescuers have been send to the landslide zone.

Flooding in Tianshui, China trapped at least 100 middle school students and teachers two days ago.

In another news, Tropical storm Bebinca is expected to arrive Guangdong Province of China today afternoon.

According to National Meteorological Center (NMC), tropical storm Bebinca which…

South Dakota storm claims life of a woman

Recent storm in South Dakota has claimed life of a woman and left thousands of people without power.

Wind storm damage is found extensive around Lake Poinsett, northeast South Dakota.

Fire department in South Dakota is going door to door to assess the extent of storm damage.

The National Weather Service has also received tornado reports touching down in Clark, Hamlin, Spink and Kingsbury counties.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 22, 2013

Earthquake Northern Italy 2013

M 5.1 moderate earthquake shakes Northern Italy today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 2 km SSW of Fivizzano. It was 6.4 miles deep.

According to Italy's Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, earthquake today occurred in a mountainous region near the Tuscan coast between the provinces of Massa e Carrara and Lucca.

Train services on Aulla – Lucca line were also temporary closed. Northern Italy 2013 also triggered a landslide in the village of Equi Terme.

More than 100 aftershocks were recorded by INGV in just 3 hours!

Tremors were felt as far away as Milan, Verona and Florence.

10:33 UTC (local time 2013-06-21 12:33 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
2 km (1mi) SSW of Fivizzano, Italy
11 km (7mi) E of Aulla, Italy
17km (11mi) NE of Sarzana, Italy
18 km (11mi) NNE of Carrara, Italy
189 km (117mi) W of San Marino, San Marino

Click here for detail report on this earthquake

Original post: Natural Disast…

Calgary flood 2013 (updates, pictures, videos)

Update 23:50 UTC
-According to the Police, at least four people have died in Calgary flooding. Body was found in High River, located about 60 km south of Calgary.
-Around 100,000 people of Calgary have been ordered to leave the area.
-More than 100 millimeters of rainfall has been recorded in some parts of southern Alberta in just two days. Updates after this will be added in another page, click here

A state of local emergency has been declared in Calgary because of significant flooding in the area.

Calgary floods have forced 75,000 people from their homes, CNN reported.

All Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School Board schools are closed on Friday, June 21, 2013.

Photo below shows part of East Village, Calgary being flooded (Source Tijana Martin/ Calgary Herald).


This shows the 1A Highway washed out just east of Exshaw, Alta. (Source Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency).


Calgary flood 2013 occurred due a slow-moving storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain from Wed…

Weak earthquake in Maine today

M 2.6 weak earthquake hits Maine today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 2 km W of Sidney. It was 3.1 miles deep.

Tremor was well felt in Central Maine.

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit Maine in October 2012.

Moderate earthquakes in Maine are extremely rare. Reports have shown that moderate earthquake takes place in New England once every few decades.

The strongest earthquake in Maine was in 1904 (M 5.9) in the Eastport area, near the state's eastern border with Canada.

10:14 UTC (local time 2013-06-21 06:14 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
2 km (1mi) W of Sidney, Maine
11 km (7mi) N of Augusta, Maine
18 km (11mi) SW of Waterville, Maine
50 km (31mi) NE of Lewiston, Maine
51 km (32mi) NE of Auburn, Maine

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 21, 2013

Singapore haze 2013: Worst in history

A large-scale air quality disaster has hit Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore, haze at 12 p.m. on 21 June 2013 reached 401 making a record of worst in its history.

Singapore haze 2013 is caused by continued uncontrolled burning from plantation cultivation in Indonesia.

The photo below by AFP shows city skyline shrouded by haze in Singapore (June 20, 2013) and same view on a clear day (April 13, 2012).


In Singapore, the Ministry of Education has announced closure of all school activities in the month of June. According to the Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, a task force comprising 23 agencies is made to deal with the situation and draw up contingency plans.
The McDonald's fast-food chain has also temporarily stopped delivering food in Singapore.

State of emergency has been declared in Malaysia after the air pollutant index (API) reached 16-years-high.

Malaysian authorities have closed all 221 schools in Muar and Ledang for two days due to health haza…

Alberta flooding 2013 prompts state of emergency (updates, photos, videos)

Heavy flooding hit Alberta on June 20, 2013. Alberta flooding caused major damage in Canmore, Calgary and High River. Flood emergency has been declared in various Alberta communities. Updates below

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Update 10:09 UTC; 2013/06/24
-Three bodies have been recovered from flooding in southern Alberta and a fourth person is still reported to be missing.
-Flood emergency still continues in western Canada.
-About 65,000 Calgary residents were allowed to return to their homes Sunday to assess the flood damage.
-More than 2,200 military personnel and nine helicopters were used in flood relief efforts.

Below is a photo of aerial view of flooded downtown Calgary, Alberta (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward).



Update 23:50 UTC

-According to NBC News who has quoted the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, at least four people have died in Alberta flooding. Bo…

Wellington storm believed to be worst in 37 years!

Latest storm in Wellington region of New Zealand has been described as the worst storm in 37 years by a scientist of National Institute for Weather and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Stuff.Co.NZ has quoted the scientist Dr Mike Revell and described the Wellington storm as worst in 37 years.

More than 30,000 homes are without power across Wellington. All flights in and out of Wellington along with ferry and train services have been cancelled tonight.

Civil Defence emergency operation centres have been opened in Wellington, Porirua and Lower Hutt areas.

According to a Metservice severe weather forecaster, gust of 200 kmh has been recorded at Mount Kaukau.

Below is a Wellington wind storm damage photo. Firefighters seen removing down tress in Pharazyn St, Lower Hutt (Source: PHIL REID/Fairfax NZ). 


Weather forecasters have predicted heavy snow for Canterbury and Kaikoura above 300 metres on Thursday night and Friday.

Severe Weather Warnings remained in place as LPA off the coast of Kaik…

Flood traps 100 school students in Tianshui, China

At least 100 middle school students and teachers have been trapped in their school due to a flood, Xinhua reported.

Students and teachers were trapped as flood washed away the only bridge linking the Maiji Junior Middle School to the outside.

Floods have also damaged school gate and walls. However no injury has been reported.

According to an official of Education Bureau Maiji District, Middle School, a boarding school with dormitories and cafeterias has enough food for two to three days.

The Lanzhou Central Meteorological Station has issued a red alert in the area. Gansu is at high risk of rainstorm-triggered floods and geological disasters.

Another flooding and landslides in Xinjiang, China have claimed lives of at least two people and affected 45,000 others.

A circular by the National Commission for Disaster Reduction today has urged related departments to step up monitoring and early warning for possible disasters.
Related departments are also said to put forward emergency response p…

Palpa landslide claims 3 of a single family

Landslide in Palpa, Nepal has claimed lives of three members of a single family.

Landslide hit a house in Birkot-3 of Palpa at 01:00 a.m and killed Khagisara Bahraghare and her two children below age 13.

Her husband, Bal Bahadur Bahraghare was rescued by Police and locals. He is having treatment at local health center.

Landslides in Far western region of Nepal has claimed lives of at least 25 people in last two days.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 19, 2013

Flood claims 2 lives in Xinjiang, China

Flooding and landslides in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China have claimed lives of at least two people and affected 45,000 others.

Heavy rainfall has damaged or destroyed 1,305 houses. Flood damage is expected about 32.4 million U.S. dollars.

A circular by the National Commission for Disaster Reduction today has urged related departments to step up monitoring and early warning for possible disasters.
Related departments are also said to put forward emergency response plans and help in evacuating disaster-threatened people and distributing disaster-relief materials.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 19, 2013

Tornado hits Waikato, New Zealand

A tornado touched down for 10 minutes in Waikato region of New Zealand.

According to The New Zealand Herald, Waikato tornado was at the lowest end of the scale and didn't cause any damage.

No tornadoes were forecast today by the weather officials.

Heavy rainfall has also caused flooding north of Wellington today. Emergency officials have received several calls of landslips on Airlie Rd, Plimmerton.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 19, 2013

Lourdes flooding claims 2

Update 2013/06/20
-Death toll from floods in Lourdes has risen to 2. Fatalities are from Pierrefitte-Nestalas and Luz-Saint-Sauveur.
-Several areas near the Pyrenees mountain range are placed on "red alert" by French official.

Flooding in Lourdes, south-western France has claimed life of a 70-year-old woman.

Woman and her husband tried to escape from their car but were swept away in Lourdes in Pierrefitte-Nestelas. Emergency personnel rescued her husband.

More than two thousands people were evacuated from the flood zone, Radio France Internationale reported.

France flooding has closed Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes.

Garonne river has also washed away a bridge at Saint-Laurent-de-Neste.

Local schools and some roads are closed in the area.

Below is video of flooding in Lourdes.



Lourdes is a popular Roman Catholic shrine where around 6 million visitors people visit in a year. Earlier in October 2012, hundreds of people were evacuated due to flooding in Lourdes.

Original pos…

Kedarnath floods 2013 (updates, pictures, videos)

Update 2013/06/22
Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has further risen to 680. Kedarnath flooding has claimed lives of 123 alone. Click here for latest updates.

Update 2013/06/21

Death toll from Uttarakhand flood has risen to 207. Still 9,000 people are stranded in Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Update 2013/06/20; 11:50 UTC

The Uttarakhand government has declared three-day state mourning. A three-day state mourning from June 20-22 has been declared in view of the Uttarakhand tragedy.
The Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre has opened following roads today (via Times of India).
Joshimath-Karnaprayag
Rishikesh-Uttarakshi
Dharasu-ChambaGochar
Rudraparayag-Shrinagar-Rishikesh
Pauri-Kotdwar
Guptkashi-Mayali-Tibtiya-Tehri
Uttarkashi-Chinyalisaur
Karnaparayag-Ranikhet-Kathgodam
Dharasu-Badkot- Damra-Dehradun
Mayali-Tiwara-Rudraprayag
Chainyalisaur-Subakholi -Mussoorie
Ghansali-Tipri-Devprayag
Ghansali- Tipri- New Tehri
Tehri-Chamba-Mussorie
Chamba-Rishikesh
Tuni-Chakrata -Sahiya-Kalsi-Dehradu…

Tornado in Cebu City of Philippines destroys 50 houses

At least 50 houses have been destroyed in a tornado in Cebu city of Philippines.

Tornado damage occurred in Minglanilla town in Cebu City, GMA News reported. Winds of about 200 kph has been recorded.

Heavy rains in eastern Metro Manila has made visibility almost zero at Ortigas Avenue. Several schools in Metro Manila have suspended classes for Wednesday.

PAGASA expects flash floods and landslides today in Luzon due to Tropical Storm Emong (Leepi).  Emong has started heading for the Japan early Wednesday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 19, 2013

Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand flood 2013: At least 5,500 killed

Heavy rainfall has caused devastating floods and landslides across North India, especially in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The Army, ITBP, Border Security Force (BSF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Public Works department and local administration are currently engaged in rescue operations. Similarly heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river in Nepal. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge. Updates below

Update 2013/07/09
According to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, death toll in north India floods has reached 5,500. Still 4,500 people are reported to be missing. After July 15 the missing persons will be presumed dead!

Update 2013/06/24; 02:05 UTC

-According to the disaster management minister Yashpal Arya, at least 5,000 people have been killed by flash fl…

5 members of a single family killed in Baitadi landslide

Landslide in Baitadi district of Nepal has claimed lives of five members of a single family.

The catastrophic landslide occurred at Siddeswor-9 of Baitadi Monday night.

Landslide caused by heavy rainfall swept away three children of Ram Singh Eir. They were below three years old.

Locals with forces from Khodpe Police Post and Area Police Office, Patan are engaged in rescue operations.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) said local administrations, security personnel and rescue team to stay on high alert in the disaster area.

Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Darchula. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 18, 2013

7 killed in Dailekh landslide

Landslide in Dailekh, Nepal has claimed lives of at least seven people, Dailekh Police said today.

Landslide hit Malika VDC-2 of Dailekh district and killed seven members of a single family. Three of them are children below age 7.

Heavy rainfall collapsed the house of Kumal family.

A police team from Dungeshwor police station has been send to the landslide site.

Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge.  

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 18, 2013

Nepal's Mahakali floods Darchula, red flag placed, emergency declared

Heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Mahakali river. The District Administration Office (DAO) has declared a flood emergency in the area. The bridge over the Mahakali River is currently closed and a red flag has been placed to indicate the sign of danger in the Mahakali bridge. Similarly flooding in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh region of India has claimed lives of hundreds of people.
Report prepared by Ashish Khanal and Bivek Bhattarai from Nepal.


Update 11:00 UTC

Nepal Government has allocated Rs. 500 million for the reconstruction of physical infrastructure including roads, and drinking water projects in the flooded areas. Similarly the goverment has also decided to provide Rs. 35,000 as a relief to the each displaced family.

Update 2013/06/20; 05:00 UTC

-A high-level team including Chairman of Election Council Khil Raj is going for inspection of flood affected areas today. Team will have aerial view of Darchula , Kanchanpur and Kailali districts.
-Flood victims have ref…

4 missing in Humla landslide, 12 houses destroyed

At least four people including three children are reported to be missing in landslide in Humala district of Nepal.

Landslide hit at least twelve houses in Hilsa, Muchu-9 of Humla district of Nepal. This is the remote area bordered with Tibet where Nepal section of The Great Himalaya Trail ends.

Local and Police are on the way to the catastrophe site.

Another landslide at Siddababa along the Butwal-Palpa has caused huge traffic jam. Dozens of vehicles have been stranded due to landslide at Ganeshpur section on the KI Singh Highway.

Massive flooding in the Mahakali River wreaked havoc in Khalanga, the district headquarters of Darchula making 53 families homeless. A red flag has been placed and an emergency has been declared.

Flooding and Landslides are common during monsoon season in Nepal.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 17, 2013

Lightning claims 6 lives in Parsa and Siraha

Lightning in Nepal has claimed lives of at least six people and injured two others.

Four people died in Parsa and two others in Siraha districts of Nepal.

Lightning hit when people were taking shelter inside a shed during a heavy rain in Parsa. One person who is said to be in critical condition is currently undergoing treatment at Birgunj hospital.

In another lightning disaster in Siraha, two people were killed in the mango farm.

A mother and her daughter were hit by lightning at Sukhachaina VDC of the district.

Massive flooding in the Mahakali River wreaked havoc in Khalanga, the district headquarters of Darchula making 53 families homeless. A red flag has been placed and an emergency has been declared.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 17, 2013

Floods, landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh kills 72

At least 72 people have died in floods and landslides in north of India. More than 50 people died in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh alone over the last 24 hours.

According to NDTV News, about 22 people have became landslide victims in the state of Haryana. Between 50 and 100 people are still reported to be missing.

At least 50 people have gone missing after a cloudburst in Rambada, Uttarakhand, officials said.

Following a state disaster management authority, landslide alerts have been issued for all districts in the Konkan region. Several people were evacuated following a landslide in Ratnagiri, a port city on the Arabian Sea coast in Ratnagiri district in the southwestern part of Maharashtra, India.

Around 180 tourists were stranded for about three hours near Hillgrove station, following a landslide on the railway track. Tourists were travelling by the famous Nilgiri Mountain Rail service.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 17, 2013

Météo France puts Paris and south-western France on storm alert

Météo France has put 19 departments in the Ile De France region and south-western France on Orange alert for storms.

Météo France has predicted very violent locally with a risk of gales and hail stones. Winds could reach 80kph and hailstones as big as 3cm.

Fire fighters have already received hundreds of calls of basement flooding, uprooted trees and damaged roofs this morning.

Earlier hail storms hit Tours to the South West of Paris.

Storm alert will remain in place until 6 am on Tuesday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 17, 2013

Mexican flooding kills 1, damages 10,000 homes

At least one person has been killed in flooding in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras on the border with Texas.

Mexican floods have damaged around 10,000 houses and left 40,000 peoples homeless.

Piedras Negras received 60% of the rain usually seen in a full year, Fox news has reported quoting State government secretary Armando Luna Canales.

Original post: Natural Disasters List June 16, 2013