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Flooding, landslides in Kaski and Myagdi districts of Nepal kill 33

Photo Courtesy: Heavy flooding and landslides in Kaski and Myagdi districts of Nepal have claimed lives of at least 33 people on Thursday. At least 26 persons died in the Kaski district. Fatalities are from Lumle,Bhadaure Tamagi and Dhikurpokhari village. Likewise, total seven people died in Mudi and Muna villages in Myagdi district.

Moderate tremor rocks Kathmandu with epicenter near Dolakha Bhimsen temple

Dolakha earthquake epicenter map Magnitude 4.5 moderate aftershock hit Dolakha at 08:18 pm local time, Nepal Seismological Center said. The epicenter was located near Dolakha Bhimsen temple along the bank of Tama Koshi River.

Magnitude 4.3 tremor shakes Kathmandu valley — Epicenter in Nuwakot

Earthquake epicenter map (NSC) Magnitude 4.3 light tremor shook Nuwakot Monday evening, Nepal Seismological Center reported. The earthquake occurred at 06:23 pm at a shallow depth of 10 km.

[ALERT] Glacial lake could burst following severe weather in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral, Pakistan

A severe weather system in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral could lead to Glacial Lake Outbrust Flood (GLOF) in Pakistan, Government said. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued an advisory on 24 July 2015 predicting Glacial Lake Outbrust Flood (GLOF), particularly in PMD's pilot GLOF sites Bagrot, Bindogol and Golain valleys. PMD has predicted the severe weather system likely to persist during next 4-5 days in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral.

At least three earthquakes rattle Pakistan's Islamabad

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck very close to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad early on Saturday morning, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) says. The tremor struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres, according to PMD, with the epicentre located 23 kilometres to the northeast of Islamabad. It was followed by two weak tremors at 02:30 am local time of magnitude 2.5 and 2.9 at 03:01 am.

Light tremor rattles Dolakha as aftershock counts 355 after deadly earthquake

A light tremor shook Dolakha on 25 July 2015 as aftershocks continued to hit Nepal nearly three months after the deadly earthquake . According to Nepal Seismological Center, magnitude 4.3 aftershock rattled Dolakha at 00:05 am midnight. The epicenter was located near Mali below Gaurishankar Conservation area.

Extensive forest fire in Jerusalem area poses threat to nearby communities

Smoke from the forest fire, as seen from Beit Shemesh (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Haaretz) An extensive forest fire which broke out Friday afternoon in the Beit Shemesh area poses threat to the communities of Tarum, Ta'oz and Kfar Uriya. The forest fire in Ya'ar Ha'Nasi ("President's Forest") later grew at a tremendous rate due to strong winds, Haaretz reported.

Probable '2022 Winter Olympics' city Almaty flooded after glacial melt

Almaty hit by mud flows (Tengri News) Glacial melt has triggered flooding in Almaty, Kazakhstan leading to evacuation of around 950 people, Officials said. Glacial melt sent an unusually high amount of water mixed with boulders, KWTX-TV News reported quoting the Interior Ministry.

Wildfire prompts emergency in Harmanli, Bulgaria

A state of emergency has been declared due to raging wildfire in Harmanli municipality of southern Bulgaria on Thursday. Wildfire has affected Mladinovo, Dripchevo, Oryahovo and Izvorovo villages, Sofia News Agency reported.

Grenada's underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny rumbles — No tsunami warning issued

The alert level for Grenada's underwater volcano Kick’em Jenny has been raised from yellow to orange, the Seismic Research Center of the University of the West Indies mentioned. Orange level indicates that the eruption may begin with less than twenty-four hours notice. All regional governments have been alerted through Disaster Coordinators and Venezuelan diplomatic mission. Similarly, the local radio stations in Grenada, St. Vincent, Barbados and Trinidad have been placed on alert.

Rains, landslides in Azad Kashmir kill 9

Volunteers evacuate marooned people after heavy rains in a suburb of Peshawar (AP/Dawn) Torrential rain and landslides in Azad Kashmir have killed atleast nine people, emergency officials said on Thursday. "Atleast nine people have been killed and seven others have been injured,” Dawn has written quoting Zaheer Qureshi, director general of the disaster management authority.

Global natural disaster insurance losses fell 47% in first half of 2015

Global natural disaster insurance losses during the first half of 2015 hit USD15 billion, down 47 percent during the first half of the year, according to Aon’s Global Catastrophe Recap: First Half of 2015 report. The catastrophes losses during the first half of 2015, from both an economic and insured loss perspective, were each below the 10-year (2005-2014) average. Preliminary data determined that economic losses were USD46 billion, down 58 percent from the 10-year average of USD107 billion, and insured losses were USD15 billion, down 47 percent from the 10-year average of USD28 billion.

Strong tremor rattles Kathmandu valley; epicenter in Bhrikutimandap

Update 11:40 pm Nepal Seismological Center has confirmed magnitude 4.6 aftershock with epicenter in Kathmandu. Below is the message posted by NSC: Due to some technical problem in National Seismological Center, location of 2015/07/22 22:14 earthquake was given in Sindhupalchok. Now we corrected the location of that event to Kathmandu. We are very sorry for your inconvenience.

Flood emergency declared as 3 killed in Chitral, Pakistan — Food shortage looms

At least three people have died in flash flood in Chitral, Pakistan prompting the authority to declare flood emergency in the area. Around 2, 85,000 people have been displaced due to storms and flooding, Geo TV reported. Deputy Commissioner Aminul Haq has declared a flood emergency and has appealed to the federal and provincial government as well as NGO’s seeking their cooperation.

You are 60% more likely to be displaced by disasters today than you were in 1970s, Report says

Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters in 2014 with Asia most prone to natural disasters . "Disaster-related displacement is on the rise and threatens to get worse in coming decades," Reuters reported quoting Alfredo Zamudio, director of the NRC's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, as saying.

Iran flash floods kill 11 — Worst damage in Tehran and Alborz

IRNA Photo Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed lives of atleast 11 people in northern Iran. At least nine people have gone missing in the affected areas, Tehran Times has written quoting IRNA as saying.

Ohio flooding kills 3 including a pregnant woman

Flooding triggered by heavy downpour in Ohio has claimed life of a pregnant woman with her fifth child and two of her children. "The victims were part of a family of six, who was huddling for safety in the mobile home when Red Oak Creek flooded and swept the home away at about 11 p.m," USA Today reported.

Landslide on the Mumbai-Pune expressway kills 3

Landslide completely smashes car the Adoshi tunnel, close to Lonavala (NDTV photo) A landslide on the Mumbai-Pune expressway has claimed lives of at least three people Sunday afternoon. Landslide disaster occurred near the Adoshi tunnel, close to Lonavala, NDTV reported.

Lightning strikes in Makwanpur kill 2

Lightning strikes in Makwanpur district of Nepal has claimed lives of atleast two people, Nepal Police said. A lightning strike hit LalBahadur Moktan, 71 years old man, in Bhaarta VDC-6 Dekhari on Friday. Moktan died on the spot.

Tropical storm Nangka kills 2, injures 38 in Japan — 550,000 told to flee

Weather Warnings/Advisories issued by Japan Meteorological Agency at 19:51 JST A powerful tropical storm Nangka has claimed lives of at least two people and injured 38 in Japan. Evacuation orders and recommendations issued to some 555,000 people, The Japan Times reported. A 71-year-old  man was found dead on Thursday in Awaji island, Hyogo Prefecture. Another 85-year-old man was also found dead Thursday night in Shiso, in Hyogo Prefecture. Tropical storm Nangka made landfall near Cape Muroto on Shikoku island late Thursday with packing gusts up to 126 kilometers per hour. According to The Weather Channel , Nangka was the equivalent of a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at landfall.

Emergency Operations Center activated as tornado damage reported in Western Illinois

Cameron silo down, courtesy of Kholby Martin/KWQC Tornado in far Western Illinois has caused severe damage Thursday evening prompting the Governor to activate the State Emergency Operations Center. Governor Bruce Rauner has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to ensure to act quickly if any local responders need our assistance. "Illinois State Police is already at the scene and we have staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency enroute to the area to support local response efforts,” he said in a news release.

Emergency Cabinet meeting called after severe flooding hits Guyana

Heavy rainfall has triggered severe flooding in Guyana, a country on South America’s North Atlantic coast. President David Granger has called an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss measures to drain the capital and other areas, AP reported. Meteorological Organization has recorded more than 10 inches of rainfall in Georgetown in less than 24 hours.

Agricultural disaster declared in Parkland County, Canada as rainfall hits lowest in 50 years

Parkland County council has declared a state of agricultural disaster during the July 14th Parkland County Council meeting. “These extreme drought conditions are devastating crops across Parkland County,” Mayor Rod Shaigec said in a news release Tuesday. “Council wants to make it clear to our agricultural community that we understand, and will provide all means of support possible. By declaring a state of agricultural disaster, we hope to call attention to this extremely important issue.”

Governor declares emergency as Kentucky flash flood kills 2, leaves 6 missing

Image Courtesy: AP Photo/David Stephenson Flash flooding in Johnson County has claimed lives of at least two person and left six others missing. Six inches of rain fell on Johnson County on Monday leading flash flooding in the area. According to Kentucky , emergency workers estimated that 500 Johnson County homes have been damaged by the flood and as many as 150 have been destroyed.

Natural disaster cruelty rises as more dies in 2015 than previous years

Earthquake damage in Kathmandu, Nepal The death toll from natural disasters such as earthquakes and heatwaves have caused a large number of fatalities in Asia in the first six months of 2015, the world‘s largest reinsurance company Munich Re said on Tuesday. Reinsurance company Munich Re concluded by analyzing the natural catastrophes for the first half of 2015 which was characterised by the earthquake in Nepal and by the heatwave that affected India and Pakistan . Around 12,000 people died in these two natural calamities.

River flooding in Nawalparasi kills 1: Nepal Police

A 45 years old man, Tol Bahadur B.K., died after being washed away by flooded river in Nawalparasi district of Nepal. Bhumahi river in Ramnagar-2 washed away B.k. whose body was later found by Nepal Police. He died in the way to hospital in Parasi, Nepal Police confirmed.

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake hits Darchula, Nepal

Darchula earthquake epicenter map (NSC) Nepal Seismological Center has recorded magnitude 4.1 earthquake in Darchula, the far western region of Nepal. The earthquake occurred at 08:14 am with epicenter in Api Nampa Conservation Area. No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

“Natural Disaster” Lyrics - Example, Laidback luke, Dipesh Parmar

"Natural Disaster", a song by Dutch DJ Laidback Luke and British singer and rapper Example was released on 4 October 2011 in the USA and on 16 October 2011 in the UK. The song was written by Example, Laidback Luke, and Dipesh Parmar, and was produced by Laidback Luke.

Super typhoon Chan-Hom prompts HIGHEST ALERT in China - More than 1 million evacuated

Source: China Meteorological Administration Super typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall on Saturday afternoon in east China's Zhejiang province, causing evacuation of more than 1 million people. On Friday morning, China's Meteorological Center had raised "red warning of typhoon" for Zhejiang and Fujian province. At 9:00 a.m. on July 10, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) had also elevated emergency response to level I, the highest level  to address super typhoon Chan-Hom.

Earthquake of Ml 3.3 hits Kritipur Sunday evening

An earthquake of Ml 3.3 has been recorded in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal on Sunday evening July 12, 2015. According to Nepal Seismological center, the earthquake occured at 06:35 pm. The epicenter was located in Kritipur.

Mexico's Colima volcano spews ash prompting evacuations — 'Atypical' activity since 1913

Smoke and ash rise from the Colima volcano (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco) Colima volcano in western Mexico has erupted, spewing ash more than 4 miles into the air, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and evacuating several people. The volcanic activity at the Colima began Thursday and continued Friday morning, AP reported.

India installs its first earthquake early warning system in Uttarakhand — Information 1-40 seconds

Image Courtesy: India has installed an earthquake early warning system for the first time to detect earthquakes and disseminate warnings in Uttarakhand . The researchers have predicted an earthquake of magnitude 8 or greater in the region, The Hindu reported. The early warning system will issue warnings 1-40 seconds before earthquakes of magnitude 5 occur.

Lacking strong social networks? Your natural disaster preparedness can never work as you have planned

How strong is your social interaction and community participation? If you don't have these criteria, then you are less likely to undertake disaster risk reduction actions. People who participate in social activities in their community are more likely to plan and prepare for future natural disasters , according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

One killed, 30 injured as tornado slams Venice, Italy

A tornado has claimed life of a person and injured atleast thirty people in Venice, Italy Wednesday night. Tornado hit Dolo, between Venice and Padua on the Riviera della Brenta, The Local reported quoting Italian news site Corriere .

FEMA help available on texas flood insurance claims and questions

Do you have questions regarding flood insurance claims? Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and Texas policyholders may have questions as they move forward on the road to recovery. In this regard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is helping Texans with flood insurance claims and questions.

Two fresh earthquakes hit Bajura and Baglung, Nepal

Update  09:25 pm According to Nepal Seismological Center, another fresh earthquake of magnitude 4.2 has been recorded in Baglung at 09:06 pm. The epicenter was located near Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.

Italy heat wave kills 9 elderly people— Health Ministry activates heat wave hotline

At least nine elderly people have died of heat wave in Italy in last four days, Italian media reports. The heatwave caused the deaths of five elderly people, two cyclists and three beachgoers,  in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. A 77-year-old person died in Chivasso, Piedmont, on Thursday, The Local quoted .

Current activity at Yellowstone Volcano shows 82 earthquakes

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations, responsible for the operation and analysis of the Yellowstone Seismic Network has shown total 82 registered earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region in June 2015. The largest event was a small earthquake of magnitude 2.6 on June 21, at 04:40 PM MDT, located about 13 miles north northeast of Old Faithful, WY.

Germany heat wave sets record as 104.3 degrees hits Kitzingen

A heat wave set a record in Germany as 104.54 Fahrenheit was measured in Kitzingen, northern Bavaria, on Sunday afternoon. "It is the highest level in Germany since measurements began in 1881," Associated Press reported. Weather service spokesman Uwe Kirsche said AP that the record would be official only after technicians manually check the station.

Magnitude 4.4 tremor in Sindhupalchowk creates fear in Kathmandu valley

Update 09:24 pm According to Nepal Seismological Center, magnitude 4.4 aftershock was recorded in Sindhupalchowk at 09:14 pm. The epicenter was located near Golche, Langtang national park.

Thunderstorm in Bachok, Malaysia damages more than 30 houses

More than 30 houses have been damaged by the thunderstorm in Kampung Kubang Golok, Malaysian National News Agency Bernama reported. Heavy storm blew away roofs of the houses Saturday evening, forcing the occupants to spent the night at relatives or neighbours' houses.

Flash flood in Golog, Tibet kills 2

Flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall in Tibet’s Chigdril County in Golog region has claimed lives of at least two person. Flash flooding killed a woman and her elder son and injured her husband and their younger son, Phayul quoted Dhamchoe Palsang, a Tibetan living who told the Tibet Times . Injured people are having treatment in a hospital in the Chigdril County.

British Columbia wildfire prompts emergency in two communities

Dozens of wildfires burning across British Columbia have forced two communities to declare states of emergency. A state of emergency was issued Saturday morning after a 16-hectare fire caused the evacuation of about 100 residences in Port Hardy. The Squamish Lillooet Regional District also issued a state of emergency due to a 500-hectare fire northwest of Pemberton, Vancouver 24 hrs reported.

4.6 magnitude aftershock hits Dhading at 01:49 am Saturday morning

Magnitude 4.6 moderate aftershock hit Dhading at 01:49 am Saturday morning, Nepal Seismological Center reported.

Magnitude 5.0 Sindhupalchowk aftershock sparks fear in Kathmandu valley

Update 07:55 am According to Nepal Seismological Center, magnitude 5.0 moderate aftershock has been recorded in Sindhupalchowk at 07:41 am. The epicenter was located near Kiwool.

Darjeeling landslides kill 30 in recent Indian natural disasters

Landslides in West Bengal's Darjeeling district of India have claimed lives of atleast 30 people on Wednesday. Heavy rainfall triggered landslides at Tingling Tea Garden under Mirik block of Kurseong sub-division claiming lives of 20 people. At least seven died in Kalimpong sub-division, The Hindustan Times reported.

Three light tremors rattle Nepal, total number of aftershocks reaches 338

Three light aftershocks rattled Nepal on Wednesday, taking the total number of aftershocks of magnitude 4 or greater in the country to 338 after the major April 25 earthquake which killed nearly 9,000 people. First aftershock of magnitude 4.0 earthquake was recorded in Sindhupalchowk at 03:33 am Wednesday morning. The epicenter was located near Batase.