Natural Hazard – Landslide/Debris Flow
Asia – India | State of Maharashtra, Pune District, Ambe
Affected : 700
Location: N 19° 11.838, E 73° 40.812
Injured: ~ 150
Damage Level: Extreme
Update No. 2 on Thursday, 31 July, 2014 at 17:58 UTC
At least 30 people have been killed another 100 missing and feared dead after torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India. Authorities said the chances of survival were slim for anyone still trapped under the mud in Malin – a village of 700 people in Pune district of Maharashtra state. Rescue workers were finally able to use earth-moving equipment to dig through heavy mud and debris today – more than 24 hours after the disaster hit the remote village. Suresh Jadhav, a district official, said around 40 homes were wiped out by the deadly landslide. Two days of torrential rains triggered the disaster and continued to pound the area as rescuers brought bodies covered in soaked white sheets to waiting ambulances. Bad communications, dangerous roads and debris delayed national rescue personnel from the stricken area for several hours yesterday. The disaster only came to light when a bus driver passed by and saw that the village had disappeared under masses of mud and earth. ‘The driver returned to a nearby city and alerted authorities,’ Jadhav said. “Everything on the mountain came down.’ 30 bodies have been recovered and eight people fond alive, rescue official Sachin Tambol said. Suresh Dhonde, who was working in another town when the landslide ripped through his village, said only two people managed to get out alive. ‘The other six are buried under the mud,’ he added. Crowds of people from nearby areas were helping rescuers, using their bare hands to move fallen trees and rocks. About 250 disaster response workers and at least 100 ambulances were involved in the rescue effort, officials said. Overnight, emergency workers used flood lights mounted on jeeps to illuminate the disaster area, where the tangled roofs of homes poked up through thick mud. Rescuers expected the death toll to rise in the village at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains. Sandeep Rai Rathore, a top official of the National Disaster Response Force, estimated that around 100 people were missing and feared dead. Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the loss of lives and said all possible efforts must be made to help the victims, according to a statement from his office. He sent Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the disaster area.
Update No. 1 on Thursday, 31 July, 2014 at 08:35 UTC
Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. Two days of torrential rains triggered the landslide early Wednesday, but national rescue personnel could not reach the stricken area in Pune district of Maharashtra state for several hours because of bad roads and debris. Rain was still hampering the effort by Thursday morning. Everything on the mountain came down,” said Suresh Jadhav, a district official. Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander, said 23 bodies had been recovered. Large crowds of people from nearby villages reached the spot and helped rescuers in moving fallen trees and rocks with their bare hands, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. With 70 homes buried and reports of another 158 hit by the landslide, rescuers anticipated more dead in the village, home to 704 people in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the loss of lives and said all possible efforts must be made to help the victims, according to a statement from his office. He sent Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the disaster area. About 250 disaster response workers were in the area assisting local police and medical teams who began clearing the debris. At least 100 ambulances were also sent, Jadhav said.
“It is a small village and this happened very suddenly,” local legislator Dilip Walse Patil told CNN-IBN TV network. One local commissioner, Prabhakar Deshmukh, said earlier that more than 150 people could be trapped. Overnight, emergency workers using flood lights mounted on jeeps saved seven injured people, Vitthal Banot, a disaster management official, said Thursday. They were taken to a nearby hospital, but their injuries were not life threatening. Landslides are common in the area during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. Pune district is about 150 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. The nearest medical center is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the village. The area around the village has been deforested extensively, increasing its vulnerability to landslides. Similar deforestation and environmental damage have caused floods and landslides in other parts of India. On Thursday, heavy rains hit a remote mountainous village in northern India and six members of a family were feared dead, said police officer Pravin Tamta. Police have recovered two bodies and were searching for four others in Tehri district in the hilly Uttarakhand state, Tamta said. The village is 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of New Delhi. Last year, more than 6,000 people were killed as floods and landslides swept through Uttarakhand state during the monsoon season.
Landslide in India on Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 at 11:36 (11:36 AM) UTC.
A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said. Federal rescue workers were being hampered by continuing rains and poor roads leading to the village of Ambe in Pune district in Maharashtra state, where the landslide buried about 40 houses, said local commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh. “Reaching the exact space is taking time because there is a lot of damage to the road,” Sandeep Rai Rathore, a top official of the federal National Disaster Response Force, told NDTV news channel. Police and medical teams arrived in the area but had difficulty communicating because of poor telephone and cellphone connectivity, local legislator Dilip Walse Patil told CNN-IBN TV network. “It is a small village and this happened very suddenly,” he added. Landslides are common in the area during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. The Pune district about is 151 kilometers (94 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. The nearest medical center is about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the village.
Biological Health Hazard – Rabies
Africa - Zimbabwe | Mashonaland West, Chegutu
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Location: S 18° 8.400, E 30° 9.000
Biological Hazard in Zimbabwe on Thursday, 31 July, 2014 at 14:07 (02:07 PM) UTC.
VAWZ, a Harare based animal well-being non-profit organisation, said a dog from Arcturus outside the capital and a feral cat from Avondale recently tested positive for rabies. A young boy from Chegutu, added VAWZ, succumbed to the deadly disease after a neighbour’s dog bit him. There have also been unconfirmed reports of a mild rabies outbreak in rural Shurugwi. “VAWZ is deeply concerned with the increasing number of confirmed rabies cases throughout Zimbabwe,” said the organisation. It added: “We cannot stress enough the importance of having ALL your pets vaccinated annually against this deadly disease. Should you come into contact with an unknown animal, particularly one displaying unusual behaviour, please seek medical advice immediately”. It said children must be warned not to interact with strange animals. In the absence of early detection and treatment, rabies is about 100 percent fatal.
Source: RSOE EDIS
Biological Hazard – Health Threat: Measles
Biological Health Hazard – Measles Outbreak
Australia/New Zealand – Australia| State of Western Australia, Perth
Bio-hazard Level: 2/4 Medium
Location: S 31° 57.180, E 115° 51.448
Humans Infected: >1
Biological Hazard in Australia on Thursday, 31 July, 2014 at 13:49 (01:49 PM) UTC.
Health authorities have issued a measles alert for passengers on a flight from Singapore to Perth last Saturday, amid a surge in cases of the disease. The WA Health Department said late today that people on Singapore Airlines flight SQ225 may have been exposed to measles, after confirming a passenger on the plane was infectious with the disease. The passenger also travelled on Singapore Airlines flight SQ5066 from Davao in the Philippines to Singapore earlier the same day. Dr Paul Effler from the Communicable Disease Control Directorate said measles was highly infectious and spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms included fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually lasted for several days before a red, blotchy rash appeared. Complications could include pneumonia or swelling of the brain. Susceptible passengers who may have been exposed to measles on the flight could expect symptoms to appear any time between Saturday and August 12. “Passengers who develop these symptoms should seek medical attention, but it is important that they phone ahead first to ensure they don’t share the waiting area with other patients and risk infecting them,” Dr Effler said. “The local public health units are attempting to contact passengers who were seated closest to the infected traveler and are most at risk, however, other passengers seated elsewhere on the plane may have been exposed to the virus and should also be alert for symptoms.” WA is experiencing a surge in measles, with 33 cases so far this year which is more than WA has seen in any entire year for the past decade. Nine of the patients this year have been hospitalised and half were adults aged between 20 and 49.
Source: RSOE EDIS
INCOMING STORM CLOUD: Yesterday, July 30th, a dark magnetic filament on the sun erupted and hurled part of itself into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory tracked a bright CME moving away from the blast site at 700 km/s: Image animation
Although the CME is not coming straight for Earth, it does have an Earth-directed component. Computer models suggest it will deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on August 2nd. NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the storm cloud arrives
Sunspot number: 145
On Jul. 30, 2014, the NASA all-sky cameras network reported 31 fireballs.
(17 sporadics, 7 Perseids, 5 Southern delta Aquariids, 2 alpha Capricornids)
On July 31, 2014 there were 1496 potentially hazardous asteroids.
SPACE WEATHER ADVISORY OUTLOOK #14-30
2014 July 27 at 8:33 p.m. MDT (2014 July 28 0233 UTC)
Summary For July 21-27
No space weather storms were observed.
Outlook For July 28-August 3
There is a chance for R1 (minor) radio blackouts on 28 July – 03 August.
Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.
Updated 2014 Jul 30 2200 UTC
Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Geophysical Activity Report and Forecast SDF Number 211 Issued at 2200Z on 30 Jul 2014 IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 29/2100Z to 30/2100Z: Solar activity has been at low levels for the past 24 hours. The largest solar event of the period was a C9 event observed at 30/1617Z from Region 2127 (S09E36). There are currently 9 numbered sunspot regions on the disk. IB. Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class flares on days one, two, and three (31 Jul, 01 Aug, 02 Aug). IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 29/2100Z to 30/2100Z: The geomagnetic field has been at quiet to unsettled levels for the past 24 hours. Solar wind speed, as measured by the ACE spacecraft, reached a peak speed of 358 km/s at 30/0148Z. Total IMF reached 5 nT at 30/0333Z. The maximum southward component of Bz reached -5 nT at 30/0244Z. IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is expected to be at quiet levels on days one and two (31 Jul, 01 Aug) and quiet to unsettled levels on day three (02 Aug) with a chance for active conditions. III. Event probabilities 31 Jul-02 Aug Class M 30/30/30 Class X 05/05/05 Proton 01/01/01 PCAF green IV. Penticton 10.7 cm Flux Observed 30 Jul 152 Predicted 31 Jul-02 Aug 155/160/160 90 Day Mean 30 Jul 130 V. Geomagnetic A Indices Observed Afr/Ap 29 Jul 006/004 Estimated Afr/Ap 30 Jul 005/006 Predicted Afr/Ap 31 Jul-02 Aug 006/005-006/005-008/008 VI. Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 31 Jul-02 Aug A. Middle Latitudes Active 10/10/25 Minor Storm 01/01/05 Major-severe storm 01/01/01 B. High Latitudes Active 15/15/20 Minor Storm 15/15/30 Major-severe storm 15/15/30 http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/forecast.html