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Great Aussie Floods, signals more Havoc? USA next?

Summer3 IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 03 January 2011 at 6:14pm | IP Logged
The worst Australian Floods in Queensland is scary as it covers 850,000 sq km, size of Germany and France. The Ritzroy River expected rise further as it hits 9.4 m.
Lately floods have been more acute than before and parts of Pakistan and India were badly affected too.
The sea level has been rising dramatically, perhaps the polar ice meltdown.
Do you see more natural disasters on the way ? It is a indeed a warning sign to save the enviroment.
Further updates:

Storm threatens 100 million in US with snow, ice, cold

Feb 1 , 2011
AFP - 2 hours 46 minutes ago
Storm threatens 100 million in US with snow, ice, cold

CHICAGO (AFP) - ' A mammoth storm threatens to dump mounds of fresh snow, sleet and ice on about 100 million already winter-weary people from the US heartland to the east coast, forecasters said Monday.

Blizzard, winter storm and freezing rain warnings were issued for more than 25 states, from North Dakota and Colorado down to New Mexico, then up through Texas, Kansas and Missouri to the Great Lakes region and across Pennsylvania to New England.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urged residents to prepare in earnest for the fury of the storm as it barrels eastward across the country.

"A storm of this size and scope needs to be taken seriously," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who warned that "it's critical that the public does its part to get ready."

Fugate urged residents in storm affected regions to "check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children -- those who can be most vulnerable during emergencies."

Scores of schools and government offices in US Midwest were closed Monday as freezing rain began to fall, threatening to turn roads into deadly ice rinks and down power lines and trees.

Airlines warned of significant delays and cancellations and offered customers a chance to rebook flights at no fee.

The worst of the storm was expected Tuesday as a large amount of moisture sucked up from the Gulf of Mexico feeds the huge system and is transformed into snow and thunderstorms.

Powerful winds and heavy snow could create white-out conditions and drifts as high as six to eight feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters), making travel impossible.

"Lurking behind this impressive winter storm is a powerful shot of Arctic air as a frigid surface high drops down from central Canada," the National Weather Service warned.

Wind chills were forecast to drop to 30 to 50 below in Colorado, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Kansas, Idaho and even parts of Texas.

Officials warned the public to stay at home rather than try to brave the crippling storm.

"It doesn't take a whole lot to make everything slick and if roads aren't treated they're going to get icy and then it's going to snow on top of that, which is going to make matters worse because you can't see the ice," Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the weather service, told AFP.

"One of the concerns about the freezing precipitation is if it gets heavy and starts taking down power lines and trees because people have no way to keep their homes warm, and a bitter cold will follow right on the heels of the snow and freezing rain."

As much as 18 inches (45 centimeters) of snow was expected in the Chicago area and officials warned that ploughs would not be able keep up, making side streets impassable.

Gusts up to 60 miles per hour could also lead to flooding along the lake shore as waves build up to 25 feet.

Many other areas were predicted to get over a foot (30 centimeters) of snow.

"The east coast will begin to get in on the winter weather action Monday night as the precipitation begins to nose its way over the Appalachians," the weather service warned.

"By Tuesday morning the mid-Atlantic and southern New England states will be in the mix."

The storm arrived just days after a rare thunder-snow storm paralyzed air and ground travel from Washington to Boston.

After building up early Wednesday with ice and freezing rain, last week's storm blindsided the US capital at the height of the evening rush hour Thursday, not even sparing President Barack Obama, who faced travel delays upon returning from a day trip to the US Midwest.

There was no word yet on whether the latest storm would impact Groundhog Day on Wednesday, when the nation watches Phil, the weather predicting groundhog in Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania), to see if six more weeks of winter are still to come.

The problem could escalate to other countries too.

January 17th, 2011

Yahoo News

By Liz Goodwin

A group of more than 100 scientists and experts say in a new report that California faces the risk of a massive "superstorm" that could flood a quarter of the state's homes and cause $300 billion to $400 billion in damage. Researchers point out that the potential scale of destruction in this storm scenario is four or five times the amount of damage that could be wrought by a major earthquake.

It sounds like the plot of an apocalyptic action movie, but scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey warned federal and state emergency officials that California's geological history shows such "superstorms" have happened in the past, and should be added to the long list of natural disasters to worry about in the Golden State.

The threat of a cataclysmic California storm has been dormant for the past 150 years. Geological Survey director Marcia K. McNutt told the New York Times that a 300-mile stretch of the Central Valley was inundated from 1861-62. The floods were so bad that the state capital had to be moved to San Francisco, and Governor Leland Stanford had to take a rowboat to his own inauguration, the report notes. Even larger storms happened in past centuries, over the dates 212, 440, 603, 1029, 1418, and 1605, according to geological evidence.


The risk is gathering momentum now, scientists say, due to rising temperatures in the atmosphere, which has generally made weather patterns more volatile.

The scientists built a model that showed a storm could last for more than 40 days and dump 10 feet of water on the state. The storm would be goaded on by an "atmospheric river" that would move water "at the same rate as 50 Mississippis discharging water into the Gulf of Mexico," according to the AP. Winds could reach 125 miles per hour, and landslides could compound the damage, the report notes.

Such a superstorm is hypothetical but not improbable, climate researchers warn. "We think this event happens once every 100 or 200 years or so, which puts it in the same category as our big San Andreas earthquakes," Geological Survey scientist Lucy Jones said in a press release.

Federal and state emergency management officials convened a conference about emergency preparations for possible superstorms last week. You can read the whole report here.

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Flooding in Australia's Queensland 'to last weeks'

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The BBC's Nick Bryant: 'People are worried about looters'

Devastating flood waters across the Australian state of Queensland may not recede for weeks, the state's Premier Anna Bligh has warned.

More than 20 towns in Queensland have been cut off or flooded, with more than 200,000 people affected.

Military aircraft are flying supplies into Rockhampton, which has been isolated by the still-rising waters.

The authorities have now confirmed three deaths caused by flood waters in the past few days.

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At the scene

image of Nick Bryant Nick Bryant BBC News, Rockhampton

From here the city of Rockhampton looks like a small island surrounded by an inland sea.

We're still 36 hours away from the peak of the floodwaters but they have been closing in on the central business district faster than originally anticipated.

People are being ordered by police to leave their homes. They have been wading through these outlying suburbs, chest-deep at times, to tell people to leave. Many are reluctant to do so.

There have been reports of small-scale looting and many people are worried not just by the floodwaters but by the possibility their homes might be robbed by looters. That is why an evacuation centre which has room for 1,500 people had only 50 overnight.

Ms Bligh has recalled ministers from holidays for crisis talks to plan the response to the flooding.

"Given the scale and size of this disaster, and the prospect that we will see waters sitting potentially for a couple of weeks, we will continue to have major issues to deal with throughout January," she said.

Her concern was echoed earlier by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, saying: "This is a major natural disaster and recovery will take a significant amount of time.

"The extent of flooding being experienced by Queensland is unprecedented and requires a national and united response."

Approximately 850,000 sq km have been affected, an area equivalent in size to France and Germany.

Australian Red Cross executive director Greg Goebel said there were seven evacuation centres currently operating, generally in town halls, gymnasiums or schools, and the army were flying in supplies.

"It is a major disaster, it's a heartbreak for many, many thousands of people and will certainly take an enormous amount of time to get their communities back to normality," he told the BBC.

'Completely stranded'
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If you play with water the water will win and you will come off second best, and thankfully most people have, it seems, heeded that warning"

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The comments come as the city of Rockhampton became cut off by waters spilling from the still-swelling Fitzroy River, leading many of its inhabitants to flee.

"Rockhampton is now completely stranded - a town of 75,000 people - no airport, rail or road," Ms Bligh told ABC radio late on Monday.

With the last route into Rockhampton cut, three Australian Defence Force helicopters will provide the city's only lifeline for food and medical supplies.

"The worst [is] still to come in communities like Rockhampton. Supplying them with food, ensuring that we keep them safe during this flood is absolutely critical," Ms Bligh said.

The water level in the Fitzroy River is expected to peak at 9.4m late on Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Mr Goebel said that police were enforcing evacuations in a number of suburbs, and a mobile hospital had been set up on dry ground.

Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter said about 40% of the city could be affected, and residents may have to wait at least two weeks before being able to return home.

Kay Becker, chief executive of Capricorn Helicopter Rescue, said most people were behaving sensibly in the floods.

"People are seeing water in places that they've never ever seen it before, it's very high water, the water's running very fast, and you know, if you play with water the water will win and you will come off second best, and thankfully most people have, it seems, have heeded that warning," she said.

'Stocking up'

One Rockhampton resident told the BBC that she had stocked up on fuel and food at petrol stations as she drove back early from holiday.

"We are going to stay in, we are fully prepared, have plenty of food and have been boiling the water - but if the water gets higher than 9.4m we will have to turn the power off and might have to leave," said Trudi Reed.

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Alex Finlayson who lives in Emerald, Queensland, filmed inside his flooded home

"The water is coming very quickly and we are watching it rise."

Another resident said there had been panic-buying in the city.

"Lots of people have been stocking up on fuel. I also heard about one woman who brought 20 loaves of bread from a supermarket," resident Petros Khalesirad told the BBC.

The intense rains have also had an impact on coal and sugar production.

The Queensland premier said 75% of operations at the state's coal fields had been halted, which supply half of the world's coking coal needed in steel manufacturing.

The state is also responsible for almost all the country's sugar production, and with cane fields drenched, Australia, usually a net exporter, will be forced to import.

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    North-eastern Australian state Largely tropical climate Area: 1.73 million sq km (668,000 sq mile) Coastal regions, including Great Barrier Reef, designated World Heritage Site
  • Mining and cattle ranching important inland

Prime Minister Gillard has announced that grants and low-interest loans would be made available to help local businesses recover from the flooding.

On Monday, two more deaths from the flooding were confirmed.

One was a 38-year-old man whose boat was swamped near the mouth of the Boyne River, and the other was a woman whose car was washed off the road west of Emerald.

On Sunday, another woman swept from the road while trying to cross the Leichhardt River became the first confirmed death since the flooding was declared a disaster.

Forecasters cancelled a severe storm warning on Monday, saying the immediate threat had passed.


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Posted: 03 January 2011 at 6:25pm | IP Logged
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Here is the story on the floods in Pakistan recently.

This too was a very major disaster that wiped out hospitals and buildings , some rebuilt recently too. People lost a lot this time round.
29 August 2010 Last updated at 12:42 GMT


Pakistan town submerged amid fight to rebuild levees

Sujawal submerged The town of some 250,000 people has been totally submerged

Floodwater has submerged a town in the southern province of Sindh, and threatens another being used as a key staging post for flood relief workers.

Sujawal, a town of some 250,000 people, has been submerged while people battle to save the nearby city of Thatta, reports say.

Authorities are still trying to rebuild levees around Thatta against the raging Indus river.

But water is still advancing on the all-but-abandoned city, reports say.

"We fled so hastily that we could not even pick up our belongings," Amena Bibi, a mother of four, told the BBC.

"We are sitting in this graveyard under the blazing sun, looking for shade here and there. We have nothing to eat. The floodwater swept away our cows and buffalo."

Future hunger

The international aid agency Oxfam says Pakistan will face devastating problems in the future, unless flood reconstruction efforts begin immediately.

A month after the floods began, the effort is still focused on the first stage of relief, rescuing and evacuating people.

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BBC's Jill McGivering: "Every day we hear that new areas are affected"

But farmers have only a small window in which to plant the next harvest's crops, and that is fast closing, raising fears of future hunger.

"Pakistan doesn't have the luxury of waiting for the emergency phase to be over before starting the reconstruction," Neva Khan, Oxfam's country director said.

The massive floods have left some 8m people in need of emergency relief.

The lack of proper sanitation and cramped living conditions mean disease could spread quickly, says the BBC's Jill McGivering in Islamabad.

Four weeks since the flooding began, the scale of this humanitarian crisis is still growing. And on the ground, the amount of aid available is a long way from meeting the need, our correspondent says.

Across the country, some 17 million people have been affected.

Map of Pakistan's flooded areas, 25 August 2010

If you would like to make a donation to help people affected by the floods in Pakistan, you can find information about how to do so by clicking here.

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Posted: 03 January 2011 at 11:57pm | IP Logged
Yes, this is just the beginning. Nature is striking back at us for many years of neglect and abuse. If we do not as a whole learn to love and preserve nature, she will continue taking her course. Ultimately, nature will always remain, and we will all be wiped out. 

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I have to plan my Maldives vacation & diving trip soon.
Kya pata kab doob jaaye.

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Summer3 IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 04 January 2011 at 1:24am | IP Logged
Originally posted by souro

I have to plan my Maldives vacation & diving trip soon.
Kya pata kab doob jaaye.

Well if it is not the monsoon season it should not matter I think.
I remember the Tsunami which hit Sri Lanka and Indonesia and parts of India too. Was around Dec about 5 years back I think.
Maldives is an island paradise.
there was a singer that drowned in the hotel pool, guess fate plays a part.
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Posted: 04 January 2011 at 4:39am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Summer3

Originally posted by souro

I have to plan my Maldives vacation & diving trip soon.
Kya pata kab doob jaaye.

Well if it is not the monsoon season it should not matter I think.
I remember the Tsunami which hit Sri Lanka and Indonesia and parts of India too. Was around Dec about 5 years back I think.
Maldives is an island paradise.
there was a singer that drowned in the hotel pool, guess fate plays a part.

Maldives won't need monsoon season to be flooded and erased from the world map. That job is being done by global warming and rising sea level. I've read somewhere that scientists have pedicted that the country might cease to exist altogether by 2030 unless global warming is checked.

Read this part from Wikipedia and you'll understand how low lying the country is:

The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).

According to Wikipedia, even the President has formed a committee to buy land in other countries to rehabilitate Maldives people once the country ceases to exist.
In November 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed announced plans to look into purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia because of his concerns about global warming and the possibility of much of the islands being inundated with water from rising sea levels. The purchase of land will be made from a fund generated by tourism. The President has explained his intentions:
"We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades".

Edited by souro - 04 January 2011 at 4:46am

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