#PlaneCrashInKingston; #AllSevenOnBoardKilled; #TransportationSafetyBoard
Ottawa, Nov 29 (Canadian-Media): A plane crash in Kingston, Ontario killed the pilot, Otabek Oblokulov, his wife, three children and two were newly-wed friends from the Toronto area, media reports said.
Plane Crash in Kingston, Ontario/Twitter
The cause of the death is not yet known to Transportation Safety Board (TSB) officials.
A thorough search, over the next few days, on the wreckage in a wooded area near Creekford Road and Bayridge Drive would be done by by TSB including analysis of the weather reports, plane maintenance logs, pilot's training record and other pieces of evidence.
Oblokulov's friends, Zek Balikci and Mehmet Basti, were expecting Oblokulov for a stopover in Kingston on Wednesday.Basti said Oblokulov had "pretty good experience" flying airplanes added that the trip was Oblokulov's first time flying in Canada.
#Sydney; #Australia; DeastatingWildDires; #HomesDestroyed; #Victoria; #FireRedCode
Perth (Australia), Nov 21 (Canadian-Media): With earlier onset of annual Australian fire season after an unusually warm and dry winter, more than 600 homes in Sydney, Australia's most populous city, have been destroyed, media reports said.
Sydney was shrouded by thick hazardous smoke on Thursday with wildfires burning across eastern and southern Australia.
Smoke from around 50 wildfires burning mainly in northern parts of the state and caused the air pollution levels reading about 10 times higher than the national standard, said the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and added that the smoke is expected to continue for several days.
People with respiratory or heart conditions were advised to stay indoors and seek medical advice when needed.
Victoria Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has declared Code Red, with the highest possible fire risk and a statewide total fire ban with a warning to be vigilant.
With more than 40 wildfires ablaze in South Australia, the fire danger was elevated to "severe" in the island state of Tasmania off mainland Australia's southeastern coast.
Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov 9 (Canadian-Media): With the prediction of a strong
Cyclone approaching Bangladesh on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated to shelters across the low-lying delta nation’s vast coastal region with the help of more than 50,000 volunteers and officials, media reports said.
More than 300,000 people had already moved to safer places and up to 1.8 million were expected to be evacuated by the evening, said Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh’s junior disaster management minister.
Cyclone Bulbul was moving over the Bay of Bengal and was expected to hit the country’s southern coast at around midnight. More than 5,000 shelters had been prepared by Saturday morning.
Ayesha Khatun, a deputy director of the Meteorological Department, said in the evening that the impact of the cyclone was already being felt, with rain starting to fall in the region.
The weather office in Dhaka, the capital, issued the most severe storm signal for Bulbul, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 74 kilometres (46 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph).
It said the southwestern Khulna region could be the worst hit. The region has the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, which straddles the Bangladesh-India border.
The weather office said coastal districts were likely to be inundated by storm surges of 1 1/2-2 metres (5-7 feet) above normal tide because of the impact of the cyclone.
Several ships from Bangladesh’s navy and coast guard were kept ready in parts of the region for an emergency response, said the domestic TV station Independent.
The storm is also expected to impact parts of northeastern India, where precautions were also being taken.
According to U.S.-based AccuWeather Inc., Bulbul strengthened from a deep depression into a tropical cyclone on Thursday morning, and by Friday afternoon had strengthened into a severe cyclone.
With winds around 130-140 kph (80-87 mph), Bulbul was the equivalent of a Category 1 or 2 hurricane in the Atlantic, it said.
Rahman said the government suspended weekend leave for government officials in 13 coastal districts on Saturday.
As the day progressed, volunteers used loudspeakers to ask people to move to shelters in Chittagong and other regions, according to the disaster management ministry. In the Cox’s Bazar coastal district, tourists were alerted to stay in their hotels, while a few hundred visitors were stuck on Saint Martins Island.
Authorities suspended all activities in the country’s main seaports, including in Chittagong, which handles almost 80% of Bangladesh’s exports and imports. All vessels and fishing boats were told to stop operating.
Local authorities ordered school buildings and mosques to be used as shelters in addition to dedicated cyclone shelters — raised concrete buildings that have been built over the past decades.
Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, has a history of violent cyclones. But disaster preparedness programs in recent decades have upgraded the country’s capacity to deal with natural disasters, resulting in fewer casualties.
#Toronto; #TorontoCrews; #CleanupofWinnipegStormDamage, #Winnipeg, #Mannitoba, #EmargencyAssistance
Toronto, Nov 8 (Canadian-Media): The Toronto crews including twenty-five Urban Forestry staff -- who provided emergency assistance for the past weeks with cleanup of Winnipeg's storm damage after the Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba declared a state of emergency -- are returning home today, media reports said.
The crews from Toronto played a critical role in clearing tree hazards from significant portions of Winnipeg's residential neighbourhoods, as well as in Kildonan Park, one of Winnipeg's most heavily treed regional parks.
Besides, its Urban Forestry crews, the City of Toronto also sent 13 vehicles, including chipper trucks and aerial tower (bucket) trucks, and other forestry equipment.
"We are glad to be able to help the City of Winnipeg through this challenging time...our City workers helped represent the goodwill of the City of Toronto...in Winnipeg. We welcome them back home and congratulate them on a job well done!," Toronto Mayor John Tory said.
City of Toronto staff and equipment with coordination from crews from Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary and Regina supported the ongoing efforts of Winnipeg to mitigate weather effects of an uncharacteristic fall snow storm which resulted in mass power outages and damage to about 30,000 trees.
"I am incredibly grateful for the support that Mayor Tory and Urban Forestry crews from the City of Toronto...We’re thankful to all of the cities across Canada, including Toronto, for the assistance they provided," Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said
City of Winnipeg would cover the he cost of the emergency assistance, which is still to be finalized.
#LakeheadRegionConservationAuthority; #LakeSuperior; #FloodWatchInEffect
Thunderbay, Nov 7 (Canadian-Media): Even after the water levels of Lake Superior have dropped slightly below the record high, a flood watch remains in effect for Lake Superior within the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA), media reports said.
Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes of North America, is also the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area, and the third largest freshwater lake by volume. The farthest north and west of the Great Lakes chain, Superior has the highest elevation of all five great lakes and drains into the St. Mary's River.
Flood Warning System is operated by LRCA to alert Municipal Representatives, media, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and other affected organizations of potential riverine flooding within the area of jurisdiction of the LRCA.
The LRCA said the lake is 36 centimetres above its 100-year average, as well as eight centimetres higher than it was in 2018 and added that the main concern from high lake levels is shoreline erosion and flooding of low-lying shorelines, including beaches and wetlands.
Residents in shoreline and low-lying areas have been cautioned by the LRCA to expect a prolonged period of extended water levels.
It is expected that the lake would continue its seasonal decline into the fall and winter, assuming average conditions.
London, Nov 3 (Canadian-Media): A vigil was attended by Vietnamese community in London to pay their service to honour the 39 unidentified Vietnamese victims who died in a refrigerated truck container in southeastern England, media reports said.
These victims were trying to enter Britain in hopes of finding greater opportunities but were discovered dead on Oct. 23 at an industrial park in the town of Grays.
A Saturday night vigil was followed by a Sunday service at the Church of the Holy Name and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in east London.
25-year-old Maurice Robinson from Northern Ireland has been charged by British police with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.
In Ireland, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison was arrested Friday on a British warrant. Essex Police in Britain said they had started extradition proceedings to bring him to the U.K. to face charges of manslaughter.
Two men in Vietnam have also been arrested and are suspected of helping organize the smuggling operation.
#Pakistan, #PakistanTrainFire, #TezgamExpressFire
Islamabad, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): Several world leaders including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condoled the death of 73 people due to devastating fire that hit Tezgam Express in Pakistan, media reports said.
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#Dimapur, #Assam, #AssamFlood, #Nagaland, #NagalandFlood
Guwahati (India), Oct 28 (Canadian-Media) : Around 300 families have been affected after the flood waters of Diphu and Dhansiri river submerged several colonies, villages at Dimapur in Nagaland, media reports said.
Water levels of Diphu and Dhansiri river have risen following heavy downpour in past 72 hours and the flood waters entered into several colonies, villages of Dimapur.
According to Dimapur district administration, colonies like Sachu, Zeliangrong, Nagarjan, Bor Lengiri, Domokhia village areas have been the worst affected.
On the hand, the Indian army and Assam Rifles personnel are engaged in rescue operation.
The troops of Indian army and Assam Rifles undertook evacuation of a large number of elderly, women and children stuck in their houses in the rising waters of Diphu and Dhansiri river.
With rains lashing Dimapur for three consecutive days and nights, the residents of Domokhia village found their houses submerged in knee deep waters.
On the auspicious morning of the festival of lights Diwali, residents of Domokhia found their homes lightless and dark.
The district administration proactively requisitioned the services of the Indian army and Assam Rifles to rescue the stranded villagers.
As has been the norm, the security forces rose to the occasion and swung into action to bring back cheers into the life of the distraught locals.
The combined team of Indian army, Assam Rifles and district administration reached the spot and evacuated all locals safely to the relief camp established by the district administration in the village.
The locals were provided with hot food by the troops of Indian army and Assam Rifles and the relief camp was provided lighting arrangements and drinking water facilities too.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)
#CatastrophicFlooding; #TyphoonHagibis; #Japan; #Hurricanes
Japan, Oct 14 (Canadian-Media): During the weekend, the death toll rose to more than 50 due in communities in and around Tokyo due to catastrophic flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis, media reports said.
Typhoon Hagibis left overturned cars and mud-slicked streets in Hoyasu, Japan. Rescue crews are still combing through areas that flooded after extreme rain caused rivers to break through levees. Courtesy: Jae C. Hong/AP
The typhoon is the most powerful to hit Japan since 1958 when a record-setting storm that killed hundreds of people there.
Hundreds of thousands of homes, according to Reuters, experienced power outage and one deadly landslide was reported outside Tokyo.
A combination of more frequent and severe storms, rising seas and global development along vulnerable coastlines in recent years have caused an escalation of overall global costs from hurricane and typhoon damage.
New York, Oct 13 (Canadian-Media): UN observance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) started in 1989 is observed every year on Oct 13 to raise risk-awareness and disasters reduction, UN reports said.
2019 Theme for IDDRR is to reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services including health and education facilities and developing their resilience by 2030.
There is a need to ensure that schools and hospitals are built in appropriate location with proper enforcement of hazard-appropriate planning regulations and building codes. Keeping in mind the fatal and catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis, provision of potentially life-saving utilities and services such as food and water supply, energy, telecommunications and transport are of utmost importance.
An International Disaster Conference (IDC), organized by the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation ASSIST, would be held in Philippines on Nov 21 with the theme, “Future-Proofing Water through Innovation.”
The aim of this conference is to bring together leaders, and policy-makers in Asia in the field of disaster and crisis management, to address challenges brought by climate change and disaster impacts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, specifically SDG 6 geared towards water-climate-related issues.
Building on the momentum of DRRDay 2019, GlobalGiving is engaging organizations promoting community-based disaster risk reduction initiatives. These civil society leaders will share their experiences and best practices strengthening resilience among vulnerable communities.
Through a live Twitter conversation, will be explored how CSO’s are including vulnerable communities in designing and implementing disaster risk reduction measures.