Lightning strike kills teenager in Amuru, Uganda

October 25, 2016: A lightning strike in Pogo-ceri village, Amuru district of Uganda claimed life of a teenager at around 6:00 pm.Richard Okeny, 17, was the student of Okuture primary school.

2 killed by flooding in central Vietnam

November 3, 2016: Flooding triggered by torrential rainfall caused flooding in central Vietnam claiming lives of two people and left several others missing.The flood water rose to two metres in parts of the neighbouring provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh, Reuters reported quoting the local people.Earlier in mid-October, the flooding killed 15 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

30 killed by torrential rainfall and flooding in Egypt

October 28, 2016: Torrential rainfall and flooding in Egypt have claimed lives of at least 30 people, Middle East News Agency (MENA), a news agency by Egyptian government confirmed. Nine people died in South Sinai, eight in Sohag and five in Beni Suef. Similarly, nine others died in the Red Sea.According to the the health and population ministry, more than 70 people have been injured following weekend floods.Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast, Ahram Online reported.

M6.5 strongest earthquake in 36 yrs hits near Norcia, Italy

Earthquake damaged buildings in Arquata del Tronto, Italy (Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)October 30, 2016: At least 20 people injured after a strongest earthquake in 36 years rattled Italy at 7:41 a.m. with its epicenter near Norcia. According to Italy’s national geophysical and volcanology institute, magnitude 6.5 tremor was recorded, the strongest to hit Italy since 1980. It was felt as far north as near the border with Austria and in Rome.The earthquake destroyed several homes and historic buildings, including the ancient Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia.The earthquake was followed by around 200 aftershocks in first 10 hours of the earthquake. The earthquake was stronger than the one that struck in August

November 5, 2016 observes first World Tsunami Awareness Day

The First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be observed on November 5, 2016 during the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR).The Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is going to be held by the government of India in collaboration with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) between November 2-5, 2016.In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day. The Assembly called on all countries, international bodies and civil society to observe the day, in order to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction.The date for the annual celebration was…

Landslide kills at least seven on Colombian highway

October 26, 2016: A landslide claimed lives of at least seven people and buried more than 10 others along a mountainous stretch of Colombia’s main highway between Bogota and Medellin on Wednesday.”Others four people have been injured and taken to a local hospital,” Reuters reported disaster management chief for the northwestern department of Antioquia, Gilberto Mazo as saying.According to the authorities, the landslide disaster occurred due to heavy rain in the mountainous area.

M4.7 moderate earthquake rocks Assam, India

October 23, 2016: A moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.7 rocked Assam, India at 09:27 pm Sunday night.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the epicenter was located at a shallow depth of 10 km in Dhuburi area of Assam.People evacuated the buildings in Shillong and Siliguri area. The tremor was also felt in neighbouring Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.Yesterday, magnitude 3.9 light earthquake was recorded in Nagaon area of Assam at 11:30 am.

Flooding in South End, Boston kills 2 workers

October 22, 2016: Two construction workers died due to flooding at South End street, Boston Friday night.A powerful surge of water killed two people working inside 12 to 15 feet deep trench on Dartmouth Street.The fast-moving storm dumped as much as 4 inches of rain on the Central Massachusetts town of Sterling, Boston Globe reported quoting the National Weather Service.

M6.6 earthquake today in Tottori, Japan injures 17

This aerial photo taken by Kyodo News helicopter shows broken grave markers and collapsed walls at a cemetery in Kurayoshi, Tottori PrefectureOctober 21, 2016: A very strong earthquake of magnitude 6.6 rattled Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture of western Japan at 2:07 p.m. Friday afternoon.At least seventeen people have been injured. Injuries have been reported from Tottori Prefecture, Okayama, Hyogo and neighboring prefectures, Kyodo News reported quoting the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and prefectural governments.The tremor was well felt in Yonago, Tsuyama, Izumo, Toyooka, Hiroshima-shi, Osaka-shi, Kobe-shi and Kyoto.Around 77,000 households in Tottori and Okayama prefectures were temporarily left without power.West Japan Railway Company also temporarily suspended all services on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka

Super Typhoon Haima kills 12 in Philippines, targets Hongkong

Super Typhoon Haima (Super Typhoon Lawin in Philippines) claimed lives off at least 12 people in Philippines.Eight of the victims are from the Cordillera region, Reuters reported quoting Ricardo Jalad, chief of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.Haima made landfall over Peñablanca, Cagayan of the Philippines at 15:00 UTC on October 19, 2016. Two days later, Haima made landfall over Haifeng County, Shanwei in the Guangdong province of China.Haima made landfall in Philippines with destructive 225 kph (140 mph) winds and heavy rain causing widespread flooding in the region.Similarly, several flights and train services have been canceled in and out of Hongkong as well. The Hong Kong Observatory has issued its third-highest storm warning, Signal No. 8, early Friday morning.Last week, severe typhoon Sarika …

Severe Typhoon Sarika targets Hainan, China

Typhoon Sarika forecast path (Hong Kong Observatory)Severe Typhoon Sarika (Typhoon Karen in Philippines) is forecast to make landfall in Hainan, China on Tuesday.Authorities in Hainan Province held an emergency meeting Sunday night to review precautionary measures, Xinhua News Agency reported.Six shelters have been established in Yongxing Island to the south of Hainan Island.Several flights have been cancelled at Haikou Meilan International Airport.Aside from Sarika, another severe typhoon, Haima, is expected to hit Hong Kong in the coming days.Status of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal(Issued by the Hong Kong Observatory at 23:45 HKT on 17/10/2016)The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is in force.This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected.At…

Hurricane Nicole damages roofs, uprooted trees in Bermuda

October 14, 2016: Hurricane Nicole damaged roofs and uprooted trees in Bermuda, before moving out into the Atlantic Ocean.According to Bermuda Electric Light Company Ltd (BELCO), more than 27,000 households were left without power. Several schools, government offices and bank offices have been closed in Bermuda on October 14 to assess damage and conduct clean up.At 11:00 pm AST on October 13, Hurricane Nicole was located 410 km NE of Bermuda. However, the swells associated with Nicole will continue to affect Bermuda and the United States east coast from the Carolinas northward for the next couple of days.Hurricane Nicole is currently moving to the northeast at 21 m.p.h. and has weakened to a category 2 Hurricane with max. winds at 100 m.p…

M4.6 aftershock recorded in Dolakha on Vijaya Dashami

October 11, 2016: Magnitude 4.6 moderate aftershock was recorded in Dolakha on Vijaya Dashami at 12:53 pm, Nepal Seismological Center mentioned.The epicenter of the quake was recorded near Lakuridada. No damage or injuries have been recorded.The tremor was felt on Vijaya Dashami, the major festival celebrated in Nepal. Vijaya Dashami (Dashain) is the national festival of Nepal including Bhutan, Myanmar and India.The Seismological Center has confirmed it as an aftershock of 2015 Gorkha earthquake. At least 472 aftershocks of magnitude 4 and greater have been recorded in last one and half years.

Hurricane Matthew makes landfall Southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina

Hurricane Matthew made landfall Southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina on October 8, 2016, The National Hurricane Center confirmed.A public advisory issued by the hurricane center at 11:00 am EDT mentioned hurricane Matthew located 90 km SSW of Myrtle beach, South Carolina and 165 km SW of Cape Fear, North Carolina.Hurricane Matthew is currently moving toward the northeast near 12 mph will continue to move near or over the coast of South Carolina today, and be near the coast of southern North Carolina bytonight.Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected to continue over the warning area in Georgia and South Carolina this afternoon, and spread northward elsewhere…

Death toll from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti rises to 339

Hurricane Matthew damages homes in Jérémie, Haiti (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)At least 339 people died after Hurricane Matthew pounded Haiti including 50 people in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.”The eye of extremely dangerous hurricane Matthew is moving away from The Bahamas and towards the wast coast of Florida,” the national hurricane center mentioned in a public advisory issued at 11:00 pm EDT October 6, 2016.Hurricane Matthew impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Matthew is also likely to impact the Eastern United States including the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning area in Georgia and South Carolina Friday night and Saturday with tropical storm conditions expected on Friday.Reuters …

Thousand evacuated as Mt. Rinjani volcano erupts in Indonesia

More than 1,100 people have been evacuated as 2,000-metre column of ash spewed from Rinjani volcano on Lombok island.The volcano, also known as the “Child of Rinjani”, erupted without warning on Tuesday afternoon, delaying flights from airports in Lombok and nearby Bali, The Guardian reported.Several flights to and from Bali’s Denpasar Airport have been cancelled due to volcanic ashes. Both Tigerair Australia and Jetstar have confirmed the cancellation of a number of flights.Tigerair has cancelled flight from Perth to Bali and another flight from Bali to Melbourne. Similarly, Jetstar cancelled three flights from Australia to Bali and four flights from Bali to AustraliaMount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano and the second highest

1 killed as Hurricane Matthew lashes Curacao — Threatens Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti

5-Day forecast path of Hurricane MatthewSeptember 30, 2016: Hurricane Matthew, the fifth hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, triggered flooding and landslides on eastern Caribbean islands claiming life of a person.A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba along Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha.At 03:00 UTC on September 29, 2016, Hurricane Matthew was located 200 km N of Curacao and 960 km ESE of Kingston Jamaica. Related Post: Typhoon Megi kills 5 in TaiwanGovernment offices in Aruba have been closed today and Curacao’s parliamentary elections have been postponed until next week.Current Path of Hurricane MatthewCurrently at 03:00 UTC, the center of Hurricane Matthew is located by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter …

Typhoon Megi slams into Taiwan – 5 dead, damage worth $31.9 million

Typhoon Megi triggers flooding in east China’s coastal city (CCTV Plus)September 29, 2016: Typhoon Megi (Typhoon Helen in Philippines) has claimed lives of a least five people and caused damage worth $31.9 million.At least four died across Taiwan, while more 625 others have been injured by the disaster. The typhoon left at least one person dead in China.Related Post: Cyclone Helen kills 7 in Andhra Pradesh, IndiaAccording to the Xinhua News Agency, at least 27 people have been missing after a massive landslide hit part of a village in the eastern Zhejiang Province.Nearly 300 flights have been cancelled across several airports in Taiwan.Megi made landfall over Hui’an County of Quanzhou, China at 20:40 UTC on September 27, 2016.Typhoon Megi has affected several areas of Caroline …

Iowa: Cedar Rapids flood to become second worst in history!

September 26, 2016: Thousands residents of Cedar Rapids have left their homes Sunday as floodwaters worsened in the area. Officials have asked to evacuate those living in about 5,000 downtown homes near the river.According to the National Weather Service, flood warning is still in effect for the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids until Saturday morning.The National Weather Service expects the Cedar River to crest at 23 feet. If that crest comes to bear, this will be the second worst flood in Cedar Rapids history.Earlier on July 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested at 31.12 feet.The Iowa flood of 2008 caused property damage worth at least $64 billion. Cedar Rapids, Iowa was one of the hardest hit area …

Floods and Landslides in Indonesia’s Java Island kill 20

September 21, 2016: Flooding and landslide triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed lives of at least 20 people and left 14 others missing in Indonesian island of Java.The natural disasters caused massive damage in Garut district of West Java, where 17 people were found dead and 13 others were missing.About 1,000 villagers have been evacuated to army barracks and other temporary shelters, The Associated Press reported quoting the National Disaster Management Mitigation Agency.

M4.6 moderate aftershock in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

September 18, 2016: Magnitude 4.6 moderate aftershock was recorded in Sindhupalchowk at 10:57 pm Sunday night, Nepal Seismological Center mentioned.The epicenter was located near Shree Gyuldevi Temple. NSC has confirmed it as an aftershock of 2015 Gorkha earthquake.The tremor was even felt in Kathmandu valley. No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.This is the third aftershock of magnitude greater than 4 recorded in Nepal this September. Earlier two tremors were recorded in Dolakha district in the first week of this month.At least 469 aftershocks of magnitude of 4 and greater have been recorded in last one and half year.

"End Times Prophecies" confirms October 31, 2016 as the end of the world!

End Times Prophecies YouTubePeople often search, “When is the world going to end?” And every time a new doomsday prophecy claims certain date. An updated “End Times Prophecies” YouTube channel claims the world will surely end on 31 October 2016.Earlier, the same YouTube channel marked July 29, 2016 as the end of the world. Now, the same video has been updated with a new title claiming the end of the world to occur on October 31, 2016.It claims that the second coming of Jesus Christ will occur at the same time as the magnetic polar flip in a matter of minutes, which will cause a catastrophic global earthquake. This YouTube video has now attracted more than 6.8 million views as of September 17, 2016. The YouTube video argues, “the recorded prophecies tell…

North Korean floods 2016 kill 138 — Worst disaster since WWII

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Flooding – Humanitarian Snapshot (OCHA)Recent floods in North Korea have claimed lives of at least 138 people, left more than 400 people missing, and left over 100,000 people homeless.”The flood that resulted from the typhoon Lionrock that hit North Hamgyong province from August 29 to September 2 was the worst disaster since liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945,” AFP reported quoting the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) news agency.According to the government, more than 35,500 houses have been damaged, 69 per cent of which have been completed destroyed, and a further 8,700 buildings, including schools and public buildings, have been damaged.”The …

Super Typhoon Meranti makes multiple records

Super Typhoon Meranti (Typhoon Ferdie in Philippines) is the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2016 and is one of three most powerful typhoons ever recorded.Super Typhoon Meranti made landfall early on Thursday near Xiamen in Fujian Province of China. In Taiwan, the meteorological agency issued a land and sea warning for the typhoon affecting 13 counties and cities in southern and eastern parts of the island, including Kaohsiung, Taitung and Hualien. According to the Xinhua News Agency, more than 863,000 homes suffered blackouts as Typhoon Meranti hit Taiwan.Super Typhoon Meranti RecordStrongest typhoon since Typhoon Megi (2010) – In terms of pressureStrongest since Typhoon Haiyan

Heavy rains, landslides kill 8 in Nepal

At least eight people have been died in landslides in different parts of Nepal. Six people died in eastern Nepal and two in western part of the country.Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall claimed lives of four people in Taplejung and two in Bhojpur districts Friday night.An elderly man buried in a landslide in Devisthan-5 in Myagdi district on Saturday morning. Similarly, a child died after landslide buried him at Gajuri VDC-5 in Dhading district.A landslide hit a house in Fungling, Taplejung burying three members of a single family. Another women was hit by the debris, The Himalayan Times reported.Landslide buried a house claiming lives of a couple in Kulung-9 of Bhojpur district. An elderly man was found dead…