A fire broke out in the forests of Pithoragarh and Tehri Garhwal on the night of 25th April. Ashish Kumar Chauhan, the Pithoragarh District Magistrate, shared that he had had a discussion with the Divisional Forest Officer. A team of forest personnel, disaster management officer, and others, had reached the spot. It took over two hours to bring the raging wildfire under control.
At least two persons have died and several others have been injured during the storm in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. Rabindra Nath Ghosh of the Cooch Behar municipality noted that there have been two deaths in the storm in the Moamari Gram Panchayat. He also specified that 50 people have sustained injuries. In other news, 20 deaths have been reported from the recent storm in Assam.
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Neither any casualty, nor any loss of property, has been reported so far. Sharing details about the earthquake, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) wrote in a tweet that the earthquake had hit 779 kilometres NNE of Kotamobagu in north Sulawesi on 19th April at 6:53 IST. Further details about the Sulawesi earthquake are still awaited.
In Indonesia's Island of Java, a volcanic eruption occurred at 2:50 pm on December 4. It caused smoke and ash to reach as high as 40,000 ft in the air. Videos showing locals trying to escape the huge plumes, surfaced the internet. Reportedly, the region turned dark due to ash clouds. "Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness," said Lumajang district head, Thoroqul Haq.
Uttarakhand has reported over 200mm of rainfall in 24 hours. CM Pushkar Singh Dhami stated that as many as 34 people have lost their lives and 5 people are still missing. Furthermore, Dhami announced compensation for the families affected by the disaster. "Those who lost their houses will be given Rs 1,09,000, Rs 4 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased.", said CM Dhami.
Following the major loss owing to wildfires across Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared some parts of southern Turkey as ''disaster areas''. However, Agriculture and Forest minister, Bekir Pakdemirli said on July 31 that 88 fires out of 98 are brought under control. Besides, the fire has claimed 6 lives, including two forest workers so far. Moreover, 559 people were affected due to fire and the evacuation efforts are ongoing.
At least four people have died and 30 were reported missing after a cloudburst hit a remote village in the Kishtwar district of J&K. "Four bodies have been recovered from the debris and 8-9 houses have been damaged following cloudburst at Honzar village in Kishtwar," the deputy commissioner, Ashok Kumar Sharma said. Indian Air Force rushed to the Honzar village to assist local teams in the rescue operation.
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Nine tourists were killed and several others injured after massive boulders hit a bridge and cars during a landslide in Himachal Pradesh's Sangla valley. CM Jairam Thakur offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident. He tweeted, "I spoke to the Kinnaur district administration and inquired about the accident. The administration has started rescue operations at the spot and immediate relief is being provided there."
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Heavy Rainfall lashed Goa over the past two days, resulting in the inundation as the "water level of the Mahadayi river increased due to incessant rains." Sattari and Bicholim tehsils in North and Dharbandora in South were inundated followed by a heavy downpour. Reportedly, 100 houses in Sattari are facing waterlogging. However, no fatalities have been reported. The disaster management team has been stationed at Sattari and Usgao.
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As many as four people died and 17 others went missing on July 21 after a boat sunk in the Bajaur district of Pakistan's Northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Reportedly, a boat sunk in Raghagan Dam carrying 18 people. As well, a rescue boat with seven personnel also sunk in the reservoir. Another rescue boat was able to save four people who were taken to the hospital.
Courtesy: The Times of India