The death toll in the Uttarkashi Avalanche tragedy has risen to 19 as of October 7. A team of mountaineers climbing the Draupadi Ka Danda-II mountain peak got stranded after an avalanche struck on October 4. Since then, rescue operations have been underway. Personnel from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) are currently working in rescue missions.
Australia’s Sydney recorded the wettest year in 164 years, with heavy downpour and major floods reported across several parts of the nation. Sydney has recorded 2,213 mm of rain, with three more months to go in 2022. The previous such record was in 1950, when Australia’s largest city of Sydney received 2,194 mm of rainfall. Meanwhile, the city is expected to receive more downpour in the coming days and weeks.
An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Sumatra island during the early hours on October 1. According to the US Geological survey, the quake killed at least one person and injured dozens of others as people rushed out of buildings seeking safety. Reportedly, the quake occurred at around 2:30 am 40kms from the town of Sibolga, and had a depth of 13 kms.
An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude on Richter scale hit Myanmar on September 30, informed National Centre for Seismology (NCS). The quake was reported at around 3:52 am, and had a depth of 140 km. According to the NCS, the quake struck about 162 km Northwest of Myanmar’s Burma. No casualties have been reported from the incident. Further details are awaited.
As Hurricane Ian hit the United States of America, a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Florida, informed US Border Patrol. Reportedly, the blast sank due to harsh weather, and at least 23 have gone missing. Four Cuban migrants managed to swim to the shore following the incident. Two were rescued from the water about two miles south of Boca Chica. A search and rescue operation is underway.
Philippines’ main Luzon island has become the worst hit region of Typhoon Noru, as millions have been left without electricity. The Typhoon also claimed the lives of five rescuers. Reportedly, electricity has been entirely cut in the provinces of Nueva, Ecija and Aurora, were around 2.5 million people reside. Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla said that generators will be sent to the areas. Meanwhile, over 74,000 residents fled their homes.
Four rescued bear cubs will soon be released in Arunachal Pradesh’s Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR). The bears include a five-month-old Siyang, and three of her peers. Notably, the acclimatisation process has been completed under the supervision of experts over the past few weeks. Siyang was rescued by local environmentalists when it was just a month old. It was then brought to Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC), where it was nursed.
Courtesy: Press Trust Of India
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In a combined study of scientists from University of Texas and Tsunghua University, it was predicted that China will continue to experience drought-like situation in the coming years. This has come while China is currently experiencing a massive grip of heatwaves and drought throughout the summer. The scientists also urged Beijing to put a curb on its carbon emissions, stating that it is the only way to fight water scarcity.
Hurricane Fiona has caused landfalls, landslides and floods in Puerto Rico, before making its way toward the Dominican Republic, informed a government official. The hurricane knocked out power in major parts of the island. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) termed Hurricane Fiona as a Category 1 Hurricane, with wind speeds reaching 140 kmph. The NHC further stated that the hurricane caused “catastrophic flooding” on September 18.