Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα state of emergency. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα state of emergency. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Σάββατο, Αυγούστου 02, 2014

California Experiencing Most Severe Drought Ever Recorded

One of the worst North American droughts in history could be getting a whole lot worse. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map released on Tuesday, more than 58 percent of California is in an “exceptional drought” stage. That’s up a staggering 22 percent from last week’s report. And, in its latest drought report released earlier today, the National Drought Mitigation Center warned that “bone-dry” conditions are overtaking much of the Golden State, and noted that, overall, California is “short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year.”

All across California, streams are drying up, crops are dying off and local communities are struggling to maintain access to water, thanks to 3 years of persistent drought conditions. 
The situation is so dire that on Tuesday, California implemented state-wide emergency water-conservation measures, in an effort preserved what remaining water there is. Under the new measures, Californians can face fines of up to $500 per day for using hoses to clean sidewalks, run decorative fountains, and other water-guzzling activities.
Unfortunately, while the situation in California is already pretty bleak, it looks like things are only going to get worse. In fact, it’s possible that all of the American southwest could soon be seeing the devastating drought conditions that Californians are facing. That’s because the largest surge of heat ever recorded moving west to east in the Pacific Ocean, often referred to as a Kelvin Wave, which was supposed to start an El Nino and bring tropical-like rains to the West Coast and southwest, just dissipated, after it was absorbed by abnormally warm ocean waters.

An El Nino is marked by the prolonged warming of Pacific Ocean surface temperatures, when compared to the average temperature. El Ninos usually happen every two to seven years, and can last anywhere between nine months and two years. As warm water spreads from the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean to the eastern Pacific, it brings rain and moisture with it, bringing rain to California and the American Southwest. 
So, during an El Nino period, winters are often a lot wetter than usual in the southwest U.S., including in central and southern California, where drought conditions are currently the worst. That’s why Californians were hoping for a strong El Nino period, to bring the rains and moisture that’s needed to help ease the drought.

Unfortunately, while some weather models are still predicting that an El Nino is possible, the chances of an El Nino strong enough to break the devastating drought that California is seeing are now very, very slim. As a result, there’s probably no end in sight to the current drought conditions in California. And, since warm ocean waters that bring rain are moving farther north up the Pacific, while Oregon and Washington and Alaska will get rain, the jet stream is set to extend drought-like conditions to much of the southwest.......................................ecowatch.com

Τρίτη, Νοεμβρίου 19, 2013

Φονική η «Κλεοπάτρα» στη Σαρδηνία (2+1 video)

Πρωτοφανείς καταστροφές κατά το πέρασμα του κυκλώνα «Κλεοπάτρα» στη Σαρδηνία, που άφησε πίσω του 18 νεκρούς.

Τους δεκαοκτώ έφτασαν οι νεκροί από το πρωτοφανές κύμα κακοκαιρίας που πλήττει τη Σαρδηνία, σύμφωνα με την τοπική εφημερίδα Nuova Sardegna. Την ίδια ώρα, η υπηρεσία πολιτικής Προστασίας της Ιταλίας, κάνει λόγο για προσωρινό απολογισμό δεκαέξι νεκρών.
Ο κυκλώνας «Κλεοπάτρα» έπληξε τις βόρειες περιοχές του νησιού, όπου βρίσκονται οι περιφέρειες της Όλμπια, Οριστάνο, Νουόρο και Ολιάστρα.
«Προσπαθούμε να βοηθήσουμε όλες τις οικογένειες που αναγκάσθηκαν να εγκαταλείψουν τα σπίτια τους», δήλωσε ο επικεφαλής της ιταλικής υπηρεσίας πολιτικής προστασίας Φράνκο Γκαμπριέλλι.

«Οι άμεσες προτεραιότητές μας είναι η εξασφάλιση μιας στέγης για όλους τους πολίτες και να προσπαθήσουμε να δώσουμε στην κυκλοφορία όλες τις οδικές αρτηρίες του νησιού», συμπλήρωσε ο περιφερειάρχης της Σαρδηνίας Ούγκο Καπελάτσι.
Λόγω των αδιάκοπων βροχοπτώσεων, που συνεχίσθηκαν για πάνω από ένα εικοσιτετράωρο, πολλοί ποταμοί έσπασαν τα φράγματα και προκάλεσαν την κατάρρευση κυρίων τμημάτων σε τουλάχιστον τέσσερις γέφυρες.
Τα ιταλικά μέσα ενημέρωσης κάνουν λόγο για ανεξακρίβωτο, έως τώρα, αριθμό αγνοουμένων. Στα θύματα συγκαταλέγεται και ένα παιδί δύο μόλις ετών.
Πολλοί οδηγοί εγκλωβίσθηκαν μέσα στα αυτοκίνητά τους, ενώ αρκετά από τα θύματα δεν κατάφεραν να βγουν από τα σπίτια τους, τα οποία και πλημμύρισαν μέσα σε λίγα δευτερόλεπτα.
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  • Italian authorities have declared a state of emergency in Sardinia after a cyclone struck the Mediterranean island.

At least 16 people are known to have died and hundreds have been moved from their homes after winds of up to 125 kilometres an hour and sheets of rain brought devastation.
Several people are reported missing.

In the northeastern town of Olbia, the mayor said sudden flooding had burst “like a bomb”. The skies dumped as much rain in an hour as falls on Milan in six months, Gianni Giovanelli added.

The mayor said houses across the area had been left half submerged by the floods and rescuers were still searching for possible victims.

“We’ve just found a dead child we had been searching all night for,” he told Italian television.

A Brazilian family of four were reported drowned after their basement flat filled with water.

Elsewhere cars were swept away, homes were flooded and bridges collapsed as rivers burst their banks.

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta called it a “national tragedy”, saying the state of emergency meant extra resources would be made immediately available to reach affected areas.

Flights to and from mainland Italy were disrupted.The storm has been described as the worst for “decades”, with no part of Sardinia being spared.

Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia... από euronews-en

Πέμπτη, Αυγούστου 15, 2013

Egypt declares state of emergency. Announcement comes amid security crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters which left at least 295 people dead nationwide.

A state of emergency has been declared across Egypt, according to a presidential statement announced on state television.
The state of emergency will begin at 4pm local time (14:00 GMT) and will last for a month, the statement said on Wednesday afternoon.
The exceptional measures came as "the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups," the presidency said.

Interim president Adly Mansour "has tasked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens."
The announcement came amid a deadly crackdown by security forces on two Cairo protest camps set up by supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Conflicting reports have emerged over the number of people killed on Wednesday.
The Health Ministry said 95 people were killed in clashes that happened nationwide, with another 974 injured.

However, some members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said the death toll was as high as 2,200, with about 10,000 injured.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the Brotherhood's figure.
Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said the military has now been given "a mandate by cabinet to play an active role in the crackdown, if the situation escalates, and we have seen that the situation has escalated."
"It is a very worrying situation, and the state of emergency only serves to highlight the very precarious situation."
The Interior Ministry said 543 pro-Morsi supporters were arrested nationwide, in incidents related to dispersing the sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda. The arrests were made for possession of arms including automatic weapons, and large amounts of ammunition.

Journalists killed
Ammar Beltagi, the son of Mohammad Beltagi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, told Al Jazeera his 17-year-old sister, Asmaa, was shot and killed in the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in in Nasr City.
Two journalists were also killed while covering the violence. Mick Deane, a cameraman for the UK-based Sky News channel, and Habiba Abd Elaziz, a reporter for the UAE-based Xpress newspaper, died from gunshot wounds.
Live footage from Cairo on Wednesday morning showed smoke engulfing Nahda Square, the smaller of the two sit-ins based in Giza, amid reports of tear gas and birdshots being used on supporters of the deposed president.
By mid-morning, the Interior Ministry said security forces had "total control" over Nahda Square, and that "police forces had managed to remove most of the tents" in the area. Security forces had blocked all access to the protest camp.
In an afternoon press conference, the cabinet media adviser thanked the security forces for "exercising self-control and high-level professionalism in dispersing the sit-ins," and held the Muslim Brotherhood responsible for "escalation and violence".
Witnesses said that after firing tear gas into the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in, pandemonium struck among the thousands of protesters who had set up camp there soon after Morsi was ousted by the army on July 3.

Automatic fire
Protesters have camped in Cairo demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, who was country's first democratically elected president and his Freedom and Justice Party was the largest political group in the now dissolved parliament.
Clashes quickly erupted between protesters and security forces on one side of the camp, with automatic fire reverberating across the square. It was not immediately clear who was shooting.

Television footage showed the injured being carried to a makeshift medical centre as well as police dragging away protesters, who had defied numerous ultimatums by the army-installed authorities to end their demonstrations.
Police barred journalists not already in the camp from entering.
In response to the security operation, the Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to take to the streets across the country to "stop a massacre".
Al Jazeera's D. Parvaz, reporting from a makeshift hospital near the Rabaa sit-in, said that the people in the area will not be deterred. "No one is willing to give up, and they've said that the gunshots are not going to scare them".
She said the hospital, which has been set up in the entrance of a local mosque, has been receiving a steady stream of wounded people.
“They are bringing in a steady stream of gunshot victims, of all ages, with wounds everywhere."
“At least four people have died from their wounds in the period I’ve been here.”

Κυριακή, Ιανουαρίου 27, 2013

Egypt's Morsi declares 'state of emergency'/Президент Египта объявил чрезвычайное положение

1. Egyptian president declares state of emergency in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, scenes of major protests in recent days.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and a night-time curfew in three cities along the Suez Canal that have seen deadly clashes in recent days. 
In a televised address late on Sunday, Morsi said the emergency measures in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez would take effect on Monday from 9pm local time (1900 GMT) to 6am (0400 GMT), warning to take more action to stem the latest eruption of violence across much of the country.

He also called for dialogue with top politicians starting on Monday to resolve the situation.
Deadly clashes across the country between protesters and police have killed at least 48 people since Friday, when Egyptians commemorated the two-year anniversary of the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of at least 30 people killed during clashes in the city on the previous day.
"Down, down Morsi, down down the regime that killed and tortured us!" people in Port Said chanted as the coffins of those killed on Saturday were carried through the streets.
In Port Said, Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh said military helicopters that had been overhead during the funeral could also be heard during Morsi's speech.
"I dont see how these decisions will instill any confidence in the people," Rageh said, referring to the president's decision to impose a state of emergency. 
"The people [in Port Said] feel that there was a complete state of collapse especially after riots today, particularly with tear gas being fired into the funerals," she said.
Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch in Cairo said a state of emergency reintroduced laws that gave police sweeping powers of arrest "purely because [people] look suspicious".
"It is a classic knee-jerk reaction to think the emergency law will help bring security," she said. "It gives so much discretion to the Ministry of Interior that it ends up causing more abuse which in turn causes more anger."

2. Президент Египта объявил чрезвычайное положение в Исмаилии, Порт-Саиде и Суэце 

КАИР, 28 января. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Дина Пьяных, Дмитрий Тарасов/. 

Президент Египта Мухаммед Мурси объявил в воскресенье о введении чрезвычайного положения в ряде провинций страны. В связи с крайне напряженной обстановкой режим ЧП введен в Порт-Саиде, Суэце и Исмаилии.
Этого еще накануне потребовали от него "Братья-мусульмане". Между тем, согласно новой конституции, разработанной исламистами и принятой по итогам всенародного референдума в конце прошлого года, глава государства имеет право объявить чрезвычайное положение, но лишь на неделю. В случае необходимости продления срока его действия требуется одобрение парламента - в настоящее время правом законодательной инициативы наделен до парламентских выборов Консультативный совет /шура - верхняя палата/.
Кроме того, в этих городах с девяти вечера до шести утра /23:00-08:00 мск/, начиная с сегодняшнего вечера в течение месяца будет действовать комендантский час.
Выступая в воскресенье вечером с обращением к нации по государственному телевидению, Мурси призвал все политические силы страны к диалогу и предложил провести его уже сегодня, чтобы "в срочном порядке найти пути выхода из сложившегося кризиса". Он также заявил о решимости "жестко и твердо противостоять любым угрозам родине". "Наше государство в состоянии защитить себя, - подчеркнул он. - Произошедшее является частью контрреволюции, которую народ отвергает и осуждает". "Я - против чрезвычайных мер, но, когда я вижу, что безопасность страны оказывается под угрозой, я вынужден поступить так, а не иначе, что я, собственно, и сделал", - добавил он.
В воскресенье в Порт-Саиде во время похорон жертв беспорядков произошли новые столкновения. По данным минздрава, погибли семь и пострадали 630 человек. Днем ранее жертвами насилия стали более 30 человек. 

3. Αίγυπτος: Ο πρόεδρος Μόρσι κηρύσσει κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης στο Πορτ Σάιντ, στην Ισμαηλία και στο Σουέζ

Ο πρόεδρος της Αιγύπτου Μοχάμεντ Μόρσι ανακοίνωσε σήμερα ότι κηρύσσει κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης και για 30 ημέρες τρεις πόλεις κατά μήκος της Διώρυγας του Σουέζ, όπου σημειώθηκαν το Σαββατοκύριακο εξαιρετικά βίαια επεισόδια και προκάλεσαν το θάνατο περισσοτέρων από 45 ανθρώπων.

Ο Μόρσι έκανε την ανακοίνωση σε τηλεοπτικό του διάγγελμα στο οποίο ανέφερε επίσης ότι απαγόρευση της κυκλοφορίας θα ισχύσει στο Πορτ Σάιντ, την Ισμαηλία και το Σουέζ από την Δευτέρα– από τις 9 μ.μ. (19:00 GMT) και έως τις 6 π.μ. (04:00 GMT).

Κάλεσε επίσης τους ηγέτες της αντιπολίτευσης σε εθνικό διάλογο από αύριο Δευτέρα.


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