July 2022 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated August 22, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the Disaster news events you need to know so far for July 2022:

  1. Earthquake In The Southern Iranian Region Kills Five People
  2. Floods From Torrential Rain Threatens Communities In Australia
  3. Mayor Of London Declares Emergency Response To The Heatwave
  4. Heatwaves And Wildfires Continue To Occur More Often
  5. Experts Worried About The Growing Risk Of Wildfires In The UK
  6. Second Monkey-Pox Related Death Has Been Reported In Spain

Earthquake In The Southern Iranian Region Kills Five People

Iran earthquakes

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Saturday, July 2, 2022 – In the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, a powerful earthquake and accompanying aftershocks have resulted in at least five fatalities and more than 50 wounded.

The earthquake struck at 02:00 local time on Saturday near the coast, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Bandar Abbas, where the province headquarters is situated.

Although there were two equally strong aftershocks, the deceased was said to have perished in the magnitude-six earthquake, according to government media. Aftershocks from the earthquake were felt nearby in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states.

Officials from the area have said that Sayeh Khosh’s hamlet was destroyed.

Iran, which relies on large geological fault lines, has recently seen some earthquakes that have significantly damaged the country. Over a thousand people died in a similar disaster that struck Afghanistan in June.

Source: BBC

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Floods From Torrential Rain Threatens Communities In Australia

Australian flooding in July 2022

Photo Source: AP Images/State Emergency Service

Sunday, July 3, 2022 – Thousands of people in low-lying areas around Sydney were forced to leave their homes as a result of the third severe flooding storm to hit the region since March. The storms, according to experts, were due to the “dangers on several fronts.”

As severe downpour battered vast regions of the State, the State Emergency Service responded to more than 1,400 help requests in 24 hours and performed 29 water rescues.

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River breached substantial flood levels earlier than expected at 10.15 on Saturday night. At the same time, the Warragamba Dam spilled “well ahead” of predictions at 2 am on Sunday.

Hopes that the rain would reduce in the coming days were further dashed as the storm is expected to linger until Tuesday. According to experts, “far more heavy rain, forceful, damaging gusts, and shoreline erosion” should also be expected.

Source: The Guardian 

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Mayor Of London Declares Emergency Response To The Heatwave

UK heatwave

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – Several days of scorching weather have been reported in the UK. New development rolls out as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, triggered the severe weather emergency response in the county’s capital.

Directions have been sent to all London boroughs to conduct welfare checks on vulnerable people and provide sunscreens, water, and instructions about safety and navigating the heat. 

The hot spell is expected to continue for days and peak on Monday or Tuesday.

Mr. Khan acknowledged the challenging period for rough sleepers, with temperatures predicted to exceed the UK heat record of 38.7C set in 2019.

Heatwaves have become hotter, more frequent, and have longer durations because of climate change. According to experts, the heatwave is due to hot air flow from inland Europe. Experts also advised that the homes in the UK should be adapted to more intense occurrences in the future.

Source: The Guardian

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Heatwaves And Wildfires Continue To Occur More Often

Wildfires and heatwave in Greece

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Monday, July 18, 2022 – Different places in the world have reported unprecedented levels of temperatures. 40C temperatures were reported in the U.K., the highest ever reported in the country’s history. 

Many people have fled from wildfires in France, Portugal, and Spain. Similar reports were given across North America. Smoke and soot blurred out the daylight in Argentina and Paraguay.

Experts have claimed that the vegetation around the world has become more flammable, and the soil is growing dry due to climate change. All of these factors increased the likelihood of wildfires occurring. Experts have advised that the governments of countries affected by the heatwave make plans to adapt to increasing temperatures as the years go by. 

Experts have shown that the Savannahs make up 70% of the world’s wildfires. The trend of fires, however, has been different in Africa. This is owing to changes in land usage, especially the rise of agricultural expansion. As it was reduced, it also led to an overall reduction of wildfires around the globe.

Source: BBC 

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Experts Worried About The Growing Risk Of Wildfires In The UK

UK warns of wildfire risks

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – Predictions by the UK Met Office estimate that climate change is the primary cause of the heat across the UK in the past few weeks. The heat, along with the dry conditions, has significantly exposed the country to threats of wildfire. 

According to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), the number of reported wildfires has grown from 237 in 2021 to 500 so far in 2022. With the year only halfway gone, the NFCC chief has emphasized the need to prioritize resources and focus on the growing threat. 

Experts believe that to better prepare the nation against the incidence of wildfires, every fireman should get wildfire training as it better prepares them for the imminent emergency. 

Fire services are moving to increase awareness, create specific and better instructions, evaluate response protocols, and effect additional training in order to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Source: BBC 

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Second Monkey-Pox Related Death Has Been Reported In Spain

Spain monkey pox

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Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Spain reported its second monkeypox-related death, which happens to be the second death from the disease in Europe in the current outbreak. Earlier Friday, Spain recorded its first death, shortly after Brazil reported the first monkey-pox-related death outside Africa. 

The World Health Organization report from July 22 says that only five deaths have been reported from the virus, all of which are in Africa. Monkeypox, a rapidly spreading outbreak, was declared a global health emergency by the WHO last Saturday. 

In its latest report on Saturday, the Spanish ministry said 4,298 cases had been confirmed in the country. Of the 3,750 patients for whom it had information, 120, or 3.2%, had been hospitalized, and two had died. 

The local media, quoting the regional health department, reported that the first death occurred in the north-eastern Valencia region. The cause was encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain associated with the infection.

Source: The Guardian

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