June 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 June 2022:

  1. Death Toll Stands At 100 As Brazil Battles Rain Storm
  2. Australia May Face A Summer Of Flood And Rains
  3. 20,000 Acres Of Land Burned In Arizona’s Wildfire
  4. Yellowstone National Park Will Stay Closed Due To Flooding
  5. Powerful Earthquake Strike In Afghanistan With A Thousand People Dead
  6. Tens Of Thousands Of People Displaced Due To Flood In China
  7. More Than A Dozen People Reported Dead In Jordanian Gas Leak
  8. Japan Faces Its Worst Recorded Heat Wave Since 1875

Death Toll Stands At 100 As Brazil Battles Rain Storm

Brazil rain storms

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - Torrential rainfall triggered landslides in the city of Recife in North-East Brazil. The disaster claimed a hundred lives while many were still missing as poor neighborhoods were swept away.

President Jair Bolsonaro shared a video on social media as he flew over the region in a helicopter but could not land due to "soil instability."

The locals have made efforts to dig away at the pile, hoping to find victims alive, and about 1,200 personnel have been deployed to help out in the situation. 

Hundreds of people have died in Brazil due to deadly flooding and landslides in the last year. Experts attribute the poor weather to La Nia, a Pacific Ocean climate trend with global implications. 

A variety of variables cause flooding, but climate change increases the likelihood of catastrophic rainfall. Since the beginning of the industrial period, the planet has warmed, and temperatures will continue to rise unless governments drastically reduce emissions.

Source: BBC 

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Australia May Face A Summer Of Flood And Rains

Floods and massive rains

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Thursday, June 9, 2022 - US-based scientist Dr. Mike McPhaden met with colleagues in Australia and gave a public session on the current state of the Pacific and what it means for months ahead in Sydney this week.

Scientists and meteorologists are fixated on a particular part of the tropical Pacific Ocean known as Nino 3.4, where the surface temperatures are used to determine the occurrence of either El Nino or La Nina. 

El Niños are associated with above-average temperatures in the tropical Pacific. They tend to bring hotter and drier weather to Australia's east coast. La Ninas are connected to below-average temperatures in that ocean region. They are associated with greater rainfall and lower temperatures. 

According to McPhaden, triple La Ninas are very rare, with the last one occurring more than 20 years ago. If the coming storm is a triple La Nina, it has the potential to continue into 2023. He also said that global heating plays a role in the current weather events. However, scientists are still trying to understand how the climate could affect the events and activities of the storm.

Source: The Guardian

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20,000 Acres Of Land Burned In Arizona’s Wildfire

Arizona wildfires

Photo Source: AP Images/Rincon Valley Fire District

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - According to Coconino National Forest officials, Arizona’s Pipeline Fire, roughly six miles from Flagstaff, has burnt more than 20,000 acres. The Haywire Fire and the Double Fire, two smaller flames in the area, have now been joined and are around 4,000 acres in size, according to a national forest announcement.

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither fire was 100 percent contained. Hot, windy, and dry conditions impeded firefighting efforts.

Authorities in Coconino County evacuated hundreds of homes due to the Pipeline Fire on Sunday, and thousands more were warned to prepare to evacuate. Because of the flames’ impact, the county board of supervisors declared an emergency. 

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 40 active, significant wildfires in the United States on Tuesday have burnt about 1.2 million acres across six states.

Source: CNN 

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Yellowstone National Park Will Stay Closed Due To Flooding

Yellowstone National Park flooding

Photo Source: AP Images/David Goldman

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Dangerous floods caused by heavy rain and quick snowmelt began to slam the Yellowstone park and several counties in southern Montana. This has led to washing away or degrading roads and bridges and causing extensive damage to homes and businesses.

The park closed all five Yellowstone’s gates in Montana and Wyoming to inbound traffic on Monday, ostensibly to save tourists from becoming stuck as weather conditions worsened.

Although all Yellowstone National Park gates are temporarily closed due to floods that have destroyed roads and bridges, the park’s northern sector may be closed for a considerably longer time. 

Some communities in Montana were left without electricity or clean drinking water due to flood conditions that made travel impossible or dangerous and damaged water sources.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte declared a state-wide catastrophe on Tuesday and stated that he would pursue an accelerated presidential disaster designation to assist with recovery costs.

Sources: CNN 

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Powerful Earthquake Strike In Afghanistan With A Thousand People Dead

Afghanistan earthquake

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 kilometers destroyed hundreds of houses in Afghanistan. 1000 people have been confirmed dead, and more than 1500 severely injured.

It is the deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in two decades, posing a significant challenge to the Taliban. The Islamist movement reclaimed power last year after the Western-backed government fell apart.

The earthquake struck about 44 kilometers from Khost, with tremors felt as far away as Pakistan and India. Witnesses reported feeling the quake in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Islamabad, Pakistan.

According to Sam Mort of UNICEF’s Kabul unit, Taliban officials have asked the UN to “assist them in assessing the needs and responding to those affected.” Nigel Casey, the UK’s special representative in Afghanistan, stated that the UK was in contact with the UN and was “ready to contribute to the international response.”

Earthquakes frequently cause significant damage in Afghanistan, where many rural dwellings are unstable or poorly constructed.

Source: BBC 

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Tens Of Thousands Of People Displaced Due To Flood In China

Flooding in China

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – Tens of thousands of people in southern China have been evacuated due to flooding, and more rain is expected.

Guangdong’s manufacturing hub suspended classes, office work, and public transportation due to rising waters and the threat of landslides. Almost 500,000 people in the neighboring province of Jiangxi have had their homes damaged and their lives uprooted.

In Guangdong, roughly the same number of people have been affected, primarily in Shaoguan, Heyuan, and Meizhou.

During the summer months, flooding is common in China, particularly in the central and southern regions that receive the most rainfall. The worst floods in recent years in China occurred in 1998 when over 2,000 people died, and nearly 3 million homes were destroyed, mostly along China’s largest river, the Yangtze.

The government has significantly invested in flood control and hydroelectric projects, such as the massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Source: The Guardian 

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More Than A Dozen People Reported Dead In Jordanian Gas Leak

Jordan gas leak leaves man in hospital

Photo Source: AP Images/Raad Adayleh

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – The hazardous gas that escaped from a container at Jordan’s port of Aqaba is reported to have killed at least 12 people and wounded 260 more. According to Jordan’s emergency assistance coordinating agency, the gas has been identified as chlorine.

Authorities were sanitizing the area and cordoning it off to avoid future injuries. Planes were used to aid with evacuation.

A video obtained by state-owned al-Mamlaka TV from a nearby CCTV camera showed the container hoisted by a crane before it dropped, unleashing a cloud of a yellow, gaseous substance. The footage also showed individuals fleeing when the container fell.

According to the authorities, eight Jordanians died from the tragedy, with the remaining casualties being various nationalities.

123 of the injured are being treated in hospitals. According to the country’s Public Security Directorate, 45 are professionals from the Public Security Directorate, Civil Defense, and Gendarmerie Cadres First Responders.

Source: CNN

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Japan Faces Its Worst Recorded Heat Wave Since 1875

Heat wave in Japan necessitates umbrellas for shade

Photo Source: AP Images/Eugene Hoshiko

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – Japan is experiencing its warmest day ever as part of its worst heatwave since records began in 1875. The scorching heat has prompted government warnings of an impending power outage and recommendations for citizens to save energy whenever possible.

Temperatures in Tokyo exceeded 35 degrees Celsius for the fifth day on Wednesday, marking the worst known sequence of hot weather in June since records began in 1875. Meanwhile, in Isesaki, northwest of the capital, the temperature reached 40.2 degrees Celsius, the highest ever recorded in June in Japan.

The government has advised the citizens to use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke since hospitalizations grow with the heat, and the heat is expected to persist in the coming days, according to weather forecasters.

Because of human-caused climate change, heatwaves have grown more common, more severe, and stay longer.

Source: BBC

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