September Current Events 2022: Disaster News

Updated September 22, 2023 | 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 September 2022:

  1. Wildfires Rampage In California As Heatwave Surges
  2. Extreme Global Hunger Soar In Places Climate Hotspots
  3. Half A Million People Affected By Flood In Nigeria, According To Emergency Reports
  4. Hurricane Hits The Eastern Coast Of The United States

Wildfires Rampage In California As Heatwave Surges

California wildfires

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Thursday, September 8, 2022 – Amid the possibilities of heavy rain and flash floods in some parts of southern California, large wildfires continue to burn across the western coast of California.

The blaze has grown considerably stronger in the past week with smoke formations and fire swirls. This has led to the evacuation of numerous people from their homes and extensive damage along the path of the fire. The blaze was reported to have spread across 6,807 acres without any containment.

This led to raising the fire preparedness level across the US, especially as officials expect an increase in the risk of wildfires as the fall season sets in.

The climate crisis has made things more dangerous by setting the stage for more intense weather and shifting the storm season's peak further into the shoulder months, where it is more likely to coincide with other natural disasters— concurrent disasters that only get worse.

Source: The Guardian

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Extreme Global Hunger Soar In Places Climate Hotspots

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Friday, September 16, 2022 – A new finding by Oxfam examined extreme hunger in many places globally, which is linked to severe weather. The study was carried out in 10 of the world’s worst climate hotspots, affected by drought, floods, and extreme weather elements. 

In these areas, it was found that extreme hunger has increased more than twice folds, affecting millions of people worldwide. In addition, 48 million were found to be suffering from acute hunger worldwide, and 18 million of these are closer to starvation. 

The countries covered in the reports had the highest United Nations humanitarian appeal.  

The executive director of Oxfam said in her remarks that "climate change is no longer a ticking timebomb; it has exploded and has multiplied disasters and hunger by five folds in the last 50 years.”

Experts have also noted that the War in Ukraine and the recent COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the precarious situation.

Source: The Guardian 

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Half A Million People Affected By Flood In Nigeria, According To Emergency Reports

Nigeria flooding

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Monday, September 19, 2022 – Emergency authorities in the west African nation of Nigeria confirmed the death of 300 people as a result of a flood in 2022. The flood was reported to be Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade which affected 27 of the 36 states.

According to the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency, approximately 100,000 people have been displaced by the floods and more than 500 people were injured from the disaster. Crops, farmlands, and infrastructure have been destroyed in many of the flooded areas, especially the northern region which is responsible for most of the farming that occurs in Nigeria.

Flooding in Nigeria is annual, however, most of it has been attributed to a lack of infrastructure, and failure to implement safe environmental guidelines.

More flood was expected this year due to the increased amount of rainfall throughout the country; due to this, the disaster management agency has sent a preparatory warning to many states of possible consequences before the year runs out.

Source: The Guardian 

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Hurricane Hits The Eastern Coast Of The United States

Hurricane Ian

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 – The East coast of the United States, especially Florida has been hit by what reporters called the deadliest hurricane in many years. Hurricane Ian hit the Florida coast on Wednesday, at the speed of 150mph, and since then has led to the loss of power supply in two and a half million homes.

The landfall of the hurricane caused devastating consequences as a hospital had its whole roof blown away, cars were submerged and homeowners had to either find a higher level to stay in their houses or evacuate completely.

President Biden has ordered the deployment of federal emergency intervention and confirmed in his statement that there is “a substantial loss of life.” Ten deaths have been confirmed so far in Charlotte County.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded hurricane Ian from Level 4 to Level 1—tropical storm, but is now regrouping to form a hurricane again, and heading towards South Carolina.

Source: BBC 

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