March Current Events 2023: Disaster News

Updated March 24, 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 March 2023.

  1. Lethal Cough Syrup Kills 200 Children In Indonesia
  2. Study Finds Ozone Recovery May Be Slowed By Australian Wildfires
  3. California Is At Risk Of More Flooding And Mudslides As Rain Storm Persist 
  4. Tornado Hit The Southern Coast Of California

Lethal Cough Syrup Kills 200 Children In Indonesia

Cough syrup

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 — Over 200 Indonesian children have died after ingesting cough syrup. Families recount similar stories of children consuming drugs; soon after, they could not pee, eat, or drink. They would begin to bleed profusely and would require dialysis regularly to survive.

At least 116 medications from six firms have been recalled due to excessive hazardous ingredients like diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol.

Twenty-five parents have joined a class action lawsuit against Indonesia's health ministry, food and drug agency, and eight pharmaceutical businesses, including some raw material suppliers, for their children's death and suffering. Parents expect the government and firms concerned to accept responsibility and improve production methods and illness control standards. 

The parents also want the incident to be designated as an "extraordinary event," implying that the government would fund all treatment costs. Presently, the parents state that treatment costs are funded by Indonesia's national health insurance, which is insufficient to cover co-morbidities and other expenditures.

Source: The Guardian  

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Study Finds Ozone Recovery May Be Slowed By Australian Wildfires

Australia wildfires

Photo Source: AP Photo/Evan Collis/DFES

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 – According to a study in the "Nature" journal, the smoke from the Australian bushfires in 2019 and 2020 briefly reduced the ozone layer's thickness by 3% to 5% in 2020. Recent research showed that particles in wildfire smoke could trigger chemicals that damage the ozone layer, which raises the possibility that future ozone recovery may be slowed down by more intense and frequent fires.

The lead researcher, Prof Susan Solomon, an atmospheric scientist at MIT in the U.S., said the ozone breakdown by smoke particles was comparable to the Antarctic ozone hole emerging each spring, "but at much warmer temperatures."

The researchers also noted that although the ozone hole often forms over Antarctica due to the region's freezing temperatures, Wildfire aerosols appear capable of boosting ozone losses.

Source: The Guardian 

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California Is At Risk Of More Flooding And Mudslides As Rain Storm Persist 

Western Drought

Photo Source: AP Photo/Noah Berger

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – The National Weather Service has declared a high risk of excessive rainfall across the state, in coastal and mountainous areas, warning that lives and properties are at risk.

More flooding and mudslides are expected in areas already saturated by weeks of back-to-back storms, with major rivers overflowing in 16 locations across the state. Across the state, at least 70 flood watches and warnings were in effect. Precipitation falls on saturated ground, increasing the risk of flooding and flash flooding. Coastal areas south of the Bay Area could receive 3 to 6 inches of rain, while the San Francisco Bay region could receive 1.5 inches.

Santa Barbara County, California officials have also issued evacuation warnings for areas affected by recent wildfires, as burned soil repels water and increases the risk of flash flooding. Officials said that water from Tuesday's storms is expected to flow over the breached Pajaro River levee in Monterey County as crews work to keep the rupture from worsening.

Source: The Guardian 

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Tornado Hit The Southern Coast Of California

California Storms

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Thursday, March 23, 2023 — A tornado ripped through a tiny village just south of Los Angeles, hurling debris and shocking witnesses who witnessed the twister, with wind gusts reaching 110 mph, the strongest in Los Angeles County since 1983.

That was the second tornado to slam southern California within two days, as the state has been battered by terrible weather in recent times, ranging from floods to heavy rainstorms. The tornado destroyed seventeen structures in town, 11 so severely damaged that they were considered unsafe to occupy.

Tornadoes in the Los Angeles region are "very unusual," according to an NWS official at a press briefing. After examining the damage, the National Weather Service categorized the tornado as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which estimates tornado force and intensity.

Source: BBC 

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