Natural Disasters in Countries with Very High Human Development
Merely halfway through the year 2011, disaster figures continue to show the tremendous impacts that natural disasters have on human societies. The end of 2010 and the first months of 2011 were particularly marked by extreme events in several developed countries.
USAID Responds to Crisis in Abyei and Southern Kordofan
USAID is responding to humanitarian needs in Sudan, including assisting tens of thousands of Sudanese affected by recent fighting in the Abyei Area and Southern Kordofan State.
The humanitarian community estimates that the Abyei Area clashes displaced nearly 111,000 people. In Southern Kordofan, unconfirmed estimates put the number of displaced at approximately 73,000.
Vienna, 29 June 2011 – A call has been made for all European and Central Asian States to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention. The appeal was made today at the headquarters of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) by H.E. Gazmend Turdiu, the senior Albanian diplomat currently presiding over the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather.
The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have died, and thousands of homes and millions of acres have been lost at a cost estimated at more than $20 billion.
And the United States has not even entered peak hurricane season.
With the New Mexico wildfire still out of control, and North Dakota flood waters only slowly receding, the American Red Cross continues to help residents in these communities.
It is estimated that the wildfire near Los Alamos, N.M., has burned more than 60,000 acres, which has led to a mandatory evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos. An additional fire farther south also prompted the evacuation of 300 people on Tuesday.
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Release Number: 1994-009
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Less than two weeks after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Hampden and Worcester Counties, more than $2 million in disaster assistance has been approved, according to officials with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Release Number: 1980-094
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- At the request of the state of Missouri, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damages from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to register for state and federal disaster assistance. The new deadline is July 29, 2011.
DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
EXPANDED APPEAL: 2011 Spring Storms – June 29, 2011 update Appeal Number 627-P Appeal Goal: $280,000 Amount contributed by CWS Communions: over $114,500 or 40% of need
Tornadoes, storms and floods have caused extensive loss of life and massive amounts of damage across the United States from North Carolina to Oklahoma and from North Dakota to Alabama. The ultimate cost of these tragic events will be in the billions of dollars.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 — A spring marked by several major disasters, including tornadoes, floods and wildfires, has now turned into a summer filled with more of the same—and with a predicted busy hurricane season on the horizon.
In New Mexico, a fast-moving wildfire has so far destroyed more than 43,000 acres. Approximately 7,500 residents within the affected area of Los Alamos County are now under a mandatory evacuation order.
Direct Relief reached out today to seven New Mexico-based community health center and free clinic partners to determine the medical needs of those affected by the Las Conchas fire burning near Los Alamos. Key items often needed during wildfire events include N95 particulate respirators (masks), inhalers for asthma patients, and respiratory medications to prevent and treat respiratory conditions exacerbated by smoke and particulate matter during fire incidents.
Fighting hunger – even after a direct hit – The F-5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, was the worst of the 68 twisters that hit the U.S. on May 23, 2011; it killed at least 142 people and injured some 900 more.
The tornado destroyed a third of the town, including Murle and Edna Lassman’s home and their church, Peace Lutheran. Still, they are grateful. “No loss of life in our family. No serious injuries,” says Murle.
BANGKOK, 28 June 2011 (IRIN) - Wildfires burn several hundred million hectares of vegetation around the world each year and appear to be growing in number and extent, but their impact on developing countries is particularly worrying, experts say.
U.S. aid to North Korea over the last 15 years totaled more than US$1.3 billion, according to official figures. The U.S. Congressional Research Service in a report Sunday said Washington provided $1.31 billion worth of food, energy and medical aid to North Korea since 1995, when the Geneva accords on the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons was signed.
Release Date: June 27, 2011 Release Number: HQ-11-108Factsheet
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Iowa.
Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on May 25, 2011, and continuing.
Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in the counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance.
Monday, June 27, 2011 — For many in North Dakota, the cresting of the Souris River is only the beginning. More than 4,000 homes are estimated to be flooded, and the water will take weeks to fully recede.
Among the thousands who had to evacuate their homes in Minot and surrounding communities, more than 200 have stayed in Red Cross shelters every night since June 22. On Sunday night, that number remained steady, at 232 people.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Less than one month after being designated for Individual Assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have approved more than $7.6 million in assistance to Kentucky residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 12 to May 20. Approved funds help residents repair their damaged homes, replace uninsured personal property and find temporary housing following the disaster.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Just seventeen days after President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for the Sooner State, nearly $2 million in disaster assistance has been approved for Oklahomans, according to officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
2011 Missouri River System Floods
Appeal Number: 627-Q
Appeal Goal: $40,000
As we move into summer numerous communities have been devastated or impacted by severe storms and flooding throughout the Missouri River drainage area. States impacted include: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. The city most impacted is Minot, on the Souris River (also called Mouse River) in western North Dakota.