A massive earthquake reportedly hit Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, killing an estimated 216 people. The casualties were revised to 248 later as fresh reports arrived.The tremors shook Mexico City and the neighbouring states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos. Scores of people were killed and left trapped beneath buildings, including a school that collapsed in the capital city.
President of Myanmar, Thien Sein has declared a state of emergency in four territories of Myanmar after massive floods killed 27 people. The heavy downpour has left major parts of the country under tension. The regions of Chin, Magwe, Sagaing and Rakhine have been most affected. Heavy storms and rainfall were experiences for the past few weeks but Cyclone Komen in particular added to the damage. Director of Disaster Management and Myanmar’s Red Cross have concluded that the country is facing a “big disaster” and predicted that ponderous rainfalls shall continue in the coming days.
Assistance groups have been struggling to send aid groups to fourteen major affected areas during the floods. More than half million acres of agricultural fields have been drastically flooded as reported by the Agriculture and Irrigation Department of Myanmar. UN is also trying to send emergency teams loaded with food and drinking water and to create shelter homes.
People in huge numbers are seeking shelter in Monasteries. There have also been reports that the Rohingya Muslims who are a minority in the region were not granted shelters in Rakhine state. The UN denies the fact stating that 140,000 people have been living under shelter camps and majority of them are Rohingya Muslims in Sittwe. Local news dailies say that under the prevalent situation it would be difficult for Myanmar to return back to normal.
Gujarat, June 26: In what is being described by the local seniors citizens as the worst-ever flood in 90 years, Gujarat’s Amreli district has already accounted for 26 casualties out of approximately 70 in the state as a result of incessant rainfall over the past few days.
Despite the launch of a large-scale rescue operation in the district by the Indian Air Force (IAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the state government, the situation still remains bleak with massive crop and livestock damage, further worsened by a break- down of the transport and communications system.
Bhadresh Vamja, the sarpanch of Sadli village was quoted by TOI, saying “Many farmers may never be able to sow again as flash floods have resulted in massive soil erosion.” With a large chunk of the 5.30 lakh hectares of cultivable land washed away, Babu Sojitra from Bavadi village said, “With farms washed away and cattle dead, there is nothing that farmers can fall back on for livelihood.”
To further complicate the situation, several lions have been displaced from their areas of habitation, leading to attacks on several locals living in the vicinity.Though the chief minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel has announced financial compensation for those affected, any tangible improvement in the situation seems to be a long drawn process. Echoing the general air of despondency, officials say that it will take at least 20 days for the situation to normalise.
Sources: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarats-Amreli-battles-worst-flood-in-90-years/articleshow/47821585.cms
Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/lioness-strays-into-temple-attacks-two-rescued-115062600573_1.html