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HAZMAT in India on December 11 2015 04.24 AM UTC

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Base data

EDIS Number HZ-20151211-51206-IND
Event type HAZMAT
Date/Time December 11 2015 04:24 AM (UTC)
Last update December 11 2015 04:25 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Damage level Medium Damage level

Geographic information

Continent Asia
Country India
County / State State of Gujarat
Area Shree Ganesh Remedies Company
Settlement Ankleshwar
Coordinate 21° 37.585,73° 0.912

Number of affected people / Humanities loss

Dead person(s) 3
Injured person(s) 2

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Three workers of a chemical manufacturing company were killed on the spot and two others are reported critical after inhaling a poisonous gas in a factory premises in the industrial area of Ankleshwar town Thursday morning, police said. The gas leakage occurred in a scrubber tank (storage tank) of Shree Ganesh Remedies Company, which produces pharmaceutical ingredients and pigments, at Ankleshwar GIDC on Thursday morning. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials rushed to the spot after learning about the incident and have started probe. Five labourers were working near the scrubber tank containing sodium bromide and hydro chloric acid gas, meant to carry out chemical tests. The accident occurred when the labourers were changing the bottom pipes in the tank. They inhaled the toxic gas emanated from the tanker’s chamber and became unconscious. sources said. The incident came into light when the night shift in-charge, made a routine check-up of the plant. On finding five labourers lying down and the gas leak, he immediately stopped the process going on in the chamber and also alerted the factory owner C M Kothiya, who is also vice-president of Ankleshwar Industrial Association. All the affected labourers were immediately rushed to A K Patel Hospital in Ankleshwar. While three of the labourers were declared brought dead by the doctors, the condition of two others are reported to be critical. The deceased have been identified as Raja Yadav (26), Satyendra Yadav (22), Raju Prajapati (24), all residents of Ankleshwar, while two others under critical situation are identified as Kiran Chuahan and Suresh Maurya. The GPCB officials, along with District Industrial Safety and Health officials, and police reached the spot after learning about the incident and started probe into it. The GPCB officials also collected samples from the scrubber tank for lab test. “We have lodged a complaint in this regard and started investigation as to how the gas leaked. We have also informed government officials concerned about the incident,” said Inspector P L Chaudhari. GPCB regional officer A V Shah said, “At present it is difficult to say anything, but we suspect that due to the leakage of sodium bromide gas and hydrochloric acid gas, the casualties had taken place. We have started probe to find out more into the incident. Production in the factory has been stopped.” This is the second such incident in this industrial hub in the recent past. On Monday, two workers had died while handling chemical waste at the premises of a company.

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The Indian Express

Gujarat: Gas leak kills 3 workers at Ankleshwar pharmaceutical factory, two critical

Five labourers were working near the scrubber tank containing sodium bromide and hydro chloric acid gas, meant to carry out chemical tests.

By: Express News Service | Surat | Published:December 11, 2015 3:46 am

Three workers of a chemical manufacturing company were killed on the spot and two others are reported critical after inhaling a poisonous gas in a factory premises in the industrial area of Ankleshwar town Thursday morning, police said.

The gas leakage occurred in a scrubber tank (storage tank) of Shree Ganesh Remedies Company, which produces pharmaceutical ingredients and pigments, at Ankleshwar GIDC on Thursday morning. The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials rushed to the spot after learning about the incident and have started probe.

Five labourers were working near the scrubber tank containing sodium bromide and hydro chloric acid gas, meant to carry out chemical tests. The accident occurred when the labourers were changing the bottom pipes in the tank. They inhaled the toxic gas emanated from the tanker’s chamber and became unconscious. sources said.

 

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Watch: Tourists defy death at Manali-Chandigarh highway

Last Updated: Monday, December 7, 2015 – 15:50
Watch: Tourists defy death at Manali-Chandigarh highway

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New Delhi: Several tourists on had a narrow escape when a part of a mountain near Chandigarh-Manali highway collapsed.  The 31-second video, recorded by a mobile phone camera, shows tourists running for their lives.

Initially, it was said that the landslide was caused due to an earthquake today in the region, but later it was clarified that the incident has no connection with the earthquake.

 

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M6.4 – NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.4
Date-Time
  • 8 Nov 2015 16:47:01 UTC
  • 8 Nov 2015 22:47:02 near epicenter
  • 8 Nov 2015 10:47:01 standard time in your timezone
Location 6.838N 94.724E
Depth 7 km
Distances
  • 123 km (76 mi) NNW of Sabang, Indonesia
  • 156 km (96 mi) NNW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  • 211 km (130 mi) NW of Sigli, Indonesia
  • 248 km (153 mi) NW of Reuleuet, Indonesia
  • 873 km (541 mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.1 km; Vertical 3.1 km
Parameters Nph = 121; Dmin = 303.7 km; Rmss = 1.79 seconds; Gp = 33°
Version =
Event ID us 10003vry

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

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Map showing extent (w,s,e,n) = (89.6609, 1.8456000000000001, 99.6609, 11.845600000000001)
6.846°N 94.661°E depth=10.0 km (6.2 mi)View interactive map

 

19 earthquakes in map area

  1. 4.9 92km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-09 07:13:30 UTC 35.0 km
  2. 5.3 77km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-09 06:12:18 UTC 43.5 km
  3. 4.9 150km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 20:59:39 UTC 10.0 km
  4. 4.7 154km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 20:30:06 UTC 10.0 km
  5. 5.0 149km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 19:14:46 UTC 10.0 km
  6. 4.6 143km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 18:48:44 UTC 10.0 km
  7. 4.7 110km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 17:46:51 UTC 10.0 km
  8. 5.2 127km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:59:20 UTC 10.0 km
  9. M 6.4 – 128km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:47:02 UTC 10.0 km

  10. 4.9 144km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 16:42:38 UTC 10.0 km
  11. 4.8 139km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 15:49:47 UTC 15.7 km
  12. 4.9 143km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 14:47:01 UTC 10.0 km
  13. 5.1 130km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 14:34:05 UTC 10.0 km
  14. 4.7 149km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 13:38:38 UTC 7.4 km
  15. 5.2 135km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 13:23:48 UTC 13.5 km
  16. 5.1 125km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 11:54:42 UTC 32.2 km
  17. 4.9 137km NNW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:53:35 UTC 53.8 km
  18. 5.2 138km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:42:04 UTC 27.1 km
  19. 4.8 147km NW of Sabang, Indonesia 2015-11-08 10:04:36 UTC 18.0 km

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Unseasonal Snowfall Brings Winter in October in Parts of Kashmir

Met department officials say they have no record of heavy snowfall in the Valley during the month of October

Srinagar:  Even though it’s the middle of autumn, in parts of Kashmir it seems like winter. Cold temperatures have brought unseasonal snowfall at higher reaches of the valley.

For last two days Mughal Road that connects Kashmir valley with Pirpanjal region has remained closed and hundreds of trucks were stranded along the key passage.

At an altitude of 11,000 feet, Peer Ki Gali, the highest spot on Mughal Road has seen about two feet of snowfall in last 48 hours. But as the weather improved today and sun came out, officials increased their efforts to clear the road.

“Snow clearance machines are at work since yesterday and road will be fully functional today. We have already cleared over 500 trucks yesterday evening,” said Nisar Ahmad, an engineer at Mughal Road.

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May 6, 2014 by JOHN SUMMERLY

Pepsi and Coca-Cola Used As Pesticide In India Because They’re Cheap and Get The Job Done

Besides being an effective poison to the human metabolism, it seems Pepsi and Coca-Cola have another popular function in other parts of the world. One of India’s leading voluntary agencies, the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) said that soft drinks manufactured in India, including those carrying the Pepsi and Coca-Cola brand names, contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues and consequently many farmers have used the beverages to combat pests because of low costs compared to conventional pesticide brands.

It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.

Coke has been tested in many cleaning scenarios and can even compare to high strength brands to clean everything from oil stains, tile grout and even strip paint off furniture.

In 2003, the CSE analyzed samples from 12 major soft drink manufacturers that are sold in and around the capital at its laboratories and found that all of them contained residues of four extremely toxic pesticides and insecticides–lindane, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos.

“In all the samples tested, the levels of pesticide residue far exceeded the maximum permissible total pesticide limit of 0.0005 mg per liter in water used as food, set down by the European Economic Commission (EEC),” said Sunita Narain, director of the CSE at a press conference convened to announce the findings.

The level of chlorpyrifos was 42 times higher than EEC norms, their study showed. Malathion residues were 87 times higher and lindane- banned in the United States-21 times higher, CSE scientists said.

They added that each sample was toxic enough to cause long-term cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects, and severe disruption of the immune system. Samples from brand leaders Coca-Cola and Pepsi had almost similar concentrations of pesticide residues in the CSE findings. Contaminants in Pepsi samples were 37 times higher than the EEC limit while its rival Coca-Cola exceeded the norms by 45 times, the same findings showed.

The chiefs of the Indian subsidiaries of Coca-Cola and Pepsi were quick to refute the charges. Sanjeev Gupta, president of Coca-Cola India, called the revelations made by CSE “unfair” and said his company was being subjected to a “trial by media”.

Cheaper

Farmers in the Durg, Rajnandgaon and Dhamtari districts of Chhattisgarh say they have successfully used Pepsi and Coke to protect their rice plantations against pests.

It is a trend that has been seen in other parts of India, with farmers also using Indian brands of colas.

The practice of using soft drinks in lieu of pesticides, which are 10 times more expensive, gained so much popularity that sales of the drinks increased drastically in remote villages.

Farmers say the use of pesticides costs them 70 rupees ($1.50) an acre.

By comparison, if they mix a bottle of Pepsi or Coke with water and spray it on the crop it costs 55-60 rupees less per acre.

Old Practice

Agricultural specialist Devendra Sharma says farmers are mistaken in thinking that the drinks are the same as pesticides.

He says the drinks are effectively sugar syrups and when they are poured on crops they attract ants which in turn feed on the larva of insects.

Mr Sharma says using sugar syrup for pest control is not a new practice.

“Jaggery made from sugar cane has been used commonly for pest control on many occasions. Pepsi and Coca-Cola are being used to achieve the same result,” he says.

Fellow scientist, Sanket Thakur, has a different explanation: “All that is happening is that plants get a direct supply of carbohydrates and sugar which in turn boosts the plants’ immunity and the plantation on the whole ends up yielding a better crop.”

Coke in the United States contains high fructose corn syrup which may even prove to be a more effective pesticide since it is a concentrated cocktail of the simple sugars fructose and glucose.

Anupam Verma, Pepsi sales manager at the time in Chhattisgarh, said sales figures in rural areas of the state increased by 20%.

Not Only Cola, But Water Is The Problem

CSE scientists H. B. Mathur and Sapna Johnson said their basic inference was that, as with the bottled mineral water, the soft drink manufacturers were drawing their water supplies from groundwater that is heavily contaminated by years of indiscriminate pesticide use.

High pesticide residues were reported in groundwater around Delhi at the time when the government’s Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) carried out a study which also reported excessive salinity, nitrate and fluoride content besides traces of lead, cadmium and chromium.

Significantly, the CSE laboratories tested samples of soft drink brands popularly sold in the United States as control–and found that they did not contain any pesticide residue. Although more than 95% of all soft drink brands in the United States are made with municipal water supplies containing all of the same toxins and pharmaceuticals in our drinking water including fluoride, arsenic, chlorine, atenolol, atrazine, carbamazepine, estrone, gemfibrozil, sulfamethoxazole, and trimethoprim.

CSE found that the regulations for the powerful and massive soft drinks industry are much weaker, indeed non-existent, as compared to those for the bottled water industry. The norms that exist to regulate the quality of cold drinks are inadequate, leaving this “food” sector virtually unregulated.

So pampered is the lucrative soft drink sector that it is exempted from the provisions of industrial licensing under the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951.

Sources:
bbc.co.uk
ipsnews.net

John Summerly
is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Biological Hazards

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Biological Hazard India State of Madhya Pradesh, Meghnagar Damage level Details

 

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Biological Hazard in India on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 at 03:03 (03:03 AM) UTC.

Description
The contagious disease measles, popularly known as ‘Chhoti Mata’ is spreading in the villages, which fall under the CHC (Community Health Centre) of village Madrani. Till now, the disease has claimed lives of two children in village Dhebar and of one infant girl in Vasunia Sat Falia of Madrani. After the death of two children, the health department held a check-up camp and found 29 children affected by this disease. However, as per unofficial guess, the number of affected children may be more than double of this number. As an instance, Rajia Bhuria of village Kelkua his two sons and one daughter are affected by this disease, but he did not contact doctors and went to the ‘Badwa’ (traditional faith healer), who tied a sacred thread on the hands of affected children. The tribal still believe in these sorts of faith healers and the treatment of worshipping the Mataji (deity) can heal the suffering children. Because of these superstitions, many of the tribal have not approached to the doctors and therefore, the health department does not know the right number of affected children.Superstitions and inefficient CHC together multiplying the problem Another aspect of this situation is the various drawbacks of this CHC of Madrani. The most important is of insufficient staff provided at this health centre. There is only one doctor and one ANM at this centre, who have the responsibility of more than a dozen villages around this CHC. Moreover, many villagers among the thousands of villagers living in these villages have complaint that, when they come to the CHC, they do not find the doctor or nurse here. In these circumstances, the villagers again get turned towards the ‘Badwas or Tantriks’. Many times, when the disease gets cured naturally or due to use of some herbs, their faith in these faith healers become stronger. Because of high influence of such superstitions in these areas, these people do not approach to doctors and the result is evident that even after the death of three children, people are not bringing the affected children to the doctors. During the check-up camp and visits of doctors, many malnourished children were also seen, but the doctors ignored their need for treatment and dietary recommendations or providing them the facilities of government schemes for malnourished children.What doctors said? “Symptoms of measles were found in 29 children, among them 3 died and 24 children have recovered, to whom, the dose of vitamin A were given. Two more children are recovering”. Dr. Ajnar, Madrani Community Health Centre “This is a viral disease, which spread in May-June and usually after every four years. The department is trying its best for treatment of affected children, but due to lack of awareness, the villagers are not bringing the children to the hospital”.
Biohazard name: Measles (fatal)
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

 

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Measles spreads in villages, 3 die, over 30 affected

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Meghnagar: The contagious disease measles, popularly known as ‘Chhoti Mata’ is spreading in the villages, which fall under the CHC (Community Health Centre) of village Madrani. Till now, the disease has claimed lives of two children in village Dhebar and of one infant girl in Vasunia Sat Falia of Madrani.

After the death of two children, the health department held a check-up camp and found 29 children affected by this disease. However, as per unofficial guess, the number of affected children may be more than double of this number.

As an instance, Rajia Bhuria of village Kelkua his two sons and one daughter are affected by this disease, but he did not contact doctors and went to the ‘Badwa’ (traditional faith healer), who tied a sacred thread on the hands of affected children. The tribal still believe in these sorts of faith healers and the treatment of worshipping the Mataji (deity) can heal the suffering children.

Because of these superstitions, many of the tribal have not approached to the doctors and therefore, the health department does not know the right number of affected children.Superstitions and inefficient CHC together multiplying the problem Another aspect of this situation is the various drawbacks of this CHC of Madrani.

The most important is of insufficient staff provided at this health centre. There is only one doctor and one ANM at this centre, who have the responsibility of more than a dozen villages around this CHC. Moreover, many villagers among the thousands of villagers living in these villages have complaint that, when they come to the CHC, they do not find the doctor or nurse here.

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  • British-born Karl Slym was in Thailand for a Tata Motors board meeting
  • He died after falling from a high floor hotel window in a ‘possible suicide’
  • Police believe it would be impossible to ‘accidentally fall’ from the window
  • Officers said Mr Slym rowed with his wife Sally the night before he died
  • They found a three page letter from Mrs Slym to her husband in his room
  • Slym, 51, was hired to revive flagging sales at the Indian car giant
  • Tata Motors stock fell by more than 6% on Monday following his death
  • Company statement described him as a ‘valued colleague’ and ‘strong’ leader

By Nick Fagge and Ben Lazarus

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The British boss of Indian car giant Tata Motors jumped to his death from a Bangkok hotel room following a blazing row with his wife, it emerged yesterday.

Karl Slym was handed a three-page letter by his wife Sally detailing a ‘family problem’ on Saturday night after she became so enraged she stopped speaking to him.

In the early hours of Sunday the managing director clambered out of the tiny window of his room on the 22nd floor of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel and jumped, landing on the staff accommodation block.

Fall: British-born Karl Slym, managing director of India's Tata Motors has died after reportedly 'jumping' from a hotel balcony

Fall: British-born Karl Slym, managing director of India’s Tata Motors has died after reportedly ‘jumping’ from a hotel balcony

Mr Slym was handed a three-page document by his wife Sally detailing a ‘family issue’ on the night he died

Karl Slym and his wife Sally, who had travelled to Thailand with her husband, during an awards ceremony

Karl Slym and his wife Sally, who had travelled to Thailand with her husband, during an awards ceremony

Mrs Slym had accompanied her 51-year-old husband to Bangkok for a board meeting of Tata Motors’ Thailand unit, but the couple were overheard engaged in a loud and bitter fight on Saturday night.

After giving her husband the letter she went to sleep, and only learned of his death from police officers who knocked on her hotel room door on Sunday morning.

Mrs Slym was treated for shock and was later interviewed by Thai police. She told them: ‘We rowed and rowed about family business from about 7pm. Then I wrote a long letter and went to bed.’

A Thai police source added: ‘The wife said that they had rowed so much about a family problem that she could not talk to her husband any more. They had been fighting and it had become very loud.

Mr Slym's body was discovered by staff on a ledge on the fourth floor of the riverside Shangri-La hotel

Mr Slym’s body was discovered by staff on a ledge on the fourth floor of the riverside Shangri-La hotel

Mr Slym, with an employee at a plant in Halol, was heard arguing with his wife on Saturday night

Mr Slym, with an employee at a plant in Halol, was heard arguing with his wife on Saturday night

Mr Slym and his wife were not talking the last time they saw one another, police said today

‘She went to the bedroom and decided to write her husband a letter to let him know how she felt. She gave it to her husband and then went to sleep.’ Officers declined to give details of the family problem.

Police Lieutenant Somyot Booyakaew said detectives found no sign of a struggle and were working on the assumption that Mr Slym committed suicide.

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After children as young as four found working in squalid conditions, NGO launches ‘blood bricks’ campaign to raise awareness of human rights abuses in India’s brick kilns

 

 

Blood bricks … Migrant labourers are forced to work in squalid conditions to fuel India's building boom.
Blood bricks … Migrant labourers are forced to work in squalid conditions to fuel India’s building boom. Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

 

Across India, once small trading towns are transforming into bustling centres, as global companies flood in to set up call centres, factories and software development branches, eager to capitalise on high skill-sets at low labour prices. India’s cities are expanding ever outwards to accommodate an expected 600 million people by 2030, when over 40% of the country’s population will live in urban areas – compared to just 10% a century ago. But this miraculous metropolitan boom comes at a price.

 

On the outskirts of Hyderabad, the sprawling capital of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, thick clouds of smoke hang above a primal scene of bare-footed workers clambering atop kilns, hacking at mounds of clay and hauling heavy loads. This is just one of over 150,000 brick production units in the country, which together employ an estimated 10 million workers, churning out the building blocks of the new offices and apartments, factories and shopping malls. All told, India’s brick industry – the second largest in the world after China – contributes around £3bn to the country’s economy every year. Not that the workers see much of that.

 

“It’s modern-day slavery,” says Andrew Brady, of Union Solidarity International (USI), a UK-based NGO that has been campaigning to improve the brick labourers’ conditions over the last two years. “Entire families of men, women and children are working for a pittance, up to 16 hours a day, in terrible conditions. There are horrific abuses of minimum wage rates and health and safety regulations, and it’s often bonded labour, so they can’t escape.”

 

Workers stand on the kilns after closing the opening of a brick kiln and throwing firewood inside.
Workers stand on the kilns after closing the opening of a brick kiln and throwing firewood inside. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/epa/Corbis

 

The six-month production season is now beginning, when tens of thousands of families flock to work in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh, mostly travelling from the state of Orissa. A report by the BBC this week discovered children as young as four smashing coal to fuel the kilns, and stories of labourers having their hands cut off when they tried to leave their jobs. The report found workers forced to produce over 1,500 bricks every day, paid in advance and only able to leave after six months, along with children suffering from severe respiratory problems.

 

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electronic thermography (thermal recording) image of a cow infected with foot-and-mouth-disease virus. Note that the hooves are red. Red color in the hooves indicates heat.

Author Photo by Craig Packer. http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/apr09/d1393-1.htm

 

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Electronmicrograph of the foot-and-mouth disease virus, a highly virulent pathogen in cattle, pigs, and sheep.

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Biological Hazard India State of Tamil Nadu, [Erode region] Damage level
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Biological Hazard in India on Friday, 22 November, 2013 at 08:05 (08:05 AM) UTC.

Description
Up to 175 head of cattle have died of foot-and- mouth disease (FMD) in Erode district in south India’s Tamil Nadu state in the last two months, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. The Animal Husbandary Department said the disease has led to the closure of five cattle shandies (markets) over the past 10 days. To prevent the disease from spreading further, the department has provided preventive vaccinations to some 360,000 cattle in the district. Officials and veterinarians said vaccinations were also given free of charge to cattle owners in all villages.
Biohazard name: Foot-and- mouth disease (FMD)
Biohazard level: 3/4 Hight
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Foot-and-mouth disease scare hits Aavin procurement

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Milk procurement dropped from 1.80 lakh litres to 1.75 lakh litres within two days, following the scare. File photo
The Hindu Milk procurement dropped from 1.80 lakh litres to 1.75 lakh litres within two days, following the scare. File photo

There was a marginal dip in milk procurement levels in Madurai Aavin, officials said on Thursday.

Even as rumours of cattle falling prey to foot-and-mouth disease were spreading in Vadakku Navinipatti and a few places surrounding Melur near Madurai, the officials from the Department of Animal Husbandry and a team of experts from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, camped at these villages and interacted with the people.

The officials said they had created awareness among the people of the preventive measures to be taken to save their cattle and instilled confidence in them at this crucial hour.

According to Aavin General Manager Christie, the normal milk procurement level was around 1.75 lakh litres per day during this season. Apart from Madurai, Aavin procured milk from neighbouring Theni district as well, he noted.

The scare of spread of foot-and-mouth disease and the intermittent rains had resulted in a marginal dip in milk procurement. Milk procurement dropped from 1.80 lakh litres to 1.75 lakh litres within two days, another official pointed out.

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SHAKE AND BLOW


by Staff Writers
Gopalpur, India (AFP) Oct 14, 2013

 


Mass evacuations in Vietnam for typhoon Nari
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 14, 2013 – Vietnam is evacuating tens of thousands of people in the path of Typhoon Nari, state media said Monday, after the powerful storm left 13 dead in the Philippines.
Nari is expected to slam into central Vietnam on Tuesday morning, after ripping off rooftops, toppling trees and triggering flash floods in the northern Philippines over the weekend.

“Very strong winds are expected from later Monday. There might be heavy rains of up to 500 millimetres (20 inches) over the next few days,” said Bui Minh Tang, head of Vietnam’s national weather forecast centre.

Authorities in the central provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Da Nang were moving roughly 66,000 people in vulnerable coastal area to safety, according to the state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper.

Boats have been urged to seek shelter and food has been prepared for residents in case of prolonged flooding, reports said.

Vietnam is hit by around eight to 10 tropical storms every year, often resulting in loss of life and heavy material damage.

Last month Typhoon Wutip left a trail of destruction in the communist state, ripping the roofs off nearly 200,000 houses and leaving several people dead, according to state media.

Forty people have been killed in flooding in Vietnam since early September, according to an official toll.

Mexico issues warning ahead of Tropical Storm Octave
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 14, 2013 – The Mexican government issued a tropical storm warning Monday as Octave took aim at an already disaster-weary Mexico, while a second storm, Priscilla, strengthened far out to sea.

Tropical Storm Octave, with winds of up to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, was expected to approach the west coast of Baja California late Monday and Tuesday, US National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.

It was forecast to weaken as it moved closer, and Baja California civil protection chief Carlos Miguel Enriquez said it would make landfall “not as a storm, nor depression, just as a remnant.”

Still, the storm could dump three to six inches (7.6 to 15.2 centimeters) of rain over much of the southern Baja California peninsula, just three weeks after the country weathered the dual blast of storms Manuel and Ingrid.

At least 157 people were killed in historic downpours, including 101 in the southern Guerrero state. Dozens were left missing in the mountainous village of La Pintada after a landslide buried a third of the community.

September’s torrential rains left 1.7 million people homeless.

Authorities have issued a tropical storm warning for the southwestern portion of the Baja California peninsula, and Enriquez said they were considering whether to evacuate some residents.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Priscilla strengthened in the eastern Pacific Monday, packing winds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour, forecasters from the NHC said.

The weather system was situated some 646 miles (1,040 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

Although some additional strengthening was expected over the next day or two, no coastal warnings or watches were in effect, the forecasters said.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people who fled India’s strongest cyclone in 14 years returned home to scenes of devastation Monday, as a massive relief operation kicked into gear.

Teams raced to restore power and other services after the cyclone struck India’s eastern coast on Saturday, killing at least 22 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Cyclone Phailin pounded the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh further south, bringing winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour (125 miles per hour), uprooting trees, overturning trucks, knocking out power lines and flooding farmland.

“The death toll from the cyclone in Orissa has now gone up from 17 to 21. The deaths are mostly due to falling walls and tree branches,” Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, the state’s special relief commissioner, told AFP by phone. One person was also killed in Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

Casualties were minimised after one million people spent the night huddled in shelters, temples and schools during the ferocious storm, in what officials said was India’s largest ever evacuation operation.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee led a chorus of praise for the evacuation effort and the “high level of preparedness”, as well as for the accurate forecasting of the country’s weather bureaus.

Relief agencies said government officials seemed to have learnt the lessons from 1999, when a cyclone tore through the same region, killing more than 8,000 people and devastating crops and livestock.

“The government and the community were more aware this time and better prepared, it was a collective effort and a successful one,” Manish Choudhary, a director of the Indian Red Cross Society, told AFP.

Officials in Orissa said 873,000 people moved before the cyclone made landfall on Saturday evening, while at least another 100,000 were evacuated in Andhra Pradesh. Residents were also evacuated from coastal regions of West Bengal state.

Many returned home on Monday to discover their homes — often built just of flimsy mud and thatch — as well as their businesses damaged or destroyed.

Mostly poor farmers and fishermen, they were resigned to getting on with the job of rebuilding rather than waiting for rescue workers.

 

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