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The collapse of medical services in terrorist-controlled parts of Syria has caused the spread of a flesh-eating virus transmitted by parasites munching on corpses dumped in the streets.

“As a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets, this is the leading factor behind the rapid spread of Leishmanisis disease,” Dilqash Isa, the head of the Kurdish Red Crescent told the Kurdish Rudaw news.

Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed the disease, spread by sand flies, was not noticed until Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) influence and atrocities spread across Syria. Leishmaniasis, which is rarely deadly but leads to disfiguring lesions on the skin, was particularly bad in war-torn parts of Syria, one unnamed militant told the publication.

“We have been fighting on the battlefield for almost four years and this disease basically generated from embattled areas of Tal Hamis, Hon and Qosa,” he claimed.

“It is very possible in the area where there is a lot of military activity and population movement, those are circumstances in which an outbreak of the leishmaniasis can occur,” Dr. William Schaffner (MD) told RT.

 

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Record snowfall plagues northern Iranian provinces

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Heavy snowfall has reportedly paralyzed the northern Iranian provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran, knocking out gas, power and water supplies. The Chaloos representative in Parliament reported today, February 3, that 145 townships in western Mazandaran are without water and power, and access to 10 cities has been cut off by snowfall in the region.


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Citizens have been urged to plow snow from their roofs to avoid cave-ins, as reports indicate that the unprecedented snowfall has reached two metres in some regions.

In Savadkouh, 40 to 50 homes have been crushed by heavy snow.

Gilan Province is under similar conditions with some people unable to get out of their homes due to the heavy snowfall.

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Trend News Agency

Rescue efforts in Iranian snow-hit provinces continue, deaths reported

Photo: Rescue efforts in Iranian snow-hit provinces continue, deaths reported / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5

By Umid Niayesh – Trend:

Rescue operations in 28 snow-bound provinces of Iran continue, spokesman of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Hossein Derakhshan said, Iran’s ILNA news agency reported on Feb. 5.

Derakhshan went on to say that only three provinces in Iran have not faced problems from the snowfall.

Two people have died in Gilan province, due to slipping and falling accidents, he added.

On Feb. 4, Tabnak news portal reported that four people died in Mazandaran province because heavy snowfall prevented people who needed medical attention from reaching the hospital in time.

The Red Crescent society’s rescue efforts are mainly focused in Gilan, Mazandaran, Hamedan, East Azerbaijan, Markazi and Yazd provinces, Derakhshan said, adding that in some regions houses have been damaged by 80 percent, due to heavy snowfall.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is one way to look for loved ones; another is Google’s Person Finder.

By Suzanne Choney, contributing writer, NBC News.com

Following the confusion and panic caused by the Boston Marathon bomb blasts, websites have been set up for people to report that they’re safe, or check in on a loved one.

The best mainstream resource is the Red Cross’ Safe and Well site, where you do two things: register yourself as being “safe and well,” or find out other people’s status. Those people will have to register with the site first, of course.

Google has activated its Person Finder service to help people locate each other. The search giant has used this in the past, for both U.S. and international crises, such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Japan’s 2011 tsunami strike.

 

If you have loved ones who ran in the Boston Marathon, you can check on their last check-ins at the marathon’s website here. (A marathon enthusiast set up an independent Facebook page where some are checking in, too.) The Boston Marathon’s official Facebook page has also turned into a site to share information about what happened.

(Runners, for example, who got away from the scene, leaving their bags behind, were told on the Facebook page that “baggage claim is now open on Berkeley Street between Boylston Street and St. James Avenue. All unclaimed bags will remain secure.”

Families searching for loved ones can call this number at the Boston mayor’s office for information: 1-617-635-4520. Anyone with information about the blasts that can lead to an arrest are encouraged to call 1-800-494-TIPS, or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463).

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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Solomon Island /  Santa Cruz  Island

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NASA astronaut image of Vanikoro, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands

Updated: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 07:24:14 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Powerful aftershock rattles Solomon Islands

A powerful aftershock rattled the Solomon Islands on Sunday as aid agencies struggled to get a clear picture of the devastation four days after a 8.0-magnitude quake triggered a deadly tsunami.


Powerful aftershock rattles Solomon Islands

Powerful aftershock rattles Solomon Islands

The confirmed death toll rose to 10 with the discovery of a child’s body in a ditch in the remote Santa Cruz Islands, while more than 3,000 people are squatting in shelters after their homes were destroyed.

Two boats carrying urgently needed supplies of medicine, food, water and tents have arrived at Lata, the main town in the island group, but the fragile communications system meant further shipments were on hold.

Officials in the capital Honiara said they had not been able to receive full assessments of the situation in the outlying islands.

“At the moment we don’t know if we are still in the relief stage or have moved to the recovery stage,” Red Cross secretary general for the Solomon Islands, Joanne Zoleveke, told AFP.

“We don’t know if what we have sent is sufficient or if more is required and we have to charter more boats. We can’t make those decisions until we receive assessment reports from Lata and communications are intermittent.”

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake which rocked the region early Sunday was centred just 29 kilometres (18 miles) south-southwest of Lata at a depth of 18 kilometres, and followed a 7.0 aftershock late Friday night.

The Solomon Islands government has declared the Santa Cruz Islands a disaster area. Aerial surveys indicate most of the damage is confined to the Lata region.

It was estimated about 590 houses had been destroyed, with most of the destruction caused in the initial earthquake on Wednesday and the metre-high tsunami which swept through coastal villages soon after.

Initial reports put the death toll at 13, but Zoleveke said the intermittent communications with Lata indicated it was not that high.

“The official death toll is now 10 as of last night. The body of a child was found in a ditch,” she said.

 

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31km ESE of Lata, Solomon Islands

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10.838°S

166.089°E

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4.9

17km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

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10.867°S

165.890°E

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5.0

95km E of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 10:36:39

10.810°S

166.704°E

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4.8

16km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 09:21:43

10.853°S

165.784°E

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4.9

24km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 09:10:18

10.932°S

165.875°E

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5.0

98km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 07:46:12

11.606°S

165.797°E

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4.8

20km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 06:58:54

10.822°S

165.682°E

9.9

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23km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 06:50:40

10.927°S

165.834°E

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20km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 05:50:16

10.788°S

165.663°E

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4.9

15km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 02:38:36

10.855°S

165.830°E

15.0

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109km ESE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-10 01:30:51

11.075°S

166.767°E

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18km SSE of Arroyo, Puerto Rico

2013-02-10 00:49:55

17.803°N

66.017°W

5.0

4.7

54km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:53:20

11.059°S

165.477°E

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14km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:13:43

10.843°S

165.864°E

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22km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 23:09:44

10.916°S

165.883°E

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30km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 22:49:05

10.980°S

165.750°E

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30km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 22:14:34

10.990°S

165.782°E

37.0

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27km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 21:02:22

10.964°S

165.792°E

15.7

5.0

127km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 20:34:37

11.098°S

164.728°E

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Earth Watch  Report  –  Flooding

 

14.12.2012 Flood Democratic Republic of the Congo Capital City, Brazzaville Damage level
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Flood in Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday, 13 December, 2012 at 17:17 (05:17 PM) UTC.

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Torrential rains have killed at least 13 people, injured 29 and displaced hundreds in districts south of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, say officials. The heavy rains came on 8-9 December. “After the rains, we sent rescue services, who were able to recover nine bodies. The Congolese Red Cross recovered four bodies of people who had drowned,” said Maurel Kihounzou, the mayor of the first district of Makwlwkwle, south of the capital. The seventh district of Mfilou was also affected, according to a 10 December report from the government, which noted that houses collapsed under the pressure of the flood waters, killing several people as they slept. Some 564 families had also been left without shelter, according to Clement Essieke, the minister of humanitarian action. “We are in negotiations with the national army to get tents for the affected,” he said. At least 600 people had sought shelter temporarily in a police camp before being asked to return to their homes. “The order came from the police command. We were not given more explanation. Our camp is intended for military training,” said a police officer. The River Mfilou, which traverses parts of Makelekele, breached its banks, bringing flood waters towards houses there. Military personnel are searching for those still missing in the flood waters.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

 

Eight dead in earthquake in eastern Iran

REUTERS

DUBAI: An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude struck eastern Iran on Wednesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others as emergency teams scrambled to rescue others and treat the injured, Iranian media reported.

People fled their homes as the quake struck and brought walls and buildings down. But others were left trapped under rubble in villages across the district of Zohan in South Khorasan province, Fars news agency said.

“Eight people have been killed in the earthquake area and one person is missing. Unfortunately a number of those injured have lost their lives in the last few hours,” Mehr news agency quoted South Khorasan’s crisis management director Mohammad Ali Akhundi as saying.

“Homes have sustained damage and people are out in public places and they need the means to keep themselves warm because of the cold,” he said.

Iran’s Red Crescent Society despatched 15 rescue teams to the affected areas to search for people stuck under the debris and doctors in the provincial capital of Birjand were on alert to treat those hurt, Fars new agency reported.

Rescue units of Iran’s national Basij militia also joined operations, despatching three medical teams.

Emergency workers had reached some areas and the number of confirmed dead could rise, Tehran’s deputy emergency services director Mohammad Sarvar said.

Two villages appeared to have sustained the worst of the damage including the village of Sharaj where five people were killed, Mehr news agency quoted district governor Farhad Falahati as saying.

“We have what we need to help but landslides especially on the route to Sharaj have stopped the relief supplies from getting there,” he added.

At least 12 aftershocks have been registered since the quake struck at 2038 local time (1708 GMT), the Iranian Seismological Center said.

The centre said the epicentre was 42 km from the town of Qayen, the heart of Iran’s saffron-growing region, one of the country’s major non-oil exports.

The USGS said the quake, which it initially recorded as magnitude 6.0, was very shallow at a depth of 3.3. miles. It located the epicentre as 48 miles (77 km) north-northeast of Birjand, near the border with Afghanistan.

 

Earth Watch Report –  Earthquakes

 

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Today Earthquake Iran Province of South Khorasan, [District of Zohan] Damage level
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Earthquake in Iran on Thursday, 06 December, 2012 at 03:50 (03:50 AM) UTC.

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An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude struck eastern Iran on Wednesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others as emergency teams scrambled to rescue others and treat the injured. People fled their homes as the quake struck and brought walls and buildings down. But others were left trapped under rubble in villages across the district of Zohan in South Khorasan province. “Eight people have been killed in the earthquake area and one person is missing. Unfortunately a number of those injured have lost their lives in the last few hours,” South Khorasan’s crisis management director Mohammad Ali Akhundi as saying. “Homes have sustained damage and people are out in public places and they need the means to keep themselves warm because of the cold,” he said. Iran’s Red Crescent Society despatched 15 rescue teams to the affected areas to search for people stuck under the debris and doctors in the provincial capital of Birjand were on alert to treat those hurt. Rescue units of Iran’s national Basij militia also joined operations, despatching three medical teams. Emergency workers had reached some areas and the number of confirmed dead could rise, Tehran’s deputy emergency services director Mohammad Sarvar said. Two villages appeared to have sustained the worst of the damage including the village of Sharaj where five people were killed, Mehr news agency quoted district governor Farhad Falahati as saying. “We have what we need to help but landslides especially on the route to Sharaj have stopped the relief supplies from getting there,” he added. At least 12 aftershocks have been registered since the quake struck at 2038 local time (1708 GMT), the Iranian Seismological Center said. The centre said the epicenter was 42 km from the town of Qayen, the heart of Iran’s saffron-growing region, one of the country’s major non-oil exports. The USGS said the quake, which it initially recorded as magnitude 6.0, was very shallow at a depth of 3.3. miles. It located the epicenter as 48 miles north-northeast of Birjand, near the border with Afghanistan.

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Earth Watch Report –  Landslides

 

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28.11.2012 Landslide Colombia Departmento de Norte de Santander, Teorama Damage level
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Landslide in Colombia on Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 17:57 (05:57 PM) UTC.

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Ten people were missing and 50 others left trapped after a massive landslide in the northeastern Colombian province of Norte de Santander, authorities said. The avalanche that struck the hamlet of Teorama was caused by torrential rains, Colombia’s emergency management office said. An army reconnaissance flight confirmed that one residence was buried in the mud and “its 10 inhabitants still remain missing,” the office said. “The only way to reach the impact site is by air,” provincial emergency management chief Norela Arenas Valencia said, adding that the army is providing planes to bring in aid and transport search and rescue gear for the Red Cross. Search efforts had to be suspended due to poor visibility, but were set to resume at first light on Wednesday, Arenas said.

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Iran Offers to Send Emergency Aid Team to Stricken New York

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TEHRAN — Iranian rescuers and aid workers are on standby to fly to New York City to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organization said on Wednesday.

 

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“We are ready to help the flood-stricken people of America,” Mahmud Mozaffar, who leads the organization, told the semiofficial Fars News Agency.

His men stand ready to board planes and fly to the United States to help out, assuming the American government accepts Iran’s offer, he said.

“If American authorities agree, we can send our rescuers with equipment and tools to American cities in the shortest period of time,” Mr. Mozaffar said.

Mark C. Toner, a spokesman for the State Department, said in an email message late Wednesday, “We have seen reports in the media, but at this time have received no official offer of assistance from the Iranian government or any Iranian entity.”

Dealing regularly with floods and earthquakes, Iran’s Red Crescent Organization is experienced in providing immediate assistance following disasters. But the organization, the Islamic version of the Red Cross, is closely affiliated with Iran’s government. According to documents disclosed by WikiLeaks, American officials suspect that some Red Crescent employees operate as spies when providing help in other countries.

The United States and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since the aftermath of the 1979 hostage taking of the United States Embassy in Tehran, but natural disasters have sometimes been a way of engaging in direct communication, beyond politics.

In 2003, the United States sent a C-130 military transport plane with a rescue team and an ambulance to the southeast Iranian city of Bam where 25,000 people died in a devastating earthquake, and in August the United States offered to do the same when more than 300 people were killed in two deadly earthquakes in the northwestern part of the country.

While Iranian authorities turned down the most recent offer, the United States Treasury Department temporarily lifted sanction restrictions to allow charities to send goods and money to the stricken area.

In June 2010, Iran’s Foreign Ministry and the Revolutionary Guards Corps said they were ready to help out the United States in controlling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Sandy

Another storm expected to batter US East Coast

The scene of a storm-battered area in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island in New York City on November 3, 2012

The scene of a storm-battered area in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island in New York City on November 3, 2012

The combination of weather impacts will add insult to injury for the recovery process along the East Coast.”

The US Weather Channel report

Meteorologists have forecasted yet another huge storm that could hit the US East Coast next week, several days after Superstorm Sandy battered the region.

Forecasters say a bout of bad weather could bring biting wind, rain and possibly even snow to the region.

The Weather Channel declared that there is the likelihood of “very windy, rainy and cold” weather from Wednesday into Thursday in the US northeast.

The report said the new storm will not be more violent than Sandy, noting, “However the combination of weather impacts will add insult to injury for the recovery process along the East Coast.”

Meanwhile, local authorities, along with the Red Cross relief agency, have stepped up their relief efforts as many Americans in the affected areas are infuriated with the slow response of rescue and relief teams.

“Red Cross operational priorities right now are logistics, feeding and preparing for the pending storm,” said Charley Shimanski, the senior vice president of disaster services of the Red Cross on Saturday.

The hybrid superstorm slammed into the East Coast on Monday killing 103 people in the United States, including 41 in New York City with half of them in Staten Island.

Deaths were also reported in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland.

The number of deaths in the US has exceeded the toll from the Caribbean, where Sandy killed 69 people as it was charging through the Caribbean last week. Sandy also killed at least two people in Canada.

Officials said they feared the death toll would rise as further home searches are yet to be conducted in the US.

The economic losses inflicted by the huge storm have been estimated at 50 billion US dollars, according to Moody’s Analytics.

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