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Floods in northern Sri Lanka

Floods in northern Sri Lanka, November 2015. Photo: Sri Lanka Red Cross

Many areas of Sri Lanka have been affected by floods after heavy rainfall on Sunday 15 November 2015. Northern areas of the country have been among the worst hit. Mannar in Northern Province saw over 230 mm of rain in 24 hours.

According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), one death has been reported in Kilinochchi district, Northern Province, as a result of the floods.

DMC also report that 19,916 people (6,310 families) have been affected by flooding in the districts of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Puttalam and Gampaha. As many 2,600 have been forced from their homes by the flooding. Relief camps have been set up in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Puttalam to house those displaced.

The Sri Lanka government say that the spill gates of 22 of the main reservoirs in the country have been opened, including in Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Hambantota and Kurunegala.

 

 

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A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

A farmer tills a rice paddy field on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Reuters / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.

The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer. Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue.

The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.

The hypothesis helps explain a global rash of the mysterious, fatal Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown etiology (CKDu) that has been found in rice paddy regions of northern Sri Lanka, for example, or in El Salvador, where CKDu is the second leading cause of death among males.

Furthermore, the study’s findings explain many observations associated with the disease, including the linkage between the consumption of hard water and CKDu, as 96 percent of patients have been found to have consumed “hard or very hard water for at least five years, from wells that receive their supply from shallow regolith aquifers.”

 

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Pediatrician Says 5-in-1 Vaccine Pushed by Bill Gates’ GAVI, WHO Will Kill 3,125 Babies

 

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton
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At least 70 infants across five developing nations have died shortly after receiving a World Health Organization- (WHO) and GAVI-backed pentavalent 5-in-1 vaccine that combines the Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (or DPT) shot with the Hepatitis-B and H influenza-b (or Hib) vaccines.

According to a recently published editorial in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics by St. Stephens Hospital Head Pediatrician Dr. Jacob Puliyel, thousands more babies are expected to perish for what will be a negligible impact in the supposed campaign to stop disease.

The Office of Medical and Scientific Justice reported:

In a hard hitting editorial, the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (IJME) has accused the WHO of promoting Pentavalent vaccine ‘by stating falsely that no adverse event following immunization (AEFI) has ever been reported with the vaccine.’ The journal says this is contrary to facts.

The IJME editorial by Dr. Jacob Puliyel, head of pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital in New Delhi, is based on his detailed investigation into the deaths of children in Bhutan, Sri Lanka, India and Vietnam following use of Pentavalent vaccine.

The IJME editorial says that On 4 May 2013 the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam suspended Quinvaxem — the Pentavalent combination used in that country — after 12 deaths and 9 other non-fatal serious adverse events. According to local news reports, all the babies who died were in good health prior to vaccination and had serious trouble breathing before dying shortly afterwards.

This vaccine — that IS NOT approved for use even by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (which seems to approve almost anything, let’s be honest) — is specifically being pushed only in developing countries. Infant deaths have been repeatedly linked to the pentavalent vaccine’s use. Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Vietnam have already banned the vaccine; Bhutan had banned it once after four babies died, but apparently reinstated it at the WHO’s urging, then banned it again after four more babies died.

Even though all the evidence points to the pentavalent vaccine being dangerous at the very least, the Bill Gates-founded GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) plans to shoot up even more kids with it:

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Earth Watch Report  –   Storms

A child sleeps inside a shelter house before cyclone Mahasen approaches in Chittagong May 16, 2013. REUTERS-Andrew Biraj

4 of 12. A child sleeps inside a shelter house before cyclone Mahasen approaches in Chittagong May 16, 2013.
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15.05.2013 Tropical Storm Sri Lanka Eastern Province, [Coastal regions] Damage level
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Tropical Storm in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 at 15:51 (03:51 PM) UTC.

 

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A cyclone caused by a tropical depression in the Bay of Bengal killed at least seven people in Sri Lanka, government officials said on Tuesday. Cyclone Mahasen, which brought heavy rains and landslides to Sri Lanka, was expected to hit Bangladesh and Burma later this week. “Seven people have died and 10 people have got injured. There are 7,399 people from 1,947 families affected,” Lal Sarath Kumara, the spokesman at Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said. The Center said 3,881 people had been displaced due to the cyclone. Three people were missing due to heavy rains and landslides. Officials at Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology have said the center of Cyclone Mahasen is located 900 km off the island nation’s eastern coastal town of Pottuvil.

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Cyclone Mahasen buffets Bangladesh coast, six dead

 

 

 

 

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh | Thu May 16, 2013 7:48am EDT

(Reuters) – Cyclone Mahasen buffeted Bangladesh’s low-lying coast on Thursday, killing six people after forcing many thousands into emergency shelters, but authorities downgraded warnings later in the day as the storm lost strength.

A storm surge did cause some flooding along the coast at high tide and thousands of rickety huts were destroyed by torrential rain and wind, but the devastation was not as bad as had been feared.

Neighboring Myanmar, where there were fears for the safety of many thousands of internally displaced people living in camps, also appeared to have been largely spared.

The storm was moving northeast, into northeastern India, as it lost strength, meteorological officials said.

“It has now crossed over coastal areas and is a land depression over Bangladesh and adjoining areas of India and will gradually weaken further,” Mohammad Shah Alam, the director of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told Reuters.

Earlier, winds of up to 100 kph (60 mph) lashed the coast, whipping up big waves as the United Nations warned that 4.1 million people could be threatened.

A Bangladeshi army official at an control center set up to help with relief work said six people had been killed.

Some media said the death toll was nine, with some of them killed by falling trees.

About 50 people were injured, according to media reports.

Bangladesh, where storms have in the past killed many thousands of people, has more than 1,400 cyclone-proof buildings and many people moved into them as Mahasen approached.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

People wade through high waters (Picture Courtesy: The Nation)

09.01.2013 Flash Flood Sri Lanka Eastern Province, [Province-wide] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 09 January, 2013 at 03:59 (03:59 AM) UTC.

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Several low lying areas in the districts of Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampaa’rai and Polonnaruwa are under flood due to the ongoing torrential rains lashing since Monday. People residing in low-lying areas are displaced and seek shelter in public buildings. In the Batticaloa district alone 210 villages in 14 Divisional Secretariat divisions; Vellaave’li, Paddippazhai, South Eruvilpattu, Vavu’natheevu, Kaaththaankudi, Ma’nmunaipattu, Ma’nmunai North, Ea’raavoorpattu (Chengkaladi), Koa’ralaippattu, Koa’ralaippattu North, South, West and Central are under floodwaters. Fishermen in coastal areas from Matara to Trincomalee have been warned agaist going to sea for fishing due to the movement of heavy wind following a depression in Bay of Bengal. 75 villages in the divisions of Poththuvil, Akkaraippattu, Kalmunai, Paalamunai, Chammanthu’rai, Kaaraitheevu, Ninthavoor, Addaa’laich-cheanai, Naavithanve’li, Thampiluvil, and Thirukkoayil are under floodwater, disrupting normalcy. Those displaced from Ampaa’rai district are staying with their relatives and friends. Ten villages including Ea’raavoor, Thamaraikkea’ni, Aiyangkea’ni, Michnagar, Meerakea’ni, Chiththaa’ndi, and Vanthaa’ru-moolai are completely under floodwater, forcing the people to displace to other highlands. In Trincomalee district 15 villages including Trincomalee, Ki’n’niyaa, Verukal and Thoappoor have been affected by flood. Transport services in the province have come to a halt due to adverse weather.

 

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

05.01.2013 Flash Flood Sri Lanka East Province , [Ampara District] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Sri Lanka on Saturday, 05 January, 2013 at 04:42 (04:42 AM) UTC.

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Several areas have gone under water following torrential rains experienced throughout the Eastern Province during the past few days. Several villagers, roads, lands, schools, playgrounds and houses have gone underwater following torrential rain in the Ampara district since Thursday. Several large, medium and small scale tanks in the Eastern Province reached spill level on account of the heavy rains. Thousands of acres of paddy have been inundated due to rains experienced in the Ampara district. Many people have been effected by rains accompanied by strong winds while fishermen are unable to go deep sea fishing due to the bad weather.

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

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1 20.12.2012 Flash Flood Sri Lanka [Statewide] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 15:17 (03:17 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Thursday, 20 December, 2012 at 11:35 UTC
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Flash floods have killed at least 25 people in Sri Lanka and left more than a quarter of a million marooned in their homes, disaster officials said Thursday. Heavy rains, which have battered the island for much of the week, were still being reported in 14 of Sri Lanka’s 25 administrative districts, with the central highlands — one of the world’s key tea producing regions — the worst hit. Sarath Lal Kumara, the deputy director of the Disaster Management Center, said that 25 people were now known to have died and a further 36 remained missing. Most of the deaths were due to landslides engulfing homes. The disaster management center said more than 265,000 people had been cut off in their homes by the floods and thousands more had either sought refuge with relatives and friends or else been given emergency shelter. “We have housed some 18,845 people from over 5,000 families in 102 relief camps”, Kumara told Agence France Presse. Many of the evacuations took place in the central district of Matale after authorities declared it a danger zone over landslide fears. Bhadra Kamaladasa, the director general of irrigation, said that around half of the country’s 71 main reservoirs were overflowing. In the west coastal town of Chilaw at least five fishermen had gone missing. The main motorway and the town were under six feet of flood water, police said. The Railway Department announced the disruption of several key services as the tracks remained submerged. The floods are some of the worst in Sri Lanka since early 2011 when unusually heavy monsoon rains left at least 64 people dead and drove more than one million people out of their homes.

 

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19.12.2012 Flash Flood Sri Lanka [Statewide] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 15:17 (03:17 PM) UTC.

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Despite torrential rain that killed 16 easing in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, over 175,000 families still remain homeless as towns around the country struggle against floods, an official said here. Over a hundred navy personnel have been called to distribute supplies and assist police searches for 14 missing people. An estimated 146 houses have been destroyed and 805 more were partially damaged, according to Disaster Management Center spokesman Lal Kumara. Several roads have also been blocked by felled trees and landslides, prompting the police and army to work round the clock to clear them. Train services are also reported to have been suspended in several parts of the island. “The 175,886 families displaced by the landslides are housed in 40 camps and they are being provided with cooked food while those returning home are given packages of dry rations,” he said. The former war-torn eastern province is reported to be particularly hard hit with over 15,000 acres of paddy under water. Ironically the flood in key agricultural regions comes after Sri Lanka suffered for over three months earlier in the year due to drought.

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Today Flash Flood Sri Lanka Southern Province, [Matara area] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Sri Lanka on Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 04:02 (04:02 AM) UTC.

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Eight persons were killed and thousands of others displaced by flash floods triggered by incessant rains in Sri Lanka, officials said on Sunday. “We have recorded eight deaths due to torrential rain over the last five days,” Lal Sarath Kumara, Assistant Director of the Disaster Management Centre said. The deaths were caused by lightning and drowning, he said. Districts in the central south and south eastern Sri Lanka have been hit by the heavy downpour, with Matara district being the worst affected, officials said. Several roads in the central hill districts remain impassable due to the earth slips caused by heavy rainfall, they said.

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Villagers caught off guard by violent flash flood

Residents of the village of Kempsey in Worcestershire were caught off guard by a flash flood in the early hours of Sunday morning.

As ITV News’ Midlands Correspondent Rupert Evelyn explains, the village had recently celebrated the installation of flood defences on the nearby River Severn.

Dan Spiers and his family had to be rescued by the Fire Service in a boat. He told ITV News that his son was woken up to find water in his bedroom.

 

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