Wednesday, June 1, 2011

EARTH CHANGES: China's "land of fish and rice" parched by drought!


Several days ago, I told you that the Yangtze river in China's Chongqing municipality had dried up due to the severe drought conditions, forcing the authorities to release a massive amount of water from the Three Gorges reservoir. According to the following report, these dry conditions are also affecting Lake Honghu, as well.

The drought gripping stretches of central and eastern China has dried Lake Honghu into an expanse of exposed mud, stranded boats and dying fish farms, threatening the livelihoods of residents in Hubei Province who call this their "land of fish and rice." Dry spells and floods blight various parts of China nearly every year, and officials are prone to call each the worst in 50 years or longer. But many residents around the lake said that was a fitting label for the months-long drought that has drastically shrunk the lake, the adjacent Yangtze River, and many other lakes and tributaries along the mighty river's course through farming and industrial heartlands.

"I've never, ever seen it this bad. Look at the rice. It's all going yellow and the stalks will die unless we get some rain soon," said Ouyang Jinghuang, a pepper-haired 66-year-old farmer tending rice paddies near Lake Honghu. We're all digging wells and buying our drinking water. Usually, we have so much water here that we worry about floods, not droughts." The dry spell is a jarring reminder of how China, the world's second-biggest economy, relies on increasingly strained water resources to feed its people and power rapidly increasing numbers of hydro stations.
- Reuters.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Shiveluch Volcano Forces Flight Reroutes!


This week,we have been witnessing major activities on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, with volcanism on its highest volcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka and the Shiveluch volcano erupting and spewing poisonous ash all over the crater and down the slopes, creating clouds of volcanic ash. Today, authorities have diverted flights over concern that the tiny particles from these ash clouds could cause problems with aircraft engine turbines.

Ash clouds coming from an active volcano in Russia’s far east has forced authorities there to reroute a number of international flights, officials said on Tuesday. No flights have so far been canceled. Although the 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano is not fully erupting, the active volcano in Kamchatka Krai has been active since May 2009 and periodically spews ash up to eight kilometers (4.9 miles) high. But activity at the volcano has increased in recent days, and Russia’s geophysical service said on Tuesday that the volcano is now spewing plumes of ash up to a height of nine kilometers (5.6 miles). Fears are that the volcano is now at risk of a full eruption. Because volcanic ash can pose a threat to planes and because of the increased risk of a full eruption, authorities have decided to reroute all air traffic around the ash clouds, which is close to a major air corridor for aircraft flying between Russia and locations in Japan and South Korea. Shiveluch, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Russia, is located in Kamchatka Krai, a federal subject of Russia. It is one of more than 150 volcanoes in Kamchatka, although only 29 of them are active. Earlier this month, European airlines were forced to cancel nearly 1,000 flights over a span of several days after the Grimsvotn in Iceland erupted, spreading an ash cloud over several countries. So far, no flights have been canceled as a result of the volcano in Russia. - NYC Aviation.


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Swarm of Bees Attack New York's Little Italy?!


It has been scientifically proven that animals have been known to swarm, collect or move to different area from their usual gathering spot prior to a devastating disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or floods. Could that be reason why a swarm of bees caused tourists to flee in terror, as they descend on New York's Little Italy?


It's been enshrined in New York legend as the home of the Mob. But today tourists in Little Italy encountered a different kind of Mafia when a swarm of bees descended on legendary Mulberry Street. They screamed in terror as hundreds of buzzing honeybees suddenly appeared around a mailbox at midday. The panic was so great NYPD officers were forced to cordon off an entire stretch of sidewalk from the corner with Grand Street while they waited for reinforcements - New York's own beekeeping association. It remained closed for hours as frustrated restaurateurs looked on and visitors gathered round the mailbox to take photos of the blanket of insects on their camera phones.

Some compared it to a movie set, as police officers stood guard to make sure no-one got hurt by the invasion. The box, outside the Italian-American Museum, was almost entirely covered by bees for several hours. But soon help arrived in the form of Elie Miodownik, from the New York City Beekeepers' Association, who turned up in full protective costume to rescue the bees and take them to a new hive. He was then joined by an NYPD beekeeper, and together they inspected the swarm to find the queen. Mr Midownik told DNAInfo: 'It's a swarm, a natural phenomenon when a beehive gets overcrowded. It tends to happen more in the spring or summertime. It means that there's a beehive within a couple blocks.'
- Daily Mail.
WATCH: Bees invade Little Italy in New York City.


MAJOR ALERT: E.COLI Outbreak - 16 Deaths & Thousands of Cases!


On Monday, I reported that a public warning has now been issued, as the world's biggest outbreak of a deadly form of E.coli bacteria had claimed more lives as it continues to spread across Europe. That alert now seems to have been justified as there are now nearly 400 reported new cases in Germany alone, of which 100 are serious, with the death toll now reaching 16, as the outbreak took the life of a Swedish woman, as its latest victim.

The deadly E.coli outbreak has claimed its first victim outside Germany. A woman in Sweden, who had recently returned from Germany, died, bringing to 16 the number of people who have so far been killed. The bacteria was originally linked to Spanish cucumbers imported into Germany, but officials admitted yesterday that new tests had ruled them out. ‘Germany recognises that the Spanish cucumbers are not the cause,’ state secretary for agriculture Robert Kloos said outside a European Union farm ministers meeting in Hungary. The exact source of the virulent strain of the bacteria is still not known, but scientists said the suspicions about vegetables or salads being a possible source were well-founded since cattle manure used in fertiliser can harbour E.coli.

Last night Spanish authorities said they were investigating a suspected case in a patient who had also been to Germany. Up to 1,200 people are said to have been struck down in one of the largest outbreaks of its kind. There are not thought to have been any linked cases in the UK. The outbreak has caused diplomatic tensions between Germany, Spain, France and Russia, with Moscow banning some vegetable imports and threatening to extend the ban to the whole EU. Spanish agriculture minister Rosa Aguilar said: ‘Germany accused Spain of being responsible for the E.coli contamination, and did it with no proof, causing irreparable damage to the Spanish production sector.’
- Daily Mail.

German health officials have reported 365 new cases - 100 of which are serious - of the E.coli outbreak as it continues to spread across Europe. The deadly bacteria - linked to contaminated vegetables - has killed 16 people and made more than 1,500 ill in Germany, Sweden and other countries since it surfaced in mid-May. And health experts say more people are expected to inundate hospitals with the bug in the coming days. The rise in the number of infections comes as Spain threatens to sue Hamburg for damages after the German city blamed Spanish cucumbers as the source of the bacteria. Spanish farmers, who have been forced to throw away their produce, say they are losing around £175 million (200 million euros) per week in sales. Spain Agriculture minister Rosa Aguilar, who on Monday ate Spanish-grown cucumbers to prove they were safe, said Madrid would be asking "for extraordinary measures to compensate for the huge losses imposed on the Spanish sector." - Sky News.


EARTH CHANGES: Heat Alert - Hottest Spring in France since 1900!


The drought conditions continue to spread across Europe and one of most severely hit countries is France, which is now on a heatwave alert after the hottest spring since 1900 has left water tables down and farmers struggling to feed their livestock.

The Health Ministry has put into effect level one of an anti-drought plan that was drawn up after 15,000 people died in the long-hot summer of 2003. Summer 2011 could be drier than summer 1973, when drought cost the economy an estimated 15 billion euros and a “drought tax” was introduced to raise 900 million euros to make up farmers’ losses, according to weather forecasters. Spring this year has been the hottest since at last 1900 and the driest for 50 years. Temperatures have been 2.6°C higher than the average between 1971 and 2000. Over half of the country’s départements are already limiting the use of water and farmers have already been promised millions of euros of aid. The price of straw has been fixed at no higher than25 euros a tonne, Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Tuesday. The water shortage is likely to push already-rising food prices even higher but could mean a boost to tourism as holiday-makers head for Mediterrenean beaches. Level one of the government’s heatwave plan puts weather-watchers and health authorities on alert. An emergency phone line has been set up with the number 0800066666. The highest level of alert allows the government to bring in the army and order news media to broadcast government announcements on how to react to the crisis. - RFI.


PLANETARY TREMORS: 6.4 Quake Strikes Offshore Bio-Bio, Chile!


More seismic tremors along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," as an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale strikes at the offshore region of Bio-Bio, Chile.

An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck off Chile’s Pacific coast on Wednesday, causing no damage or injuries in a region rocked by a massive tremor last year. The quake’s epicenter was 96 kilometres southwest of Concepcion and occurred at a depth of 15 kilometres, USGS said. The U.S. agency initially reported the quake as 6.3 magnitude. The temblor was felt with low intensity in Chile’s south-central region, the same area that was devastated by a massive quake in February 2010. Chile’s national emergency office said there were no reports of damage or injuries. State-run oil company ENAP said the quake did not affect the country’s largest oil refinery Bio Bio, which is near the region. The epicenter of the new quake was far from the country’s copper-producing region in the north. - The Globe and Mail.
The region also experienced a strong 5.4 earthquake, an hour following the magnitude 6.4.

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circle at Hackpen Hill, Wrougton, Wiltshire!


A new crop circle formation appeared at Hackpen Hill, near Wrougton in Wiltshire and was reported to the Crop Circle Connector's online database on the 30th of May.

Here are two pictures taken of the pattern:



Click HERE for more aerial shots, ground shots, field reports, diagrams and articles.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Huge Sinkhole swallows up car in Turkey!


Only two days ago, I reported on the massive sinkhole that swallowed up a lorry truck in the city of Changchun in China. Today, a similar story comes out of Eskisehir in Turkey, providing more evidence of the escalating geological upheaval taking place on the planet.


In Eskişehir a parked car fell into the pit with a depth of 3 meters as a result of the collapse of the road. At Gökmeydan district Huzurveren street, Yusuf Yücel's parked car fell into the pit with a depth of 3 meters because of road collapse. Also some part of the road used before as septic tank and later asphalt coated. Because of vehicle fell gas leakage occurred on natural gas line beneath the road. Warning from the police teams on the scene of the incident, those security measures surrounding homes were evacuated in order. Car was removed from the position using a crane. - Kanaldhaber & Sabah


THE DELUGE: World Swamped as Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins!


The six-month 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins today, June 1, and scientists and meteorologists are already predicting a busy period of hurricanes. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has predicted three to six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5, with winds of 111 mph or more) will form during it. They expect a 70 percent likelihood, meaning a season busier than the average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes.

With these additional above average weather systems, it is also expected that the deluge of heavy rains and widespread flooding will not only continue, but escalate. 2011 has already been quite a wet and wild year, with much of the world inundated with more rain than can possibly be dealt with. So far, we have been helpless witnesses to severe flooding of historic proportions in the Midwest, South and West Coast of the United States of America; The Philippines; Indonesia; Australia; South Africa; Angola; Colombia; Brazil; Thailand; Sri Lanka; and other parts of the world.

Over the last week, the saturated, soaked and sogged conditions continued as rivers rushed down town and city streets with drains overflowing, as the deluge persists. Some areas in the western Caribbean have already received significant rainfall in the past days. My homeland, Jamaica, is already on the fringe of a broad area of low pressure system, south of us and it's forecast to slowly drift north and bring more rain and widely scattered showers on Friday and Saturday. Meteorologist Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, spoke about the possibility of this in his blog on Tuesday, "All of the computer models predict that an area of low pressure will form in the region between Jamaica and Honduras by Thursday. This low will have the potential to develop into a tropical depression late this week." Masters further noted that sea surface temperatures are already above average for this time of year in the Caribbean and plenty warm enough to support tropical cyclone development.  "Some recent [model] runs... have predicted development of a tropical depression by late this week, potentially affecting Jamaica and Eastern Cuba. The other models have not been as gung-ho, but have been showing the potential for a strong tropical disturbance with very heavy rains forming late this week. In any case, residents of Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua should anticipate the possibility that heavy rains of two to four inches may affect them Thursday through Saturday this week."

As such, we begin our report in one of these areas. Nearby, in Haiti, rains threaten the revival of the cholera epidemic.

HAITI RAINS AND MUDSLIDES!
Haiti is facing a further rise in cholera outbreaks as the rainy season threatens to revive the epidemic, warns children’s charity Plan International. The organisation said its current preparations for new cholera cases are critical to saving lives. Nearly 5,000 people have died in Haiti since the outbreak of cholera in October last year, mostly due to lack of clean water and poor access to health care. John Chaloner, Plan’s Country Director in Haiti said: “Since the beginning of the epidemic, Plan is making sure that vulnerable people, especially children, receive: free access to safe and clean drinking water; lifesaving rehydration treatments near their homes; and key public health messages.” - AlertNet.
At least three dead children, mudslides, flooded camps for victims and an expected increase in cholera cases is the preliminary balance of the heavy rains that are alarming to Haiti. The fatalities are children who died in the northern city of Cap Haitien as a result of landslides, according to a report of the Office of Civil Protection (BPC). Although there is still no definitive report of human or material losses, the agency estimated that the figure may be high. The storms started last week flooded low-lying areas of Port-de-Paix (Northwest), Gonaïves (northeast), Hinche (center) and Puerto Principe, where the water was to reach five feet in height. Dozens of people had to leave the tents of the camps where they live since the earthquake of 2010, about 680 000 refugees, as water flows dragged some tents, flooded or overflowed the makeshift latrines. The Ministry of Health, meanwhile, called for extreme measures of prevention against a presumed increase in infections of cholera, which caused more than five thousand deaths. The PCB also requested to avoid going to sea in small boats, as is usual in coastal areas that Haitians tires go fishing craft or boats when the sea is turbulent and the greater the possibility of capture. Meteorological office ruled since last May 20 orange alert phase, the second in intensity, indicating that precipitation obey a stationary depression over the central Caribbean, to be removed in coming days. Haitian President Michel Martelly, asked in a statement following newsletters carefully and take steps to prevent loss of life. - Cadenagramonte
In Honduras, the incessant rains cause landslides.

RAINS AND GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS IN HONDURAS!
Authorities announced an increased level of danger in 6 departments of Honduras because of continuing rain. As a result of the instability of the ground a few houses were damaged. Rains accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms, causing an overflow of rivers and landslide. Local Committee for Emergency Situations (Codel) taking all possible measures to protect people's lives in the affected areas of Tegucigalpa and Olancho. - Final News.
At least one person died in Honduras as a result of the first downpours of the rainy season, which also forced the evacuation of some 400 residents from flooded areas in the eastern part of the country, government officials said. The person who died drowned when he tried to cross the rain-swollen Nacaome River on horseback near the town of Pespire, the assistant director of the Permanent Emergency Commission (Copeco), Randolfo Funez. The Copeco official, however, did not say when the incident occurred and did not identify the victim, saying only that he was a rural peasant. Copeco has been maintaining a so-called “green alert” as a precaution for at least 48 hours in the central provinces of Francisco Morazan (which includes the capital of Tegucigalpa) and Comayagua; Olancho and El Paraiso in the east, and Choluteca and Valle in the south. Funez said that the rains are mainly affecting those provinces as the rainy season gets under way. Authorities evacuated about 400 people from several neighborhoods in the cities of Catacamas and Juticalpa, both in Olancho, where overflowing rivers affected about 150 homes, Copeco commissioner Lisandro Rosales told reporters. He added that the rains destroyed two bridges and damaged a highway and fields of crops in Olancho. About 20,000 residents of several rural Olancho communities were cut off from the outside world on Saturday by rising rivers and streams, the local daily La Tribuna reported on Sunday. - Latin American Herald
In Ecuador, rocks fall continuously in Pimampiro, with the damage getting worse as rains persists.

HEAVY RAINS AND GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL IN ECUADOR!
The disaster does not disappear in the El Sigsipamba Higuerón in the parish, next to Pimampiro. Continuously falling rocks at the main entrance of 14 communities. The situation was complicated this weekend due to rain. Alternate routes by Michael and Sanshipamba were blocked by landslides of at least 200 meters long. Alberto Martinez, director of Public Works of the City, believes that increased the risk. Especially by the presence of geological faults in the area. Saul Cepeda, president of the Parish Council, calls for serious conditions due to the obstacles to get around a thousand 320 people. "We are the most affected in the canton. The risk that the mountain will collapse continues, "said the leader. For now it is impossible to passing vehicles. People circulate, while avoiding large earthen mounds. Growing concern because of the problems to move agricultural products. Crop is tree tomato, corn, beans, among others. The City sent a loader and a backhoe to partially enable the arteries. The community members also contributed to the tasks. However, the time it takes to dislodge the material is uncertain. "Today we clear, but tomorrow again recorded damage. We can only hope to end the storm, assess and plan strategies, "said Enriquez... Pimampiro is one of the counties most affected by the rains. Irrigation canals, the system of potable water, housing and arteries were affected from the previous year. The impact spread to the community of the parish Huanupamba Mariano Acosta, another landslide. The rains also worsened the condition of the main entrance. In five sections of the route table for cuts. Ramiro Arciniega, leader of the parish government, said they seek from the authorities to intervene. "Each time the damage seem larger." - LaHora.
In Mexico, high waves causes high alert in Acapulco.

HIGH WAVES IN MEXICO!

The high swell caused by the Equatorial Counter Current Navy alert on the beaches caused the port, as the sea came up the coast next to the hotel and beach Emporio Suite, causing traffic chaos, while at the beach bar area old, some restaurant booths were destroyed. According to reports from the Department of Public Safety and Civil Protection of Guerrero, through the National Centre for Monitoring, reported the presence of high waves caused by the Equatorial Counter Current Navy from mid-May affect the costs of the State. As appellant, at the height of beach "The Nose" in access to the Calle Juan de la Cosa, between the beach hotels and Emporio Suit, high waves caused the sea water out to the coast, where items Highway Patrol aided and abetted the motorists to move their units that were not washed away by the sea. The state agency said that this natural phenomenon causes an increase in sea level, storm surges and beach area reduction, and recommended to the general public to exercise caution before the surge that occurs in areas of Bay Beach Acapulco, Pie de la Cuesta and Barra de Coyuca. The waves reached a height of approximately 3 to 4 meters in the Old Bar area, destroyed at least three shelters located in the restaurant "Glory of the Sea", the owners prevented the effects and furniture away from that establishment as well as other located there. For the swimmers, the Secretariat for Civil Protection of suggested follow the lifeguards and be alert to any warning to avoid any incident and not enter the water while maintaining these conditions. - El Universal.
In Brazil, residents of the Orangery Jari suffer from flooding two months of continuous flooding. Half the city is underwater and more than 3,600 people were displaced from their homes.

THE BRAZILIAN DELUGE!
Residents of a town in southern Amapá, bathed by the Rio Jari, are suffering from the floods. And it is not today. Half the city is underwater. A drama that began more than two months, when the flood took the first family home. In the commercial center of the Orangery Jari, some tenants insist on keeping their options open, although the movement is weak. "We do not sell. Only open it to stay open for the goods do not get mold, "said the trader Damiana Santos. A small port was improved in the town's main street, almost opposite the house of His Antonio. The waters of the Rio Jari, who usually stay a mile away, now forced to suspend the carter furniture. "We go out at dawn, at 4am, leave for work at this time. And in return, always have to face that battle this water is tricky, "he said. Became common in the city residents get in front of houses along the road, waiting with drums of water. Three trucks make the distribution day and night but can not overcome the demand. Many people claims to be without drinking water. "The ruptured pipe network, but no one delivers. For this reason it is necessary that people are buying water to drink, "said the housewife Miraca Corelho. Four schools were flooded and eight others are serving as shelter. More than 3,600 people were displaced from their homes. There are more than a month sharing space, families living in an extreme situation. "A lot of confusion, lots of fighting. I more I'm pregnant, I'm spending a lot of trouble, "he told the housekeeper Maria da Gloria. At its worst flood, the Jari River rose more than three feet above the normal level. He has retreated, but according to Civil Defense, still need to download one meter for the situation begins to normalize. - Globo.
WATCH: Major flooding in Brazil.


Up north, in America, there has been historic flooding along the Missouri River as areas such as Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming brace for more intense flooding.

THE AMERICAN DELUGE!
Historic flooding in the Missouri River basin spurred voluntary evacuations in North Dakota on Monday, while in Montana emergency workers ferried food and water to a town cut off by flood waters. The measures came as states in the northern Rockies and northern Plains plan for displacement of thousands and scramble to build levees in an expanding fight against river overflows predicted to worsen in coming weeks. The crisis has caused governors in Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming to call up hundreds of National Guard soldiers to bag sand and try to dissuade anxious property owners from navigating submerged roads and washed-out bridges. "There's a whole heck of a lot of water everywhere," said Ed Tinsley, head of Montana Disaster and Emergency Services. Rains in the region on Monday intensified threats already posed by melting of record snows in the Rockies, prompting federal water managers to increase controlled spills from mainstem reservoirs into the Upper Missouri River from Montana to states downstream. - Reuters.
Flooding disrupted emergency phone service across a broad swath of eastern Montana yesterday as areas of the state remained inundated and downstream communities prepared for the worst. Residents of one southeast South Dakota town were told to be ready to leave their homes by Thursday as the Missouri River continued to rise. Authorities say northwestern Montana and the Dakotas are next in line for high-water problems as mountain snowmelts and record flows are released from the Missouri’s swollen reservoirs. “This could be a pretty significant week for flooding, and it might expand,’’ said Monique Lay, spokeswoman for the Montana Emergency Coordination Center. Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota stressed that no evacuation had been ordered, but the 2,500 residents of Dakota Dunes were told to prepare for the worst. Another 200 South Dakota National Guard soldiers were called to help with flood preparations, bringing the total to more than 600 soldiers by today. Soldiers also have been called in parts of Montana and Wyoming. - Boston.
Some 10,000 residents of Minot, N.D., on Tuesday were told to evacuate by Wednesday, while officials in South Dakota raced to finish levees to protect the capital and other cities from record Missouri River flows. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Minot residents living along the Souris River, a tributary of the Red River. The Souris is expected to eclipse peaks set in damaging floods of 1976 and 1969, officials said. Several streets in the city of 41,000 were already under water. Communities along the Upper Missouri River basin also are bracing for flooding as officials plan historic water releases to relieve pressure from heavy rains and a thick melting snowpack on six reservoirs from Montana through South Dakota. - MSNBC.
Missouri River flooding is likely to last for months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers faces a titanic problem on the Missouri River this year. Homes, farms, businesses, ranches and communities along the river are about to be soaked and battered by the river’s subtly devastating power in ways that people younger than age 60 likely don’t remember or never experienced. - Mitchell Republic
In disaster-ravaged Japan, heavy rains has flooded the already-devastated Miyagi area of northern Japan, hindering its reconstruction.

TROPICAL STORM HITS JAPAN!
Torrential rains brought by typhoon Songda across the country caused landslides and floods, leaving at least 13 people dead and many more missing. Roads have been swept away in at least 200 places and some 19 bridges were damaged. Authorities in the Northeast of Tokyo urged more than 400,000 residents to evacuate their homes Friday following the flooding of a river. In some areas in the North, 54mm of rain fell in just 12 hours. Up to 1,000 troops have been supporting rescue missions and strengthening flood protection. Songda were downgraded to a tropical storm in the southwest of Japan late on Sunday, but strong winds and rain continue to batter the north. - Xinhaunet
From one disaster-ravaged area to another in Indonesia, plans are being made to construct dikes to prevent flooding.

THE INDONESIAN DELUGE!
Indonesia plans to build a large dike to prevent the sea from breaking over the capital because of land subsidence and sea level rise, the Governor of Jakarta on Thursday. "The rate of decline in soil faster than rising sea levels, and both resulted in the phenomenon of flooding on the north coast of Java, including Jakarta," said the Governor. "So there is no choice but to build the dike," he said without giving details about the cost, size or location of the structure. The city government of Jakarta is to meet in February with the central government to discuss the project. City government owns the land has subsided by 1.5 meters in the last 20 years in certain business and industrial area of Jakarta. This problem is exacerbated by the increase in estimated 8 to 30 centimeters in sea as part of climate change impacts. In response, the city has installed high-powered pump in the northern part of town, where the land is below sea level, as part of flood control efforts. Bowo said the city has a target to reduce flooding by 40 percent in 2011 and 75 percent in 2016. Floods inundate most of Jakarta in 2007, killing 57 people and displacing around 450,000. The loss is estimated at 695 million dollars. - Kawasanindustri
Heavy rain which flushed part of the area of Bone County last few days, make two elementary schools (SD) in the Village Bajoe, Eastern District Riattang Tanete, Bone, inundated. As a result, students are sent home. As seen, Tuesday, May 31. Two primary schools respectively, SD State 18 SD Bajoe and Instruction 3 / 77 Bajoe inundated. The water height was not only soaking calves school yard, but went into the classroom. Because the classroom is under water, the process of teaching and learning in two schools can not take place. The students chose to play the water while rescuing the books and their bench is inundated. One of his pupils, Widya said, his teacher decided that today's learning process is ongoing. He and other students sent home because of flooded classrooms. "We were just told to raise the bench to the table so as not under water," said Widya. Not only that, the flood also soak dozens of homes in the village and Panyula Bajoe, District Riattang Tanete East. Heavy rain which flushed the area make the water level reaches 20 to 30 centimeters... Residents who live in the district municipality Beler alley Peace must always accept the fate hit by flooding every time heavy rain falls, how not just 2 hours of heavy rain fell in the city of Balikpapan region already hit by flooding, so people were forced to evacuate many of their vehicles. "Every time we're always wary of heavy rain flooding, mas," Ali said one resident who was found by the Aberdeen Post yesterday. According to Ali if it rains heavily there in the daytime, the residents have direct anticipation by moving vehicles and move furniture to higher ground. But the trouble if it rains heavily there in the evenings so they could not sleep all night for fear of floods will hit their residential areas. Three days ahead, Aberdeen community was asked to stay alert. Because the intensity of rainfall is quite high, is expected to continue flushed the city of Balikpapan. Moreover, the weather is always overcast, so people should always be anticipated, such as raincoats prepared for the ride a motorcycle, including the threat of flooding which at times can hit home residents. "The rain still remains down for 3 days ahead," said Puguh Dwi, Prakirawan of Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) Balikpapan when found this newspaper at his office, yesterday. According Puguh, the weather remained cloudy accompanied brunt of winds reaching 5-12 knots. Indeed, not too tight, but people still asked to be alert. Because, these weather changes often occur abruptly, which was estimated rainfall medium, and heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds... The rain that fell on Tuesday night, causing flooding in the neighborhood in the area of Dairy Kitchen, Village Council, Village South Pondok Labu, Cilandak District, South Jakarta. As told by Alex, a resident, flooding occurred after the rain that fell since yesterday afternoon. He said the flooding happened because there is shrinkage, and superficiality Kali Krukut wide around the neighborhood. So, if it rains or there is water delivery, water will overflow into the residential neighborhood. "Rain or no rain water always go up," lamented Alex when contacted on Wednesday early days... - Pole Shift Ning
In the Philippines, heavy rains and flooding caused mass evacuations.

MASS EVACUATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES!
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau warned of the possibility of landslide in Barangay Danlag, Tampakan, South Cotabato and ordered at least 100 families living in the area to vacate the place. DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau 12 head Constancio Paje said they conducted a survey at the area and found out that the hilly side of the mountain will likely collapse during heavy downpour. The findings were confirmed by Provincial Social Welfare and Development chief Nelida Periera. She said a head of an indigenous tribe have asked their assistance for relocation. Earlier, at least 10,000 families from 10 municipalities in Maguindanao were forced to evacuate following massive flashfloods. - Journal.
In India, many parts of Jorhat reeling under flash floods.

FLASH FLOODING IN INDIA!
A single shower last night has made a large portion of the Jorhat town reeling under artificial flood leaving the inhabitants of the affected areas in an uncomfortable position. A heavy rain forecasting the message of hard times ahead to the citizens of Jorhat in the rainy season flooded the compounds of Deputy Commissioner’s office, SP office, Circuit House, Gandhi Park, Jorhat Government Higher Secondary School under knee deep water. The worst affected areas in the town were the police colony, magistrate colony, Chandan Nagar, Suruj Nagar, Kushal Nagar, Kakati Gaon, Brahmin Gaon and Sonari Gaon. Earlier, the small rivulets namely the Tarajan, the Borkhal, the Athubhonga Jan and Mohuwajan functioned as the outlets of the excess rainwater from inside the Jorhat town. The water immediately rush out through these ‘Jan’(rivulet)s even after a heavy shower. But due to large-scale encroachment and construction works, the rivulets were narrowed down in several places. The Athubhonga Jan and Mohuwajan will become non-existent within a short span of time if the same situation goes on. The blocking of these outlets is the main reason behind the artificial flood inside the town. - Assam Tribune.
In Singapore, a spate of flash floods.

FLASH FLOODING IN SINGAPORE!
Singapore was hit by a spate of flash floods again in several parts of the island after a heavy downpour in the afternoon. According to eye-witnesses, flash floods were reported in the city, Thomson, Bukit Timah, and Ang Mo Kio: A Nanyang Polytechnic student took a video clip of the flooding in school and uploaded it to TR Facebook. Another netizen Yap Keng Ho uploaded a video clip of the flooding in the city on Youtube. As usual, the new PAP Environment Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan was nowhere to be seen, heard or found, following the ‘tradition’ started by his predecessor Yaacob Ibrahim who was always ‘missing in action’ whenever a flood occurred. The flash floods today occurred barely less than a month after the last spate of flooding and was not reported by the state media. - Temasek Review
WATCH: Heavy rains and flash flooding in the city.


In Palma in Spain, a heavy downpour caused widespread flooding.

WIDESPREAD FLOODING IN SPAIN!
The 25 liters of water fell in about two hours in Palma streets causing cuts and traffic chaos that gripped hundreds of drivers - The Jacint Verdaguer underground station was flooded and the suburban service was halted half an hour - about 300 112 is managed Call. A heavy downpour, which downloaded in just two hours 25 liters of rain per square meter and 47 Marratxí Palma, caused numerous incidents yesterday at noon, with streets closed off, flooded low and disrupted subway service between the Plaza of Spain and the station are costly. The problems are concentrated in the suburbs of Palma, where the sewers were not cope and the accumulated water level rose up inside shops and ground floors. The 112 emergency service received over 300 calls related to rain between noon and two o'clock in the afternoon. The rain began to fall hard upon noon, and almost immediately the problems started. Local police conducted the first services in the tunnel are Oliva, the underpass which crosses under the Via de Cintura and that floods whenever it rains with intensity. Several cars that tried to cross were stuck inside, forcing police to cut off while firefighters shrank with accumulated water pumps. Since then the incidents multiplied. The rain fell with great force and sewerage Palma was unable to absorb. Many downtown streets were impassable and the Enlargement of hundreds of drivers were trapped in traffic jams. The most serious situations lived on the streets Eusebio Estada, Ausias March, Archduke Louis Salvator, Aragon and Manacor. Here the roads were turned into streams and water flooded several shops. Floods were also reported in Can Barbarà, Illetes and Ciutat Jardi. Among the buildings that were flooded schools were Santa Isabel, are Pizà and Miquel Porcel and Macro Mall, at the site of Son Fuster, and downtown is under Pinaret, sources of 112. The 300 calls received in the emergency center is concerned about 70 separate incidents. Most were due to water leakage in shops and homes, flooding roads and falling objects and trees. - Diariodemallorca
In Australia, the State Emergency Service is bracing for more calls for help today as rough weather continues to batter the coastline of Sydney.

FLASH FLOODING IN AUSTRALIA!
There have been eight flood rescues in the Sydney region over the past 24 hours and the SES says they've had had 176 calls for assistance from around Sydney, the Central Coast, Mid-North Coast and the Hunter. The Bureau of Metrology says Gosford has received the heaviest rain fall with 111 millimetres since 9 o'clock yesterday. The heaviest rain in Sydney was at north Parramatta which has had 96 millimetres. SES Spokesman Phil Campbell says they have crews on standby again today. It's the second day of heavy rain for the city. Yesterday heavy rain has led to flash flooding in Sydney's inner-south, with rising waters trapping several motorists in their cars. The storm hit about 3.00pm AEST affecting Zetland, Alexandria and Kingsford. Becky Gollings, from the State Emergency Service, says homes have been flooded and people have been rescued from their cars. "We have had a bit of heavy rain and some localised flash flooding in some part of Sydney," she said. "We have had the situation with five flood rescues in separate areas." The rain has also affected properties in nearby Bourke Road, Elizabeth Street and O'Riordan Street. Three Virgin flights at Sydney Airport were also delayed by 45 minutes, but the airport is now operating as normal. - ABC Australia.
WATCH: Parramatta flooding.


Stay tuned. More anon.

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circle in Stavropol in Russia!


On Sunday, May 22nd, a very unusual crop circle formation was found near Krasnodar in southern Russia. Today, another strange markings was reported in Stavropol.
Five perfect circle - diameter from 6 to 17 meters. Four of them - almost a straight line. Stalks of wheat gently laid in a clockwise direction. The edges of the circles are equal, and even intricate designs on the sides. Nothing like the chaotic drawings, discovered in the nearby Krasnodar region a week ago - their antics attributed to wind. Here, clearly someone has worked with the mind. Agronomist Nikolai Tselik says - the usual wind is not able to. But in a man does not believe in aliens. Most likely - say - a terrestrial aircraft. Secret. Immediately found the witnesses. Julia Islamidi riding in a car with his family when his own eyes saw the unknown luminous object flew up and sat down in the box, and then flew toward the city of Stavropol. Official Services - Emergency, the police - although come to the place - measured the levels of radiation and photographed all - to comment on this incident did not wish to. They say - UFOlogy is not their subject matter. Now, if the application was received - then sought to bullies. But the damage from these arts minimal - the total area of felled wheat no more than a half hectare. Do not compare with the giant patterns in England or in South America. Unambiguous explanation for this strange phenomenon is still no, but reliable versions - more than enough. For example, British motorists have recently shown convincingly how balanced crop circles can draw with any SUV, equipped with GPS - Navigator. And the Australian government and does have officially declared that the drawings leave a kangaroo-addicts. Local farmers have long noticed that these animals eat wild poppy, because of which fall into a trance and begin to run in circles. Although kangaroos are not found in the Stavropol region, but the poppy grows in abundance. Few if any animals frolic in the fields at night - the locals say. Some had thought it over and playing pranks on the border - it was just after their professional holiday - but the majority still believes in aliens. So interesting. - Faktorvremeny
Here is a drawing of the pattern:


Here is a picture of the crop circle:


WATCH: Television report of the crop circle formation.