Category Archives: Issue: Weather

In the News: Severe floods hit southern Taiwan in the aftermath of typhoon Fanapi

Several districts in Kaohsiung and Pingtung have been immersed in flood waters in the aftermath of typhoon Fanapi, which left Taiwan around six in the evening Sept. 19, the local media reported Monday.

Torrential rainfall brought by Fanapi resulted in floods in Nanzih, Zuoying, Gushan and Sanmin districts of Kaohsiung. The local government Sunday coordinated with military, carrying facilities such as generators, water pumps, boats and sandbags, to help residents in flooding area, the report said.

Several principal bridges connecting Kaohsiung and Pingtung were also closed, fearing any possible dangers out of the soaring river water, including Shuangyuan Bridge, Wanda Bridge and Liling Bridge. Any emergency needs, Kaohsiung citizens may call 1999, 2269595 for help or call 3215929 to get sandbags.

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In the News: Heatstroke Apocalypse for Japan’s Cows & Chickens

Japanese Kobe cows have a beef, and Japanese chickens are broiling: In the first one and a half month’s of this year’s record hot summer 959 milk cows, 235 meat cows, 136,000 egg chickens, and 289,000 meat chickens have died of heatstroke. Pigs aren’t faring so well either, with 657 succumbing to the heat. These numbers are up only slightly from the last survey two years ago for cows and pigs, but more than double for chickens. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, who conducted the survey, is instructing farmers to have adequate heat shield materials and ventilation fans in animal enclosures. The heatstroke figures do not include Miyazaki Prefecture, which suffered a foot-and-mouth disease breakout this year, muddling the ability to determine cause of death.

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In the News: CAMBODIA: Record low water levels threaten livelihoods

PHNOM PENH, 26 August 2010 (IRIN) – Late rains and record low water levels in Cambodia’s two main fresh water systems will affect food security and the livelihoods of millions, government officials and NGOs warn.

“We expect the impact to be very strong,” said Nao Thuok, director of the Fisheries Administration, adding that low water levels along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers were already limiting fish production and migration.

Crucial spawning grounds in floodplains along the rivers remained dry. “The places where the fish usually lay their eggs do not have much water so the fish population will decrease a lot,” he warned.

Approximately six million Cambodians or 45 percent of the population depend on fishing in the Mekong and Tonle Sap basins, the government’s Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute, reports.

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In the News (Indonesia): ‘Super-Extreme’ Weather Is the Worst on Record

Jakarta. Indonesia has been experiencing its most extreme weather conditions in recorded history, meteorologists warned on Wednesday as torrential rains continued to pound the capital.

All regions across the archipelago have been experiencing abnormal and often catastrophic weather, an official from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

“We have reached a super-extreme level of weather this year, the first time in our history, and this is much worse than what we experienced back in 1998, when the La Nina caused extreme weather in the country,” Edvin Aldrian warned.

Read the full story at Jakarta Globe