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Flood in India on Monday, 28 November, 2011

Paddy cultivated on hundreds of acres in the district is under water as rain continues in Kanyakumari district for the second successive day on Sunday. The Pazhayaar flood has surrounded several residential areas and the paddy fields close to the watercourse and most of the irrigation tanks in the district are overflowing. Discharge of water from Petchipaarai and Perunchaani dams has been stopped following widespread rain. Rainfall in the district (in mm): Petchipaarai 72.40, Perunchaani 72.80, Chitaar I 109, Chitaar II 24, Kottaaram 112, Nilappaarai 60, Eraniyal 103.20, Aanaikidangu 78, Colachel 110.40, Kurunthancode 38.20, Adaiyaamadai 97, Aaralvoizmozhi 80.80, Nagercoil 69, Boothapandi 78.10, Surulode 80, Kannimar 108, Mayilaadi 85.40, Thiruvattaar 140, Kozhiporevilai 76, Mullanginaavilai 63.80 and Puththan Anai 72.60.

Volcano Eruption in Chile on Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

Flights were cancelled for several hours in Uruguay and Argentina on Tuesday due to volcanic ash from the four-month-long eruption of the Puyehue volcano in Chile, airport authorities said. Laura Vanoli, Uruguay’s chief aeronautic meteorologist, said the country was almost entirely covered by an ash cloud. ‘It’s remnants of ash,’ she said, adding that there will be a risk of disruption as long as the volcano remains active. About a dozen flights by airlines including Aerolineas Argentinas, American, Iberia and TACA were suspended in Uruguay, while other flights were delayed, the website of the Carrasco International Airport serving Montevideo said.

Epidemic Hazard in Brazil on Wednesday, 23 November, 2011

A US tourist died aboard a cruise liner that docked in the port of Rio de Janeiro today after 79 people aboard became sickened by a mystery illness. The woman died aboard the MS Veendam, a luxury vessel owned by the US cruise company Holland America Line. The ship sailed from Valparaiso, Chile and docked in Rio with 1800 people on board. Police said they were awaiting a report from forensic doctors about the woman’s death and they had no word on her identity. But government news agency Agencia Brasil reported that there was no indication her death was related to the health scare. Federal police, who are investigating the case, said they had been told by the Veendam’s doctor that the woman likely died of natural causes, Agencia Brasil said. Ronaldo Azaro, tourism secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro, said Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) had been informed that there was a health issue aboard the ship when the vessel left Valparaiso and later stopped over in Uruguay. Mr Azaro said at least 72 passengers and seven crew members were affected by an unspecified ailment on the journey from Chile. Anvisa officials who boarded the ship when it docked in Rio today found only two people still showed symptoms of intestinal discomfort, Mr Azaro said. He said there was no risk the Rio population could become ill. Local newspapers reported that during the journey, ship authorities issued a red alert, ordering the closure of the swimming pool and the library and calling on passengers to wash their hands every two hours.

Snow Storm in USA on Thursday, 24 November, 2011

Thanksgiving snowstorm has knocked out power to more than 10,000 homes and business around Maine. The National Weather Service said snow was falling across much of the state yesterday, with more than 10 inches recorded before noon in Durham, Otisfield, Hope, Bethel, and Sebago. Southern coastal areas were getting primarily rain. Central Maine Power was reporting more than 9,800 outages around midday, with many of those caused by vehicles sliding off roads and into power poles. Bangor Hydro had nearly 700 outages, mostly due to tree limbs coming down on power lines under heavy snow.

Volcano Activity in Colombia on Friday, 25 November, 2011

The Galeras volcano in Colombia’s western department of Nariño could erupt within weeks or days. The level of volcanic activity was increased to orange alert Thursday 9PM by the Colombian Geological Service and the Volcanology and Seismology Observatory of Pasto, which are monitoring the activity of Galeras. The institutions stated that in the last 24 hours, tremors have been registered that have similar characteristics to those in the period prior to the majority of eruptions, which occurred between 1992 and 2010. There has been a reduction in the emission of gases, reflected in the low values of sulphur dioxide measured, both coming from craters and fields of volcanic fissures. Some 8,000 people live in the area surrounding the volcano that reawakened in 1988. The Colombian Geological Service will continue to monitor the situation of the Galeras volcano.

700 EARTHQUAKES IN 24 HOUR PERIOD El Salvador on Friday, 25 November, 2011!!!!!

More than 700 slight to moderate earthquakes hit an area in eastern El Salvador in a 24-hour period, damaging dozens of homes but hurting no one. The brief quakes, which started Thursday and ranged from 1.8 to 4.6 in magnitude, have occurred in the municipality of El Carmen, some 163 km (101 miles) east of the capital of San Salvador, the country’s National Territory agency said. Jorge Melendez, in charge of civil protection, said on Friday that 80 homes were damaged by the tremors, known as an earthquake swarm. A hospital in the area showed cracks on the walls but no structural damage so far, he said. Army troops were sent in to monitor the damaged areas. While authorities have not ordered evacuations yet, many residents of El Carmen chose to sleep in the open and the army was handing out tents. El Salvador suffered two powerful earthquakes 10 any ten years ago: one of 7.6 magnitude in January 2001 and another of 6.6 magnitude a month later. The quakes killed more than 1,150 people and left about one million others homeless.