Aug 05 2013

A Few Good Reads (8/5/13): Deadly Flooding in Afghanistan and Pakistan

This week: More 100 are dead in flooding in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the capital city of Karachi, a flooding disaster declaration in Kansas, a chart of the drought on the Colorado River, FEMA’s disaster mobile app adds crowdsourcing, and the FAA approves the first commercial use UAS.


  Flooding kills more than 100 in Afghanistan, Pakistan (CBS)

Heavy rains that caused flash floods and collapsed houses in different parts of Pakistan have killed 53 people over the past three days, a senior disaster management official said Monday…

Flooding was especially bad in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, because of the southern city’s faulty drainage system, said Zia.

The same storm system swept across eastern Afghanistan before hitting Pakistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58 people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others remain missing, officials said Sunday.

Pakistan’s largest city Karachi paralysed by flooding (The Telegraph)

Heavy overnight rainfall in Karachi paralysed parts of the southern port city causing 14 deaths.

The rains, which started on Saturday, turned into a heavy downpour that inundated several areas of Pakistans largest city…

Forecasters have warned of more rains in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan.

Disaster declaration in Hutchinson, Reno County [Kansas] as heavy rains trigger flooding (Kansas City Star)

The Arkansas River “is basically going to be in flood from Hutchinson downstream,” she added. “This is going to be one of the more significant floods we’ve had in a long time” in the region.

Strain said Reno County residents talked of not having seen this kind of flooding since 2007.

The Little Arkansas River at Alta Mills in Harvey County reached 22.7 feet at 8:15 a.m., which is above the flood stage mark set at 22 feet. It was expected to rise to near 25 feet by early Monday afternoon.

Fourteen Years of Colorado River Basin Drought (inkstain)

2012 and 2013 are two of only four years since Glen Canyon Dam was completed with inflows less than 5 million acre feet

Only three of the 14 years from 2000 to the present have had above average inflows into Lake Powell


FEMA App Adds Crowdsourcing for Disaster Relief (Mashable)

The app’s major new feature is called “Disaster Reporter,” which allows users to submit disaster-related images to be publicly hosted on the FEMA website. You can add short text descriptions to photos, which then go through a basic approval process to ensure images are relevant and do not disclose any user’s personal information. The images are then posted on a map for public viewing.

The FAA Approves the First Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Sensors & Systems)

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued restricted category type certificates to a pair of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a milestone that will lead to the first approved commercial UAS operations later this summer…

Issuing the type certificates is an important step toward the FAA’s goal of integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.  These flights will also meet requirements in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that define Arctic operational areas and include a mandate to increase Arctic UAS commercial operations.

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