Humanity Road monitors man-made and natural disaster around the globe. Here is what has been monitored and accomplished in the past week:
In the past week our volunteers were monitoring:
- Ice Storm – North Eastern States, U.S.
- An ice storm – nicknamed “Icezilla” in Connecticut – swept across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states of the U.S., impacting millions of people.
- Multiple car accidents reported in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- In New York City, dispatchers had handled more than 3,700 medical calls
- Humanity Road monitored social media for urgent needs and amplified guidance to the public from emergency management officials.
- Grass Fires – OK, U.S.
- Three large grass fires burned 300 acres in Logan County, Oklahoma.
- Surrounding homes and farms in the area were evacuated.
- High winds made fire containment difficult.
- Humanity Road volunteers monitored for urgent needs, amplified official guidance to the public, and tweeted proper officials to follow.
- Flooding – Malawi, Mozambique & Madagascar
- Three countries in the South Eastern region of Africa faced torrential rains and floods following the passage of Tropical Storm Chedza.
- The cyclone has passed but continuous rain and subsequent flooding has produced a major humanitarian crisis.
- Thousands of people have been displaced thus far.
- The United Nations forecast that hundreds of thousands of people would be affected due to crop damage in Malawi, the worst affected country.
- Concerns remain about water sanitation and the potential for waterborne diseases like dysentery typhoid and cholera to start spreading. The risk of malaria (especially if displaced people don´t possess mosquitos nets) is also of grave concern.
- Volunteers tweeted aid information and requirements, amplified official messaging, and brought attention to the situation.
- Cyclone Niko – Tahiti
- In passing 150 km east of Tahiti, Cyclone Niko left heavy rains causing widespread flooding particularly on the Hamuta Pirae River.
- Flooding – Brisbane, Australia
- Rain has caused major flooding, and road closures. Emergency services have been forced to rescue multiple people trapped in cars in Brisbane and surrounding coastal towns.
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