(CNN) — Catastrophic flooding has prompted the evacuation of thousands upon thousands of people in Russia’s Far East, a government ministry said Sunday, spurring hasty efforts to set up housing for the displaced.
Russia’s emergency ministry said Sunday that 18,000 people had been affected in three regions north of China not far from the Sea of Okhotsk. RIA Novosti, a state-run news agency, identified the affected regions as the Amur region, Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region.
This report, citing an emergency ministry spokesperson, had an even larger number of people affected after heavy rains spurred the floods — 32,000, of which 17,000 had been evacuated.
CONWAY, Mo. — High water forced several families out of bed early Saturday morning in the community of Conway, Missouri. The National Weather Service had issued a Flash Flood Emergency.
A mobile home park was evacuated near J and CC Highways. Authorities had to rescue seven people. No one was injured. The flooding damaged siding on a number of the homes and residents were moving out soaked furniture and belongings.
The flooding also forced MoDot to close part of I-44 for a few hours at mile marker 112. It was reported 3 feet of water was over the interstate there. Lanes reopened shortly before 7:00 a.m.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air, a disaster official said.
Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Nearly 3,000 people were evacuated from the area on Palue island. The volcano has been rumbling since October 2012.
The victims included three adults and two children, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said the age of the sixth person killed was unclear and that the children’s bodies had not been recovered from Ponge beach in Rokirole village.
Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.
Officials in British Columbia’s Central Kootenay region have issued an evacuation order affecting about 800 people after a tanker truck carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel crashed into a creek.
Bill Macpherson of the Regional District of Central Kootenay said the regional medical officer issued the order around 9 p.m. Friday for an area stretching several kilometres along both sides of the Lemon Creek in the Slocan Valley.
Emergency Management B.C. said on its website that all areas 10 kilometres downstream of the accident site to the community of Winlaw are included in the order.
The logo of French oil company Total is pictured during the company’s 2012 annual result presentation in Paris February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
(Reuters) – A leak of toxic gas from a Total oil refinery in northwestern France in the early hours of Thursday caused the plant to be briefly evacuated, disrupted local train services and injured one worker, Total said.
The company said a leak in the alkylation unit, which produces high-octane gasoline ingredients, had been repaired and the refinery, in the town of Donges, was operating normally again a few hours after the incident.
“There is no risk for the local population or environment,” Total said in a statement.
A spokeswoman added the leak had not affected production at the 230,000 barrel per day refinery.
Local media said the worker had suffered chemical burns from butane and hydrofluoric acid, but Total said the person’s condition was stable following hospital tests.
Total’s 2012 annual report showed that if the number of recorded incidents per million hours worked fell in the last three years, the incident severity rate rose last year, while still within the range seen over the last six years.
(Reporting by Catherine Bremer; additional reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Keiron Henderson)