Thousands of sheep dead, 1,500 people evacuated, blown roofs, flooded roads and farm land was the result of three days non-stop of pouring rainfall and strong winds that punished Uruguay beginning last Friday.
The storm was particularly fierce to the north and northwest of the country where recently sheared sheep flocks could not resist the cold and constant water downpour, following an exceptional winter week in which temperature had reached 30 Celsius.
According to the regional chief from the Uruguayan Wool Secretariat Adolfo Casaretto, an estimated 30,000 sheep (ewes and lambs) so far have been reported in the northern counties of Salto, Tacuarembó, Paysandú and Artigas.
However “we are calling on sheep farmers to report all dead animals to the local police and warning the local population not to consume mutton and lamb killed by the storm”.
“We know some people are not reporting the dead animals so the number could be higher”, said Ruben Echeverría, head of Uruguay’s Rural Association, ARU, who revealed that further south in Uruguay, most dead animals were recently born lambs.
Incident re-ignites debate about threat posed by near-earth objects
Paul Joseph Watson
September 30, 2013
A surprise asteroid which was only spotted by scientists on Friday night narrowly missed the Earth just hours later, flying within the orbit of geostationary satellites.
“[The asteroid] was discovered on Friday night by our station near Lake Baikal and nine hours later it flew within 11,300 kilometers of the Earth surface, below the orbit of geostationary satellites. It was about 15 meters in size,” said Vladimir Lipunov of the Moscow State University and the Sternberg Astronomical Institute.
The incident will once again re-ignite debate about the threat posed by near-earth objects and what some claim are inadequate attempts on behalf of governments and space agencies to prepare for them.