Typhoon Songda is one of the most severe tropical cyclone found in the North West Pacific Ocean. On Oct 14th, 2016, the remnants of this powerful cyclone swept through the North West causing a disaster. Heavy storms and gusts traveling at 80mph caused an alarming situation and fear across the entire region.
Debris was flying everywhere. Power lines toppled and people were without power for two days. Trees kept falling over and causing damage to property. The heavy rain walloped the entire North Western regions. According to Fire and Rescue teams in Portland, the Peak gusts occurred between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents were asked to stay at homes and not roam in public. Parks, zoos and other places of public entertainment were closed as a precaution to keep people safe.
Earlier on October 3rd, there was a tropical disturbance in the west-southwest of Hawaii. Typhoon Songda entered into resurgence by October 11th.
Though there were mass panic and havoc created, the storm intensity was much less than predicted. Morgan Palmer who is a KIRO 7 Meteorologist stated that the reason for this low intensity was probably due to the fact that low pressure didn’t deepen while it was expected to.
Till now the worst calamities were reported in West Seattle when a tree fell and injured a young boy aged 4 and his father, 40 teenagers and six adults became stranded at an outdoor camp, two businesses were destroyed and one home was rendered uninhabitable.
However prepared you are for a natural calamity; it will leave you confused and distressed. Once you get a warning or alert, it’s best if you store emergency utilities to keep safe and sound. The Forecasts predicted a heavy aftereffect, however, this time, the dangers were lesser than expected. This proves that Nature is very unpredictable.
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Take a look at your surroundings today. Or better stand at a safe place on a busy road and count the motors rushing by. And then just look at how much smoke and dust is released into the air we breathe. In the near future, there is every chance that along with shops and malls for textiles, there will be a huge market for Air masks, portable air filters and easy to carry Oxygen cylinders. Attire suitable to accommodate purified oxygen cylinders will be part of our daily wear. Many of you would think this is funny and is never going to happen. But think again, did anyone think that there would be a generation who needs to buy drinking water? So if that can happen, there is every chance that oxygen will also turn into a commodity consumers need to buy.
According to WHO reports, less than 8% of the population has air which meets the WHO air quality levels. The rest of the population is inhaling air which has alarmingly higher levels. The presence of high amount of air pollutants causes a rapid decline in air quality.
There is a long list of diseases which arise from air pollution. Some of them are
· cardiovascular diseases
· pulmonary diseases
· lung cancer
· respiratory infections
Sources of Air pollution include
· Combustion of gasoline and other hydrocarbon fuels in automobiles
· Industrial waste,
· The burning of plastics and household waste
· Uncontrolled and inefficient emissions from vehicles.
WHO Ambient Air Quality Guidelines
10 μg/m3 annual mean
25 μg/m3 24-hour mean
20 μg/m3 annual mean
50 μg/m3 24-hour mean
For further information
WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health
Telephone: +41 22 791 4475
Mobile: +41 79 445 1624
Email: [email protected]
WHO Department of Communications
Telephone: +41 22 791 2885
Mobile: +41 79 603 1891
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