Case Study Summary- Cooney

I chose this case because it was so fascinating to me! Hurricane Ike will definitely go down in the history books, and was very interesting to research!

It’s no doubt that Hurricane Ike was a massive disaster. Ike is defined as a Cape Verde-type hurricane, which means that it was a tropical cyclone that that developed into a tropical storm within a good distance of the Cape Verde Islands. Next, the said tropical storm turns into full on hurricane before reaching the Caribbean. Hurricane Ike started near Africa and slowly progressed to Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Cuba, and then reaching its final destination, Galveston, TX. The track that Ike took was through the Gulf of Mexico, and ended up tearing through a solid part of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Ike was very destructive, tearing down anything and everything in its path, leaving behind ruins and rubble.

You may be wondering, “Has Texas seen anything this intense before?” “Were they ready?” The answer is, absolutely. You may remember that earlier on in the semester, our class spent a great deal of time studying about Hurricane Galveston, that took place many years prior to Hurricane Ike that took place in 2008. The two hurricanes are strikingly similar, both came moving into the area of Galveston Texas at about 12 MPH, although Galveston had stronger winds.

The area of Galveston, TX is very susceptible to a hurricane due to the fact that it is close to the shoreline. Studies have showed that if Hurricane Ike had hit just 50 miles down the Texas coast, the impact would have been four times as worse physically and economically. Galveston itself is located pretty much on the cast of Texas, making this disaster one that was pretty tough to escape. Since the hurricane only touched down twice before hitting Texas, it was unsure of where the hurricane was headed next. Satellites were used to track Ike since it was not close enough to the ground to be tracked.

The crews that came to the aid of Galveston and other surrounding areas knew what they were doing, as they could get the city back on its feet in a short amount of time. The ruins made a mark on the city financially, but progressed well and is doing great to this day.

Storms Strike Cambodia

Two people were injured and one person died as massive thunderstorms struck Cambodia on Saturday afternoon. The citizen that unfortunately was killed, was taking his cows to graze in a field and all the sudden, out of nowhere, he was struck by lightning. There happened to be a huge rainstorm that day which likely contributed to said lightning strike.

The two individuals who were injured had a house collapse on them during the lightning strike, and we immediately sent to the hospital. Reports showed that several local homes were destroyed in this disaster as well.

In a report put out by the National Committee for Disaster Management, there were a total of six people killed and nineteen people injured from January to March at the beginning of this year, with 500 houses being damaged.

More homes are being destroyed In 2017 so far then have been in 2016, which is proving to be very difficult for Cambodia.–two-hurt-in-storms/

Classrooms Reopen in Cuba After Hurricane Matthew

Who ever thought that Cuba would still be suffering from Hurricane Matthew, that happened several months ago? This hurricane was the strongest recorded hurricane to hit the area of Guantanamo in Cuba. One thing that Cuba did outstandingly well, was that they kept in the forefront of their minds the safety of all of their children.

Among many things, Cuba kept material damage low, and there was no loss of  human life, which is incredible. This allowed the affected communities to focus on recovery and make sure students could get back into their classrooms as soon as they possibly could.

Reports showed that this disaster was so bad for students and younger kids, because they had never seen anything like it before. The bottom line that Cuba was trying to convey is that prevention is better than cure.

Cuba was able to find alternative housing for those who’s current living arrangements did not meet standards. Family centers and institutions were primarily used as alternative learning spaces, which made it so that classes could resume as soon as possible.



India is Turning Up the Heat


Isn’t it always awesome to have a vacation start early?? I know I always loved it when my parents pulled me out of school a few days early to travel to see family or whatever the occasion was. In India, the beginning of this vacation meant something completely different. A massive heat wave struck India, causing an early summer to occur.

Central India forced several of their State Governments to issue heatwave warnings, and to begin to take precautionary measures. Chhattisgarh, the 10th largest state in India, sent out a letter for all administration directed at all primary and upper primary schools yesterday to change their timings and to reduce their working hours, due to this heatwave.

The Madhya Pradesh government took similar measures and decided to close all schools in that particular state from April 19th.  In another state, Odisha, they have seen 14 alleged deaths due to this heatwave, but only 2 have been confirmed.

The temperatures that have been recorded throughout this heatstroke have been insane, to say the least. The high temperatures have been mostly confined to 5 states, but still have affected many individuals.

Peru Death Toll is on the Rise

Since the beginning of the year, there have been terrible Mudslides that have been plaguing Peru. Their death count is now at a shocking number if 113, which includes 5 individuals who were unfortunately killed this past Tuesday.

This serious string of natural disasters is being titled “costa El Niño” and has left more than 178,000 people homeless, according to the National Center for Emergency Operations.  Over One million homes have been damaged, and it is estimated that over $9 billion dollars will be needed to rebuild and modernize all the affected areas.

Heavy rains have been affecting Peru all year, which have been detrimental. These heavy rains have been triggering flash floods and sent mud going everywhere. This disaster has been causing effects like “El Niño”, and has Peru very worried.


Flood Troubles in Ferry County

Last Thursday, there was some extreme overnight flooding that absolutely wrecked U.S. Highway 395, in Ferry County, Washington. A mix of wet weather and high waters have created many road closures on numerous roads in northeast Washington.

The recent flooding has brought some worries of a possible landslide in surrounding areas. Due to these fears, many other roads and trails have been closed while taking precautions. It is reported that many areas of hillside seem to be unstable, with crooked trees and bulging pavement.

One major road, Flowery Trail Road had to be closed due to the aforementioned landslide fears. This road connects Pend Oreille and Stevens counties, which are major counties in Washington. Thankfully, there are detours available so residents can access these areas.

This week, the Washington state Department of Transportation will build a temporary bridge on state Route 21, where the road has completely been washed out. The bridge will be one lane wide and signage will be posted to let residents know when to safely cross without encountering oncoming traffic.


Colombia at Major Risk for Natural Disasters


Colombia is still suffering heavily after a recent mudslide struck the area. The recent mudslide, mixed with ponging torrential rains, has proven to be very difficult for Colombia to recover from such tragedy. According to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, more than a third of the country is on “some level of elevated alert” due to the year’s first rainy season and the pacific weather phenomenon more commonly known as “La Nina”. The recent torrential downpour that has been taking over Colombia elevate the risk of floods or avalanches.

Recently, Colombia suffered a recent disaster in one of its municipalities, Mocoa. The President, along with his civilians, are afraid of a repeat disaster and are taking every safety measure to ensure that they do not have a repeat of that disastrous event.

Cali, Colombia’s third largest city, unexpectedly woke up on good Friday with many alerts of landslides, spurred by heavy rainfall. Some areas have many risks of landslides, while others not so much.


Colombia Mudslide

The death toll in a tragic Colombia Mudslide hits 254. 43 of these precious lives taken were those of children. A lot of those whose lives were unfortunately taken were homeless at the time- a situation we hope to never have to face. The article shares a story of a 38-year-old woman who goes on a search for her niece. While she was searching, she came across a little baby’s hand from underneath a shelter set up for homeless people. The pope that presides over the local area of Colombia has been praying for the affected individuals, and declared a state of emergency over the area.

Disaster Strikes Peru

On March 19th 2017, Lima Peru was struck with a gigantic natural disaster. 99,475 victims, 626,298 affected and 75 dead, are just some of the numbers surrounding this disastrous event, as of Sunday. An update on Sunday reported 263 people injured and 20 others missing. A ton of educational buildings and healthcare facilities suffered major damages. The information gathered surrounding the figures of this catastrophic event came from many different cities throughout Peru. Unfortunately, there were also many roads that suffered massive destruction, including bridges and irrigaton channels as well.