EDM Monday Briefing: Bombing in Pakistan, Volcano Eruption in Alaska, Brussels Update
Emergency and disaster management briefing for March 28, 2016: An Easter suicide bomb targeting Christians in Pakistan kills at least 70, a volcano on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska erupts, and investigations in Brussels continue.
- A suicide bombing killed at least 70 and wounded at least 300 others in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday. The attack reportedly targeted a park frequented by the city's Christian population, which was relatively crowded due to the Easter weekend holiday. A group associated with the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which left many women and children dead.
- The Pavlof Volcano on Alaska's Aleutian Islands erupted yesterday, sending ash 20,000 feet into the air. The volcano lies about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the volcano has 40 known eruptions, and the agency raised the volcano alert level to "Warning."
- The death toll from the terrorist attacks in Brussels last week rose to 35 after four injured in the attacks died in hospitals this weekend. Belgium authorities continued carrying out raids across the nation and detained at least four people on terrorism-related charges.
- Police departments across the United States are increasingly investing in body camera technology as public scrutiny of police practices intensifies. More and more cities are investing large amounts in the technology and are also starting to outfit officers with cameras for use on a daily basis.
- The federal government extended the state of emergency declaration in Flint, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to continue providing aid to the Michigan city as it works to overcome its water contamination crisis. FEMA did note, however, that this will be the last and final extension -- no further extensions will be granted.
- President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Mississippi to help the state recover from severe storms and flooding that occurred in early to mid March. Federal funding is now available in three counties -- Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant requested the federal disaster declaration last week.
- FEMA extended disaster aid in Texas to six more counties due to recent heavy rains and flooding that hit the state. The original federal disaster declaration included three counties, Jasper, Newton and Orange, but the total is now up to nine with the addition of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Marion and Parker counties.
- A recent study predicted the likelihood, timing and location of possible Zika virus outbreaks in U.S. cities and published a corresponding Zika risk map., noting that the risk of Zika spreading in the U.S. will increase as summer approaches and temperatures heat up.
- Officials from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals gave residents of Donaldsonville, LA the green light to start drinking the town's water again. Last week, officials issued an alert to stop drinking the water due to elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in tested samples. Chlorine dioxide is an approved water treatment disinfectant, but ingesting too much can cause nervous system health effects. The water treatment plant in question stopped using chlorine dioxide.