EDM Monday Briefing: Louisiana Recovery, Iraq Executions, Suicide Bomber in Turkey
Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 22, 2016: Louisiana is in recovery mode, Iraq executes 36, a Turkey attack is carried out by a 12-year-old boy, six tornados touch down in Michigan, Southern California wildfire evacuation orders are lifted, New York is staying ahead of Zika, Somali bombings leave 23 dead, and five die in a mass killing in Alabama.
- Louisiana is now in recovery mode after the torrential downpour that struck the state. Some are calling it the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. It is estimated 102,000 people have registered for federal help.
- Iraq authorities hung 36 people in connection with the killing of 1,700 men in ISIS controlled areas in 2014. The 2014 killings were taped and released by the terrorist organization. Human Right activists claimed this to be the largest reported incident of mass killing by ISIS.
- At least 51 people were killed by a child suicide bomber that Turkish officials said was 12-14 years old. The attack took place at a Turkish wedding while families were still dancing.
- Six tornados touched down in Michigan on Saturday in Van Buren County, Bangor, Fennville, Ottawa County, Kent County and Grandville. There were no reported injuries but at least 25,000 lost power in the storms.
- More than 82,000 people in San Bernardino, CA were finally able to return to their properties after officials lifted a wildfire evacuation order. Preliminary damages suggest that at least 105 home and 216 outbuildings were destroyed across rural mountainous terrain.
- Some areas of New York City are combatting Zika virus by spraying adulticide, which awakens mosquitoes then kills them. New York City's deputy health commissioner claims the city is better positioned than most other places to deal with the Zika threat. They are investing $21 million to control the mosquito boom.
- Two suicide bombings left 23 dead in the town of Galkayo in Somalia. Authorities said there were two separate attacks. One of the bombers drove his vehicle into a building, while the other detonated a separate car bomb. The terror group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
- A 27-year-old man in Mobile, AL is being charged with six counts of capital murder after five people, including a pregnant woman, were murdered on Saturday. Derrick Ryan Dearman surrendered himself to authorities on Saturday and confessed to the crimes. The Mobile District Attorney's office has started the extradition process.