Dr. Drew continues to sound alarm on L.A.’s sanitation breakdown: ‘Medieval…No city on Earth tolerates this’

May 31, 2019 | Frieda Powers 

Dr. Drew Pinsky continued to sound the alarm over the “complete breakdown” of public health in Los Angeles, warning of “medieval” diseases like bubonic plague that will soon overtake the California city.

The celebrity doctor and addiction medicine specialist spoke with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham about the escalating health crisis in the nation’s second-largest city, as reports came in of a Los Angeles police officer who had contracted typhoid fever.

“We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now,” Pinsky said on “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday.

“We have the three prongs of airborne disease, tuberculosis is exploding, (and) rodent-borne. We are one of the only cities in the country that doesn’t have a rodent control program, and sanitation has broken down,” he added, predicting a typhus outbreak in the city this summer.

Despite efforts last October by Los Angeles officials to clean up the trash which had led to several cases of flea-borne typhus, garbage has accumulated again. The trash heaps attract rats and other rodents which can carry the diseased fleas, potentially infecting humans who come in contact with them.

The growth of the homeless population and untended trash threaten Los Angeles as public health conditions worsen, with Pinsky adding that it is “likely” that the bubonic plague, the 14th-century pandemic that killed millions, already exists in the city.

“This is unbelievable. I can’t believe I live in a city where this is not Third World. This is medieval,” he told Ingraham. “Third World countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on Earth tolerates this. The entire population is at risk.”

He believes the situation will worsen and admitted he has “an image of myself on my knees in the gutter tending to people” if there is a Measles outbreak as well.

Pinsky noted that the Democrat-run state will not be able to deal with the issues which will be exasperated by the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants with no health records pouring across the border and into its cities.

“The government is somehow insisting that housing is the problem when in fact we have chronic mental illness, we have addiction, we have people who don’t want to leave the streets,” he said. “They literally won’t take the housing if we give it to them. And that’s the population that’s vulnerable, and is going to get so ill this summer. It scares me for their well-being.”

He slammed political leaders who have not addressed the crisis as they play games to score political points.

“I want to pierce their shield of qualified immunity so we can go after them for reckless negligence. This is disgusting!” he exclaimed, telling Ingraham she doesn’t even realize how “dire” the situation is.

Liberal politicians are “disgustingly negligent” about the situation, he said, echoing remarks he made last week on Fox News Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”

“Literally, our politicians are like Nero. It’s worse than Nero,” the “Loveline” and “Celebrity Rehab” doctor added, referring to the Roman Emperor who was believed to have played the fiddle during the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD.

Pinsky warned that “there will be a major infectious disease epidemic this summer in Los Angeles.”

California’s newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed shock over the “jaw-dropping numbers” of homeless in the state, announcing plans to launch a task force using $1 billion of taxpayer funds in order to “find solutions.”

Donald Trump Jr. offered residents a better solution:

Los Angeles launched a half-million dollar pilot program last year to deal with its rampant homeless population,  paying homeowners to build shelters in their backyard which could then be occupied by the homeless.  A cleanup of one of California’s homeless camps last year along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim uncovered 404 tons of trash, over 13,000 hypodermic needles and more than 5,000 pounds of hazardous human waste. (Click to Source)

The Moment of Truth for the Oroville Dam-New Data Indicates the Coming Failure

Submitted by Dave Hodges on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 12:10.

I spoke with Paul Preston late last night and he indicated that some people, downstream from the Oroville Dam have packed up and left because of the anticipated dam failure. I asked Paul Preston, “How close is the dam to failing?” Preston replied “It could go by this weekend”.. His comments, in part, are based upon the dire weather forecast in which intense rainfall is forecasted between Wednesday May 15 and Sunday, May 19th. This is significant because this could greatly add to the inflow and the outflow data which shows an extreme imbalance. And when we consider that the dam is 12 feet from overtopping, the danger multiplies exponentially. When any structure takes on more water, whether it be a ship or a dam, it is going to fail/sink.

Paul Preston and myself had an intense conversation about the timing of my next article on the Oroville Dam. We both decided that putting out this progress report on the conditions related to the dam was prudent because it could save lives, before it is too late.

This article is a progress report. However, it is also a warning to the residents in the Central Valley which lie below the Oroville Dam and are in the direct path of the torrent of water that will be released when the dam fails. Some are leaving and some more will undoubtedly leave before it is too late. However, we many unsuspecting potential victims that are oblivious to the present set of conditions. This article is aimed at getting the present state of the Dam in front of as many people in the Central Valley as possible.

NO SECURITY AT DAM: Grouting to Stop the Leaks at Dam

Paul Preston has previously related to me that the California State Government has a financial motivation to see the dam fail based on the following:

  • The State of California is broke and the state is quickly reaching a state of insolvency.
  • If the Oroville Dam fails, the state will instantly quality for over a billion dollars in federal disaster aid.
  • The state has motive to see the dam fail.

Based on these facts, one can understand why when security of the Oroville Dam disappeared for 32 hours, foul play would be suspected. We have already seen the state dynamite the earthen sides of the dam and the constant flow of trucks and their subsequent vibrations are of concern to the locals in that they believe that the activity could contribute to the failure of the dam. Subsequently, tension and emotions are running high.

The Data Speaks for Itself

The following chart, as one can clearly see, is from the State of California. In the preliminary comments, one can see that data reporting is problematic when it comes to the Oroville Dam. However, obtained records, listed below the comments indicates a serious problem what will eventually result in overtopping the dam. This in turn will lead to the ultimate failure of the spillway and the emergency spillway and the dam will fail.

I am told that the California data which speaks to “inflow” and “outflow” are being purposely understated. However, even if we use California’s state government figures, one can only conclude that disaster is coming and with the water level only 12 feet from the top, disaster is coming sooner rather than later.

Please note the highlighted columns. One can clearly see, that within the last 24 hours, the dam is clearly taking on more water than it can release. And with a compromised spillway, the failure of the dam will be hastened. Remember, the latest weather forecast is calling for heavy rain between Wednesday and Sunday.

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Elevation: 900.0′ · FEATHER R basin · Operator: CA Dept of Water Resources/O&M Oroville Field Division

Station comments:

04/16/2019 Transmission equipment repaired. Hourly data is back online as of 4/15/2019 10:00.
02/23/2017 Outflow from Oroville includes all releases from the Oroville Dam (i.e.: Hyatt, spillway, low flow outlet), while River Release (RIV REL) pertains to the Oroville Complex as a whole which includes any releases from the Diversion Dam gates and Thermalito Afterbay River Outlet.
04/15/2019 Beginning 4/12/2019 16:00, reservoir elevation and storage are not transmitting correctly. Data is being flagged automatically.

Query executed Tuesday at 05:06:54

Provisional data, subject to change.

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Hourly Data

RAIN

INCHES

PDT RES ELE

FEET

STORAGE

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INFLOW

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05/13/2019 18:00 889.04 3,367,363 9,479 11,286 7,496 42.38 13.4
05/13/2019 19:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,393 11,673 7,497 42.38 13.4
05/13/2019 20:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,557 11,270 7,496 42.38 13.4
05/13/2019 21:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,464 10,714 7,496 42.38 13.4
05/13/2019 22:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,511 9,597 7,496 42.38 13.4
05/13/2019 23:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,541 9,594 7,518 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 00:00 889.05 3,367,516 9,598 9,598 7,497 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 01:00 889.06 3,367,669 9,596 9,625 7,518 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 02:00 889.07 3,367,822 9,392 10,548 7,517 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 03:00 889.09 3,368,127 9,693 11,467 7,517 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 04:00 889.09 3,368,127 9,686 11,284 7,496 42.38 13.4
05/14/2019 05:00

Latest Photos From Paul Preston’s Agenda 21’s Radio Website

The latest photos provided by the California State Department of Water Resources shows increased leakage on the main Oroville Dam spillway. Two photos taken on the morning of May 12, 2019 show overnight leaks have NOT gone away but increased over the last week. Attempts by the DWR to use various injection solutions have failed to deter the water behind the spillway plates..

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Photo provided by DWR May 12, 2019 from the upper spillway gates of the Oroville dam.
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Photo provided by DWR May 12, 2019 of the Oroville dam main spillway.
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Photo provided by DWR May 11, 2019 of the Oroville dam main spillway.

The photo above provided by the DWR was taken on the afternoon of May 11, 2019 shows less leakage. This is due to the afternoon sun drying out the leaks.   

The Risk of Inaction

A policy decision has been with regard to the threat. Every time an article is published on the CSS site, about the condition of the Oroville Dam, until failure, the dangers will be published along with any new information. The following represents the risk associated with a catastrophic dam failure.

  1. A breach of the dam would release a 30 foot wall of water traveling at 75 MPH.
  2. The escaping water would reach Sacramento within 45 minutes (long estimate).
  3. Over one million people lie in the path of the water.
  4. After the dam fails, there is not time to evacuate the population.
  5. Thirty percent of all American retail crosses this area from ports on the Pacific Ocean. The effect on the economy would be catastrophic.
  6. The Central Valley is one of the most bountiful agricultural areas in the world. No crops would grow for years. Combined with the Midwest flooding, famines will result and extreme food inflation.
  7. America would teeter upon collapse.

Above all else, lives are most important and the entire region should be evacuated. If the crisis is being overblown, why are there hundreds of trucks at the dam? Why are they working on the dam night and day. This is not normal maintenance and the data strongly indicates a disaster is at hand. Evacuation should be immediate. (Click to Source)

 

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Tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail will batter 40 million Americans as severe storms sweep through the Plains, Midwest, and South

  • Severe storms will barrel through the U.S. this week affecting 40million people
  • The storm, that started in the Rocky Mountains, will affect parts of the Plains, Midwest and South this week  
  • It’ll bring pounding rain, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail to in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana
  • On Monday alone there were 110 reports of severe weather, mostly in Kansas and Nebraska where several tornadoes were reported
  • The deluge set new daily record of 4.7 inches of rain in Chanute, Kansas Monday
  • The storm will wreak havoc bringing severe weather from Texas to Missouri from Tuesday through Thursday 
  • By Thursday the storms will slide southeast – hitting Louisiana to Tennessee

More than 40million Americans will be affected by severe weather that will barrel through the U.S. this week bringing pounding rain, thunderstorms, howling tornadoes and hail with it.

The storm will affect parts of the Plains, the Midwest and the South.

On Monday there were 110 reports of severe weather, mostly from Kansas and Nebraska, where monster tornadoes ripped through the states.

Torrential rain pounded down from the unmerciful skies in Kansas, causing flash flooding and setting a new daily record of 4.7 inches of rain in the town of Chanute on May 6. The rain was so bad several homes had to be evacuated.

Tuesday through Thursday will see damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes along with thunderstorms and heavy rain in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

On Monday there were 110 reports of severe weather, mostly from Kansas and Nebraska, where monster tornadoes ripped through the states. A tornado pictured above in Lewis, Kansas

On Monday there were 110 reports of severe weather, mostly from Kansas and Nebraska, where monster tornadoes ripped through the states. A tornado pictured above in Lewis, Kansas

 

The vicious tornadoes ripped through the fence of this family home in Nebraska above

The vicious tornadoes ripped through the fence of this family home in Nebraska above

 

Monday saw severe weather his Kansas and Nebraska with vicious winds that uprooted trees

Monday saw severe weather his Kansas and Nebraska with vicious winds that uprooted trees

 

This woman could barely get into her home when the whipping winds hit Nebraska

This woman could barely get into her home when the whipping winds hit Nebraska

 

A bolt of lightening - part of the series of storms that rolled through the Plains - hit and damaged the tarmac at Hutchinson Regional Airport

 

A bolt of lightening – part of the series of storms that rolled through the Plains – hit and damaged the tarmac at Hutchinson Regional Airport

 

Snow! Hail and snow fell in Aurora, Nebraska on Monday as well

Snow! Hail and snow fell in Aurora, Nebraska on Monday as well

The nucleus of the storm is in the Rocky Mountains – over Colorado and Wyoming – and it’s headed towards the Plains.

The storm will wreak havoc bringing severe weather from Texas to Missouri from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas are the most vulnerable states, according to ABC.

By Wednesday morning the storm hit Oklahoma City and Dallas.

But the worst won’t be over just yet There will be more severe storms from east Texas through Missouri as well.

The nucleus of the storm is in the Rocky Mountains – over Colorado and Wyoming – and it's headed towards the Plains

The nucleus of the storm is in the Rocky Mountains – over Colorado and Wyoming – and it’s headed towards the Plains

 

This map shows the likelihood of severe thunderstorm on Thursday showing it'll affect Texas through Louisville, Kentucky

This map shows the likelihood of severe thunderstorm on Thursday showing it’ll affect Texas through Louisville, Kentucky

 

Wednesday will see the storm concentrated in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois

Wednesday will see the storm concentrated in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois

Temperatures may rise from east Texas to western Louisiana on Wednesday – which could increase the risk of tornado formation.

By Thursday the storms will slide southeast – hitting Louisiana to Tennessee with thunderstorms.

This week certain areas could see six to eight inches of rain. The intense downpour could lead to flash flooding and rapid river rising.

Widespread rainfall in this storm fall in the two to four inch range. The deluge will affect parts of the Mississippi river Valley from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, which could further worsen existing flood conditions.

Rain, rain, go away! The rain forecasts is expected to effect nearly the entire nation through Friday

Rain, rain, go away! The rain forecasts is expected to effect nearly the entire nation through Friday

 

The incoming deluge will also create flood alerts in the Plains, South and Midwest

The incoming deluge will also create flood alerts in the Plains, South and Midwest

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Mississippi River Breaks 1993 Flood Record

As severe rain and thunderstorms continue to hammer the Midwest, flooding along the Mississippi River has broken quarter-century record. Water levels at Rock Island, Illinois, reached a new record peak, and other spots along the river could also reach new record highs if the rain doesn’t stop.

The water level at Rock Island rose 7.7 feet (2.3 meters) above flood stage as of 8 am local time on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rock Island is about 175 miles west of Chicago, and the previous record was set in June 1993, when the upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flooded the surrounding area, according to Bloomberg.

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Though the area has experienced substantial precipitation in the past few months, in 1993 “we had rain after rain after rain throughout the spring and summer,” said Justin Palmer, a hydrologist with the U.S. North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minn.

“It is kind of a one-off right now,” Palmer said. “But the potential is there as we get more rain for the river to stay high. We are definitely vulnerable to a rain event.”

But according to forecasts, the flooding could get worse. About 1.5 to 2 inches of rain is forecast to fall across Iowa and Illinois through May 10, the US Weather Prediction Center said. Between January and March, much of the Midwest will have had one of the 10 worst rain and snow seasons.

Between Jan. 1 and Thursday, 15.1 inches of rain fell in Davenport, Iowa, across the river from Rock Island.

High waters levels, which have persisted for months, have slowed the shipments of agriculture commodities like corn and grain, even forcing the CME Group to declare force majeure as some shipping stations became impossible to reach. (Click to Source)

 
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Just like something out of the Bible! Nightmarish swarm of millions of locusts darken the sky over Najran, Saudi Arabia, just weeks after devastating Iran

A few weeks after Iran, swarms of locusts are currently invading southern Saudi Arabia, near Najran, darkening the skies and adding a thick layer of insects to trees. Just like something out of the Bible!

Najran, Saudi Arabia, played host to an invasion of nightmarish proportions when millions of swarming locusts descended over the weekend. On their way from Iran they first crossed Kuwait and its desert before arriving to Saudi Arabia:

Very creepy, isn’t it? Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that swarms of locusts would be bearing down on Saudi Arabia and spreading among the Red Sea thanks to unusually heavy rainfall.

The UN also called on countries in the flight path to take the necessary precautions to ensure the insects make a limited impact.

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The biggest fear surrounding locusts is the amount of food they can consume in a short period of time, a “small swarm” weighing about one ton can eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.

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Plagues can consume fruits, crops, vegetation in their path ultimately causing devastation to farmers and locals.

Another biblical attack of locusts! (Click to Source)

 
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2019 is the year when the farming industry began to unravel as extreme weather and disease is hitting already disease around the world

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2019, will be the year when the farming industry began to unravel as China, who produce half of the world’s pork is set to drop by almost one-third because 200 million pigs are to be culled or die from being infected as African swine fever spreads through the country.
According to Rabobank, China’s pork production is seen at around 38 million tonnes in 2019 versus 54 million tonnes last year, Sherrard told Reuters, citing the company’s latest forecast.
That would be the lowest level in at least 20 years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics data, with repercussions across the global market for all animal proteins.
The decline would be nearly 30 per cent larger than annual output in the United States and equivalent to Europe’s yearly pork supply, Rabobank said.
The United States Department of Agriculture has forecast a smaller decline in China’s pork output this year, of around 10 per cent.

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2019 is now officially the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history with catastrophic flooding.
The US is experiencing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding with NOAA issuing a warning the flooding will continue through to the end of June.
With more than 90% of the upper midwest and great planes still covered by nearly 11 inches of snow and all that snow is beginning to melt.
That means the US will transform from one of the worst winters in modern history into a flood season that has already taken an apocalyptic turn for farmers across the US.
Millions of acres of farmland are already under water meaning thousands of farmers will not be able to plant crops this summer, with thousands of more farmers who have been financially ruined by the floods and will never return to farming again.

I Australia, after years of drought, 2019, has delivered the hottest January ever, the wettest February ever, the hottest start to Autumn in 30 years and the hottest March heatwave in 52 years hitting already struggling Aussie farmers hard.

Thousands of cattle were lost in the first three months of this year.

In the first 4 months of 2019, heatwaves in the southern hemisphere are killing wildlife ‘on a biblical scale’ from record-breaking heat.

Record heat in Australia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil with NASA and NOAA claiming the last 5 years have been the warmest since modern records began.
The intense heat in Uruguay that affected the country in 2019 did not affect only human beings, who persistently complained about the thermal sensations through social networks, chicken farmers, in particular, suffered the heat stroke in its economy when more than 100,000 chickens died by high temperatures in Montevideo,
Thousands of cattle died as temperatures hit 45 deg C, (110 deg F) early in 2019 in Argentina.
High temperatures, humidity and the suspicion of toxins in the food as a predisposing factor caused the death of thousands of cattle in at least four Santa Fe feedlots, Argentina at the beginning of  2019.

Iran’s farmers have had farms destroyed by unprecedented floods which have killed more than 70 people, destroyed or damaged 100,000 homes and damaged one-third of the country’s roads. thousands of cattle are thought to have been killed in the floods.

2019, South-East Africa.

It has been described as a ‘disaster on a scale we have ever experienced’
The full scope of devastation across three African nations may not be known for months to come after the Cyclone Idai death toll approaches 1,000.
As well as the immediate threat caused by flooding, hunger and illness are growing concerns, with crops and wildlife destroyed and waterborne diseases likely to spread. (Click to Source)

 
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Hail apocalypse: 13 killed and over 100 injured as hailstorm ravages three villages in Uganda

13 people have been killed and 100 others have been injured following a heavy rain and hail storm in Buyende district, Uganda. The unusual weather ravaged the villages of Kabugudo, Nabweyo, and Nakabembe between 8:00 pm and 10:30pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Most of the deceased were swept away by floods into nearby swamps where they drowned.

The storm swept away 300 homes and residents have found refuge at Kidera health centre IV. Survivors were transferred either to Kidera health centre IV or Kamuli general hospital respectively.

A victim explains she decided to lock herself in her house. However, in no time, she saw her rooftop shaking and on her way out, it felt on her head.

Another injured man explained his three sons and wife had been transferred to Kamuli hospital after sustaining injuries.

I was not at home when the storm struck, but I came back only to find the entire house flooded, and my wife together with the children were almost drowning, so I rushed them to Kamuli general hospital for further management,” he said.

Abdul Mulawa, the Buyende district police commander, says that the search is on to recover bodies of missing persons in the three villages. Mulawa further advised residents to shift from lake shores which have proven to be prone to heavy storms. Robert Musoke, the member of parliament for Budiope West, has asked the government and all volonteers to come and help rescuing the affected residents. (Click to Source)

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Plague of black beetles infest Anbar, Iraq and Saudi Arabia after severe flooding

Heavy storms continually recurred throughout Iraq during the period from 24-March to 2-April when severe weather finally eased, damaging buildings, homes, businesses and leaving thousands of people homeless. Similarly, tons of rain have flooded desertic Saudi Arabia over the two last weeks. While several villages and cities have been almost completely evacuated, some disgusting black beetles are infesting flooded regions, mostly in Anbar province, Iraq and Arar, Saudi Arabia.

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The insect plague was triggered by heavy rains. This is apocalyptic!

They are all over!

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Black beetle plagues have also been recorded around Arar and Hafar al-Batin in Saudi Arabia:

After natural disasters follow insect plagues. This is biblical! (Click to Source)

Food Crisis: Hail storm smashes 4 million avocados in under 10 minutes in Australia

A hail storm that ripped through an avocado orchard in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales last week has destroyed an estimated 4 million avocados. Aussie Orchards’ managing director Colin Foyster said 80 per cent of the fruit on the 12,000 trees at the Pretty Gully farm was knocked off and onto the ground.

 

The hail stones were up to three inches [7.6cm] in size and very jagged. It only hailed for less than 10 minutes, but [the stones were] big enough to knock the fruit off the tree or damage the remaining fruit. It’s three months away from harvest, so it’s all immature, so it’s unsalvageable.

Mr Foyster said the remaining fruit on the trees also had impact marks where the hail hit the fruit, and the trees themselves were also damaged. They won’t go into a premium 5kg tray; it’ll go into a 10kg bulk box, which you basically get the same money for.

Record expected for Pretty Gully crop

Aussie Orchards is a family-owned-and-operated business with avocado, lychee, sugar cane, macadamia and vegetable farms spread across the Northern Rivers and far-north Queensland.

Pretty Gully is an isolated area, 35 minutes’ drive north of Tabulam in the Upper Clarence Valley.

This year Pretty Gully was expected to deliver a record crop for the Foyster family, but instead it is believed to be one of the biggest natural disasters to hit a single avocado orchard in Australia.

This is a 100 per cent mature orchard; the original trees are 20 years old and the youngest trees are 12 years old. It’s protected so we don’t get the wind rub, so a high percentage of premium fruit comes off this property. We don’t have pests and diseases like we have to put up with on our other farms and a lot of other growers have to deal with.

The 2019 crop would have produced an estimated 200,000 trays of fruit, or around 50 semitrailer loads of avocados.

It is estimated around 200,000 trays of avocados, approximately 4 million pieces of fruit, were destroyed by the hail storm.
It is estimated around 200,000 trays of avocados, approximately 4 million pieces of fruit, were destroyed by the hail storm.

Mr Foyster was devastated by the damage and the financial loss.

My therapy is to assess the damage and get off this farm and go somewhere else for a month or two, and come back and it won’t be as apparent. But you can’t beat yourself up; you’ve just got to move on. It’s a bit sad for all my children, we’re all partners in the business together, they’ve only just started in the past couple of years and they were all looking forward to our record crop. But it’s not to be. They’ll bounce back.

It may, however, take the orchard a little longer to recover.

Hopefully there will be something left here for next year’s crop because it’s not just this year’s crop that’s on the trees, the fruit, it’s also the leaves that you see on the ground. They’re all the tips of where the flowers were coming for the next year’s crop, so there will be a major impact on next year’s crop as well.

Avocado orchard survived drought and raging fire

It had been a tough season leading up to the hail storm with months and months of dry conditions in the region.

We just got through the big drought and could see the rain coming, we were all very excited. So we stopped watering the orchard the day before the anticipated rain, but unfortunately it came in the form of hail.

It had been so dry at the orchard that they had to truck in water daily for three months to keep the trees alive and growing.

There’s no readily available water close to our farm, we’re at the top of a plateau, so I set up a semitrailer with bulk tanks and went and canvassed all the local farmers, cattlemen, anyone that had an excess water supply, a small dam. I pumped that onto the back of a truck and hauled between 100,000 and 150,000 litres per day to supplement the water that I had to get through that dry period into the cooler growing time. The roads here aren’t up to standard. I went through a set of tyres every three tanks of fuel just shredding them on the hard rock coming up the mountain.

Then came the destructive bush fire near Tabulam that destroyed more than 20 homes and burnt out more than 4,000 hectares.

Mr Foyster said they were lucky that the orchard did not go up in flames.

It only needed a good southerly wind and it would’ve been here within a 24-hour period. As the crow flies the fire was probably about 7 or 8km from the orchard. We did a lot of preparation around the orchard with fire breaks and set up a lot of our own equipment in preparation for it. The one thing about the fire is that we were aware of it for four or five days, so we had a little bit of a chance to prepare for it and thankfully for us it didn’t eventuate.

That is dramatic… For this family and for our food network… I expect food prices – from vegetables to meat – growing badly in the next few months. Hopelly this isn’t a food crisis coming to us! (Click to Source)

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Japan prepares to lift Fukushima evacuation order allowing residents to return eight years after devastating nuclear accident left 18,000 dead

  • Japan is set to lift evacuation order in town where Fukushima nuclear plant is
  • The government plans to lift the order for part of Okuma town on April 10 
  • It will be the first time the order has been lifted in either Okuma and Futaba

Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday.

The government plans to lift the order for part of Okuma town on April 10, cabinet office official Yohei Ogino told AFP.

Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant (pictured) is located

It will be the first time the government has lifted an evacuation order in the towns -Okuma and Futaba – that host the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

A geiger counter attached to a fence near the Daiichi power plant  measures radiation in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture

Okuma mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe described the decision as a ‘very welcome move’, a town official said.

‘We will be able to take the first step forward (towards reconstruction) eight years later,’ the official quoted Watanabe as saying.

In March 2011, a massive tsunami caused by an earthquake slammed into Japan, killing more than 18,000 and setting off the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

Japan’s government has lifted evacuation orders across much of the region affected by the meltdown – allowing residents to return – as Tokyo has pressed an aggressive decontamination programme involving removing radioactive topsoil and cleaning affected areas.

But not everyone has been convinced, with a poll conducted in February by the Asahi Shimbun daily and Fukushima local broadcaster KFB finding 60 percent of Fukushima region residents still felt anxious about radiation.

Workers wearing protective suits and masks at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, on February 23, 2017

A closed gate used to prevent people from entering the exclusion zone in Futaba town, Fukushima prefecture (stock image)

No one is officially recorded as having died as a result of radiation from the accident, but last year the government for the first time acknowledged the death from cancer of a man involved in the cleanup.

More than 3,700 people – most of them from Fukushima – have died from illness or suicide linked to the aftermath of the tragedy, according to government data.

As of the end of February, about 52,000 people remain displaced because of evacuation orders or because they are unwilling to return, according to Japan’s Reconstruction Agency.

The passing of five years shows as vegetation and the elements begin to take their toll on homes and businesses inside the deserted exclusion zone (stock image)

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident was the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986