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Irrigation Projects Aimed at Saving Water Supply in Kansas

By Associated Press

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Irrigation projects that aim to improve Kansas's diminishing underground water supply will be showcased across the state this month.

The Hutchinson News reports that the state's more than 15 Water Technology Farms will show farmers in western Kansas how to use less irrigation water on their crops.

One technology is a precision mobile drip irrigation system that aims to increase efficiency. The first technology farms were implemented in 2016. They test the latest irrigation equipment on a large level.

Gov. Sam Brownback began working on a plan to preserve the state's water resources shortly after taking office. Irrigation wells are drawing water from the Ogallala Aquifer at a rate that could leave the aquifer 70% depleted by 2064. More than 95% of that water is used for irrigation.

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WEATHER

600 Still Missing in Sierra Leone; Landslide Death Toll Expected to Rise

From The Weather Channel

Red Cross officials estimate that 600 people are still missing after heavy rains and flash flooding led to landslides in the west African nation of Sierra Leone on Monday. More than 300 people are dead and local residents say they expect the death toll to continue to rise. 

"The magnitude of the destruction as a result of the disaster is such that the number of victims in the community who may not come out alive may likely exceed the number of dead bodies already recovered," Charles Mambu, a civil society activist and resident of one affected area, Mount Sugar Loaf, told The Associated Press. 

A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains leaving many houses completely covered in mud, the BBC reports. A BBC reporter at the scene says many people may have been caught asleep when the mudslide occurred.

According to weather.com meteorologists, the area has seen nearly 20 inches more rain than average over the last 30 days.

Relatives were frantically digging through the mud in search of their loved ones and a morgue in the nearby national capital of Freetown overflowed with bodies, The Associated Press reports. Mambu told the AP that two people were brought out alive from the debris Monday evening.

Rescue workers search for survivors following a mudslide in Regent, east of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Mudslides and torrential flooding killed many people in and around Sierra Leone's capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims thought to be trapped in homes buried under tons of mud.

Victor Foh, Vice President of Sierra Leone, confirmed to the UK Telegraph that "hundreds have probably died" in the mudslide.

The Society 4 Climate Change Communication - Sierra Leone is reporting that 60 of the dead are children.

Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary in Freetown, urged the health department to deploy more ambulances, saying his mortuary only has four.

"The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," Kamara, told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp on Monday, as reported by the AP.

Government spokesman Cornelius Deveaux told the AP that rescue operations began early Tuesday to remove people still believed to be buried in the rubble. Heavy equipment was deployed to dig into the piles of red mud.

Deveaux said definitive death figures were unknown "as the mortuary is overwhelmed with corpses — men, women, and children. Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate the outbreak of diseases like cholera," the AP reports.  

Witnesses described roads in the town of Regent, located in the hills above Freetown, as being turned into "churning rivers of mud" to the UK Telegraph after the mudslide in the early hours of Monday. 

"In places, entire communities seem to have been washed away and whatever is left is covered in mud," Abdul Nasir, program coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the AP.

Initial Red Cross estimates said as many as 3,000 were left homeless by the disaster and that the total was expected to rise, AP reports. The president's office released a statement urging residents to relocate to safer areas of Freetown. 

The original article, video, and photos can be found here.

Local Weather

According to Storm Team 12 on KWCH for the Hays, Kansas area: Friday shows thunderstorms throughout the day with a high of 91, low 67. Saturday is sunny, high 92, low 70. Sunday is partly cloudy with a high of 94, low 74. Monday is sunny, high 95, low 74. Tuesday and Wednesday are partly cloudy, highs in the low 90's, lows in the upper 60s.

 

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