Cataclysmic Natural Disaster Devastates Region of Ras'nrr: Entire Air Brigade And Airbase Destroyed By Messa's Fury
A terrifying cataclysm has struck the peninsula north-east of Tampiska and west of Nal’tor, rendering September 9th a day that the inhabitants of this region won’t ever forget. There is still catastrophic damage to infrastructure, power and water lines, and a major military base. Thousands of Tajara have died and thousands more have been left homeless as entire communities have been flattened in a freak weather event.
Meteorologists were entirely unable to explain what caused the natural disaster to manifest where it did, and as intensely as it did. For several hours the event baffled scientists within the Ministry of Climatology and prompted them to reach out to Alliance scientists for help. We now understand that the Ras’nrr continent has faced its largest tornado in history. In the Alliance model it is a Category 8: their highest ranking tornado in terms of size and the level of damage. Winds are believed to have reached 322mph and the tornado itself had a total radius of 3 miles. Human and Tajara meteorologists are still unable to explain how or why the described tornado was able to manifest where it did and with the intensity that it did, but the damage caused is catastrophic.
The damage caused by the event is still being fully evaluated but our journalists have several testimonies from those that were in the region during this unprecedented natural disaster.
The 58th Airborne Brigade was a convoy of attack and transport helicopters that suffered this freak disaster manifesting during the middle of a planned rendezvous that would bring them to reinforce our comrades fighting in the daring offensive against the Adhomai Liberation Army. Pilot Muhra’hurl Za’sayl is one of 50 surviving airmen from the brigade. His helicopter was at the rear of the brigade and crashed following severe turbulence during the touchdown of the storm. His attack helicopter struck a tree and he was lodged between his seat and two tree branches before being rescued 8 hours later by rescue workers.
“We were flying through calm, cloudy weather when his comrade Major-General said we were getting bad turbulence and we were re-routing to avoid a storm. The weather all around us took a sudden turn for the worse with no warning. In just a few minutes we were in the middle of it all. The turbulence was unbelievable and there was constant shuddering. I had basically no control of the helicopter and was at the mercy of the winds. We were thrown left and right and even dropping hundreds of feet in altitude only to be hurled back into the air. The clouds around us were thick like ash and his co-pilot was blubbering because she was so terrified. In the end we were thrown against the ground and I was unconscious. When he woke up he saw his co-pilot was dead and the land all around him was barren and stripped of snow and soil and left this nasty scar on the surface.”
The entire brigade is believed to have perished from extreme turbulence and some aircraft even being sucked into the tornado. Rescue servicemen continue to search valiantly amidst the rubble for more survivors.
The village of Zolkva outside the airfield also suffered a direct hit from the disaster. Comrade Mayor Trei’jurhl of Zolvka and his family thankfully survived the tornado after their home in the village was destroyed. Comrade Trei’jurhl describes his experience living through the devastating tornado.
“Without warning it began to rain in a nasty torrent and even hailed a bit. This lasted for several minutes before it suddenly stopped. There was no more rain, no hail. There was such a silence hanging over everything except for the rumbling of thunder. Then in the distance this one say a silent shape like an upside down pyramid reach down from the dark clouds. It looked like it was moving so slow, but it was getting closer and closer. We all watched it for awhile but soon we could see power lines snapping in the distance where it was, and this one ran home. This one hid in his basement with his family and we could hear nothing but a never ending roar. When it was all over we emerged from our basement and everything was destroyed.”
A soldier from the airfield was found alive and we received another testimony from her as she is recovering in a field hospital to the east of Dolor from a broken arm and several lacerations. She was able to survive within in the airfields bomb shelter. The tornado tore the reinforced steel blast door from the shelter and several other comrades within were sucked out. It’s not clear how she avoided their fate, but she insists it is the mercy of S’rendarr.
“Entire buildings were torn up from the ground and disintegrated in the air. She saw a group of soldiers dive under a tank seeking shelter but the vortex picked them all up, including the tank, and he did not see any of them again. When the door was torn off our shelter she saw outside someone clinging to a tree right next to where the tank had been before, and he was fine. She doesn’t understand how it chose who was spared and who died, but she is thankful that messa did not deem her worthy to join the Suns yet today.”
Comrade Chief Meteorologist of the Ministry of Climatology has released a statement insisting that the full resources of the department were being devoted to investigating this freak weather event. Many questions baffle even the Alliance scientists that have offered to help our efforts.
One of these scientists, Marcus Orwell, expressed his concerns.
”Tornadoes are caused by the collision of a hot and cold front and their interactions start swirling the air. Tornados are such serious events that the whole storm stops around it. The vortex starts to form in the clouds and it also starts to form on the ground, so the violent vortex forming on the ground is invisible even as it moves and causes destruction until it tears up enough soil and debris to be visible. From what our models show the majority of Adhomai does not have the proper interactions between weather fronts to spawn tornados. There’s no current climate model to explain what happened. This sort of extreme weather event usually only happens when there is a serious malfunction in terraforming efforts. We are continuing to work on an explanation.”
The work of the comrade scientists is matched by the work of rescue workers and volunteers. Despite the incredible devastation that has sent the entire region around the great city of Dolor reeling, Party officials are fully confident that we are able and willing to rebound from this disaster. A representative of President Hadii himself is scheduling a visit to the region to provide their assistance and warm words to the survivors of this tragedy.
“It is times like these that the turbulence of our world manifests in even the skies above us, and it is through family and comradery that we will weather the storms thrown at us.” Hadii said.
The loss of an entire helicopter brigade is no doubt going to strain our comrades fighting valiantly to defend the continent from the enemy forces, but many commanders have expressed full confidence that they have the ALA on the ropes and will soon engage in a successful counter-attack.