Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Bolivia – Torrential rainfall sparks flash flooding in Bolivia, leaving motorists stranded and turning city streets into rivers. At least 59 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands impacted by devastating floods in Bolivia this year.

Oman – A number of governorates in Oman received heavy rainfall on Tuesday, which led to flooding in some wadis. Flash floods were reported in the wadis of Al Kahla and Al Faleej as the wilayats of Ibra and Al Mudhaibi in North Al Sharqiyah received heavy rainfall.

USA – A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions that lasts for days. Millions of people looking for a long period of sunny, warm weather from the Midwest to the South and the Northeast will need to look elsewhere next week. The unsettled pattern will stretch from Chicago and Detroit to Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.

Disease

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

As of 18:00 on 20 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 136 deaths. To date, 169 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 112 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 69 deaths. In addition, 41 cases (34 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 55 cases (33 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-five (25) health care workers (HCW) have been affected (18 confirmed), with 16 deaths (12 confirmed).

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 21 April 2014, 18 April 2014 and 16 April 2014, the Ministry of Health of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported an additional 9 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Sleeping Sickness in Zambia

An outbreak of the deadly parasitic disease, African sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis has been reported in Rufunsa District in Lusaka.