Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

Disease

Meningitis in Niger

An outbreak of the meningitis disease in Niger has killed 45 people since January, the Western African country’s health minister has announced.

“From January 1 to March 29, 2015, some 345 cases of meningitis, including 45 fatalities, have been reported, which is a fatality rate of 15.3 percent,” Health Minister Mano Aghali said.

The minister went on to say that all regions in the country were seeing cases of meningitis except Diffa in the southeast. He, however, assured that the epidemic had been contained and the situation is under control.

Foot and Mouth Disease in Zimbabwe – Update

The foot and mouth disease which broke out in Zvishavane last November has not yet been contained because Government has no money to fight the outbreak.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 04w (Maysak), located approximately 142 nm north-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

The super typhoon dissolved into a tropical depression and made landfall in the Philippines Sunday, forecasters said, easing fears after thousands of residents fled remote coastal villages to avoid potential giant waves.

Tropical storm 05w (Haishen), located approximately 103 nm northwest of Chuuk, is tracking west-southwestward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

California, USA – Tornado in Pomona has damaged at least 17 houses including two shops and a church. The path of the tornado was about 7 to 10 miles long and a quarter to a half mile wide. Heavy damage is being reported on the UU Highway northeast of Pomona. Emergency crews visited house to house pounding on doors to find people in their damaged homes.

Nepal – Another heavy storm hit Kathmandu on Saturday evening, halting traffic at various places in the capital with strong winds and disrupting the lives of thousands of people.

Kenya – Five people are dead and scores others missing following floods in Bondo, Siaya County after heavy rains in the Western region. The number of those dead is likely to go up as other people are still missing.

Missouri, Kentucky, USA – The devastation in Kentucky came as a dangerous storm swept through, causing flash floods. As many as 12 tornadoes were reported in parts of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. Kentucky was soaked by up to 5 inches of rain, leading to flash flood warnings in Louisville, where cars were inundated as roads turned into rivers and officials conducted more than 100 water rescues.

UAE – A major sandstorm hit the United Arab Emirates, blotting out Dubai’s famous skyline. High winds have whipped up desert sands, severely reducing visibility and causing residents to suffer breathing difficulties. The storm has led to flight diversions from Dubai’s International Airport, leaving many passengers stranded. Abu Dhabi police say the storm has caused a serious traffic accident and forecasters predicted it could last for days.