Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 675 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 791 nm northeast of Willis Island, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.


China – At least 28 people have been killed or feared missing after heavy rains-triggered floods and landslides swept through four provinces of China. Five people have died in landslides in Shangcheng County, Henan Province, where heavy rains since Friday has forced the evacuation of nearly 800 people, the collapse of 100 dwellings and damage to over 200 buildings, according to the county’s information department. Over 6,700 hectares of crops have been damaged and power and communications have also been affected.

Canada – Heavy rain in parts of Calgary on Tuesday afternoon has caused flash flooding, power outages and the closure of one LRT station.


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

Between 27 and 30 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 1 additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) alongside 2 additional deaths.

Liberia – Ebola Update

Liberian officials on Tuesday quarantined a neighbourhood near the capital city where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola, a grim setback for the poor African country that was declared free of the deadly virus in May.


Wildfires – Chernobyl, Russia

At least 6 wildfires are raging in the exclusion zone of drought-stricken land surrounding the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. It’s the second fire to hit the area since late April.

In February, researchers warned that fires nearby Chernobyl “pose a high risk of redistributing radioactivity.” And, say scientists, wildfires in the area could become more frequent and more intense due to climate change.

Wildfires – Washington State, USA

Strong winds and 100-degree temperatures sent one fire in the central part of the state skipping through a subdivision, sparing some homes and burning others to the ground. Two dozen homes were destroyed in a fast-moving wildfire Sunday night in Wenatchee, a central Washington city about 120 miles east of Seattle. A handful of businesses also were destroyed when flames spread to the downtown core. Hundreds of firefighters have been called in from around the state to try to bring the blaze under control.