Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands off Japan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone Five (tc) 05a, located approximately 604 nm east of Socotra Island, Yemen, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Egypt – Flash floods have claimed lives of at least twelve people in Beheira and Alexandria areas in Egypt on Wednesday. High winds and heavy rains have injured at least 19 people in Wadi El-Natroun and Beheira. The civil defence forces have evacuated around 100 people from Affona after their building collapsed due to the floods.

Drought

South Africa drought — Two more provinces declaring as disaster areas

Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces of South Africa will be declared drought disaster areas this week or next, risk management in the department of agriculture said on Wednesday.

South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1982, with more than 2.7 million households facing water shortages across the country.

The government has already allocated $26m to KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to mitigate the impact of the drought. Desperation for water has turned violent in Jozini. Community members rampaged, barricading roads with burning tyres and boulders and stoning motorists on Wednesday morning.

The South African Weather Service has forecast that an El Nino weather system will bring drought conditions in coming months.

The maize-growing Free State and North West provinces have already been designated disaster areas for agriculture.

Disease

Exanthematous illness outbreak in Brazil

Health professionals recently announced that the outbreak of exanthematous illness in Salvador, Brazil, is connected to the Chikungunya, dengue and zika viruses that have grown to be significant public health threats around the world.

A zika infection typically has symptoms that resemble dengue fever and exanthema, including conjunctivitis, a low-grade fever, and arthralgia. Zika and exanthematous illness outbreaks have been linked to higher rates of cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The first warning of the outbreak was sent to the Salvador Epidemiologic Surveillance Office (ESO) this year. In March, confirmed exanthematous illness cases began to rise, and by April the ESO announced that there were 10 public emergency health centres within Salvador. The centres are used as systematic surveillance units for patients who have acute exanthematous illness. As of today, the health investigators have not yet determined the origin of the disease outbreak.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed in May this year that Zika is now spreading through Brazil. Health professionals have confirmed that Zika is an etiologic agent to the rise in acute exanthematous illness.

The current acute exanthematous illness outbreak is spreading throughout Salvador. This city is the third-largest in Brazil, posing a notable health threat to the wellness of the country.