Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Austria – An avalanche at an Austrian resort in the Alps has claimed the lives of five skiers from the Czech Republic. The avalanche in the Tyrol region buried 17 people injuring at least two skiers. Ten people were rescued unhurt. Two ski groups from the Czech Republic were caught up in the snowslide, including two guides. Helicopters and search dogs were deployed to rescue the injured. The entire skiing region has been on a level three avalanche alert and skiers were warned about the avalanche danger by locals.

Scotland – Flooding, gales and snow disrupted travel across Scotland today with ice forecast to cause further problems tonight. Several roads were closed and trains cancelled by flooding, with snow hampering driving over the Drumochter pass on the A9 between Perth and Inverness. Two Met Office yellow – “be aware” – severe weather warnings have been issued, including for winds up to 65mph. However, the impact of the next storm – named today as Imogen – is expected to be limited to southern England and Wales when it arrives tomorrow with winds of up to 80mph.

Malaysia – The flood situation continues unabated in the southern states during the first day of the Chinese New Year. In Malacca, the number of victims increased to 4,600 people (1,005 families) Monday morning from 4,317 (956) Sunday night. In Johor, the floods claimed their first victim, a 14 year old boy.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Lives and properties remain under threat from an out-of-control bushfire in Western Australia’s South West. The size of the fire, which was reported on Sunday afternoon, is about 1100 hectares and the cause is unknown.

An emergency warning remains in place for south of Uduc in the Shire of Harvey including the Wokalup townsite, the Thornton Housing Estate and the Myalup Freshwater Lakes Estate.

About 300 firefighters are protecting houses and infrastructure and building and strengthening containment lines, while aerial support is assisting ground crews.

Disease

Tuberculosis Outbreak in Alabama, USA

A total of 151 patients have been diagnosed with Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) in Alabama, and are currently being treated with preventive medication.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday announced the authorization of more than $235,000 in emergency funding toward the response effort for a tuberculosis outbreak in Perry County.

“We are dealing with a very aggressive TB outbreak in Perry County, and it is important that the Alabama Department of Public Health have all available resources to help treat and mitigate this disease,” Bentley said.