Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 222 nm south of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, and is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.


India – The Army on Tuesday launched fresh operations to rescue villagers stranded in flash floods in Rajasthan especially in four districts – Pali , Jodhpur, Bhilwara , Chittorgarh – where low lying areas are completely inundated and where the heavy rains have killed 11 people, including six children and rendered hundreds homeless. Rains have also led to a flood-like situation in many other parts of Rajasthan, especially in the south and south west districts. The rains have flooded fields and farmers are suffering heavy losses from destroyed crops.


Hepatitis A outbreak grows in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported an additional 33 hepatitis A cases in the past week, bringing the outbreak total to 168, prompting state health officials to enlist the help from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Chikungunya in Kenya

On 28 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Kenya notified WHO of an outbreak of Chikungunya in Mandera East sub-county. The first reports of an increase in cases with febrile illness and joint pains occurred in May 2016. Samples were collected and shipped to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Arboviral Laboratory in Nairobi. On 16 May, KEMRI laboratory confirmed 7 of the 10 samples tested positive for Chikungunya virus.

To date, KEMRI has received a total of 177 samples of suspected cases in the laboratory for testing. Of these, 53 of these came from Somalia and rest from Mandera. 57 were positive by IgM antibody testing and 38 were positive for CHIK virus by RT-PCR.

As of 30 June 2016, 1,792 cases had been line listed. No deaths have been reported so far. However there is a risk of underreporting of cases since many patients are not reporting to health facilities.


Wildfires – Southern France

Multiple fires whipped by high winds were ravaging sites in southern France on Wednesday, moving from village to village and creeping toward the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

Hundreds of children and adults were evacuated from recreation centres and homes in the town of Vitrolles, about 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) north of Marseille where some homes were burned down, and in nearby Pennes-Mirabeau. Two people were reported injured, one seriously as the fire marched southward, firefighters said, and 20 to 25 homes were burned. At least 2,700 hectares (6,670 acres) of land were devastated.

The largest fire was burning in the Rognac area, spreading southward to Vitrolles, Pennes-Mirabeau and Cabries. High winds blew flames through the dense brush of the southern backcountry, dry from a summer season with little rain.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): The eruption of the volcano continues with little changes: although the volcano is in clouds most of the time, occasional satellite and webcam views allow to determine that the lava flow on the SE flank remains active and strombolian activity continues in the summit crater. As a result, a strong thermal signal is visible on satellite-based infrared-radiation measurements. From time to time, this activity also generates small to moderately-sized ash plumes (by explosive activity and/or avalanches from the lava flow).

Kilauea (Hawai’i): A second lobe of the 61G lava flow in the coastal flat has crossed the Emergency Access road at a location about 500 m (1,640 ft) west of the main flow and entered the ocean during the night 8-9 Aug. Thus, there are now two ocean entries at Kamokuna; the first one which had been active since 26 July and gradually widened to now almost 300 m (820 ft) and the new one west of it, making the total area of the ocean entry close to half a mile long, with gaps in between.

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): The volcano continued to produce mild to relatively strong ash emissions once or twice per day on average. Plumes have been reaching heights of 2 km and the Chilean authorities have increased the exclusion zone near the volcano (which is part of a popular skiing area) from 2 to 3 km radius around the crater.