Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Post-Tropical Cyclone Julia is located about 110 mi…175 km SSE of Myrtle Beach South Carolina and about 195 mi…315 km SSW of Cape Lookout North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Karl is located about 930 mi…1500 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Paine is located about 340 mi…550 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 18w (Malakas), located approximately 188 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – At least 20 villages in three districts of this northern province have been hit by flash-floods following heavy rain throughout Saturday night, reports said. More than 100 houses at Ban Khem in tambon Huay Thung were damaged. Soldiers used heavy machinery to remove objects obstructing water flows and helped repair the damaged houses.

Nepal – A flash flood in downtown Pokhara triggered by heavy rainfall since Saturday evening has killed one person while another has gone missing. With this, the death toll from flash floods in Pokhara in the past three weeks has reached three.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Firefighters contained 10 percent of the wildfire that exploded in the Inyo National Forest over the weekend, burning 4,500 acres as of Sunday in Mono County, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Two large fires were burning in close proximity Saturday near the Soup Springs Campground, about 12 miles east of Likely, in the Modoc National Forest.

Disease

Venezuela – Malaria Outbreak

In a follow-up to a report earlier this month concerning the malaria epidemic in Venezuela, the organization, Observatorio Venezolano de la Salud (OVS) estimates the number of cases by the end of 2016 will be 350,000

Through August 2016, nearly 150,000 malaria cases have been reported, a 72 percent increase over 2015. In recent weeks, Venezuela is reporting between 3000 and 5000 malaria cases a week.

The projected 350,000 cases for 2016 by the OVS would account for 50 percent of all malaria cases on the continent.

Indonesian Smoke Haze – 100 000 deaths Estimated

Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia’s government to tackle the annual crisis.

The estimate of early deaths linked to respiratory illness and other causes covers Indonesia and its neighbours Singapore and Malaysia. It dwarfs Indonesia’s official toll of 19 that included deaths from illness and the deaths of firefighters. However, the possible scale of serious health consequences was indicated by a statement from the country’s disaster management agency in October that said more than 43 million Indonesians were exposed to smoke from the fires and half a million suffered acute respiratory infections.