An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire in eastern India highlights the ongoing human-elephant conflicts in the region. The image shows a calf on fire as it and an adult elephant run for their lives — as a crowd of “jeering” people throw “flaming tar balls” and firecrackers at the pair. According to the Sanctuary Asia Foundation, these type of scenes are common in the Bankura district of West Bengal.
Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.5 Earthquake hits New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.
5.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.
5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rina is located about 705 mi…1135 km SSE of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…N or 10 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 29w (Twenty-nine), located approximately 431 nm west of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 06 knots.
Malaysia – Parts of Selangor state were inundated by flood waters early yesterday morning following several hours of heavy rain. The worst-hit locations were low-lying residential estates and areas in Klang and Shah Alam.
Hawaii, USA – Another round of especially high king tides are expected to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday, and the sea level increase could mean flooding for some low-lying areas on Oahu and Hawaii Island. Sea levels were expected to have risen by nearly 2.5 feet before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, slightly less than the record highs that were set earlier this summer.
Paris Climate Agreement
Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
Wildfires – South Africa
Hundreds of personnel are still battling the Gordon’s Bay fire in the Western Cape that started on Tuesday, which damaged and destroyed five homes. There have been no formal evacuations, but residential areas are in the line of fire.
Meanwhile, strong winds buffeting the False Bay area are preventing fire teams from bringing a runaway blaze under control.
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Between 27 September and 31 October 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported 12 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including two deaths. Additionally, one death from a previously reported case was reported to WHO.
Marburg virus disease – Uganda and Kenya – Update
On 17 October 2017, the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MoH) notified WHO of a confirmed outbreak of Marburg virus disease in Kween District, Eastern Uganda. The Ministry for Health officially declared the outbreak on 19 October 2017.
As of 3 November, the three cases that have been previously reported (two confirmed and one probable case, the latter being the index case) have died, thus, resulting in an overall case-fatality rate of 100%. The cases were epidemiologically linked and come from one family.