Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is located about 85 mi…135 km wnw of the Dry Tortugas and about 330 mi…530 km s of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Storm Alberto has been officially named as the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season as it slowly sweeps through the Caribbean sea. The subtropical storm threatens to bring heavy rain and potential flooding to Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the US Gulf Coast. Tropical storm watches have been issued and experts have warned up to 12 inches of rain could fall in localised areas.

NewsBytes:

Oman – Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing. Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said.

Disease

Chikungunya – India

India has reported 9,175 suspected chikungunya cases through April 2018, according to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program of the Ministry of Health. Karnataka state has reported the most cases at 4,879, followed by Gujarat (1357) and Maharashtra (966).

Rift Valley Fever – South Africa

An isolated outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been detected on a single farm in the Jacobsdal area of Free State, South Africa, bordering Northern Cape. A total of 250 sheep deaths/abortions were documented and laboratory confirmed on 16 May 2018. No human cases have been detected to date.

Foot and Mouth Disease – Zimbabwe

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease has hit Gutu district which became the latest hard-hit area after Chiredzi in just a month, forcing the veterinary department to issue an order restricting the movement of cattle from the two districts.

Masvingo Beef Farmers Association Chairman Robert Makado confirmed the latest outbreak of foot and mouth in Gutu and blamed the veterinary department for failing to be proactive in dealing with the problem.