Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 06w (Danas), located approximately 84 nm south-southwest of Kunsan AFB, Korea is tracking north-northeastward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

Bangladesh – Rain-swollen rivers in Bangladesh have broken through several embankments, submerging dozens of villages, destroying tens of thousands of homes and displacing nearly 200,000 people, officials and an aid group said. More than 4 million people are at risk of food insecurity and disease because of the flooding in Bangladesh, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement on Friday.

Wildlife

7,000 species added to endangered ‘Red List’

Mankind’s destruction of nature is driving species to the brink of extinction at an “unprecedented” rate, the leading wildlife conservation body warned Thursday as it added more than 7,000 animals, fish and plants to its endangered “Red List”.

From the canopies of tropical forests to the ocean floor, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said iconic species of primates, rays, fish and trees were now classified as critically endangered.

The group has now assessed more than 105,000 species worldwide, around 28,000 of which risk extinction.

While each group of organisms face specific threats, human behaviour, including overfishing and deforestation, was the biggest driver of plummeting populations.

“Nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history,” said IUCN acting director general, Grethel Aguilar. “We must wake up to the fact that conserving nature’s diversity is in our interest.”

Exhausted rhinos rest on dry land amidst India Floods

A telling picture of exhausted rhinos resting on patches of land at the Kaziranga National Park in the wake of the devastating floods in Assam has surfaced on the internet. Rising floodwater levels in the state posed a threat to the wild animals in Kaziranga, which has been entirely under water owing to incessant rains in the region.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington, USA

The Cold Creek Fire on the Hanford Reach National Monument charred about 18,000 acres northwest of Richland. Officials said the fire is about 60% contained as of Friday afternoon.

Disease

Chikungunya – Thailand

Health officials in Thailand continue to report chikungunya cases. From January 1 through July 7, 4,500 cases from 32 provinces have been reported.

Bolivia – Hemorrhagic fever due to Arenavirus, testing suggests Chapare virus

In the past several weeks, the Ministry of Health in Bolivia have reported five cases of hemorrhagic febrile syndrome of unknown etiology with suspected human-to-human transmission. Three of the cases are healthcare workers and the other 2 cases are agricultural workers. Of the five, three cases have died.