Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.4 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Panama.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Remnants of Fifteen are located about 90 mi…145 km n of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean ; Potential Tropical Cyclone Seventeen-E is located about 30 mi…50 km ssw of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h

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NewsBytes:

Iran – Heavy rain affected northern provinces (Guilan, Mazandaran and Golestan) on 12-14 October, causing floods and resulting in casualties and damage. According to the Iranian Red Crescent, 1 person died, 6 people were injured and more than 100 affected. In addition, several houses and roads have been flooded.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Lebanon, Syria

Firefighters in Lebanon have been battling wildfires that erupted amid unusually high temperatures and strong winds. Thick smoke was seen on Tuesday drifting over the outskirts of Beirut, over the mountainous Chouf region to its southeast and the southern city of Saida.

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said. 18 Lebanese people were admitted to hospitals for treatment.

A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds intensified the fires that began a day earlier in mostly pine forests around the country and three provinces in neighboring Syria. There were no reports of fatalities from the fires — among the worst to hit Lebanon in years.

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Disease

Anthrax – Namibia

Namibian agriculture and health ministries are reporting 115 suspected human anthrax cases in the northern regions of the country. The suspected outbreaks have occurred in the Kunene (104) and Zambezi (11) regions.

Anthrax contaminated meat is linked to the outbreak in Otjitanga village, Kunene region while tainted hippo appears linked to Katima Mulilo district, Zambezi region.

Monkeypox – Nigeria

In September, 15 new suspected monkeypox cases were reported from five States – Lagos (5), Rivers (2), Akwa Ibom (3), Zamfara (1), Delta (1), Imo (2) and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT(1). A total of 81 suspected cases have been reported so far in 2019.

Yemen – Cholera and Dengue Fever

The world’s largest cholera outbreak continues to be in Yemen. The cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen between October 2016 and August 2019 is 2,036,960, including 3,716 related deaths.

Officials are reporting a seasonal spike in dengue fever cases in Yemen in 2019. There have been 14,540 suspected cases of dengue fever, with 79 associated deaths recorded since the beginning of the year.