Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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NewsBytes:

Afghanistan – Severe weather in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of 13 people and injured forty others. According to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), around 655 houses have been partially damaged, 30 houses are completely destroyed and 322 families have been displaced. Heavy snowfall, flooding and a large number of avalanches were reported in different parts of Afghanistan between 12 -15 January 2020.

Australia – Thunderstorms and giant hail battered parts of Australia’s east coast on Monday after “apocalyptic” dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country. Violent hail storms pelted the capital Canberra on Monday, with footage showing the storm ripping branches off trees. Dramatic images captured over the weekend from western New South Wales show a massive wall of dust rolling through outback towns. Locals reported being cast into darkness in the middle of the day.

Global Warming

Climate refugees cannot be sent back home – UN

Refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries, a United Nations panel has ruled, in a landmark decision that could open the door to a flood of legal claims by displaced people around the world.

The UN’s Human Rights Committee was making a judgment on the case of Ioane Teitiota, who applied for protection from New Zealand after claiming his life was at risk in his home country of Kiribati. The Pacific island is at risk of becoming the first country to disappear under rising sea levels.

The committee ruled against Teitiota on the basis that his life was not at imminent risk — but it also outlined that countries could violate people’s international rights if they force them back to countries where climate change poses an immediate threat.

Disease

Brazilian hemorrhagic fever – Brazil

For the first time in 20 years, Brazil health authorities are reporting a confirmed case of Brazilian hemorrhagic fever. During this period, there were four cases in humans, three cases acquired in a wild environment in the state of São Paulo and one due to infection in a laboratory environment.

Novel Coronavirus – Taiwan

Taiwan health officials reported today on the first novel coronavirus case. The patient, a woman in her 50s, worked in Wuhan, Mainland China.

Novel Coronavirus – China

The Wuhan Municipal Commission of Health is reporting an additional 60 novel coronavirus (2019-NoCv) cases and two deaths. China’s mysterious and deadly coronavirus can be spread from person to person, Chinese medical authorities confirmed on Monday.

Dengue Fever – Singapore

Officials with the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA) are reporting more than 1,000 dengue fever cases during the first 20 days of 2020. To date, 1,118 cases have been reported and as of today, there are 100 active dengue clusters reported.