Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Eduoard is located about 530 mi…855 km s of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 36 mph…57 km/h.

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NewsBytes:

Japan – Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a Level 5 alert (highest level) for floods and landslides for parts of Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures. At least 10 locations in Kumamoto recorded more than 410 mm of rain in 24 hours on 04 July. JMA reported rainfall rates of 98 mm per hour in Amakusa and 86.5 mm in Ashikita. The heavy rain has continued and Hioki City recorded 98.5 mm in 1 hour on 06 July. In Kumamoto, wide areas of the city of Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto were under water. The town of Ashikita and village of Kuma suffered severe damage after the Kuma River broke its banks in several locations, leaving houses submerged and forcing people to their rooftops for safety. At least 16 residents of a care home for the elderly are thought to have died after the building in Kuma was swamped by flood waters, mud and debris.

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Global Warming

Italian glacier turns pink due to global warming-linked algae

In a first for Italy, pink snow is observed on parts of the Presena glacier, in the north of the country. The phenomenon is caused by algae that develops when snow melts, simultaneously colouring the ice a darker colour. In a vicious circle, the algae in turn increases the rate at which the snow melts by accelerating the absorption of radiation.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Two wildfires burning in Santa Clara County charred close to 1,400 acres over the weekend and forced evacuations, fire officials said.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Plague – Mongolia

A hospital in northern China’s Inner Mongolia reported one suspected case of bubonic plague on Saturday, according to a statement on the local health commission’s website.