Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific/North Indian Ocean: Tropical Depression 01w (Dujuan), located approximately 355 nm east of Davao, Philippines, is tracking northeastward at 06 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 21s (Guambe), located approximately 300 nm southwest of Europa island, is tracking southward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Madagascar – Madagascar reported on 17 February 2021 that 1 person has died around 1,400 people have been affected by recent heavy rainfall, floods and landslides across the regions of Alaotra-Mangoro, Analamanga, Melaky and Menabe. Over 200 homes have been damaged.

Uganda – Uganda Red Cross reports that at least 7 people have died in a landslide in Western Uganda. The landslide buried a house in Karungu Sub-county, Buhweju District late on 18 February, 2021. Local media later reported the number of fatalities as 8, including several children.

Indonesia – Over 1,300 people have been displaced by recent flooding in Jakarta and surrounding areas in Indonesia. Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta recorded 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 February. In the following 24 hours period, 226mm of rain fell in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Cholera – DR Congo

In the past week, more than 80 cases of cholera including 3 deaths have been recorded in the city of Sange in the territory of Uvira in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola – DR Congo

Two new cases of Ebola virus disease were confirmed in the province of North Kivu, in the east of the country on Thursday, February 18, 2021 after investigations carried out by response teams.