Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 earthquake hits near the south coast of Papua, Indonesia.
5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.
5.4 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.1 earthquake hits Central Peru.
5.1 earthquake hits the Southern mid-Atlantic ridge.
Two 5.0 earthquakes hit Iceland.
5.0 earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ten), located approximately 921 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.
Hurricane 08e (Hilda), located approximately 1082 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.
In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 12w (Twelve), located approximately 79 nm south of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northwestward at 16 knots.
Niger – According to national authorities in Niger, as many as 35 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains in the country since the start of the rainy season. At least 20 people died as a result of houses collapsing, while 15 people drowned in flood waters. Twenty-four people were injured. Fatalities were reported in the regions of Maradi, Agadez and the capital Niamey. Furthermore, over 2,500 houses and shelters were destroyed, along with schools, mosques and places of work. Over 700 livestock also perished.
Afghanistan – As many as 113 people have now lost their lives in the catastrophic floods that struck in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan in late July 2021. As many as 173 houses were completely destroyed or washed away, suggesting there are likely many more people still missing. The floods swept through a narrow ravine late on 28 July, wiping out much of the village of Miardish in Kamdesh district. The damage has not only taken dozens of lives but also destroyed livelihoods
Colombia – Severe flooding in Arauca Department in eastern Colombia has affected over 50,000 people since mid-July. Many of those affected are refugees from bordering Venezuela. The departmental government reported 300,000 hectares of land was flooded. As much as 50% of rural land in the municipality of Arauca has flooded. Flooding has also damaged roads and bridges, leaving areas cut off.
Wildfires – Sicily
Firefighters on the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday battled dozens of wildfires fuelled by temperatures topping 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), prompting the region’s governor to request assistance from Rome.
Some 150 people trapped in two seaside areas in the city of Catania were evacuated late Friday by sea, where they were picked up by rubber dinghies and transferred to Coast Guard boats. A beach concession area with sunbeds and umbrellas was completely destroyed by fire. The Catania airport also was briefly closed to give precedence to helicopters and planes battling the flames.
The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:
Zika Virus/Dengue Fever – Mexico
Mexico reported recently that the south-central Mexican state of Morelos is the only state to report autochthonous Zika virus cases in 2021 to date. Through mid-July 2021, Morelos has confirmed a total of 20 autochthonous cases of Zika, including six in pregnant women.
In addition to the Zika virus figures, Morelos is also the state with the most confirmed dengue cases in the country. The state has reported 281 confirmed cases of this disease, also transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, accounting for the highest incidence rate.
Dengue Fever – Bangladesh
In a follow-up on the Bangladesh dengue fever situation, Health Services reported 237 dengue fever cases today, of which 218 were reported in Dhaka alone. This is the first time in 2021 that the daily tally has topped 200. This brings the dengue total in the country to 2,895, a rise of about 1,000 cases in less than a week. The bulk of the cases were reported in July (~2,500).
Covid-19 – Indonesia
Officials with the Jakarta, Indonesia government announced today that two Sumatran tigers at the city’s Ragunan Zoo tested positive for coronavirus in mid-July and are currently recovering.