Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Peter is located about 245 mi…390 km ene of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Rose is located about 550 mi…885 km w of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Newsbytes:

USA – Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Alabama, USA on 18 September 2021. Roads were closed and one person died in a vehicle caught in flood water in Tuscaloosa.

Chad – Ongoing flooding in the country of Chad in north-central Africa has affected almost 250,000 people. Flooding first struck parts of the country in late June and the start of the rainy season. Five people died in south-western Tandjilé Region on 26 June. By late July flooding had affected thousands of people across the regions of Tandjilé, Mandoul, Ennedi-Ouest, N’Djamena and Batha. Flooding has affected 246,851 people from 41,267 families across 400 villages. Fifteen people have lost their lives and 17 are reported missing. A total of 329 people have been injured.

India – Heavy rains from 15 September 2021 caused severe flooding in several districts of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. Disaster authorities in the country reported as many as 58 people have lost their lives in incidents related to severe weather from15 to 19 September. In a 24 hour period to 15 September 2021, Fursatganj recorded 186 mm of rain, Sultanpur 118 mm and Lucknow 107 mm. The following day Barabanki saw 176 mm, Lucknow a further 128 mm, Kanpur 102 mm and Hardoi 112 mm. The rain caused river levels to rise and as of 17 September, the Kwano, Sarda, Ganges and Ghagra rivers were above danger levels in several districts including Gonda, Ayodhya, Kheri, Badaun and Ballia.

Nigeria – The UN reports that over 100,000 people have been directly affected by flash floods in Adamawa State of northeastern Nigeria, including the state capital Yola. The UN has warned of an increased risk of cholera in the region. The number of suspected cholera cases continued to climb across 6 LGAs of Yola North, Yola South, Shelleng, Gombi, Girei and Fufore. As of 7 September, 169 cases and 7 fatalities had been reported.

Uganda – Severe flooding and damaging landslides struck in Eastern Region of Uganda after heavy rainfall from 17 September 2021. One person died and 3 were hospitalised after a landslide destroyed a house in Kapchorwa district. Red Cross reported several landslides in Kapachorwa after close to 10 hours of heavy rain. Waters from the swollen Manafwa river were affecting areas in Mbale. Several villages in Kween district also saw flooding.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported an additional four confirmed Lassa fever cases the week ending September 12, including three deaths among the confirmed cases. This brings the cumulative total confirmed cases this year to 369, including 76 deaths (20.6% CFR).

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

Bangladesh health authorities reported an additional 241 new dengue patients who were hospitalized Sunday morning. Approximately three quarters (76%) of the new cases were reported in the capital city of Dhaka, while the remaining 57 cases were reported elsewhere in the country. This brings the case total in the country this year at 15,701.