Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06a (Pawan), located approximately 550 nm south of Salalah, Oman, is tracking west-southwestward at 05 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Ambali), located approximately 642 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southwestward at 06 knots.
Tropical cyclone 02s (Belna), located approximately 847 nm north-northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.
Burundi – A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of 38 people in the Cibitoke province of northwestern Burundi. Out of total fatalities, 22 people died in Nyuempundu, 13 in Rukombe hill and three in Gikomero.
DR Congo – Heavy rain has flooded 10 provinces in the DRC, with more wet conditions forecast over the coming days. Nord and Sud Ubangui are among the most affected provinces and are also host to more than 130,000 Central African refugees. 260,000 people are affected in these two provinces, with an estimated 35,000 houses and 100 schools or health centres damaged or destroyed and 700 water points flooded.
The U.N. weather agency said that neither El Niño nor La Niña conditions will emerge across the tropical Pacific Ocean during the next few months, but that doesn’t mean the world won’t experience freak and extreme weather.
World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis told reporters that neutral ocean-temperature conditions will prevail through February.