Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Angola – Flash floods have claimed the lives of 41 people and affected around 11,190 people. Twelve out of 18 provinces in Angola have been hit by the violent downpour. The flash floods have damaged more than 2,400 houses, 12 churches and four bridges.

Peru -Landslides and floods have been affecting Huanuco, Pasco and Cusco departments (central Peru) since mid-December. National authorities report more than 300 families affected by the floods in Huanuco Department since the start of the year. 25 homes were damaged by a landslide in San Pablo de Pillao District on 8 January. The water level of several rivers has increased to flood levels. Moderate rain is forecast over central Peru on 10-11 January.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Debbie lingered as a tropical wave for days in open water, but on Saturday was upgraded to the equivalent of a tropical storm. As of 4pm local time the system was 640km east of Cairns and 560km east northeast of Townsville, with sustained winds of 65km/h per hour. Currently the cyclone is expected to make landfall along the northern Queensland coast between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning. Forecast models were predicting that Debbie could intensify to a category 4 cyclone with wind gusts of up to 260km/h near it’s centre before making landfall.

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Caleb is located about 270 nautical miles (310.7 miles/500.4 km) east-southeast of Cocos Island. Caleb was moving to the south-southeastward at 4 knots (4.6 mph/7.4 kph).

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Angola – Eleven people have died and several more are missing after torrential rain hit northern parts of Angola between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday. In addition to the deaths, about 700 homes were destroyed and more than 5,000 properties flooded. The country’s capital, Luanda, has been badly affected after a month’s worth of rain, 76mm, fell in just over 24 hours. There was widespread traffic disruption in the city and electricity and drinking water supplies were affected. A church and a school were also destroyed by the floods.

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Disease

Yellow Fever – Angola – Update

On 21 March, the Ministry of Health of Angola provided WHO with an update on the ongoing outbreak of yellow fever (YF), which started on 5 December 2015 in the Viana municipality, Luanda province.

To date, at least 1,132 suspected and confirmed cases have been reported nationally, including 168 deaths. A total of 375 cases have been laboratory-confirmed. Luanda, the outbreak epicentre, remains the main affected province with 818 cases (281 confirmed confirmed), including 129 deaths. However, the number of cases reported in provinces other than Luanda is apparently increasing.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Oman – Severe weather in Oman has claimed the lives of at least three people. Two people due to flooding rivers in Al-Muthabi and Al-Rustaq. Another person died of a lightning strike in Al-Muthaibi. Torrential rain has lashed Oman for the past three days.

USA – A slow-moving storm continued to dump drenching rain over portions of the South on Wednesday, leading to dangerous and life-threatening flooding across the region. Evacuations were underway in Louisiana, where the governor declared a state of emergency and authorized the state’s National Guard to assist with rescues from heavy flooding. Thousands of people were without power, several school systems closed and dozens of roads were blocked off Wednesday in Texas and Louisiana due to the storm.

England – Severe flooding has caused widespread disruption across parts of central England, with rail passengers stranded and many schools shut. British Transport Police formed human barriers in front of the main concourse at London Euston after trains between Rugby and Milton Keynes were cancelled. Passengers were warned people could be killed as some had fallen from earlier trains on Wednesday. A total of 46 flood warnings are in place across England and Wales.

Kenya – Flash floods floods in Kapsoya in Eldoret in Kenya have wreaked havoc on local residents, driving many from heir homes trying to avoid being swept away by the floodwaters.

Angola – At least 24 people, many of them children dies with dozens more missing after a flash flood swept through a market in the southern city of Lubango. The Capitao river was swollen with more than 24 hours of torrential rains.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Angola – Flash floods in the Tchioco neighbourhood, in Lubango, southern Huila province in Angola have claimed the lives of at least 24 people when the Capitão river bridge collapsed as a result of the rains. More than 30 people are believed to be still missing.

DR Congo – More than 550,000 people have been affected by floods since October last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday. The revelations were made during the UN’s weekly press conference in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. OCHA said at least eleven of the country’s 26 provinces were affected, and Tshopo province was the most affected with close to 400,000 people displaced. “Last weekend in Tanganyika province, torrential rains caused landslides which destroyed roads. Humanitarian activities were suspended, yet over 64,000 people are in need of humanitarian needs,” OCHA Spokesman in DR Congo Sylvestre Mudingayi said. According to OCHA, the floods have equally destroyed close to 65,000 houses and some 5,000 hectares of farm-land. “The Congolese authorities, with support from the humanitarian community, have already responded to some needs, especially by providing financial assistance and medical as well as food aid,” Sylvestre said. The spokesman said many of the humanitarian needs for the victims such as foodstuff, household items, blankets and water have not been satisfactorily addressed.

Philippines – Continuous heavy rains have caused severe flooding in some parts of Camarines Norte province, leaving some motorists stranded and some classes suspended. In Daet town, floodwaters have already reached some residential areas and caused the stranding motorists on flooded roads.

UAE – Flash floods following good rains in the United Arab Emirates have raged through Fujairah forcing police to evacuate residents from waterlogged homes in the Eastern Region of the country.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 350 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking south-southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 229 nm north of Cairns, Australia and is tracking east-northeastward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Olwyn), located approximately 83 nm south-southwest of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking southward at 13 knots.

Tropical storm 03w (Bavi), located approximately 173 nm northeast of Pohnpei, and is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Iran – Flash floods in the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas has claimed the life of one person. The eight-hour downpour caused substantial flood damage to buildings and roads.

Lebanon – A mudslide triggered by heavy rainfall has injured two people and blocked the main Hasroun-Bsharri road in north Lebanon.

Hawaii – A fresh round of wintry weather struck high elevations of the tropical Hawaiian Islands, with blizzard conditions on the summit of Mauna Kea halting construction of the Big Island’s new Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Angola – Floods caused by torrential rains have killed 62 people – 35 of them children – in the Angolan city of Lobito. The flood water has reached 3m (9.8ft) in some areas of the city since Wednesday. Scores of homes have been destroyed and rescue teams are still searching for missing people.

Disease

Drought contributes to cholera outbreak in southern Angola

A protracted drought followed by the onset of the rainy season in southern Angola has triggered a sharp increase in cholera cases, mainly concentrated in Cunene province, where over 1,000 infections and 48 deaths were recorded during a two-week period in November, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

Cholera is a highly contagious disease associated with poor sanitation and access to safe drinking water. It is endemic in Angola, where nearly half of the population live in conditions conducive to the spread of the illness, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A year-long outbreak that started in the slums of the capital, Luanda, in February 2006 and spread to 16 out of 18 provinces, resulted in over 80,000 reported cases and 3,000 deaths.

So far, the current outbreak has remained almost entirely confined to Cunene, although neighbouring Huila province has also recorded some cases. Since January 2013, the country as a whole has recorded just over 5,600 cholera cases and 190 deaths, about 70 percent of them in Cunene.

Kenya: Foot and Mouth Disease

Mombasa county government has begun vaccinating livestock following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Likoni district. County executive for livestock Binti Omar said a quarantine notice has been enforced to curb the spread of the disease.

She said the disease has affected hundreds of livestock in the district.

Omar attributed the disease to an influx of pastoralists from neighbouring districts of Kwale, bordering Tanzania seeking pastures and water for their livestock.

Karachi heading for explosive polio outbreak

Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi could be headed for a “explosive polio outbreak”, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned today after two more cases of the crippling disease were reported within 24 hours.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is endemic. Immunisation campaigns have been affected by a ban imposed by the Taliban, who have killed several vaccinators in attacks in Karachi and the restive northwest.

Disease

Novel Coronavirus – Saudi Arabia – Update

The mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors report.

More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organisation in the past year, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

An international team of doctors who investigated nearly two dozen cases in eastern Saudi Arabia found the new coronavirus has some striking similarities to SARS.

In a worrying finding, the team said on Wednesday, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) not only spreads easily between people, but within hospitals. That was also the case with SARS, a distant relative of the new virus. They couldn’t nail down how it was spread in every case – through droplets from sneezing or coughing, or a more indirect route. Some of the hospital patients weren’t close to the infected person, but somehow picked up the virus.

“In the right circumstances, the spread could be explosive,” the Doctors said.

Cases have continued to trickle in, and there appears to be an ongoing outbreak in Saudi Arabia. MERS cases have also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia. Most have had a direct connection to the Middle East region. In the Saudi cluster that was investigated, certain patients infected many more people than would be expected.

Dengue Outbreak in Angola

The CDC has reported an outbreak of more than 300 cases of dengue fever in the Luanda province of Angola. One death also has been confirmed.

Drought

Drought in Angola and Namibia

Severe drought in Namibia and Angola, the two countries are witnessing the most significant cross-border movement since the civil war, with Angolans and their herds of livestock coming to Namibia in droves in search of grazing.

Drought

Drought in Southern Angola

Angola set up an emergency plan on Thursday for the southern province of Cunene, where an estimated 300 000 people are at risk of malnutrition because of a two-year-long drought. Food and medical assistance is being mobilised for the affected areas.

Drought in China

A drought scorching China’s western and central regions has affected 3.58 million hectares of farmland as of Friday, drought relief authorities have reported.

Affected land used to grow crops totaled 2.13 million hectares, lower than the average acreage of 6.3 million hectares over the past few years.

The drought has also left 5.54 million people and 3.99 million livestock short of drinking water.

Storms and Floods

Flooding in Luanda, Angola

Floods in Luanda, Angola have killed at least nine people. Four people are still reported to be missing.

The floods have damaged more than 500 homes in Samba and Coreia areas.

A road near Luanda’s port has been closed due to landslide.

Other News:

Flooding in coal mine in China. Two dead and seven people are reported to be missing in a flooded coal mine in Guizhou Province of China.

Flash floods and landslide in Penang, Malaysia. Heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslide in Penang, Malaysia. About 168mm rainfall has been recorded within three hours.

Storm in Japan over weekend has claimed the lives of at least three people. Deaths occurred in Yakushima, Hokkaido and Mie prefectures. Storm wind speeds of 41 m/s in Hokkaido and 33 m/s in Wakayama prefecture were recorded. More than 200 flights have been cancelled due to the bad weather.