Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Chalane), located approximately 157 nm north of Europa Island, is tracking westward at 16 knots.
Ecuador – Thousands of people were left without drinking water after damaging floods Azuay Province in Ecuador from 25 December 2020. The Pungohuayco river broke its banks in Chordeleg canton, damaging homes, a bridge and water supply infrastructure. As many as 2,700 households were left without water supply. Flooding also struck in Gualaceo canton due to the overflow of the Guamincay river. At least 3 homes were severely damaged.
DR Congo – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) reported another incident of severe flooding in Uvira in South Kivu Province, the city devastated by flooding in April this year when over 30 people died. The recent flooding in the city occurred after torrential rain on 12 December 2020. 4 people died, 2 were reported missing and 2 were seriously injured. Heavy rainfall in western parts of the country in early December 2020 caused deadly flooding in the city of Mbanza-Ngungu in Kongo Central Province. 13 people died after torrential rain and strong winds overnight, 01 to 02 December, 2020. Four people were injured and several houses were destroyed or severely damaged. Five further fatalities were reported from 02 to 03 December after flooding in other areas of the city.
Madagascar – Tropical Storm Chalane made landfall in Madagascar on 27 December, bringing heavy wind and rains. A report of 28 December that the storm caused some isolated flooding and damage to electricity poles, but no significant damage. Toamasina recorded 351mm of rain in 24 hours to 27 December 2020. Maintirano in the northwestern Melaky Region recorded 131mm of rain the following day. Chalane weakened to a Tropical Depression as it crossed Madagascar, although heavy rainfall is expected to continue.