Wildfires

Wildfires – Ethiopia

A group of ten firefighters from Israel and an expert from the Home Front Command arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday to help with the wildfires that have been burning out of control for two weeks in the Simien Mountains in the north of the country. One member of the group is an expert in aerial firefighting techniques. The mountains are a World Heritage Site and one of the country’s main tourist attractions. The national park is home to several rare animal species including the Waliya ibex and Gelada baboon.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Alberto is located about 20 mi…30 km wsw of Alpena Michigan with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nne or 20 degrees at 35 mph…55 km/h.

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Ethiopia – A landslide after heavy rains in the Oromia region of Ethiopia has claimed the lives of at least 32 people. At least 23 people died in a landslide in the Sidama zone. Another nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone.

Central, Eastern USA – Alberto is pushing deeper inland after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, causing flash flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages through parts of the South, East and central U.S. and prompting officials to warn of a possible dam failure in North Carolina. Even with that reprieve, flooding and mudslides shut down highways in the mountains of North Carolina, west of Charlotte. The N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday that even heavy trucks had been swept away by water.

India – Heavy rain on Tuesday claimed four lives in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi and crippled traffic in Mangaluru as roads were inundated. As a precaution, the district administration has declared holidays for schools and colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district on Wednesday. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20s (Fakir), located approximately 70 nm southeast of St Denis, Reunion, is tracking south-southeastward at 21 knots.

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Ethiopia – Flash Floods – April 2018 – Reported flash flood incidences since the second week of April have left hundreds of thousands of people in need of immediate humanitarian support in Afar (Awsi), Oromia (Arsi, East Shewa, East and West Hararge zones) and Somali (7 zones) regions. Areas affected by recurring floods have been advocating for enhanced flood early warning, mitigation and preparedness mechanisms. In Somali region, more than 27,000 flood-affected households (165,000 persons) need urgent food, water, health services and NFI support. Overflow of Genale and Wabi Shebelle rivers and related tributaries due to recent heavy rains in the Somali region and the highlands of Oromia has affected more than 83 kebeles in 19 woredas (districts) of Afder, Fafan, Liben, Nogob, Siti, Shebele and warder Zones. Several Kebeles are submerged and farmlands are either flooded or washed away at flowering stage. Many people’s houses/shelters and livestock have reportedly been washed away, leaving people displaced and homeless.

Turkey – The heavy rains and flooding that have hit Turkey’s southern province of Hatay since April 20 have made their way to the historic Long Bazaar in Turkey’s south. The rain, which fell for about an hour on the night of April 21, also stopped daily life in Antakya. Traffic was blocked as cars were seen left halfway underwater. While many cars were damaged in construction sites when buildings collapsed, shops and residences were also severely hit by floods.

Global Warming

Climate imperils Ethiopia’s coffee

Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia’s coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned Monday.

Climbing temperatures and dwindling rainfall have already degraded prime growing areas, such as the Zege Peninsula, they reported in the journal Nature Plants.

If global warming continues unabated, up to 60 percent of land currently used to grow coffee beans will be unsuitable for production by the last three decades of the century.

Home of the prized Coffea arabica plant, Ethiopia is the world’s fifth biggest producer of beans, after Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia, according to the International Coffee Organization.

Over the last 50 years, however, average temperatures across the country have risen by about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), and rainfall in key regions has become spotty. Coffee areas that once flourished are in decline.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits eastern Sichuan, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of northern Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Ethiopia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 1030 mi…1660 km ENE of the Leeward Islands and about 1195 mi…1925 km ESE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Lester is located about 510 mi…820 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 279 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking eastward at 04 knots.

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Sudan – Two months of torrential rain have killed more than 110 people in Sudan – and more rain is forecast. More than 160,000 people have been affected and 14,000 houses destroyed.

Ethiopia – The United Nations says more than 600,000 people have been displaced in Ethiopia since March, largely because of flooding. The African country was struggling with its worst drought in decades in 2015, but it ended when spring rains arrived in March. On Wednesday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 300,000 people were forced to flee their homes between March and June due to flooding. The report further said that others were stranded due to the inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia’s southern Oromia and Somali regions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific

Hurricane Blas is located about 1320 mi…2120 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical depression Four-E forecast is located about 730 mi…1175 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific –

Typhoon Nepartak is located approximately 149 nm southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, and is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

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Tennessee, USA – Tennessee declared a state of emergency Thursday after torrential rain triggered major flash flooding in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Ethiopia – Floods across Ethiopia have severely impacted the ability of livestock-dependent Ethiopians to recover from 18-months of drought brought on by El Nino. Reports from Ethiopia’s National Flood Task Force show that close to 690,000 people are now likely be affected, with more than 320,000 estimated to be displaced. Over 55,000 hectares of land, much of it pasture, has been flooded. Thousands of livestock have died due to flash floods and landslides, brought on by the long-awaited spring season rains.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Bangladesh – Lightning strikes during thunderstorms have claimed lives of at least 33 people in 12 districts of Bangladesh. Five people died in Sirajganj and Rajshahi each, and four in Pabna, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbarhia. Two people died in Dhaka, Gazipur, Bogra and Natore each, and one each died in Habiganj, Naogaon and Niphamar.

Ethiopia – Flash floods have displaced 120,000 people in Ethiopia and a total of almost half a million are expected to be affected this year, sparking another weather-related crisis in the country already experiencing severe drought. Data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) showed 119,711 people in six provinces had been displaced by last month’s “exceptional” flooding. Some of the affected regions had already been hard hit by food shortages, it said. River and flash floods caused by Ethiopia’s “belg” rains which run from February to April are likely to affect a total of 485,610 people this year, UNOCHA said. According to the agency, these floods are hampering the deliveries of food aid in the East African nation.

Malaysia – Flash floods hit several key roads in the Klang Valley yesterday, leaving hundreds of cars trapped in Kuala Lumpur and in Petaling Jaya following a heavy downpour in the evening.

Malta – The sea flooded Msida Square round the Workers’ Monument this morning in an event which is infrequent but not rare. The flooding is caused by meteorological conditions. It last occurred in 2012.

Tajikistan – Heavy rains in Tajikistan have caused floods and mudslides that have damaged homes and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people across the country. The floods damaged more than 1,000 homes overnight in several villages near the capital.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Ethiopia – At least 50 people have been killed in flooding and landslide caused by heavy rains in Ethiopia. Some 41 people died in Wolayita Zone in southern Ethiopia on Monday because of the landslide. Reports said that nine others were also killed in the Bale region in southeastern Ethiopia following the flooding. Over 1,000 cattle also reportedly drowned in the area. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by heavy the rains in several parts of the country. A number of roads have been washed away and bridges destroyed. The African country is struggling with its worst drought in decades, but unseasonable heavy rains have caused damage in several areas across the country.

El Niño – El Niño seen ending while chance of La Niña remains at 50%. The Pacific Ocean has cooled to near neutral levels over the past two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday (May 10, 2016), as the end of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in nearly 20 years is coming closer.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Myanmar – A severe hailstorm in Myanmar has claimed the lives of at least eight people and destroyed around 7,500 houses.

Ethiopia – Flash floods in drought stricken parts of Ethiopia have killed more than 28 people and numerous drought-weakened livestock and are blocking food aid deliveries to hungry communities. Ethiopia regularly suffers hunger crises as eight out of ten people are farmers who depend upon the rains.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone (tc) 18p (Zena), located approximately 190 nm west of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking east-southeastward at 23 knots.

Invest 90C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Ethiopia – The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported Monday that 23 people were killed and 84 more people were injured when a river that crosses Jigjiga, the regional capital of the Somali region, burst its banks on Sunday. It said intense rains in another drought-stricken region, Afar, led to floods in which five people were killed.

Fiji – Torrential rain triggered major flash flooding in parts of Fiji Monday and Tuesday, and intensifying Tropical Cyclone Zena will bring more heavy rain to the Pacific island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Australia – Port Lincoln is experiencing severe flooding after being hit by the remnants of Cyclone Stan more than 3,200km away. The city located on the Eyre Peninsula in the Australian experienced strong rainfall after ex-Cyclone Stan crossed the South Australian border last night. The rain has hampered drivers and businesses with reports that there was 50mm of rain recorded at 9am with an additional 20mm recorded at lunchtime.

Atlantic Ocean – Global Weather Oscillations says the 2016 – 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be the strongest in over 4 years. GWO has issued the most accurate predictions of any organization over the past 7 years, and says – unlike the past three hurricane seasons that were dominated by hostile atmospheric conditions that subdued hurricane activity since 2013, and during the 2015 El Niño season – The next few years will be in a “Climate Pulse Hurricane Enhancement Cycle” that will provide very favourable conditions for development of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Argentina – An invasion of poisonous snakes washed downriver in recent floods forced authorities to close beaches to summer holidaymakers in northern Argentina, officials said Monday. Floodwaters in the Rio Plata and Rio Parana carried a species of water lily and with it countless crawling, slithering creatures, south to beaches at the mouths of those rivers near Buenos Aires.

United Kingdom – Village suffers ‘biblical’ non stop rain for 81 DAYS and even the livestock are ‘depressed’. Rain has fallen every day in the Welsh village of Eglwyswrw since October 26 and residents, farmers and their animals are all fed up.

Australia – Darling Downs residents have been warned to brace for a massive storm and ‘super cell’ expected to reach the region tomorrow, bringing with it damaging weather conditions. Higgins Storm Chasers have issued a warning with a surface and upper trough bringing large hail, up to 8cm in diameter, damaging winds over 90 km/hr, heavy rain with flash flooding and frequent lightning. The system will peak on Friday as a very potent storm set up.

USA – Winter storm in Midwest; tornadoes punch Deep South – Heavy snow and high winds continued to sweep across much of the Midwest with near-blizzard force on Tuesday, causing highway closures in Nebraska and flight cancellations in Colorado. Nasty weather also hammered the South, with tornado warnings issued in Mississippi and Alabama. At least two tornadoes hit Mississippi.

Ethiopia – ‘Fish Rain’ in Dire Dawa. Unusual fish-rain occurred on Sunday at 11; 30 pm in Dire Dawa City Eastern part of Ethiopia for a few minutes both in rural and urban areas. This typically happens when a cyclone offshore sucks up water from the ocean along with fish and deposits the moisture as rain over land.

Drought

Drought and Famine in Ethiopia

The Save the Children charity says it has raised less than a third of what it needs to help Ethiopia cope with a drought which has left 10.2 million people critically short of food.

Experts say the drought is worse than the one seen in 1984, when years of conflict followed by a lack of rain led to a famine that killed up to one million people.

Almost 5.8 million of those facing critical food shortages were children, with 400,000 severely malnourished or close to it, making them highly susceptible to pneumonia or malaria.

Disease

Ethiopia reports measles and diphtheria outbreaks

The country of the Horn of Africa is currently battling outbreaks in two vaccine-preventable diseases, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

To date, 2,190 suspected measles cases were reported in 61 separate outbreaks in Ethiopia, of which 929 cases were confirmed positive. The majority of the cases were from Nejo and Nole woredas of West Wellega zone (Oromia) and Kola Tembien woreda of Central Tigray zone (Tigray). Twenty eight per cent of cases were children under-5 and 33 per cent of those affected were above 15 years of age.

In addition to measles, an outbreak of diphtheria was reported in Alle and Konso woredas (SNNPR) on 25 February. As of 7 March, there were 31 suspected cases and six deaths. Investigations to determine the extent of the outbreak are on-going.

Rabies in Nepal

Officials report a 12-year old boy died of furious rabies during treatment at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The patient was bitten by an unknown stray dog (puppy) in the tip of the index finger. The wound was unnoticeable and hence the boy did not inform his parents about the incident. Signs of furious rabies appeared 20 days after the bite. He died one day after his admission to this hospital. It was the 2nd fatal case of rabies in this hospital within a week.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hurricane Gonzalo is located about 525 mi…845 km SSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…140 mph…220 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…hurricane conditions are expected to reach Bermuda on Friday…with tropical storm conditions beginning late tonight or early Friday morning. It should be noted that wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hilly terrain are often up to 30 percent stronger than at the surface…and in some elevated locations can be even greater. Storm surge…a dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Rainfall…Gonzalo is expected to produce total rain accumulations

of 3 to 6 inches over Bermuda. Surf…large swells generated by Gonzalo are affecting portions of the Virgin Islands…the northern coasts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic…and portions of the Bahamas. Swells will reach much of the East Coast of the United States and Bermuda today.

Tropical storm Ana is located about 530 mi…850 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 740 mi…1190 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Italy – Flooding in Maremma in southern Tuscany has claimed the lives of two women. The Elsa river burst its banks due to torrential rain between Albinia and Manciano. Due to the flood threat, people in Orbetello were warned to move to the upper floors of their houses. Numerous people from Polverosa, Aunti, Alberone and Priorato have been evacuated.

Nepal – The death toll in the snowstorm that hit Nepal has risen to at least 21 including 12 foreigners. The snowstorms and avalanches were caused by cyclone Hudhud that hit neighbouring India a few days ago.

 

Avalanche in Manang Mustang Myagdi Nepal

Ethiopia – Some 8,000 families have been displaced by the recent overflowing of Ethiopia’s Awash River across the country. Households affected have been moved to higher ground and given temporary shelter. Cotton and sugarcane fields, covering more than 5,200 hectares of land, had also been flooded.

Thailand – Heavy rainfall yesterday caused water levels in the Pran Buri River to rise, while strong currents destroyed bridges and weirs, cutting routes to 12 villages in tambon Bueng Nakhon and tambon Huai Sat Yai. Run-off from the Tenasserim and Pak Thawan mountain ranges is now preventing locals from going in or out of their villages.