Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Beta is located about 55 mi…85 km wsw of Jackson Mississippi and about 70 mi…110 km ese of Monroe Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Dolphin), located approximately 175 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking southward at 01 knot.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 17e (Lowell), located approximately 768 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ethiopia – The government in Ethiopia reports that unprecedented flooding caused by the overflow of the Awash River has displaced more than 144,000 persons in Afar Regional State. Flooding in the state has affected 240,000 people, demolished 105 schools, 200 rural roads, 6 bridges, and killed over 21,000 domestic animals. Flooding has also damaged around 60,000 hectares of crops and farmland.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rene is located about 1345 mi…2165 km wnw of the Cabo Verde islands and about 1300 mi…2095 km ene of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 645 mi…1040 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Depression Nineteen is located about 35 mi…55 km wsw of Miami Florida and about 75 mi…125 km ese of Naples Florida with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 12w (Twelve), located approximately 237 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north- northeastward at 06 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ethiopia – Heavy rain and flooding continue in Ethiopia, with over 500,000 people affected and around 300,000 displaced since July. Unusually heavy Kiremt season (June to September) rainfall triggered flooding in the country from late July. In a report of 06 September, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said “heavy summer season (June-September) rains continue to cause flooding in many parts of the country. Some 500,000 people were so far affected, including some 300,000 displaced.” On 01 September the Awash River once again broke its banks, flooding areas in Amibara and Awash Fentale woredas of Afar region. The Government deployed a military helicopter to evacuate flood victims. Local reports said at least 5 people died.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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India – Torrential monsoon rainfall has triggered deadly flooding and landslides in the southern state of Kerala, India. At least 26 people died after heavy rain triggered a landslide buried houses in Rajamala in Idukki district late on 07 August. Teams of rescuers are working in the area, with over 40 people thought to be missing. According to IMD figures, nearby Munnar recorded 229mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 August. Other areas of the state have also seen heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Niger – Nineteen people have died and over 50,000 have been affected by flooding in Niger since June this year. As of 30 July, 9 people had died, 20,174 people affected and 2,244 houses destroyed. The worst hit areas were the regions of Maradi and Tahoua, with respectively 13,667 and 4,173 people affected. Flooding has continued, in particular after a period of heavy rain in early August.

Ethiopia – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that more than 30,000 people have been displaced due to floods in Ethiopia since late July, 2020. Flooding has affected Afar, Gambella, Oromia, and SNNP regions since 20 July. In Afar region, the overflow of Awash River and flash floods in the first week of August have displaced almost 20,000 people. Meanwhile, 1,740 people have been displaced in Kefa zone of SNNP region after flooding and landslides. The overflowing Rib River has caused flooding in South Gonder zone of Amhara region since late July, submerging roads and affecting around 1,000 people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Wales -Properties have been flooded after thunderstorms hit parts of south and west Wales on Saturday. Several houses were damaged in Carmarthen while fire crews have also been called to flash flooding in Gorseinon, Swansea.

Ethiopia – Devastating floods from the swollen River Daua along the Kenya-Ethiopia border have left several villages in Mandera County under water, hundreds of locals displaced and farms washed away. The most affected villages are Rhamu Dimtu, Khalicha, Yabicho, Girisa, Sala, Hareri, Darika, Gadudia and Khalalio.

Environment

Locusts – East Africa

Swarms of locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200 000 hectares of cropland and driven around a million people to require emergency food aid, the United Nations says.

Billions of desert locusts, some in swarms the size of Moscow, have already chomped their way through much of East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

Their breeding has been spurred by one of the wettest rainy seasons in the region in four decades.

In Ethiopia, the locusts have caused widespread losses of sorghum, wheat and maize, also known as corn, and vastly reduced the amount of available land for cattle grazing.

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Environment

Locust Infestation – Ethiopia

A Desert Locust infestation has been ravaging crop and pasture-land, as well as trees and other vegetation since June 2019 in parts of Afar, Amhara, Somali and Tigray regions. The swarms have produced hopper bands that have covered more than 174 square kilometers and are consuming approximately 8,700 metric tons of green vegetation every day.

Rift Valley Fever – Sudan

On 10 October 2019, the National IHR Focal Point for Sudan notified WHO of 47 suspected cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), including two deaths in Arb’aat Area, Towashan Village, in El Qaneb locality, Red Sea State.

Disease

Ethiopia – Chikungunya, Cholera, Measles, Dengue Fever

There are a number of infectious disease outbreaks currently in Ethiopia:

Chikungunya – The latest numbers from officials in Ethiopia show that the outbreak in Dire Dawa has grown to 51,361 cases, with no deaths, since it started in August.

Cholera – Since the first case of cholera was reported, 1,708 cases have been reported, including 11 deaths. There are active outbreaks in Oromia, Somali, SNNP, Amhara and Afar regions. A total of 54 cases have been laboratory confirmed.

Dengue fever – A dengue fever outbreak was reported in Gewane woreda of Afar region on September 16. Total cases so far are 536.

Measles – For the past 10 months, Ethiopia has been experiencing a measles outbreak, which began in Oromio region and later affected three additional regions: Afar, Amhara and Somali. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 8,514 suspected measles cases including 57 deaths (case fatality ratio 0.67%), were reported.

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.

Newsbytes:

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:

No current 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.