Storms and Floods

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Malaysia – Almost 2,000 people have evacuated their homes in Malaysia’s Sabah state after flooding struck on 11 January, 2021. The districts of Beaufort (24 displaced), Kota Marudu (710), Kudat (975) and Pitas (47) have all been affected. Levels of the Padas River in Beaufort stood at 9.09 metres as of 12 January, above the danger mark of 8.7 metres. The city of Sandakan recorded 122.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 January.

Southeastern Europe – Severe weather including heavy rain and snow has affected areas of South Eastern Europe over the last few days, with flooding reported in parts of Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Heavy rainfall in Bulgaria over the last few days increased river levels in Sofia and Pernik Provinces in western Bulgaria. In Montenegro heavy rain damaged buildings in Ulcinj, while in Greece, Civil Protection and the Fire Service responded to incidents of flooding in Ioannina, Arta and Pramata in north-western Greece.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Josephine is located about 680 mi…1090 km ese of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 10e (Ten), located approximately 1359 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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India – As many as 25 people have now died in flooding in the state of Bihar in north eastern India. As of 13 August, 7.7 million people were affected by flooding across 16 districts of the state. Overall, 547,804 people have been evacuated during the floods. As of 13 August, 12,479 people were staying in relief camps.

Sudan – Flooding in Sudan has affected over 180,000 people across 17 states, with over 40 fatalities reported. Recent flooding began in the country after heavy rainfall in late July. Damage was reported in parts of Khartoum and a dam collapsed in Blue Nile state.

Yemen – Ongoing rain and flash floods in Yemen continue to cause casualties and damage. Reports suggest over 130 have died in the flooding since late July, with 35,000 families affected. There are also reports that flooding has moved landmines and other explosive devices into areas not previously contaminated. he recent spate of flooding began in the country after heavy rainfall in late July, damaging infrastructure, destroying homes and shelters and causing death and injuries. Marib, Hajjah, Raymah, Al Mahwit and Al Hudaydah governorates were particularly badly affected.

Europe – After days of high temperatures, heavy rainfall brought by summer storms has caused flooding and landslides in parts of the United Kingdom, France and Italy. In the UK, flash flooding was reported in Scotland after heavy rainfall 11 to 12 August, 2020. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it received more than 1,000 emergency calls due to the severe weather. Authorities in Fife declared a “major incident” after flash floods caused severe damage across the region. Evacuations were carried out after a landslide near Kinghorn. Some of the worst of the flooding was in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where the heavy rain is also thought to have triggered a landslide near which derailed a train. Three people died and 6 were injured in the derailment. Thunderstorms in France caused flooding on 12 August in parts of the northern Normandy Region. Firefighters in the region carried out 464 interventions in the departments of Orne, Calvados and Seine-Maritime. The flooding has disrupted road and rail travel. Meanwhile officials in Italy report that 3 people died and 2 were injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Chiareggio, a small village in the Chiesa in Valmalenco municipality, Sondrio Province in the Lombardy Region on 12 August.

Global Warming

Rivers and climate change in Europe

Studying historical documents from 5 centuries, scientists from Vienna University were able to compare flood events from the past with recent flood events in Europe. This combination of historical and hydrological research provides evidence for the strong influence of climate change on rivers and floodings. Floods tend to be larger, the timing has shifted and the relationship between flood occurrence and air temperatures has reversed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 16s (Gabekile), located approximately 827 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southeastward at 02 knots.

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Europe – After battering the UK with force winds and flooding, Storm Dennis moved further north with strong winds and heavy rains which caused flooding, road closures and electricity outages across the Nordic and Baltic regions and forced the cancellation of several ferries between Denmark and Norway. In Denmark, the southwestern city of Kolding was flooded as gale force winds and heavy rains battered the area. In nearby Horsens, police protectively evacuated residents near Bygholm Lake out of fear that a levee would collapse.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Uesi), located approximately 247 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Europe – Storm Ciara caused travel chaos on Monday, severely disrupting commutes and grounding hundreds of flights as swathes of Europe were left without power by torrential rain and winds of up to 180km per hour that also caused flash flooding and the cancellation of sporting fixtures. At least six people have been reported to have died across the region. In one of the most violent storms for years, one man died and another was reported missing in southern Sweden when their boat capsized, while three people were seriously injured in Germany by falling trees and branches. Parts of northern France were put on orange alert and 130 000 homes had electricity cut off. The Netherlands closed one of its big storm surge barriers as the tempest approached on Sunday night. Police said it caused Monday morning traffic jams over 600km’s of roads. Around 220 flights were cancelled during the morning at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport – Europe’s third-busiest – most destined for other European cities. Around 240 never took off on Sunday.

Brazil – Heavy rains in Sao Paulo brought Brazil’s most populous city nearly to a halt on Monday with floods, mudslides and enormous traffic jams. Parts of the city received 100 mm (4 inches) of within three hours, swelling the Tiete River to its highest level in 15 years, according to the state’s infrastructure secretary. Many had to be rescued by rafts or helicopters after waiting hours atop inundated cars, surrounded by muddy water.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 717 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

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Europe – A one-two punch of winter storms has hit Europe with strong winds and rain over several days, leaving at least nine people dead. The first storm swept across Portugal, Spain, and southern France on Thursday and Friday, and severe flooding hit parts of Britain over the weekend. The storms killed at least seven people in Spain, where high winds also downed power lines, scattered debris on roads and railroad tracks, and forced some flight cancellations. Smaller towns in the north of the country were hit by flooding. Residents were evacuated on Friday from Reinosa, about 240 miles north of Madrid, while others watched from their balconies as vehicles were swept down the streets by the floodwaters.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Europe

Nearly 1,400 fires have hit Europe so far this year compared to an annual average of 174 in the same period over the past ten years. This has resulted in a near five-fold increase in burnt areas. Blazes have so far this year burnt 207,440 hectares. In the decade from 2008-2018, an average of 44,491 hectares had burnt by June 25 every year.

The recent heatwaves alone do not explain higher risk of fire. A number of conditions impact whether fires will spread and intensify. They include the available amount of dry foliage, temperature, overall soil moisture, wind speed and the presence of potential ignition sources, which can be natural — such as lighting — or due to human activity — such as a piece of glass or a smouldering cigarette.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Aletta is located about 370 mi…595 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Ewiniar), located approximately 254 nm west-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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Europe – Central Europe has been hard hit from a severe flooding season that shows no signs of stopping. Poland has seen massive flood destruction in Warsaw, Sandomierz, Nowy Sacz, and other villages in the Southern region following severe storms on Sunday. Two bridges were destroyed and that the heavy rains caused a landslide. France’s Brittany region was hit by a devastating storm on Sunday and Monday. Between three weeks and a month’s worth of rain fell in 30 minutes. The same rain-pour rates were prevalent along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, especially in the city of Varna. Two villages in the Varna Province were also hit with a tornado, causing mass destruction. No one was reported injured.

Thailand – Heavy rains across Phuket on Tuesday morning caused peak-hour flooding of roads and traffic congestion. There was also a landslide in Kamala.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 21s (Flamboyan), located approximately 901 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

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Switzerland – A fifth person has died from injuries sustained when an unexpected snowstorm surprised a group of 14 skiers in the Swiss Alps, forcing them to spend the night outdoors. The group had set out from the Dix rest-stop and were heading to Vignettes to sleep, trekking along a route called the Serpentine. But bad weather in the Pigne d’Arolla area struck unexpectedly.

Europe – In Germany, firefighters pumped rainwater from basements and clearing flooded road tunnels after a storm swept through parts of western Germany overnight. Germany’s far-west Aachen region was the hardest hit, with rescue services receiving hundreds of calls. Aachen police say nobody was harmed in the storm. France, Belgium and Luxembourg were also affected by heavy rain and hail — weather that is more often seen during the summer than the spring.

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 14s (Eliakim), located approximately 444 nm south-southwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking south-southwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 347 nm north-northwest of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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Europe, Croatia – Emergency crews in Croatia have struggled to contain a swollen river that reached record levels southeast of Zagreb Monday, while soldiers distributed food and drinking water to a section of Albania that has been flooded for two weeks. To the east, snow and freezing rain delayed dozens of flights and some trains in Romania amid a late cold snap. Snow also hit Germany, Hungary and Britain, among other European nations. Trains running from Bucharest to the Black Sea port of Constanta and the southern city of Craiova were also delayed. In Albania, local authorities reported that about 7,400 acres of land in the country’s northwest were flooded and 225 houses in the countryside were surrounded by water.

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Namibia – The Zambezi River in the north of the country is in flood after heaving rains in its catchment area. Schools and villages have been cut off by the floodwaters. Villagers have been warned to move their livestock to higher ground.

Europe – Large parts of Europe have been hit by a freak winter storm, bringing rare snow and plummeting temperatures on much of the continent. Some parts of the UK are expected to feel colder than the Arctic Circle throughout the week.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (Bolaven), located approximately 268 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 243 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

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Europe – Winter storm Eleanor swept across Europe on Wednesday, bringing death, damage and disruption, snarling transport networks and cutting power to tens of thousands of people. Two people died on Spain’s northern Basque coast, the couple swept away by a huge wave. More than a dozen others were injured by the storm across France, four seriously as the country was lashed by what meteorologists termed the strongest winds in eight years. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, where gusts of up to 140km/h were recorded, winds fanned the flames of forest and scrub fires started by downed power lines, leaving three people injured. At Lenk in central Switzerland, eight people were hurt when a violent gust of wind overturned a railway carriage while one person was injured by a falling tree in the southern Dutch village of Heesch. Heavy winds forced authorities to close the airports in Strasbourg and Basel-Mulhouse on France’s border with Germany and Switzerland before they were re-opened shortly after midday. About 225 000 homes across France were without electricity, while “particularly intense” flooding was expected on the Atlantic coasts.

Ireland – Galway City has been left with a massive clean-up operation today after “unprecedented” and unexpected levels of water flooded the streets at rush hour yesterday. Homes and businesses across Galway have been submerged under flood waters, while roads have been blocked and power is out as a result of fallen debris in many parts of the west.

Global Warming

Study: Global warming alters timing of floods in Europe

Global warming is altering the timing of floods in Europe, making some rivers swell early and others later than usual, a phenomenon that impacts farming and daily life across the region, researchers said Thursday.

The report in the US journal Science is the largest European study of its kind, and spans 50 years and a vast trove of data from over 4,000 hydrometric stations from 38 countries.

“In the north-east of Europe, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States, floods now tend to occur one month earlier than in the 1960s and 1970s,” said lead author Guenter Bloeschl, a professor at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

“At that time, they typically occurred in April, today in March. This is because the snow melts earlier in the year than before, as a result of a warming climate.”

Winter floods along the Atlantic coast of western Europe tend to occur earlier, almost in the autumn, because maximum soil moisture levels are now reached earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, floods in parts of northern Britain, western Ireland, coastal Scandinavia and northern Germany now tend to occur about two weeks later than they did two decades ago.

Storms hit later in the winter than before, a trend that is likely “associated with a modified air pressure gradient between the equator and the pole, which may also reflect climate warming,” said the report.

And as the Mediterranean coast warms, coastal flood events in some regions occur later in the season.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 55 mi…90 km NNW of Chetumal Mexico and about 135 mi…220 km ESE of Campeche Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 07w (Noru), located approximately 150 nm north-northwest of Yokota Ab, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 08 knots.

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Vietnam, Update – Floods and landslides in northern Vietnam have now killed at least 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week. Fifteen people are missing. The scale of the destruction means rescue efforts are proving difficult. Flooding has crippled four provinces, damaging water systems and farms, where rice and fruit are grown.

Europe – After the heatwave in parts of Europe came the storms, and casualties. Four people were reported dead in northern Italy over the weekend as the weather turned violent. First a mudslide near the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo swept a woman to her death on Saturday. On Sunday three men were killed, two of them when strong winds brought down trees, the other by lightning. Clean-up operations have been underway in Austria after heavy rain. The Grossarital Valley in the state of Salzburg was once again reported to be accessible after being cut off. Styria and Tyrol were also badly affected. Far to the east – in Russia’s far east – heavy rain brought chaos. A local state of emergency was declared as the town of Ussuriysk and six villages became flooded. Some people were given temporary accommodation after being moved from their homes. But despite some stormy weather, across much of southern, central and eastern Europe the heatwave is expected to continue.

San Antonio, Texas, USA – San Antonio saw heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms throughout the city on Monday morning. The San Antonio Fire Department reported at least five structural fires caused by lightning strikes on Monday. Officials have reported low level flooding in various areas throughout the city.

Disease

Anthrax – Zambia – Update

In a follow-up to previous reports on an anthrax outbreak in Western Province, Zambia, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation report today that the human case total has risen to 67 since the outbreak began in Nov. 2016. In addition, it is reported that two people have died from the lethal bacterial disease.

Bird Flu – Europe – Update

Further reports of H5N8 avian flu outbreaks have been sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) from a number of European countries in the past week.

France detailed six new cases in wild birds in the past week, but also 34 separate outbreaks in poultry. Many of the poultry farm outbreaks were found through clinical symptoms, but others were detected as part of France’s prevention measures, which involves pre-emptive culling of birds in some regions. Overall, over 52000 birds were destroyed on farms and over 2000 died.

In Germany, five new outbreaks were announced affecting farms of turkeys, ducks or mixed poultry in Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia. A zoo in Saxony-Anhalt and a backyard holding in Bavaria were also affected. Over 68,000 birds were destroyed and 673 were killed in these outbreaks. Neighbouring Netherlands found large numbers of wild ducks with the disease in Utrecht.

Poland found two new outbreaks on farms and two in backyard holdings, in several different regions. Over 4000 birds died as a result of these outbreaks. In Ukraine, a farm in the Odessa region and a backyard holding in Chernovtsy suffered outbreaks, with over 10,000 birds killed.

Croatia reported new outbreaks of avian flu on a farm in Zagrebacka, where 40 birds died, as well as in a number of wild birds in other areas. Nearby Serbia reported one dead wild buzzard, while the Czech Republic reported several mute swans and one backyard holding in Jihočeský as affected by the disease. Slovakia found two new outbreaks in backyard holdings in Presov and Trnava as well as some affected wild birds. In Romania, several swans were found with the disease, and one backyard farm of 46 birds was also affected.

One new outbreak was reported last week by Greece, where avian flu hit caged layers in Peloponnisos region, with 28,000 birds destroyed.

Three farms were affected by avian flu in south-western parts of Russia, where 2530 birds died and over 219,000 were culled to prevent the disease from spreading. Two affected swans were also reported by Russia.