Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Mangga), located approximately 1324 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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India, Bangladesh – Tropical Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and widespread flooding. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage will only be known once communications are restored, officials said. In the Indian state of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 72 people had perished – most of them either electrocuted or killed by trees uprooted by winds gusting up to 185km/h (115 mph). She said the storm had carved a 400-km long swathe through the state. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the initial death toll was put at 10. When the cyclone barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, a storm surge of around five metres caused flooding across low-lying coastal areas. Villagers could be seen trying to lift fallen electricity poles, fishermen hauling their boats out of a choppy sea, and uprooted trees lying strewn across the countryside. Designated a super cyclone, Amphan weakened after making landfall. Moving inland through Bangladesh, it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm by the Indian weather office, and it has since subsided into a depression.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits eastern Turkey.

5.2 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.0 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits western Kazakhstan.

5.0 earthquake hits Himachal Pradesh, India.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.4 earthquake hits the Bismarck Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.1 earthquake hits south of Africa.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Assam, India.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 85 nm south of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06a (Six), located approximately 889 nm east-southeast of Djibouti (city), is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

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Nepal – A mudslide in Pokhara has claimed lives of four persons and left one other missing. The mudslide occurred at the time the workers were constructing sewage channels alongside the Bhalam-Mauja rural road.

India – The government of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu says at least 25 people have died in recent floods that inundated low-lying areas and hundreds more have been evacuated to relief camps.

Philippines – Powerful typhoon Kammuri was blowing across the Philippines on Tuesday after slamming ashore overnight in an eastern province, damaging houses and an airport and knocking out power after tens of thousands of people fled for safer ground.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Sebastien is located about 230 mi…370 km nnw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 40 mph…65 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (Rita), located approximately 344 nm north-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

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India – Eight hundred houses have been inundated on Sunday afternoon, after the bund of Hulimavu lake in Bengaluru breached. More than 200 people were evacuated.

France – Flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of two people and left two missing in southern France. The area absorbed the equivalent of two months of average rainfall in 24 hours. The Nice airport was briefly closed.

Italy – A 30-meter section of highway along a viaduct in the coastal city of Savona has collapsed after heavy rains leaving cars perched perilously on a precipice.. A woman was found dead after the surging Bomida river swept away her car in northern Italy.

Italy – Venice has continued to be swamped by floods this weekend just 11 days after the city’s highest water levels in 50 years killed two people and caused chaos. New images show the floods continuing to plague the city as people wade through the streets and try to salvage their businesses as residents braced themselves for another, though smaller, high tide today.

Environment

Oxygen bar sells fresh air in pollution-hit New Delhi

With India’s capital engulfed in choking pollution, someone has sniffed an opportunity.

A bar offering fresh puffs of oxygen is proving popular among middle-aged and elderly residents of New Delhi. It was introduced in June but has proven a hit in recent weeks. The bar offers a 15-minute session to inhale a cocktail of oxygen in different flavours, for 500 rupees (€6.32).

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Raymond is located about 500 mi…805 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Twenty One-E is located about 535 mi…860 km s of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 185 nm east of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 17 knots.

Tropical depression 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 296 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

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India, Bangladesh – Update – Cyclone Bulbul has left a trail of death and destruction, claiming the lives of at least 32 people in India and Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul killed 10 people and affected at least 2.73 lakh families in different parts of the West Bengal, India causing the suspension of operation for 12 hours at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. According to the Sate Disaster Management, at least 2,473 houses were destroyed and another 26,000 were partially damaged in the cyclone in the coastal districts along the Bay of Bengal. At least 22 people died in seven coastal districts of Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul made landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. More than 1.8 million people in the vulnerable Bangladeshi coastal districts were evacuated to 4,071 cyclone shelters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Nakri), located approximately 274 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward 10 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 23w (Matmo/Bulbul), located approximately 79 nm north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is tracking east-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Bangladesh and India – Over 1.8 million people in the vulnerable Bangladeshi coastal districts are being evacuated to 4,071 cyclone shelters ahead of Tropical Cyclone Bulbul (Matmo). Bulbul made landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. Two deaths have been reported so far in Kolkata and Odisha.

Environment

Pollution – New Delhi

Air quality has dropped to its worst recorded level this year in New Delhi and nearby cities, with a thick haze hanging over the Indian capital. Delhi pollution has been described ‘like smoking 50 cigarettes a day’.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 24w (Halong), located approximately 566 nm east of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 442 nm south of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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New York, USA – A severe Halloween storm caused widespread flood damage in the Mohawk Valley region of New York. One man died in the floodwaters and extensive damage to property occurred. One video caught a house floating away down river.

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UK – Dozens of trees were toppled, power cables cut and scaffolding was blown down on top of cars as many parts of southern England came in for a pounding. And hurricane-force winds hit 109mph on the Isle of Wight. All passenger services in and out of Dover have been suspended because of the high winds. Train services in Dorset were hit with a 50mph speed limit as reports of trees and other debris across the tracks were being investigated. The Environmental Agency currently has nine flood warnings in place with 67 flood alerts.

India – Tropical Cyclone Maha is moving north along the southwestern coast of India, and unleashing heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and south Tamil Nadu.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 230 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04a (Kyarr), located approximately 184 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05a (Five), located approximately 620 nm south of Mumbai, India, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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Cameroon – Authorities in Cameroon have deployed soldiers and rescue workers after a torrential downpour caused a landslide that killed at least 34 people near the western town of Bafoussam. Rescue workers spent Tuesday searching through the wreckage of destroyed homes for more victims.

El Salvador – Heavy precipitation in El Salvador began on 12 October 2019 due to the influence and combination of a lowpressure system. The continual rain led caused rockslides and landslides, as well as falling trees and collapse of slopes, which disrupted transit on highways and roads. Unofficial figures report that at least four people have died following the heavy rain.

Kenya – Heavy rain has been affecting several counties since last week, causing flash flooding and landslides. According to media reports, as of 24 October, 9 people have died as a result, 4 in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, 4 in Wajir county and 1 in Turkana County. Thousands of people have been displaced and roads and houses have been damaged.

Ghana – Ghana experienced heavy rains combined with water releases from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso in early October 2019 which caused serious flooding and extensive damage to farmlands, houses, properties and loss of lives across the country. Between the 6 to 12 October 2019, the Upper East Region, experienced torrential rains which resulted in damaged houses and farmlands leading to displacement of people and fatalities. Local media in Ghana reported that as many as 29 people have died in flood-related incidents. Media reports also suggested that between 1,000 and 4,000 buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged.

India – More than 130 of the 178 taluks in the state are either reeling under drought or affected by the worst flooding in more than a century during the southwest monsoon. The state government had recently declared 49 taluks as drought-hit, whereas 103 were designated as flood-affected in August. The drought list includes at least five taluks that were also flood-hit, posing an unusual challenge to the authorities.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Tropical Storm 21w (Neoguri), located approximately 119 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 17 knots.

Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 438 nm south-southeast of Iwo To, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Somalia – Moderate to heavy rains continued in many parts of Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands over the last week. River levels at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) are currently very high. Latest reports received in the evening of 21 October indicate that nearly 40 per cent of Belet Weyne town has been affected by flooding with an estimated 72,000 people having moved to Ceel Jaale highlands and surrounding areas. All villages in the north of Belet Weyne town have been affected and humanitarian partners are yet to establish the number of people displaced in these areas.

Texas, USA – A destructive tornado touched down in the northeastern part of Dallas on Sunday night (Oct. 20), knocking out power for more than 150,000 residents and causing significant property damage. Though the tornado cut through a densely populated area, no storm-related deaths have been reported.

India – In less than two months, North Karnataka districts have been hit by heavy rain and floods again. On Monday, the latest spell of torrential rain claimed four lives and two boys were swept away in separate incidents. Flood water inundated agricultural fields and entered houses in several parts of the State.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Melissa is located about 190 mi…300 km s of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 200 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 350 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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New Jersey, USA – Residents at the Jersey Shore had to deal with some significant flooding thanks to a storm off the coast. Flooding Thursday evening was followed by more flooding Friday.

India – Panic gripped parts of North and Western Bengaluru in the early hours of Thursday with flash floods flooding several localities in Dasarahalli, Nagasandra and Chikkabidarakallu due to breaching of Doddabidarakallu Lake at around mid-night. More than 300 houses were marooned and over 100 vehicles were submerged in the flash floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 274 nm north-northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

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Alaska – Juneau was pummeled with inches of rain this weekend, leading to a flood advisory and mudslides in some areas. Residents in one area of Douglas were advised to evacuate. The sodden ground caused mudslides in some areas, and wrecked roads and ditches. Several reports have been made of flooding and landslides in the downtown and Douglas Island area.

India – Flooding continues to affect Bihar, especially the Rajendranagar area. The Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Adhwara, Kosi, Mahananda and Parman rivers are at dangerous levels. 22 million people across 14 districts are affected by floods. With these conditions, there has been an outbreak of Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria. As of 6 October, about 900 people tested positive for dengue in Bihar, including 640 cases in Patna due to waterlogged streets. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Patna and its nearby regions are likely to receive more rainfall over the next two days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 630 mi…1010 km sw of Flores in the western Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…ne or 40 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Narda is located about 70 mi…115 km nw of Los Mochis Mexico and about 120 mi…195 km se of Guaymas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 156 nm south-southeast of Shanghai, China, is tracking northward at 15 knots.

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India – More than 100 people have been killed over the last four days after a heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains flooded wide areas in northeast India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar states. Patna has received more than 200mm of rain since Friday, according to the weather department. Days of downpour left almost 80 percent of Patna localities, including hospitals and schools, flooded. Residents reported knee-deep water across the city.

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