Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 655 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Jordan – Amman – the Jordanian capital was hit the hardest by a weekend of torrential rains and floods across Jordan. At least 13 people are reported to have died in the floodwaters. According to previous civil defense statements, 28 citizens have drowned in rain-induced floods across the kingdom in the last four months.

Afghanistan – Flash floods have swept away dozens of homes and inundated handreds of acres of farmland in western Farah province, an official said on Sunday. Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has closed roads connecting districts to provincial capital in Afghanistan’s central-eastern province of Ghazni. Between 60 and 150 centimetres of snow has fallen in Ghazni, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement. Kabul was also a witness to heavy snowfall over the last couple of days. Meanwhile, flooding was also reported in southern Kandahar province following heavy rain.

Balochistan – On Saturday, it was reported that life is crippled in Balochistan amid torrential rainfall and snowfall in different areas of the province, particularly Chagai district. Security forces have been moved to assist the civil administration in rescue and relief operations for flood victims in various parts of Balochistan. Approximately 1,500 families have been rescued in Dureji, Lasbela, and Qillah Abdulla areas, while rations have been provided to 3,500 families in the rain-affected areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Alcide), located approximately 472 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking northward at 01 knot.

Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Four), located approximately 220 nm northwest of Cocos island, Australia, is tracking southward at 05 knots.

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Jordan – At least 11 people, including a young girl, were killed as flash floods engulfed multiple cities in Jordan on Friday. Heavy downpours triggered the flash floods, forcing more than 3,500 international and domestic tourists to be evacuated from the tourist city of Petra in southern Jordan. Ongoing rainfall in the Daba’a region of southern Jordan also led to the closure of the desert highway in both directions. A large number of vehicles were left stranded as the highway flooded and traffic trapped those attempting to leave.

Wales – Flooding has continued to hit parts of Wales for a second day causing widespread travel disruption. There are amber and yellow warnings in place for wind and rain, with Pembrokeshire set to be worst hit by the severe weather. The M48 Severn Bridge has also been shut eastbound due to strong winds. Flooding has also blocked the railway line between Milford Haven and Haverfordwest which is expected to cause disruption until early Saturday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 391 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Jordan – At least 18 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away. The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria. Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding.

Russia – Floods have left two people dead and two others injured along with one missing in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Region, parts of which were hammered by severe storms.

Kenya – A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups. The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility. Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning. Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

Island Vanishes

One of the most powerful Pacific hurricanes on record obliterated a remote Hawaiian island, causing an important turtle nesting site to disappear in early October.

Former Category-5 Hurricane Walaka was still packing Category-3 force just before it struck the remote French Frigate Shoals, about 400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Storm surge wiped out East Island, which is a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals and various types of sea birds.

University of Hawaii researchers who were studying the wildlife were forced to evacuate the island before Walaka struck.

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Storms and Floods

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Jordan – The Civil Defence Department (CDD) on Thursday rescued “hundreds” of people trapped by water floods in houses, vehicles and streets across the Kingdom. A heavy downpour flooded streets and neighbourhoods in the northern and central regions of the Kingdom.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nevada, Colorado, USA

The blaze that began near Golden Eagle Regional Park in Sparks and temporarily prompted the closure of Interstate 80 has grown to about 13,500 acres. Firefighters have contained about 20 percent of the blaze.

Meanwhile, a fire burning in the Wadsworth area reached about 20,000 acres overnight and continues to grow. This fire is now covering portions of Washoe and Churchill counties.

Grass and sage are fueling both blazes burning in areas firefighters cannot access easily on the ground, forcing them to attack them by air.

In Colorado, hot and dry conditions have led to multiple small wildfires burning across Colorado, and fire crews across the state are working to get them under control.

Forest Wildfires in Jordan

A total of 408 dunums of forest have been destroyed in 11 wildfires across the country since the start of the year, according to a government official. Jordan has relatively little forest area and close monitoring is showing a decrease in forest fires compared to previous years.

Storms and Floods

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Tropical cyclone 05a (Megh), located approximately 422 nm east of Socotra Island, Yemen, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Jordan – Heavy rain in Jordan has flooded the streets of the capital Amman, causing road closures and power cuts. Two people died when a basement flooded.

Brazil – Bento Rodrigues, a town in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, was flooded after a dam holding waste water from an iron mine burst early Thursday. At least 15 people were reported to have died.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Wisconsin, USA

Six buildings caught fire and 15 homes had to be evacuated as warm weather and dry conditions helped fuel wildfires in central Wisconsin.

Wildfires – Jordan-Israel

The Jordan Valley Farmers Union is arranging to file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Court for the recurring fires that erupt on the Israeli-Jordanian borderline and damage thousands of agricultural lands annually, JVFU President Adnan Khaddam said Wednesday.

Farmers who own lands adjacent to the border incur each year huge losses as their trees, crops and infrastructure are burned in fires that start in Israel and spread to the Kingdom, Khaddam said.

He noted that fires start during this time of year and continue recurring until the end of summer, charging that Israel “deliberately” starts the fires to get rid of the dry grass that grows on the border for security reasons.

“The fires are increasing every year and there is nothing stopping Israel from starting the fires without taking precautionary measures that prevent flames from reaching the Jordanian side,” Khaddam told The Jordan Times.

The first fire of the season erupted last Sunday night in Wadi Al Rayyan in the Central Jordan Valley, according to Khaddam, who said the flames raged again on Monday.

Wildfires – Mongolia

Since the beginning of this year, 60 soums in 15 provinces were hit by 116 wildfires. Fifty of the fires broke out in just three provinces in the eastern region of Mongolia, including Khentii, Sukhbaatar and Dornod.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported on Friday that the wildfires that have been causing substantial damage to both the people and the environment were finally extinguished in Dornod and Sukhbaatar provinces at the end of last week.

Khentii Province’s soums remain on fire now, while rescuers are working to put out fires in Khuvsgul and Uvs provinces.

Amongst other methods, cloud seeding is used to fight wildfires in Mongolia.

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Storms and Floods

Jordan

A flash flood in southern Jordan has killed an elderly man as torrential rains and heavy snowfall swept the desert country, trapping 300 people who had to be rescued.

Tropical Cyclone Felleng was located approximately 460 nm south-southwest of La Reunion and is having less impact on Madagascar.

Storms and Floods

Jordan

A flash flood in southern Jordan has killed an elderly man as torrential rains and heavy snowfall swept the desert country, trapping 300 people who had to be rescued.

Tropical Cyclone Felleng was located approximately 460 nm south-southwest of La Reunion and is having less impact on Madagascar.