Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Cyclone Beryl is located about 455 mi…735 km nne of Bermuda and about 420 mi…675 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 11w (Eleven), located approximately 305 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Nigeria – Flooding and heavy rains are affecting many parts of Nigeria. Dozens of people have been killed and crops have been lost, raising fears of a food shortage.

New Zealand – Wild weather in New Zealand over the weekend has wreaked havoc closing numerous roads and highways around the country. In the Coromandel, SH25 remained closed. A number of Auckland roads were closed due to the severe weather.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Harvey is located about 30 mi…50 km NNE of Alexandria Louisiana and about 100 mi…160 km SE of Shreveport Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Irma is located about 840 mi…1350 km WNW of the Cabo Verde islands and about 1665 mi…2680 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Lidia is located about 50 mi…85 km WSW of La Paz Mexico and about 105 mi…170 km SE of Cabo San Lazaro Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 17w (Sanvu), located approximately 46 nm east-northeast of Chichi Jima, is tracking east-northeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical Depression 18w (Mawar), located approximately 253 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

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Nigeria – More than 100,000 people have had to flee their homes after heavy rains and flooding in Nigeria’s southeastern Benue state, President Muhammadu Buhari said late Thursday. The region had been battered by heavy rains over the past two weeks with the level of the Benue river rising. Cars and thousands of homes were completely submerged. Long lines of men and women were seen carrying mattresses, bags and other belongings as they fled on foot.

Pakistan – Flash monsoon flooding in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, has claimed the lives of at least 16 people, most of them children, officials confirmed Friday. At least 11 deaths have been attributed to electrocution, as rising waters become electrified in low-lying urban areas. Karachi is the latest major South Asian city to be hit by heavy monsoon rains amid a widening flood-related crisis engulfing much of the region.

Disease

Nigeria – ‘Mystery Disease’

At least 62 people are confirmed dead by a yet-to-be-diagnosed disease, a health official in Nigeria’s north central Kogi state has said. Preliminary laboratory tests of samples from the affected areas tested negative for lassa fever — a disease whose symptoms include high fever, swelling and bleeding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 151 nm southeast of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.

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Las Vegas, USA – Heavy rain from afternoon thunderstorms in Las Vegas triggered flash flooding. Seven people were rescued; one person was killed.

Nigeria – Floods have destroyed many properties and rendered thousands homeless in Benue and Katsina States, Nigeria.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 220 nm northeast of Kadena AB, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical Storm 13w (Nalgae), located approximately 536 nm northeast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Vietnam – Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam. Disaster official Luong Tuan Anh said Thursday two people died and 13 are missing in the worst hit province of Yen Bai. Some 900 government forces have been mobilized to search for the missing. The other casualties were reported in the neighboring provinces of Son La and Lai Chau.

Thailand – Floods have killed at least 23 people in Thailand’s northeastern farming region, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Ten of Thailand’s 77 provinces are disaster zones, the Interior Ministry said, adding that most of the 700,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) affected were rice-growing farmland.

Nigeria – Ten persons have reportedly been killed, while 7342 others displaced in Plateau State by floods, between April and July 2017 according to local reports. 832 villages were submerged by floods during this period.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Eugene is about 540 mi…870 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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Paris, France – Paris subway authorities closed metro stations due to flooding after thunderstorms and heavy rain pounded the French capital, officials said Monday. A violent two-hour storm struck the city late Sunday, forcing the closure of about 15 stations due to flooding. The downpours resumed early Monday, and the national weather service Meteo France placed 12 departments, including those in the greater Paris region, on a 24-hour “orange alert” for heavy rains and electrical storms.

India – Floods caused by heavy rainfall continued to wreak havoc across Assam on Monday claiming seven more lives and taking the total deaths to 34. According to a state disaster management authority report, over 1.2 million people in 20 of the total 28 districts remained affected in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. Over 2,000 villages remained inundated on Monday and over 1 million hectares of crop area affected. More than 18,000 people displaced by floods are taking shelter in 148 relief camps. Heavy rainfall has led to erosion of embankments at several places, blocked highways, caused landslides and damaged roads and bridges.

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Nigeria – For much of the weekend, Lagos, Africa’s largest city, has been hit badly by heavy floods. But with the city’s drainage system mostly poorly planned and, in some places, non-existent, flooding has become a costly annual experience. The floods have been mainly seen on Lagos Island, the major business district, with paved roads and streets flooded. Some of the worst hit areas are also the country’s most expensive residential and commercial real estate in neighborhoods like Victoria Island and Lekki.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 1180 mi…1905 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 55 mi…85 km SSW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 07w (Omais), located approximately 474 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Sudan – Flooding at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Darfur State in Sudan has claimed the lives of four people. About 183 houses in the camp have destroyed. The Sudanese National Council for Civil Defence had forecast heavy rainfall during the coming days throughout Sudan.

Vietnam – Flooding in northern Lào Cai Province of Vietnam due to Typhoon Nida has claimed the lives of four people and left seven others missing. Three people died in the mountainous Bát Xát District and one other in Sa Pa District.

India – A landslide near Ardhkuwari Temple, in the Katra District of Jammu and Kashmir has killed four people and injured seven others.

Norway – Oslo police are urging motorists to stay home after heavy rains and flash floods snarled road and rail traffic in the Norwegian capital. Rains over southeastern Norway on Saturday forced authorities to close a key tunnel and highway sections to and from Oslo where cars were stuck in the water. There were also reports of flooded and waterlogged homes and businesses.

Nigeria – Following intense rainfall and rises in water level, the National Emergency Management Agency has advised communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment from now.

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Refugees in Nigeria

More than 1200 people living in a camp for internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria have died from starvation and sickness during the last year in what is becoming “a catastrophic humanitarian emergency,” according to the medical humanitarian organisation Medecins sans Frontieres.

The camp, located in a hospital compound in the remote town of Bama in Nigeria’s Borno state, hosts about 24,000 people, including 15,000 children, and they are in a “dire health situation,” the aid agency said last week.

Violence in northern Nigeria fuelled by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes, according to United Nations statistics.

A medical team from Doctors Without Borders was able to get into Bama for the first time for a few hours on Tuesday to do an assessment, the aid group said. The team discovered 16 severely malnourished children at immediate risk of death and about 150 more youngsters suffering from “severe acute malnutrition,” the deadliest form of the condition, according to the group. The sickest children were being treated at medical facilities in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

According to the aid group, almost six people a day had died in the camp since May 23, mainly from diarrhoea and malnutrition, and the group’s assessment team counted 1,233 graves that had been dug during the last year in a cemetery near the camp

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Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria – Update

The growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation’s health authorities released Saturday.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease — both confirmed and suspected — stood at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

While health authorities assure Africa’s most populous country of more than 170 million they have the virus under control, there are fears the actual scale of the outbreak is under-reported.

The outbreak of Lassa fever was only announced in January — months after the first case of the disease happened in August — with subsequent deaths reported in 10 states, including Abuja.

In neighbouring Benin at least nine people have died in a Lassa outbreak, with a total of 20 suspected cases, health authorities said Tuesday.

The number of Lassa fever infections in West Africa every year is between 100,000 to 300,000, with about 5,000 deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lassa fever belongs to the same family as Marburg and Ebola, two deadly viruses that lead to infections with fever, vomiting and, in worse case scenarios, haemorrhagic bleeding.

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Lassa Fever – Nigeria – Update

The National IHR Focal Point of Nigeria has notified WHO of different outbreaks of Lassa fever occurring in the country.

Between August 2015 and 23 January 2016, 159 suspected cases of Lassa fever, including 82 deaths, were reported across 19 states. Investigations are ongoing and a retrospective review of cases is currently being performed; therefore, these figures are subject to change.

Zika virus infection – Dominican Republic

On 23 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for the Dominican Republic notified PAHO/WHO of 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection.

Typhoid in South Africa – Update

The small outbreak of typhoid fever that was reported in Gauging has now spread to the Western Cape. Three cases of typhoid fever have been reported in the Western Cape, the provincial health department said on Thursday.

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Foot and Mouth Disease in India

Less than a week after Bareilly reported an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) which killed more than a dozen head of cattle, 26 cattle in the Pinahat area of Agra are suspected to have died of the disease.

Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria – Update

Three persons have been confirmed dead with over 200 others currently under observation following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Rivers State, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Theophilus Odagme has said.

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China

On 8 January 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus.

Lassa Fever in Nigeria – Update

Echoes of the Ebola Virus Disease that ravaged six West African countries from March 2014 are reverberating in Nigeria as Lassa fever, also a viral disease, begins laying a trail of deaths across the country.

With officially recorded cases now 93 with 41 deaths, the Federal Government has announced plans to set up an inter-ministerial committee from which ideas would come, as in the case of EVD, that would “deliver a final blow on Lassa fever and other related diseases.”

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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 29 November and 17 December 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 4 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 2 deaths.

Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,625 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 586 related deaths.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China

Between 30 December 2015 and 2 January 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus.

Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria

The Taraba State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

One person has died and two others quarantined and their blood samples have been taken to Irrua Specialists’ Hospital in Edo State for further confirmation.

The fever spreads when people get infected with the Lassa Virus after exposure to infected rodents, while person to person transmission occurs through direct contact with the sick person. Residents were called on to avoid contact with rats especially in the areas where the outbreak occurred.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Ida is located about 1155 mi…1855 km ENE of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Typhoon Dujuan is located approximately 323 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, Japan and is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Niala is located about 325 mi…525 km se of Hilo Hawaii and about 535 mi…865 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Invest 92E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

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Nigeria – Floods in Nigeria destroyed rice plantations that produce about 11 percent of what Africa’s biggest economy needs to meet this year’s consumption. Above-normal rainfall in the country’s northwest region caused the banks of the Sokoto and Rima rivers to overflow in the Sokoto and Zamfara states, flooding rice plantations and destroying about 626,250 metric tons of the staple. In the Kebbi and Jigawa states, a combined 635,000 hectares of low-land, rain-fed plantations have been affected. About 350,000 hectares of rice plantations spread across 12 local government areas in the state are totally submerged in flood water across Kebbi alone.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Malia is located about 250 mi…400 km NW of Maro Reef and about 165 mi…265 km NNE of Lisianski Island with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ida is located about 965 mi…1555 km ENE of the northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ESE or 105 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Depression Twenty-One is located approximately 910 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Japan and is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

Invest 96C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

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Nigeria – At least 2,000 houses in some parts of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, have been submerged by flood as a result of a heavy rainfall. The flood was said to have been caused by an unusual heavy downpour that lasted for over 48 hours. The rainfall which started on Saturday night till Monday morning, caused massive floods at Abubakar Kigo road new extension, Barnawa, Ungwar-Rimi, Gonin-Gora, Karatudu, Kachia, Romi among others. More than 30, 000 people had been forced out of their homes following the incident.