Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tanzania – At least thirteen people have died and around 15 000 people have been left homeless after flash floods in Iringa and Lindi in southern Tanzania.

Australia – Adelaide and parts of South Australia were battered by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with flash floods in some areas. Power was cut to several thousand homes.

Canada – Relentless rain along British Columbia’s southern coast has closed roads, swollen rivers and prompted a state of local emergency in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. A number of homes had to be evacuated.

USA – Major flooding and landslides have been reported in Western Washington. Rivers continue to rise with potential for moderate to major flooding in some areas, including the Snohomish River which is now above 27 feet. Stillaguamish River near Granite falls reported major flooding. King, Lewis and Skagit counties remain under flood watch until Sunday morning.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 96 nm south of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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Italy – Two people died as an adverse weather system battered the Italian peninsula on Saturday, causing floods, road collapses and landslides, rescue services and local media reported. The two fatalities were swept away by swollen rivers, one in Tuscany and one in the northern Friuli region.

Tanzania – The Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force on Saturday warned people against crossing over flooded rivers lest they were swept away by raging waters. The state-run force said in a statement that ongoing torrential rains across the country have flooded rivers, which made it difficult to establish whether bridges were still intact.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04a (Kyarr), located approximately 257 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

Tanzania – Floods have affected the north-east of Tanzania since last week. According to media reports, 14 people died in Handeni district (Tanga Region). Since mid October, several floods have led to a total death toll of 44. In addition, a number of houses, roads, bridges and crop farms have been damaged. For the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rain is forecast over the central and northern regions.

UAE – Roads in the eastern region of Sharjah and Fujairah have been closed after high waves caused flooding in both emirates. Corniche Roads in Khor Fakkan and Kalba were closed on Monday after midnight as high waves breached the barricade and flooded the surrounding streets amid an unusually high tide combined with the effect of Tropical Cyclone Kyarr.

Nigeria – Over 100 villages in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa have been trapped by floods, caused by persistent rainfall in that part of the country, a local official said on Monday. He described the current flood situation as the worst ever experienced in the state. The villages affected cut across seven local government areas of Adamawa, affecting mostly farmers.

UK – Thousands of homes remain at risk of flooding after torrential downpours this weekend caused rivers across the country to burst their banks.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.3 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tanzania – Heavy rains were reported in Dar es Salaam, starting on 8 May 2019 to-date. The floods caused a significant impact to the people in Dar es salaam leading to damage of properties and livelihoods and putting the affected population at risk of diseases. The initial rapid assessment conducted by TRCS from May 20 to May 23rd, indicated that the heavy rains have caused serious flooding in Kinondoni, Temeke and Ilala municipalities of Dar es Salaam.

Georgia – On 12 May 2019, heavy rain and hail affected Kakheti Region of Georgia, mainly Lagodekhi, Akhmeta, Telavi and Dedoplistskaro municipalities. As a result of the heavy rain (125 mm), yards, entrances, basements and first floors of many houses and buildings were flooded. Furthermore, infrastructure, such as roads and bridges connecting the villages, riverbank protections, as well as agricultural lands and fruit trees have been destroyed. The overall population of the affected municipalities is approximately 147,800.

Arkansas, Oklahoma, USA – Residents in parts of Arkansas are preparing for what meteorologists predict will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week. Soaked areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas are forecast to receive more rain this week, increasing flooding concerns along the already swollen river. Tulsa County officials say some residents west of Tulsa already have evacuated their homes because of flooding. Downstream in Fort Smith, Ark., officials say flooding has closed roads and flooded buildings.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Lake Rukwa, Tanzania.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Tanzania – Floods caused by incessant rains in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have killed at least nine people, emergency officials said Monday. Public schools have been closed to avoid more casualties from the rains that began last Saturday. Residents living in lowland areas have been affected by the floods the most.

USA – The East Coast was hit with heavy rain and flooding on Monday as a severe storm made its way toward the Atlantic. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in and around New York City and northeastern New Jersey from Monday morning to the afternoon. The floods ravaged the area, closing subway stations and roads as water levels rose quickly. The storm brought heavy snow to the Midwest over the weekend that canceled flights and killed two before turning to rain on the East Coast.

– Roads are being cleared, but the heavy rain Sunday night and Monday morning caused many problems in the D.C. area, including blocked roads and half-submerged cars. Thunderstorms gave way to localized flash flooding Monday and caused large pools of standing water in the D.C. area.

– Runners in the Boston marathon battled freezing rain and fierce headwinds on Monday as wild spring weather battered the US north-east.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Jan Mayen Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

At least 11 people have been killed and more than a hundred injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit northern Tanzania.

5.7 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tanzania.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Disease

Namibia – Measles

The outbreak of measles and rubella – also known as German measles or three-day measles – during the months of August to November over the past four years has prompted the Ministry of Health and Social Services to conduct a mass vaccination campaign in July.

Tanzania – Mystery Disease

At least 10 people have died and 21 others hospitalized following an outbreak of an unidentified disease in central Tanzania’s Dodoma region.

Disease

Cholera – Iraq

WHO received notification from the National IHR Focal Point of Iraq of additional laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera.

As of 22 November, a total of 2,810 laboratory-confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae 01 Inaba had been confirmed at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Baghdad, and only 2 deaths related to cholera were reported.

Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Tanzania has notified WHO of additional laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera. Across the country, at least 9,871 cases have been reported, including 150 deaths.

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Two additional cases of type 1 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV1) have been reported from Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), bringing the total number of cases in this outbreak to three.

Disease

Cholera – Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of the United Republic of Tanzania has notified WHO of new foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. As of 13 October, 13 regions have been affected, namely Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Pwani, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Dodoma, Geita, Mara, Singida, Shinyaga, Mwanza and Zanzibar. As of 19 October, the cumulative number of cases is 4,835 cases, including 68 deaths. The region of Dar es Salam accounts for 72% of all reported cases (3,460). Zanzibar has reported 140 cases.

Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak – USA

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has been reported at Princeton University, affecting 13 students, according to a University spokesman.

Disease

Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Tanzania has notified WHO of foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. Rorya district in the Mara region of Tanzania was the first area to report a cholera outbreak. By late July 2015, the Kigoma region also became affected – although no new case has been recorded in this area in more than three weeks. On 25 August, new foci of cholera were identified in Dar es Salaam, Pwani (Coast), Iringa and Morogoro. The cholera outbreak in the Dar es Salaam region began on 15 August, whilst the outbreak in the Morogoro region started on 18 August. As of 6 September, the cumulative number of cholera cases (both suspected and confirmed) is 971 cases, including 13 deaths. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa in the affected areas.

France to vaccinate livestock following bluetongue outbreak

France is preparing a widespread vaccination campaign for livestock following an outbreak of bluetongue disease on a farm in the centre of the country, the government said on Friday.

France, the European Union’s biggest agricultural producer, had been declared free of bluetongue on its mainland since 2012 and the return of the viral disease could lead to restrictions of live animal exports in another setback for livestock farmers, who have been protesting about falling meat and dairy prices.

The disease, which affects ruminants but not humans, was detected in the Allier administrative department in central France, part of a major cattle region.

The authorities are introducing a wider 150 km restriction zone around the farm, with limits on livestock movements, and have ordered 1.3 million doses of a vaccine to tackle the disease.

Disease

Tanzania Cholera – Update

U.N. aid agencies report better sanitation and clean drinking water is containing a cholera epidemic among Burundian refugees in Tanzania, but there are fears that the deadly disease could spread to the local Tanzanian population.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) reports measures to control cholera in western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area appear to be working. More than 4,000 cases of cholera have been reported among newly arrived Burundian refugees there, and the disease has killed 30 people.

The epidemic peaked in early May with 915 cases, but has since subsided to around 100 cases per day. UNHCR says this is due to improved hygiene standards, increased supplies of safe drinking water, and close cooperation by Tanzanian health authorities.

More than 64,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Tanzania this month, trying to escape political turmoil and a failed military coup in Burundi. They are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions — a perfect breeding ground for cholera.