Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Zambia – Chama District in Muchinga Province has been hit with serious floods resulting in the loss of four lives. The floods that have hit Chama South Constituency as a result of heavy rains being experienced in the area have also, submerged crops destroying infrastructure such such bridges and feeder roads.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 371 nm south-southwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 10s (Kelvin), located approximately 85 nm south-southwest of Broome, Australia, is tracking eastward at 06 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

Newsbytes:

Cyprus – Overnight torrential rain in Limassol caused thousands of euros in damage, as dwellings flooded and motorists were stranded on deluged roads and parking lots along the coast. Dozens of crews worked to restore the damage caused by the floods, which affected almost all areas of Limassol with emergency services pumping water out of flooded homes and buildings.

Zambia – Kabwe has been hit by floods following heavy rains. Numerous houses in Luangwa Extension and New Kawama in Kabwe, Central province, have been flooded following heavy rains.

Maldives – The streets of Rathafandhoo island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll have been severely flooded due to the ongoing heavy rain in the southern atolls.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Zambia

Two boys have perished in a bush fire in Milenge District of Luapula Province. The two were playing in the bush when they were caught up in the fire at Talayi Village, they were following a burning fire that was started by an unknown person.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Mozambique.

5.2 Earthquake hits Zambia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

Wildlife

Zambia to Cull 2 000 Hippo – Anthrax Scare

The wildlife conservation group, the Born Free Foundation, has come out criticizing and condemning an apparent plan sanctioned by the Zambian government- to cull 2000 hippopotamuses over the next five years. The justification? A ‘wildlife management tool’ to prevent the future spread of anthrax among wild animals.

However, the motivations for the cull are in question as Born Free President and Co-Founder, Will Travers OBE, noted: “There are many questions about this abhorrent activity, questions that simply must be answered: Is it a cull or is it ‘trophy hunting’? What is the scientific rationale for killing up to 2,000 hippo (there are perhaps as few as 80,000 hippo in all of Southern Africa)? Is culling an effective way of addressing the possible spread of anthrax? Where will the money from the cull really end up? Is there truly an over-population issue with hippo in the Luangwa area?”

Anthrax outbreaks among hippos is not totally rare thing in Africa. Uganda has reported a number of large outbreaks in recent years.

The Born Free Foundation reports that the hippopotamus is listed as Vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List with recent population estimates suggesting that, over the past 10 years, there has been a 7%-20% decline in hippo populations.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.5 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Zambia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Balleny Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Iceland.

5.1 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Madeira Islands, Portugal.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honsu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

Disease

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

As of 18:00 on 20 April, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 136 deaths. To date, 169 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 112 cases have been laboratory confirmed, including 69 deaths. In addition, 41 cases (34 deaths) meet the probable case definition for EVD and 55 cases (33 deaths) are classified as suspected cases. Twenty-five (25) health care workers (HCW) have been affected (18 confirmed), with 16 deaths (12 confirmed).

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

On 21 April 2014, 18 April 2014 and 16 April 2014, the Ministry of Health of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported an additional 9 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Sleeping Sickness in Zambia

An outbreak of the deadly parasitic disease, African sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis has been reported in Rufunsa District in Lusaka.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Snow cyclone in eastern Russia: The city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the Sakhalin Island in Russia’s Far East has been buried under tons of snow following two days of heavy snowfall. Hundreds of passengers have been stranded in the airports on the islands of Sakhalin Island and Kurile Russia’s Far East for the second day running over a strong snow cyclone. Around 300 more passengers are waiting for flights on the island at the alternate airport in the city of Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far East.

Several houses in Livingstone, Zambia were heavily flooded at the weekend following the continuous torrential rains experienced in the city.

Disease

Zambia: Anthrax Outbreak

An outbreak of the serious bacterial disease, anthrax, has decimated three herds of cattle and sickened at least nine people in the Luampa district of Western Province in Zambia.

The nine individuals, who presented localized symptoms of swelling of upper lips, legs, face and heads, were admitted to a local hospital, treated and are recovering from their infections, likely cutaneous anthrax.

It is likely the infected individuals contracted the anthrax bacillus through the consumption of infected meat.

Wildfires

Bushfires allegedly lit by some Livingstone residents have swept through thousands of hectares of the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park, Zambia, forcing thousands of wild animals, birds and other creatures to flee southwards.

Disease

Reports of a foot and mouth disease outbreak in Chibombo, Zambia have been refuted by the Government.