Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.4 earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Tauktae), located approximately 626 nm south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Mexico – Civil Protection in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, reported on 13 May that severe weather brought flooding, landslides and wind damage which had affected at least 14 municipalities in the state. Strong winds downed trees and heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides. Numerous homes were damaged.

Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka‘s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) has reported further flooding and landslides in several parts of the country. Further heavy rain has fallen in Sri Lanka since our report here. The Department of Meteorology reported 336 mm of rain fell in Agalawatta, Kalutara District in 24 hours to 14 May 2021. Recent figures from DMC show that at least 3 people have died and more that 11,000 have been affected by recent floods, landslides and strong winds across the country over the last few days.

Brazil – Anama, home to 14,000 people on a tributary of the Solimoes River that flows toward the capital Manaus, is just one municipality of dozens in Amazonas state that has seen life upended by unusual rainfall and flooding of the Amazon.

Disease

Covid-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Leptospirosis – Australia

The number of leptospirosis cases reported in Queensland in 2021 have nearly doubled compared the same period last year, health officials report. Through May 9, Queensland has recorded 78 cases of leptospirosis across the state.

Typhoid Fever – Pakistan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel notice for Pakistan and the outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever. The ongoing outbreak began in 2016 in Sindh province, Pakistan, and spread throughout the country. Cases of XDR typhoid fever have been reported among people in North America, Europe, East Asian, and the South Pacific who traveled to Pakistan. All travelers to Pakistan are at risk of getting XDR typhoid fever.

Dengue Fever – Paraguay

Reports of suspected dengue fever have shown an increasing trend in the last week. To date, there are 10,164 notifications for the virus at the country level.