Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.
5.3 earthquake hits Nepal.
Two 5.2 earthquakes hit southwest of Africa.
5.1 earthquake hits southwest of Africa.
5.0 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina.
5.0 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
There are no current tropical storms.
Louisiana, USA – Louisiana Governor declared a state of emergency after severe flooding in the state. Lake Charles and surrounding areas of Calcasieu Parish recorded more than 15 inches / 381 mm of rain in 12 hours on 17 May 2021. This was the third heaviest rain event in the history of the city. Early assessments suggest “at minimum 400 to 500″ buildings have been flooded. Emergency crews received hundreds of calls for flood rescues from people trapped in their homes.
Burundi – The Red Cross in Burundi reports that flooding from the overflowing Lake Tanganyika is worsening by the day and over 6,000 families have been forced from their homes. Levels of the lake have been slowly rising since February 2021. Heavy rainfall since the start of April has worsened the situation with further rainfall predicted until mid-May. Red Cross in Burundi said they have counted around 6,400 homeless households.
The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:
Anthrax – Uganda
Health Officials in Kween District in Eastern Uganda are reporting 15 people are undergoing treatment for anthrax and over 15 heads of cattle have so far succumbed to the disease since last month. One person has died from the disease.
Dengue Fever – Kenya
In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Kenya, 553 cases have been reported within the past 4 months of January, February, March and April, with a peak of cases being reported in April in two counties on Kenya’s east coast.
Dengue Fever – Brazil
The weekly dengue bulletin published by the Secretary of State for Health in Paraná, Brazil confirms 1,836 new cases of the disease and three deaths.