Wildfires – Lebanon

A “gigantic” fire engulfed forest areas in north Lebanon on Wednesday and is threatening the lives of villagers, the Red Cross said. The bushfire spread across the hills of Qoubaiyat, burning land including olive groves and oak trees in the village of Beino.

Summer bushfires are common in Lebanon, endangering people, communities, and the ecology of one the Arab world’s most verdant countries.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity – New Activity for the Week 21 July – 27 July 2021

Suwanosejima – Ryukyu Islands (Japan) : JMA reported that five explosions at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater during 12-19 July ejected bombs as far as 400 m from the crater. Crater incandescence was visible on some nights and ashfall was occasionally reported in Toshima village (4 km SSW). An explosion at 2330 on 12 July produced an ash plume that rose 3.6 km. The Alert Level remained at 3 and the public was warned to stay 2 km away from the crater.

Taal – Luzon (Philippines) : PHIVOLCS reported that unrest at Taal continued during 13-20 July. Daily plumes of steam and sulfur dioxide gas rose 0.9-2.1 km from the lake and drifted in multiple directions. Sulfur dioxide emissions averaged 1,142-6,574 tonnes/day. Two tremor events, at 1018 and 1038 on 20 July, were felt at Intensity I by residents of Pira-piraso in the NE sector of Volcano Island. The DROMIC report stated that 3,839 people were in evacuation centers or private residences by 20 July. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 0-5) and PHIVOLCS reminded the public that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and to not enter the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel. Activities on Taal Lake were strictly prohibited.



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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 11w (Nepartak), located approximately 43 nm west-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

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USA – Heavy rain and flash flooding affected several states in America’s Southwest. A local state of emergency was declared for communities in southern Utah and Nevada. Both areas recorded between 40 and 50 mm of rain in 1 hour. Two people were reported missing after flash floods in New Mexico. Meanwhile a teenager is still missing and a young child has died in separate incidents of flash flooding in Arizona over the last few days.

Italy – Heavy rainfall raced down slopes around Lake Como, triggering landslides and flash floods on the communities below. The communes of Cernobbio, Brienno, Laglio and Argegno in Como Province, Lombardy Region were the worst affected. Homes were damaged and roads completely blocked.

Flood damage in Como Italy July 2021 Gov of Lombardy

Bangladesh – Heavy rainfall in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh caused deadly floods landslides on 27 July 2021. Shelters were damaged in the camps which house as many as 900,000 Rohingya refugees. Many of the crowded camps are known to be at risk of flooding and landslides. Eight people have died including 4 children in the recent spate of floods and landslides. Flooding has also caused damage to crops and aquaculture in other areas of Cox’s Bazar District. Cox’s Bazar town recorded 114.24 mm of rain 24 hours to 27 July and 781.03 mm so far this month. More heavy rain is forecast over the coming days.

China Update – As of 26 July, heavy rain and floods had affected 12.9 million people in 150 counties (cities, districts) and 1,558 towns across Henan. As many as 24,474 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed. Damage was also caused to 972,000 hectares of farmland. Over 1.31 million people have evacuated to safer areas. A total of 69 people have lost their lives and 5 are still missing.

India Update – Disaster authorities in India report that 192 people have now died in floods and landslides in the western state of Maharashtra since record heavy rainfall from 22 July 2021. The heavy rain brought floods and landslides affected 1028 villages across the districts of Ratnagiri, Raigad, Kolhapur, Thane, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg, Pune, Wardha and suburban areas of Mumbai. Over 40 roads were submerged and a bridge on the Vashishti river at Chiplun was severely damaged.

Costa Rica – More than 3,000 people have evacuated their homes after floods in Costa Rica. Two fatalities have been reported and a further 2 people remain missing. Heavy rain has affected the country since 22 July 2021. Several rivers have broken their banks, causing damages. Authorities said the overflowing La Estrella river severely damaged a bridge on Route 36 in Talamanca Canton, Limón province. Transport has been closed since.


Nature – Images

In rare wildlife encounter, whale watchers in Japan recently saw a pair of white orcas swimming side by side in a pod off the coast of Hokkaido.



Wildfires – Greece and Spain

In Greece, scores of forest fires burned between Sunday and Monday with more than 700 firefighters being deployed to take control of the situation.

The Iberian peninsula has not been spared from the fires, with blazes ripping through Catalonia on the northeastern corner of Spain. More than 1,700 hectares have burned in the regions of Conca de Barberà and Anoia, but the blazes were 90% stabilized on Monday. In Lietor, in the central east region of Castilla-La Mancha, more than 2,500 hectares burned during the weekend before being brought under control on Monday by a crew of over 500 people, local authorities said.



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Yellow Fever – DR Congo

Two yellow fever cases in individuals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were confirmed by the WHO on 18 July.

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh recorded an additional 143 new dengue cases on Tuesday as the surge in the mosquito borne disease continues in the country. This follows 123 cases reported on Monday and 105 on Sunday. A total of 1,954 patients have been diagnosed with dengue this year.

RSV – New Zealand

New Zealand is experiencing a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreak across the country. The numbers of cases started increasing sharply in early June and to date 3,232 cases have been reported through July 18, including the 689 cases reported that week.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits western Honshu, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 11w (Nepartak), located approximately 130 nm east-northeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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Philippines – Over 80,000 people have evacuated their homes in the Philippines after severe weather brought by the southwest monsoon, enhanced by Typhoon Fabian (international name “In-fa”) from 22 July 2021. At least 3 people have died and 5 injured as a result of falling trees or lightning strikes.

Western Europe – Thunderstorms affected parts of western Europe over the weekend 24 to 25 July 2021. Flooding caused traffic chaos on roads in London, UK and Berlin, Germany. Vehicles were swept away by powerful flash floods in Lucerne Canton in Switzerland. Heavy thunderstorms hit Switzerland overnight 24 to 25 July 2021. Strong winds, hail, lightning and heavy rain affected areas of Bern, Lucerne, Neuchâtel and Schwyz Cantons in particular. Storms in South East England on 25 July 2021 brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of the capital, London. Vehicles were stranded on flooded roads, including the on the M11 motorway. Several train stations were closed due to flooding. Parts of Berlin, the German capital, and surrounding areas of the state of Brandenburg saw heavy rain and strong winds on 25 July 2021. Flooding caused disruption on several major roads, including those around Berlin Airport. Berlin Fire Service declared a temporary state of emergency due to the volume of calls. Figures from Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) showed that 51.2 mm of rain fell in 1 hour in the locality of Karow in Pankow, north Berlin between 18:00 and 19:00 on 25 July 2021.


Wildfires – Sardinia

About 1,000 residents and tourists have been evacuated from areas of western Sardinia that were ravaged by wildfires over the weekend, with forests, pastures and villages on the Italian island engulfed in flames.

Since early Saturday, when the wildfires started near a forest by the village of Bonacardo, at least 50,000 acres of land have gone up in flames. Hundreds of sheep, goats, cows and pigs died after being trapped in barns at farms in the fires’ path, despite emergency workers’ efforts to save them.

Wildfires – California, USA

Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark.



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

Saudi Arabia health officials reported a new case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a 67-year-old man from Riyadh City. It is reported the man had contact with camels. This is the tenth MERS case of 2021 in the Kingdom and the 11th overall (one in the United Arab Emirates).

Yellow Fever – Brazil

The Government of Amapá confirmed Wednesday one death from yellow fever in the city of Macapá. In addition, in the municipality of Dona Emma, Santa Catarina state, two monkeys were found dead from yellow fever.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.3 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 09w (In-Fa), located approximately 36 nm west-southwest of Shanghai, China, is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots. Final warning.

Tropical storm 11w (Nepartak), located approximately 352 nm east of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.

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Panama – Disaster authorities in Panama reported severe damages after floods and heavy rain in Bocas del Toro province. Flooding had affected 27,175 people across 27 sectors in the province . Five landslides were also reported. Flooding struck after heavy rain from 22 July. Several rivers including the Sixaola River and its tributaries broke their banks. Over 20 people had to be rescued from flood water. As many as 5,435 homes had been flooded.

India – While a massive rescue effort is ongoing in the state of Maharashtra, teams from the Air Force, Army, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in India have also been deployed to flood-hit areas of the state of Karnataka. Karnatak has seen particularly heavy rainfall from 22 July. In a 24 hour period to early 23 July, Ankola in Uttara Kannada District recorded 541 mm of rain. In the following 24 hour period, Thirthahalli in Shimoga district saw 355 mm of rain. Nine people have died and three people are missing in flood-affected regions of Karnataka.

Belgium – New floods have affected parts of Belgium just days after a deadly wave of floods swept across the country. Thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall that triggered localized flooding on 24 July 2021. Officials said municipalities in the province of Namur were affected, in particular the cities of Dinant and Namur. Around thirty cars were washed away and several streets had to be closed in the city of Dinant situated on the banks of the Meuse River. Dinant station was also flooded.

Russia – One person has died and 3 are still missing after flash floods once again struck in Sochi on the Black Sea coast in Russia. Further flooding struck in Sochi on 23 July 2021. A month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours, flooding several streets around the city. The Matsesta and Khosta rivers broke their banks. A hospital was flooded and power supplies to six areas of Sochi were disrupted after electrical substations were turned off. Beaches of the resort city were temporarily closed.


Jet Streams are the Weather

Devastating floods destroyed towns in Germany and Belgium. A ruthless heat wave broiled the Western United States and Canada. Heavy rains paralysed a Chinese industrial hub home to 10 million people. These recent weather phenomena are being intensified by the changing climate.

But the link between these far-flung extremes goes beyond warming global temperatures. All of these events are touched by jet streams, strong and narrow bands of westerly winds blowing above the Earth’s surface.

The currents are generated when cold air from the poles clashes against hot air from the tropics, creating storms and other phenomena such as rain and drought.

Jet streams are the weather – they create it and they steer it. Sometimes the jet stream takes on a very convoluted pattern. When we see it taking big swings north and big dips southward we know we’re going to see some unusual weather conditions. When that happens, warm air travels further north and cold air penetrates further south.

Under these conditions, winds often weaken and dangerous weather can remain stuck in the same place for days or weeks at a time – rather than just a few hours or a day – leading to prolonged rains and heat waves.