Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Santa Cruz, Argentina.

5.2 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.2 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean – Tropical depression 23w (Namtheun), located approximately 123 nm southwest of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 10 knots.

Tropical storm 24w (Kompasu), located approximate2ly 291 nm east-southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 19 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean – Hurricane 16e (Pamela), located approximately 784 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northeastward at 09 knots,

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Newsbytes:

Philippines – At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Six people lost their lives in landslides in Benguet province and 5 people died in flash floods in Palawan Province. Fifty-five houses have been destroyed and 54 severely damaged. Roads in 108 locations and 21 bridges were also damaged. At one point power was cut in 58 cities or municipalities. 6 500 people have been evacuated.

Disease

Covid-19

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

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Schistosomiasis – Kenya

Some 200 children in Boni forest, Garissa County, Kenya have been stricken by an outbreak of schistosomiasis, aka bilharzia and diarrhea due to drinking contaminated water, according to a report in The Star. The affected children are from Kiangwe, Mangai, Milimani and Basuba villages inside the dense Boni forest.

Leishmaniasis – Panama

According to the Panama Ministry of Health, 22 leishmaniasis cases were reported, including adults and children in the province of Bocas del Toro in the north eastern part of the country. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of the female sandfly.

Malaria – Niger

Since the beginning of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 2,297,488 confirmed malaria cases through routine surveillance in Niger through September 19. Of this total, 2,124 deaths were recorded (CFR 0.1%).

Meningitis – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the meningitis outbreak in Panga, Banalia territory in the Kisangani district of Tshopo Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as of October 4, 2021, 1,470 cases have been reported including 192 deaths (CFR= 13.1%).