Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Ecuador

5.2 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

NewsBytes:

DR Congo – Almost 400 people have now lost their lives after floods and landslides in Kalehe territory of South Kivu Province, DR Congo, on 04 May 2023. Flooding caused widespread destroction in the villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi in the Kalehe Territory. The villages of Luzira and Chabondo were also affected. As of 06 May, around 1,200 houses were completely destroyed and a further 1,800 damaged, leaving 3,000 households homeless. According to a statament by local officials on 07 May, the death toll had increased to 394.

Environment

Heat Record – South-East Asia

Vietnam has recorded its highest ever temperature, just over 44C (111F) – with experts predicting it would soon be surpassed because of climate change. The record was set in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, where officials warned people to stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.

Other countries in the region have also been experiencing extremely hot weather. Thailand reported a record-equalling 44.6C in its western Mak province. Meanwhile Myanmar’s media reported that a town in the east had recorded 43.8C, the highest temperature for a decade. Both countries experience a hot period before the monsoon season but the intensity of the heat has broken previous records.

Disease

Anthrax – India

Health officials in the municipality of Koraput report an anthrax outbreak in the villages of Dasmantpur block in which 12 cases have been reported, according to a New Indian Express report. One person died, while the other 11 are either being treated or already in stabile condition. The patients started showing symptoms of anthrax after consuming cow meat in a feast.

Cholera – DR Congo

A total of 329 new cases of the cholera epidemic including 11 deaths were recorded in two weeks in two health zones including Katuba and Kisanga, towns located west of the city of Lubumbashi in Haut-Katanga.

Dengue Fever – Brazil

The Brazil Ministry of Health reported 82,254 probable cases of dengue through April 2023 in Espírito Santo. This compares 2,844 probable cases reported during the same period in 2022, a nearly 2800 percent increase. In addition to dengue, other arboviruses have seen an increase in the state–There were also 4,492 possible cases of chikungunya, compared to 586 records in the same period last year. As for Zika cases, 3,267 cases were registered in 2023, against 53 in the same period of 2022.