Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Jan Mayan Island region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 19s (Fabian), located approximately 180 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

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Ethiopia – The United Nations reports that continued flooding in Ethiopia has caused widespread destruction and displacement in the regions of Somali, Oromia, SNNP (Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’), South West and Afar. Over 90 fatalities have lost their lives. Flooding has worsened since April, causing significant damage and displacements. According to the latest UN report, around 190,000 households have been affected by flooding across the country, with over 200,000 people forced to leave their homes. The flooding has deepened the vulnerability of populations whose resilience is already highly affected by the impact of a prolonged drought since 2020 as the areas most affected by flooding and drought overlap.

Myanmar, Bangladesh and India – Since 13 May, the affected areas, including Rakhine, Chin, Magway, and Mandalay in Myanmar, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, and the states of Mizoram, Tripura, and Manipur in India, have experienced heavy rainfall and strong winds. Additionally, coastal areas have been hit by storm surges. Before Mocha made landfall, storm surge with a height of 3 to 3.5 metres was predicted to inundate low-lying areas of north Myanmar and adjoining Southeast Bangladesh coasts, areas highly prone to flooding and home to thousands of refugees living in precarious conditions.

Croatia – Rescue teams and hundreds of soldiers were deployed Monday to help people in parts of Croatia hit by floods. Heavy rain in recent days caused some rivers to overflow their banks, flooding homes, roads and public buildings in some towns. Classes in the town of Obrovac were canceled after water got into in the schools there. Parts of the town were left without electricity, and water covered the center of Obrovac. In nearby Gracac, about a dozen people had to move to upper floors or evacuate their homes to avoid surging water.

South Africa – More than 1,000 residents of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape Province were evacuated to places of safety across the metro yesterday due to heavy rains that resulted in flooding in certain areas. Disaster management officials have been dispatched to affected areas to rescue the situation. Affected areas include KwaZakhele, New Brighton and Walmer. Residents are blaming the municipality for a poor drainage system and not being fully prepared to handle such events.


Dengue Fever – Argentina

From July 31, 2022 to May 6, 2023, the Argentina Ministry of Health reported 93,694 total cases of dengue, of which 87,405 are autochthonous, or locally acquired.

Monkeypox – Japan

Japan health officials reported eight additional monkeypox, or mpox cases from May 1, 2023 to May 7, 2023, bringing the country total to 135. The latest cases include seven from Tokyo and one from Kanagawa Prefecture.