Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Batsirai), located approximately 721 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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Australia – Flash flooding has hit North Queensland, drenched in nearly 400mm of rain which fell incredibly fast. Sandbags are out, rivers are swollen and Townsville is on edge, bracing for a second night of monsoonal downpours. Homes have been destroyed and trees stripped of leaves by a severe storm that tore through parts of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula just days after flooding rains. The storm on Wednesday evening caused the most damage in an area of the central Eyre Peninsula around Cummins, Yeelanna and Kapinnie. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded almost 50 millimetres of rainfall at the Port Lincoln airport, to the south, in about five hours on Wednesday night.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (eight), located approximately 862 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 16 knots.

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Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi – At least 70 people have now died after as a result of floods and severe weather in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi over the last few days. Flooding began after heavy rain in Madagascar on 17 January, and worsened after heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Ana which passed over the countries from 22 January 2022. In Madagascar around 10,000 houses have been damaged and as of 26 January, 71,781 people had been displaced from their homes, including 55,859 in Analamanga. In Mozambique as many as 2,756 houses have been completely destroyed and 7,315 houses damaged. At least 99 people have been injured with more than 45 000 people displaced. In Malawi at least 11 people have died and 107 injured as a result of the storm. About 210 000 people have been affected.

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Malawi – Officials in Malawi say that tropical storm Ana has caused widespread flooding, power outages and killed at least one person in Malawi.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Ana), located approximately 153 nm southwest of Nacala, Mozambique, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

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Uganda – At least 9 people have died and more are feared missing after heavy rain caused flash floods and mudslides in Kisoro District in the Western Region of Uganda. Heavy rain on the slopes of Mount Muhavura on 24 January 2022 sent floods, mud, boulders and debris crashing through parts of Kisoro District, destroying homes, roads and infrastructure. The affected Sub-Counties include Nyarusiza, Muramba and Bunagana.

Madagascar and Mozambique – More severe flooding has struck in Madagascar after Tropical Storm Ana passed over the country from 22 to 23 January 2022. Two people died in floods in Mozambique after heavy rain in Zambezia Province. Heavy rain and some flooding was also reported in Malawi and Zimbabwe. The region of Analamanga in Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo, had already experienced deadly flooding and landslides after heavy rainfall from 17 January. According to the national disaster agency, 10 people died and hundreds were displaced. The storm has been raging in the central and northern regions since 24 January 2022. According to preliminary data, 2 people died and 49 were injured in the province of Zambezia, where the districts of Mocuba and Mocubela were the worst affected.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Ana), located approximately 361 nm west-northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Australia – Entire towns in the state’s Far North are cut off after record-breaking rain. The SES has been flat out responding to hundreds of calls for help, as the heavens opened, destroying roads and inundating homes.

Pakistan – Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that heavy rain has caused damage to homes and triggered landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province from 20 January 2022. At least 8 people have lost their lives as a result. Heavy rain caused damage to homes and buildings across several districts during the following days, while heavy snowfall was reported in higher elevations. Three people, including 2 children, died in building collapses in Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu districts. Rain damage was also reported in the districts of Peshawar, Khyber, Buner, Tank, Karak and Swat. Around 20 homes have been severely damaged and 12 people injured.

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Peru – The Peruvian town of Machu Picchu, located near the world-renowned archeological site, has seen hundreds of tourists evacuated due to severe flooding that caused a mudslide. No damage to the Incan citadel has been reported.

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Iran – More severe flooding has affected parts of southern Iran over the last few days, with around 1,200 homes damaged and thousands of people displaced in Kerman Province. Flooding has affected 300 villages in 11 counties of Kerman Province since around 18 January. IRCS teams have supported over 12,000 people affected by the floods, and provided emergency shelter to 1,050 households. Roads have been blocked, hindering access to some affected areas. Furthermore, severe weather conditions until late 19 January, including heavy rain, fog and wind, made it impossible to carry out relief and rescue efforts by air.

Zambia – An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days. As of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households. Flooding was also reported in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced. Flooding has cut road access in parts of both districts, making it impossible for some affected families to relocate.

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Tonga (Tsunami) – All the homes on one of Tonga’s small outer islands have been destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with three people so far confirmed dead, the government said on Tuesday in its first update since the disaster struck. Every home on Mango island, where around 50 people live, had been destroyed, only two houses remained on Fonoifua, and Namuka island had suffered extensive damage. Tsunami waves reaching up to 15 metres hit the Ha’apia island group, where Mango is located, and the west coast of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. A thick layer of ash blankets all the islands. The archipelago’s main airport, Fua’amotu International Airport, was not damaged but the ash is preventing full operations, hampering international relief efforts.

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Madagascar – Disaster authorities in Madagascar report at least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo. Heavy rain struck during the night of 17 January 2022. Antananarivo recorded over 75mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 January 2022. Water authorities issued red alert warnings due to high levels of the Sisaony river, which jumped 68 cm in half an hour to reach 2.09 metres at the Andramasina station. Levels of the Ikopa and Mamba rivers are also high.

Uruguay – Residents evacuated their homes and cars were swept along city streets in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, after torrential rain caused flash floods on 17 January 2022. The flooding was the result of “an extraordinary meteorological event” with between 90 and 150 mm of rain falling in just 1 hour early on 17 January. The city’s average monthly rainfall for January is 92 mm. The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds which downed trees and power lines, leaving 20,000 without electricity across the region. Traffic and public transport were severely disrupted.

South Africa – Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in parts of Ladysmith and other areas in KwaZulu-Natal, forcing businesses and schools to close, while trapping people in homes submerged in water.

Lightning Strike Burst

The massive underwater Hunga Tonga volcano that erupted near Tonga in the South Pacific on January 14 triggered almost 7 hours of lightning as well as a tsunami. A ground-based lightning detection system recorded nearly 400,000 strikes with 200,000 occurring in a one-hour period. For comparison, a severe lightning bust in northern California might have hundreds or a few thousand strikes. The ash cloud reached at least 60,000 feet with some reports saying the initial plume reached 100,000 feet, three times the altitude of commercial airliners.

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Peru – Two people have died in Peru after the eruption of an undersea volcano thousands of kilometres away off the coast of Tonga caused high waves along the Peruvian coast on 16 January 2022. Peru’s National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) reported high waves in the regions of La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Arequipa. Twenty-two ports on the north and central coasts were closed and fishing activities suspended. Buildings were damaged in the popular tourist area of Paracas, Ica Region and some locals and visitors were evacuated. INDECI said two people drowned in the high waves in the district of Lambayeque, located in the province and region of the same name.

Gaza – Gaza has been battered by three days of heavy rainfall which has led to extreme flooding, forcing locals to move around in boats.

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Tsunami – Tonga

A tsunami triggered by the explosive eruption of the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific Ocean slammed the shoreline of the Pacific nation Saturday (Jan. 15), sending residents rushing for higher ground, according to news reports. A 4-foot-tall (1.2 meters) tsunami reportedly hit Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the underwater volcano. There have been no reports of injuries, because communication with the nation went down after the eruption. Local officials said the powerful underwater eruption had a radius of 161.5 miles (260 km), and sent ash, steam and gas more than 12 miles (20 km) into the air. Tsunami warnings were issued Saturday for the entire US West Coast after a massive volcanic eruption across the Pacific Ocean in Tonga, with tsunami waves triggering low-level flooding in Hawaii.