Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Danilo), located approximately 775 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Namibia – Flooding in southern Namibia over the last few days has caused extensive damage to roads. Authorities have opened the flood gates of the Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop after levels jumped past capacity. Namibia Roads Authority (RA) reported at least 8 roads were closed in the southern ǁKaras Region, in particular around the regional capital Keetmanshoop, as a result of overflowing rivers including the Stampriet, Fish, Hom and Vaalgras. Local media reported that the Löwen and Guruchab rivers both broke their banks and at places the floodwater flowed as deep as 3 metres.

Sri Lanka – The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in Sri Lanka reports severe weather, including high winds, lightning, heavy rain and flooding has affected over 50,000 people across the country since the start of the year. Most of those affected were in Batticaloa, Eastern Province, where 12 division have seen flooding since 03 January 2021. Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department reported 142.4mm of rain fell in Batticaloa in 24 hours to 04 January.

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