Wildlife

China Expands Protected Wildlife List

China has added 517 new species to a list of nationally protected animals, marking the first major update of the inventory since its introduction in 1989.

The additions, which include the wolf, large-spotted civet and golden jackal, take the number of species on the List of Wildlife under Special State Protection – an adjunct to the Wildlife Protection Law – to 980. Among the other additions were the Skywalker (or Gaoligong) hoolock gibbon and Bailey’s (or hot-spring) snake, which is endemic to Tibet.Among the other additions were the Skywalker (or Gaoligong) hoolock gibbon and Bailey’s (or hot-spring) snake, which is endemic to Tibet.

‘Drastic’ Declines in Cambodia’s Endangered Wildlife

Cambodia’s last two wildlife sanctuaries have seen a drastic decline in wildlife populations. The estimated banteng population (ungulates) plummeted by 72%, from about 3,013 in 2010 to just 856 in 2020, within both sanctuaries, which have a combined area of 5,955 square kilometers – slightly larger than Brunei Darussalam. The population of red muntjacs, also known as barking deer, had declined to about 3,350 in 2020, half the number that had been found in 2010. Between the late 1960s and the early 1990s, Cambodia’s total banteng population fell by 95%, according to the WWF.

Rampant poaching and deforestation due to overseas business interests are responsible for the drop in wildlife numbers.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19w (Nineteen), located approximately 427 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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India – Further heavy rain from late 17 October has caused yet more flooding in parts of the state of Telangana, India, in particular in the capital, Hyderabad. Last week the city saw record heavy rain which triggered floods causing fatalities and severe material damage. Since then, further heavy downpours from 17 October caused more damage and claimed more lives. Over 120 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 18 October in parts of Greater Hyderabad. At least 6 fatalities were reported as a result of collapsing buildings or electrocution. Media report that Telangana has now witnessed 61 deaths due to rain related incidents since last week. Roads around Greater Hyderabad were swamped, causing severe traffic disruption. Homes were flooded, with as many as 40,000 families affected, according to local media.

Vietnam – The death toll from floods and landslides in central Vietnam continues to rise as rivers reach record levels. In a recent update, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority (DMA) said at least 88 people have now died after further disaster struck over the weekend. Heavy rain caused a landslide at an army barracks in Huong Phung in Quang Tri Province on 18 October, burying 22 people. As of 19 October, 17 have been confirmed dead while the five others remained missing. The death toll also includes 15 people buried in a landslide at a hydropower plant construction site in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue.

Cambodia – Flooding has worsened in parts of Cambodia after further heavy rain in the country and dam releases in bordering parts of Thailand. Flooding that began in early October has now affected over 240,000 people in 71 districts of 19 of the country’s 25 provinces and autonomous regions. At least 20 people have lost their lives.

Kenya – Heavy rain triggered a deadly landslide in western Kenya on 14 October. According to local media, 2 people died in the landslide that struck in Weiwei, West Pokot County, burying at least 5 houses. Four people were rescued and several people were injured. The landslide also caused damage to roads, limiting access to the area.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression (td) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 138 nm north of Chichi Jima, Japan, is tracking southward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 18w (Nangka), located approximately 277 nm south-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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USA – Delta made landfall 09 October 2020 as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph). The storm began to lose strength as it moved inland and has since been downgraded to a Tropical Depression. Heavy winds downed trees and power lines. Some 615,000 homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast without power as of 10 October. Delta also dumped heavy rainfall, causing floods in parts of Louisiana and later Georgia.

Vietnam – Tropical Storm Linfa made landfall over Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces in Vietnam on 11 October 2020. The storm brought further heavy rainfall to central provinces of Vietnam. Ta Long in Qang Tri province recorded 210 mm of rain, and Quang Dien and A Luoi in Thua Thien-Hue both saw 182mm in a 24 hour period to 12 October. Central Vietnam has been plagued by heavy rain since around 05 October, with many provinces seeing severe flooding and landslides.

Uganda – Flooding from Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga had continues to cause hardship for local communities in Uganda. Uganda Red Cross reported that rising flood waters from Lake Albert displaced around 1,400 people in Kanara sub county, Ntoroko district in early October. Relief items have been distributed. NTV News said many of those displaced sought refugee at a nearby health centre which was later also flooded. Others are staying in a local school building. Local media also reported increased flooding from lake Albert in areas of Ndaiga sub-county in Kibaale district. Flooding began in April but worsened over recent weeks leaving many homeless and affecting at least 6,000 people. In a disturbing development, the recent displacements have reportedly caused land conflicts, according to reports.

Cambodia – Days of heavy rainfall in South East Asia have caused flooding in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Flooding in parts of Cambodia over the last few days has left at least 10 people dead and thousands affected. The first of the recent spate of flooding began in early October 2020 when around 150 people were evacuated from their homes in areas of Banteay Meanchey province, in particular Ou Chrov District close to the border with Thailand. Several other provinces were also affected by heavy rain at the time, including Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang. Since then flooding has worsened and as of 10 October, around 14,000 people were thought to be affected or displaced. Around 40,000 hectares of crops and paddy fields have been inundated. Military teams have been deployed to help with rescue and relief operations.

Ghana – Flooding struck in Accra and surrounding areas in Ghana on 10 October after heavy rainfall. Media reported a heavy downpour lasting several hours, early on 10 October, causing floods in areas of Accra and neighbouring Kasoa in Central Region. Just over 78 mm of rain was recorded at Kotoka International Airport in Accra in 24 hours to 10 October.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Beta is located about 10 mi…15 km ese of Victoria Texas and about 35 mi…55 km w of Palacios Texas with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 435 mi…695 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 340 degrees at 28 mph…44 km/h.

Tropical Storm Paulette is located about 295 mi…470 km se of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Dolphin), located approximately 493 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northward at 08 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 17e (Lowell), located approximately 901 nm south of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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Nigeria – Days of flooding from the overflowing Niger river has displaced over 50,000 people in the state of Kogi in central Nigeria. Local media report that at least 66 communities in the state have been affected and 1 person is thought to have died. Many victims have lost their livelihoods after crops and livestock were washed away.

Cambodia – Further flooding has struck in parts of Cambodia after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Noul. Disaster authorities report 11 people have died. Previously flooding had affected Preah Sihanouk province, where 2,000 people were affected and 1 fatality was reported.

Indonesia – Further flooding has struck in Indonesia, this time in West Java Province along with parts of the capital, Jakarta. Officials report 2 people have died and 20 have been injured. In West Java, heavy rainfall from 20 September caused the Cipeuncit River to break its banks flooding areas of Cicurug District in Sukabumi Regency on 21 September. Flooding was also reported in Parung Kuda and Cidahu Districts in the Regency. Meanwhile flooding from 21 September inundated roads across the capital, Jakarta. Flooding was reported in 49 locations in the city, with 104 people displaced. Some areas of the city recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 September.

Mexico – At least 2 people have died after heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in the state of Oaxaca, southwestern Mexico. Flash floods, overflowing rivers and landslides have prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency in several municipalities in the Papaloapan Region.

India – Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called on to rescue flood victims in the state of Karnataka. Flooding struck after heavy rainfall from 19 September, affecting the city of Udupi and the surrounding areas. Udupi recorded just under 450 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 September 2020. Local media said several rivers broke their banks damaging at least 4 bridges.

South East Asia – At least 7 people have died after Tropical Storm Noul made its way across the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in South East Asia. Noul made landfall near the city of Da Nang in Vietnam on 18 September 2020. Disaster authorities in Vietnam reported storm-related fatalities in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue (04), Ha Tinh and Quang Tri. A further 112 people were injured. Ten houses were completely destroyed in Thua Thien Hue and 3 in Quang Tri. Thousands of other houses suffered damage, mostly as a result of strong winds. Around 50,000 people were evacuated from affected areas. The storm then headed inland, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of Laos, where flooding was reported in Xekong and Champassak provinces. In Thailand officials said 1,932 households across 27 provinces were affected by the storm from 19 to 21 September. One fatality was reported in Ranong province after strong winds uprooted a tree.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Cambodia – Since early September, Cambodia has experienced flooding along the Mekong River Basin and around the Tonle Sap Lake, which was triggered by heavy rainfall. 238 communes in 62 districts in 10 provinces have been affected. Current reports indicate that flood waters from the Mekong River have receded in many affected areas, though flash floods have affected areas around the Tonle Sap Lake. 93,319 households affected, 11,579 households displaced and 16 persons have died.

Chicago, USA – Heavy rain overnight has left many roads across the Chicago area flooded. Flash flooding was also an issue in Skokie. A number of residential streets were underwater, but water is now receding throughout the area.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Cambodia – More than 700 pigs at a farm in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district either drowned or broke loose overnight on Monday when flash floods caused by the rapidly rising Stung Sen river inundated villages in Bramme commune. This season around 45,798 families have seen their homes submerged, with 6,893 of them evacuated to higher ground along with their 20,917 heads of cattle. As of Tuesday, the floods had killed seven people – two men and five children aged 18 months to 11 years.

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India – Floods are now an annual nightmare in many parts of southern and western India. Valleys in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala that weren’t considered flood-prone until recently are at risk. During floods and landslides in August 2019, two villages were completely destroyed killing a number of people, while a year earlier Kerala saw its worst floods in a century. These floods appear to be getting more severe. Climate change is causing stronger and more erratic rainfall with recurrent floods in low-lying areas while population growth is putting more people in risky areas. And another problem comes from deforestation in the mountain range where much of the water first fell: the Western Ghats.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 17w (Shanshan), located approximately 319 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 18w (Eighteen), located approximately 509 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 640 mi…1025 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 850 mi…1365 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Hurricane John is located about 310 mi…495 km sw of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 390 mi…630 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…nw or 320 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ileana is located about 170 mi…275 km w of Manzanillo Mexico and about 310 mi…500 km se of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 23 mph…37 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kristy is located about 1155 mi…1860 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Mongolia – Floods in Mongolia have killed 63 people, including 15 children, so far this year, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Monday. Heavy downpours have been hitting Mongolia since the beginning of July, triggering massive flooding in some areas. Meteorologists said the heavy rainfall will not stop until mid August.

Cambodia – Six Cambodians have died so far and nearly 5,000 families have evacuated to higher grounds after Mekong floods hit five provinces along the river, a disaster control spokesman said on Monday.

Nepal – At least 14 people, including four members of the same family, have died in Nepal as meteorologists on Monday warned of more rains in the country hit by monsoon-triggered landslides and floods. People living near rivers in the capital Kathmandu should beware of floods, said weather officials, forecasting heavy rains in central and western Nepal on Tuesday. Six people were swept away by swollen rivers in as many districts across the country over the weekend, the state National Emergency Operation Centre said on Monday. Eleven people were injured on Sunday when a passenger bus was swept away by a flooded river in the midwestern Dang district. On the outskirts of Kathmandu, several neighborhoods were inundated after torrential rains on Monday. A car sank in a swollen Godavari River, while the driver was rescued by locals.

Thailand – Residents in Thailand’s western provinces have been urged to move to higher ground as dams in the region are rapidly filling up due to heavy downpours while authorities raced to reduce the impact from possible flooding. More water will have to be released from the dams to keep the levels stable, but it could cause floods in the downstream areas, the RID said. Officials urged people living along the river in these provinces to closely monitor the water level in the river, move their belongings to higher ground, and evacuate children, elderly and sick persons from flood-risk areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Ramon is located about 100 mi…165 km SSE of Puerto Angel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h

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Norway – Water levels in some of southern Norway’s water courses are currently at their highest level for over a century. Flooding of the extending currently seen in the region is “extreme and rare,” according to a hydrologist with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Floods now seem to have peaked in water courses in the south and the water will now gradually recede, although it will take several days for larger rivers to return to normal levels. Some areas have reported the highest water levels since 1900.

Cambodia – Japan will be assisting Cambodia to clear clogged systems that caused recent floods in the capital Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh faces challenges in discharging rain water to the river when drainage pipes are damaged or filled by sludge.

Disease

Malaria treatment fails in Cambodia

Malaria-carrying parasites in parts of Cambodia have developed resistance to a major drug used to treat the disease in Southeast Asia, according to research published on Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

The drug piperaquine, used in combination with the drug artemisinin, has been the main form of malaria treatment in Cambodia since 2008.

The combination is also one of the few treatments still effective against multi drug-resistant malaria which has emerged in Southeast Asia in recent years, and which experts fear may spread to other parts of the world.

Resistance to both artemisinin and drugs used in combination with it has developed in parts of Cambodia and Thailand.

Experts are particularly concerned that artemisinin resistance will spread to sub-Saharan Africa where about 90 percent of malaria cases and deaths occur.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm Karina is located about 1315 mi…2120 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii and about 1780 mi…2865 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…E or 85 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical storm Lowell is located about 870 mi…1395 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: Surf…swells generated by Lowell will affect the West Coast of the Baja California peninsula and portions of the coast of Southern California through the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm Maria is located about 290 mi…470 km SSW of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

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Cambodia – Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials said Thursday. About 11,500 families have also been forced from their homes by the flash floods along the Mekong River since July 30, the National Committee for Disaster Management said in a report. The deaths and displacements were caused by heavy rains which have affected 12 provinces in the north and northeast.

Thailand – Flash floods hit eight villages in Nan province, affecting more than 300 households in the area. Heavy rain caused the Nam Ngob river to overflow, inundating houses, vast agricultural areas and public utilities across three tambons of Thung Chang district.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Bertha was located about 400 mi…640 km SSW of Halifax Nova Scotia and about 815 mi…1315 km SW of Cape Race Newfoundland. Bertha is moving toward the northeast near 28 mph…44 km/h…and this general motion is expected to continue through Thursday.

Surf and swells generated by Bertha will affect portions of the United States East Coast from North Carolina to southern New England today. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Typhoon Halong is located approximately 255 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, and is tracking north-northeastward at 07 knots.

Typhoon Halong has claimed the lives of at least 10 people and injured 2 others in South Korea.

Tropical Depression Genevieve is located about 930 mi (1495 km) SW of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hurricane Iselle has reached Category 4 status and is located about 1245 mi (2005 km) E of Hilo, Hawaii.

Tropical storm Julio is located about 900 mi (1445 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California.

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Cambodia – Flooding in the southern Kandal province in Cambodia has claimed the lives of eight people. The flooding hit seven Cambodian provinces along the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. More than 4, 000 families have been evacuated from their submerged homes to higher ground.

India – Flash flood in the Kotli district of Jammu and Kashmir has claimed the lives of three brothers after they were washed away in the floodwaters of a local stream.

Sudan – Heavy rain and flooding in Sudan have claimed the lives of at least 17 people over the past five days. Flooding has displaced 42,000 people over the past week in Unity state’s Mayom county, with Khartoum being most affected.

Japan – A landslide in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture in Japan has claimed the life of a person. Around 550,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in the Kochi, Tokushima and Ehime regions after the deadly mudslide.

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Nepal – Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have swept away four houses at Nayakbada-2, Jiri in the Jajarkot district of Nepal. Properties worth millions of rupees have been damaged in the landslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic:

Tropical depression Eleven is located about about 1070 mi (1725 km) ENE of the northern Leeward Islands. Had been expected to become a tropical storm Sunday. It should move in the general direction of the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical depression Eleven in the Central Atlantic will likely become Tropical storm Jerry today.

In the Western Pacific:

Typhoon Wulip is located about 157 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam. Expected to reach coastal areas of Vietnam today.

Wulip, the 21st tropical storm of this year came into being in the Central part of the South China Sea. It will bring more than 7 grade gales to the east-central Guangdong coast of China and threaten the security of sea-related vessels and offshore work. It is expected that Wulip will move slowly at a speed of 5-10 km towards the west and the south sea surface of Hainan, its intensity strengthens gradually. Due to the joint influence of the cold air from Wulip and the southwest monsoon, there will be 6-7 level gales in Guangdong east-central coast. Wind force in the northern and central parts of the South China Sea is 8-9 grade and gusts are up to 10-11 grade.

Tropical depression Twenty-One is located about 634 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan.

Floods sweep across Southeast Asia

Thailand and Cambodia struck with floods leaving several dead. Heavy monsoon season has flooded 27 provinces in Thailand, killing nine and forcing evacuations in at least nine districts. Thousands fled their homes on army lorries with food and water in plastic bags. Streets have been turned into waterways and cars replaced by boats. Many of the residents are too scared to leave their homes. So far, about 1.5 million people from 420,000 households have been affected.

Elsewhere in Cambodia, floods have killed at least 20 and left more than 33,000 families affected. Approaching Typhoon Wulip will cause torrential downpours not only in Vietnam, but across the region, so the flooding is likely to get worse. The Chinese province’s meteorological department on Saturday morning launched a grade three emergency response alert. The meteorological department have already warned local fishermen operating in the central area of South China Sea to dodge the storm centre and avoid outdoor activities until further notice.

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Philippines – The death toll from monsoon rains rose to 31 on Saturday. The latest fatality died because of a landslide in Bauan, Batangas. Two others are still missing while eight were reported injured. The monsoon rain has so far affected 123,160 families, or 588,147 people, in 330 villages in 34 towns and 11 cities in seven provinces. Of these, 5,779 families or 25,087 people are staying in 103 evacuation centres.

At least twelve miners have been trapped in a coal mine in Shanxi province in China. The Zhengsheng Coal Mine, near to Fenyang City became flooded early Saturday. At least 30 other miners have been lifted out of the mine shaft.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic:

An area of low pressure east of the Lesser Antilles over the central Atlantic (Invest 96-L) is battling strong winds aloft around a nearby upper low. The upper low will move in tandem with 96-L and should be slow to weaken. This will inhibit significant development for at least the next day or two. Regardless of organization, 96-L will move northward and eventually northeastward and poses no threat to the U.S.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm Wutip is still on track to head to Vietnam as an intensifying typhoon by early next week, then head inland over Laos and Thailand with a threat of heavy rainfall.

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Flooding in Cambodia has claimed the lives of at least 23 people in the last two weeks, and has affected about 56,900 families in seven different provinces.

A dust storm has closed a 14-mile stretch of a state highway in the Casa Grande, Arizona, USA for nearly three hours. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, low visibility and the multiple car crashes forced the closure of road. Gusty winds dropped visibility to less than 1 mile.

Disease

Bird Flu

China – Five more H7N9 influenza infections have been confirmed in eastern China, all in older adults, while suspicions grow that wild birds may be the source and that the disease might be spreading to people through poultry environments.

China found new cases of bird flu in five live bird markets in the eastern past of the country. Chinese officials said the H7N9 avian influenza virus was found in three live bird markets in the province of Jiangsu, one in the province of Anhui and one in the province of Zhejiang, the report said.

Nine people have died out of 33 confirmed cases of the virus, all in eastern China,

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta Monday to support the response to the H7N9 influenza outbreak in China.

Cambodia – Cambodia is battling a new outbreak of bird flu which has killed eight people.

Anthrax – Ghana

Outbreak of Anthrax hits Bawku in northern Ghana.

Disease

Bird Flu – Cambodia

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia reported five new human cases of avian influenza that were confirmed positive for the H5N1 virus in January 2013.