Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 145 nm east-southeast of Rota, is tracking northeastward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 44 nm northwest of Honiara, Solomon Islands, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 205 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nangka), located approximately 45 nm west-southwest of Utirik, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Invest 95E and 96E are areas of disturbed weather in the East Pacific which have the potential for tropical development.

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Wildlife

Polar bears in peril due to global warming

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to global warming, which is reducing the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic. Polar bears use sea ice for feeding, mating and giving birth. The Office of Naval Research said the past eight years have had the eight lowest amounts of summer sea ice on record.

“The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft recovery plan, part of the process after the agency listed the species as threatened in 2008.

“Short of action that effectively addresses the primary cause of diminishing sea ice, it is unlikely that polar bears will be recovered.”

Halting Arctic warming will require a global commitment, said Jenifer Kohout, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional program manager and a co-chair of the polar bear recovery team.

“In the meantime, the Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners are committed to doing everything within our control to give the bears a chance to survive while we await global action,” she said during a teleconference Thursday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Saskatchewan, Canada

Hundreds of wildfires burning across northern Saskatchewan have forced thousands of residents from their homes. This year’s unusually active fire season has already drained the provincial firefighting budget, according to Premier Brad Wall. Crews in northern Saskatchewan spent Canada Day battling the wildfires.

Disease

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Between 19 and 30 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 6 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Between 1 and 3 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 2 additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Meningococcal disease outbreak – Thailand.

An outbreak of meningococcal disease has killed one patient in Satun province, Thailand. 22 locals who recently developed a fever are being monitored by provincial health units for a period of 20 days. Health officials who came in contact with those under surveillance have also been given medication to curb the spread.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China’s far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said.

6.0 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.3 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.0 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 274 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking northeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 1067 nm east-northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southward at 02 knots.

Tropical storm 10w (Linfa), located approximately 292 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots

NewsBytes:

China, Update – More than 20 million people in 20 provinces have been affected, with 108 dead and 21 missing. And more than one million people have been evacuated and roughly 44,000 houses have collapsed. Some of the worst-affected areas are in Hunan, Sichuan and Fujian. Torrential rain started to sweep across the Yangtze River, Huai River and Tai Lake regions last Friday, with a 210,000 sq km area recording 50mm of falls since then. The Tai Lake area has received an average of 112mm of rain and the lower reaches of the Yangtze River 110mm.

Nepal – Two people died and one went missing in floods triggered by heavy rains in Ilam and Morang districts on Wednesday. Floods and landslides also displaced hundreds of people, destroyed large areas of farmland and disrupted vehicular movement in several other districts.

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Disease

Congo – Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village in the country. According to WHO spokesman, Eugene Kabambi, the suspected outbreak was in the village of Masambio in Bandundu province.

Congo has seen periodic outbreaks of the disease. Last year, a 3-month outbreak that killed 49 people late in the remote forests of northwestern Congo was not related to the West African epidemic.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

In what is likely to be Alaska’s worst wildfire season on record, an estimated 1.88 million acres have already been scorched by 617 different fires this year. The fires have been so frequent and so widespread that smoke has made its way all the way down to the Midwest and parts of the South, and could be clearly seen crossing over the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of South Carolina on Wednesday. In fact, the smoke wafting across the landlocked U.S. states has been so thick it has even affected temperatures, lowering daytime highs in some states by a few degrees.

Alaska’s record year of wildfires was likely sparked by the state’s warmer than average temperatures, as the often snowy state had a relatively snowless winter and a fairly mild spring.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.7 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Macquarie Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Flores Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 675 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-southwestward at 20 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 800 nm eastnortheast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical depression 10w (Ten), located approximately 437 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – Landslides after heavy rainfall in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district in India have claimed the lives of at least 30 people on Wednesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 09w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 675 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone 25p (Raquel), located approximately 791 nm northeast of Willis Island, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

China – At least 28 people have been killed or feared missing after heavy rains-triggered floods and landslides swept through four provinces of China. Five people have died in landslides in Shangcheng County, Henan Province, where heavy rains since Friday has forced the evacuation of nearly 800 people, the collapse of 100 dwellings and damage to over 200 buildings, according to the county’s information department. Over 6,700 hectares of crops have been damaged and power and communications have also been affected.

Canada – Heavy rain in parts of Calgary on Tuesday afternoon has caused flash flooding, power outages and the closure of one LRT station.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Update

Between 27 and 30 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 1 additional confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) alongside 2 additional deaths.

Liberia – Ebola Update

Liberian officials on Tuesday quarantined a neighbourhood near the capital city where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola, a grim setback for the poor African country that was declared free of the deadly virus in May.