Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.3 Earthquakes hit offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Darby is located about 1345 mi…2165 km W of the southern tip of Baja California and about 1625 mi…2615 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 475 mi…765 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the South Indian Ocean Tropical Cyclone Abela is located approximately 440 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking west-southeastward at 14 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – The rain-swollen Kosi river has flooded about 50 villages in Supaul district of Bihar, forcing people to abandon their homes, and the river system is threatening hundreds of villages in over half a dozen districts, officials said. “Nearly 200 thatched houses in Ghogharia panchayat in Supaul have been washed away by waters overflowing from Kosi river,” a district official said.

India – Out of the 51 districts in Madhya Pradesh, 23 are flooded while in total 33 have received above average rainfall. Thirty five people have died so far, nine are missing and thousands have had to leave their homes due to floods in Madhya Pradesh caused by heavy monsoon rains over the past two weeks, officials here said on Sunday. Over 300,000 people have been affected by the floods, including about 8,000 who had to leave their inundated homes to take shelter in 27 temporary relief camps provided by the state government, the officials said.

Disease

Dengue Fever

Philippines – Dengue fever is up overall in the Philippines by some 40 percent in 2016 to date, according to the latest data from the Department of Health. In the Davao City area and Region XI, dengue is up by 147 percent, prompting officials to call the situation “alarming”. Cases of Dengue fever in different areas in Davao Region rose from 1,850 cases with seven deaths in June to July 2015 to 4,564 cases with 40 deaths in the same period this year.

Argentina – Argentina Health Minister Jorge Lemus has called dengue fever in the country, including Buenos Aires City, an “epidemic”. To date, Argentina has reported 75,189 probable and 40,072 confirmed dengue fever cases, including 11 deaths, according to the most recent data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The total dengue cases for the western hemisphere to date is 1,712,369 probable and 318,332 confirmed with Brazil accounting for the majority. More than 600 people have died to date.

E Coli Outbreak in England

Public Health England (PHE) officials report an additional 42 cases in England bringing the outbreak total to 151. This is 144 in England, 6 in Wales and 1 in Scotland, with the South West of England particularly affected. 62 of the cases are known to have received hospital care and sadly, 2 of the individuals with E.coli O157 infection have died.

Public Health England has been working to establish the cause of the outbreak and has identified that several of the affected individuals ate mixed salad leaves including rocket leaves prior to becoming unwell. Currently, the source of the outbreak is not confirmed and remains under investigation; they are not ruling out other food items as a potential source.

Zika Virus – Europe

With reports of an additional 32 travel associated Zika virus cases on mainland France, the total case count is now 620 through Jul 13, according to French health authorities.

Fifteen cases of the total case count have been reported in pregnant women and three cases of neurological complications. French health officials have also reported eight sexually transmitted Zika infections since the beginning of the year.

The Zika virus infection case counts in various French overseas territories include 22,190 suspected cases in Guadeloupe, 8,970 suspected cases in French Guiana and 32,960 suspected cases in Martinique.

Throughout Europe, 17 other countries have reported imported Zika virus infections: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Malnutrition in Nigeria

More than 2300 children, under the age of five, die daily in Nigeria, with malnutrition accounting for over half of the deaths, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMH) has disclosed. Findings have shown that over 2.5 million children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) yearly in Nigeria, with about 20 per cent of these at the risk of imminent death unless there is quick intervention.