Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 162 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.
Peru – Freezing temperatures in Ayacucho, located in south-central Peru, has resulted in the death of at least 180,000 alpaca. A cold weather front has also been accompanied by wide flooding. The animals have died of starvation as the grasslands where they normally graze have been frozen over. One of the affected communities is Wayraccasa in the district of Vinchos, province of Huamanga, located 14,763 feet above sea level, where in recent months dozens of alpacas died due to the cold. According to local media reports, a drought since August of last year hampered the breeding of the alpaca, due to a lack of water in the lagoons, with dry grass weakening the animals who can’t withstand the freezing cold and rain. Meanwhile, in the city of Huanuco in central Peru, residents in the Santa Rosa neighbourhood, were seen evacuating flooded homes, as a result of heavy rains, which began three days ago and caused rivers Yacusisa and Aucayacu to overflow, in the Tingo Maria district.
Europe – From the rivers criss-crossing eastern Europe to the Mediterranean ports of Greece and France, everyone is hunting for energy supplies. Blizzards, gale force winds, arctic temperatures and river ice thicker than a house has left the stewards of the European energy business frenzied. Prices of natural gas, primarily a heating fuel, has soared to the highest in more than two years. Blackouts across Eastern Europe caused electricity rates to spike to record levels. January will be one of Europe’s coldest months of the past five years and the chill will linger for at least another two weeks.