Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 350 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 16 knots.
Bolivia and Peru – The past few days have seen flooding across parts of South America. Chile has been badly affected. So too have Bolivia and Peru. Central Bolivia has been pounded by torrential downpours which have caused severe flooding, destroying homes and causing at least one injury. La Paz had 24mm of rain on Wednesday, and 37mm in the past two days. This makes up more than a quarter of the January average which is 137mm. It was a similar picture across the border in southern Peru, where heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the city of Ica. Here rivers bursting their banks as authorities told residents to brace themselves for more bad weather. The areas of Tinguina and Parcona were badly affected. The water has covered several blocks in the city, reaching a depth of 70cm in places according to local media reported. The town of San Idelfonso, which is lies next to the river, was the most affected. Strong muddy water currents were seen crashing down city streets. Meanwhile, the town of Pisco, located to the south of capital Lima, has also being hit by mudslides after heavy rainfall.
Malaysia – Continuous rain has disrupted Chinese New Year plans for thousands of people across Malaysia, as roads closed, homes were flooded and thousands were moved to relief centres. Districts in 10 of Malaysia’s 13 states were faced with floods yesterday. More than 15,000 people, mainly from smaller towns and villages in rural areas, had to leave their homes to the relief centres. Johor state suffered the brunt of rising waters, with more than 8,000 evacuees and one fatality, officials said.