Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.5 Earthquake hits Botswana.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

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Storms and Floods

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NewsBytes:

Nepal – At least two people died in landslide in Chitwan along Muglin-Narayangadh road section. The landslide buried nine vehicles, including five motorbikes.

India – Drought in Karnataka – The Krishnaraja Sagara Dam, which stores water from the Cauvery river, is hitting its dead storage level, a 15-year low. Dead storage is when the remaining volume of water is below the level of the lowest outlet; it cannot be accessed under normal operating conditions. The authorities have said summer crops cannot be irrigated. A new crisis is brewing, after 2016 the worst drought year for Karnataka in four decades. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell says all major reservoirs in the state are near their dead storage. The government is now focused on providing drinking water, at the cost of standing crops. Almost 75 per cent of the minor irrigation tanks have dried up in the state. Groundwater levels are 80 per cent lower than what they used to be 10 years ago. Currently, drinking water is being transported to 600 villages. In urban areas, 400 wards are depending on tankers for drinking. There is a huge scarcity of fodder as well, and this will impact the kharif, rabi and summer crops.