Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Barbara is located about 895 mi…1445 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04w (Four), located approximately 395 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 23 knots.
Siberia – Five people were killed in the Siberian region hit by strong rains, two are missing, nearly 400 were injured with 97 were admitted to local hospitals. Thirty two children were among the injured. The worst floods in the recorded history in Irkutsk region totally wiped out more than 1,200 houses, sweeping away dams and roads. Both the Angara River – the region’s main waterway – and Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world with 20 per cent of the planet’s unfrozen freshwater, had burst their banks, said reports. Some 50 villages of the shore of Baikal are reported ‘inaccessible’, while to the north the city of Bratsk is badly affected. Officials say over 4,000 blocks of flats and private homes were so badly flooded that they will have to be rebuilt. Almost 10,000 people lost their properties and are currently unsheltered as a major operations flies in relief supplies. Some 27,000 people have no electricity due to power line collapses of a switch-off as a preventive measure. St least 15 bridges were destroyed and the key roads connecting Siberia and Western Russia are closed. In some areas residents were forcibly evacuated against their will because they did not believe dire warnings of the scale of flooding.