Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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India – Death Toll Rises – A series of powerful super storms that tore through India this week have killed 143 people, as officials warned on Friday the death toll could rise with more extreme weather expected. A deadly dust storm claimed 121 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab, while an electric storm, in which lightning struck an estimate 40 000 times, left 21 people dead in the country’s south. Thousands of people in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan had their homes destroyed by the freak storm, which was packing winds of up to 130km/h. A total of 76 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous province, the state disaster management department said, with Agra district one of the worst hit areas, with at least 43 people killed.

British Columbia, Canada – Rivers and creeks continue to swell across B.C. as emergency officials warn flooding conditions could worsen next week. As of Thursday, 12 evacuation orders and 11 evacuation alerts were in place across the province. In the small recreational community of Tulameen, about 26 kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton, residents have been asked to be ready to leave on short notice.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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India – Powerful dust storms tore across northern India killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 140 as they flattened houses in their path and warnings were made Thursday of more chaos to come. Winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour ravaged Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab states and the death toll was expected to rise, officials said. The dust storms brought down feeble mud houses, killing people as they slept. Walls, trees and electricity pylons were all torn down by the winds which were followed by fierce lightning storms.

Yemen – Torrential flash-foods washed away dozens of farms early Wednesday — and a number of homes — in Yemen’s central-west Marib province, according to local sources. Heavy rainfall that began Tuesday evening led to a series of flash-floods at dawn Wednesday in Marib’s southeastern Rahba directorate. Raging torrents also led to the collapse of Marib’s Great Dam.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 103 nm north of Pagan, is tracking northeastward at 10 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 18p (Josie), located approximately 128 nm south-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

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Greece – A state of emergency has been declared in parts of northern Greece after a swollen River Evros broke its banks, causing widespread flooding. The village of Praggi was among the areas in Evros prefecture affected by the floodwaters earlier this week. Now, the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace regions have been declared to be in a state of emergency as the authorities attempt to prevent more damage from the rising floodwaters.

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UK – Britons are battling yet another lashing of wintry conditions as sub-zero snow showers caused a wrath of floods across the country in what’s being dubbed the Easter Weekend Washout. So far, five weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office following teeth-chattering snow showers and violent flash floods relentlessly battering the UK an eye-watering 48 hours on. Banks burst up and down the country putting lives in danger and wreaking havoc on homes.

India – A reservoir in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district breached its danger mark on Saturday, leading to floods in villages around it, a district official said. There was no loss of life or cattle.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 156 nm north-northeast of Koror, Palau, is tracking northeastward at 04 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 451 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Monsoon, India – India is expected to experience a normal monsoon which could bring in a major relief to several states. La Nina, a phenomenon associated with the cooling of Pacific waters, will be neutral during this monsoon, raising hope for normal rainfall this year.

Cairns, Australia – Flooding from the Barron River in Cairns is the worst recorded since February 2000, but the height of the flooding emergency has passed for the time being, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says. More than 40 people were evacuated from a caravan park and others rescued from flooded cars, as the tail-end of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora drenched areas in far north Queensland. No further significant rain is expected over the next few days.

Wildlife

Ganga River Dolphins

Gangetic river dolphins, primarily found in the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers and their tributaries in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, are categorised under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act and have been placed on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which signifies that the species is on the verge of extinction. These dolphins are one of the three surviving freshwater dolphin species in the world. The other two are found in the Indus in Pakistan and the Amazon in South America. A fourth species, the Yangtze river dolphin in China, has gone extinct.

The Gangetic river species are blind and find their way and prey in the river waters through sonar echoes. They live by echolocation and sound is everything to them. They navigate, feed, flee from danger, find mates, breed, nurse babies and play by echolocation alone.

The Gangetic river dolphins are being pushed to extinction due to increased pollution, decreased water flow and shrinking fish populations in the Ganga.

The already endangered Gangetic river dolphins are facing a clear and present danger from climate change, which has adversely affected their habitat. With their population registering a steady decline, the Gangetic dolphins in different parts of the eastern state of Bihar are now fighting for survival. Climate change has impacted the population of fish in the river, thus reducing the food supply of the dolphins.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xinjiang border region.

5.6 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Burning Elephants!

An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire in eastern India highlights the ongoing human-elephant conflicts in the region. The image shows a calf on fire as it and an adult elephant run for their lives — as a crowd of “jeering” people throw “flaming tar balls” and firecrackers at the pair. According to the Sanctuary Asia Foundation, these type of scenes are common in the Bankura district of West Bengal.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Damrey), located approximately 328 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Kenya – Marsabit’s central business district has been hugely affected by floods following rains that began early Thursday morning, and continued for the better part of the day.

India – Rain lashed Chennai for several hours from 5 p.m. on Thursday. It caused flooding on numerous roads. Subways were closed for traffic and motorists had to struggle with poor visibility. The rain affected the movement of several flights at Chennai airport and slowed down local trains on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram route. The core city and the southern suburbs bore the brunt of the rain. As of 10.30 p.m., Chennai recorded 119 mm.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 187 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 297 nm south-southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

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India – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall for more than 24 hours beginning Friday inflicted havoc in different parts of Tripura, forcing nearly 4,000 families to seek shelter at relief camps. Nearly 120 houses were submerged fully or partially and huge tracts of farm land were destroyed in the flash floods. Floods hit several low-lying parts of Agartala and the outskirts of West Tripura, Khowai, and Gomati districts and forced people to abandon their homes on Saturday. A total of 157mm rainfall was recorded since Friday. The rain subsided on Sunday, but flooding continued in several parts.

Japan – Typhoon Lan caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan on Monday. Typhoon Lan made landfall around 0300 local time on Monday (1800 GMT on Sunday) and swept across Tokyo before heading out to sea several hours later off northeastern Japan. Japanese media say two people have died and one is missing.

Norway – Heavy rainfall in Norway’s south in recent days have resulted in a number of roads being closed across the region. A village of around 20 houses is isolated in Froland because a bridge risks collapsing.

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Oregon, USA – Overnight downpours flooded Tillamook, closing roads and businesses and snarling traffic. The area is prone to flooding, but these floods came early in the season. The worst was in Lee’s Camp, which was hit with 10 inches overnight.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ophelia is located about 615 mi…995 km SW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 24w (Khanun), located approximately 621 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

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India – Barely a week before harvest season farmers in Bengal have been hit by floods following heavy rainfall in neighbouring states. Water level in several rivers such as the Ajay, Mayurakshi, Dwaraka and Kopai has risen alarmingly in Bengal following heavy rainfall in Bihar and Jharkhand over the past few days. Ferry services between East Burdwan and Nadia district have been suspended by the authorities. Movement of vehicles have been affected in parts of the Bharatpur-Kandi state highway in Murshidabad.

Global Warming

Central Indian floods have tripled: study

Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, according to researchers who warned Tuesday of worse to come while offering hope for predicting them better in future.

The region of about half-a-billion people is regularly stricken by flash floods, landslides and torrential rains that kill thousands and displace millions of people, as well as drowning crops and livestock.

The team also succeeded in tracking down the main culprit: moisture from the Arabian Sea in the north of the Indian Ocean. s climate change continues to warm the ocean, the frequency and severity of killer storms in India are likely to increase, the team said.

According to the study, there were 268 floods in India between 1950 and 2015, killing almost 70,000 people and leaving about 17 million homeless. Central India was one of the hardest-hit areas, even as it also struggles with dwindling regular rainfall, also blamed in part on the warming Indian Ocean.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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India – A fresh wave of floods has hit Assam, submerging five districts and affecting over 78,000 people, an official said on Sunday. The north-eastern state, which has been recuperating after several rounds of floods this year, saw hundreds of acres of land submerged in the fresh wave. Around 16,000 animals have also been affected. Rains across the state and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have caused flooding in Assam’s Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Goalpara, Hojai and Karbi Anglong. Some 86 villages in seven revenue circles have been affected by the fresh wave of deluge with Goalpara on the Assam-Meghalaya border being the worst-hit, a report said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 275 mi…440 km ENE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 470 mi…755 km NW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 60 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 445 mi…715 km E of Bermuda and about 1735 mi…2795 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 09 mph…15 km/h.

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Japan – The Kanto region was hit by heavy rain Thursday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency and local authorities in Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures to issue warnings for floods and mudslides. The city of Futtsu, Chiba, received roughly 100 mm of rain in an hour up to 6:20 a.m., with some houses being flooded and a mudslide causing Route 127 to be partly closed. In an hour up to 5:40 a.m., 87 mm of rainfall, a record high amount since it started compiling the data, was reported in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, according to the agency. The municipal governments of Kamogawa and Minamiboso in Chiba issued an evacuation advisory to nearly 2,600 of their residents, while some local trains in Chiba stopped operation.

India – Monsoon floods are essential to the ecosystem of the Kaziranga National Park. Its vast grasslands, wetlands and lakes are annually revitalised by the Brahmaputra overflow. However, the 2017 floods have caused a severe crisis for the wildlife. If the 2016 floods were considered ‘the worst to hit Kaziranga in a decade’, the floods this year were probably the worst in 30 years. Over 85 percent of the park was inundated, displacing thousands of animals. Hundreds of animals – including tigers, rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes and hog deers – have died in the past two months.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 15 mi…25 km SSW of Vieques and about 50 mi…75 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 195 mi…310 km S of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Norma is located about 370 mi…590 km W of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h, Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Niger – Floods in Niger have left thousands homeless. Most of the houses are made of mud and collapse in the heavy downpours. Many farmers’ fields have been flooded for more than two months.

India – Heavy rains battered India’s financial hub for the second time in weeks causing massive disruption at the country’s second busiest airport and forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges. Monsoon rains that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used suburban train network in a city that is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies.

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Uganda – A devastating flash flood has again swept through the Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point. Heavy downpours experienced in the last three days within Gulu and Amuru districts are said to have caused the River Unyama to again burst its banks, sending fast flowing waters through the trading centre.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 5 mi…10 km w of Cameron Louisiana and about 30 mi…50 km ESE of Port Arthur Texas with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Potential tropical cyclone Ten is located about 85 mi…140 km NE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 17w (Sanvu), located approximately 37 nm east of Chichi Jima, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Houston, Texas, USA – Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. The nation’s fourth-largest city remained mostly paralyzed by one of the largest downpours in U.S. history. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 more feet (61 centimeters) of rain expected on top of the 30-plus inches (76 centimeters) in some places, authorities worried that the worst might be yet to come. The flooding was so widespread that the levels of city waterways have equaled or surpassed those of Tropical Storm Allison from 2001, and no major highway has been spared some overflow. The city’s normally bustling business district was virtually deserted Monday, with emergency vehicles making up most of the traffic.

Mumbai, India – Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. Streets in Mumbai have turned into rivers and people waded through waist-deep waters. On Tuesday, the city received about 12.7cm (5ins) of rain, paralyzing public transport and leaving thousands of commuters stranded in their offices overnight. Poor visibility and flooding also forced airport authorities to divert some flights while most were delayed by up to an hour.