Environment

Oxygen bar sells fresh air in pollution-hit New Delhi

With India’s capital engulfed in choking pollution, someone has sniffed an opportunity.

A bar offering fresh puffs of oxygen is proving popular among middle-aged and elderly residents of New Delhi. It was introduced in June but has proven a hit in recent weeks. The bar offers a 15-minute session to inhale a cocktail of oxygen in different flavours, for 500 rupees (€6.32).

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Raymond is located about 500 mi…805 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Twenty One-E is located about 535 mi…860 km s of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 185 nm east of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 17 knots.

Tropical depression 27w (Kalmaegi), located approximately 296 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

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India, Bangladesh – Update – Cyclone Bulbul has left a trail of death and destruction, claiming the lives of at least 32 people in India and Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul killed 10 people and affected at least 2.73 lakh families in different parts of the West Bengal, India causing the suspension of operation for 12 hours at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. According to the Sate Disaster Management, at least 2,473 houses were destroyed and another 26,000 were partially damaged in the cyclone in the coastal districts along the Bay of Bengal. At least 22 people died in seven coastal districts of Bangladesh. Cyclone Bulbul made landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. More than 1.8 million people in the vulnerable Bangladeshi coastal districts were evacuated to 4,071 cyclone shelters.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Nakri), located approximately 274 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward 10 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 23w (Matmo/Bulbul), located approximately 79 nm north of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is tracking east-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Bangladesh and India – Over 1.8 million people in the vulnerable Bangladeshi coastal districts are being evacuated to 4,071 cyclone shelters ahead of Tropical Cyclone Bulbul (Matmo). Bulbul made landfall between Sagar Islands of West Bengal and Khepupara in Bangladesh. Two deaths have been reported so far in Kolkata and Odisha.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 24w (Halong), located approximately 566 nm east of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 442 nm south of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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New York, USA – A severe Halloween storm caused widespread flood damage in the Mohawk Valley region of New York. One man died in the floodwaters and extensive damage to property occurred. One video caught a house floating away down river.

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UK – Dozens of trees were toppled, power cables cut and scaffolding was blown down on top of cars as many parts of southern England came in for a pounding. And hurricane-force winds hit 109mph on the Isle of Wight. All passenger services in and out of Dover have been suspended because of the high winds. Train services in Dorset were hit with a 50mph speed limit as reports of trees and other debris across the tracks were being investigated. The Environmental Agency currently has nine flood warnings in place with 67 flood alerts.

India – Tropical Cyclone Maha is moving north along the southwestern coast of India, and unleashing heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and south Tamil Nadu.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 230 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04a (Kyarr), located approximately 184 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05a (Five), located approximately 620 nm south of Mumbai, India, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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Cameroon – Authorities in Cameroon have deployed soldiers and rescue workers after a torrential downpour caused a landslide that killed at least 34 people near the western town of Bafoussam. Rescue workers spent Tuesday searching through the wreckage of destroyed homes for more victims.

El Salvador – Heavy precipitation in El Salvador began on 12 October 2019 due to the influence and combination of a lowpressure system. The continual rain led caused rockslides and landslides, as well as falling trees and collapse of slopes, which disrupted transit on highways and roads. Unofficial figures report that at least four people have died following the heavy rain.

Kenya – Heavy rain has been affecting several counties since last week, causing flash flooding and landslides. According to media reports, as of 24 October, 9 people have died as a result, 4 in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, 4 in Wajir county and 1 in Turkana County. Thousands of people have been displaced and roads and houses have been damaged.

Ghana – Ghana experienced heavy rains combined with water releases from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso in early October 2019 which caused serious flooding and extensive damage to farmlands, houses, properties and loss of lives across the country. Between the 6 to 12 October 2019, the Upper East Region, experienced torrential rains which resulted in damaged houses and farmlands leading to displacement of people and fatalities. Local media in Ghana reported that as many as 29 people have died in flood-related incidents. Media reports also suggested that between 1,000 and 4,000 buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged.

India – More than 130 of the 178 taluks in the state are either reeling under drought or affected by the worst flooding in more than a century during the southwest monsoon. The state government had recently declared 49 taluks as drought-hit, whereas 103 were designated as flood-affected in August. The drought list includes at least five taluks that were also flood-hit, posing an unusual challenge to the authorities.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Tropical Storm 21w (Neoguri), located approximately 119 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 17 knots.

Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 438 nm south-southeast of Iwo To, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Somalia – Moderate to heavy rains continued in many parts of Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands over the last week. River levels at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) are currently very high. Latest reports received in the evening of 21 October indicate that nearly 40 per cent of Belet Weyne town has been affected by flooding with an estimated 72,000 people having moved to Ceel Jaale highlands and surrounding areas. All villages in the north of Belet Weyne town have been affected and humanitarian partners are yet to establish the number of people displaced in these areas.

Texas, USA – A destructive tornado touched down in the northeastern part of Dallas on Sunday night (Oct. 20), knocking out power for more than 150,000 residents and causing significant property damage. Though the tornado cut through a densely populated area, no storm-related deaths have been reported.

India – In less than two months, North Karnataka districts have been hit by heavy rain and floods again. On Monday, the latest spell of torrential rain claimed four lives and two boys were swept away in separate incidents. Flood water inundated agricultural fields and entered houses in several parts of the State.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Melissa is located about 190 mi…300 km s of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 200 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 350 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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New Jersey, USA – Residents at the Jersey Shore had to deal with some significant flooding thanks to a storm off the coast. Flooding Thursday evening was followed by more flooding Friday.

India – Panic gripped parts of North and Western Bengaluru in the early hours of Thursday with flash floods flooding several localities in Dasarahalli, Nagasandra and Chikkabidarakallu due to breaching of Doddabidarakallu Lake at around mid-night. More than 300 houses were marooned and over 100 vehicles were submerged in the flash floods.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 274 nm north-northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

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Alaska – Juneau was pummeled with inches of rain this weekend, leading to a flood advisory and mudslides in some areas. Residents in one area of Douglas were advised to evacuate. The sodden ground caused mudslides in some areas, and wrecked roads and ditches. Several reports have been made of flooding and landslides in the downtown and Douglas Island area.

India – Flooding continues to affect Bihar, especially the Rajendranagar area. The Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Adhwara, Kosi, Mahananda and Parman rivers are at dangerous levels. 22 million people across 14 districts are affected by floods. With these conditions, there has been an outbreak of Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria. As of 6 October, about 900 people tested positive for dengue in Bihar, including 640 cases in Patna due to waterlogged streets. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Patna and its nearby regions are likely to receive more rainfall over the next two days.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 630 mi…1010 km sw of Flores in the western Azores with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…ne or 40 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Narda is located about 70 mi…115 km nw of Los Mochis Mexico and about 120 mi…195 km se of Guaymas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 156 nm south-southeast of Shanghai, China, is tracking northward at 15 knots.

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India – More than 100 people have been killed over the last four days after a heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains flooded wide areas in northeast India’s Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar states. Patna has received more than 200mm of rain since Friday, according to the weather department. Days of downpour left almost 80 percent of Patna localities, including hospitals and schools, flooded. Residents reported knee-deep water across the city.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 1360 mi…2190 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Narda is located about 75 mi…120 km s of Zihuatanejo Mexico and about 100 mi…160 km wsw of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…14 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 449 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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UK – Heavy rain across parts of Wales and England, including Manchester, Cardiff, Lancashire and Leeds, has caused chaos forcing residents to flee their homes and severe travel disruption resulting from mudslides on train tracks.

Turkey – Heavy rains hit northwestern Turkey on Saturday, blocking roads in Artvin province of the Black Sea region, according to local media. Streams overflowed in the Borcka district of Artvin, some villages and neighborhood roads were closed due to landslides. The rains also flooded the lower floors of some buildings.

Niger – U.N. agencies are rushing to provide aid to tens of thousands of people affected by severe flooding in Niger. Floods caused by heavy rains, which began in June, have killed 57 people and affected 211,000.

India – A heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains has flooded wide areas of northern India, killing dozens of people this past week, an official said Saturday. Most of the 59 fatalities were caused by house collapses, lightning and drowning in Uttar Pradesh state. They included at least five people dying of snake bites in flooded areas. The temple city of Varanasi was lashed by 19 centimeters (7 inches) of rain on Thursday and Friday, flooding the bathing areas of the Ganges River used by thousands of Hindu pilgrims. Schools were shut on Saturday as the downpour caused disruptions in the state capital, Lucknow, and several towns, including Amethi and Hardoi.

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In the Atlantic Ocean:Tropical Storm Karen is located about 350 mi…565 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 1620 mi…2605 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 19w (Nineteen), located approximately 906 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking westward at 21 knots.

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India – At least 11 people have been killed and six are missing after the Western Indian city of Pune and its neighboring areas were hit by heavy rain and flash floods. More than 28,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas and the local administration is on alert for more rain. Pune, which is around 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of India’s financial hub of Mumbai, has received 113% more rainfall than average since the start of the monsoon season in early June.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 570 mi…920 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Kiko is located about 1035 mi…1670 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

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India – Heavy rain has caused flash floods in Sirivella, Gospadu, Mahanandi, Nandyal, and Rudravaram mandals in Kurnool district in the early hours of Monday. While no deaths have been reported, the authorities expect significant crop and property damage.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 760 mi…1225 km w of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Kiko is located about 940 mi…1515 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 17w (Peipah), located approximately 152 nm east-southeast of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 28 knots.

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India – More than 350 students and 50 teachers have been stuck at a school in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan for the past 24 hours due to the floods in the city. The students have been stuck in the school as roads are reportedly blocked due to the heavy discharge of water from the Rana Pratap Dam.

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Cambodia – More than 700 pigs at a farm in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district either drowned or broke loose overnight on Monday when flash floods caused by the rapidly rising Stung Sen river inundated villages in Bramme commune. This season around 45,798 families have seen their homes submerged, with 6,893 of them evacuated to higher ground along with their 20,917 heads of cattle. As of Tuesday, the floods had killed seven people – two men and five children aged 18 months to 11 years.

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India – Floods are now an annual nightmare in many parts of southern and western India. Valleys in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala that weren’t considered flood-prone until recently are at risk. During floods and landslides in August 2019, two villages were completely destroyed killing a number of people, while a year earlier Kerala saw its worst floods in a century. These floods appear to be getting more severe. Climate change is causing stronger and more erratic rainfall with recurrent floods in low-lying areas while population growth is putting more people in risky areas. And another problem comes from deforestation in the mountain range where much of the water first fell: the Western Ghats.

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