Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 03w (Muifa), located approximately 554 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan is tracking northward at 09 knots.

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (ts) 17s (Frances), located approximately 275 nm west of Darwin, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 15 knots.

NewsBytes:

Singapore – Heavy rain caused flash floods in eastern parts of Singapore on Thursday, with vehicles splashing through water-clogged roads and some cars left stranded, unable to pass through.

India – Incessant rainfall for the past one week has flooded large areas of Arunachal Pradesh’s capital town Itanagar and caused landslides and road blocks at many points. Landslides occurred at Senki View and Donyi Polo Road, while people in Pachin Colony have undertaken temporary flood preventive measures by constructing bunds with bamboo and filling empty cement bags with sand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

India – Heavy incessant rains since yesterday night that continued till today morning led to the flash flood in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district, an official said today.

Quebec, Canada – With floodwaters continuing to threaten homes across Quebec, Premier Philippe Couillard said the provincial government is monitoring the situation closely. Rigaud has been in a state of emergency since Thursday with 524 homes affected by the flood. It’s the worst flooding Rigaud has seen in decades so town officials are encouraging those living in the flood zone to evacuate their houses. However, they aren’t being forced to leave and many people are choosing to stay put. So far 234 affected homes continue to be occupied. While many are hopeful the flooding will end soon, some choose to stay in the meantime in order to prevent their homes from being too badly damaged. Homes in the Laurentians have also been damaged by floods while roads have been left inaccessible in Deux-Montagnes, Harrington, Kanesatake, Pointe-Calumet, Prevost, St-Andre-d’Argenteuil, Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and Val Morin. In Montreal, 18 homes on Mercier Island were affected, as have homes in Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Pierrefonds-Roxboro but no evacuations have been reported thus far. A dozen homes in Laval have also been threatened by the overflowing rivers.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 435 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 02 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 441 nm north-northeast of Noumea of Nadi, New Caledonia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – Six people were killed and two were reported missing in India’s northern region of Kashmir on Friday, after heavy rain and snowfall swept the region, setting off avalanches and turning mountain rivers into raging torrents. Snowfalls triggered multiple avalanches, defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia told Reuters. “A post in Batalik sector was buried,” he added. “Two out of five soldiers have been rescued. A rescue operation for three soldiers was in progress and three bodies have been recovered.”

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.9 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Manipur, India.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Environment

India Beats China As Worst Air-Polluted Country On Earth

India now has the world’s worst air pollution. They have beaten China. Specifically, it is New Delhi, India’s capital that has the worst air pollution on Earth.

Industrialization, coal-fired power plants, and low regulation have made the air pollution in India so much worse. Technology Review has reported that there have been 1.1 million deaths recorded last year due to air pollution in India. The country has been tied with China as having deadly air pollution. India’s rapid industrialization, too much use of coal for energy, growing population, and an ageing populace that is affected by air pollution are the factors why there are so many deaths.

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.

But the Mariana Trench is polluted.

At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush a human like a bug. Scientists have only recently explored it.

Among them is biologist Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England. His team dropped what they call a mechanical “lander” down into the trench. It had cameras and water samplers and some baited traps. They didn’t really know what they’d find.

When the lander surfaced, the traps contained amphipods — shrimplike crustaceans. That wasn’t terribly surprising, as amphipods are known to live at great depths. But bringing them back from the Mariana Trench was a rarity, and Jamieson thought there might be something to learn from them. He took the creatures to an environmental scientist.

The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants.

Every sample we had,” Jamieson says, “had contaminants in it at very high or extraordinarily high levels. How high? He compared the contamination level in his Mariana amphipods to crabs living in waters fed by one of China’s most polluted rivers, as well as amphipods from other parts of the world. “And what we were finding in the deepest place in the world were (levels) hugely higher, 50 times in some cases,” he says.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.3 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Disease

Deadly Fruit: Cause of Mysterious Brain Illness in India is Found

The mystery of why hundreds of children in an Indian city become sick every summer with a deadly brain illness has been solved, researchers say.

According to a new report, the cause of the illness appears to be the lychee fruit, which is grown widely in orchards in the city of Muzaffarpur, where the illnesses occur. Critically, the children who get sick often eat the fruit on an empty stomach, which contributes to the development of the illness, the researchers said.

Since 1995, there have been reports of children in Muzaffarpur suddenly falling ill and having seizures, usually in the morning hours. Often these children would slip into a coma, and about 40 percent died, the Times said. Outbreaks of these illnesses usually begin in mid-May and end in July, around the same time that lychee fruits are harvested.

In the new study, the researchers analyzed nearly 400 cases of children who developed this mysterious brain illness in 2014, and compared these cases with about 100 children who didn’t have this illness.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

Authorities say wildfires raging in South Africa’s wine region have destroyed part of one of the country’s oldest estates, while some slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain burned. Firefighters worked through the night to try to contain 106 blazes in the area. No one has been killed.

Low rainfall, dry vegetation and strong winds create prime conditions for fires in the region in summer.

Farm manager Don Tooth says around 40 percent of the Vergelegen wine farm that was established by Dutch settlers in the 1700s has been destroyed by fire.

Fires also burned on the slopes of Table Mountain above the exclusive beach enclave of Llandudno.

Wildfires – Argentina

Firefighters in Argentina said Thursday they were bringing under control three wildfires that have devastated nearly a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of the country’s famous pampas, or plains.

Driven by strong winds, high summer temperatures and drought, the fires sent huge swathes of farm and pasture land up in smoke in the central provinces of La Pampa and Buenos Aires, two of agricultural powerhouse Argentina’s most productive regions.

The wind grew even stronger Thursday, leaving firefighters struggling to extinguish the fires and stop them from spreading to populated areas.

No lives were in danger from the fires. No human deaths or evacuations have been reported. The blazes killed wild animals and livestock and cut off several roads. The biggest fire was about 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the village of La Adela, population 4,000.

It was started by a lightning strike on New Year’s weekend and is 10 kilometres across, according to firefighters.

Wildfires – India

More than 100 fires have broken out and doused in Chennai since December at sites where trees felled by Cyclone Vardah have been dumped. More than 40 000 tonnes of windfall trees have been dumped throughout 78 parks, open spaces and playgrounds.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.9 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.5 Earthquake hits the India-Bangladesh border.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Reykjanes’s Ridge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

India – The remnants of cyclone Vardah continue to bring heavy rain across India particularly in Andhra and northern Tamil Nadu Pradesh. Significant flooding could unfold for communities and along streams and small rivers.

Disease

Japanese Encephalitis Outbreak Worsens In Odisha

With the death of three more children, the number of deaths in Japanese Encephalitis outbreak rose to 61 in six weeks in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.

Unconfirmed reports, however, put the number of deaths due to the vector-borne disease at 65, which has affected around 100 villages spread over six of the seven blocks in the district.

At present, five affected children are being treated at the district headquarter hospital and two of them are in the Intensive Care Unit, a senior district official said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Roslyn is located about 615 mi…990 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ulika is located about 1105 mi…1780 km ESE of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Western Pacific:

Typhoon 20w (Megi), located approximately 51 nm south-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northwestward at 22 knots.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Several towns in the Australian state of New South Wales are expected to be cut off for days by widespread flooding. More than 130 homes and farms in and around the town of Forbes in the state’s central west are under water after record flooding after the heaviest September rainfall in more than 110 years. The area has been declared a disaster zone.

India – With heavy downpour pummelling Telangana over the past few days, authorities are keeping a watch on the flood situation even as over 1,000 villagers were evacuated in Karimnagar district. The water from the under-construction Mid Manair Dam in Boinapally mandal of Karimnagar had started overflowing from the bund and the earthen embankment had been breached, resulting in floods in the area.