Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the East Pacific: Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 138 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19p (Nineteen), located approximately 141 nm west-southwest of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Four women have gone missing and two more been injured following flooding in a southwestern Iranian province, caused by downpours. The flooding happened on Sunday in Lordegan County of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province. Torrential rains had also damaged bridges and infrastructure in Darreh-Yas Village of the province’s Kouhrang County. The floods and thunderstorms of the past days have also left the province’s nomadic tribes faced with complexities and claimed some of their livestock.

Kenya – At least six people have died and hundreds of families in Mombasa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta displaced by floods following heavy rains. The family members died after perimeter wall collapsed on them at Mbaraki area. Other areas affected include Bombolulu, Kiembeni, Bamburi and Likoni. The floods have also paralysed transport between Mombasa and Kilifi after Mbogolo river bridge was washed away. In Taita Taveta, atleast 5,000 people have been displaced by the ranging floods in Taveta sub-county.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits Tajikistan.

5.4 Earthquake hits Ascension Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the north Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Maarutha), located approximately 333 nm south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking northeastward at 09 knots over the past six hours.

NewsBytes:

Iran – At least 35 people have died and eight are reported missing after heavy rains triggered flash floods in north-west Iran. Four provinces have been battered by torrential downpours. Ajab Shir and Azar Shahr in East Azerbaijan are said to be the worst hit. The death toll could rise, with more rain forecast for the region.

Philippines – Seven are confirmed dead while 2 others are missing due to nonstop rains and heavy flooding in parts of Cebu. Six of the casualties were from Carmen, Cebu where 73 houses were washed out due to nonstop rains.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andaman Islands off India.

5.2 Earthquake hits Greece.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pagan region in the North Mariana Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

The shallow temblor damaged at least four villages near its epicentre in the Sefid Sang district, a remote mountainous area home to 5,000 people, located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Mashhad. At least two people were reported to have died in the earthquake.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kazakhstan-Xinjiang border.

5.5 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.5 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the south Atlantic Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindoro in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Botswana.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 130 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

Newsbytes:

Iran – Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed six people and damaged some 1,700 houses in the country’s southeast. Most of the houses were built of mud bricks. Six villages have been evacuated due to the floods in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan as rescue operations continue in the area.

Indonesia – Heavy rains have poured down on Central Sulawesi for the last two days causing flooding in several areas and claiming one life in Buol regency on Friday with many houses damaged. Ten districts and 48 villages are affected by floods in the regency.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Potosi, Bolivia.

5.4 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit a village in the country’s south, killing four people.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

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

5.0 Earthquake hits Alaska.

5.0 Earthquake hits northeastern Iran.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 488 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 10 knots.

NewsBytes:

Iran – Heavy rains in Iran’s western and southwestern provinces has resulted in flash floods that killed two people. Iran’s railway authority canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern part of the country. Flash floods have washed away cars and blocked roads between several cities and villages in Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.

Saudi Arabia – Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday. In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan. Another 27 people in Al-Baha were injured over three days because of accidents during heavy rains. Severe downpours have struck Saudi Arabia this week, including in the desert capital Riyadh where schools closed on Wednesday after floods caused traffic chaos during a storm.

Environment

Tehran Records 18th Day of Heavy Pollution

More than two weeks of heavy pollution led Iranian officials to ban all outdoor sport and impose new traffic restrictions on Wednesday as persistent cold weather exacerbated Tehran’s air quality problems.

In the worst concerted period of pollution for three years, primary schools and nurseries were closed and new car exclusion zones imposed in the capital.

Tehran’s air quality index averaged 159 on Wednesday, up two from the previous day, and more than three times the World Health Organization’s maximum advised level of between zero and 50. One area in northeastern Tehran peaked at 238.

The official IRNA news agency reported that it was the 18th straight day of dangerously bad air.

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Disease

Fearing unrest, Iranian regime hides deadly swine flu outbreak

The swine flu presently sweeping across Iran is a full fledged outbreak. It has already spread to many provinces in the country, including highly populated areas such as the capital city, Tehran. Yet despite its increasing severity, the Iranian regime has yet to take any credible step to fight the outbreak.

Fearing social unrest, the regime is publishing contradictory figures and false reports on the number of those afflicted, including a mounting death toll.

While, the regime’s leaders claim that just a few have been affected and that the disease is under control, the regime’s Ministry of Health is sending a contradictory message. The Ministry of Health alleges that following the outbreak in Kerman and Sistan-Baluchistan provinces, the deadly disease will spread to Kurdistan, Lorestan, Khuzestan, Chaharmahal Bakhtiari, Esfahan, Tehran, Semnan and Northern Khorassan provinces in the coming weeks.

The regime’s Ministry of Health announced after two weeks that the number of people who have died of the flu is 33.

There are also reports that several people lost their lives to swine flu in the city of Mehran in Ilam border province, but regime’s officials deny the existence and outbreak of the disease in Ilam and cities in border region.

The budget allocated to health and medical treatment or fundamental investments in public health in Iran ranks amongst the worst in the world while the figures of victims of diseases ranks among the highest globally.