Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Kenya – Numerous vehicles were marooned as heavy rains cause flooding in Narok Town on November 26. The flash floods caused a traffic snarl-up at the Enkare Narok River as motorists waited for the water to subside. The business district was also flooded forcing traders out of their stores.

Thailand – As heavy rains continued to fuel rising rivers and canals, residents in six Trang districts near the Banthat Mountain Range have been told to move their belongings to higher ground due to possible floods. As of Sunday morning, floods had already hit many low-lying parts of Muang, Na Yong, Huay Yot and Rassada. Homes in Muang’s Tambon Na Yong Tai were under up to 80 centimetres of water, while a kilometre-long section of Trang-Phatthalung Road in Na Yong’s Tambon Lamore was under 30cm of water and was impassable for small vehicles. Vast areas of farmland have been submerged since Saturday evening.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Kenya – More than 10,000 residents of Kiganjo in Thika constituency have been displaced by floods following heavy rains that hit the area on Saturday night. The rains have interrupted harvesting of maize and wheat while horticulture farmers cannot access markets for their produce after floods rendered most roads in the region impassable.

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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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ophelia is located about 725 mi…1165 km SW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 24w (twenty-four), located approximately 262 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

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Vietnam – Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday. Forty people were missing and 21 others were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, mostly in northern and central Vietnam. In a report, it said more than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed, while nearly 18,000 other houses were submerged or damaged. It said more than 8,000 hectares of land growing rice was damaged and around 40,000 animals were killed or washed away.

Kenya – Residents of parts of Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western and Central parts of the country are asked to stay alert as flash floods are expected from Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 65 mi…100 km WSW of Guadeloupe and about 205 mi…325 km se of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Jose is located about 240 mi…390 km ENE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 365 mi…590 km S of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

The remnants of Lee are located about 1265 mi…2035 km W of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Otis is located about 1190 mi…1915 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WSW or 240 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

Tropical Depression Norma is located about 270 mi…435 km WSW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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Caribbean – Hurricane Maria strengthened into a “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm as it barrelled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain. The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 01:15 GMT on Tuesday with top winds swirling at 257km/h, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. “Dangerous” storm surges, destructive waves, flash floods and mudslides threatened the Leeward Islands – the island group that includes Martinique, Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin islands – the NHC said.

Kenya – Heavy rains along Kenya’s coast caused floods in Mombasa which are expected to spread to Lamu, the coastal parts of Tana River and southern parts of Taita Taveta counties.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Kenya – The country has been experiencing increasingly intense rainfall over the last weeks with significant amounts of rainfall currently being witnessed in the Coastal, North Eastern, Central and parts of Western region. Current estimates indicate that about 26 people have lost their lives and a further 24,803 people have been displaced in 13 counties across the country following heavy rains and flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the East Pacific: Tropical Depression Adrian is located about 385 mi…615 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 19p (Ella), located approximately 358 nm northeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (18p) Donna is dissipating.

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Kenya – Five people have died in various parts of Kwale County after they were swept away by raging floods as heavy rains continue pounding the Coast region. The deaths bring the number of people killed by floods in the region since Monday to 14.

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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.

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Ghana – Many parts of Ghana’s capital, Accra, was devastated by floods following heavy rain on Thursday evening which disrupted traffic and flooded many houses. The floods were the result of a garbage=blocked drainage system.

Kenya – Heavy rains in Nyando have displaced thousands of people and caused massive damage to property. Local schools were also flooded.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Invest 90L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that may have potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Debbie located approximately 108 nm southeast of Townsville, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

Monster cyclone Debbie smashed into northeast Australia Tuesday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were battered by the category four storm which slammed into the coast of Queensland state with destructive wind gusts of up to 270 kph (167 miles) near its broad core. By late evening it had been downgraded to category two and was expected to weaken further.

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Indonesia – Floods claimed four lives and rendered one missing in Padang Sidimpuan, North Sumatra, on Sunday evening. Five residents were swept away by the flooding, of which four were found dead, while another is still missing. Several homes were flooded in the sub-districts of Padang Sidimpuan Angkola Julu, Padang Sidimpuan Batunadua, South Padang Sidimpuan, and North Padang Sidimpuan. Also at least 2,500 people in five sub-districts in Bima, East Nusa Tenggara, have fled their homes to escape flash floods, following heavy rain on Sunday.

Kenya – Floods cause traffic jam on Kampala roads. Floods caused heavy traffic jams on all major city roads following a heavy Monday afternoon downpour. Along the Kampala-Jinja Road, floods cut off the road at Kyambogo junction.

Drought

Drought Violence in Kenya

At least 10 people have been killed in the latest clashes in drought-hit Kenya between rural communities fighting over pasture to graze their animals, police said on Monday. Kenya, like elsewhere in the Horn of Africa, is suffering from serious drought.

Herders from the Borana and Samburu communities fought a gun battle on Sunday in an area in the centre of the country called Kom, where both groups had taken their livestock to graze, said Charles Ontita, police chief of the town of Isiolo.

The deaths come a week after 13 people were killed in the western Baringo region when Ilchamus and Pokot herdsmen clashed over grazing at an area called Mukutani.

Drought

Drought in Kenya

Kenya declared a national disaster on Friday, calling for aid to counter drought that is posing a major risk to people, livestock and wildlife.

The Kenya Red Cross has estimated around 2.7 million people are in need of food aid after low rainfall in October and November and the next rainy season not due before April.

The UN World Food Programme said it was short of $22 million for the next six to nine months to provide support such as school meals for 428,000 children who often depend on them as their only substantial meal of the day.

Early this month, residents in drought-struck northern Kenya said at least 11 people were killed and a tourist lodge torched due to conflicts when armed cattle herders flooded onto farms and wildlife reserves.

Wildfires

Chile city in state of emergency over wildfires

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Chile on Saturday declared a local state of emergency over wildfires plaguing the landmark tourist-draw city of Valparaiso. The hilly Pacific city, part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been put under military authority to coordinate firefighting and government asset deployment efforts.

Located 120 kilometres (75 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, Valparaiso is the seat of the Chilean Congress and spans 40 hills, offering stunning views of the sea. Thousands of tourists stroll its narrow cobblestone streets and ride cable cars up the steep hills each year.

At the moment, 19,000 hectares (73 square miles) of mostly woodlands have been lost, officials said.

Wildfires – Kenya

Nearly 6,000 hectares of the Aberdare National Park has been destroyed by a wildfire that has continued to spread for the second day. The fire, which began Friday morning is spreading quickly due to windy weather.

According to the Acting Assistant Director in charge of Mountain Conservation Simon Gitau the fire has consumed the lower moorlands in the northern part of the Aberdare.

Over 200 firefighters from the Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and others from the ministry of Interior have been deployed to battle the blaze.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Afghanistan – Flash floods in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan have claimed the lives of at least six people and injured five others.

Indonesia – Parts of the Indonesian port city of Semarang remained underwater Saturday, after high seasonal tides flooded coastal areas of Central Java province. For the past week, residents of Semarang say they have fought an ongoing battle to stop the water — known locally as “the Rob” — from rising. Soaked and exhausted in the 33 degrees midday heat, they struggle with sandbags, furniture and plastic bags as their possessions become consumed.

Kenya – At least 700 people are stranded in their villages in Isiolo County after heavy rains cut off roads. Among those threatened with starvation and disease because they cannot get food, and they cannot go to hospital are 620 children who are under five years and 48 expectant and lactating mothers.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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London, England – Torrential rain is causing flooding across London and the south coast of England leaving motorists stranded in their cars. Commuters travelling into the capital by public transport were hit with cancellations of train services and delays on roads.

Kenya – A standard 5 pupil was swept by floods in Nyora village, Nyatike Sub County on Tuesday. Rescue operations to recover the body of the boy are under way.