Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 391 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Jordan – At least 18 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away. The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria. Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding.

Russia – Floods have left two people dead and two others injured along with one missing in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Region, parts of which were hammered by severe storms.

Kenya – A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups. The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility. Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning. Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

Island Vanishes

One of the most powerful Pacific hurricanes on record obliterated a remote Hawaiian island, causing an important turtle nesting site to disappear in early October.

Former Category-5 Hurricane Walaka was still packing Category-3 force just before it struck the remote French Frigate Shoals, about 400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Storm surge wiped out East Island, which is a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals and various types of sea birds.

University of Hawaii researchers who were studying the wildlife were forced to evacuate the island before Walaka struck.

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Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Five), located approximately 269 nm southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northward at 11 knots.

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Kenya – More heavy rainfall and flooding has hit many parts of the country. The rains, predicted to be more than 40mm over 24 hours, are affecting some parts of the Rift Valley, Central and Northern regions as from yesterday afternoon.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 41 nm west of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sun-Tropical Storm Alberto is located About 95 mi…150 km ese of Cozumel Mexico and about 145 mi…235 km ssw of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Czech Republic – Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night. Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity. Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.

Kenya – Two people and 70 livestock have been swept away by flash floods in Kabunyany river. 300 families have been displaced by floods as rains continue to pound Baringo County.

Iceland – The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding for South and South West Iceland, Friday. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the South and South-West parts of the county from Friday evening 25 May, continuing through the weekend.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Sagar), located approximately 88 nm south-southeast of Djibouti City, Djibouti, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

The tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia on 16 May 2018. The cyclone system caused heavy rains along the coast of Puntland on 17 May. Flash flooding was reported in the Bari region, which were not limited to seasonal riverbeds. The road linking Bossaso and points south has reportedly been affected. There are also reports of some fishing boats having been washed away by waves off the coast of Sanaag region, which along with Sool are disputed between Somaliland and Puntland. The two authorities have been engaged in an armed standoff in Sool that had displaced almost 10,000 people prior to the storms arrival, further complicating an already complex humanitarian picture. By 18 May, the cyclone had gained strength, reaching tropical storm-wind levels and assigned the name Tropical Cyclone Sagar. Heavy rains are projected for the escarpment and plateau of Somaliland. Tropical Storm SAGAR will likely have transformed into a Tropical Depression when it reaches Ethiopia – expected for Sunday early afternoon. Wind speeds will reach up to 56 km/h. SAGAR is expected to cause increased rainfall when it hits.

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New Orleans, USA – Heavy rainstorms pounded the metropolitan area late Friday afternoon, thrashing tents at Bayou Boogaloo and flooding streets in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. The storm pelted parts of Metairie and Lakeview with hail, cut power to more than 11,000 residents and snarled traffic in Mid-City, where at least a couple of cars drove into a large hole where the standing water had obscured road construction.

Kenya – The floods in Kenya continue as more than 500 families have been displaced from their homes after River Sondu Miriu broke its banks. There are fears of disease outbreaks since most pit latrines too have been washed away. Several houses, farms were destroyed following the flash floods as a result of the heavy rains upstream.

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Kenya – At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday. After a severe drought, weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 164 dead. The private Patel dam, used for irrigation and fish farming, burst on Wednesday evening in Solai, near the Rift Valley city of Nakuru. 36 people had been hospitalised.

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Bangladesh – Pre-monsoon rains started on 18 April 2018 near Cox’s Bazar on Bangladesh’s southern coast.

Kenya – Six people have drowned in Kenya in overnight flooding and 11 others are missing, local authorities said Friday, the latest of dozens of deaths caused by heavy seasonal rains in recent weeks. Floods from the seasonal rains hit as the East African nation was recovering from a devastating drought last year that affected half of its counties.

Nepal – Heavy rains and hailstones battered the district of Bajhang on Wednesday night, triggering flash floods and landslides. Floods and landslides damaged at least 30 homes and killed more than 40 domesticated animals in different parts of the district. Three people were killed when a landslide buried a passenger jeep at Subeda area in Bajhang district on Wednesday night.

Disease

Kenya – Mystery Disease

Five people have died and 70 others hospitalized following an outbreak of a mysterious disease in Kerio Valley, along the border of Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet Counties. The patients are complaining of abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and are being treated at the AIC Lodengo Kolowa in Tiaty Sub-county. The number of patients was growing as more are streaming in every day all with similar symptoms, according to the health officials.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 21s (Flamboyan), located approximately 847 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 08 knots.

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Thailand – Flash floods hit four villages in Ta Phraya district of this eastern provinces on Saturday, leaving numerous houses under water and damaging farmland and public utilities, officials said. The flash floods followed rainstorms that early Saturday began pounding Ta Phraya village in tambon Ta Phraya, and Khlong Phaeng, Khlong Chaeng and Khlong Nai Sai villages in tambon Thap Sadet. Forty-three houses, farmland and several roads were inundated.

Kenya – At least 13 more people, including an infant, have been killed in separate floods related accidents, as heavy rains continue. In Tana River County, Governor Dhadho Godhana said 11 people were killed in floods. Most of the main roads leading to major towns and markets have been cut off, rendering the communities inaccessible and desperate to survive. Communities living along River Tana have lost crops to the floods and their farms and homesteads are submerged.

British Columbia, Canada – Flooding in the B.C. Interior has triggered more evacuation orders and alerts, affecting hundreds of properties, as the province is poised to grapple with the effects of warming temperatures and an above-average snowpack.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 21s (Twenty-one), located approximately 1193 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-southwestward at 18 knots.

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Java – Extreme weather incidents are marking the ongoing shift from the rainy season to the dry season in Java, as various parts of the island have been hit with heavy rain and twisters, causing floods, landslides and lots of damage. Twisters lashed several areas in Central Java’s Wonogiri regency this week, collapsing 40 houses and damaging at least 60 others. Besides damaging houses, the tornado also knocked down numerous big trees.

Kenya – Hundreds of thousands of people across Kenya, especially those settled close to Tana River in the northern part, were displaced by heavy floods in the country. According to Red Cross officials, the elderly, women and children are the most affected as their flimsy houses are either swept away or left waist-deep in water. According to a recent flood update by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the floods have displaced more than 211,000 people and reportedly killed 72 people and injured 33 across Kenya since March 2018. OCHA said the floods have disrupted livelihoods, with at least 8,450 acres of farmland submerged in water and more than 6,000 livestock killed. The floods have destroyed houses and damaged infrastructure, such as roads and health facilities, it added.

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Somalia – Over 427,000 people have been affected by heavy flooding across Somalia in April. In the Baidoa town alone, about 174,000 people have been affected by flooding. Over half of their existing shelters can’t withstand heavy rains, and many have already been washed away. Many community latrines have been destroyed or filled with flood water. Forecasts predict more heavy rains in the coming week.

Palestine – Two children were found dead in the city of Hevron in Judea, south of Jerusalem on Friday. Floods ravaged much of southern Israel Wednesday and Thursday, forcing closures of roads around the Arava region and parts of the Negev. Eilat Airport was also temporarily closed to air traffic on Thursday due to flooding.

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Somalia – April Floods Update – In Galgadud region, heavy rains resulted in flash floods that destroyed IDPs shelters in settlements in low lying land in Abudwaq town. Two children reportedly died due to flash flooding in Cadaado town. An estimated 9,300 displaced people in Danwadaag, Kulmiye and Wadajir settlements have been affected and an unknown number has moved to Cadaado town until flooding recedes. Some of the latrines built by humanitarian partners were also destroyed. In Jubaland, an estimated 28,200 people have been displaced by flash flooding. This includes 8,000 in Saakow; 6,000 in Bu’ale; 6,000 in Luuq; 6,000 in Afmadow; 1,200 in Ceel Waaq villages and some 7,000 people in Jilib and Jamaame riverine areas who have been temporarily displaced to nearby highland areas. One person is reported to have died as a result of flash floods in Ceel Waaq and another two in Ceel Cadde. In Afmadow, 1,000 latrines have been destroyed, raising fears of water-borne diseases.

Singapore – Heavy rain caused flash floods in several areas in Singapore on Monday afternoon, effectively closing several roads for some hours. All floods have since subsided.

Kenya – At least 15 people, including a mother and her five-year-old child, have been killed by floods and another 2,000 have been displaced by another wave of heavy rains in several parts of the country. The downpours have also washed away sections of roads and destroyed property across the 47 counties, leading to heavy losses and forcing motorists to seek alternative routes. Seven people died on Sunday morning after a car they were travelling in was swept by floods at Karati area in Kinangop constituency, Nakuru County. The flash floods occurred after rivers Kuja and Migori burst their banks.

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Kenya – About 100 people escaped death narrowly after 10 vehicles were swept by raging flash floods in the Suswa area along the Narok-Maai Mahiu road Sunday night following a heavy downpour that hit the area. The incident happened at around 6P.M and saw motorists trapped in a traffic jam for over three hours as the raging floods carrying heavy boulders swept away vehicles.

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Hawaii – Moving up the east side of Oahu, flooding in Waimanalo not only swept through businesses and homes. The force of the water even tore apart a vital roadway. The cleanup went on all day Saturday after torrential rains tore through many parts of the island Friday night, including Waimanalo. The State Department of Transportation had to shut down Kalanianaole Highway from Aina Haina to Makapuu.

Kenya – Several parts of the country are continuing to experience heavy rainfall which has in turn led to flash floods in some areas causing the destruction of property and massive traffic snarl-ups inconveniencing motorists particularly along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway and areas of Suswa, in Narok county.

USA – Tornadoes, Wildfires, and Blizzards – Severe storms wreaked havoc across the U.S. over the weekend, with the South warned to brace for tornadoes, Oklahoma battling wildfires, and a blizzard expected in the upper Midwest. One town in western Arkansas reported that several homes were “completely gone” after a tornado touched down on Friday, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle were told to prepare for damaging winds and hail throughout the rest of the weekend. In Oklahoma, where wildfires have already prompted evacuations and scorched 350,000 acres of land, residents were warned high winds and dry conditions could spark new fires. Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, meanwhile, were facing blizzard warnings, with between 8 inches and two feet of snow expected in some areas. More than 100 motorists in Nebraska had to be rescued Friday as winter weather paralyzed major roads, causing at least one fatality.

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Kenya – On Friday evening motorists were stranded for several hours as flood waters from the Suswa escarpment and Mt Longonot flowed down the hills to the lower lying area, cutting off the Narok-Nairobi highway.

Kenya – About 1200 families have been affected by floods in Garrisa.The recent floods have left scores homeless and property destroyed. Locals lay blame on unfinished road construction and careless dumping that has clogged drainages within Garissa town.

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 485 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 15 knots.

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Kenya – Rains continue to leave a trail of death and destruction across the country. In Kilifi and Tana River counties, some 800 families displaced by floods are in dire need of food, shelter and clothing. The National Environment Management Authority warned residents against consuming water from Lake Victoria due to damage of sewerage system.

Malaysia – Flash floods wreak havoc in Kuala Lumpur. Heavy rain and strong winds uprooted trees in Bangsar today, bringing traffic to a standstill on some roads.

Storms and Floods

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 14s (Eliakim), located approximately 435 nm northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 61 nm west-southwest of Darwin, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 12 knots.

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Kenya – Kenyan officials said Friday that at least 15 people have drowned and scores of families have been displaced across the East African nation during two days of heavy rainfall that caused flooding in urban and rural areas. The deaths happened as flood and river waters swept through Kenyan towns that had experienced drought months earlier. More than 20 residents in Marsabit County were trapped in tree tops after the Lag Balal seasonal river in Maikona breached its banks and flooded their homes.

Uganda – One person is dead and six others are reported missing as floods caused by heavy rain-ravaged Mbarara town.