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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) has formed east of Madagascar on February 4, 2017 as the fourth named tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 southern hemisphere season, the fewest on record since 1928. Carlos could affect Mauritius and Réunion as a significant tropical storm. The current forecast track takes it right over Réunion on February 7.

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Malaysia – Residents from several houses in Brinchang were forced to flee their houses following flash floods yesterday. Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue chief Mohd Haziq Hazmi said water rose to one-meter high before subsiding, leaving a thick layer of mud. He said a number of houses in Kampung Lama, Tringkap were also affected by the flash flood, but none of the residents were evacuated.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 350 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 16 knots.

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Bolivia and Peru – The past few days have seen flooding across parts of South America. Chile has been badly affected. So too have Bolivia and Peru. Central Bolivia has been pounded by torrential downpours which have caused severe flooding, destroying homes and causing at least one injury. La Paz had 24mm of rain on Wednesday, and 37mm in the past two days. This makes up more than a quarter of the January average which is 137mm. It was a similar picture across the border in southern Peru, where heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the city of Ica. Here rivers bursting their banks as authorities told residents to brace themselves for more bad weather. The areas of Tinguina and Parcona were badly affected. The water has covered several blocks in the city, reaching a depth of 70cm in places according to local media reported. The town of San Idelfonso, which is lies next to the river, was the most affected. Strong muddy water currents were seen crashing down city streets. Meanwhile, the town of Pisco, located to the south of capital Lima, has also being hit by mudslides after heavy rainfall.

Malaysia – Continuous rain has disrupted Chinese New Year plans for thousands of people across Malaysia, as roads closed, homes were flooded and thousands were moved to relief centres. Districts in 10 of Malaysia’s 13 states were faced with floods yesterday. More than 15,000 people, mainly from smaller towns and villages in rural areas, had to leave their homes to the relief centres. Johor state suffered the brunt of rising waters, with more than 8,000 evacuees and one fatality, officials said.

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Australia – Severe storms have caused flash floods across southeastern Queensland, bringing an end to the recent heatwave. Brisbane felt the worst of the slow-moving system with 98mm of rain on Tuesday. The average rainfall for the entire month of January is 97mm. At one stage the storm system spanned more than 1,000km in width. As many as 53,000 lightning strikes were recorded, one of which set a church on fire. Parts of the Gold Coast hinterland recorded over 100mm of rain. Upper Springbrook notched up 136mm and there were widespread closures as roads were cut off.

Malaysia – Emergency services in Malaysia deployed boats and trucks Tuesday as thousands of villagers were stranded after four days of heavy rain caused flooding in east coast states, officials said. Floods in Terengganu and Kelantan states forced authorities to shut down dozens of schools and roads to villages have been cut off. The east coast regularly experiences tropical storms and heavy showers during the monsoon. In the last two days in oil-rich Terengganu over a thousand people have been evacuated from their homes, and rescue officials predict the numbers will rise. Many of the rural roads are impassable.

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Malaysia – Authorities began evacuating people from three Kuala Krai villages hit by floods as at 1pm today as the levels of three major Kelantan rivers continued to rise following heavy rain in the interior. “We are in the process of evacuating the people affected by the floods. Their houses have been flooded to a depth of about one metre following heavy rain,” a local official said.

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In the western Pacific: Typhoon 30w (Nock-Ten), located approximately Located approximately 73 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines and it is forecast to move west-northwestward at 16 knots.

The typhoon has killed at least four people in the Philippines before passing over the capital Manila. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of 8 a.m local time on Monday, 77,560 families — 383,097 people — were in evacuation centers in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Easter Visayas. Nock-ten is weakening as it passes over the Philippines, but is still packing maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (149 mph) with gusts up to 296 kph (184 mph). Some 11,476 passengers, more than 1,000 cargo ships and over a dozen other vessels were stranded in various ports in the region.

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Australia – A massive Christmas night storm and heavy rain that has sparked damaging flash floods in Central Australia is being described as a once-in-a-half-century weather event by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). A quarter of the community of Kintore was evacuated after it was drenched by 232mm of rain in the 24 hours since 9:00am yesterday — taking the December total to a record 373.4mm. Northern Territory police said it had caused significant flash flooding woes for the 400 people living in Kintore, which is located about 520km west of Alice Springs near the Western Australia border.

Malaysia – Continuous rain, sometimes heavy, in the Cameron Highlands since Sunday (Dec 25) morning caused flooding in several areas in Tanah Rata, including the police quarters at Jalan Masjid. The heavy rain also caused a landslide and fallen trees at Jalan Tapah-Tanah Rata near Bharat Tea Baru.

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Egypt – Update – Torrential rainfall and flooding in Egypt have claimed the lives of at least 30 people. Nine people died in South Sinai, eight in Sohag and five in Beni Suef. Similarly, nine others died in the Red Sea. According to the the health and population ministry, more than 70 people have been injured following weekend floods. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast.

Malaysia – For the second time in two months, flash floods brought Penang to its knees, halting traffic and submerging homes in various parts of the city. Among the areas affected by flash floods were Jalan Paya Terubong and Taman Lumba Kuda.

Jakarta, Indonesia – Flash floods hit two villages in Batang Asai district, Sarolangun regency, on Friday, leaving one person missing and dozens of houses inundated.

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In the Eastern Pacific

Hurricane Darby is located about 1345 mi…2165 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 585 mi…940 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Tropical Cyclone Abela is located approximately 540 nm east-northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, and is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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Malaysia – Penang island is facing massive flash floods as heavy rain continues to hit several low-lying areas including Bayan Lepas, Batu Maung, Relau and Teluk Bahang as well as the Penang International Airport. The airport was also flooded as the water had entered the arrival hall and several inbound and departing flights had been delayed due to the weather condition. Meanwhile in Teluk Bahang, some 1,000 villagers from three villages had been affected by the floods.

India – Floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc as monsoon rages across the country. A rockfall at Darechok along Prithvi Highway damaged five vehicles in Chitwan district on Monday morning. Continuous rainfall inundated many homes in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolis of Banke. Homes and streets in Belsapur, Shantinagar, Ganeshpur, Gharbaritol, Dhambojhi, Buspark Road and Phultekra were flooded. In Tikapur of Kailali, several houses were destroyed by a flood. Heavy rainfall since Sunday night has also raised flooding fears in other parts of Tikapur and adjoining villages, police said. As many as 10 families were forced to flee their homes because of flood danger at Johan VDC-2 in Gulmi. The raging Ulli River has spilled over its banks and edging close to the settlement, according to the locals. A couple was injured when a landslide destroyed their home at Rampur Municipality in Palpa. Police said about a dozen settlements in the district are at landslide risk. Police in Taplejung rescued seven families who were trapped because of landslides at Lamatar, Jaubari and Hekkuleka since Sunday. They were stranded after the landslides blocked all the exits. A flood in Ghunsa River, meanwhile, swept away a suspension bridge and damaged the foot trails of Kanchanjunga Conservation Area in the district. After the rain-swollen Mahakali River damaged the embankment at Bhimdutta Municipality in Kanchanpur, the local authorities have started emergency repair works to prevent the floodwaters from entering the nearby settlements.

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

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Malaysia – More heavy rain and strong winds which hit Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon saw cars damaged by uprooted trees, while several locations were inundated by flash floods.

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Bangladesh – Lightning strikes during thunderstorms have claimed lives of at least 33 people in 12 districts of Bangladesh. Five people died in Sirajganj and Rajshahi each, and four in Pabna, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbarhia. Two people died in Dhaka, Gazipur, Bogra and Natore each, and one each died in Habiganj, Naogaon and Niphamar.

Ethiopia – Flash floods have displaced 120,000 people in Ethiopia and a total of almost half a million are expected to be affected this year, sparking another weather-related crisis in the country already experiencing severe drought. Data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) showed 119,711 people in six provinces had been displaced by last month’s “exceptional” flooding. Some of the affected regions had already been hard hit by food shortages, it said. River and flash floods caused by Ethiopia’s “belg” rains which run from February to April are likely to affect a total of 485,610 people this year, UNOCHA said. According to the agency, these floods are hampering the deliveries of food aid in the East African nation.

Malaysia – Flash floods hit several key roads in the Klang Valley yesterday, leaving hundreds of cars trapped in Kuala Lumpur and in Petaling Jaya following a heavy downpour in the evening.

Malta – The sea flooded Msida Square round the Workers’ Monument this morning in an event which is infrequent but not rare. The flooding is caused by meteorological conditions. It last occurred in 2012.

Tajikistan – Heavy rains in Tajikistan have caused floods and mudslides that have damaged homes and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people across the country. The floods damaged more than 1,000 homes overnight in several villages near the capital.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires have been raging in different parts of Nepal for the last few days, destroying forests spread in 13 000 hectares — 20 per cent of Nepal’s forest land — in the course of a week.

In most parts of the country, these fires have been uncontrollable, putting huge swathes of forest land in danger. These fires will surely destroy hundreds of hectares of forest if there’s no rainfall. Nepal has no wildfire fighting capabilities. As of Sunday evening, fire has been spreading in 229 forest areas of the country.

Wildfires – Malaysia

The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) recorded 2,940 forest and bush fire outbreaks in the first 10 days of this month.

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Malaysia – Floods inundated thousands of houses in 10 villages in Tangerang District of Banten Province on Sunday. The high intensity rain over the last two days had caused the local Cimanceuri River to overflow its banks and and sent floods to the region. The villages spread to several subdistricts, Tigarakasa, Kresek, Rajeg, Kemiri and Kronjo.

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Tropical cyclone 11p (Winston), located approximately 253 nm west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

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Idaho, USA – About 250 people have been trapped in a massive landslide in the small remote town of Elk City in Idaho County in the United States. The landslide is about 40 feet deep and is blocking approximately 500 feet of the highway.

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Fiji – Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific island nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing at least five persons and crippling vital infrastructure. The category five super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts approaching 300 kilometres (185 miles) per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

Malaysia – Continuous heavy rain in southern Sarawak since Thursday night has left many areas flooded and triggered at least three landslides. The number of flood victims housed at relief centres in the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisons have increased to 2,869 people from 486 last night due to intermittent heavy rain in several places since yesterday.

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Austria – An avalanche at an Austrian resort in the Alps has claimed the lives of five skiers from the Czech Republic. The avalanche in the Tyrol region buried 17 people injuring at least two skiers. Ten people were rescued unhurt. Two ski groups from the Czech Republic were caught up in the snowslide, including two guides. Helicopters and search dogs were deployed to rescue the injured. The entire skiing region has been on a level three avalanche alert and skiers were warned about the avalanche danger by locals.

Scotland – Flooding, gales and snow disrupted travel across Scotland today with ice forecast to cause further problems tonight. Several roads were closed and trains cancelled by flooding, with snow hampering driving over the Drumochter pass on the A9 between Perth and Inverness. Two Met Office yellow – “be aware” – severe weather warnings have been issued, including for winds up to 65mph. However, the impact of the next storm – named today as Imogen – is expected to be limited to southern England and Wales when it arrives tomorrow with winds of up to 80mph.

Malaysia – The flood situation continues unabated in the southern states during the first day of the Chinese New Year. In Malacca, the number of victims increased to 4,600 people (1,005 families) Monday morning from 4,317 (956) Sunday night. In Johor, the floods claimed their first victim, a 14 year old boy.

Disease

Dengue Fever in Sudan

According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, a total of 523 suspected dengue fever cases, including 104 deaths, were reported in Sudan between 29 August (when the outbreak started) and 18 December.

In Darfur, 473 suspected cases-including 99 deaths-were reported in 27 localities. In Kordofan, 44 suspected cases-including four deaths-were reported in the eight localities of Abyei, Keilak, Babanousa (West Kordofan), Reif Ashargi, Kadugli, Habila, Lagawa (South Kordofan) and Shiekan (North Kordofan). In Kassala state, six suspected cases-including one death-were reported in the state capital Kassala town.

More Dengue Fever Cases In Penang, Malaysia

A total of 146 cases of dengue fever were reported in Penang between Dec 27 and Jan 2, up by 24 cases or 19.7 per cent from the previous week.

Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said there was an increase of 2,589 cases or 85.6 per cent last year from the 3,141 cases in 2014.

Pakistan – Water Borne Diseases

Four more children died in Civil Hospital Mithi on Tuesday, after an outbreak of water borne diseases which has claimed the lives of at least 16 children in the last six days.

More than one hundred ailing children, meanwhile, have been admitted to different hospitals in the drought-hit Thar district.

Parents of children brought in to Civil Hospital Mithi told Dawn.com that health personnel were responding with indifference to their children’s plight.

Storms and Floods

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Typhoon 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 726 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 17 knots.

Tropical Depression Rick is located about 645 mi…1040 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical cyclone 03s (Annabelle), located approximately 273 nm south-southwest of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Malaysia – Flooding and landslides in Perak, Malaysia have claimed lives of at least 315 people. Persistent rains caused the local river to rise up to 3 feet above normal levels.

India – Floods have brought extensive damage in rain affected districts of Andhra Pradesh. 14 deaths have been reported so far and more than 3700 villages are said to be submerged under water.

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