Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits south of Panama.

5.0 earthquake hits Namibia.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Kauai, Hawaii – Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes and hiking trails as historic levels of rain pummeled the Hawaiian island of Kauai last weekend, causing multiple landslides and flooding.The rains have forced families and travelers to leave their flooded properties. Landslides triggered by the rain have wiped out homes and shut down the main highway leading to the island’s north shore, stranding residents who live in Kauai’s most remote neighborhoods, but no injuries have been reported. After last weekend’s rains, a significant number of homes “were severely damaged and there were several homes that were completely ripped from their foundation,” Blane said, adding that the county does not have an official tally on how many homes were damaged. At least 350 people have had to evacuate the island’s north shore, while flooding in other parts of the island has displaced families from about 20 homes. Even more heavy rain is expected across Hawaii as emergency officials and Kauai residents work on recovery efforts in their communities.

Namibia – Five schools in the Zambezi Region have temporarily closed due to heavy floods that have swamped schools in the low-lying areas following heavy rains.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 444 nm north of Brisbane, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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Russia – More than 800 homes have been flooded in 11 Russian regions. More than 800 dwelling houses in which over 2,200 people live, as well as 3,000 residential properties remain flooded in the Tuva, Khakassia, Altai, Irkutsk, Saratov, Volgograd, Rostov, Voronezh, Lipetsk and Ryazan Regions according to local sources. Ten low-water bridges and five roads were also inundated. More than 400 people have been relocated due to security concerns, including 119 children, 61 of them staying in temporary accommodation shelters.

Namibia – Following heavy rainfall in southern Angola, the seasonal floods, known as ‘efundja’ arrived in northern Namibia. Although efundja results in devastating flooding that causes damage to road infrastructure, property, the displacement of people from their homes and at times loss of income to businesses, efundja also usually brings plenty of fish and water to the usually dry part of the country. It also improves grazing for livestock as many farmers in the north struggle to feed their animals when it has not properly rained.

Mississippi, USA – Flood Control Engineering Likely Has Worsened Floods. Flood control work in the Mississippi River and its tributaries has likely made floods worse in Mississippi and Louisiana, researchers say. Using 500 years of data from tree rings and from sediment in oxbow lakes — bends that once were part of the Mississippi River but became lakes when the river changed its path slightly — they say the river has flooded more often and poured more water into those states over the past 150 years than any previous period. Climate change may be responsible for about one-quarter of the difference, they estimate. Engineering, such as building levees and creating a straighter, narrow channel for navigation, is likely responsible for the rest.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.3 earthquake hits south-east of the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Namibia.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

Storms and Floods

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Namibia – The Zambezi River in the north of the country is in flood after heaving rains in its catchment area. Schools and villages have been cut off by the floodwaters. Villagers have been warned to move their livestock to higher ground.

Europe – Large parts of Europe have been hit by a freak winter storm, bringing rare snow and plummeting temperatures on much of the continent. Some parts of the UK are expected to feel colder than the Arctic Circle throughout the week.

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Burundi – At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday. In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims.

Namibia – Flooding in Namibia’s Cuvelai-Etosha catchment area has reached alarming levels in recent weeks, with residents being warned to take the necessary precautions in expectation of the worst possible floods experienced in the region in living memory. Authorities have warned that the magnitude of flooding expected in the northern central regions is likely to surpass that of 2011, which saw the highest level of flooding in Namibia’s recent history.

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Peru – Heavy rain has caused flooding in many parts of the country, while the death toll from floods and mudslides has reached 48 people, including six miners killed in a mudslide in southern Peru. The early part of the year is when the bulk of the rain falls across the country, but there are huge variations as Peru – twice the size of France and stretching from the equator to 18 degrees south – is vast. The flooding has generally been worse in the central and northern parts of the country, and although it is consistent with the rainy season of the central and eastern regions, the rainfall has been particularly intense.

Namibia – The agriculture ministry last week warned members of the public in the northern regions that a bigger wave of floods was expected in the Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshana regions. According to the ministry, this is due to floods being experienced in parts of southern Angola following heavy rains in the Cuvelai basin. Rain received in parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia since the beginning of the year has resulted in flooding in parts of the Omusati region in the past two weeks.

Wildlife

Hippo-Sized Drought

A protracted drought in southwestern Africa has not only left more than a half-million humans in urgent need of food aid, but it has also affected thousands of endangered animals.

Namibia’s New Era reports that the drying up of the Chobe River is causing hippos and crocodiles to become trapped in muddy pools developing along the waterway.

“Hippos are known to be territorial animals. Even if the pools dry up, they just stay there,” environment official Colgar Sikopo told the state-owned daily.

Disease

Namibia – Measles

The outbreak of measles and rubella – also known as German measles or three-day measles – during the months of August to November over the past four years has prompted the Ministry of Health and Social Services to conduct a mass vaccination campaign in July.

Tanzania – Mystery Disease

At least 10 people have died and 21 others hospitalized following an outbreak of an unidentified disease in central Tanzania’s Dodoma region.

Storms and Floods

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Nepal – At least two persons have gone missing following an avalanche in Humla in west Nepal.

Namibia – Several families in three villages in the Omusati Region have been left in despair following heavy flooding in the area. Villagers have been forced to relocate and saw their crops ruined after floodwaters ravaged their homesteads. The villages are Omuthitu, Okanya and Okaloko in Okahao Constituency. The flooding began last week.

Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease

Namibia – Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Linyanti. A foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak was detected in the Zambezi region’s Linyanti constituency on Monday. According to Iita, the affected animals are to be found on an island between the Sapisi and Linyanti rivers. Linyantu is located 80 kilometres (km) south-west of Katima Mulilo.

North Korea – An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has been confirmed Thursday at a pig farm located some 100 kilometres south of Seoul.

Drought

Drought is transforming New Mexico into desert

Drought has seriously affected the Rio Grande Valley, where animals are dying, crops are failing and the Rio Grande has been nicknamed the “Rio Sand.” People are subsisting on trucked-in water or attempting to dig deep wells that cost upwards of $100,000.

The question many here are grappling with is whether the changes are a permanent result of climate change or part of cyclical weather cycle. The governor’s drought task force is cautious about identifying three years of extreme drought as representing a new climate pattern for New Mexico. It could be a multi-year aberration.

Nonetheless, most long-term plans put together by cattle ranchers, farmers and land managers include the probability that the drought is here to stay.

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Drought in Namibia Worsens

A severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger.

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, and only two percent of land receives sufficient rainfall to grow crops.

The southern African country has seen several droughts in the recent decades.

The number of people at risk from hunger has risen from 300,000 in May, when President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency.

In May, the government started handing out maize meal bags to rural areas in a central part of the country and authorities are appealing for international support.

Unicef says more than 778,000 people including 109,000 children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition.

Drought

Drought in Namibia

Northern Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years. Namibia, sub-saharan Africa’s driest country, is suffering its worst drought in a generation, with more than 100,000 children at risk of malnutrition. Drought has caused shortages of food and water mainly in Kavango, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene.