Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Nepal.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

Disease

Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Namibia

About 27 poultry farms in Omusati Region face closure due to the outbreak of Newcastle disease that for the past three months has wreaked havoc in rural villages. Doctors have warned people not to consume or buy chickens from Omusati Region until further notice.

According to the chief veterinarian for Omusati Region, Dr Josephat Peter, the contagious disease that affects domestic and wild avian species entered Namibia from neighbouring Angola, from where people cross the border on a daily basis to sell live chickens in Namibia. The situation now threatens the availability of a viable key protein source in the region that is already grappling with the effects of a severe drought.

Nepal – Tropical Diseases reach Nepal

At least 20 people, including residents of Kathmandu Valley, have tested positive for dengue virus, according to National Public Health Laboratory.

The government’s central laboratory has also confirmed that of the 499 samples, at least two, including a resident of Kathmandu, tested positive for chikungunya.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Post-Tropical Cyclone Julia is located about 110 mi…175 km SSE of Myrtle Beach South Carolina and about 195 mi…315 km SSW of Cape Lookout North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Karl is located about 930 mi…1500 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Paine is located about 340 mi…550 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 18w (Malakas), located approximately 188 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – At least 20 villages in three districts of this northern province have been hit by flash-floods following heavy rain throughout Saturday night, reports said. More than 100 houses at Ban Khem in tambon Huay Thung were damaged. Soldiers used heavy machinery to remove objects obstructing water flows and helped repair the damaged houses.

Nepal – A flash flood in downtown Pokhara triggered by heavy rainfall since Saturday evening has killed one person while another has gone missing. With this, the death toll from flash floods in Pokhara in the past three weeks has reached three.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic:

Post-Tropical Cyclone Hermine is located about 305 mi…485 km SSE of the eastern tip of Long Island and about 255 mi…415 km ESE of Ocean City Maryland with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 65 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 92L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Lester is located about 140 mi…220 km N of Honolulu Hawaii and about 125 mi…205 km NE of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 15w (Namtheun), located approximately 67 nm south of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northward at 06 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Nepal – At least eight people have died in landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in different parts of Nepal. Six people died in eastern Nepal and two in western part of the country.

East Coast, USA – The U.S. National Hurricane Centre said Hermine is now a post-tropical cyclone, making its projected trek northeast toward the New York City area over the Labor Day weekend. Forecasters expect Hermine to regain hurricane force on Sunday as it travels up the coast before weakening again to a tropical storm by Tuesday. The hurricane centre says post-tropical cyclones can continue carrying heavy rains and high winds.

North Korea – Flooding caused by torrential rains hit North Korea this week, leaving 15 people missing and thousands of others homeless, according to Pyongyang’s state media. The Tumen River, which serves as part of the border between China, Russia and North Korea, burst its banks in “the worst-ever flood” in the area, the Korean Central News Agency said late on Friday. In the northeastern province of North Hamgyong, 15 people were missing in Hoeryong City and several counties including Musan, Yonsa and Onsong and part of the Rason special economic zone also suffered “serious damage”. More than 17,000 houses were destroyed or partly damaged, forcing 44,000 people to seek shelter elsewhere. North Hamgyong Province received up to 32cm of rain between early Tuesday and mid-Friday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Frank is located about 875 mi…1410 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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

Newsbytes:

Nepal – In Nepal, flash floods and landslides have swept through villages, killing at least 58 people over the past two days, home ministry official Yadav Koirala told Reuters on Wednesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Darby is located about 460 mi…740 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 660 mi…1060 km ESE of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 1415 mi…2275 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Frank is located about 205 mi…330 km SW of Manzanillo Mexico and about 490 mi…785 km SSE of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight-E is located about 865 mi…1390 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Newsbytes:

China – Update – Flash floods caused by heavy downpours in northern China have left nearly 100 people dead or missing over the past several days. According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, at least 24 people have been confirmed dead in the country’s northern province of Hebei during the torrential rain and ensuing floods that have been lashing the region since Monday. Hebei, with 72 people missing, has been declared the worst-hit among other affected northern provinces such as Shanxi, Henan and Shaanxi. Around 123,000 people in 11 cities across Hebei were forced to evacuate and more than 7,000 houses were destroyed. Traffic, power and communications were also disrupted. The rainfall has also affected some neighborhoods of the capital, Beijing, as water submerged some roads by more than two meters. Hundreds of flights were canceled to and from the capital city’s main international airport. The rail authority in the capital also said some high-speed rail services had to be delayed.

Nepal – Heavy rains since Tuesday night in many places, particularly in the eastern and central regions of the country, caused the water levels to rise in most rivers. Several incidents of floods were reported in these regions. Floods triggered by torrential rainfall in rivers and streams inundated dozens of places in Jhapa district. The water level in Narayani River in the central region rose beyond the danger level, causing floods in many parts of Nawalparasi district. In Pyuthan, a landslide swept away several houses in Kabad village on Wednesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Celia is located about 1095 mi…1765 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Nepal – Locals have been asked to stay alert after a massive landslide blocked the Tamor River at Malbase Mitlung in Sawadin-1 of the Taplejung district on Sunday. Personnel from the Nepal Army have been deployed to the disaster area.

Migrating Dust – Large clouds of Saharan dust traversing the Atlantic are keeping the tropics quiet in the western Atlantic. Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with Hurricane Celia and another area that could develop into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours. The cloud of Saharan dust moving into southeast Texas will increase the haze and reduce the air quality, which could trigger allergies in highly sensitive individuals. Another plume of dust could reach the area later this week.

China – Troops were deployed as the latest wave of floods and mudslides endangered lives across China, hitting the Henan, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Blas holding its strength as a category 3 hurricane, about 1125 mi (1810 km) WSW of the southern tip of Baja California. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Tropical depression Four-E forecast to intensify as it moves away from Mexico. Located about 725 mi (1165 km) S of the southern tip of Baja California. The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm on Thursday. No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

In the Western Pacific – Category 5 Super typhoon Nepartak is located approximately 275 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan is on high alert ahead of the arrival of “near-perfect” super typhoon Nepartak, expected to slam into the island early on Friday morning local time.

Newsbytes:

China – Update – Flood relief and rescue efforts have been stepped up in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been hit by severe flooding. Transport links and water and power supplies in the city of 10 million are severely affected. Flooding across central and southern China has killed 186 people and 45 are missing. The Chinese premier has called upon local authorities across the country to be prepared for further downpours. 32 million people in 26 provinces across China have been affected by severe flooding. 1.4 million people have been relocated. 56,000 houses have collapsed.

Nepal-China Border – Flooding in Bhotekoshi River has swept away at least 21 houses of Tatopani area in Sindhupalchowk district along Nepal-China border on Tuesday night. It is believed to be the biggest flood in the Bhotekoshi River in 35 years. However, no human casualties have been recorded as of Wednesday evening.

Victoria, Australia – Much of Victoria is under water with heavy rain since Wednesday morning. Rivers and creeks across the Gippsland region have broken their banks, swamping houses and businesses.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 02w (Nepartak), located approximately 927 nm east-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

Tropical Storm Agatha is located about 1345 mi…2160 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Blas is located about 805 mi…1295 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Nepal – Landslides triggered by incessant rain in the Pyuthan district in Nepal have claimed the lives of eight people including five members of one family, when their house was buried. A landslide has also blocked the Mahakali Highway bringing all traffic to a standstill.

India & Pakistan – More than 60 are dead after floods struck northern Pakistan and India, washing away a mosque during Ramadan prayers. Authorities fear more monsoon rains will bring further disaster this week. The death toll hit 41 in the Chitral district in far northeast Pakistan by the Afghanistan border, where 23 people are reported missing. The region is susceptible to flash floods. The torrential rain hit the village of Ursoo Saturday evening, where at least 16 people died when flood waters deluged a mosque. At least 70 houses have been destroyed or severely damaged. In the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, 28 are dead and another 18 are missing. Landslides resulting from the heavy rains have buried roads under heavy rock and debris, blocking access. In Assam more than 60 000 people have been affected by the floods.

China – The death toll in the China floods has risen to 186, with many thousands left homeless.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Invest 91L is an area in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Nepal – Flood triggered by torrential rainfall has claimed the lives of two boys and injured seven others in Kawadi village of Bajura district.

China – The heaviest rainfall in more than 200 years hit a city in south China’s Guangdong Province claiming the lives of at least eight people. Xinyi received 429.5 millimetres of rainfall in just six hours.

India – A landslide in the Chakrata area in the Dehradun district has claimed the lives of ten workers and injured five others.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (Roanu), located approximately 48 nm west-southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking northeastward at 21 knots.

NewsBytes:

Nepal – A landslide triggered by heavy downpours has claimed the lives of three people in the Kalikot district in Nepal Thursday night. The landslide also injured eight people and left four others missing. At least 14 shops have been washed away by the landslide.

Bangladesh – A cyclone (Roanu) has unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on Bangladesh’s coastal region, killing at least five people and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes to escape the storm’s impact. Local media say the deaths were caused by the collapse of houses in Bhola, Chittagong and Patuakhali districts on Saturday. Cyclone Roanu crossed the southern coastal district of Cox’s Bazar and weakened after triggering heavy rains.

Sri Lanka – The death toll from Sri Lanka’s flash floods and landslides rose to 71 on Saturday, while rescue teams continued efforts to search for hundreds who were still missing across the island, the Disaster Management Centre said. The military said at least 141 people were still missing in Aranayake under the heavy debris and said rescue efforts would continue. However, rescue efforts were being hampered by severe rains. At least 500,000 people have been affected by the rains to date and 200,000 have been sheltered in temporary camps which have been set up across the island.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

The massive wildfire burning around the oil sands hub of Fort McMurray was growing and moving rapidly north late on Monday, forcing firefighters to shift their focus to protecting major oil sand facilities north of the city, officials said.

The sudden movement of the fire prompted the evacuation of some 4,000 people from work camps outside Fort McMurray, with all northbound traffic once again cut off at the city, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said.

The entire population of Fort McMurray, about 90,000 people, was forced to flee nearly two weeks ago as the uncontrolled wildfire raged through some neighbourhoods and destroyed about 15 percent of structures.

On Monday, the blaze continued to burn uncontrolled, now covering 285,000 hectares (704,000 acres), officials said. By Monday evening it was moving 30 to 40 meters (98 to 131 feet) every minute and had jumped a critical firebreak north of the city to push into the oil sand camp areas.

Roughly a million barrels per day of oil sands crude production was shut in as a precaution and because of disruptions to regional pipelines, and much of that production remains offline.

Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires have destroyed more than 60,000 hectares of conserved forest in the national parks and conservation areas in Nepal this year/

As many as 19,300 hectares of forest in Bardiya National Park; 18,640 hectares in Chitwan National Park; 16,500 hectares in Banke National Park; 6,854 hectares in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve; 2,605 hectares in Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park; six hectares in Khaptad National Park and one hectare in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve was raged by the wildfires.

Records of five years show that Nepal witnessed the highest count of wildfires (around 2800) in the month of April alone.

Earlier in April, NASA had reported that as many as 1.3 million hectares (over 3.7 million acres) of forest cover in Nepal was affected by wildfires in two weeks till April 11. A record number of fires were reported in the country on April 10. NASA said the satellite imagery showed that 457 forests across the country were affected by fires with the worst affected being Sindhuli district, whose 40 per cent forest cover was reduced to ashes.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nepal

Wildfires have been raging on in more than 50 community forests and national forests in Kanchanpur for more than a week, putting more than 10,000 hectares of forestland in peril, Kanchanpur district forest office informed. Shuklafanta wildlife reserve is among the forests that are at risk, the office said, adding that 10,200 hectares of forestland has caught fire.

9 homes were gutted in the Panchthar district by the wildfires.

Wildfires – Scotland

Dozens of firefighters were battling two large wildfires in separate parts of the Highlands last night. Although no evacuations have been ordered, the fires came within a quarter mile of Stroupster wind farm and the nearest residential property.

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.