Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 34w (Man-Yi), located approximately 331 nm east-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 12 knots.

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Niger – Floods destroyed more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of rice in Niger’s southeastern Diffa region, already beset by deadly attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, the local governor said. The rains destroyed nearly 17,400 homes and killed more than 33,000 heads of livestock.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Tunisia – Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child on Wednesday, the interior ministry said. The drownings came less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northwestern region of Cap Bon. Schools across central Tunisia were closed throughout the day and the ministry said the flooding had closed many roads, particularly in Kasserine. The area surrounding the region’s main hospital was also under water.

Niger – Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209 000 have been affected, the UN said on Tuesday. The rains destroyed nearly 17 400 homes, killed more than 33 000 livestock and damaged crops.

France – Authorities in the southwest region of France hit this week by destructive flash floods say the death toll has increased to 14, with one person still listed as missing.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 18w (Yagi), located approximately 323 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 500 mi…805 km wsw of Honolulu Hawaii and about 340 mi…545 km e of Johnston island with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm John is located about 660 mi…1065 km wnw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kristy is located about 1325 mi…2135 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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Niger – Twenty-two people are dead and thousands have been left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, authorities said. More than 45 000 people have been affected by the floods. The floods have destroyed more than 3 000 homes and nearly 4 000 hectares of crops. Livestock has also been lost and drinking water supplies have been affected.

France – Hundreds of rescuers backed by helicopters evacuated about 1,600 people, most of them campers, in three regions of southern France where heavy rain caused flash flooding and transformed rivers and streams into torrents, the interior minister said Thursday. Hardest hit was the Gard region, where 119 children, many of them from Germany, were evacuated from their campsite at Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 15 mi…25 km SSW of Vieques and about 50 mi…75 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 195 mi…310 km S of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Norma is located about 370 mi…590 km W of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h, Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Niger – Floods in Niger have left thousands homeless. Most of the houses are made of mud and collapse in the heavy downpours. Many farmers’ fields have been flooded for more than two months.

India – Heavy rains battered India’s financial hub for the second time in weeks causing massive disruption at the country’s second busiest airport and forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges. Monsoon rains that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used suburban train network in a city that is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies.

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Uganda – A devastating flash flood has again swept through the Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point. Heavy downpours experienced in the last three days within Gulu and Amuru districts are said to have caused the River Unyama to again burst its banks, sending fast flowing waters through the trading centre.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Niger – Torrential rainfall has claimed the lives of at least three people in the desert in northern Niger. Fatalities are from Bazagor locality. The heavy rainfall also killed more than 8,000 goats, sheep and cows.

Japan – Landslides and floods in southern Japan have claimed the lives of three people and left three others missing. Nearly 2,000 residents have also been evacuated from their homes in the southern prefecture of Kumamoto.

India – Lightning strikes during torrential rain during India’s monsoon have killed dozens of people in northeastern India, officials said.

Thailand – Bangkok commuters were hit by flooded streets and traffic congestion Tuesday morning with pedestrians struggling to wade through the water .

Disease

Oropouche virus disease – Peru

On 2 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Peru reported 57 cases of Oropouche fever. The majority of cases are from towns located in the northern part of the Cusco Region, which is situated in the Amazon rainforest.

Bird Flu Outbreak in Niger

Niger has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among poultry. The disease, which continues to spread across the country, is gradually gaining foothold across West Africa. The deaths were confirmed by the World Organisation for Animal Health on Friday.

The outbreak has killed some 86,000 poultry birds so far, and started in late February across the region, following a previous deadly outbreak.

Last week Cameroon reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus, with authorities saying they’ve banned the transportation of poultry after over 1,500 birds died at a farm in Bayangam.

The series of outbreaks in the region has raised fears of transmission to humans, given its history.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 17w (Atsani), located approximately 316 nm north of Ujelang, is tracking west-northwestward at 02 knots.

Tropical storm 16w (Goni), located approximately 64 nm east of Rota, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots

Invest 94E remmains an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Britain – Flood warnings have been issued for parts of Staffordshire and Lancashire as heavy rain continues to cause disruption across swaths of the UK.

Niger – At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain.

Disease

Meningitis in Niger – Update

The meningococcal disease outbreak in the Africa Meningitis Belt country of Niger has peaked, according to officials at the World Health Organization. To date, 8,234 people have contracted the serious bacterial disease with 545, or 6.6% of those infected losing their lives.

According to a Reuters report today, the spread of the disease peaked in the week to May 10, when there were 2,189 cases and 132 deaths. In the last week of the month there were 264 cases and 8 deaths.

Niger sits in what is called the “meningitis belt” that stretches across sub-Saharan Africa. PATH, the global health international nonprofit organization says about 450 million people are living in the “meningitis belt” are at risk of contracting meningococcus type A, the strain most commonly found in the region.

Disease

Rapidly growing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Niger

From 1 January to 12 May 2015, Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified WHO of 6,179 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 423 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features.

Suspected cases have been increasing very quickly, tripling over the last two weeks. This is the first large-scale meningitis outbreak caused by Neisseria meningitides serogroup C to hit any country in Africa’s meningitis belt.

Disease

Meningitis Outbreak in Niger

Between 1 January and 25 April 2015, the Ministry of Public Health of Niger notified WHO of 1543 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 147 deaths. Suspected cases have been reported in seven of Niger’s eight regions. Meningococcal meningitis outbreaks have been confirmed in several areas of Dosso and Niamey regions.

Disease outbreak looms high in Nepal

The risk of serious diseases including diarrhoea and skin allergies are looming high in earthquake-battered Nepal due to the countless animal corpses lying out in the open.

The lack of proper food, unhygienic surroundings and the lack of specialised doctors to treat the patients have accelerated the problems.

Disease

Meningitis Outbreak in Niger

The government said Friday that since January the epidemic has killed 129 people out of 1,150 cases as of Wednesday. Just three days earlier on Sunday officials reported 85 deaths and 908 cases.

A couple dozen victims had died of the disease by the end of March, but in April the number of infections accelerated into an epidemic.

Several strains of the infection, which can be highly contagious, have been circulating in the landlocked nation of nearly 18 million in west Africa.

Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, is prone to such epidemics because of its position in the “meningitis belt” that stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Meningitis is an inflammation of membranes protecting the spinal cord and the brain, and the first symptoms include stiffness and severe headaches.

Storms and Floods

After a nearly three weak long reign as the only active cyclone in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Nadine is weakening this evening. Meteorologists are expecting the formation of Tropical Storm Oscar in the Atlantic.

Flooding during the rainy season has affected hundreds of thousands of people in Niger. As a result of the floods, nearly 37,000 houses have been destroyed. 81 people lost their lives and more than 500,000 are affected, mostly in areas along the Niger River.

Storms and Storms

Tropical Storm Kristy is expected to create life-threatening surf and rip currents off the coast of southern Baja California and southwest Mexico over the next few days.

Floods could wipe out most of Niger’s main rice harvest this year as rain-swollen rivers rose to 50-year highs across West Africa, spreading devastation. At least 81 people have been killed in Niger since annual rains caused flooding along the banks of the Niger River, raising its waters to their highest levels since the 1920s.

Super typhoon Sanba is headed for Okinawa and South Korea. The tropical cyclone is currently classed as a super typhoon. The previous super typhoon Bolaven caused widespread damage and fatalities across Japan and the Koreas earlier this year. Sanba is expected to approach Okinawa late Saturday or early Sunday local time before trudging on toward South Korea, according to projections from regional weather agencies. It is forecast to gradually weaken as it moves north.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac enters the Caribbean and heads for the Dominican Republic. Haiti issues hurricane warning.

Typhoon Igme hits Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain.

Thousands of people have been displaced by flash floods in Niger.

Fresh floods have hit the Black Sea region in southern Russia where 171 people died in floods last month. 4 people have been reported dead.

 

Plague

Good rains and the resultant growth of vegetation in the Sahara have led to an increase in locust populations. Farmers in Niger and Mali are at high risk from large locust swarms that are moving southward from Algeria and Libya. The ravenous insects can decimate the food crops of entire communities.