Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Nineteen-E is located about 105 mi…170 km s of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon 21w (Neoguri), located approximately 142 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 14 knots.

Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 334 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Russia – At least 15 people have died and 13 others have been missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia. The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday.

Niger – Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23,000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials said Saturday, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence. Heavy rains have caused the Komadougou Yobe river that flows through the semi-desert Diffa region into Lake Chad to burst its banks, inundating villages, flooding fields and damaging crops. Two villages near the city of Diffa were “completely submerged” and 2,500 households have been forced to move.

UK – Drivers in the north east have been warned to take care after severe flooding left vehicles submerged and roads closed off. Emergency services were called out to incidents across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen overnight with firefighters pumping water away from homes.

Florida, USA – The streets in St Marks, Florida were flooded by Tropical Storm Nestor on Saturday as the storm moved across the panhandle.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 1360 mi…2190 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Narda is located about 75 mi…120 km s of Zihuatanejo Mexico and about 100 mi…160 km wsw of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…14 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 449 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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UK – Heavy rain across parts of Wales and England, including Manchester, Cardiff, Lancashire and Leeds, has caused chaos forcing residents to flee their homes and severe travel disruption resulting from mudslides on train tracks.

Turkey – Heavy rains hit northwestern Turkey on Saturday, blocking roads in Artvin province of the Black Sea region, according to local media. Streams overflowed in the Borcka district of Artvin, some villages and neighborhood roads were closed due to landslides. The rains also flooded the lower floors of some buildings.

Niger – U.N. agencies are rushing to provide aid to tens of thousands of people affected by severe flooding in Niger. Floods caused by heavy rains, which began in June, have killed 57 people and affected 211,000.

India – A heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains has flooded wide areas of northern India, killing dozens of people this past week, an official said Saturday. Most of the 59 fatalities were caused by house collapses, lightning and drowning in Uttar Pradesh state. They included at least five people dying of snake bites in flooded areas. The temple city of Varanasi was lashed by 19 centimeters (7 inches) of rain on Thursday and Friday, flooding the bathing areas of the Ganges River used by thousands of Hindu pilgrims. Schools were shut on Saturday as the downpour caused disruptions in the state capital, Lucknow, and several towns, including Amethi and Hardoi.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Spain – Spain’s forecaster has issued a red weather alert for the Costa Blanca around Benidorm and Alicante after Majorca was hit by severe rain, hail and a tornado. The adverse weather conditions that affected the north-east of Spain earlier this week moved on to the eastern region of the Balearic Islands, causing power problems and flash floods. The holiday hotspots of southern Spain are facing a washout as the severe weather which lashed the Balearic islands hits the mainland.

Niger – Deadly floods across Niger have left 57 people dead and affected more than 130,000 since they began in June, according to the latest government toll. Niger’s government said in a statement late Tuesday the floods had resulted in 57 deaths and that 132,528 people had been affected. The rains had destroyed over 12,000 houses, killed more than 850 cattle and engulfed more than 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of crops.

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.

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.