Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Douglas is locatedabout 460 mi…735 km wnw of Honolulu Hawaii and about 105 mi…170 km ese of French Frigate shoals with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Australia Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rainfall and damaging surf has been affecting parts of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia over the last 2 days. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a coastal low that has spent the last few days tracking down from the north. “After hammering the Far North, then Central Coast, the Hunter and Sydney, now it’s Illawarra and far south feeling the impacts. This afternoon has seen rain and wind gusts of 113 km/h at Ulladulla and 96 at Kiama km/h.”

Pakistan – Heavy rainfall in Pakistan has caused severe flash flooding in the city of Karachi and triggered a deadly landslide in Punjab. Drainage systems were overwhelmed and several parts of the city and surrounding areas were flooded. Power lines were downed and buildings damaged or destroyed. Local media reported that at least 10 people had lost their lives as a result of either electrocution or structural collapse. Meanwhile in the province of Punjab, 3 young people died and one was injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Orakzai District on 27 July, according to NDMA.

India (Bihar) – Authorities in India report that major rivers are at severe flood stage in 19 locations in the state of Bihar in the north east of the country. Wide areas of the state are under water and Indian Air Force helicopters have been deployed to drop flood relief materials including food and fresh water to remote and cut off locations. According to reports of 25 July from Bihar’s Disaster Management Department, 960,000 people have now been affected by floods across 10 districts. The Department reported 10 fatalities as a result of flooding.

India (Assam) – Over 2.4 million people are currently affected by monsoon flooding in the state of Assam, north eastern India. Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) reported flooding in 2,265 villages and localities in 23 of the state’s 33 districts.

Thailand – Monsoon rain has caused flooding and landslides in northern, central and eastern areas of the country over the last 10 days. Dozens of homes have been damaged, along with roads, bridges and dams. However, no injuries or fatalities were reported. The worst hit areas are Lampang Province and Pathum Thani province.

USA, Mexico – Hurricane Hanna made landfall in southern Texas as a Category 1 system on 25 July 2020. The storm weakened as it moved west but brought torrential rainfall to parts of northern Mexico where 2 people have died and 6 are missing. Mexico’s disaster management authority, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) reported on 27 July that Hanna had caused considerable material damage, mainly in the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Colombia – Wide areas of Colombia have seen heavy rainfall since the start of July. According to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), the rain has caused over 80 incidents of flooding or landslides in 19 departments of the country, with over 5,000 families affected. Hundreds of homes were damaged by flooding in Sibundoy and Mocoa municipalities of Putumayo Department on 04 July, 2020. Media report over 2,000 families were affected. Meanwhile in Antioquia, the departmental government reports that 4,575 people have been affected by heavy rains and winds and 39 homes have been destroyed. Three people died when a river broke its banks, sweeping away a house in Piedecuesta, Santander Department on 08 July. Meanwhile heavy rain on 11 July triggered a landslide in Santa Marta, Magdalena, causing a house to collapse and 2 fatalities.

Indonesia – Heavy rain continues to fall in parts of Indonesia, causing flooding and landslides across several provinces which have left at least 17 dead and over 40 missing since 11 July. The worst of the flooding is in North Luwu Regency in South Sulawesi Province, where at least 16 people have died.

South Korea – Two people died after torrential rain in South Korea triggered flash flooding on 13 July, 2020. Several locations recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours. Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported 277 mm of rain in Sancheong in South Gyeongsang Province in 24 hours to 13 July, while Buan, North Jeolla Province recorded 228 mm and Geoje near Busan South Gyeongsa Province 210 mm.

Pakistan – Flash floods triggered by a glacial lake outburst flood destroyed homes and damaged buildings in the Lower Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The flooding occurred in the Golen valley of Lower Chitral district on 13 July, 2020. Power and water infrastructure was damaged and roads washed away.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristina is located about 380 mi…615 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Bulgaria – Areas around Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, were hit by heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds during an overnight storm 06 to 07 July. Emergency services received 750 calls for assistance. One person was injured when a roof collapsed. Streets, metro stations, underpasses and buildings were all flooded. The Perlovska River broke its banks flooding roads in the city causing traffic problems and damaging vehicles. The Vladayska River also flooded ​​the districts of Orlandovtsi and Benkovski.

India – Authorities in India report extreme rainfall in Gujarat. India Met Department (IMD) figures show Devbhumi Dwarka District recorded 434 mm of rain on 05 July, with 292 mm falling between 18:00 and 20:00. Seven National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Porbandar, Dwarka, Rajkot and Kutch. Local media report one person has died in flooding from the Khokhaddadi river near Rajkot City, while another died after a lightning strike in Surendranagar District. Around 100 people have been evacuated in Devbhumi Dwarka District. Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Jamnagar, where the Vartu river has risen rapidly. Two people trapped by flood water had to be rescued by NDRF teams. Heavy rain triggered a landslide in Kaikamba (formerly known as Gurupura Kaikamba) a suburban town of Mangalore in Karnataka on 05 July. India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 3 houses were badly damaged and 2 people died.

Pakistan – Stormy weather and heavy rain caused havoc in the city of Karachi, Pakistan 06 to 07 July. At least 6 people have died in rain-related incidents. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported 43 mm of rain in Saddar, Karachi, on 07 July. PAF Faisal Base recorded 26mm of rain and Nazimabad 22mm. Local media reported 6 people died in 4 separate incidents after heavy rain caused buildings or walls to collapse.

Global Warming

Israel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise

Methane emanating from Israel’s natural gas infrastructure is increasing the country’s overall global-warming greenhouse gas emissions by some eight percent and is probably preventing the country from meeting its international obligations on climate change, according to a new report by the environmental advocacy organization Adam Teva V’Din.

The finding contradicts claims by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz that the move to natural gas is helping Israel reach its targets for lowering warming gases.

Pakistan under Threat of Glacial Floods

With more than 7,000, Pakistan has more glaciers than anywhere except the polar regions. But climate change is “eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate”, a study published in the journal Science Advances noted.

As glacier ice melts, it can collect in large glacial lakes, which are at risk of bursting their banks and creating deadly flash floods downstream. More than 3,000 of those lakes had formed as of 2018, with 33 of them considered hazardous and more than 7 million people at risk downstream.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08p (Tino), located approximately 535 nm south-southeast of Niue, is tracking southeastward at 33 knots.

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Mozambique – Flooding in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique has claimed the lives of at least six people and left three others missing. Floodwater has affected Muidumbe, Nangade, Mueda and Palma e Mocímboa da Praia districts of northern Mozambique.

Indonesia – Flooding in the Samarinda area of Indonesia has caused the evacuation of people to nearby shelters and mosques. Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have submerged Samarinda City affecting at least 7,213 residents. No casualties have been reported.

Pakistan – At least 77 people have been killed and 94 others have been injured due to avalanches in northeast Pakistan. The avalanches were triggered by heavy snowfall in the Neelum Valley, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Claudia), located approximately about 449 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia. Claudia is moving southwestward at 12 knots.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan – Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, leaving others stranded by heavy snowfall, officials said on Tuesday. At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan – with several still missing – while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, according to officials in both countries. Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.

Australia – Heavy rain, flash floods and severe thunderstorms have swept over Melbourne and rain is forecast to hit bushfire-affected parts of New South Wales and Victoria later this week. In just 30 minutes, 44mm of rain fell at Avalon on Wednesday afternoon, and wind gusts reached 110km/h as wild weather hit the state’s south and moved north.

Mississippi, USA – Flooding left roads in Mississippi underwater on Jan. 14. Authorities in Mississippi urged residents to evacuate in the northern part of the state Tuesday after heavy rains spawned a flash-flood emergency and put a dam at “imminent” risk of failing. A flash flood emergency was issued in Oktibbeha County, located in the east-central portion of the state. Oktibbeha County Lake Dam is in imminent danger of failing.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Flossie is located about 1150 mi…1850 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 2075 mi…3335 km e of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Erick is located about 695 mi…1115 km ese of Hilo Hawaii and about 905 mi…1460 km ese of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Wipha is located approximately 207 nm south-southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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Pakistan – Heavy monsoon rains have lashed Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, triggering floods and killing six people. Authorities closed schools. Heavy rainfall has been affecting north-eastern Pakistan – particularly the Azad, Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Territory (AJK) – over the past few days, triggering flash floods and landslides. Media report 28 fatalities and five injured in Leswa Town (Neelum District, northern AJK). More than 100 houses have been damaged and a mosque swept away by floodwaters.

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Russia – Over 470 residential houses in 20 settlements in the Irkutsk region have been affected by floods that started on July 27 after heavy rains in the area, the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Part of the “Siberia” federal highway was temporarily closed due to the floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 07w (Nari), located approximately 160 nm west of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 15 knots.

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Bangladesh – The death toll from monsoon storms in Bangladesh rose above 100 on Friday with flood levels still rising in many parts of the country. About 20 people have died in 48 hours, taking the toll to 104, making it one of the worst monsoons in years. Most victims have drowned, but some have been killed by landslides, snake bites and lightning strikes.

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Pakistan – Pakistani officials say flash floods triggered by heavy rains and a landslide have killed at least five people, including two tourists, in the country’s northwest. Several people were also injured over the past 24 hours in the floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 06w (Danas), located approximately 587 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Myanmar – Torrential monsoon rains and rising river levels have caused flooding. In Kachin State, according to the State Government, more than 6,200 people have been evacuated to 39 sites in Myitkyina, Bhamo and Shwegu townships as of 13 July. Rakhine, Chin and Mon states are also being hit by floods.

Pakistan – Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead. The flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of destruction and damage in the village of Lesswa in Neelum Valley. Rescue workers had been unable to find the 22 people swept away by the waters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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South Asia – Torrential rains followed by flash floods have killed at least 91 people in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, officials and local media said on Wednesday. Thunderstorms in northern, central and western Indian states late on Tuesday have killed at least 47 people. The most affected state was Madhya Pradesh from where 16 deaths were reported. In neighbouring Pakistan, rains followed by flash floods have killed 39 and injured dozens in the last two days. Numerous houses were destroyed.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Pakistan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 343 nm east of Brisbane, Australia, is tracking southward at 13 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 291 nm south-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

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Pakistan – Pakistani officials say flash floods and heavy winter rains have led to the deaths of 12 people in the country’s southwest and central regions. Flash floods submerged villages near the southwestern town of Lasbella, killing three people there and affecting 200 families. In central Pakistan, nine were killed in three incidents of roofs on houses collapsing amid the rains, four of them in the city of Multan.