Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 21w (Sinlaku), located approximately 537 nm east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

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Philippines – 6,933 people have been affected and displaced by Tropical Depression Queenie (Chebi). More than 30 evacuation centres have been opened for them. Public storm warning signal 1 has been issued in Palawan, including the Calamian group of Islands, Cuyo Islands and Southern Negros, Guimaras Island, LLoiLo and Antique. Winds of 30-60 kph are expected for at least 36 hours in these regions.

Gaza – The United Nations has declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip after two days of heavy rains and flooding in the war-battered enclave. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) declared the state of emergency in Gaza City on Thursday, after torrential rain overwhelmed some areas and caused flooding.

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Queensland, Australia – Brisbane residents will wake up to a huge clean-up effort this morning after the city was walloped by an extreme hail storm described by Premier Campbell Newman “the worst in a decade”. The army has been called in to help mop up after golf ball-sized hailstones catapulted by destructive winds up to 141km/h slammed into high rise buildings and vehicles in the CBD and surrounding suburbs leaving a trail of destruction yesterday afternoon. At least four light planes were flipped in severe winds at Archerfield Airport causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says all available emergency personnel have been mobilised to help with the clean-up.

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France – A woman has died and three other people are missing after a heavy storm triggered flash flooding in southeastern France.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Edouard is located about 530 mi…855 km WNW of Fayal island in the western Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…E or 90 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical storm 16w (Fung-Wong) is located approximately 247 nm north of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical Storm Polo is located about 140 mi…220 km SW of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 330 mi…530 km se of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions are expected to begin over portions of the warning area later today. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area today. Surf…swells generated by Polo will affect portions of the southern coast of Mexico during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Rainfall…Polo is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches near the coast of Colima and Jalisco states in Mexico. These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

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Philippines – Torrential rains from a Tropical Storm Fung-Wong flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and outlying provinces Friday, leaving three dead and displacing tens of thousands, just days after the region had been drenched by a typhoon.

Schools and government offices were shut in Manila as authorities said thousands were evacuated from severely inundated communities, where rapidly flowing waters swirled neck-high in places. Radio stations reported residents taking shelter in the second floor of homes where the water had reached the ceiling of the ground floor.

Flooded streets caused traffic gridlock across the city of 12 million, with many motorists and other commuters unaware of the extent of the flooding due to a lack of reports from local authorities.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq border region.

5.1 Earthquake hits southwest of Africa.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country’s volcanoes, Bárðarbunga, may be close to erupting.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 Earthquake hits southeastern Alaska.

5.4 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits south of Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Carlsberg ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Guerrero, Mexico.

Tsunami rumour in the Philippines

A Tsunami rumour in Quezon province in the Philippines has claimed life of an elderly woman who died after she had a heart attack on hearing the rumour.

Some 5,000 people also fled their homes after receiving text messages indicating a tsunami was coming from Batangas.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), it is impossible to have a tsunami alert at this time in any part of the country as there was no significant earthquake in the past 24 hours.

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Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Typhoon Neoguri is located approximately 192 nm west-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, and has tracked east-northeastward at 19 knots over the past six hours.

Typhoon Neoguri has made landfall on Japan’s southernmost main island, bringing high surf and heavy rains.

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Bulgaria – A severe hailstorm in Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia has claimed the life of a 70-year-old pedestrian and injured 40 others.

China – Landslides in Yunnan Province of China have claimed the lives of at least six people and left 17 others missing.

Philippines — Classes remained suspended in Iloilo City on Tuesday as many areas, including schools, remained flooded due to days of heavy rains. While the city was not under any storm signal, monsoon rains intensified by Typhoon Neoguri flooded streets, schools, communities and houses.

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Tropical Storms

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China – The death toll following the recent torrential rains in China has risen to 26. Eleven people died in Hunan, five in Jiangxi and four in Fujian. Guizhou, Guangxi and Chongqing each reported two deaths. Flash floods and landslides have toppled more than 8,700 houses, damaged another 66,000 homes.

Philippines – Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in four southern Philippines provinces, displacing thousands of villagers. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Cotabato, Maguindanao and Bukidnon, where 91 villages have been flooded. More than 13,000 families are receiving food aid and other assistance in evacuation centres. Thirty-five schools in Maguindanao province have been inundated and closed since last week.

New Zealand – A brief tornado blew through the West Coast township of Rutherglen on Saturday, lifting a shed off the ground and throwing it into a fence.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico.

5.7 Earthquake hits the north Indian Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Philippines Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

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Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E remains off the coast of Baja California. This area of disturbed weather has the potential for tropical storm development.

Dramatic floods hit Siberia with fears of worse to come.

A state of emergency was declared in the mountainous Republic of Altai after four days of extreme rainfall in southern Siberia. In all, 20 road and pedestrian bridges were damaged, leaving villages cut off.

Almost 4,000 houses were flooded in the deluge with more than 9,000 people hit including 2,000-plus children.

The destruction of a bridge in Chemalsky district caused an accident with the overturning of a GAZ-66 killing two people.

Reports said another four had died in the flooding which has also hit Khakassia and Tuva, with fears for Altai region, as well as Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Transbaikal. The Russian Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) and local authorities were working to assist people in the latest flooding to hit Siberia, an increasing phenomenon blamed by some experts on global warming.

Two Ilyushin Il-76 planes were sent to Siberia carrying rescue equipment, KAMAZ trucks and boats.

More than 2,000 people and 630 appliances were involved in the rescue efforts, along with dozens of boats.

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Philippines – Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms, some parts of Metro Manila and Mindanao were flooded Sunday.

Iran – Floods have killed three people in northeastern Iran and emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide, media and the Red Crescent reported on Saturday. Heavy rains hit Iran hard in the past week, with the fatalities being recorded in Khorasan province.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E forms off the coast of Baja California. This area of disturbed weather has the potential for tropical storm development.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin officially commences on June 1. Forecasters suggest 8 – 12 named storms for 2014.

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Philippines – Floods spawned by days of heavy rain have swamped the homes of at least 19,000 people in low-lying villages in North Catabato.

Disease

Philippines – Diarrhoea Outbreak

A diarrhea outbreak that hit remote villages in North Cotabato province has been contained, but the cause of the disease remained unknown, officials said Wednesday.

The number of patients at Alamada Community Hospital had been reduced after many of them have been rehydrated when health workers responded just in time to arrest the outbreak.

Health authorities said eight people were confirmed dead from the outbreak

According to hospital records, there were about 600 patients who suffered vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach pain, while more than 70 percent of them have recovered and returned home.

American Samoa – Amoebic dysentery

Epidemiologists in American Samoa are investigating an outbreak of the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica, which according to report, has sickened more than two dozen.

Half of the 26 people stricken with amoebic dysentery have been hospitalized for their illness.

Amoebic dysentery especially attacks the intestines and kind of eats its way into the wall of the intestines; it causes abdominal pain, it causes bloody diarrhoea, fever.

Amebiasis is a disease caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. It can affect anyone, although it is more common in people who live in tropical areas with poor sanitary conditions.

USA – Measles

A measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 68 cases, giving the state the dubious distinction of having the most cases reported in any state since 1996, health officials say.

The Ohio outbreak is part of a larger worrisome picture: As of Friday, the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had logged 187 cases nationwide in 2014, closing in on last year’s total of 189. CDC warned several weeks ago that the country could end up having the worst year for measles since home-grown outbreaks were eradicated in 2000.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Jack is located approximately 350 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia.

Tropical cyclone Jack was threatening to hamper the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its search for the missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean. The search has entered the 45th day.

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Europe – Three people, including a 13-year-old boy, have drowned and two are missing in floods that hit Romania over the weekend.

Philippines – Flash floods affected more than a thousand families in Carmen, Davao del Norte over the weekend. Waters quickly rose at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, forcing 1,302 families to flee to higher ground.

Disease

Measels in the USA

New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified 16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, resulting in at least six hospitalizations, and are now warning unvaccinated individuals that they need to get their shots.

And New York isn’t the only place where measles — which was once so rare that it was virtually eradicated in the U.S. back in 2000 — is cropping up again. Within the past two months, health officials have also identified cases in the Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.

Just one case of measles can pose a huge public health threat, since it has the potential to be transmitted quickly. It can spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. For instance, last month, thousands of California commuters were potentially exposed to the disease after an unvaccinated man with the measles rode public transportation.

Many of the measles outbreaks here in the U.S. originate after an unvaccinated individual has traveled abroad and contracted the disease there. Then, when they return to this country, they can spread measles among pockets of other unvaccinated people.

Officials say the underlying problem is that parents are not vaccinating their children.

Philippines: South Cotabato Declares Rabies Outbreak

In the aftermath of a human rabies death in Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato, Mindanao, provincial health officials declared a rabies outbreak.

Officials have launched a massive anti-rabies vaccination among pet animals in Barangay Poblacion of Sto. Nino in a bid to prevent the possible spread of the disease to other areas after a 44 year old man died of rabies.

Though a relatively rare cause of death in developed countries, 55,000 people die globally from this dreaded disease, mostly in Africa and Asia. That’s at a rate of one person every 10 minutes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the South Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Fobane is located approximately 596 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.

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UK floods – Parts of the UK face further flooding with stormy weather – and winds that could exceed 100 mph forecast.

USA – A state of emergency has been declared for all of Alabama, Northern Georgia, Northern Mississippi, and Northern Louisiana as the South’s second serious winter storm of 2014 spreads snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. Freezing rain at a temperature of 29° was falling at 9 am EST Tuesday morning in northern Mississippi in Columbus, and in Birmingham, Alabama, where it was 32°. The storm, called Winter Storm Pax, begins its most dangerous phase Tuesday night into Wednesday, when rain changes to freezing rain from Eastern Georgia through Central South Carolina. As much as 1″ of freezing rain is expected in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina, and widespread power outages would result if these ice amounts materialize.

Burundi – Burundi is counting the cost of a flood that has devastated many parts of the capital, Bujumbura. At least 50 people are believed to have been killed as water and mud flooding down from the hills washed away hundreds of homes.

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Philippines – A tornado in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines has injured one person and destroyed a warehouse late Monday afternoon.

Colorado – An avalanche near Mount Crested Butte in Colorado has claimed life of a snowmobiler and partially buried one other. The avalanche about 500 feet wide occurred close to Kebler Pass on Monday.

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Tropical Storms

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A state of emergency has been declared following a major snow storm in the New York City metropolitan area.

Philippines – The low-pressure (LPA) area ‘Agaton’ that caused massive floods in most parts of Visayas and Mindanao for more than a week dissipated Wednesday morning, the government weather bureau said. More than 800 houses were destroyed and close to 900,000 people were affected by the flooding and landslides triggered by the incessant rains brought by ‘Agaton’.