Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Saudi Arabia – Heavy rain has hit Jeddah, flooding streets and closing schools and universities in the Saudi city, and led to cars being stranded as the water level rose. Air traffic was also affected, as Saudi Airlines announced that several flights were delayed.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Saudi Arabia – A Saudi train derailed near the eastern city of Dammam on Friday, injuring 18 people, after flooding from heavy rains caused the rail line to drift, the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) said in a statement. The 193 passengers and six crew members were transferred to another train and taken to Dammam after the incident that occurred at about 1 a.m., it said, adding that all injuries were minor.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo) has dissipated as it moved in over Mozambique and eastern South Africa, although heavy rains and winds associated with its remnants remain hazardous.

The storm has killed seven people in Mozambique and already displaced 130,000 people and 20,000 houses, as well as clinics and schools, have been destroyed. It’s now made landfall in South Africa, in parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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Israel – Winter storm buffets Israel with freezing rain, floods. Snow falls on Golan but not expected to reach Jerusalem, where temperatures forecast to hover above freezing. Flood warnings were issued for the Judean Desert and Dead Sea regions, and Israeli rescue units have warned citizens against approaching rivers in those areas either by car or foot. The Sea of Galilee rose one centimetre on Wednesday.

British Columbia, Canada – High temperatures in Prince George broke a weather record more than 100 years old this week, flooding homes and streets as ice from a recent deep freeze clogged up storm drains.

Saudi Arabia – Saudi authorities have reported the death of one person on Wednesday and the rescue of hundreds of others after severe flooding in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region. Flooding in the region caused road closures and the launch of warning sirens in Abha dam area.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Four), located approximately 822 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

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Spain – A woman was swept away during flash floods in a village 45 kilometres from the Catalan capital of Barcelona in Spain after her GPS device sent her driving across a riverbed through the village of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons.

Turkey – Unprecedented rainfall in some western towns led to small-scale floods on Monday and Tuesday while snowfall is forecast for central and northwestern Turkey on Wednesday. Balıkesir province was among the hardest-hit by flooding. A night of rainfall triggered floods in the town of Gömeç, where a bridge collapsed and flocks of sheep drowned; no other casualties were reported. Rivers breaching their banks threatened residences and shops in the small town. Ayvalık, a popular seaside town in the province, was also heavily inundated after downpours that started on Sunday increased in intensity late Monday. Schools in the town were closed Tuesday as rainfall accompanied with strong winds damaged buildings, felled trees and blocked access to several streets. Some residents were trapped in their houses for hours, long after downpours hit early Tuesday.

Canada – Crews in Thunder Bay, Ont., have remained busy as approximately 80 millimetres of rain fell across the city since Monday morning flooding parts of the city.

Saudi Arabia – At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of the Kingdom, press reports said on Tuesday. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country. The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 488 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Iran – Heavy rains in Iran’s western and southwestern provinces has resulted in flash floods that killed two people. Iran’s railway authority canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern part of the country. Flash floods have washed away cars and blocked roads between several cities and villages in Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.

Saudi Arabia – Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday. In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan. Another 27 people in Al-Baha were injured over three days because of accidents during heavy rains. Severe downpours have struck Saudi Arabia this week, including in the desert capital Riyadh where schools closed on Wednesday after floods caused traffic chaos during a storm.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Saudi Arabia – A huge sandstorm in Jeddah today killed two people, closing schools and rescheduling of flights. A state of emergency has been declared in Makkah, which is situated 90 km east of Jeddah. Jeddah was blanketed by dust with winds moving at 60 km/hour.

Britain – Storm Katie has battered large parts of Britain, with winds of up to 105mph forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled or diverted and major bridges shut. Passengers described “terrifying” aborted attempts to land at Gatwick Airport on Monday morning before being diverted elsewhere in the country. Several train routes were hit by long delays as the powerful storm blew trees onto the tracks. It ensured the Easter Bank Holiday weekend came to a blustery end, with gusts of more than 70mph for many areas combined with torrential rain, and thousands of families left without power.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 481 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

Tropical Depression Twenty-One-E Forms in the Eastern Pacific off the Mexican Coast.

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Saudi Arabia – The death toll in the floods has risen to twelve after heavy rains lashed western and central Saudi Arabia. Flash floods rushed through the second city of Jeddah after a line of thunderstorms turned wadis into rivers and alleyways into raging torrents. Heavy rains also lashed western, northern and central parts of Saudi Arabia, including the cities of Mecca, Medina, Hail and Arar.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 158 nm west-southwest of Pohnpei, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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

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India – India has deployed the army and air force to rescue flood-hit residents in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where at least 71 people have died in the floodwaters.

Saudi Arabia – Heavy rain and flash floods in Saudi Arabia along its Red Sea coast has killed five people.

Britain – A new storm system brings gusts of 80mph that topple trees, close roads and bridges and cripple transport networks while heavy rain threatened further flooding. Temperatures in some areas plunged to -6C bringing snow and arctic gales.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone Chapala (tc) 04a, located approximately 90 nm west of Mukalla, Yemen, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Spain – Severe flooding in Spain has claimed the lives at least four people. Four elderly residents died near the Sio River, which burst its banks and inundated a retirement home in the town of Agramunt.

Saudi Arabia – A heavy flash flood has claimed the lives of at least six people in Saudi Arabia as meteorologists predicted eight years of rain in just two days over the Arabian Sea associated with tropical cyclone Chapala.

Kenya – Three residents of the Talek area, near the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Narok county, Kenya, died on Monday after being swept away by floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Twenty is located approximately 366 nm east-northeast of Saipan, and is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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

Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 94L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

Invest 95L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Mecca Grand Mosque Crane Collapse Lightning

Saudi Arabia – A crane collapse caused by a lightning storm at Mecca’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia has claimed the lives of at least 107 people and injured 238 others. A worker at the mosque told the AFP news agency that he saw the massive construction crane fall after being hit by the storm.

Utah, USA – State officials said seven people were killed and six others missing when two cars were washed away by a flash flood Monday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical depression 04w (Maysak), located approximately 365 nm southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

Tropical storm 05w (Haishen), located approximately 110 nm northwest of Chuuk, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

Tropical cyclone 21s (Ikola), located approximately 1497 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Twenty-two), located approximately 460 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Bangladesh – More than hundred villages in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district adjoining Bangladesh have been affected by a storm that hit the region last night. The storm has claimed the lives of at least 33 people and injured 200 others. Fourteen people were reported killed yesterday. At least 19 more people were found dead in today’s nor’wester across Bangladesh. Strong winds accompanied by rains bearing hailstorm damaged houses and some crops in at least two villages in the district. As per initial reports, around twenty villages under Betasing block, including New Chondonpara, Chondon Nokat, Godalgre and Arenggre had been fully damaged. The nor’wester has affected around 91,894 families. According to The Daily Star, around 28, 667 houses have been completely damaged and 70, 301 houses partially damaged. At least 26 educational institutions have been totally damaged while 228 educational institutions have been also affected.

Saudi Arabia – The sandstorm affecting the United Arab Emirates has moved to Riyadh, grounding flights and closing schools in affected areas. Residents with respiratory ailments were advised to remain indoors.

 

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China – Nearly 240,000 people have been affected by flooding in central China, where torrential rains and hail also damaged crops and disrupted traffic. The ongoing floods in central China have already affected about 240,000 people, also damaging crops and halting traffic, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. There was no immediate word on casualties in central China’s Hunan Province, where more than 12,000 people have been evacuated as of 6:00 p.m. Saturday. More downpours are expected in Hunan in the next few days, according to local weather forecasters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical depression 04w (Four), located approximately 48 nm west of Pohnpei, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Oklahoma, USA – An extremely dangerous tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma has claimed the life of one person and injured several others. The death occurred inside a mobile home park near suburban Sand Springs on Wednesday.

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Kazakhstan – Heavy rains and melting snow have caused severe flooding in the Qaraghandy region on the steppe in central Kazakhstan. The Central Asian nation’s Emergency Department said on March 26 that dozens of residents had been evacuated from three five-storied apartment blocks in the town of Qarazhal, where streets, highways and buildings have been damaged. It said dozens of apartment buildings and roads were threatened by flooding in the town of Atasu.

Saudi Arabia – The recent heavy rains that caused floods in various parts of the Kingdom have killed 11 people, left three missing and trapped 456 vehicles, the Directorate General of Civil Defence announced on Thursday. It said four people died in Makkah region, three in Asir, three in Najran and one in Riyadh.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 11 and 22 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 3 deaths.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

Between 3 and 10 March 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 15 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 5 deaths.