Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 03w (Muifa), located approximately 554 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan is tracking northward at 09 knots.

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (ts) 17s (Frances), located approximately 275 nm west of Darwin, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 15 knots.

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Singapore – Heavy rain caused flash floods in eastern parts of Singapore on Thursday, with vehicles splashing through water-clogged roads and some cars left stranded, unable to pass through.

India – Incessant rainfall for the past one week has flooded large areas of Arunachal Pradesh’s capital town Itanagar and caused landslides and road blocks at many points. Landslides occurred at Senki View and Donyi Polo Road, while people in Pachin Colony have undertaken temporary flood preventive measures by constructing bunds with bamboo and filling empty cement bags with sand.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Singapore – Flash floods blanketed several parts of Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, with water submerging vehicles up to mid-tyre level.

Peru – The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials have said. The natural disasters, which scientists blame on a climate phenomenon called “coastal El Nino,” have also left more than 178,000 people homeless, the National Centre for Emergency Operations said in its latest update yesterday. Another one million people’s homes have been partly damaged, and more than 2,500 kilometres of roads have been destroyed.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) continued moving west south-west over the south-west Indian Ocean, slightly weakening, but remaining a Tropical Storm. Its centre is located approximately 300 km south south-west of the south-western coast of La Reunion (France). Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving south-west, strengthening. Local media reported at least 4 000 people left without power, several flights cancelled and schools closed throughout La Reunion.

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Singapore – Flash floods were reported in various parts of Singapore including the Orchard Road area as heavy rains hit the island on Wednesday (Feb 8) evening.

DR Congo – Two people died on Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa after torrential rains caused flooding in some parts of the city. The city’s wet season normally runs from October to May, and it is mostly of the impoverished districts of the capital that are hardest hit by flooding as they sit near the Ndjili and Matete tributaries of the giant Congo River.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Washington, USA – Extreme weather conditions triggered chaos across the state Wednesday, closing Interstate 90 over the Cascade Mountains until at least Thursday morning, flooding some roadways and homes in the Puget Sound lowlands and closing down schools across Eastern Washington. Meanwhile, in the Western Washington lowlands, heavy rain and flooding are wreaking havoc, with standing water covering many roadways. Over two inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period at Sea-Tac Airport. Near Forks.

Singapore – Flash floods hit Upper Thomson Road after heavy rain on Thursday afternoon.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Super Typhoon 30w (Nock-Ten), located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Catanduanes in the Philippines and it is forecast to move west at 15 kph (9 mph).

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Indonesia – According to the Jakarta Globe media outlet, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency registered 105,758 residents affected by the floods, while 104,378 of them remain at the agency’s evacuation posts. On Wednesday, central Indonesian districts were hit by a heavy flood, with thousands of houses and infrastructure seriously damaged. The authorities introduced a state of emergency on Thursday, which will reportedly last till January 4. There were no reports about casualties among residents.

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South Africa – Two Electricity Utility employees died after they were swept away in a car during flash floods in the uMzinyathi District, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the provincial cooperative governance and traditional affairs department said on Friday.

Guyana – Guyana is bracing for more rains and floods with the National Weather Watch Centre predicting heavy rainfall over the next seven days. The rains begun on Friday causing widespread flooding.

Singapore – Heavy rain resulted in flash floods around Singapore on Christmas eve (Dec 24). Flash flood alerts were issued for a few areas in central Singapore, including Newton Circus, Balmoral Road, Cairnhill Road and the Pan-Island Expressway near Stevens Road, according to the Land Transport Authority.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 05s (Bohale), located approximately 592 nm east of port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking southward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression 28w (Melor), located approximately 695 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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Singapore – A heavy downpour on Friday (Dec 11) caused flash floods and fallen trees across various parts of Singapore.

Oregon, USA – Extreme rainfall this week has claimed its first two deaths in Oregon and prompted a state of emergency in Washington state.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Singapore – Heavy rain triggered flooding in several areas of Singapore Saturday afternoon. Flash floods at Lorong Buangkok made traffic impassable.

Britain – Flooding caused by stormy weather has claimed life of an elderly man in Britain. A number of houses have been flooded as rivers burst their banks making roads impassable across the North of England, Scotland and Wales. Dozens of highways and main roads have been closed Saturday due to landslides or flooding.

India – Update – At least 383 people have died in the flooding in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and the union territory of Puducherry. As of Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, at least 300 people died in Tamil Nadu followed by 81 in Andhra Pradesh and two in Puducherry. Chennai was hit by heaviest rainfall in a century. Chennai received 1,049 mm of rainfall in November, the highest since receiving 1,088 mm in November 1918. At least 350,000 people have been rescued by multiple agencies which include army, police and the National Disaster Response Force.

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In the South Indian Ocean – Tropical cyclone Adjali is located approximately 279 nm southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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Singapore – The monsoon season has seen heavy rain falling over many parts of Singapore in the past few weeks. Hougang and Macpherson were affected by flash floods on Monday.

Florida, USA – A tornado touched down early Monday at a state prison near Blountstown in Florida’s Panhandle, slightly injuring two people.

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Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Krosa is located approximately 585 nm east of Manila, Philippines. Tropical depression Krosa is forecast to strike the Philippines as a tropical storm at about 03:00 GMT on 31 October.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical storm Raymond is located about 530 mi (850 km) SW of the southern tip of Baja California.

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Three people were killed and at least 12 injured after a dust storm led to multiple crashes Tuesday on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

Heavy showers, flash floods hit eastern Singapore.

Fresh floods wreak havoc in coastal West Bengal, India.

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In the Atlantic Ocean:

Tropical storm Gabrielle forms in the Atlantic about 130 mi. (210 km) S of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is not expected to hit US mainland. Gabrielle’s projected path will include Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic today. The center of the system will pass just west of Puerto Rico early and then just east of the Dominican Republic late today. She should be near Turks and Caicos on Friday.

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A second tornado in three days hits Japan, this time in Tochigi Prefecture and has injured at least two people and damaged 13 buildings.

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and traffic jams in Singapore.

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods in Kef governorate, in northwestern Tunisia. The floods have forced the evacuation of around 500 families. Heavy flood damage has been reported in Merja and Wed Blau Slaa areas.

Flash flood and rock slides in Lai Chau province in Vietnam have claimed the lives of at least three people.

Disease

Record Dengue Outbreak in Singapore

An unusually severe dengue epidemic in Singapore has claimed its fifth fatality this year, even as health officials try to beat back the city-state’s worst-ever outbreak of the tropical disease.

As of Tuesday afternoon, officials had logged 14,363 cases of dengue fever this year, according to the National Environment Agency. The scale of the current epidemic has surpassed that of Singapore’s worst dengue outbreak in 2005, when authorities logged 14,006 confirmed cases and 27 deaths.

Cholera Outbreak in Afghanistan

A cholera outbreak at a village in northeast Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killed a young woman and left another 100 in critical condition.

Serious measles outbreak hits Central Africa

A severe measles epidemic has affected the whole territory of the Central African Republic, which lacks any strong health infrastructure, Health Minister Aguid Sounouk announced Tuesday.

The minister blamed the spread of the disease on “outbreaks of measles in several administrative districts of the country where no action was organised to contain the epidemic” since December 2012.

At the time, the landlocked nation was undergoing an insurgency that led in March to the ouster of president Francois Bozize and placed power in the hands of a rebel coalition, which has since joined with other forces to form an interim government.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Indonesia

Smog in Singapore has reached hazardous levels and is set to persist as forest fires rage on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with the nations’ governments bickering over responsibility for the haze.

Activists have suggested that Malaysia and Singapore should pressure both the Indonesian government and palm-oil companies that are burning forests to clear the way for plantations to halt the destructive practice.

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Wildfires USA – Update

The massive Black Forest wildfire in Colorado is a lot closer to being contained but a new one in Arizona is getting bigger by the hour. The fire is burning near the town of Prescott in northern Arizona and is forcing homeowners there to evacuated.

Two lightning-sparked fires in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado have grown to 3,280 acres, forcing emergency crews to rescue 13 backcountry campers by helicopter and deploy crews to protect the Wolf Creek Ski Area.

Wildfires have also flared up in northern Alaska.

Disease

Hepatitis A – USA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.

Thailand – Dengue Fever and Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreaks

Thai Health Ministry officials say that since the beginning of the year, there has been a total of 39,029 people treated for dengue, of whom 44 have died. Half the patients were under the age of 15.

They are even making the dire prediction of 100,000 cases and 100 deaths by year’s end.

That number would be significantly higher than the huge numbers of 2012 where Thailand health officials recorded 74,250 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease and 79 deaths.

In addition to the dengue outbreak, health authorities are reporting more than 11,000 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease during the first five months of 2013.

Data from the Ministry’s Disease Control Department shows a total of 11,678 people with the majority being children.

Singapore Dengue Outbreak Worsens

As weekly dengue-fever infections surge to a record, Singaporean health officials are stepping up efforts to beat back a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

More than 9,400 people here have been infected by the mosquito-borne dengue virus so far this year, resulting in two deaths, according to the National Environment Agency. Weekly counts surged to an all-time high of 820 cases in the week that ended June 8, topping the previous record of 713 cases in 2005.

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Dengue Fever Outbreak in Singapore

Singapore’s widening dengue epidemic has claimed its first fatality this year, as health officials brace for a tropical-disease outbreak that could become the city-state’s worst ever.

Cholera in Mali

Cholera outbreak in Mali’s Gao region leaves 2 dead.

Storms and Floods

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Heavy rainfalls have caused flash floods in Singapore.

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Avalanche on Mount Shirouma in Japan over the weekend claimed three lives. A fourth person has also been recovered from Mt Fuji in Japan. Two other climbers are still reported to be missing in the avalanche in Nagano prefecture.

“Nor’wester” claims five lives including two children in Tangail, Sirajganj and Gaibandha area of Bangladesh. Severe local storms during the pre-monsoon season in March, April and May in Bangladesh is called “Nor’wester” locally.