Wildfires – South Sudan
A bush fire fanned by gusty winds has gutted four villages in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal region, killing 33 people, with the toll likely to rise. 60 other people were in a critical condition after the fire on Sunday. The fire had also destroyed 138 houses in the villages in Korok East County and killed 10,000 cattle.
Wildfires – Siberia
Devastating wildfires are still raging in southeast Siberia, Russia. Two weeks ago they became a catastrophe in Zabaikalsky krai. A state of emergency was announced: fire had reached 17 settlements, destroyed about 100 houses and devastated more than 200 backyards and farm buildings. Over 600 people had lost their possessions while 34 people had suffered burns. About 12,000 farm animals were lost, with one person dying of fatal burns while trying to save cattle.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic:
Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
Invest 96E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Western Pacific:
Tropical Storm 09w (Chanthu), located approximately 515 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking northward at 13 knots.
South Sudan – Update – Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan, according to an aid group in the country. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society reported on Sunday that 25 people died in eastern Sudan’s Kassala, and around 8,000 houses have been destroyed since heavy rains lashed the state two weeks ago. Nationwide, at least 100 people were killed, the group said. Thousands of people in the impoverished eastern region bordering Eritrea were forced to flee after the river Gash burst its banks, flooding entire villages inhabited by farmers. Many people were sheltering in makeshift grass huts on hilltops, after floodwaters also cut off the main highway between east Sudan and the capital, Khartoum.
Louisiana, USA – Update – At least four people have died in severe flooding that has swamped a large swath of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The federal government has declared a major disaster in Louisiana. 20,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes and vehicles. Louisiana and Mississippi are both under a state of emergency.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Celia is located about 1555 mi (2500 km) W of the southern tip of Baja California. Weakening, there are no watches or warnings in effect.
Hurricane Darby becomes the third hurricane of the east Pacific season, located about 570 mi (920 km) SSW of the southern tip of Baja California. No watches or warnings in effect.
Wisconsin, USA – Update – At least two people have died in the flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in Wisconsin.
South Sudan – The residents of Aweil are furious at the government for not constructing dikes that would have prevented the current flooding caused by heavy rainfalls. Over 3000 households are said to be affected by the floods in Aweil town. The poor drainage system in the State has left Aweil experiencing floods every year. The rainy season is just beginning and is expected to peak in August and September.
South Sudan Disease
South Sudan’s cholera crisis is waning but humanitarian workers are now battling increased cases of malaria and the parasitic disease kala azar, with children most affected.
Conflict between the government and rebels has displaced 1.7 million people, or one in seven of the population, since December, with famine on the horizon.
While a cholera outbreak appears to be under control, other diseases are plaguing South Sudan’s hungry, displaced people.
The latest emergency operations are focusing on malaria and kala azar, a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of a sandfly which is usually fatal without treatment. MSF treated about 200 people for kala azar in Upper Nile State, one of the areas worst hit by fighting, in July.
With the onset of the rains producing stagnant water for mosquitoes, there has also been a “spike” in malaria, MSF said.
MSF treated almost 700 malaria cases in Pamat and Aweil, the capital of northern Bahr el Ghazal State in July, mostly pregnant women and children. There are tens of thousands of displaced people in the area, which is to the west of the main oil-rich conflict zone.
The appalling conditions in which the 1.1 million internally displaced live increases their vulnerability.