Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Jova is located about 90 mi…145 km N of Socorro island with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 14w (Banyan), located approximately 115 nm west-northwest of Wake Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

NewsBytes:

Sudan – Floods that struck localities in North Kordofan have caused severe damages to houses, infrastructure and livestock, affecting more than 500 families in initial estimations. Flash floods in Hamrat El Wiz, Abu Hadida, El Gahawi, Um Surra and Abu Hadid in North Kordofan affected 556 families, local authorities reported to Sudanese media. 435 houses partially collapsed and 130 residences were completely destroyed. 628 animals drowned. Seven people died in Khartoum last week during rain storms that hit the Sudanese capital. Starting mid-June, torrential rains swept through camps, leaving the streets flooded and numbers of families homeless.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 1030 mi…1660 km ENE of the Leeward Islands and about 1195 mi…1925 km ESE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Lester is located about 510 mi…820 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm 12w (Lionrock), located approximately 279 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking eastward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

Sudan – Two months of torrential rain have killed more than 110 people in Sudan – and more rain is forecast. More than 160,000 people have been affected and 14,000 houses destroyed.

Ethiopia – The United Nations says more than 600,000 people have been displaced in Ethiopia since March, largely because of flooding. The African country was struggling with its worst drought in decades in 2015, but it ended when spring rains arrived in March. On Wednesday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 300,000 people were forced to flee their homes between March and June due to flooding. The report further said that others were stranded due to the inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia’s southern Oromia and Somali regions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 1180 mi…1905 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 55 mi…85 km SSW of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 07w (Omais), located approximately 474 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Sudan – Flooding at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Darfur State in Sudan has claimed the lives of four people. About 183 houses in the camp have destroyed. The Sudanese National Council for Civil Defence had forecast heavy rainfall during the coming days throughout Sudan.

Vietnam – Flooding in northern Lào Cai Province of Vietnam due to Typhoon Nida has claimed the lives of four people and left seven others missing. Three people died in the mountainous Bát Xát District and one other in Sa Pa District.

India – A landslide near Ardhkuwari Temple, in the Katra District of Jammu and Kashmir has killed four people and injured seven others.

Norway – Oslo police are urging motorists to stay home after heavy rains and flash floods snarled road and rail traffic in the Norwegian capital. Rains over southeastern Norway on Saturday forced authorities to close a key tunnel and highway sections to and from Oslo where cars were stuck in the water. There were also reports of flooded and waterlogged homes and businesses.

Nigeria – Following intense rainfall and rises in water level, the National Emergency Management Agency has advised communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment from now.

Arial view of flooded lokoja city3

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the North Atlantic: Tropical Storm Earl is located about 175 mi…285 km ESE of Veracruz Mexico and about 65 mi…105 km ENE of Coatzacoalcos Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 1405 mi…2260 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 07w (Omais), located approximately 372 nm southeast of Iwo To, is tracking north-northeastward at 10 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thermal Floods – This year’s record heat has been accompanied in recent weeks by abnormally severe flooding across Asia and parts of the United States.The worst monsoon flooding in decades has killed hundreds of people and forced millions of others from their homes in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan.Freak floods in Maryland destroyed much of a downtown area after several inches of rain fell within two hours.Since warmer air can hold more moisture than cooler air, global warming has been accompanied by more intense rounds of flooding.

Sudan – Floods and heavy rain in Sudan have killed 76 people and destroyed thousands of homes in recent days. 13 of Sudan’s 18 provinces had been affected by flooding. The Nile is at its highest levels in more than a century, swollen by heavy rain in many parts of the East African country. Interior ministry statistics showed downpours and flooding had completely destroyed 3,206 houses, and damaged 3,048 others in the eastern province of Kassala, one of the worst hit areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

In the Eastern Pacific

Hurricane Darby is located about 1125 mi…1815 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 470 mi…755 km S of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Depression Three is located approximately 392 nm south-southeast of Kadena AB, and is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

In the South Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone One is located approximately 465 nm west-southwest of Diego Garcia, and is tracking west-southeastward at 12 knots.

Newsbytes:

Sudan – Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan’s war-torn region of Darfur killed nine people, the official SUNA news agency reported. The deaths occurred in the town of El-Fasher, the capital of the state of North Darfur.

India – Floods triggered by incessant rains have swept away two motorable bridges and damaged a hydropower project along the swollen Tamor river. In Parbat, floods damaged an intake of Modikhola Hydropower Project, knocking out the 14-megawatt power generation. Water levels in a landslide-dammed lake in the Tamor River in Sawadin, Taplejung, has increased, leaving the downstream settlement at risk. A fresh rockfall blocked water flow in the river.

Disease

Mysterious Haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Sudan

The mystery disease in South Sudan has not been identified but is known to cause fever and unexplained bleeding.

So far, there have been 51 cases — including 10 deaths — from an unknown disease in the northern part of South Sudan. The main symptoms of the disease are similar to those seen with Ebola: unexplained bleeding, fever, fatigue, headache and vomiting.

Scientists have tested 33 of the cases for Ebola, and all of them came back negative. The samples also tested negative for other viruses known to cause unexplained bleeding, such as Marburg virus and Crimean-Congo fever.

Five samples did test positive for O’nyong-nyong — a mosquito-borne virus closely related to chikungunya. But O’nyong-nyong doesn’t cause bleeding and isn’t fatal.

“Viral hemorrhagic fever” is a generic term for a group of illnesses caused by four families of viruses. Several of these viruses — such as dengue, yellow fever and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever — are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. When the disease is severe, the virus can damage blood vessels, causing bleeding in organs, under the skin and from the mouth, eyes and ears.

But that’s not what kills. The cause of death is typically not loss of blood from bleeding, but from multi-organ failure — especially the kidneys and liver — and shock syndrome from low blood pressure in patients with severe illness.

Disease

Dengue Fever in Sudan

According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, a total of 523 suspected dengue fever cases, including 104 deaths, were reported in Sudan between 29 August (when the outbreak started) and 18 December.

In Darfur, 473 suspected cases-including 99 deaths-were reported in 27 localities. In Kordofan, 44 suspected cases-including four deaths-were reported in the eight localities of Abyei, Keilak, Babanousa (West Kordofan), Reif Ashargi, Kadugli, Habila, Lagawa (South Kordofan) and Shiekan (North Kordofan). In Kassala state, six suspected cases-including one death-were reported in the state capital Kassala town.

More Dengue Fever Cases In Penang, Malaysia

A total of 146 cases of dengue fever were reported in Penang between Dec 27 and Jan 2, up by 24 cases or 19.7 per cent from the previous week.

Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said there was an increase of 2,589 cases or 85.6 per cent last year from the 3,141 cases in 2014.

Pakistan – Water Borne Diseases

Four more children died in Civil Hospital Mithi on Tuesday, after an outbreak of water borne diseases which has claimed the lives of at least 16 children in the last six days.

More than one hundred ailing children, meanwhile, have been admitted to different hospitals in the drought-hit Thar district.

Parents of children brought in to Civil Hospital Mithi told Dawn.com that health personnel were responding with indifference to their children’s plight.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea

The mers outbreak in South Korea seems to be under control. Between 18 and 21 July 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of no additional cases of infection and no new deaths related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Bird flu spreading across West Africa

A highly contagious strain of avian flu is spreading across West Africa, decimating poultry farms and stoking fears the virus will jump from birds to humans, the U.N.’s food agency warned on Monday.

Markets and farms in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.

If the virus continues to spread, it could affect more than 330 million people across West Africa, hurting food security and human health in a region still recovering from the Ebola crisis.

Cholera in Sudan – Update

The death toll from South Sudan’s most recent cholera outbreak has increased to 39 with 1,212 recorded cases of the disease in the embattled African country.

Disease

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Update

Between 13 and 17 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia notified WHO of 5 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Between 20 and 23 June 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of 9 additional confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) alongside 3 additional deaths.

Fresh Cholera Outbreak in Sudan

At least 19 people have died and nearly 200 admitted at Cholera centres in the South Sudan capital, Juba, as government declared an outbreak of the disease.

Disease

Measles in Sudan

Confirmed cases of measles in Sudan this year already have quadrupled compared with the number for the entirety of last year, with the majority of those diagnosed with the disease being children under the age of 15. In light of the recent outbreak, Sudan on Monday launched the second part of a vaccination campaign against measles.

Anywhere between 500 and 600 cases of the infectious disease diagnosed yearly in the country is common, but the recent outbreak is the highest it has been in years, according to the United Nations. As of Monday, there were 2,511 cases of measles, and 38 people have died from the disease that is very rarely fatal because of vaccinations.

Disease

Measles in Sudan

Aid agencies are struggling to contain a massive measles outbreak in Sudan. The Ministry of Health is leading a United Nations and international effort to vaccinate 8 million children under age five against the sometimes fatal disease, which so far has claimed 27 child lives.

Over the last four months, UNICEF reports there have been 2,200 confirmed cases and 4,000 suspected cases of measles in Sudan. It says that is four times higher than the average annual measles caseload over the last few years.

It says 54 percent of confirmed cases are in children under age five, but 28 percent are among people over age 15. It says 14 of 18 states in Sudan are affected by the outbreak.

Disease

Poliovirus in South Sudan and Madagascar

In separate and unrelated events, circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPVs) have been confirmed in South Sudan and Madagascar.

In South Sudan, 2 cases due to cVDPV type 2 (cVDPV2) have been confirmed. The strains were isolated from 2 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in Unity state, with onset of paralysis on 9 September and 12 September 2014, respectively. In Unity state, as many as 33% of children remain under-immunized against poliovirus. Both cases are from an internally-displaced persons camp in Unity state. Unity state has been affected by civil unrest, leading to population displacements and declining vaccination coverage in most of the areas.

Dengue Fever Outbreaks Strike Asia

Though much of the world is focused on the Ebola virus, pockets of Asia are struggling with record outbreaks of a mosquito-borne infectious disease called dengue fever, which has no specific drug treatment.

Guangdong Province in southern China is facing its largest outbreak of the virus in more than 20 years. There have been more than 44,000 confirmed cases in Guangdong, with more than 15,500 people hospitalized and six deaths as of Nov. 12, according to the Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warned travellers to the region about the outbreak, advising them to prevent mosquito bites.

The Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, with more than 9,000 cases, is battling its largest-ever outbreak of laboratory-confirmed infections. In Hong Kong on Nov. 7, officials confirmed a third case of locally acquired dengue, after last month discovering its first in four years. Earlier this fall, Japan faced its first outbreak in 70 years.

Officials in Hong Kong expressed concern about finding multiple locally acquired cases of dengue. Though a fair number of its residents contract dengue fever each year, nearly all are infected while traveling abroad. As of Nov. 13, 102 cases of dengue had been confirmed in the city this year, 99 of which originated elsewhere.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Gl sst mm

Tropical Storm Fay is located about 85 mi…140 km NNE of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 15 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind…tropical storm conditions will continue over Bermuda through this morning. Hurricane conditions are possible over Bermuda during the next few hours. Rainfall…Fay is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches across Bermuda. Surf…large swells generated by Fay will continue to affect portions of the south-facing shores of Bermuda through Sunday morning.

Super typhoon 19w (Vongfong) is located approximately 285 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, and is tracking northward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone 03b (Hudhud) is located approximately 20 nm south-east of Visakhapatnam, India and is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots

At least three people were killed as powerful cyclone Hudhud slammed into India’s eastern coast Sunday. More than 350,000 people living along the coast have been evacuated. The impact of the severe cyclone was first felt in Visakhapatnam, a major naval base in Andhra Pradesh state and in surrounding villages, as winds packing speeds of nearly 195 kilometres per hour uprooted trees and billboards, snapped power cables, and led to the suspension of air, bus and train services.

Those in the path of the storm huddled indoors throughout the day as it battered the region, with heavy rain and storm surges in many areas. Several deaths were blamed on a wall collapse and falling trees.

NewsBytes:

Sudan – Thousands of people have been displaced and some 3,260 homes destroyed by heavy flood waters in Jonglei state’s Twic East county. Seven schools and four primary health care units were also reportedly destroyed following three consecutive days of heavy rain from 3 to 7 October.