Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits southeast of Easter Island.

5.3 earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.2 earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.

5.1 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Batan Islands in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Tanzania – Heavy rains were reported in Dar es Salaam, starting on 8 May 2019 to-date. The floods caused a significant impact to the people in Dar es salaam leading to damage of properties and livelihoods and putting the affected population at risk of diseases. The initial rapid assessment conducted by TRCS from May 20 to May 23rd, indicated that the heavy rains have caused serious flooding in Kinondoni, Temeke and Ilala municipalities of Dar es Salaam.

Georgia – On 12 May 2019, heavy rain and hail affected Kakheti Region of Georgia, mainly Lagodekhi, Akhmeta, Telavi and Dedoplistskaro municipalities. As a result of the heavy rain (125 mm), yards, entrances, basements and first floors of many houses and buildings were flooded. Furthermore, infrastructure, such as roads and bridges connecting the villages, riverbank protections, as well as agricultural lands and fruit trees have been destroyed. The overall population of the affected municipalities is approximately 147,800.

Arkansas, Oklahoma, USA – Residents in parts of Arkansas are preparing for what meteorologists predict will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week. Soaked areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas are forecast to receive more rain this week, increasing flooding concerns along the already swollen river. Tulsa County officials say some residents west of Tulsa already have evacuated their homes because of flooding. Downstream in Fort Smith, Ark., officials say flooding has closed roads and flooded buildings.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.


Tanzania – Floods caused by incessant rains in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have killed at least nine people, emergency officials said Monday. Public schools have been closed to avoid more casualties from the rains that began last Saturday. Residents living in lowland areas have been affected by the floods the most.

USA – The East Coast was hit with heavy rain and flooding on Monday as a severe storm made its way toward the Atlantic. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in and around New York City and northeastern New Jersey from Monday morning to the afternoon. The floods ravaged the area, closing subway stations and roads as water levels rose quickly. The storm brought heavy snow to the Midwest over the weekend that canceled flights and killed two before turning to rain on the East Coast.

– Roads are being cleared, but the heavy rain Sunday night and Monday morning caused many problems in the D.C. area, including blocked roads and half-submerged cars. Thunderstorms gave way to localized flash flooding Monday and caused large pools of standing water in the D.C. area.

– Runners in the Boston marathon battled freezing rain and fierce headwinds on Monday as wild spring weather battered the US north-east.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Jan Mayen Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Lake Victoria, Tanzania.

At least 11 people have been killed and more than a hundred injured after a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit northern Tanzania.

5.7 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.3 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Tanzania.

5.0 Earthquake hits the State of Yap, Micronesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.


Namibia – Measles

The outbreak of measles and rubella – also known as German measles or three-day measles – during the months of August to November over the past four years has prompted the Ministry of Health and Social Services to conduct a mass vaccination campaign in July.

Tanzania – Mystery Disease

At least 10 people have died and 21 others hospitalized following an outbreak of an unidentified disease in central Tanzania’s Dodoma region.


Cholera – Iraq

WHO received notification from the National IHR Focal Point of Iraq of additional laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera.

As of 22 November, a total of 2,810 laboratory-confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae 01 Inaba had been confirmed at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Baghdad, and only 2 deaths related to cholera were reported.

Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Tanzania has notified WHO of additional laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera. Across the country, at least 9,871 cases have been reported, including 150 deaths.

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Two additional cases of type 1 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV1) have been reported from Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), bringing the total number of cases in this outbreak to three.


Cholera – Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of the United Republic of Tanzania has notified WHO of new foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. As of 13 October, 13 regions have been affected, namely Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Pwani, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Dodoma, Geita, Mara, Singida, Shinyaga, Mwanza and Zanzibar. As of 19 October, the cumulative number of cases is 4,835 cases, including 68 deaths. The region of Dar es Salam accounts for 72% of all reported cases (3,460). Zanzibar has reported 140 cases.

Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak – USA

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has been reported at Princeton University, affecting 13 students, according to a University spokesman.


Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of Tanzania has notified WHO of foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. Rorya district in the Mara region of Tanzania was the first area to report a cholera outbreak. By late July 2015, the Kigoma region also became affected – although no new case has been recorded in this area in more than three weeks. On 25 August, new foci of cholera were identified in Dar es Salaam, Pwani (Coast), Iringa and Morogoro. The cholera outbreak in the Dar es Salaam region began on 15 August, whilst the outbreak in the Morogoro region started on 18 August. As of 6 September, the cumulative number of cholera cases (both suspected and confirmed) is 971 cases, including 13 deaths. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa in the affected areas.

France to vaccinate livestock following bluetongue outbreak

France is preparing a widespread vaccination campaign for livestock following an outbreak of bluetongue disease on a farm in the centre of the country, the government said on Friday.

France, the European Union’s biggest agricultural producer, had been declared free of bluetongue on its mainland since 2012 and the return of the viral disease could lead to restrictions of live animal exports in another setback for livestock farmers, who have been protesting about falling meat and dairy prices.

The disease, which affects ruminants but not humans, was detected in the Allier administrative department in central France, part of a major cattle region.

The authorities are introducing a wider 150 km restriction zone around the farm, with limits on livestock movements, and have ordered 1.3 million doses of a vaccine to tackle the disease.


Tanzania Cholera – Update

U.N. aid agencies report better sanitation and clean drinking water is containing a cholera epidemic among Burundian refugees in Tanzania, but there are fears that the deadly disease could spread to the local Tanzanian population.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) reports measures to control cholera in western Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika area appear to be working. More than 4,000 cases of cholera have been reported among newly arrived Burundian refugees there, and the disease has killed 30 people.

The epidemic peaked in early May with 915 cases, but has since subsided to around 100 cases per day. UNHCR says this is due to improved hygiene standards, increased supplies of safe drinking water, and close cooperation by Tanzanian health authorities.

More than 64,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Tanzania this month, trying to escape political turmoil and a failed military coup in Burundi. They are living in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions — a perfect breeding ground for cholera.


Cholera Among Refugees in Tanzania

At least 27 people have died in an outbreak of cholera at a Burundian refugee camp in Tanzania, humanitarian workers said Thursday.

An estimated 50,000 refugees from Burundi live at a camp in the village of Kagunga, where cholera is suspected of sickening another 15 people, UNICEF said. The World Health Organization says up to 90,000 people live at the camp in the village.

More than 112,000 have fled Burundi in recent weeks during an attempted military overthrow of the government. Many are living in camps along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where conditions are poor.

Between 500 and 2,000 people arrive each day, overwhelming the health system infrastructure where there is already limited camping space, poor hygiene, and inadequate sanitation and drinking water.

WHO says non-cholera-related cases of diarrhea have climbed to more than 1,000.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.


Tanzania – A landslide in Tanzania’s northwestern district of Kahama has claimed the lives of at least 19 gold miners on Thursday night.

Kenya – More than 100 homes in Mutiswa, Makueni county, were on Thursday night flooded following heavy rains. Last week, the roofs of 98 houses in Kavuthu were blown off by strong winds during a heavy downpour.

Texas, USA – Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighbouring states. A severe weather system followed the heavy rains on Saturday afternoon; four tornadoes were reported in Colorado and one in central Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 210 nm east-northeast of Darwin, Australia and is tracking westward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 20p (reuben), located approximately 688 nm southeast of Suva, Fiji, and is tracking southeastward at 07 knots.


Canada – An avalanche in British Columbia, Canada has claimed the life of one person and left one other missing. Both were group members snowmobiling near the Dore River drainage area, near McBride, B.C.

Tanzania – THE ongoing heavy rains in Dar es Salaam region have left five people dead and rendered hundreds homeless after their houses were submerged. Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), on Sunday announced that heavy rains would continue in various parts of the country until Wednesday.