Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 190 mi…305 km NE of Coatzacoalcos Mexico and about 240 mi…390 km ENE of Veracruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Uganda – Three children have drowned in floods following a heavy downpour in Nyakibigo II, Kasese municipality. Locals say the flooding came from rains from the Rwenzori mountains, ending known as Kyaminyoku. However, some residents have attributed the floods to witchcraft and attacked a suspected resident and beat him to death.

India, Update – As many as 84 people lost their lives in the recent floods in Assam, where 29 of 33 districts were hit by the deluge, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. 25.42 lakh people have been affected by the floods in the north eastern state.

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Houston, Texas, USA – Heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of the Houston metropolitan area on Tuesday. The NWS said a flood warning is in effect for Texas’ northeastern Fort Bend County, eastern Waller County and western Harris County after 4 inches to 6 inches, with isolated amounts more than 8 inches, fell throughout the area early Tuesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Depression One is located about 730 mi…1170 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Uganda – Heavy rains that have pounded some parts of the eastern region since mid-March on Monday washed away three bridges on the Mbale-Tirinyi road, leaving one person dead. Hundreds of stranded motorists had to find alternative routes after unseasonable rainfall hit the villages for nearly three hours.

Colombia – Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 11 people, the Red Cross said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds. At least 20 people are missing after torrential rains lashed the city of Manizales, officials said, raising fears the death toll could soar as it did earlier this month in the southern city of Mocoa.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 575 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Uganda – Kampala residents woke up to a wet Wednesday morning. Many low-lying areas experienced flash floods, cutting off roads. Rain water filled in peoples’ houses, with residents forced to remove some of their belongings out of their homes and to high-level drier areas.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Uganda – The death toll from last week’s storm in Lake Albert in the Buliisa District, Uganda has risen to 29. The storm also destroyed more than 600 houses. Search operations for missing people are still going on. Three days ago, a fresh storm hit Nyamukuta Sub-county, destroying 392 houses and injuring three people.

Southeast USA – Deadly storms are battering the southern United States. At least four tornadoes were reported in three states Thursday. Heavy rain triggered flood warnings from Louisiana to Michigan. Wet roads are being blamed for the death of at least one person in Alabama. The stormy, wet weather is expected to reach the East Coast Friday. Authorities were working to clear downed trees and power lines Friday after the storm brought tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and flash floods to the Southeast.

Northeast USA – More snow is expected as storms batter the Northeast USA. As much as eight inches of snow is expected to hit The Queen City this weekend, with the worst of it arriving Sunday into Monday. Syracuse could get seven inches of snow on Saturday. Five inches of snow are in the forecast for Albany and Scranton. Portland, Maine could get three inches. And Boston could get two inches.

Thailand – Heavy rain pounded Sai Yok district late Thursday, triggering floods and forest runoff that inundated many villages. Heavy downpours also replenished water sources in drought-affected areas. The water volume at Sai Yok waterfall in Sai Yok district, Erawan waterfall in the Erawan national park in Si Sawat district, and Kroeng Krawia waterfall in Sangkhla Buri district rose sharply.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Uganda

Drought coupled with strong winds is fuelling wildfires across Karamoja in sweltering heat.

Families in the region specifically Napak, Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Kaabong districts continue to battle numerous wildfires to protect their properties from destruction. So far, over 70 homes in Irriri, Lotome, Lokopo in Napak and 10 in Rupa Sub County in Moroto district have been destroyed in the last two months.

Fast moving bushfires continue to blaze across Karamoja dry terrain threatening the destruction of settlements.

Disease

Uganda: Cholera Outbreak

A cholera outbreak has been declared in Mbale after the district registered 12 suspected cases. The cholera victims are from slum areas of Mbale town including: Namatala, Kiteso, Malukhu and Namanyoyi, which exhibit poor hygiene and sanitation.

Mbale now join the districts of Tororo, Hoima, Kibaale, and Kampala that have confirmed cases of the deadly cholera disease. The outbreak come at a time when the country is experiencing heavy rains that have led to flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 05a (Megh), located approximately 457 nm south of Masirah Island, Yemen, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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

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Uganda – One man died as floods ravage Karusandara, Kasese, Uganda on Thursday afternoon. The floods followed a heavy downpour that caused the River Mubuku to burst its banks destroying numerous houses. Local divers searched unsuccessfully for the body of the man who was washed away by the floodwaters.

Wildlife

Lions Mysteriously Fall Ill in Northern Uganda

Wildlife officials in Uganda are stumped by a mysterious illness among the lions of Kidepo Valley National Park that has left the big cats emaciated and “docile”.

Kampala’s The Observer newspaper reports that within the past month, the sickness has affected almost all of the park’s lions, located in the north of the country near the borders of South Sudan and Kenya.

Charles Tumwesigye, the deputy director in charge of conservation at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, says experts will examine samples taken from some of the sick lions.

“We have a feeling that it could be partly starvation because we don’t seem to have very many prey animals for the lions in Kidepo,” Tumwesigye told the daily.

He adds that the larger animals currently roaming the park, like buffaloes, are not easy for a lion to take down.

A regal male lion photographed earlier this year in Uganda’s remote Kidepo Valley National Park, where the bigcats have mysteriously fallen ill.

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Bats facing extinction on Western Ghats, India

Wildlife experts and conservationists have warned that bats are facing extinction in India’s Western Ghats due to increasing human activities and destruction of forests. Several species of bats residing in India are finding it increasingly difficult to adjust with varying landscape resulting due to deforestation. They cites reasons including increased use of agricultural land and growing human population for the impact on bats. A team of experts from University of Leeds in Britain, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and National Centre for Biological Sciences conducted a survey of different bats species in the southern Western Ghats in order to study the impact of plantation and rainforest fragmentation on them.

The study showed that some bat species can adjust with coffee plantations. Experts said that the reaming part of the forest and wildlife friendly agriculture can help save the bats from extinction. Western Ghats is among the most biodiverse regions in the world and it is also densely populated. The modern development and land-use transformation have left just 6 per cent of the natural habitat. The experts used Geographic Information System (GIS) computer modelling to study association between different bat species.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 06w (Noul), located approximately 244 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from part of the Philippines ahead of the arrival of a typhoon expected to bring winds of more than 100mph.

Typhoon Noul is forecast to bring gusts of up to 122mph as well as sustained speeds of 100mph, plus heavy rain that prompted warnings of landslides in mountainous areas and a 2.5m storm surge along the coast.

The north-east part of the republic’s populous main island of Luzon is expected to bear the brunt of the category four storm after it makes landfall around 5am local time on Sunday.

Tropical storm 07w (Seven), located approximately 270 nm east-southeast of Pohnpei, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Ana is located about about 105 mi…170 km SSE of Cape Fear North Carolina; about 115 mi…190 km se of Myrtle Beach South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Cape Lookout, North Carolina, south to Edisto Beach, South Carolina. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimetres) of rain in the coastal Carolinas, with up to 6 inches (15 cm) in areas hit by heavy thunderstorms. The storm is also creating rough surf along the coast, and Franklin warned of deadly rip currents throughout the weekend.

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Uganda – Residents of Bulembia division in Kasese Municipality on Thursday morning woke up to floods which cut off several villages after River Nyamwamba burst its bunks. The river which started flooding early morning left numerous people displaced and other trapped.

Disease

Typhoid in Uganda – Update

An outbreak of typhoid fever has infected hundreds of people in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and looks likely to spread as the rainy season gets under way, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

At least 4,000 suspected cases of typhoid fever have been reported, 400 of which have been confirmed.

The disease’s epicenter is a slum in downtown Kampala where many were sickened by contaminated water and fruit juices.

The World Health Organization says the majority of water sources that were tested in downtown Kampala were found “heavily contaminated” with fecal matter, and that most of those affected are men between the ages of 20 and 39.

Disease

Typhoid fever – Uganda

In a belated report, on 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

The outbreak started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015. As of 5 March 2015, a total of 1940 suspected cases have been reported. From the first epicentre in downtown Kampala, the outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. The most affected groups are young males aged between 20 and 39 years. The majority of cases work in the business sector or as casual labourers. Food and juice vendors and cooks are also affected, hence the potential for wide spread of the disease. At the beginning of the outbreak Salmonella Typhi was laboratory-confirmed in 4 of 16 tested specimens. Further specimens have been tested during the outbreak identifying 5 isolates of Salmonella paratyphi group A. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and fecal matter.

Disease

Uganda confirms Typhoid outbreak

Uganda’s Health Ministry on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of Typhoid in the East African country.

“We would like to inform the general public that there is an outbreak of Typhoid in Kampala and in some parts of the neighbouring Wakiso and Mukono districts,” Jane Ruth Aceng, director-general of health services, told reporters.

She said the first Typhoid infection had been reported on Feb. 6.

“So far, two people are confirmed to have died of the disease, while 11 more deaths are still being investigated,” Aceng said.

She added that a total of 142 people had so far been found with symptoms of Typhoid.

Disease

Marburg virus disease – Uganda

On 11 November 2014, the Government of Uganda declared that Uganda was free of the Marburg virus. This declaration was made at the National Media Centre by the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi.

On 4 October 2014, WHO was notified by the Government of Uganda of a case of Marburg virus disease. The case was a male health professional that developed symptoms on 11 September. On 17 September, the patient was admitted to a district health facility in Mpigi. He was later transferred to a hospital in Kampala. On 28 September, the case passed away and was buried on 30 September in Kasese district.

Legionnaires’ disease – Portugal

On 9 November 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for Portugal of a large outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Vila Franca de Xira, a suburban area of Lisbon.

The first 17 cases were identified between 6 and 7 November. Since then, the number of cases has increased exponentially. On 12 November, the Directorate-General for Health of Portugal reported a total of 302 cases of Legionnaires’ disease. So far, 5 deaths have been confirmed to be caused by the disease. Four more deaths are currently being investigated. All cases have epidemiological links to the outbreak taking place in Vila Franca de Xira.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Five), located approximately 496 nm south of Calcutta, India, has tracked west-northwestward at 03

Tropical Storm 20w (Nuri), For 24 hours, Nuri was a category 5 monster storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, tying with Typhoon Vongfong as the strongest cyclone of the season. But Nuri may actually make a name for itself after it loses its tropical characteristics when it moves north into the Bering Sea. When it gets there, all the warm, tropical air it’s pushing around will crash into a mountain of cold air and cause a violent explosion of meteorological energy that could propel this storm into history. The National Weather Service in Anchorage says that during that so-called “bombogenesis” the storm’s central pressure — an important measure of intensity — will deepen from 970 MB late Thursday to between 918 to 922 MB late Friday.The Aleutian Islands will be pummeled with 40 to 50 foot waves and wind gusts of up to 100 mph. This storm is so strong that it will also cause the jet stream to plunge south, bringing cold temperatures to a huge part of the U.S.

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Switzerland – A landslide in Switzerland has claimed the lives of at least two people. The landslide buried the house in a heavily wooded area in Bombinasco.

Malaysia – Flash floods and landslides at Malaysian hill station Cameron Highlands have claimed the lives of at least three people. The landslide at Ringlet and Bertam Valley buried two and flash floods in Kuala Terla killed one person.

Uganda – The recent floods in western Uganda have displaced over 16,000 people. Heavy rainfall caused the River Semliki burst its banks and affected the western Ugandan district of Ntoroko.

Italy – In Italy, hundreds of residents have been evacuated from the northern Tuscan city of Carrara after heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding. Around 180 millimetres of rain fell in three hours, flooding the lower floors of many houses and factories in Carrara, famous for its marble.