Thursday, 3 May 2018

Extreme weather report - 05/02/2018

Damascus, Syria - flood and rain

Floods and torrential rain in Jersusalem

Climate & Extreme Weather News #113 (April 22nd-26th 2018)

00:14 Indonesia: Cilegon, Cianjur & Bumiayu floods 
13:06 Tropical Cyclone Fakir 
16:09 Bangladesh: Dhaka storm 
19:18 Egypt: Cairo flash floods 
22:35 Israel: Storm & flash floods 
24:56 Saudi Arabia: Storms & flash floods 
28:48 Algeria: Flash floods 34:04 Kenya: Floods 
35:53 Rwanda: Floods and landslides 
36:24 South Africa: Cape Town flash floods 
36:54 China: Anhui floods 
38:11 Brazil: Maceio flood 
39:00 Mexico: Toluca hailstorm 
40:43 The USA: Southern storms 
42:44 India: Heatwave 
43:07 Global temp anomalies & anomaly forecasts

Climate & Extreme Weather News #115 (April 27th-May 2nd 2018)

00:12 Argentina: Buenos Aires Storm 
05:27 The USA: Storms & The Tinder Fire 
10:11 Europe: Cold, Snow, Heat, Thunderstorms & Flash Floods 
15:36 New Zealand: Rotorua Floods 
16:28 Canada: Spring Floods 
17:45 India & Pakistan: Heatwave 
18:49 Australia: A Record April 
19:22 Temperature Data inc. Temp anomalies & anomaly forecasts

A humanitarian crisis: 100 dead thousands homeless in Kenya from major flooding with water contamination to hit Nairobi and Mombasa

the Big Wobble,
1 May, 2018

Raging floods that have hit Kenya's low-lying plains since the onset of the long rains season in mid-March could snowball into a humanitarian crisis unless robust interventions are put in place, relief agencies have warned.

Kenya has been experiencing major flooding in recent days as torrential rains pound the country shortly after it had come out of a severe drought season marked by hunger and water scarcity.

Data compiled by Kenya Red Cross indicate that an estimated 100 people have by April 30 died while thousands of households were displaced due to flooding in western, northeastern and coastal regions.

Abbas Gullet, secretary general of Kenya Red Cross Society, said in a television interview over the weekend that a humanitarian crisis is looming unless solid interventions are rolled out.

"It is undeniable we are staring at another humanitarian crisis as floods wreak havoc in many parts of the country.

The toll of deaths is rising while destroyed crops could worsen food insecurity in the semi-arid regions," said Gullet.

Kenya Red Cross has partnered with state agencies to provide emergency assistance to flood victims in the worst affected counties in the coastal region.

Gullet said that the number of people displaced by floods in the coastal counties of Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River is rising, straining ongoing humanitarian interventions.

"So many families in the coast region lack shelter, food and clean water after their homes were destroyed by floods.

There is a humanitarian crisis already unfolding in this region and the ongoing rains could worsen it," Gullet said.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa has been spearheading efforts to provide emergency aid to flood victims countrywide.

Besides overseeing distribution of food rations, clean water and medicine, the cabinet secretary has also mobilized rescue teams from the army to help erect temporary shelters for victims of floods.

The low-lying plains have borne the brunt of floods as evidenced by the massive destruction of homes, farms, schools and hospitals.

Many schools in the arid and semi-arid regions are already submerged in floods, putting uncertainties on the resumption of studies after the April holiday.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Amina Mohamed last week ordered her officers to conduct an audit of schools affected by floods in order to inform remedial measures.

Heavy flooding has also destroyed critical infrastructures such as roads, power lines and telecommunication masts in many parts of the country.

The highway linking Nairobi to the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve was cut off when the rain season peaked in the middle of April.

Major cities have also been affected by flooding, which snarls traffic and overwhelms drainage systems.

It is feared that an epidemic could erupt in big cities like Nairobi and Mombasa due to contamination of drinking water.

The central Kenyan highlands have not been spared either.

Landslides there have claimed lives while destroying homes, tea and coffee farms.

As Kenyans prepare to mark Labor Day on Tuesday, it appears unlikely that the floods would subside.

Earlier forecasts by the meteorological department said heavy rains will continue pounding the country until the end of May.

Temperatures humans shouldn't have to endure caused people to faint as the mercury sizzled at 50.2 degrees Celsius, 123 deg F in Pakistan
Above the heatwave in 2015 killed more than a 1,000 people in Karachi alone with temperatures approaching 50 deg C (122 deg F).

Heatstroke caused dozens of people to faint as Shaheed Benazirabad district and Larkana as temperatures sizzled at 50.2 degrees Celsius, 123 deg F, respectively, on Monday.

The heatstroke victims were taken to Peoples Medical University Hospital and other medical centres in Nawabshah and its adjoining towns where they received treatment.

The unbearable heat forced people to remain indoors throughout the day.
Roads and markets wore a deserted look and business activities came to a halt.
The worst sufferers of heatstroke were labourers and motorcyclists.

Doctors advised people to drink plenty of water and juices, avoid consuming stale food and keep heads covered with a wet cloth while going out in the sun.

In 2015 killed more than a 1,000 people in Karachi alone with temperatures approaching 50 deg C (122 deg F)

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