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Archive | October 6, 2019

#Fire destroys 62 houses in #China

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The worst #drought in 90 years hits the #Khomas region in #Namibia

Drought Emergency Alert_2

THE Khomas region is experiencing its worst drought in 90 years, according to official rainfall figures released by the Namibia Meteorological Service this week.

The region received less than a third of its normal quantity of rainfall over the past rainy season from October last year to the end of April this year. The bulk of the north-central regions of the country received about a third of their normal seasonal rainfall, and most of the Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions recorded less than 40% of their normal rainfall totals, figures released by the weather service show.

The Meteorological Service also reported that while the eastern parts of the Zambezi region received between 60% and 80% of their normal seasonal rainfall totals during the 2018/19 rainy season, the situation was worse in the western parts of the region, which has ended up experiencing its worst drought in the last 59 years.

At the weather service’s head office in Windhoek, 106,7 millimetres of rain was measured during the past rainy season – the lowest annual figure since 1929/30, when a seasonal total of 97 mm was recorded at the same spot.

The past rainy season has also been drier in Windhoek than during the 1981/82 season, when a total of 126,2 mm of rain was recorded at the Windhoek Met Office during a severe drought that had Namibia in its grips.

Windhoek’s total rainfall during a normal rainy season is around 355 mm.

The end-of-season rainfall bulletin also shows that the situation is even more serious at Witvlei in the Omaheke region, where only 67 mm of rain was recorded from October to April. This is 79% below the normal seasonal total of 317,7 mm.

At Steinhausen, north-west of Gobabis, a near-normal rainfall total of 317,5 mm was recorded from October to April, though – only 8% below the normal seasonal total of 343,7 mm.

At Rundu, 334 mm of rain was recorded from October 2018 to the end of April 2019 – 41% below the town’s normal seasonal rainfall total of 568,6 mm.

The rainfall total of 168,7 mm recorded at Ondangwa during the past rainy season is 63% below the town’s normal seasonal total of 450,8 mm. At Grootfontein, the seasonal total came to 230,2 mm at the end of April, which is 57% below the town’s normal figure of 540,3 mm.

In the southern part of the Kunene region, 105,6 mm of rain was recorded at Khorixas during the past rainy season. That is 52% below its normal seasonal total of 220,4 mm.

The seasonal total of 31 mm measured at Gochas is 82% lower than the normal total rainfall of 176,4 mm in that part of in the Hardap region during an average rainy season.

At Keetmanshoop, 36,2 mm of rain was measured during the past rainy season – 76% below the
//Kharas town’s normal seasonal total of 151 mm.

The failed rainy season is also reflected in the levels of the main dams supplying water to Windhoek. On Monday, the Von Bach and Swakoppoort dams were storing a combined 29 million cubic metres of water – compared to about 55 million cubic metres a year ago, and more than 62 million cubic metres at the same stage in 2017.

According to the City of Windhoek, city residents again failed to meet water saving targets over the past week. While the city has set a weekly water consumption target of no more than 465 000 cubic metres, actual consumption recorded over the past week was 497 332 cubic metres of water.

Water restrictions in the city are set to be tightened from the start of July.

Courtesy of namibian.com.na

https://tinyurl.com/y29rdcfn

Deadly Flash #Floods in South #Iran

Severe Flood Warning

At least 5 people have died and over 100 displaced after heavy rain caused flash floods in Iran.

A period of heavy rain from 01 to 04 October 2019 caused flooding in provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, South Khorasan, Fars and Hormozgan.

Iranian Red Crescent (IRCS) relief teams have distributed tents, blankets, canned food and washing sets among the flood-affected people. IRCS said they have provided assistance to 300 people who were affected by flood and provided emergency sheltering for 137 people. Relief operation continues in Sistan and Baluchestan.

According to IRCS, 5 people died in two separate incidents in the province of Hormozgan when vehicles were swept away by flood waters.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

https://tinyurl.com/yypywsjr

Homes Damaged After #Floods From #Storm #Lorenzo in #Ireland

Storm Alert

Storm Lorenzo brought heavy rain and high winds to parts of North Western Ireland from late 03 October, 2019.

Met Éireann said that some areas of north west Ireland saw between 50mm and 100mm of rain between 02 and 03 October, 2019.

The heavy rain increased levels of the River Eske in Donegal town, prompting intensive efforts by the emergency services to pump water from affected areas. Media reported that around 40 homes were flooded.

Lornezo also brought strong winds, with gusts of over 80 km/h. At the height of the storm, almost 20,000 homes across the Republic of Ireland were without power.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

https://tinyurl.com/yyl8uw9w

#Floods Hit Southern and Central Areas in #Yemen

Severe Flood Warning

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding caused material damages in 5 governorates of Yemen over the past week.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) reported on 03 October that a total of 2,775 families have been affected by the floods in southern areas of the country since 27 September. As many as 1,329 families were affected in Lahj, 900 families in Aden, 508 in Abyan and 38 in Hadramaut.

Serious damage to camps for internally displaced people (IDP sites) was reported in Aden City, Tuban in Lahj Governorate and Khanfir in Abyan District.

Yemen Meteorological Services reported that 71mm of rain fell in Aden in 24 hours to 28 September, 2019.

Central areas of Yemen were also affected by the severe weather from 28 September. Around 59 families were affected in Marib City in Marib governorate and 190 families in Wusab As Safil District in Dhamar.

In addition, on 01 October heavy rains and floods hit Abs and Aslem districts in Hajjah Governorate and Az Zuhra and Bayt Al Faqiah districts in Al Hudaydah Governorate.

Humanitarian partners are mobilizing efforts to assess needs.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

https://tinyurl.com/yymk7s2l

Torrential #Rain From #Typhoon #Mitag Causes Deadly #Floods and #Landslides in South #Korea

South Korea Flooding 03.10.2019

Disaster authorities in South Korea reported late (local time) on 03 October 2019 that 10 people have now died as result of Typhoon Mitag.

The fatalities occurred Seongju (1), Yeongdeok (1), Pohang (2), Uljin (2), Samcheok (1), Gangneung (1) and Busan (2). The deaths occurred as a result of flooding or landslides triggered by the heavy rain or floods. At least 4 people are still missing; 1 in Pohang, 2 in Busan and 1 in Uljin.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

https://tinyurl.com/y5r5cp4n

Thousands Displaced by #Floods in #Dakar and #Kaolack Regions, #Senegal

Floods in Senegal, September 2019. Photo: Senegal Red Cross

The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reported on 02 October, 2019, that over almost 9,000 people have been affected and around 4,500 displaced by flooding and heavy rain in Senegal.

IFRC said that heavy rainfall from 10 to 17 September caused extensive damages in Rufisque and Guédiawaye departments in Dakar Region and Kaolack department in Kaolack Region

Six deaths were reported in Dakar Region, where 4 died as a result of lightning strikes and 2 from drowning in flood waters. Almost 50 people were also injured.

According to IFRC figures, a total of 500 households (around 4,500 people) have been displaced, including 136 households in Kaolack Region and 364 households in Dakar Region.

Furthermore, the flooding has led to widespread destruction of livelihoods, as farms fields have been washed away.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

https://tinyurl.com/y2v53pt6

#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 2.7 #FRANCE


Subject to change

Depth: 1 km

Distances: 224 km W of Monaco, Monaco / pop: 33,000 / local time: 17:45:31.1 2019-10-06

89 km NE of Montpellier, France / pop: 249,000 / local time: 17:45:31.1 2019-10-06
25 km N of Avignon, France / pop: 89,800 / local time: 17:45:31.1 2019-10-06
4 km NE of Orsan, France / pop: 1,200 / local time: 17:45:31.1 2019-10-06

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#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 5.9 #ANTOFAGASTA, #CHILE


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Depth: 112 km

Distances: 21.902°S 68.568°W

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#EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 4.5 EASTERN #MEDITERRANEAN SEA


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Depth: 80 km

Distances: 286 km S of İzmir, Turkey / pop: 2,501,000 / local time: 17:51:38.0 2019-10-05

145 km S of Muğla, Turkey / pop: 48,200 / local time: 17:51:38.0 2019-10-05
58 km S of Ródos, Greece / pop: 56,200 / local time: 17:51:38.0 2019-10-05
17 km S of Lárdos, Greece / pop: 1,400 / local time: 17:51:38.0 2019-10-05

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