#Cyclone #Tino intensifies to category 3, approaching #Tonga with ‘very destructive’ winds up to 160km/h
Tropical Cyclone Tino is now category three, classed as “severe”. Image / Fiji MetService
A “severe” tropical cyclone bearing down on Tonga has intensified to category 3 with “very destructive” winds up to 160km/h.
Two people are reported missing and dozens more forced to seek shelter in evacuation centres after Tropical Cyclone Tino passed over Fiji overnight.
Flooding has been reported in parts of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.
The storm was upgraded to category 2 overnight but since further intensified to category three this morning with mean winds up to 160km/h, described as “very destructive, according to the Fiji Metservice
Tino was still intensifying and moving southeast in the direction of Tonga.
The Fiji Disaster Management Office says it’s pre-positioned some relief supplies that can be used as soon as the cyclone passes over Vanua Levu.
Director Vaisiti Soko told RNZ already more than 100 people are being looked after in evacuation centres across the country.
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Severe weather including strong winds, rain and snow has affected wide areas of Turkey over the last few days.
At least 2 people have lost their lives after heavy rain triggered landslides and flooding in the southern province of Mersin. Governor of the province, Ali İhsan Su, said in a statement that approximately 165mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Mersin. Heavy snow was also reported in higher elevations in the province.
Floodwaters inundated the districts of Mezitli, Yenişehir, Toroslar and Akdeniz. One person died in a vehicle trapped in flood waters in Mut district. Another victim died in the province after a landslide buried a house in Erdemli district.
At least 2 people died after severe floods hit Mersin in late December 2016, when over 140mm of rain fell in just 10 hours.
Heavy rain also triggered flooding in the neighbouring province of Antalya Province, where some homes were evacuated in Serik and Gazipaşa.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered Istanbul, causing traffic disruption and damaging over 100 buildings. The city government reported flooding in over 60 locations.
Winds reached over 104km/h and more than 110mm of rain fell in some parts of the city from 06 to 07 January, 2020.
The bad weather conditions also caused air travel delays after a plane skidded off the runway at Sabiha Gökçen Airport. All passengers were safely evacuated and there were no injuries reported.
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A downpour lasting 12 hours caused deadly flash flooding in the province of Luanda, Angola, on 04 January, 2020.
News agency ANGOP reported that 250 families have been displaced after houses were flooded. The worst hit areas include the municipalities of Talatona (116 houses flooded), Viana (80) and Cazenga (12). One person died in flood waters in Zango commune, Viana Municipality. Flooding was also reported in Cacuaco Municipality where a bridge was in danger of collapse.
Elsewhere in the country at least 200 houses were damaged by floods in the city of Sumbe in Cuanza Sul Province. Heavy rain from 03 to 05 January damaged or destroyed around 15 houses in areas on the outskirts of Menongue, capital of Cuando Cubango province. One person was also injured.
President of Angola, João Lourenço, said that authorities will make all efforts to help the victims of the floods.
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El Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (INDECI) has reported more flooding and landslides in Huanuco Department over the last few days, affecting a further 80 families.
Around 25 homes have been damaged and 25 families affected after a landslide and flooding in San Pablo de Pillao district, province of Huánuco, on 08 January, 2020. On the same day, flooding from the Pachitea River damaged around 30 homes and affected over 50 families in the district of Tournavista, Puerto Inca Province. The overflowing Pachitea river had previously flooded parts of Yuyapichis District.
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#Pentagon says more than a dozen #missiles ‘launched from #Iran’ against 2 #USA bases, vows ‘necessary’ counter-measures
The Pentagon said it would take “necessary measures” to defend US troops and regional allies following reports of Iranian missile strikes on US facilities in Iraq, confirming that over a dozen missiles were used in the attack.
“Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases,” the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was now working on “initial battle damage assessments.”
“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners and allies in the region.”
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