Extreme drought triggers water crisis in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia #Drought #EastNusaTenggara #Indonesia
Five villages in Rote Ndao regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) are suffering from clean water shortages as a result of extreme drought. Deskiel Haning of the Rote Ndao Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said the five villages were Holulai, Nentenaen, Meoain, Lifuleo and Pukuafu. They had experienced extreme drought for more than 60 days. “The water crisis has been ongoing since July,” he said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. The agency has been regularly distributing clean water to residents of the five villages in order to mitigate the water scarcity.
Authorities also urged villagers to only use clean water for drinking and bathing. “The clean water comes from tanks owned by the Rote Ndao BPBD and [an unidentified] third party,” said Deskiel. Several other villages in the regency have also requested Rote Ndao administration’s assistance in providing clean water. Deskiel went on to say that authorities were trying to fulfill those requests as soon as possible.
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Typhoon Maysak tracked past Okinawa, Japan with wind speeds of over 100mph and is now headed towards South Korea where it is expected to make lnadfall on 2 September.
Maysak is currently as powerful as a Categrory 3 hurricane but is expected to intensify and has the potential to become a super typhoon. The storm is predicted to pass to the east of Seoul, but Busan, the nation’s second largest city and the world’s fifth largest port is expected to be affected by storm surges and strong winds.
Maysak is expected to bring torrential rains and wind speeds of up to 140mph to South and North Korea, before moving into northeastern China. Some areas of South Korea are bracing for more flooding as Typhoon Bavi had already passed by saturating the area only one week ago.
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A powerful typhoon blew over Japan’s southernmost islands on Tuesday and was headed toward the country’s main southern island and the Korean Peninsula.
More than 20,000 homes were left without electricity, according to Okinawa Electric Power Co. As of noon, Typhoon Maysak had already traveled past the area around Okinawa, home to U.S. military bases, but warnings continued to be issued about strong gusts that could cause homes to collapse. Extremely high tides were a risk as well.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency had said earlier that Maysak was expected to later make landfall on Kyushu, Japan’s main southern island, but its course appeared to be swerving away. Still, its passing close by could bring strong winds and rain.
The storm is on course to hit South Korea by Thursday. A typhoon that hit the Korean Peninsula last week caused scattered minor damage in both Koreas.
Maysak was packing maximum winds of 180 kilometers (112 miles) per hour at its center by midday, the meteorological agency said.
Japan’s southern islands are often been hit by mudslides and flooding during typhoon season.
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Tropical Storm Nana (wjxt)
A well-organized cluster of showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave continues to move quickly westward across the central Caribbean Sea. Tropical-storm-force winds are occurring in the northern portion of wave to the southeast of Jamaica, which will spread near or just south of Jamaica later this morning and into this afternoon.
Environmental conditions are expected to become a little more conducive for development, as the system heads toward Central America Wednesday night.
Locally heavy rains and gusty winds are possible on Jamaica today, and interests there, as well as in northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula, should monitor the progress of this system.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft investigated the system and found sustained winds of 50 mph.
The government of Belize has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the entire coast of Belize from north of Punta Barrios, Guatemala, northward to south of Chetumal, Mexico.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Honduras, Roatan Island, and the Bay Islands of Honduras, Belize.
A Tropical Storm Watch may be required for portions of Guatemala and the southern Yucatan Peninsula later today.
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Majorca suffers severe damage after ‘golf ball’ hail and tornado sweep island #Hailstorm #Tornado #Majorca #Spain
A violent storm and tornado have swept across Majorca, leaving a trail of destruction across the tourist hotspot in its wake.
Giant hailstones measuring up to two centimetres pelted down on the island mid-morning, bringing down hundreds of trees and causing power outages, after the storm arrived in the town of Banyalbufar on Saturday, August 29.
The damage was of such high magnitude it left Banyalbufar’s council considering whether to declare a “disaster area”.
The mayor, Mateu Ferra, expressed his concerns, saying the landscape “will take years to recover”.
He added that while there were no serious injuries, many residents “are going to need help”.
Several witnesses captured and shared footage of the storm on social media.
Some mentioned that hail the size of golf balls fell from the sky.
Motorists said strong gusts of wind had caused pine trees to fall and block the roads, preventing them from advancing.
A couple of elderly people and their daughter had to be rescued after after a fallen pine tree left them trapped inside their home, according to the Civil Guard.
Majorca firefighters, Civil Guard teams with Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Groups went to the disaster area and are still working to quantify the extent of the damage, a process which Ferra claims will be “endless”.
Hundreds of people have been left with no fresh water, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
Community manager of electric company Endesa, Magdalena Frau, says staff have been working non-stop since noon on Saturday to restore electricity supplies through alternative routes.
The company has been forced to install temporary generators in the area. but locals still remain without Internet service and telephone coverage.
Frau explained it could take some time for normal services to resume due to the damage caused to the lines.
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Depth: 8 km
Distances: 30 km SSW of Ruse, Bulgaria / pop: 156,000 / local time: 20:12:33.4 2020-09-01
16 km S of Vedea, Romania / pop: 5,700 / local time: 20:12:33.4 2020-09-01
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 106 km S of Sofia, Bulgaria / pop: 1,152,000 / local time: 14:31:22.6 2020-09-01
11 km N of Berovo, North Macedonia / pop: 13,800 / local time: 13:31:22.6 2020-09-01
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 1260 km SE of Punta Arenas, Chile / pop: 117,000 / local time: 07:56:20.8 2020-09-01
1015 km SE of Ushuaia, Argentina / pop: 58,000 / local time: 07:56:20.8 2020-09-01
Depth: 22 km
Distances: 127 km SW of Copiapó, Chile / pop: 129,000 / local time: 06:31:51.1 2020-09-01
104 km NW of Vallenar, Chile / pop: 44,800 / local time: 06:31:51.1 2020-09-01