Archive | September 22, 2020

Update 22nd September 2020 @ 23:10 hrs UTC: Coronavirus Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance Subject To Change








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Lava Flow Has Increased At Reventador Volcano In Ecuador #Lava #ReventadorVolcano #Ecuador

Gas emissions from Reventador volcano yesterday (image: IGEPN)

Effusive-explosive eruption of the volcano continues.

IGEPN reported that the lava flow on the northeast flank has increased in length, currently about 400 m long.

Incandescence continues to be observed from the summit crater.

Near-constant ash emissions reached up to 14,000 ft (4,300 m) altitude and drifted NW.

3 thermal anomalies was detected in satellite images.

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Storm ‘Noul’ causes flash floods, strong winds and landslides in Thailand #Storm #Floods #Landslides #Thailand

Storm Alert

People in 27 provinces have been affected by flash floods, strong wind and landslides caused by Storm Noul between Friday and Sunday.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Monday its assessment on the impacts of Noul in 27 provinces, mostly in the North and Northeast.

Flashfloods and landslides damaged infrastructures, farms, villages and other property. Nearly 2,000 households have been severely affected. One storm-related fatality and two injuries have been reported.

The storm has also brought flash floods and high tides in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, according to the Meteorological Department.

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MAGNITUDE 3.6 YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING, USA #earthquake #Wyoming #Yellowstone #USA

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Depth: 15 km

Distances: 338 km ESE of Billings, United States / pop: 110,000 / local time: 12:13:32.2 2020-09-22

15 km ENE of Wright, United States / pop: 1,800 / local time: 12:13:32.2 2020-09-22

Landslide kills two in Gulmi, Nepal #Landslide #Gulmi #Nepal

Landslide Danger Alert

Two persons were buried and one more sustained injuries in a landslide occurred on Monday night at Ratchaur village of Hastichaur in Isma Rural Municipality-2, Gulmi.

Their bodies were recovered this morning.

A joint team of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel recovered the bodies of Prem Bahadur Kumal, 39, and Safal Kumar, 5, according to Deputy Superintendent of Armed Police Force Ashok Kumar Lamsal said.

They were buried in a massive landslide while walking along the road.

The area had witnessed torrential rainfall on Monday afternoon, resulting in landslides.

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2 killed, 20 wounded as floods and landslides hit Indonesian capital, Jakarta #Floods #Landslides #Jakarta #Indonesia

Severe Flood Warning

Floods and landslides have struck Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta and its surrounding areas, leaving two people dead, one missing and 20 others injured, officials said on Tuesday.

A river overflowed its banks due to torrential rains since Monday, and submerged surrounding areas in the capital which has recently been under partial COVID-19 lockdown again, spokesman of National Disaster Management Agency Raditya Jati said.

In West Java province’s Sukabumi district, flash floods killed two people with one remaining missing, and the search mission is underway, said Ramli Prasetio, press officer of the Jakarta Search and Rescue Office.

“Today (Tuesday) two corpses were retrieved. So that the rescuers only search for one missing person,” Prasetio told Xinhua via phone.

Hundreds of rescuers have been taking part in the search and rescue operation, including soldiers, police and those from the Jakarta search and rescue office, among others, he said.

The weather conditions have been favorable for the operation, according to him.

Many residents have taken shelter to their relatives under their own initiatives, he said.

In Jakarta, Prasetio said that the floods did not cause any casualty.

Jati said that the floods in the capital forced 15 persons to flee home and take shelter in safer grounds, but in Sukabumi district 210 families took shelter after flash floods and landslides hit the area.

The disaster left 20 people injured and seriously damaged nine houses, 10 bridges in the district, the spokesman told Xinhua in a text message.

A warning has been put in place by the meteorology and geophysics agency over the possibility of extreme weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Residents are cautioned to be alert on the possibility of further floods, flash floods and landslides as well as whirlwinds, the agency said.

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Lightning Kills 15 Cows in Ekiti, Nigeria #Lightning #Cows #Ekiti #Nigeria


Thunder last Saturday evening reportedly struck dead 15 cows at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The incident, according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Speaking with journalists via telephone conversation yesterday, Ademilua revealed that the incident happened at the Ikogosi warm spring site on Ipole-Ekiti road.

Ikogosi warm spring has been a notable recreational and tourist centre, where warm and cold spring converge.

The chief said the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4 p.m. that day.

According to him, “The whole town was shaken when the thunder struck, and later, some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farms said they saw some Fulani herders who disclosed that it was thunder that killed their cattle.”

Also speaking on the incident , the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola, alleged that the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to the residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.

The monarch said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such desecrated animal.

“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the dead cows, and we are making concerted efforts to prevent the intending buyers,” he said.

The monarch, however, called on the government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent spread of communicable diseases in the two towns.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the incident has not been reported to the police, “because it was a natural occurrence.

“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone is responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion.”

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Locust crisis worsens in Zambezi, Namibia #Locusts #Zambezi #Namibia #Africa

Locust Alert

The African migratory red locusts continue to destroy grazing areas and crops extensively in the Zambezi region and have now reportedly started to spread further to other areas.

The locusts were spotted early this month in the flood-prone areas of Kabbe North and South as well as Katima Rural.

However, Zambezi regional governor Lawrence Sampofu yesterday said more locusts are being reported in different areas and the situation is getting out of control.

He said while the matter has been reported to the agriculture ministry, they are still waiting for more manpower to contain the further spread of the outbreak.

“The situation is still the same. More locust swarms are being reported in different constituencies of Kabbe North and South, as well as Katima Rural. We are waiting for additional manpower,” Sampofu added.

The governor said although the ministry is busy spraying in some areas, they lack manpower and protective clothing.

He noted there is just one spraying team on the ground and it’s difficult to cover the three affected constituencies.

In August, another wave of African migratory red locusts outbreak was reported in the region and the agriculture ministry deployed a team of extension officials to spray the area.

The locusts’ outbreak in northeast Zambezi region was detected in August in the flood plains at Lusese, Nakabolelwa, Ibbu and the surrounding areas.

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Coronavirus: UK Panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves of toilet roll amid second lockdown fears #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic

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Panic-buyers have returned to supermarkets to stockpile toilet roll amid fears of a second lockdown.

Shop shelves were stripped of bleach, toilet paper and other hygiene products in scenes reminiscent of March, when the first shutdown was announced.

However, supermarket firms Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Aldi said they have “good availability” and are yet to experience any shortages.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced new restrictions today, including a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants.

Amit Karia, 37, shared a picture of customers bulk buying toilet rolls at Farm Foods in Ilford.

In the photograph one man can be seen pushing a trolley filled with toilet paper, while another woman queuing up behind him is holding multi-packs in her hands.

He told Mirror Online: “Panic buying has begun in my local farm foods.

“The woman had 8 packs and will come back in later and buy 8 more.. The reason why she carrying (them) is because there are no trolleys left.

“People were buying big as everyone (is) afraid of lockdown.”

Mr Karia, who took the picture on Sunday, said he also saw ‘absolute scenes’ in the Lidl next door.

However, a director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged consumers to be considerate of others and “shop as you normally would” – though he added supply chains are currently “stronger than ever”.

Tesco said its online capacity had almost doubled from 600,000 weekly delivery slots in March, to 1.5 million in September.

Director of food and sustainability at the BRC, Andrew Opie, said: “Supply chains are stronger than ever before and we do not anticipate any issues in the availability of food or other goods under a future lockdown.

“Nonetheless, we urge consumers to be considerate of others and shop as they normally would.”

He added that retailers have done an “excellent job” making sure customers have access to food throughout the pandemic, while installing perspex screens and other social distancing measures.

“As such, retail remains a safe space for consumers, even under future lockdowns,” he said.

Shelves in several shops in North East Lincolnshire are starting to look empty once again in an eerie reminder of the days before lockdown was implemented in March.

One shopper told the Grimsby Telegraph : “People have definitely started to panic buy again. It’s ridiculous.

“The only reason why we had these issues last time is because people were buying too much for themselves and not leaving enough for the rest of us.

“If we just get our heads together and buy only what we need, we won’t have to worry about it, no matter whether we have a second lockdown or not.”

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MAGNITUDE 2.1 LEIGHTON BUZZARD, ENGLAND, UK #earthquake #LeightonBuzzard #Bedfordshire #England #UK

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Depth: 8 km

Distances: 21 km W of Luton, United Kingdom / pop: 258,000 / local time: 13:39:21.0 2020-09-22

13 km SSE of Milton Keynes, United Kingdom / pop: 229,000 / local time: 13:39:21.0 2020-09-22