“Massive thunderstorms and a dust storm lashed Pakistan’s Punjab and Sind provinces, killing at least 23 people and injuring scores of others, according to local media reports.”
“Afghan officials say at least five more people have been killed and 17 are missing as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding swept the country.”
“The devastating floods that have swamped many parts of Iran since March have left two million people in need of humanitarian aid, the Red Crescent said Monday…
“An estimated 10 million people across 2,000 cities and towns have been affected, with more than half a million displaced, it said. “In all, more than 457,000 people have been reached by Red Crescent services,” and emergency accommodation provided for 239,000.”
“Social media sites showed videos of PMU caravans entering Iran. Afterward, Iranian-linked social media websites showed the PMU working near the flood-hit areas, waving both the Iraqi flag and that of the PMU unit Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba…
“Reza Pahlavi, the son of Iran’s last monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who appears to be staging a comeback from the suburbs of Washington DC, tweeted, “Iranians do not need help from terrorist forces in order to rebuild their country.””
“RTGS heat index predicts that Vijayawada Urban area [Andhara Pradesh, India] would touch 45.2c (113.,5f) by April 21st… The RTGS marks this temperature range as ‘extreme caution’. “
“Several villages in the state were crippled after a cyclone wrecked havoc damaging many houses, schools and uprooting many trees [NE India]. During the last few days, several places in Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills were severely hit by the storm.
“This morning, a storm was reported in West Khasi Hills resulting in rooftop of houses being blown away, roads blocked due to fallen trees and power cuts after electric poles were uprooted.”
“The continuous drought has compelled most men of several rural municipalities in remote outskirts of Bajura [Nepal] to leave their homes to earn a livelihood as they battle through the longest drought the region has witnessed in 42 years.
“Most of the fertile land in Bajura district has remained barren because of the four-year-long drought leading to food crisis in the area.”
“Mining giant Rio Tinto has reported a 14 per cent drop in quarterly iron ore shipments and cut its 2019 shipments estimate on disruption caused by a tropical cyclone which hit its export terminal in Western Australia last month.
“Rio, the world’s number two miner of the steelmaking material, cut its annual iron ore shipments estimate to a range of 333 million to 343 million, from a range of 338 million to 350 million tonnes announced earlier.”
“Melbourne reached a top of 30.3°C in the city on Tuesday afternoon, making it the city’s hottest day this late in the year in 52 years. “We’re in a run of unseasonably warm temperatures, with one more day to go,” 7NEWS meteorologist Jane Bunn said. And there’s good news for those preparing for a long weekend. “We’re not done…the heat should return for Easter”.”
“According to Ministry of Defence reports, 79 municipalities (of 338 in the country; Bolivia) are under a state of disaster and 25 are under a state of emergency as of April 8.
“A total of 47,125 families suffered partial loss of assets, 23,683 families have been left homeless, 34 people were reported dead and 26 people are missing. Major damages include loss of crops, housing and other assets.”
“Our rain icon on the forecast charts is working overtime this month, but is finally getting a well-deserved break. Albeit a short one. With 0.01” of rain Sunday, it made the 12th consecutive day with measurable rain in Seattle, breaking the all-time April rain-streak of 11 days set between April 7-17 in 1955.
“For those who don’t want to check the calendar or do the math, it has rained on every day this month except the first two.”
“Representatives with the National Weather Service in Shreveport conducted in depth investigations throughout the day on Sunday as they surveyed the damage from two confirmed tornadoes that struck Houston, Cherokee, Rusk and Nacogdoches Counties…
“The second tornado was rated an EF-3 with top winds estimated at 160 mph. This was a long track tornado that touched down southwest of Alto and stayed on the ground for over 40 minutes and covered nearly 30 miles. It was 880 yards wide.”
“A small city on the Red River has been turned into an island after rising floodwater water cut off road access over the weekend.
“Only around 150 remain in the city [Oslo, Minnesota] of more than 300, according to Mayor Erika Martens, who described it as a “ghost town.”
“For those who chose to remain, it could be weeks before they can drive out again.”
“The new study, by USDA scientist Lewis Ziska and colleagues from 15 other countries, looked at airborne pollen data from 17 locations, spanning the entire globe, and stretching back an average of 26 years. The news isn’t good for allergy sufferers:
“”Overall, the long-term data indicate significant increases in both pollen loads and pollen season duration over time.””
“Tourists heading abroad for Easter will leave behind some of the warmest weather in Europe, with Britain set to bask in sunshine. The hottest parts of the country are forecast to be warmer than Corfu, Majorca, St Tropez and Bodrum in Turkey at the weekend. London and the southeast could hit 23C.”
“Police have arrested more than 100 environmental protesters as the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations that brought chaos to central London enters their second day.
“Thousands of people blocked four well-known landmarks on Monday – Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus – to demand urgent action over the escalating climate crisis.”
“More than 40,000 tea estate workers have proceeded on forced leave as drought conditions halved production in factories, dealing a blow to their wage earnings…
“The Kenya Tea Growers Association (KTGA) said the harsh climatic conditions have forced factories to operate three to four days a week, significantly cutting down on operations.”
“Effects of climate change, which have led to, among others, total crop failure, have hit Botswana hard, senior government official has revealed.
“Deputy permanent secretary in the ministry responsible for agriculture, Thabang Botshoma, told the first Botswana Farmers Association Climate Change Workshop in Gaborone that the effects of climate change in Botswana are worsening.”
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