“”The water flow at the Victoria Falls has fallen to a record low as southern Africa suffers its worst drought in decades.
“Barely 100 cubic metres a second is being recorded — one-sixtieth of the figure reached in 1977, according to Zimbabwean officials — threatening the survival of wildlife in the region. Mana Pools National Park, 280 miles northeast of the waterfall, is known as one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries but in recent months it has turned into a wasteland.
““The temperature is hitting 51C. There’s not a blade of grass left. I can’t count the number of animals that are dead or dying. They’re skin and bones,” Craig Chittenden, a park guide for 40 years, said.
“Videos posted on social media by activists show elephants and buffaloes fighting over puddles of water. Unable to find food or water, dozens of animals have collapsed and died in the heat.
“Wildlife workers are desperately shipping food in to feed the buffaloes, elephants and zebras in the park. Last month the charity Vets for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe sent 9,000 bales of hay to Mana Pools, but activists say that is not enough — and their efforts to tackle the crisis are hampered by a growing scarcity of diesel for their vehicles because of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
“Humanitarians are worried that the dying elephants may herald something far worse. Many fear that a huge famine is imminent. Last week the UN said that a record 45 million people across southern Africa will face “severe food shortages” over the next six months because of the extreme droughts. About 11 million people in the region are already facing “crisis” levels of hunger.”
“The African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) has urged government to intervene in support of farmers in drought-stricken provinces…
“Calling on the government to declare drought as a national disaster, Afasa warned that drought was so severe and spreading beyond the seven provinces, affecting all farmers, horticulture, livestock and agriculture.”
“[Tunisia’s] irregular rainfall patterns are accentuated by climate change, with periods of droughts and record high temperatures oscillating between torrential rain and floods, according to the agriculture ministry.
“The latest government figures also reveal that poor infrastructure means in some regions about half of water is lost before it even reaches the tap.”
“At least 29 people have died, 14,000 displaced and more than 100,000 people affected since heavy rainfall started early October in Kenya, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“The floods have damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and hampered access to food, education and health care.”
“Forecasters are surprised to watch very severe cyclone Maha intensify into an extremely severe cyclone by early this (Monday) morning…
with prospects for further strengthening in the East-Central Arabian Sea.”
“Dozens of bags containing waste polluted with radioactive substances are still missing in Fukushima Prefecture, three weeks after they were swept away from storage areas in floods triggered by Typhoon Hagibis.
“Of the 90 bags originally lost, 36 remain missing.”
“The Japanese manufacturing sector risks being crippled by the torrential rains and flooding that accompany the increasingly strong typhoons that hit to country each year.
“580 of 2,181 industrial parks are in high-risk flood zones… That means nearly 27% of these areas — key to Japan’s manufacturing output and global supply chains — could be underwater in the event of torrential rains similar to those that hit the country in October.”
“A severe drought has broken in dramatic fashion in some parts of New South Wales, Australia, but the long-term forecasts remain grim. For the first time in 483 days, the far-west NSW town of Bourke has water flowing over their weir after 94mm of rain this weekend…
“Key agricultural areas in northern New South Wales had seen less than 1mm of rain in September. In July, August and September combined.”
“During the week the arrival of the heat wave was forecast throughout the center of northern Argentina.
“During the week in Posadas the thermal sensation was 50 °, and temperatures that reached 40 °.”
“In the past three weeks, the Bahamian government has detained and requested to deport more than 340 Haitians…
“An official, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, alleges Bahamian officials are continuing to deport large numbers of Haitians without properly following protocol and transporting them to a region that “is not fit right now to send them to.”
“Port-au-Prince continues to be “locked down” due to protests…”
“A catastrophic storm during high tide which will leave thousands of homes, businesses and landmark buildings in Dublin under water is inevitable over the coming decades, one of the country’s foremost climate change experts has warned.
“Prof Peter Thorne said Ireland had been lucky to “dodge a bullet” until now…”
“Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power in France…
“…Storm Amélie brought heavy winds and rains to the Atlantic coast and southern areas.
“Winds in some places had exceeded 163km/h (100mph).”
“A wave of torrential rains and strong winds hit various parts of Italy on Sunday and Monday, with conditions expected to worsen Monday evening across Tuscany, Liguria, and the Alps.
“Strong winds in Friuli Venezia Giulia caused hundreds of trees to fall, which also brought blackouts, and heavy rains led to landslides.”
“A multinational effort to create giant marine sanctuaries around Antarctica to counter climate change and protect fragile ocean ecosystems has failed for an eighth straight year, officials said Saturday.
“Opposition from China and Russia torpedoed the proposal at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.”
“The plastic waste flooding our oceans will continue to increase until companies reduce the single-use plastic they are flooding into the market.
“We need strong policies that hold companies accountable for the crisis they’ve created by requiring that they reduce their production of this everlasting pollutant.”
“[Wine] production was down this year across the major wine regions of France, Italy and Spain, with France and Italy experiencing a slump of 15% and Spain a more dramatic 24% drop.
““This can be explained mainly by random weather conditions, notably a very cold and rainy spring followed by an extremely hot and dry summer,” the OIV said.”