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Flooding as a result of recent heavy rains has killed almost 200 people across Kenya, the government says. The water has also washed away 8,000 acres of crops and some vital infrastructure.

“In Rwanda more than 45 people have died and floods have killed 16 in Somalia. In Uganda high water levels have trapped an estimated 200 patients inside a hospital.

“East African countries have also been hit by a locust invasion and Covid-19.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-52571322


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As deadly flooding leaves thousands homeless in Kenya, and a second wave of locust threatens the country’s food supply, the east African nation is having its economy tested along with its neighbors in the region…

“Now, a locust swarm of biblical proportions is expected to invade Kenya via Ethiopia for the second time this year.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-06-locusts-and-flooding-threaten-east-africa-food-may-2020


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Global warming is approaching a tipping point that during this century could reawaken an ancient climate pattern similar to El Niño in the Indian Ocean, new research led by scientists from The University of Texas at Austin has found.

“If it comes to pass, floods, storms and drought are likely to worsen and become more regular…”

https://news.utexas.edu/2020/05/06/climate-change-could-reawaken-indian-ocean-el-nino/


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Around 18,000 people are still being housed in 272 evacuation centres in Vanuatu after last month’s Cyclone Harold.

“The displaced people are in Sanma, Penama and Malampa provinces.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/416040/thousands-of-cyclone-victims-still-in-evacuation-centres-in-vanuatu


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A large part of the Corn Belt’s crops will get hit with a frost this weekend.

“The question becomes whether the emerged corn and soybean plants will suffer any damage. Some experts believe the young soybean plants could get hurt more than the emerged corn.”

https://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/frost-to-hit-the-corn-belt-friday-night-forecaster-says


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Abnormally frigid temperatures for May will be brought down from the Arctic following a much warmer-than-normal January through March this year.

““This is not just some random one-off weather event but an obvious trend toward hyper-extreme atmospheric circulations outside the normal bounds of what we typically experience in May,” said meteorologist Ryan Maue.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/cold-arctic-air-could-bring-record-low-temperatures-to-eastern-us-in-may.html


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Florida is now dealing with a second disaster unfolding amidst the pandemic: A wildfire raged out of control in Santa Rosa County late Wednesday in the Panhandle, destroying homes, forcing emergency evacuations and shutting down nine miles of Interstate 10.

““This is a rapidly evolving situation,” Santa Rosa emergency management officials said…”

https://www.tampabay.com/weather/2020/05/06/wildfires-rage-in-dry-panhandle-forcing-evacuations-in-santa-rosa-county/


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Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said this April was 6.1 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than normal [in Miami].

People who look at this all the time are in shock. You don’t break records by as much as we broke records,” he said.”

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article242538931.html


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From Cuba to Belize, a lack of rainfall in 2019 and 2020 has led to significant drought across the region. Pockets of extreme drought have led to wildfires and agricultural stress.

“In Mexico, most of the Yucatan Peninsula is under a severe drought, according to Conagua, the official Mexican meteorological agency. That’s due to a combination of short- and long-term drought conditions.”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/large-parts-of-caribbean-under-severe-drought/


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Communities in the north of Scotland have been put on wildfire alert after one of the hottest and driest Aprils on record.

“With warm conditions forecast to continue, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are warning that the risk of blazes breaking out is now at its highest.”

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18431572.rural-areas-put-high-alert-risk-deadly-wildfires/


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Lack of rain and high temperatures has Germany approaching its third summer of drought in a row due to high temperatures and sparse precipitation.

“The parched conditions in spring 2020 follow the warmest December to February on record for Europe. Germany also had a particularly dry spring, with little to no rain in many areas since mid-March.”

https://www.agriculture.com/news/crops/germany-heading-toward-a-third-summer-of-drought


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Footage has shown what many have called an ‘apocalyptic’ wall of dust and sand engulf Niger’s capital city, Niamey, in West Africa.

“The dust storm enveloped streets and buildings across the entire city, turning night into day and the giving the sky a ‘blood red’ tint.”

https://www.9news.com.au/world/niger-apocalyptic-sand-storm-engulfs-city/da842be8-cb4a-4a71-8901-424730c2f30c


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