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Eastern Pacific hurricane season refuses to die…and more

Red Sludge From Brazilian Dam Collapse Reaches the Atlantic

Earlier this month, on November 5, two dams retaining tons of iron-mining waste near the Brazilian town of Bento Rodrigues burst, releasing a massive flood of thick, red toxic mud that flattened buildings and trees, smothered the small town, and left at least six dead. The wave of toxic sludge—tested and found to contain high levels of mercury and arsenic, according to a BBC report—then moved downstream, into the Rio Doce (Doce River), and spent two weeks making its way several hundred miles downstream, finally reaching the Atlantic Ocean. According to Reuters: “Scientists say the sediment…

 

Eastern Pacific hurricane season refuses to die

Patricia was the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere [EPA/NASA]

Patricia was the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere [EPA/NASA]

A tropical depression, lying some 500km to the southwest of Mexico’s holiday resort of Acapulco, is expected to intensify in the coming days. It is likely to affect both local people and the many thousands of holidaymakers enjoying a Thanksgiving holiday break. The low pressure system, currently known as 22E, is expected to intensify into Tropical Storm Sandra before reaching hurricane strength by Thursday. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season formally runs from May 15 to November 30. The 2015 season has been exceptional in several respects. The season started early, and looks like finishing late. It began with a major – Category 4 on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale – hurricane, Andres, on May 29. Hurricanes Blanca and Carlos followed during early…

 

Recent floods damage supply routes, vital infrastructure in Somalia, UN relief wing warns

The floods caused by recent heavy rainfalls in South Central Somalia have led to an interruption of humanitarian aid delivery, an escalation of local commodity prices, and an epidemic in water-borne diseases, the United Nations relief wing has warned in the latest situation update on the country. “There is need to urgently repair main lifeline roads, bridges and airstrips. This will ensure supplies can reach the markets to stabilize the escalating food prices and enable humanitarian partners and aid supplies to reach those most in need of assistance,” stressed the latest humanitarian update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which warns that even as the rains have slowed, the risk of flooding remains high. Despite the worsening road situation, OCHA and relief partners are ramping up efforts to reach people in the flood-hit areas. For example…

 

 

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