Mozambique – Floods (UN, OCHA, AFP, IRIN, Local Media)
- Continuous heavy rainfall in Mozambique over the past 10 days has caused flooding in 19 districts across the country. As of 22 January 9 people had died and at least 18,000 were affected, mostly in the central-western province of Manica, the southern province of Gaza and around the capital Maputo. Around 3,000 houses have been damaged, as well as roads, drainage and power infrastructure. At least 6,000 people are reported displaced and housed in shelters, mostly around Maputo.
- On 22 January the government declared an institutional red alert in the central and southern regions, as rivers in the Incomati and Limpopo basins flow above critical level. According to Disaster Management Officials quoted in the media, 55,000 people in the Chokwe district in Gaza are at risk of flooding and evacuations have started in the area.
Australia – Tropical Cyclone PETA (GDACS, BOM, ABC)
- PETA (formerly TWELVE-13) formed on 22 January around 100km off the northern coast of Western Australia, close to Port Hedland and started moving south west, parallel to the coast. At 00:00 UTC on 23 January it was a Tropical Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 64 km/h, its centre just 40km off the coast between Port Hedland and Karratha.
- In the next 24h it is forecast to continue moving south west, possibly crossing the coast near Karratha in the morning of 23 January (UTC) and start weakening afterwards. Local heavy rainfall and thunderstorms are expected in the region, and a Flood Watch has been issued for the Pilbara. Some flooding was reported in Port Hedland on 22 January and the harbour is reportedly evacuated.
Southern Pacific Tropical Cyclone GARRY (GDACS, Meteo Fiji)
- Tropical Cyclone GARRY is moving away from Samoa and American Samoa, moving towards Cook Islands. At 18:00 UTC on 22 January it was located 200 km north east of Pago-Pago, with a maximum sustainable wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm). In the next 24h it is forecast to move east, strengthening. A Cyclone Warning is in effect for the waters between Suwarrow and Palmerston in the Cook Islands, as moderate winds and rough seas might affect these regions.
Iran – Earthquake (GDACS, IRNA)
- A moderate 4.9M earthquake at a depth of 20km hit the province of Lorestan in western Iran on 22 January at 11:12 UTC, causing damage to a number of houses in the region. As of early on 23 January there were no reports of fatalities.
Philippines – Severe Weather (NDRRMC)
- The toll of the latest severe weather bout in the southern Philippines continues to rise; as of 22 January 6 people were killed, 4 were missing, 48,661 people were housed in 71 evacuation centres and a total of 150,521 people had been affected in eastern and southern Mindanao. Since December 2012 these regions have also been successively affected by Tropical Cyclones BOPHA (early December), SONAMU (early January) and BISING (mid-January).
France, UK – Industrial Gas Leak (COGIC)
- An industrial product called Mercaptan leaked from the Lubrizol chemicals factory in Rouen, north-west France on 21 January. It has affected northern France and south-east England. Mercaptan is an additive to natural gas to give it a smell. The first phase of the neutralization of the Mercaptan was completed in the Lubrizol site. As of 06:00 on 23 January, the second phase has started in order to neutralize the Mercaptan.
Meteoalarm – as of 07:30 UTC, 23 January
- Low temperatures in south east Belgium – Orange Alert
- Strong winds in eastern Spain and northern Montenegro – Orange Alert
- Snow and ice in some regions in central and northern Spain – Orange Alert
- Coastal events along the northern Atlantic coast of Spain – Orange Alert
- Thunderstorms in southern continental Italy including Sardinia – Orange Alert
- Heavy rain in northern Montenegro – Orange Alert
EFAS - Floods
- Slovenia: On the Ljubljanica river basin are high water levels, the National service predicts decreasing.
- Slovakia: In the southeast of Slovakia on the Larorica river the water levels are increased.
- France: In the Garonne basin, national services mentioned high water levels. The flood wave is now traveling downstream.
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