Madagascar – Tropical Cyclone HARUNA (GDACS, BNGRC, OCHA)
- HARUNA crossed the SW and southern parts of Madagascar on 22-23 February, causing damage and fatalities mainly in the districts of Morombe, Toliara I and II, Sakaraha and Betioky that lie under the cyclone centre's path close to the landfall area.
- As of early on 25 February the toll was 13 people killed (11 of them in Toliara I), 47 injured, 6,153 homeless, 220 homes completely destroyed, 691 unroofed, 1,042 flooded and a number of public buildings damaged. The total number of people affected is 17,092, with Sakaraha and Toliara II most affected.
- A breached dam in Fiherenana in Toliara II caused flooding in 10 municipalities.
- HARUNA moved away from Madagascar on 23 February and is moving over the open waters of the Indian Ocean as a Tropical Storm.
Australia – Tropical Cyclone RUSTY (GDACS, BOM)
- RUSTY formed on 24 February off the coasts of NW Australia and started moving towards the coast. At 18:00 UTC on 24 February it was a Tropical Storm with a max, sust. wind speed of 111 km/h. At 06:00 UTC on 25 February its centre was located 250 km N of the coast and it was strengthening, moving roughly S towards the coast of Western Australia.
- The centre of RUSTY is forecast to approach the coast on 27 February, having strengthened significantly. The location of landfall is still uncertain; a Cyclone Warning by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is in effect as of 06:43 UTC for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Mardie.
- Very heavy rainfall is expected near the coasts of eastern Pilbara and western Kimberley over the next few days, with risk of flooding in the area. Very strong winds could also affect these regions. Using the 18:00 24 February data the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission estimates a possible storm surge of the order of 1.2 to 2m in the coastal area near Port Hedland on early 27 February.
Australia – Floods (BOM, Australian Media)
- Up to 122mm of rain in 24h has fallen on the east coast of Australia, causing flash floods in Brisbane and high winds and floods in Sydney, killing at least two people. Flood and severe weather warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) remain in place in Queensland and New South Wales; falls of up to 200mm/24h are forecast for Queensland.
Bolivia – Floods (ABI, SINAGER)
- Because of damage caused by heavy rainfall in the past weeks, 18 municipalities in the region of capital La Paz have declared a disaster; 2,450 families in the area have been affected by flooding and landslides. Since the beginning of the rainy season in November and as of 22 February, the National Civil Protection reports 24 people killed, 530 homes damaged and 14,882 families affected.
Japan – Earthquake (GDACS, Japanese Media)
- A 5.7M earthquake at a depth of 10km hit the province of Kanto in Honshu, Japan, ca. 130km NNW of Tokyo at 07:23 UTC on 25 February. USGS PAGER indicates ca. 1,000 people in very strong shaking. According to reports in Japanese media a few minutes after the event, there were no immediate reports of injuries and no abnormalities detected in the nearby nuclear power plants.
Greece – Severe weather (WMO, Reuters, Greek Media)
- Heavy rainfall hit Athens on 22 February and caused flash flooding, resulting in many main arteries being blocked and people stranded in cars. Ca. 80mm of rain in 24h were measured at the airport of Athens on 22 February.
Meteoalarm – as of 07:30 UTC
- Snow and ice in southern Belgium, NW Spain and SW France - Orange Alert
- Thunderstorms in NE Greece – Orange Alert
- Avalanche risk in NW Slovenia – Orange Alert
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