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Public Health England - Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin 22nd - 28th August

Friday, August 28, 2020



WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID -19) Situational Report – 28th August

India coronavirus: Covid strikes remote Greater Andamanese tribe



Deadly flash floods kill dozens, damage homes


More than 100 000 livestock animals perish as intense snowstorms hit Patagonia, 70 percent of flock at risk


Melbourne storm: Three killed as winds cause widespread damage


Storms Marco and Laura plough through Caribbean, killing 12

Emergency Response Coordination Centre – The Caribbean, USA / tropical Cyclone Activity


Severe flooding leaves 1 500 people homeless and 3 dead in N'Djamena, Chad


Child rescued from India building collapse after 18 hours


Devastating storm causes millions worth of damage, prompts state of emergency in northern Italy


Scorching Japan heat wave poses challenge to virus-hit medical system


Tropical storm Genevieve kills two people in western Mexico

Tropical Storm Laura formed in the Atlantic, while Marco, a second potential hurricane, moved toward the Gulf of Mexico

New Zealand

NZ takes action over stock market cyber attacks

North Korea

Typhoon "Bavi" makes landfall over North Pyongan Province, North Korea


Two dams in Karachi overflow, at least 7 killed in weather-related incidents, Pakistan

Karachi floods turn roads into rivers

Papua New Guinea

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits New Britain region, Papua New Guinea


40,000 people affected, 4,000 houses damaged as heavy monsoon rains hit wide swaths of northern Thailand


Uganda lightning strike kills 10 children playing football in Arua

United Kingdom

Storm Francis: Dozens evacuated after flooding

Storm Francis brings flood, damaging rainfall and record-breaking winds to UK and Ireland

Llangennech diesel train catches fire after derailing

Llangennech train fire: Up to 1,000 tonnes of oil in derailed wagons

Broxburn flooding: People rescued as homes in West Lothian flooded

United States of America

California wildfires: ‘Hotter and faster’ than previous years

Jacob Blake: Two shot dead in third night of Wisconsin unrest

Laura Makes Landfall

Hurricane Laura slams Louisiana and Texas


Other items of interest

Webinars: UK Alliance for Disaster Research 10th and 11th September 2020 includes  Co-producing impact: lessons learnt from small and large projectsTaking an intersectional approach to disaster risk reduction and response: Issues in policy and practice and Towards a green and resilient COVID recovery: the role of disaster researchers

Electric fans: A potential stay-at-home cooling strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic this summer

Scotland The Rest and Be Thankful: An infamous road through 'a mountain in torment'

Lake Michigan shore communities have Indiana’s highest smog levels, data shows

The Biblical Flood That Will Drown California

'A momentous milestone': Africa now free from wild polio virus

Public Health England Improving access to greenspace - A new review for 2020


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