Locust infestation in East Africa, Iran and Pakistan:
A number of countries have been plagued by locusts for several weeks. This had originated in the Arab region. It is now spreading towards East Africa, Iran and Pakistan. In East Africa, Kenya in particular has been severely affected, along with Somalia. As a result of the plague, large parts of the fields and thus the food basis of many people are currently being destroyed. Due to the measures against the corona virus, the control of locust swarms is almost at a standstill in many places, so that the effects are likely to be further aggravated by the page.
Flooding in Namibia and Indonesia:
In addition, some countries are currently experiencing flooding. In Mariental in Namibia, for example, these were caused by persistent rainfall, which could lead to traffic restrictions and landslides. Flooding has also recently occurred in Indonesia. In the administrative district of Bandung, around 50,000 people were affected by flooding, which locally reached a height of up to two metres. About 300 people lost their homes. Floods and landslides are also possible in the coming days.
Floods following heavy rainfall have also killed many people in Iran, the authorities announced on Wednesday. At least eleven people have been killed in Fars province and at least three people each in Hormozgan and Ghom provinces. At least two people died in Sistan and Balochistan provinces and at least one person each was killed in Bushehr and Chuzestan provinces. At least twelve people had already been killed in floods in Iran last week.
Forest fires in China:
A forest fire near the city of Xichang in Sichuan province, China, reportedly killed 18 firefighters and one local resident. The fire started earlier this week and around 1,200 people had to be evacuated. There had already been a major forest fire in the province a year ago. More than 20 firefighters were killed in this fire as well.
Tropical cyclone off South Sea islands:
In the South Pacific, a tropical cyclone is currently brewing between the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Depending on its course and strength, it could reach the Fiji Islands in the coming days.
Travellers who want to keep informed can use the Global Monitoring App for smartphones. It contains up-to-date notifications, behavioral information and warnings and actively informs about dangers at the location or travel destination.
The app is available for Android and iPhone devices:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greenzone.ug.globalmonitoring
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/global-monitoring/id1297008325?mt=8