Ebola in Africa, Severe Weather in No. America
Ebola Outbreak in Western Africa
The population density layer shown in the image above can be made more transparent in the Global Hazards Atlas. Here, it is allowed to obscure country names and national boundaries in order to clarify that there is a significant population in the area of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (also known as hemorrhagic fever) in West Africa. According to the most recent summary published by the World Health Organization (WHO), officials in Guinea have reported 218 cases of the disease, including 141 deaths. Liberia and Sierra Leone are included in the report, but are much less heavily impacted. No official travel or trade restrictions are expected in connection with this outbreak.
Widespread Severe Weather in North America
Hazardous conditions and damage have been seen from coast to coast and from Canada through the U.S. to Mexico in the past week. Conditions range from sustained drought (USDM) and wildfire (InciWeb) in the west, to flooding, tornadoes, and a landslide in central and southern parts of the continent. In Canada, flooding is reported both in Ontario, where it started two weeks ago, and in Manitoba, where flood warnings, watches, and advisories were in effect as of Thursday afternoon, May 1 (Manitoba). The landslide on Thursday, in the hard-to-access area of Huehuetlan El Grande, Puebla State, Mexico, reportedly killed at least four and others are missing (RSOE). Tornadoes are confirmed to have occurred across the southern U.S. In Mississippi, where nine tornadoes reportedly killed at least 12 people the previous day (WAPT), official sources had no new tornado reports on Thursday (NOAA); in Arkansas, one tornado was rated EF4 (on a scale of 1–5), but a group of five tornadoes covered a distance of 80 miles on the ground (AP), while an Arkansas government statement on Thursday (A-DEM) was still warning of severe weather and listing shelter sites; and in Alabama overnight (April 29 to 30) thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes left three dead and 16 injured (EMA).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest/Pacific)
Earthquakes: Palau, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia
Flood: Afghanistan, Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, United States (Southeast, Hawaii)
Severe Weather: Serbia, Germany, Thailand, United States
Volcanoes: Japan, Indonesia, Saipan, Ecuador, Mexico, United States (Alaska)
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