Heavy Rains Trigger Landslide in India; Updates on Pacific Cyclone Activity
Massive Landslide Buries Remote Indian Village
A massive landslide triggered by torrential rains buried the remote village of Malin in India’s Pune district on July 30 (RSOE). An estimated 160 people were believed to be living in the small village when the landslide occurred. As of July 31, the confirmed number of deaths had reached 42, though the total is expected to rise as rescue workers continue to dig through mud and debris, while contending with heavy rains and strong wind (ReliefWeb). Flooding and building collapses are frequent during India’s annual monsoon season. According to RSOE Situation Update No. 2, poor communications and dangerous roads have also caused delays in the rescue efforts.
The summer monsoon season in India typically lasts from June to September, with heaviest rainfall usually occurring in July and August (NOAA).
Updates on Halong and Genevieve, Iselle Forms in Eastern Pacific
As of Warning #14, Tropical Storm Halong is located 323 miles north-northeast of Yap with maximum sustained winds at 50 knots (approximately 58 miles per hour). The cyclone, which formed on July 28 in the Northwestern Pacific, is forecast to strengthen as it continues tracking west-northwestward.
Remnants of former Tropical Storm Genevieve reformed into a Tropical Depression on July 30 (Phys.org). According to Warning #21 (the final warning being issued) on the regenerated cyclone, Genevieve is currently located 472 miles south-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii (United States) with maximum sustained winds at 30 knots (approximately 35 miles per hour) (JTWC).
Forming behind Genevieve, Tropical Storm Iselle is located 734 miles west-southwest of Socorro Island (Mexico) and has maximum sustained winds at 35 knots (approximately 40 miles per hour) (JTWC, Warning #1). Iselle is tracking west-northwestward through open waters and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday (TWC).
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