Worldwide Disasters During May 2021

May 2021 was a very active month for disasters. The following disasters were recorded (by area) impacting thousands throughout the globe during May 2021:


Worldwide


Coronavirus COVID-19 reported 172,242,495 confirmed cases and 3.709,397 deaths since the onset of the virus. Vaccine doses have been administered to thousands according to the World Health Organization. The Americas lead in cases, followed by Europe, South-East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, and the Western Pacific.


Global

  • A C-class solar flare on May 28 hit Earth on June 2, 2021 causing no harm to the planet.

Afghanistan

  • Widespread flooding leaving 22 people dead, 20 missing

  • More heavy rainfall and flash floods kill at least 84, destroy 2,600 homes in Afghanistan

Africa

  • Inside Africa’s drive to boost medicines and vaccine manufacturing

Argentina

  • Trichinosis outbreak sickens more than 100 in Argentina. Linked to chacinados (salami)

Australia

  • Queensland’s skies blackened by unseasonal thunderstorms, lightning strikes produce green hue over Brisbane

Brazil

  • Chikungunya cases up in Pernambuco state

  • Heavy rains of the Solimoes, Negro and Amazon rivers.

Burundi

  • Malaria epidemic

Canada

  • Wildfires burning at extremely dangerous levels across Manitoba

China

  • Violent storms hit Jiangsu Province, claiming 11 lives and leaving 102 injured

  • Severe thunderstorm hits Wuhan, turning day into night

  • China reports additional H9N2 avian influenza case in Guangdong Province

  • Twenty-one dead as extreme weather hits ultramarathon in China

  • China reports 1st known human case of H10N3 avian influenza

  • 1 killed, 8 injured in tornado in NE China’s Heilongjiang

Democratic Republic of Congo

  • DR Congo eruption: Hundreds of houses buried by lava as residents flee volcano

  • Seismicity and soil deformation indicate the presence of magma under Goma and Lake Kivu-Nyiragongo, DR Congo

  • Plague outbreak in Ituri province, DRC

Equador

  • Major damage after worst flooding in 11 years hits Cuenca

  • Significant eruption at Sangay volcano with ash to 12.2 km

Finland

  • Snow chaos – Finland braces for severe snowstorm – up to 30 cm (12 inches) of snow expected)

Guatemala

  • Severe weather affects more than 10,000 people

Iceland

  • Huge Lava fountains at Fagradalsfjall, biggest since the eruption started in Iceland

  • Lava flow at Fagradalsfjall increases by 70 percent amid ongoing eruption

India

  • Very severe cyclonic storm “Yaas’ makes landfall over Odisha, India

  • Extremely sever cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ makes landfall over the coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat

Iran

  • At least 10 people killed after severe flash floods hit Iran

Italy

  • Increase in explosive activity, lava fountain night at Etna volcano, Italy

Kenya

  • Lake Victoria Backflow, floods devastate residents

Madagascar

  • At least 1 million people facing starvation as drought worsens

Mexico

  • What was Mexico’s second largest lake now a cemetery of abandoned fishboats

  • Sinkhole opens up in southeastern Mexico

Middle East

  • Extreme heat forms across Arabian Peninsula after record Russian heatwav

Latin American

  • Tragic milestone – COVID – 19 deaths top 1 million

Nepal

  • Heavy rains killed four people

  • Flooding killed three people in Chautara and landslide killed one person in Vyas Municipality

New Caledonia

  • Leptospirosis: 190 cases since the beginning of the year

Nigeria

  • Measles outbreak in Borno State nears 6,000 cases

Norway

  • Norway investigates Yersinia enterocolitica outbreak

Pacific

  • Tropical Storm ‘Andres’ formed as eastern Pacific’s earliest named storm on record

Pakistan

  • Human rabies death reported in Karachi

Philippines

  • Tropical Storm ‘Crising’ to make landfall over Davao Oriental – Surigao del Sur area, Philippines

  • South Cotabato barangays under dengue ‘state of calamity’

  • 3 dead, 6 missing after Tropical Storm Dante makes landfall in Eastern Samar

  • Phivolcs warns of Iahar flow as Dante crosses Philippine landmass

Rwanda

  • Dozens killed as heavy rains trigger floods, landslides

Singapore

  • High mosquito population, less common dengue serotypes increase surge risk

Somalia

  • Heavy rains leave 25 people dead, more than 150,000 at risk in days ahead

South Africa

  • Giant sinkholes lead to the closure of two major roads in Gauteng and Western Cape

  • Rare ‘Level 5 snow warning’ in place for parts of SA on Wednesday 2 June

Spain

  • Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever case confirmed in Salamanca provinces

  • O fever cases reported in climbers

  • Bright meteor recorded over Cordoba

Sri Lanka

  • Huge environmental disaster as oil-laden ship MV X-Press Pearl sinks off Sri Lanka

St. Vincent

  • Multiple lahars observed at St. Vincent, public advised to be vigilant and exercise caution

  • La SoufriA “re Volcano: Humanitarian needs remain urgent, as ongoing volcani activity prevents return home

Sweden

  • Salmonella Braenderup outbreak in Sweden grows. Part of international outbreak

Taiwan

  • Water reservoirs drop to critical levels as Taiwan suffers worst drought on record

Thailand

  • Thailand reports human rabies death in Surin

United Kingdom

  • Possible Earth-grazer fireball over Scotland and Northern Ireland, UK

United States of America

  • Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornados sweep through Louisiana and Mississippi, U.S.

  • E-Coli Outbreak reported, 7 children affected

  • Houston area reports 250% increase in congenital syphilis cases

  • Whit-nose syndrome reported in bats in New Mexico

  • Norovirus-like illness outbreak linked to Seattle-area restaurant

  • Iowa reports first human West Nile virus case of 2021

  • Plague confirmed in Colorado Springs domestic pet

  • Bright fireball seen over Washington, D.C.

  • Arizona Spur Fire

  • California – Oregon border faces ‘catastrophic’ water crisis, irrigation water to farmers shut off

  • Severe storms lash Texas and Louisiana, flood emergency declared





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