SUNDAY 28 APRIL
Pope prays for victims of South Africa floods
Pope Francis asks the faithful to join him in praying for the victims of floods in South Africa. By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis has asked for prayers for “those who have lost their lives or suffered serious damage as a result of the recent floods in South Africa”. He was addressing the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Regina Coeli prayer. “May these brothers and sisters of ours not lack our solidarity as well as the concrete support of the international community” he said. The most deadly floods ever in the area Seventy people reportedly died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa's southeast. The flooding began on Monday after heavy rain caused mudslides in several towns in Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. Authorities warned that there could be more rains in the coming days. Makeshift shelters and food are being provided for those displaced from their homes in the aftermath of the flooding. State-owned broadcaster SABC puts the number of those displaced at over 1000. Source
FRIDAY 03 MAY
100 million people in path of India's worst cyclone in 20 years
New Delhi (CNN)What is expected to be India's strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years is barreling toward 100 million people on the country's east coast, prompting officials to begin emergency evacuations.
On Thursday, Tropical Cyclone Fani had strengthened significantly in the Bay of Bengal, with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) and gusts of up to 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Fani, which is about 60 kilometers (38 miles) off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states, is equivalent in intensity to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic, or a supertyphoon in the Pacific. (It's 2 mph away from a Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.)
It is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning in Odisha, near the city of Puri, but tropical cyclone-force winds are already coming ashore in portions of Andhra Pradesh and along the Odisha coast as well.
With winds expected to be 240 kilometers per hour (150 mph) at landfall, Tropical Cyclone Fani would be the strongest storm to hit the region since a similar system struck Odisha in 1999, resulting in at least 10,000 deaths. Source