World weather news

World weather news, December 2018

Residents of northern India are again during a long-term poor air quality event, and recent government efforts have come too late in preventing health impacts this season. Each autumn, agricultural burning combines with industrial and urban emissions to kick off a month-long poor air quality event across the region, including the capitol region of New Delhi, home to over 18.5 million people. New Delhi recorded its highest pollution levels of the year on Sunday, when the air quality index reached 450. Since then, it has remained consistently above 300 across most of the city. The government has even deployed firefighters on high-rise buildings to release water on the surrounding areas. This is an effort to settle dust in the air and put out any garbage fires.
The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher. Fifty-seven people died in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings, the officials said. The weather disturbance locally named Usman hit the country on Saturday. While it did not have powerful winds, it brought heavy rains that caused floods and loosened the soil, triggering landslides in some areas. Many people failed to take necessary precautions because Usman was not strong enough to be rated as a typhoon under the government's storm alert system.

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Last updated 3 January 2019.

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