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Maldives Independent

Addu City suffers worst floods in 40 years

Photos shared by the MRC show a foot of water inside some households.

Addu City floods

Addu City floods

 

November 25 14:56 2015

Southern Addu City has suffered the worst storm damage in 40 years after 12 continuous hours of torrential rain left streets inundated and flooded some 200 households.

“This is the worst flooding I’ve seen in decades. The water is knee-deep in most areas, and a majority of houses are under a foot of water,” saud Abdulla Thoyyib, the deputy mayor.

The Feydhoo and Maradhoo-Feydhoo wards suffered the most damage. According to the Maldives Red Crescent, some 32 houses in Feydhoo and 11 houses in Maradhoo-Feydhoo suffered major damage. A majority of household appliances were destroyed, a spokesperson said.

Residents are now worried of water contamination as sewers are full and overflowing. The city, home to some 20,000 people, and the second most populous region, is out of chlorine, according to Thoyyib.

The Maldives National Defence Forces have set up water pumps in the three worst affected wards. Sand bags have been piled up to stop water entering into 17 houses in the Feydhoo ward.

 

The rain, which started at 3pm on Tuesday, continued for 12 hours. The department of meteorology recorded 228mm of rain, the worst in 40 years in the Maldives.

“This kind of rain is not common and it has damaged houses that are normally safe,” Thoyyib said.

 

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Sinkhole swallows car amid Sicily downpour

The sinkhole opened up on a road near Catania. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

Published: 22 Oct 2015 10:27 GMT+02:00

The car plunged five metres through the eight-metre wide hole on a road in Valverde, in the province of Catania.

The female driver made a miraculous escape having just parked the vehicle before the hole opened up, Corriere reported.

It was then hauled out by firefighters with a crane. The scene was captured on the video below.

Heavy rain has swept across Sicily over the past couple of days, with the Catania area faring the worst.

 

 

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Mini Bus Gets Stuck Crossing The River

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Severe weather in the Alicante province

 

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Flash Flood Spain Province of Alicante, Moraira Damage level Details

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Flash Flood in Spain on Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 at 15:52 (03:52 PM) UTC.

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The province has experienced another episode of extreme heavy downpours with over 83 litres of rain per square metre recorded in the coastal town of Moraira, Alicante and a drop of 10 degrees in temperature in some areas in the province in just 24 hours. Nearby Javea received 40 litres per square metre. Alicante was the province most affected by the rains on October 13 according to the State Meteorological Agency, AEMET. The day started off with heavy low cloud and the rains started around 9am, not letting up for most of the day. Calpe, located just 12 kilometres from Moraira also experienced heavy rains, with many of the town’s roads including the Avenida Juan Carlos I being closed by the police. More than a dozen vehicles were left stranded as drainage systems struggled to deal with the excessive accumulation of water, which was approximately half a metre deep on some roads. The hugely popular Oktoberfest that is currently running in Calpe was also affected by the heavy rains and was forced to close until conditions improve. The province remains on yellow alert for high risk of rains and strong weather conditions.

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Al JAZEERA

Deadly flash floods hit French Riviera

Violent storms and flooding kill at least 16 people in Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule.

04 Oct 2015 15:25 GMT 

About 35,000 homes were confirmed to be without power [Valery Hache/AFP]

At least 16 people have been killed in and around the French Riviera after sudden heavy rains prompted flooding, trapping some in cars and in a retirement home.

Francois Hollande, the French president, said in a statement on Sunday that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the southeast.

Heavy flooding along the Cote d’Azur in France’s southeast saw the River Brague burst its banks close to the city of Antibes, sending deadly waves crashing into a nearby home for the elderly, killing three people.

A woman in her sixties also died on the street in the city of Cannes when huge storms hit the region on Saturday night, sending water and debris coursing down submerged roads in the famous festival town and in neighbouring Nice.

 

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  • 4,500 homes in Brisbane were left without power due to severe storms
  • 10,000 lightning strikes hit the Queensland capital from 2.00 pm Tuesday 
  • Queensland was hit by another round of severe thunderstorms
  • Residents in Brisbane were warned to seek cover just before 3pm
  • The storm comes after hail and heavy rains seen on Monday 
  • Immediate threats have subsided, however thunderstorms and hail persist

More than 4,500 homes in Brisbane have been left without power after a severe storm hit the Queensland capital just after 2.30 pm on Tuesday.

Properties were without power after 10,000 lightning strikes hit the city of Brisbane.

Flights at Brisbane Airport were also delayed in the chaos, while reports of road accidents were recorded in the Chermside, Greenslopes and Auchenflower area, reported 9news.

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More than 4,500 homes in Brisbane have been left without power after a severe storm hit the Queensland capital just after 2.30 pm on Tuesday

More than 4,500 homes in Brisbane have been left without power after a severe storm hit the Queensland capital just after 2.30 pm on Tuesday

Severe weather warnings were cancelled by the Bureau of Meteorology at around 4.15pm who commented in a statement that: ‘The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed however thunderstorms are still occurring in the area with small hail possible.’

Brisbane residents were battered by both hail and torrential rains, as large thunderstorms hit south-east Queensland.

Dark clouds moved over the city just before 3 pm on Tuesday after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.

Flights at Brisbane Airport were also delayed in the chaos, while reports of road accidents were recorded in the Chermside, Greenslopes and Auchenflower area,

Flights at Brisbane Airport were also delayed in the chaos, while reports of road accidents were recorded in the Chermside, Greenslopes and Auchenflower area,

The warning followed the detection of two severe thunderstorm cells tracking eastward from near Esk and Kilcoy, respectively, earlier in the afternoon.

‘It’s still moving eastward, it’s still around,’ forecaster Kev Hutchins told AAP of the city-bound cell.

‘It’s a fairly large cell, too.’

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VietNamNet

Floods kill four in Nghe An

Floods caused by torrential rains over the past few days killed four people in the central province of Nghe An as of September 21, the provincial Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search-and-Rescue reported.

Floods kill four in Nghe An province

Tang Phan village in Na Ngoi commune, Ky Son district is isolated by floods.

Flooding also wrecked nine houses, swamped nearly 2,500 hectares of rice and food crops, and damaged 14 irrigation works and 40 kilometres of roads, with property losses amounting to 191 billion VND (8.4 million USD).

Although the rain has eased, Nghe An is facing a high risk of landslides at mountains and river banks.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

Storms take down a tree in Bohners Lake

 

Storms take down a tree in Bohners Lake

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Flash Flood USA State of Wisconsin, Waukesha Damage level Details

 

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Flash Flood in USA on Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 at 03:22 (03:22 AM) UTC.

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It was raining so hard at some points Monday night that traffic was forced to slow down considerably on I-94 and other highways in Waukesha County. While there have been a few breaks in the rain throughout the evening, the heavy downpours did cause flash street flooding in the city of Waukesha along with high winds and lightning. “It’s been pretty crazy,” resident Jennifer Michaels told CBS 58 News. “Just the rain and everything and all the thunder and the flash flooding. Kind of concerned me a little bit. Luckily we don’t have any water in our basement, yet.” Residents say parts of the Fox River is over its banks near Moreland and Madison Streets near downtown Waukesha and some backyard flooding .

 

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Flash floods from heavy rain

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:30 a.m. CDT
Heavy rain between Clintonville and Marion on July 25, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11/Wayne Gauger)
Heavy rain between Clintonville and Marion on July 25, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11/Wayne Gauger)

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Up to four-inches of rain fell during a series of thunderstorms that lasted for ten hours yesterday in southeast Wisconsin. The National Weather Service reported flash floods in Brookfield and Wauwatosa — and in Waukesha, where the Fox River went over its banks and into some backyards.

Watertown had 60-mile-an-hour winds with numerous trees and power lines down.

Four-inches of rain fell near Fort Atkinson, and Pewaukee had one-and-a-third-inches in just one hour.

Racine had baseball-sized hail, and Beloit had tennis-ball-sized hail. A house in North Prairie was struck by lightning.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

Afghans affected by flash floods search their belonging from flood water in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. Photograph: Sayed Mustafa/EPAAfghans affected by flash floods search their belonging from flood water in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. Photograph: Sayed Mustafa/EPAFloods in Afghanistan leave more than 100 dead

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Flood Afghanistan Province of Jowzjan, [Northern and western regions] Damage level Details

 

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Flood in Afghanistan on Friday, 25 April, 2014 at 15:33 (03:33 PM) UTC.

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At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds of villagers left stranded in devastating flash floods in northern Afghanistan, officials say. The governor of Jowzjan province warned that the number of victims was likely to rise. People have been left trapped on the roofs of their homes and rescue helicopters have been deployed. There are reports of flooding in other provinces in the north and west. “Thousands of homes have been destroyed and thousands are suffering”, Jowzjan’s governor Boymurod Qoyinli said. He said that more than 80 people are missing and that 3,000 homes have been destroyed. BBC Uzbek’s Navid Nazari, reporting from the flood-hit areas, was told by one woman that she was taken by surprise by the flash flood just after reading evening prayers. She lost two of her children. Heavy rain and storms on Thursday night created a perilous situation for villagers whose homes are largely built out of mud. Three remote districts in the province were particularly badly affected, the governor said. Our correspondent travelled on board one of the rescue helicopters deployed by the security forces. He described a landscape where dozens of homes had been destroyed, many more submerged and villagers crouched on the roofs of their homes.

 

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Flood in Afghanistan on Friday, 25 April, 2014 at 15:33 (03:33 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 25 April, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for help from the impoverished provincial authorities. Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring. In the northern province of Jawzjan, police chief Faqer Mohammad Jawzjani said 55 bodies had been recovered, and that the number of dead would increase over the coming days. “Providing aid or help from the ground is impossible,” he said. “We have carried 1,500 people to safe areas of neighbouring districts by helicopter. We need emergency assistance from the central government and aid agencies.” The governor of neighbouring Faryab province said 33 people had died there and another 80 were missing. “Ten thousand families have been affected and more then 2,000 houses have been destroyed,” Mohammadullah Batazhn said. Another 13 people were killed in the provinces of Badghis and Sar-e Pol, local officials said.

 

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Flood in Afghanistan on Friday, 25 April, 2014 at 15:33 (03:33 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2014 at 04:49 UTC
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The National Disaster Management Authority said on Saturday that 58 people were killed in Jowzjan province, 32 in Faryab, six in Sar-e-Pul and six others in Badghis. After days of torrential rain, floodwaters swept through villages, engulfing thousands of houses and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses. Officials in Faryab province said nearly 2000 houses were washed away and more than 8000 cattle were killed. Flooding often occurs during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan. Two weeks ago, a landslide triggered by heavy rains and a small earthquake swept through two villages in Takhar, another northern province, killing four people and destroying around 100 houses. Forty people died in August in flash floods in eastern and southeastern provinces and some parts of Kabul.

 

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Flood in Afghanistan on Friday, 25 April, 2014 at 15:33 (03:33 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2014 at 11:08 UTC
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Flash floods in Northern Afghanistan have killed more than 180 people and displaced thousands after days of torrential rain, officials say. Authorities in one of the country’s hardest hit regions of Jawzjan said, the death toll was expected to rise further. “Rescue helicopters have evacuated some 200 people, but many people are still trapped on roofs of their homes and some are also missing,” Jawzjan provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jowzjani said. The head of the disaster relief committee in Jawzjan province, said more than 5,000 people had been displaced and there was shortage of medicine and water, after heavy rain and storms swept through two districts of the region on Thursday night. Mohammadullah Batash, the governor of Faryab, said the death toll in his province, which borders Turkmenistan, was expected to rise. The Afghan government has been scrambling to help survivors and search for stranded villagers by deploying army helicopters to reach affected areas. The floodwaters swept through villages and fields, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses. Flooding often occurs during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan, with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water level.

 

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Death toll in northern Afghanistan floods tops 100, officials say

Updated Sun 27 Apr 2014, 1:36pm AEST

The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan has risen to more than 100 with many others still missing, officials say.

The national disaster management authority said that 58 people were killed in Jowzjan province, 32 in Faryab, six in Sar-e-Pul and six others in Badghis as floods struck a large swath of rural communities.

“Unfortunately, we have over 100 people killed and dozens of others missing due to flash floods in four northern provinces,” said Mohammad Sadeq Sediqqi, from the national disaster management authority.

OCHA, the United Nations humanitarian affairs office, said it had reports from provincial officials of 123 people killed, with Jowzjan province alone suffering 80 deaths and 6,000 displaced people.

It said clean water, medical supplies, food and shelter were needed immediately as relief efforts got under way after days of torrential rain.

The floodwaters swept through villages, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses.

The Afghan defence ministry sent two helicopters to Jowzjan, where the aircraft rescued more than 1,000 people and carried them to higher ground.

 

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ITV News

Last updated Sat 1 Feb 2014

Families had to be rescued from their homes as parts of the Republic of Ireland were hit with gale force winds, heavy rain and serious flooding.

Emergency workers rescue residents after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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The Irish Times  News

Army called in as Limerick faces ‘unprecedented’ floods

Scores of people evacuated from inundated homes across city

Army vehicle in Limerick earlier today. Army vehicle in Limerick earlier today.

Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 15:16

The Army has been drafted into a Limerick to help battle “unprecedented” floods in the city.

Scores of people have been evacuated from their homes across Limerick City after “unprecedented” floods hit this morning.

Large parts of the city and county are under water after the River Shannon burst its banks in several areas.

The worst affected locations include Kings Island (St Mary’s Park/Island Road and the Lee Estate), Athlunkard Street, Dock Road, Condell Road, Corbally Road, Honan’s Quay, Clancy Strand, and Longpavement.

Another area badly hit by the floods, Athlunkard Street, saw houses and cars submerged.

Ger Hogan has meanwhile become a hero in his native city. Since early this morning the father of seven has been rescuing stranded victims of the floods from their washed out homes to safety – all on board a cart driven by his mare Peg.

From 9am, Ger and Peg began carting neighbours and family and friends in St Mary’s Park to dry ground.

The north side estate is under four feet of water. By 2.30pm Ger and three-year old Peg had rescued around 100 people.

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