Category: Flooding


Balkans Submerged by Historic Floods Threatening Thousands

More than 20 people have been killed in the worst floods in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia.

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    A group is evacuated on an amphibious vehicle over flooded streets in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17, 2014.

    Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region’s worst flooding since modern records began.


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    Children sit in a bus after being evacuated from the flooded town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Homes sit submerged due to overflowinh rivers in Doboj, a northern city of Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 16.

    More than two dozen people have died, said authorities, who warned the death toll could rise.


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    Serbian army soldiers evacuate people from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 16. Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sometimes reaching up to the second floors, sending people climbing to rooftops for rescue.


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    People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17. Authorities said 25 people have died but warned the death toll could rise.


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    A group is evacuated on a boat over flooded streets in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Serbian army soldiers evacuate a boy from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Houses sit damaged from heavy rains in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 17. Throughout hilly Bosnia, floods are triggering landslides covering roads, homes and whole villages. About 300 landslides have been reported, and stranded villagers often are being rescued by helicopter.

     

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More than 20 dead, thousands evacuated in Bosnia, Serbia floods

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People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, Serbia May 17, 2014. REUTERS-Marko Djurica
1 of 11. People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, Serbia May 17, 2014.

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(Reuters) – More than 20 people have been killed in the worst floods in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia, authorities said on Saturday, with thousands evacuated from towns still under threat from rising rivers.

The death toll in Bosnia alone reached 19, including nine found on Saturday when waters receded from the northeastern town of Doboj.

Thousands of volunteers joined soldiers, police and fire-fighters in building flood barriers made of sandbags in the Serbian capital Belgrade and the western town of Sabac.

The River Sava hit its highest-recorded level in Serbia, the army said, rising at a rate of three centimeters (one inch) per hour after several days of the heaviest rainfall in almost 120 years.

Three people were confirmed dead in Serbia by Friday, and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said there were more fatalities in the town of Obrenovac, 30 km (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, where soldiers deployed huge amphibious vehicles to rescue hundreds of people crammed into a primary school.

Authorities in Serbia said they would not give a death toll for Obrenovac, a town of some 30,000 people, until the waters had receded and the extent of the damage was clear.

A Reuters photographer said the entire town center was submerged under two to three meters (seven to 10 feet) of water.

Tens of thousands of homes in Serbia were cut off from electricity and around 150,000 in Bosnia, where Doboj suffered the most.

 

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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

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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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Extreme Weather in USA on Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.

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A powerful spring storm produced heavy rain and frequent lightning that caused widespread street flooding Monday night in the Waco area leaving some motorists stranded and leading to some high-water rescues. The storm also caused a series of lightning-related fires and a number of mostly minor traffic accidents Monday night. Three-quarter inch hail fell in Belton. Water was beginning to accumulate on the edges of Old Waco Road Monday night in Belton, police said. Flooding from heavy rain shut down the intersection of New Road and Waco Drive Monday evening in Waco, stranding some drivers in their vehicles. Heavy rain caused flooding on other area streets and on Interstate 35, in Waco where traffic was reported to be stopped. Flooding in Waco was reported in the 900 block of North 31st Street; 9100 block of Panther Way; intersection of North 23rd and Waco Drive; Lake Shore and MLK; 30th and Austin; Interstate 35th at South 6th and South 7th Streets; 5400 block of Franklin; Lake Air and Waco Drive; North 36th and Fort; 2200 block of Herring; Sanger and Towne Oakes, and 100 block of Richland Drive, police said.

A motorist was reported trapped in a vehicle on Londonderry Drive and Medical Parkway. Flooding was also reported along Valley Mills Drive. Seven to 12 inches of water was reported just after 7 p.m. on Panther Way behind Midway High school. Police in Waco and surrounding communities were responding to other reports of motorists stranded by high water. Flooding is likely in low-lying areas and at low-water crossings throughout the night in Central Texas and motorists are advised to turn around if they encounter water on roadways. Area fire departments also responded to a series of calls involving residential fires that were evidently caused by lightning strikes. A lightning strike also set a tree on fire in Waco. Law enforcement agencies also responded to a number of reports of mostly-minor traffic accidents on area streets and highways. A flash flood warning was in effect until 8:45 p.m. for McLennan County and the region is under a flash flood watch through at least late Monday night. Flooding was also reported in the Whitney area. Flash flash flood warnings were in effect for Hill County until 8:30 p.m. and Falls County until 9:45 p.m. Two feet of water was reported on a road near Whitney in Hill County and water was reported over the road on FM 94 east of Blum. Water was reported over Highway 16 southwest of Goldthwaite and Highway 84 near Mulin in Mills County. Heavy rain is possible through the evening hours and overnight.

 

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More Rain Possible After Night Of Storms, Flooding

Flooding in Whitney (Photo courtesy of Scott Hull)

(May 13, 2014)–Official rainfall totals in Bell County ranged from less than an inch to just less than 3 inches overnight

In Bosque County totals ranged from about 1.3 inches to about 3.5 inches.

Official totals in Coryell County were just less than an inch.

Totals in Falls County ranged from just more than 2 inches to a little more than 3 inches.

Official totals in Hill County ranged from about 1.5 inches to 3.6 inches.

In Lampasas County, totals ranged from less than an inch to about 1.5 inches.

More than 4 inches was recorded in Groesbeck, but in other parts of Limestone County totals were as low as about ½ inch.

McLennan County totals ranged from about 1.7 to 3.4 inches.

In Milam County, official totals ranged from about 1 ¾ inches to 2.5 inches.

 

(May 13, 2014) Showers and isolated thunderstorms are again in the forecast Tuesday after a night of heavy rain that caused widespread street flooding in the Waco area, leaving some motorists stranded in rising water.

As much as 4 inches of rain was recorded in some parts of Central Texas overnight.

If rain does fall, it’s not expected to be as heavy and should not cause significant flooding, forecasters said.

Severe weather isn’t expected, forecasters said.

More than 30,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in Texas as a result of the storm, but only small and scattered outages were reported Tuesday in the Waco-Temple-Killeen area.

The story was different Tuesday elsewhere in the state, however.

CPS Energy reported nearly 19,000 homes and businesses without power Tuesday mainly in the San Antonio area.

Austin Energy had about 1,600 customers without electricity.

 

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Photo taken on May 10, 2014 shows flood in Wawutang Township of Suining County, central China’s Hunan Province. Heavy rains started to hit Suining County at 3 a.m. Saturday, with precipitation in one township hitting 186 mm by noon. One person was killed in a rain-triggered landslide while flooding has forced the relocation of another 10,000 residents in Suining. [Xinhua]

 

 

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Extreme Weather in China on Saturday, 10 May, 2014 at 13:42 (01:42 PM) UTC.

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One person was killed in a rain-triggered landslide while flooding has forced the relocation of another 10,000 residents in a county in central China’s Hunan Province, local authorities said Saturday. Heavy rains started to hit Suining County at 3 a.m. Saturday, with precipitation in one township hitting 186 mm by noon, the office of the county flood control headquarters said in a statement. The rainstorms disrupted traffic, power and telecommunications in 10 townships. One villager in Jinwutang Township was killed in a landslide. A total of 112,000 residents were affected and 10,000 have been evacuated, it said. Also on Saturday, a rainstorm-triggered flash flood tore down 14 houses and two bridges, damaged flood-control dikes and inundated a hydropower generation plant in Fugong County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said. A total of 264 people in risk-prone areas have been relocated to safe places, the county publicity department said. Earlier the county was battered by rains on Thursday and Friday.

 

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One dead, 10,000 relocated in C China rainstorms

 

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Photo taken on May 10, 2014 shows flooded farmland in Wawutang Township of Suining County, central China’s Hunan Province. Heavy rains started to hit Suining County at 3 a.m. Saturday, with precipitation in one township hitting 186 mm by noon. One person was killed in a rain-triggered landslide while flooding has forced the relocation of another 10,000 residents in Suining. (Xinhua)

 

CHANGSHA, May 10 (Xinhua) — One person was killed in a rain-triggered landslide while flooding has forced the relocation of another 10,000 residents in a county in central China’s Hunan Province, local authorities said Saturday.

Heavy rains started to hit Suining County at 3 a.m. Saturday, with precipitation in one township hitting 186 mm by noon, the office of the county flood control headquarters said in a statement.

The rainstorms disrupted traffic, power and telecommunications in 10 townships. One villager in Jinwutang Township was killed in a landslide.

A total of 112,000 residents were affected and 10,000 have been evacuated, it said.

Also on Saturday, a rainstorm-triggered flash flood tore down 14 houses and two bridges, damaged flood-control dikes and inundated a hydropower generation plant in Fugong County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said.

A total of 264 people in risk-prone areas have been relocated to safe places, the county publicity department said.

Earlier the county was battered by rains on Thursday and Friday.

 

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Rain to Continue as Shenzhen Flood Disaster to Cost RMB 80 Million

Posted: 05/13/2014 3:12 pm

shenzhen flood Despite a brief respite from the storm yesterday, the forecast calls for more rain to fall on the Pearl River Delta for an additional seven days as Shenzhen tries to deal with the aftermath of its flooding disaster.

As a direct result of the torrential rain that fell on Southern China from May 8-12, Shenzhen has suffered an economic loss of more than RMB 80 million with a total of 25,531 residents affected by the flooding, reports Yangcheng Evening News.

Furthermore, it is reported a total of 2,986 people have been relocated, 10 houses have collapsed, and some 11.97 thousand square kilometers of crops have been destroyed.

Relief efforts to aid disaster victims are already underway.

Two Shenzhen storm disaster areas have seen residents rescued from potentially dangerous flooding.

 

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Rains wreak havoc in Makkah, Hail

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Extreme Weather in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, 10 May, 2014 at 04:28 (04:28 AM) UTC.

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Floods caused by torrential rain swept through parts of Makkah and Hail on Thursday killing two people and injuring several others. The flooding also caused power cuts and damaged hundreds of cars across Makkah neighborhoods, according to eyewitnesses. Thousands of Umrah pilgrims were stranded inside the Grand Mosque after Maghrib, many only able to reach their accommodation after midnight, according to eyewitnesses. Worshippers prayed Isha in the heavy rain. The Civil Defense in Hail said five brothers driving in a four-wheel-drive vehicle tried to cross the flooded Al-Khafj Valley. The force of the water overturned their vehicle. Maj. Nafea bin Alian Al-Makhalafa, media spokesperson of the Civil Defense in Hail, said that one brother had rescued three of his brothers. The fifth brother was trapped inside the vehicle and drowned. Brig. Col. Saleh Al-Alyani, spokesperson for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said an African expatriate died in Mansour district when a tree fell on him. The police are investigating, he said. Al-Alyani said the organization’s operations room received 1,356 emergency calls, mostly about cars caught up in the floods, falling trees and power cuts. A special operations room has been set up in Makkah to monitor the situation and coordinate relief and evacuation efforts, he said. The Civil Defense deployed helicopters, 23 patrols and 16 rescue teams with heavy machinery for emergency operations. It also sent 32 officers and six staff members on motorbikes to the Grand Mosque to assist pilgrims. The Saudi Electricity Company said its engineers and technicians were monitoring the situation in Makkah.

 

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Rains wreak havoc in Makkah, Hail

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Makkah_HailMakkah/Hail, May 10: Floods caused by torrential rain swept through parts of Makkah and Hail on Thursday killing two people and injuring several others.

The flooding also caused power cuts and damaged hundreds of cars across Makkah neighborhoods, according to eyewitnesses.

Thousands of Umrah pilgrims were stranded inside the Grand Mosque after Maghrib, many only able to reach their accommodation after midnight, according to eyewitnesses. Worshippers prayed Isha in the heavy rain.

The Civil Defense in Hail said five brothers driving in a four-wheel-drive vehicle tried to cross the flooded Al-Khafj Valley. The force of the water overturned their vehicle.

Maj. Nafea bin Alian Al-Makhalafa, media spokesperson of the Civil Defense in Hail, said that one brother had rescued three of his brothers. The fifth brother was trapped inside the vehicle and drowned.

Brig. Col. Saleh Al-Alyani, spokesperson for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said an African expatriate died in Mansour district when a tree fell on him. The police are investigating, he said.

Al-Alyani said the organization’s operations room received 1,356 emergency calls, mostly about cars caught up in the floods, falling trees and power cuts. A special operations room has been set up in Makkah to monitor the situation and coordinate relief and evacuation efforts, he said.

The Civil Defense deployed helicopters, 23 patrols and 16 rescue teams with heavy machinery for emergency operations. It also sent 32 officers and six staff members on motorbikes to the Grand Mosque to assist pilgrims.

The Saudi Electricity Company said its engineers and technicians were monitoring the situation in Makkah.

 

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Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

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Vehicles rest at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday April 30, 2014. Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 15-20 inches of rain has fallen in Pensacola in the past 24 hours. (AP Photo/Pensacola News Journal, Katie E. King)

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PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast, the latest bout of violent weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.

In the Panhandle, roads were chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely. Cars were submerged and neighborhoods were inundated, making rescues difficult for hundreds of people who called for help when they were caught off guard by the torrential rains in the span of about 24 hours.

In the aftermath, people cruised around on paddleboards. Boats and Humvees zigzagged through the flooded streets to make rescues. About 30,000 people were without power, and one woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said.

Kyle Schmitz was at home with his 18-month-old son Oliver Tuesday night when heavy rain fell during a 45-minute span in Pensacola. He gathered up his son, his computer and important papers and decided to leave when the waters quickly started to rise.

“I opened the garage and the water immediately flowed in like a wave,” he said. “The water was coming up to just below the hood of my truck and I just gassed it.”

Schmitz and his son made it out safely. He returned Wednesday to assess the damage at his rented home in the East Hill neighborhood. The water was up to his shins and he feared he would never again live in the home.

Elsewhere, water lingered above mailboxes. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said officials received about 300 calls for rescues and had completed about 210 of those by midmorning. Some people abandoned flooded cars and walked to find help.

“It’s gotten to the point where we can’t send EMS and fire rescue crews out on some 911 calls because they can’t get there,” Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson said. “We’ve had people whose homes are flooding and they’ve had to climb up to the attic.”

 

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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 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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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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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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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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Extreme Weather in Philippines on Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 at 09:17 (09:17 AM) UTC.

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At least 30 houses were destroyed after strong winds and heavy rains struck a surprised village in Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Tuesday. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesman of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO), said no one was reported hurt in the disaster that hit Barangay New Oroquita. Quoting belated reports, Huesca said that the “sudden storm” struck the village on Friday night. Engr. Rey Rubio of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 100 residents were forced to leave their homes during the onslaught. He said several coconut trees were also toppled by strong winds. Rubio said that the incident was not immediately reported to authorities because the remote village had not phone signal and that only a few vehicle pass through the area. He said the disaster’s damage was pegged at P500,000.

 

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4 children feared dead in Zamboanga Sibugay landslide

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Four children were feared dead after they were buried alive in a huge landslide in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, police reported Thursday.

Insp. Ariel Huesca, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Police Office, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer via a text message that the children were resting in an abandoned house in Purok 4 in Barangay (village) Sayao around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday when soil, mud and rocks moved amid heavy rains.

 

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5 killed, 17,000 displaced by Zamboanga flooding

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines— While Zamboanga City has barely moved on from the fighting between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front last month, deaths from the incessant heavy rains spawned by the intertropical convergence zone in the city for the past few days rose to five on Wednesday.

More than 17,000 others displaced when floods caused by continuous heavy rain swept through the city and outlying villages during the past week, the authorities said.

Although much of the floods have receded, some places remain under water as the rains have continued.

ITCZ brings heavy rains

Maribel Enriquez, chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration station in Zamboanga City, said the Intertropical Convergence Zone was causing all the rain.

“It’s been there hovering and it is the reason why we have long hours of rain since last week, making our soil saturated with water,” Enriquez said.

“When our soil is saturated with water, definitely, we are going to experience flooding and landslide,” she added.

The five-day incessant rains with occasional strong winds battered the city since Friday last week inundated 6.47 hectares of farmlands and fishponds.

Damage to crops was estimated to cost P57.9 million.

Sheila Covarrubias, the city’s information officer, said records of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center show that a total of 25 barangays, or city districts and villages, were flooded, affecting 4,802 families or 17,026 individuals.

Five persons were reported to have drowned in the villages of Tugbungan, San Roque, San Jose Gusu and Putik.

Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Regional Police Office, identified two of those killed as Edwina Flores, 58, and her helper Rosanna Fabella, both residents of San Roque.

 

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On Saturday, a huge sinkhole opened up at the side of a house in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Swallowing up half of the front lawn, it was 35ft wide and 20ft deep.

Last week, a hole as deep as a double-decker bus is high suddenly opened up in the back-garden of a house in South-East London, almost swallowing a child’s trampoline as the ground collapsed without warning.

Had the poor owner’s daughter been rushing out to play on the trampoline, she could have very easily have been seriously injured or even killed.

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Dangerous: A 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation on a section of the M2 in north Kent last week

Two weeks ago, there was a similarly narrow escape for a family living in High Wycombe, when, overnight, a deep hole appeared  without warning in the driveway just next to the house.

This time the adult daughter’s car did end up buried at the bottom of the hole, thankfully, while there was no one in it.

And in Kent last week, motorists hoping to use the M2 were left fuming by the motorway’s temporary closure, after a substantial hole — 15ft deep — suddenly appeared in the central reservation. Again, no one was hurt but had the hole opened up just a few yards away, it is obvious what a different story it could so easily have been.

All of these holes are what the public call sinkholes and now, after weeks of heavy rain, they seem to be appearing with ever greater regularity. Hard statistics are difficult to find — not least because sinkholes that appear on farmland often go unreported — but having studied them for 35 years, I’d estimate that sinkholes are currently appearing at four-to-five times their normal rate.

 
Gone: A Volkswagen Lupo was swallowed up by this sink hole in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Gone: A Volkswagen Lupo was swallowed up by this sink hole in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Brand new: Zoe Smith, 19, was given a replacement after the car was engulfed by the hole which developed outside her home

Brand new: Zoe Smith, 19, was given a replacement after the car was engulfed by the hole which developed outside her home

 

With more heavy rain forecast, I’d be surprised if we’ve seen the last sudden sinkhole of this winter.

Even when the rain does stop and warmer weather returns, for reasons that I’ll come to, there could be a second spate of them.

Strictly speaking — and as I work for the British Geological Survey I do need to be strict about these things — not all the big holes that have been appearing are sinkholes. Technically, a sinkhole is a hole that opens up when the surface layers collapse into a naturally made cavity. When the surface layers collapse into a cavity made by man  — and at least two of the recent holes are in areas where mining has been carried out in the past — then it should be called a dene or crown hole.

But given that both types are caused by a collapse into an underground cavity and the end result — a large, potentially dangerous hole in the ground at the surface — is the same, for the sake of simplicity, let us call them all sinkholes.

Certainly, anyone suffering the tragedy of having their house fall into one won’t be worrying about the difference. Fatalities caused by sinkholes in this country are thankfully very rare, but a homeowner in Florida did die in exactly those circumstances only last year.

Risk: Gretel Davidson feared she would have to pay around £10,000 after a sinkhole twice the height of a double-decker bus appeared in her garden in Banehurst, South-East London

Risk: Gretel Davidson feared she would have to pay around £10,000 after a sinkhole twice the height of a double-decker bus appeared in her garden in Banehurst, South-East London

The sheer size of sinkholes and their sudden appearance without warning does make them extremely hazardous. This explains why in  the superstitious distant past,  their appearance was often linked to misfortune.

Some saw them as a direct route to Hell itself; one near Darlington that collapsed in the 12th century  is called Hell Kettle and the  rising groundwater in it steams in the winter.

Of course, it’s not the Devil but all the heavy rain that lies behind the sudden spate of sinkholes. Rainwater dissolves limestone easily because it gets acidified from  carbon dioxide in the air and by  passing through rotting vegetation or certain types of rock.

The water dissolves rocks such  as chalk, limestone and gypsum, making existing natural underground cavities bigger. It also scours fine material out of existing cavities. In addition, it makes the surface layers of soil composed of such things as clay or gravel heavier as they become waterlogged.

Bit by bit, the cavity becomes a little bigger, the covering layers a little heavier until . . . snap . . . those covering layers no longer have the mechanical strength to span the cavity and suddenly they collapse into it, taking anything unfortunate to have been standing on the surface down with them.

Concern: A 35ft wide hole appeared underneath a home in Hemel Hempstead last week, prompting the surrounding properties to be evacuated

Concern: A 35ft wide hole appeared underneath a home in Hemel Hempstead last week, prompting the surrounding properties to be evacuated

It’s no accident that sinkholes often seem to appear next to a fairly substantial piece of civil engineering, such as a house or road, rather than underneath the piece of civil engineering itself.

As long as we put roofs on houses and impermeable cambers on our roads, rainwater will be thrown off the things being protected. It’s often where that rainwater ends up — by the side of the road, by side  of the house — that becomes  vulnerable to sinkholes.

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More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm dumped about a foot on many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present problems in other states.

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo | Michael Dwyer)

A worker is reflected in a building facade as he clears snow from the sidewalk in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. It was expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of snow on Boston, with 6 to 10 inches forecast for parts of Northern New England, before moving out late Tuesday and early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More snow is ahead for residents of northern New England a day after a fast-moving storm brought about a foot to many communities, but rain and warmer temperatures could present new problems for other states.

A rain and snow mixture is possible Wednesday along the northern New England coast, but inland communities could see between 1 and 4 inches of snow, said Eric Schwibs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

That’s far less than the 12 inches of snow reported Tuesday night in New Boston, N.H., or the nearly 10 inches that fell in Kennebunk, Maine. There were no immediate reports of any major traffic messes caused by the weather.

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Elsewhere in the country, as warmer temperatures bring rain and melt snow, concerns are being raised about the potential for flooding and collapsing roofs.

In Chicago, the weather service says people who live along rivers and in flood prone areas should prepare for possible flooding as the mounds of snow in yards and along streets melt.

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NBC News

Flooding Woes are on Tap for Snow-Buried Midwest

Winter’s woes aren’t just about severe storms and bitter cold — there’s still freezing rain and melting snow to grapple with.

Nasty thunderstorms will target the Ohio Valley on Thursday and could bring an inch-and-a-half of rain and create extreme flooding conditions in parts of Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, according to forecasts. A flood watch has been issued across Illinois.

“The great melt has started,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hirsch told NBC News.

Aside from the rain, warmer temperatures are moving in, which will speed the melt. Chicago, for instance, could hit a high of 50 degrees Thursday, forecasts say. The Windy City endured a 52-day stretch of below-freezing temperatures this winter, keeping the the accumulated snow firmly in place.

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