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Queensland Flooding: Disaster of “Biblical Proportions”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2011

Up to a quarter of a million people have been affected by “the worst floods in Queensland’s history,” 22 cities and towns inundated

Rockhampton, home to 78,000 people, bracing for 9m (30ft) floodwaters

The Fitzroy River is expected to reach at least 9m by Sunday afternoon, flooding about a half of the city of Rockhampton, reports say.

The city is expected to be isolated for about two weeks, as the airport closes to commercial flights.

Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has warned of dire economic consequences, saying he would postpone his mid-year economic review to factor in the cost of the flood damage, a report said.

”In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions,” he said from flood-hit town of Bundaberg.

Houses and surrounding land in the town of Theodore, about 410kms (255 miles) north west of Brisbane, are partially submerged by flood waters January 1, 2011. Queensland Police Service Handout via Reuters.

Queensland River Conditions

24-hr Rainfall for Queensland

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Meanwhile,The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued the following Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Flash Flooding


For people in parts of the
Gulf Country and
Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:17 pm Saturday, 1 January 2011.

Warning Area Map. Source: BOM

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Georgetown, Croydon, Kowanyama and Forsayth.

  • Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
  • Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
  • Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
  • Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  • Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 11:20 pm.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

Warnings current:

Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Details for: Tropical Low 1

Flood Map of Queensland

Queensland Flood Map. Source: BOM, via BBC.

Satellite Images of Flooding in Queensland

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False-color images using a combination of infrared and visible light to enhance the contrast between land and water taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on December 31, 2010 (top), and December 28, 2009 (bottom). “Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of brick red and pinkish brown.” Source: NASA-EO. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG) Click images to enlarge.

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Deadly Floods Hit Southern Thailand

Posted by feww on November 3, 2010

It’s Now Southern Thailand’s Turn!

Deadly flooding in southern Thailand kills at least 38

The worst flooding in living memory, which hit northern and central Thailand in October, affected about half the country, killing at least 107 people, destroying about 4 percent of the farmland and  impacting the lives of about 8 million Thais in 38 of the country’s 76 provinces. At least 25 provinces are still submerged under 1m (3ft) of water.

Hat Yai, the commercial capital of southern Thailand. has been hit by deadly flooding, a report said. At least 38 people have been killed, as  floodwaters submerged parts of the region to a height of 3m (10ft). Photo source: PDN . Image may be subject to copyright.

Now the floods have inundated the southern part of the country, killing at least 38 people and submerging parts of the region under 3 meters (15ft) of water.   The floods have also forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in neighboring Malaysia.

Prime Minister Abishit Vejjajiva has reportedly declared a state of emergency in southern Thailand describing the flooding as “one of the worst natural calamities” the country has ever witnessed.

Thai rice price has surged to a 7-month high as a result of the extensive flooding, a report said.

“Rubber futures in Thailand, the world’s largest producer, and Singapore surged to records as floods spread across major producing nations in Southeast Asia, hurting production of the commodity used to make tires,” media reported.

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Thailand Flooding Death Toll Tops 100

Posted by feww on October 30, 2010

3 Weeks of Flooding Paralyzes Thailand

Unusually heavy monsoon rains since October10 inundated at least 38 of the country’s 76 provinces, destroying about 650,000 hectares of farmland and causing at least $333 million in damage, Thailand’s disaster prevention and mitigation officials said.

As of posting, at least 22 provinces were still submerged.

At least 100 people have died since the flooding began three weeks ago, mostly from drowning, according to Thailand’s Emergency Medical Institute.

About 250,000 people have so far been treated for flood-related diseases, with half of the patients suffering foot infections, Thailand’s Public Health Minister told reporters.

Flooding has affected at least 600,000 households, or more than 5 million people.

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The two images were acquired by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite showing flood-affected regions in Thailand on October 29, 2010 (top), and October 30, 2009 (bottom). Flooded areas are dark blue.

“Compared to conditions the year before, flooding is most apparent along the Mae Nam Mun River in the east, and along the Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok. Although Bangkok itself avoided major damage, Agence France-Presse reported that more than 1,000 homes north of the city had been partly submerged. In the 2010 image, large areas of standing water are apparent north of the coastal metropolis.” Source: NASA-EO.

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Remember Rohingya?

Posted by feww on October 25, 2010

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Drowning the Demonic Deity

Nationwide Floods in Thailand Claim at least 41 Lives

Up to 3 million people across the country have been affected by the flooding that began on October 10 and that now threatens the capital, Bang-kok.

The flooding has inundated at least 30 out of the country’s 76 provinces, according to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

Photo shows the the 10-rai temple compound in tambon Sai Noi submerged under 2m of water. Credit: SUNTHORNPONGPAO. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Apocalyptic Floods in NE Brazil Kill Dozens, Hundreds Missing

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

Not Even Halfway through the Year!

Apocalyptic floods, massive  landslides in NE Brazil kill at least 31 people, with hundreds more missing and leave tens of thousands homeless

At least 31 people are dead and more than 1,000 others are missing after 3 days of  heavy rain in north-eastern Brazil triggered deadly floods, and caused massive landslides, reports quoting officials say.

The town of Quebrangulo in the state of Alagoas is almost entirely submerged, forcing tens of thousands of panic-stricken residents to flee to higher ground, as up to 2,000 km of roads are washed away, hampering rescue efforts and delivery of aid.

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US Weather Forecast: Heavy Snow, Heavy Rain

Posted by feww on April 6, 2010

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Possible Heavy Snow, More Snow, Rain and Thunder Storms,  Flash Flooding, Severe Thunder Storms and More Rain

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