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Torrential rains deluge Hainan, S China

Posted by feww on October 5, 2010

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The Amphibious Policemen Direct Traffic in S China’s Hainan Province

Original Caption: Policemen direct city traffic in rain in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, Oct. 5, 2010. Heavy rains will hit Leizhou Peninsula and Hainan Province where heavy rain has pounded for four days and the average precipitation has exceeded 200 mm in most parts, according to the local weather bureau. (Xinhua/Xu Qintao). Image may be subject to copyright.

Landslide News: Torrential flood delays rescue work in S China landslide

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Deadly Storm Drenches East Coast

Posted by feww on October 1, 2010

Remnants of TS Nicole kill at least 5 people including 2 children

Remnants of the Tropical Storm Nicole wreaked havoc along the US Atlantic coast, drenching the entire length of the eastern seaboard from Florida to New England. The National Weather Service has warned of flash floods as far north as Maine.

In North Carolina 5 people, including two children, were killed in storm-related incidents.

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Severe Storm System Hits Upper Midwest

Posted by feww on September 24, 2010

Large Parts of Wisconsin and Southern Minnesota Inundated

The lingering storm system, which has dumped more than 33cm (13 inches) of rain over a swath of  western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota since Wednesday, has flooded hundreds of homes forcing residents to be evacuated; many businesses have shut down; scores of schools are canceled in many communities; roads have been washed out; large segments of I-35 in the region are closed.

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Guatemala Collapsing

Posted by feww on September 6, 2010

‘National Tragedy’ Devastates Guatemala

Guatemala Undergoing First Phase of Collapse

At least 22 people were killed with dozens more missing, feared dead, when a large landslide buried a crowd trying to dig out a bus from  mud.

Large areas of the country are flooded following the heaviest rains in living memory; many roads and bridges have been washed away.

About 500 bridges across Guatemala, including the main bridge that links the country to Honduras, have been destroyed or damaged.

Dozens of separate landslides, including several major occurrences have closed down at least 100km (65 miles) of the Inter-American Highway, killing dozens of people, with dozens more missing.

“A wall of earth fell on a bus and around 100 local people organized themselves to dig out the victims,” according to  fire department spokesman Sergio Vasquez. “Then another landslide came along and buried them.”

President Alvaro Colom declared a state of emergency and said: “It’s a national tragedy.”

The weekend death toll from about a dozen different landslides stands at 45, but it is expected to rise considerably.

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Niger Flooding Has Left 200,000 Homeless

Posted by feww on September 1, 2010

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Nothing Left in Niger

When an entire country faces collapse

Niger river, Africa’s third biggest, burst its banks in its worst recorded floods in 80 years.

“The bustling districts have now turned into ghost towns, we’ve never seen the like in living memory,” according to an elderly fisherman.

“It’s a double catastrophe: before the rain, the people lacked food, now the few reserve stocks of cereal have been washed away by the water. There’s nothing left,” a village chief said.

The entire Niger has been affected by flooding triggered by torrential rain. Image Credit AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

“Zarmagandaye, Lamorde and Karadje are three districts of the west African country’s capital Niamey which have turned into marshland since the beginning of August.” AFP reported.

“According to Niger’s Early Warning System (SAP) and catastrophe management officials, the whole of the country, including the perenially arid desert of the northern Agadez region, has been affected by flooding caused by heavy rain.”

Up to 8 million people in Niger face severe food shortages after a serious crop failure in the 2009-2010 harvest, U.N. says.

Niger Basin Authority forecasts another major rise in the river levels between November and January, the report said.

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Disease Outbreaks Threaten Pakistan Flood Victims

Posted by feww on August 24, 2010

Diarrhea and cholera wreaking havoc in many of Pakistan’s flooded areas

About 80% of the town of Jacobabad in Sindh province was buried under 1.5m (5ft) of water, as a tsunami of floodwaters were rapidly moving south towards the state of Balochistan, UNHCR reported.

The situation in Sindh continues to deteriorate, as the second wave of floodwaters quickly moves into the south of the province, the report said.

The Great Deluge in Pakistan

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The top false-color image was acquired by the Landsat-5 satellite on August 19, 2010. Lower image dated July 31, 2009 is used for comparison.  Tsunamis of floodwater riding on the Indus River target southern Pakistan  three weeks after the first floods inundated NW Pakistan. Source: NASA E/O. Click images to enlarge.

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Indus River Flooding

Posted by feww on August 19, 2010

More than 20 million affected by Pakistan Floods

Flooding near Kashmor, Sindh Province, Pakistan

Flood Disaster Summary:

  • More than 20 million people have been affected, and the toll is rising.
  • Thousands of people have been killed or injured.
  • 3.5 million children face waterborne diseases.
  • A quarter of Pakistan land area, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated.
  • Up to 3.5 million hectares of crops have been destroyed.
  • At least a million homes destroyed or damaged.

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Top: Flooding near Kashmor in Sindh province, Pakistan, on August 12, 2010 (Landsat 5 satellite), immediately prior to the second wave of the flooding striking the region. Above: The same region on August 9, 2009. Download large image (9 MB, JPEG).

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Gansu Landslides: More of China Crumbles

Posted by feww on August 8, 2010

Massive landslides triggered by large scale flooding kill at least 127 people, leave 2,000 missing

The landslides have “leveled an area about 5 km long and 500 meters wide,” affecting at least 20,000 people a statement posted on the website of the provincial government said, Xinhua reported.

Original caption: Photo taken by mobile phone shows rescuers searching for missing personnel in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China’s Gansu Province, Aug. 8, 2010. At least 96 people have been confirmed dead in landslides triggered by torrential rains in Zhouqu County. (Xinhua)

“Someone said the fifth floor of my residential building had been submerged. People are busy looking for family members and friends,” said Li Tiankui, a resident who lived near the Bailong River.

Bailong River was blocked by debris which changed its course and formed a 3-km long lake, measuring 100 meters wide and 9 meters deep, and holding about 1.5 million cubic meters of water, the provincial flood control department said. More …

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Landslide Buries 107 People in SW China

Posted by feww on June 29, 2010

China Facing Unending Mega-Disasters

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Little Chance of Finding any Survivors

Original Caption: Soldiers rush to the site of a landslide in Guanling County of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, on June 28, 2010. Some 107 people from 38 families were buried and trapped by a rainstorm-triggered landslide Monday afternoon in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, local authorities said. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu). Image may be subject to copyright.

At least 107 people were buried by a landslide in southwest China’s Guizhou Province on  Monday,  Chinese officials said, Xinhua reported.

The landslide which was triggered by torrential rain and flooding “occurred at 2:30 p.m. in Dazhai Village, Gangwu Township of Guanling County, said a spokesman for the government of Anshun City, which administers Guanling.”

Rescue work was  suspended because relentless rain which has been pummeling the  area since late Sunday, officials were reported as saying.

UPDATE: First body retrieved after landslide buries 107 in SW China

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    Tropical Wave Continues to Wreak Havoc Across Caribbean

    Posted by feww on June 25, 2010

    Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Dominican Republic Hit by Tropical Wave

    A tropical wave moving across the Caribbean has caused extensive flooding in Virgin Islands, El Salvador and Dominican Republic.

    In the Dominican Republic, where there was at least one storm-related death, the authorities were forced to evacuate at least 3,000 people, local reports say.

    The so called ”Tropical Disturbance 10,’ which is currently located between Jamaica and the tip of Honduras, and is moving westward at about 20km/hr (13 mph), has been producing strong showers with thunderstorms, and choppy sea condition with waves of up to 2.5m (7 feet).

    There is a high probability (60%) this system could become a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, NWS said.

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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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    Global Flooding and Landslide Headlines

    Posted by feww on June 17, 2010

    Deadly Flooding in the French Riviera

    At least 20 people have been killed, 12 are missing and about 2,000 others have been rescued from the flood stricken southern France.  The authorities said about 1,900 firefighters and police officers were mobilized in the rescue effort.

    France’s  national weather service  said up to 40cm (15.7in) of rain had fallen since Tuesday, and warned of more rainstorm in the region.

    About 100,000 people have been without electricity across the flood-stricken  region,  reports say.

    The floods are said to be the worst in the region since for nearly 200 years.


    “Floods and landslides have killed at least 46 people in northwest Myanmar and rescue workers are evacuating residents affected by the incessant rains, official media said Thursday.” AP reported.

    India, China Flooding

    Rescuers try to salvage a mini-van submerged in the flood in Nanping City, southeast China’s Fujian Province, on June 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun). Image may be subject to copyright.

    Up to a 100  people have been killed and more than 70 are missing as heavy floods inundated parts of India and China.

    “Heavy rains caused havoc in India’s largest city of Mumbai, hitting the movement of air and rail traffic and shutting off electricity in some areas, a report said.

    “Thousands of buildings and kilometers of roads have been destroyed by flooding in south-eastern China. Almost 1.5 million people there have been affected by the floods. About 600 flights were grounded at Beijing’s Capital Airport. ”

    Up to 300 Killed, Dozens  Missing, 1.3 million Evacuated after the Latest Round of China Rainstorms, Landslides

    Floods have caused substantial damage in 21 provinces in China since January, causing at least 24 billion yuan (3.5 billion U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

    The 2010 economic losses so far 370 percent higher than last year, the statement said.

    “A total of [up to 300] people died and [up to 100] other[s] were missing due to the floods, with 2 million hectares of crops affected, according to the statement.”

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    Oklahoma City Under Deluge

    Posted by feww on June 15, 2010

    State of emergency declared in 59 Oklahoma counties, as flash floods inundate parts of Oklahoma City

    Up t0 10 inches (25cm) of rain deluged parts of the Oklahoma City area leaving hundreds of people stranded.

    Cars are stranded and submerged by flood water in Oklahoma City, Okla. after heavy rain hit the area on Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams). Image may be subject to copyright. See Fire Earth Fair Use Notice.

    A boat carrying firefighters sank when they attempted to rescue a 17-year-old  along a North Canadian River tributary that had its banks collapsed, AP reported.

    “About 6,700 homes and businesses lost power, according to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.”

    “We had one officer who came in and rescued three carloads of people with families, including children and their pets,” a police spokeswoman said.

    “Aerial footage showed one northside Oklahoma City neighborhood where water tinged brick red from nearby Chisholm Creek sat hip-deep in some places and reached the tops of garages in others. Crews ferried families from their homes on small boats and jet skis. At least one person floated his way around on an innertube and other residents gathered in a garage as water worked its way up the driveway,” said the report.

    “This is the most flooding that I’ve had since I’ve lived here,” said a resident.

    “I’ve never seen it like this,” said another resident. “This is incredible.”

    About 200 people have been injured, according to local reports.

    Lt. Gov. Jari Askins declared a state of emergency for 59 Oklahoma counties affected by the storms and flooding.

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    Warsaw Heavily Flooded

    Posted by feww on June 5, 2010

    Comment by a Reader in Poland:

    “I don’t get it, why there’s no news about it around the world?”

    Hey. I think  I should update you right about now:

    Terrible storms invaded Poland since Wednesday night, the capital city is terribly flooded with just rain water (cars are whole under water in some places). With such huge amount of rain and rivers still full of flood from two weeks ago, ground cannot take any more water. And the second wave of flood is raging in, and we suspect there’s gonna be a third one.

    Flooding in a suburb of Warsaw. Source: Onet.Pl. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fire-Earth Fair Use Notice.

    We’re massively flooded, and I don’t get it, why there’s no news about it around the world? All I can read in US news in some sport superbowl or something.

    Here you have photos: (click blue “nastepne” for next photo),21,0,pokaz.html

    Fire Earth found only a brief mention of flooding by AP (CP) on the Internet:

    In the Warsaw suburb of Piaseczno, water rose high enough in some places to nearly immerse cars. Firefighters used boats to navigate streets as they helped evacuate residents.

    Sandomierz, a town in the country’s south that was among the worst-hit places last month, was bracing Friday for new floods.

    Landslides also destroyed houses in some areas, including in Klodne, in southern Poland, where people have been trying to salvage belongings after their homes collapsed.

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    At least 120 Killed in Afghanistan Floods

    Posted by feww on May 13, 2010

    Flooding in 20 of Afghanistan provinces kills 120 people, destroys or damage 10,000 homes: Afghanistan VP

    Flooding has also destroys crops, agricultural land, roads and other infrastructure, the Vice President of Afghanistan said in a statement:

    His statement as reported by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is as follows:

    On 11 May, Vice President Khalili chaired a briefing at ANDMA, where he stated that almost 20 provinces have been hit by flooding, 8 of them severely; 120 people have died; and 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. In addition to human casualties, damage to infrastructure and livelihoods has been high. Road clearance, rehabilitation of agricultural land, and air access were identified as priorities. In addition to dispatching teams to the affected areas to assess needs and provide compensation, the government has allocated 3 million Afs to each flood-affected province as well as 2 million Afs each to all other provinces for preparedness. As of 11 May, WFP reported that they were providing food assistance to 5,800 flood-affected families and that assessment reports continue to be received.

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    70 Killed in Afghanistan Flash Floods

    Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

    Fresh flash floods in Afghanistan claim up to 70 lives and hundreds of livestock, destroying many homes and cropland

    Fresh flash floods have claimed up to 70 lives, destroying hundreds of homes in Afghanistan, the Afghan authorities said.

    Torrential rain in northern and western Afghanistan caused extensive flooding, killing about a thousand livestock , according to the head of the local National Disaster Management Authority.

    “Twenty-three people have died in Badghis, 21 in Ghor and another 22 in Herat province,” said a government spokesman, citing the three worst-affected provinces.

    Many mud homes have been damaged or destroyed, and up to a thousand acres of agricultural land devastated, affecting thousands of families in one of the world’s poorest areas.

    “The Afghan government and the UN have mobilized air and ground teams to help those affected with food and non-food aid,” head of Afghanistan’s department for disaster management, Abdul Mateen Edrak, told the BBC.

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    Rio Disaster Update

    Posted by feww on April 9, 2010

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    Rescue teams use heavy machinery to dig for bodies and survivors

    The worst rains in Rio’s history have triggered about 200 mudslides since Monday destroying homes in hillside community slums, killing as many as 200 people, injuring hundreds more, and leaving thousands without shelter.

    The latest significant mudslide swept away at least 50 houses in the Bumba Hill slum,  in the city of Niteroi, across a bay from Rio de Janeiro, a report said.

    A aerial view of Morro do Bumba area after a landslide at Vicoso Jardim neighborhood in Niteroi, 15 miles (24 km) away from downtown Rio de Janeiro, April 8, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes. Image may be subject to copyright.  For more images see links below.

    Disaster Summary:

    • Historic torrential rains began on Monday, flooding many areas of Rio and throughout the Rio de Janeiro state, triggering deadly mudslides.
    • Up to 200 mudslides have wreaked devastation throughout the state.
    • As many as 5,000 homes/shacks mostly in Rio’s slum areas may have been destroyed.
    • About 200 people are reported dead.
    • Hundreds more are injured.
    • As many as 200 are believed to be buried under mountains of mud.
    • About 25,000 people are left without shelter.
    • More than 10,000 structures are at risk of collapse.
    • Niteroi is believed to be the worst affected area with up to 120 people killed by the mud avalanches.
    • At least 60 have been killed in Rio.

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    Death Toll in Rio Landslides Rises

    Posted by feww on April 8, 2010

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    More than 180 mudslides kill at least 154 people, injure hundreds more and leave 260 missing

    Days of relentless torrential rain, the worst in Rio de Janeiro’s history, continue to wreak havoc across the Brazilian state.

    Cars are floating on a flooded street in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

    Many of  residents and rescuers are frantically looking for victims buried in mud as a large landslide in Niteroi, across a bay from Rio, destroyed dozens of homes.

    Flooding had caused transportation chaos across Rio on Tuesday, but the city slowly returned to normal on Wednesday. However, despite the forecast, the rain did not ease and a heavy downpour created more misery for the denizens.  Forecasters have now warned the torrential rain will continue.

    As of posting, at least 4,000 families have lost their homes, more than 10,000 structure are at risk of collapse.

    FEWW Moderators expect this pattern to reoccur throughout South and North America, as well as in Europe and SE Asia this summer.

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    Deadly Flooding in Rio de Janeiro State, 100 killed

    Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

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    State of Emergency in Rio

    Heavy rains and flash floods left at least 100 people dead in the Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil

    The most torrential rain in Rio’s history trigger flash floods and landslides that bury many homes.

    Landslide destroys scores of homes and damages many others in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Torrential rains in Rio de Janeiro have triggered landslides killing at least 100 people as rising water paralyzed traffic and forced schools and business to stay closed. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

    A state of emergency was declared in Rio after about 30cm (12 in) of rain fell in less than 24 hours.  Many of Rio’s hillside shanty towns houses have been buried by large mudslides.

    A very large area of Rio has been flooded, Rio”s mayor was reported as saying. The banks of  Rio lagoon overflowed swamping streets, parks, playgrounds and large swaths of land.

    “The situation is chaos. All the major streets of the city are closed because of the floods. Each and every person who attempts to enter them will be at enormous risk,”  Mayor Eduardo da Costa Paes said in a televised statement, warning people not to leave their home.

    Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the state governor Sergio Cabralon, have urged residents to evacuate their homes if they are at risk of flooding, another report said.

    “Television coverage showed people abandoning cars along flooded highways and seeking to escape up stairs to overpasses or along railroad tracks. In some areas, water was cascading down hillsides. Buses were stopped on underpasses, with water reaching almost above their tires. Some people waved from rooftops in parts of Rio’s slums, where roads had filled with mud, burying cars and stranding residents.” Said a report.

    Firefighters fight their way through move debris to reach an injured man after a landslide in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro killed scores of people, Tuesday, April 6, 2010.  Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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    Flood Disaster Unfolding in Pakistan

    Posted by feww on March 18, 2010

    Designer Disaster?

    River turned lake in Pakistan threatening the homes, livelihood and lives of 25,000

    A massive landslide which killed 19 people in Attabad, northern Pakistan early this year, also formed a natural dam blocking the fast flowing Hunza River, and creating a lake that is drowning upstream villages as it expands, AP reported.

    People wait for boats at a lake created after a massive landslide block the Hunza River in Attabad, northern Pakistan. The river has now turned into a lake that is consuming upstream as it expands. If dam breaks, a flash flood could threaten downstream villages. Photo dated  Thursday March 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Shabbir Ahmed Mir). Image may be subject to copyright.

    “If the dam breaks, a flash flood could threaten downstream villages too. The landslide also has blocked the Karakoram Highway, a vital trade link to China, cutting off 25,000 people in the Upper Hunza Valley.” The report said.

    The accidental lake is about 11 kilometer (6.8 miles) long, and 65 meters (215 feet) deep, with the water level rising at a rate of about 0.5 m  a day, said the National Disaster Management Authority.

    “At least one major bridge in the area has been submerged.”

    More …

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    Imminent Flood Threat in the U.S. Midwest

    Posted by feww on March 18, 2010


    South and East Also at Risk: NOAA

    At least a third of the contiguous United States has an above average flood risk in 2010

    The highest flood threats are in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa, including along the Red River Valley where crests could approach the record levels set in 2009.

    Major flooding has begun and is forecast to continue through spring in parts of the Midwest according to NOAA’s National Weather Service. The South and East are also more susceptible to flooding as an El Niño influenced winter left the area soggier than usual.

    US Flood Risk Map. Areas left blank on the map are at “average risk.” Sourec NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

    The forecast of imminent Midwest flooding is  supported by a snowpack more extensive than in 2009, which contains more than 10 inches (25cm) of liquid water in some locations. Until early March, consistently cold temperatures limited snow melt and runoff. These conditions exist on top of: above normal streamflows; December precipitation that was up to four times above average; and the ground which is frozen to a depth as much as three feet below the surface, NOAA said. More …

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    Flooding in SW Qld Australia

    Posted by feww on March 9, 2010

    Satellite images of Flooding in SW Queensland, Australia [Before and After Flooding]

    Image acquired on March 8, 2010

    Image acquired on February 23, 2010
    Images of SW Queensland were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite.  Vegetation appears bright green; clouds are sky blue; water is electric blue to navy. Credit: NASA.  Click images to enlarge.

    Local farmers have have reportedly lost hundreds of tons of grain. More than 200 km of fencing, and large stretches of road have been destroyed or damaged.

    According to Cotton Australia 16,000 hectares of cropland has been affected by floods to varying degrees, but the full extent of damage will be known after the flood waters have receded, a report said.

    Most of the losses have occurred around St George, Dirranbandi and Theodore.

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    Ready to Welcome Climate Refugees?

    Posted by feww on March 9, 2010

    Brought to you by ‘nonnegotiable lifestyle’

    Not a climate refugee yet? You’ll probably have to play host to a few, for now!

    Here’s a sample of what may soon be occurring on much larger scales:

    About 300,000 people living on the slopes of Mount Elgon, Bududa, Uganda, will be moved: Ugandan Government

    The government says another 200,000 people who live in western Uganda, near the Ruwenzori mountains, should also be relocated, bringing the total of people at risk of floods and landslides to a whopping half a million. And that is just the beginning!

    Map of Uganda. Click image to enlarge. Source: U.S. Govt. Image enhanced by Fire-Earth.

    The total population at risk of landslides and floods is estimated to be 500,000,” Ugandan deputy minister for disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru said.

    He has described the recent deadly mudslide in Bududa as a “wake-up call.”

    Fearing more floods and landslides, about 300,000 people have already abandoned their homes in the mountainous regions in Bududa including the districts of Budaka, Butaleja, and Tororo, he said.

    His fears are compounded by recent meteorological reports forecasting above normal rainfall throughout the ongoing rainy season which ends in May [but might linger on longer this year.]

    Ecweru says most of the mountainous area in eastern border of  his  country with Kenya, especially the slopes of Mount Elgon (located about  about 275km north-east of the capital Kampala), is too dangerous for human habitation.

    “The Elgon region has been invaded up to very dangerous slopes and if we don’t relocate these people we are likely to witness a repeat of what we have witnessed,” he said, referring to the massive mudslide last struck the region on March 1.

    A woman searches for her missing relatives on a pile of soil in Bududa village, 210 km (130 miles) east-northeast of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. The landslide in eastern Uganda has killed at least 80 people and villagers are digging with bare hands and simple tools in the hope of finding survivors, a government minister and Ugandan media said on Tuesday. Credit: REUTERS/James Akena. Image may be subject to copyright. For more images click link bottom of page.

    According to different reports between 82 and 106 bodies have so far been recovered from the  mudslide in the Bududa district, but the death toll is thought to be between 106 and 350. A fast-moving avalanche of earth buried homes, schools, shops and other structures, turning entire villages into instant graves.

    Folks, learn to be a good host, look after any guest who comes your way. Who knows, you could be knocking on other peoples’ door before long.

    AND never say, “it would never happen to us!”

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    Global Weather Chaos

    Posted by feww on March 8, 2010

    Driving at Maximum Speed and Without Brakes

    As the impact of human activity on the planet worsens exponentially, the unbridled use of dirty energy, pillage of resources, over-consumption, colossal pollution and unstoppable mobility approach the top notch, the energy dinosaurs’ madness precipitates in global climate and weather chaos.

    In Winter Officially Starts Today! the Moderators described the snow chaos  as a ‘dry run for the climate chaos heading our way.’ Today, we echo the call and forecast, ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’

    Human activity is affecting all of the planetary systems driving Earth toward total chaos at top speeds, and there’s no braking!

    The choice seems to be between one of ripping off the engine and ejecting it out of the car, hoping the vehicle would eventually stop before running out of road, or that of crashing into the ‘extinction valley’ down below, at top speeds.

    It’ll be a Wild Ride!

    Selected Global Weather in Alphabetical Order:

    Australian Weather:

    Severe thunderstorms have hit Melbourne submerging parts of the city in waste-high water, turning roads into rivers, sweeping cars, as Victoria state is lashed by strong winds and hail stones the size of golf balls (AFP report described them as the size of tennis balls), causing damage throughout the territory.

    The weather system was described as a mini-cyclone, which struck Australia’s second biggest city with 100-km/hr (62 mph) winds.  An Australia Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the event had likely not been seen for up to a century.

    “The weather system that brought the damage to Melbourne is known in meteorological terms as a supercell thunderstorm, an organised beast of a storm that once it gets going tends to last more than your average thunderstorm,” he said, AFP reported.

    Storm system lingering on over southern Australia (Melbourne and nearby areas).  Color-Enhanced Infrared Satellite Image of Australian Region. Image may be subject to copyright.

    Melbourne floods after severe storm (ABC-online User submitted: Henry Hunt).

    China Weather:

    Rain and snow are expected throughout most of China in the next few days, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) forecast.

    Large weather system is seen over most of China and Japan. (Still image used for reference).

    Click images to enlarge (and update bottom image). Source: Digital Typhoon.

    “A new cold front is expected to sweep northern China over the next two days, bringing strong winds and a drop in temperatures, while cooler weather will persist in the southern part of the country,” the CMA said, China Daily reported.

    China Daily complained that even though spring had already arrived, the snow keeps falling. Perhaps the authorities have over-seeded the skies.

    “Heavy snow started on March 4 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, causing 40 to 50 vehicles and nearly 100 people to be trapped on roads to the city’s Binxian county …”

    Various regions in Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei provinces, as well as the Inner Mongolia autonomous region are forecast to receive heavy snow Sunday throughTuesday,  CMA forecast said.

    Below freezing temperatures in many areas are likely to drop by a further 10 to 12 degrees Celsius, with rain and snow expected to fall “south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River,” the CMA said.

    The temperature in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, fell by a massive 20 degrees, from 30ºC to 10ºC on Sunday, the report said.

    Bottom Line for Farmers:

    “After experts warned the cold weather and persistent damp might cause damage to winter wheat crops, farmers were urged to take protective measures.” China D. reported.

    Though it did not specify what sort of protective measures they could take against extreme conditions.

    US Weather:

    Extreme rain events in Arizona and New Mexico, snow on high ground, with winter weather advisories for the Southwest forecasting more snow. More areas of rain and snow in the Upper Midwest. Meanwhile, NWS issued an above-normal risk of flooding for the Quad Cities due to snow melt spring thawing conditions.

    Predominant Weather Map of the U.S. Click images to enlarge and update.

    Weather Forecast Map for the U.S. (see inset for date/time)

    Weather Forecast Map for the U.S. For latest forecast click image.

    [NOTE: Don’t be fooled by any potential loll in the storm.]

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    Floods Kill 32 on Portuguese Island of Madeira

    Posted by feww on February 21, 2010

    Storm, Floods, Mudslides Target another Popular Tourist Destination

    Heavy Storm, Extreme Rain, Torrential Floods and Massive Mudslides Bring Disaster to Portugal’s Atlantic Island of Madeira

    At least 32 people were killed and up to a 100 others injured on the island of Madeira after heavy storms brought a violent downpour to the Atlantic island, flooding the popular tourist destination the local government reported Saturday.

    “The areas of Funchal and Ribeira Brava suffered from major floods and mudslides, and that’s where we have most of the 32 dead. Some people are also unaccounted for,” said Pedro Barbosa, deputy chief of the regional civil protection service in Madeira.

    “Now the weather conditions have improved and we are starting to evaluate the damage,” he said, Reuters reported.

    The rains caused large-scale flooding and massive mudslides throughout the island, blocking roads and forcing airports on the island to shut down.

    The 120km-per-hour winds and floods uprooted trees, washed away bridges and roads, damaged or destroyed many homes and smashed dozens of cars on the island.

    Funchal, the island’s capital (about 1,000km south of Portuguese capital, Lisbon), was probably the worst affected areas by the floods and mudslides in an unusually rainy February.

    Cars are washed down a hillside by floodwaters near Funchal, the Madeira Island’s capital, Saturday, February 20, 2010. Photo: AP. image may be subject to copyright.

    Saturday’s disaster was reportedly the deadliest on Madeira since October 1993, when storms and floods killed eight people.

    NO GAS SOLD AT THIS STATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! [Original caption: A man looks on with a camera while floodwaters flow through a gas station and the streets of downtown Funchal, Madeira February 20, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Duarte Sa. Image may be subject to copyright.

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