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Disaster Declared in Arkansas

Posted by feww on August 20, 2013

Arkansas declares disaster in 6 northern counties

Arkansas Gov. Beebe has declared disaster in six counties in the northern part of the state due to the losses and damages that have occurred to the county’s critical infrastructure following the August 8 flooding.

The counties of Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton were declared state disaster areas due to damage caused by severe storms and flooding over the past week.

Damages have occurred to the critical infrastructure, including roads and bridges, as a result of the deluge, said Carroll County Department of Emergency Management.

Other Disasters/ Significant events

State of Emergency Declared in Washington County, FL

A State of Emergency, has been declared in Washington County due to severe flooding.

Extreme rain events since Sunday have flooded numerous roads, prompting officials to urge people to stay off the road, said a report.

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Venezuela Declares State of Emergency

Posted by feww on December 1, 2010

Extreme weather kills at least 30 people and forces thousands from their homes

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declares a state of emergency in the states of Falcon, Miranda and Vargas

Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rains has claimed at least 30 lives, reports say.

So far, more than 3,000 families have lost their homes, and another 60,000 people have been affected by the deadly floods.

“Officials said the storms caused a power outage Monday that stopped operations at the Cardon oil refinery in Falcon, and similar problems shut down some units at the adjacent Amuay refinery.” AP reported.


A flooded street in Higuerote, Venezuela, Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. (Credit: AP/Ariana Cubillos). Image may be subject to copyright.

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TOMAS Could Unleash Deadly Flooding in Haiti

Posted by feww on November 4, 2010

TOMAS TARGETS HAITI

Tropical Storm Tomas Barreling Toward Haiti Threatening 1.5 Million with Deadly Flooding

Tomas with maximum sustained winds of about 90km per hour seems to be headed directly toward Haiti, striking the country on Friday.

The storm could quickly reorganize into a hurricane force before making a probable landfall in Haiti (island of Hispaniola).


Tropical Storm TOMAS – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.


Tropical Storm TOMAS and its projected trajectories as of posting. Source: NOAA/TPC via CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Heavily deforested and mountainous Haiti is particularly vulnerable to extreme rain events, flooding and mudslides. TOMAS is carrying a tremendous amount of precipitation and could claim heavy casualties among some 1.5 million people who live in overcrowded tent cities and makeshift camps in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince, since the January earthquake

Meanwhile, death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic has climbed to 442, with at least 105 more deaths reported since Saturday, a 40 percent jump in new cases, Haitian health authorities said. Some 2,000 more patients have been hospitalized, raising the total number of cases to about 7,000. TOMAS could worsen the outbreak.

“The biggest fear is people being caught by high waters and the potential spread of cholera,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Haiti said. “People should (not) be under the misapprehension that it (the epidemic) is under control. The cholera epidemic is likely to spread.”

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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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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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Source: SSEC (24-Hr FE ED).


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TRMM Rain Accumulation

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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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TRMM Rain Accumulation



SPC Mesoscale Analysis


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  1. Sep 24, 2010 0100 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook
  2. Sep 24, 2010 0600 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

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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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No Place to Go!

Posted by feww on August 28, 2010

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Marooned!

¼ of a million more people forced to flee homes

The monsoon floods in the Indus River Basin that are now moving south, have so far inundated about 22 percent of Pakistan, displacing more than 20 million people, killing thousands [official death toll stands at 1,600,] destroying some 1.2m homes, damaging at least 3.2m hectares of farmland (14% of Pakistan’s cultivated land), and putting millions at risk from waterborne diseases, as well as food and clean water shortages, reports say.

“The magnitude of this crisis is reaching levels that are even beyond our initial fears” ~ UN spokesperson


Fresh Flooding in Southern Pakistan. A freeze frame from a BBC UK video report. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The number of those affected and those in need of assistance from us are bound to keep rising.”

“The floods seem determined to outrun our efforts. About one month from the onset of the floods, we don’t know when we will see their end, as the disaster is still unfolding,” he added.

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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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Image acquired July 31, 2009 — download large image (5 MB, JPEG)

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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3.5m Pakistani children face waterborne diseases

Posted by feww on August 16, 2010

Pakistan Flood Tragedy Enters New Phase

A quarter of Pakistan, including its agricultural heartland, has been inundated

“Up to 3.5 million children are at high risk of deadly water-borne diseases, such as watery diarrhoea and dysentery,” Maurizio Giuliano, spokesman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, AFP reported.

“What concerns us the most is water and health. Clean water is essential to prevent deadly water-borne diseases. Water during the flood has been contaminated badly. There is a shortage of clean water,” he added.

Pakistan – Floods Impact Profile [13 August 2010] – Click images to enlarge.

MAP OF FLOOD DAMAGED HOUSES

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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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Extreme Rain Events Devastate Large Parts of China

Posted by feww on July 14, 2010

More than two months of extreme rain, flooding, landslides in China affect tens of millions of people

Hundreds, most probably thousands have been killed, millions of hectares of cropland destroyed, tens of millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods.

Extreme Rain in China


Image created using data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis at GSFC, which is  calibrated by the TRMM satellite, acquired July 6 – 12, 2010. Source: NASA E/O.  Click image to enlarge.

End of the Line!


Buses are blocked on a waterlogged street in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, July 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Zhuo). Image may be subject to copyright. See fair use notice.

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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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    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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    Images are framegrabs from an AP news video posted on Youtube.

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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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    U.S. Floods Hit Texas, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Missouri …

    Posted by feww on June 10, 2010

    Texas

    Flooding in Texas is said to have killed  at least one resident “as 11 inches of rain in two southern counties caused evacuation of several communities, authorities said,” UPI reported.

    “It’s a madhouse out here,” a police lieutenant said. “We’ve made several rescues, and we’re in the middle of many more now.”

    “Originally, we heard an estimate of 50 people needing shelter, but they’re bringing buses in,” American Red Cross spokeswoman Susie Walker-Atchison said. “Also, there’s some flooding that’s preventing people from getting to the shelters.”


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    Wyoming

    A 22-square-mile section of Fremont County including about 2,000 homes is flooded or threatened by flooding, the Wyoming National Guard reported.

    “Fremont County has already been declared a disaster area by the state because of widespread flooding from raging rivers, a report said.

    “Rapidly melting mountain snowpack and rain have pushed rivers in the area to record or near-record levels, washing away bridges, flooding homes and curtailing drinking water supplies. Flooding also is occurring in south-central Wyoming, but sandbagging efforts have proved largely successful in Saratoga and other small communities threatened.” AP reported.


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    Greeley, Colorado

    The swollen Poudre River has flooded parts of Greeley, Colorado. Carp were reportedly spotted crossing a flooded street. See also:  Afternoon weather could bring flooding, severe storms

    Oregon

    Heavy rain and melting snow have triggered severe flooding in eastern Oregon, damaging or destroying “many roads, bridges, trails and recreation sites on the 2.4-million-acre” Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, according to a report. A state of emergency has been declared.

    Utah

    As many of Salt Lake County residents begin cleaning up from flooding  thousands of others anxiously monitor the weather and swollen rivers. County officials have warned of  the high risk of flooding on the eastern Wasatch Front  into Thursday, a report said.

    Missouri

    Severe storms brought in heavy rains pummeling parts of Kansas City metro area, and causing flash flooding in many low-lying areas which forced some businesses along Indian Creek in the south of the city to evacuate, a report said.

    “It looks pretty powerful, the size of trees coming down, it’s just completely manipulative,” said a resident who lives near the creek.

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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) http://wiadomosci.onet.pl/173764,21,0,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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    Flooding in Eastern Europe, Balkans

    Posted by feww on June 3, 2010

    Heavy rains trigger more flooding in Eastern Europe, Balkans, isolates  towns, killing at least 6 people

    Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to overflow in Hungary and the neighboring Slovakia and the Czech Republic, killing at least 6 people, and forcing thousands to evacuate.

    Many roads in northeastern Hungary have become impassible, and railway services are out of action.

    Flooding has also affected both Bosnia, where boats are used to evacuate people, and  Serbia, where officials say the situation is “critical.”

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    Violent Storms Kill at least 65 in S China

    Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

    Violent storms and torrential rains devastated southern China killing at least 65, and leaving thousands homeless.

    Deadly storms and torrential rains claimed at least 65 lives leaving about 200 people injured and 14 others  missing, with more than  50 thousand people made homeless, the official Xinhua reported the authorities as saying.


    Original Caption: Photo taken on May 7, 2010 shows the scene of landslide in Tianxin Village, Egong Town of Dingnan County in east China’s Jiangxi Province. Seven people were dead and five were missing after floods and landslides wreaked havoc in Jiangxi over the past two days.(Xinhua/Zhou Ke). Image may be subject to copyright.

    “As of Friday, the storms had affected up to 2.55 million people and 100,000 hectares of arable land, leaving 65 people dead, 14 missing, 9,900 buildings damaged, said the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters in a statement on its website.” Xinhua said.

    Two days of heavy downpour caused floods and triggered landslides and mud flows  in south China’s provinces of Guangdong, Sichuan and Guizhou.

    Fire-Earth had forecast a major disaster in China on May 4, 2010, though the blog did not release any specific details.

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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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    Southern U.S. Flooding Update

    Posted by feww on May 5, 2010

    Obama Declares Tennessee Major Disaster Area

    At least 30 people killed by widespread storms and flooding in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi

    Houses, schools, bridges and other structure were washed off. The cost of damage in the three battered states could exceed 200million dollars.

    At least 9 of the deaths occurred in Nashville, where thousands of homes and tourist attractions, including Grand Ole Opry, were inundated. The Cumberland River that runs through the city crested at a 75-year high,  more than 4m (12 feet) above flood stage, afetr 457mm (18 inches) of weekend rain.

    Kentucky

    At least four people lost their lives in Kentucky where Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency with 41 counties and 15 cities issuing emergency declarations most of them verbally.

    “The safety of our citizens is my first priority,” said Governor Beshear. “That is why I urge individuals who encounter high waters to use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary contact with flood waters if at all possible.”

    “It’s serious out there still,” said Mark Marraccini, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. “These waters are very dangerous.”

    Mississippi

    At least 6 people were reported as being killed in various storm and flood-related incident in Mississippi, where a tornado from a separate storm front a week earlier had claimed 10 lives.

    When the floodwater reached the sky [metaphorically speaking!]


    Airplanes are seen partially submerged in floodwater at the Cornelia Fort Airpark Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Heavy weekend rain caused the Cumberland River, which winds through Nashville, to over flow its banks flooding part of downtown and other areas around the city. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Image may be subject to copyrights.

    Meanwhile The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued continued flood warning for

    • Buttahatchie River
    • Hatchie River
    • Little Tallahatchie Canal
    • Mississippi River
    • North Fork
    • Forked Deer River
    • Obion River
    • S.F. Fork Forked Deer River…S.F.
    • Forked Deer River
    • Tennessee River
    • Tombigbee River
    • Wolf River

    NWS Red Flag Warning for Colorado:

    Strong southwest winds and dry conditions are expected again on Wednesday over southwest Colorado. Gusty southwest winds will redevelop over western Colorado on Wednesday as a tight pressure gradient will remain over Colorado. The strong winds in combination with low relative humidity and dry fuels at the lower elevations of southwest Colorado will produce critical fire conditions.


    Extreme rain inundated Tennessee and Kentucky on May 1-2, 2010. A line of severe thunderstorms moved over the states on Saturday, May 1, and a high-pressure system blocked the storms from moving east. Trapped in place and fed by humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, the storms unleashed heavy rain on the Tennessee Valley. By 7:00 p.m. on May 2, rain gauges on the ground recorded between 10 and 19 inches (250-480 millimeters) of rain in the hardest hit regions.

    This image shows rainfall totals between May 1 and May 3, 2010, as recorded by the TRMM satellite. The intense rain shown here caused severe flooding throughout Tennessee, particularly in Nashville. Image and Caption: NASA [Edited by FEWW for brevity.] Click image to enlarge.

    2010 could prove to be one of the deadliest and costliest years on record for storms, flooding, landslide and other human-enhanced disasters. —Fire-Earth

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    Landslide News

    Posted by feww on April 1, 2010

    Serial No  1,522. If any post is blocked in your country, please drop us a line.

    Frequency of landslide events increasing at an alarmingly accelerated rate

    Middletown, Connecticut

    About 100 feet of a parking lot of an  apartment complex fell into the river prompting the evacuation of 50 residents. A mudslide exposed the foundation of the block.

    Maine, USA.

    A substantial landslide caused a large chunk of land to slide from a steep embankment in Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine, USA. Mature trees that used to stand there now sticking up in the middle of the river.

    New Hampshire

    A landslide occurred in Greenville, New Hampshire, on Wednesday evening, the Fire Chief said, as a result of which a large chink of land fell into Souhegan River.

    Landslide closes section of bikepath in Amherst, N.Y.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  North Carolina

    A landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park disrupted traffic on U.S. 441, the main highway over the mountains, about one mile south of the Tennessee-North Carolina line, AP reported.

    East Tennessee has also experienced several recent rock and landslides, the report said.

    “There have been four other landslides in the region: a major one in Maggie Valley that forced an evacuation of several homes, one that took out a road and a lot in the Water Dance development in Jackson County, one that took out a road and a lot in the Wildflower development in Macon County, and one in Macon County that could be partly to blame for destabilizing a home foundation.” Said a report.

    Orange County, California

    The two transition roads that were shut down on February 18, after a massive landslide dropped tons of earth and rocks on the roads were reopened, Caltrans officials said.

    The westbound 10 connector to the northbound 57 freeway and the northbound 71 connector to the northbound 57 were blocked and Caltrans had to remove about 100,000 cubic meters of earth at a cost of $3.5 million to reopen them.

    “The slope has been sprayed with a seed mix to make the slope look a little better and will provide for erosion control,” a Caltrans official  said.

    Two killed in Cacuaco landslide

    Two Angolan workers were killed in a landslide in Cacuaco district, Luanda, Angop reported.

    The accident reportedly occurred when seven workers were repairing the main road in Cacuaco.

    “The two workers got buried when part of the hill crumbled down and the SNB team found them already dead,” an official said.

    The Lembah Anai tourist resort in West Sumatra has been struck by flooding and landslide.

    Disaster Mitigation Agency coordinator in west Sumatra, Ade Edward, said landslides had struck at least 15 areas. “They damaged four houses and dozens of cars, but fortunately there were no casualties,” he said.

    Parts of the highway were washed away after the Batang Anai River burst its banks. “The Batang Anai waterfall in the tourist resort, meanwhile, discharged three times its normal volume of water, carrying with it mud and rocks.”

    Flooding also  severely damaged a nearby bridge, the report said.

    3 Miners killed in Goldmine Collapse

    Three miners died after a landslide blocked a tunnel in Itogon town in Benguet in northern Philippines, police said.

    Passenger rail service restored after mudslide

    “A mudslide Thursday about a mile north of Mukilteo covered one of the two main rail tracks through the area. Crews cleared the slide – which was 2 feet deep and about 50 feet long – later that day but the railway required a 48-hour waiting period before resuming passenger service to ensure safe operating conditions.”

    Mudslide closes train tracks near Iowa prison in Fort Madison

    A mudslide a few blocks from the Iowa State Penitentiary was discovered  by a train engineer. “The mud from a steep bluff covered at least 300 feet of track and was six to 10 feet deep.”

    2 women buried alive in mudslide in Mahottari

    “Two women were killed and 21 others injured when they were buried in a mudslide from a cliff at Hattilet-1 in Mahottari district on Friday.”  Mahottari is a part of Janakpur Zone, one of Nepal ‘s seventy-five districts.

    Mudslide closes part of Hwy 30 (Oregon)

    “A hillside broke loose after heavy rains, sending mud sliding onto Highway 30 and partially closing the road near St. Johns Bridge in North Portland on Wednesday, according to ODOT.”

    Links to Other Stories

    Homes On The Edge; Endangered By Mud Slide

    A mudslide has closed a several lanes of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington

    A mudslide covered all the Hudson Line tracks

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