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Mega Deluge Submerges Southern Thailand

Posted by feww on April 2, 2011

UPDATE at 06:30UTC

Death Toll From Flooding and Landslide Reaches 35

Major flooding have hit the Thai provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phangnga, Satun and Narathiwat, displacing or affecting up to 2 million people and submerging about 150,000 hectares of farmland, Bangkok Post reported.

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At least 30 killed, 100 missing, 1.2 million affected as mudslides bury vast swathes of southern Thailand

Thai government has declared about 90 districts in 8 southern provinces  as disaster areas.

Many sensible countries are advising their citizens NOT to travel to Thailand.

Torrents of muddy water have killed at least 30 people, left more than a 100 missing and injured hundreds more. Up to a 1,000 homes, schools, offices, stores and temples, as well as thousands of roads and bridges have been destroyed or damaged, as of posting.

Tens of thousands of people , including many tourists, have been evacuated.


Muddy waters reached to the tops of palm trees, as deadly landslides destroyed homes and bridges and roads were washed away, leaving many areas cut off.” Source: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Damage Estimate


Floodwaters have almost completely submerged all palm oil plantation areas as well as fruit orchards,
Bangkok Post reported. Image may be subject to copyright.
[NOTE:  rai = 1,600 m²]

Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Southern Thailand


A powerful storm over the Malay Peninsula dumped up to 1,300 mm (51 inches) over southern Thailand. TRMM satellite image shows rainfall for March 23–30, 2011. Source: NASA-EO

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Giant Sinkhole in Germany, Deadly Mudslides in Italy

Posted by feww on November 2, 2010

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This was just Schmalkalden!


Giant sinkhole appeared in the German town of Schmalkalden, measuring 20m deep and a whopping 40m wide, and swallowed at least one car. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Deadly Mudslide in Massa, Italy


Another mudslide near Massa in Tuscany, Italy, turned deadly killing at least 3 people including a mother and her son, 2. The mudslide was triggered by heavy rain in the region. Some 225mm of rain fell in just 12 hours. Photo: AFP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

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China landslide death toll rises to 1,239

Posted by feww on August 14, 2010

Death toll from NW China landslide climbs to 1,239 with 505 still missing: Official news agency

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China: The Land of Deadly Mudslides


Photo shows the site of the landslide in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China’s Gansu Province, dated August 13, 2010. Death toll from the massive mudslide rose to 1,239 as of 4 p.m. Saturday, with 505 others still missing, local disaster relief headquarters said, the official news agency reported. (Xinhua/Wang Peng). Image may be subject to copyright.

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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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Collapse Headlines 28 July 2010

Posted by feww on July 28, 2010

Many may die in Moscow smog: Scientist

Persistent smog from peat fires that have blanketed sizzling Moscow could kill “hundreds of people,” says a prominent Russian scientist.

Moscow temperatures rose to an all time high on Monday breaking the 130-year record.

Some 34 peat fires and 26 forest fires were ablaze in the area surrounding Moscow, covering 59 hectares (145 acres), the emergencies ministry said on Monday.

The ministry has since reported 58 new fires in the Moscow region, 30 of them at peat deposits, Reuters said.


Moscow Smog. A natural-color image of Moscow and the surrounding region captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 27, 2010. A thick  blanket of haze  covers the region.  The large plumes of smoke are created by multiple peat fires ESE of Moscow (marked by red outlines). Severe fires are also burning in eastern Siberia. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)


Pollution makes less than half of China water drinkable

More than a quarter of China water unfit even for industrial use: Ministry of Environment

Inspectors from China’s “Ministry of Environmental Protection” say about 51 percent of China water is unsuitable for human/animal consumption, a report said.


China Plagued by Water Pollution. Source: Dickinson.edu.

Spanish daytime temperatures set to rise, rainfall set to drop

“Madrid will be like (southern city) Seville, and Seville like Tucson. This is a report for action,” Spain’s Met Office reported.

“Climate Change Secretary Teresa Ribera added at a news conference that Spain, which already suffers from water shortages and is building desalination plants, was particularly vulnerable to climate change,” said a report.

“To the extent that temperatures change, animals and other living things will have to grow in different places to today, and that will also lead to significant changes in economic activities,” she added.


A Spanish reservoir succumbs to drought. Credit AFP. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

Another China landslide leaves 21 missing


Villagers in Hanyuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province look at the  extent of destruction caused by a massive landslide on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. At least 21 people were reported as  missing. Credit Xinhua. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

At least 21 people are missing after a landslide buried part of a village in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the latest episode of destruction caused by flooding across the country, a report said.

“About 100,000 cubic meters of rock and mud slid down Ermanshan Mountain near Shuanghe Village, Hanyuan County, Ya’an City, at around 5 a.m. Tuesday, smashing into three scores of brick houses at the foot of the mountain, local officials said.”

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U.S. Disaster Headlines

Posted by feww on July 25, 2010

Delhi Dam in Eastern Iowa Collapses

The Delhi Dam in eastern Iowa collapsed about noon on Saturday, sending a wall of water smashing into the small town of Hopkinton (population 750).


Lake Delhi Dam Collapses.
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The collapse was “catastrophic,” a community leader said, blaming the cause on days of torrential rains which have buffered northeast Iowa.

The Maquoketa River, on which the dam was situated,  record flood crest on Saturday, after 10 inches of rain fell in about 10 hours.

See also: Inflatable Dam Breaks at Tempe Town Lake

Powerful storms produce tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest

‘Powerful storms spawned by intense heat and humidity produced flooding and tornadoes in the Midwestern United States on Saturday, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes,’ a report said.


National Weather Forecast. Click image to update.

“A large area is being impacted by this system,” said a NWS forecaster.

“But some of the heavier rain totals … have been in Chicago. The water content in the atmosphere is very high.”

Much of Chicago and its suburbs were inundated after up to 7.5 inches of rain lashed the region in late Friday and Saturday’s storm.

A similar weather pattern has been developing in New York and Penn state. A  tornado watch was issued for New York City and northern New Jersey.

“Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency on Friday after torrential rains flooded homes and opened sinkholes in Milwaukee and closed the city’s main airport,”  according to the report.

NWS has  issued severe weather alerts for numerous areas in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as flood watches for tens of counties.


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Typhoon CONSON Death Toll Rises to 72

Posted by feww on July 18, 2010

CONSON Leaves 72 dead with at least 95 others missing in the Philippines and Vietnam

Typhoon CONSON (Basyang) claimed 68 lives in the Philippines with another 84 people reported missing. Up to 30,000 homes were reportedly destroyed or damaged.

At least 2 people were also killed in China, and 2 in Vietnam with 11 others reported as missing.

“Conson slammed into the country on Tuesday, directly hitting the capital Manila as it cut westward into the South China Sea with a ferocity that caught weather forecasters by surprise.” AFP reported.


Bystanders look at the body of a dead fisherman in Mariveles, Bataan. Credit: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Typhoon CONSON lost most of it ferocity, slamming into  northern Vietnam as a tropical storm late Saturday, having pummeled the Philippines and the Chinese island of Hainan earlier in the week. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in the north of Vietnam.

CONSON is downgraded to a tropical depression, but should continue to dump more rain in the mountainous areas in the north  of Vietnam causing flash floods and landslides for another 48 to 72 hours.

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Landslides Claim More Lives in South China

Posted by feww on July 9, 2010

Flooding and landslide disasters leave at least 27 dead, 6 missing and tens of thousands evacuated in south China

More rain-triggered landslides killed at least 27 people, with six others reported missing, and tens of thousands were evacuated in south China as roads and railway lines were out in south China, a report said.

“In the hardest-hit Chongqing Municipality, at least eight people had died, one remain missing and 27,000 were relocated, local authorities said late Friday.”

“The heaviest rain this summer started to batter Chongqing from Thursday night, with Huatian Township in Youyang County recording the largest rainfall of 241.6 mm. Water levels in most rivers in Chongqing have risen above warning levels.”

Fenshui and Sanzheng townships in Wanzhou District of Chongqing were left submerged in 1.2-meter deep floodwater. More…

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Landslide in SW China: 42 Bodies Recovered

Posted by feww on July 5, 2010

Some 42 bodies have been recovered, while 57 people remain missing six days after a landslide in Dazhai Village  in  SW China’s Guizhou Province.

About 1,000 people from 244 families in nearby areas have been evacuated, official reports say. “Although anti-epidemic measures had been adopted in all the tents, the hot weather might easily trigger diseases, so we want to relocate the villagers,” an official said.

“After days of aerial examination, workers with the land and resources department have found 25 sites at risk of possible landslides in a 90 km area around the buried site.”

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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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    China: Yuan or Your Life?

    Posted by feww on June 21, 2010

    Nature’s Response to China’s Violent Assault on Ecosystems?

    About 2 percent of China’s population have so far been impacted by torrential rain, flooding and landslides

    Hundreds, possibly thousands of people have been killed, and many are missing in southern China after days of apocalyptic rain, violent flooding and massive landslides.

    At least 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, with millions of hectares (acres) of crops spoiled by the deadly deluge.


    Nanping City deluged by torrential rains. Original Caption: Photo taken on June 20, 2010 shows the waterlogging Nanping City, southeast China’s Fujian Province. Caused by continual torrential rains since June 18, rivers continued to swell in Nanping City, leaving 24 dead and 28 lost so far. (Xinhua/Wang Shanglin). Image may be subject to copyright.

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    China Under Deluge

    Posted by feww on June 20, 2010

    At least 10 million People Affected by Floods in China

    Torrential Rains, Flash Floods and Landslides Claim Hundreds of Lives in Southern China

    Floods have destroyed more than 8,000 homes in one county alone, the Lichuan County of Jiangxi Province.


    Original Caption: Flood heavily inundate the roads and vernacular dwellings, at Shayuan Village of Hecheng Town, Zixi County, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province, June 19, 2010. Rain-triggered landslides in eastern and southern China have killed at least 46 people since Sunday. As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, downpours that began pounding southern China Sunday had left 88 people dead, 48 missing, and forced the evacuation of 757,000 residents from their homes. About 9.27 million people in Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Guizhou and Sichuan were affected by the heavy rains. as direct economic losses caused by the heavy rains have topped 10 billion yuan (about 1.46 billion U.S. dollars). The torrential downpours have also triggered flash floods, caused rivers to swell, inundated crops, and disrupted traffic and telecommunications. (Xinhua/Wu Zhigui). Image may b subject to copyright.

    At least 10  million people in Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Guizhou and Sichuan have been affected by the heavy rains, flooding and landslides, reports say, putting the direct economic loss at about $1.5 billion, so far.

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    China may never recover from the disaster

    “The scope and intensity of the rain have increased,” China’s National Meteorological Center on Sunday warned of more rainstorms to hit the affected regions.

    “In parts of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Henan, Guangxi and other areas of the south, the rainfall will be 100-180 millimetres. In other parts, the rainfall will be more than 200 millimetres.”

    Up to 100,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, with about 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of crops ruined, reports say.

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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.

    Myanmar

    “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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    Deadly Landslides Kill 100 in Bangladesh, Burma, China

    Posted by feww on June 16, 2010

    At least 60 people have been killed in  SE Bangladesh, Burma border landslides and about 40 others in China, dozens missing

    Most of the deaths in Bangladesh occurred in the beach resort of Cox’s Bazar, with other casualties reported in the neighboring Banderban district, where at least one large family was “entombed by a landslide,”  Banderban police chief Kamrul Ahsan told the BBC.

    “At least 34 bodies were recovered from the legal and illegal camps which house up to 300,000 [ethnic Rohingya] refugees described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities on Earth.” A report said.

    “It was a huge flash flood, it washed everything in its path away,” said district police chief Nibhas Chandra Majhi.

    “At least 20,000 people have been trapped by the flash floods. We cannot reach them as the roads are flooded or blocked with mud.”

    CHINA

    At least 23 people have been killed an d7 others injured after a  massive landslide in China’s Sichuan province buried a construction site for a hydroelectric dam.


    GANZI, June 15, 2010  Rescuers search at the collapse site in Pengta Town of Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, June 15, 2010. A mountain collapse occurred and crushed work sheds at a construction site in Pengta Town at wee hours Tuesday, causing 23 people dead and seven injured. (Credit Image:  Xinhua/ZUMApress.com). Image may be subject to copyright. See Fir-Earth Fair Use Notice.

    “In Nanping, eastern Fujian Province, six bodies have been recovered after landslides and flash floods, triggered by heavy rains, engulfed a bus and a mini-van on Monday noon while 18 others remained missing, said Huang Xinmin, deputy secretary-general of the Nanping municipal government.” A report said.

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    Mudslide Destroys Many Buildings in BC, Canada

    Posted by feww on June 14, 2010

    Massive Landslide Devastates B.C. Town

    Landslide described as a “wall of mud” destroyed more than a dozen buildings, partially burying at least five homes, and  tearing through B.C.’s wine country.

    The landslide struck  near Testalinda Creek, south of Oliver, B.C. early afternoon  local time  on Sunday also burying a large a section of the province’s longest highway in the fruit growing region of southern British Columbia in up to 4m (12 feet) of mud,  local media reported.

    “It’s a real mess, a huge disaster. A lot of orchard land has been wiped right out. I’ve heard there was a five-minute warning,” said a local resident.


    A wall of mud and rocks tore through a rural area of the Okanogan Valley Sunday, destroying at half a dozen houses and uprooting orchards and vineyards that lay in its path. Image credit: Olivier Combret For The Globe and Mail. Image may be subject to copyright. More Images …

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    Landslides Kill at least 44 in South China

    Posted by feww on June 4, 2010

    Rain-triggered Landslides Leave 44 Dead, with 150,000 Evacuated in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, South China


    Rescuers search for trapped persons in Beigeng Township, Xincheng County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 3, 2010.  (Xinhua/Zhou Hua). Image may be subject to copyright. See Fire Earth Fair Use Notice.

    Most of the deaths have occurred in Cenxi County,  Tengxian County, Donglan County and Fangchenggang City, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

    “More than 600 residents in two villages in had been evacuated because of land subsidence Thursday. Four pits and cracks were reported near the villages, with the biggest having a diameter of more than 70 meters and depth of 20 meters.”

    The subsidence may have been caused by increased water flow in underground streams caused by torrential rains, a Laibin municipal government official was quoted as saying.

    Torrential rains have pummeled Guangxi region since Monday triggering large-scale landslides since early Wednesday, the report .

    “Across Guangxi, the rainstorms had battered 27 counties and 144,800 people had been evacuated by 4 p.m. Thursday, the regional civil affairs bureau said.”

    Some 8,123 houses have collapsed and 161,830 hectares of crops destroyed or damaged, with the damage estimated at about $180 million, the report said.

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    Giant Sinkholes Swallow Parts of Guatemala City

    Posted by feww on June 2, 2010

    A Triple Whammy for Guatemala City

    At least 178 people have been killed and many others reported missing as a result of flooding, mudslides and landslides triggered by torrential rains from tropical storm Agatha, and compounded by the huge amount of volcanic ash from Pacaya volcano eruption, as giant sinkholes swallow parts of Guatemala City.


    A giant sinkhole caused by the torrential rains from TS Agatha swallows a section of Guatemala City May 31, 2010. Source: Casa Presidencial handout (via Reuters).

    Flooding has destroyed as many as 18 major road bridges and up to 60 smaller footbridges throughout the country, hampering aid efforts.


    Flooding in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, caused by Tropical Storm Agatha  May 30, 2010. Source: Casa Presidencial handout (via Reuters).

    “We’ve gone several days now without aid from the government and we don’t have enough water and food,” said a caller to Guatemalan radio from the town of Huehuetenango in the western highlands.

    “At least 152 people were killed in Guatemala, either crushed in their homes or swept away by swollen rivers, and 100 others were missing, according to the government. Twelve people were killed in El Salvador and 14 in Honduras.” A report said.

    Coffee trees in Guatemala could be severely affected as a result of the rain. And FEWW Moderators forecast more adverse weather and conditions in the region …

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    TS Agatha Strikes Guatemala, Kills 13

    Posted by feww on May 30, 2010

    Agatha, the First Pacific Tropical Storm of 2010, Slams into Guatemala, Killing 13 People

    TS Agatha struck Guatemala’s Pacific coast close to the Mexican border killing at least 13 people in Guatemala and El Salvador

    Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency as torrential rain pummeled the Central American country, triggering mudslides that buried homes, cut off roads and threatened to destroy much of the nation’s coffee crop.

    At least four people were killed when mudslide buried their home near Alomolonga, about 200 west of the capital, Guatemala City, according to government sources.

    U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could dump about 50cm of rain over Guatemala, El Salvador and southeastern Mexico, and possibly as much as 65cm in some areas, leading to flash floods and mudslides.

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    Monsoon Season Strikes Sri Lanka

    Posted by feww on May 15, 2010

    3 days of torrential rain, strong winds and lightening herald start of  monsoon season in SW Sri Lanka

    The storms have claimed at least one life and injured many others, affecting about 20,000 people throughout the country.

    Sri Lanka is struck by two monsoons each year: The southwest monsoon season, which has just started lasts until September, while the northeast monsoon normally starts in October lasting through January, a report said.

    “Officials at the landslide unit of the National Building Research Organization urged residents in certain parts of Colombo to be on guard about possible landslides. Although landslides are more common in the mountainous regions of Sri Lanka than in areas around Colombo, officials said poorly-built structures, particularly at higher elevations, could become dangerous during heavy rain.”

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    Massive Landslide Transforms Westman Islands

    Posted by feww on May 13, 2010

    Large chunks of rocks and earth fall off the uninhabited island of  Bjarnarey,  Westman Islands archipelago

    A fisherman who witnessed the catastrophe said large columns of water rose into the air as a 50-meter wide chunk of a 120-meter high cliff broke off and collapsed into the ocean below, Icelandic Review reported.

    “A large chunk of the island’s vegetation disappeared in the landslide. Where the waves used to crash against a cliff there is now a rocky scree, which extends 100 meters out from the cliff. The largest boulders are believed to weigh as much as 50 tons.”


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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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    Landslides Leave 55 Dead or Missing in Tajikistan

    Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

    Landslide and floods triggered by torrential rains kill at least 15, leave 40 missing, cause $100million damage

    Torrential rains caused the Tebalei River to burst its banks resulting in widespread flooding and landslides, destroying 12 bridges, severely damaging at least 1,500 residential units in several districts of the southern Khatlon region. Many roads were destroyed by the floodwater, which also inundated fields and devastated 2,500 hectares of crop fields.

    “Preliminary reports estimate the damage at over 100 million dollars. Russian servicemen from a Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan are rendering assistance in rescue operations.” Moscow Times reported.


    US Govt Political Map of Tajikistan. Approximate location of the affected area is marked by Fire-Earth.

    The causalities from flooding and mudslides in Tajikistan stands at 15 dead, with 40 people still missing, the republic’s Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

    Up to 100 people are believed to have been injured, and many others are reported on rooftops awaiting evacuation.

    The area was devastated by a large quake measuring 8.0Mw, which struck on October 21, 1907 killing an estimated 12,000 people.

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    Landslides Kill Dozens of People

    Posted by feww on May 4, 2010

    Latest Landslide Casualties

    Myanmar Border with China

    About two dozen Chinese workers have been killed or reported as missing after a landslide in a Myanmar region bordering with southwest China’s Yunan Province, reports said.

    Taiwan


    The construction site on No. 3 Freeway at the junction with the No. 2 Freeway that leads to the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is seen in this photograph taken yesterday.  Photo: Central News Agency. Image may be subject to copyright.

    A Taiwanese construction worker died in second freeway landslide, a week  afetr another deadly mudslide  claimed four lives.

    “Too much water was collecting at the base of a bridge, making it necessary for workers to pump out the water. While Su was pumping, the earth around him collapsed and swept him down 10m, fire fighters said. Rescue workers needed half an hour to free him, but by then he was completely covered in mud, reports said.” A report said.

    On April 26, a massive landslide blocked a 300-meter long section of a major road, the No.3 Freeway between Taipei and Keelung, burying 4 people under thousands of tons of earth and rocks. The volume of earth that moved onto the freeway was later estimated at about 200,000m³ of rock and soil.

    Kenya

    Landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed more than 2 dozen people, and made hundreds homeless in Kenya. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, a report said. See also: Kenya villagers die in Rift Valley landslide

    Azerbaijan

    Some 32 villages were isolated from the center of Azerbaijan as landslide destroyed a major road, Guba-Gonagkend, in Guba region of the country, a report said.

    The “Ministry of Emergency Situations” dispatched aid helicopters to deliver foods to the affected villages.

    According to  Azerbaijan New Agency, APA, some 71 landslides were reported in the country in 2009 including 29 incidents within the first 4 months of the year. The number of landslides reported in the first quarter of this year totaled 110 incidents, or 3.8 time as many as last year.

    According to the chief of Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry, Shaig Niftiyev, the government hot line had received 11 reports of landslides in the last two days, APA reported.

    Atmospheric condensation and torrential rains

    “ The recent observations revealed 178 zones of landslide in the country. Monitoring and geological work was done once in these areas. The majority of them are stabilized areas. But this stabilization does not mean that there will not be landslide in this area. There is periodical activation in the landslide processes,” he said.

    “The great majority of the landslides occur along the foot of the Great Caucasus and Mountainous Talish. A landslide occurred on the 32km of Goranboy-Agjakend highway in Ashagi Agjakend village. Though it was a local area, the landslide caused serious damage. A local landslide in Gariblar village of Tovuz region killed one. The landslide occurred in alunite production field in Dashkesan last February. When we visited the site we made prognosis that the landslide would continue in Altundagh settlement too. Mollahasanli village of Dashkesan also suffered from the disaster. It has been a landslide area since 1990s. The landslide intensified there last year and caused serious damages this year too. Yesterday we were informed that the landslide area intensified again.”

    Ministry experts say Azerbaijan landslides are invariably triggered by the increase in atmospheric condensation. “[A 25-cm] snow cover [triggered] the landslide zone in Guba region.  [The hazard was worsened by] torrential rains.”

    Another land slide caused much destruction to Dashkesen region of Azerbaijan on May 2, 2010.

    Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC):
    Water Crisis in Mbuji-Mayi Caused by Landslide

    Hundreds of thousands of people in Mbuji-Mayi, central DRC, are facing a severe water crisis after a landslide destroyed their town’s water supply in March.

    Many of  town’s three million population have to walk at least 20km in search of water every day, a report said.

    “Lack of water in Mbuji-Mayi has been dire for several weeks now; at the moment people are obliged to walk over 20km to fetch water for domestic use from small rivers around the town,” Theodore Thiyekele, a priest, told IRIN. “Others are buying drinking water from young men who fetch it from sources far away from the town.”

    Landslide Blocked Railway in Armenia

    A large landslide triggered by torrential rains blocked the railway lines, stopping the trains  near Vanadzor-Alaverdi, Armenia, Emergency officials said, News-am reported.

    “Railway was covered by 500 m³ layer of soil Sunday. The road was partially cleaned by 2:35 p.m., trains traffic was temporarily resumed,” an official statement said.

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