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Extreme Rain Shuts Down Indian City (Round 2)

Posted by feww on December 2, 2015


No Power, No Transport in Chennai

Extreme rain events in India’s Tamil Nadu state, said to be the heaviest the region has experienced in 50 years, have triggered severe flooding forcing the main airport in southern India to close, cutting off roads and highways, and leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.

Chennai [metro pop: 9 million] is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, and is the largest industrial and commercial hub of southern India. It is the country’s fifth-largest city and fourth most populous metro area, and 36th-largest urban area in the world.

Floods in Tamil Nadu state have killed hundreds of people since last month, when 160 hours of non-stop rain paralyzed the city.

About 20 percent of the population have been affecetd, according to local estimates.

The city’s airport was forced to shut down indefinitely on Tuesday after floodwaters buried the runway, according to local reports.

Floodwaters have also inundated railroad tracks, forcing many cancellations.

Ranked 4th in hosting the largest number of Fortune 500 Indian companies, following Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, with a nominal economy of about US$60 billion, Chennai has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, IT, manufacturing and others sectors.

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5.5 Pct of Sri Lankans Affected by Deadly Floods, Landslides

Posted by feww on January 1, 2015

MAIN SCENARIOS: 900, 888, [500,] 477, 444, 117, 111, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 025, 023, 022, 012, 011, 09, 02

Daily Situation Report – Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center

Extreme rains, deadly floods and landslides affect 1.1 million in Sri Lanka  

Extreme rain events, deadly floods and landslides across Sri Lanka have affected 5.5% of the population, or 1,121,579 persons (311,623 families), leaving at least 39 people dead, 20 injured and 2 missing since December 20, reported the country’s Disaster Management Center.

The disasters have destroyed 6,500 homes and damaged 18,013 others, displacing at least 50,832 people across 22 of the country’s 29 districts, said the report.

The town of Batticaloa is the worst hit with more than 30,000 people displaced, officials have said.

The towns of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in the north central province, Sri Lanka’s largest rice-producing region, have experienced severe flooding as days of heavy rain forced the authorities to open the sluice gates on dozens of dams.

The floods have also washed away many roads and railways throughout the country.

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Severe Flooding Swamps W. Uganda, Slovenia, BA, Argentina

Posted by feww on November 8, 2014

SCENARIOS 900, 477, 444, 111,  097, 071, 070, 066, 047, 027, 025, 023

Deadly Floods Triggered by EREs Hit Buenos Aires Province

Extreme Rain Events (EREs) since late October have flooded the Luján River, inundating large areas across 23 districts in Buenos Aires Province, and forcing more than 5,300 evacuations, government sources were reported as saying.

The worst affected areas are Tigre, Quilmes, San Fernando, Ensenada and Lomas de Zamora, as well as Luján and La Matanza.

At least two deaths have been attributed to the flooding, said a report.

EREs Displace Thousands in Western Uganda

At least 16,000 people have been displaced in the western Uganda due to severe flooding after River Semliki burst its banks following extreme rain events (EREs)

Slovenia issues more flood alerts

Flood alerts have been issued for central and southern Slovenia as extreme rain events continued to pound the country.

Thousands of homes around Ljubljana, the capital and largest city of Slovenia, have been flooded as rivers continued rising, local media reported.

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Death toll climbs to 120 in Colombia’s 2nd rainy season

Posted by feww on November 15, 2011

Extreme rain, storms, flooding and landslides continue to wreak havoc across Colombia

Colombia’s second rainy season has left at least 120 dead and affected about a third of a million people since July.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 15

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  • Colombia. Extreme rain, storms, flooding and landslides across Colombia have killed at least 120 and affected about a thirs of a million people since July 1,  OCHA reported, citing SNAPD figures.
    • Armed conflict is also causing mass displacements in several areas, especially in southern Córdoba.
      • “Civilian population caught between armed confrontations in Cauca. Military operations registered over the past several weeks, which are likely to continue, have had serious consequences for the civilian population trapped by hostilities. Armed confrontations triggered mass displacements and restrictions on mobility and access to vital goods among civilians.
      • “Mass displacements in southern Córdoba. During the reporting period, Acción Social reported a new displacement in the department. According to information collected by OCHA, 20 displacements have taken place in Córdoba, through 2011. The figure indicates an increase by 185% in comparison to 2010, with seven mass displacements registered.” OCHA reported.

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Rio Disaster Update

Posted by feww on April 9, 2010

Serial No  1,554. Starting April 2010, each entry on this blog has a unique serial number. If any of the numbers are missing, it may mean that the corresponding entry has been blocked by the authorities/Google in your country. Please drop us a line if you detect any anomaly/missing number(s).

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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Entire Rhode Island Now a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on April 3, 2010

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The entire state of Rhode Island now a disaster area

A joint request by Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri and the the state’s Emergency Management Agency to amend a federal major disaster declaration has been approved by the President, declaring the entire state a disaster area. (Source: AP)

Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, took a helicopter tour of Rhode Island on Friday, witnessing the extent of damage to the waterlogged state.

The ultimate cost of damage in RI could reach a billion, or more, at a time when the state has a budget deficit of nearly a quarter of a billion, with an unemployment rate of near 14 percent.

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Bolivia declares a national emergency

Posted by feww on January 30, 2010

Bolivia’s Evo Morales declares a national emergency

The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, declared a national emergency Friday amid weeks of heavy rains and flooding that have killed at least 10 people and affected some 24,000 families nationwide.

Political map of Bolivia. Click image to enlarge.

“We are declaring a national emergency across Bolivia in response to the effects of flooding, hailstorms, landslides and rivers breaking their banks,” according to a decree issued by the President and his cabinet.

The worst hit regions include Santa Cruz region, Cochabamba, Chuquisaca and Beni, news agencies reported.

The heavy rains have swept away livestock and submerged thousands of hectares of cropland and grassland in flood water.

A large landslide obliterated at least 72 homes on the outskirts of the capital La Paz on Thursday.

The government is concerned however that the Beni region could top the list of their disaster-stricken regions because Bolivia’s major rivers converge there.

Photo: Rio Beni (2008). Credit: Pattrön.  For licensing details  click here. Beni (capital: Trinidad), a northeastern department of Bolivia, is located in the lowlands region of the Bolivia and is the second largest department in the country (after Santa Cruz), covering about 213,600 square kilometers.

“Beni’s capital Trinidad, home to some 120,000 people, was on aler2t Friday as the water level rose within inches of breaching nearby dams.” AFP reported.

Heavy rains are expected to continue, Bolivia’s National Meteorology and Hydrology Service reported.

Although Bolivia’s rainy season falls  in January and February, the weather forecasters  believe both the climate change and El Niño have intensified the severity of the rain events.

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China, Vietnam Submereged Under Floods

Posted by feww on July 8, 2009

Earth Observatory Image [acquired June 29, 2009 – July 5, 2009]

Intense Rain Floods China and Vietnam



Floods swept across southern China and northern Vietnam in the wake of several days of extreme rain in early July 2009. This image, based on data collected by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, shows rainfall anomalies for the week of June 29 through July 5, 2009. Blue indicates regions where rainfall was much heavier than average, while brown indicates that less rain fell than average. A broad swath of blue covers southern China and northern Vietnam, revealing patterns of heavy rain during the week. NASA image courtesy Jesse Allen based on data provided by the TRMM team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Widespread flooding and landslides have killed 75 people, with up to 1.5 million people left homeless in southern China, according to various reports. In Vietnam, up to 50 people may have died from severe weather, and dozens are missing. More intense rain was forecast in the region.

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Heavy Rains Flood Central Japan

Posted by feww on August 30, 2008

Heavy rains wreak havoc in central Japan

About 1.5 million people from 500,000 households in Aichi prefecture, central Japan, were ordered to evacuate as heavy rains flooded central Japan Friday, Kyodo News agency reported.

The evacuation orders were later lifted as rain abated; however, the officials warned about more rains in the area.

Cars travel down a flooded street between fields in Okazaki, 230 km (143 miles) west of Tokyo, August 29, 2008. (Credit: Reuters). Image may be subject to copyright.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said a police official in the city of Okazaki, about 230 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said Naoyuki Kato, a police official in the hardest-hit city of Okazaki, 140 miles (230 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.

Okazaki, the worst affected city in the area, experienced a recors  downpour of about 15 centimeters per hour, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

A 76 year-old woman was drowned in her home, a man was in serious condition, and three others were missing in Okazaki.

Okazaki, 230 km (143 miles) west of Tokyo August 29, 2008 - i3
Homes are seen flooded after heavy rain in Okazaki, 230 km west of Tokyo August 29, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo. Image may be subject to copyright.

Other highlights from Asahi Shimbun report:

  • The Tokai and Kanto regions were worst affected by the downpours from Thursday through Friday.
  • Heavy rain caused floods and landslides across wide areas. A mudslide in Hachioji, western Tokyo, derailed a Keio Takao Line train late Thursday.
  • In the 24 hours to 8:50 a.m. Friday, the rainfall had reached 302.5 millimeters.
  • As of 6 p.m. Friday, a total of 829 houses in 12 prefectures, including 687 in Aichi, were flooded above floor level.
  • In addition, 2,493 houses in 17 prefectures were flooded below floor level.
  • In the Kanto region, heavy rain damaged points at Takao Station late Thursday, cancelling 195 train runs and affecting 130,000 people.
  • On Thursday night, a Keio Takao Line train was derailed by a mudslide on the tracks.
  • Thunderstorms caused power outages to 20,000 households in Tokyo as well as in Kanagawa, Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures on Friday morning.
  • Water levels were critical at six rivers in the Tokai and Kanto regions.
  • Sporadic torrential rain could fall again because continued atmospheric instability was expected.

Japanese firefighters search for a missing 80-year-old woman at the Iga river near her damaged house in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture, on August 29.  (AFP/Jiji Press). Image may be subject to copyright.

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