Dam failures, floods, landslides


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31.10.2018 - At least 5 killed, Dozens missing after Landslide in N Philippines - Reports
At Least 5 Killed, Dozens Missing After Landslide in N Philippines – Reports

At least five people have been killed and dozens more are still missing after a landslide caused by Typhoon Rosita hit the municipality of Natonin in the Philippines' north, media reported Wednesday, citing Natonin Mayor Mateo Chiyawan.

Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Mark Villar said that at least 21 workers were trapped in three DPWH buildings in Mountain Province, according to CNN Philippines.

Typhoon Yutu batters Philippines, killing at least 6 people: A strong typhoon blew across the northern Philippines on Tuesday, setting off landslides that left at least six people dead
Typhoon Yutu slams Philippines, at least 6 dead and more feared trapped

He added that five individuals were rescued.

Earlier reports suggested that over 10,000 people were evacuated in the Philippines due to approaching Typhoon Rosita.


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Translated from Indonesian by Microsoft
The period of emergency and flood longsordi Padang City set 3-9/11/2018. The impact of the disaster: two people died (between the ages of 6 and 10 yrs of float flood), 756 FAMILIES affected, 1,400 housing units submerged, drifted home, 3 units 1 unit 1 unit float bridge suspension bridge broke.

Translated from Indonesian by Microsoft
Flood landa Sub Bottom winepress of Padang city, West Sumatra, on 2/10/2018. The heavy rain akibatkan discharge of the river rises and floods hit some areas. Emergency handling is still done at the disaster site.

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Landslide cover roads on the streets of Banda Aceh, Calang in KM-132 Gampong Sawang Subdistrict Bakti Setia (Mountain Cincrang) at 2/11/2018 at 12.20 pm. There were no fatalities. Landslide material has been cleaned. Beware of the avalanche ahead of the rainy season.


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November 10, 2018 - Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people in Jordan: government

An excavator is partially submerged in a stream as civil defense members look for missing persons after rain storms unleashed flash floods, in Madaba city, near Amman, Jordan, November 10, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Twelve people died in heavy rains and flooding in parts of Jordan on Friday and authorities evacuated foreign tourists from the ancient city of Petra and other popular destinations, officials said on Saturday.

The country has recently been hit by flash floods and heavy downpours. In the worst incident, 21 people - mostly school children on an outing to the Dead Sea - were killed as torrential rains poured through valleys and deep ravines.

Over 3,500 visitors were taken to safe areas on Friday before flash floods inundated parts of the southern mountainous city of Petra famous for its carved rock ruins, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said.

Authorities banned all tourist trips and declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba further south as downpours continued for a few hours before subsiding overnight.

The authorities said on Saturday they had evacuated hundreds of families living in makeshift tents in outlying rural and desert areas and scattered settlements in villages in the southern parts of the country that were hardest hit.

They included families of Syrian refugees who work as shepherds and farmers, officials said.

Earlier report:
November 9, 2018 - Rains and floods kill eight in Jordan, force tourists to flee Petra

Rains and floods kill eight in Jordan, force tourists to flee Petra | Reuters

Heavy rains and flooding killed at least eight people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra on Friday, officials said.

The visitors were taken to safe areas before flash floods inundated parts of the mountainous city famed for its carved rock ruins, government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat said.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba further south as downpours started in the afternoon.

Civil defense divers searched for five people whose car was swept away by floods in the Madaba area, southwest of the capital, state news agency Petra said.

A major highway that links Amman with the south was also closed. The government announced the closure of universities and schools on Saturday and mosques were opened to shelter civilians in areas hit by the floods.

Two weeks ago, 21 people, mainly children, died after they were swept away in flash floods on a school outing in the Dead Sea region, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters in decades.

Politicians and members of the public criticized the emergency services at the time, saying crews had been unprepared, and two ministers were forced to resign after a parliamentary committee found negligence.


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November 10, 2018 - Mudslide near Rio de Janeiro kills 10, injures 11
Mudslide near Rio de Janeiro kills 10, injures 11

RIO DE JANEIRO: Ten people were killed and 11 injured in a mudslide near Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, Brazilian authorities said.

Firefighters carry a body that was found under the debris after a mudslide in Boa Esperanca or "Good Hope" shantytown in Niteroi, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP)

Roberto Robadey, Rio’s civil defense department head, told the Globo TV network that the mudslide in the city of Niteroi was caused by heavy downpours.

He said people were killed and injured when a large boulder rolled on top of six houses in the Boa Esperanca neighborhood.

“It rained a lot over the past two days and a state of alert was declared for Niteroi,” he said. “People were advised of the situation and were recommended to move to safer locations.”

But Claudio dos Santos, president of the Boa Esperanca Residents’ Association, told Globo TV that several families “refused to leave.”

Rescue workers were searching for victims and survivors trapped under the debris and mud.

The Rio fire department said the dead included a 3-year-old boy, two elderly women and a middle-aged man. It did not give any more information about the victims.

Rosemary Caetano da Silva, a resident of Boa Esperanca, told Globo TV that her 8-year-old granddaughter was buried underneath the rubble. She also said she managed to rescue her grandson who was taken to a hospital.


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A SURVEY has been conducted following a massive coastal collapse.

After Storm Callum battered Wales last month, hundreds of tonnes of rock and earth collapsed onto Porth Neigwl/Hell’s Mouth beach on the Ll?n Peninsula.

The landslide occurred just a stone’s throw away from Siop Penrallt, a prominent house on the cliff edge, and raised questions about what could be done to minimise the amount of coastal erosion in the area.

Over the last 130 years, approximately 40 metres of cliff has fallen onto the picturesque bay below but the rate of collapse is wholly unpredictable.

A structural engineer was sent out by Gwynedd Council to assess the integrity of the cliff and has reported back.

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: “It is well known locally that the Porth Neigwl area is susceptible to landslides and landslips, and that the cliff is in retreat due to natural processes.

“Following a recent landslide at Porth Neigwl, Gwynedd Council engineers have been looking at the area in more detail.
“Initial reports indicate that although there can be relatively large landslips in this area, they are also relatively infrequent, and it is almost impossible to predict with any accuracy when and where they are likely to occur.

“Taking these factors into account, as well as the fact that the beach and the land along the cliff top is not council property, on balance it would be very difficult for the council to justify keeping people away from the entire beach.

“However, we would reiterate our warning to people to take care while near the coastline. There is an increased risk of landslip during and following periods of intense or prolonged rainfall so care should be taken at all times if walking along the top of, or directly below, a cliff.”
Translated from Indonesian by Microsoft
Post earthquake-ravaged, the alternating flooding. Flooded several villages in Kecamatan landa Kempo Kab Dompu NTB on 9/11/2018 at 14.20 Bst. There were no fatalities. Hundreds of homes submerged in the flood. Come on, let's get political elite compact time think of people from disaster. The disaster continues to rise.

Melbourne floods: More rain in 2 hours than September and October combined, Australia
A slow-moving storm system dumped heavy rain over parts of southeastern Australia on November 6, 2018, causing power outages and traffic chaos. The city's northwestern suburbs suffered worst of the storm.
Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power in the city of Melbourne today, after 'very slow-moving' storm dumped half of the city's November rainfall in just three hours.

In fact, in just 2 hours to 11:00 local time today, the storm dumped 35 mm (1.4 inches) of rain. This is more the city has seen in September and November combined.

Victoria SES received 400 calls for assistance, mostly due to flood-related incidents. The service said it rescued 14 people trapped in floodwaters.

Flooding has caused chaos along the Kingsway, at the tunnel entrance onto the CityLink, as well as in parts of Southbank, Rowville, Balwyn North, Windsor, Hawthorn, Ashburton and Narre Warren.

The Sandringham and Alamein train lines were temporarily closed.

Several flights were diverted from Melbourne Airport due to unsafe landing conditions

Translated from Spanish by Microsoft
Release Analysis of @Sernageomin confirms mass removal in southern Análisis de SERNAGEOMIN confirma remoción en masa en Campos de Hielo Sur – SERNAGEOMIN ice fields
Chile: November 6, 2018
Using satellite images and other analysis methodologies, the National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN), through its National Network of Volcanic Surveillance (RNVV), determined that on October 20 a mass removal event occurred within the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, in the sector Campos de Hielo Sur.

The national director (s), Alfonso Domeyko, said that "as SERNAGEOMIN we made the corresponding analyzes to determine in detail the causes of this avalanche of rocks and in turn, we have delivered the background to members of the Civil Protection System, headed by Onemi , to make the corresponding coordinations. He added that "a field visit is being evaluated to obtain more precise information of the fact".

On the other hand, the head of the RNVV, Álvaro Amigo, explained that according to the first antecedents, the fact is associated to a mass removal that has an extension of three kilometers, which did not affect the glacier coverage of the surroundings. In this way it would be ruled out that it is a lava flow or associated with the emission of volcanic ash.

Regarding the origin of the event, Amigo said that up to now it is not possible to establish it with certainty, but the hypothesis that is more likely would correspond to a mass removal triggered by instability of hillsides in the mountain range.

Among the various techniques used in the work is the use of satellite images (provided by IRD of France), infrared spectral bands to determine temperature, morphology analysis and geological evidence.

SERNAGEOMIN maintains the monitoring of 45 active volcanoes in the country and has initiated some negotiations to extend the Surveillance Network to the Region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic.


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Two new Youtube videos show dramatic roadside failure events
Two interesting roadside failure videos from India and Nepal
19 November 2018
The main collapse event occurs at and the person holding the camera rotates the image as failure begins:-
Two videos have been posted to Youtube showing dramatic and interesting roadside failure events. The first appears to be from Nepal, some reports suggest the location was Lalitpur, and the caption indicates that it was associated with “stone mining”, although the failure itself appears to be on a haul road:-

This appears to be yet another example of poor mining practices inducing instability that was entirely avoidable. There were substantial risks to the workers in a failure of this type, but fortunately in this case the collapse appears to have been anticipated. An excavator was reportedly destroyed however.

The second occurred in India, this time on a mountain road:-
Published on Nov 12, 2018


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November 25, 2018 - Iraq Floods Leave 21 Dead in Two Days: Health Ministry
Iraq Floods Leave 21 Dead in Two Days: Health Ministry

At least 21 people have died and dozens more have been injured as heavy rains battered Iraq over the past two days, the health ministry spokesman told AFP Sunday.

Women and children were among the dead, Seif al-Badr said. Some had drowned, but others had died in car accidents, were electrocuted, or were trapped when their houses fell on them.

Iraq and neighboring countries have been hit by heavier-than-average rainfall in recent weeks, resulting in deaths and widespread damage.

The country’s north has borne the brunt of it, and the UN’s Iraq office said the downpour had forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes.

An estimated 10,000 people in Salahaddin province and 15,000 people in Nineveh are in desperate need of help, including families living in displacement camps, the UN said.


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11.27.2018 - Australia storms turn Sydney streets into rivers, causing commuter chaos
Australia storms turn Sydney streets into rivers, causing commuter chaos | Reuters

Torrential rain triggered flash flooding that turned streets into rivers in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, on Wednesday, causing major disruptions to the morning commute.

A spokesman for Ausgrid, the nation’s biggest electricity network, said the storm had so far left 8,100 homes without power around Sydney and the central coast.

There was chaos on the roads, with at least five stranded motorists needing to be plucked from rising floodwaters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

“The storm is pretty intense in and around the airport,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said. “We are operating from a single runway so that means that there are delays and likely some flights will be canceled.”

The central Sydney area had received 90 millimeters of rain, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, and state emergency services received dozens of calls for help.

A series of storms was forecast to last through most of the day and ease in the evening, with strong winds continuing.


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Translated from Indonesian by Microsoft
This landslide in Kampung Jawa ex. Excl. Sanga Sanga Kab Kertanegara district in East Kalimantan on 29/11/2018, 14:00. Not the liquefaction. No loss of life. Impact: access roads Sanga Sanga of Java, Estuary-5 school houses, 10 FAMILIES threatened by landslide. The incidence suddenly in the mine area.

Published on Nov 29, 2018
People evacuated following the Camp Fire were told to leave again as dangerous flooding struck Butte County. Betty Yu reports. (11-29-18)

Published on Nov 29, 2018
A portion of the American River Parkway bike trail in the Rancho Cordova area collapsed Thursday due to erosion caused by rain. Repair crews have closed off the surrounding area while they work to reduce damage from the erosion. Get the full story in the video above.

Published on Nov 30, 2018
There were mudflows on Cuthbert Drive in Malibu, but they got an immediate response from Caltrans. Kara Finnstrom reports.


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Tue Jan 01, 2019 - 75 Dead in Landslides, Floods in Philippines

The Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in its latest report that besides the deceased, 16 people are still missing and 12 were injured, The Straits Times reported.

More than 45,000 families or nearly 192,000 people from 457 villages in the Central and Northern Philippines were affected by the tropical depression that hit the land on December 29.

It weakened into a low-pressure area after hitting land. Nevertheless, it continued to dump days of heavy rain in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas, triggering landslides and massive flooding.

NDRRMC Spokesman Edgar Posadas stated that 59 of the deaths were from the Bicol region, 13 from Eastern Visayas in the central Philippine and three others from nearby regions.

"The deaths were mostly due to landslides," Posadas added.

The spokesman said that many roads were rendered impassable due to flooding and landslides. The heavy rain also caused power outages and cancellations of 36 flights, adding that the government is now in the process of restoring damaged electric lines and roads.

The most affected provinces like Albay province, Camarines Sur province, Camarines Norte province and Sorsogon province are now placed under a state of calamity.

This would allow the fast release of relief funds, while price controls would be imposed on basic necessities and prime commodities.

Tue Jan 01, 2019 - Indonesia landslides kill at least two, leave dozens missing
Indonesia landslides kill at least two, leave dozens missing | Reuters

Rescue workers search for victims near a collapsed house following landslides at Cisolok district in Sukabumi, West Java province, Indonesia, January 1, 2019. Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa/via REUTERS

JAKARTA - Landslides on Indonesia’s heavily populated island of Java killed at least two people and left 41 missing, an official at the country’s disaster agency said on Tuesday.

The landslides, which struck a village in West Java on Monday, also injured 2 people and buried thirty homes, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency said in a statement.

“Rugged rocky roads and the rainy weather is making it difficult for our team to conduct evacuation operations,” Nugroho said, adding that heavy equipment was needed to help search for survivors.


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The ten most important landslide events worldwide of 2018
4 January 2019 Pic's of the Devastation within:
2018 will be remembered as a year of destructive landslide events. This is my personal list of the ten most important ones over the course of the year. There are so many to choose from; comments welcome on whether I have the correct ten:-

10. Continued mining-induced landslides in Hpakant, Myanmar

The dreadful problem of major human-induced landslides in the jade mining areas of Hpakant in Myanmar was once again a major issue in 2018. The latest major event occurred in September. There have been fatalities throughout the year, meaning that at least 807 people have been killed in landslides there since 2015. There is no excuse for this level of loss.

9. The dam landslides in Ituango in Colombia

The disastrous landslides that rendered the Hidroituango dam temporarily (at least) redundant, and which induced huge downstream flooding, in Colombia in May were a major issue. Economically this may be one of the most disastrous landslide events of the year. I suspect we will hear more of this project in 2019; it once again illustrates the perils of landslides for hydroelectric schemes. As we build in increasingly challenging areas, including those that are tectonically active, it feels inevitable that we will see another major landslide disaster in the years ahead.

8. The Montecito mudflows in California

The Montecito mudflows in January, triggered by heavy rainfall after the terrible wildfires in California in 2017, cost 23 lives and insured losses of $500 million or so. These landslides are probably prophetic; as the climate continues to warm the occurrence of devastating wildfires will increase, and mudflows inevitably follow. We will see more of these in 2019.

7. The rainfall-induced landslides in Hiroshima, Japan

The dreadful rainfall-induced landslides in the Hiroshima area of Japan in July 2018 induced extensive damage. At least 104 people were killed in landslide events, and there were over 120 fatalities when the impacts of the associated flooding are included. That a country that is so prepared for landslides can suffer this level of loss was a surprise to many. It is a clear demonstration that physical management of landslides has limits, and the increasing intensity of rainfall associated with climate change will mean that these limits are tested repeatedly. This places huge emphasis on the importance of building resilience.

6. The mining-induced landslide at Naga in Cebu, Philippines

The huge mining-induced landslide at Naga City in Cebu in the Philippines was truly astounding. This is another case in which the warning signs were clear ahead of the failure; that they were ignored led to 83 fatalities. Mining-induced landslides are on the rise. That we are losing so many lives to preventable mining continues to be a global disgrace.

5. The Berangay Ucab landslide in the Philippines

Sadly in fifth place is yet another landslide in the Philippines. In this case it was a rainfall-induced failure onto a dormitory at Barangay Ucab, triggered by a typhoon. This slide serves to illustrate the challenges of reducing landslide risk in poor, mountainous areas, especially those disturbed by deforestation and mining. In total, 102 people lost their lives at Barangay Ucab.

5. The Berangay Ucab landslide in the Philippines

Sadly in fifth place is yet another landslide in the Philippines. In this case it was a rainfall-induced failure onto a dormitory at Barangay Ucab, triggered by a typhoon. This slide serves to illustrate the challenges of reducing landslide risk in poor, mountainous areas, especially those disturbed by deforestation and mining. In total, 102 people lost their lives at Barangay Ucab.

4. Landslides triggered by the Hokkaido earthquake in Japan

The 6th September 2018 Hokkaido Iburi-Tobu earthquake triggered huge numbers of landslides over a comparatively small area. Initial technical reports suggest that over 6,000 landslides were triggered ,killing 36 people (the earthquake killed 41 people in total).

3. Landslides triggered by the Papua New Guinea earthquake

The most under-reported landslide disaster of the 2018 was the 25th February 2018 Papua New Guinea earthquake, which triggered extensive landsliding. The response from the international community was slow and under-powered, and even now it is hard to ascertain the true extent of the losses. In the major river channels the landslides were extraordinary:-

2. The Anak Krakatau landslide and tsunami in Indonesia

The Anak Krakatau flank collapse is fresh in the memory. Over 420 people are known to have died in the tsunami that the collapse triggered. This morning there are reports that new deformation has been detected in the remainder of the volcano. Understanding the sequence of events that led to the generation of this tsunami is going to be an important topic in the months ahead.

1. The Palu earthquake – three flowslides and a landslide-induced tsunami in Indonesia

The largest landslide disaster of 2018 was undoubtedly the Sulawesi earthquake, and its disastrous impacts on the town of Palu and its suburbs. The jury is still out on whether the tsunami was triggered by underwater landslides; I suspect this will be a hot topic in the months ahead. The three major flowslides caused the highest level of loss, with at least 1600 fatalities in Balaroa and 600 at Petobo for example. The old maxim has always been that it is not earthquakes that kill people, it is buildings that cause the loss of life. This event illustrates the folly of taking that too seriously – in 2018 we have seen repeated examples in which landslides have been the major cause of fatalities in earthquakes. I wonder when we will start to learn this lesson?


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There has been a major rock fall in Siberia according to Bureya River: a large landslide was not caused by a meteorite impact
and Russian military sent to assess giant rockfall blocking Bureya River
By The Siberian Times reporter
12 January 2019
Urgent measures underway to evacuate residents of remote villages after flood threat caused by rising water above new ‘dam’.
One month ago an epic natural event suddenly blocked the blocked the river.

Now the army are to be tasked with ‘moving a mountain’ to allow the river to flow again, vital for supplies into the Bureyskaya hydro power reservoir.

Initial descriptions were of a meteorite strike at the site in Khabarovsk region; later Russian and foreign scientists assessed it as a large and unusual landslide. For some the jury is still out.

The scale is immense: some 34 million cubic metres of rock suddenly fell into the river, we can reveal.

The bulk would fill 13,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Put another way, if all Americans showered at the same time, the water used would fill roughly the same space.
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