Dam failures, floods, landslides


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For the attempt to put together a list of the ten most significant (known) landslides of 2018, see:
Apparently close to a thousand people lost their lives in 2018. The ten most important landslide events worldwide of 2018
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:-


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Flash flood warning issued for North Bay
January 16, 2019, 8:07AM
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After a day of heavy rainfall, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Wednesday for parts of the North Bay.

The warning was issued for two pockets of Sonoma County, one for the area surrounding Petaluma and the other near Sebastopol.

Rain gauges near Green Valley Creek and Santa Rosa creek indicated heavy recorded rainfall around 3:45 p.m., according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Petaluma police also reported flooding along Petaluma Boulevard North near Gossage Avenue.

Sonoma County officials predicted localized flooding in parts of Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Forestville and Graton.


11 carriages of explosives, a giant An-124 and four Il-76s - Operation Move a Mountain begins
By The Siberian Times reporter 16 January 2019 Pic's Video 4-5 minute Read
Military strikes from air not ruled out to move giant landslide blocking Bureya River causing flood threat to villages.

‘We climbed these slopes today. If they blow up the formed dam, then as a result of the explosion, the remaining part of the hill may collapse into the water. There is a high probability that this will happen.' Pictures: Today KHV

Explosives are to be detonated on a vast scale within days to remove a vast mound that threatens flooding to villages in Khabarovsk and Amur regions.

Reports say use of the armed forces was authorised by the Supreme Commander of the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin.

There were claims aerial strikes could be used.

A video shows some 175 tonnes of military and engineering equipment being flown in to the region seven time zones east of Moscow.

Skipping down:

There are warnings today that the use of explosives to clear a major blockage in the Bureya is ‘likely’ to cause a further massive landslide.

This in turn could create a river 'tsunami' .

Scientists claimed that in December - when the rockfall crashed into the river - a 50 metre high wave swept along the river in the remote territory. If so there were no reports at the time, although changes in water level were noticed.



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JAKARTA, Indonesia: At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 7,000 forced to take refuge in emergency shelters after floods, landslides and a tornado battered the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the past week, authorities said on Sunday.

January 27, 2019 - Indonesia death toll from floods, landslides climbs to 68
Indonesia death toll from floods, landslides climbs to 68

Rescuers search for survivors after a landslide in Gowa, after heavy rains and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island. (AFP)

Rescue teams were still looking for seven missing people, while 47 had been injured during the devastation that saw heavy rains cause a dam to overflow, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency.

More than 5,000 homes had been submerged with scores of bridges, schools and places of worship damaged, as well as thousands of acres of rice paddies destroyed, he said in a statement. Some displaced people had started to return to their homes as flood waters receded, but heavy equipment was needed to clear a thick layer of mud that had enveloped roads and houses, he said.

Others had chosen to remain in camps after being traumatized, Nugroho said, adding that there was still an urgent need for food, blankets and medical services.

The devastation that has struck Southern Sulawesi in the past week had also extended to Makassar, the capital of the province.

LIMA, Peru: An avalanche of mud and rocks crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in southeastern Peru, killing at least 15 people, authorities said Sunday.
January 27, 2019 - At least 15 dead in mudslide at hotel in Peru: Authorities
At least 15 dead in mudslide at hotel in Peru: Authorities

In this photo provide by Abancay police, officers and firefighters stand by a collapsed area of the Alhambra hotel in the city in Peru. (AP)

“The avalanche broke through the walls of the hotel, entering it with force,” the mayor of the city of Abancay, where the hotel is located, told RPP radio.

The mayor, Evaristo Ramos, said about 100 guests had been invited to the wedding party Saturday and “there are 15 dead and 34 injured.”

Firefighters, police and residents worked through the night to rescue people still trapped under rubble.

Authorities said the Alhambra hotel was built very close to a hillside. A retaining wall collapsed, and the mudslide brought the hotel roof down on the party-goers below, they said.

People searching for missing relatives were urged to visit surrounding health centers to find and identify their loved ones.


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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
Russian military engineers carry out controlled explosions to ‘move a mountain’ blocking the Bureya River in Siberia’s Khabarovsk Region on Friday, after a landslide damned the waterway.

2019-02-08 - Russian military engineers blow up ‘mountain’ blocking Siberian river (video)


The 165m (550ft) mound was caused by a landslide at the beginning of December.

Geologists fear that use of explosives will cause a second giant rockfall into the Bureya.

Moving the block has become urgent because four villages and the Baikal Amur Mainline rail link are threatened with flooding. While further downstream, a key hydroelectric reservoir is deprived of water.

Military engineers and sappers have been tackling the jam by carrying out a series of explosions.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has sent 500 personnel, 43 units of specialist equipment and six army helicopters to work on mission.

The final phase of the works is due to be completed on February 18.


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Death toll in floods in Indonesia's Papua rises to nearly 80 March 17, 2019
People stand as they look at damaged houses after a flash flood in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, March 17, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Gusti Tanati/ via REUTERS

Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on Monday as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.

Landslides at waterfall kill two in Indonesia's Lombok March 17, 2019
Dozens of tourists were evacuated on Sunday from a waterfall site hit by landslides in the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people died, authorities said.


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There is a map of all recorded landslides 2007-2019 published March 13 by SVS: Global Landslide Catalog (update 2019)

Using the Global Landslide Catalog (GLC), a world map has been produced to show the location of 11,033 reported landslides triggered by rainfall for the period 2007-2019 (last update 02.29.19). In this version, all landslide locations have the same visual treatment without pointing out which ones had fatalities. This version has been created for kids and educational purposes.
Some of the landslides may be due to buildings, fields and infrastructure having been placed on locations where the removal of protective vegetations had led to more exposure of the soil


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A motorway bridge over a New Zealand river was washed away in a severe rain storm on Tuesday, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

March 25, 2019 - New Zealand bridge washed away in severe storm

A bridge over the Waiho River breaks and washes away due to a swelling river, near Franz Josef, New Zealand in this still frame taken from social media video dated March 26, 2019.  JACOB SCHONBERGER/via REUTERS
A bridge over the Waiho River breaks and washes away due to a swelling river, near Franz Josef, New Zealand in this still frame taken from social media video dated March 26, 2019. JACOB SCHONBERGER/via REUTERS

A motorway bridge over a New Zealand river was washed away in a severe rain storm on Tuesday, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

The storm battered the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, forcing 300 km(186 miles) of road to be closed due to flooding, according to media reports.

Footage shown on local television and distributed on social media showed part of the Waiho Bridge, near the town of Franz Josef, breaking off in torrential river flooding and swaying loose in the rushing water, with the remaining sections soon collapsing.

In a short video posted on Facebook, Westland Mayor Bruce Smith declared a state of emergency and said the storm was expected to continue for another day.

“I have concerns about people’s lives in Franz Josef,” Smith said in the message, adding another bridge was also damaged.

The Meteorological Service of New Zealand said in a statement the storm was “a significant event even by West Coast standards”.

March 25, 2019 - Floods kill at least 18 in southern Iran, provinces on alert

Damaged vehicles are seen after a flash flooding In Shiraz, Iran, March 25, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS
At least 18 people were killed and around 100 others were injured in flash floods in Iran's southern Fars province, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, with more rain forecast following days of devastating floods in the north.


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Iran evacuates flood-threatened villages after heavy rains kill dozens March 30, 2019
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of flooding in Golestan province, Iran March 27, 2019. Official Iranian President website/Handout via REUTERS

Authorities in Iran worked on Saturday to evacuate villages threatened by flooding in southwestern areas as forecasters predicted more of the heavy rains that have killed at least 45 people this week, state media reported.

President Rouhani inspects flood damage in northern Iran March 27, 2019
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday inspection on damage caused by flash floods in northern Iran and promised compensation to all those affected as the nationwide death toll reached 30.

Afghanistan floods kill 32, worsen already desperate situation March 30, 2019
A woman stands next to her house destroyed by flood in Enjil district of Herat province, Afghanistan March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jalil Ahmad
Flash floods have killed at least 32 people in western Afghanistan, destroyed homes and swept through makeshift shelters that housed displaced families, a government official said on Saturday.

After drought and floods, Afghanistan confronts critical harvest March 28, 2019
FILE PHOTO - An Afghan man who was internally displaced due to drought digs soil to set up a tent at a refugee camp in Herat province, Afghanistan October 14, 2018.   REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/File Photo
Afghanistan's summer harvest will be one of the most critical in years,
especially of wheat, its biggest cereal crop, as the country recovers from floods and the worst drought in decades, government and aid organization officials say.

Factbox: Cyclone Idai's death toll rises to 746, hundreds of thousands displaced March 30, 2019
FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a small concrete slaughterhouse as waters begin to recede in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, in Buzi near Beira, Mozambique, March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Amid ruined lives, Mozambique's cyclone survivors face cholera, diarrhea March 27, 2019

A child stands amongst pools of stagnant water in Beira, Mozambique, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Dozens of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first five cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai.

Cholera cases jump to 138 in Mozambique's Beira after cyclone March 30, 2019
Medical staff wait to treat patients at a cholera centre set up in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
The number of confirmed cases of cholera in the cyclone-hit Mozambican port city of Beira jumped from five to 138 on Friday,

as government and aid agencies battled to contain the spread of disease among the tens of thousands of victims of the storm.

Mozambique to start cholera vaccinations next week after cyclone
Mozambique will start a cholera vaccination campaign next week in areas ravaged by Cyclone Idai, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, after five confirmed cases were detected.


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April 21, 2019 - Landslide in southwestern Colombia kills 17
Seventeen people have been killed and five injured in a landslide in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca, the country's disaster relief agency said on Sunday.

April 22, 2019 - Death toll from Colombia landslide rises to 28
The death toll from a weekend landslide in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca has risen to 28 people, the country's disaster relief agency said on Monday.

April 23, 2019 - Landslide kills three in Tanzania, several injured
A landslide triggered by rains killed at least three people at a mine in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday and left several people injured, a senior police official said.

More than 50 believed killed in collapse at Myanmar jade mine
Local people look on in a jade mine where the mud dam collapsed in Hpakant, Kachin state, Myanmar April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

More than 50 people were feared to have been killed in Myanmar when jade miners and machinery were buried under a mound of tailings late on Monday, a member of parliament and a rescue worker said.


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Water levels in Fredericton surpass last year's and keep rising downriver
Posted: Apr 23, 2019 6:45 AM AT | Last Updated: April 24
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Floodwaters in Fredericton have surpassed 2018 levels at 8.35 metres. Last year's recorded peak was 8.31 metres.
Water levels in the capital are expected to stabilize over the next few days before starting to recede but they will keep rising farther down the St. John River.

"We're expecting that the flooding in the lower St. John River basin from Fredericton to Saint John will persist for at least the next five days," said JasminBoisvert, water resources specialist with the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Boisvert said water levels in the upper river basin are similar to those forecast over the weekend, but they have persisted longer than expected. This, coupled with more forecast rain, will create higher than expected water levels downriver, he said.



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Rising waters were prompting further evacuations in central Canada on Thursday, with the mayor of the country's capital, Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency and Quebec authorities warning that a hydroelectric dam was at risk of breaking.

April 25, 2019 - Canadian capital of Ottawa declares state of emergency as waters swell

A man looks out at a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A man looks out at a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declared the emergency in response to rising water levels along the Ottawa River and weather forecasts that called for significant rainfall on Friday.

The prospect of more rain over the next 24 to 48 hours triggered concerns on Thursday that the hydroelectric dam at Bell Falls in the western part of Quebec could be at risk of failing because of rising water levels.

The dam is now at its full flow capacity of 980 cubic meters per second of water,
said Francis Labbé, a spokesman for the province’s state-owned utility, Hydro Quebec. He said Hydro Quebec expected the flow could rise to 1,200 cubic meters per second of water over the next two days.

“We have to take the worst-case scenario into consideration, since we`re already at the maximum capacity,” Labbé said by phone.

The dam is part of a power station that no longer produces electricity, but is regularly inspected by Hydro Quebec, he said.

Death toll in South Africa floods and mudslides rises over 70
A wreckage of a vehicle remains after a body was recovered from under the mud after heavy rains caused by flooding in Marianhill near Durban, South Africa, April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Rogan Ward
More than 70 people have been killed in South Africa after torrential rains along the eastern coast, officials said on Thursday, and rescuers were still recovering bodies.

Rohingya should move to island to avoid landslides: Bangladesh minister
FILE PHOTO: A Rohingya refugee repairs the roof of his shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/File Photo
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are at risk from landslides in the coming monsoon season and should be relocated to a remote island, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday, a move opposed by many refugees.

'Water is life': unexpected rainfall revives Iraq's historic marshlands
An Iraqi Marsh Arab man fishes at the Chebayesh marsh in Dhi Qar province, Iraq April 13, 2019.  Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
This time last year, most of Iraq's historic marshlands were dry, desiccated by upstream damming and a chronic lack of rainfall.


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May 1, 2019
Flood warnings are in effect for areas along the entire Mississippi River, as heavy rains move through the Mississippi Valley. Jericka Duncan reports from Davenport, Iowa, where a temporary levee failed, sending a wall of water into the downtown streets
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A flash flood engulfed parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday evening, after a temporary barrier designed to hold back water from the Mississippi River failed. The rapid rise of flood waters has ended, but some of the downtown area is still inundated with water.

Emergency services, including the Davenport Fire Department, worked to evacuate and relocate residents and workers from affected homes and shops. Crews evacuated people from cars and buildings as water levels rose and pushed through the downtown. Some residents and business owners went to rooftops for shelter. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reports of injuries.

Authorities warned locals to steer clear of the floodwater which had been contaminated by local sewage systems, according to a statement from Davenport Public Works.



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April 30, 2019 - Houses Swept Away by Landslide in Bolivia’s La Paz (+Video)
Houses Swept Away by Landslide in Bolivia’s La Paz (+Video) - World news - Tasnim News Agency
Houses Swept Away by Landslide in Bolivia’s La Paz (+Video)
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No deaths were reported as authorities had cleared the area amidst fears of collapse after heavy rains. Local media reported that at least 17 houses were lost.

April, 27, 2019 - Evacuations Declared in Canadian Province Due to Flooding (+Video)
Evacuations Declared in Canadian Province Due to Flooding (+Video) - World news - Tasnim News Agency
Evacuations Declared in Canadian Province Due to Flooding (+Video)
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Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Friday after afternoon that her city had felt it had matters under control until a rainstorm dumping as much as 60 mm of rain on already flooded regions moved in, CTV News reported. The most serious flooding so far is in villages along the Ottawa River outside the downtown core. Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Friday morning to meet homeowners and help fill some sandbags. He said the government is on "high alert" and has told Ottawa the province will help with whatever is needed.
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