Dam failures, floods, landslides

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Police among 18 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine
YANGON July 28, 2019 - A landslide at a Myanmar jade mine killed 14 people including at least one policemen in the early hours of Sunday as earth and mud engulfed a guard post, and four people were missing and feared dead, police said.

The jade hub of Hpakant, in Kachin State in the north of the north of the country, is frequently hit by deadly accidents, despite government pledges to clean up the lucrative mining industry.

In April, 55 mining company employees were killed when a pond up a slope from where they were digging breached its banks, leading authorities to suspended 17 mining blocks over safety concerns.

The police chief in the area, Than Win Aung, told Reuters from the accident site that 14 bodies had been recovered and four people, two of them policeman who were guarding the mining site, were missing and feared dead.

“We were able to rescue two members of the police who only injured their heads, and sent them to hospital,” he said. One policeman was confirmed dead, he said.

The government has ordered all mining activity in Hpakant to cease during Myanmar’s May-October monsoon season, but people in the area say scavengers still scour tailing piles for jade.

“The companies aren’t operating because of the water,” said Than Win Aung. “Security people are on duty in order to prevent landslides due to illegal mining.”

Official sales of jade in Myanmar were worth 671 million euros ($750.04 million) in 2016-17, according to the most recent data published by the government as part of an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. But analysts believe the true value of the industry, which mainly exports to China, is much larger.
 

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Residents of Irkutsk region’s Tulun evacuated amid fears of new flooding
Emergencies ministry’s specialists, police and the administration of municipalities are participating in evacuation.

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IRKUTSK, July 28, 2019 - Residents of Tulun in Russia’s Far Eastern Irkutsk region are being evacuated as new flash floods are feared, the regional department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports.

"Emergencies ministry’s specialists, police as well as the administration of municipalities are warning and evacuating residents of the areas that are at risk of flooding," it said.

Houses and land plots flooded again in Russian town of Tulun
The water is the Bolshaya Belaya River rose above the critical point in one community.

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IRKUTSK, July 28, 2019 - The monthly amount of precipitation has fallen in the Russian town of Tulun in the Irkutsk Region in 24 hours, residential buildings and land plots are flooded again, the region’s government website says.

"The maximum amount of precipitation in the Irkutsk Region in the last 24 hours fell in Tulun - 104 mm - which is almost the monthly average. The today’s powerful and long rainfalls resulted in the flooding of houses and land plots, particularly in Nizhneudinsk and Tulun. The water is the Bolshaya Belaya River rose above the critical point (450 centimeters, while the critical point is 420 centimeters) in one community," the statement reads.

According to a meteorological service’s official Azat Nasyrov, the powerful and very powerful rains are predicted to continue in the western, central and southern districts of the region. The water levels are expected to rise above the critical points in a number of rivers.

The region’s governor, Sergey Levchenko, instructed officials to timely inform the administration of all the districts caught in the emergency, and the population if evacuation is needed.

The powerful flood hit the Irkutsk Region in late June. Twenty-five people died, another seven are missing. Almost 11,000 residential buildings in 107 communities were flooded as well as 49 facilities of social importance and 49 sections of roads. The water damaged 22 road bridges. The consequences of the flood continue to be addressed in the affected areas.
 

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Rescuers evacuate 700 passengers from flooded India train


This handout photo provided by the Indian Navy shows passengers being rescued from the marroned Mahalaxmi Express train in Badlapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Saturday, July 27, 2019.

NEW DELHI: July 28, 2019 - Rescuers in India on Saturday safely evacuated all 700 passengers from a train after it got stuck in monsoon floodwaters between two stations near Mumbai, the country’s home minister said.

A statement by India’s disaster management office in Maharashtra state said the Mahalaxmi Express train got stuck due to flooding of the tracks.

Home Minister Amit Shah said on Twitter that all of the passengers had been rescued safely.

The National Disaster Response Force and the navy earlier launched a rescue operation after authorities warned passengers not to move. The first group of 150 passengers was rescued after the train had been stranded for nine hours in the area, which is about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Mumbai.

The train had departed from Mumbai around 8:15 p.m. Friday before it got stuck at 3 a.m. Saturday.

Bangladesh tries new way to aid flood-hit families: cash up front

Flood-affected people wade through flooded water in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, on July 21, 2019. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

July 26, 2019 - DHAKA: Parvin Begum, who saw her home on a secluded island in northern Bangladesh steadily devoured by floods this month, feels lucky.

She received some money before the disaster hit under a new form of aid, used for the first time in Bangladesh by the government and humanitarian agencies.

It gives funding to vulnerable people in advance of extreme weather, based on forecasts, so they are better prepared. With her cash, Begum bought food, rented a boat, and took her belongings to a government shelter on a nearby island before the rising water crossed the danger level.

“This is one of the worst floods I have seen in many years,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Kurigram, a town located about 350 km (217.5 miles) north of Dhaka.

“Things were easier for me because I received 4,500 taka ($53.42) and was prepared — otherwise I would have struggled a lot.”
Severe flooding after two weeks of heavy monsoon rain has killed at least 61 people, displaced nearly 800,000, and inundated thousands of homes across Bangladesh, government officials said this week.

Nearly 3 million people are struggling with the impacts of the floods, the worst in two years, according to the disaster management and relief ministry.

Low-lying Bangladesh is extremely vulnerable to climate change, and researchers say people like Begum, who live on river islands that erode and form again, far away from the mainland, are on the frontline.

According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Begum is one of 25,000 people in Kurigram district who received aid money via their mobile phones, under the new “forecast-based financing” project.

“This approach uses weather forecasts to trigger early actions such as cash transfers, that can help reduce the impact of natural disasters,” said WFP spokeswoman Maherin Ahmed.

Aside from Bangladesh, the concept, which emerged in 2015, has been used in eight other countries to tackle climate-related shocks, according to the WFP.
 

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English town evacuated after water cascades through damaged dam
A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Police evacuated thousands of residents from an English town on Thursday after torrents of water cascaded from a nearby reservoir after a dam was damaged, with officials warning that subsequent flooding posed a risk to life.

Footage posted on social media showed water gushing from the Toddbrook Reservoir which sits above Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, central England.

Police said the wall of the reservoir had been damaged with locals told to leave the town, home to about 5,000 residents, and take pets and any medication they needed with them.

“Residents who have been at work, or away from the Whaley Bridge area, are strongly advised to stay away from the area following advice from the Environment Agency who have indicated that the incident currently poses a significant threat to life,” Derbyshire Police said.

Britain’s Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area, saying river levels in the River Goyt which runs through the town could rise rapidly.

“We understand that there will be some concern around not being able to return home, however, our priority is to ensure people are kept safe and well and are not taking unnecessary risks,” a police spokesman said.


“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.”

The evacuation comes after heavy rain in the last couple of days led to flash floods in areas across northern England causing bridges to collapse and road closures. Britain’s Met Office said on Wednesday downpours had led to 50 mm (2 in) of rain falling in just one hour.
Imminent flooding forces Jewish Autonomous Region to declare state of emergency

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MOSCOW, August 1, 2019 - A state of emergency has been declared in Russia’s Far Eastern Jewish Autonomous Region due to an approaching flood crest on the Amur River, which shifted its course from the Amur Region, according to the regional government website.

Earlier reports said a state of emergency had been declared in three districts of the region. "A decision was made to impose a state of emergency. The region's Governor Alexander Levintal noted that currently there is no threat of inhabited communities being completely flooded," the regional government assured.

Due to surging water level in the Amur River, maritime traffic in the Nizhneleninskoye and Amurzet checkpoints will be suspended on August 2.

The flood crest will be approaching the Jewish Autonomous Region on Friday.
 

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British military called in to stop dam collapsing and flooding town
A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A British military helicopter dropped sacks of ballast on Friday onto the outer slope of a reservoir dam in a bid to prevent it collapsing and flooding the town below.

English town evacuated after water cascades through damaged dam
A Chinook helicopter carries sand bags to the top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, Britain August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Police evacuated thousands of residents from an English town on Thursday after torrents of water cascaded from a nearby reservoir after a dam was damaged, with officials warning that subsequent flooding posed a risk to life.
 

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10 dead, 3 missing in flash flood at Chinese scenic gorge

CCTV said that 61 people had been rescued. The sudden flood happened Sunday evening.


State broadcaster CCTV said Monday that tourists were trapped or washed away after heavy rain triggered the flood at Duobi Gorge in Hubei province. (Shutterstock)

BEIJING: August 5, 2019 - Ten people have died and three are missing after a flash flood at a popular scenic site in central China.

State broadcaster CCTV said Monday that tourists were trapped or washed away after heavy rain triggered the flood at Duobi Gorge in Hubei province. The sudden flood happened Sunday evening.

CCTV said that 61 people had been rescued. Though undeveloped, Duobi Gorge has been attracting tourists for boat rides on its crystal-clear water and to enjoy its picturesque scenery. Unlicensed guides take tourists into the area. A search operation was underway for the missing.
 

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Floods in India kill 33, displace thousands
FILE PHOTO: Houses are seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik, India, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.

Rivers burst their banks in some parts of Maharashtra after authorities released water from dams brimming with as much as 670 mm (26.4 inches) of rain received in a week.

“If we get more rainfall, then we have no option but to release water in rivers,” said administrative official Deepak Mhaisekar, adding that many reservoirs around the state’s industrial city of Pune were full.

A boat full of villagers trying to escape the floods capsized on Thursday, killing at least 9 people, with rescuers searching for three or four still feared missing, he added.

Thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway linking the financial capital of Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, as waters submerged the road in some places, Mhaisekar said.

In Karnataka, officials said some major reservoirs were nearly full, and warned that nearby villages could be hit by large discharges of water.

Taiwan braces for typhoon hours after earthquake strikes
August 8, 2019 - A powerful typhoon will hit Taiwan later on Thursday, bringing the risk of landslides and high seas, weather forecasters said, hours after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the island.

Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam
A family prays near the ruins of a headless Buddha statue, which has resurfaced in a dried-up dam due to drought, in Lopburi, Thailand August 1, 2019. Picture taken August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Thousands are flocking to see a Buddhist temple in central Thailand exposed after drought drove water levels to record lows in a dam reservoir where it had been submerged.

As the reservoir reaches less than 3% of capacity, the remains of Wat Nong Bua Yai, a modern temple submerged during construction of the dam 20 years ago, have became visible in the middle of dry ground.

Some Buddhist monks were among the hundreds of people who walked through broken temple structures on cracked earth littered with dead fish last week to pay respects to a headless 4-metre (13-feet) -tall Buddha statue, adorning it with flowers.

“The temple is normally covered by water. In the rainy season you don’t see anything,” said one of the visitors, Somchai Ornchawiang, a 67-year-old retired teacher.

He regretted the temple flooding but is now worried about the damage the drought is causing to farmland, he added.

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Drought reveals lost temple in Thailand submerged by dam
 

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Death toll from India floods rises to 95, hundreds of thousands evacuated
Members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuate flood-affected people to a safer place, in Sangliwadi, Sangli district, in the western state of Maharashtra, India, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The death toll from floods in India's states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 95, official figures showed on Saturday, as heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes.

Floods kill at least 28 in southern India, displace thousands
Rescuers help people to cross a flooded area after a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Wayanad district in the southern Indian state of Kerala, India, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

At least 28 people have died in the southern Indian state of Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas, authorities said on Friday.

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Floods kill at least 28 in southern India, displace thousands

'Everything is gone': Dozens dead, missing after Myanmar landslide
Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village in Myanmar on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at least 32 people, with dozens still missing.

Typhoon in eastern China causes landslide, killing 18 people
People walk in the rainstorm as typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai, China August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Eighteen people were killed and 14 missing in eastern China on Saturday in a landslide triggered by a major typhoon, which caused widespread transport disruptions and the evacuation of more than one million people, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Some 200 houses in six cities in Zhejiang had collapsed, and 66,300 hectares (163,830 acres) of farmland had been destroyed, CCTV said.
 

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Death toll rises to 44 as typhoon Lekima wreaks havoc in eastern China
A wave brought by typhoon Lekima breaks on the shore next to a pedestrian in Qingdao, Shandong province, China August 11, 2019.  REUTERS/Stringer

The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people on Monday morning, according to official data, as the storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel.

Man, girl missing after violent storm in Switzerland: police
The wreckage of a car is pictured in  the Losentze river after a flash flood in Chamoson, Switzerland, August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

A man and six-year-old girl are missing after their car was swept away by a torrent of mud triggered by a flash flood in southwestern Switzerland, police in Valais canton said on Monday as dozens of rescue workers continued to search.
 

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India floods kill more than 270, displace one million
FILE PHOTO: Rescuers carry a victim of a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Wayanad district in the southern Indian state of Kerala, India, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

FILE PHOTO: Rescuers carry a victim of a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi in Wayanad district in the southern Indian state of Kerala, India, August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people in India this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states, authorities said on Wednesday after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.

The southern states of Kerala and Karnataka, and Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west, were among the hardest hit by floods that washed away thousands of hectares of summer-sown crops and damaged roads and rail lines.

At least 95 people were killed and more than 50 are missing in Kerala, where heavy rainfall triggered dozens of landslides last week and trapped more than 100 people.

India monsoon floods kill more than 200

In this handout photo taken and released by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Communication Department on August 11, 2019, Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi (unseen) visits the landslide site at Kavalappara-Bhoothanam, in Malappuram district of Kerala state, where many people are still trapped and rescue operations still going on. (AFP)
 

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Mudslides isolate 300 tourists in Alaska national park

Above, a tourist bus near Polychome Pass on the only road inside Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska in this 27, 2016 photo. (AP)

August 17, 2019 - The National Park Service said in a news release it anticipates reopening the road Saturday.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska: Three hundred tourists are stranded in a national park in Alaska after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage a road.

The superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve closed Denali Park Road to all traffic at mile 30 on Friday. The road is the only one inside the vast park.

The National Park Service said in a news release it anticipates reopening the road Saturday. But on Friday evening, a park official said the road could re-open sooner.

"The main area they're focusing on is Polychrome Pass", Paul Ollig, acting public information officer, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “We are confident conditions are improving, and we should be able to get a lane clear this evening to get buses out of Toklat and evacuated through.”

The park service says officials are working to ensure the safety and comfort of those effected. Shuttle buses are gathering people at the Toklat Rest Area temporarily while road crews continue to address hazard areas.

Similar debris flows led to daylong traffic restrictions last week. Continued heavy rains since kept the road and surrounding tundra saturated with water.
 

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Torrential downpour in Turkey triggers deadly flooding
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Eminonu underpass

Heavy downpours inundated Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, August 17, flooding the Eminonu Underpass and damaging merchandise from stores. (Twitter/@byzantinologue)

A torrential downpour inundated Istanbul, Turkey, and other northwestern cities of the country on Saturday, Aug. 17, resulting in the death of at least one person.

The rain started to fall around noon local time, tapering off around 6 p.m., according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Travis. The downpour came just a few days after a heatwave that brought temperatures about four degrees C (six to seven degrees F) above normal. There had been previous flash flood warnings over the past few days, according to the Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah.

Lower and seafront areas of the city reported flash floods, according to the news source. It also reports that the pedestrian underpass in Eminönü Square was filled with flood waters, severely damaging the shops inside.

Videos from euronews show shopkeepers trying to save their merchandise from the nearly waist-deep floodwaters that had filled the Grand Bazaar, a 558-year-old complex. Another video shows torrential river from rain water sweeping through an old town street, tearing a cobblestone up from the road.

According to government officials, the body of a homeless man under the Unkapanı Bridge during draining operations. No other fatalities or injuries have been reported at this time.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu tweeted that Istanbul had been receiving rainfall above the seasonal norms as it had for many years. The average amount of rainfall for the month of August is 23.6 millimeters (0.9 inches).
The storm also brought cancellations to ferry services and caused the Kabataş-Bağcılar trams to temporarily suspended services due to flooded tracks, according to the Daily Sabah. Services have since resumed.

"The storm that brought the heavy downpours to Istanbul will move away from Turkey, allowing for dry conditions and sunshine for both Sunday and Monday," Travis said.
 
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