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Floods kills at least five in southeast Spain, thousands evacuated (Video)
Rescue workers on a boat rescue a person stranded inside a flooded tunnel after heavy floods in Pilar de la Horadada, Spain, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
September 13, 2019 - At least five people have been killed and some 3,500 evacuated in two days of torrential rains in southeastern Spain, with many roads, railways and an airport closed on Friday and emergency services rescuing people stuck in flooded highway tunnels.

Floods swept away cars and debris in the regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalucia. Motorway tunnels in some areas were flooded almost up to the tunnel lighting, with some vehicles partly or fully submerged.

A man who had been missing since leaving his home on foot earlier on Friday was found dead in the village of Redovan in Valencia. Another was found in Granada province after his car was swept off a motorway and a third man in Almeria after trying to drive through a flooded tunnel, rescue services said.

Two siblings died on Thursday when torrential rain dragged their car away.

A total of 74 roads were closed, as was the entire Murcia regional railway service, and the Murcia airport. The railway link between Alicante and Spain’s two main cities - Madrid and Barcelona - was shut, acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska said, calling the floods “a serious tragedy”

Some affected areas saw record daily rainfall for the month of September and remained flooded throughout Friday. “The situation is critical, all the municipality is full of water,” Mario Cervera, mayor of the town of Alcazares, one of the most affected in Murcia, told Spain’s state-run TVE channel.

Rescue workers, including over 1,500 army troops, were using helicopters and boats in various areas. “This man was holding onto a traffic sign. ... The officer and I jumped to take him out,” one emergency worker told Reuters.

In addition to some 1,500 people evacuated earlier, another 2,000 residents of the town of Santomera in Murcia were removed from their homes pre-emptively due to a controlled release from a local dam to avoid its overflowing, the interior minister said.

“The forecasts are now more positive than around midday. ... We have reports that point to diminishing dangers and risks of further flooding,” he told reporters while visiting the affected areas, warning though that residents and authorities had to remain cautious.

Authorities have recommended citizens stay at home in the affected areas and avoid using their cars. Tourists were left stranded in Alicante airport as many flights were delayed or canceled.

“We’ve been in the queue here four or five hours, it’s very difficult to get to the toilet, impossible to get anything to eat,” Haydn Harding, a 78-year old diabetic tourist from Northern Ireland, said at the airport.

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Floods kills at least five in southeast Spain, thousands evacuated

Two killed as torrential rains sweep away cars in Spain
A car is stuck on a flooded street as torrential rains hit Orihuela, near Murcia, southeastern Spain, September 12, 2019. Picture taken September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A car is stuck on a flooded street as torrential rains hit Orihuela, near Murcia, southeastern Spain, September 12, 2019. Picture taken September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Sept. 12, 2019 - ORIHUELA, Spain - Two siblings died on Thursday when floodwaters caused by torrential rain dragged their car and flipped it over in eastern Spain, local emergency services said, as authorities warned residents to brace for further storms across large parts of the country.

The victims, aged 51 and 61, were killed in the region of Castilla La Mancha, a spokesman for the government delegation in the region said. In the neighboring Valencia region, at least two rivers burst their banks, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people.

Authorities had earlier said the victims were an elderly couple, both aged 70. Severe weather warnings have been issued for Friday for much of southeastern Spain.

Torrential rains swept cars away and blocked roads in Orihuela, in the province of Alicante in southeastern Spain. On Thursday afternoon, military emergency services teams arrived in the town and other affected areas.

The Clariano river flooded parts of Ontinyent, south of the coastal town of Valencia, while television footage showed a deluge tumbling through the streets of nearby Mogente, sweeping debris along with it.

“We had 300 millimeters of rain. We haven’t seen that for a century,” Jorge Rodríguez, the mayor of Ontinyent, told state broadcaster TVE.

Schools in Valencia and the Murcia region suspended classes, expecting the heavy rains to continue. Local authorities recommended people stay in their homes in the worst-affected areas, where the weather interrupted traffic on roads and railways and at ports.


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Thailand’s northeast inundated after tropical storm

Since August 29, 32 people have been killed in the deluge. (File/AFP)

September 14, 2019 - Floods in northeastern Thailand have submerged homes, roads and bridges, leaving more than 23,000 people in evacuation shelters as anger grows over the government’s “slow” emergency response.

Torrential rain has lashed the country for the last two weeks, causing flash floods and mudslides in almost half its provinces, with families evacuated from their homes in boats or makeshift rafts.

Since August 29, 32 people have been killed in the deluge, said a statement from the disaster department on Saturday that also gave the number of people staying in emergency shelters.

Two weather events are behind the widespread floods, the department said - Storm Podul and a tropical depression that formed over the South China Sea called Kajiki.

Local media reports from the worst-hit province of Ubon Ratchathani showed people wading through chest-deep water and rescuers in boats trying to steer buffalo to higher ground.

Flooding in the province, which borders Laos and Cambodia, has been exacerbated by rising water levels in the Moon and Chi rivers.
“It will take three weeks to drain the floodwater” from up to 90 percent of inundated households, said provincial governor Sarit Witoon.

Spanish PM visits flood-hit areas

A handout picture released by the press office of the Spanish premier on September 14, 2019 shows a helicopter flying over flooded areas near Orihuela. (File/AFP)

September 14, 2019 - MADRID: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday visited the country's flood-stricken southeastern regions, where five people have died and 3,500 forced to flee their homes, as train and air services were disrupted for yet another day.

Since Wednesday, areas here suffered some of the heaviest daily rainfall on record, which caused chaos on the roads, cutting public transport and prompting rivers to burst their banks.

Flash floods swept away cars and swamped homes in the regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia. Five people died in separate accidents as they tried to cross flooded roads in cars, including a man whose vehicle got stuck in a tunnel on Friday in the center of the coastal city of Almeria.

After observing the damage from a helicopter flying over the city of Orihuela in the region of Valencia, Sanchez visited a command center for emergency operations, his office said.

In addition to some 1,500 people who were evacuated earlier, officials on Friday removed another 2,000 residents of the town of Santomera in the region of Murcia as a precaution due to a controlled release from a local dam to avoid overflowing, the interior ministry said. Spain’s King Felipe VI lamented the loss of life and the damage.

The storm moved further west on Saturday, causing a flash flood in the village of Alhaurin el Grande in the province of Malaga that washed away about a dozen cars, local officials said.

The airport in Murcia, which was closed on Friday due to the flooding, re-opened on Saturday, although two flights that were due to land on the holiday island of Ibiza were diverted to another Spanish airport and another two flights were canceled due to the bad weather, Spanish airports operator AENA said.

Rail services across southeastern Spain remained disrupted on Saturday, with several routes in Valencia and Murcia suspended, state-owned train operator said in a statement.

Almost 80,000 homes still without power a week after Japan typhoon

Residents gather near lights from a generator as the struggle to recover power systems damaged by Typhoon Faxai continued in Chiba prefecture, south of Tokyo. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)

September 16, 2019 - TOKYO: Almost 80,000 homes are still without power a week after a powerful typhoon battered eastern Japan, authorities said Monday, with sustained heavy rain prompting evacuation orders and hampering recovery efforts.

Typhoon Faxai powered into the Tokyo region in the early hours of Monday last week, packing record winds that brought down power lines, disrupted Rugby World Cup preparations and prompted the government to order tens of thousands of people to leave their homes.

The storm killed two people, with at least three elderly later confirmed dead due to heatstroke as temperatures soared to above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in areas affected by a post-typhoon blackout.

Some 78,700 households were still without power in Chiba, southeast of the capital, Tokyo Electric Co. (TEPCO) spokesman Naoya Kondo said. “A complete recovery is still unlikely until September 27 as we have difficulties in mountain areas,” he added.

Some 16,700 households were also without water because several water purification plants had no power, a local official said.
With help from the military, officials were dispatching water tanker trucks to the affected areas.

The national weather agency Monday issued new warnings for heavy rain in Chiba, while local authorities issued non-compulsory evacuation orders to 46,300 people due to the risk of landslides.

“A delay in recovery work is expected due to heavy rain,” said Kenta Hirano, a disaster management official in Futtsu in Chiba, where more than 1,000 houses were damaged by the typhoon. Local media showed residents in Chiba hurriedly covering broken roofs with blue tarps.


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The Exxon-Mobile refinery in Beaumont, Texas is shutting down production because of flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda. I wonder, if this is the oil refinery that the Saudi's purchased in Texas about two years ago? If not, I would suspect that other refinery's in the area would be likewise affected? It would put the Saudi's in a tight spot - considering what just happened in Yemen? Saudi's have asked Iraq for help with oil deliveries.

Sept. 19, 2019 - HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp is preparing to shut down production at the 369,024 barrel-per-day (bpd) Beaumont, Texas, refinery because of flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda, sources familiar with plant operations said on Thursday. An Exxon spokesman did not have information immediately available about refinery operations on Thursday morning.


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Floods kill 113 in north India in late monsoon burst, jail, hospital submerged
A man and a boy ride a scooter through a flooded road after heavy rains in Prayagraj, India, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

A man and a boy ride a scooter through a flooded road after heavy rains in Prayagraj, India, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

September 30, 2019 - LUCKNOW, India Heavy rains have killed at least 113 people in India's Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states over the past three days, officials said on Monday, as flood waters swamped a major city, inundated hospital wards and forced the evacuation of inmates from a jail.

India’s monsoon season that begins in June usually starts to retreat by early September, but heavy rains have continued across parts of the country this year, triggering floods.

An official said that at least 93 people had died in most populous Uttar Pradesh since Friday after its eastern areas were lashed by intense monsoon showers.

Rising water levels forced authorities to shift 900 inmates from a prison in eastern Ballia district, police officer Santosh Verma said.

In neighboring Bihar, an impoverished agrarian region that was hit by floods earlier this year, the death toll from the latest bout of rain had reached 20 on Monday, a state government official said.

Bihar’s capital city of Patna, home to around 2 million, has been badly hit, with waist-deep flood waters across many streets, and entering homes, shops, and even the wards of a major hospital. In some parts, authorities deployed boats to rescue residents.

“The rains have stopped but there is waterlogging in many areas,” Bihar’s Additional Secretary in the Disaster Relief Department Amod Kumar Sharan said.

In its bulletin on Monday, India’s Meteorological Department said the intensity of rainfall over Bihar was very likely to reduce. Showers in Uttar Pradesh are also expected to abate this week.

Weather department officials said this month that monsoon rains were likely to be above average for the first time in six years.
Late monsoon fury kills 100 in north India

Patna, above, has recorded some 226 millimeters (8.9 inches) of rainfall since Friday. (AFP)

September 30, 2019 - PATNA, India: At least 100 people have died in northern India over the last three days in unusually heavy late monsoon rains which have submerged streets, hospital wards and houses, officials said Monday.

Dozens of boats were pressed into service on streets overflowing with gushing rain water in Patna, the capital of the eastern state of Bihar, after torrential downpours far stronger the normal.

At least 27 people have lost their lives across the state and another 63 in neighboring Uttar Pradesh since Friday, authorities said. With more rain predicted, weather experts say September could end as the wettest in more than a hundred years.

“Patna alone has recorded some 226 millimeters (8.9 inches) of rainfall since Friday,” Bihar disaster response official M. Ramachandru said.

Photos showed patients lying on hospital beds in dirty rain water at the state-run Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna. It has also been raining heavily in southern India and in the western state of Gujarat.

The annual monsoon usually lasts from June to September. With the Indian Meteorological Department Monday predicting excess rainfall across 15 states, this year’s monsoon will end as the wettest since 1917, the mass-circulation Times of India said.

“There are no signs of withdrawal for at least four-five days,” senior IMD officer Mrutyunjay Mohapatra told the daily. The monsoon, which is vital for farmers across the South Asian region, killed some 650 people in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan in July this year.

Torrential rains kill another 42 people in India

Indian officials said they have moved thousands of people to relief shelters. (File/AFP)

September 28, 2019 - NEW DELHI: Officials say monsoon rains continue to batter parts of India, with at least 42 more people dying. They said Sunday that in the past 24 hours, at least 35 people died in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and seven in the eastern state of Bihar.

Sunday's toll came days after reports of at least 59 fatalities in the past week amid forecasts that heavy rains would continue until Monday.

More than 350 people have been killed by rain-related causes in India, Nepal and Bangladesh this monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

India’s monsoon set for delayed retreat

September 27, 2019 - NEW DELHI Senior Indian weather department officials said this month that monsoon rains were likely to be above average for the first time in six years. (AFP)


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More than 1,600 die in India's heaviest monsoon season for 25 years
A man sits on a boundary wall of a house as he waits to be evacuated from a flood-affected neighbourhood in Patna, in the eastern state of Bihar, India, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A man sits on a boundary wall of a house as he waits to be evacuated from a flood-affected neighborhood in Patna, in the eastern state of Bihar, India, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June, government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city.

The monsoon, which typically lasts between June and September, has already delivered 10% more rain than a 50-year average, and is expected to withdraw only after early October, more than a month later than usual.

On Monday, relief workers rescued Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi from his home in Patna. Video footage showed him dressed in shorts and a t-shirt as he was brought out on a raft along with his family members.

Data released by the federal home ministry shows that 1,673 people have died because of floods and heavy rains this year, as of Sept. 29.


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Six killed as typhoon lashes South Korea

More than 100 homes were flooded in South Korea. (AFP)

October 03, 2019 - BUSAN, South Korea: At least six people were killed and several others missing after Typhoon Mitag lashed South Korea with heavy rain and strong winds,authorities said Thursday.

The storm hit southern parts of the country on Wednesday night, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas.

A woman in her 70s died after she was swept away by strong winds in the southeastern city of Pohang while another woman was killed after heavy rain caused her house to collapse as she slept, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said.

A total of six people were killed across the country but the toll was expected to rise with several people missing. In the southern port city of Busan — one of the hardest hit areas — around 600 rescue workers were trying to locate four people believed to be trapped beneath a landslide.

“An enormous amount of sand and earth slid down several hundred meters and instantly buried a house and a restaurant,”
said a witness quoted by Yonhap news agency.

More than 100 homes were flooded and over 1,500 families evacuated their houses in advance, the ministry said. Mitag is the 18th typhoon this year and seventh to hit the Korean peninsula.

Six killed as typhoon Mitag sweeps parts of South Korea
Cars are submerged in floodwater after Typhoon Mitag brought heavy rain and flood to Gangneung, South Korea, October 3, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. @DIBIDIBOB/via REUTERS

Cars are submerged in floodwater after Typhoon Mitag brought heavy rain and flood to Gangneung, South Korea, October 3, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. @DIBIDIBOB/via REUTERS

Six people were killed when typhoon Mitag passed through the country on Thursday, South Korea's government said. Some of the six were underneath collapsed structures and others drowned, it said.

Landslide at gold mine in eastern Congo kills at least 16
October 2, 2019 - GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo - A landslide at a shuttered gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 16 people on Wednesday, the provincial governor said.

Dozens of people die in Congo every year because of old-fashioned and unregulated mining methods that compromise safety.

“There was an accident at the Kampene mine, and for the moment we were able to get 16 bodies from the site of the landslide,” Auguy Musafiri, governor of Maniema province stated. “What surprises us is that the activities continued in this mine, which had been closed by the provincial division of mines.”

More than 20 people were working on the gold seam at the time of the accident, suggesting more bodies may be found, said Stéphane Kamundala, a local activist.

At least 43 illegal miners died in June in a landslide at a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore in southern Congo, highlighting the dangers run by informal miners, who burrow dozens of meters below ground with rudimentary tools.


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Dam failure kills at least 11 at Siberian gold mine

The heavy rain caused an erosion of the dam. (File/AFP)

Sat. October 19, 2019 - MOSCOW: A dam failure at a gold mine killed at least 11 miners early on Saturday in Siberia, about 160 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk, the Russian investigative committee has said.

“Eleven people were killed in the accident, according to preliminary information, (and) 14 injured workers were taken to hospitals,” local investigators said in a statement.

More than a dozen gold miners are still missing, Interfax news agency reported, citing emergency services.

Heavy rains apparently caused erosion of the dam, Interfax quoted a local official as saying. Several small cabins, where workers lived, were flooded and washed away, Interfax said.

Dam collapse kills at least 15 gold miners in Siberia
October 19, 2019 - MOSCOW - At least 15 gold miners were killed on Saturday when a dam collapsed, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials said.

Heavy rains had weakened the dam and water broke through, sweeping away several cabins where the artisan miners lived, about 160 km (100 miles) south of the city of Krasnoyarsk.

President Vladimir Putin ordered all necessary measures to be taken to help those affected, to identify the cause of the disaster and prevent any impact on a nearby residential area, Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Russia is one of the world’s top gold producers with most of its output coming from large professional industrial mines. However, alluvial production, which is usually operated by small firms, still contributes some of the country’s gold.

Alluvial or artisanal gold mining in Russia is usually small-scale, but is still conducted by officially registered firms which are supposed to abide by health and safety rules.

Krasnoyarsk officials said in a statement that water released by the dam partially flooded two dormitories of the rotational camp in which 74 people lived, adding that 13 people were still missing.

A Russian investigative committee said it had launched a criminal probe into violation of safety rules at the gold mining spot, while local authorities said the collapsed dam was not registered by official bodies.

Interfax said the miners were part of Siberian privately-held Sibzoloto, which unites several artisanal mining teams.


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Storms and floods. Trains blocked, woman in absolute emergency, damage: the south of France severely affected
This Thursday morning, two French departments are still in orange alert, for storms, rain and flood, following the violent meteorological episode that hit the south of France.

Since Tuesday, several southern departments are affected by thunderstorms and rain-flood particularly impressive. Storms of water have fallen in the south-east of France. And a woman is in a state of absolute urgency.

This Thursday, October 24 in the morning, Météo France announced that only one department is still placed in orange vigil for rain-flood and storm: it is about Haute-Corse.

Le trafic des trains est interrompu entre Montpellier et Toulouse et Montpellier et l’Espagne, au moins jusqu’à la fin des vacances de la Toussaint, le 4 novembre, en raison des dégâts causés par les intempéries, a annoncé la SNCF.

(Train traffic is interrupted between Montpellier and Toulouse and Montpellier and Spain, at least until the end of the holiday of All Saints, November 4, due to damage caused by bad weather, announced the SNCF.)

After the violent storms which fell on Wednesday on the Hérault, "a torrent of water took away the railroad tracks" between Agde and Béziers, said the company.

Rail traffic will also be interrupted between Sète and Narbonne, still until Monday, November 4 in the morning due to significant damage caused by bad weather. "The railway platform has been weakened in several places, sometimes with almost 10 meters of void under the tracks, which are suspended in the air". "Important work of comfort and replacement of tracks and catenary installations will be necessary" and will take at least ten days, according to the SNCF.

Jusqu’au 4 novembre, les TGV à destination de Paris partiront donc de Montpellier et ceux qui viennent de la capitale auront pour terminus Montpellier.

Floods of magnitude

The torrents of water that have accumulated since Tuesday have had the direct consequences of causing many floods. As a security measure, the VISOV Digital Volunteer Association recalls the importance of "not crossing a flooded road on foot or by car".

A woman enters life and death

A septuagenarian, washed away by the waters and found inanimate near her home, was hospitalized "in absolute urgency" in Montpellier. According to firefighters Hérault, about fifty rescues were in progress in the late morning, by teams on the ground.

Eleven helicopters were carried out in the sector of Béziers, and 150 reconnaissance operations carried out for floods of houses. By mid-day, firefighters had moved 50 times for rescues and safety.

About 20 people had already been taken into custody overnight after flooding roads, the prefect said. "In Beziers, there is water, floods, but it is not catastrophic," the Prefect concluded, however, warning that.


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Flood, mudslides from strong rain in Japan kill at least 9

A part of Fukushima prefectural road is damaged by floodwaters after torrential rain in Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.

TOKYO: Torrential rain that caused flooding and mudslides in towns east of Tokyo left at least nine people dead and added fresh damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons, officials said Saturday.

Rescue workers were looking for one person still missing in Chiba. Another person was unaccounted for in Fukushima, farther north, which is still reeling from damage wrecked by Typhoon Hagibis earlier this month.

The death toll included eight people in Chiba and one in Fukushima. While rains and floodwater subsided, parts of Chiba were still inundated. About 4,700 homes were out of running water and some train services delayed or suspended.

In the Midori district in Chiba, mudslides crushed three houses, killing three people who were buried underneath them. Another mudslide hit a house in nearby Ichihara city, killing a woman. In Narata and Chonan towns, three drivers drowned when their vehicles were submerged.

In Fukushima, a woman was found dead in a park in Soma city after a report that a car was washed away. A passenger is still missing.

The downpour came from a low-pressure system above Japan’s main island of Honshu that moved northward later Friday.

Two weeks ago, Typhoon Hagibis caused widespread flooding and left more than 80 people dead or presumed dead across Japan.

Ten killed as storms ravage eastern Japan: NHK
A flooded residential area after a heavy rain is seen in Sakura, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, Japan, October 26, 2019, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
Oct. 27, 2019 - The death toll from torrential rains that caused flooding and mudslides in Japan climbed to 10 on Saturday, with three others missing, public broadcaster NHK reported, just two weeks after the region was hit by a powerful typhoon.

One dead, two missing in flash floods in Spain

Last month record rainfall in southeastern Spain claimed seven lives. (File/AFP)

October 23, 2019 - Barcelona: One man has died and two people are missing following torrential rains that caused flash floods in northeastern Spain, local officials said Wednesday.

The body of a man was found late on Tuesday in a beach in the town of Caldes d’Estrac some 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Barcelona, regional police said on Twitter.

Firefighters said they were looking for two people — reportedly a mother and her son — whose prefab home was swept away by flood waters in Vilaverd, a village some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the port of Tarragona.

Authorities said heavy overnight rainfall in the northeastern region of Catalonia caused power cuts that affected nearly 25,000 people and forced the closure of over 40 roads due to flooding and landslides.

Last month record rainfall in southeastern Spain claimed seven lives.

Last year 13 people died on Spain’s holiday island of Mallorca as intense rain caused rivers to overflow with raging waters that tore through streets and swept away cars.

Floods in southern France have led to three deaths: government
FILE PHOTO: A man walks on the beach in Nice as storms and heavy rain lashed through southern France, October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo
Oct. 24, 2019 - Three people have died as a result of this week's storms and floods in the south of France, the French government said on Thursday.


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At least 37 people killed in Cameroon landslide

DOUALA October 29, 2019 - A landslide caused by heavy rains in western Cameroon killed at least 37 people overnight, state media reported on Tuesday, as rescue teams scoured the rubble of destroyed houses for survivors.

At least a dozen more people were still reported as missing in the town of Bafoussam in the western highlands, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Cameroon’s main port city of Douala.

“Around 10 p.m. I heard a noise,” said Albert Kenge, who survived the landslide. “I saw a big cloud of dust and when it dissipated, I saw that the mountain had collapsed.”

Heavy rains continued beyond the end of Central Africa’s rainy season, causing severe flooding which has displaced nearly 30,000 people in Cameroon’s neighbor, the Central African Republic.

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said last week that exceptionally heavy rain in South Sudan had destroyed health centers and roads, making access to food and water more difficult for nearly 1 million people.


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The clean up operation from flooding across Sheffield will begin in earnest today.
Yesterday’s torrential rain left roads flooded and rivers at dangerously high levels. Follow our life blog for the latest updates – refresh the page for updates.
Key points:
Clean up begins after torrential rain caused flooding across the city

More than 80mm of rain fell across Sheffield yesterday

Yesterday was one of the wettest day the city has had in the last 30 years

There are a number of flood warnings in force for local rivers

Today will be a much drier day

It's every few months now that Yorkshire's great towns and villages are under floodwater. This time masses of water exited from the Peak District moors into Sheffield and Rotherham. We must end grouse moor burning and restore peatland to give our county back its flood barrier.


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An intense Mediterranean episode is expected between Thursday and Saturday night, with a more active phase Friday and Saturday. By Saturday morning (unfinished episode), water slides greater than 200 mm are envisaged on the #Cévennes and locally on the #Var after ARW 3 km.

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