Dam failures, floods, landslides


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A tropical storm in the south of Philippines, which triggered landslides and flooding, has killed nearly 90 people, while the search for dozens of others is still underway, police and disaster officials report on Saturday.

Tropical Storm in Philippines Leaves Nearly 90 People Dead, Dozens Missing

The disaster occurred on the main southern island of Mindanao late on Friday.

"We are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide," said Ryan Cabus, an official in Tubod town, as quoted by Reuters.

According to the official, rescue efforts are complicated due to power and communication lines having been cut.

Emergency workers, volunteers and soldiers have been sent to the area hit by mudslides and heavy flooding to look for survivors.

The death toll from a mudslide that swept southern Chile last weekend has reached 15 after the body of a little girl was pulled from under the rubble, fire authorities said.
Death Toll From Deadly Chile Mudslide Rises to 15 (PHOTO, VIDEO)

The landslide in the town of Villa Santa Lucia was triggered by a heavy downpour that hit the remote valley over a single day on December 16.

The torrent of mud buried a village, destroyed hundreds of homes, water and power supply was cut off.

According to Chile's interior ministry, over 4.5 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.

The town of Villa Santa Lucia borders the popular Corcovado national park famous for its volcanoes and forests.

President Michelle Bachelet declared the region a disaster area.

En #VillaSantaLucía impresiona, por un lado, el nivel de devastación y, por otro, la enorme solidaridad de las localidades cercanas. Hemos estado trabajando desde el principio para enfrentar la emergencia y seguiremos hasta que el pueblo se recupere de esta triste tragedia. pic.twitter.com/uoA9Rz2Dhk

On the one hand, the level of devastation in #VillaSantaLucía is striking, and on the other hand, huge solidarity of the nearby towns impresses me. We have been dealing with the emergency from the very beginning and will continue do so until people recover from this sad tragedy.


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A tropical storm in the south of Philippines, which triggered landslides and flooding, has killed nearly 90 people, while the search for dozens of others is still underway, police and disaster officials report on Saturday.

Tropical Storm in Philippines Leaves Nearly 90 People Dead, Dozens Missing
Update: Philippines storm leaves 182 dead and tens of thousands displaced Saturday 23 December 2017

Tens of thousands have been forced from their homes by a tropical storm that battered the southern Philippines leaving at least 182 dead, police and aid agencies said Sunday.

Tropical Storm Tembin, which triggered flash floods and mudslides as it lashed the nation’s second-largest island of Mindanao, has displaced more than 70,000 people, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“People left everything behind when they fled for their lives,” the IFRC’s Philippines operations and programs manager Patrick Elliott said in a statement.

The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home to 20 million people, is rarely hit.

Police said 153 people were still missing and more than 40,000 had fled to evacuation camps as Tembin, which slammed into the island on Friday, continued westwards.

Police, soldiers and volunteers used shovels to dig through mud and debris as they searched for bodies in the village of Dalama on Saturday.

“The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” police officer Gerry Parami told AFP by telephone from nearby Tubod town in Lanao del Norte, one of the provinces hardest hit by Tembin.

Local police said 127 people have been confirmed dead in the province, with 72 missing, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from the swollen Salog River near the town of Sapad.

The bodies had been swept downriver from a flooded town upstream called Salvador, Rando Salvacion, the Sapad town police chief, told AFP. Authorities in Salvador said other bodies were retrieved upstream.

“The people received ample warnings. But as we are rarely hit by typhoons, people living near rivers did not take them seriously,” Salvador police chief Wilson Mislores told AFP.

The death toll for Mindanao’s Zamboanga peninsula also rose to 28, and police said 81 people were missing after mud and rocks swept down coastal communities in Sibuco and other fishing towns.

Landslides had blocked rescue and relief convoys to the impoverished region, officials said Saturday.

One man was killed by a crocodile while he was securing his boat as the storm closed in this week on the western island of Palawan, a police report said Saturday.

The storm hit Balabac, a fishing island of 40,000 people in the western Philippines, on Saturday afternoon with gusts of 145 kilometers (71 miles) an hour, the state weather service said.

Tembin struck less than a week after Tropical Storm Kai-Tak left 54 dead and 24 missing in the central Philippines, straining the disaster-prone nation’s resources.

“It is unfortunate that another tropical cyclone... made its presence felt so near Christmas,” Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, said in a statement.

Roque vowed continued government aid to the affected communities, but Romina Marasigan, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, described the situation as “challenging.”

The deadliest typhoon to hit the country was Haiyan, which killed thousands and destroyed entire towns in heavily populated areas of the central Philippines in November 2013.


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MANILA: Two people were killed and thousands fled strong winds and floods as a tropical depression hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, following deadly back-to-back storms during the Christmas season.

Two dead, thousands flee in storm-weary Philippines

The deaths were reported on Cebu island, where an elderly woman was killed in a landslide while a man died after he hit his head on the pavement as the storm cut off electricity in the area.

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak killed 47 people in the central Philippines last month, while Tropical Storm Tembin killed 240 on the southern island of Mindanao.

The state weather service warned the new disturbance was poised to hit the western tourist island of Palawan with gusts of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour later on Tuesday.

“The residents are really sad. It is tough that we have three storms coming one after another. People have lost their livelihood and have had no rest since Christmas,” Gil Acosta, information officer of the island, told AFP.

Palawan accounted for 37 of the recorded Tembin deaths, with 60 other people still missing, Acosta added.

About 4,000 people across the central Philippines had moved to safer ground to escape high winds and flooding, the national disaster agency in Manila said.

"There is continuous flooding in some towns where the floodwater from the previous storm has yet to subside,” provincial disaster information officer Julius Regner told AFP by telephone from Cebu City.


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Rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a day after multiple avalanches hit their vehicles in the Himalayan region, officials said.

Multiple avalanches in Indian-held Kashmir kill 11 Saturday 6 January 2018

Thirteen people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district on Friday.

Police officer Shamsher Hussain said about 200 police, army and civilian rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 people. Two people were rescued alive and were in stable condition at a hospital, he said.


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At least 5 dead after mudslides hit Southern California Tuesday Jan 9, 2018 (Videos)

A fire official says five people have been killed by mudslides that swept Southern California homes from their foundations as a powerful storm drenched recent wildfire burn areas.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the bodies were found in mud and debris during rescue operations Tuesday in Montecito northwest of Los Angeles.

Heavy rains were triggering dangerous flooding Tuesday morning in Southern California, with rivers of mud and debris destroying at least three homes and pooling water forcing police to close parts of the coastal US Route 101, officials said.

Near the coastal community of Montecito, at least three homes have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris," and emergency workers were scrambling to rescue people from vehicles and buildings, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.

The heavy rain was falling in areas charred by recent wildfires, triggering fears of flash flooding and mudslides because vegetation that otherwise would hold hills together and make the terrain flood-resistant have burned away.

Thousands of people in Southern California were under evacuation orders because of flooding and mudslide fears, including in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Flooding near La Conchita has prompted the closure of parts of U.S. Route 101 in Ventura County, the sheriff's office there said Tuesday morning.

Girl rescued from California mudslide

Firefighters have rescued a 14-year-old girl from the rubble of a home devastated by a mudslide in the Montecito area of Southern California after a powerful storm hit an area ravaged by a December wildfire.

Santa Barbara County authorities say there have been five confirmed fatalities as of Tuesday morning and there is a backlog of 75 calls for rescue or evacuation from the area.

House is 'surrounded by mud'

In Montecito, a community of about 8,000 people east of Santa Barbara, Ben Hyatt told CNN on Tuesday morning that a river of mud had crashed through a neighbor's house. "Apparently one of their cars ended in their back yard. We have neighbors at (the) top of street that evacuated to their roof," Hyatt said.

His own house was "surrounded by mud," and a washing machine had drifted into his front yard, he said.

Hyatt said he was awake when power went out during heavy rain around 2:30 a.m. local time. Eventually he heard a loud swish and banging on the exterior of his house. "Mud came in an instant, like a dam breaking. (It) surrounded the house, 2 to 3 feet," he said. "Seems calm now. We feel safe. But definitely stuck here for a bit."


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At least 5 dead after mudslides hit Southern California Tuesday Jan 9, 2018 (Videos)

Thirteen deaths have been reported out of Southern California as a result of severe mudslides that hit the region following heavy rainfall Monday night, according to the Santa Barbara County sheriff's office.

Death Toll of SoCal Mudslides Increased to 13, Expected to Keep Going Up (Videos)

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department previously reported that numerous people were trapped in their homes or cars by the mudslides. Roads have been closed and rescue operations are underway in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown added that the number was likely to increase as search and rescue operations continue. "While we hope it will not," Sheriff Brown added.

The huge storm also swept some homes away, creating a flood of debris and dirt. About 300 people are estimated to be stranded in a single Montecito neighborhood, while 50 others have been rescued from their homes or cars.

Already, the incident is deadlier than the 2005 California mudslide — which took place only 20 miles from Tuesday's disaster. Southern California was also the site of tremendous wildfires in December 2017 that killed two people, destroyed 300 acres of forest and caused $3 billion in damages — making them the most destructive fires in California history.


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"Girl rescued from California mudslide"
Yeah, caught the video on this - amazing she survived without being physically hurt, all the while the fire/rescue crews were doing everything they possibly could for others in horrible conditions.

My condolences to the families who have lost people and for having to relive what was already a bad situation with the fires - some evacuated twice.



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River levels are climbing in Paris as the swollen River Seine threatens to overflow its banks and leave much of the French capital submerged.

Paris Braces for Once-in-a-Century Flood as Waters Rise (PHOTO, VIDEOS) 27.01.2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIH8WK7E2d0 (3:03 min.)

The city’s main waterway reached levels of over 18 feet (5.5 meters) on Friday evening and continued to rise forcing the authorities to close several metro stations along the river, tunnels, parks and the ground floor of the world-famous Louvre Museum, the Mail Online reported.

The water level in the Seine is expected to surge above 19 feet (5.8 meters), which is 13 feet (3.9 meters) above normal forcing the suspension of a busy local commuter train service until next week.

​The #Louvre museum in #Paris closed its basement display of Islamic art on Wednesday following a sharp rise in the level of the river Seine, which has been swollen by weeks of heavy rain.


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The ski resort "Campo Felice" in the Italian region Abruzzo was hit by an avalanche, emergency services reported Sunday.

Two Dead in Avalanche in Central Italy - Reports 04.02.2018

According to reports, two people died as they were skiing off-piste at Campo Felice. Rescuers managed to save the third skier, who was slightly injured, and transfer him by helicopter to L'Aquila hospital.

Last January one of the deadliest avalanches struck the Abruzzo region, having engulfed the Italian luxury resort Hotel Rigopiano, leaving twenty-nine people dead and eleven injured. In total nine people, including four children, were pulled out alive.

The Italian Fire Brigade also rescued several puppies from the avalanche-hit hotel which became a symbol of hope amid tragic developments in the country.


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15 killed in Kenya floods, scores of families displaced Friday 16 March 2018

Kenyan officials say at least 15 people have died and scores of families have been displaced across the East African nation due to two days of heavy rainfall.

The deluge of water submerged vehicles in Nairobi’s affluent neighborhoods and flooded middle class areas as well. Porters made a booming business carrying commuters on their backs to their places of work.

The clogging of drains in the capital and other parts of Kenya during the long rain season is a perennial problem.

Nairobi Governor Gideon Mbuvi blamed his predecessor’s administration for diverting funds meant to unclog the city’s drains.

Metrological Director Peter Ambenje said the heavy rains will continue for the next five days.


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Santa Barbara County Orders Mandatory Evacuations Amid ‘High’ Threat of Rock Falls, Mudslides (Video 02:25)
Updated at 10:07AM, March 20, 2018
Residents in Santa Barbara County were ordered to evacuate — for the third time this month — ahead of a powerful storm that's expected to drench Southern California starting Tuesday night.

Those who live below mountains ravaged by the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires must be out of their homes by noon Tuesday. To see if your home is included, check the county's interactive map; (https://sbc-gis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0d9fc497afef4aec86ccb4d6a6068161).

Authorities said the storm is expected to drop 5 to 10 inches of rain in the foothills and mountains, "significantly" more total rainfall than on Jan. 9, when mudslides swept through Montecito, killing 21 people and destroying homes. That day, the storm brought 3 to 6 inches of rain to the region.

Forecasters expect a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain an hour, which is enough to trigger debris flows and flash floods.
Very intense storm turns streets of Belo Horizonte into raging rivers, Brazil (Video's Pic's)
Posted by TW on March 20, 2018
A short but very intense storm wreaked havoc in the city of Belo Horizonte and other areas of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil on March 16, 2018.

According to Civil Defense, 74.6 mm (2.93 inches) of rain fell in just 20 minutes, which is around half the historical average for the month. Other areas of the city recorded over 50 mm (1.96 inches) of rain.

A short but very intense storm wreaked havoc in the city of Belo Horizonte and other areas of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil on March 16, 2018.

The storm has caused severe flash floods, power outages and landslides. At least two people were injured, one of them seriously.
Chuva Provoca Inundação, Arrasta Carros e Deixa Pessoas Isoladas Em Belo Horizonte
Heavy flooding, debris flows expected in Southern California as dangerous atmospheric river forms in Pacific
Posted by Matti K on March 20, 2018

Spain – 1 Dead, 1 Missing as Storm in Andalusia Causes Flash Floods Interactive Map- Social Media Tweets
19 March, 2018
At least one person has died and another is missing after a storm in Andalusia, southern Spain on 17 March, 2018.

The storm brought strong winds with gusts of over 100 km/h, snow in higher areas, as well as heavy rain.

Castell de Ferro in Granada recorded 70 mm of rain in 6 hours late on 17 March. During the same period Doña Mencía in Córdoba recorded 41.9 mm, Salobreña in Granada 44.2 mm and Jimena de la Frontera in Cádiz 48 mm.

Emergency services for the region, 112 Andalucia , said it recorded over 800 storm-related incidents, mostly flooding or landslides. The incidents occurred in the provinces of Cadiz (225), Sevilla (119) , Cordoba (106) Jaen (112) and Granada (121), Malaga (50), Almeria (36) and Huelva (20).

The body of a motorcyclist was found late on 18 March after the man was swept off a flooded road and into a swollen stream near Martos in Jaen.

Meanwhile emergency services are continuing their search for a Guardia Civil officer who was dragged into floodwater while rescuing 3 people trapped in a vehicle. The incident occurred in Guillena, Sevilla, late on Saturday 17 March.

At least 2 people have been injured as a result of strong winds in the region.

Evacuations and Rescues

According to 112 Andalucia, two mountaineers were rescued by helicopter after they went missing in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

In Jimena De La Frontera (Cadiz) four people have been rescued from their homes after flooding from a nearby river.

Around 35 people were evacuated from homes in Huertas de Alcantarilla, Cordoba after a stream threatened to overflow.

In Granada a family was evacuated after the partial collapse of a house in Colomera. Three houses in Loja were also evacuated after a drainage channel flooded.

Evacuations were also carried out in parts of Sevilla province and in areas of the city of Jaen.
Peru: Floods wash away parts of country's central highway / 1:42
Ruptly Published on Mar 19, 2018

Flash floods washed away a nearly 500-meter-long section of the nation's central highway in the town of Ambo in central Peru, forcing travellers to continue their journeys on foot for several kilometres as seen in footage captured on Monday.


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Eyewitnesses have captured on video the moment a huge mass of snow swept across a parking lot in the mountainous republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in southern Russia, burying cars.

WATCH: Avalanche Buries Over a Dozen of Cars Under Snow in Russia's South 24.03.2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UaSkDzTUA (0:57 min.)

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a total of 15 vehicles were covered by snow as a snowslide hit the parking lot.

The incident took place early on Saturday in the Elbrus district of Kabardino-Balkaria when a spontaneous release of the snow occurred. No infrastructure objects were damaged and, according to preliminary information, no people were hurt in the incident. There were no reports of people having gone missing as well.


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At least four people died as a result of flooding and heavy rains caused by tropical cyclone Josie hitting the South Pacific island country of Fiji, local media reported on Sunday.

At Least 4 People Reportedly Dead as Fiji Cyclone Josie Hits Fiji (VIDEOS - Embed) 01.04.2018

According to the fijivillage news outlet, police found four bodies, while the searches for a missing 19-year-old man who was washed away in Sabeto Nadi are underway.

One person was found in the district of Ba, a 55-year-old man was found in Lautoka and two more people were found in Uciwai in Nadi.

The flood warning is in force for many areas in Fiji's Western Division. The cyclone is expected to pass near Kadavu later in the day.


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Hawaiian-style storm to drench Northern California in warm rain
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Big storm raising flooding fears across Northern California
Updated 8:22 pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Flash floods, rising rivers and mudslides are possible across Northern California as a storm that’s more January than April barrels in from the Pacific, the National Weather Service warns.

“This is not the time of year when we see these big precipitation events,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “This storm will be comparable to some of the big storms we’ve seen over the past couple of years.”

Wednesday, forecasters issued a hazardous weather alert from Big Sur to the Oregon border in anticipation of as much as seven inches of rain in the coastal mountains and Sierra foothills through the weekend, courtesy of an atmospheric river drawing its moisture from the remnants of a typhoon that hit the Philippines more than a week ago.

Low-lying parts of the Bay Area, including San Francisco and Oakland, are expected to receive one to three inches of rain. The upper end of that range is double what the cities typically get during the entire month of April.

The system is forecast to arrive in the North Bay late Thursday and spread across the region by early Friday. The worst of the storm is due Friday night.

While this year has been much drier than average for most of California, even renewing concerns about drought:nuts: in many parts of the state, the past month has brought a series of storms that has provided at least a small boost to water supplies. The incoming front is expected to be the largest of the bunch.

And it’s going to be warm, with a snow level above 8,000 feet — which is not ideal for late-season skiers, water officials and anyone living along a Sierra river.

“This is going to kick off a lot of snowmelt,” said Dave Rizzardo, chief of the snow surveys for the state Department of Water Resources. “You got a lot of water that’s going to come down in a short amount of time in the higher-elevation streams. We’re going to be monitoring that real tightly.”

The Merced River in Yosemite National Park, Truckee River near Lake Tahoe and Cosumnes River in El Dorado County are predicted to surge above their banks and cause local flooding Friday and Saturday.

The state’s big reservoirs, which collect the mountain runoff, are expected to absorb the influx of water without having to make larger-than-average releases.

Many, though, will be watching the situation at Lake Oroville, the nation’s tallest dam. Its spillway, which partially collapsed last year and led to concerns about water flowing uncontrollably from the reservoir, may be put into use for the first time since it was rebuilt.

State officials who operate the dam were hoping to keep lake levels low enough to avoid using the spillway until next year. That’s because final construction of the half-mile chute isn’t scheduled to be completed until summer, though dam operators say it’s ready to carry water should the incoming storm fill the lake.

Inspectors will be on site around the clock to monitor the spillway’s performance should the floodgates open.

In the Bay Area, major waterways such as the Russian River and Napa River are expected to swell but not overrun their banks, according to the California Nevada River Forecast Center. But flooding could take place on smaller streams along the coast, and runoff could prompt erosion of hillsides, forecasters say.

“We’re not going to have rapid rain coming through really quick, but a prolonged event,” said Steve Anderson, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Monterey. “With that comes the threat of mudslides, and rocks and debris on the roads.”

Authorities in the Bay Area will be watching areas burned in the Wine Country fires, where the slopes are less stable and more vulnerable to sliding. Public works crews have been grading hillsides, putting out straw bales and reseeding wooded areas for months in an effort to prevent erosion.

While landslides in Sonoma and Napa counties are possible, Anderson said the threat remains minimal.

“It’s been pretty dry this winter, so there’s plenty of room in the soil for the water to soak in,” he said.
April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

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17 April 2018 - Hundreds are evacuated from Hawaii after two feet of rain falls in just 24 hours triggering landslides and flooding (Video - Photos)
Hundreds evacuated in Hawaii as 2ft of rain lashes Kauai bringing landslides and flooding | Daily Mail Online
  • Emergency crews in Kauai evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water
  • Officials warned it's not known when people can return because of landslides blocking the Kuhio Highway
  • Forty people, mostly tourists, were stuck since Saturday night at a Red Cross shelter in an elementary school in the north shore town of Hanale after severe weather grounded helicopters
  • By the afternoon, flood waters receded enough for a bus to take them to another shelter
  • An estimated 30 campers were stranded in the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Monday
  • There were no reports of major injuries or deaths but at least two houses, both vacant, were completely wiped out by the flood waters
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from Kauai, Hawaii, after 2ft of rain lashed the island in just 24 hours causing heavy flooding and landslides.

By Monday afternoon, emergency crews evacuated 152 people by helicopter, 121 people by bus and others by water, according to the governor's office.

Officials were warning people who wanted to be evacuated that it's not known when they can return because of landslides blocking Kuhio Highway on the island's north shore.

Apr 16, 2018 - Tornado , massive hail storm and flooding in Algeria, Gigantic waves Lake Superior USA freezes the shoreline, Arctic temperatures recover to the 1958-2002 baseline, Antarctic sea ice recovers and Australia flips from record heat to cold.

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