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14.05.2018 - Hundreds Evacuated in Northwestern Colombia Due to Flooding - Report (Video)
Hundreds Evacuated in Northwestern Colombia Due to Flooding – Reports (VIDEO)

The calamity hit the town of Valdivia after the Cauca river has overflown its banks and destroyed a number of houses and the infrastructure, the Portafolio media outlet reported late on Sunday.

According to local media reports, at least 600 people were evacuated in the Colombian northwestern Antioquia Department due to the river flooding that was partly sparked by the construction of a largest hydroelectric project.

“The waters of Cauca river flooded the homes of some residents, but there are no victims or people injured, only a property damage,” Victoria Ramirez, Antioquia’s state secretary said, as quoted by the outlet.

The rapid rise in the river’s waters was caused by the rain season, but also by the mudslide that has blocked the water evacuation tunnel. The mudslide occurred due to the construction of a nearby Ituango hydroelectric plant, according to the outlet.


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Monday May 14, 2018 - Violent storms in India kill at least 86
Violent storms in India kill at least 86
  • Indian authorities said Monday at least 86 people have been killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms
  • Winds of over 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late Sunday

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities said Monday at least 86 people have been killed and over 100 injured in a fresh wave of violent sandstorms and thunderstorms that battered vast swathes of the country.

Winds of over 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late Sunday, uprooting trees, electricity pylons and damaging houses, officials from federal and state disaster management agencies said.

The fatalities came just 10 days after a sandstorm left more than 134 dead — most of them in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal.

Hail, wind and thunderstorms brought down walls, trees and power pylons in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 48 people, T. P. Gupta of the state disaster management department told AFP.

Eight people also drowned in the state’s Barabanki district after their boat capsized in a river due to strong winds.

Gupta said 80 people were injured by the gusts that flattened nearly 40 houses across India’s most populous state.

The country has been gripped by a freak weather system since the beginning of May, with many parts of the country experiencing extreme conditions.

Similar storms hit the region every year but this year has been the deadliest in decades.

In the eastern state of West Bengal 14 people were killed Sunday after lightning struck a house in the state capital Kolkata, including four children as thunderstorms separately ravaged several localities.

Lightning bolts killed twelve people in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, while two people died in both Bihar state and the Indian capital New Delhi.

Indira Gandhi International Airport was closed for more than two hours because of the winds, with 70 flights diverted.

Andhra Pradesh had also been hit by more than 40,000 lightning bolts on May 1, killing 14 people in a matter of hours.


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30.05.2018 - Landslide Hits North Carolina Dam, Thousands of People Evacuated
Landslide Hits North Carolina Dam, Thousands of People Evacuated

A landslide has occurred next to a dam on Lake Tahoma in North Carolina in the US, authorities have announced a mandatory evacuation of people, according to the NBC network.

"The landslide affected the dam on Lake Tahoma. A compulsory evacuation is taking place," the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

According to the TV channel, the evacuation affected several thousand people. It is reported that the landslide was provoked by heavy downpours.


MCDOWELL COUNTY UPDATE: A landslide has comprised the integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS underway from the Dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) to the confluence of the Catawba River near Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park. ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!
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The director of the emergency service of McDowell district William Kehler said that the evacuation will continue until the integrity of the dam has been verified.

Strong downpours came to the eastern coast of the US along with the subtropical storm "Alberto."

On Monday, subtropical storm "Alberto" hit the coast of Florida. As a result of bad weather, two people were killed. Later, the US National Center for Hurricane Tracking reported that the storm had eased.


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Morning rush hour chaos after torrential rain as more severe weather on the way
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An amber weather warning - meaning a potential 'danger to life' - was in place overnight for the south-west of England and south Wales and forecasters have warned of difficult driving conditions and flooding this morning

Travellers face disruption during this morning's rush hour after torrential rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of the country - with forecasters warning that more severe weather is on the way.

A yellow warning for rain is in force for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England between 9am and 10pm.

In those areas, violent thunderstorms threaten to drop large hailstones and more than 3ins of rain in just three hours in some places.

An amber weather warning - meaning a potential risk to life - for the south-west of England and south Wales ended at 6am, but forecasters have warned of difficult driving conditions and flooding.

Met Office meteorologist John West said a "lively" day was in store on Friday - the first day of meteorological summer - despite a bright start for some.

He said: "It will be a warm and humid day, with some decent spells of sunshine. But with the temperatures rising and an awful lot of moisture in the air, we'll see more heavy showers and thunderstorms returning by early afternoon.

"This will affect Northern Ireland, Scotland and western parts of England and Wales.

"With some torrential downpours, it is likely that we will see some localised flooding."

Forecasters predict up to 1.8ins of rain could fall in the space of an hour in some parts, rising to 3.6ins over three hours.

It comes after storms and heavy downpours caused problems in some parts on Thursday afternoon and overnight, with disruption expected to continue into the morning.

Train passengers in the Midlands could find their journeys affected after lightning strikes damaged equipment between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton.

South-west parts of England were worst-affected overnight, with Gloucestershire County Council reporting multiple calls to the fire service over flash flooding.

On Thursday evening, Didcot Parkway railway station in Oxfordshire flooded, leaving passengers to wade through deep waters or be helped by firefighters.

Travellers posted to social media to report raw sewage flowing from drains, while one commuter said she had been given a piggy back through a flooded underpass.

Flights were also cancelled due to the severe weather conditions, with 48 easyJet services affected at Gatwick Airport. Ryanair cancelled a "small number" of flights, while others were delayed.

The Environment Agency has urged people to check their flood risk and warned people not to drive through flood water.

Kate Marks, Environment Agency flood duty manager, said teams would work "24/7" to operate flood defences, clear blockages in rivers and streams and support partners at any incidents of surface water flooding.

"With heavy rain forecast during rush hour, drivers should stay up to date with the latest weather forecast and travel information before making their journey," she said.

"We remind people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm can move your car."

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Flash floods brings chaos to the Midlands | ITV News |
Published on May 28, 2018
A major clean-up operation is underway after flash flooding brought chaos to the Midlands. The flooding brought parts of Birmingham and outlying areas to a standstill as a month's worth of rain fell in just one hour. Roads were blocked off as water swept through parts of Edgbaston and Selly Oak, flooding homes and engulfing cars. Melissa Wright reports.


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Over 800,000 Kenyans have been affected by devastating floods and rains in Kenya, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

08.06.2018 - UN: Disastrous Flooding Affects Thousands in Kenya
UN: Disastrous Flooding Affects Thousands in Kenya

"The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Kenya has risen to 186, and an estimated 800,000 people have been affected, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). This includes an estimated 300,000 who have been displaced and nearly 100 injured, although many of those displaced have begun to return home," the statement read on Thursday.

About 18,725 children affected by the disaster will require assistance to ensure their physical and psychosocial well-being, the document added.

Over 739 schools were closed temporarily due to major infrastructure damage caused by the floods or because they are housing displaced persons. The situation led to the disruption in learning for over 100,000 children, the OCHA pointed out.

Mudslides resulted in multiple roads blocked and motorists stranded. Moreover, the landslides also destroyed houses in central Kenya, forcing people to evacuate from the area.

The OCHA expressed concern over the increased risk of health emergencies, including cholera outbreaks, due to poor sanitation and lack of clean water in the areas damaged by the floods.

The document added, citing the Kenyan Health Ministry, that as of Monday, cholera cases had been reported in eight counties, including Elgeyo Marakwet, Garissa, Isiolo, Kiambu, Nairobi, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana and West Pokot.

The UN agency suggested that the cases of malaria could also increase in the affected areas due to continued rainfall.

Kenya has been affected by heavy rainfall since March. According to the Kenya Meteorological Department data, in some areas of the country, seasonal rainfall between March and May was the highest recorded over the past 50 years.

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04.04.2018 - Huge Fissure opens up in Kenya, Could Signal Continental Split (Video)
WATCH: Huge Fissure Opens in Kenya, Could Signal Continental Split

Overnight on Monday, a 20-meter-crack in the Earth emerged in an area west of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The opening of the mysterious crack, which is continuing to grow, shook the ground in the area and caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse.

Smithsonian Institution geologist Ben Andrews says the crack was caused by movement of the Earth's tectonic plates, parts of the Earth's crust.

"We're seeing a crack that in all likelihood formed over many thousands of years or hundreds of thousands of years," said Andrews, CBS reported.

The Nubian tectonic plate covers almost the entire African continent while the Somali plate includes half of the coast of Africa, from the Gulf of Aden in the north to Durban, South Africa, in the south. These two plates are pulling away from each other at a rate of about 2.5 cm a year on average. This means that the shifting process could cause Africa to split in two — though not for some 50 million years — resulting in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and half of Ethiopia moving away from the rest of the continent. These countries are located in an area referred to by geologists as the Great Rift Valley.

The current rift appears to be in the general area of the border of the the Nubian and Somali plates.

Other geologists, however, like Wendy Bohon, have far less world-shattering explanations: she believes the crack was created simply by heavy rains.

"I think it's an Earth fissure, the same sort of thing that you see in Arizona after heavy rain storms. They're the result of heavier torrential rains that come and wash away large portions of the dirt in the ground. To me it looks pretty cut and dry. It wasn't a result of the tectonics, it was the result of the weather," Bohon told CBS News.

The outermost part of the Earth, called the lithosphere, is made up of tectonic plates that drift along the surface at different speeds. When they collide or separate, they cause earthquakes; over time, the same processes form rifts, ridges, mountains and chasms. Scientists believe these plates slide slowly across the liquid surface of the Earth's mantle, which is made of ultra-hot liquid rock beginning around 80 to 190 kilometers beneath the surface.


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Flash floods hit Guadalajara, leaving some areas under 4 m (13 feet) of water, Mexico
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Heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone "Bud" hit Guadalajara, Mexico on June 10, 2018, producing severe flash floods in several parts of the city, including the light rain system where 40 people had to be rescued.
As reported by Mexico News Daily, water up to 4 m (13 feet) flooded the Dermatologico station on Line 1, trapping about 40 people inside the carriages. Civil Protection personnel, firefighters and locals contributed to the rescue efforts.

Heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone "Bud" hit Guadalajara, Mexico on June 10, 2018, producing severe flash floods in several parts of the city, including the light rain system where 40 people had to be rescued.
As reported by Mexico News Daily, water up to 4 m (13 feet) flooded the Dermatologico station on Line 1, trapping about 40 people inside the carriages. Civil Protection personnel, firefighters and locals contributed to the rescue efforts.
Authorities said one person showed signs of hypothermia and received medical treatment.
The water also entered Zoquipan and Zapopan hospitals.

Flooding in Jalisco, Mexico - Hurricane Bud June 10, 2018

A canal running parallel to Patria Avenue in Zapopan overflowed and flooded nearby areas, stranding several cars.
Several other roads in the city affected, including the tunnel on Washington Avenue, Federalismo Avenue and the city's ring road between Melchor Ocampo and Pino Suarez.

Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval said last night that there were no reports of injuries.
Featured image: Aftermath of flash floods in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 10, 2018
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Sauvetage in extremis de deux personnes bloquées dans leur voiture emportée par les eaux dans le Pays Basque

PierreAlex @PierreAlex_B Rescue in extremis of two people stuck in their car washed away by the waters in the Basque Country

#Hurricane #Bud is expected to arrive in southern Baja California late Thursday with several inches of rain, gusty winds and choppy seas. Latest forecast: https://wxch.nl/2sOniyi 8:17 PM - 12 Jun 2018

Major Hurricane Bud continues to strengthen and will threaten western Mexico with flooding rainfall this week: Hurricane Bud to target Mexico with heavy rainfall, dangerous seas this week 4:55 PM - 12 Jun 2018

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Wed Jun 13, 2018 - Deadly Monsoon Storms Batter Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh

A landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 12 people in Bangladesh's border district of Cox's Bazar, which is home to around a million Rohingya refugees.

The victims of Tuesday's incident were buried under mud when surrounding hills gave way under a deluge of rain, Al-Jazeera reported.

Eleven people died in Naniarchar including a family of four, while several people remained missing, district administrator Mamunur Rashid told the AFP news agency.

Aid agencies have been warning of the potential for a humanitarian catastrophe over the coming months as heavy rains lash an area home to the world's largest refugee camp.

Landslides have so far killed at least 13 people this week, including a Rohingya boy who was crushed to death by a collapsing mud wall at the Kutupalong refugee camp on Monday.

Some 200,000 Rohingya who live on hills around the refugee camps are at risk of death or injury from monsoon rains, officials and relief agencies have said.

Many of the hills around the settlements have been cleared of trees to build shelters, making the land highly unstable.

Nearly 29,000 people have been moved to new locations ahead of the monsoon but the risk of a tragedy remains high.

Caroline Glick from the UN Refugee Agency said many refugees were at risk of landslides as they lived on steep slopes.

"In just one area of the camp I discovered almost 20 families have had to be relocated and almost 30 houses have been damaged due to landslides," she added.

The region is forecast to receive 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) of rainfall during the monsoon season - roughly triple what Britain gets in a year.

Last year, monsoon rains triggered landslides in Cox's Bazar and the nearby Chittagong hill tracts, killing at least 170 people.

There are also fears flooding could spread disease in the refugee camps.

About 700,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya have fled neighbouring Myanmar since last August after an army crackdown which the UN says amounted to "ethnic cleansing".

They join around 300,000 refugees from earlier violence in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where the Rohingya are a persecuted and rendered stateless.

June 13, 2018 - IN PICTURES: Severe, unseasonable rain floods streets in Southern Israel (Video)
IN PICTURES: Severe, unseasonable rain floods streets in Southern Israel

Severe, unseasonable weather struck Israel on Wednesday morning, flooding the streets of cities in the South. Israel Public Radio meteorologist Sharon Wexler reported on social media that Ashkelon received 36mm of rainfall and Yad Mordechai 48mm.

Eliran Jerbi, running for Sderot's city council, reported that whole streets in Sderot where flood due to the unexpected rainfall.

Jerbi blamed the lack of a functioning sewer system in the city for the floods. "Half an hour of rain and the cars are floating," he wrote on Facebook.


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13.06.2018 - Southern Israel Flooded as Torrential Rains Hit Country (Video)
Southern Israel Flooded as Torrential Rains Hit Country (VIDEO)

Heavy downpours in summer are not common for Israel; however, this year the rare natural phenomenon has resulted in the flooding of many Israeli cities and settlements. Water has submerged the first floors of buildings, with streams rushing through city streets.

Many residents of Sderot and Ashkelon were unable to get to work in the morning, as it was impossible to drive through the city. Parked cars were immersed in a meter of water. It is believed that the storm runoff was clogged and that therefore the rain turned the streets into rivers.

In the kibbutz Dorota the rainfall amounted to 64 mm, which is now the record for June since observations began.

In some cities in the region of Galilee, bad weather and fierce winds resulted in power outages.

Authorities have warned that on Wednesday and Thursday, floods are also possible in the Dead Sea area.

The phenomenon is not typical for Israel, where the rainy season ends in March, but weather forecasters were not surprised, as heavy rains can hit the country once every few years. This time, however, they turned out to be particularly heavy.


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Flooding Kills 1 Near Pittsburgh; Dozens of Water Rescues Reported
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Emergencies were declared and a woman's death was confirmed by officials following a round of torrential rainfall that led to flooding in the Pittsburgh area.

Southwest of Pittsburgh, officials in the town of Bridgeville said they recovered a woman's body in McLaughlin Run Creek Thursday morning, CBS Pittsburgh reported. She was later identified as 64-year-old Wendy Abbott of Upper St. Clair, the Observer-Reporter said.

Officials also told CBS Pittsburgh that swift-water rescue teams performed more than 60 water rescues in Allegheny County as floodwaters rose Wednesday.

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Heavy rains prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood watches and warnings across the western Pennsylvania area as high waters caused damage from the South Hills to Fayette County and spots in between.

More Flooding Possible in South Texas Before Dry Conditions Return Friday
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Heavy rainfall returned to parts of southern Texas on Thursday morning, prompting additional water rescues in locations that have been swamped for days.

Another flash flood emergency was declared Thursday morning, this time for south-central Hidalgo County, Texas. Local reports said water rescues became necessary as vehicles became stranded in floodwaters in the Mission area.

More than 15 inches of rain has fallen in some parts of Hidalgo County since Tuesday.

Along the coast, residents who continue to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Harvey were once again dealing with floodwaters invading their homes.

"It’s not good," Orange County resident Chris Jenkins, who just moved back into his repaired home, told KHOU.com. "Just coming and seeing everything floating on the floor – nothing can prepare you for it."

Street flooding was reported in Roma, Texas, early Thursday with a water depth of 1 to 2 feet.

High water rescues requiring boats occurred early Wednesday evening near Los Fresnos due to flooding. San Benito and Rio Hondo also reported flooding.

Several rescues were also forced by heavy rain and flooding in various neighborhoods in Brownsville Wednesday evening.

A local state of disaster was declared in Hidalgo County, Texas, Wednesday evening due to heavy rainfall and flooding, according to KRGV-TV. Hidalgo County contains the towns of McAllen, Edinburg and Weslaco.

The National Weather Service issued two flash flood emergencies in South Texas Wednesday following 6 to 14 inches of rainfall early this week, but both have expired.

The heavy rain caused roads to crumble in McAllen, the location of the first flash flood emergency. Multiple road closures were reported in Hidalgo County, including near Mercedes and in Weslaco.

Some communities in McAllen and surrounding communities have seen 4 to 8 inches of rain. Weslaco picked up more than 11 inches of rain.

An elderly woman was rescued in rising waters in McAllen. At least 15 people were also rescued Wednesday in the town of Mercedes, Texas, Lt. Johnny Hernandez from the Department of Public Safety told KRGV.

In Weslaco, local emergency management reports the Las Brisas neighborhood was evacuated, according to the NWS. Several shelters were opened to take in evacuees, according to the Associated Press.

An earlier emergency was prompted by heavy rainfall in Harlingen, which saw 14.65 inches of rain in the 72 hours ending 11 a.m. CDT Wednesday. Lighter rainfall this afternoon has allowed the flash flood emergency to expire.

Cars were reported to be submerged in floodwaters along frontage roads of Interstate 2 from Mercedes to Harlingen. Water has also inundated multiple structures in Mercedes and Donna, according to an NWS report.

Cameron County has opened the Los Fresnos dome for those that need shelter, according to the Valley Morning Star.

Some communities in Brownsville have seen 4 to 5 inches of rain since Monday.

Several roads and summer schools remain closed as of Wednesday afternoon in Corpus Christi due to the heavy rainfall. As of Thursday morning, 20.65 inches of rainfall has been reported just west of Corpus Christi.

Flash flooding occurred for a time Wednesday evening in the Houston metro area near Cy-Fair. A slow-moving line of thunderstorms moved northeastward across southeastern Texas with high rainfall rates.

But after the rains stopped in the town hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last August, local officials were relieved that it wasn't worse.

"This was kind of a walk in the park compared to Harvey," Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs told the Associated Press.

Flooding also occurred on the upper Texas coast from heavy rain late Monday and again on Tuesday. Almost 11 inches of rain soaked the Beaumont-Port Arthur area Monday and Tuesday.

Vehicles stalled in Port Arthur due to street flooding Tuesday morning. In nearby Bridge City, floodwaters reportedly entered some homes, according to an NWS storm report.

Elsewhere, more than a foot of rainfall accumulated near Falfurrias in South Texas during a 30-hour period between Monday and midday Tuesday.

Premont picked up 11-plus inches of rain Monday night through Tuesday morning. However, the rain gauge at that location overflowed, so the precise amount of rain is unknown, according to the NWS.

Tuesday evening, several high water rescues were reported in the Corpus Christi area with many roads flooded. A storm total of 13.80 inches of rain has been reported in the city as of 11 a.m. CDT Wednesday.

Flooding forced road closures in the Alice area and other spots in South Texas on Tuesday.

Flood Forecast

Radar imagery shows showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall across southern Texas as of early afternoon Thursday.



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Virginia Flooding Closes Richmond Airport for More Than Two Hours; Water Rescues Reported
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Officials were forced to shut down Richmond International Airport for more than two hours and numerous roadways were closed Friday morning as the city experienced its second-wettest day on record.

Airport officials announced the closure Friday morning as parts of the runway flooded, and the entry to an on-site parking deck was also inundated. The airport resumed operations at 9 a.m. EDT.
Road closures were also reported in the area as several major highways, including Interstate 64, were covered in floodwaters, according to WWBT-TV.

From midnight to 6 a.m. Friday, 7.25 inches of rain fell at the airport, according to the National Weather Service. This tops the record for wettest June calendar day on record and is the second-highest single-day rainfall total for the city, said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. The current record is 8.79 inches, which fell on Aug. 12, 1955.

"A mostly stationary front was draped across portions of the Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic, including the Richmond area, early Friday," Lam added. "This boundary was the focus for showers and thunderstorms. One particular thunderstorm brought intense rainfall to the Richmond area, where more than 7 inches of rain fell from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday."

Northwest of Richmond, water rescues were reported in the town of Louisa, the NWS also said. Passengers in seven vehicles in Henrico also had to be rescued, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Iowa Train Derailment Leaks Crude Oil into Floodwaters; Homes Evacuated | The Weather Channel
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A freight train derailed and leaked crude oil from at least one of 31 tankers in northwestern Iowa early Friday morning, raising concerns that the residential water supply could be affected.

No injuries were reported after the cars derailed at about 4:30 a.m. Friday morning just south of Doon in Lyon County, BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said.

Officials haven't said if floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River caused the derailment. After the area received 5 to 7 inches of rainfall on Wednesday, the river rose quickly, and another downpour struck the area on Thursday.

In this aerial drone image taken from video and provided by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, tanker cars carrying crude oil are shown derailed about a mile south of Doon, Iowa, Friday, June 22, 2018. (Sioux County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A broadening sheen of oil spread near several of the tankers, which had piled up across the track and earthen berm, some submerged in the water.

News of the spill was enough to prompt officials in Rock Valley, a small city about 5 miles southwest of the derailment, to shut off all the city's drinking water wells. The water towers also will be drained as a precaution, said Rock Valley public information officer Travis Olson.

"I don't know how long that will be," he said. "It sounds like the cleanup is going to take a while."

Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how many of the cars were leaking. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep said the oil was being carried downstream into the Rock River a few hundred yards west of the derailment.

No information was immediately available on how much oil each of the tankers was carrying. Cleanup crews were dispatched to the site.

Vander Stoep said four homes near the site have been evacuated.

(MORE: South Texas Flooding Leads to Water Rescues, Emergency Declaration)

The Rock River has already carried some oil to Rock Valley, nearly 5 miles southwest of the derailment, said Ken Hessenius with the Iowa Natural Resources Department. State crews are trying to determine how fast the oil was traveling south. The Rock River joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

The task difficulty is compounded by the spreading floodwater, he said.

"The river, instead of being 100 yards wide, is now maybe a half-mile wide" in spots, Hessenius said.

"Our first major concerns are public water supplies," he said, adding that several towns that draw water from shallow wells near the Rock River have been alerted about possible contamination.

Doon is about 40 miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where several rain-swollen rivers overflowed Thursday. The National Weather Service has forecast flooding in the area into the weekend.

Jun 22, 2018
In the village of Tenjima in Kagoshima, it has been record-raining once in 50 years. We need vigilance for further heavy rain over the weekend. The active rainy front is stagnant, heavy rain is mainly in the southern part of Kyushu and the Amami region. In the village of Tenjima in Kagoshima, the amount of rainfall from the start of falling exceeds 500 mm, (19.685 inches), and it has become a record heavy rain once in 50 years.

Heavy rains cause deadly floods and landslides in Mexico
Posted by TW on June 22, 2018
At least 7 people have died in weather-related incidents across Mexico over the past 7 days, including 6 who died in the past two days.

Heavy rain was caused by a tropical disturbance over the western Gulf of Mexico which affected NE Mexico and parts of Texas, US.

A total of 40 neighborhoods reported flood damage in the city of Reynosa, state of Tamaulipas. Three people died in the state since June 2, two of them in separate incidents after they accidentally touched an electrical cable and one after he drowned in his car.

Within 72 hours to June 21, Reynosa recorded 245 mm (9.6 inches) of rain, Matamoros 180 mm (7 inches), and Díaz Ordaz 170 mm (6.7 inches), according to data provided by the FloodList.

Around 40 people were evacuated in the state of Guanajuato where heavy rain caused flooding in several districts. The worst affected was the district of Silao. One man was killed in community of Llanos de Santa Ana after he was hit by rocks that fell from a ridge next to the Valenciana-Cristo Rey highway after being dislodged due to heavy rain.

2 people died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the state of Aguascalientes after they were trapped in the vehicle caught up in flood waters in the city of Aguascalientes. The city recorded 140 mm (5.5 inches) of rain on June 20 and 21.

At least 32 neighborhoods were affected and more than 70 shelters were opened in the city to attend to those forced to evacuate their homes.
Featured image: Floods in Tamaulipas, Mexico - June 2018. Credit: Government of Tamaulipas

06-21-2018 McAllen, TX Aerial views from a drone of the flooding in McAllen
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Floods and landslides leave dozens dead and 50 missing in Japan
Sat 7 Jul 2018 14.50 BST First published on Sat 7 Jul 2018 05.31 BST
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Death toll continues to climb after week of heavy rain that has washed away houses

Almost 2 million people, mainly in western Japan, have been told to evacuate their homes, according to the fire and disaster management agency, but NHK said the figure had risen to nearly 3.2 million.

The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded its alert system to the highest level – only issued when the amount of rain is expected to be the highest in decades – in large areas of western Japan, while lifting the warning in other regions.

Among the missing were five people buried when houses collapsed in Hiroshima prefecture. In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said.

Yamaguchi prefecture, another area hit by the heavy rain, alerted people to heed evacuation warnings and act quickly.

Roads were blocked in some areas and warnings were issued on landslides. Military water trucks were rushing to areas where water systems were no longer working, Okayama prefecture said.

Although Japan is among the most modernised of Asian nations, rural areas are hit hard by the rainy season each year, often resulting in casualties and heavy damage.

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Floods and landslides leave dozens dead and 50 missing in Japan
Sat 7 Jul 2018 14.50 BST First published on Sat 7 Jul 2018 05.31 BST
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Death toll continues to climb after week of heavy rain that has washed away houses

Almost 2 million people, mainly in western Japan, have been told to evacuate their homes, according to the fire and disaster management agency, but NHK said the figure had risen to nearly 3.2 million.
The death toll from Japan's worst flooding in decades has topped 200, with dozens more missing, a senior government spokesman said Friday.

13.07.2018 - Death Toll from Japan Floods Passes 200
Death Toll from Japan Floods Passes 200

"The death toll is now 204, with 28 reported missing. We have been unable to locate further 54 people, mostly in the Hiroshima prefecture," chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The cabinet met on Friday to agree financial assistance worth roughly $350 million to 58 worst-hit areas across ten prefectures.

Over 5,000 residents have been displaced by the flooding disaster in central and western Japan. A total of 73,000 firefighters, police officers and soldiers are assisting in relief efforts.
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