Hundreds of people are missing as up to five billion cubic meters of water was released to the river system after an accident at a hydropower dam in Southeastern Attapeu province's Sanamxay district late Monday.
Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Hundreds Missing as Dam Collapse in Laos Farsnews
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam, which is still under construction, collapsed on Monday night, according to the Laos News Agency.
Several people have been confirmed dead, and more than 6,600 made homeless, the official news agency KPL reported.
The neighbouring villages of Yai Thae, Hinlad, Mai, Thasengchan, Tha Hin, and Samong bore the brunt of flooding, which has reportedly destroyed thousands of homes.
The local authorities put out a call for relief aid for flood victims while bringing boats to help evacuate people from the danger zones.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith called on government organisations, the police and the military to assist in the emergency relief effort in the South-Eastern province of Attapeu.
The dam was reportedly slated to start energy supplies in 2019, providing almost all the energy produced to neighboring Thailand.
Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries, aims to become the “battery of Asia” by selling power to its neighbors through a series of hydropower dams.
Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Vietnam Flood Death Toll Rises to 27 Farsnews
The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by tropical storm Son Tinh rose to 27 on Tuesday, and seven people are still missing, according to the government’s Disaster Management Authority.
With a long coastline, Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding, with 389 people killed last year in natural disasters such as floods and landslides, according to government statistics, Reuters reported.
Though tropical storm Son Tinh weakened to a tropical depression by the time it reached Vietnam last week, the torrential rains it brought caused heavy flooding and landslides in many parts of northern Vietnam. Some areas in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi remain submerged.
The remote mountainous province of Yen Bai has suffered the heaviest casualties in the latest floods and landslides, with 13 people reportedly killed, 18 injured and four missing, the disaster management agency said in a statement.
The floods and landslides have also damaged and submerged more than 12,000 houses, more than 90,000 hectares (222,395 acres) of crops, mostly paddy, and cut off traffic to several parts of northern Vietnam, the agency added.
Last month, heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides which killed 24 people in the remote and mountainous Northern provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang.
The agency urged the authorities and people to keep vigilant for more floods and landslides over the coming days.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, heavy rain is forecast to continue in the Northern part of the country until early August
Chan was busy in the filming of Project X, his team was working in nature. At some point the weather changed dramatically and the cinematographers' camp was almost washed away by a huge river of mud from nearby hills. The tents started to flush, the cars of the crew members were stuck in the mud.
"A few days ago we started shooting at the location. The weather suddenly changed, and a massive landslide descended on our team! A few filming vans were stuck in a river of rushing mud, "Jackie Chan wrote.
Fortunately, none of the filmmakers suffered. To the place of filming, the trucks arrived quickly, on which the Jackie Chan team was evacuated. After the incident, the actor apologized to his colleagues, promising to take a closer look at the weather conditions.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern Indian state of Kerala with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.
Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become “very grim’” with the opening of sluice gates of nearly two dozen overflowing water reservoirs.
Shibu, a relief official, said Friday nearly 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas.
At least 26 people have been killed in the state since Wednesday, said Shibu, who uses one name.
Monsoon rains kill hundreds of people every year in India. The monsoon season runs from June to September.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5AL-l6AOAQ 08-09-18 Orleans, MA - Houses Surrounded By Flood Waters
Sun Aug 26, 2018 - Flood Toll in India's Kerala Rises to 445 Farsnews
The death toll from devastating floods in the Southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 445 Sunday with the discovery of 28 more bodies as the waters recede and a massive cleanup gathers pace, according to government officials.
Around a million people are still packed into temporary relief camps and 15 are reported missing even as the government mounts an operation to clean homes and public places that have been filled with dirt and sand left by the floods, Channel News Asia reported.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a tweet said that more than 130,000 flood-hit houses had been cleaned, or nearly a third of those affected.
Authorities are also in the process of restoring electricity connections.
People returning to their homes have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. State authorities and wildlife experts have formed teams to come to the aid of those who have found snakes in their home, according to local media.
With death toll rising daily, Kerala authorities said "due process will be followed to ascertain if all these deaths are flood related".
A 68-year-old man committed suicide Wednesday after seeing the state of his home at Kothad in Ernakulam district. A 19-year-old boy took his own life earlier in the week because his school certificates were destroyed by the floods, police said.
The government says that more than 10,000 kilometres of roads have been destroyed or damaged while a legislator said 50,000 houses had been wiped out.
Floods in much of central and southern Nigeria have killed 100 people across 10 states, the country's emergency and disasters agency said on Monday.
Such flooding tends to occur every year in the rainy season, exacerbated by poor infrastructure and lack of planning to protect against inundation, but this year the destruction has been the worst since 2012.
“Based on the data available, 100 people have so far died in 10 states,” said Sani Datti, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), following heavy rain over the past days.
He said a national disaster has been declared in four states - Kogi, Niger, Anambra and Delta, meaning the federal government had taken over the search, rescue and rehabilitation of victims.
Delta is an oil-producing state in the Niger Delta region, home to Africa’s biggest energy industry, where the Niger river fans into creeks before emptying into the Atlantic. There has been no reported impact on crude oil production from the floods.
Kogi and Niger are states in the centre of the country whereas the other two are in southern regions.
Floods partially submerged houses in Lokoja, capital of Kogi. The city lies at the confluence of the Benue and the Niger, Africa’s third-longest river, making it particularly vulnerable.
“The water started coming this month and after a while it appeared behind our houses and continued without let-up until last week when the water surrounded our houses,” said Angulu Atodo, a retiree in Lokoja.
“I didn’t have anywhere to go to. They carried us off to a place far away and we have been there without any food or anything.”
Around the city, residents used canoes to make their way between houses. Nearby, flood control walls being built by the government remained incomplete.
Flooding in recent years has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest energy producer and most populous country.
At least 31 people were killed when a floodwaters triggered by a landslide swept debris through a town in eastern Uganda, destroying homes and burying livestock, a government official said on Friday.
The landslide, which followed heavy rains, struck Bukalasi, situated on the slopes of Mount Elgon, on Thursday afternoon.
“Most of the people were caught at the market, the landslide pushed huge boulders into a river which burst its banks and the water swept away the people,” said Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness and Management Martin Owor.
A picture tweeted by Uganda Red Cross showed uprooted and twisted trees. The aid agency said both “animals and people were swept away in this disaster.”
Relief teams were combing the area to search and rescue survivors, Owor said.
“There are people who were displaced and they need shelter, food and all other support and we’re moving that relief to the area,” he said.
The rainy season in that part of Uganda, about 250 km (155 miles) from the capital Kampala and close to the Kenyan border, runs from September to December.
An avalanche in the same area in 2010 killed at least 80 people.
Large swaths on the slopes of Ugandan mountains have been denuded of their forests and other vegetation cover for cultivable land, increasing the risk of landslides.
Officials have previously said there were plans to move people away from some of the most vulnerable areas, but those relocations have yet to be carried out.
Many of the East African country’s mountainous regions, also including areas in the southwest and west near the borders with Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, often experience landslides at this time of the year if rains are unusually heavy.
An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains killed 11 people, including four children, in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia, the country's disaster relief agency said on Thursday.
The landslide, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time, sent part of a hillside onto several houses, photos posted on Twitter by the disaster relief agency for Caldas province showed.
“The official information of what occurred in Marquetalia is of 11 people dead, the number of the missing is still not exact and the terrain is being evaluated for a preventative evacuation of families,” the provincial agency said.
The landslide also injured four people, the national disaster relief agency said in a statement, adding that rescue operations are temporarily suspended because of continuing rain.
Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez will visit the area with disaster officials, President Ivan Duque told journalists after arriving in eastern Arauca province for a security meeting.
Landslides are common in mountainous Colombia, especially during rainy season and in areas where precarious informal housing and narrow roadways are constructed on deforested Andean hillsides.
Some 300 people were killed in a massive landslide in the southern city of Mocoa last year. The government has said millions of Colombians could be at risk because of natural disasters such as landslides and flooding.
DEAD SEA, Jordan - At least 18 people, mainly schoolchildren and teachers, were killed on Thursday (Oct 25) by a flash flood during a school outing near Jordan's Dead Sea in one of the worst disasters in the kingdom in years, rescuers and hospital workers said.
Thirty-four people were rescued in a major operation involving police helicopters and hundreds of army troops, police chief Brigadier-General Farid al Sharaa told state television. Some of those rescued were in a serious condition.
Many of those killed were children under 14.
A number of families picnicking in the popular destination were also among the dead and injured, rescuers said, without giving a breakdown of numbers.
Hundreds of families and relatives converged on Shounah hospital a few kilometers (miles) from the resort area.
Relatives sobbed and searched for details about the missing children, a witness said.
The flooding occurred after heavy rainfall, the first such rains after the end of the summer season.
Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said it appeared the school had broken regulations by the ministry of education that forbade trips to the Dead Sea due to bad weather and pledged an investigation that would hold anyone found responsible for any wrongdoing accountable.
Razzaz said divers and civil defence search teams would be conducting search operations deep inside the Dead Sea throughout the night.
A father of one of the survivors said a bus with 37 schoolchildren and seven teachers had been on a trip to the resort area. They were caught in a narrow stream as sudden torrential rainstorm flooded the area.
"The children tried to escape the floods by going to the bus but its doors were closed," said Abu Yousef told reporters.
"The teachers tried to save the children but the floods intensity made it impossible," he added saying the children were swept to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
King Abdullah cancelled a trip to Bahrain to follow the rescue operations, state media said.
Neighboring Israel sent search-and-rescue helicopters to assist, an Israeli military statement said, adding the team dispatched at Amman's request was operating on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.
Civil defence spokesman Captain Iyad al Omar told Reuters the number of casualties was expected to rise. Rescue workers using flashlights were searching the cliffs near the shore of the Dead Sea where bodies had been found.
There have been deadly incidents involving flash floods in Jordan in the past and in 1963, 23 French tourists were swept away by flash floods when they were trapped in the ancient Petra city.
Israel sent search-and-rescue helicopters to assist Jordan on Thursday following a flash flood in which at least 10 school children were killed and 16 reported missing, an Israeli military statement said.
It said the Israeli team, dispatched at Amman’s request, was operating on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, where a bus carrying 37 children and seven teachers were swept into a valley by rain-stoked floodwaters earlier on Thursday.
70 percent of Venice covered in water by flooding – officials
Published time: 29 Oct, 2018 13:55
Venice city officials say 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels are exceptional and are forecast to rise even higher, 160 centimeters (nearly 63 inches) by mid-afternoon, AP reports. The current level is the highest reached since November 2012, according to Venice statistics. The last time levels topped 160 centimeters was in December 1979. Much of Italy is under alert for flooding from heavy rains, a problem exacerbated by a lack of maintenance on river beds. Veneto Regional Governor Luca Zaia says flooding could reach the levels of the 1966 flood that inundated both Venice and Florence.
Venice inundated by exceptional tide; flooding hits Italy
MILAN (AP) — Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swathes of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees, killing four people.
Tourists and residents alike donned high boots to navigate the streets of Venice after strong winds raised the water level 156 centimeters (over 5 feet) before receding. The water exceeded the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas in Venice, forcing their removal. Transport officials closed the water bus system except to outlying islands due to the emergency.
Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the lagoon, but Monday’s levels were exceptional. The peak level was the highest reached since December 2008, according to Venice statistics.
Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said a series of underwater barriers that are being erected in the lagoon would have prevented the inundation. The project, nicknamed Moses, is long overdue, beset by cost overruns and corruption scandals.
Brugnaro said he had asked to talk with Premier Giuseppe Conte to underline the urgency of the project, which would raise barriers when the tide reaches 109 centimeters (43 inches). That happens, on average, four times a year in Venice.
Residents and businesses typically reinforce their doors with metal or wooden panels to prevent water from entering the bottom floors, but photos on social media showed shop owners using water pumps this time to try to protect their wares.
Much of Italy is under alert for flooding from heavy rains, a problem exacerbated by a lack of maintenance of the country’s many river beds. High winds toppled trees that killed passers-by in three accidents in Naples and Lazio.
Officials closed major tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, early due to heavy rains.
Veneto regional governor Luca Zaia says flooding this week could reach the levels of the 1966 flood that struck both Venice and Florence. In a message on Instagram, he closed schools in the region for a second day on Tuesday.