Dam failures, floods, landslides


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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

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

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


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26.07.2018 - Flash Floods Hit Northern Athens Following Heavy Rainfall (Photo - Video)
Flash Floods Hit Northern Athens Following Heavy Rainfall (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Earlier, several large wildfires occurred in Greece, according to the latest data, with a death toll of 83 people; in the Attica region, a state of emergency was declared.

The floods were caused by a strong storm that hit Athens on Thursday. The police blocked, for security reasons, the main roads in the suburbs of Kisiphia and Nea Eritrea.

The fire service of Athens received 140 calls from citizens asking for help, in particular regarding pumping out water from flooded houses.

Recently, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a three-day mourning for the dead in the country's wildfires; the Greek prosecutor's office has begun investigating the fires.

Rescue teams continue to search for missing people.


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Translated from Russian by Microsoft
Jackie Chan, together with the film crew, was caught in a mud avalanche: Джеки Чана едва не смыло рекой из грязи на съемках в Китае
On the set, the weather changed dramatically and the cinematographers' camp nearly washed away a huge river of mud from nearby hills.

The famous Chinese actor and director Jackie Chan almost failed to defeat the elements that overtook his film crew in southern China. The actor himself told about it on Twitter.

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.

08-09-18 Orleans, MA - Houses Surrounded By Flood Waters

Несколько последних дней в новостях говорят про наводнения во Франции. Как обстоят дела в местности где находится шато? Как у Вас дела, Лора?

The last few days in the news they talk about floods in France. How are things in the area where the Chateau? How You doing, Laura?


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Несколько последних дней в новостях говорят про наводнения во Франции. Как обстоят дела в местности где находится шато? Как у Вас дела, Лора?

The last few days in the news they talk about floods in France. How are things in the area where the Chateau? How You doing, Laura?
We are fine. We had a moderate amount of rain here but floods to the north and to the southeast.


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Sun Aug 26, 2018 - Flood Toll in India's Kerala Rises to 445

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.


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September 17, 2018 - Nigeria's disasters agency says 100 people killed in floods across 10 States
Nigeria's disasters agency says 100 people killed in floods across 10 states | Reuters

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.

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Nigeria's disasters agency says 100 people killed in floods across 10 states | Reuters


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October 12, 2018 - Landslide kills 31 in Eastern Uganda
Landslide kills 31 in eastern Uganda | Reuters

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.

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Landslide kills 31 in eastern Uganda | Reuters

October 11, 2018 - Landslide in Central Colombian Town kills 11, other missing
Landslide in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing | Reuters

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.
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