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Thousands Affected by #Landslides in Western Region of #Uganda

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Region, Uganda, November 2019. Photo; Uganda Red Cross

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Uganda have affected around 4,000 people and destroyed almost 350 homes.

Landslides have affected the district since mid-November. On 13 November, Uganda Red Cross said areas of Bundibugyo Town council as well as Tokwe, Bukonzo and Busaru sub-counties were all affected.

Recent reports from Uganda media said say that 349 homes have been destroyed and 4,000 people affected. According to the reports, the worst hit areas are Bundimulinga and Hikitara villages in Tokwe sub-county, Hamutoma, Humya villages in Bundibugyo and Buhundu in Bukonzo sub-county.

Affected communities are in need of shelter, wash facilities, food and other supplies, according to the Red Cross.

Roads have been cut and several bridges in the affected area destroyed, disrupting the transport network. Crops have also suffered damage.

At least 3 people died in nearby Kasese District, Western Region, after a house collapsed due to a landslide that occurred after a heavy on 30 October, 2019.

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50,000 Affected by #Floods in North and Central Provinces of #Congo Republic

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The World Food Program (WFP) reports that flooding has affected around 50,000 people in parts of the Republic of the Congo, also called Congo-Brazzaville.

Flooding began around the end of October. Media reported that thousands of houses and other buildings including schools have been severely damaged or washed away. Roads and infrastructure also suffered damage. According to local media, wide areas of crops have been destroyed causing concern about food shortages.

Much of the flooding has occurred in low-lying areas along the Ubangi river (also known as Oubangui) in the northern departments of Likouala and Cuvette, and where the Ubangi and Congo rivers meet in the central Plateaux department.

Flood water reached roof level in some areas and residents have moved to higher ground. A state of natural disaster has been confirmed by the Congo-Brazzaville government.

Levels of the Ubangi river upstream from Congo-Brazzaville have been high for several weeks now. In late October the river broke its banks flooding wide areas of Central African Republic. By mid-November around 60,000 people had been affected.

Around 40,000 people were displaced by flood waters from the river in Sud-Ubangi and Nord-Ubangi provinces in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After #Rain From #Storm #Kalmaegi# #Ramon in the #Philippines

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi, Philippines, November 2019. Image: JTWC

Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that heavy rain from Tropical Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (known in the Philippines as Ramon), has caused flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

As of 17 November the centre of the storm was the was estimated at 415 km east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving slowly northwestwards. Heavy rain was reported in Bicol region in the southern part of Luzon Island.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines reported flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

Almost 3,200 people have been affected (around 2,00 in Camarines Sur and 1,000 in Albay). Seven houses were completely destroyed in flooding in Pasacao and Tinambac in Camarines Sur, with a further 9 houses and 3 roads damaged.

At one point over 2,000 people were displaced and staying in evacuation centres. As of 16 November that number had fallen to 800. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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Thousands Displaced by #Flooding Along the #UbangiRiver in DR #Congo

Flood damage in Bangui Central African Republic, late October 2019. Photo: Equipe Nationale de Réponse aux Catastrophe de la CRCA

Around 40,000 people have been displaced by flooding along the Ubangi River in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Flooding began in October after a period of heavy rain caused the Ubangi River to break its banks in parts of Sud-Ubangi and Nord-Ubangi provinces in DRC. Thousands of people were also displaced in neighbouring areas of Central Africa Republic during this time.

In DRC the worst hit area is the town of Zongo in Sud-Ubangi province, situated on the south bank of the Ubangi River, across from Bangui in the Central African Republic. Libenge in Sud-Ubangi province has also been badly affected.

At least 1 person is thought to have died in the floods. In Sud-Ubangi province 14,200 houses have been damaged, along with 12 schools, 21 bridges, 48 public buildings and wide areas of crops, according to local media. Around 9,000 people have been displaced by the floods in neighbouring North-Ubangi province.

Heavy rain caused flash floods in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in early October this year, leaving at least 6 people dead and around 30 houses destroyed. Further heavy rain and floods hit the city during mid-October.

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100,000 Affected by #Floods in #Kenya Says #UN

Floods have blocked roads in floods Tana River County, Kenya, October 2019. Photo: Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

Flooding across Kenya in the month of October has left at least 29 people dead and affected more than 101,000, according to the UN.

In a report of 30 October, 2019, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said heavy rain since the start of the short rains season in early October has led to riverine and flash floods, rock falls, mudslides and landslides.

More than 101,000 people have been affected, mainly in the north-eastern, central, and coastal regions, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Wajir County has been particularly hard-hit, with at least 43,000 people affected. Other affected counties include Marsabit, Mandera, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kitui, Meru, Kajiado, Kwale, Nandi, Mombasa, Murang’a and Busia.

The KRCS has confirmed that at least 14,000 people have been displaced from their homes in low-lying areas where rivers have burst their banks.

At least 29 flood-related deaths have been reported and the death toll and number of people displaced is expected to rise in the days ahead as further information is received and verified from affected areas.

Nearly 400 hectares of farmland has been damaged and 21,710 livestock washed away, according to the KRCS, severely impacting livelihoods, including in areas already facing challenges due to drought.

Furthermore flooding has damaged or destroyed key infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and health facilities.

The UN report said: “At least 52 schools are inaccessible in Mandera and Wajir counties and some 14 health facilities cannot be reached in Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit. Many parts of Mombasa County have reported power outages caused by fallen electricity pylons or water-soaked transformers. Two bridges, including one linking Diani and Lungalunga at Kinondoni and the main bridge linking Tanzania and Kenya at Mihogoni trading centre, have been badly damaged. In Lodwar town and surrounding areas in Turkana County, nine out of 12 water boreholes were destroyed, impacting about 70,000 people.”

The rains -driven by the strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)- are expected to continue in the days and weeks ahead, with most parts of the country likely to experience above average rainfall until early December 2019, according to the Kenyan Meteorological Department.

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More Deadly #Floods Hit #Tanga Region, #Tanzania

Floods in Handeni district, Tanga Region, Tanzania, have damaged bridges and roads, causing severe traffic disruption, October 2019. Photo: Tanga Regional Office

Over 20 people reportedly died after floods in Morogoro and Tanga regions from 12 October, 2019. By 17 October media reported that this figure had increased to 29 following a further 18 deaths in Tanga region after more heavy rain.

On 26 October at least 10 people died when a vehicle was swept away by a flooded river in the Sindeni area of Handeni district, Tanga Region, according to Tanzania’s Daily News .

Further flood-related fatalities in Handeni were reported on 27 October. Rain and flooding in the district have damaged houses and farmland. Several roads and bridges have been damaged or destroyed, causing severe traffic disruption in the district.

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Deadly #Floods After 287mm of #Rain in 24 Hours in #Catalonia, #Spain

Flood damage in Catalonia, 23 October 2019. Photo: Civil Protection, Catalonia

Severe weather has once again hit parts of Spain, with storms and flooding reported in the Catalonia Region. At least 2 people have died and 3 are missing.

One person died and one is still missing after a mobile home was swept away by flooding after the Francolí river burst its banks in Vilaverd, Tarragona.

Two other people are thought to be missing after police found an empty car in the flooded Francolí river in Espluga de Francolí on 23 October. Severe flooding was also reported in other communities along the Francolí river, including Montblanc and Vimbodí.

Another person died after a vehicle was caught up in flooding at Arenys de Munt in Barcelona Province. Three people were injured after flooding and winds caused damage at a campsite in Gualba, also in Barcelona Province.

Catalonia’s emergency services 112 received 1,228 calls for assistance, including 835 for incidents due to heavy rain. The region’s civil protection said that, as of 23 October, there were 53 sections of the Catalan road network affected by floods and landslides.

Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya (Meteocat), the region’s met agency, reported that several locations in Baix Camp, Garrigues and Alt Empordà recorded more than 200mm in 24 hours to 23 October. Meteocat later confirmed that Prades, Baix Camp, recorded 287.4mm of rain in 24 hours on 23 October.

More than 150mm of rain fell in parts of Pla d’Urgell, which is unprecedented in this area, according to Meteocat.

Parts of southeastern Spain are still recovering after catastrophic flooding in mid-September 2019 when 7 people died and over 3,000 were evacuated.

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