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Hundreds #Homeless After #Floods in Eastern and Western Regions, #Uganda

Homes were destroyed after floods in Eastern Region of Uganda, October 2019. Photo: Uganda Red Cross

More flooding has affected the Eastern Region of Uganda, leaving hundreds homeless. This is the third spate of flooding and rain-related disasters since June this year.

Heavy rain in Western Region last week destroyed homes and left at least 3 people dead in Kasese district.

Flooding in Eastern Region began around 18 October after a period of heavy rain. The situation was worsened by the overflowing Manafwa river.

According to the Uganda Red Cross, homes have been damaged and some completely destroyed affecting around 650 households in the district of Butaleja and around 300 households in Bulambuli. The districts of Bududa and Sironko have also been affected.

Irene Nakasiita, Spokesperson for Uganda Red Cross said flooding has left “roads cut off, bridges submerged, some washed away, over 100 houses collapsed, crops and other sources of livelihood destroyed.”

Deadly flooding and landslides hit Bulambuli district in August 2019. Earlier in the year at least 5 people died after heavy rain triggered landslides in Eastern Region in June.

Meanwhile in the country’s Western Region, local media reported that 3 people died after heavy rain in the district of Kasese on 13 October, 2019. Homes were destroyed leaving many families to take shelter in a church.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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Severe #Flooding Affects 200,000 in South #Sudan

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that unprecedented heavy flooding in South Sudan’s Maban County has affected nearly 200,000 people, including refugees and host population.

“People are seeking safety from the flood waters wherever they find dry land, mostly on small islands as unprecedented water levels have submerged vast areas,” UNHCR said.

Situated in the Upper Nile State, the affected area is home to more than 150,000 refugees from Sudan. The area, near Maban’s capital town of Bunj, is prone to flooding this time of year because of heavy seasonal rains. Excess water from the Ethiopian highlands, where rainfall is becoming more intense and irregular, is also carving its way through neighbourhoods in broad, swift rivers.

UNHCR, working with its partners and the local authorities said it is rushing emergency support. The affected population is in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

“Refugees and South Sudanese locals fled their homes, carrying their belongings and seen gathering together on little islands of dry ground,” said Adan Ilmi, UNHCR’s Representative to South Sudan.

“Flood waters have submerged, making access to the refugee camps difficult for humanitarians. Schools in the region also remain closed,” he added.

The floods have also impacted access to public services, including hospitals and damaged sanitation facilities– increasing health risks. There is concern that the flooding may increase the risks and spread of diseases. South Sudan was recently declared cholera free last year with the fears that the deadly disease could make a comeback.

“UNHCR and partners together with the government have already begun assessments in refugee camps in Maban and surrounding communities. Among main needs identified so far are emergency shelter, food, water, and sanitation. Refugees and local communities urgently need international support as it faces one of the worst floodings within the last decades.” Mr. Ilmi emphasized.

As an immediate response, UNHCR has pre-positioned emergency shelter kits and material assistance to help more than 5,000 affected families/some 25,000 people to rebuild and repair damaged shelter, but more support is needed.

Recently media reported that 2,000 homes were destroyed by flooding in Torit in the far south of the country, leaving thousands homeless. The floods struck after a week of heavy rain that began around 04 October, 2019.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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#Wildfires spread through parts of #Lebanon, #Syria

Wild Fire Alert

Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon on Tuesday after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said.

A heat wave in the region coupled with strong winds intensified the fires that began a day earlier in mostly pine forests around the country and three provinces in neighboring Syria. There were no reports of fatalities from the fires — among the worst to hit Lebanon in years.

Fire crews were overwhelmed by the flames in the Mount Lebanon region early Tuesday, forcing the Interior Ministry to send riot police with engines equipped with water cannons to help. Two small aircraft were sent from the nearby Mediterranean island of Cyprus to help put out the flames.

“Your planes are now fighting fires in Lebanon as we speak here,” Lebanon’s Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said during a visit to Cyprus.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri said if the fires turn out to be intentional those behind it “will pay a price.” Hariri added that an investigation will be opened to know what caused the fires.

In Damour, a coastal village south of Beirut, more than a dozen charred cars w on the side of a road. Most of the homes nearby escaped the damage.

The state has been widely criticized by residents because Lebanon bought three aircraft several years ago to be used in extinguishing fires but they have been parked at Beirut’s airport with no money to maintain them.

As the fires raged overnight, a correspondent burst into tears while live on TV, saying she could hear people scream for help inside their homes but no one could reach them.

Interior Minister Raya El Hassan said Greece would send two aircraft in response to a request from Lebanon, adding that Jordan has also expressed readiness to send assistance to Beirut.

In neighboring Syria, fires spread in the coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus, as well as the central province of Homs, but authorities there brought all the fires under control.

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#Ethiopia #landslide kills 22 amid fears of more destruction

Rescuers at the site of the landslideRescuers at the site of the landslide15.10.19 Landslide in Ethiopia

At least 22 people were killed in a landslide in Ethiopia after heavy rains pounded the southern region on Sunday.

The disaster in Konta district, Dawro Zone, saw waves of mud destroy five homes, killing residents and animals, a local official told the BBC.

“Thirteen of the victims are women,’’ said Fasika Mulugeta, a communication officer.

Local media are reporting that a policeman and his family are among those killed.

An operation to retrieve the bodies is under way with rescuers using an excavator to dig through the mud. Seventeen bodies have been recovered so far, according to Mr Mulugeta.

He has asked the federal and state governments to intervene.

Local officials fear more incidents will happen if the rains continue.

Last month, seven people were killed in the area after heavy rain triggered a landslide, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Five of them were family members.

Courtesy of BBC News

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Deadly Flash #Floods in South #Iran

Severe Flood Warning

At least 5 people have died and over 100 displaced after heavy rain caused flash floods in Iran.

A period of heavy rain from 01 to 04 October 2019 caused flooding in provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, South Khorasan, Fars and Hormozgan.

Iranian Red Crescent (IRCS) relief teams have distributed tents, blankets, canned food and washing sets among the flood-affected people. IRCS said they have provided assistance to 300 people who were affected by flood and provided emergency sheltering for 137 people. Relief operation continues in Sistan and Baluchestan.

According to IRCS, 5 people died in two separate incidents in the province of Hormozgan when vehicles were swept away by flood waters.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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Homes Damaged After #Floods From #Storm #Lorenzo in #Ireland

Storm Alert

Storm Lorenzo brought heavy rain and high winds to parts of North Western Ireland from late 03 October, 2019.

Met Éireann said that some areas of north west Ireland saw between 50mm and 100mm of rain between 02 and 03 October, 2019.

The heavy rain increased levels of the River Eske in Donegal town, prompting intensive efforts by the emergency services to pump water from affected areas. Media reported that around 40 homes were flooded.

Lornezo also brought strong winds, with gusts of over 80 km/h. At the height of the storm, almost 20,000 homes across the Republic of Ireland were without power.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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#Floods Hit Southern and Central Areas in #Yemen

Severe Flood Warning

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding caused material damages in 5 governorates of Yemen over the past week.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) reported on 03 October that a total of 2,775 families have been affected by the floods in southern areas of the country since 27 September. As many as 1,329 families were affected in Lahj, 900 families in Aden, 508 in Abyan and 38 in Hadramaut.

Serious damage to camps for internally displaced people (IDP sites) was reported in Aden City, Tuban in Lahj Governorate and Khanfir in Abyan District.

Yemen Meteorological Services reported that 71mm of rain fell in Aden in 24 hours to 28 September, 2019.

Central areas of Yemen were also affected by the severe weather from 28 September. Around 59 families were affected in Marib City in Marib governorate and 190 families in Wusab As Safil District in Dhamar.

In addition, on 01 October heavy rains and floods hit Abs and Aslem districts in Hajjah Governorate and Az Zuhra and Bayt Al Faqiah districts in Al Hudaydah Governorate.

Humanitarian partners are mobilizing efforts to assess needs.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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