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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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1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After #Floods in #EspíritoSanto, #Brazil

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At least one person has died and dozens have been displaced after days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Espirito Santo state in south-eastern Brazil.

The municipalities of Santa Leopoldina, Viana and Cariacica have all declared a local state of emergency according to local media. State authorities said that 95 people have been displaced in the municipalities of Alegre, Vitória, Vila Velha, Cariacica and Viana.

One person died and two were rescued with injuries following a landslide in rural Santa Leopoldina, a mountainous region of the state. As much as 177.41mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 14 November in Santa Leopoldina, causing the Santa Maria da Vitória River to break its banks.

Meanwhile flooding in Viana has damaged homes after the Formate river to broke its banks. Viana recorded 130.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 November, 2019 and 167.6mm in 24 hours to 14 November.

Cariacica has also declared a state of emergency due to the flooding. Some areas of the municipality were cut off and several people were rescued by helicopter.

Heavy rain and flooding was also reported in the state capital Vitoria where several houses were damaged, and in Alegre where around 100 houses have been damaged by flooding.

The municipality has also been affected. State Fire Service reported that 208.17mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 14 November in the municipality.

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#Storms Turn Deadly, Worst #Flooding in 50 Years in #Venice, #Italy

Floods in Venice, 12 November 2019. Photo: Commune of Venice

Severe weather has affected wide areas of Italy since 11 November has caused the worst flooding in 50 years in southern regions.

Strong winds, heavy rain and seasonal high tides in Venice combined with trigger worst flooding in over 50 years.

Late on 12 November, 2019, the high tide reached 1.87 meters, just below the record 1.94m set in 1996.

Widespread damage was reported to boats and buildings. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro estimated that the costs will run into several hundred million euros. Local authorities called for state of emergency

Firefighters carried out over 400 interventions in electrical fields. Several people were rescued by the Coast Guard. Local media have blamed 2 deaths on the severe weather. Both fatalities occurred on the island of Pellestrina.

Firefighters and rescue teams carried out 280 interventions in South Tyrol (South Tyrol) after strong winds and heavy snowfall of 40cm. As many as 15,000 people were left without power. Some flooding was reported in the city of Bolzano.

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Deadly Flash #Floods in North #Algeria

Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019. Photo: Civil Protection Algeria

At least 1 person has died and 3 were rescued after flash floods in Algeria on 12 November.

Severe weather affected wide areas of the country from 11 November, brought by a storm system informally named ‘Medicane Trudy’.

Strong winds with gusts of 90 km/h, storm surge and high waves were reported along the Algerian coast. An orange alert was issued by for several provinces including M’Sila, Batna, Khenchela, Biskra, Bejaia, Jijel, Skikda, Annaba and El Tarf.

A snowstorm was reported in Sidi Bel Abbès province on 11 November. Military personnel were deployed to assist the local community, Algeria Press Service reported.

Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Tizi Ouzou Province. According to WMO figures, 104mm of rain fell in Tizi Ouzou in 24 hours to 12 November. Civil Protection said that a car was swept off the road in Bouzeguene. The body of a victim was found later. Three people survived.

Civil Protection also reported 1 buildings collapsed in Algiers Province. No fatalities were reported. It is not clear if the building collapsed as a result of the severe weather.

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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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Deadly #Floods in #Iran’s Northern Provinces

Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019. Photo: IRCS

At least 2 people have died in floods in Iran over the last few days. One person is still missing.

Heavy rain over the last few days has affected northern areas of the country, with flooding reported in the provinces of Golestan, Mazanderan, Semnan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan.

Roads have been cut and schools closed. Flooding has caused severe damage to farmland. Water supply has been interrupted in some flood-hit areas.

Radio Farda, quoting Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) sources, reported that 2 people died as a result of flooding in Torbat Jam in Razavi Khorasan Province. One person is reportedly missing in Mazanderan Province.

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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 Major #Flooding After 120mm of #Rain in 3 Hours in South #France

Floods in Hérault, France October 2019. Credit: Pompiers 34 Hérault

The government in France says three people have died in weather-related incidents over the last few days after severe storms and torrential rain hit southern parts of the country.

France’s Interior Ministry said in a statement of 24 October: “Over the past three days, particularly severe storms have hit the south of France, causing three deaths and serious damage to the region.”

Rescue workers have carried out 1,773 operations across southern France since Sunday. More than 2000 firefighters and civil security forces were mobilised to respond to the crisis situation that affected up to 8 departments.

The Ministry did not give details of the fatalities. Local media reported that one person died after being swept away by flood waters near Beziers in Hérault department, which was among the worst hit areas. Firefighters in Hérault said they rescued 1,000 people from floods on 23 October. As of 24 October, roads in the department remained blocked in at least 17 locations.

Meteo France said that 243mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period to 23 October at Béziers-Courtade. As much as 120 mm of rain fell in less than 3 hours. The River Orb which runs through the city rose to dangerous levels jumping from around 7 metres on 22 October to 11.28 metres late on 23 October, the third highest level on record.

In the neighbouring Bouches-du-Rhône department, firefighters carried out more than 200 weather-related interventions on 23 October. Flooding also affected parts of Var, Aude and Gard departments. As of 24 October authorities said the heavy rain was moving towards northern Corsica.

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#Floods and #Landslides Leave 5 Dead in #SriLanka

Disaster officials in Sri Lanka report that at least 5 people have died after heavy rainfall, lightning strikes, floods and landslides in several provinces of the country.

Disaster Management Centre (DMC) reported that the severe weather has affected the provinces of Central, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, North-Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Four fatalities occurred in Badulla district, Uva Province as a result of flooding and lightning strikes. The fifth fatality occurred in Rathnapura district, Sabaragamuwa Province after a landslide.

As of 23 October, 1,661 people were staying in 3 relief camps in Gampaha, Western Province, after flooding forced them from their homes.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said Dehiowita in Kegalle District, Sabaragamuwa Province, recorded 135.5mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 October, 2019.

The department has forecast further heavy rain, warning, “fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Uva and North-western provinces and in Kaluthara, Batticaloa and Ampara districts.”

The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) said landslide warnings were issued to the Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalurata and Badulla districts.

Despite the heavy rain only one river was above alert level, according to Sri Lanka’s Irrigation Department. As of 23 October 2019, the Kalu Ganga river in Millakanda (near Bulathsinhala), Kalutara District, stood at 5.58 metres, where alert level is 5 metres and major flood level is 8 metres.

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