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Heavy #Rain Causes #Flood Chaos in #Cairo, #Egypt

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Hours of heavy on 22 October, 2019, caused flash flooding across parts of Cairo, Egypt.

Northeastern parts of Greater Cairo were the worst affected, including Nasr City and areas around Cairo’s international airport. Flights were delayed after flooding damaged a terminal building and blocked surrounding roads preventing passengers from reaching the airport.

Locals blamed the city’s poor drainage systems for the flooding, which caused traffic chaos on the city’s streets. Schools and universities have been closed in parts of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia.

Local media reported that one person died as a result of flooding in 10th of Ramadan City, Greater Cairo.

Earlier Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) had warned of unstable weather in the country which is likely to last until at least Friday 25 October, 2019.

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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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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.

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Thousands Affected by #Floods in #Diffa Region, #Niger

Flooding began in early October 2019 in the Diffa Region of Niger. Photo: UNOCHA

Media in Niger, quoting officials from the Diffa Region, said the Komadougou river in Niger broke its banks in early October, forcing 23,000 people to flee their homes.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Niger warned on 18 October that levels of the Komadougou in Diffa were more than 60cm above alert stage.

Across the region crops, farmland and homes have suffered damage. Some villages on the outskirts of the city of Diffa have been completely submerged.

Flooding was seen in Niger as early as June this year, but worsened from September, severely affecting communities in the regions of Maradi, Zinder and Agadez, as well as Dosso and the capital Niamey.

In a statement of 10 September, government authorities said that that the ongoing floods had resulted in 57 deaths and affected 132,528 people.

By late September the situation had worsened further. UNOCHA reported (pdf) in late September that 16,375 houses had been destroyed and 211,000 people affected, in particular in the 3 regions of Zinder (80,534 people affected), Maradi (28,847) and Agadez (31,222).

UNOCHA said the worsening situation in September was mainly because of the heavy rains recorded in the Niger basin and the overloading of the dams containing waters in Burkina Faso and Mali.

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Severe #Flooding Kills At Least 28 and Displaces hundreds in #Ghana

Ghana Flooding 17.10.2019

Floods caused by eight days of torrential downpours in northeastern Ghana have left 28 people dead and displaced hundreds, officials said Friday.

“At the moment the death toll is 28. About 640 people in some six communities have been displaced and we are providing shelters for them,” George Ayisi, spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Organisation, told AFP.

“We’ve counted about 286 collapsed houses during this disaster and that is making life difficult for the people.”

Relief items were being transported 800 kilometres by road from the capital Accra to the affected region on the border with Burkina Faso as meteorologists warned the rains could last into November.

“We have to just prepare for anything,” Ayisi said.

So far this year 46 people have been killed in floods in the West African nation, the disaster relief agency said.

Flooding in northern and other parts of Ghana happens each year during the rainy season.

Last year, 34 people died in northern Ghana during flooding caused by heavy rains and waters spilling from a dam in Burkina Faso.

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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.

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Severe #Flooding Causes Mayhem In #Uruguay

Santa Lucía River in Uruguay. Photo: SINAE

Emergency authorities in Uruguay report that severe weather, including strong winds, heavy rain and floods, has affected wide areas of the country over the last few days.

The country has experienced heavy rain since 12 October. Uruguay National Emergency System (SINAE) said that, as of 17 October, the departments worst affected are Canelones, Florida, Durazno, San José and Treinta y Tres.

The are currently over 270 people displaced from their homes, including 112 in Canelones department, 114 in Durazno, 27 in Florida, 16 in Treinta y Tres and 4 in San José. Main highways have been blocked in at least 7 locations and electricity supply interrupted.

The Santa Lucía and Yí rivers are rising and local authorities are monitoring the situation. As of 15 October the Yí River in Durazno was 8.06 m above its normal level, according to SINAE.

Inumet (Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología) reported that between 12 and 13 October, Zapican in Lavalleja recorded 170mm of rain, La Coronilla in Rocha 163 mm and La Coronilla in Florida 140 mm.

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Hundreds of Homes Damaged After #Floods and #Landslides in #Guatemala

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Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) reported on 17 October severe weather, including heavy rain, floods and landslides, had affected several departments of the country, with Sololá, Sacatepéquez, Retalhuleu and Escuintla among the worst hit.

Currently a spate of severe weather including heavy rain, has affected wide areas of Central America, including El Salvador and Honduras and Nicaragua .

In Guatemala, CONRED reported that one person died and 2 were injured after a landslide in Sacatepéquez Municipality in Sacatepéquez Department destroyed 2 homes.

Floods in Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, damaged around 300 homes and affected 1,500 people. The overflow of the Peraz River in San Andrés Villa Seca, Retalhuleu, damaged over 20 homes.

Landslides in areas near Semetabaj and Panajachel in Sololá have led to the closure of major roads, severely disrupting traffic.

The Guatemalan Red Cross has been assisting victims in affected areas of Escuintla, Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu departments.

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