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4 Dead After #Storms and #Floods in #KwaZulu-#Natal, #SouthAfrica

Storms in South Africa 13.11.2019

Storms and heavy rain from 11 November caused flash flooding in areas of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, including Durban and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

Ethekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda confirmed that 2 people died in their home in Inanda after a wall collapsed as a result of the heavy rain.

The mayor urged precaution, in particular for drivers. He also urged members of the community not to throw garbage in the drainage systems.

The M4 Highway was closed between Umhlanga and Sibaya due to flood damage.

The area has also seen strong winds which have damaged homes and downed trees and power lines, cutting electricity supply in several areas.

A tornado hit Mpolweni settlement near Pietermaritzburg left at least 2 people dead and several injured.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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#Cyclone #Bulbul Leaves 24 Dead in #India and #Bangladesh

Map of impact of Tropical Cyclone Bulbul in North East India and Bangladesh, November 2019. Image / map and data: DG-ECHO

At least 24 people have died and more than 2 million displaced after Tropical Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ hit coastal areas of Bangladesh and the states of West Bengal and Odisha in north east India.

Bulbul made landfall in West Bengal on 09 November, 2019, with wind gusts of 135 km/h. According to media reports, the fatalities and much of the damage were the result of the strong winds.

Over 26,000 houses have been damaged in West Bengal and Odisha, India, where 12 people have died as a result of the storm. Over 120,000 people were moved to safety.

In Bangladesh, 12 people have died, 28 people are still missing, 71 have been injured and over 2,100,000 have been evacuated to 5,787 evacuation centres. A total of 50,287 houses have been damaged or destroyed and more than 60,000 hectares of crops have been affected, according to the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO).

Some flooding was reported after river embankments were breached in Barguna district of Barisal Division in southern Bangladesh, where thousands of homes were damaged. According to WMO figures, Barisal recorded 288.4 mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 November.

Storm surge of up to 3 metres hit some coastal areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal (see map below).

Bulbul was downgraded to a tropical depression on 10 November as it made its way inland towards the Indian state of Tripura.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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Deadly #FlashFloods in Eastern Province After 43mm of #Rain in 30 Minutes, #SaudiArabia

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Severe weather including strong winds and heavy rain on 27 October, 2019, caused severe damage in Hafr Al-Batin in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

The rainstorm hit during the afternoon of 27 October, and dumped 43mm of rain in just 30 minutes, according to the secretariat of Hafr Al-Batin governorate.

Local media said that 7 people died in the storm and 11 people were injured. Civil Defense rescued 16 people from vehicles trapped in flood water. Three buildings were damaged, along with around 40 cars. Around 1,100 people were affected.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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#Tornado Causes One Death, Thousands Displaced In #Java, #Indonesia

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A puting beliung (small tornado) swept through three different villages in Batu city in East Java over the weekend, leaving one dead and over 1,000 residents displaced.

The tornado destroyed about 20 houses, a telecommunications transmitter and parts of the electricity network in three villages: Sumber Brantas, Gunungsari and Sumbergondo.

Several trees fell and blocked access to the affected areas. Sodiq, a resident of Jurang Kuali hamlet in Sumber Brantas village, was killed by a falling tree, news site tempo.co reported.

Over 1,200 residents took shelter in five locations, including at the mayor’s residence and the Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) compound.

“We have to evacuate the residents for their own safety,” said a BPBD official, Achmad Choirur Rochim, on Sunday.

“In the villages, strong winds were still felt [during the evacuation process],” he added.

As residents left their homes, a joint team of police and military officers were assigned to safeguard vacant houses in the three affected villages.

Courtesy of reliefweb.int

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