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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.

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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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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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.

Courtesy of floodlist.com

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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.

Courtesy of ewn.co.za

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