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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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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.

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‘One seriously #injured’ after #wall #collapses in #Birmingham, #UK

A building has collapsed in Birmingham.

Two people have been taken to hospital after the building collapsed

At least one person is understood to be seriously injured after a wall collapsed in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police had earlier said a building collapsed but West Midlands Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team later said that a wall had come down.

The incident happened just before 6pm on Vittoria Street in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

A second person was taken to hospital with minor injuries and police said the Health and Safety Executive have been informed.

West Midlands Police said the building collapsed just before 6pm. Pic: Mat Danks
West Midlands Police said the building collapsed just before 6pm. Pic: Mat Danks

Sky News correspondent Becky Johnson said at the scene that sniffer dogs had been sent in to search the rubble.

“There are reports that it was an internal wall and that they had been working on the building,” she said.

She described the street as a row of terraced three-storey buildings, which appear to be mostly offices.

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