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3703 114   Niger Burkina Faso Chad   Niamey, northern Chad   1-Aug-10 11-Aug-10 11 1 5,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 619100 6.8 14.00 13.60 x 1 79 1 259 01-Aug-10 896 3171 August 11, 2010: "Thousands of homes have been flooded in and around Niamey Some five thousand people in Niger lost their homes and crops after the River Niger burst its banks at the weekend.The West African country is already suffering from severe food shortages caused by recent drought.Another 20,000 people are at risk of displacement in the event of further heavy rains, UN officials have warned.Heavy rainfall has also caused flooding across other parts of West and Central Africa and threatens to worsen the food crisis in the region, the UN said.Millions of people are without food in the region after droughts over the last year depleted stocks, the UN World Food Programme warned. "Rain in the Sahel is much welcome but it needs to be properly distributed over time and over space which is the major issue now," the WFP's Naouar Labidi told Reuters news agency.The BBC's Idy Baraou in Niger's capital, Niamey, says many more houses in and around the city are in danger of collapsing and residents fear that more heavy rain is still to come.The UN said that 30,000 animals had died in the flooding and carcasses could be seen floating near water points, spreading further fears of outbreaks of waterborne diseases.Regional havocMeanwhile, on Monday the authorities in Ghana issued a flood warning for three northern regions because of rising water levels at two dams in neighbouring Burkina Faso. According to the UN's Irin news agency, 40 people have already died in flooding in Ghana in June and July.In Burkina Faso, the agency reported that 14 people had died last month in floods and many people were sleeping in schools and other public buildings.Northern Chad in the Sahara desert has recently recorded the heaviest rain in 50 years and hail stones the size of eggs destroyed crops in central Guinea in July, Irin said.The International Federation of the Red Cross says it is providing aid to flood victims in the Central African Republic and in Ivory Coast, where there have been mudslides.On Monday, at least 13 people died - most of them children - in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, when a building collapsed during a mudslide, following torrential rain

3702 113   United States       State of Iowa, Ames, Colfax towns   10-Aug-10 11-Aug-10 2 1 1,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 8257 4.2 -93.47 42.31 x 0 78 1 258 10-Aug-10 895 3170 August 11, 2010: "A teenage girl died Wednesday when raging floodwaters swept three cars off a road near Des Moines, and hundreds had to evacuate their homes as widespread flooding struck Iowa after three nights of rain.In Ames, flooding contributed to a water main break that forced the city to shut off water to its roughly 55,000 residents and left Iowa State University's basketball arena under 4 to 5 feet of water.Rivers and creeks rose after storms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain on central and eastern Iowa over night Wednesday, with 6 inches in some spots, the National Weather Service said. A snowy winter and wet spring and summer "set the stage" for the flooding, but the recent storms were the big problem, weather service meteorologist Jim Lee said."The bulk of this has been caused by those recent extreme rainfalls, especially back-to-back-to-back," he said.Divers found the girl's body near the submerged cars in Mud Creek about 2:20 p.m., more than 10 hours after she disappeared. Authorities said fast-moving water hindered their search efforts earlier in the day.Polk County Deputy Keith Onley declined to identify the girl.The cars were swept off the road between Altoona and Mitchellville about 4 a.m. Rescuers found 10 of the 11 passengers clinging to trees and hanging onto logs. Four were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.Doug Phillips, a division chief with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, said the creek is usually only 3 feet deep and 10 feet wide but early Wednesday morning, "it looked like a river."In Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines, officials shut off the city's water supply at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after a water main broke beneath the flooded Squaw Creek. The break drained a city water tower, dropping pressure in the distribution system and raising the possibility the system's water could become contaminated.Officials warned anyone who still had access to water to boil it before consuming it. They said repairs could take up to 24 hours.Several hundred Ames residents were evacuated from their homes after 3 to 5 inches of rain pushed Squaw Creek and Skunk River over their banks, Fire Chief Clint Petersen said. In some spots, water was up to car windshields.The floor at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State's basketball arena, was covered with up to 5 feet of water, school spokesman John McCarroll said. It was too soon to know how much damage had been done, he said.Jack Trice football stadium was still dry, surrounded by sandbags football players had stacked as a precaution.But the parking lot between the two stadiums, where tailgaters party before games, was flooded."I hope they get it cleared out by football season," student Sam Stonehocker said.In all, eight campus buildings had flood damage, McCarroll said.The Iowa Department of Transportation closed Interstate 35 just south of Ames and both lanes of U.S. Highway 30 in the area were closed.Elsewhere in Ames, Howe's Welding and Metal Fab had several feet of water inside it, even though the owners had been sandbagging all night. Piper Wall, whose husband owns the business, said it was difficult to assess the damage while the water remained, but it appeared worse than in 1993, when much of the area was underwater."It will be when all this comes out and all the mud that remains and the machining tools and electric stuff that's not high enough," Wall said. "In 1993, it was $150,000 and this year it's higher."Downriver from Ames, the town of Colfax was nearly cut off by the rising Skunk River. Roads were covered by water, and people used boats to help neighbors move to higher ground.Colfax Mayor David Mast said he expected more than 200 homes would flood, and some were already inundated with about 4 feet of water. City officials had asked at least 300 residents on the west side of town to move to higher ground, Mast said.After Heather Kern was asked to leave at 12:30 a.m., she rushed to move possessions out of the home she shared with her husband, two children and three other relatives. When sirens sounds a few hours later, the family had to evacuate.Kern's basement was flooded, and water was inching into the first floor with waste-high water in the backyard."I feel blessed that we have our lives," Kern said. "We don't know where we're going to live or where we're going to stay, but we have our lives."Colfax flooded in 1993, when the Skunk River reached a record of over 21.5 feet, more than 4 feet over flood stage. The river on Wednesday was 22.5 and still rising.

3701 112   North Korea       Eastern province of South Hamkyong, northwestern province of North Pyongan, next to the border with China, Hwanghae province in the southwest, Jagang province to the east of North Pyongan   27-Jul-10 08-Aug-10 13   17,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 51190 5.8 125.71 39.59 x 0 78 1 257 27-Jul-10 895 3169 August 8, 2010: "Floods caused by torrential rain have washed away homes, roads, railways and farmland in North Korea, state media said on Sunday, without giving a casualty toll."Water damage restoration work is underway in... areas struck by continuing torrential rain," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, adding authorities were holding emergency meetings on aid for those affected.The agency said work was underway to rebuild flood-hit homes, public buildings, bridges and roads.Workers in the eastern province of South Hamkyong have restored all 110 irrigation channels that were destroyed, it said.Work was also underway in the northwestern province of North Pyongan, next to the border with China, and in Hwanghae province in the southwest.Railways and telephone lines in Jagang province to the east of North Pyongan have been restored, it said.The report did not say exactly when the floods hit the impoverished nation, which even in normal times suffers severe food shortages.Last Thursday KCNA reported widespread flood damage following torrential rain in July. Some 5,560 houses were destroyed along with 360 public buildings and factories, it said.There were also fatalities, KCNA said without elaborating.Some 14,850 hectares of farmland were "submerged, buried or washed away", the agency said Thursday.The North suffers frequent floods during the rainy season due to deforestation of hillsides for firewood or agriculture and a lack of flood control measures.In August 2007 the country's worst floods in a decade left at least 600 people dead or missing.South Korea's Meteorological Administration says 315.8 mm of rain fell in the North in July, up 139 per cent from the monthly average.China has suspended shipping and tourist boat traffic on the Yalu River, which forms part of its border with North Korea."Local television footage in North Korea has shown pictures of flooding and devastation in the northern Pyongan province, which comes after heavy rains last month that also hit other provinces.There was no date on the footage aired on Saturday but state-run media reported last week that homes, farms, roads and buildings have been destroyed.About 36,700 acres of farmland were submerged and 5,500 homes and 350 public buildings and facilities were destroyed or flooded, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).Landslides caused by the torrential rains wrecked bridges and roads as well as resulting in power equipment failure that disrupted railroad traffic in some parts of the country, KCNA said.KCNA also reported casualties in Jagang and South Hamgyong provinces but did not say how many, nor clarify if people were injured or had died.The news agency had previously reported heavy rains fell in the country in mid- to late July, but those earlier reports did not mention flooding or damage.State media in the reclusive communist state often report news days or weeks after an event takes place.Flood prone countryThere was no indication the North would need outside help to deal with the flooding.In 2007, the government did seek outside assistance to cope with its most severe flooding in decades. At least 600 people were dead or missing and more than 100,000 homeless after those floods, which destroyed more than 11 per cent of the country's crops."

3700 111   India       Kashmir,    6-Aug-10 08-Aug-10 3 150 180   Torrential Rain 11.5 145000 6.7 76.12 33.53 x 1 78 1 256 06-Aug-10 895 3168 August 11, 2010: " A handout picture released by the Indian army shows an aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Leh, 443 km (275 miles) east of Srinagar. Heavy rainfall was hampering rescue and relief efforts in Ladakh on Saturday, the army said, after flash floods killed at least 113 people. Scores of people were missing, and some foreign tourists were also believed to have been affected, the foreign ministry said
search team continued searching for the missing people in sudden rain storms in Himalayan region of Ladakh.On Wednesday, Aug 11 Indian search teams tried to locate foreign tourists in Ladakh after five Europeans were declared to be among the 185 people killed in floods.
Sudden rain storms on Friday, Aug 6 triggered flash floods that swept away buildings, roads and power cables in the town of Leh, and stranded many tourists in the mountains.About 400 local people are still missing after rivers of mud and rock poured down valleys and swamped villages."Today our helicopters evacuated around 35 tourists including two children stranded near a Buddhist monastery situated at an altitude of 14,000 feet," said Priya Joshi, Indian Air Force spokeswoman."Most of them were Europeans. We carried out more than 40 helicopter sorties today to bring out these people and operations are continuing," she added.Officials reported that 185 people were killed and around 400 people were missing. Many people are feared buried in the village of Choglamsar on the outskirts of Leh. Sniffer dogs have been trying to locate bodies, but progress has been slow.The Kashmir government officials told they were still trying to establish the exact number and location of tourists via embassies and travel agencies.Thousands of visitors from India and elsewhere travel to Ladakh each year during Jul and Aug for trekking and rafting expeditions and to experience the area's ancient Buddhist culture. "
3699 110   China       Entire communities in Gansu province's Zhouqu district,Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province   27-Jul-10 11-Aug-10 16 65 180   Torrential Rain 1.5 442500 7.0 99.58 37.84 x 1 77 1 255 27-Jul-10 894 3167 August 11, 2010: "ZHOUQU, China (AP) — Heavy rains on Wednesday lashed a remote section of northwestern China where weekend flooding killed at least 702 people, as hopes of finding more survivors faded and crews worked to stave off outbreaks of disease.More than 1,000 people were still listed as missing in the disaster, with mud, stones and debris covering many houses.The National Meteorological Center warned there was a "relatively large" chance of more landslides in the coming days, as the rain was expected to grow heavier, with up to 3 ½ inches forecast for Friday. The chances of finding more survivors were falling by the hour, but soldiers on Wednesday rescued a 50-year-old man who had been trapped in knee-deep mud on the second floor of a hotel, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.Troops and rescue teams joined by traumatized survivors turned to recovering bodies and seeing to the needs of the living. Clean drinking water was a primary concern, with most local sources destroyed or too polluted to use.Entire communities in Gansu province's Zhouqu district were swallowed up when the debris-choked Bailong River jumped its banks Sunday, releasing wave after wave of mud and rubble-strewn water. While torrential rains were the direct cause, tree cutting that left the dry hills exposed and the weakening of cliff faces by a massive 2008 earthquake were seen as contributing factors.Buildings were torn from their foundations, their lower floors blown out by the force of the debris-laden water. Three villages comprising hundreds of households were entirely buried and much of the county seat left submerged."In some households, all the people have died," making the counting of the dead more difficult, Zhang Weixing, a Ministry of Civil Affairs official, told a news conference Wednesday.Crews using explosives and excavators rushed to drain an unstable lake on the Bailong upriver of Zhouqu, fearing more rain could cause a massive breach, bringing more misery to the town."The danger of the barrier lake collapsing has been basically eliminated," Jiao Yong, deputy vice minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, told the news conference.Disinfectant crews in protective suits sprayed chemicals across the ground and over machinery, the smell of death heavy in the air. State media reported numerous cases of dysentery, while infected injuries, a lack of sanitation, clean drinking water and accumulating garbage increased the risk of typhoid, cholera and other diseases.But the deputy director of the Health Ministry's emergency office, Zhang Guoxin, said there have been no reports of an epidemic outbreak.Rescue crews have been largely reliant on hand tools, with heavy equipment either unable to traverse the difficult terrain or mired in mud up to several yards (meters) deep.But roads reopened Wednesday, allowing heavy earth-moving equipment and supplies to flow in.At least 45,000 people have evacuated their homes, and the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported the delivery of 30,000 tents to the area, with thousands more on the way. Zhouqu has a population of 134,000, but it wasn't clear how many needed emergency shelter.Shen Si, a member of the Tibetan ethnic group native to the area, watched forlornly as troops dug to reach the bodies of her relatives inside their buried home."My mother and father in their 60s and my younger brother, all three of them, are buried here in our house still," she said.Throughout the area, bodies were seen wrapped in blankets and tied to sticks or placed on planks and left on the shattered streets for pickup.China's leadership has ordered teams to continue the search for survivors, and the ruling Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee met Tuesday to discuss rescue and relief work."It is now a critical time ... we must give the highest prominence to the protection of people's lives and properties," it said in a statement.Flooding in China has killed about 1,800 people this year " More heavy downpours are expected today through Friday across northeastern Jilin Province where more than 100 people have been killed due to flooding and consequent landslides.Analysts are divided over a possible decrease in grain production due to the flooding that may lead to price hikes and hamper government efforts to contain inflation.In Tonghua, imminent rain is likely to daunt workers who had been rushing to repair flood-damaged water pipelines, almost four days after more than 300,000 residents were left without tap water supplies, authorities said.It remained unclear when tap water would be restored, but authorities said 1.5 million bottles of water are available for emergency purposes, the Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.In Baishan, workers were racing against time before the arrival of heavy rains, to clear an accumulation of garbage, up to one-meter thick and covering an area of 15,000 square meters, which blocked the flow of water under a bridge and threatened a downstream dam, Xinhua reported.Wang Yanbo, a resident in Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province, told the Global Times that many buildings in the city have been damaged and some villages in Yanbian have become flooded. The supply of water and electricity in these villages has been cut off.The tap water system in the neighboring city of Longjing was destroyed, and people are relying on water supplies provided by the Yanji Public Security Bureau for fire control, Wang said.Jilin Province is the latest region to suffer from what has been described as the worst floods in more than a decade.

3698 109   Germany Czech Republic Poland   Polish town of Bogatyni, eastern German town of Neukirchen near the Czech border, town of Goerlitz, on the border with Poland   27-Jul-10 08-Aug-10 13 15 3,000   Torrential Rain 1.5 45880 6.0 14.00 51.47 x 0 76 1 254 27-Jul-10 893 3166 August 8, 2010: "Heavy rain in central Europe has caused floods which killed at least seven people, cut off towns and forced the evacuation of residents from submerged villages by helicopter, authorities and local media said on Saturday.The Polish town of Bogatynia was cut off after a river overflowed its banks, covering the main bridge leading into the town and sweeping away several smaller bridges."At this moment we need everything," said Andrzej Grzemielewicz, mayor of the town of 18,000. "We need helicopters. People are on their roofs. The situation is dramatic."Several buildings had collapsed in the town and local media reported one person was killed.In the Czech Republic, the news agency CTK reported three people had been killed by floods in the north of the country.Extra rescue personnel and soldiers were called in to help with evacuation from some of the worst affected towns, using helicopters to reach villages cut off by the swollen rivers.In the eastern German town of Neukirchen near the Czech border, police said a 72-year-old woman, her 74-year-old husband and another man aged 63 had been found drowned in the basement of their apartment block.The fire service found the bodies on Saturday while pumping water out of the basement. The three had drowned while trying to carry items from the basement upstairs, a police spokesman said."Rescue workers sought to clear flood-borne debris including damaged cars and evacuate victims after heavy rains and stormy winds across central Europe killed at least 15 people over the weekend.Heavy downpours yesterday caused rivers to overflow their banks and a dam to burst, submerging Bogatynia and other towns in southwest Poland and killing at least three people.Flood damage and deaths also were reported in neighbouring countries. The death toll in the Czech Republic grew to five today and another three were missing and feared drowned.On Saturday, three people died in the German town of Neukirchen, near the Czech border.In neighbouring Lithuania, falling trees and structures killed four and injured several, with thousands being left without electricity after storm winds hit the country.The army, police and fire-service rescuers were using amphibious vehicles, helicopters and heavy earth-moving equipment to evacuate flood victims and clear debris including damaged cars blocking narrow streets.The weekend deluge followed major spring and summer flooding across Poland, which caused widespread property damage and claimed some two dozen lives.In Germany, authorities at the weekend evacuated some 1,400 people around the town of Goerlitz, on the border with Poland, where they expected the flooding level to rise after topping 7 metres (23 feet).In the Czech Republic, extra rescue personnel and soldiers were called in to help with evacuation from some of the worst affected towns in the north of the country, and helicopters were used to reach villages cut off by the swollen rivers.

3697 108   Afghanistan       Various parts   27-Jul-10 03-Aug-10 8 65 180   Torrential Rain 1.0 176800 6.2 68.86 35.21 x 1 76 1 253 27-Jul-10 893 3165 August 2, 2010: "Flash floods in Afghanistan have killed at least 65 people and affected more than 1,000 families, the national disaster authority chief told AFP Saturday. Rescue teams in the northeast of the country are still struggling to reach areas cut off by flooded roads and the threat of insurgent attacks, said Abdul Matin Edrok, head of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.“Initial information sent by our provincal offices shows that nearly 70 people have been killed and tens injured. We estimate more than 1,000 families have been affected but these figures may rise,” he said.Most of those affected were in northeast Kapisa province, where 31 people died, he said. Others were killed in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Logar, central Ghazni province and northern Parwan.Edrok said food and medical aid was being distributed using some Afghan and NATO coalition helicopters, and that the rains causing the floods had now ended.In neighboring Pakistan, at least 408 people have been killed and 600,000 people affected by the worst floods in living memory, as monsoon rains triggered flash floods and landslides.Military operations are under way to help those living across the Afghan border in the impoverished remote mountain belt."July 28, 2010: "Flash floods killed over 20 people and destroyed dozens of houses in different parts of Afghanistan on 26-27 July, according to the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA). The northeastern Kapisa and the eastern Laghman provinces were worst affected, but deaths and damage were also reported in nearby Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. Twenty people have been killed in Kohband District and thousands of houses destroyed, said Abdul Aleem Ayar, a spokesman of the Kapisa governor. Dozens of injured had been taken to hospital. Six people have been killed in Laghman Province, Abdul Matin Edrak, director of ANDMA, told IRIN, adding that floods had also caused extensive damage to farmland. He said assessments were under way in flood-affected areas and relief efforts would be coordinated with UN agencies and NGOs. Floods have claimed the lives of over 300 people in 19 of the country’s 34 provinces since March, ANDMA said. Thousands of people have been displaced in the north and west, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported. "

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3696 107 FL-2010-000141-PAK Pakistan       Pakistan   27-Jul-10 11-Aug-10 16 1600 14,000,000   Monsoonal Rain 2.0 129700 6.6 73.26 33.36 x 1 75 1 252 27-Jul-10 892 3164 August 11, 2010: "Pakistan warned of fresh flooding along vast stretches of the Indus basin, as engineers raced to shore up defenses in the country’s sixth-largest city and reopen roads that have cut off the biggest refinery.More rains are expected in the next 24 hours in central Punjab province and in the northwest, the worst-hit region, Muhammad Riaz, the chief meteorologist in Karachi, said by phone. Information Minister Qamar Zaman said 722,000 homes have already been damaged and flooded roads are hampering relief efforts.The United Nations appealed for $460 million in aid today to assist at least six million people displaced by a wave of water that has descended on Pakistan’s economic heartland. Almost 700,000 hectares of standing crops are under water or destroyed by floodwaters, the Food and Agriculture Organization said. Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd. closed its Multan plant, which processes a third of the country’s crude oil.As many as 50 million people have been affected, John Holmes, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said in New York.“The number of people affected is much larger than the Pakistan earthquake of 2005, the tsunami,” that struck the Indian Ocean basin in 2004 or the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti in January, Holmes told journalists.
“Pakistan has never seen a disaster of this scale,” Abdul Sattar Edhi, founder of the Edhi Foundation, the nation’s biggest rescue service, said by telephone from Peshawar, predicting at least 2,200 people may have died so far. “We need to rebuild everything from scratch and the biggest challenge is rehabilitation.”Southern Punjab province may face “critical flooding” between now and Aug. 14, Shafaqat Ahmed, the military commander for Multan said at a news conference today. A third flood peak may hit the area at the end of the month, he said.Cotton, rice, sugarcane and maize crops have been damaged and fruit orchards have been washed away by the monsoon rains, putting at risk the government’s farm output growth target of 3.8 percent for the year that started July 1.Almost two weeks after much of the northwest was first inundated, southern Sindh province is being ravaged by water flowing down the Indus at up to 10 times the normal volume.Jacobabad, Sukkur and Larkana are among districts at risk. Low-lying areas of Hyderabad, Pakistan’s sixth-largest city, may be inundated within 24 hours.“Our protective arrangements are all in place,” said Abdul Qadir Paleejo, executive engineer at the Kotri Barrage, a dam spanning the Indus 8 kilometers (5 miles) northwest of Hyderabad, a industrial city of 1.6 million people. “We have strengthened our embankments and protective walls.”City officials began evacuating residents yesterday. The Kotri Barrage is the last dam along the swollen Indus as flood waters make their way to the sea, leaving behind a trail of unprecedented destruction.Officials say the flood’s worst damage may be done at Hyderabad, the biggest population center directly on the 3,200- kilometer long Indus River. The city is home to textile mills and assembly plants for motorcycles and cars.“The barrage has the capacity to withstand a flow of 875,000 cubic feet per second, while the incoming tide is carrying a flow of 800,000,” Paleejo said from his office at the dam. “We are hoping it will pass without causing any damage.”Pakistan said yesterday it will waive farm loans and help rebuild homes for victims of the floods as the government and aid agencies acknowledged they are unable to reach or assist many of the 14 million uprooted so far.The floods have knocked Pakistan back to the “primordial” era, the country’s ambassador to the UN, Abdullah Haroon, told journalists in New York. “Six thousand villages have been wiped from the face of the earth.”The government will announce a sweeping rehabilitation package once it completes a survey of lives lost and damage to property, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan cited Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as saying. A cross-party committee will coordinate relief activities, he said, after visiting camps in Muzaffargarh and Layyah.The World Bank said today it will assess needs and draft a reconstruction plan for affected regions.In Baluchistan province, “our stockpiles are nearly exhausted,” and trucks hauling tents have been blocked for a week by flooded roads, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in an e-mailed message.With more than 10,000 square kilometers (4,000 square miles) of Pakistan under water, the agency has delivered tents to people that have no dry land on which to pitch them.About 1,600 people are known to have died in Pakistan, and hundreds more in India and Afghanistan, from flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains. The death toll may jump as more inundated areas become accessible, Edhi said.Many people have died from the outbreak of diseases such as diarrhea and flood victims are in need of basic medicines, blankets and tents, Edhi said.At least 500,000 people made homeless in the northwest are seeking shelter in public buildings and tent camps erected on high ground and along roads, the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement.The United States and Islamic militant groups, both pushing for influence in the world’s sixth-most populous country, have sent teams to help homeless villagers in areas of the ethnic Pashtun northwest that for two years have been combat zones.Pak-Arab Refinery’s plant at Multan, the nation’s biggest refinery, has been shut as a precaution due to the floods and may start supplying fuel within a week, company spokesman Saad Husain said by phone from Karachi. Natural gas output has fallen after floods forced the closure of a well at the Qadirpur field.The U.S. yesterday pledged an additional $20 million in emergency aid, bringing its total promised to $55 million, State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told reporters.Australia said today its air force will send two C-17 Globemaster aircraft this week to deliver emergency supplies.
"August 3, 2010: "TRescue teams in northern Pakistan are battling to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by monsoon flooding.While water is receding in some areas, many communities remain cut off by the region's worst flooding for 80 years.Unicef said 3m people had been affected and more than 1,400 had been killed. The government said some 27,000 people remained trapped and awaiting help.Renewed rain on Tuesday slowed the relief effort, with criticism rising of the pace of the government response.In the Swat Valley, where thousands are still rebuilding after a major military operation against the Taliban during 2009, the flooding has brought down bridges and left communities cut off."The civil administration is totally zero in helping," one medical student, Abdullah, told the BBC."There [are] no aid agencies here at the moment - I haven't seen anyone, because more than 25 bridges have been swept away. These are the metal bridges for carrying transport." The Malakand region, which includes Swat, is among the worst-affected areas. Villages in Malakand have suffered heavy casualties, with roads and bridges washed away.Adnan Khan, a spokesman for the disaster management authority in the worst-affected province, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, told Reuters news agency that logistics were now an immense challenge."The entire infrastructure we built in the last 50 years has been destroyed," he said.The BBC's Lyse Doucet, in Islamabad, says the flooding would be a challenge in any country, but is a growing crisis for a country like Pakistan, already suffering economic woes and a Taliban insurgency.The return of monsoon rains has grounded helicopters and raised fears of renewed flooding.Forecasters said moderate to heavy rain would continue in the north-west and in southern provinces of Punjab and Sindh over the coming days."Enhanced monsoon activity" is also expected to continue during the first two weeks of August.Just as emergency services and the army said they were making some headway, the rains have come again. That has meant an immediate suspension of helicopter flights to stranded people.We've had about two hours of very heavy downpours. It has just eased up but more are expected in the coming hours - floodwaters could rise again and rivers will burst their banks again. Aid operations will have to be suspended for even longer.There are many areas the army admits that it has not reached at all. There are several valleys in the north-west of Pakistan where they do not know how many people have died or how much destruction there is. Time is now crucial for those people waiting for aid, who do not yet have food or clean water.The army had hoped that the initial rescue operation could be over in 10 days, but says rebuilding the damaged areas could take more than six months.Local official Mian Iftikhar Hussain said rescue teams were trying to reach 27,000 stranded people, including 1,500 tourists in the Swat Valley.But the biggest challenge for the emergency services is access, as so many areas had their transport and communication links destroyed and are now isolated.There are also concerns that yet more places could flood: a warning was issued to villages close to the Warsak Dam overnight, but no evacuation order was issued.The Pakistani military says it has committed 30,000 troops and dozens of helicopters to the relief effort, but winching individuals to safety is a slow process.Unconfirmed reports say that Islamist groups, some accused of having links to the Taliban, have been providing aid to many of the victims.Some survivors have complained that the government has responded slowly; several hundred people protested in the city of Peshawar, where homeless survivors have crammed into temporary shelters, and there have been angry scenes in Swat. In Nowshera district one flood victim, Faisal Islam, told the Associated Press: "We need tents. Just look around. This is the only shirt I have. Everything else is buried."Aid agencies say the risk of water-borne diseases spreading will remain high until the floodwaters fully recede. Mr Hussain, the regional information minister, said there were reports of cholera emerging in the Swat Valley.What aid is arriving in the flood zone is in high demand Ahmed Farah Shadoul, the World Health Organization's acting head in Pakistan, told the BBC it was essential to act against the spread of a number of infections, including diarrhoeal diseases, skin problems, eye problems, malaria, fevers and measles.The UN children's agency Unicef said more than a million children needed emergency aid.Dr Shadoul said he had received reports of people being bitten by snakes, and said WHO had provided anti-venom in some regions.Food is scarce in the area and water supplies have been contaminated by the floods.Unicef says it has been working with the Pakistani authorities to repair wells and provide chlorine tablets for drinking water.Governments around the world have pledged millions of dollars in aid, but there has been no decision yet on whether to launch a global appeal for aid." "ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The worst floods in memory in Pakistan have devastated the lives of more than 3 million people, a U.N. spokesman said on Tuesday, while outrage over the unpopular government's response to the suffering spreads.The catastrophe, which started almost a week ago and has killed more than 1,400 people, is likely to deepen as more rains are expected and a breakout of water-borne diseases such as cholera could create a health crisis.It has also called once again into question the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari, who is already juggling a Taliban insurgency and chronic power cuts in the nuclear-armed U.S. ally.Poorly resourced Pakistani authorities are struggling to help flood victims, many of whom have lost everything and say they received no warnings that raging waters were heading their way.Anger was palpable in towns such as Charssada. A Reuters reporter saw people attacking trucks distributing relief items. Police then charged at them with batons.Bistma Bibi, 65, who lost two grandsons in the floods, accused state relief workers of only helping friends or relatives. "I came here at 5 o'clock in the morning. I did my best. I begged and fought but got nothing. They're giving them (supplies) to their people," she said."July 29, 2010: "Peshawar, Pakistan - At least 113 people have died and thousands more have been made homeless by flash floods triggered by torrential rains that hit north-west Pakistan and Pakistani Kashmir, officials said on Thursday.The army has been summoned to tackle the problems caused by the flood waters, with Swat and Malakand districts the hardest hit."I can confirm the death of 91 people in the last two days in different areas," senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Bashir Ahmad Bilour, told reporters.More than 60 people were killed in Malakand alone while Swat itself was cut off as heavy rains swept away several bridges and disrupted communications." "Rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains, washing away streets, battering a dam and killing at least 60 people in the most severe floods in decades in northwest Pakistan, officials have said. Hundreds of thousands more were stranded as rescue workers struggled to reach far-flung villages.In the Peshawar area, two elderly men clung to a fence post and each other as a raging torrent swept over their heads, footage on Pakistan's Dunya TV showed. It was unclear whether they survived.People were forced to trudge through knee-deep water in some streets in the Swat Valley. A newly constructed part of a dam in the Charsadda district collapsed, while crops were soaked in many areas. At least 10 people died near Peshawar when their homes collapsed.Dozens of people were reported missing, including at least nine Chinese construction workers in the Kohistan area. Some 200 other Chinese workers were trapped amid the downpour, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, the province that has been deluged.He said it was the worst floods in the north-west since 1929 and estimated 400,000 people were stranded around the north-west."A rescue operation using helicopters cannot be conducted due to the bad weather, while there are only 48 rescue boats available for rescue," he said, noting weather forecasts predict more rain over the next day.Monsoon season often leads to widespread flooding in Pakistan, and the poorest residents are often most at risk because flood-prone areas are all they can afford.The torrential rain this week is a suspected factor in a plane crash in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, that killed 152 people on Wednesday""At least 43 killed as a result of monsoon rains and flooding across the country"

3695 106 FL-2010-000145-BFA Burkino Faso           21-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 5 14 20,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 160800 5.9 -1.39 12.94   0 74 1 251 21-Jul-10 891 3163 July 25, 2010: "At least 20,000 people are homeless and one man is dead after devastating floods in Burkina Faso this week, according to the government.The man died while trying to save someone else, Prime Minister Tertius Zongo announced after an emergency meeting on Saturday.Officials say that the figures are "provisional", with several villages in the east of the country under water after two dams broke.The rains lasted from Tuesday to Thursday but thousands have been driven from their homes and at least one village, Mani, is still cut off from the rest of the world with rescue workers unable to reach it."In villages where it is possible we are trying to house the homeless in schools and high up because everything is flooded," provincial governor Théodore Kilimité Hien told the AFP news agency.The air force would join rescue efforts on Sunday, he said.In September 2009 eight people were killed and 150,000 made homeless by floods in and around the capital, Ougadougou." Flood,Burkina Faso: Flood continuing since last week hit the north-central regions, killing 14, affecting over 31,000. Regional government is continuing search and rescue efforts.

3694 105   Saudi Arabia       Mountainous areas of Asir, Jazan, Najran and Taif   23-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 3 14     Torrential Rain 1.0 346200 6.0 41.92 21.51   1 74 1 250 23-Jul-10 891 3162 July 25, 2010: "Fourteen people have been killed in flash floods in Saudi Arabia.The floods also took another person away when they hit several mountainous districts of southern Saudi Arabia. He is still missing.After days of heavy rain in , the country's civil defence members have taken over to rescue people and recover bodies.They have also supplied food, water, and medicine to the stricken areas where flooding has washed away some roads."

3693 104   Viet Nam       Northern Viet Nam, Ha Giang province, Lao Cai province   23-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 3 8 12,400   Tropical Storm Chanthu 1.0 68320 5.3 105.95 22.11   0 73 1 249 23-Jul-10 890 3161 July 25, 2010: "HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam's government says floods and landslides triggered by remnants of Typhoon Chanthu killed eight people and left two others missing in the north.The national floods and storms control department said on its website Sunday seven people, including a 3-year-old girl, died in Ha Giang province, and a 2-year-old girl was swept away by floods in neighbouring Lao Cai province.Two people were reported missing in Cao Bang province when a mine they were working in collapsed.Typhoon Chanthu killed three people in southern China before weakening into a tropical storm Friday after making landfall in Guangdong province.."

3692 103   China       Current flooding is concentrated in Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces. Dead and displaced entries are estimates for summer, 2010 flooding total to date   23-Jul-10 03-Aug-10 12 1100 300,000   Monsoonal Rain 2.0 1049000 7.4 111.07 31.58   1 73 1 248 23-Jul-10 890 3160 August 2, 2010: "Korean Ethnic Village," attracts thousands of tourists every year. It lies in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture on China's border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than 90 percent of the villagers are of Korean ethnicity.On Monday, flood waters had largely retreated, however road traffic to the village was still paralyzed."Not a single villager died in the floods, as village leaders, after receiving the flood alert, went door-to-door half an hour before the floods hit," Piao said.Even though no one died, the floods have left many villagers at a loss.An older woman, traumatized after losing her property and other belongings, was uncertain about her."I don't know how long we will stay in the camps. Rebuilding the village will be difficult," she said adding she had not seen such a big flood in her life.Hongqi Village was hit by flood waters from the Gudong River, the source of Songhua River, which is still swollen due to lingering downpours." The U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert for China, warning U.S. citizens residing or traveling in China about the ongoing threat of flooding in many places in the country and advising U.S. citizens in the region to monitor local weather reports and use caution when travelling in flooded areas.Since June, more than 1,000 people have died or are missing as a result of flooding, landslides, and collapsed roads and bridges caused by torrential rains. Over three-quarters of the provinces in China have been affected, with Shaanxi, Sichuan and Henan Provinces most heavily impacted since mid-July. More than 25 major rivers are over flood stage. While less-developed, remote rural areas have been most affected, some U.S. citizen tourists have reported travel disruptions in other areas. Trains have been stopped or diverted, roads closed and flights delayed by severe storms. Travelers should expect further closings, detours, and danger from flooding and landslides if the rains persist."July 30, 2010: "Over 30,000 people were trapped in floodwaters after torrential downpour inundated a northeastern town of China, snapping all communication links to the area.More than 200 rescue workers were dispatched to the flooded Kouqian town in the Jilin province, where the Yongji County Government is located, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying.The floods in Jilin province have so far killed 13 people and affected 150,000 others, the news agency added.More than 80 passengers and station workers were trapped inside the Kouqian railway station after the Xingshan Reservoir overflowed.Zhu Qiwen, deputy chief of the Meteorological Bureau of Jilin Province, said rainstorms in the upper reaches of Wende River, a branch of Songhua River, had led to the flooding, as precipitation over the past 24 hours exceeded 200 mm in some areas.On Wednesday, the rising water hit a chemical plant and washed 7,000 containers filled with explosive chemicals into the Songhua River, state media said Thursday. Some of them contained trimethyl chloro silicane, a colorless, flammable liquid with a pungent smell.The Songhua River is the main source of drinking water for Jilin, the province's second-largest city.Emergency teams mobilized to recover the spilled fluid have so far recovered 400 containers. The teams tested the water and have determined it to be chemical-free, a government spokesman said.An explosion at a plant owned by the Jilin Petroleum and Chemical Company in November 2005 caused 100 tons of potentially lethal benzene to spill into the Songhua River. Following widespread panic, officials were forced to shut-down water supplies to nearly 4 million people, including the city of Harbin.The spillage caused substantial environmental damage in the Russian Far East, as a huge slick of chemicals was carried down the Amur." July 25, 2010: "China has evacuated more than 100,000 people as a river burst its banks in flood-hit regions along the swollen Yangtze river.China has been dealing with severe flooding this year, with at least 1,100 people killed or missing.The current flooding is concentrated in Hubei, Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces, where further rains are expected. At least 100,000 have been evacuated from their homes in south-western Sichuan province after torrential rains caused waters to rise sharply in the Jialing River.The Jialing is a major tributary of the Yangtze.In Shaanxi province 6,400 people had to leave their homes when the Luofu river burst its banks in the city of Huayin.The Luofu feeds into the Yellow river, China's second-longest river.In Hubei, floods have killed six people, left eight others missing around the city of Yichang near the Three Gorges Dam."    "Rain-triggered floods and landslides have left at least 34 people dead, 28 others missing and forced the evacuation of more than 12,400 people in the past two days in west and central China, local authorities said.Additionally, flooding in parts of China may worsen as the National Meteorological Center forecast on Saturday that torrential rains would continue to pound the nation's central and southwest regions through Sunday.Water levels on the upper reaches of the Yangtze, the nation's longest river, are at their highest since 1987 and water levels on its middle and lower reaches are above warning levels for the first time since 2003.Flooding was temporarily eased Saturday on the Yangtze River as the Three Gorges Dam saw water levels fall slightly from its crest stage, the nation's flood control authority said Saturday.However, it also warned that the water level at the dam would rise again and exceed the record high reached Friday.Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has ordered local authorities to prepare for "more serious floods and disasters", as some major rivers saw water rising above their warning levels.Wen said China was at a "crucial stage" for flood control during an inspection tour in central China's Hubei Province that began July 23. Floods in China in 2010 have left 742 people dead and 367 missing, as of Friday morning, in 28 Chinese provinces, regions and municipalities.The death toll increased by more than 34 during the past two days.In southwest China's Sichuan Province, four people are dead and 16 missing after torrential rains caused flooding Saturday in one township, local authorities said.Rainstorms pelted Chenhe Township in Tongjiang County for 10 hours Saturday beginning at midnight, triggering floods that swamped all one-floor houses in the worst-hit Chang Town. Roads leading into the town were cut off, as were telecommunications and power supplies, said officials in the county's emergency response office.More than 3,100 people evacuated their homes and were relocated to warehouses and tents on higher ground, said Li Gang, head of the county government's information office.Rescuers continue searching for residents reported as missing.As the rain had ended by noon, floodwaters are receding from the town, he added.In the northwestern province of Gansu, thirteen people died in a landslide caused by heavy rains in Pingliang City early Saturday, the provincial government's response office said in a statement.Also, in neighboring Shaanxi Province more than 9,300 people were forced to flee their homes early Saturday as the Luofu River burst its banks.The 50-meter breach widened to 80 meters in the afternoon.More than 500 people were battling to strengthen the remaining riverbanks and fill the breach, said Dang Decai, Party secretary of Huayin City, where the breach occurred.Shaanxi is among the worst-hit provinces, with 100 people dead and 149 missing since July 14, the provincial government said in a statement late Saturday.In central Hubei Province, mountain torrents and river floods have left 13 people dead and 10 missing since late Friday.Floods have also killed four people and left two missing in central China's Henan Province during the past two days."

3691 102   Indonesia       Kalimantan   23-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 3 21 15,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 106500 5.5 114.97 -2.14   0 72 1 247 23-Jul-10 889 3159 July 25, 2010: "Overflowing river submerges 3,000 houses, kills two Floodwaters from overflowing Satui River in South Kalimantan have submerged at least 3,000 houses in the neighboring regencies of Tanah Laut and Tanah Bumbu over the last two days.The local social service agency received reports from local people on Saturday that two residents of Sungai Danau village in Tanah Bumbu, identified as Jupri, 25, and Galuh, 35, were killed after being drowned in the raging river.Head of the agency for emergency and assistance Achmadi said the number of fatalities remained uncertain. Field workers reported six people had been missing, four of them were found death.“We don’t yet the identity of the victims. They were drowned in the river,” Achmadi said as quoted by flood followed three days of heavy rainfall, which was exacerbated by the sea rise."Rain-triggered landslides and floods swept through villages in Indonesia's provinces of Maluku and South Kalimantan, killing at least 21 people, officials said on Sunday.The worst happened in Buru Island in eastern province of Maluku, where a landslide hit scores of houses, killing 18 villagers, said Priyadi Kardono, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency.Seven other villagers were injured in the Friday landslide in the southern part of Buru, an island that once served as a prison camp for communists in the 1970s.The bodies of the dead have already been evacuated, Kardono said.Meanwhile, in South Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on Borneo island, a flood killed three people and left one missing, said Surat Wiyono of the local Search and Rescue Agency.More than 3,000 families were affected by the flood that began on Saturday.Dozens of people are killed every year in Indonesia, a vast tropical archipelagic nation with more than 17,000 islands that are prone to landslides and floods during the annual monsoon rains.

3690 101   Nepal       Southern Nepal   25-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 1 12     Heavy Rain 1.0 132600 5.1 84.78 28.35   0 72 1 246 25-Jul-10 889 3158 July 25, 2010: Kathmandu, Jul 25 (PTI) At least 12 people have died in various districts of Nepal due to floods and landslides over the past 24 hours, officials said.Five teenagers died yesterday in southern Nepal's Sunsari district as they got drowned in a pond.Similarly, floods and landslides claimed the lives two people in Rupandehi district and one each in Jhapa, Rautahat, Siraha, Ilam and Parvat districts, police said"
3689 100   USA       Eastern Iowa, northern Illinois   25-Jul-10 25-Jul-10 1 1 500   Dam Failure, Heavy Rain 1.0 214900 5.3 -91.00 41.06   0 72 1 245 25-Jul-10 889 3157 July 25, 2010: "Warning sirens are blowing in the small eastern Iowa town of Hopkinton as water continues to flow through a dam on Lake Delhi.Torrential rains have been causing the lake to rise in recent days. Floodwaters from the Maquoketa River have eaten a 30-foot-wide gap into the earthen dam. The lake's level has now dropped as much as 45 feet, with water flowing into the area below the dam. Water was beginning to surround homes in Hopkinton, a town of about 700 people. Emergency officials in Delaware County say it'll likely cause "significant losses of property." A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says areas below the dam will see an "initial wave from the sudden shot of water" caused by the dam's failure. That will be followed by a secondary crest as the high water above the dam made its way downstream." Heavy rains across the Midwest have flooded parts of Chicago interstates and commuter tracks and put a big hole in a dam in Iowa. In Chicago, officials say more than 7 inches of rain fell early yesterday, inundating the sewer system and overwhelming waterways. West of Chicago in suburban Westchester, crews in boats searched for people who were stranded in their flooded homes or trapped in cars under viaducts.In eastern Iowa, the Lake Delhi dam failed as rising floodwater from the Maquoketa River (meh-KOHK'-eh-tuh) ate a 30-foot-wide hole in the earthen structure. The water poured into the river 45 feet below, threatening the small town of Hopkinton. Jack Klaus, a spokesman with the Delaware County emergency management office, predicts "significant losses of property" in Hopkinton.

3688 99   China       Hong Kong   21-Jul-10 23-Jul-10 3 1 15,000   Tropical Storm Chanthu 1.5 10510 4.7 114.01 22.67   0 72 1 244 21-Jul-10 889 3156 July 23, 2010: "Typhoon Chanthu, reported to be one of the worst storms to strike Hong Kong in 30 years, flooded 3,000 homes yesterday and is now moving across southeast China. At least one person was killed in the flooding. Torrential rains slammed Hong Kong yesterday, washing away a man and flooding villages, just a couple of hours after the Hong Kong Observatory lifted warnings for tropical storm Chanthu. The intense, heavy rain system struck dozens of villages in Tai Pom which caused flooding in over 3000 homes and resulted in at least one death. Rescue workers came to assist the thousands of families who had been trapped by flood waters for hours.
Motorists and workers were caught by surprise in the raging torrent, (additional video footage) which caused traffic to come to a standstill throughout the city.
A Government Flying Service helicopter was called in to assist the search following reports that a person had been swept away, in what is said to be the worst flooding in 30 years. Residents raced for high ground until the storm had passed. The Hong Kong Observatory first issued an amber warning yesterday afternoon but then shifted to the red and black warning signals. All rainstorm signals were lowered at 9pm. The four-lane Choi Hung Road's Sun Po Kong (shown in the pictures and this video) section was closed for 1 1/2 hours from 6.30pm. Bus passengers were trapped by the meter-deep floodwater and police and fire department rescue teams were called in to assist.
Typhoon Chanthu landed on the western coast of Guangdong at 2pm yesterday. Meteorologists at the Observatory expect Chanthu to move northwest at about 14 kilometers per hour and weaken gradually. More rain is expected in Hong Kong over the weekend. Chanthu is bearing down on China today with even more heavy rains, flood damage as well as danger of loss of life anticipated by police and fire rescue teams throughout this region. 
3687 98   Pakistan       Baluchistan province, Barkhan District   21-Jul-10 23-Jul-10 3 60     Torrential Rain 1.5 14180 4.8 66.95 30.51   0 72 1 243 21-Jul-10 889 3155 July 23, 2010: "Quetta, Pakistan (AHN) - At least 60 people were killed by flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the country’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials confirmed on Friday.Fifty-five people in Barkhan district and five others died in Sidi district, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Director General Hasan Baloch reportedly confirmed.More than 10,000 people are reported to have been affected. About 70 persons are still missing.Continuing rainfall multiplied problems of the people in the areas, depriving them of timely assistance. Three army helicopters loaded with relief goods could not fly to the affected areas because of bad weather, local media reported.The rain started to fall early Thursday and lasted several hours. The local meteorological office said that it recorded 2.2 inches of rain during the storm. Train service has been suspended as the railway track was swept away in five different sectors.Several villages have swept away due to the flash floods. Torrential rains in Barkhan district of Balochistan broke all previous records of 50 years, according reports"

3686 97   Philippines       Luzon, Laguna Province, 27 out of 30 towns flooded   12-Jul-10 15-Jul-10 4 23     Tropical Storm "Basyang" (Conson) 1.5 34780 5.3 121.47 17.10   0 72 1 242 12-Jul-10 889 3154 July 15, 2010: "Laguna province was placed under a state of calamity after most of its towns were hit by floods caused by tropical cyclone "Basyang" (Conson).Governor Emilio Ramon Ejercito said the provincial government was forced to declare a state of calamity because 27 out of its 30 towns had been flooded."Nag-declare tayo ng state of calamity kahapon ... Napakaraming bayan dito, 27 out of 30 towns ang binaha kaya napakaraming nasalanta ng bagyo (We declared a state of calamity Wednesday. So many areas had been affected, about 27 of 30 towns were flooded)," Ejercito said in an interview on dzBB radio.He said that as of Thursday morning, many of the families brought to evacuation centers Wednesday had started to return to their homes.Commercial activity also resumed early Thursday as the weather improved."

3685 96   Yemen       Different parts of Northwest Yemen   10-Jul-10 15-Jul-10 6 15     Torrential Rain 1.5 176300 6.2 47.92 16.73   1 72 1 241 10-Jul-10 889 3153 July 15, 2010: "Sana’a (Yemen), July 15 (DPA) At least 15 people were killed after torrential rainfall triggered flooding and landslides in different parts of northwest Yemen Wednesday, police said.They said seven people died after floods swept away the car in which they were travelling in the Mashanna district of Ibb province, about 180 km south of the capital Sana’a.Five people were killed and four injured when a rockslide destroyed a dam in neighbouring Dhamar province, officials said.Massive flooding from the collapsed dam washed away a health centre, farms and roads.In a separate incident in the same area, an elderly woman died and a man went missing - and was presumed dead - after their car was washed away.Another man drowned after he was trapped in a flooded street in Sana’a.Yemen’s Meteorological Authority said heavy downpours were expected to last for another week in north-western and southern parts of the country
3684 95   Mexico       Highway from Monterey to Nuevo Laredo on U.S. border   1-Jul-10 14-Jul-10 14       Heavy  Rain 1.5 68350 6.2 -100.55 25.58   1 71 1 240 01-Jul-10 888 3152 July 15, 2010: "NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico, July 14 (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S. and Mexican trucks hauling goods across the border were backed up on Wednesday after severe flooding blocked a key trade route in northern Mexico, truckers and authorities said.Some 11,000 trucks were stuck between the Mexican border cities of Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey and the Texan city of Laredo as days of rain from Hurricane Alex and a second tropical storm swamped the highway from Monterrey, Mexico's national truckers association said.The road that was shut since Friday was partially reopened on Wednesday but water levels were still impeding many trucks from moving, Mexican media said."About 40 percent of trucks are stuck on the U.S. side and the rest are in between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, on the roadside or still at factories," said association spokesman Ivan Lugo."It was not clear what the full economic impact of the blockage would be, but Nuevo Laredo Mayor Ramon Garza said it was substantial. The route carries some 40 percent of trade over the U.S.-Mexico border."This represents millions and millions of dollars lost," said Garza.Supermarkets in Nuevo Laredo were largely empty because food trucks could not reach the city. "A lot of things are scarce, most of all fresh produce," resident Alma Rosa Vela said.A tropical depression dumped heavy rains on the Mexico-Texas border on July 8 days after Hurricane Alex flooded the region. Alex battered Monterrey as a Category 2 storm, killing 12 people, ripping apart highways and causing $700 million of damage. (Additional reporting by Caroline Stauffer and Tim Gaynor in Mexico City; editing by Mohammad Zargham)""U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATEOffice of the SpokesmanJuly 13, 2010QUESTION TAKEN AT THE JULY 13, 2010 DAILY PRESS BRIEFINGMEXICO: Aid to Mexico Due to FloodingQuestion: Is the U.S. providing assistance to Mexico in wake of the flooding that has occurred? If so, what assistance are we providing?Answer: The United States has provided $100,000 in disaster assistance to support the local purchase and delivery of emergency relief supplies for disaster-affected populations in Mexico. In addition, a five-person USAID assessment team is currently on the ground to monitor humanitarian conditions and coordinate the U.S. Government (USG) response. The U.S. and Mexican sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission have been and will continue to coordinate flood control measures in the Rio Grande river basin."
3683 94   Sudan       Eastern Sudan, Agige district;  Jonglie State   10-Jul-10 11-Aug-10 33 33 10,000   Heavy Rain 1.5 100400 6.7 36.70 18.70   1 70 1 239 10-Jul-10 887 3151 August 11, 2010: "Heavy rain and floods across Sudan have driven thousands from their homes in July. The hardest hit are Red Sea state in eastern Sudan and Jonglei state in Southern Sudan where more than 10,000 have been left homeless. Some of the affected areas are inaccessible because of the flooded roads.The rain destroyed newly cultivated crops, putting the livelihood of thousands of people at risk. Affected populations are in urgent need of tents and sleeping materials, as well as food and clean water. This year’s heavy rain follows a poor rainy season in 2009. Humanitarian agencies predict that floods will continue until early September, leading to more displacement and harvest ruin. Despite the floods, drought remains to be a long term-problem in the country." July 20, 2010 "Heavy rains and floods across Sudan have killed at least 16 people and driven thousands from their homes, aid groups and government officials said on Tuesday.Thirteen people died and 11 went missing when flood waters swept down an empty river bed near Agig village in Sudan's eastern Red Sea state last week, said officials from the United Nations and Sudan's Red Crescent aid group.More than 10,000 people have been left homeless in three counties of south Sudan's Jonglei state in the last week, said Elijah Magot Anyang from the state information ministry."There are lots of heavy rains. It has left a lot of water on the ground. Cars are not moving outside the towns and people are suffering. More than 2,000 households have been affected ... The rains have destroyed the newly cultivated crops," he added.According to U.N. estimates, each household represents on average five people. U.N. officials in south Sudan said they could not confirm the Jonglei figures.Heavy rains have also flooded land and some refugee camps across North and West Darfur states, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Three children drowned after falling into trenches filled with floodwater in Abu Shouk refugee camp last week near the capital of North Darfur El Fasher, said OCHA spokesman Samuel Hendricks.This year's heavy downpours follow a poor rainy season in 2009, which the United Nations and international donors had said could lead to a severe drought. OCHA said on Tuesday it was too early to say the latest rains had ended that threat." July 27, 2010: "At least seven (7) of eleven (11) counties in Sudan’s Jonglei state experienced severe floods, an assessment by Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) released on Wednesday and obtained by the Sudan Tribune revealed.At least five villages are demolished in one County. Shelters, schools and dykes and other flood related damages were reported.Gabriel Deng, the Jonglei State Director for SSRRC described the flooding in Ayod, Bor, Duk, Akobo, Nyiror, Pibor and Twic East Counties as "alarming". “The heavy rains have caused alarming rising water level…in Jonglei Counties,” Deng said in a press statement.“The situation is expected to worsen in the August as the rains [are due] to intensify,” he added.The State officials “appeal to humanitarian agencies and donors” and argued what he describes as “contingency plans for Jonglei State” before a disastrous condition is created.The SSRRC is the government of Southern Sudan body entrusted to monitor humanitarians’ conditions.Commissioners of Akobo and Pibor Counties had made similar flooding warnings in separate interviews with UN sponsored Miraya FM radio in Juba recently.However, the magnitude of the flood is murky since most of the areas in Jonglei are not accessible by road during the rainy season.Pibor and Akobo Counties in Jonglei State have reported substantial crops and livestock damages. There are no reports of human casualties.Akot Maze Adikir, the Commissioner of Pibor County, said five villages were smashed in Gurumruk and Lekuangole along with unspecified number of domestic animals.Akobo Commissioner Goi Jooyul Yool put the number of people displaced in his County at 10,000 following mid-July rains that was amplified by Monday pouring rain.In Bor town, the capital of Jonglei State, more than half of residential blocks are inaccessibly by cars. Block, 2 and 6 residents now walk barefooted with trousers rolled to dodge unnecessary mud. In less affected areas gumboots are still appropriately comfortable.This year flood is repeat of 2008 Nile River overflow that affected Baidit Payam in Bor County. At the time, lorry drivers and boat peddlers were combined to the same traffic zone when roads were sunk to semi streams. (ST)" July 15, 2010: "At least 33 people were killed and several others were missing following powerful floods in eastern Sudan, police said on Thursday. "Thirty-three people died, several are reported missing," said Ali Sukar, police chief of Agige district, following days of rain caused flooding in Sudan's Red Sea state."Many head of cattle also perished," Sukar added.Ten days of downpour had flooded villages close to Tokar, an area about 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Port Sudan, the main city in eastern Sudan, which also experienced heavy rainfall on Sunday, residents said."It is not raining today but the water level remains high," Sukar said."State services are providing assistance to the population and looking for the missing. We need help from humanitarian organisations," he added.Dozens of people are killed each year during the rainy season in Sudan, Africa's largest country where many live in mud brick homes"
3682 93   India       Bihar; 100 villages in Aurai, Katra and Gaighat blocks of Muzaffarpur   12-Jul-10 14-Jul-10 3   5,000   Monsoonal Rain 1.0 192700 5.8 86.20 25.59   0 69 1 238 12-Jul-10 886 3150 July 14, 2010: "Thousands of people in Bihar fled their homes Wednesday as floodwaters entered over 100 villages and threatened to inundate many others.Nearly 100 villages in Aurai, Katra and Gaighat blocks of Muzaffarpur have been inundated since Monday. Water also entered dozens of villages in Bagaha district after levels rose in all the major rivers following heavy rains in the state and the catchment areas of Nepal.According to the Central Water Commission, the water level in major rivers - Kosi, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, Kamlabalan, Adhwara and Bagmati - has increased in the last 48 hours.'All the rivers are in full spate following heavy rains. Some rivers may cross the red mark late Wednesday or Thursday,' an official said.Reports reaching here said people were fleeing their homes in Muzaffarpur, Bagaha, Saharsa and Purnea districts.'Heavy rains reportedly damaged embankments in Muzaffarpur and Bagaha. The district officials have initiated the move to check erosion,' said an official of the water resources department.More water is expected to enter the villages as the embankment of the Bagmati river in Muzaffarpur and the Gandak in Bagaha have been threatened. The rising water level in rivers is putting pressure on embankments.'All engineers have been directed to be ready with necessary equipment and boulders to face any situation and to protect the embankments,' an engineer said.In 2008, more than three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi river breached its bank upstream in Nepal and changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in Bihar in the last 50 years "
3681 92   China       East China, Jiangxi, Anhui provinces, Yangtze River   7-Jul-10 23-Jul-10 17   10,000   Torrential Rain 1.5 235500 6.8 115.89 29.14   1 69 1 237 07-Jul-10 886 3149 July 14, 2010: "NANCHANG - More than 10,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in east China's Jiangxi Province Wednesday morning after heavy rainfalls triggered flash floods and overtopping of three reservoirs, flood control authorities said. The intense rainfall hit the province's northern areas early Wednesday, triggering flash floods and swollen reservoirs.Water has spilled over dikes at three reservoirs in Poyang County, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said. Workers are rushing to dig and widen emergency waterways to lower the water levels in the swollen reservoirs. No casualties have been reported so far, according to the headquarters. Jiangxi's meteorological department Wednesday morning issued a red alert -- the highest level -- warning of the torrential rains. Heavy downpours in parts of central and eastern China have caused waterlines in major lakes and tributaries of the Yangtze River to rise to alarming levels. In east China's Anhui Province Wednesday, soldiers used explosives to blast part of a leaking dike on a swollen branch of the Yangtze River, preventing the flooding of riverbank villages. Apart from central and eastern provinces, heavy rainfall has also pounded parts of western China's Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, Chongqing and Yunnan regions, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC). The NMC Wednesday morning reiterated its orange alert -- the second highest level warning -- for the storms, saying the rains would continue through to Thursday. China has a four-color coded rainstorm warning system. Red is the most serious level, followed by orange, yellow and blue. Parts of China experience heavy rains every summer, but this year's rains have been particularly devastating. Since the beginning of July, torrential rains and severe flooding has left 107 people dead, 59 missing and forced the evacuation of nearly one million people in ten Chinese provinces, mostly along the Yangtze River, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday."Chinese soldiers Wednesday blasted a dyke on a swollen tributary of the Yangtze in a bid to prevent flooding of riverbank villages.The soldiers had planned to demolish the Qingcao township dyke on the Dasha river Tuesday, but were delayed after torrential rains snapped the explosives' blasting wires.Soldiers, however, managed to repair the wires and blast the dyke Wednesday, when water levels subsided and weather improved, Zhang Jun, an army official in charge of the disaster relief work in Anhui province, said.Water levels at the dyke reduced after the blast, Xinhua reported.Days of torrential rains caused many leaks on dykes on the Dasha river and over 1,000 people living along it have been evacuated. Hundreds of armed police have been fighting the flood since July 7.The continuous downpour in Anhui province has disrupted the lives of over four million people, while more than 5,100 houses have collapsed and 17,700 others have been partially damaged in the heavy rains.
The rains have also caused economic loss of more than 1.8 billion yuan ($265.5 million), according to the provincial disaster relief office."

3680 91   Japan       Western and eastern Japan   12-Jul-10 13-Jul-10 2       Torrential Rain 1.0 78650 5.2 133.64 34.69   0 68 1 236 12-Jul-10 885 3148 July 13, 2010: "Downpours continued in wide areas of Japan on Tuesday due to the rainy season front, with some areas in northern Kyushu experiencing record-high rainfall. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of extremely heavy downpours in northern Kyushu and of landslides and flooding in western and eastern Japan. In Imari, Saga Prefecture, northern Kyushu, 64 millimeters of rain was recorded in an hour on Tuesday, logging record-breaking rainfall for the month of July. In the Kyushu region, the city of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has recorded rainfall of 460 mm since Saturday and Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, has logged 360 mm. The agency said the rainy season front stretching from western to eastern Japan is expected to move toward the Sea of Japan. The agency forecast rainfall of 250 mm in northern Kyushu, 150mm in the Chugoku region, and 120 mm in the Kinki, Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions in the 24 hours through Wednesday evening"

3679 90   Bangladesh       Along Brahmaputra River   1-Jul-10 13-Jul-10 13   600,000   Monsoonal Rain 1.0 24990 5.5 90.03 24.00   0 68 1 235 01-Jul-10 885 3147 July 13, 2010: "Over 600,000 river island residents have been marooned and thousands of hectares of crops destroyed due to heavy monsoon flooding in Bangladesh. Heavy monsoon rains throughout the Himalayan region tend to cause rivers flowing southwards into low-lying Bangladesh to overflow. “The flood situation is not improving. However, we are doing everything we can to assist those affected,” Minister of Food and Disaster Management Muhammad Abdur Razzaque told IRIN on 13 July. The `chars’ or river islands - prone to acute erosion and flooding and a by-product of the rivers’ hydro-morphological dynamics - periodically submerge during the country’s annual monsoon flood season, which runs from the second week of June to mid-August. According to local authorities, access to those affected on or along the Brahmaputra river - the main river that divides the country into east and west before emptying into the Bay of Bengal - remains problematic. "

3678 89   China       Chongqing, Fujian, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Hunan and Qinghai, southern China   1-Jul-10 15-Jul-10 15 600 2,400,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 575200 6.9 113.17 28.00   1 68 1 234 01-Jul-10 885 3146 July 15, 2010: " Beijing - Chinese government experts fear that "massive flooding" could hit central areas along the Yangtze river in the next few weeks, state media reported on Thursday, as authorities said floods had already left some 600 dead and 200 missing this year.The continuation of the heavy rain battering much of southern China could result in "massive flooding" similar to the floods that left more than 4,000 people dead in 1998, Wang Jingquan, head of flood control for the Yangtze River Water Resources Committee, told the official China Daily newspaper."Although the current situation along the Yangtze River has yet to reach the danger level, it is definitely at a crucial point," Wang said.Monitoring up to Wednesday suggested that water levels in all sections of the Yangtze exceeded the average level for mid-July, he was quoted as saying.The water level at the Yangtze's Three Gorges Dam had reached 150 metres, 5 metres above the alert level during the flood season, Wang said."We are definitely facing great challenges in flood control along the Yangtze River because heavy rainfall usually hits the river valley in July and August," he said.President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao ordered officials nationwide to "ensure the safety of the public and minimize property losses" from the floods, other reports said.Vice Premier Hui Liangyu passed on Hu and Wen's directives during a video conference on flood control along the Yangtze on Wednesday."Now it is a critical moment for flood control and relief efforts along the Yangtze River valley," Hui was quoted as telling provincial officials.Three serious floods along the Yangtze in 1975, 1983 and 1998 all occurred in July and August."If heavy rain hits the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, coupled with the continuous rainfall in the middle and lower reaches, severe flooding similar to that in 1998 will occur," Wang was quoted as saying.The 1998 floods left 4,150 people dead and forced the relocation of more than 18 million people, the government said.On Thursday, the national flood control office said floods and landslides had killed 594 people and left 212 missing this year.It said the floods destroyed 590,000 homes, inundated 6.16 millionhectares of farmland and affected 97.5 million people in 26 provinces.The office also launched a disaster control plan on Thursday for Typhoon Conson, which is expected to make landfall in the southern province of Guangdong after leaving at least 33 people dead in the Philippines.The typhoon is expected to bring torrential rain to several areas draining into the Yangtze in the next few days, and "add to the grave situation in flood control," Wang said." July 14, 2010:  "Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Floods and landslides continue to cause victims in southwest China, while the bad weather and the rain continues unabated. Six people died and one is buried under the mud due to a landslide this morning in Luzhou, Xuyong County, Sichuan. In the Tibetan prefecture of Gauze also in Sichuan, because of torrential rains and a landslide this morning, seven people died and one is missing. In Xiaohe, Yunnan, a landslide today killed three people, but there are 50 more still missing. A press release from the provincial government says there are also 11 wounded, including two in very serious condition. Meanwhile, the situation of the Mian Quan dam, Qinghai, is increasingly dramatic. Last week’s rains have raised the water level to over a meter above the alert level. The water is three times normal capacity and there is a danger of overflowing, with the risk of submerging entire neighbourhoods up to a full three meters, hitting the Qinghai-Tibet railway, power plants and 205 thousand people At least 10 thousand residents of Golmud, near the dam have been evacuated to emergency camps, while workers and soldiers are working to build a drainage channel to reduce the water level in the basin." July 12, 2010: "China: Floods in southern China. Qinghai dam at riskWenquan Dam has several cracks and is filled to three times its capacity. Its flooding could hit over 205 thousand people, along with power plants and Qinghai - Tibet railway. So far at least six provinces affected, 17 million people, more than 600 000 displaced.  - Torrential rain, landslides, floods have been hitting southern China for weeks. Over the next few days more rains and floods are expected. Storms have destroyed roads, bridges and highways blocking at least 16 provinces of Chongqing, Fujian, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Hunan and Qinghai. In the latter province, hundreds of workers and soldiers are working to decrease the water level of the Wenquan dam, near the city of Golmud. Several cracks have appeared in the structure that endanger the lives of over 205 thousand people. The overflow of the dam could affect power plants and especially of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest in the world, located 40 km from the dam.Wenquan dam, designed to hold 70 million cubic meters of water, contains at least 230 million, three times more than normal. Yesterday, almost 10 thousand inhabitants of Golmud were evacuated and taken to refugee camps.From 1 July floods, land and mud slides have killed at least 50 people across southern China, 15 people are still missing. According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, at least 17 million people have affected by the rains, about 600,000 evacuated since the beginning of July. An estimated 42 thousand houses have collapsed and 121 thousand others damaged. At least 946 thousand hectares of farmland have been destroyed, while the economic cost of the disaster is estimated about 8.9 billion Yuan (over 1 billion euros). The National Weather Centre warned that rain is still expected tomorrow and the day after. According to several Chinese experts, climate change in China - with torrential rains in once arid areas – is the result of pollution caused by the country's rapid and wild industrialization."The dissipation of the heat wave in Southern China saw the area hit by another plight: torrential rains that have caused severe flooding. The region has been beset by rain the past few days: the water levels of some rivers have exceeded the warning mark, while some areas have incurred extensive flood damage, as reported on July 10 by China News Service on July 10. The floods have affected ten southern China provinces since July 8, including Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Chongqing City, with disruption of highway and local traffic impacting rescue efforts. State statistics report that as of the morning of July 11, 14,920,000 people have been victimized by the floods, with 39 deaths and 13 disappearances. Twenty thousand houses have collapsed. Direct economic loss has been estimated at 8.6 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion). The Yangtze River experienced rising water levels above the warning mark on July 9, while on July 10, an official of the regime’s Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters warned citizens to be on full alert for severe floods along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangze River.Chongqing: Water Nearly Ten Feet Deep Chongqing has been hit with the heaviest rains since July 8 for this year. The rain has affected 14 counties and districts and 177 townships and villages, resulting in seven deaths and two disappearances, as of 3:00 p.m. on July 9. Wanzhou District, along the Three Gorges, was one of the hardest hit areas, experiencing flash floods, landslides, and the collapse of bridges. Water levels reached up to three meters deep (approximately 10 feet) in some villages. In Fenshui Township, about 70 percent of the ground floors of residential buildings were flooded, and water, gas, and electricity have been cut off. Mr. Zheng, a resident of Fenshui Township, told Chongqing Economic Times that heavy rain hit at 2:45 a.m. on July 9. Water began to accumulate on the streets. Street-side stores and residential buildings were flooded. “Water, gas, and electricity were all cut off. There was so much water on the streets that one dared not to go out.” When the rain was at its hardest, he also said people even saw small cars floating away. “In one supermarket, everything inside was flooded away, including merchandise and the shutter doors.” Many highways have been cut off in Qinghai, Anhui and Hubei provinces. Land and air transportation was paralyzed in Chongqing City. Hundreds of flights were delayed, while traffic was seriously obstructed, due to many vehicles being trapped on flooded streets. As of July 10, all trains leaving or arriving in Chongqing had been cancelled until weather conditions improve. The National Meteorological Center continued to issue orange rainstorm warnings, as of 6:00 p.m., July 10. Heavy rain is expected to persist through July 11, in some areas of Guizhou, Chongqing, Hunan, Hubei, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang provinces.

3677 88   Saudi Arabia       Najran, Laith, Qunfuda and Jazan   10-Jul-10 12-Jul-10 3 7 85   Torrential Rain 1.0 56000 5.2 41.17 20.61   0 67 1 233 10-Jul-10 884 3145 July 12, 2010: "JEDDAH: Seven people died and three are missing as a result of heavy floods caused by torrential rains in Najran, Laith, Qunfuda and Jazan, according to Maj. Abdullah Al-Harithy, spokesman for the Civil Defense.He said his officers had rescued 85 people marooned by floodwaters. “Our department had cautioned the public against rains and floods. But some people still ignore such warnings and put themselves and their families in trouble,” he said. “People traveling in vehicles should not try to cross flooded areas and endanger their lives,” he added.Heavy rains were reported on Monday in different parts of the Kingdom including Baha, Asir, Jazan, Najran, Laith and Qunfuda.Meanwhile, Hussein Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, said the rains were expected. He, however, ruled out foreign media reports that the Kingdom would witness intense rains and heavy floods. He added that the presidency would keep the public informed about the weather through the media"
3676 87   China       Villages in parts of northwest China's Qinghai Province   6-Jul-10 13-Jul-10 8 15     Torrential Rain 1.0 396700 6.5 97.13 39.49   1 67 1 232 06-Jul-10 884 3144 July 13, 2010: "A flash flood washed through a mountain town in southwest China early today, killing three people and leaving at least 50 missing, while crews raced to drain a reservoir in another part of the country following heavy summer rains.Rescuers tried to locate the 56 missing people in Xiaohe town after the deluge swept through around 4am, the state-run China News Agency said.The official Xinhua News Agency said the disaster in Xiaohe was a landslide, not a flood – an account disputed by media reports and an official in Yunnan province where Xiaohe is located and which was pounded by heavy rains for weeks.Meanwhile, hundreds of workers and soldiers were scrambling to drain a reservoir threatening to burst and flood a city in far western China that is home to more than 200,000 people, state media said.About 10,000 residents from the city of Golmud in the high-altitude region of Qinghai were evacuated to temporary camp sites as rescuers began to build a channel for draining the overflowing Wenquan reservoir, Xinhua reported.If breached, the reservoir could damage the nearby Qinghai-Tibet railway, along with the city’s power and water plants. Some places would be submerged in as much as 10 feet of water, Xinhua said.The drainage channel, which will accompany two existing waterways, could be completed as early as today, the report said, citing vice governor Deng Bentai.Soldiers transported sandbags, rocks, and dirt to prevent flooding and used bulldozers yesterday to dig a waterway for draining the reservoir, the Golmud city government website said, in an effort to protect the city’s water source nearby." July 8, 2010: "China's flood control authority, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, on Thursday launched a level IV emergency response, as floods hit parts of northwest China's Qinghai Province.A serious flood hit the Golmud River basin in Qinghai, due to recent rainstorms and melting snow, said a statement on the office's website.Wenquan Reservoir, a large reservoir filled by a tributary of the Golmud River, reported a dangerously high water level only about 3.02 meters from the dam's top at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, said the report.But the water had stopped rising at rapid rate and no other dangers were found except for some small leaks in the embankment, said the statement.The Office has dispatched a task force to the reservoir, as well as teams from Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality to fight the flood, said the statement.The Office also stressed the need for flood relief efforts along the Yangtze River as strong rains are expected to hit the area in coming days.Under a level IV emergency response, monitoring of emergencies will be stepped up and reported to the State Council.At least 12 people are dead and three missing after torrential rains triggered flash floods have engulfed villages in Qinghai, local officials said Wednesday."
3675 86 FL-2010-000130-MDA Moldovo Romania     Western border, Moldova, Prut River   5-Jul-10 07-Jul-10 3   2,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 12210 4.6 27.97 46.82   0 66 1 231 05-Jul-10 883 3143 July 7, 2010: "CHISINAU, Moldova - Moldovan officials say over 2,000 people have been evacuated after the river Prut on the western border overflowed its banks.In the village of Nemteni, about 100 houses were destroyed by the flooding. The mayor Gheorghe Mardari says the situation is "critical."Emergency workers are trying to build a new dike to protect the remaining houses.In the neighbouring village of Cotul Morii, 2,000 people have been evacuated.Prime minister Vlad Filat has visited the area on Wednesday and has promised support.Specialists say the level of the river Prut will continue to grow in the incoming days."
3674 85 FL-2010-000125-IND India Nepal     Haryana’s Ambala and Kurukshetra districts, Punjab; northeast India, Kerala   5-Jul-10 15-Jul-10 11 98 523,000   Monsoonal Rain 1.0 147400 6.2 74.78 30.19   1 66 1 230 05-Jul-10 883 3142 July 14, 2010: "With the onset of monsoon, rain-fed rivers are wreaking havoc in Jhapa district, inundating 1,200 houses so far and rendering thousands shelterless. Police teams have been put on high alert to provide emergency aid to flood victims, said Rabindra Sharma, Superintendent of Police at the Jhapa District Police Office. Biring, Kamal and Ratuwakhola streams cause massive damage in the district every monsoon, according to the police office. Sharma said floods has submerged 1,200 houses so far, apart from sweeping away a girl recently. Most parts of Birtamod, Damak and Bhadrapur towns have gone under water. Till date, 400 houses have gone under water in Bhadrapur alone. Jhapa headquarters Chandragadi is also reeling under monsoon menace. Nepal Police, Neapl Army and Armed Police Force have rushed emergency teams for rescue work after the swollen Biringkhola gushed into Dangibari VDC today. SP Sharma said the police office had deployed a team comprising 50 police personnel in Dangibari alone. Last year’s monsoon floods had destroyed properties worth Rs 1 billion in Jhapa, displacing 1,083 families" July 14, 2010: "Chandigarh, July 14 (IANS) Rescue work was on in Punjab’s Mansa district Wednesday where several acres of agricultural land were inundated and many villages submerged as water overflowed from the Ghaggar river.“The flood situation is grim in Sardulgarh area. Nearly 25 villages are flooded and most of the residents have been shifted to safe locations. We are working all day and night to control the situation and to prevent further flooding of other low-lying areas,” Mansa Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rahul told IANS.Besides civic officials, army and paramilitary troopers were also helping in the relief operations.“Around 200 houses and standing crops on nearly 5,000 acres have been damaged in the floods. We have made all arrangements to provide packed food and water to the flood victims. So far there has been no loss of life due to floods in Mansa,” he said.According to official figures, crops on 271,784 acres have been damaged in districts of Patiala, Sangrur, Mohali, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Moga and Mansa.In the neighbouring state of Haryana, flood situation was grim in Sirsa district.“Army officials are working to plug the breaches in Ghaggar river that led to flooding in Sirsa. Over 10,000 acres of agricultural land submerged in three to four feet water and nearly one dozen villages are affected due to this. We hope that situation will be under control by this evening,” said a senior official of the Sirsa administration here.Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Sirsa and Fatehabad districts were badly affected by floods over the last few days.As many as 33 people have lost their lives in floods in Punjab and Haryana" July 12, 2010: "The flood situation in Punjab and Haryana remained grim today with more places getting marooned in the two states which were lashed by heavy rains causing fresh breaches in river embankments and canals.After Jakhal and Tohana towns, flood waters reached Rattia and Fatehabad villages in Haryana as the surge in Rangoi nullah continued while fresh breaches occurred in the canals submerging large areas in Punjab's Patiala district.Many parts of the two states were lashed by heavy rains, which made the situation worrisome, with the Fatehabad district administration making arrangements on a war footing.Army jawans were busy in plugging the breaches in the canals and nullahs in Fatehabad district. Congress MP Ashok Tanwar visited the affected areas to oversee the relief operations.Fatehabad's deputy commissioner OP Sheoran has cancelled the leave of all employees and has asked them to be available for relief work round the clock.Sirsa was also facing flood problem because a dam on river Ghaggar had breached near village Jhanda Khurd, which falls in Punjab, marooning thousands of acres of land in Haryana.Twenty six fresh breaches in Sagarpada, Markanda and Ghaggar marooned a large area of Devigarh in Punjab's Patiala district.Punjab irrigation department stepped up efforts to plug 14 out of 33 breaches in Ghaggar with a plan to plug 16 more breaches in the next 24 hours.Punjab's deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal ordered a comprehensive survey of loss incurred including on government property like power and other infrastructure besides road network in recent floods in seven districts of the state.Speaking to reporters at Rohtak, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that prime minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA chairperson and Congress president, Sonia Gandhi had assured to provide adequate financial assistance for the flood affected farmers and common people of the state" July 7, 2010: "Army help has been sought in Ambala and Kurukshetra districts of Haryana following heavy rains in the state. In neighbouring Punjab, vast tracts agriculture land have been inundated.Rains have disrupted road and rail traffic, leaving a large number of people stranded in various areas in the two Haryana districts, officials said.Deputy Commissioner of Ambala confirmed a breach in the river Tangri in Jadhpur sub-division in neighbouring Punjab and in the river Ghaggar.The right side of the National Highway leading to Punjab from Ambala has been closed to vehicular traffic due to flooding.So far, the floods have claimed 50 lives and displaced almost half a million people in the south and northeast, government officials said.Five people have drowned in Assam. Thirteen of the state's 27 districts have been hit by floods, including Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Baksa and Bongaigaon.In Kerala, over 23,000 people have been affected by floods, and, 48 people have died. Officials said they have opened a 24-hour control room in all districts to track the movement of the floodwaters." July 6, 2010: "Chandigarh, July 6 (IANS) The army was requisitioned in Haryana’s Ambala and Kurukshetra districts after major breaches in rivers and canals led to flooding of vast areas, disrupting traffic and electricity supply.Heavy rain led to water overflowing in the Ghaggar river and the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal, causing breaches. Ambala city and cantonment areas, some 45 km from here, were under three-four feet of water at many places, said Deputy Commissioner of Ambala S.P. Srow.Traffic on the busy Ambala-Delhi National Highway 1 was affected and diverted towards Banur near Haryana’s border with Punjab.Electricity supply was affected in nearly 350 villages in Ambala district as a number of sub-stations were submerged, district administration officials said, adding that pumps were being used to drain out rainwater.Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda directed authorities to launch rescue operations in the affected areas, especially in Ambala and Kurukshetra.Several places in Punjab and Haryana received heavy rainfall since Monday, inundating many areas. Roads and rail services were also badly hit.Srow said there was a breach in river Tangri in Jadhpur sub-division in neighbouring Punjab and river Ghaggar was also posing a threat.Pankaj Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of Kurukshetra, said the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal had breached near Jyotisar in the district and the low-lying areas of Shahbad town, 65 km from here.Haryana Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati said she was in constant touch with her Punjab counterpart S.C. Aggarwal to expedite relief operations."

3673 84   Canada       Yorkton, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   2-Jul-10 06-Jul-10 5       Heavy Rain 1.5 86590 5.8 -103.83 51.87   0 65 1 229 02-Jul-10 882 3141 July 5, 2010: "Rescuers used canoes and front-end loaders following heavy rain and widespread street flooding Thursday night in Yorkton, Sask.About 100 families were forced from their homes when water poured into their basements. More left their houses Friday morning and sought shelter.Mayor James Wilson said a state of local emergency has been declared, adding that there has never been flooding to this extent before in the city of 15,000 people about 190 kilometres northeast of Regina.The storm sewer system was overwhelmed and many streets were under water, including sections of Broadway Street in the heart of the city. Power was turned off in sections of Yorkton.CBC Saskatchewan weather consultant Wayne Miskolczi said that according to Environment Canada 64 millimetres fell before midnight, and further heavy rain was recorded early Friday."I'm sure there are spots in Yorkton that have had well over 100 millimetres," he said.Wilson said he's been told that some areas received 100 to 150 millimetres of rain in half an hour. An estimated 60 to 70 per cent of homes took in water, he said, and many businesses were flooded.Yorkton has had floods before, but not like this, Wilson said. "Nothing to this extent." He said some people had to be carried away in front-end loaders.The mayor added that Premier Brad Wall called him and assured him there will be quick provincial relief for people in need.An emergency evacuation centre was set up at the Gallagher Centre, the city's main recreational centre and fairground. People making their way there were told to stick to higher routes. Some flooded-out residents were seeking refuge in hotels as far away as Regina."They were evacuating people in canoes," said Michael Paslofski, a spokesman with the Canadian Red Cross in Yorkton. "If this rain comes again, we're going to be in big trouble."A CBC reporter said one couple paddled a canoe to their home Friday morning to pick up some clothing.Additional room at the evacuation centre has been set aside in anticipation that there may be more problems later Friday. More thunderstorms were in the forecast.Record-setting amounts of rain have been dumped on Saskatchewan in recent weeks. In Saskatoon, city council passed an emergency resolution Friday morning asking the province for disaster relief following flooding earlier in the week.The town of Maple Creek in the southwest part of the province declared itself a disaster zone last month after more than 100 millimetres of rain fell in 48 hours" July 5, 2010: "Saskatchewan is pleading for anyone with "a strong back and a willing heart" to help the province dig out from a series of devastating storms.Duane McKay, the province's fire commissioner, says the Saskatchewan Emergency Management Organization has pulled in all its resources to deal with disasters across Saskatchewan.But McKay says volunteers are needed to move debris in Yorkton, where about 1,000 homes were damaged after heavy rain flooded basements and turned streets into canals last Thursday.Volunteers are needed to help people "restore their lives a little bit," McKay said in a conference call Monday."A strong back and a willing heart is probably what we're needing right now. It's basically removing whatever was in somebody's basement out and into dumpsters to be transported out or trying to salvage those things," he said.The flood has forced about 175 people from their homes. The water has receded but the damage is still being assessed. McKay said there is "an increased level of emotion" as people try to cope with the disaster. "People are more concerned now about, 'What do I do next' and so we're seeing that begin to come forward in the community."Yorkton residents aren't alone with their worries. More than 70 Saskatchewan communities have declared states of emergency due to bad weather.Severe flooding last month in Maple Creek, in southwestern Saskatchewan, flooded basements and collapsed a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway. Last Wednesday, Saskatoon had what its mayor called "one of those one-in-100-year floods" when the city received 80 millimetres of rain in three hours.At least 100 people have been left homeless near the town of Raymore and on the Kawacatoose First Nation, where a tornado touched down Friday.Emergency officials said well over a dozen homes are in ruins or badly damaged on the reserve, along with four farms in the region.Environment Canada has surveyed the damage and determined it was an F3 tornado on the Fujita tornado damage scale, which means winds were roaring as high as 330 kilometres an hour. The scale has a maximum rating of F5.Meteorologist Dan Kulak said in a conference call Monday that the twister was about 500 metres wide, cut a path 45 kilometres long — crossing two highways — and may have been on the ground for as long as one hour."That would be a fairly lengthy storm," said Kulak."Typically tornadoes will be on the ground for only a few minutes, but the odd time you do get these storms which do last a considerable amount of time and cover a lot of distance. So a one-hour tornado on the ground that peaks at an F3 is an unusual storm. It's not an extremely, extremely rare event but certainly it is in the less common end of things."Kulak said F3 tornadoes probably occur once every two to three years on Prairies.It was an F3 tornado that carved a 20-kilometre path of destruction through an Alberta campground on July 14, 2000. The twister at Pine Lake killed 12 people and injured more than 100.Residents near Raymore and on the Kawacatoose First Nation say it's a miracle that no one was killed or even seriously injured during the tornado Friday.Kulak said "it's been wave after wave" of storms across the Prairies.The meteorologist said he doesn't have a specific forecast through to the end of August, but he suggested there might be more bad weather to come."Certainly if history is going to be any indication of the future here, when we do get into patterns like this — a lot of rain and a lot moisture that happens to be in the area — you're that much more susceptible to further thunderstorm activity," said Kulak."You tend to recycle. A lot of that moisture, as it evaporates during the day, becomes fuel for the next set of storms."

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Ukraine       Ivano-Frankovsk [western Ukraine], Chernovtsy Region   27-Jun-10 02-Jul-10 6 2     Heavy Rain 1.5 34500 5.5 24.79 48.59   0 65 1 228 27-Jun-10 882 3140 July 1, 2010: "Russia sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine on Friday to help it deal with the consequences of severe flooding in its western regions, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said."A second IL-76 transport plane took of from Ramenskoye airfield [Moscow Region ] for Ivano-Frankovsk [western Ukraine] at 09.00 Moscow time," a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry said.The ministry sent another plane earlier this morning and is also sending a Ka-32 helicopter to survey the area.Severe downpours and rising soil water from June 28-29 resulted in severe flooding in several regions of western Ukraine.The situation is especially bad in the Chernovtsy Region, where river levels have risen five meters, flooding 65 towns in nine districts and affecting around 15,000 people.Around 60 km (37 miles) of road and 13 bridges have been damaged, and 12 towns are without electricity. The damage is currently assessed at over $1.9 million.

3671 82 TC-2010-000123-MEX Mexico       Northern Mexico, Monterrey, Matamoros   30-Jun-10 07-Jul-10 8 6 50,000   Tropical Cyclone Alex 2.0 209000 6.5 -100.42 24.31   1 65 1 227 30-Jun-10 882 3139 July 7, 2010: " border city mayor, a state official and four other people died Wednesday when an airplane crashed as they inspected widespread flooding that has forced tens of thousands of evacuations near the Mexico-U.S. border. The small plane carrying Piedras Negras Mayor Jose Manuel Maldonado was flying over a rain-swollen reservoir about 25 miles east of Eagle Pass, Texas, when it went down, said Ricardo Castillo, a spokesman for the border state of Coahuila. State spokeswoman Irma Flores said there were no survivors. She said the dead included state Public Works Director Horacio Del Bosque, the pilot and three other people. The cause of the crash was still under investigation. The officials were surveying the condition of reservoirs along the U.S.-Mexico border, which have reached their highest levels in decades following days of drenching rain. That has forced officials to dump water into flooded rivers, with yet another storm on the way. The dramatic rise of the Rio Grande caused by Hurricane Alex and continuing rains forced the closure of at least one major border crossing between downtown Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Officials evacuated the flood-threatened Vega Verde subdivision in Del Rio, Texas, some 110 miles upstream from Laredo, while high waters in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila have already damaged some 10,000 homes - many swamped in waist-deep water. "That means there are 40,000 people who don't have any place to sleep," Gov. Humberto Moreira told the Televisa network on Wednesday. To the southeast, Mexican officials evacuated nearly 18,000 people from houses in Ciudad Anahuac for fear that water would overflow the Venustiano Carranza dam and threaten lives. Mexico's National Water Commission said the dam currently had the largest emergency water release in the country. Ciudad Anahuac Mayor Santos Garza Garcia said at least 1,500 homes already had been flooded in the town of Rodriguez, across the Salado River from his city. Water behind the binational Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande was at its highest level since 1974, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission, forcing officials to release water from it at the fastest rate in a quarter century. The Commission said the downstream Falcon dam would probably reach capacity within the next few days, suggesting future releases there will raise water levels along the river's lower reaches. Much of that downstream area is protected against flooding by levees, but Mexico's National Water Commission said it was worried about low-lying settlements, most built by poor people without official permission. "One of country's most serious problems are irregular settlements on federal land and in flood-prone areas," it said. Authorities walked a painful, delicate line - forced to release reservoir waters they know will add to flooding in hopes of avoiding worse disasters. It was an unusual state of affairs in a semiarid region where Mexican and U.S. officials often squabble over rights to scarce water. Mayor Garza Garcia said 20 floodgates had been opened by late Tuesday at the Venustiano Carranza Dam, which was releasing 600 cubic meters per second into the Salado River, a tributary of the Rio Grande. "It was preferable having controlled flooding than having the whole town disappear," Garza Garcia said. "The situation is very critical." Luis Lobo, who drove 16 people from Ciudad Anahuac to Nuevo Laredo, said hundreds of people from Ciudad Anahuac and nearby villages left by foot and were by the side of the road. "They are out in the open. Men, women, and children with nothing to eat," Lobo said after arriving in Nuevo Laredo. Garza Garcia said soldiers planned to take food to those stranded. Sally Spener, public affairs officer for the binational Water Commission that operates the Amistad Dam, said the agency had tried to limit releases "so that we would not exacerbate the flooding." In Laredo, city spokeswoman Xochitl Mora said Bridge One was closed as a precaution ahead of the expected crest on Thursday. The water is expected to rise to 38.5 feet high enough to touch but not run over the bridge. Officials will remove the heavy steel shade canopies to ease the weight on Bridge One before the heaviest water pressure comes with the river crest, she said. About 11,000 pedestrians and 13,000 vehicles use the bridge daily. Officials were also evacuating 2,000 people near the swollen Rio Escondido, said Piedras Negras Mayor Jose Manuel Maldonado. And in Texas authorities evacuated the Vega Verde neighborhood of Del Rio was evacuated as more water was being released from the Amistad Lake, just upstream. One of three international bridges connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was ordered closed as the Rio Grande rose dramatically. The water is expected to rise to 38.5 feet - high enough to touch but not run over the bridge. The other two Laredo bridges, including the heavily used World Trade Bridge, are expected to remain open. Hurricane Alex dumped heavy rains on the region last week, causing flooding that killed at least 12 people in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, where Ciudad Anahuac is located, and leaving some 130,000 without water service. The U.S. National Weather Service said a new storm was likely to make its way across the Gulf of Mexico and hit the region within a day or two. " July 6, 2010: "Hundreds of people have been evacuated and a border bridge closed in northern Mexico after days of rain caused flooding and water to swell behind a dam.Authorities in Coahuila state have closed the border bridge in Ciudad Acuna as a precautionary measure after water released from the Amistad dam raised the level of the Rio Grande. Ciudad Acuna lies across the border from Del Rio, Texas.Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira told local media Monday that about 10,000 people have suffered severe damage to their homes or possessions due to the flooding.The release of water from the Amistad dam raises the possibility that river levels could rise downstream in Piedras Negras, a city across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas" . July 2, 2010: "At least six people have died during heavy flooding in Mexico. The victims were killed in and around the northern city of Monterrey following storms caused by Hurricane Alex. One woman was crushed to death by a mudslide as large rocks from surrounding mountains crashed down onto her car. President Felipe Calderon said that 1,200 had been dispatched to help in the relief efforts.Hurricane Alex hit Mexico's Gulf Coast on Wednesday and moved inland. A year's worth of rain fell in three days in Monterrey, swelling the normally dry Santa Catarina river, which overflowed and destroyed homes and sections of roads. Tens of thousands of home are now without water or power and many residents have evacuated in search of emergency shelters." July 1, 2010: "Hurricane Alex has brought torrential rain as it weakened to a tropical storm over northeastern Mexico, flooding the city of Monterrey. At least two people were killed when a river burst its banks, inundating roads and washing away cars. Alex was a category two hurricane when it hit the Gulf coast on Wednesday night, but lost force as it moved inland. It was expected to dissipate over the Mexican highlands on Friday.The usually dry Santa Catarina river that runs through the centre of Monterrey turned into a raging torrent, flooding major highways and paralysing Mexico's third-biggest city. One man died after he was swept nearly 500 metres by the waters and trapped against a fence. The body of another drowned man was found in a creek.A 12-tonne statue of the revered Virgin of Guadalupe was knocked off its plinth on the river bank. Flood waters also hit the city zoo, sweeping animals including buffalo from their pens, the Reuters news agency reported. Alex was the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, and the first to appear in June since 1995. It caused severe flooding along Mexico's Gulf coast when it made landfall on Wednesday night.  The coastal town of Matamoros also suffered Emergency workers in the port city of Matamoros have been using boats to assess the damage in some neighbourhoods. "The city is practically under water" the director of civil defence, Saul Hernandez, told the AP news agency. "But the most important thing is there was no loss of life. We took opportune measures to evacuate people" Thousands of people in coastal villages were moved to higher ground before the storm hit. Many towns were left without electricity, and phone lines were also down. Heavy seas caused by the storm also disrupted BP's oil spill clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico. Alex largely spared the US state of Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit. It brought heavy rain and caused at least two tornadoes, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage. However, there are still warnings of possible flash-flooding in some areas of the state."July 1, 2010: "Alex has drenched much of northern Mexico, paralysing the major city of Monterrey. At least two people were killed when the dry river roared to life and roads turned into rushing streams.Hurricane Alex ripped off roofs, caused severe flooding and forced thousands of people to flee coastal fishing villages as it hit land on Wednesday evening in the border state of Tamaulipas. Power and telephone service were down in several towns and cities. The storm weakened to a tropical storm as it moved west to Nuevo Leon state, but still caused major disruptions.One man died when he was swept away by a torrent of water along a six-lane highway, city Civil Protection director Pedro Trevino told Televisa Monterrey network. Another man was found drowned by side of a creek.Nuevo Leon state governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz told the network he had ordered all schools closed and appealed for people to stay home from all but essential jobs. The US Consulate in Monterrey also closed due to the storm.Mr de la Cruz said Alex had already dumped 16 inches of rain in some areas."

3670 81 FL-2010-000121-DOM Dominican Republic           25-Jun-10 27-Jun-10 3       Torrential Rain 1.0 15730 4.7 -70.39 19.25   0 64 1 226 25-Jun-10 881 3138 June 27, 2010: "Hundreds without shelter after floods caused by a tropical wave moving westward"

3669 80 FL-2010-000118-CIV, FL-2010-000118-LBR Liberia Ivory Coast     Monrovia, Abidjan   25-Jun-10 27-Jun-10 3 12     Torrential Rain 1.0 183800 5.7 -7.15 6.01   0 64 1 225 25-Jun-10 881 3137 June 27, 2010: "Monrovia slums, Liberia. Also About one dozen people, including women and children, have been confirmed dead in Abidjan, C?te d'Ivoire, after heavy rain storms. Significant damage has been recorded."

3668 79   Taiwan           25-Jun-10 27-Jun-10 3       Torrential Rain 1.0 1399 3.6 121.61 24.95   0 64 0 224 25-Jun-10 881 3136 June 27, 2010: "Train traffic between Taoyuan and the Taipei County town of Yingge was interrupted in both directions Sunday evening after heavy rain flooded the track, reports said.The Central Weather Bureau issued a torrential rain alert for parts of Taiwan north of Tainan, as well as for the northeast and the east coast. Forecasters warned that flooding was likely in low-lying areas, while mountain streams could grow bigger and faster in a short time.The Taiwan Railway Administration said it closed down the Taoyuan-Yingge line around 5 p.m. as the flood waters showed no signs of receding. More than an hour later, traffic resumed but trains were not allowed to exceed 40 kilometers per hour, officials said.Over six hours, more than 182 millimeters of rain fell in Emei Township in Hsinchu County, qualifying the place for torrential rain.Floods also made traffic difficult in Tucheng, Taipei County, reports said.In Taichung County, a truck carrying two people drove into a creek, according to media reports. The two were alive but efforts were on the way to rescue them, reports said.Forecasters said afternoon thunderstorms were likely to continue for most of the week, especially in mountainous areas all over Taiwan. In other areas, the likelihood of afternoon showers would decrease between Tuesday and Thursday but return before next weekend, the weather bureau said. Maximum temperatures would remain between 32 and 35 degrees centigrade islandwide, according to forecasters.

3667 78 FL-2010-000120-BRA Brazil           22-Jun-10 30-Jun-10 9 50 150,000   Heavy Rain 2.0 320100 6.8 -37.78 -6.36   1 64 1 224 22-Jun-10 881 3136 June 29, 2010: "Aerial photo taken on June 28, 2010 shows the flood in Agua Preta in northeast Brazil's Pernambuco State. (Xinhua/Agencia Estado" June 26, 2010: "After three days of heavy rains and severe floods in northern Brazil, approximately 150,000 people have been displaced, while at least 50 people were killed and 140 remain missing. In the northern region of Brazil, mostly in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco, heavy rains and floods have rendered more than 150,000 people to be internally displaced after their homes or areas were completely destroyed by the heavy precipitation, according to CNN International. At least 50 people have died and the number of missing people stands at approximately 140. According to the national civil defense office, the number of homeless in Alagoas rose to 75,000 and in Pernambuco, there are about 80,000 displaced. It further stated that more than 19,000 homes were damaged or completely destroyed, while 79 damages faced the same outcome. All together, 59 municipalities in total were affected in Pernambuco and 28 in Alagoas. Press TV reports that the Brazilian government has allocated $277 million to help the victims. The Organization of American States (OAS) and the United States have also pledged to send aid to Brazil.  In order to handle the crisis in Brazil, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has cancelled his visit to the G20 Summit in Toronto this weekend, reports Reuters. Instead, Finance Minister Guido Mantega will represent Brazil during the meeting. “He doesn't want to be away from Brazil at this difficult moment,” said one G20 Summit official."Torrents of flood water devastated towns and villages in northeastern Brazil, killing at least 38 people and leaving more than 600 missing and more than 50,000 without shelter."

3666 77   Pakistan           22-Jun-10 24-Jun-10 3 46     Torrential Rain 1.0 9326 4.4 72.08 36.03   0 63 1 223 22-Jun-10 880 3135 June 25, 2010: "Flash floods that hit a village in northwest Pakistan killed at least seven persons, a security official said on Friday.The bodies of the seven persons were recovered from debris by rescue teams after the floods hit Uchosht village near Chitral town, said Subedar Major Maqbool Ahmad of the Border Police force.The floods that hit Ochosht Thursday night destroyed seven houses and damaged 20 more.Five women were among the dead.The rescue teams are trying to recover some persons reported as missing.Residents of the area were in their homes when walls and roofs collapsed as a wave of water 10 feet high hit the village.A three-year-old child whose father and mother died survived miraculously"

3665 76   Bosnia and Herzegovina           22-Jun-10 26-Jun-10 5 46     Heavy Rain 1.0 28640 5.2 17.70 44.00   0 63 1 222 22-Jun-10 880 3134 June 23, 2010: Persistent rainfall has led to flooding throughout various regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) , as rivers and streams are unable to accommodate the unseasonably wet conditions.Some communities have declared a state of emergency, and major transportation arteries have been cut due to flooding or landslides brought about by the abundant rains, reported the Sarajevo daily 'Dnevni Avaz' on Tuesday.According to the Federation Civil Protection Administration, five municipalities in the Tuzla region (in north-eastern BiH) have declared a state of emergency, with almost half the territory of Gradacac under water.Flooding has been declared in towns on the Sava River, with an estimated 100 dwellings threatened by the rising water level in Brcko. The Bosna River spilled over its banks and has flooded much of the town of Modrica, also leading to evacuations.One section of the major highway leading from Tuzla to the Croatian border in the north has been washed out.Milorad Dodik, prime minister of Republika Srpska, the Serb- dominated entity of BiH, stated that initial damage he observed was likely to exceed 50 million Euros, reported the Radio Television Republika Srpska (RTRS)."This is really a significant disaster," said Dodik after visiting the most vulnerable communities around the capital Banja Luka. "From the helicopter we saw that the highway Banja Luka - Celinac was cut in three places. At the confluence of the Vrbas and Vrbanja (rivers) the water is backing up and the rain continues to fall..this situation is extremely worrying."More rainfalls have been forecast for the next few days"

3664 75   Romania Bulgaria     Western Romania, Cluj; eastern Romania, Danube   22-Jun-10 12-Jul-10 21 23 17,500   Heavy Rain 2.0 56730 6.4 23.19 46.08 x 1 63 1 221 22-Jun-10 880 3133 July 12, 2010: "Bucharest - While Western Europe battled a heat wave, Romania faced continuous rain on Saturday, worsening floods that have plagued the Eastern European country for three weeks. Emergency officials said on Saturday that 20 communities across the country had been flooded in the previous 24 hours alone. Northeastern regions were particularly affected, along with the lower reaches of the Danube river. The rising water flooded 247 more houses, with 14 being completely destroyed, officials said. Some 7,000 hectares of forests, fields and farmland also stood under water. The situation was especially hazardous on Saturday along the upper reaches of the Prut river, where hundreds of people were evacuated from the small town of Radauti and the surrounding area near the Ukrainian border. But water officials said they should be able to control the danger along the river by using a nearby dam. Water levels in the Danube, meanwhile, were falling, but the flooding's pressure on dikes was expected to last for days. The floods have left 23 people dead and caused nearly 60 million euros (76 million dollars) worth of damage overall, according to official estimates. Almost 3,500 houses are underwater, with 246 having collapsed and another 654 threatening to do so. Most of the caved-in houses were traditional farming homes built out of clay that is not water- resistant, Tourism Minister Elena Udrea said. Some 2,000 kilometres of roadways have also been damaged." July 5, 2010: "A maximum-degree flooding alert has been declared in Danubian regions of Romania, after the river level reached historical highs at a number of locations.Romanian PM Emil Boc called an emergency meeting of the cabinet to tackle the situation, commenting that Romania this week is facing “dangerous meteorological and hydrological events”.The level of the river Danube surpassed its historical highs at three cities in Eastern Romania – Feteşti, Brăila and Galati – all of them located far downstream on the Danube. The situation is most dire at Galati, where a 4.5 km levee is currently being erected with the help of gendarmes, police and volunteers.During the past days, as many as 25 people died in Romania as a result of flooding.In the Bulgarian sector, where the situation is not as grave but still critical, there have been no casualties.Sunday record levels were reported for eastern downstream Bulgarian cities of Russe and Silistra. Monday a level of 816 cm was reported for Russe, where the river flooded Port West and other facilities. The Russenski Lom river - a right tributary flowing into the Danube at Russe - also overflowed Monday.In the western Bulgarian town of Lom, where the situation has been the most critical, no change of river level (865 cm) has been reported.A drop of 4 cm has been reported by hydrological authorities at upstream western Bulgarian towns of Novo Selo and Vidin." June 30, 2010: "Romanian authorities have said that they are requesting aid from the European Union's Solidarity Fund following severe flooding which killed 20 people in one week and destroyed roads, crops and houses.Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said there was no assessment of the damage yet, as the situation was ongoing and still critical, especially on the Siret river in northern and eastern Romania.But he said he believed the losses would exceed 0.6% of GDP, in a country struggling with recession and with austerity measures to keep the budget deficit in check.Mr Blaga warned that the Danube had exceeded the highest levels recorded in 2006 around the towns of Galati and Braila. Thousands of people have been evacuated since Monday." June 29, 2010: "DOROHOI, Romania : Heavy rains caused floods that killed 21 people in Romania and thousands of others were evacuated from their homes on Tuesday as rivers threatened to burst their banks. People climbed trees to escape the rising water and many houses, roads and railway lines were destroyed or damaged by the floods, officials said. Hundreds of police and emergency workers were deployed to the rescue operation while several localities along the Danube River took urgent measures to stop it from breaching its banks. "The situation is tragic, the damage is of a scale hard to imagine," Gheorghe Flutur, president of Suceava department, one of the worst hit regions, told Mediafax news agency. Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead and at least one other was missing since the floods started last week, emergency inspectorate spokesman Alin Maghiar told AFP. Nineteen died after being carried away by high waters and two others were killed by lightning, he said. Most of the deaths occurred on Monday night in two departments close from the Ukrainian border. In the northeastern town of Dorohoi, six people died in overnight Monday to Tuesday, according to officials. More than 1,700 people had to be evacuated and some scrambled up trees to avoid the water, witnesses said.
Flooding receded on Tuesday afternoon but houses were badly damaged by the water, which rose above one metre (3.3 feet) in some places. Roads into Dorohoi remained under water. Heavy rain has fallen for much of the past week in the Balkan country and forecasters have warned that it will continue in northeastern Romania until Wednesday morning. Several old people died last week in the central regions of the country after being carried away by high waters. On Tuesday night, authorities in northeastern Neamt department ordered the evacuation of about 11,000 people along the river Siret, a Danube tributary threatening to overflow. In the northern Suceava, hundreds of people were evacuated Tuesday for the same reason. "Ten villages have been evacuated. 1,870 people will spend the night in monasteries, schools, cultural centres or with relatives," a spokeswoman for the Suceava authorities told AFP. About 1,100 sheep were moved to higher ground in the mainly rural region. Further along the Siret, in Sendreni, inhabitants and emergency servicemen reinforced dykes with bags of sand to prevent floods. Prime Minister Emil Boc flew to the affected zones in northeastern Romania and said Bucharest could ask for help from an emergency European fund. Damages could amount to more than 0.6 percent of gross domestic product, Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said. - AFP/fa
" June 23, 2010: "Romanian authorities say at last one person has died and another is missing after heavy rain and flooding in western Romania.Emergency situations spokeswoman Alina Balas says a 78-year-old woman was found dead after flooding destroyed her house in a village in Alba county.In Cluj county, emergency situations chief Vasile Somlea says a 23-year-old man is missing and feared dead.Hundreds of houses have been inundated by the flooding, which began Monday. Authorities have evacuated hundreds of people.On Wednesday, authorities are on alert in parts of northern Romania as water levels rose in the Prut river on the border with Moldova."

3663 74   Ghana       Tema, Ashaima and Kpone, East Accra regions, Greater Accra   22-Jun-10 26-Jun-10 5 30     Heavy Rain 1.0 150900 5.9 -0.98 7.93   0 62 1 220 22-Jun-10 879 3132 July 5, 2010: "Families of the 16 people who lost their liv es in the Ashaiman floods would receive an amount of GH¢500.00 each from t he Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA), as support for the funeral rites. The victims aged between three and 65 years made up of 10 males and six females, lost their lives after a 12-hour heavy downpour in the Municipal ity on June 20.Numo Adinortey Addison, Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), wh o disclosed this at a press conference on Monday, said the bodies of the deceased, comprised nine children and seven adults have been deposited at
the Tema General Hospital morgue. The conference was organized by the Ashaiman Municipal Disaster Management Committee, to explain to the public the current situation in t he Municipality, after the flood. Numo Addison added that the amount to be given to the families was p art of an approved figure of GH¢40,000.00 by the Assembly, to alleviate theplight of the victims of the devastating flood. He indicated that 547 people got injured, while 9,314 people made up of 1,318 families were displaced. The MCE further stated that the estimated distraction of the rain fl ood in monetary terms amounted to about GH¢260,000.00. He said as many as 8,680 of the victims have been presented with rel ief items from the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO). The items included 429 bags of rice, 365 bags of maize, 75 bags of beans, 14, 832 bars of soap, 5,550 pieces of mats and 400 pieces of drink ing cups.Others were 55 pieces of buckets, 100 pieces of mattresses, 54 bales of used clothing, 20 cartons of cooking oil, 300 pieces of blankets and 300 pieces of mosquito nets.Numo Addison appealed to the government to urgently consider the construction of the Gbemi, Amar-tsuru and Jericho storm drains. He further said the drains should be widened enough to collect more rain water to avoid a recurrence of the rain disaster. The MCE thanked President John Evans Atta Mills and other governmentofficials for touring the Municipality to console the people after the incident. He also thanked organizations and individuals who donated relief ite ms to the victims for the gesture, and called on others to emulate that shin ing example. The most affected communities of the flood disaster in the Municipal ity were Community 22, New Town, Valco Flat, Jericho, and Roman Down. Others were Ashaiman Dam Site, Mamomo, Market Square, and Asensu"
June 22, 2010: "At least 30 people have died in floods caused by heavy rain in Ghana's four regions, the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has said.The military and Red Cross are continuing rescue and evacuation operations in Tema, Ashaima and Kpone, East Accra regions, where over 1,000 buildings have been damaged, causing losses to thousands of people, NADMO Coordinator Kofi Portuphy was quoted as saying by Prensa Latina.Meanwhile, Highways and Roads Minister Joe Gidisu told Times Live daily: 'Never in the last 15 years have we seen this kind of flooding, especially in the Greater Accra region where roads have been washed away and bridges collapsed, leading to the loss of lives and properties.' The minister called the situation 'national crisis'."

3662 73 FL-2010-000115-MMR Myanmar Bangladesh     Western Myanmar   15-Jun-10 26-Jun-10 12 60   5,000 Monsoonal Rain 1.0 94870 6.1 94.01 22.28   1 62 1 219 15-Jun-10 879 3131 June 25, 2010: "United Nations aid agencies are widening their relief efforts in western Myanmar, where more than 60 people have been killed and thousands of other villagers forced out of their homes by floods brought on by monsoonal rains.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Wednesday that more than 27,000 families have been affected by the floods, which struck Myanmar's Rakhine state and neighbouring Bangladesh last week.The agency is working with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Government health staff to deploy mobile medical teams to flood-affected towns and villages.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) plans to distribute 1,079 tons of food to affected households, in addition to the 400 tons already handed out in Maungdaw and Buthidaung, the hardest-hit areas. The food sent so far is mostly rice, but beans, pulses, oil and salt are also being included.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reported that it is starting income-generation activities in at least 100 villages so that residents can buy food and other essential items, such as blankets and mosquito nets.The death toll from the floods has climbed to 63 in Myanmar, according to State media figures. Nearly 700 homes are reported to have destroyed and more than 3,500 others partially damaged. At least 58 Bangladeshis have also died from the rising waters or mudslides." June 17, 2010: "YANGON: Landslides and floods caused by torrential rain have killed 46 people in western Myanmar this week, state television reported on Wednesday. The former Burma is no stranger to harsh weather and at least 140,000 people were killed in 2008 when a cyclone hit the south of the country. “Twenty-eight people were killed in Maungdaw Township while 18 were killed and four were injured in Buthidaung Township in the landslides caused by torrential rains on June 14,” MRTV television reported. Earlier, local officials and an aid worker for an international non-governmental organisation, had told Reuters that heavy rain had washed away bridges and blocked roads in the area, killing at least 25 people. The Meteorological Department said 34 cm of rain fell in the town of Maungdaw, on the border with Bangladesh, on one day this week. Flooding had also hit the towns of Mrauk Oo and Kyauk Taw,about 550 km northwest of the city of Yangon, washing away three bridges, although no casualties had been reported there, another official in the region said. Deforestation had contributed to the problem, with rain pouring off bare slopes and eroding soil, which blocked waterways, he said.. "

3661 72   France       Var Department in southern France   16-Jun-10 17-Jun-10 2 19     Torrential Rain 2.0 7700 4.5 6.59 43.50   0 61 1 218 16-Jun-10 878 3130 June 16, 2010: "France - Flash floods caused by torrential rain killed 19 people and left seven missing near France’s Mediterranean coast, an official said on Wednesday, after the worst downpours the region has seen since 1827.More than 350 mm (14 inches) of rain fell on the Var department in southern France in a few hours on Tuesday.The sub-prefect for the region said 19 people had died and seven others were missing.More than 1,000 people found refuge in schools and other buildings after their homes were swamped. Helicopters flew over 450 rescue missions and some 100,000 households were without electricity.“Draguignan was the worst-hit town, with hundreds of vehicles swept away and several neighbourhoods under water,” the local prefect Hugues Parant said.Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said about 10 people were missing and he feared the death toll could rise.Television pictures showed scores of stranded people packed on the raised terrace of a holiday camp, with surrounding land and low-lying buildings submerged under muddy water.Locals said people were surprised by the speed at which the waters rose, turning streets into torrents and carrying away cars as if they were toys.“It was dramatic,” said Draguignan mayor Max Piselli. “The town is in a terrible state, with rocks, stones, mud and cars blocking the roads.”The airport in Toulon, closed late on Tuesday because its runways were flooded, reopened on Wednesday morning. Train services along the coast were expected to return to normal on Thursday, railway officials said.Meteo France, which said the region had not seen floods like this since 1827, warned of more storms on Wednesday night.In February, a ferocious storm and surging tide killed 53 people in southwestern France."

3660 71   Spain       Northern Spanish region of Asturias   11-Jun-10 13-Jun-10 3 2     Torrential Rain 1.5 6135 4.4 -6.21 43.35   0 61 1 217 11-Jun-10 878 3129 June 11, 2010: "Madrid - Flooding sparked by heavy rainstorms has killed at least two people in the northern Spanish region of Asturias, media reported Friday. The body of a 76-year-old woman was found Friday near her home in Vegadeo, after the river Samaran overflowed its banks, police said. The woman's husband was reported missing. The second fatality was a motorist whose car fell off a bridge in Siero. Floodwater blocked dozens of roads, and several villages were left without power or drinking water in the region. "

3659 70   USA       Central Arkansas   11-Jun-10 11-Jun-10 1 20     Torrential Rain 2.0 12230 4.4 -95.09 34.58   0 61 1 216 11-Jun-10 878 3128 June 17, 2010: "LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities on Wednesday officially called off the search for victims of the flash flooding that killed 20 people at a western Arkansas campground last week, shifting their focus to assessing damage and cleaning up debris from the disaster.Gov. Mike Beebe announced that state agencies had ended their role in recovering victims from Friday's flash flooding at the Albert Pike Recreation Area in Montgomery County. Police on Tuesday identified the final known victim from the flood."While the Forest Service will have sole jurisdiction from here forward, Arkansas stands ready to help if any additional assistance is requested," Beebe said in a statement released by his office.State police had already scaled back their search efforts on Tuesday, and a spokesman said the state police mobile command center would leave Thursday morning."At this time, there has been no other individual noted who may be unaccounted for," State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Wednesday.The U.S. Forest Service said it had shifted its attention to assessing damage from the floods and cleaning up debris. A spokeswoman for the agency said she did not know when the campground would reopen."It will likely take a week or so for the initial assessments just to give us a better idea of what kind of damages were caused by the floods," said Tracy Farley, of the service's Ouachita National Forest division.Beebe's office also said the governor has been in touch with Forest Service officials about potential federal assistance for the victims' families and for those who assisted with the search efforts.Lawmakers continued to focus attention on what steps could be taken to better notify campers in remote campsites of impending emergencies.Sen. Mark Pryor said he planned to meet with Forest Service officials to discuss ways to improve communications. The agency is reviewing how to improve communication after Friday's flash flooding.Weather forecasters warned of the flooding four times over the course of an hour.But the campsite did not have a ranger on duty, cell phone service was spotty and weather radio signals did not reach there.Pryor said the solution may be as simple as warning bells set up at the camp, or an informational campaign."My preference would be something simple and low-tech," Pryor said. "I've heard a lot of different ideas over the last few days, but the bottom line is those folks were asleep when this happened and even if they had gotten a radio signal down there ... I'm not sure that a lot of them would have heard it."Campers would have been told about a flash flood watch posted at midday Thursday, but the flood arrived after 2 a.m. Friday when many were asleep. At times, the Little Missouri River rose eight feet per hour" June 11, 2010: "At least 12 people died at an Arkansas campground after heavy rain and flash flooding and many more could be trapped in the area, state authorities said.Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe told CNN there's word from the Red Cross that there could have been as many as 300 people in the rugged area of western Arkansas, but he said there is no registration that would show the precise number of people in the region -- which is in the Albert Pike campground area.Bill Sadler, a state police spokesman who confirmed the death toll to CNN -- said a search is on for people still trapped in the area, a relatively remote and rural region where cell phone service could be spotty."The primary mission of the Arkansas State Police working with local authorities right now is to get the living out of the area and locate the dead," Sadler told CNN.Video: 12 killed in Arkansas campground flood He said two helicopters are working to locate and assist in rescuing the living. He said local authorities are providing search volunteers and a temporary morgue has been set up.Beebe said the water of the Little Missouri River rose from about 3 feet Thursday night to more than 20 feet early Friday in the U.S. Forest Service campground."It was a very rapid flash flood that inundated that area," Beebe said. "It's an unmanned campground in terms of being a campground with all the amenities."He said rescue crews on foot, in helicopters, and in vehicles were combing the area. He said law enforcement, National Guard and parks personnel were working on the search-and-rescue efforts

3658 69 TC-2010-000108-PAK Pakistan Oman     Karachi   6-Jun-10 07-Jun-10 2 23 4,000   Tropical Cyclone Phet 1.0 59030 5.1 67.90 25.12   0 61 1 215 06-Jun-10 878 3127 June 7, 2010: "Tropical storm Phet made landfall in Pakistan late Sunday, bringing rainfall that caused flooding in and around Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.  Officials say the storm claimed at least seven lives from electrocution.Emergency officials evacuated residents along Pakistan's southern coast.  The officials said thousands of Pakistanis departed for safer locations, but some refused to leave their homes.Forecasters say the storm will bring widespread rain - and will weaken into a tropical depression as it moves inland.The storm hit Oman Friday with cyclone strength.  Omani officials blamed Phet for causing at least 16 deaths....Tropical Cyclone PHET-10 of Saffir-Simpson Category 4 affected 295 thousand people with winds above 39mph (63 km/h) and 16.4 million people with hurricane wind strengths (74mph or 119 km/h). In addition, 164 thousand people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.

3657 68   Hungary Slovakia Poland   Southern Poland    29-May-10 11-Jun-10 14   3,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 175000 6.4 19.80 49.67   1 61 1 214 29-May-10 878 3126
June 11, 2010:
"As Windsor and Essex County reel after Sunday’s vicious storms, Windsor’s Polish sister city is facing its own flood crisis, says Coun. Drew Dilkens.“It creates a different meaning on the whole concept of a sister city,” said Dilkens, reached in Lublin, Poland, where the rising Vistula River has drowned much of the countryside. He said he’s hoping to help raise funds for the eastern Polish city and its surrounds.The rising river, he said, has flooded an area four kilometres by 80 kilometres in size and displaced 15,000 people in over 120 villages, though the floodwaters have yet to reach downtown Lublin. He said they’re about a 15-minute drive away.“All you see are the tips of stop signs, some rooftops,” he said. Everything else is underwater. “You see branches and tops of trees but no trunks.”Some villagers, he said, didn’t want to leave. Many of them had to be retrieved from their rooftops by rescue boats after the flood swept into their homes.“They’ve got over a thousand volunteers from all across Poland … filling sandbags.“They’re already at US$20 million just to fix the roads. June 7, 2010: "Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are strengthening dykes that are crumbling in a second wave of massive flooding in southern Poland following weeks of torrential rains.Some 3,000 people have been evacuated from eight villages after the Vistula river spilled over near Szczucin, where massive flooding first hit in May. The Vistula was also inundating the streets and houses in a part of Sandomierz, after dykes repaired after the May flooding, succumbed. Some villages are cut off completely. More rain is forecast. Hungary has been hit by high waters with flooding stranding several thousand people in the north of the country.After a month of near-continuous rainfall, the banks of the Hernad, Sajo and Boldva rivers have broken, causing 2,300 people to be evacuated.In Budapest the docks of the flooded river Danube were shut while the banks of Margaret island, a well-known tourist destination in the capital, have been shored up with sand bags.Agricultural experts have said the floods will create inflation, with a drop of between 30 and 40 percent in fruit production.More rain is expected during the next week. June 5, 2010: " Hungary has been hit by high waters with flooding stranding several thousand people in the north of the country.After a month of near-continuous rainfall, the banks of the Hernad, Sajo and Boldva rivers have broken, causing 2,300 people to be evacuated.In Budapest the docks of the flooded river Danube were shut while the banks of Margaret island, a well-known tourist destination in the capital, have been shored up with sand bags.Agricultural experts have said the floods will create inflation, with a drop of between 30 and 40 percent in fruit production.More rain is expected during the next week Slovakia is experiencing its worst flooding in a thousand years, Prime Minister Robert Fico said Saturday. ....Nonetheless, the country has experienced 'massive luck' because the death toll is no higher than the three that have so far been reported, he told a news conference attended by several government ministers. Fico also praised the work of local authorities, who probably saved thousands of lives by evacuating people promptly as the flood waters threatened. Across the country, flooding has swollen rivers and ponds to levels higher than can be measured by existing metres. Interior Minister Robert Kalinak noted that some communities which have never before experienced flooding are now facing flooding. Because they have no experience with floods, they are totally unprepared, he said. Fico warned of the likelihood that the receding waters could cause heavy damage to the country's railways and bridges. More than 3,000 troops have been deployed nationwide to support firefighters. Fico's left-wing Direction-Social Democratic party, like other competitors in the upcoming June 12 national elections, has suspended campaigning during the floods and opted to donate money earmarked for the race to flood victims. Floods have been wreaking havoc across Eastern Europe for weeks, with widespread damage stretching from Poland to Serbia
3656 67 FL-2010-000107-PHL Philippines       Southern Midaneo Island   29-May-10 01-Jun-10 4 27     Torrential Rain 1.0 22340 5.0 125.30 6.78   0 60 1 213 29-May-10 877 3125 June 1, 2010: " UP to 40,000 people may be forcibly evacuated after torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the southern Philippines, an official says. Ten villages in the town of Sultan Kudarat on southern Mindanao Island were under waist-deep waters after a river overflowed its banks due to rains that began on Friday, local social welfare department head Pombaen Kadir said today."We are preparing to evacuate them," Mr Kadir said."They still do not want to leave their homes which are now under waist-deep water, but we may force them to leave once the situation deteriorates."She said the main highway that cuts through the affected areas had been rendered impassable to light vehicles.
Army troops in the area have also dispatched trucks to help in the planned evacuation efforts, she said...Flood,Philippines: Up to 40,000 people evacuated after torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the southern Philippines."
3655 66   Canada       Winnepeg   29-May-10 31-May-10 3       Heavy Rain 1.0 24790 4.9 -97.79 49.88   0 60 1 212 29-May-10 877 3124 May 31, 2010: " More than 500 Winnipeg homes were hit by flooding caused by a weekend of torrential rain many people will only experience once in their lives.The two storms that roared through the city Saturday caused a once-in-50-year downpour, according to City of Winnipeg officials.The storms dumped 110 millimetres of rain turning streets and fields into lakes.'That's like a half-year supply of thunderstorm hours in southern Manitoba.'—Dave Phillips, Environment Canada Prior to that soaking, the city had only received 48 millimetres of rain in May, according to Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips."Over the weekend, my gosh, I can't believe the number of thunderstorms — Friday, Saturday, 13 hours of thunderstorms — that's like a half-year supply of thunderstorm hours in southern Manitoba," Phillips said. Calls to the city's 311 service as of noon Monday, show 513 homes experienced soggy basements, according to City of Winnipeg officials.A tree topped onto a car at Flora Avenue and Parr Street during a thunderstorm Friday in Winnipeg. (CBC)Motorists who had their vehicles damaged during the storms have also begun to file claims with Manitoba Public Insurance.So far, more than 200 flood-related claims have been filed, said MPI spokesman Brian Smiley.About half the claims come from Winnipeg, where many vehicles sustained damage after going through underpasses filled with water and becoming partially submerged.Other vehicles were hit by debris, even trees, tossed about by strong winds. Claims from outside the city are vehicles damaged because they were parked in low-lying areas and were swamped.Flooding across city Calls to the city about flooded basements came from nearly every neighbourhood and are not concentrated in one area, officials said. "It doesn't make you happy when you see people moving out mattresses and beds to their back yards and having to get pumps to pump out the water," said Mayor Sam Katz, who viewed some of the damage Sunday in the city's Transcona neighbourhood."There were some very bad scenarios." A sign for the golf cart path is nearly submerged on the flooded Transcona golf course Sunday. (Richard Romanow)In addition to seeping into basements, the rain washed debris into streets and clogged drains, which resulted in the development of large pools of water spreading across streets and into yards.Some roadways were barricaded to keep vehicles from passing through dangerously deep water.Transcona resident John Tubicz was at a local hardware store at noon Sunday and watched people frantically buy up the stock of pumps to get water out of their basements."People were racing to the sump pumps and within seconds the shelf was empty," he said.He estimates the damage in his basement at a few thousand dollars.'You know, I can't cry. It's beyond that point.' —Winnipegger Diane WitwickiAnother city resident, Diane Witwicki, was having trouble comprehending the amount of damage in her home."Insulation, the paneling. Everything. The carpeting. You name it. Everything's gone," she said. "Some of it was my mom's — my mom's been dead for 26 years. You know, I can't cry. It's beyond that point."Problems at the pumps Some of the problems in South Transcona can be traced back to a problem at the pumping station that serves the area, said Randy Hull, Winnipeg's emergency preparedness coordinator."All three pumps at one point had failed. When I visited there about 2:30 a.m. [Monday] they were not operational, but when I went by at 8:30 a.m. they were in operation," he said.Despite the faulty pumps, the city is not responsible for flooded basements in the area because the storm was an act of God, Hull said.In Brandon, the thunderstorms did much of the same damage to yards and basements, while also uprooting several trees across the city. Rick Bailey, director of parks and recreation, said the clean-up should take all week."[The] soil's just become so saturated, and then when you get that wind that come through, that's where a lot of the trees come over," he said.The Assiniboine Community College's North Hill campus was badly hit with about 25 toppled trees.Rising riverThe rainfall has also raised the level of the Red River and prompted officials to activate the floodway, a 48-kilometre channel that diverts water around the eastern side of Winnipeg.Flood Forecaster Alf Warkentin said the Red River in through Winnipeg went up nearly three metres on the weekend and could rise another half-metre by the end of Tuesday.Most of the tributaries leading into the Red and Assiniboine River have emptied, so the rate of the increase is dropping off.High river levels in Winnipeg impact the city sewer system's ability to operate at a normal capacity. That means there is an increased risk of basement flooding as the overloaded system backs up through household sewer lines that aren't protected by sump pumps and backwater valves."
3654 65   New Zealand       Otago   25-May-10 31-May-10 7       Heavy Rain 2.0 25180 5.5 170.37 -45.69     60 1 211 25-May-10 877 3123 May 30, 2010: The total clean-up cost for flood-stricken Otago will not be known for "days if not weeks", Civil Defence says. The extent of the damage across the region became apparent yesterday as surface flooding receded and the clean-up operation began. Waitaki Civil Defence spokesman Scott Ridley today said the area was slowly returning to normal. "Some places that were looking like lakes are starting to look normal, even if they are sodden," he said. "Our roads aren't in ideal condition any more but we'll get on to fixing them over the coming months." Mr Ridley said about 50 rural roads remained closed, but some could reopen as contractors assessed and prioritised repairs. The about 3500 residents of Palmerston in Waitaki district remained on restricted water supplies to prevent contamination from polluted water, he said. The local reservoir has enough water for three days, provided residents conserved water, and the main supply would be restored once the Shag River level dropped. An New Zealand Army Unimog, police and civil defence staff delivered food and water over the weekend to areas isolated because of high water and land slips. Mr Ridley said while some residents remained cut off, they were "all sorted". It was too early to say how much the clean-up effort would cost, although it was likely to be in the millions, he said. "There won't be an official figure from the council for days, if not weeks." Mr Ridley said the flood was not as bad as expected but "it's definitely one of the biggest we've had in the last few years". "We're pleased with the response, we never want it to flood but we're please with how things went, and we're really pleased with how the people of Waitaki reacted in looking after their neighbours and lending a hand of support."
3653 64 TC-2010-000105-GTM Guatamala El Salvador Honduras   In Guatamala: departments of Escuintla, Suchitep?quez, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Totonicap?n, Solol?, Chimaltenango and Guatemala   18-May-10 24-May-10 7 172 94,000   Tropical Cyclone Agatha 2.0 68700 6.0 -89.56 14.07   0 60 0 210 18-May-10 877 3122 May 31, 2010: " Stunned victims of Tropical Storm Agatha wept by destroyed homes and rescue crews dug bodies out of mud in Guatemala yesterday after torrential rain killed at least 113 people across Central America. People caked in dirt searched for their loved ones as the stench of mud and sewage from flooded drains filled the air of towns outside Guatemala City and emergency workers urged survivors to leave ruined houses and go to shelters.The first named storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season, Agatha slammed into Guatemala on Saturday, dumping more than 3ft of rain in the west of the country and in neighbouring El Salvador, and sparking worries about damage to the coffee crop in both countries. "I've got no one to help me. I watched the water take everything," said Carlota Ramos in the town of Amatitlan near the Guatemalan capital, crying outside her house which was almost completely swamped by mud.More than 50 people were still missing in Guatemala yesterday, and exhausted rescue workers hauled away stones and tree trunks from crushed houses as they fought to reach the wounded. "We just have shovels and picks," said a firefighter, Mario Cruz, who had been working almost nonstop since Friday night. Some helicopters ferried tents and medical supplies to towns on Guatemala's Pacific coast and the government was due to open its doors to international aid yesterday.More than 94,000 people have been evacuated as the storm buried homes under mud, swept away a highway bridge near Guatemala City and opened up sinkholes in the capital.
The head of emergency services, Alejandro Maldonado, said at least 92 people had died in Guatemala, and 54 others were missing. Nine people were killed in El Salvador and 12 in Honduras."Tropical Cyclone,Guatemala: The first named tropical storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season ? Agatha ? caused severe rainfall in the departments of Escuintla, Suchitep?quez, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Totonicap?n, Solol?, Chimaltenango and Guatemala. Guatemalan authorities report 12 deaths, 22 people missing and that 7,627 people have been affected to some degree by the storm and 4,975 people have been directly affected by the effects of the storm.
3652 63 TC-2010-000097-IND India       Coastal Andhra Pradesh   18-May-10 24-May-10 7 27 50,000     1.0 63170 5.6 79.48 15.22   0 60 1 210 18-May-10 877 3122 May 22, 2010: " A brave police constable who jumped into swirling flood waters to save a woman got washed away in the strong currents in coastal Andhra Pradesh. His body was recovered Friday.Constable Mohammad Rafi was Thursday washed away in the flood waters while trying to save a woman trapped on a tractor in a stream in Addanki town of cyclone-hit Prakasam district.Police quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the constable jumped into the stream to save the woman crying for help but in the process got washed away. The stream was overflowing its banks following heavy rains due to the severe cyclonic storm Laila.A bus conductor Yanadi Rao was also drowned in the stream. Heavy rains since Tuesday have claimed 27 lives in coastal Andhra Pradesh" "Tropical Cyclone,India: A cyclone intensified over the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, forcing a southern Indian oilfield to shut and cut its gas output, and the evacuation of some 50,000 people in the region, officials said"
3651 62 FL-2010-000122-CHN China       Southern China   15-May-10 28-Jun-10 45 379 2,370,000   Monsoonal Rain 1.5 234200 7.2 115.48 26.44 x 1 60 1 209 15-May-10 877 3121 June 28, 2010: "Floods in China have killed 379 people this year as of Saturday, and left 141 missing, the flood control authority said Saturday.Heavy rains and ensuing floods in 2010 have affected 68.7 million people in 22 provincial-level regions and 4.36 million hectares of farmland, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.The direct economic losses have totalled 82.4 billion yuan (12.1 billion U.S. dollars),Heavy rains and floods in south and central China had killed 235 people and left 109 missing as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.Water levels of major lakes in south China have been rising steadily with some becoming dangerously high.Poyang Lake rose to 19.51 meters on Saturday morning, 0.01 meters above the safe level. And Dongting Lake swelled to 31.41 meters, but was still 1.09 meters below the risk level.The Ministry of Water Resources has urged local authorities to keep a vigilant watch on key dikes to prevent bursting""Flood,China, P Rep: As of 22 June, according to government statistics, the latest round of floods which began early in the month of June has affected more than 29 million people and 1.6 million hectares of crops in the areas of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou. The downpours triggered flash floods, inundated crops, destroyed reservoirs and irrigation facilities, and disrupted traffic and telecommunications Latest figures indicate that up to 199 people have perished, 123 people are missing, 2.37 million people were evacuated, and 195,000 houses collapsed, with direct economic losses amounting to approximately CNY 42.1 billion (CHF 7.01 billion or EUR 5.03 billion)".June 7, 2010: "At least 51 people were killed in landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain in south China, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The downpour, which hit Guangxi Zhuang region on Monday, has affected over 2 million people, causing excessive damage. At least 15 freshwater reservoirs have been damaged. South China is annually stormed by torrential rains, often leading to hundreds of deaths" June 3, 2010: "Beijing - The death toll in heavy rains and landslides in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China has risen to 30, a media report said Thursday. Ten more bodies had been found, bringing the total to 30 dead, the official news agency Xinhua reported. Another 18 people were still missing, officials in Cenxi city told Xinhua. There have been heavy rains in Guangxi since Monday. They caused landslides Wednesday that killed 12 people in Cenxi, 15 in Rongxian county and one each in Tengxian county, Donglan county and Fangchenggang city. The authorities had evacuated 79,600 people by late Wednesday. The floods have destroyed more than 4,200 houses and 117,000 hectares of crops, officials said. May 24, 2010: " Over 165,000 evacuated in South China floods. Rescuers help evacuate people from a flooded village in Zhangshu city, Jiangxi province, Saturday May 22, 2010. Rivers swelled up in flood-soaked South China as persistent rainstorms since early May threatened to spill over reservoirs and damage power facilities. More than 165,000 people have been evacuated in Hunan and Jiangxi, where regional schools have been suspended, affecting over 65,000 students, Xinhua reported Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua] Rescuers help evacuate a child from a flooded village in Zhangshu city, Jiangxi province, Saturday May 22, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua] Rescuers help evacuate people from a flooded village in Xinyu city, Jiangxi province, Saturday May 22, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua] A man maneuvers a makeshift ferry in flooded waters at a residential area in Shunchang County of Nanping City, Fujian province, Sunday May 23, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua] A man maneuvers a makeshift ferry in flooded waters at a residential area in Shunchang County of Nanping City, Fujian province, Sunday May 23, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua].Rescuers help evacuate people from a flooded village in Zhangshu city, Jiangxi province, Saturday May 22, 2010. Rivers swelled up in flood-soaked South China as persistent rainstorms since early May threatened to spill over reservoirs and damage power facilities. More than 165,000 people have been evacuated in Hunan and Jiangxi, where regional schools have been suspended, affecting over 65,000 students, Xinhua reported Saturday.

3650 61   India       Assam. Brahmaputra's tributaries Ranganadi and Singora;  30 villages under Lakhimpur and Naoboicha Revenue Circles   15-May-10 26-Jun-10 43   10,000   Monsoonal Rain 1.5 23810 6.2 93.12 26.63 x 1 59 1 208 15-May-10 876 3120 June 26, 2010: "The flood situation in Assam today deteriorated further with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries rising alarmingly and inundating fresh tracts of land.The worst affected districts are Lakhimpur and Jorhat in Upper Assam and the situation was turning worse in several other districts, official sources said.More than 70 villages have been inundated in Lakhimpur by the rising waters of Ranganadi, Dikroi, Kakoi and Singra, all tributaries of the Brahmpautra and the worst affected are the villages under the Naoboicha revenue circle, they said.In Jorhat district, Brahmaputra's tributary Saraikoni river has breached two embankments under Titabor sub-division inundating 40 villages including 15 schools and a sattra (vaishnav monastery). The other affected districts are Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Morigaon.More than fifty thousand people have been affected and road communication disrupted in several parts of these districts due to over-topping of the roads by flood water.The state government has directed the district authorities to provide necessary relief and rehabilitation to the affected, sources said." May 31, 2010: "Lakhimpur: Assam's flood prone Lakhimpur district was hit by the third wave of floods today following heavy rainfall in the foothills of the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh affecting more than 25,000 people, official sources said.The rising water of Ranganadi and Singora rivers, tributaries of the Brahmaputra, have inundated 50 villages under Naoboicha and Lakhimpur Revenue circles affecting more than 25,000 villagers, sources said.The flood waters have washed away a section of National Highway 52 disrupting road communication.Angry villagers who have been affected by the flood waters of these two rivers since April last blocked the highway and gheraoed the Circle office in Naoboicha.The villagers have alleged that the flood relief sanctioned by the state government did not reach them and funds allotted for road damaged due to floods have also not been utilised properly.Tension prevailed in the area and senior civil and police officials have rushed to the spot. May 17, 2010: " Assam's flood-prone districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji was on Sunday hit by the second flood of the season following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas, official sources said.The water level of Brahmaputra's tributaries Ranganadi and Singora was rising alarmingly with fresh areas being inundated affecting 30 villages under Lakhimpur and Naoboicha Revenue Circles.The North Eastern Electricity Power Corporation released 30 cusecs of water and opened its sluice gates at the Ranganadi Hydel Power Project following technical snag in one of its power grid yesterday, the sources said.This also led to fresh flooding in the two districts with the causeway of NH-52 near Ranganadi Bridge submerged and road communication disrupted.The state government has directed the district administration to provide immediate relief and rehabilitation to the affected people, the sources said.Several districts of Upper Assam was hit by the first wave of floods since the last week of March."A newly-married couple was killed in a lightning strike while flash floods triggered by heavy rains displaced more than 10,000 people in 25 villages in Assam Sunday, officials said.A police spokesperson said the couple died Sunday when lightning struck their home in village Bokulguri in Nagaon district, about 160 km east of here.'The two died instantly as their thatched hut was severely damaged in lightning,' the official said.Meanwhile, flash floods inundated 25 villages in Lakhimpur district with the Brahmaputra river breaching two embankment.'So far about 10,000 people have been displaced with many taking shelter on raised platforms,' an official said.Floodwaters of the mighty Brahmaputra also entered the 430 sq km Kaziranga National Park in Assam forcing scores of endangered animals to flee the park to safer areas, officials said.'More than half of the park is under water. Animals are migrating from the sanctuary to an adjoining hill for safety,' a park warden said.Kaziranga is home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros. As per the 2009 census report, some 2,000 of the world's estimated 3,000 one-horned rhinos live in the park..."
3649 60 FL-2010-000092-LKA Sri Lanka       Central and southern Sri Lanka   8-May-10 23-May-10 16 20 75,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 19210 5.5 80.59 6.83   0 58 1 207 08-May-10 875 3119 May 22, 2010: "COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The Sri Lankan government says 20 people have died in floods and mudslides after a week of powerful storms brought heavy rain across the country.The Disaster Management Center said on its website Friday that most of the deaths occurred in western Gampaha district.The government says many homes have been inundated and roads washed out. The navy has stepped up operations to rescue those stranded and to distribute relief." May 17, 2010: " COLOMBO (AFP) - At least three people were killed and about 75,000 people were driven out of their homes as monsoon rains lashed Sri Lanka on Monday, the disaster management centre said.Some roads in the capital and in worst-hit central and southern Sri Lanka have been rendered impassable, the centre's assistant director Pradeep Kodipillai said.The Meteorological Department warned there could be landslides in some parts of the country.Since Sunday, electricity supplies to main towns outside the capital have been disrupted due to trees falling on powerlines.Sri Lanka depends on monsoon rains for irrigation and power generation but the seasonal downpours frequently cause loss of life and damage to property in low-lying areas.The island's two main monsoon seasons run from May to September and December to February."Several districts including Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam were effected by the incessant rains. More than 3600 families in the Wattala area were affected. Over 4100 families were affected by floods in other districts."

3648 59 FF-2010-000094-CZE, FF-2010-000094-POL, FF-2010-000094-HUN Czech Republic Poland Hungary Serbia Northeastern Czech Republic, southern, central, and northern Poland, Hungary, Slovakia   15-May-10 24-May-10 10 12     Heavy Rain 2.0 121800 6.4 19.64 49.77   1 58 1 206 15-May-10 875 3118 May 30, 2010: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with Brandenburg's state premier Matthias Platzeck paid a visit to Frankfurt an der Oder near the Polish border on Saturday to show her support for rescue workers trying to contain the worst floods in the region since 1997.Merkel praised the team effort between Polish and German authorities and rescue workers, Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported."We are seeing very close cooperation here," she said during an inspection of the Oder river, which burst its banks in Poland two weeks ago and reached Germany last Thursday. The Oder was closed to shipping for a fourth consecutive day on Saturday. Water levels have fallen in Frankfurt (Oder) and other areas of Brandenburg after reaching peak levels on Friday. The state remains on high alert as the water level is not expected to recede for several days.But Merkel warned of complacency. "The danger has not yet passed," she said.Poland has seen the worst of the flooding in the last two weeks, claiming the lives of at least 21 people and forcing thousands of Poles from their homes. The damage is estimated at 2 billion euros or more.Poland has earmarked 400,000 euros for the flood victims and has asked the EU for help.The floods have also affected Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia."May 24, 2010: "Flood death toll rises to 12 2010-05-22, 12:58 Another three deaths were confirmed, Friday night, bringing the death toll from the floods which have engulfed parts of southern and central Poland to 12....Warsaw - Eighteen Polish communities were flooded Monday in a region about 100 kilometres north-west of Warsaw after part of a protective flood barrier broke Sunday near the town of Plock.  An area of 8,000 hectares was underwater, reported the PAP news agency, forcing the evacuation of 4,000 people and 5,000 animals. There were concerns that 10,000 residents of the towns of Gabin and Slubice could also be threatened by floodwaters from the river Vistula, said Ivetta Bialy, spokeswoman for the administrative district of Mazowsze. About 800 cubic metres of water a second are pouring through the breach, said officials. The opening, initially 50 metres long, has stretched to 200 metres. About 32 tons of debris was thrown into the breach overnight into Monday. Hundreds of firefighters and soldiers have been mobilized. Tensions also remained high in Warsaw because of the flooding threat. About 120 schools and kindergartens were shut and at least one major thoroughfare was shut down. The Vistula's levels have receded since Sunday, but dykes remain under threat of collapse due to the continuing water pressure. " May 17, 2010: " Heavy rains were causing flooding in the northeastern Czech Republic, southern Poland and Hungary on Monday. At least three people died. Czech police said a 69-year-old woman drowned in the town of Trinec, 400 kilometres east of Prague.In Poland, a man fell into the Koszarawa River late Sunday and drowned, said Jozef Pietraszko, deputy commander of the Zywiec firefighters. The body was found 2 kilometres downstream.Officials in Hungary described the situation in the northeastern county of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen as "catastrophic." One man died Saturday in the flooding and more than 2 000 people have been evacuated or rescued from their homes.In the town of Szikszo, about 200 kilometres north-east from the Hungarian capital of Budapest, over 40 patients had to be moved to higher floors after the ground floor of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Hospital was flooded and the building surrounded by water, hospital director Sandor Tiba said.Despite the problems caused by the flooding of the nearby Vadasz stream, the hospital remained open.The main roads to Szikszo were also under water, as were many other roads in the area.Authorities did evacuate patients from a hospital in the Czech town of Bohumin, where several neighbourhoods submerged in water were evacuated.Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Czech Republic while thousands are without electricity.About 400 people have been evacuated from their homes south of Krakow and Katowice in Poland.A number of Czech roads and railway lines were closed as rivers burst their banks on Monday.Authorities warned that the rain would continue in all three countries, and Polish firefighters prepared to evacuate another 1 500 people. - Sapa-AP""Flash Flood,Poland: Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have killed at least four people, forced mass evacuations and cut off power to thousands in central Europe.Flash Flood,Czech Rep: Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have killed at least four people, forced mass evacuations and cut off power to thousands in central Europe.Flash Flood,Hungary: Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain have killed at least four people, forced mass evacuations and cut off power to thousands in central Europe."

3647 58   Pakistan       Newly formed Attabad lake on the River Hunza   8-May-10 23-May-10 16       Heavy Rain 1.0 6707 5.0 73.38 35.59   0 57 1 205 08-May-10 874 3117 May 14, 2010: " Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is set to visit a lake in the north, formed after a landslide and on the verge of breaking its banks.Officials say thousands of villagers have left the area as waters are rising rapidly. Reports say many homes nearby have already been submerged. Attabad lake formed when landslides blocked a river in January. On Thursday army officials said they were continuing efforts to help with draining the swelling lake. Lt Gen Shaid Niaz said that "spillways" were being dug around the lake as a temporary solution to help water drain from it. Officials have warned that the danger of the lake overflowing and flooding the area would be highest during the rainy season in June. At least 36 villages situated downstream on the River Hunza are still considered to be at risk. Various political parties and local authorities have set up relief camps in the area to cater for villagers who have fled the vicinity of the lake. Gen Niaz said arrangements were also being made to cover contingencies such as the possibility of flash floods. Officials say that parts of the famous Karakoram highway to China could be washed away if the lake's banks burst. A section of the highway is already blocked as a result of the landslides and lake. The area where the landslide took place is remoteThe landslide at the village of Attabad, about 30km (18 miles) north-east of the town of Aliabad, occurred during snowstorms in January. The landslide caused debris to block the River Hunza, which in turn prevented water from flowing downstream and created what is now referred to as Attabad lake. Over the last four months water has been accumulating in the lake, which is now about 11km (6.8 miles) long. The water is more than 100m (330ft) deep in places"

3646 57   Kenya       Western Kenya, Amoni, Osuret, Asing'e, Among'ura, Kamolo and Osajai; Salabani location, Marigat District in Rift Valley province   8-May-10 24-May-10 17 100 70,000   Heavy Rain 1.5 196100 6.7 36.00 1.50   1 57 1 204 08-May-10 874 3116 May 24, 2010: "We're on standby and are monitoring the river's water level," said Ms Nelly Muluka, the Kenya Red Cross Society's communications officer. Residents of villages next to the river have been torn between heeding government calls to evacuate and staying behind to salvage crops on farms, exposing themselves to danger.According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, 93 people have lost their lives so far and over 69,000 have been displaced.More than 130,000 others are affected by floods countrywide. The floods have killed thousands of livestock, with over 1,800 goats and sheep swept away. School buildings have also not been spared.Some 3,000 displaced families in transit camps in the North Rift face the risk of contracting waterborne diseases.In Trans Nzoia, more than 400 families have been displaced and farmland washed away.Residents of Budalang'i have been put on high alert as River Nzoia water level keeps rising.In Nyatike, food crops were swept downstream, with fears of a possible food shortage if the downpour persists.Murram roads in the region were also swept away. Vehicles are forced to take longer routes to avoid getting stuck on the muddy stretches." The Red Cross recently appealed for Sh538 million to assist the victims"  May 17, 2010: "The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is appealing for KShs 540 million to aid victims of floods that have wrecked havoc in different parts of the country, which have so far, claimed more than 70 lives.The long rains pounding the country have continued to wreck havoc with reported loss of property, livestock and crops.KRCS estimates that 9,839 households have been displaced countrywide.An alert has already been issued for people living in lowland areas, downstream of River Tana to move to higher ground as the river could burst its banks leading to massive flooding.KRCS deputy Secretary General James Kisia said that over 12,800 people have been affected by the flooding with fears growing over outbreaks of water borne diseases.Kisia said the floods have also killed hundreds of livestock and destroyed thousands of acres of crops.The charity organisation has supplied food and non food items including tents to over 60,000 displaced persons.In Western Kenya, ten people have died and 10,000 displaced. The situation is critical in six locations of Amoni, Osuret, Asing'e, Among'ura, Kamolo and Osajai with rivers Malakisi and Malaba bursting their banks.This has rendered many families homeless and seeking refuge on trees and hilltops.Floods in Salabani location, Marigat District in Rift Valley province have displaced some 1 520 people. In Sasur Location, Mt Elgon district, 21 families have been identified for immediate relocation amid fears of landslides due to the ongoing heavy rains.The floods, which started on Monday, have submerged six of the seven villages in Salabani sub location." May 14, 2010: " Kenya issued a flood alert yesterday and said three dams on the country’s longest river were likely to overflow in the coming days as heavy rains continue to pound east Africa. El Nino weather patterns across the region are blamed for the flooding and landslides that have destroyed roads and buildings and killed scores in east Africa’s biggest economy. “We only have one metre of space left before Masinga dam starts overflowing and that will consequently cause the overflow of Kiambere, Gitaru dams setting off major flooding in northeastern and eastern Kenya,” said Colonel Vincent Anami, the head of the national disaster operations centre. An evacuation exercise is already under way which will move thousands of people living close to River Tana, Anami said by telephone. The Kenya Red Cross Society said 81 people had been killed by flooding and landslides since the beginning of the year, down from its earlier estimate of 100 in the first four months. The government put the death toll at 71. ...Six people have died as a result of floods that are ravaging in the country, the Kenya Red Cross has said.The six were swept away by heavy current on River Seiya at Wamba, Samburu East in Rift Valley province on Friday afternoon."As of 7 a.m. today (Saturday) we have recovered five bodies, two males and three females," said Red Cross communications officer Ms Nelly Muluka.She said the agency was looking for a five-year-old girl, who also drowned.Ms Muluka said the five bodies were retrieved 15 kilometres from where they were swept away at Ngokoi. The Red Cross with the help of the community conducted an overnight search and rescue mission, which yielded the five bodies"

3645 56   Indonesia       Southern Sulawesi, Kolaka District   8-May-10 10-May-10 3       Heavy Rain 1.0 24520 4.9 122.00 -3.88   0 56 1 203 08-May-10 873 3115 May 10, 2010: " Floods inundate seven villages in Southeast Sulawesi. Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Floods in Kolaka district, Southeast Sulawesi province, since Monday (May 9) has inundated seven villages in the area with the flood waters reaching up to 50 centimeters to two meters high.There had been no report on casualties, but material loss had been predicted to reach hundreds of million rupiah.Vice regent of Kolaka district Amir Sahaka said on Monday the seven flooded villages were Gunung Jaya, Wande, Dangia, Poleag, Ladongi, Pungoloko and Tokai."The flood waters reached up to two meters high. The flood caused panic among the villagers, since it struck when they were sound asleep at midnight," he said adding that two villages Tokai and Pungloko became isolated after a bridge collapsed due to strong current.Apart from heavy rain, Amir said, illegal logging might also have been the cause of the floods inundating the houses and hundreds of hectares of rice field and cacao plantations in the seven villages.Social welfare and medical personnel had sent food supplies such as rice, instant noddle and canned fish to the villagers"

3644 55 FL-2010-000087-TJK Tajikistan       Southern Tajikistan, Kulob   6-May-10 08-May-10 3 24 400 20,000,000 Torrential Rain 1.0 23140 4.8 69.50 38.22   0 56 1 202 06-May-10 873 3114 May 10, 2010: " DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) -- The death toll from mudslides and floods that devastated southern Tajikistan late last week has risen to 24 and could increase further, emergency and local residents said Monday.Flash floods are an annual spring occurrence in this mountainous and poor Central Asian nation, but the scale of this year's disaster caught authorities by surprise.The Emergency Situations Commission said the floods have caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, destroying 10 schools, seven hospitals, 27 bridges and 112 miles (187 kilometers) of highway. At least 20 people are still missing.Local residents say the number of casualties from the floods may be higher than the official tally as many have buried by relatives who didn't tell authorities.Thousands of hectares (acres) of grain and cotton fields have been ravaged by the flow of debris, which is a crushing blow for a country whose economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. More than 1,000 head of livestock were drowned.President Emomali Rakhmon visited the worst-affected region, Kulob, over the weekend to inspect the scale of the damage and has promised to provide housing for affected people by this winter."Flood,Tajikistan: The torrential rains of 7 May, 2010, caused floods and mudslides in Tajikistan. In total 10 districts were affected in the south regions, of wich Vose, Muminabad, Temurmalik, Baljuvon and Shurabad districts and Kulyab town of Kulyab region, as well as Nurek, J. Rumi, Yovon and Jilikul districts of Kurgan-tube region. According to the preliminary data received from RCST regional branches, the average number of disaster affected residencies in both regions is some 1059 houses (or 6354 people), out of which 179 houses totally destroyed. On the report of RCST staff and volunteers 60 people were killed, but at this stage only 13 people officially reported by the government, 40-50 are missing, 40 hospitalized and 85 injured.

3643 54 FL-2010-000086-AFG Afghanistan       Northern and western regions, including Herat, Ghor and Badghi provinces   4-May-10 14-May-10 11 70 40,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 65810 5.9 62.25 34.38   0 56 1 201 04-May-10 873 3113 May 17, 2010:  "The United Nations is helping Afghanistan rush in emergency food and non-food aid for thousands of people hit by floods earlier this month, particularly in the three worst-affected western provinces.Within hours of the floods striking the provinces of Herat, Ghor and Badghis, where at least 70 people have died, hundreds of houses have been destroyed and thousands of livestock have perished, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) teamed up with the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) to bring in children's kits, jerry cans, blankets, biscuits, tarpaulin packs and tents.The remote Bala-Morqhab district of Badghis province, one of the worst-affected areas, is inaccessible to both Government and humanitarian agencies, and community elders led by UNAMA and ANDMA are now assessing how to deliver aid there.Some 20 provinces in all have been hit by flooding and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food to 5,800 families as assessment reports continue to be received. At least 120 people have died overall and 10,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, nearly a quarter of them in Ghor province alone, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.Assessments have yet to be completed in Herat and Badghis. With significant damage to infrastructure and livelihoods, road clearance, rehabilitation of agricultural land and air access are among priorities that need to be addressed, OCHA said in its latest update, citing an ANDMA briefing.In Faryab province in the north, 2,082 houses have been destroyed and 678 houses partially damaged, while in the north-eastern province of Baghlan nearly 2,000 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged" May 10, 2010: "A second wave of flooding has hit Afghanistan just a week after widespread flash floods left more than 60 dead and thousands homeless. The latest floods have mainly affected the north of the country, while its western regions bore the brunt of last week's deluge. Thousands of mud brick homes have been washed away or damaged and crops have been ruined as large swathes of agricultural land have been inundated. Untold numbers of livestock have also been lost to the floods. The Afghan emergency response authorities have begun getting aid to affected areas, assisted by the UN." May 6, 2010: " Flood,Afghanistan: Rainfall and torrential flooding in western province of Herat has devastated many areas, killing some 14 people, including seven children, injuring 30 others, damaging more than 250 houses and destroying around 300 hectares of agricultural land."..."Kabul, May 5 (DPA) Afghan aid agencies and NATO troops Wednesday rushed relief supplies to western Afghanistan, where flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 20 people, officials said.The flooding began in the western provinces of Herat and Ghor Tuesday, said Ahmad Shekib Hamraz, an official with the Afghan National Disaster Management Commission.Thirty people were also injured in flooding 100 km east of Herat City, while the “number missing is still unknown”, the NATO alliance said in a statement, quoting initial reports by local authorities.Hamraz said that at least one person was also killed in Ghor, while hundreds of houses were destroyed.Several roads linking the remote areas to provincial capitals were washed away by the floods, making it more difficult for authorities to transports supplies and rescue teams to the region.Afghan and NATO officials conducted an aerial survey of Herat’s flooded Obeh area, while 200 blankets, five tons of food and 20,000 bottles of water were transported by military helicopters to the area, NATO said.Similar flooding was also reported in the northern provinces of Balkh and Samangan, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, officials said."

3642 53   Yemen       Sanaa   5-May-10 06-May-10 2 7     Torrential Rain 1.0 38890 4.9 44.31 14.03   0 56 1 200 05-May-10 873 3112 May 6, 2010: "At least seven people were killed in a Sanaa shanty town in the worst flooding to hit the Yemeni capital in over a decade, officials said on Thursday.Witnesses said water streamed down from nearby mountains on Wednesday evening after torrential rain into a low-lying residential area of eastern Sanaa with no drainage system, flooding hundreds of homes."A flood suddenly appeared and invaded the houses," said Jamil Mohamed, a resident of the flooded shanty town.President Ali Abdullah Saleh toured the affected areas of the capital, the defence ministry's online newspaper said.In the capital, where many streets remained flooded, rescue operations continued and more than 250 people were evacuated from their homes and taken to shelter in schools. More rain was forecast for Thursday but was not expected to be as heavy.Seasonal flooding killed about 180 people in 2008 in two eastern provinces, according to U.N. agencies, and floods in 1998 killed at least 48 people south of Sanaa.Of the seven people who died, some drowned and others were killed by falling electricity pylons, officials said. Two more people were hurt and in hospital.

3641 52   USA       Tennessee, Kentucky   1-May-10 04-May-10 4 30 8,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 79120 5.5 -87.28 36.07   0 56 1 199 01-May-10 873 3111 May 10, 2010: "COLESBURG, KY (WAVE) - Hardin County residents are still cleaning up the damage left behind by last week's flooding. In Colesburg, KY the water level reached seven feet inside some homes. Some residents had to be rescued by boat. The Willett family's first floor was destroyed."I thought we were maybe going to be able to come back to maybe an inch of water," Devie Willett said. "Then I realized the closer - as we waded through - it was just going to be absolute terror in there."Water-soaked furniture covered a section of the driveway. The downstairs floor must be replaced. Next door, eight inches of water reached the inside of the St. Clare Catholic Church, the second oldest church in the state."The water come, up got everything muddy, got everything nasty," member Jerry Fowler said. "The minute it went down, folks come in here to start cleaning."Fowler says members of the congregation had removed church pews ahead of the flood. Now, with the water gone, a chipped concrete floor needs fresh paint, and a strange smell hangs in the air."There's an odor that goes with these floods, and it takes a day or two to get that out of here," Fowler said.Down the street, Colesburg Baptist Church provides three meals a day for people like Sandra Ketron, who lost everything in the flooding."Pictures, my wedding album - our 10th wedding anniversary is coming up this month. It's gone," Ketron said in tears.The family moved to their Colesburg home on Christmas Day in 2005. They had to be rescued by boat earlier this week, and the water in some places was still 15-feet high Saturday."This is all basically dry land, there should be no water there at all," Ketron said.Even though the water level reached seven feet inside the family's home, some things survived." May 4, 2010: "The Cumberland River finally began receding Tuesday, exposing mud-caked homes and submerged cars as officials searched door to door for more victims of a record-busting flash flood and weekend storm already blamed for nearly 30 deaths.No new fatalities were reported Tuesday and it was unclear whether anyone remained missing.The weekend deluge swept many motorists to their deaths even after forecasters and Nashville's mayor warned people not to drive. But staying put carried frightening consequences for others as the swollen Cumberland and its tributaries started pouring into thousands of homes."I kept watching TV that was my source, and (Mayor) Karl Dean was saying stay put, don't drive," Nashville resident Cheri Newlin said. Police eventually told Newlin to evacuate on Monday, but by then, the water was so close that she had to flee by boat, leaving her three cats behind. She is now at a shelter and hasn't been able to get back to her house to check on her pets and assess damage.By Tuesday, the flash floods were blamed in the deaths of 17 people in Tennessee alone, including nine in Nashville. At least nine people died in vehicles in Tennessee. Others were found in their homes or yards, including an elderly couple discovered in their Nashville home. A 21-year-old Nashville resident died when he tried to wade the waters in front of his home but got swept away in the current.Sections of downtown and some of Music City's popular tourist attractions remained flooded Tuesday, including the Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Full damage estimates were unavailable, but the Opryland Hotel alone suffered more than $75 million in damage; it will be closed for three to six months.The storm dumped more than a foot of rain from Saturday to Sunday, sending floodwaters rising rapidly in the middle of the night.Residents in some of the hardest hit areas said they didn't know if they should flee or stick it out for fear that if they left their homes, they would be swept away by the muddy waters that turned streets into virtual rivers."We had less than an hour to get out," said Amanda Fatherree. She left her home on Nashville's west side Sunday after her mother yelled that the Harpeth River, normally located a quarter-mile away, had crept up to her back porch.Nashville resident Judy Kestner had thought everything was going to be OK Saturday night when she went to bed. The water in her backyard had started receding, and there were no warnings of anything other than flash floods.But then the howlings of her Siberian husky awoke her at 3 a.m. Sunday. The dog had been trapped in about 3 feet of rising water."It was up to her nose. She was barely getting air," said Kestner, 54.Robert Strunk, a retired computer designer who now works at the Opry House, wasn't told to leave until nearly midnight Saturday, and by then, it was too late to drive. Instead, he waded through water up to his thighs carrying his two dogs away from his Nashville home."It's hard enough to walk with two dogs. I'm 77 years old. I couldn't carry clothes or anything," he said.Officials said they made the right call to advise people to stay inside, pointing to a higher number of deaths on the roads and outside than in homes."At this point I'm not going to second-guess and say what should or could have been done differently," Mayor Dean said Tuesday.Hundreds of people had been rescued by boat and canoe from their flooded homes over the past few days. Those rescue operations wound down in Nashville on Tuesday, though it remained unclear how many - if any - people remained missing in Tennessee. Police spokeswoman Rachel Vance said rescuers were going door-to-door in flooded areas to search for more drowning victims but no new deaths were reported as of Tuesday evening.Authorities in south-central Kentucky were searching for a kayaker who was last seen Monday afternoon in the swollen Green River.More than 13.5 inches of rainfall were recorded in Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, more than double the previous two-day record."You could tell as Saturday went along that this was a totally different event than normal," Dean said Tuesday. "And of course it was very clear by Sunday that we were in a very serious situation."Flash flood watches were issued on Friday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Vannozzi said the service also took the rare step on Saturday to relay an emergency message warning people to stay off the roads."We didn't just barely beat the record and we didn't beat it by a decent amount. We absolutely crushed the record for two-day rainfall in Nashville," he said. "I don't want to seem too dramatic here, but this is off-the-charts record stuff."The water swelled most of the area's lakes, minor rivers, creeks, streams and drainage systems far beyond capacity. Much of that water then drained into the Cumberland, which snakes through Nashville.Bridges were washed out and thousands of homes were damaged. As the water began to recede late Monday, bodies were recovered from homes, a yard and a wooded area outside a Nashville supermarket.The Grand Ole Opry said it was moving its shows to alternate concert halls as water damaged parts of the arena. Floodwaters also edged into the Country Music Hall of Fame and LP Field, where the NFL's Tennessee Titans play. Ryman Auditorium, the longtime former home of the Grand Ole Opry, appeared to be OK.Businesses along Nashville's riverfront lost electricity Tuesday because of the flooding, and restaurants and bars clustered on a downtown street popular with tourists were closed. Laurie Parker, a spokeswoman for Nashville Electric Service, said a main circuit failed before dawn, knocking out power to downtown businesses in a 24-square-block area. Parker said the power in that district would be out the rest of the week.The weekend's storms that spawned tornadoes along with flash flooding also killed six people in Mississippi and four in Kentucky. One person was killed by a tornado in western Tennessee""LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - A spokesman for the Kentucky National Guard says there are 33 troops assisting local authorities in Monroe, Metcalfe, Casey and Harrison counties as communities continue to struggle with flooding from this weekend's heavy rain.David Altom said Tuesday that number of troops is down from the 43 that were helping out on Monday.Altom says in Monroe and Metcalfe counties, troops are helping block flooded roadways and assisting in evacuations as necessary, as well as helping with damage assessment.In Cynthiana, Altom says troops brought in 40 cots to the Harrison County Emergency Management agency for use in shelters.And in Olive Hill, the fire department has moved into the National Guard armory after the firehouse was flooded

3640 51   Indonesia       South Kalimantan   16-Apr-10 02-May-10 17       Heavy Rain 1.0 103900 6.2 113.97 -2.68   1 56 1 198 16-Apr-10 873 3110 May 2, 2010: "Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - Floods have been inundating about 90 schools in South Kalimantan Province over the past few weeks, a local government official said.As a result, hundreds of primary school students could not sit for their final exams at their own schools. Instead, they were moved to other schools, Zainal Ariffin said here Monday.
The head of the province`s natural disaster management division said all six graders would have their final exams for four days since Tuesday. "South Kalimantan has a total of 199 schools. Until Monday, a half of them remain flooded," Ariffin said.More than 60,000 primary students sit for the final exams this year.For the flood-hit schools, he has asked the school principals to move their students to dried buildings, such as community hall, for the final exams.The 30-to-50-centimeter-deep floods still inundate 65 villages in seven sub-district of three districts throughout South Kalimantan province, he said.In Barito Kuala district, the floods had not only submerged villages in Jejangkit sub-district but also those in the sub-districts of Kuripan, Tabukan, Bakumpai and Jejangkit Timur, he said.This year, the floods reportedly submerged 36,673 houses in 466 villages, he added
3639 50 FL-2010-000077-NAM Namibia Botswana     Caprivi region, Zambezi and Chobe rivers   16-Apr-10 21-Apr-10 6   11,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 64630 5.6 23.23 -18.69   0 55 1 197 16-Apr-10 872 3109 April 20, 2010: "Flood,Namibia: The Caprivi region, particularly those constituencies traversed by the Zambezi and Chobe rivers which are Kabbe and Katima Rural have experienced high water flows arising from Zambia causing severe flooding". April 16, 2010: "WITH the flood wave from Zambia expected to hit the Caprivi Region through the Zambezi River next week, human lives might be in danger.This was the stern warning of this region's Governor, Leonard Mwilima, yesterday.According to him, the river level had risen from 6.55 metres to 6.61 metres from Wednesday to yesterday."With the wave coming out of Zambia, [we are] expecting the water level to rise even more."He warned those still living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground immediately to avoid putting their lives at risk."To prevent loss of lives and properties, I call on those living in low-lying areas to move to higher ground immediately and not wait for Government to come and evacuate them."About 10 500 people already have been relocated and live in tents where they are provided with food and blankets.Mwilima said the Kabbe and Katima Rural Constituencies were affected particularly badly.
3638 49   China       South China, Guilin City,  Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region   20-Apr-10 21-Apr-10 2       Heavy Rain 1.0 19900 4.6 111.13 25.15   0 55 1 196 20-Apr-10 872 3108 April 20, 2010: "Water swept through the streets of south China's drought-stricken Guilin city Tuesday when the Lijiang River burst its banks after several days of heavy rain.No homes or properties were affected, but all ferry services on the river were suspended, according to the authorities in Guilin, in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.Seventeen people trapped on a small island in the Lijiang were transferred to safety in the afternoon, said an official of the municipal flood control and drought relief headquarters.The water level in the river came up to 147.14 meters, 1.44 meters above the warning level, at 12:24 p.m. Tuesday and the flow rate reached 3,390 cubic meters per second, said the official.On Monday and up to Tuesday noon, 70 mm of rain had fallen, bringing an end to the drought that began in the fall of last year, the official said.Heavy rain would continue in the next two days, the municipal meteorological department said.All traffic on Lijiang River was suspended and vessels were ordered to be moored in safe areas Tuesday.The ferry service on the Lijiang river was suspended earlier this year due to the drought.The severe drought affected Guangxi, and Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and left at least 25.39 million people and 18.08 million livestock short of water. "
3637 48   Cuba       Coastal eastern Cuba, Uvero town   17-Apr-10 21-Apr-10 5   84   Heavy Rain 1.0 10660 4.7 -75.38 20.26   0 55 1 195 17-Apr-10 872 3107 April 20, 2010: "Weekend in rains in Cuba that lasted some 20 hours caused rivers to burst their banks and cut road communications among the towns scattered throughout the coast in eastern Cuba, an unprecedented event according to Cuba’s news agency.The head of the Risk Reducing Management Center, Julio Hopkins, told Cuba’s ACN news agency that the water accumulated in the nearby Sierra Maestra mountain range descended with such force that knocked down the El Peladero bridge, when two of the center collapsed.Road traffic was stopped in this area, and until the waters recede they will not be able to assess the damages, said Hopkins. This situation prevents the inhabitants of towns such as Limoncito, La Mula, La Plata, La Magdalena and El Macho from reaching the municipal main locality.Reports from damages in the Uvero town, which the river crossed around midnight on Sunday, were issued by the Civil Defense, along the evacuation of 82 people.A similar event took place in the municipal main town, where the Guama river flooded the milk processing factory, and ice making facility, as well as housing facilities causing over hundred people to evacuate to safer areas.In 2008 and 2009, the sea waters penetrated in the Chivirico area, also cutting road communications with Santiago de Cuba city, but to a lesser extent.The Civil Defense department reported no human losses."
3636 47   India       Assam, Guwahati   18-Apr-10 21-Apr-10 4   300   Heavy Rain 2.0 13470 5.0 91.86 26.31   0 55 1 195 18-Apr-10 872 3106 April 27, 2010: The Assam government Tuesday said 23 people were killed and more than 150,000 affected in the thunderstorms that lashed the state over the past 10 days, even as flash floods displaced some 300,000 people and inundated half of the famed Kaziranga National Park.Assam Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Bhumidhar Barman said almost all the 27 districts in the state were hit by thunderstorms, the worst being April 24 with a wind speed of 108 km per hour that left a trail of destruction.'This is the worst ever disaster in recent memory with the state being lashed by several spells of thunderstorms,' Barman told IANS.A government statement said 23 people were killed Saturday and an estimated 150,000 people affected by the thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rains.'More than 60,000 homes were damaged in thunderstorms that swept the state since March 27 in separate spells with varying magnitudes,' the statement said.The state government announced compensation of Rs.100,000 each to the next of kin of those killed, besides cash to those whose homes were damaged.'District officials have been asked to give cash to the people whose houses are damaged after spot verification,' Barman said.A state disaster management control room was opened in Guwahati to monitor the situation with the local weather office warning of thundersqualls with wind speeds of 60 km per hour in the next 48 hours over Assam.Meanwhile, flash floods triggered by heavy rains have displaced more than 300,000 people in an estimated 500 villages in Assam, besides claiming the lives of two people.A government spokesperson said the worst hit districts so far are Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Nagaon, Golaghat, and Tinsukia in eastern Assam.'Most of the flood hit people are now taking shelter on raised platforms, railway tracks, and also in government schools and offices that are untouched by the floods,' the minister said.A Central Water Commission bulletin said the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger mark in at least eight places.Gushing floodwaters had breached at least four vital mud embankments in the state besides inundating more than 50 percent of the internationally famed 430 sq km Kaziranga National Park, 220 km east of here.Floodwaters of the mighty Brahmaputra Monday entered the Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary in Assam, forcing scores of endangered animals to flee the park to safer areas, officials said.'More than half of the Kaziranga National Park is under water. Animals are migrating from the sanctuary to an adjoining hill for safety,' a park warden said.Kaziranga is home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros. As per the 2009 census report, some 2,048 of the world's estimated 3,000 one-horned rhinos lumber around the swamps and grasslands of Kaziranga, their concentration here ironically making the giant mammals a favourite target of poachers.Park authorities Tuesday enforced prohibitory orders asking truckers to drive slowly as they travel on a national highway that winds through the park.'Special barricades have been put along the highway. Forest guards are asking drivers to travel at speeds below 40 km an hour as the animals use the highway to cross over to the hill to escape the floods,' the park warden said." April 21, 2010: "Authorities Tuesday deployed paramilitary troopers to carry out rescue operations in Assam’s main city of Guwahati hit by massive flooding, triggered by heavy rains since Sunday.Troopers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), using rubber boats and rafts, rescued more than 200 people from various city areas reeling under waist deep water.“We have already rescued scores of people trapped inside homes filled with water, mud, and slush and we are on the lookout for more who could be desperately looking for help,” Anil Chauhan, NRDF commander, told IANS.Heavy rains accompanied by cyclonic storm in the past two days crippled normal life in most parts of Assam, especially in the state’s main city of Guwahati with several areas submerged - the worst hit being Lachit Nagar, Rajgarh, Zoo Road, Nabin Nagar, Hengarabari, and G.S. Road areas.Guwahati recorded 80.4 mm rainfall since Monday with forecast of more rain accompanied by thundershowers Wednesday and Thursday.“This is the worst ever flooding in the city in recent memory with rainwater flooding the better part of our ground floor,” said Nanda Das, a college teacher.The situation has further compounded with mud and slush blocking the city’s drainage system.“There is no outlet for the water to go and hence the artificial flooding caused,” a municipal corporation official said.“We were unable to send our children to school, while we are running out of essentials as there is no way we can move out of our homes,” said Bimala Hazarika, a housewife.The rafts used by the NDRF came as a succour to the marooned people with many residents venturing out of their homes to buy medicines and food.“With more rains likely, the situation would further worsen,” Chauhan said."
3635 46   Serbia       Niš, Kraljevo, Rača, Knić, Jagodina and Gadžin Han   20-Apr-10 22-Apr-10 3       Heavy Rain 1.0 13990 4.6 21.72 43.47   0 55 1 194 20-Apr-10 872 3105 April 21, 2010: "KRALJEVO -- Heavy rain has caused severe floods in the municipalities in Niš, Kraljevo, Rača, Knić, Jagodina and Gadžin Han.The flooding Ibar River left several neighborhoods in Kraljevo under water.At the same time, the Belica River has swept away a pedestrian bridge in Jagodina. The rain finally stopped in Kraljevo around noon after 24 hours, but it left a rampaging Ibar River behind. The water has caused enormous damage to arable land. The situation is closely monitored by crisis headquarters. Floods jeopardize the city and its water supply if there is more rainfall authorities said. The water level of the Zapadna Morava River is also on the rise. The situation in the Kraljevo region has been difficult since this morning due to heavy rainfall which caused damage primarily to farms, but the water is also coming into houses."
3634 45   Somalia       Middle Shabelle region   12-Apr-10 13-Apr-10 2   200   Heavy Rain 1.0 50290 5.0 45.79 2.82   0 55 1 193 12-Apr-10 872 3104 April 13, 2010: "Hundreds of people have been displaced and at least 7,000 hectares of newly sown crops destroyed by floods after a river burst its banks in Somalia's Middle Shabelle region, local officials told IRIN.The worst flooding occurred near the town of Jowhar, 90km north of Mogadishu, where the River Shabelle burst its banks."In Mandeere village [10km southeast of Jowhar] alone, some 850 families [about 5,100 people] were affected; we are completely surrounded by water," Ali Haji Hamud, a member of the village council, told IRIN on 13 April."The river burst its banks and destroyed our crops. We lost about 4,000 hectares of crops. We were hoping for a good harvest, but now I am not sure we will be able to salvage anything."The most common crops grown in the area are maize, sesame and cowpeas.Hamud said residents had stemmed the flooding with sandbags thanks to help from the Islamist administration in Jowhar and a local NGO. "For now we are safe but cut off," he said. "We are accessible by boat only."Isse Ahmed Nur, an elder in Bulo Ahmed, 18km northeast of Jowhar and one of the worst affected villages, told IRIN some 3,500 hectares of farmland were washed away by the floods. "We are trying to stop the flooding but we are fighting a losing battle."He said the community was not getting any help. "No one is here to help."
3633 44 FL-2010-000070-BGD Bangladesh       Southwestern Bangladesh; two adjacent sub-districts of Dacope (Khulna District) and Shyamnagar (Satkhira District)   27-Mar-10 07-Apr-10 12 104     Heavy Rain 1.0 7063 4.9 89.50 22.15   0 55 1 192 27-Mar-10 872 3103 April 7, 2010: "Flood,Bangladesh: Areas affected by Cyclone Aila have been hit by flooding and swollen rivers due to high tides. Over 45,000 are marooned, 28 villages inundated"..."DHAKA, 7 April 2010 (IRIN) - Thousands of Cyclone Aila survivors hit by the May 2009 storm in southwestern Bangladesh have been hit again - this time by flooding and swollen rivers after embankments were breached by high tides. Repair work on the life-saving embankments or polders - comprised of sandbags and bamboo - had only just been completed. Over 45,000 people are marooned in the two adjacent sub-districts of Dacope (Khulna District) and Shyamnagar (Satkhira District), areas which were also among the worst hit by Aila, local officials told IRIN. From 27 to 31 March, 28 villages were inundated in the area when parts of the embankments protecting them were washed away. Southwestern Bangladesh is a low-lying deltaic flood plain, crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and channels, and is vulnerable to cyclones and high tides. People depend on a 7,500km-long network of flood embankments for survival. Cyclone Aila washed away 1,700km of this network, rendering hundreds of thousands of residents even more vulnerable than usual.
3632 43 FL-2010-000067-BRA Brazil       Rio de Janeiro   4-Apr-10 07-Apr-10 4 400     Torrential Rain 1.0 15010 4.8 -43.33 -22.44   0 55 1 191 04-Apr-10 872 3102 April 13, 2010: "Landslides triggered by pounding rain in Rio de Janeiro last week killed at least 246 people, officials said, adding that the city's famous Christ statue was cut off for the first time in its eight-decade history. The rise in the death toll reflected the discovery of more bodies in the wreckage of shantytowns knocked off their precarious mountainside perches by the landslides. Searches were continuing for around another 200 people still missing in Rio's satellite town of Niteroi". NITEROI: Rescuers raced against time yesterday amid fading hopes of finding survivors of a huge mudslide, with over 400 people now feared dead in some of the worst flooding to swamp Brazil in decades. Rescuers painstakingly pulled bodies from the thick mound of dirt and debris in the Niteroi shantytown of Morro do Bumba late on Friday and yesterday, bringing the death toll to 223. Another 200 people were feared to have been buried alive in the slum, itself precariously perched atop a garbage dump in this city just east of Rio de Janeiro. Some 60 hours after the heaviest rains in half a century unleashed floods and mudslides, rescue workers still were far from having finished the work of recovering bodies from beneath tonnes of rocks, rubble and earth. The floods tore through the metropolitan area’s precarious hillside slums, or favelas. Niteroi was hardest hit, with at least 141 dead, according to the civil defence authorities. Across the bay, another 63 were found in Rio de Janeiro. April 7: "Rio de Janeiro braced for more rain today as the death toll from flooding climbed to 104 and order slowly returned to Brazil's second-biggest city that was thrown into chaos a day earlier. Rio's mayor said traffic had improved after the heaviest rains in at least three decades yesterday turned highways into lakes, left commuters and residents stranded and sparked mudslides that crushed houses in hillsides slums. "From the point of view of mobility, the situation is better than yesterday," Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes told reporters at an early morning press conference. He urged residents to postpone meetings and avoid travelling in the city if possible. Schools remained shut for a second day.
The government weather service predicted rain would continue until Saturday even after clouds broke briefly and rains eased this morning. A Fire Department spokesman said 39 people were killed in the city of Rio, famous for its beaches and Carnaval celebrations, while the remainder of the casualties took place in suburbs and in neighboring cities and town of the state of Rio de Janeiro. In the nearby city of Niteroi, residents desperately searched for survivors in rubble left from 10 houses that collapsed from a mudslide, the Globo network reported. "I lost my sister-in-law and a niece, and my nephew and brother-in-law are still missing," nurse Samuel Franca, who managed to rescue his sister from the wreckage the day before, told Globo. Globo images showed buses struggling to drive through flooded streets in western parts of the city, though transit had largely returned to normal in the central business district.
Paes called on those living in hillside slums at risk for mudslides - which were responsible for most of yesterday's deaths - to leave their homes as the rains continued. "Their lives are at risk," Paes added. Brazil's popular football team Flamengo postponed a match with a rival team from Chile because of the rains. The mayor yesterday said 1,200 people had been made homeless and that 10,000 houses remained at risk, mostly in the slums where about a fifth of Rio's people live, often in precarious shacks that are vulnerable to heavy rains. Television images yesterday showed central parts of Rio flooded and abandoned cars under water. Near Copacabana beach, residents waded through ankle-deep water on their way to work. The latest flooding and transportation chaos has renewed attention on Rio's poor infrastructure as it prepares to host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. In January, at least 76 people died in flooding and mudslides in Brazil's most populous states of Rio, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais. Then, dozens of people were killed in a landslide at a beach resort between Rio and the port city of Santos" April 6, 2010: "Torrential rains caused floods and landslides that killed at least 31 people in Rio de Janeiro state, shutting down transport and commerce in Brazil's second city, officials said on Tuesday"
3631 42   Rwanda       Western Province, Rubavu and Nyabihu districts   26-Mar-10 31-Mar-10 6 4     Heavy Rain 1.0 8863 4.7 29.69 -1.74   0 55 1 190 26-Mar-10 872 3101 March 31, 2010: "Kigali — At least four people have been confirmed dead and 17 seriously injured following heavy rains that started on Friday night in Rubavu and Nyabihu districts.According to Rubavu Sector Executive Secretary, three children from one family drowned when floods destroyed part of their house. Another person died in Rugerero Sector.Western province Executive Secretary, Paul Jabo, told Sunday Times that government was bringing in tents to evacuate residents on Rubavu hillNyundo seminary was also affected by the floods and students expressed fear that they are likely to persist.The head of the seminary, Rev. Fr. Vincent Harorimana, also expressed worry wondering what the school would do should there be more heavy rainy and floods."We are doing what we can but it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope," said HarorimanaNyundo Health Centre was also affected when Sebeya River overflowed forcing patients to flee the hospital.Harorimana said that the army intervened to help in rescue efforts at the seminary and health centre.A meeting to decide the fate of residents of Rubavu hill was held at the district headquarters and chaired by the Minister of Forestry and Mines, Christophe Bazivamo."
3630 41   Latvia       Whole country   27-Mar-10 31-Mar-10 5       Snowmelt 1.0 79650 5.6 24.80 56.65   0 55 1 189 27-Mar-10 872 3100 March 31, 2010: " It was obvious to all that the snowiest winter in nearly a century would bring spring floods, and as the thermometer continues to remain above freezing temperature, Latvia is now facing the harsh reality from one end of the country to another.Throughout Tuesday reports trickled in hourly about rising waters in villages and towns along the Daugava River and other parts of Latvia. The most serious threat, however, materialized in the Jelgava region, where the Lielupe River was reportedly rising at the rate of an inch or more per hour. Many streets and homes in Jelgava were flooded, though reports indicated that residents refused to evacuate.Meanwhile, Fire and Rescue Service workers began evacuating residents in the Glūda district (Jelgava region), while Latvenergo issued warnings to all Latvians to exercise caution if their homes are threatened with flood. Elsewhere, 30 houses in Līvāni were under risk of becoming inundated as of Tuesday, while in Kuldiga reports indicated that the water level reached the maximum level. No damage estimates are available yet.Spring floods are not unusual in Latvia, which has three large hydroelectric dams generate that produce surplus energy during the season due to rising water levels. This year, however, nature’s blessing is shaping up to be a curse given that, according to one report in February, the country saw the most intense snowfall since 1909 and the coldest winter in decades.The temperature, in fact, remained below freezing for nearly two months straight, turning rivers and lakes into long sheets of ice. But in many parts rivers are still frozen, which is blocking the flow of snowmelt. The problem is occurring throughout Eastern Europe, and Belarusian media reported Tuesday that officials there began dynamiting the West Dvina River to unclog the passage of runoff. Meanwhile Lithuania is also dealing with numerous floods along the Neris and Nemunas rivers.."
3629 40   USA       Northeastern Coast   27-Mar-10 31-Mar-10 5       Heavy Rain 2.0 240000 6.4 -74.87 39.49   1 55 1 188 27-Mar-10 872 3099 March 31, 2010: " Heavy rain in the northeastern United States has left the region at risk from dangerous flooding, with President Barack Obama issuing an emergency declaration for the small state of Rhode Island. Obama on Tuesday ordered "federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding," a White House statement said.The emergency declaration authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the state."Runoff from the very heavy rainfall of the past two days will continue to flow into area rivers," the National Weather Service said in a flood warning."Widespread and potentially severe dangerous flooding... will be occurring through much of the morning," the service said..." The second record storm that socked the Northeast this month was reduced to drizzle as it was winding down Wednesday, but the worst of widespread flooding was yet to come, forecasters said.Rivers from Maine to New York were expected to crest later Wednesday or Thursday. And in Rhode Island, officials were bracing for what was expected to be the most severe flooding to hit the state in more than 100 years."None of us alive have seen the flooding that we are experiencing now or going to experience," Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri said Tuesday night. "This is unprecedented in our state's history."
3628 39   Russia        Central Voronezh region   26-Mar-10 31-Mar-10 6       Snowmelt 1.0 187700 6.1 36.98 53.28   1 54 1 187 26-Mar-10 871 3098 March 26, 2010: "Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says thousands of Russian towns and villages could be affected by "unusually strong" spring floods as record snowfall melts after the harshest winter in years.Russia's NTV television reported Friday that hundreds of people in the central Voronezh region had to be evacuated after their homes were flooded. TV footage showed emergency workers using boats to ferry stranded people out.
Putin told emergency officials in a televised meeting Friday that some 3,000 villages and towns, as well as hundreds of railroad tracks and bridges, could be submerged throughout the spring across Russia's vast territory, which spans 11 time zones.Weather reports warned of "catastrophic" floods in Siberia, where river ice is up to several meters (yards) thick, and rivers flowing northward routinely surge with melting water."
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Indonesia       West Java, Karawang; Sumatra   24-Mar-10 26-Mar-10 3   25,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 150000 5.7 104.78 -4.44   0 53 1 186 24-Mar-10 870 3097 March 26, 2010: " Flood in West Java province of Indonesia has forced more than 24,900 people to take shelters as their houses have been submerged since earlier this week, the Disaster Management Agency reported in Jakarta Friday.The floods in Karawang of the province have submerged over 15, 000 houses since Tuesday, it occurred after the authorities opened the water gate at Jatiluhur dam at the province, as the dam could not hold water as its volume has exceeded the dam capacity, spokesman of the agency Priyadi Kardono said."Heavy rains for days have led more waters from several areas flow into the Jatiluhur dam, so the dam could not hold the excessive water," he told Xinhua over phone.The spokesman said that most of the evacuees lived in tents and got relief aids from the government.The waters submerged the houses up to three meters high, he said.But, the spokesman said that so far there was no casualties of the natural disaster.Indonesia has been frequently hit by floods and landslide. The lack of forest-covered areas has been blamed for the natural disaster."
3626 37   India       Assam   24-Mar-10 26-Mar-10 3       Monsoon Rain 1.0 1015000 6.5 94.61 27.25   1 53 1 185 24-Mar-10 870 3096 March 25, 2010: " Heavy rains have triggered flash floods in Assam Thursday, breaching a mud embankment and affecting at least 10 villages in the eastern district of Lakhimpur, officials said.A government spokesman said floodwaters of Singora, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, entered Naoboicha area.'There has been a breach of about 20 metres in an embankment. That led to floodwaters entering human settlements in about 10 villages,' a district official said.This is the first wave of floods in Assam this year.'So far there are no reports of people displaced. Measures are being taken to plug the breaches,' the official said."

'We have sounded a maximum alert and have kept disaster management teams on standby,' the official added.
3625 36   USA       Ohio Valley, Upper Midwest, Northeast, New Hampshire   10-Mar-10 24-Mar-10 15       Heavy Rain Snowmelt Dam Break 1.0 1015000 7.2 -78.11 41.36   1 52 1 184 10-Mar-10 869 3095 March 17, 2010: " The Red River rose 3 feet in one day to 28.2 feet by Tuesday afternoon and was expected to reach the major flooding stage of 30 feet by midnight Tuesday, said Greg Gust, warning co-ordination meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service.Volunteers and National Guard troops were placing sandbags on dikes in North Dakota while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built dikes of dirt and clay.The river has risen nearly 10 feet in three days as mild temperatures melted deep snowpack earlier than expected, flooding some city parks and forcing closure of a few streets. Water washed over the ends of one bridge, but no homes were flooded by mid-Tuesday afternoon, said City of Fargo spokeswoman Karena Carlson"
3624 35 FL-2010-000051-KAZ Kazakhstan           11-Mar-10 26-Mar-10 16 43 5,000   Heavy Rain Snowmelt Dam Break 2.0 323800 7.0 79.21 45.08   1 51 1 183 11-Mar-10 868 3094 March 31, 2010: OSKEMEN, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's Emergency  Situations Ministry has announced that 36 towns and villages in East Kazkahstan Oblast with a population of nearly 40,000 people are in danger of being flooded, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.Melting snow combined with rain has caused floods that have hit several districts in the region. The announcement was made on March 26. About 1,500 private homes, more than 1,000 commercial buildings and more than 50 livestock farms have been damaged or fully destroyed since March 18.Thousands of local residents have evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were killed by the floods.On March 13, at least 41 people died when flood waters burst two dams in southeastern Kazakhstan." " March 26, 2010: "The second phase of flood in the Eastern Kazakhstan region will not be easier than the present. The Emergency Minister of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Bozhko, informed, the agency reports citiing the press service of the Eastern Kazakhstan akim. "Speaking about the situation in the region, where, according to the information of the Emergency Ministry, as of today, 1140 houses have been flooded and 428 houses have been destroyed." V. Bozhko underlined, "It is only the first phase and the second will not be easier." "We need to be ready for everything. Another sharp temperature increase will aggravate the situation," he said. According to the press service, the group of employees of the Emergency Ministry headed by V. Bozhko and the region's akim, Berdybek Saparbaev, worked in the region for two days. They visited Tarbagatay, Zaysan and Urdzhar regions" March 14, 2010: " At least 35 people had been killed in floods caused by heavy rains and melting snow in southern Kazakhstan, local press quoted President Nursultan Nazarbayev as saying on Saturday.A dam at the Kyzyl-Agash reservoir in the eastern Almaty region burst Thursday evening, pouring torrents of water into several nearby villages and affecting about 3,000 people.A village in Alma-Atinskaya Oblast was almost devastated by the floods, and two people in a nearby village were swept away by floodwaters, the local emergency situations bureau said. More than 2,000 people in Alma-Atinskaya have been evacuated.Railway tracks and highway bridges in the area were also washed away, causing severe disruptions.Over 600 rescuers have arrived at Kyzyl-Agash and security has been tightened to prevent looting, authorities said.Nazarbayev has ordered the settng up of an on-site crisis management committee which will provide all necessary assistance to victims.Prime Minister Karim Masimov traveled to the disaster area Friday evening to oversee rescue work.Southern Kazakhstan was affected by unusually heavy snowfalls this winter. Rising temperatures are now causing massive flooding and mudslides across the region.
3623 34 FL-2010-000049-AGO Angola       Southern province of Cunane, Mupa and Evala, 108 and 66 kilometres from the provincial capital city, Ondjiva; Kwanhama district   1-Mar-10 31-Mar-10 31 12 11,500   Heavy Rain 1.0 274100 6.9 17.25 -16.11   1 50 1 182 01-Mar-10 867 3093 March 26, 2010: "At least 98 heads of bovine and 29 caprine cattle died, at Evale commune, in Kwanhama district, southern Cunene province, following the heavy rains in the region, Angop has learnt.This was announced by the head of the veterinary sector, Estevão Kamalanga, who said that the numbers are provisory ones and he hopes the levels of water keeps decreasing to avoid the death of more animals.According to official figures, about 12,000 people are affected by floods, 5,805 students are out of schools, 400 agricultural fields and several houses destroyed." March 17, 2010: "The National Defence minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem, said Tuesday in Ondjiva, southern Cunene province, that his department and others of the Government will continue providing assistance to the victims of the rains and floods hitting the local populations.The minister was speaking to the press at the end of a visit he paid to the localities of Mupa and Evala, the most affected by the floods from Cuvelai river in spate, following heavy rains hitting the region.Mupa and Evale lay about 108 and 66 kilometres of the provincial capital city, Ondjiva. "We have come to pay our solidarity and moral support for the affected populations and the local Government", said the minister, stressing that the assistance has mainly focused on supply of military air and fluvial equipment support, tents, foodstuffs, rescue and human resources.According to Cândido Van-Dúnem, the nature of the responsibilities of his Ministry involve assistance to people in situation of disasters.After the visit to the above mentioned localities, the minister met with the provincial governor, António Didalewa, and Civil Protection and National Police officials, who briefed him on the real situation and main concerns of the populations.As a result of this year's floods, a total of 11,500 people were left homeless, having been accommodated in tents placed at safer places. The Defence minister is already back in Luanda." March 15, 2010:At least 12 people were killed after heavy rain triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses in Angola's capital Luanda, the city vice-governor said on Monday.The rain, which began early on Monday, left dozens of Angolans homeless after floods washed away their huts in a city that is home to more than one-third of the country's 16.5 million people."Most of the victims died after their homes collapsed from the heavy rain. They were living in illegal makeshift huts around the city centre," vice-governor Bento Soito told Reuters.Every year thousands of people lose their homes to floods in Angola due to flooding caused by seasonal rains." March 11, 2010: " In Angola, like Mozambique a former Portuguese colony, 10,000 people have lost their homes to floods in the southern province of Cunene, according to the state-owned news agency Angop.Mozambicans and Angolans are often victims of flooding during the rainy season. In 2000 and 2001, floods in Mozambique killed 700 people and drove half a million from their homes. Last year 20 people died in floods in southern Angola.
3622 33   USA       Central Alabama   10-Mar-10 17-Mar-10 8       Heavy Rain 1.0 48980 5.6 -86.37 32.89   0 49 1 181 10-Mar-10 866 3092 March 11, 2010: " Heavy rain and thunderstorms caused widespread flooding problems Wednesday across central Alabama.FOX6 News found flooding at several locations in Jefferson County, including where Village Creek passes the Roebuck Golf Course in east Birmingham, Highway 79 in Tarrant, 68th Street North in Birmingham, and 5th Way Circle in Center Point.More flooding was also reported in Shelby County. The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency said it had to close Highway 42 due to flooding
3621 32   Kenya       Marsabit North, Migori and Uriri districts in South Nyanza, Mandera; North Rift, Pokot Central District   7-Mar-10 03-May-10 58 26 2,500   Torrential Rain 1.5 40320 6.5 34.50 0.01   1 49 1 180 07-Mar-10 866 3091 May 3, 2010: "11 people have so far been confirmed dead and another 600 displaced when a mud slide occurred in Kitony Village, Marakwet District, located in north western Kenya. An additional eight people with serious injuries are receiving specialized treatment at Moi Referral Hospital. The mudslide occurred when River Siner changed its course at Kitony village. Seven houses were swept away. The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and other governmental and UN partners are offering humanitarian response to those affected. An assessment to establish gaps and needs of the affected population is necessary. Access to the affected village has been difficult given the wet conditions and hilly topography of the area. Rocks and stones at the site are also hampering rescue efforts. Responders to those affected are reported to be walking for up to 3km to reach the site. Marakwet East District was carved from the greater Marakwet District. The National Bureau of Statistics indicates that the greater Marakwet District has a total population of 140,629 people. A mudslide occurred at the area in March 2009. An unconfirmed number of livestock were buried but no human casualties reported in that event. Area residents are reported to have moved to higher grounds until the rains subsided. At the onset of the Long Rains in October 2009, The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources issued an early warning/alert for landslides, covering areas bordering Marakwet/ West Pokot/ Trans Nzoia districts. Other border areas put on alert included Homa Bay/ Migori, Nyamira/Buret, Nandi/ Kericho, Teso/ Bungoma and Muranga/ Nyeri districts. The following districts were also covered by the alert: Kapenguria, Uasin Gishu, Keiyo, Baringo, Koibatek, Nakuru, Meru North, Nyeri, Kajiado and Taita Taveta. On 2 May, District Authorities requested 100 residents of Mathira, Nyeri district (central Kenya) to move to higher grounds. Some of the residents have begun moving. Heavy rains were received in Moyale district, located in northern Kenya. Bridges were also swept away by the resultant floods, paralyzing transport. Hundreds of people travelling to and from Moyale are reported to be stranded and spending nights by the roadside, in bandit prone areas. 70 heavy duty vehicles are also reported stranded and are awaiting the reconstruction of the bridges. Engineers from the Ministry of Roads and Public Works are expected to fix the bridges. Maize fields in Mado, Adhi, Waye and Anona areas were also washed away. District Authorities indicated that relief food, blankets and mosquito nets will be needed should the rains continue beyond 6 May" March 31, 2010: "Seven people have died as floods continue to wreak havoc across the country.Three of them who were swept away by freak floods in the North Rift while two drowned in Pokot Central District as they tried to cross a swollen River Wei Wei.The managing director of Kalokol fishery in Turkana Central, Mr Kumar Shah, died when his vehicle was swept away by a flooded River Kawalase.His three companions, however, managed to swim across the river.Pokot Central district commissioner Jeremiah Were identified those who drowned in River Wei Wei as Mr Chepotuturwa Domongole, 46, and Mr Petanyang Murlem, 57.Transport in most parts of the North Rift has been disrupted due to damaged roads.Several roads in Kerio Valley have been destroyed, cutting off farmers from markets.Rescue teams have been put on high alert in mudslide-prone areas of Keiyo South."Plans are in place to evacuate people in danger zones on the escarpment to safer areas," DC Arthur Bunde said.He said 12 schools on the escarpment were affected. In Marigat, more than 300 people were left in the cold after homes were swept away at Eldume and Ilngarua.Local leaders, among them councillor Francis Olekeis, appealed for humanitarian assistance from the government and well-wishers for affected families now camping at schools."The situation is bad. Crocodiles are now roaming the flooded farms, feasting on dead livestock," he said.Mr Olekeis said hundreds of livestock had drowned after a week of heavy rains. He said crops like water melons and pumpkins were submerged at Eldume Irrigation Scheme.The leaders said the Marigat-Lokumkum road which links Marigat Town to Mochongoi was impassable."People are forced to travel over 150 km to get to Mochongoi," said councillor Wesley Lekakimon.They feared the situation could worsen as the Perkerra and Molo rivers are beginning to change course, disrupting studies at Eldume, Longewan, Sintaan and Ng'ambo primary schools.They said that four schoolchildren had drowned since the beginning of the year.Marigat DC Geoffrey Taragon downplayed the leaders' claims."There is no need for alarm. The floods have subsided and everything is under control."He, however, urged residents to move to higher ground.In Nyanza, two fishermen drowned in Lake Victoria as rains continued to pound South Nyanza.The fishermen's boat capsized in a storm near Got Kachola beach in Nyatike District, witnesses said. One body was found at Sumba beach by fishermen. Divers are searching for the other.Elsewhere in the same district, a downpour has claimed a 12-year-old boy.The Standard Five pupil was in a group of children trying to catch floating fish at River Ratieng in East Muhuru Location when he slipped into the water.Divers found the body before it was swept into Lake Victoria.In Nakuru North District a man was swept away by flash floods.Police said Mr Justus Nyakundi, 54, was walking home from Kabazi Trading Centre and was swept away by floods during a heavy downpour.Only a week ago another man died in similar circumstances in the district.Local police chief Johnston Ipara said Mr Nyakundi drowned on Saturday night" March 8, 2010: "Three more people have died as a result of floods in parts of Kenya, according to the latest statistics from the Kenya Red Cross and government officials.Kenya Red Cross communications director Titus Mung'ou on Saturday told the Nation a woman died in Marsabit North after being swept away by floods.A man and his daughter were swept away as they tried to cross Isinya River in Kajiado North district on Thursday.Area district commissioner Mr Mwangi Kahiro said the man had attempted to carry his daughter across the swollen river but succumbed to the raging waters. The bodies were swept 10 kilometres downstream, he said.This brings the number of the dead from the floods to nine.And the Red Cross is also warning that the situation in the Tana Delta could become critical if the rains are to continue and the dams on the Seven Forks Hydroelectric project get full."The water could be released downstream and the people on the Tana Delta will therefore need to be on the lookout if the rains continue," said Mr Mung'ou on the telephone.He said reports from the Lake Victoria and Budalangi flood monitoring systems indicate rivers in that area are close to overflowing their banks. He said the rivers are about 0.2 metres away from breaking their banks and residents would have to move to higher ground immediately.Water from the Cherangany Hills and Mt Elgon are the main cause of the river's perennial flooding.The number of those who have been left homeless also increased after about 70 families lost their semi-permanent houses to floods in Migori and Uriri districts in South Nyanza.The residents of Oruba, Pand Pieri, Nyasare and Rapogi estates were left without shelter after their mud-walled houses were brought down by the heavy rains that have pounded the region for the last three days.He urged area residents to avoid any swollen rivers.Residents of Mandera also require assistance as the town's entire water system had been destroyed by the floods after River Dauwa in Ethiopia broke its banks.Mr Mung'ou said toilets had collapsed in the area. Red Cross would from Saturday begin sing a helicopter to reach the distressed in those areas, he said.In Garbatulla, five people who had been missing by the end of the day on Friday were found perched on trees on Saturday. More than 200 livestock have died in the area from the flooding. But the situation is yet to reach the alarming levels, said Mr Mung'ou as the figures of those affected remain below 2,000.Families that had been displaced by the floods in January are however yet to go back to their homes and are still living in camps, he said, meaning more rains in the area would make it worse for them.In Migori, the flood victims who escaped unhurt sought refuge in the homes of relatives and friends as they made plans to rebuild their structures.The region also experienced flash floods on some roads and estates.

3620 31   Uganda       Mutumba Zone, Kigwo and Kimanyika villages   7-Mar-10 12-Mar-10 6   20,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 75200 5.7 31.06 1.13   0 48 1 179 07-Mar-10 865 3090 March 8, 2010: "Kampala — Over 500 residents in three villages in Fort portal district are homeless after heavy rains swept off their houses and property.The villages that have been bit with deadly floods include Mutumba Zone, Kigwo and Kimanyika were mostly affected.This is the fourth district that has suffered floods that started early this week.The New Vision's reporter Hope Mafarangain FortPortal says Police arrived at the scene to offer support to the affected families.

3619 30   Peru       Cusco district of Pisac   2-Mar-10 04-Mar-10 3 7 20   Heavy Rain 1.0 57890 5.2 -73.36 11.85   0 48 1 178 02-Mar-10 865 3089 March 4, 2010: "At least seven deaths, and several houses inundated, is the tragic result of another flood that took place yesterday in the Cusco district of Pisac, where the Quitamayo river surged and flooded all the area. Jorge Béjar Gonzales, province prosecutor in Calca, pointed out that in addition to the three victims found in the Taray bridge, a woman was rescued near the Quitamayo bridge, but she died afterwards while in the local hospital.These victims, Hilda Quinto Quispe, 24, Benedicta Condori, 46, and Genara Huayta Aquino, had been doing cleaning works on the Quitamayo river bed when the sudden surge took them by surprise. Some 17 workers from Construyendo Peru were working in the river when the flood came and swept them away.Quitamayo river is a tributary of the Vilcanota river.."

3618 29 FL-2010-000042-SRB Serbia Montenegro     Eastern and central Serbia   1-Mar-10 02-Mar-10 2   4,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 46900 5.0 21.14 44.47   0 48 1 177 01-Mar-10 865 3088 March 4, 2010: "Flood,Serbia Montenegro: Heavy rains and rapid slow melting have caused floods in the eastern and central part of Serbia damaging and flooding 1,306 households and affecting more than 3,150 people."

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Ethiopia Somalia     Border between Ethiopia and the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland   1-Mar-10 11-Mar-10 11   16,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 104200 6.1 45.49 9.20   1 48 1 176 01-Mar-10 865 3087 March 11, 2010: "Around 16,000 Somalis have been forced from their homes by severe flooding in the south of the strife-torn country, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today, while underscoring that a funding shortfall is hampering relief efforts.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that recent flooding has devastated areas of southern Somalia, damaging river embankments, collapsing latrines and contaminating shallow wells." March 4, 2010: "Around 1,000 families have been displaced by flooding after heavy rains in an area straddling the border between Ethiopia and the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland, according to officials."

3616 27 FL-2010-000038-ZMB Zambia Namibia     Northwestern and Lusaka provinces, villages in Mpulungu, Lake Tanganyika shores, Kapembwa area of Mpulungu, Caprivi Strip   1-Mar-10 17-Mar-10 17   115   Heavy Rain 1.0 85510 6.2 27.74 -16.09   1 47 1 175 01-Mar-10 864 3086 March 17, 2010: "ONE hundred and fifteen people have been displaced from their villages in Mpulungu after floods along the Lake Tanganyika shores swept away their homes.And Government has released tents for 10 of the most affected families in Kapembwa area of Mpulungu.District Commissioner Willie Simfukwe confirmed the development in an interview in Mpulungu yesterday.Mr Simfukwe said the people were displaced last week when water levels in the lake rose and washed away huts at a fishing camp.He said 10 families were currently living at Kapembwa Basic School and that the school had since been closed.Mr Simfukwe said the Government had identified a safer place at which the tents would be erected, but affected families would not be allowed to construct houses until the area was approved.He said the Government was waiting for the provincial resettlement officer to assess the area and establish whether the place was safe for residents to construct permanent houses.Meanwhile, the Government has scaled down the search for the seven people who were buried under rocks following a landslide which hit Kalala area in Mpulungu recently because it had proved to be costly.Mr Simfukwe said there was a possibility that the bodies were swept away by water into the lake and not buried under the rubble. And a family in Tundula area in Mumena's chiefdom in Solwezi escaped death after the house they were sleeping in at night collapsed on them due a heavy downpour.A road to Senior Chief Ndungu's palace in Zambezi is under water and the Mize capital can only be accessed using speedboats and canoes, while a school in Solwezi has remained closed this year after a heavy downpour destroyed infrastructure.Solwezi District Commissioner, Fubisha Fulayi said after a tour of Tundula, where many houses collapsed, that a family recently escaped death after their house gave in to rain at night.He said Mapande Basic School in Solwezi East Constituency, near the Democratic Republic of Congo, had failed to open this year after school infrastructure was damaged during the last holiday.Mr Fulayi, who toured the area with the disaster management and mitigation unit officers and education authorities, said the four teachers had abandoned the school after their houses collapsed.And with the bridge on Kafue River having collapsed, coupled with the bad state of the road, Mapande can only been accessed by the rest of Solwezi through Chililabombwe.Mr Fulayi, who is chairperson of the district disaster management team, said while the dry spell had eased the disaster burden, about 1,000 people were in need of aid in the form of tents, chlorine and mosquito nets." March 16, 2010: "SOME villagers in the Kabbe constituency of the Caprivi Region are relocating to higher ground after the floodwaters of the Zambezi River started reaching their homesteads and maize fields over the past few days.The Zambezi River measured 7,16 metres yesterday at Katima Mulilo and people in the Katima Mulilo rural constituency also had to move to higher ground, according to Caprivi Governor Leonard Mwilima."I am right now in this constituency and floodwaters are arriving, but the situation is under control," Governor Mwilima told The Namibian yesterday afternoon."Over the past days and weeks we have alerted the people via radio to start relocating and not to wait to the last minute," Mwilima said."I am happy that many people heeded the call of the Caprivi Regional Council. Floods are a recurring situation in the Caprivi Region and the Chobe River is now also flowing westwards," Mwilima added."We have tents, food and some boats, but we have asked for more of these items and also more food rations," he added.Road and water transport was always a challenge during floods, he said."We need more boats and also vehicles for transport on land."Mwilima as the Governor chairs the regional disaster risk management committee, which meets every Wednesday with all stakeholders, including the Red Cross Society, which also has staff in the Caprivi to assist.According to Japhet Iitenge, the director of the newly created Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, his people "are up there to observe the situation".Chief Hydrologist Guido van Langenhove in the Agriculture Ministry said yesterday that "the flood wave in the Zambezi River is levelling off [in Zambia] and is expected to reach its peak of approximately 7,25 to 7,30 metres in the coming days."The peaks in the preceding years were 7,85 m last year, 6,11 m in 2008 and 7,26 m in 2007, according to Van Langenhove."New rains were reported in the Katima area during the night from Sunday to yesterday, but these were fairly localised and not in the upstream catchment areas of the Zambezi," he added.In the Kavango Region, the Okavango River level measured 7,37 metres yesterday, three centimetres up from Sunday, after new rains fell in the catchment area a few days ago.
March 2, 2010:
"Flood,Zambia: 11 districts have been affected by floods in the country. The districts are in North Western and Lusaka provinces.."

3615 26   Australia       Brisbane,Charleville and Roma in southwestern Queensland, townships of Thallon, Bollon and Dirranbandi, south of St George, 80% of Queensland   28-Feb-10 17-Mar-10 18       Heavy Rain 2.0 431700 7.2 147.96 -26.22   1 46 1 174 28-Feb-10 863 3085 March 8, 2010: "Once-in-a-century flooding has caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in southwest Queensland, with authorities focusing on hard-hit communities after the town of St George escaped the worst.St George, the township at the centre of one of the state's major cotton-growing regions, was spared a potentially ruinous river-level peak of 14m yesterday.But the record-breaking flooding is causing problems for the townships of Thallon, Bollon and Dirranbandi, south of St George.The water has breached the levee at the Moonie River at Thallon, and road access to all three regional communities has been cut off.Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the damage bill from the flooding was expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars."There's been major cuts to highways, we have seen railway lines washed away. This is a massive water event which has smashed all the records known here in the southwest." March 8, 2010 "Queensland's massive floodwaters are set to make waves in NSW this week.With 80 per cent of Queensland natural disaster-declared, northern NSW towns are expected to face major flooding later this week - some exceeding records set two decades ago.The Bureau of Meteorology said record flood levels are likely along the Paroo River at Willara Crossing and further downstream from Thursday.Flood levels at Wanaaring are expected to exceed the April 1990 flood late on Sunday.Floodwaters are heading south from Dirranbandi, with levels in the Culgoa, Bokhara, Birrie and Narran river systems expected to exceed 1990 levels over the next seven days.Moderate flooding is also expected just south of Cunnamulla, where the Warrego River on Tuesday was around 10 metres.Queensland's main flood peak on Tuesday was at Dirranbandi, with the Balonne at 5.25m and steady. The river is expected to remain above five metres until early next week.Dirranbandi continues to escape major flooding as the town is protected by a levee, but outlying properties have been inundated and several families have had to evacuate.Meanwhile, emergency services are stocking up on anti-venom medication following reports of snakes in the St George area.The Department of Community Safety says snakes trying to find dry ground are widespread."Anti-venom stocks have been re-supplied following reports of increased numbers of snakes in the area," the department said in a statement on Tuesday morning.Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told state parliament the disaster was "one of the most significant flooding events in the state's history"."Over the past week we have seen Mother Nature at her most ferocious," she said."The enormity of the rain event that we have witnessed over this week has broken all of the known records."But she said while there were significant personal and family losses and a massive damage bill for state, federal and local governments, there would be an economic spin-off for farmers, potentially over $1 billion.The state and federal governments are offering emergency grants to small businesses and primary producers hit by the flooding."The Australian government stands ready to assist the people of Queensland to recover from this very serious natural disaster," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement on Tuesday.On Tuesday, the tiny town of Bollon remained under water, with the towns of Thallon, Nindigully, Cunnamulla, Hungerford, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Meandarra, Theodore, Moura and Baralaba also dealing with floodwaters and inundation.Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said disaster relief arrangements were active in 59 shires, comprising 80 per cent of the state.The clean-up was well under way in two of the largest centres to be hit, Charleville and Roma.Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace estimated about 1300km of state roads had been damaged.Primary Industries Minister Tim Mulherin said an aerial survey from Charleville to Cunnamulla had identified destroyed machinery and equipment and small mobs of between 100 to 200 stranded cattle and sheep.The survey also identified dead livestock, with reports of some farms losing as many as 300 head.March 4, 2010: "Just as Charleville residents were beginning to clean up from a record flood in Queensland this week, they were ordered to evacuate as waters rose again.Emergency sirens blared once more in the south-west Queensland town, just a day after floodwaters had started to recede, revealing the damage of Monday night's deluge that forced the evacuation of more than 500 people.Authorities warned that Bradley's Gully, which runs through the centre of town, was expected to flood again yesterday, posing a significant threat to life and property, and residents were returning to the evacuation centre at the town's showground.Floodwaters also rose around St George, to the south of Charleville, as record rainfall swelled the Balonne River.The river had passed the 10-metre mark, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting it would reach a height of 13 metres, 76 centimetres higher than the record.Bureau forecaster Bryan Rolstone said that as the water headed south from Charleville, the St George region was at risk of severe flooding.The bureau said another area of concern was Cunnamulla, with a flood peak of about 10 metres expected early next week, a little higher than the 2008 flood level of 9.91 metres.A state Department of Community Safety spokesman said Emergency Management Queensland and local disaster authorities were closely monitoring the flooding in St George.Balonne Shire mayor Donna Stewart said yesterday that ''the action was starting to hot up'' in St George as water levels continued to rise. Water from Wallum Creek was already in Bollon, which has a population of about 100, she said.Charleville and nearby Roma were declared disaster areas on Tuesday, and Premier Anna Bligh visited the rain-soaked region yesterday. The threat to Roma continued to ease, authorities said.". March 2, 2010: "A hospital evacuated, hundreds moved to emergency centres, rivers flooded and roads cut - southern Queensland is awash.The towns of Charleville and Roma in southwestern Queensland have been declared disaster areas and 30 patients from Charleville's hospital are being flown to Brisbane.Up to 500 Charleville residents have been evacuated to the showgrounds and Murweh Shire Mayor Mark O'Brien said the Charleville flood was the worst he'd seen, with up to two-thirds of the town inundated.A woman and child were plucked from their car which had flipped on its side in fast-flowing waters near Charleville.In Roma, there has been extensive sandbagging of properties and some evacuations.Quilpie mayor David Edwards said the town had received almost its average annual rainfall of 300mm in the past three days."I was born here and have been here all my life and this has been the best summer (rain) since 1976," he said.All three communities have been officially drought declared for years - Charleville since 2003, Quilpie since 2002, and Roma since 2005.There's also been heavy rain across the state's southeast corner, causing localised flooding in Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.The State Emergency Service (SES) has been called to more than 200 jobs in the state's southeast.

3614 25 FL-2010-000046-MOZ Mozambique       Buzi District, Sofala Province, Namathanda districts, Mozambique, southern province of Cunene   22-Feb-10 28-Mar-10 35 2 130,000   Heavy Rain 1.0 26370 6.0 34.25 -19.96   0 45 1 173 22-Feb-10 862 3084 March 28, 2010: "Flooding in Mozambique killed two people and displaced hundreds of families, prompting the government to step up rescue operations and issue a red alert for some areas.Torrential rains that have battered central Mozambique for weeks have raised water levels in the Cahora Bassa, a major dam on the Zambezi river. Authorities have opened the floodgates to to ease the pressure on the dam walls.Opening the floodgates is expected to continue to raise water levels in the river Zambezi, Africa's fourth largest, and spill over to villages along its pathway through central Mozambique, independent daily O Pais reported on Wednesday.
The red alert, one step down from declaring a disaster area, was announced by the government after a cabinet meeting late on Tuesday. Government spokesman Alberto Nkutumula said authorities would forcibly evacuate around 130 000 people from areas near river as water levels continue to rise due to heavy rain."All the conditions have been created to evacuate and relocate 130 000 people living in areas of risk," Nkutumula was cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa as sayingDespite the red alert, he said Mozambique did not plan to ask for international aid at this time."There is internal capacity to deal with the situation."Mozambicans are often victims of flooding during the rainy season. Floods in 2000 and 2007 forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in the impoverished southern African nation.Since then, Mozambique has minimised the loss of life by evacuating people to higher ground at the start of the rains.But in this year's floods, two people were killed after being swept away by the floodwaters and one person was eaten by a crocodile, according to An official for Mozambique's National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) said the evacuation of thousands of people living along the river bank of the Zambezi and other flood-prone rivers would avert any more deaths."All the people that were victims of floods in previous years are being moved," Luis Pacheco, an official from INGC in the central province of Sofala, was cited by O Pais as saying. - Reuters
March 11, 2010: "Mozambican authorities say about 800 people are trapped by rising floodwaters and in need of rescue" .."About 130 000 people are to be evacuated in flood-prone Mozambique because of rising waters in three main rivers, state media said on Wednesday. Government declared a red alert for regions along the mighty Zambezi River, Africa's fourth-longest which originates in Angola, as well as the smaller Pungwe and Buzi rivers, Noticias newspaper said.The red alert imposes an evacuation order for the area."About 130 000 people were identified in areas of risk in three basins in the central region, namely the Zambezi, Pungwe and Buzi rivers," Noticias said."Our main concern right now is to save human lives. In any case, the situation is under control," said Joao Ribeiro, director general of the National Disaster Management Institute.Emergency centres have been created where tents, mosquito nets, medicine and food would be available.Seasonal rains across southern Africa send water levels rising every year around this time, especially on the Zambezi which brings to Mozambique run-off from a long swathe of the continent as it runs toward the Indian Ocean.Mozambique is a frequent victim of flooding during its rainy season. Deadly floods in 2000 and 2007 forced tens of thousands from their homes.So far two flood deaths have been reported this year.".... Flooding in Mozambique and Angola has displaced thousands of families, prompting both governments to step up rescue operations and Mozambican authorities to issue a red alert for some areas.Torrential rain that has swept central Mozambique and southern Angola for weeks has caused some rivers to overflow into villages along their paths and many villagers have fled to higher ground.Mozambique's government issued a red alert late on Tuesday, one step down from declaring a disaster area, and said it would forcibly evacuate about 130,000 people in areas at risk in the centre of the country.A government spokesman said flooding was expected to continue along the Zambezi, Africa's fourth biggest river. The floodgates of the river's Cahora Bassa dam have been opened to ease the pressure on its walls and this was also expected to increase the floods.The poverty-stricken African country said it did not plan to ask for international aid for time being."All the conditions have been created to evacuate and relocate 130,000 people living in areas of risk," government spokesman Alberto Nkutumula was quoted as saying by Portuguese news agency Lusa."There is internal capacity to deal with the situation.""March 8, 2010: At least two people have died in floods in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, reports Monday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais".The first victim lost his life last Thursday, when he was swept away by the waters of the swollen Buzi river. His body was then partially devoured by crocodiles.The second fatality occurred on Saturday in Dondo district, when a man made the mistake of trying to swim across the Pungue river. The current swept him to his death.By Sunday, the Pungue was 2.3 metres above flood alert level at the Mafambisse sugar plantation. In this area, the river had burst its banks and spilled across the main Beira-Zimbabwe highway between Mafambisse and Tica.As the waters rise, so traffic along this stretch of the road has been gradually shut down. By Sunday only large trucks and some four wheel drive vehicles were taking the risk of driving through the flooded stretch. Even then, they required a police escort, and the National Roads Administration (ANE) took the precaution of only opening the road in one direction at a time. Queues four kilometres long built up of vehicles waiting to cross the flooded stretch.Minibus taxis can no longer make the journey, and so passengers anxious to reach the other side are paying bicycle owners to carry them. The fare charged by these "bicycle-taxis" is 100 meticais (about 3.5 US dollars).Since Saturday, a goods train has been ferrying stranded light vehicles between Mafambisse and Tica. The railway runs parallel to the road, but is high enough to ensure that it is not affected by the flood waters.200 families at risk, who were temporarily sheltered at a primary school, have now been moved to a resettlement area at Tica, where over 100 plots of land are available for them to build new homes.According to Joao Ribeiro, general director of the country's relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), the situation is under control. However, there may still be people living on islands in the rivers and in other flood prone areas who are at serious risk. Ribeiro said that rescue teams have been formed to sweep through dangerous areas.Further north, the flood on the Zambezi is worsening, and at the weekend the Cahora Bassa dam was obliged to increase its discharges from 2,736 to 3,512 cubic metres of water per second.
....Based on UNICEF situation report, 210 families (1,050 people) have been affected by the initial inundation in Namathanda district; of these, 613 people have been evacuated to a temporary shelter located in Mufu village....
March 1, 2010: "Maputo — The district of Buzi, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, has been cut off from the rest of the country by flooding on the Buzi river.The ferry across the river has been out of operation for the past week, and now the road connections to Buzi town are impassable, reports Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".There has also been flooding on the Metuchira river, in the neighbouring district of Nhamatanda. A bridge over the Metuchira has been damaged, and an electricity pylon has been knocked down, depriving the area of power.Sofala Provincial Governor Mauricio Vieira visited Buzi and Nhamatanda on Friday, and on Saturday met with the Provincial Emergency Commission. The meeting decided to allocate boats to Metuchira, particularly so that students who live in the Metuchira-Pita locality, but study in Nhamatanda town, can cross the river.Buzi administrator Sergio Moiane told "Noticias" that the situation in the district is worsening. On Friday, Vieira could travel overland to Buzi, but now the road from Beira to Buzi town, via Tica, is impassable."Previously, we had the problem that the ferry was paralysed, and so people on the other bank, in the Estaquinha and Nova Sofala administrative posts, who account for 60 per cent of the district population, were isolated", said Moiane. "Now the Tica-Buzi road, which is our main access route, cannot be used".It is still possible to take a boat from Buzi to Beira, but Moiane warned that the current bad weather is making even this difficult.Moiane said nobody is in danger of losing their lives, since people who used to live in flood prone areas were moved to resettlement sites on higher ground during the last major Buzi floods, two years ago. However many fields have been inundated, and the district administration is trying to ascertain the extent of damage to crops.Torrential rain has also been falling in the western province of Tete. The publicly-owned telecommunications company, TDM, blamed this weather for a cut in the fibre-optic cable between Moatiza and Do, near the Malawian border.This is imposing severe difficulties on the fixed and mobile phone networks, and on Internet access, in the province. TDM has pledged that its technical staff re on the ground working to repair the damage.

3613 24 FL-2010-000037-HTI Haiti       Les Cayes   28-Feb-10 02-Mar-10 3 13     Heavy Rain 1.0 3836 4.1 -73.77 18.42   0 45 1 172 28-Feb-10 862 3083 March 1, 2010: "At least eight people have been killed in floods triggered by heavy rain in Haiti, officials have said.The deaths occurred in or near the southeastern port city of Les Cayes which was swamped by more than 1.5m (5ft) of water. Officials said buildings affected included a hospital and a prison where more than 400 inmates were evacuated. About a million Haitians are still homeless following January's earthquake which killed up to 230,000 people. The floods have come several weeks ahead of Haiti's traditional rainy season. "The situation is grave... whole areas are completely flooded. People have climbed on to the roofs of their homes," local senator Francky Exius told AFP news agency. Witnesses said some homes had collapsed and people were fleeing for safer areas. At least two people are reported missing in the floods. One report puts the death toll at 11. Staff at the flooded hospital in Les Cayes moved patients to the safety of higher floors, reports say, while UN peacekeepers helped police to evacuate the jail. Les Cayes lies on a peninsula 160km (100 miles) west of the capital Port-au-Prince. It was unaffected by the earthquake, but its 70,000 population has been swollen by survivors fleeing from earthquake-hit areas

3612 23   France       West Atlantic Coast, Vendee and Charente regions of western France   28-Feb-10 02-Mar-10 3 48 500   Storm Surge and Heavy Rain 2.0 30830 5.3 -1.53 46.77   0 45 1 171 28-Feb-10 862 3082 March 2, 2010: "L’AIGUILLON-SUR-MER, France: Rescuers in boats and helicopters scrambled on Monday to find the missing in homes flooded by a storm that killed at least 48 people on France’s Atlantic coast.France’s west coast was pummeled by the storm dubbed Xynthia, the country’s fiercest in a decade, which unleashed gale force winds and torrential rains on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a national emergency.The toll in France rose to 48 dead and at least nine were reported missing on Monday. More than 200,000 homes were still without power in the deadliest storm to have battered France since 1999, officials said.As fierce weather battered other parts of Europe, at least five people died in neighboring Germany, according to police, three in Spain, one in Portugal and one in Belgium.More than 9,000 French firefighters and emergency workers backed by helicopters were deployed on Monday to try to reach stranded residents, mostly in the Vendee and Charente regions of western France.Rescue teams waded through the thigh-deep floodwaters and took to boats to reach flooded houses whose residents were reported missing in the town of L’Aiguillon-sur-Mer.Hundreds of families slept overnight in shelters set up in schools and dance halls. In Charente, regional authorities warned that a combination of high winds and tides continued to pose a flood risk.The storm hit France early Sunday in the middle of the night with eight-meter waves that sent residents scurrying onto rooftops. The wind reached speeds of 150 kilometers per hour."

3611 22   Spain       Southern Spain, Cordoba, Jaen and Seville provinces   23-Feb-10 24-Feb-10 2 32 1,200   Heavy Rain 1.0 98470 5.3 -4.04 38.98   0 45 1 170 23-Feb-10 862 3081 February 24, 2010: "Seville, Spain - At least 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rains sparked flooding in southern Spain, officials said Wednesday. About 20 of the region's roads were also blocked. The flooding mainly affected the provinces of Cordoba, Jaen and Seville, where the Guadalquivir river and several reservoirs overflowed their banks, officials said. Floodwater entered homes, shops and industrial buildings, forcing some people living near Cordoba to climb onto their roofs. About 500 emergency workers evacuated residents with boats and lorries. No injuries were reported. Damage to infrastructure appeared minor so far, officials said"

3610 21   Portugal       Island of Madeira   19-Feb-10 20-Feb-10 2 32     Torrential Rain 2.0 483 3.3 -16.97 32.76   0 45 0 169 19-Feb-10 862 3080 February 20, 2010: "Portuguese Interior Minister Rui Pereira says at least 25 people have died in floods and mudslides on the island of Madeira.The French news agency reports that heavy rain and winds up to 100 kilometers per hour struck the island, about 600 kilometers west of mainland Portugal, on Saturday night.Portugal's state news agency (Lusa) says at least 60 people have been hospitalized.It was not immediately clear if any tourists were among the storm's victims"

3609 20 FL-2010-000023-ECU Peru Ecuador     Northern Peru, Esmeraldas, Guayas y El Oro provinces, Ecuador   10-Feb-10 17-Feb-10 8   80,000   Torrential Rain 1.0 305800 6.4 -78.29 -4.68   1 45 1 169 10-Feb-10 862 3080 February 12, 2010: "At least 20,000 houses were flooded and 150 others collapsed on Thursday as torrential rains lashed northern Peru, according to local media.The heavy rains affected Peru's northern city of Trujillo, where three hospitals have been flooded, and some building bases cracked by the water.In the face of floods, La Esperanza, El Porvenir and Salaverry are the most vulnerable towns in Trujillo in La Libertad province.According to the regional government, some 60,000 houses are in danger in the province since rocks began to slide down from hills.The regional administration of health has issued an alert on the breakout of dengue and other diarrheal diseases resulting from the rain.Meanwhile, tourism to the archaeological ruins of Chan Chan in Trujillo was cancelled because of the rainy season""Flood,Ecuador: Hundreds of families were affected in Esmeraldas, Guayas y El Oro provinces due to floods caused by heavy rains. Government is helping with evacuation and delivery of aid"

3608 19   Australia       New South Wales (far south coast, central west NSW)   13-Feb-10 16-Feb-10 4       Heavy Rain 2.0 311900 6.4 149.59 -32.42   1 44 1 168 13-Feb-10 861 3079 February 15, 2010: "A natural disaster has been declared on the New South Wales far south coast after yesterday's widespread flooding.Torrential rain cut roads, washed away bridges and caused land slips, particularly in the Eurobodalla Shire.The far south coast and Monaro had some of their best falls in a decade, when more than 200 millimetres fell yesterday and overnight.But the rain came at a price, causing floods in the Moruya, Bega and Brogo rivers and threatening the Cooma township.Eighteen State Emergency Service crews worked through the night on about 300 jobs in the area, mostly for leaking roofs and flooded properties.NSW Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan has now declared the Eurobodalla Shire and the Bega Valley natural disaster zones, meaning councils can access funding to repair the damage.Mr Whan says the flooding was unusual, given the area has been in drought for the last decade. February 14, 2010: "Boaters are being urged to watch for debris in rivers and waterways amid heavy rain and rough conditions which have already cost one life in NSW.Sydney woman Irene Thomas, 60, was swept away by the flooded Tueena Creek after she and her husband made an unsuccessful attempt to cross the waterway in their four-wheel drive about 9pm (AEDT) on Sunday.The couple, from Sylvania Waters, got out of their vehicle after it became stuck and were washed downstream in the creek which is between Crookwell and Bathurst.The husband managed to pull himself from the water after about an hour. He searched for his wife for about three hours before walking several kilometres to Tueena for help." February 14, 2010: "Three people have been rescued from flooding in central west NSW, including one person who went canoeing in flood waters.The State Emergency Services (SES) say strong winds and heavy rain caused flooding in parts of the central west on Sunday, with more rain expected in the region overnight.In Bungendore, a canoeist was rescued on Sunday afternoon after deciding to go canoeing in flood waters, SES spokesman Phil Campbell said"