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Oct 15, 2014

Heavy rains caused the recent flooding of the Choluteca River have generated Comayagüela leaks and the evacuation of at least 20 families living on the banks of the river, as well as damage to dozens of homes in the Honduran capital.

– Copeco states in the department of Choluteca Yellow Alert.

The holder of the Permanent Contingency Commission (Copeco), Moses Alvarado said the Choluteca river early Monday overflowed and flooded the Motagua far field, the first and second Comayagüela avenues in the capital of Honduras .

At dawn the Codem (Municipal Emergency Committee), preventively evacuated more than 20 families.

Also, in Bethany colony Comayagüela, at least four homes were flooded by the river flow.

While in the colony Miramesí damage reported.

In the Joint Institute Hibueras Comayagüela, one of the most public coverage were suspended by the overflowing of the Choluteca River.

The authorities called parents to avoid sending children to schools in areas through which the river, to prevent loss of life.

The rains that have fallen and continue to fall in the top of the mountain Yerba Buena cause flooding of the Choluteca River, in that sense, Copeco changes from green to yellow alert warning in the department of Choluteca and that impact is expected.

The commissioner said Alvarado is expected that the current of the Choluteca River got in about 8 hours and Apasilagua Marcovia in the south.




19 Oct 2014

Twenty-two people are dead and 32,000 are homeless after torrential rain caused flooding near Nicaragua’s capital Managua.

Days of torrential rains in Nicaragua has left 22 people dead and 32,000 homeless.

Nine of the victims died when a retaining wall collapsed and flattened four shacks near the capital Managua, government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said on Saturday.

The report said 4,544 homes were damaged or destroyed by floods or were evacuated due to flood risk.

The rains impacted 17 departments in the country and 5,630 people are in temporary shelters and receiving food aid, Murillo said.


A total of 15 villages are flooded on the banks of the River Coco Abajo, while 22 communities have had their crops wiped out entirely. 

The communities under water have already exhausted their food reserves and are now beginning to suffer from hunger and diseases from lack of clean water and overflowing latrines.

In need are filters to purify water, food, blankets, medicines, milk for children, food and bean seed.

INET scientific adviser, José Antonio Milan, recalled that “always in the months of October we have the greatest rainfall intensity.”


Published on Oct 15, 2014


Oct 9, 2014

Heavy rain pounding Maguindanao since Wednesday, October 8, left at least 10 villages under water, affecting nearly 10,000 people.

Rescue teams were deployed as early as 5 am on Thursday, October 9, after the Ambal River overflowed, flooding low-lying areas, according to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) disaster coordinator Mauricio Cidiles.

As of 2 pm, army trucks were still ferrying residents from interior villages to the national highway.

There were reports of massive flooding in Mamasapano, Datu Piang, Salipada K Pendatun, Rajah Buaya, and the two Kabuntalan towns.. office is still counting the number of affected people in other towns.

Hundreds of vehicles were also stranded along the Davao-Cotabato highway, forcing thousands of passengers, including the wife of ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman to wait for rescue trucks.

Several journalists traveling to Cotabato City for the launching of the European Union Peace Journalism Award were among the stranded passengers. Newsdesk.asia’s Jeffrey Tupas said they waited for 3 hours before the military trucks were able to rescue them.

“We were stranded in Salimbao at 9 am. We arrived in Cotabato at 12 noon,” Tupas said.

Most of Maguindanao towns around the Liguasan Marsh are submerged in floodwater after a heavy downpour – a recurring and perennial problem in the province.

A 5-hour continuous rain will already result in flooding in most low-lying barangays,” Cidiles said.

But the disaster officer said no casualties have been reported so far. He also added that Sultan Kudarat Mayor Shamim Mastura led town officials in the rescue operations and in distributing relief goods to residents affected by the flood


Published on Oct 1, 2014



October 6, 2014

Hundreds of homes were flooded on Saturday 04 October 2014 in the Indonesian city of Medan.

Medan is the capital of the North Sumatra province, and with a population of just over 2 million, is the fourth largest city in Indonesia.

The flooding was a result of heavy rainfall that began on Friday 03 October and soon forced the rivers of Babura and Deli to overflow, inundating nearby houses in and around Medan. Some areas were said to be under 1.5 metres of flood water by Saturday. Aur village in Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimun, was reported as the worst hit.

Indonesia is gearing up for it’s annual wet season, which normally runs from November to March. Other areas of North Sumatra have also been affected by heavy rain, including Deli Serdang regency and the city of Binjai.


Substantial flooding is affecting several districts in Medan, North Sumatra, engulfing hundreds of houses and paralyzing traffic along a number of roads.

The floods were caused by the banks of the Babura and Deli rivers bursting, as heavy rain had fallen for hours on the city from Friday evening to early Saturday morning.

The worst flood hit Aur subdistrict, Medan Maimun district, where the water was almost shoulder height.

Meanwhile, in other districts such as Padang Bulang subdistrict and Medan Baru district, water reached one meter high.

“The water hasn’t receded for 10 hours. Our houses are still submerged,” Usmarlin, one of residents, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday afternoon.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Medan chapter head Hendra Suwarta forecast that heavy rain would continue to fall from October to November.

Therefore, he said residents had to increase their awareness because heavy rain




September 28, 2014

At least 88 people have been killed and over 10 lakh displaced in flood-hit Assam and Meghalaya.

… The NDRF chief said in Assam the worst affected areas are the districts of Goalpara, Kamrup (rural) and Boko alongwith some adjoining areas, whereas in Meghalaya, the areas of Tura and seven districts in Garo Hills area are the worst-hit.

“There has been massive destruction in these areas due to flood waters,” he said.

The NDRF which is operating 16 teams in the two states has rescued close to 6,000 people and distributed 80 quintals of food and other essential items to the people who are marooned.



September 26, 2014

At least 80 people have been killed in Assam and Meghalaya after the recent flash floods and landslides.

Most rural roads in Meghalaya are badly damaged, and even those that have been re-opened, are slush-ridden, making it impossible for trucks with essential supplies to travel.

Rescue and relief teams too are facing huge problems in reaching the rural areas of Garo Hills, a region badly hit by landslides. The flash floods, triggered off by a massive cloud-burst in South West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on Sunday night, caused landslides throughout the region.

The Meghalaya government has said it is working on an emergency plan to get oil tankers and trucks carrying essential supplies into the affected areas at the earliest.

NDTV met a group of truck drivers who have been camping in Rari, on National Highway 51 that leads to Tura, for the past five days. Heavy vehicles are as of now not allowed to travel any further on the highway.

Manoj Mandal, one of the truck drivers, told us, “We appeal to the administration to help us. It is difficult to even find one kg of rice in the shops here.”

In Assam too, almost 100 roads and bridges have been damaged in the last week, and boats are the only way to reach the far flung areas.


September 24, 2014

The water-level of flash floods in Goalpara district in Assam, triggered off by a massive cloud-burst in South West Garo Hills district in Meghalaya on Sunday night, has started receding, but not before leaving behind a trail of destruction.

While at least 40 persons have lost their lives in the Garo Hills in Meghalaya, as many as 26 bodies have been fished out from the water in Goalpara and Kamrup districts in Assam in the past two days. Confirming this, Assam forest minister Rakibul Hussain said the final death figure could be much more because many people are reportedly missing and suspected to have been washed away. “Many villages are still totally submerged, with water flowing above the roofs. Rescue teams have yet to cover all the affected villages,” Hussain said.

Though columns of the Army and BSF are pressed into rescue operations alongside the NDRF and SDRF teams, they have not been able to reach out because most villages are still submerged, the minister pointed out. The number of cattle and other domestic animals washed away are yet to be ascertained.

In Goalpara, of the 14 bodies recovered so far, two are infants, they being Apsara Hujuri (one year two months) and Prakash Rabha (two years six months). The dead also include five women, Hussain said. In Kamrup district on the other hand 12 bodies have been recovered so far. With five deaths in Guwahati city and one in Dhubri, the total death toll in the last three days’ floods in Assam has gone up to 31.

The flood waters came down like a huge wall several metres high and even washed away trucks and cars off the NH 37 for several hundred metres.

In Krishnai, Dudhnoi and Bolbola, all highway townships, trucks, cars and other vehicles are lying strewn by the roadside after the floodwaters were gone.

Minister Hussain, who visited Goalpara and Kamrup today said at least six lakh population have been affected by floods in the two districts in since Sunday night. While four lakh have been affected in Kamrup, 2.11 lakh have been affected in Goalpara. About 1.4 lakh people have been put up in relief camps while thousands have taken shelter under the open sky on the highway and other roads.

Several bridges that have been continued… 



We have never seen such devastation before. Many survivors have lost their belongings and many families have been displaced. We have not been able to make a full assessment. Relief materials have been sent to some villages. National Highway 51 connecting Tura town that connects National Highway 37 at Paikan in Assam’s Goalpara district has been damaged at several locations,” he said. …


Sep 21, 2014

Seven people, including a baby, lost their lives and three are still missing as heavy flash floods hit rural areas of Mandalay and Sagaing divisions on Friday morning.

Speaking to DVB on Friday, Katha-based writer Hercules said that three people were killed when a flash flood swept them away in the middle of the night in Inn Daw Township in Katha, Sagaing Division.

“Torrential rains started at 2:55am on Friday and continued for about three hours. Rainfall measured 4.92 inches,” he said. “A strong flash flood developed from a mountain stream and it destroyed five houses.

Two women were carried away in the current, a 58-year-old mother and her 20-year-old daughter. Their bodies were discovered among some bushes at around 10 the next morning.

“In the afternoon, the body of 47-year-old Ko Yan Aye was found. But nobody else has been reported missing. Some cows were killed, and lots of paddy fields were inundated. All the concrete and iron bridges in the area were destroyed.”

Hercules said that this was the worst flooding that Katha has ever endured. The Katha news and information officer for the National League for Democracy (NLD), Shin Tant, told DVB that the whole town had been swamped by the flood.

“At around 5:30am this morning a stream inundated the town and left most houses and the local market underwater,” he said by telephone on Friday.

“Most areas were two or three feet underwater. We believe that the reason for the flash flood is the depletion of forests upstream [on the Irrawaddy River] in Kachin State.”

Flash floods and deaths were also reported in villages in Sinku Township in Mandalay Division.

Four people including a baby were declared missing after water broke through a small dam at a gold mine, said Sinku’s NLD information officer Maung Maung Win. He said that the body of the baby was later recovered.

“A joint-venture gold mine company had blocked the stream,” he said. “Local residents had previously told them not to do it, but they didn’t listen.

When the torrential rains came down, the weight of the water broke the dyke and flooded the villages downstream. Silt and sand covered everything up to eight or nine feet deep.

“Four people were carried away in the current,” Maung Maung Win said. “The child’s body has been found but the others are still missing.”

This was the worst ever flood in Sinku, he said, adding that almost all of the 100 households in Yay Myat village were destroyed, and that he was still waiting for details of any casualties…


Published on Sep 19, 2014

Published on Sep 19, 2014

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Srinagar, Sep 15

An epidemic threat is looming large over flood hit Srinagar with thousands of carcasses of livestock lying dead in the streets of the summer capital.

In Army’s largest dairy farm at Bemina on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, bodies of hundreds of Jersy cows and buffaloes are lying unattended for the past eight days after the flood hit the city.

The farm opposite to the Army’s cantonment, Toto Ground, is spread over hundreds of kanals of land in the middle of residential area.

Doctors termed the situation as “very threatening” saying if the dead animals were not removed and buried along with decomposing agents, the situation could lead to an epidemic outbreak.

“This situation is a breeding ground for deadly diseases like cholera, hepatitis and typhoid,” said a known doctor at SMHS hospital.

A young boy who identified himself as Saifullah Gulzar of Al-Shakir colony, Bemina said there were 370 cows and buffaloes in the Army run farm. He said the farm got submerged on Sunday (September 7).

“The main gate of the farm was closed which led to the death of the animals. Only seven cows could be saved while they were being washed away by floods,” said Gulzar.

While most of the carcasses have got stuck in the mud and flood water in the farm, many of them which were washed away by the flood were lying on the roadside, on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.

With water level receding and sun shining bright, hundreds of dogs and vultures are preying on these carcasses. The whole area stinks and people moving on the road by foot or in vehicles cover their mouths to avoid the stinking smell.

“It is becoming very dangerous day-by-day to return to our homes due to this stink and there are chances of deadly diseases taking places due to these unattended carcasses,” said another local Shabir Ahmad. “Some of the families which had returned went back due to the epidemic threat in the area. We are not allowing our children to enter this entire area.”

In posh Raj Bagh area which is one of the areas worst hit by floods, carcasses of dogs were floating on the flood water. Groups of crows and other carnivore birds were feeding on these dead dogs at many places along the Jawahar Nagar-Raj Bagh road.

“If you move into the interiors of Rajbagh, you will find scores of dead dogs floating around. They have become a source of disease,” said Hashim Ahmad, member of a volunteer group from Ikhrajpora, carrying rescue and relief operations in the inundated Raj Bagh and Jawahar Nagar.

The situation is equally worse in Lasjan on the Srinagar outskirts which remained completely submerged for many days as the area is located on the Jhelum River embankment.

A foul smell is emanating from the locality as people walking along the bund cover their mouth. “First the flood ravaged us and now the government has abandoned us. The entire area has become a death trap,” said a local Mubashir Hussain.

The bodies of dead animals like dogs and cows and poultry birds were floating on inundated roads at many places in the city on Monday including Hyderpora-Tengpora road, Iqbal Park-LD road.

Another senior doctor said the government should remove the carcasses from the roads at the war-footing and bury them as soon as possible. “They can be even burnt also,” the doctor said.

None of the ministers or government officials concerned could be reached at for their comment over the situation due to poor telecommunication network in Kashmir.


All is not lost

The flood has taken lives. It has destroyed livelihood. It has demolished public and private assets. It has devastated the state economy. It has doomed the state government.

But the flood that shook every foundation in sight has laid a new foundation: That of rebuilding the Kashmiri nation. Not just literally but metaphorically.

With the devastating flood, the new next generation of Kashmiris has come of age. The youth have taken control. They are in charge. And how!

What this has done for the rest of us is to restore our confidence in our own abilities. It may not have yet secured our future; but it has certainly given us hope.

Of course, as we stand today here amidst devastation, there are only notions of home, work, and safety; there is the reality of shock, grief, stress and exhaustion.

But then there is also a new spirit of concern, compassion and camaraderie.

This spirit is being demonstrated on the streets of Srinagar as elsewhere on a daily basis by the young volunteers.

True. These qualities are not unique to us and our community; these are human traits, exhibited by people all over. …