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Aug 25, 2014

Torrential rain hit the southeastern part of the country yesterday, causing five fatal accidents including a bus being swept away by rainwater that killed at least one of its passengers in Changwon, South Gyeongsang.

The Changwon police yesterday reported that a bus was washed into a flooded river and was completely submerged when it hit a bridge.

“We have dispatched rescuers to the scene and are searching for additional passengers in the area by helicopters because the person who reported the accident said he saw two people trapped in the bus,” said a police officer.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and waited until the water level went down so they could get into the bus.

They found a drowned woman in her 20s.

Witnesses of the accident, as well as the operator of the bus, estimated there were five people in the bus when it was washed away.

Three of the passengers were rescued and two were thought to be stuck inside the bus.

No more bodies were found as of press time yesterday.

The coastal city had nearly 300 millimeters of rainfall from Sunday afternoon, which sometimes reached more than 100 millimeters per hour. Busan was also among the cities that were hit by the heavy rain, receiving more than 200 millimeters.

A 60-year-old woman who was crossing the road fell down a slope and was fatally hit by a car that lost control in the flood.

A 57-year-old mother and her 15-year-old daughter were also found in a submerged car in an underpass in Busan.

In Busan’s Gijang County, a car carrying three women was swept by rainwater into a nearby rice paddy. Two women managed to escape the car, but a 53-year-old women in the passenger’s seat was later found dead.

Rain in the area caused a landslide from a mountain onto an apartment complex, completely destroying the complex’s center for elderly residents.

Precipitation of more than 100 millimeters a day or more than 20 millimeters per hour is known to be able to cause landslide.

No casualties were reported from the landslide as there were no people inside the center.

The torrential rain also flooded lower parts of the city, hindering operation of its four-line subway system.

The subway’s operator suspended parts of three lines after some subway stations were flooded.

Yangdeok Girl’s Middle School in Busan was also submerged up to its third story, so more than 400 students and teachers had to evacuate onto the roof on the fifth floor.

The rain was heavy enough to stop the operation of a nuclear reactor as well. The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power yesterday manually stopped operation of the Gori-2 reactor in Busan for safety reason due to excessive water in the area.

The Korea Meteorological Administration anticipated the rain will continue through this morning.


Aug 23, 2014

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 36,000 made homeless in Niger due to flooding caused by heavy seasonal rainfall, the government said.

Floods are an annually recurring problem in the West African country during the rainy season when overflowing streams and rivers sweep away homes and destroy crops, leaving victims without shelter and creating food shortages later on.

“Heavy precipitation recorded in six regions caused flooding and serious damage,” the office of Niger’s prime minister said in a statement late on Friday. “Evaluations by the civil protection services uncovered 12 deaths.”

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), citing government figures, said that 36,441 people had lost their homes in the floods as of Aug. 21.

“The rains are continuing and the damage could require the deployment of more means in terms of emergency food and non-food assistance and tents,” OCHA said in a statement.

Aug 24, 2014

Rescuers have pulled out six bodies and are looking for the seventh miner, who is still trapped in a coal mine after floods in central China’s Hubei province.

The mine, owned by the Yesanguan Mining Co., Ltd in Badong county, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, was flooded on August 8, when one miner died.

As miners were cleaning up the shaft five days later, it flooded again, trapping six.

Nearly 30 rescuers have so far retrieved five bodies.

Local authorities have ordered all coal mines in the county to suspend work and carry out safety inspections.

Heavy monsoon rains have created flood havoc in four states across north India – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and West Bengal – with dozens killed and lakhs affected.

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Aug 21, 2014

Yet another live was claimed by the flood in Muzaffarpur district on Wednesday taking the death toll in the recent flood in Bihar to 25.

The flood in the 14 districts of the state has inundated 803 villages. However, the official death toll is 16.

Thankfully, no breach in any embankment was reported across the state on Wednesday, according to state water resources department (WRD) officials. Nalanda, Saharsa, Supaul, West Champaran, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Patna, Sheohar, Araria, Sheikhpura, Khagaria and Gopalganj districts are affected by the flood.

Altogether 329 panchayats of 58 blocks are affected by the floods so far, special secretary, disaster management department, Aniruddha said.

No increase was reported in the flood-affected population and land mass as over 14 lakh people have been affected and over 2 lakh hectares of agricultural land besides one lakh hectares of non-agricultural land are under the sway of the swollen rivers so far.

Nalanda district is the worst affected with over 7.1 lakh persons affected.

Crops worth over Rs 52.21 crore have been damaged by the floods in the 14 districts.

Of over 1.16 lakh persons evacuated by the authorities, about 44,000 persons have been kept at the 115 state-run relief camps in the 14 districts besides.

A senior WRD official told TOI that the Kosi, Gandak and the Ganga were showing a rising trend. Ganga is flowing above the danger level at Gandhi Ghat in Patna and Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district.

Aug 19, 2014

Rampaging rivers claimed 13 more lives in Uttar Pradesh and at least seven more in Bihar on Monday.

Over 1,000 villages are marooned in UP’s terai region as the Rapti, Ghaghra and Saryu continued to flow above the danger mark. According to reports, there have eight flood-related deaths in Shravasti, two each in Bahraich and Balrampur, and one in Lakhimpur in the past 24 hours. So far, 41 people have died in floods in the state.

The worst-hit districts are Bahraich, Shravasti, Gonda, Balrampur, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur, Faizabad and Azamgarh.

According to a Central Water Commission report, the Rapti was flowing above the red mark in Birdghat (Gorakhpur). While the Ghagra was flowing above the danger mark in Ayodhya and Turtipar, the Budhi Rapti had crossed the red mark in Kakhari (Siddharth Nagar) and the Sharda at Palliakalan (Lakhimpur).

Even as the state government continued with its rescue operations, floodwaters threatened a few more villages in Bahraich and Shravasti. A swelling Ghaghra also flooded the Bahraich-Lucknow national highway, affecting normal traffic. Floods also affected the some of the main railway lines connecting eastern UP.

On Monday, the Bahraich district administration air-dropped lunch packets and water bottles in some affected villages.

The flood situation remained grim in Bihar, too, affecting over seven lakh people in 13 districts. Six persons were killed in the worst-hit Nalanda district and one in Sitamarhi, official sources said. The flood-related death toll has gone up to 19 in the state.

Over 42,000 people have been shifted to 76 state-run relief camps and other areas declared ‘safe’ by the authorities.

The swollen Gandak breached 15 metres of its subsidiary embankment at Ramchandrapur village in Gopalganj district on Monday, affecting 5,000 people in Sidhwalia block of the district, state disaster management department joint secretary S Kumar said, adding that NDRF teams evacuated the people to safety.

Kumar said 1.5 lakh hectares of the over two lakh hectares of agricultural land affected by the flood are in Nalanda district. Saharsa, Supaul, West Champaran, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi, Patna, Nalanda, Sheohar, Araria, Sheikhpura and Gopalganj are in the grip of flood, he said. …


Published on Aug 19, 2014


Published on Aug 16, 2014

Thousands of people in Darbhanga, West Champaran and Nalanda districts in Bihar have been affected by floods after rivers flowing through these districts breached their embankments.


Published on Aug 16, 2014

The late monsoon surge has the rivers in the northern plains swollen and spreading out to nearby villages and cities in the low lying areas and creating landslides in the hilly regions.

The states most affected are:

Jammu & Kashmir



Uttar Pradesh

and – Bihar

Assam losing Rs 200 cr annually due to floods

Assam suffers an average loss of Rs 200 crore every year due to devastating floods with nearly 40 per cent of the state’s total land declared as flood-prone by the government. …

Flood Triggered By Torrential Rain Swamp Fukuchiyama
A landslide site is seen on August 17, 2014 in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan.
Fukuchiyama City recorded 303.5 millimeters torrential rain in 24 hours, heaviest rainfall ever, asked the Self-Defense Forces for dister relief mission to rescue isolated residents.
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A stationary rain front over mainland Japan brought torrential rains and triggered flooding and landslides on Aug. 16 and 17 in the northern Kinki, Tokai and Hokuriku regions, resulting in the deaths of five people.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, an inflow of warm, humid air into the stationary front resulted in localized heavy rainstorms, disrupting traffic during the return of people from the mid-summer Bon holidays in those regions.

The five deaths were reported in the prefectures of Kyoto, Hyogo and Ishikawa.

In Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture, a 79-year-old man died after a landslide demolished his house, and he became trapped with his wife under the rubble. The man’s wife survived.

In Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, a 24-year-old man was found dead in his car.

A 74-year-old woman in Hakui, Ishikawa Prefecture, was killed in a landslide that occurred on the hillside behind her house.



The hourly precipitation in Fukuchiyama totaled 62 millimeters.

Rainwater caused more than 1,000 houses and buildings in the urban area of the city to be inundated above or below the floor level.

Rainfall levels in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, was 57 millimeters, and 52.5 millimeters in Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture. The rate was 44 millimeters per hour in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Cars and bridges in Takayama were swept away by floods.

About 15 houses and buildings at the heart of the city were flooded above the floor level, with some of the houses inundated with mud from landslides.

An evacuation advisory was issued for about 9,200 households and about 24,000 residents.


Published on Aug 17, 2014

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Over 200 villages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh were marooned on Saturday with the river Rapti flowing above danger mark.

The rising level has left many other villages with seizable population in Bahraich, Gonda, Shrawasti and Lakhimpur districts quite vulnerable.

Rising water level also posed threat to the Suhelva Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its Tiger, Leopard, Bear and Boar.

Issuing flood alert for the entire area that fall along the river on its both sides, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday afternoon said, “The river Rapti in Balrampur district of UP is now flowing in high flood situation“.

The ‘high flood situation’ (HFS) is considered quite dangerous, specifically when water level in the river continues to rise. The CWC in its report said, ”

At 8 AM on Saturday, the river was flowing at a level of 104.79 meters with a rising trend.

This is 0.17 meters above its danger level of 104.62 meters and 0.46 meters below its previous HFL of 105.25 meters recorded on September 11, 2000″.

The river Rapti falls in the Ganga basin and flows near Suhelva sanctuary.


Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) of the central government, under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, took stock of the preparedness in the wake of floods in Nepal.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have also been kept ready for rescue operations in Nepal, if required.

“Three helicopters have been kept on the stand-by at Gorakhpur for this purpose”, said an official statement of the ministry of water resources.

It said, “Flood situation in UP, Bihar and recent heavy rains and cloudburst in Uttarakhand were also reviewed with the state governments”.


Uttar Pradesh floods

At least 28 people have been killed as at 8.00pm on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh after heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand and Nepal caused water levels in several rivers to cross the danger mark, according to the Uttar Pradesh state disaster management authority.

Nearly 1,500 villages in nine districts of the country’s most populous state have been affected by waters overflowing from rivers including Rapti, Ghaghara, Sharda and Sarayu, according to a report sent by the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner’s office at 3.00pm on Sunday.

National Disaster Relief Force personnel have been sent in the affected areas.

Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours.

“Water level in most of the rivers should recede by tomorrow, however the situation at Balrampur is worrying at the moment. Rescue operations are going on in these districts,” said a senior official at the state disaster management authority.

“Nearly two hundred villages have been hit by the flood which has taken at least 21 lives,” said Alok Ranjan, a top bureaucrat of Uttar Pradesh.

A lack of rain earlier in the June-September monsoon season had led to fears of drought, but this month all that has changed.

The latest heavy rains have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since Thursday.

At least 12 people were swept away by torrents in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

Another six perished when their boat capsized in the swollen Rapti river.

Three army helicopters were deployed to drop food and water to people marooned in shelters.

“The state is well equipped with both manpower and resources to meet the current crises and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the affected people receive prompt relief,” Ranjan said.

Earlier there had been concern the slow start to the monsoon would trim cane output in the world’s second-biggest sugar-producing nation. Now floods in Uttar Pradesh have raised fears of damage to the cane crop, as 0.6 million hectares of arable lands have been submerged.

Sugarcane is at high risk due to floods as waterlogging can damage the crop,” Sudhir Panwar, president of the farmers’ body Kisan Jagriti Manch said by phone from Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, sugar output could rise 4% to 25.3 million tonnes in 2014-15, because of higher cane yields in the other major producing states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.


Nine districts of Bihar have been hit by flood which has claimed two lives so far and affected around four lakh people. …. Darbhanga, Nalanda, West Champaran, Supaul, Saharasa, Nawada, Sheikhpura, Sitamarhi and Patna district have been affected by flood, a senior DMD official said, adding two persons died in flood in Saharsa district on Sunday.

Around 38,000 people have been evacuated so far and 75 relief camps have been set up in the affected districts.


The flood situation in Assam turned critical on Sunday with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries rising alarmingly in upper, central Assam districts.

The rivers were overflowing in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dibrugarh following heavy rainfall in both Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, an official report said.

The Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were also heavily flooded forcing animals to move to highlands to protect themselves.


Situation in Majuli, the world’s largest river island, was also grim with Brahmaputra flowing above danger mark.

The current wave of flood has claimed the life of a child in Lakhimpur district.

In the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its one-horned rhino, Brahmaputra waters have inundated almost 70% of the area. The animals moved to the highlands in the neighbouring Karbi Anglong district, KNP DFO S.K. Seal Sarmah said.

Water has entered 50 camps across the sanctuary and three camps have been evacuated in the Northern range,” he said.

The animals migrated to the highland across NH-37 and to check speeding vehicles from running them over, barricades have been set up and time cards introduced to control the speed of the vehicles, Seal Sarmah said.

Vast areas of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Assam’s Morigaon district also lay inundated as the bewildered animals made desperate attempts to get to safety, forest officials said. Reuters


Published on Aug 17, 2014

Flood in East Uttar Pradesh vanishes fields…


(1) Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand are three States which suffer on account of floods almost every year. Surplus water just flows to Bay of Bengal. Obviously, we need to plan, on a high priority basis, a project to use the surplus water. We need services of construction/civil engineering technologists who will be able to prepare detailed plans for diverting/storage, whatever it may be, of the flood waters. The projects will have to be executed as speedily as possible.
(2) River-interlinking of the Northern rivers with the rivers in Southern India has been suggested by some engineers. But this interlinking is too huge a project and probably it cannot be considered on account of very high capital expenditure and potential threat to ecology of these States.

Aug 16, 2014

Floods and landslides in West Java and Gorontalo provinces on Friday killed 2 people and force hundreds others to flee homes, official said here on Saturday.

Heavy downpours incurred floods in Bogor district of West Java on Friday evening and flash floods in Bone Bolango district of Gorontalo province on Friday afternoon, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster agency said.

The rain in Bogor triggered landslides North Bogor sub-district at 19 : 30 p.m. Jakarta time, hitting a house.

A mother and her child were killed, another child survived the accident,” he told Xinhua over phone.

The floods and landslides cut a road and a railway in the district as well as submerged over 100 houses, Sutopo disclosed.

Separately in Bone Bolango district, rivers bloated by the heavy rain burst its bank that incurred flash floods at around 16 : 00 p.m. local time, displacing nearly 600 people and sweeping away a house, he said.

Emergency relief aids were sent to the affected people, said Sutopo.

Seasonal downpours have often incurred

Published on Aug 16, 2014

Published on Aug 14, 2014

At least nine people have been rescued and 15 remain trapped in a flooded coal mine in northeast China.

Published on Aug 13, 2014

Aug 13, 2014

A historic storm system flooded cars, turned parking lots into lakes and smashed records on New York’s Long Island, where one town got more than a foot of rain in just six hours on Wednesday.

Flash-flood watches were in effect across New England as the dousing chugged east.

The National Weather Service described the Long Island flooding as dangerous and life-threatening.

The town of Islip, which had never recorded more than 7 inches of rain in a single day, reported almost 13 inches.

The pictures looked like something out of a hurricane.

The weather resulted in at least one casualty in New York, authorities said, when a motorist swerved and hit a tractor-trailer and guard rail on the Long Island Expressway. The vehicle burst into flames upon impact, authorities said.

Long Island was only the latest part of the country to be deluged.

The body of a 100-year-old woman was found in the flooded basement of a house outside Detroit, which got more than 6 inches of rain on Monday — the most in 89 years, according to the mayor.

There was a flash flood emergency in Baltimore, where more than 8 inches of rain fell southeast of the city and where authorities had to close a tunnel on Tuesday, according to NBC affiliate WBAL.

In the Southwest, 16 people had to be rescued from street flooding in Phoenix, according to NBC affiliate KPNX.

And over the weekend in Nebraska, heavy rain overwhelmed the storm-water system in Kearney, leading to flash floods that swept through a hospital cafeteria.

Published on Aug 13, 2014