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July 23, 2014

Thousands of people were evacuated on Tuesday as many villages were marooned with floodwater breaching river embankments in Odisha.

The State government made arrangements to evacuate the affected people to safer places and provide food in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Keonjhar and Kalahandi districts.

However, there was some relief with a drop in the intensity of rain that has been lashing the State for the past four days. While two breaches of about 30 metres occurred near Sathibankuda in the Baitarani left embankment in Bhadrak district, one breach was spotted at Patapur in the river Baitarani under Dasarathpur Block of Jajpur districts.

Hectares of agricultural land in Bhadrak and Jajpur districts were submerged. The water level in Baitarani began to recede on Tuesday.

According to Special Relief Commissioner’s Office, 56,900 persons in four blocks – Chandabali, Dhamanagar, Tihidi and Bhandaripokhari – were affected, while 8,970 hectares of agriculture land was submerged in Bhadrak district.

In four villages of Jajpur district, 2,460 hectares of crop was submerged.

The SRC office said five villages in Junagarh and Kalampur blocks in Kalahandi district were affected after the Hati overtopped on NH-26.

Traffic on this road was disrupted for more than 24 hours. As many as 75 inmates of Kanyashra (girls’ hostel) at Bankapalas village in Kalahandi were evacuated and shifted to safer places.

Block Development Officers of Junagarh and Kalampur have been instructed to keep a watch over the situation on 24-hour basis.

In the last 24 hours, Jharsuguda received over 100 mm rainfall. SRC P. K. Mohapatra said Chhattisgarh, which is the upper catchment of Mahanadi, the major river of Odisha, was expected to receive heavy rainfall. But, the Hirakud reservoir could hold additional water coming from upper catchment, he said.

July 22, 2014

Floodwaters caused by the tropical depression that began as Typhoon Rammasun has started to recede in the northern highlands, leaving 27 confirmed deaths and streets strewn with garbage in its wake.

On Tuesday morning, the Northern Highlands Flood and Typhoon Steering Committee said at least 27 were killed and two others left missing in the northeastern provinces following flash floods, landslides, lighting and collapsed buildings.

Ha Giang reported the highest casualties with seven deaths. Bodies were unearthed from the site of two separate landslides on Monday afternoon, following a search that took up most of the morning.

The victims were a family of four, including a 10-day-old baby, a house guest, and two road workers stationed in Hoang Su Phi District.

Lai Chau reported six more victims, Lang Son five, Lao Cai and Son La three each, Cao Bang, Dien Bien and Bac Kan one each. Two others who were swept away in Lang Son and Tuyen Quang Provinces remained missing as of press time.

Rammasun, which was the second typhoon to hit Vietnam from the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) this year, made landfall in Quang Ninh Province on Saturday morning. No casualties were reported upon its arrival but reports of deaths began tricking in as the storm moved northeast and reduced to a tropical depression.

Damaged roads caused severe traffic jams throughout the region, where hundreds of hectares of agricultural fields and thousands of houses were ruined by floods.

On Monday, the flood waters had receded from the city of Lang Son, leaving streets strewn with garbage, fallen trees and broken furniture. Residents had already begun informal clean-up efforts, as they picked through their mud-stained houses, market stalls and ragged fields.

“Everything is gone,” Hoang Thi Tot, a sobbing 49-year-old chili farmer, told Tuoi Tre after finding her field barren.

Authorities in Lang Son said the flood was the most devastating to hit the province in six years.

Tot said she lost around VND40 million (nearly US$1,900)–much more than she did in the 2008 flood.

“Farmers here depend on chili, water melon and paddy cultivation. But the massive flood rose too fast; we could only run for our lives,” she said.

Her neighbor, Hoang Thi Thuy, kept staring at her devastated chili field with tear-filled eyes, unable to comment. Her husband, Hoang Van Dau, said they did not imagine that the flood would last for several days.

Several families expressed their regret for not having harvested their crops last week while others worried about how to pay back the seed money they borrowed.

Damages are likely to cost more than VND130 billion ($6.18 million) according to initial estimates complied from all affected provinces.

Some families put up tents along the road as their homes remained devastated with mud and debris.

Tens of thousands of people from Bac Giang, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Dien Bien and Son La Provinces are still without electricity; authorities have warned residents to brace for more landslides.

Rammasun left some 100 people dead in China and the Philippines on its way to Vietnam.

Published on Jul 17, 2014

July 17, 2014

More than 45,000 people have been affected in the Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces as torrential rain continues unabated, giving rise to floods that are causing widespread damage.

There have been no reports of lives being lost but a National Disaster office report revealed that 34,000 people in Southern Highlands and 11,359 in the Gulf province have been directly affected by the floods caused by the rains in the past month.

The report said Southern Highlands Governor William Powi had committed K500,000 (US$204,999) for relief recovery in the affected areas in the Southern Highlands For Gulf Province the National Disaster Centre has released K200, 000 (US$81,999) with 60 tonnes of relief supplies which are already being delivered to the affected areas. Last week Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced that the Government will make available K5 million (US$3.6 million) plus relief supplies for the two provinces.

Two separate reports for the two provinces by National Disaster office stated that food gardens and infrastructures, including bridges, have been destroyed by the floods.

The reports said rainfall has also triggered landslides in various parts of the Southern Highlands along the Highlands Highway.

Specific areas affected included 34,000 people in Imbonggu, Ialibu, Pangia and Nipa Kutubu areas.

For Gulf Province, the continuous heavy rain since the second week of June has caused extensive flooding along and within the surrounding areas of Purari River in the Baimuru LLG of Kikori district. The river rose up to 10 metres, bursting its banks and affecting villages along the banks.

The worst affected villages are Wabo, Uru and Uraru situated at the upper stream, and Mapaio along the lower stream of the river.

Villages along and within the surrounding areas of Purari River, Baimuru LLG, Kikori district, Uraru, Ura, Wabo, Subu, Poroi, Ebala, Mapai, Mapaio, Kapuna, Pakema and Ipigo.

Several houses in Wabo, Uru and Uraru villages were completely washed away, forcing families to move to higher grounds to live in make shift camps while some are residing with their other family members.

Food gardens and cash crops were inundated and clean water sources contaminated by rising water levels, thus affecting their livelihood.


Continuous rainstorms have battered several provinces in China this week, killing at least 18 people and affecting several million.

In southwest China’s Guizhou Province alone, 7 people were killed in floods, when their homes collapsed or by lightning strikes, the provincial civil affairs bureau said in a press release Wednesday.

Three others were reported missing and more than 91,000 were relocated.

Heavy rain, which began on Sunday night and lasted through Wednesday, destroyed 5,800 homes and damaged another 16,300 in Guizhou.

In Tongren City, the Jinjiang River overflowed into many downtown streets, flooding homes and stores. Firefighters were mobilized to pump the floodwater from downtown areas.

Power supplies were cut off in nearly 300,000 homes in Tongren, Zunyi and Bijie. As of Wednesday night, about 100,000 homes were still without power.

Across the province, 43 of 113 reservoirs and hydropower stations are on flood alert, as water levels are dangerously high.


Hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate with over 1 million people in total affected in China as heavy rainstorms batter Hunan and Guizhou provinces, with reports of several deaths and mass destruction.

Some 720,000 people from 240 townships in Hunan are now affected, the provincial flood control headquarters said on Tuesday, Xinhua reports. At least 460 homes have been destroyed and 149,400 residents have been relocated.

The ancient town of Fenghang was flooded with more than 120,000 locals and tourists evacuated since Monday night. Multiple temporary settlements have been set up to cater for the displaced people. Power supply in the region has also been cut off, prompting the local hydrographical bureau to issue a red alert, at 10:10 am local time.

By noon Tuesday, Tuojiang River water levels rose 1.1 meters above the usual 2.5 meters. In addition three big reservoirs nearby also reported warnings with cracks, landslides have blocked several highways and caused delays on train routes. Over 100 soldiers have been dispatched for repair work.

The neighboring Guizhou Province has also been hit with torrential rain, with 14 counties and districts flooded.

Nearly half a million people in Guizhou are now affected. Over 21,000 of them being evacuated.

At least five people died in a landslide in Zhijin County.

At least 20 people have died in the past week as torrential rain batters swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media said.

There had been six deaths from lightning strikes in the central province of Jiangxi since last Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

There were other fatalities from lightning in Guizhou in the southwest, it said, where a total of seven people died.

A landslide in the province early Thursday buried eight people, Xinhua said, with two rescued by mid-morning but six still missing.

Officials in Guizhou are bracing for more devastation, the China Daily said, reporting a warning that “local authorities should make full-scale preparations for geological disasters that could be triggered by rains”.

The most severe downpours, which began on Sunday night, destroyed 5,800 homes and damaged another 16,300 in Guizhou, Xinhua said, in a report late Wednesday.

Three people were reported missing and more than 91,000 relocated in the province, the report added.

Five people were killed and 14 missing in landslides in Anhua county in Hunan, also in central China. Across the province the torrential rain has destroyed 1,330 homes and forced 283,000 people to be relocated.

Flights out of the rain-hit area have been delayed while incoming aircraft have been diverted elsewhere, Xinhua said, with at least 4,000 people stranded at Longdongbao airport in Guizhou’s provincial capital Guiyang.

Published on Jul 12, 2014

Early morning thunderstorms pushed across north-central Illinois bringing as much as 4-inches of rain in several hours to the city causing flash flooding all across town.

10 July 2014

Rush of hill water and heavy rains have generated flash floods in vast regions of Bangladesh’s Sunamganj region.

The Surma River was flowing 57cm above the danger mark near the district, said the Flood Control Cell of Sunamganj Water Development Board (WDB).

Floodwater swallowed low-lying areas in Sunamganj, Sadar and Tahirpur sub-districts or upazilas, leaving 500 families stranded, reports the Daily Star.

Biswambharpur, Doarabazaar and Jamalganj upazilias were also hit by the floodwaters five days back.

If the rain continues, the water level would cross the danger level at different points within 72 hours, said Saud Ahmed, executive engineer of WDB.

Debojit Singha, additional deputy commissioner (revenue) of Sunamganj said that they had informed the higher authorities in advance about the issue.


July 6, 2014

Heavy rainfall in China has formed a seven-metre-deep lake in its central Hunan province.

The body of water is more than 150 square kilometres, or 58 square miles, according to the BBC, which broadcast a video showing rescue workers in a boat speeding past partially submerged homes.

The torrential rain that has been falling across central and southern China for several weeks has caused substantial damage to infrastructure, with flood water submerging buildings, cars and roads.

Several provinces and regions in China including Guangdong, Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang and Guangxi have seen “relatively serious” flooding.

On Friday, Xinhua reported that over 8,000 people in Hunan Province have been affected by the downpours, and more than 7,500 have been relocated. An estimated 350,000 people in neighbouring Guizhou province have been affected, with over 3,800 forced to relocate.

The cost of damage in this province alone is thought to have passed 120 million yuan (19.2 million US dollars).

According to the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, floods in 19 provinces and regions have killed 134 and left 12 missing so far this year.


Published on Jul 6, 2014

Published on Jun 23, 2014


4 July 2014

Landslides triggered by torrential rain in early June killed 23 people in the commercial capital Abidjan, according to the National Civil Defence Office (ONPC).

“Every year, at the same time, it is the same thing that we witness. Rains kill people and the authorities still don’t have any solution to save us,” lamented Karim Konaté, a resident of a shanty settlement near the upscale suburb of Cocody.

In 2013, floods killed two people, and at least 49 were killed between 2009 and 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Up to 80,000 Abidjan residents could be affected by flooding this year, according to OCHA.

City slums in Cocody or the Yopougon industrial district in western Abidjan have seen serious flooding. Urban planning expert Ferdinand Brou Kouamé explained that migration to the city since 2002 when the country was plunged into a political crisis has driven up the population of Abidjan and overstretched infrastructure.

“For almost 10 years the government let many people construct settlements at their own risk, and today it is difficult to evict them quickly,” Kouamé told IRIN.

“Today we have flood victims, tomorrow there will be a need to rescue those living on the sea shore who are regularly swamped by rising waters. No measures are being taken to resettle them to safer ground. Only when disaster strikes do we play firemen.”

The Ivoirian government is offering US$2,000 for each of the 23 families that have lost a loved one and agrees to relocate from the areas susceptible to flooding and landslides. An emergency response plan has also been set up and the authorities are seeking 850 hectares of land to relocate those living in risky zones.

The military has been deployed to help inform the public about flood dangers, clean up and unclog drains, clear roads and restore telephone and power lines. The operation includes identifying rescue sites in each neighbourhood as well as setting up an army operation command with a toll free number.

Four shanty towns, home to some 25,000 people, will be completely destroyed, while 50,000 other informal settlement residents are to be relocated from flood-prone areas where people are forced to live due to poverty, proximity to work and high rents elsewhere. Others have held back moving from the risky areas waiting for government assistance, according to OCHA.

“There is no other way,” said ONPC Director Kili Fiacre. “They have to be evicted. We know there is the problem of poverty and it is difficult to relocate the population, but I think we don’t have a choice.”

Kili decried the lack of cooperation by community leaders to avert flooding disasters and pointed out that some residents abandon their homes during the rainy season and return after the rains have gone.

“We live here because we have little means,” said security guard Ahmed Konaté, a resident of a Cocody slum. “Every year the government promises to find us a safer location, but it does not tell us who is going to pay the rent.”

Kouamé said that asking slum dwellers to relocate was unrealistic. “You can’t ask someone who earns $50 a month to go and live in a house that costs $100 a month.”

“Moreover these districts are home to labourers in industries in the country’s south and their families are actively involved in small and medium enterprises. The government sees their importance [for the economy], but fails to acknowledge that proper planning of their neighbourhoods is vital,” he said, adding: “The city is growing every year without concomitant urban sanitation.”

July 4, 2014

According to some reports, the heavy rainfall in New York City flooded parts of the subway system earlier today, closing the service on lines 1,2 and 3 between Times Square-42nd Street and 96th Street stations in Manhattan. The flooding at 79th Street station is reported to be the most severe.

… In anticipation of a heavy rain storm, MTA New York City Transit has already canvassed the system cleaning drains, removing trash and making repairs.

… Since then various ideas and suggestions have been put forward for keeping flood water out of the subway system. One solution, originally expected to be in use in 2014, was to place huge inflatable plugs in the tunnels. Another idea was to have water-proof “submarine” doors at subway entrances is the most effective way of keeping  vulnerable stations like South Ferry from being flooded.

Currently MTA rely on pumps rather than prevention. According to the MTA website: NYC Transit maintains a trio of pump trains capable of evacuating 300 gallons of water from the system every minute.  The Track and Infrastructure Division also has a fleet of portable pumps, some with a pumping capacity of 600 gallons per minute.

Heavy rainfall was forecast yesterday by the US National Weather Service, especially for parts parts of New York state, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Areas of New York and New Jersey are currently under flash flood warnings.

The wet weather is a result of tropical moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Arthur as part of a weather system. Areas of Albany county, Sullivan County and Schenectady County had already seen some flooding on 2 June 2014.