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Following flooding in Tanzania’s central Dodoma region in March 2014, which caused several deaths and destruction, including the derailment of a train, further flooding has occurred, this time in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam.

A storm warning was issued by the Tanzania Meteorology Agency (TMA) on Friday 11 April, advising residents of the coastal and southern regions of the country, including suburbs of Dar es Salaam, to expect three days of heavy rainfall, leading to flooding in some areas. Rainfall exceeding 50mm (2”) in 24 hours was forecast, along with storm surges exceeding 2m (6ft).

TMA Acting Director-General, Dr Agnes Kijazi, said that the ongoing rains are normal for the wet season that lasts through to May, but that higher than average rainfall can be expected until Monday.

Rainfall of 131mm (5.1”) in 24 hours was recorded at the airport and 135mm (5.3”) at the port of Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Mpiji Bridge at Bunju B in Kinondoni district was washed away by floodwaters, stranding passengers and tourists headed for Bagamoyo, north of Dar es Salaam, while the road linking Chanika and Mbagala was rendered impassable.

Tanzanian Minister of Works John Magufuli and Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Said Meck Sadick visited the site of the bridge wash-away to establish the extent of the damage caused by torrential rains that started on Friday.

“We have been here since morning and we have seen the extent of damage on the road. At around 8am only three metres (10ft) of the tarmac had been washed away … but by 1pm about 30 metres (100ft) of the tarmac had already been destroyed … and the damage continues,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, in central Tanzania, hundreds of people were displaced earlier in the week by floods in villages near Bukoba, Kagera Region after heavy rainfall estimated at 65mm (2.5”) triggered floods that destroyed 50 houses.

Several rivers have overflowed their banks in Quebec, forcing evacuations in multiple locations.

A seniors’ residence has been evacuated because of flooding of the Sainte- Anne River in Saint-Raymond, northwest of Quebec City.

The same area was flooded twice in 2012, forcing 700 people from their homes.

In Quebec City, authorities say the water levels of several rivers have reached crisis level and an emergency preparedness plan has been activated.

Some 30 homes have been evacuated along the Montmorency River. In Sherbrooke, the Saint-Francois River has reached 6.7 meters, much higher than its normal level of 1.8 meters.

Officials had initially evacuated 30 people living near the river but later decided to evacuate another 100 citizens.

Evacuations have also been carried out in Trois-Rivieres and in Lennoxville and Weedon in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal.

Rain, melting snow and ice jams forced waters in parts of Eastern Canada to rise Wednesday, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes as officials told people to prepare in case they had to seek higher ground.

From Atlantic Canada to Ontario, rivers overflowed and in some cases, water levels rose to heights some said they hadn’t seen in years. Many roads were flooded and in New Brunswick, the RCMP urged people not to attempt driving through those areas.

“It’s devastating,” said Marc Thorne, mayor of the southern New Brunswick town of Sussex, where dozens of homes were flooded, including his own where has lived for 22 years.

“The Trout Creek has breached its banks at a height we haven’t seen in many decades and a lot of subdivisions in town are impacted.”

Meanwhile, the mayor of Perth-Andover called for a voluntary evacuation of his community of about 1,800 people, saying he feared that a rising St. John River could flood parts of the town.

Terry Ritchie said in a news release that residents are expected to find their own accommodations. The northern New Brunswick community experienced severe flooding in March 2012.

A message posted on the village website Wednesday evening said Hotel Dieu hospital had evacuated its patients as a precautionary measure and had temporarily closed the emergency room.

Premier David Alward was scheduled to go to Sussex on Thursday to meet with his public safety minister at Kingswood University, where some of those evacuated from their homes have taken shelter.

The neighbouring village of Sussex Corner declared a state of emergency as the floods made some roads impassable, but that was later rescinded as water levels receded.

Still, officials stressed that the flood situation was constantly changing and they told residents to remain alert.

“We can’t predict what’s going to happen,” said Danny Soucy, New Brunswick’s local government minister.

“That’s why we keep telling people to make sure that they don’t go near bodies of water, and if they live near bodies of water to watch what’s happening and if anything changes they can get out fast and be secure.”

In Quebec, outgoing premier Pauline Marois met with her successor, Philippe Couillard, on Wednesday for the first time since the provincial election and said the first topic she brought up with him was the flooding that has hit various parts of the province.

“I want to reassure all Quebecers that the outgoing government will work with the new government to make sure the transition does not complicate matters,” she said after presiding over her last cabinet meeting.

“I would also like to tell Quebecers who are experiencing this unfortunate situation that I am thinking of them with all my heart, as is my government.”

More than 600 people were forced from their homes in Sherbrooke, Que., as the Saint-Francois River swelled. Officials there said the river reached as high as 7.6 metres — just short of the 7.9-metre record set in 1982 — but more than four times its normal level of 1.8 metres as Sherbrooke Mayor Bernard Sevigny urged residents to be careful and patient.

Evacuations were ordered in multiple locations in the province. In St-Raymond, just west of Quebec City, about 300 people were forced from their homes, including four residences for seniors because of flooding of the Sainte-Anne River.

St-Raymond’s downtown as well as the community’s schools were closed until further notice. The same area was flooded twice in 2012, forcing 700 people from their homes.

Authorities in Quebec City said the water levels of several rivers reached crisis level and an emergency preparedness plan was activated.

High water levels also triggered states of emergency in Centre Hastings and Tweed in eastern Ontario, joining the nearby city of Belleville.

Richard Keeley, a spokesman for River Watch in New Brunswick, said a confluence of factors are contributing to the floods this spring in his province.

“Obviously this year, winter was longer than usual, there was a lot more snow than usual and it was colder than usual,” Keeley told a news conference.

“Basically, the whole process has been slowed.”

Officials in Manitoba warned Wednesday that the prolonged cold spring will make flooding more likely for a few homes in Winnipeg. Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton said the amount of ice in the water is pushing levels of the Red River up in south Winnipeg.

“The ice on the Red River is, in many cases, three feet-plus thick still,” Ashton said.

“I can testify, coming from northern Manitoba, that’s probably the kind of thickness you would expect to see on our winter roads into remote, northern communities.”

In the western New Brunswick town of Woodstock, an ice jam knocked out several power poles, taking with it the electrical system leading to municipal water wells, said Ken Harding, the town’s chief administrative officer. As a result, a boil-water order was issued though a diesel pump was started to restore water supply.

But Harding said he expected it would be days before it would be safe for NB Power crews to restore power to the town’s water supply equipment.

Roads were also closed in Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island as a result of washed out culverts and rising waters.

Published on Apr 8, 2014

A dangerous batch of storms, including an apparent tornado, tore through parts of Mississippi early Monday (April 7).

Seven people suffered minor injuries in Covington County, Mississippi, where homes had been damaged overnight by what appeared to be a tornado, emergency officials said.

Flood watches and warnings were in effect as storms dumped heavy rain across the Southeast. An early tally by the National Weather Service showed that some cities had received as much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rainfall.

Authorities in Mississippi were still searching for the young girl, believed to have been carried away by flash-flood waters triggered by storms that were expected to head north into the eastern United States.

Thunderstorms on Monday could also bring hail and damaging winds, weather officials said.


Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties, including Hinds, Simpson and Yazoo, because of flooding and severe weather.

The move allows the use of additional state resources to aid in storm response efforts, state officials said.

The counties included in the emergency declaration are Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson and Yazoo counties.

“Multiple counties in Mississippi have been impacted by these storms. High water remains in many areas and could continue to rise if we see additional rainfall. Residents should avoid floodwaters and take all necessary safety precautions,” Bryant said. “MEMA and other state agencies are working to assist the counties and residents that have been impacted, and this state of emergency declaration will allow the use of additional tools and resources as we respond to this weather event.”

As the Pearl River continues to rise, reservoir officials are increasing the outflow of water, which Hinds County officials said will cause flooding problems.

Sunday’s persistent, heavy rain has caused flooding problems around the state. Flood warnings remain in effect for the Pearl River at Jackson until further notice.

Slideshow: Flooding, storm damage

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Pearl River was at 32.7 feet, with minor flooding. Flood stage is 28 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Ross Barnett Reservoir officials are increasing the outflow of water to 40,000 cubic feet per minute and by 6 p.m. to 45,000 cubic feet per minute.

“We now realize we have got a lot more water coming from the recent storm than we first anticipated, so we are going to increase the discharge,” said John Sigman, of the Pearl River Water Supply District. “The lake is built so it can only hold so much water.”

Hinds County Emergency Management officials said releasing the extra water will cause flooding problems in Hinds and Rankin counties.

“They’re having to put out more because they’re taking in more,” said Hinds County Emergency Management Director Ricky Moore during a news conference Tuesday.

The increased water flow will cause the river to rise very rapidly Tuesday afternoon to about 34 feet by 7 p.m. and by 1 a.m., the river will rise to near 35 feet, according to forecasters.

“This will affect no homes, but it will affect streets in the northwest (area) of Jackson,” Moore said.

The river is predicted to rise to 35.5 feet by Friday morning. At 35.4 feet, water is forecast to enter homes in the Hightower area and at 35 feet, some businesses will be affected near Town Creek, according to the weather service.

Hinds County officials released the following list of streets that will be affected by the Pear River at 35 feet.

Annie Street, Beasley Street, Cypress Trail, Deer Trail, Foxboro Drive, Galilee Street (low areas only), Greenwood at Hardy Creek, the intersection of Harrow Drive and Riverwood, the east end of Hudson Street, low areas of Julienne Street, Martin Street, McNutt Street, Moncure Road in Hinds County, Nichols Street, Offutt Street, Old Brandon Road, President Street from Silas Brown South, River Cove, River Glenn, River Road North, Rollingwood at Yucca Drive, Rosemary Road in Hinds County, Sidney Street, South West (between Rankin and Highway 80, the 900 block of South West Street, South Congress Street from Silas Brown Street, the intersection of South President Street at Beasley Street, Sproles Street, Village Park Mobile Homes off Itnerstate 55 E. Frontage Road, Westbrook Road from Harrow Drive East and the south end of Yucca Drive.

“One thing we want to be sure, in light of the tragedy we’ve had in Yazoo City, let’s keep our kids out of this backwater,” Moore said. “You’ve got snakes, fire ants, rodents, broken glass — we need to make sure we know where our kids are and keep them out of this water. This is not a time for play in this backwater.”

The body of Patrauma Hudson, 9, was found Monday night, a day after floodwater swept her away in Yazoo City. She was last seen playing outside her home.

Published on Apr 8, 2014

… inhabitants in the western province of Neuquen are experiencing their worst flooding in four decades, with severe disruption in several towns.

At least 2,000 people in a number of Argentinian regions have had to flee their homes amid bad weather that has halted public transport and closed schools.

No deaths have been reported so far.

In April 2013, dozens of people were killed and hundreds left homeless in flash floods …

New Zealand has given an initial contribution of $300,000 to help the Solomon Islands cope with the severe flooding in its capital, Honiara, and other areas.

The flash floods have killed at least three people and left thousands homeless. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said it was likely the death toll from the floods would rise, and there had also been damage to infrastructure and homes.

$250,000 would go to agencies working in the Solomon Islands to provide emergency relief supplies and shelter to those affected by the flooding. A further $50,000 in emergency funding has been released to New Zealand’s High Commission to help address areas of immediate need identified by the Solomon Islands’ Government.

Mr McCully said New Zealand was in contact with the Solomon Islands about what was required and was ready to send further help.

Entire communities were swept away as the city’s main river, the Matanikau, burst its banks today, bringing down bridges and inundating the downtown area in a disaster observers said was one of the worst ever faced by the Pacific nation.

“The situation is quite dire,” Save the Children’s Solomons development program director Rudaba Khondker said on Friday.

This level of rain has never been experienced before in Guadalcanal (the island where Honiara is located).” Khondker said 16 evacuation centres had been set up in local schools to provide shelter for more than 10,000 homeless people, a huge proportion of the population in a city of only 70,000.

“It’s a logistical challenge,” she said, adding that roads had been cut and communications were patchy. “The east side (of the city) is tough to reach and in the west side we’re still carrying out assessments.” She said dengue fever, already common on the Solomons, was a major concern in the evacuation camps.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) regional director Sune Gudnitz said the flooding followed days of heavy rain which was still falling.

“The water has not subsided and flood waters are continuing to build,” he told AFP. “The depression is threatening to turn into a category one cyclone in the coming hours and days.”

Fiji-based Gudnitz said OCHA was ready to provide assistance but at the moment the Solomons’ government was “firmly in the driver’s seat” in the emergency response. He said police were reporting three dead and an unknown number missing.

Khondker said at least 30 people were unaccounted for and there were grave fears for their safety.

Australia updated its travel advice for the Solomons warning of road closures and delays at Honiara’s Henderson International Airport. The advisory also said there had been reports of looting in the city’s Chinatown area.

Published on Apr 4, 2014

Second Day of flooding in Honiara.

Published on Apr 4, 2014

Heavy rains trigger deadly flash floods in the Solomon Islands. At least 16 people are dead and thousands left homeless. (April 4)

[Floods in Tanzania archive photo]

One person was killed and fiver others went missing on Friday after floods triggered by ongoing heavy rains in many parts of Tanzania derailed a cargo train in the country’s central town of Mpwapwa.

Mpwapwa district commissioner Christopher Kangoye said the floods swept away the locomotive engine of the cargo train that was pulling 11 petrol and diesel tankers and nine wagons with different types of cargo.

“The accident occurred at dawn today, and five people are still missing. We suspect that they have been swept away by the floods,” said Kangoye, adding that the train was heading for the lake zone region of Mwanza from the capital Dar es Salaam.

He said the search for the five missing people was continuing.

Kangoye said that two firearms belonging to police officers who were guarding the fateful train had also been swept away by the floods.

“It sounds very strange how the police officers mishandled their arms to the extent of losing them to the floods,” said the district commissioner.

Since last week, more than 10 people have been killed and housed destroyed by floods in different parts of the East African country.

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency has warned that heavy rains, strong winds and thunderstorms will be experienced in the country until April, urging people to vacate from flood-prone areas.

NEWS – NATIONAL | 2014-03-31

NAMIBIA Hydrological Services (NHS) has warned of flash floods expected to hit the north western and eastern parts of the country this week.

In a daily flood/ hydrological drought bulletin issued by NHS, Pauline Mufeti, the chief hydrologist at NHS, said perennial rivers continue to rise significantly.

“Flows are observed in the western Cuvelai iishana in northern Namibia primarily as a result of localised rainfall,” said Mufeti.

According to Leonard Hango, a hydrologist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, many of the northern parts are currently flooded by water from water bodies at Ondjiva, in Angola.

Many of the northern parts that have received a slight rainfall are now flooded with water coming from Angola through the northern border of Namibia and if Angola continues to receive higher rainfall, there is a possibility of Namibia to also receiving floods. We are, however, in close contact with the Angolan water services, regarding the rainfall and flood monitoring,” said Hango.

Hango continued to say that the Cuvelai water basin is currently standing still, while the Kavango and Zambezi water basins continue to rise everyday.

He further urged all the farmers and inhabitants in the flood-prone areas to be on alert should the water level continue to rise.

The rivers with the highest flow readings include Zambezi, Bukalo, Chobe, Kwando, Kavango, Cuvelai, Kuiseb, Omaruru, Orange and Kunene river.

Published on Mar 6, 2014


March 25, 2014

Oscar Cabrera, the Deputy Minister of the Bolivian Civil Defense, today gave some official figures regarding the ongoing flood disaster that Bolivia has endured since late December.

According to his official figures the flooding has destroyed as many as 1,600 houses. Snr. Cabrera also confirmed what many had already suspected regarding the huge toll the floods have taken on the country’s agricultural sector. He said that 63,000 hectares of crops have been totally destroyed. Worse still, the flooding has wreaked havoc on the nation’s cattle farmers, with as many as 110,000 livestock killed as a result of the floods. Some local rancher’s associations, such as Fegabeni in Beni, would put this figure much higher.

All departments but two – Oruro and Tarija – have declared a state of emergency as a result of the flooding. Snr Cabrera also said that the government has a reconstruction plan that will include all departments. The government’s aid and relief efforts have been criticised for being too little and too slow to arrive, particularly for the long-suffering department of Beni.

Published on Mar 23, 2014

Published on Mar 23, 2014

Brazilian news agency Agencia Brasil reported yesterday that 20,000 people in the state of Rondônia are currently affected by flooding there.

The floods first struck at the beginning of March 2014.

The worst affected areas are Porto Velho, Guajará-Mirim and Nova Mamoré in Rondônia. Parts of the state of Acre have also been affected.

Heavy rainfall over the last few days has worsened the situation. Of particular concern are the levels of the Madeira River. On Tuesday 4 March river levels stood at 18.75 metres. Yesterday (Monday 24 march 2014) levels stood at a record high of 19.52 metres. River levels are only expected to fall in around 5 days’ time according to Brazil’s Civil Defence (Defesa Civil).

Communities all along the river have been hit, especially areas around Porto Velho, that state capital, where 3,262 families have been displaced by the flooding.

The region has also been struggling with transport disruption after the BR-364 federal highway that connects Rondônia with the Atlantic coast was blocked by flood water and debris. Levels of flood water on some parts of the highway are said to stand at 1.4 metres.

Brazil’s National Department of Transport Infrastructure (Departamento Nacional de Infraestrutura de Transportes) will attempt to set up alternative supply routes, possibly including river ferries over the coming days, in efforts to bring essential supplies such as food, medicine and fuel to the affected communities.

State media said about 20,000 people are affected by floods as the Madeira River in the northern region of Brazil overflowed. According to the report of Agencia Brasil, the water level rose to 19.52 meters because of the heavy downpours which triggered monsoon floods that affected neighborhoods along the river, including a number of communities in Porto Velho, the state capital of Rondonia. A total of 3,262 families were displaced in Porto Velho alone after rivers, including the Mamore, burst their banks. Meanwhile, the BR-364 highway has also been inundated, resulting in supply problems as vehicles are unable to gain access to the flood-stricken areas. The federal highway is an overland passage between Rondonia and Brazil’s Atlantic coast. The regional Civil Defense services said the water level of the Madeira is expected to fall by the end of the month.

Published on Mar 18, 2014

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Srinagar, Mar 18: World famous tourist resorts of Gulmarg in north Kashmir and Pahalgam in South Kashmir Tuesday received fresh snowfall while plains of Kashmir were lashed by overnight rains.

Landslides triggered by rains damaged three houses in north Kashmir’s district Kupwara. Meteorological department here predicted light to moderate rainfall across the state with snowfall at isolated places. According to the forecast hailstorm and thunder squalls might occur at a few places during the next 24 hours.

“Srinagar received 1.4 mm rain while at Pahalgam 5.6 mm rainfall and snowfall was recorded. Kokernag got 0.6 mm rainfall and Kupwara 4.2 mm,” said a MeT official. He said that maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in Srinagar were 11 degrees Celsius and 5.3 degree Celsius respectively.

“Moderate to heavy rains or snowfall will occur at some places in the state over the next 24 hours,” he said.

Three residential housed were damaged and at least 20 cattle buried alive when landslides and shooting stones hit the three hamlets of this frontier district.

Residential house of Shamas-ud-Din Doi and cattle-shed were damaged at Goolipora, Rajwar in Handwara area when a landslide the area last night triggering panic in the remote hamlet.

Eyewitnesses said that though the family members were immediately evacuated by neighbors in the dead of night at least 20 cattle were buried alive in the landslide.

In another incident of landslide a residential house at Zund-Butti, Handwara was completely damaged.

In Payerpora, Haihama rolling stones hit a residential house on the intervening night of 17 and 18 March. Damaged house belonged to Riyaz Ahmad Ganai.

Locals told Greater Kashmir that stones pierced through the rooms but luckily all the inmates escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile flood threat kept awake the residents of Mattpora, Kawari, Braripora, Kulangam and Chalgund last night as Nallhah Pohur and Haihama Nallah were flowing above the danger mark.

But later in the day due the improvement in the weather the water level also started receding.
Three houses were damaged due to landslides in Keran area of district Kupwara. The damaged houses belong to Abdul Gani Bhat son of Gulla Bhat, Sajad Ahmad Mir son of Haji Fojdar Mir and Ismail Sangoo son of Ghulam Sangoo. However, no loss of life was reported in the mishap.

The family members and household items of Muhammad Ayoub Khatana and Muhammad Iqbal Bokda in Kangan area were shifted to the quarters of Power Development Corporation colony at Gund by the district administration after their houses developed major cracks as the land caved in.

People living in various areas of district Shopian and Anantnag Tuesday complained that they are not getting regular power supply. “We are being provided power supply for just 3 to 5 hours a day,” locals from village Booch in south Kashmiri’s Anantnag district told Greater Kashmir over phone, demanding immediate restoration of power supply.

Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed till 10:30 am on Tuesday due to landslides at Panthal. However, the road was cleared and traffic plied smoothly in the afternoon.

“Rains and fresh snowfall Tuesday triggered landslides on Srinagar-Jammu highway forcing closure of the vital road for traffic for some time. After clearance of road, around 6000 vehicles crossed the tunnel,” IG Traffic, Muneer Ahmad Khan told Greater Kashmir over phone.

He said in case of fair weather, traffic would ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Wednesday.

Near City center, Samundar Bagh still inundated

Srinagar, Mar 19: The weather has improved in Kashmir. But Samundar Bagh colony near the heart of the City is in waters enough to inundate the ground floor of residential houses.

Around a fortnight on since heavy snowfall there’s no end to woes of Samundar Bagh residents, the densely populated colony at a stone’s throw from City centre of Lal Chowk. The colony continues to be inundated in rain waters while the government as per the locals has failed to undertake adequate dewatering measures.

Ground floor of many houses lie inundated.  Over the years the Samundar Bagh residents many a time took to streets against the waterlogging in the area even as they accused the administration of failing to come to their rescue.

“We are sinking in rain waters and nobody looks bothered to get us out of the crisis. All what the Babus and Mantris did over the years was get some dewatering done which didn’t last for more than a few hours,” the residents said.

“Our houses are not only in waters but have developed cracks because of sheer negligence of successive regimes,” said a local adding “mainstream parties relish to put Srinagar people to inconveniences.”

Waterlogging in wet weather is nothing new. The locals said it persists for the past two decades adding that the government has virtually done nothing to get rid of the problem in a planned manner.

Last year the then Secretary of the Falah-Ul-Behbood Committee, Samundar Bagh Mohalla, Fayaz Ahmad Shah had said: “The problem with the area is that the drains are chocked since long because of which rains lead to waterlogging.”

Over a year on, nothing has improved. The residents said despite assurances, successive regimes have failed to get rid of the drainage failure neither any new project was conceived as alternative.

“Cosmetic measures cannot help us all the times. What is required is maintenance of the drain or new construction like the one carried out by ERA in south City,” the residents said.

They said waterlogging has made their lives miserable. “We have to tread the waterlogged streets where the sewage is overflowing,” complained a local adding people find it difficult to venture out of their homes.

“The rainy season has just started. Our plight can be worst in the coming weeks,” the residents said .

When contacted an official spokesman said the matter would be looked into on priority.