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Published on May 22, 2014

Dramatic footage of flash flood with debris in/near Bennett, CO: highway 36 turned into raging river in areas near Bennett from heavy hail & rain from thunderstorms passing over area.

All footage shot during daylight on afternoon of May 22, 2014 near Bennett, CO along Highway 36.

Extreme rain events in China have triggered deadly flooding and landslides in many areas inundating hundreds of thousands of homes in dozens of towns and hundreds of villages.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as floodwaters destroy crops, homes, roads and other public infrastructure.

The worst affected areas include Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, Jiangxi Province in the east, and Fujian Province in the southeast.


Photos taken on May 22, 2014 show roads destroyed by rain-triggered floods in Quanzhou County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Heavy rainstorms which hit the county on Thursday have affected about 29,150 people in 12 townships and destroyed 44 housing units, forcing the relocation of 2500 residents.

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May 19, 2014

Huge amounts of rain in the region of Sana’a, Yemen, led to flash floods that killed 3 people.

The fatalities occurred in the the Al-Haymah Ad Dakhiliyah district of Sana’a, where 2 men and a woman from the same family died as a result of flash floods, according to local officials.

Two other people are understood to have been injured as a result of the flooding.

Roads and farmland have also been damaged.

As many as 50 people were killed in flash floods in Yemen during August 2013.

27 people were tragically killed in Taiz after a wedding party was swept away by flood waters while they were driving across a valley on Saturday 17th August.


Flash floods which were triggered by torrential rain caused havoc in western Turkish Island of Gökceada where many residence and workplace took heavy damage.

According to the last reports which was given from the authorities that incessant rains caused heavy material loss across the Island where officially belong to the western Turkish city of Canakkale.

Many livestock were lost during the floods and many places in the island have electricity shortcut. Heavy rains which were supported by hails turned the Island to a lake also many cars were swept away by the sudden floods.

Muhittin Gürel, Gokceada District said that, they are still investigating that how many people are unable to move their homes and workplace.

Meanwhile, some people who were trapped by the rising waters are still been rescued by the construction vehicles. Rescue works are still ongoing in the island.


Severe floods in Florida’s Panhandle and coastal Alabama deluged roads and engulfed homes and cars on Wednesday, the latest mayhem created by a tornado-packing storm system that has killed at least 34 people in the United States this week.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties inundated by as much as 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) of hourly rain as severe thunderstorms raced across the northern part of the state.

Emergency workers received about 300 calls for evacuations in the Panhandle, where up to 22 inches (55.9 centimeters) of rain fell in recent days, Scott told reporters at an emergency operations center south of Tallahassee.

… The flooding appears to be the worst in 30 years in the Panhandle, according to initial radar images of the rainfall, said Eric Esbensen, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Schools and roads were closed in several Panhandle counties including Escambia, where emergency officials used boats and high-water vehicles to rescue stranded motorists and residents.

State and county officials urged residents not to drive in the treacherous conditions of rising water, damaged roads and storm debris.

An elderly woman died late Tuesday in Escambia County after high waters submerged her car on a highway, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, major county roads were flooded and several rivers overflowed after some areas got between 22 and 26 inches (55.9 and 66 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours, according to Mitchell Sims, emergency management director for Baldwin County.

“We were rescuing people out of cars, out of ditches, out of homes,” Sims said. “We are still getting reports of people trapped.”

The storms were expected to spread across portions of the East Coast and could drop 2 to 5 additional inches (5.1 to 12.7 centimeters) of rain in some areas and launch fresh tornadoes, said National Weather Service meteorologist Corey Mead.

A flood warning was in effect until Wednesday afternoon for the Washington D.C. metro area, as well as urban areas and small streams between Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland.

Severe conditions may persist into Thursday, though “it looks like the weather may be quieting down as warmer, more humid air is pushed offshore by a cold front moving through the Appalachians,” Mead said.

There have been 27 confirmed weather-related deaths and more than 200 people reported injured across Arkansas and Mississippi, the hardest hit of six states struck by the storm system, as tornadoes reduced homes to rubble, shredded trees and launched vehicles into the air.

Deaths have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Alabama and Tennessee.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Arkansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts, the White House said.

Shelters have been set up for thousands of families forced out of their homes while the National Guard, local police and residents who lost all their possessions sifted through the rubble looking for more victims.

More than 2,000 houses and 100 commercial properties have been reported damaged.


Natural gas leaks spray into the sky on Piedmont Street in the Cordova Park neighborhood after it washed out due to heavy rains on April 30, 2014 in Pensacola, Florida.

Rescuers have spent Wednesday pulling stranded people from rooftops in the Florida panhandle, after nearly two feet of rain brought severe flooding to that area and the Alabama coast.

Cars were submerged and entire neighborhoods were inundated, making it difficult to rescue people who called for help. Roads in the Panhandle have been chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely.

Boats and Humvees have been making their way through the flooded streets to assist in the rescues.

In Alabama, rescuers found two women and a young boy trapped in the attic of a modular home. They had received a call for help before midnight last night, but couldn’t find the group until this morning. By then, the water was two feet below the roof.

The flooding is the latest wallop from a violent storm system that began in Arkansas and Oklahoma and worked its way south, killing 37 people along the way.


Valencia Norton awoke to a neighbor pounding on the windows of the mobile home she shared with a friend. Water had washed away her steps and part of the porch. She grabbed a small bag of clothes and waited.

“I was freaking,” said Norton, tears streaming down her face as she recalled the scene. “I don’t know how to swim.”

A short time later, a firefighter came by and carried her to dry land. It was one of many rescue stories from the single rainiest day ever recorded in Pensacola, and another tale of survival after days of relentless storms across the U.S., beginning with deadly and destructive tornadoes Sunday in the Midwest.

On Monday, the violent winds wrecked parts of Tennessee and Mississippi, but by the time the storm system arrived in the Panhandle, the devastation was all water.

In Florida, people were plucked off rooftops Wednesday or climbed into their attics to get away when nearly 2 feet of rain dropped on the area in the span of about 24 hours.

Roads were chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely and neighborhoods were inundated, making rescues difficult for hundreds of people who called for help when they were caught off guard.

Boats and Humvees zigzagged through the flooded streets to help stranded residents. A car and truck plummeted 25 feet when portions of a scenic highway collapsed, and one Florida woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said.

Near the Alabama-Florida line, water started creeping into Brandi McCoon’s mobile home, so her fiance, Jonathan Brown, wrapped up her nearly 2-year-old son Noah in a blanket and they swam in neck-deep water to their car about 50 feet away.

Then, the car was flooded.

“Every which way we turned, there was a big ol’ pile of water,” she said.

Brown called 911 and eventually a military vehicle picked them up and took them to a shelter.

Kyle Schmitz was at his Pensacola home with his 18-month-old son Oliver on Tuesday night when heavy rain dropped during a 45-minute span. He gathered up his son, his computer and important papers and left.

“I opened the garage and the water immediately flowed in like a wave,” he said. “The water was coming up to just below the hood of my truck and I just gassed it.”

Schmitz and his son also made it out safely.

In Alabama, Capt. David Spies of Fish River/Marlow Fire and Rescue said he was part of a team who found two women and a young boy trapped in the attic of a modular home.

Spies said they received the first call of help before midnight Tuesday but they couldn’t find the group until about 8 a.m. Wednesday. By then, the water was 2 feet below the roof. A firefighter used an axe to punch a hole through the roof and free them.

“They were very scared, they were very upset. I would’ve been, too,” Spies said.

There were at least 30 rescues in the Mobile area of Alabama. Florida was hit harder. Gov. Rick Scott said officials there received about 300 calls from stranded residents.

At the Pensacola airport, 15.55 inches of rain fell on Tuesday before midnight — setting a record for the rainiest single day in the city, according to data since 1880. By comparison, the airport in drought-stricken Los Angeles has recorded 15.9 inches of rain — since Jan. 1, 2012…

Elizabeth Peaden was at her weekly Bunco game Tuesday night and it wasn’t raining on her way there. On her way home, she drove her van through a flooded intersection and got stuck.

“I was scared out of my wits. Water started coming in and I wasn’t sure what to do,” she said.

Peaden waded her way to a nearby American Legion post where she and about 20 other stranded travelers spent the night sleeping on tables or the floor.

The widespread flooding was the latest wallop from a violent storm system that began in Arkansas and Oklahoma and worked its way South, killing 37 people along the way, including a 67-year-old driver in Florida.

Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons said two vehicles fell 25 feet when portions of a scenic highway collapsed. The truck driver was fine, but a woman in a car needed help getting out. Neither had serious injuries, Simmons said.

By Wednesday afternoon, the storm marched its way up the East Coast.


Torrential rains in Mershing locality, South Darfur, on Saturday caused considerable damage to houses and farmlands, and killed hundreds of cattle.

The Commissioner of Mershing locality, Adam Mohamed Mahmoud Bosh, stated to the press on Sunday that the heavy rain falls and ensuing floods which swept Mershing locality in South Darfur on Saturday evening, have destroyed some 500 acres of winter crops.

About 30 houses were severely damaged, and 800 heads of livestock perished. He added that in particular the areas of Abu Rajo and Adwa were stricken, where more than 100 houses were damaged.

Bosh said that committees were formed to assess the material losses. He called on the government, and humanitarian organisations to “lend a helping hand” to the affected.


Published on Apr 26, 2014


Flash floods in Northern Afghanistan have killed more than 180 people and displaced thousands after days of torrential rain, officials say.

Authorities in one of the country’s hardest hit regions of Jawzjan said, the death toll was expected to rise further.

“Rescue helicopters have evacuated some 200 people, but many people are still trapped on roofs of their homes and some are also missing,” Jawzjan provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jowzjani said.

The head of the disaster relief committee in Jawzjan province, said more than 5,000 people had been displaced and there was shortage of medicine and water, after heavy rain and storms swept through two districts of the region on Thursday night.

Mohammadullah Batash, the governor of Faryab, said the death toll in his province, which borders Turkmenistan, was expected to rise.

The Afghan government has been scrambling to help survivors and search for stranded villagers by deploying army helicopters to reach affected areas.

The floodwaters swept through villages and fields, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses.

Flooding often occurs during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan, with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water level.



The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan has risen to more than 100 with many others still missing, officials say.

The national disaster management authority said that 58 people were killed in Jowzjan province, 32 in Faryab, six in Sar-e-Pul and six others in Badghis as floods struck a large swath of rural communities.

“Unfortunately, we have over 100 people killed and dozens of others missing due to flash floods in four northern provinces,” said Mohammad Sadeq Sediqqi, from the national disaster management authority.

OCHA, the United Nations humanitarian affairs office, said it had reports from provincial officials of 123 people killed, with Jowzjan province alone suffering 80 deaths and 6,000 displaced people.

It said clean water, medical supplies, food and shelter were needed immediately as relief efforts got under way after days of torrential rain.

The floodwaters swept through villages, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses.

The Afghan defence ministry sent two helicopters to Jowzjan, where the aircraft rescued more than 1,000 people and carried them to higher ground.

Officials in Faryab province said nearly 2,000 houses were washed away and more than 8,000 cattle were killed by the floods.

Authorities said food and other emergency supplies were being distributed, as well as cash hand-outs.

President Hamid Karzai in a statement said he was deeply saddened by the loss of life and property, and ordered relief work to be stepped up.

Flooding often occurs during the spring rainy season in northern Afghanistan, with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water levels.

Two weeks ago, a landslide triggered by heavy rains and a small earthquake swept through two villages in the northern province of Takhar, killing four people and destroying around 100 houses.

In the last major flooding in Afghanistan, 40 people died in August in flash floods in eastern and southeastern provinces and some districts of the capital Kabul.


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At least 58 people have been killed and hundreds of villagers left stranded in devastating flash floods in northern Afghanistan, officials say.

The governor of Jowzjan province warned that the number of victims was likely to rise.

People have been left trapped on the roofs of their homes and rescue helicopters have been deployed.

There are reports of flooding in other provinces in the north and west.

“Thousands of homes have been destroyed and thousands are suffering“, Jowzjan’s governor Boymurod Qoyinli said. He said that more than 80 people are missing and that 3,000 homes have been destroyed.

BBC Uzbek’s Navid Nazari, reporting from the flood-hit areas, was told by one woman that she was taken by surprise by the flash flood just after reading evening prayers. She lost two of her children.

Heavy rain and storms on Thursday night created a perilous situation for villagers whose homes are largely built out of mud.

Three remote districts in the province were particularly badly affected, the governor said.

Our correspondent travelled on board one of the rescue helicopters deployed by the security forces. He described a landscape where dozens of homes had been destroyed, many more submerged and villagers crouched on the roofs of their homes.



More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for help from the impoverished provincial authorities.

Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring.

In the northern province of Jawzjan, police chief Faqer Mohammad Jawzjani said 55 bodies had been recovered, and that the number of dead would increase over the coming days.

“Providing aid or help from the ground is impossible,” he said. “We have carried 1,500 people to safe areas of neighbouring districts by helicopter. We need emergency assistance from the central government and aid agencies.”

The governor of neighbouring Faryab province said 33 people had died there and another 80 were missing.

“Ten thousand families have been affected and more then 2,000 houses have been destroyed,” Mohammadullah Batazhn said.

Another 13 people were killed in the provinces of Badghis and Sar-e Pol, local officials said.



Flash floods affected more than a thousand families in Carmen, Davao del Norte over the weekend.

Waters quickly rose at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, forcing 1,302 families to flee to higher ground, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC said heavy rains caused Tuganay River to swell, damaging a dike located at the Mactan Channel.

Local officials said barangays Ising, Mabaus, Salvacion, Anibongan, San Isidro, Alejal, Magsaysay, and New Camiling were affected.

More than 13 hectares of a banana plantation were also destroyed.