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Published on Mar 8, 2014

Klein Kariba holiday Resort floods after dam wall breaks

Flooding has struck parts of southern Mozambique prompting authorities on Monday to call on people to evacuate.

The 3 Fevereiro village near the Incomati river basin, in the district of Manhica is one of the affected areas.

“We are calling on the population to leave,” said Rita Almeida a spokesperson for Mozambique’s national disaster management institute.

According to the authorities, more than 6 000 people living in the Incomati basin are at risk from flooding. Water levels along the river have reached 5.9m in the low-lying southern district, now the worst affected. Hundreds of people have sought refuge in emergency shelters.

Low-lying southern Mozambique is particularly vulnerable to flooding, as several rivers flow down to the coast from neighbouring countries. In 2000, the country was devastated by floods that killed more than 800.

Coastal Mozambique is home to nine international river basins, making it especially vulnerable to flooding. The country’s rainy season which runs from October to April is currently at its peak.

More rain is expected in southern Mozambique and neighbouring countries in the coming days, leading to fears of further flooding.


After heavy rainfall and severe flooding struck in the northern provinces of South Africa on 3 March, areas just across the border in southern Mozambique are now suffering a similar fate.

The floods first began on Sunday 9 March 2014 and so far have affected areas in the Incomati river basin, in particular in the district of Manhica. Over 6,000 people are thought to be at risk from flooding there. Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) has called for people to evacuate their homes. Roads, bridges and crops have all been damaged.

River levels have been made worse by heavy rainfall in areas upsrtream, namely South Africa and Swaziland. Further heavy rainfall is forecast and flooding is expected to affect the districts of Magude and Manhiça over the next few days.

Levels of the Umbeluzi river in the Moamba district are also reported as being dangerously high.


Disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers on Tuesday began its work in flood-hit Mozambique.

At least 40 people have died and 150,000 people were left homeless after the country was hit by severe flooding last week.

Gift of the Givers has set up emergency camps and will be distributing food, clothing and blankets as well as providing people with material to rebuild their homes.

Founder of the organisation, Imtiaz Sooliman, said they still needed support from the public.

“We will need the support of the public, especially in terms of food and water.

“Whatever can be contributed will be a great help because there are just too many people to feed.”

United Nations said at least $15 million in aid is needed for relief efforts.

More than 700 people were killed when Mozambique suffered record floods in 2000.


villages in Kyzylorda Oblast in southern Kazakhstan fighting floods for the last two weeks.

Villages in the Zhanakorgan region are thought to be the worst affected. Hundreds of homes have been inundated and some residents have evacuated. Flood water is as high as 50cm in some streets and houses. There is a fear that some houses have been so badly damaged by the force of the flooding they are no longer safe for habitation, even after the food waters have receded.

Some of the villages affected have been cut off from the outside world, living without power and telephone communication as a result of the floods. Many access roads are blocked, either by flood water or by debris from the rivers and streams. Some local media claim there is also a shortage of drinking-water and food. ...


Published on Feb 24, 2014

Several areas in Johannesburg are flooded, the Gauteng provincial government said on Friday.

“Co-operative governance and traditional affairs’ provincial disaster management centre (PDMC), together with emergency management services (EMS), are working round the clock to respond and offer aid in affected areas,” said PDMC head Elias Sithole.

The most affected areas in the province were the City of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. Temporary accommodation, food parcels and blankets were provided to people displaced by the floods. “About 70 shacks in the Vusimuzi informal settlement near Tembisa, in Ekurhuleni, were flooded, and about 25 displaced families were moved to the community hall,” Sithole said.

The PDMC and the municipal disaster management centre (MDMC) in the area had also cleared flooded roads and school yards in the municipality. “Blocked stormwater drainages were unblocked and the dammed water was able to flow, relieving the flooded roads.”

About 90 shacks in Kliptown, Soweto, had also been flooded due to heavy rains in the area.

“About 200 community members had to be accommodated in the community hall and the PDMC provided blankets to the affected Kliptown community members,” Sithole said.

The MDMC would remain on high alert over the weekend because the heavy rain was expected to continue.

Human settlements, co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Ntombi Mekgwe urged people to avoid flood-prone areas.

“Unfortunately, floods are natural disasters and no human being can do a thing to prevent them. The best all of us can do is to work together to offer aid to those in need in times like these”, Mekgwe said.


Published on Mar 5, 2014

Christchurch’s mayor says Tuesday’s massive storm has been another disaster for people struggling with the aftermath of recent damaging earthquakes.

The storm exceeded forecasts in its intensity and has been upgraded to a 1-in-100-year event, Lianne Dalziel says. The mayor and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee met with shocked and scared residents while out observing the damage on Wednesday.

Christchurch City Council land drainage operations manager Mike Gillooly told Radio New Zealand that rainfall over the 24-hour period had been the most intense since 1975.

Flood waters were dropping on Wednesday night, but residents face a massive clean-up. More than 100 properties have been flooded, mainly in the worst-hit suburbs of Mairehau, St Albans and Richmond. Many roads have been closed, communications cut and thousands of people are likely to be without power for a second night in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

In Lyttelton, 19 homes have been evacuated following a landslip above a fuel storage area at the port in the afternoon. It was unlikely residents would be allowed back home for the night.

Ms Dalziel said a state of emergency isn’t likely to be declared, but flood waters are contaminated and people should stay home if possible. She said she would deal with the recurring problem of houses flooding in storms at a meeting on Thursday.

A Christchurch community leader says the severe weather is starting to take a heavy toll on some. Burwood Pegasus Community Board chairperson Andrea Cummings said those affected included people in already badly damaged quake suburbs.

They’re the ones that were already doing it hard, they’re the ones that were already emotionally at breaking point. My neighbour two doors down, her house is so twisted that none of her windows seal. So she was up every hour in the night changing towels and putting towels through the dryer to try and keep here children’s bedrooms dry.”

While checking river levels for Civil Defence on Tuesday night, Ms Cummings waded in waist-deep water to rescue an elderly woman who had no idea how severe the flooding around her east suburbs house was.

Jo Byrne was also forced to evacuate her Carrick Street home and said it wasn’t the first time it had been inundated with water. She told Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme on Wednesday she’s had to get out of her property in the suburb of Mairehau a number of times.

“I can’t take my children back to that house – they’re scared every time it rains. Every other kid in Christchurch is just scared of earthquakes and mine are scared of rain. This is the twelfth or fourteenth time our street has been flooded, it’s the second time it’s been through our house, the fourth time we’ve evacuated.”

Ms Byrne said the February 2011 quake had a significant impact on the ground in her street, which dropped by 50 centimetres, and the infrastructure can’t cope. She said it never flooded before the quakes.

The Christchurch City Council advised that people should stay at home if they could, not use the roads unless necessary, and get in touch with others for support and offer assistance to family, friends and neighbours.

The MetService says the weather in Christchurch should improve over the next few days. Meteorologist John Laws said up to 170mm of rain has fallen in parts of the city during the storm.

Nineteen homes were evacuated from three streets in Lyttelton on Wednesday afternoon after a land slip above a fuel storage area at the port. Homes in parts of Cressy Terrace, Park Terrace and Brittan Terrace were evacuated and cordons have been put in place.

A police spokesperson said the action was precautionary and in response to the possibility of further slips in the area. The slip occurred below Brittan Terrace, with a cliff face collapsing into a bulk storage tank.

The spokesperson said the Fire Service, port authorities and fuel companies were managing the containment of fuel from the damaged tank and were confident there was no danger to residents in the area.

… About 3500 homes and businesses were still without power late on Wednesday night after winds gusting up to 160km/h caused outages, mostly on Banks Peninsula, but also in Christchurch city and across the region.

Lines company Orion warned at least half the properties without power would not have supply restored before Thursday. Customers without power are being advised to prepare in the event power is not restored on Wednesday.

The Avon and Heathcote rivers burst their banks in Christchurch during high tide on Wednesday morning, flooding roads. Police said it was so bad in some areas that vehicles were floating in water.

Radio New Zealand’s reporter in Christchurch said the Avon, usually about 10 metres wide, flooded to a width of about 100 metres in places, indundating parts of Avonside Drive and River Road. Other major roads affected included New Brighton Road, Fitzgerald Avenue, Gayhurst Road and Wainoni Road. Dyers Pass Road was closed by two slips.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said Banks Peninsula has been cut off by road closures, and geotechnical staff were assessing the Port Hills for potential slips and rockfall. The coastal suburb of Sumner was also cut off as the high tide flooded access roads. The Lyttelton Tunnel is open.

Cable outages caused by water damage are causing disruptions to landline and broadband customers in Christchurch. A Chorus spokesperson said staff are working to locate and restore faults, but significant flooding is likely to cause some delays.

The Little River Exchange at Banks Peninsula is running again thanks to a generator. Chorus and its power company partners are putting portable generators at other sites, including the Hilltop cellular site.


Published on Feb 10, 2014

We had a few flooded villages near us, so I threw this together yesterday.
Villages filmed include Bridge, Bekesbourne and Patrixbourne, and the overflowing river is the Nailbourne. Funny that a river that is so minor it completely disappears for years at a time can cause so much flooding. I also filmed the Little Stour River overflowing at Ickham, at the beginning of the video.

A storm surge combined with a an extreme high tide flooded parts of the Marshall Islands, including the capital Majuro, early on Monday 3 March 2014.

Around 800 people had to evacuate their homes and stay in temporary accommodation. The tide and storm has caused some damage to several homes.

There have been no reports of any fatalities, however there have been reports that the storm and floods have washed sewage and debris around the local area. Some reports also say that some coffins have been caught up in the flood waters.

The Marshall Islands are particularly vulnerable to high tides and storm surges. Parts of the Majuro atoll a mere 30cm above sea level. The current storm is a result of a weather system east of Japan

The Marshall Islands is about halfway between Australia and Hawaii and consists of 29 atolls and coral islands, all of which stand on average just 2 metres above sea level. In August last year, the president, Christopher Loeak, said “The Pacific is fighting for its survival. Climate change has already arrived,” and warned that low-lying atolls in the Pacific including Solomons, Tuvalu and the Carteret Islands, are close to becoming uninhabitable as a result of rising sea levels and increasingly severe floods, droughts and storm surges.

Floods and two tropical depressions recently hit the Pacific island nation of Fiji, forcing hundred to evacuate.


The storm causing flooding in Christchurch “quickly escalated” this morning and was now being graded as a one-in-100-year event, says mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Residents were being warned of health risks from contaminated floodwaters now pouring through homes, businesses and streets.

Meanwhile, two Lyttelton streets were evacuated after a cliff collapsed, breaching a jet fuel tank and causing a spill. Police said 19 houses were cleared on fears of further slips in the area.

The gale-force blast that caused havoc across the region yesterday had eased but heavy rain overnight caused widespread disruption and despair.

Dalziel said the storm had been considered a one in 50-year event early this morning but had been upgraded.

Householders needing emergency repairs were advised to call 0800 777 846 to go through the Fletchers EQR emergency repair process.

Dalziel urged employers to stagger finish times to help the city reduce peak traffic loads.

Homes in Woolston were swamped as the Heathcote River breached its banks before high tide this morning.

About 100 homes in Richmond, St Albans and Mairehau had flooded, and it was feared the number could be higher as more damage from the storm was discovered today.

Akaroa and Sumner residents had been cut off from the rest of the region, with flooding forcing the closure of main roads.

Residents watched helplessly as water crept up and eventually invaded their homes.

In Sheldon St, Woolston, Mike Barber maintained a brave face as he waded through waist deep water carrying belongings from the property he rented.

Inside, the home’s carpets were covered by at least 30cm of water.

Valuables were perched above the water on tables and beds.

Barber said he and his flatmate’s belongings were uninsured.

“You’ve just got to get on with it. There’s not a lot you can do.”

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Published on Mar 4, 2014

24 February 2014

Nezapamćeno! Iz Slovenije stiglo ŠEST vodenih valova

Na sjednici Stožera zaštite i spašavanja Zagrebačke županije iz Hrvatskih voda izvijestili su kako je vodostaj Save u padu te da je Ustava Prevlaka radila tijekom vikenda radi rasterećenja savskih voda, prenose Kronike Velike Gorice.

Kupa je još uvijek visoka što se odražava i na visoki vodostaj Odre.

Dobra vijest je da vodostaj na sifonu Odra od sinoć stagnira, tako da je u 15 sati iznosio 356 centimetara, jednako kao i jučer u 19 sati.

Meteorolozi za iduća tri dana najavljuju suho vrijeme nakon čega se očekuje pad vodostaja Odre te povlačenje poplave iz Čičke Poljane. Zoran Čavlović iz Hrvatskih voda ističe kako je u razdoblju od 6. do 24. veljače iz Slovenije u Hrvatsku ušlo šest vodnih valova, a da su još dva aktivirana na Kupi.

… Zapovjednik Vatrogasne zajednice Josip Novosel rekao je kako su vatrogasci na terenu već 13. dan. Tijekom vikenda bili su aktivni na velikogoričkom području. …


Čička Poljana cijela pod vodom, kritično sve do srijede

Iz Hrvatskih voda obavještavaju da otjecanje vode nije moguće sve dok se vodostaji Kupe i Save kod Siska drastično ne smanje

Kiša koja je padala tijekom vikenda dodatno je pogoršala situaciju u poplavama najugroženijem dijelu Zagrebačke županije – Čičkoj Poljani, najnižoj točki Turopolja, koja je prema sjeveru cijela pod vodom.

Takvo stanje, barem prema najavama iz Hrvatskih voda, zadržat će se sve do srijede jer otjecanje vode iz Čičke Poljane nije moguće sve dok se vodostaji Kupe i Save pokraj Siska drastično ne smanje.


VEĆ 12 sati isti je vodostaj i situacija se poplavljenoj Čičkoj Poljani smiruje”

… kaže nam načelnik velikogoričkog Stožera za obranu od poplava Stjepan Kos.

“Od sinoć voda miruje, isti je vodostaj 356 centimetara sinoć od 19 jutros do 7, dakle 12 sati isti vodostaj. Pozitivno je što Sava brzo teče, polagano pada i sad je jedini problem da Odra u svom toku krene prema Kupi, onda situacija bude bolja, jer još uvijek teče malo kontra.”

Kos kaže kako su ceste koje vode do sjedišta stožera, koji se nalazi u staroj školi, prohodne, a u preostali dio sela može se samo bagerima ili čamcima. U podjeli hrane dobrovoljnim vatrogasnim društvima pridružila se i vojska.

“Ljudi su opskrbljeni osnovnim namirnicama, struje i vode ima, naravno tko ima vodovod, voda je ispravna za piće.”

Tijekom vikenda neki su napustili svoje domove, od čega su dvije osobe smještene u evakuacijski centar. Kos stoga još jednom apelira.

“Ako netko izlazi iz kuće neka isključi struju, kako ne bi došlo do neželjenih posljedica, strujnog udara ili slično.”

Dežurne službe i dalje su na terenu, a sve što mještani trebaju mogu dobiti pozivom na 112. Tijekom narednih dana ne očekuje se kiša, pa bi se voda mogla lagano početi povlačiti.

Da Odra krene teći svojim prirodnim tokom prema Kupi i onda će se situacija smiriti. …


U općini Jasenovac rastu zaobalne vode


Zbog rasta zaobalnih voda i vode u koritu rijeke Save u najzapadnijem dijelu općine Jasenovca, u naseljima Trebežu i Bukovici uvedene su izvanredne mjere obrane od poplave, a u Trebežu se 15 kuća branjenih zečjim nasipima našlo okruženo vodom te je evakuirana jedna starija osoba.

Dvadesetak hrvatskih vojnika, vatrogasci i mještani Trebeža crpkama smanjuju pritisak vode na obiteljske kuće.

Najistočnije naselje jasenovačke općine Mlaka, zbog zaobalnih voda, odsječeno je od općinskog središta i do njega se može samo čamcem.

Po riječima načelnice jasenovačke općine Marije Mačković, očekuje se dolazak još 50 vojnika koji će pomagati ljudima u obrani od visokih voda.

U organizaciji Hrvatske vojske i Caritasa pripremljeni su topli obroci, koje pripadnici HGSS-a, Crvenoga križa i vatrogasnih društava dostavljaju ugroženim stanovnicima.


Na području grada Novske, u Plesmu, rastu zaobalne vode, a zajedničkim snagama vatrogasci, radnici Vodoprivrede i mještani dodatnim vrećama utvrđuju 375 metara nasipa.


U Kraljevoj Velikoj, najjužnijem naselju općine Lipovljana, zaobalne vode ugrožavaju dio obiteljskih kuća pa je, osim dosadašnjih dvjestotinjak metara, počelo podizanje još 150 metara zečjeg nasipa prema središtu naselja. I u Kraljevoj Velikoj uz vatrogasce su angažirani mještani, a završene su i pripreme za moguću evakuaciju.

“Za sada sve držimo pod kontrolom i nadamo se da će porast zaobalnih voda proteći bez većih štetnih posljedica, a za svaki slučaj pripremili smo se i za evakuaciju stanovnika iz donjeg dijela Kraljeve Velike“, rekao je za Hinu načelnik općine Mario Ribar.


Slavonski Brod: Vodostaj Save u stalnom porastu

Vodostaj Save kod Slavonskog Broda u stalnom je porastu. Nivo vode u koritu rijeke mijenja se iz sata u sat, a raste prosječno jedan do dva centimetra.

Povišen vodostaj zabilježen je i danas u 12 sati, a prema podacima vodomjernih postaja Hrvatskih voda iznosio je 635 centimetara i na snazi su pripremne mjere obrane od poplave. Redovne mjere obrane od poplave biti će proglašene ako razina Save dosegne visinu vodostaja od 750 centimetara.

Zatvorene su sve ustave na Savi, pa tako i ustava na Mrsunji u blizini centra grada, jer je njezin sadašnji nivo niži od savskog, pa je time onemogućeno prelijevanje. Crpke su u pogonu i prepumpavaju dospjelu vodu u Savu.

Kako vodostaj još uvijek nije dosegnuo kritičnu visinu plovidba većih i manjih plovila ispod mosta u Slavonskom Brodu odvija se bez većih poteškoća. Izvanredne mjere za područje grada Slavonskog Broda nastupaju pri vodostaju 850, a izvanredno staje na 950 cm, pa za područje grada nema veće opasnosti, no Stožer za zaštitu je u pripravnosti i stalno prati amplitude razine vodostaja.

Brodovi koji vade pijesak i šljunak privezani su uz obalu i čekaju stabilnije prilike, manju bujicu i pliću Savu.

Do daljnjeg je, zbog poplava u susjednim županijama, otkazana planirana vježba “Sava 2014″ kojoj je tema upravo uvježbavanje operativnih snaga zaštite i spašavanja za djelovanje u poplavama s naglaskom na način postupanja prilikom proglašenja izvanrednog stanja obrane od poplave.


Heavy rainfall since 18 February has brought flooding to three provinces in Ecuador.

The northern province of Pichincha, which includes the capital Quito, the coastal province of Esmeraldas and the central province of Los Ríos have all seen flooding since the heavy rain first struck.

Buildings, transport and drainage systems have all suffered damage. The province of Guayas could also be affected should rive levels rise further. Further heavy rainfall has been forecast for later today, indicating the flood situation cold worsen.

The province of Esmeraldas has seen 130mm of rain fall since Tuesday. Local media have described it as the largest amount of rain so far this season.

High river levels are of grave concern. There is currently an orange alert for rivers in the low-lying Los Rios province, where the rivers Vinces, Pula and Mastrantal are all close to breaking their banks.

Ecuador was struck by severe flooding in January this year, where three people died. The heavy rain continued, affecting the province of Los Rios particularly.

North and western areas of South America have suffered severe flooding since December 2013. Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador have all been badly affected.