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Published on Jan 29, 2014

Published on Jan 29, 2014


Bolivia’s government has declared a national emergency to deal with flooding that has claimed at least 30 lives and forced some 21,000 families from their homes over the past two months.

Civil Defense chief Oscar Cabrera said Tuesday that a 10th body had been found from a weekend mudslide in the town of Rurrenabaque triggered by heavy rain.

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera’s approval of the emergency degree frees up at least $1 million for victims of flooding that has hit hardest the regions of La Paz, Beni, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.


Published on Jan 26, 2014

Two days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeastern Philippines, leaving dozens dead and thousands displaced.

Published on Jan 25, 2014

Floods in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Nearly 25cm of rain in 24 hours caused deadly flooding and landslides in the town of Rurrenabaque, Beni Department, in the north of Bolivia. The rain fell on Saturday 25 January 2014 and caused the nearby Beni river to overflow. Rurrenabaque lies along the east bank of the river. Initial reports say that four people have been killed and there are around 7 people missing. Over 250 families have been affected by the recent flash floods there.

Aid is being delivered to the remote town by aircraft and helicopter. Further rain is forecast for the next 24 hours at least. The Beni municipalities of Reyes, San Ignacio de Moxos, San Borja and Santa Rosa de Yacuma have also been badly affected by the heavy rainfall.

Bolivia has been suffering from severe flooding for several weeks. On Saturday 25 January the Bolivian government issued a report on the recent flood disasters affecting the country. The report says that as many as 18,000 people have been affected by the floods. This figure has grown by 2,000 since the last government update was issued. The worst affected areas across the country are Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz.



A flash flood surged down a mountain and capsized a boat on the coast of a northern Indonesian island, leaving two people dead and 27 missing, a disaster official said Sunday.

Eight people managed to escape when water engulfed the boat early on remote Siau island during a tropical downpour, the official said, in an area hit by deadly landslides and floods in recent weeks.

“The flood was so strong that it capsized a small boat on the coast of Siau,” Bagus Tjahjono, a senior official at the national disaster agency, told AFP. It was not clear what type of vessel was involved in the accident but boats are commonly used for transport in the area.

Siau is part of a group of small islands above the major, northern island of Sulawesi. Sulawesi has also been badly hit. On Saturday one person died when floods swept away his riverside house, while a second died in hospital from injuries sustained in earlier flooding.

The latest deaths on Siau and Sulawesi take the toll from flooding and landslides in the area in recent weeks to 23, according to the disaster agency.

Flooding and landslides occur frequently across Indonesia during the six-month rainy season.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said an average of 541 people have died every year from floods and landslides in the sprawling archipelago over the past decade.


Residents of Barangay Gaas in Balamban town were evacuated Tuesday after a landslide destroyed several houses in the area.

A total of 58 families near the landslide area were brought to the Barangay Hall, while some were moved to the Gaas National High School.

“We decided to evacuate because it is no longer safe in the area. We must not put ourselves at risk,” Christina Lopez, one of the residents who evacuated to Gaas National High School, said.

William Genel, barangay captain of Gaas, said they saw cracks in the soil Friday.

He said non-stop rains for the past 14 days may have contributed to the weakening of the soil.

Marlit Milan, town environment officer, said they discovered a new crack in the ground at Gaas National High School, which may be dangerous for the evacuees as well.

Milan said that they might bring the evacuees to other barangays with covered gyms for shelter.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Visayas also went to Gaas to inspect the area.

Genel also said their animals have also suffered from the cold and rainy weather for the past two weeks.

He said villagers’ cows and a carabao became ill and had to be slaughtered.

Pagasa Mactan chief weather specialist Engr. Oscar Tabada the temperature in the area fell to 21.8 degrees Celsius Tuesday dawn.

Colder temperature can be expected in upland barangays, he said.

He also said that this month, Cebu is experiencing an above normal amount of rainfall.

Weather specialist Al Quiblat said they recorded 182.6 millimeters of rainfall at the Mactan area alone from January 1-20. Normal rainfall for January is only at 105 millimeters.

Quiblat said the amount of rainfall can cause flooding in areas with poor drainage systems, and can also cause landslides in mountain areas.

Quiblat said normally, January is the coldest month of the year due to the amihan...


Landslides, river swelling displace residents as rains drench Mindanao

92-year-old  Consolador Baldoz can only look at his wooden house now floating in floodwater as rescuers took him to a safer place after Ibong River in Agusan del Sur overflowed due to incessant rains.

He is among 203,022 people or 43,417 families displaced and are staying in 565 evacuation centers due to the low-pressure area (LPA).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Tropical Depression Agaton, which now weakened to a low pressure area, destroyed 739 houses and damaged 1,278.

Baldoz’s neighbors heaved a sigh of relief as rescuers finally came to bring them to higher grounds. Rescuers took the children and senior citizens first. They were brought to a chapel which was used as an evacuation center.

As of 6 a.m., January 21, a total of 168,492 families or 809,686 people were affected in 804 barangays in 103 municipalities in Mindanao. Fifteen provinces in Mindanao were affected.

A total of 27 cities and municipalities have been placed under state of calamity. These were:
Lanao del Norte province
Iligan City
Kapalong, Carmen, Asuncion, New Corella, and Tagum City in Davao del Norte
Tarragona, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston in Davao Oriental
Sta. Josefa, Sibagat, Bunawan, San Francisco, Esperanza, Veruela, Trento, and Rosario in Agusan del Sur
Butuan City
Agusan del Norte province
Lianga, Tago, San Miguel, and Bislig in Surigao del Sur.

The NDRRMC said the death toll remained at 42, with 65 injured and eight missing.
Iligan, Lanao del Norte
In Sitio Kabangahan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, heavy rains caused the Bayog River to swell to 50 meters, GMA News TV’s News To Go reported Tuesday.

The strong current prevented even 10-wheeler trucks to pass the river.

The local government has yet to clear a road which connects Iligan and Bukidnon, where a landslide happened around 2 a.m., Tuesday, causing heavy traffic in the area.

Local officials are also monitoring Maria Cristina for possible landslide …

In Brgy. Digkilaan, a national highway was passable due to landslide and overflowing of river. At least 19,000 residents were evacuated, the television report said.

Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental

Meanwhile, authorities placed Cagayan de Oro in Misamis Oriental under red alert due to floods and landslides. At least 1,100 families living near coastal areas, rivers and low-lying areas were evacuated.

Thirteen barangays were flooded, including Bugo, Puerto, Agusan, Carmen, Kauswagan, Bonbon, Nazareth, Macasandig, FS Catanico, Camaman-an, Canitoan, Brgy 26, and Bulua.

There were also landslides recorded in Brgys. Carmen, Camaman-an and Kugman.

In Brgy. Lasang, Davao City, a part of a road eroded … 


More than 30,000 Indonesians have fled their homes in the capital due to flooding that has left five dead, officials said Sunday, with people using rubber dinghies and wading through waist-deep water to reach safer ground.

Many parts of Jakarta were under murky, brown water after days of torrential rain produced the city’s first significant floods of the months-long rainy season.

Buildings in some parts of the sprawling capital, which has a population of more than 10 million and is regularly afflicted by floods, were half submerged, with roads unpassable in many areas.

“Yesterday the water was knee deep in my house,” Yulian Candra, who lives in west Jakarta, told news website Detik. “There has also been a power cut for the past two days.”

The number of those forced to leave their homes jumped from less than 5,000 on Saturday to more than 30,000 on Sunday after heavy rain deluged Jakarta overnight.

People waded through the floods clutching their belongings. Others used boats to make their way to evacuation centres, which are mainly housed in mosques in the Muslim-majority country, but also in government buildings and tents erected on the roadside.

Some motorcyclists, cyclists and cars ventured out despite the weather, spraying up water as they drove along roads where the floods were not yet too high.

The flooding was widespread across Jakarta, with the highest number of displaced in the south and west of the city and floodwaters reaching up to three metres (10 feet) in some places.

Five people have so far been killed in the past week due to flooding, disaster agency official Tri Budiarto said, adding that those killed had either died by drowning or being electrocuted.

Flooding is a perennial problem in Jakarta, the political and economic heart of Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, a fast-growing, poorly planned city.

Floods continue to inundate several areas in Jakarta,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. “So far, 30,784 people have been displaced in Jakarta.”

Nugroho said there were also flooding in districts surrounding Jakarta, and other parts of Java island.

However he said the floods were yet to reach the same level as last year, which were the worst in five years and saw downtown commercial districts inundated.

More than 50,000 people were forced out of their homes last year, he added.

However Budiarto warned that the number of evacuees may rise in the coming days as more rain was expected.

Meanwhile on northern Sulawesi island, the death toll from flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain earlier in the week rose to 19, an official said.

The toll rose when rescuers recovered the body of a woman from a landslide in Tomohon city, local disaster agency chief Christian Laotongan told AFP. He added that around 40,000 people were also still displaced.

“The floods have subsided but houses were wrecked, and furniture and belongings were damaged, so people have not been able to return,” he added.

Indonesia is regularly affected by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season. Environmentalists blame logging and a failure to reforest denuded land for exacerbating the floods.





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Published on Jan 19, 2014

Unstable weather continues to grip the UAE on Monday as the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warns sailors of rough water in Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman and motorists of reduced visibility caused by fresh winds blowing up dust.

Persistent scattered rainfall could also lead to water ponds, challenging motorists. Meanwhile, the Northern Emirates witnessed heavy to moderate rainfall accompanied by a significant decrease in temperatures and is expected to receive more showers today.

Rainwater gathered in low-lying areas and streets of Fujairah and the sky continues to be cloudy, promising more rain in the coming hours, reported Wam.

Similarly, Ras Al Khaimah received intermittent heavy rains on Sunday, causing cold weather as the temperature dropped. Rains filled the valleys in mountainous areas and flooded at least three homes.

Civil defence personnel were quick to arrive at the residences and suck the water out within a few hours, reported Emarat Al Youm.

A rockslide occurred on Jees Mountain Street in Ghalila valley on the north of Ras Al Khaimah, according to a report in Al Khaleej. No injuries have been reported as yet.

Schools in the emirate are closed, while police patrols have blocked streets that have flooded. The water currents was so strong that a lamppost fell across. But as the streets were deserted were no casualties.

However, there was one rainfall-related traffic accident in which an Asian truck driver was injured when he lost control of the vehicle on the slippery road on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to dip further to a minimum of just 5 degree centigrade in the mountains and a minimum of 8 degree C in internal areas.


The death toll from floods and landslides in the Visayas and Mindanao over the past few days reached 34 as of Friday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC said 65 people were reported injured while seven were still missing in Regions 9, 10, 11 and Caraga.

Also, the NDRRMC said bad weather conditions from the low pressure area affected at least 97,153 families or 463,527 people in 467 barangays in 72 towns in 14 provinces.

Of these, 44,316 families or 212,661 people were displaced and brought to 358 evacuation centers.

Before midday Friday, however, the low-pressure area (LPA) intensified into a tropical depression – Agaton – and is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Eastern and Central Visayas, PAGASA said. Eastern Visayas is still reeling from the effects of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which struck last November and left a large swathe of destruction.

In a press conference aired on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali on Friday, NDRRMC spokesman Rey Balido warned the public of more landslides and flash floods due to Tropical Depression Agaton…

In Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, people were on their toes for possible flash floods, according to a report on GMA News TV’s News To Go on Friday, as rain continued to lash the area.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 10 noted at least 2,727 families or more than 13,000 people were affected by flooding in Iligan, the report said. Of these, 830 families were still in evacuation centers, it added.

“The rains come to this region around this time, but this year has been terrible,” John Uayan, an operations official for the government agency, told Agence France-Presse.

In Ormoc City in Leyte, some ferry boats were not allowed to set sail due to bad weather, according to a separate report on News To Go.
Most passengers stranded at the pier were on their way to Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival on Sunday.
In Agusan del Sur, the flood has subsided but mud remains in the area.
Students and teachers started cleaning some schools, particularly mud-filled classrooms. The flood destroyed books and other school materials.

In Bunawan, Agusan del Sur the local government belied scary text messages saying there were crocodiles sighted in marshlands.

On Thursday, Malacañang said President Benigno Aquino III has no plans yet to visit the flood-hit areas…

“But primarily, his directive was to ensure that they get the proper help,” she said in a separate press conference.
Before the LPA intensified into a storm, Aquino has already issued directives to the NDRRMC to “work very closely” with local DRRMCs to “make sure that the proper technical assistance is rendered,” she added.

Classes in all levels were suspended in Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands Friday, state-run Philippine Information Agency reported.

At least 1,086 passengers were stranded in ports in Bicol and Central Visayas Thursday evening, and bad weather forced three vessels to ran aground Wednesday and Thursday.

Flights were also canceled, according to the the Department of Transportation and Communication, noting at least 16 domestic flights were not allowed as of Friday morning.

Cebu Pacific and PAL Express had eights flights each canceled to and from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, the department said.

In an 11 a.m. notice, PAL said the latest cancellations included flights to and from Butuan Manila, Legaspi, and Surigao.

Meanwhile, at least two ships and a barge ran aground in Visayas due to the bad weather, according to a report on News To Go.
The report said passenger ferry M/V Joyful Stars from Maasim City in Southern Leyte and cargo vessel M/V Subic Bay from Mindanao ran aground only 30 meters from each other.
In Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay, Aklan, a barge carrying sacks of rice and vegetables ran aground off shore, the report said. Smaller boats responded and carried the goods to the shore.


The most recent fatalities, according to NDRRMC, were:

  • Norvin Alvarez, 24, Bangol, Tarragona, Davao Oriental (landslide)
  • Ana Marie Noble Ocite, 2, Kaimpungan, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur (drowning)
  • Lisa Moreno, 39, Nueva Era, Bunawan, Surigao del Norte.

At least 57 roads and 21 bridges were still not passable in Regions 9, 10, 11 and Caraga.

Some 602 houses were destroyed and 713 were damaged.

The NDRRMC said 14 bridges, 44 roads and eight public infrastructure facilities were also damaged in Regions 10, 11 and Caraga.


At least 13 people have been reported to be killed in flash floods and landslides due to continuous torrential rain in North Sulawesi province of Indonesia.

According to National Disaster Mitigation Agency of Indonesia spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, People and rescuers in Sangihe district of North Sulawesi province dug through debris with their bare hands and shovels and pulled two bodies from the mud while 11 others were found in the water late Wednesday.

Rivers in five other districts of the province were overflowing which led to more than 1000 houses being flooded. About 40000 people have fled to temporary shelters.

A low pressure in southern Philippines brought torrential rain. Besides this low pressure, the convergence of the impact of low pressure in North Australia which is pushing the clouds to North Sulawesi territory is also a reason for continuous rain.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands witnesses seasonal downpours that often bring floods and landslides in Indonesia. Indonesia is home to 240 million people.