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Italy has seen 9 major flood events during November, with a total of 28 people killed

  • 10 November: Flooding in Marche and Abruzzo killed 2 people.
  • 28 November, 2012: Carrara. 200 mm of rain fell in just 2 hours. No fatalities.
  • 12 November, 2012: Floods in Grosseto after heavy rainfall and nearby rivers broke their banks. 6 people died.
  • 11 November, 2012: Floods in Massa and Carrara – 300 were displaced and 1 person died.
  • 22 November, 2011: Floods in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto. 3 people died.
  • 4 November, 2011: Floods in Genoa, after 500mm of rain fell in just 5 hours. 4 rivers overflowed. 6 people died.
  • 1 November, 2010: Flooding in Vicenza after 540mm of rain in 24 hours. 3 people died.
  • 23 November, 2000: Floods in Liguria killed 4 people.
  • 6 November, 2000: Flooding in western Liguria, killed 3 people.

For a full list of the floods, see 3b Meteo here.

A rain-driven flash flood collapsed a wall at a home in Argos, Greece, killing a 55-year-old woman who lived in a basement apartment, authorities said.

The woman was not identified in a report Monday.

The rain caused two rivers in the town to run over their banks, the report said.

Dozens of firefighters were called in to pump water out of basements in the region, the report said.

Floods struck yesterday, 1 December, in the city of Argos in the north eastern Peloponnese after two rivers in the area overflowed.

Emergency services were called out, but couldn’t save one woman who has been reported as killed in the floods after a wall collapsed in her home.

Houses and roads were inundated in the floods and a state of emergency has been declared in Argos.

Several other towns and villages in the region of the north-eastern Peloponnese have also been affected.

Many schools have been closed in the area. Emergency services called on residents to avoid driving in flood waters and near rivers.

Some 100 residents of the Kampung Kesing Orang Asli village in Rompin were evacuated today after heavy rain caused floods in the village.

A spokesman of the Pahang Fire and Rescue operations room said the villagers were moved out after the floodwaters rose to one metre.

He said they had yet to obtain a full picture of the evacuation process and relief centre.

A spokesman of the Pahang police flood operations room also said that they had yet to get the details of the evacuation.

He said the stretch of Jalan Sungai Lembing-Kuantan at Km28 near the Sungai Charu bridge was closed to all vehicles as floodwaters had risen to more than one metre there.

Heavy rain on the Libyan capital Tripoli have prompted city authorities to warn the two million inhabitants to take extreme precocious measures against huge floods.

The authorities asked people not to leave their homes and those who are stock somewhere outside their homes not to try to return on Saturday night as they might face danger if they did.

They asked families to contact their fellow ones and advise them to stay where they are.

Increased water levels on Tripoli streets, which lack modern sewage and water management facilities, has reached unprecedented levels during the last two days of heavy rain.

A large number of people have been trapped inside their cars and rescue teams have not been able to get them out so far due to a lack of resources.

The floods were a result of heavy rainfall on Saturday 30 November. Flood warnings were issued by the city authorities, requesting that people remain indoors where possible and not to drive vehicles in the flooded streets.

Such heavy rainfall, which lasted for around 2 days, is unusual in Tripoli, and has placed huge stress on the city’s old drainage system. There have also been cuts to power and communications.

Much of downtown Trang was badly flooded yesterday after a section of a river embankment collapsed, sending water pouring into low-lying areas.

A high tide combined with run-off from nearby Thung Song district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province swelled the Trang River yesterday.

The excess water caused a section of the river embankment in tambons Na Taluang and Nong Trud to give way.

Floodwaters in the municipality were up to 150cm deep in some areas. Six tambons in Muang district _ Nong Trud, Na Taluang, Khuan Pring, Natam Tua, Bang Rak and Natam Nua were inundated, with several main and secondary roads rendered impassable.

Soldiers and volunteers yesterday distributed flood-relief bags to residents. Provincial disaster prevention and mitigation chief Amnuay Chantharat said communities along the river were the worst hit.

Seven schools in Muang district were closed due to the flooding. Meanwhile, the Southern Meteorological Centre in Songkhla yesterday issued a severe weather warning for six provinces in the South.

It warned people living near hillsides and waterways in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat to brace for heavy rain, possible flash flooding, forest run-off and mudslides until Tuesday.

Strong wind-generated waves are also likely in the Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats should remain ashore during this period, the weather bureau said.

The Thai Meteorological Department issued a broader warning, telling seven southern provinces to brace for flash floods. Phuwiang Prakammin, director of the Meteorological Centre for the Southeastern region, said Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat face heavy rains and flash floods until Monday, caused by a depression approaching from China.

Heavy rain was already lashing much of Phatthalung yesterday, with residents of hillside areas placed on high alert for possible mudslides.

As torrential rain and severe winds were predicted to hit various parts of Turkey throughout the week, the city of İzmir saw flooding and widespread disruptions in transportation on Monday.
The heavy downpour in İzmir hindered daily life, causing flooding in many districts. Many citizens were trapped in their vehicles as they headed to work early on Monday due to the floodwaters. Traffic congestion on roads crippled life in İzmir’s Seferihisar district in particular.

… A section of a building belonging to the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Fire Department was also flooded due to rising waters from a nearby stream. The rise in the water level in Meles Stream also crippled communication as the power lines were damaged.

… The Meteorology General Directorate has forecast heavy rainfall across Turkey, possibly causing flooding in some regions. A storm that broke in İstanbul late on Sunday caused ferry and sea bus runs to be canceled. High winds and rainfall continue to hamper everyday life, spelling hard times for commuters as well due to the traffic that appeared after the rainfall.

According to the directorate, the provinces of Antalya, Muğla, İzmir, Manisa, Balıkesir, Bursa, Çanakkale, Tekirdağ and Edirne will experience heavy rainfall during the week.

High winds from the Southeast will turn into storms in the northern Aegean. According to the data released by the directorate the rain that began around 6:00 a.m. in İzmir is predicted to continue with increasing winds. The directorate issued warnings for the people of İzmir since the rainfall has caused deep puddles on roads in the province.

İzmir is looking to pick up the pieces after heavy rain caused flooding that resulted in damage to the Aegean province.

Authorities checked damage in the worst-hit neighborhoods, while the Turkish Red Crescent and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality sent aid materials such as tents, blankets and food to areas most affected by the heavy rain.

Hundreds of houses were submerged and roads were closed Nov. 25, resulting in a halt to traffic, including railway services, for several hours in the city.

The sea level in the city rose 75 centimeters after six centimeters fell.

Most of the houses in Buca district’s 19 Mayıs and Vezirağa neighborhoods were inundated after the Yeşildere creek overflowed its banks.

The solidarity was in sharp contrast to a war of words between İzmir’s mayor and Ankara AKP Mayor Melih Gökçek, a source of frequent controversy.

Rain is something, but disaster is another thing. This should be a lesson to CHP members. Now, you shouldn’t get angry if we ask if you need divers,” he tweeted Nov. 25.

Responding to Gökçek’s remarks, Kocaoğlu told daily Hürriyet that İzmir had experienced an extraordinary day due to a rise in the sea level, while condemning Gökçek’s “attempt to smear the opposing side and score points over a disaster like this.”

… ‘It is a disaster, these things can happen,’ we said. However, these kinds of cocksure remarks should be avoided in a period in which global warming has been increasing its impact. People still remember the flood scenes seen in several European cities,” he said.


Floods have wreaked havoc and displaced tens of thousands of residents in many parts of the South, with three people killed in Trang province and half of Songkhla declared a disaster zone yesterday.

Songkhla’s disaster prevention and mitigation office said eight of 16 districts Muang, Chana, Singha Nakhon, Ranot, Sathing Phra, Khuan Niang, Krasae Sin and Rattaphum were put on the disaster list as floodwater wrecked homes, cars and fields.

Senior official Amnart Polamat said the most critical areas are in Ranot, Sathing Phra and Chana districts.

Flat-bottomed boats have been sent to the areas to pick up stranded residents in flooded villages.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan, flash floods were reported in Bang Saphan Noi district yesterday.

Run-off from forests caused by the previous night’s downpour inundated the municipality and raised the flood level to more than a metre.

… Also hard-hit was Tha Chana district in Surat Thani, where floodwater continued to rise in the downtown area yesterday. Water was measured at 50-70cm.

The worst of the flooding was expected yesterday as more water was flowing downstream from the nearby tambons of Khlong Pha and Prasong.

About 2,000 residents in seven villages in tambon Khlong Pha were cut off after two main roads became impassable.

Tha Chana district chief Chumpol Suksai ordered the evacuation of the municipality as the main Khlong Pha reservoir began to overflow, sending down a rapid surge of floodwater.

In Phatthalung, floods damaged homes and farmland in Pa Bon, Pak Phayun, Bang Kaew, Khao Chaison, Khuan Khanun and Muang districts.

At least four tambons in Muang district and three in Khuan Khanun district were under as much as 1.5m of water, affecting more than 50,000 residents.

Phatthalung governor Seri Srihatrai said damage to properties was being surveyed.

Food and necessities were being distributed to flood victims. He said if the floods worsen, he will declare all 11 districts disaster zones.

In Trang, three people were killed as persistent wet weather triggered run-off from the Bantad mountain range, with the Trang River swelling.

About 2,500 families in 22 tambons of five districts have also been affected.

In Chumphon, gale-force wind damaged more than 100 houses and rubber farms in Pathiu district. Residents along the banks of Khlong Chumko and Khlong Bang Son were advised to prepare to leave as water levels in the canals continued to rise.

The Asian Highway was flooded in spots in Lang Suan and Thung Tako districts, but traffic could still get through, the highway office said.

Meanwhile, State Railway of Thailand governor Prapas Chongsanguan said the track between Laem Tanod and Ron Phibun in Nakhon Si Thammarat was under 20cm of water, forcing south-bound trains to stop at Thung Song.

More than 1,000 passengers were earlier stranded in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung due to flash floods.

Residents across southern Thailand brace for more floods

PHUKET: Several southern provinces have been inundated and many major rivers have risen to an alarming level after days of heavy downpours.

Nakhon Si Thammarat governor Apinan Suethanuwong yesterday warned residents to brace for forest runoff, mudslides and strong waves as several roads in Muang municipality were flooded.

Some sections of the flooded roads were impassable to small vehicles.

Jetsada Wattananurak, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, said floods, triggered by heavy downpours, have ravaged Thung Sung district, forcing residents to flee to safer areas.

The Royal Irrigation Department yesterday said the rainfall was heavy, measured at 243.7mm in Muang district and 248mm in Lan Saka district.

The provincial water supply and maintenance project warned local residents living along Thadee canal and other water sources to move their belongings to higher ground and closely monitor the water level.

In Narathiwat, water levels at three major rivers – Sungai Kolok, Bang Nara and Sai Buri – rose sharply yesterday due to heavy downpours for five consecutive days.

Strong winds and waves as high as 3m eroded several beaches, particularly Narathat Beach, a popular tourist attraction in Muang district, which was badly affected.

The heavy downpours and high waves forced more than 1,000 small- and mid-sized fishing boats in Ban Thong village in Muang district and in Tak Bai district to stay ashore yesterday.

In Trang, runoff from the Bantad mountain range, triggered by four days of heavy rains, flowed into tambon Nayong Nua municipality and Muang municipality of Trang, flooding communities along Khlong Nang Noi canal yesterday.

Several roads were under about 20-30cm of flood water.

Phuket’s coastline battered by strong winds and heavy waves, more than 50 boats destroyed

In Ao Yon and Ao Khao Khad, 3 metre high waves lashed the coast and damaged long-tail boats, yachts, speedboats and sailboats, all anchored close to shore. Some of them were beached.

… Meanwhile at Rawai beach, a fishing boat was smashed; in Ao Po, 20 fishing boats, which were moored ashore, were all damaged because of the hard-hitting waves, while a house was also destroyed.Around Naka Island, five fishing boats were damaged. Mr Panya Samphaorat, the mayor of Pakhlok district, along with staff went to inspect the damage, and advised the owners to report it to the local government office.

Mrs Arsana Nunphul, a villager living in Moo 6, Pakhlok, said that she had never seen big waves like this before, except from those during the 2004 tsunami. This morning, she said, it had rained heavily and the wind was so strong.

Marine police officers are already in place at all Phuket’s major ports and harbours, and have also warned every district, travel agent and fisherman not to head to sea until the weather subsides.

Altogether it’s estimated the strong winds and waves have destroyed more than 50 boats around the coastline of Phuket. The weather is still too bad to attempt any kind of salvaging operations. …


Thailand Floods Update September 2013

September 27, 2013

Thailand has suffered severe flooding, particularly in the north eastern regions, since 17th September 2013.

On 26th September, director general of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Chatchai Promlert, issued a statement with the following figures regarding the recent floods:

9 people reported as killed in the floods
7.962 villages across 29 provinces affected
As many as 2.1 million people affected
Around 7,000 homes damaged
2,310 roads damaged
145 bridges damaged
Nearly 200,000 hectares of farmland damaged

Some areas are beginning to return to normal, including Kanchanaburi, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nakhon Ratchasima and Kalasin. However, Thailand’s weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical depression heading towards the country from Vietnam, which could bring further heavy rainfall, particularly to Ubon Ratchatani, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Prachin Buri. Water from dams such as Pasak Chonlasit Dam in Prachin Buri, is being released in order to make room for the expected rainfall.

Below is a lit of the provinces in Thailand that have been affected by the floods so far:

North: Pitsanulok, Phichit, Petchabun, Kamphaengphet, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani

North East: Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Amnatcharoen, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Yasothon and Mukdahan

Some reports claim parts of Chaiyaphum are under 2.8 metres of water, and in the Krasang district of Buri Ram about 3 metres.

East: Prachinburi, Sakaeo, Nakhon Nayok and Chachoengsao

Central region: Lopburi, Saraburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Angthong, Suphanburi and Chainat

South: The south has remained fairly untouched by the flooding so far, with only Chumphon province affected.

Sources: Bangkok Post; The Nation

The Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas was flooded again yesterday, barely two months after one of its lounges suffered a similar fate.

After heavy rain in the afternoon, the driveway outside the arrival hall on the ground floor was inundated ankle-deep in water.

Parts of the arrival hall were not spared when flood water seeped in, leaving many people stranded and unable to get to their vehicles, including airport limousines waiting outside.

Passengers were seen sitting with their legs crossed on chairs as the water was 5cm deep at the arrival hall.

A reader, who alerted the New Straits Times, said strong winds coupled with heavy rain swept across the airport at 3.10pm, and the driveway was submerged in a matter of minutes.

Some passengers vented their frustration on Twitter by posting photos of the flood and their predicament. Senior airport manager Mohd Ariff Jaafar blamed the flash flood on Mother Nature.

He said an unusual rainfall of 58.2mm was recorded during the 20-minute downpour. “We checked with the state Meteorological Department, which said the usual rainfall was between 10mm and 15mm during this time of the year.

“Fortunately, the rainwater did not reach other parts of the airport and our operations are unaffected.” When asked about the flooded driveway despite the recent completion of a RM250 million drainage system, Ariff said water failed to drain out because of its high volume…

INCESSANT rain brought about by a low pressure area (LPA) has trigged flashflood and landslide in five villages for the past two days in Zamboanga Peninsula, the police reported Saturday.

Inspector Jeremias Soreño, officer-in-charge of Ramon Magsasay town in Zamboanga del Sur, said no casualty was reported during the sudden rise of water in four villages in the town.

Soreño said the villages of Magsaysay, Katipunan, Switch, and Esperanza were affected by the flashflood. The four villages were submerged as flood water rose around 2:30 a.m. Saturday due to incessant rain.

The road leading to the city proper from the village of Salaan, east of Zamboang City, was closed to traffic for several hours due to landslide.

The landslide triggered by continuous downpour, triggered the landslide shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at Zone IV in the village of Salaan. The City General Service Office has sent heavy equipment to clear the road in Salaan village.

Zamboanga City and the entire region experienced incessant rains the past days brought about by the LPA.

Rainfall has ravaged many areas in the South with officials in Nakhon Si Thammarat declaring 11 districts as disaster zones. Eight Songkhla’s 16 districts have also been classed as disaster zones.

Five districts in Chumphon – Sawi, Thung Tako, Phato, Lamae and Lang Suan – were also flooded yesterday. Staff at Lang Suan Hospital, which is surrounded by water 50cm-deep, were preparing to evacuate patients yesterday to safer ground.

Several sections of the Asia 41 Highway were also flooded. Khao Chairat sub-district in Pathiu, Chumphon, had some 100 homes and 1,000 rai of rubber plantations damaged by strong winds at 2am yesterday.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Apinan Suethanuwong signed a disaster zone declaration after 105,156 people in 11 districts were affected by floods. Some 50 schools were forced to close – 34 in Chu-uat district.

Army Region 4 sent soldiers to help residents in Ban Tha Sung Bon in Tha Sala district, where some 100 homes were damaged by a storm surge. Meanwhile, in Nopphitam district, forest run-off hit three villages in Krung Ching sub-district and marooned 200 households there, while a house was also reportedly damaged by landslide.

Songkhla’s disaster zones were Muang, Chana, Singha Nakhon, Ranot, Sathing Phra, Khuan Niang, Krasae Sin and Rattaphum. Provincial authorities dispatched 26 flat-bottom boats to help victims in severest-hit Ranot, Sathing Phra and Chana districts, provincial disaster prevention and mitigation head Amnat Polmat said.

But flooding in Songkhla has started to subside since rain stopped Friday night. To date 34,041 people in 63 sub-districts in eight districts were affected, although no deaths or injuries were reported, he said.

In Surat Thani’s Tha Chana district, some 2,000 households in the municipal area were swamped as two roads were under 70cm of water. With more water expected later last night from the brimming Khlong Pa reservoir plus runoff from Prasong sub-district upstream, officials urged residents to move their belongings to higher ground.

In Phunphin district, a bus from carrying 42 passengers from Phuket to Bangkok lost control amid heavy rain on the Asia Highway at 3pm, which left 23 people injured.

Phatthalung governor Seri Srihatrai was also set to declare all districts as disaster zones, if the situation did not improve. Runoff from the Banthat mountain range inundated Pak Phayun, Pa Bon, Bang Kaeo, Khao Chaison, Khuan Khanun and Muang districts.

Villagers had to use boats for transport in the wake of a flood up to 1.5m deep in hard-hit parts of Muang and Khuan Khanun districts.

In Trang, over 2,500 homes in five districts were hit by floods. Na Yong district saw floodwater rise to 50-70cm deep, cutting three sections of Phetchkasem Highway, so motorists going to Phattalung had to use other routes. One death was reported in Ratsada district, when a six-year-old boy was swept away and drowned.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Bang Saphan district, rainfall since 2am caused flash floods in some areas of Bang Saphan and Bang Saphan Noi sub-districts, affecting 15 villages. But district chief Thawil Chanthawora-nurak said water should go down quickly, as a canal gate connected to sea had been opened 20 metres to drain water out faster.