Zimbabwe: At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding – Published 27 Feb 2017 1952z (GMT/UTC)

At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding and subsequently evacuated to a local primary school and hospital by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Civil Protection Unit has said. In its latest situation report released last week, Tsholotsho District was the most affected. “Tsholotsho is arguably the most severely affected district in the country to date and a considerable number of households have lost their homes to flooding or excessive moisture. “The total number of the displaced is 850 to date inclusive of schoolchildren and infants. The local school is also flooded and children cannot access the school. Flooding in the area reached waist level,” said CPU. The CPU said a plan of action for response was already in place. It said the needs or damage assessment — inclusive of mapping of the flooded area — would be conducted by the sub national civil protection structures with the support of the national civil protection committee. It was providing critical basic needs such as food, water and sanitation, shelter and protection, health services and continuity of schooling. There are also ongoing efforts in mobilising the necessary resources for response. The #ZimbabweDefenceForces is providing air rescue services. The #RedCross Society and International Organisation for Migration have also chipped in providing clothing, shoes, school bags, jerry cans, blankets, mosquito nets and toiletries. The Department of Social Welfare provided maize and rice for the community. Germany #AgroAction and #UNICEF provided plastic buckets, bars of soap, water treatment tablets as well as class- room tents while the #ZimbabweRedCrossSociety availed tents, plastic sheeting and sun plates while #PlanInternational provided three vehicles for use and fuel.

RSOE February 27 2017 05:11 PM (UTC).

UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 16 Nov 2015 2330z (GMT/UTC)

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STORM BARNEY

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 20 Flood Warnings in England and Wales – 6 in Scotland

at

22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

29 Flood Alerts in England and Wales – 5 in Scotland

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Severe Weather Alert #54
SWUK has issued a Severe Weather Alert for strong winds in excess of 70mph
Valid from 1300hrs Tuesday 17th November to 0300hrs Wednesday 18th November.
for
South and South Western England & Wales
An easterly moving low pressure system (officially named ‘Barney’ by the MetO) will track across southern UK on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts could exceed SWUK criteria of 70mph along exposed coasts on the southern flank of the low.
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YELLOW WARNING OF WIND for NORTHWEST SCOTLAND

Issued at 10:35 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid from 11:00 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid until 23:55 on Mon 16 Nov

Southwesterly winds will increase during Monday, when severe gales will affect parts of the northwest mainland of Scotland, the Western Isles and Northern Isles. The strongest winds will initially develop across the Western Isles and northwest coast this afternoon before extending into the Northern Isles during the evening. Winds will quickly ease on Tuesday.

Gusts of wind of 65-75 mph are expected in places, so be aware that there may be some further disruption to travel. Additionally, large waves may cause some overtopping of sea defences.

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YELLOW WARNING OF RAIN for NORTH WALES and NORTH ENGLAND

Issued at 10:23 on Mon 16 Nov

Valid from 10:00 on Tue 17 Nov

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Further rain is expected on Tuesday as a frontal system runs across the UK from the west. The largest accumulations are expected across the hills of northwest England and northwest Wales though low lying areas will also see a period of heavy rain. On the southern side of this system some very strong winds are expected and a separate warning for winds is likely to be issued.

The public should be aware that, given the already saturated conditions, flooding is possible either from standing water or from rivers already swollen by recent rainfall. This could lead to disruption to travel and perhaps localised flooding to properties.

This is a further update to the warning originally issued on Friday, reducing the northern extent of the warning and moving into minor impacts.

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Issued at 10:46 on Mon 16 Nov

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West to southwesterly gales and locally severe gales are likely to sweep eastwards across parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England later on Tuesday. Gusts could reach 60-70 mph inland and possibly 80 mph along exposed coasts, particularly Wales and through the Bristol Channel.

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Another spell of heavy rain, accompanied by gale force winds in places, will cross the country on Wednesday, with largest rainfall over the high ground areas already saturated from recent wet weather. Up to 50 mm is expected in the wettest spots in North Wales and NW England.

The public should be aware of the potential for further impacts such as disruption to travel and local flooding.

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22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

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22:52 on 16 Nov 2015 GMT

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Low Bailey 964 expected Norwegian Basin 973 by midday tomorrow. New low expected Shannon 983 by same time.

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The general synopsis at 16 November 20:00 UTC

At 161200UTC low 60 north 13 west 964 expected 63 north 02 east 973 by 171200UTC. Low 48 north 39 west 987 expected 53 north 12 west 983 by same time. Low 50 north 20 west 998 losing its identity by that time. New low moving slowly east expected 53 north 32 west 988 by 171200UTC

US: Tropical Depression BILL continues to track through N Arkansas, leaving 2 dead in Oklahoma – Flash flood warnings current – Published 190615 1600z (GMT/UTC)

Tropical Depression BILL

FLASH FLOOD & FLOOD WARNINGS ARE CURRENT (Scroll down for more)

Authorities in central Oklahoma have recovered the body of an 80-year-old woman from a car partially submerged in floodwaters. Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said, the rescue crews in a boat removed the body Thursday evening. They were responding to a report of a vehicle on its side in a flooded area near Macomb, about 45 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Palmer says it appeared the woman ignored barricades and tried to drive through floodwaters that rose as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill dropped up to 10 inches of rain on parts of the state. The woman wasn’t immediately identified. The state medical examiner will rule on the cause of death. Earlier Thursday, authorities recovered the body of a 2-year-old boy who was swept from his father’s arms by floodwaters in Ardmore a day before. More than 5,000 young people at a Baptist church camp in southern Oklahoma are being sent home early as the nearby Washita River is expected to reach historic levels. Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Director Anthony Jordan announced Thursday that campers at Falls Creek near Davis are being sent home, although he said the camp was not directly at risk of flooding. Jordan said in a statement that camp officials were concerned about their ability to provide general maintenance and trash service because of flooding in nearby areas. Jordan says camp activities are being suspended for the rest of the week. Falls Creek spokesman James Swain says there were about 5,400 campers at Falls Creek this week. Authorities have recovered the body of a 2-year-old Oklahoma boy who was swept away by floodwaters while the remnants of a tropical storm were moving through the state.

Ardmore police Capt. Eric Hamblin says Jeremiah Mayer’s body was found Thursday afternoon in a creek about 30 yards from where he was last seen after being swept from his father’s arms late Wednesday. Hamblin says the father was fleeing his home on foot when the floodwater overtook him and swept the boy away. He says the father had to be rescued from the water, which rose 12 to 15 feet in less than an hour. The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill dumped about 10 inches of rain on the area overnight. Authorities have partly reopened a section of a major highway connecting Oklahoma City and Dallas but say it could be days before it can be completely reopened due to a rockslide and high water. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says northbound traffic on Interstate 35 is being detoured for a four-mile stretch while transportation crews and contractors look to stabilize the rock face next to the road. A tropical depression dumped an estimated 10 inches of rain on the area and helped trigger the rockslide. It says the northbound closure through the Arbuckle Mountains could last for several days is urging motorists to use alternate routes on U.S. Highways 81 or 69. Meanwhile, the agency has reopened the southbound lanes of I-35. Traffic is heavily congested.
Friday, 19 June, 2015 at 10:36 (10:36 AM) UTC RSOE

Tropical Depression BILL Public Advisory from NHC

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WTNT32 KWNH 191436
TCPAT2

TROPICAL DEPRESSION BILL ADVISORY NUMBER 15
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD AL022015
1000 AM CDT FRI JUN 19 2015

…TROPICAL DEPRESSION BILL CONTINUES TO TRACK THROUGH NORTHERN
ARKANSAS…

SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…36.3N 91.4W
ABOUT 117 MILES…188 KM…NE OF LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…25 MPH…40 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…ENE OR 75 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…32 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE CURRENTLY IN EFFECT ACROSS SECTIONS OF
SOUTHERN MISSOURI AND EASTERN ILLINOIS. MEANWHILE…FLOOD WARNINGS
EXTEND ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS…NORTHEASTERN
OKLAHOMA…LOUISIANA…AND INTO PARTS OF ARKANSAS…MISSOURI…AND
ILLINOIS. FARTHER NORTH AND EAST…FLOOD WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT
ACROSS SECTIONS OF ILLINOIS…INDIANA…AND OHIO. FLASH FLOOD AND
FLOOD WATCHES ARE SPREAD ACROSS MUCH OF THE LOWER AND MIDDLE
MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS AND OHIO VALLEY.

FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE WATCHES
AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF BILL WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 36.3 NORTH…AND LONGITUDE 91.4 WEST. SATELLITE AND
SURFACE OBSERVATIONS CONTINUE TO SHOW A WELL-DEFINED CYCLONIC
CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL DEPRESSION BILL AS IT TRACKS
WELL INLAND ACROSS NORTHERN ARKANSAS THIS MORNING. IN
ADDITION…MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES WITH TWO SEPARATE
AXES OF ACTIVE CONVECTION. TO THE NORTH OF BILL…MODERATE TO
HEAVY RAINFALL WAS ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY ALONG THE STATIONARY
FRONT. NEAR THE CENTER OF BILL…LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL WAS
BEING REPORTED. REPORTED WIND GUSTS NEAR THE CENTER OF BILL WERE
MEASURED AT 26 MPH OR LESS. BILL IS EXPECTED TO TRACK
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD TOWARDS THE OHIO VALLEY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS AND GRADUALLY LOSE TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT BEGINS TO
INTERACT WITH SLIGHTLY COOLER AND DRIER AIR TO THE NORTH.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 25 MPH…40 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB…29.71 INCHES.
HAZARDS
——-
RAINFALL…BILL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF 1 TO
2 INCHES ACROSS AREAS OF ARKANSAS…INTO SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL
MISSOURI. 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FARTHER EAST INTO THE
TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEYS WHILE 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE MORE LIKELY
TOWARD THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS AND MID-ATLANTIC REGION. THESE
RAINS WILL CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE THREAT FOR FLASH
FLOODING…PARTICULARLY IN REGIONS WHICH ARE ALREADY SATURATED
FROM PREVIOUS HEAVY RAINFALL.
RAINFALL TOTALS
—————
SELECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL IN INCHES THROUGH 7 AM CDT

…ARKANSAS…
ROGERS 2.1 SE 4.42
DELIGHT 2.2 WNW 3.74
SPRINGDALE 6.4 WSW 3.31
SILOAM SPRINGS/SMITH FIELD 3.24
FAYETTEVILLE/SPRINGDALE 3.12
HARRISON/BOONE CO. ARPT 2.94
BENTONVILLE 2.82
TEXARKANA RGNL ARPT 2.67
EUREKA SPRINGS 4.0 WNW 2.62
SPRINGFIELD/CAPITAL ARPT 2.49
MOUNTAIN HOME/BAXTER CO. ARPT 1.93
LONOKE 1.2 SSW 1.74
EVERTON 2.1 N 1.67
ST. JOE 2.7 WNW 1.64
ATKINS 1.0 NE 1.51

…ILLINOIS…
SULLIVAN 3 S 4.89
ALLENVILLE 1 S 4.50
ELBURN 4.45
SOUTH CAROL STREAM 4.11
BATAVIA 3.87
ROCHELLE 3.43
MANHATTAN 5 SSE 3.26
OAK PARK 1 SE 3.07
MATTOON 3.03
DIXON 2 SW 2.64
NEWTON 2.58
TUSCOLA 2.29
NORTH AURORA 2 E 2.23
STE. MARIE 2.11
GENEVA 2.10

…INDIANA…
MOROCCO 3.70
NEW ROSS 2 E 2.87
ANDERSON 5 NW 2.30
INDIANAPOLIS INTL ARPT 1.92
EVANSVILLE RGNL ARPT 1.81
CHESTERTON 1.70

…KANSAS…
COFFEYVILLE MUNI ARPT 3.64
COLLYER 2.1 SE 1.45

…LOUISIANA…
SHREVEPORT RGNL ARPT 4.79
BOSSIER CITY 6.7 NNW 3.84
SHREVEPORT 5.3 SSE 2.42
PLAIN DEALING 3.0 ESE 2.13
RUSTON 1.6 NW 1.85

…MISSOURI…
SPRINGFIELD 7 S 5.50
MARSHFIELD 3.6 S 5.48
NIXA 2.7 SSW 4.72
NIANGUA 4.37
SOUTH SPRINGFIELD 3.10
COLUMBIA RGNL ARPT 2.94
LITTON AGRI-SCI CNTR 2.86
JOPLIN RGNL ARPT 2.60
WHITESIDE 2 E 2.50
FORNEY AAF/FORT LEONARDWOOD 2.47
MIDDLETOWN 4 SW 2.34
JEFFERSON CITY ARPT 2.27
KAISER/LAKE OZARK 2.08

…OKLAHOMA…
HEALDTON 3 E 12.53
NEWPORT 11.52
BURNEYVILLE 10.09
SULPHUR 2.5 WSW 8.63
RINGLING 8.27
PAULS VALLEY MUNI APRT 7.35
SULPHUR 7.09
MACOMB 5.2 ESE 5.82
MARIETTA 2.8 SW 5.57
ADA 0.3 NNW 5.45
WEWOKA 7.4 NNW 5.30
NORMAN 3.4 SE 3.61
OKLAHOMA CITY 11.5 S 2.64
MUSKOGEE/DAVIS FIELD AIRPORT 2.55
BARTLESVILLE MUNI ARPT 1.51

…TEXAS…
MONTAGUE 12.50
GANADO 1.5 W 11.77
KIRBYVILLE 1.5 SE 9.51
SEALY 0.3 WNW 9.17
ALICE INTL ARPT 9.03
EL CAMPO 0.5 ENE 8.57
VICTORIA 9 ESE 7.73
ROCKPORT 1.3 WSW 7.51
MANOR 4.7 WSW 7.30
WF SAN JACINTO 7.06
LUFKIN/ANGELINA CO ARPT 6.98
NAVASOTA 8 SE 6.73
FLOUR BLUFF 7 SW 6.59
ARANSAS PASS 1 SSE 6.46
SAN FELIPE 1.0 WNW 6.15
CORPUS CHRISTI 6.14
AUSTIN 4.2 ESE 5.80
SAN ANTONIO INTL ARPT 2.91
HOUSTON/INTERCONTINENTAL 2.51
FORT WORTH NAS 2.34
NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT ADVISORY ISSUED AT 400 PM CDT. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS
STORM.

FORECASTER FANNING

FORECAST POSITIONS
——————
INITIAL 19/1500Z 36.3N 91.4W
12HR VT 20/0000Z 36.9N 89.8W…TROPICAL DEPRESSION
24HR VT 20/1200Z 37.9N 87.0W…TROPICAL DEPRESSION
36HR VT 21/0000Z 39.0N 82.4W…POST-TROPICAL/REMNANT LOW
48HR VT 21/1200Z 39.2N 77.8W…POST-TROPICAL/REMNANT LOW
$$

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Australia (WA): Tropical Low moving off W Kimberley coast unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone (TCWC Perth) – Published 190115 1123z (GMT/UTC)

Tropical Low

The weak tropical low is moving off the west Kimberley coast, but conditions are not favourable for development. There is only a slight chance that it will develop into a tropical cyclone (TCWC Perth)

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORECAST TRACK MAP

Tropical Low

Issued at 5:43 pm WST Monday 19 January 2015. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 14.

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This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.

Headline:

Kimberley low unlikely to become a tropical cyclone. Warnings cancelled but the system will be closely monitored.

Areas affected:

Warning zone: No active warning areas.

Watch zone: No active watch areas.

Details of Tropical Low at 5:00 pm WST:

Intensity: tropical low, sustained winds near centre 28 kilometres per hour with wind gusts 83 kilometres per hour.
Location: within 75 kilometres of 18.2 degrees South, 121.9 degrees East , 45 kilometres southwest of Broome and 420 kilometres northeast of Port Hedland .
Movement: west southwest at 18 kilometres per hour .

The weak tropical low is moving off the west Kimberley coast, but conditions are not favourable for development. There is only a slight chance that it will develop into a tropical cyclone.

Hazards:

Sustained gales are not expected in coastal communities but areas of heavy rain are likely over the west Kimberley. Please refer to the latest Flood Warnings for more details – http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/.

Recommended Action:

DFES State Emergency Service (SES) advises of the following community alerts:

ALL CLEAR: People in, near or between Cape Leveque and Mardie are advised that damaging winds are no longer expected.

Details:

Time (WST) Intensity Category Latitude
(decimal deg.)
Longitude
(decimal deg.)
Estimated Position
Accuracy (km)
0hr 5 pm January 19 tropical low 18.2S 121.9E 75
+6hr 11 pm January 19 tropical low 18.6S 120.7E 85
+12hr 5 am January 20 tropical low 19.2S 119.3E 100
+18hr 11 am January 20 tropical low 19.8S 117.6E 120
+24hr 5 pm January 20 tropical low 20.6S 115.7E 140
+36hr 5 am January 21 tropical low 21.6S 113.3E 175
+48hr 5 pm January 21 tropical low 22.6S 111.9E 215
+60hr 5 am January 22 tropical low 23.1S 110.9E 260
+72hr 5 pm January 22 tropical low XXX XXX XXX

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JTWC

MARITIME/SHIPPING

IDW23100
40:3:1:24:18S122E999:11:00
SECURITE

HIGH SEAS WEATHER WARNING FOR METAREA 10 ISSUED BY THE
AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH
AT 0952UTC 19 JANUARY 2015

GALE WARNING

Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the
averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

SITUATION
At 0900 UTC a tropical low was centred within 40 nautical miles of
latitude eighteen decimal two south (18.2S)
longitude one hundred and twenty one decimal nine east (121.9E)
Recent movement : west southwest at 10 knots
Maximum winds : 15 knots
Central pressure: 1003 hPa
The tropical low is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone.

AREA AFFECTED
Nil.

FORECAST
Gales are no longer expected over marine areas

REMARKS

No further warnings will be issued unless the system intensifies.

WEATHER PERTH

There are other warnings at METAREA X

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 27 Dec 2014 1433z (GMT/UTC)

Updated here:

https://goatysnews.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/uk-severe-weather-and-flood-warnings-updated-08-jan-2015-1203z-gmtutc/

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 11 Dec 2014 1343z (GMT/UTC)

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 27 Oct 2014 1422z (GMT/UTC)

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India/ Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains leave at least 82 dead in Punjab, Kashmir, KPK. More rain forecast – Published 050914 1010z (UTC)

At least forty (G: 82 over Punjab and Azad Kashmir) people died in separate incidents of roof collapse, land sliding and electrocution followed by heavy downpour in Punjab on Thursday.

Heavy rains lashed Lahore where six members of a family lost their lives in a roof collapse, including an infant. In another incident of roof collapse in Government Officers Residence (GOR) Colony, two people died. Separately, a man died after getting electric shocks in Johar Town.

Several deaths were also reported from Sialkot, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. According to rescue sources, a woman and two children died when a house’s wall collapsed on them in Sialkot. Two more deaths were also reported from Faisalabad, while in Monki area of Gujranwala, a child died and two other persons were injured in a roof collapse.

The government of Punjab has declared emergency in the rain-hit areas and launched full-scale rescue operations. Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar said on Thursday that a high wave of flood will pass through the River Chenab midnight Thursday. He said residents of villages adjoining the river had already been evacuated and shifted to safer places.

Talking to APP, he said as many as 33 relief centres had been established in the Sialkot District in addition to medical centres with sufficient medicines.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has warned all the authorities concerned to take necessary precautionary measures during the expected rains between Thursday and Friday. According to the officials of PDMA thunderstorm with isolated heavy rain at a few places is expected in Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat division. There is a chance of flash flooding in local nullahs and streams.

At least forty people, including women and children, died and 30 sustained injuries in different incidents of roof collapses in various districts of Punjab during current torrential rains. According to a Rescue 1122 spokesman around 13 people, including three women, succumbed to injuries when roofs of different homes caved in different localities of the provincial capital. As per reports, the roof of a double storeyed building caved in near Chah Miran area; Dhobi Ghaat, which resulted in the instant death of six people, including three women.
Similarly, the roof of a house collapsed in GOR-2. Resultantly, two people got stuck under the debris. The rescue service responded to the incident and extricated the victims’ dead bodies. A man died after he suffered an electric shock in Johar Town and another man also died due to a roof collapse. According to reports, three people died when the roof of a house caved in at Thokar Niaz Baig, whereas one man died in a house near Samanabad Roundabout.

Meanwhile, one person died and six sustained multiple injuries in two incidents of roof collapses in Faisalabad; four died and two were injured in Gujranwala due to a roof collapse. Another five people died and two sustained multiple injuries due after receiving electric shock in Sialkot district. Moreover, one person died and two were injured in Chundowal village, whereas one died and 10 sustained multiple injuries in roof collapses in Okara and Kasur.

The rescuers, who responded to the incidents in Punjab, ascertained that mostly dilapidated buildings with poor bases were to blame for the roof collapses. Expressing his concerns, Punjab Rescue DG Dr Rizwan Naseer advised citizens to remove debris and extra weight from the rooftops of the houses and strengthen their bases by putting sand and mud around the walls to avoid collapses. He said the citizens should remove electric wires or cover them properly to avoid electric shocks in monsoon season.

The overnight downpour submerged low-lying areas of Lahore, including Wasanpura, Garhi Shahu, Garden Town, Ferozepur Road, Mall Road, Gulberg and Iqbal Town. Rain emergency has been declared in the province and local administration has been put on high alert to kick off rescue efforts and prevent rain-related casualties.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned that all rivers in Punjab would likely be in “very high” to “exceptionally high” flood from Sept 5 to 7 because of expected intensification of the current spell of fairly widespread rains.

Friday, 05 September, 2014 at 04:39 (04:39 AM) UTC RSOE

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“LAHORE/RAWALPINDI:

Death toll from heavy monsoon rains mounted to 82 as torrential downpour continued to batter Punjab and Azad Kashmir, SAMAA reported Friday.

In Punjab, reports said, the death from rain-related incidents reached 60.

Most of the deaths were caused by roof collapses in buildings as rains crippled civic life in the city.

Hundreds of acres of agriculture land inundated in Punjab as dozens of villages were cut off due to rainwater.

In Azad Kashmir, at least 18 people were reported killed. Four people were killed in Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

More Rain Likely

Authorities warned that more intense rainfall and flash floods could cause flooding in major rivers.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain during next 12 hours in Punjab, Azad Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that the rain may continue till Sunday.

PMD said if the rains continued for two days, the high flooding in rivers may inundate vast swatches of land in Punjab.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has kicked off rescue and relief operations.

High Flood

Due to flash flooding in Kashmir region, the rivers Jhelum and Neelum are close to overflowing in some places, officials said.

Reports said a high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at Marala Headworks.

Authorities in Sialkot and Narowal areas have issued flood warnings in various areas of Punjab and evacuated local people from villages.

Pak Army has also been called in to assist local administration.

Pakistan has suffered deadly monsoon floods for at least the last four years — in 2013, 178 people were killed and around 1.5 million affected by flooding around the country.

The floods of 2010 were the worst in Pakistan’s history, with 1,800 people killed and 21 million affected in what became a major humanitarian crisis. SAMAA/AFP” – http://www.samaa.tv

J-K: Bus washed away by floods, 50 feared dead

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times Jammu/Srinagar, September 04, 2014

First Published: 15:02 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 11:02 IST(5/9/2014)

“At least fifty people were feared dead on Thursday after a bus carrying a wedding party was washed away by flash floods inJammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district, even as 20 other flood-related deaths were reported from other parts of the state.

Three days of heavy rain left rivers in the state flowing above the danger mark and triggered landslides in several places, forcing key highway stretches to close for traffic. More rainfall is likely for at least the next two days, the meteorological department warned.

On Thursday afternoon, the bus — filled to its capacity of 52, including the bride and groom was on its way to Lam, around 120 km from Jammu city, when it was hit by surging waters of the Gambhir river. Only three people survived the accident.

Rescue operations were severely hampered by heavy rainfall, said Rajouri senior superintendent of police Mubassir Latifi.

The state capital of Srinagar also braced for major floods with the Jhelum, Kashmirs main river, flowing more than seven feet above the danger mark.

Vast swathes of Srinagar remain inundated, with water levels just a few feet shy of breaching Lal Chowk, the citys commercial hub.

With water level rising by the hour, locals complained of administrative apathy. Our colony has been under water since 2am Thursday but no help arrived till morning. Only two boats, with a capacity of four, were made available by the administration, even though hundreds of people are stranded, said Mushtaq Ali, a resident of Hamdania colony in Srinagars Bemina area.

Torrential rainfall forced the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage to be suspended on Thursday after three people were injured in landslides triggered by heavy showers.

The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway also closed for traffic after two landslides in the Ramban district left hundreds of vehicles stranded.

South Kashmirs Anantnag and Kulgam districts are among the worst hit, with at least 50 villages under water and more than 1500 people marooned. On Thursday, the government dispatched 50 boats to the region that evacuated hundreds of people trapped by floodwater. A number of bridges have also collapsed in south and central Kashmir, cutting off several hamlets.

People living along the banks of Jhelum and embankments of other water bodies have been asked to move to safer areas immediately, said Kashmir divisional commissioner.

Amid complaints that the administration was slow in responding to the crisis, chief minister Omar Abdullah conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected districts on Thursday, directing officials to take all necessary measures to safeguard lives of people affected by the deluge.

The government has asked the air force to keep a rescue plan ready, and around 500,000 sand bags have been kept available, said a spokesperson. The cabinet has also approved Rs. 10 crore for rescue work.

All schools and colleges are closed in the state till Sunday. Kashmir University has postponed its examination.” – Hindustan Times

 

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8 August 2014 – The remnants of Hurricane Bertha will continue to track towards the UK during the next few days.

“The Met Office has been assessing the likelihood of the UK seeing any effects from Bertha by using our own forecast models alongside models from other world-leading forecast centres.

At the moment southern parts of the UK look as though they are most at risk during Sunday, followed by areas of northeast Scotland on Monday. However, there is also the possibility that the depression could move across northern France as a weak feature.

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The transition of Bertha from a tropical to an extra-tropical feature is a particularly hard one to forecast but there is increasing confidence that this feature will affect the UK on Sunday, though with very large uncertainty remaining over the track and intensity.

Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “There is still some uncertainty surrounding this weekend’s weather, with the potential for heavy rainfall, strong coastal winds and large waves on Sunday. However, there is still a chance that the system may pass to the south of the country giving the UK a brighter day.

“Rain and strong winds may well bring disruption, especially across southern parts of the UK, with the potential for more than 50 mm of rain and coastal gusts of over 60 mph. People should stay up to date with the latest Met Office warnings.”

Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, said: “Heavy rain on Sunday may lead to localised surface water flooding in some parts of England and Wales. On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides and strong westerly winds bring a risk of large waves and spray and possible flooding to the south west coast of England and along the Severn Estuary. However, the forecast remains uncertain so we advise people to regularly check the flood risk situation over the next few days.

“If you’re travelling to or from holiday then check your flood risk before setting off and don’t drive through flood waters.

“The Environment Agency is continuing to monitor the situation closely along with the Met Office and local authorities. People can sign up to receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation on the GOV.UK website to  check if you are at risk of flooding or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.”

Jeremy Parr, Head of Flood Risk Management, Natural Resources Wales, said: “Our officers will be monitoring forecasts closely over the weekend as the situation in Wales becomes clearer but in the meantime we are advising people to remain alert.

“We are likely to see some very heavy rain on Sunday into Monday, and combined with strong winds and high spring tides, conditions along the coast could be dangerous.  As the forecast remains unsettled, we are advising people to keep an eye on weather forecasts and check the latest flood alerts on our website.”

Ross Macloed,  RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: “Extreme wave heights combined with high tides can make some normal coastal activities we take for granted significantly more risky; the force of surging water or breaking waves can easily knock you over and quickly drag you out of your depth and once in the water it can be difficult to get out. As little as one cubic metre of water weighs a tonne and shows that you should never underestimate how powerful the sea can be.

“If you are planning a coastal activity, our advice is to respect the water, and watch the shore from a safe distance and assess the conditions; think about the risk before deciding if  you need to go closer.”

Met Office records show that there are similar examples of intense low pressure systems occurring in August, for example, the 24 August 2005 where an active storm sat off the northwest coast of Scotland bringing strong winds and heavy rain. On the 30 August 1992 a depression swung up from the southwest across the UK giving a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend.

We will be keeping an eye on the latest outlook for the weather over the next few days and the progress of ex Bertha to keep everyone up to date with the latest information.

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SKY NEWS 11:35am UK, Monday 19 May 2014:

Balkans Flooding Triggers Landmine Warning

The worst floods in the region for more than half a century kill 44 people and force tens of thousands from their homes.

International rescue teams are battling against thousands of landslides as they try to reach victims of the unprecedented flooding in the Balkans.

The disaster has also prompted a warning that survivors could be at risk from landminesleft over from the war in the 90s, which may have been dislodged by the water which has also washed away the warning signs.

A woman and her son move away from the downwash of an European Union Force (EUFOR) helicopter after being rescued from the flooded Serici village.
A woman and her son are rescued from the flooded village of Serici

At least 44 people have lost their lives in the disaster across Bosnia and Serbia, with the death tolls expected to rise. Twenty of the confirmed deaths recorded in Bosnia occured in Doboj, while in Serbia some 16 bodies were found.

Around 3,000 landslides have been reported across the region blocking roads and damaging homes, as 10,000 people have been evacuated from the worst affected areas of north Bosnia.

Children sit in a bus after being evacuated from the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade
Children sit on a bus after being evacuted from Obrenovac

Thousands of people have fled from the submerged Serbian town of Obrenovac. One of the evacuees, 40-year-old father Dragan Todorovic, said: “I carried my kids out on my back, then waited 12 hours to be rescued myself.

“The house was new, built two years ago for 100,000 euros. What now?”

The police are really worried about looting and trying to protect those thousands of empty homes.

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Many residents of flood-hit towns had to be evacuated by helicopter

Some 20 thousand people live in Obrenovac. They have all left because it is far too dangerous and inevitably the death toll will rise in the coming days as the true extent of this disaster becomes apparent.

The authorities are working exceptionally hard to make sure people are out and away from danger. People have had to leave their homes with nothing at all, just the clothes on their back in many instances.

The relief effort is being bolstered by Russia and other European countries sending teams in, to comb through homes that have been destroyed.

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A group of residents is evacuated on an amphibious vehicle from Obrenovac

Teams are battling to save key power stations including the giant site at Kostolac near the capital Belgrade.

Alma Muslibegovic, a spokeswoman for the country’s EPS power firm, said: “The army, police, volunteers and Kostolac employees are using all mechanisation and are piling up sandbags to slow the river flow and prevent it from entering the power generation system.”

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said a fire and flooding of surface mines at the 1,300 megawatt (MW) Kolubara coal-fired power plant southwest of Belgrade had caused damage of “at least 100 million euros (81m)”.

Balkans floods.
A man and his dog are evacuated from the town of Obrenovac

Authorities say the economic impact of the floods will be huge, devastating the agricultural sector vital to both the Serbian and Bosnian economies.

“The danger today is less than it was yesterday, but we have to control the Sava as much as we can,” Mr Vucic told a televised Cabinet session.

“These are the kind of waters not seen in 1,000 years, let alone 100.”

18th May 2014:

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Bosnia floods create new land-mine risk in Balkans

Raging water and landslides kill 25, forces tens of thousands to flee

The Associated Press Posted: May 18, 2014 6:18 AM ET Last Updated: May 18, 2014 6:18 AM ET

Serbian police officers carry a man from a military helicopter during flood evacuation from Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014.   

Serbian police officers carry a man from a military helicopter during flood evacuation from Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press)

Record-high floods and landslides have swept away people, homes and roads in the Balkans over the past week, but in Bosnia another deadly menace is hiding in the flood rubble: land mines.

Authorities have spent two decades trying to unearth the 1 million land mines planted during Bosnias 1992-95 war. Before the floods, nearly 120,000 remained in 9,416 marked minefields.

Then floods washed away river banks and fueled landslides that have unearthed minefield warning signs and, in many cases, the unexploded booby traps themselves.

Officials at Bosnias Mine Action Center say their agency will deploy mine-hunting scouts starting Monday and report that mines already are appearing in unexpected places. They fear that some could float all the way to the Black Sea.

Tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia to escape the worst flooding in a century.

Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sometimes reaching up to the second floors, sending people climbing to rooftops for rescue.

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Serbian army soldiers transport people in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade on Saturday. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Hundreds were also evacuated in Croatia.

Authorities said 25 people have died but warned the death toll could rise. Tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity or drinking water.

Landslides triggered by the floods also raised the risk of injury or death from land mines left over from Bosnias 1992-95 war. The landslides swept away many of the carefully placed warning signs around the minefields.

Three months worth of rain has fallen on the region in three days this week, creating the worst floods since records began 120 years ago.

Observed from the air, almost a third of Bosnia, mostly its northeast corner, resembled a huge muddy lake, with houses, roads and rail lines submerged. Admir Malagic, a spokesman for Bosnias Security Ministry, said about a million people over a quarter of the countrys population live in the affected area.

Bosnia is facing a horrible catastrophe, said Bakir Izetbegovic, the chairman of the Bosnian three-man presidency. We are still not fully aware of actual dimensions of the catastrophe we will have to take care of hundreds, thousands of people

Izetbegovic was touring Maglaj, hard hit by floods. As the waters mostly withdrew on Saturday, Maglaj was covered in mud and debris, with residents checking damage and bringing furniture out in the streets to dry.

Everything is destroyed, but we are happy to be alive, said Maglaj resident Zijad Omerovic.

In the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina, some 10,000 people were being evacuated Saturday after the rain-swollen Sava River pushed through flood defences, endangering four villages outside the town. The peak of the Sava flood wave was expected in Bijeljina later Saturday, before advancing to Serbia.

We need everything, we are underwater, mayor Mico Micic exclaimed.

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People stranded in the Serbian town of Maglaj wait for rescue after the Bosna River swelled to record levels. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

300 landslides

In eastern Croatia, the overflowing Sava spread over villages and farm land, sending hundreds fleeing.

The rain caused nearly 300 landslides in Bosnia, burying dozens of houses and cars and further complicating relief efforts.

They come unannounced in just a few seconds, said Fahrudin Solak, a Civil Protection official.

Officials in Bosnia say 17 people died and more bodies could be found as water recedes from dozens of cities. In some places, people had to be rescued by helicopter from their roofs.

Many in Bosnia lost homes they had only just rebuilt after the war, which claimed 100,000 lives and devastated the impoverished country.

In Serbia, eight deaths were reported and emergency crews and soldiers were using boats and helicopters to rescue thousands trapped in the town of Obrenovac, near Belgrade. Authorities also ordered residents of another nearby small town, Baric, to leave immediately Saturday afternoon. Many hurriedly climbed into buses and military trucks to get away.

Officials said more than 16,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit regions in Serbia, many finding shelter in schools and sports halls. Lines of mattresses covered the floors of Belgrade schools, with frightened survivors describing unstoppable torrents that surged in a matter of minutes.

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A man carries a child during the evacuation of a family by boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometres west of Belgrade. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

Mirjana Senic, who lives in the center of Obrenovac, said that we thought we had it pretty bad (but) only when they evacuated us and when we actually saw the amount of water in other parts of town did we realize that we were lucky.

Marko Strkalj, another resident, said a lot of people were still in their apartments. There were a lot of elderly and people with handicaps who didnt want to leave their homes.

Serbias biggest power plant threatened

The flooding in Obrenovac is threatening the Nikola Tesla power plant, Serbias biggest. Plant capacity had already been cut after a nearby coal mine was flooded and authorities urged residents to save energy to avoid brown-outs.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a press conference that new wave of flooding on the Sava River will hit Sunday evening.

Our primary concern is to protect the power plant, said Vucic. We are doing all we can.

Thousands of volunteers responded to governments appeal to build up flood defenses along the Sava. Bused in from all over the country, the volunteers worked around the clock, stacking up sandbag barricades with soldiers and emergency crews. The town of Sremska Mitrovica was a particular concern.

You can feel the solidarity everywhere. People are doing everything they can. I am seeing children and older people shoveling sand and carrying sandbags and no one finds this labor hard, said volunteer Marinko Trivunovic.

Im proud of the fact that Im from Belgrade and Ive come here to help these people to save their homes. By saving this city, were saving the whole country, said volunteer Nemanja Radovic.

International help poured into the two nations. A Russian team joined the rescue efforts in Serbia. Rescue teams from Luxembourg, Slovenia and Croatia were already in Bosnia, and others from the U.K., Austria and Macedonia were expected.

Residents in both countries mobilized through Facebook or other social media, collecting tons of food, blankets and clothing for the crisis-hit areas.

From the Italian Open in Rome, Serbias best tennis player, Novak Djokovic, appealed for flood volunteers on his Twitter account.

Support for everyone! Lets help the endangered! Join the aid action! he tweeted.

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17th May 2014:

Balkans: Worst Floods In A Century Kill 20

Tens of thousands have fled their homes after Serbia and Bosnia experienced three months of rainfall in just three days.

Tens of thousands have fled their homes in Bosnia and Serbia after three months of rain fell on the region in just three days.

Boats and helicopters have been used to evacuate those affected by floodwaters, which reached the second floor of homes in some parts of Bosnia, where 12 have died.

Security Ministry spokesman�Admir�Malagic�said approximately a million people, more than a quarter of the population, live in the affected area.

People receive food from Serbian army soldiers in the flooded town of Obrenovac.
People receive food in the flooded town of Obrenovac

In the eastern town of Bijeljina, around 100,000 people were evacuated on Saturday after flood defences were unable to hold back the rain-swollen Sava River.

Mayor Mico Micic said: �We need everything, we are under water.�

The rain has also caused almost 300 landslides, burying dozens of houses and cars.

Many have lost homes they have only just finished rebuilding after the 1992-95 war which killed 100,000 people and devastated the country.

Serbian rows a boat past flooded ambulance vehicles in the flooded town of Obrenovac.
Boats and helicopters are being used to rescue people

Mines from that conflict litter Bosnia�s mountains, and many warning signs have been swept away, increasing the risk of deadly accidents.

More than 15,000 people have been evacuated in Serbia, where eight people have died.

Most of those who have fled their homes have found shelter in schools and sports halls.

Soldiers and emergency crews are using boats and helicopters to rescue thousands of people trapped in the town of Obrenovac, near the capital, Belgrade.

People evacuated from their flooded houses cross a bridge in the town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometers west of Belgrade, on May 17, 2014.
Many people have lost homes rebuilt after the 1992-95 war

The flooding there is threatening the country�s biggest power plant, Nikola Tesla.

Capacity at the plant has already been cut after a coal mine nearby was submerged.

Residents of the nearby town of Baric�have also been ordered to leave immediately, with many leaving on buses and military trucks.

There was a slight respite for some parts of the country on Saturday when the rain eased, but Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic warned a new flood wave on the Sava will hit on Sunday evening.

A man observes the high level of the Sava river in Sremska Mitrovica, 90 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
A man peers over at the high level of the Sava river in Sremska Mitrovica

�Our primary concern is to protect the power plant,� he said.

�We are doing all we can.�

Thousands of volunteers have been bused in from all over the country after responding to a government appeal to help build flood defences along the river.

Residents have used social media to help collect food, blankets and clothes for crisis-hit areas.

People build a dam made up of sandbags  by the bank of the Sava river in Sremska Mitrovica, 90 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
People build a dam of sandbags by the Sava river

Serbian tennis player Novak�Djokovic has appealed for people to help. He wrote on his Twitter account: �Support for everyone! Let�s help the endangered! Join the aid action!�

Both countries have appealed for international help and many European Union countries have sent equipment and emergency crews.

A Russian team has joined the rescue effort and a team from the UK is expected to arrive by the end of the day.� � Sky News

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Red Cross supports response in Serbia and Bosnia during catastrophic floods

Published: 16 May 2014 17:01 CET www.ifrc.org

Red Cross teams working in close cooperation with the emergency management sector and local emergency headquarters have been helping evacuate the population affected by severe floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The region has suffered unprecedented rainfall in recent weeks.

More than 4,000 have been evacuated so far as a result of what government sources have called the biggest Serbian disaster in recent history.

In Serbia, 420 Red Cross staff and volunteers assissted with evacuations in Valjevo and Lazarevac. 820 blankets, 130 rubber boots and 4,430 meat cans have already been distributed in affected municipalities. The operation was hindered in some parts of the country due to broken bridges and inaccessible roads. The urgent distribution of ready-to-eat meals, drinking water, blankets, mattresses, cots, rubber boots, hygiene items will continue over the weekend.

This is the third response operation the Serbia Red Cross has been involved in this year and the resources are stretched to the maximum as a result.

Depleted stocks

In Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities have declared a state of emergency as hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in 14 municipalities, including Doboj, Maglaj, Brcko District, Olovo, Bijeljina, Lukavac, Kladanj, Srebrenica, Gradacac and Zvornik. The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina delivered food parcels and drinking water on foot where the roads are blocked but also by jeep and boat. The society said it would continue to provide daily meals and drinking water for the affected population.

In the northern part of Bosnia, the society�s multi-purpose rescue teams, in cooperation with the BiH Departments of Public Security, set up temporary accommodation for the people who were evacuated. In Brcko District, the Red Cross teams performed medical evacuations and built sand bag flood defences.

The worst flood was reported in the capital Sarajevo and Tuzla regions, in the central parts of the country, as well as in the cities of Gorazde and Bijeljina. More flooding continues to threaten other parts of the country blocking the road access to some of the main cities.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies appeals for funds for both countries to replenishing stocks and for early recovery measures and materials through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund, which will be used to replenish stocks and to cover early recovery measures and materials.

So far, the Serbia Red Cross has assessed the need for materials and additional equipment for water drainage, dehumidifiers assistance and replenishment of its depleted emergency stock of blankets, mattresses, cots, rubber boots and food items.

Red Cross Update

The Balkans: Worst floods in Century continue to cause havoc

Published: 18 May 2014 12:32 CET

The Red Cross societies of both countries have been actively engaged in rescue- and operation activities, providing relief and helping setting up centers for those evacuated. Red Cross of Serbia

Although the water has receded in some areas, the worst floods in more than a century continue to create havoc in large parts of both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

While thousands are still waiting to be rescued from their flooded homes, tens of thousands have been evacuated staying with families, in sports centers or in schools as their houses have been flooded, in some cases almost submerged in water. In Serbia and estimated 300,000 and in Bosnia and Herzegovina additional 50,000 people are without water or electricity, some times living in unsafe and insanitary conditions created by the floods.

Almost one third of Bosnia is affected by the floods with houses, roads and railway lines being submerged in the worst affected North Eastern part of the country. A state of emergency has been declared in 14 municipalities, while cities like Maglaj and Doboj were almost completely submerged and hundreds of people had to be evacuated from rooftops during Saturday.

A vast number of landslides have worsened the situation and relief efforts, and there are reports that landmines buried during the conflict and not yet removed are in some instances being shifted with the landslides adding the dangers of people living in the areas as well as rescuers.

River still rising

In Serbia the worst affected area seems to be around the town of Obrenovac, south west of Belgrade, where around 10,000 people are still stranded. Obrenovac is also home to the biggest power plant in Serbia, which is at risk of being flooded, potentially causing abruption of power supply to large parts of the country. Hundreds of officials and volunteers are trying to build banks along the river Sava running through Obrenovac but reports are mixed whether these efforts are successful or not.

While water levels in some rivers are receding, the river Sava and two other rivers are still rising, forecast to reach their peak during Sunday night or later, so the danger is far from over.

Authorities in both countries have become hesitant providing numbers of casualties as many houses and areas have not yet been reached and casualties could grow.

Rescue and relief

The Red Cross societies of both countries have been actively engaged in rescue- and operation activities, providing relief and helping setting up centers for those evacuated.

The Red Cross of Serbia has a clear and defined role in the national emergency response, and specially trained teams as well as thousands of staff and volunteers are assisting with continued evacuations as well as providing relief items.

The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) have mobilized multipurpose teams in the affected areas, and staff and volunteers are assisting authorities with evacuations as well as providing blankets, mattresses, drinking water, food and hygiene kits, rubber boots and water disinfectants to more than 10,000 people (as the situation is still unfolding, the numbers of beneficiaries are increasing). Relief efforts are naturally being hampered by the destroyed infrastructure and difficult conditions but both jeeps and boats are being used, while often the volunteers wade through the waters to deliver relief items. Many volunteers and their families in both countries are themselves affected by the floods.

In Brcko, one of the worst affected areas, Red Cross volunteers have also assisted putting sand banks along the River Sava trying to prevent it from flooding dozens of villages which are still in danger as the water level continues to rise. Thousand of hectares of crops and farmland have been destroyed meaning people have not only lost their homes but also their livelihoods.

Sympathy and support

Sympathy for the affected people and support to the relief efforts of the two National Societies have streamed in nationally and from across Europe and beyond.

The Red Cross of Serbia has begun its own collection via their Facebook site, whilst embassies, international agencies and European governments have offered their support in terms of cash, rescue teams and sophisticated pumping equipment. A number of sister National Societies have offered assistance to both Red Cross Societies and some � among them Montenegro, Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria � began collections via their websites or in cooperation with mobile phone operators already on Saturday, while thousands of people in the two countries have volunteered to assist their countrymen.

The IFRC is supporting the relief and the planning for recovery through its delegations in Sarajevo and Budapest. Two applications for support from the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund are being finalized.

China: Storms in Guangdong Province leave at least 15 dead, at least 14 injured and 4 missing; more rain due – 020414 1455z

向下滾動為中國譯)(Scroll down for Chinese translation)

The death toll from rainstorms in south China’s Guangdong Province has risen to 15, while four other people remained missing, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Four more people were confirmed to have died on Tuesday, the provincial bureau of civil affairs said in a statement. Days of torrential rain have also left at least 14 injured.

A boat carrying five people capsized near the coast in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong. Two women on board went missing.

One woman was found dead on Tuesday. Rescuers are still searching for the other woman. After a brief respite on Tuesday, heavy rain, hailstorms and strong gales returned to batter the province on Wednesday and are forecast for two more days, according to the local meteorological center.

Rain and hailstorms from Saturday to Monday affected 68,800 residents in 69 townships in seven cities and forced the relocation of another 3,902 locals by Tuesday, said the provincial bureau of civil affairs.

The disasters have toppled 71 houses and severely damaged another 5,719, the bureau said, adding they have also caused direct economic losses of 199 million yuan (32 million U.S. dollars).

Local authorities have sent funds, clothes and quilts to residents in flooded areas.
Wednesday, 02 April, 2014 at 13:37 (01:37 PM) UTC RSOE

Heavy rain and giant hailstones batter Southern China

(Video credit: Josept Aron)

Published on Apr 1, 2014

At least 21 people have died and four are reported missing after a weekend of heavy rainfall in south China. This is according to China’s Ministry of Civil A.

Hong Kong Observatory

2 Apr 2014:

A trough of low pressure is bringing rain and thunderstorms to the coastal areas of Guangdong. Locally, there were rain and thunderstorms in the evening. More than 10 millimetres of rainfall were recorded over the northeastern part of the New Territories.

 

Weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

 

Cloudy with rain and squally thunderstorms. Rain will be heavy at times. Temperatures will range between 19 and 21 degrees. Moderate east to northeasterly winds, fresh at first.

 

Outlook : Becoming bright on Friday and Saturday. There will be thundery showers again early next week.

Chinese:

中國:廣東省風暴保留至少15人死亡,至少14人受傷, 4人失踪,更因雨 – 020414 1455z
2014年4月2日由Goaty新聞

從中國南部的廣東省暴雨造成的死亡人數已上升至15 ,而其他四人仍然失踪,當地政府在星期三說。

四個越來越多的人被證實在週二已經死亡,民政省局在一份聲明中說。連日暴雨還造成至少14人受傷。

一艘載有五人在深圳,毗鄰香港的傾覆海岸附近。兩個女人在船上失踪。

一名女子被發現死在週二。救援人員仍在尋找其他的女人。週二短暫的喘息之後,大雨,冰雹和強風回到連擊全省在週三和兩天預計,根據當地的氣象中心。

雨和冰雹從週六到週一受影響的68,800居民中69個鄉鎮七個城市和強迫的另一個3,902當地人週二搬遷,說民政省局。

在災害倒塌房屋71也嚴重損害另一個5,719 ,局裡補充說,他們還造成1.99億元(32億美元)的直接經濟損失。

地方當局已派出基金,衣服和被子給災區居民。
週三, 2014年4月2日13:37 (下午1時37分) UTC RSOE
大雨和冰雹巨人麵糊中國南方

(視頻來源: Josept阿隆)

發表於2014年4月1日

至少有21人死亡和四個報告後,強降雨在中國南方的一個週末失踪。這是根據中國的民政部A的

香港天文台

2014年4月2日:

的低壓槽帶來雷雨廣東的沿海地區。在當地,有雨和雷暴在晚上。被記錄在新界東北部超過10毫米雨量。

今晚及明日天氣預測

多雲有雨及狂風雷暴。雨水將雨勢有時頗大。氣溫將19和21度之間的範圍。中度東到東北風,新鮮在第一。

展望:上週五和週六成為光明的。下週初將有雷雨了。

Philippines/ Mindanao: Tropical Depression 1401 Lingling/ Agaton 201800Z 07N 128E, almost stationary (JMA) – 200114 2206z

Tropical Depression 1401 Lingling/ Agaton (JMA)

Philippines:

As of today, 20 Jan 2014, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR)”(PAGASA)

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Japan Meteorological agency

1401

TD
Issued at 00:45 UTC, 20 January 2014

<Analyses at 20/00 UTC>
Scale
Intensity
TD
Center position N7°00′(7.0°)
E128°00′(128.0°)
Direction and speed of movement Almost stationary
Central pressure 1008hPa

Unit:

1KT(knot) = 1.852 km/h = 0.5144 m/s
1NM(nautical mile) = 1.852 km

PAGASA-DOSTPhilippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA-DOST) Quezon City, PHILIPPINES

Tropical Cyclone Update
As of today, 20 Jan 2014, there is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Philippine Red Cross

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

There are no active tropical warnings in the Northwest Pacific/North Indian Ocean, Central/Eastern Pacific, or Southern Hemisphere at this time

MARITIME

GALE WARNING NO. 28
For: Strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon.
Issued at 5:00 p.m. today, 20 January 2014To gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Caraga Region.
SEABOARD WEATHER WIND FORCE
(KPH)/(KNOTS)
SEA
CONDITION
WAVE
HEIGHTS
(meters)
THE EASTERN SEABOARD OF VISAYAS
(Samar and Leyte)
Cloudy skies withlight to moderate rains (52- 68 /28 – 36) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 5.0
THE EASTERN SEABOARD OF SOUTHERN LUZON
(Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, The Eastern coasts of Albay, Eastern coast of Sorsogon and Eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island)
Cloudy skies with light rains (52- 68 /28 – 36) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 5.0
THE SEABOARD OF CARAGA REGION
(Surigao and Agusan del Norte)
Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms (52- 63 /28 – 34) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 4.5
THE SEABOARDS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN VISAYAS
(Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique)
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains (52- 63 /28 – 34) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 4.5
THE NORTHERN SEABOARD OF LUZON, THE EASTERN SEABOARD OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL LUZON, THE SOUTHERN SEABOARD OF SOUTHERN LUZON
(Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Northern and Eastern coast of Cagayan, Northern coast of Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Aurora, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island, Southwestern coast of Albay and of Sorsogon, Southern coast of Quezon and of Batangas)
Cloudy skies with light rains (52- 63 /28 – 34) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 4.5
THE WESTERN SEABOARD OF LUZON
(Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Western coast of Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Mindoro Occidental, Western coast of Batangas and Palawan)
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains (52- 63 /28 – 34) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 4.5

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.

The next update will be issued at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow

METAREA11 / HIGH_SEAS_FORECAST_JAPAN / 1800

WWJP25 RJTD 201800
WARNING AND SUMMARY 201800.
WARNING VALID 211800.
WARNING IS UPDATED EVERY 6 HOURS.
STORM WARNING.
DEVELOPING LOW 956 HPA
AT 39N 177W SEA SOUTH OF ALEUTIANS MOVING EASTNORTHEAST 30 KNOTS.
OCCLUDED FRONT FROM 39N 177W TO 39N 174W 38N 172W.
WARM FRONT FROM 38N 172W TO 36N 166W 32N 162W.
COLD FRONT FROM 38N 172W TO 34N 171W 29N 175W 26N 180E 24N 175E.
WINDS 30 TO 65 KNOTS WITHIN 1200 MILES OF LOW SOUTHWEST SEMICIRCLE
AND 1000 MILES ELSEWHERE.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 210600UTC AT 40N 170W WITH UNCERTAINTY OF 50
MILES RADIUS.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 211800UTC AT 41N 166W WITH UNCERTAINTY OF 85
MILES RADIUS.
GALE WARNING.
DEVELOPING LOW 1008 HPA
AT 37N 143E SEA EAST OF JAPAN MOVING EASTNORTHEAST 20 KNOTS.
WARM FRONT FROM 37N 143E TO 37N 147E 35N 150E.
COLD FRONT FROM 37N 143E TO 34N 140E 32N 136E 29N 132E.
EXPECTED WINDS 30 TO 40 KNOTS WITHIN 600 MILES OF LOW SOUTH
SEMICIRCLE AND 300 MILES ELSEWHERE FOR NEXT 24 HOURS.
GALE WARNING.
DEVELOPING LOW 988 HPA
AT 49N 171E SEA SOUTH OF ALEUTIANS ALMOST STATIONARY.
EXPECTED WINDS 30 TO 35 KNOTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF LOW
FOR NEXT 12 HOURS.
GALE WARNING.
EXPECTED NORTHEASTERLY WINDS 30 TO 35 KNOTS PREVAILING OVER WATERS
BOUNDED BY 27N 121E 24N 130E 18N 122E 18N 116E 22N 113E 25N 119E 27N
121E FOR NEXT 12 HOURS.
GALE WARNING.
EXPECTED NORTHEASTERLY WINDS 30 TO 35 KNOTS PREVAILING OVER WATERS
BOUNDED BY 10N 107E 14N 109E 14N 113E 08N 110E 10N 107E
FOR NEXT 24 HOURS.
SUMMARY.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 1006 HPA AT 07N 128E ALMOST STATIONARY.
HIGH 1020 HPA AT 27N 147E EAST 25 KT.

JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY.=


METAREA11 / HIGH_SEAS_FORECAST_HONG_KONG_CHINA / 1800

WWHK82 VHHH 201800
40:1:31:11:01:00
HONG KONG METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING
WARNING/INFORMATION FOR THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.
WARNINGS
GALES OVER SEAS NEAR TAIWAN, NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF
THE SOUTH CHINA SEA (SCS), SEAS NEAR LUZON AND SEAS NEAR
THE SOUTHERN PART OF VIETNAM.
SYNOPSIS (201800UTC) AND 24-HOUR FORECAST
THE INTENSE NORTHEAST MONSOON IS EXPECTED TO BRING GALES TO
THE WARNING AREAS. UNSETTLED WEATHER IS AFFECTING SEAS NEAR
THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PHILIPPINES.
SIGNIFICANT SWELL/HIGH SEAS
SEAS 6 M OVER THE GALE WARNING AREAS.
SWELL NE 3 M OVER THE SCS, SEAS NEAR TAIWAN AND SEAS NEAR
LUZON.
THUNDERSTORMS/SEVERE WEATHER
SCATTERED HEAVY SQUALLY (SQ) SHOWERS (SH) AND THUNDERSTORMS
(TS) OVER SEAS NEAR THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PHILIPPINES.
ISOLATED SQ SH AND TS OVER SEAS WEST OF BORNEO.
SEA FOG/REDUCED VISIBILITY
VISIBILITY DOWN TO 1000 M IN SQ SH AND TS.

UK Weather: How stormy has it been and why?

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Since the start of December the UK has seen a prolonged period of particularly unsettled weather, with a series of storms tracking in off the Atlantic bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

The windiest month since 1993

In order to compare the recent spell with the numerous stormy periods of weather in the past the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre has done an analysis of the number of weather stations in the UK which have registered winds over certain thresholds since the start of December.

This measure suggests that December 2013 is the stormiest December in records dating back to 1969 and is one of the windiest calendar months for the UK since January 1993.

December was also a very wet month across the UK, particularly in Scotland where it was the wettest December and wettest month overall in the records dating back to 1910.

But why has this…

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Sudan: Emergency aid call after flash flood in Kalma refugee camp, South Darfur kills at least 36 (including 9 children) Hundreds of houses destroyed – 120813 1620z

A flash flood that swept through Kalma camp for displaced persons in South Darfur in Saturday night has reportedly killed 36 people, including nine children. Elsewhere in the region, floods and disease have killed three children and at least two adults, while wreaking extensive destruction to homes and property.

The spokesman for the Association of Displaced Persons and Refugees of Darfur, Hussein Abu Sharati, told Radio Dabanga that in addition to the dead and wounded in Kalma camp, the flood completely destroyed 1,567 houses.
He appealed to humanitarian organisations “to expedite emergency assistance in the form of tarpaulins and tents to the displaced who are now living in pools of stagnant water”, he said.

A sheikh of the camps in Saraf Omra in North Darfur reported to Radio Dabanga that three children have died “due to, disease, fever and diarrhoea”.
He said that Saturday’s rains led to the destruction of about 2,000 homes in the camps, as well as demolishing several sanitary facilities. “Dozens of families are still in the open without shelter, food or medicines,” he said, also appealing to humanitarian organisations for urgent assistance.
Another person died in Malah locality in North Darfur. Sheikh Adam Amin told Radio Dabanga that Idris Mahmoud Gulab perished on Saturday and flash floods destroyed about 60 houses in Malah.
He told Radio Dabanga that heavy rains caused damage to five schools, a hospital and the salt works Malha, as well as three schools in the village of Marega, and the Um Ajaja agricultural project. Amin said that the water swept Gulab away in one of the valleys in the region and his body was only found on Sunday.
Monday, 12 August, 2013 at 03:53 (03:53 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Sudan: UN and Partners Coordinate Aid for 150,000 People Affected By Flooding

United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating closely with the Government of Sudan to assist close to 150,000 people get food, water and shelter following heavy rains that began early this month.

“More rains are expected in the coming days and the estimated number of affected people is likely to rise further as rains continue and as more information becomes available,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

At least 26,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, OCHA said, noting initial estimates of the damage in the eight affected states.

The UN and its partners have provided a range of emergency relief items, including tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, water cans, buckets and mosquito nets from its emergency stockpiles in Khartoum state. They also provided mobile clinics, drinking water, and sanitation services.

“Other emergency support is currently being mobilized, particularly food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services,” OCHA said.

Over 150,000 people have already been affected by the flooding, according to the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, the Khartoum State Commission for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), among other sources.

OCHA stressed that the UN and its partners remain committed to assisting flood-affected communities and supporting the Government’s relief efforts throughout the country

END

Related:

Floods leave more than dozen dead in Sudan

(Video credit: Financial Times English)

Published on Aug 11, 2013

Floods in Sudan have killed at least 15 people in the past two weeks and left almost 100,000 more homeless, officials said. More than 20,000 houses have been destroyed or badly damaged after heavy rains pounded suburbs of the capital Khartoum.Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane reports.

Kalma, Sudan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kalma is a relocation camp in the Darfur region of Sudan. It is located 17 kilometers outside of Nyala, Sudan.[1] It is estimated that there are over 90,000 residents in the camp. [2] Most if not all the residents are there because of the violence caused by the Darfur conflict.

Map of Dafur

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Meteorology: ‘Rivers’ in air could boost flooding – 250713 2055z

‘Rivers’ in air could boost flooding

BBC

Cockermouth in 2009 The flooding in Cockermouth in 2009 was caused by one such atmospheric river

 

Winter floods could intensify in Britain, according to new research into powerful weather systems called “atmospheric rivers”.

 

Only identified about 20 years ago, atmospheric rivers are intense bands of moisture that flow through the air.

 

Known to be responsible for heavy rainfall, they have been blamed for severe flooding in California and the UK.

 

The new study suggests that warmer conditions could create more rivers – and make them more severe.

 

The paper is published by the Institute of Physics in Environmental Research Letters.

 

Atmospheric rivers are up to 300km wide and can stretch in length for over 1,000-2,000km. They flow invisibly between 1-2.5km above the surface of the ocean.

 

One atmospheric river is believed to have been behind the violent flooding that hit Cockermouth in Cumbria on 19 November 2009.

 

The flooding claimed the life of a policeman, PC Bill Barker, who died after a bridge collapsed.

 

The researchers, led by Dr David Lavers of the University of Iowa, have estimated the staggering volume of moisture carried by this particular atmospheric river.

 

They calculate that at its peak it was transporting almost 300,000 tonnes of moisture every second.

 

By comparison, the River Thames carries about 65 tonnes of water through London over the same period.

Remain on course

If the rivers make landfall and encounter a steep rise in terrain, the air is forced upwards where it cools and releases the moisture in the form of rain.

 

On top of that, if the river remains on the same course for 24 hours – as it did over Cumbria in 2009 – it will deliver a continuous flow of heavy rain over the same area.

 

The most closely-studied atmospheric river, which flows towards the California coast, has been dubbed the “Pineapple Express” because it usually originates from the region of Hawaii.

 

Infographic

 

It has been linked to a number of extremely damaging storms along the US West Coast.

 

Over the last 30 years, there has been an average of 9-11 of the strongest atmospheric river events hitting Britain every year.

 

In this latest study, the researchers examined five different modelling scenarios to simulate possible conditions this century and found that a warming climate – which allows the atmosphere to hold more moisture – made the rivers more likely.

 

Dr Lavers said: “All five models suggest that there could be a doubling of atmospheric river events in the period 2074-99 and most of those could be expected to make landfall in the UK.

 

“One of the big things is that these are the most relevant feature of winter flooding in Britain and the work is certainly suggesting an increase in strength and frequency.”

Computer modelling

Among the uncertainties about the research are the reliability of the models used to generate the future scenarios and possible shifts in the patterns of the winds – a change of course away from the UK would reduce the risk.

 

It was research in the 1970s that first identified “conveyor belts” of moisture travelling through the atmosphere, with later studies in the early 1990s detecting much narrower bands of intense vapour that became known as atmospheric rivers.

 

Dr Richard Allan of Reading University, also an author of the paper, said: “What this shows is that the dominating factor is the increase in water vapour which means that if you’ve got more moisture – and the winds don’t change -then you’ve got a much bigger potential for flooding.

 

“These are really massive flows of invisible water which can feed clouds and cause rainfall if forced up over mountains.”

 

The researchers say the study could help guide forecasters trying to give warning of future flood risks.

Hungary: Budapest flood averted after Danube recedes, but severe storm expected. – 100613 0850z

Lapozzunk lefel a magyar fordts

Budapest’s embrace of the Danube, which normally bisects Budapest as a gently rolling swath of silver, turned threatening on Sunday when the river spilled over its banks and claimed the Hungarian capital as the latest victim of record floods in central and Eastern Europe.

An unusually wet spring has swollen the Danube, the Elbe and several of their tributaries across Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes, disrupting rail and road traffic, and causing damage that preliminary estimates have predicted will reach several billion euros.

The authorities in Budapest had declared a state of emergency last Tuesday, anticipating that water level would reach record highs in the north of the country.

The Danube was expected to peak at 8.95 metres Sunday night or Monday morning.

Hungary deployed 7,000 soldiers supported by several thousand volunteers to reinforce dikes along the river.

Hungarian state television showed Prime Minister Viktor Orban at work near the city of Esztergom, north of Budapest.

“The flood is approaching the heart of the country, Budapest,” Orban told reporters Sunday.

“The next two days will be decisive, because the danger will affect the place where the largest number of people live and the most valuables are at risk.”

Monday, 10 June, 2013 at 04:00 UTC RSOE

Severe Weather Warnings (Meteoalarm)

awareness types: Orange & Yellow

more information:
Hungarian Meteorological Service

Weather warnings: HungaryShow RSS version

Awareness Reports – You can find detailed information about the warnings in the awareness reports issued for each area. Select the relevant area.

Central Hungary
Central Transdanubia
Northern Great Plain
Northern Hungary
Southern Great Plain
Southern Transdanubia
Western Transdanubia

Current weather warnings: http://www.meteoalarm.eu/index.php?lang=ma_HU

Other Reports

Budapest flood averted after Danube recedes

AFP

Budapest averted the worst of the floods that caused devastation elsewhere in central Europe, as flood defences held firm, with the Danube starting to recede early Monday (local time) after reaching a historic high.

“We have no reports of any catastrophic situation, the situation is normalising,” Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos told a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban early Monday.

The same was true of the rest of the country, where no casualties or serious injuries have been caused by the floods that has been dubbed Europe’s worst in a decade.

“Budapest should be out of danger by Wednesday, and hopes to present a faultless record – no deaths or injuries due to the flood,” Orban said.

The focus of defence efforts now moved to high-risk locations in the south of the country, he added.

Residents evacuated as a precaution from villages in northwest Hungary could begin moving back from Tuesday, Orban said. Around 1400 people have been evacuated nationwide since Thursday.

The Danube in Budapest reached a historic peak of 8.91 metres on Sunday evening, topping the previous record of 8.60 metres in 2006.

Early Monday, the level began to fall however, reaching 8.88 metres by 0600 GMT, according to Tarlos.

Anti-flood barriers along the most threatened areas in the city held firm, he said.

Roads running along the Danube have been closed since Wednesday due to flooding. The main road connecting the capital to the flood-hit areas in the northwest was also still cut off.

“The biggest problem we have at the moment is traffic jams”, Tarlos said, urging people not to use their cars but to opt for public transport instead.” – news.smh.com.au

Thousands flee flood-hit parts of Germany and Hungary

BBC

Thousands have had to leave their homes, as Stephen Evans reports

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Some 23,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the flood-swollen River Elbe.

Although water levels in Magdeburg were reported to be subsiding on Monday, other parts of the state of Saxony-Anhalt remain under threat.

In Hungary, 1,200 people had to leave their homes but in the capital Budapest flood defences appear to have held.

At least 18 people have died in the floods in Central Europe.

Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up.

The authorities in Germany are investigating an anonymous letter threatening attacks on several dams.

The motive behind the threats is not known, but the threat is being taken seriously, says the BBC’s Stephen Evans in Berlin.

Sandbags

With levels on the Danube peaking, the mayor of Budapest sought to reassure the city’s inhabitants and said leaking dykes had been fixed.

“Budapest is not at risk of a catastrophe, the level is not expected to rise significantly,” Istvan Tarlos said.

Firefighters and volunteers in Nagymaros lay sandbags to keep the flood waters at bay

Along more than 700km (470 miles) of the River Danube, thousands of people, including many volunteers and even convicts from the prisons, worked to reinforce earth and sandbag barriers,

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes along the river, although no flood-related deaths have yet been reported in Hungary.

In Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state, more than 23,000 people left their homes on Sunday as flood waters rose to 7.44m (24ft), nearly four times higher than normal (2m).

Some 700 soldiers worked to build a dam of sandbags around a power sub-station in the badly-hit area of Rothensee in a bid to keep the power on.

The Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that flood water levels had fallen slightly in Magdeburg itself on Monday, but other parts of Saxony-Anhalt are still under threat after days of heavy rain weakened flood defences.

The 8,000-population town of Aken and its neighbouring villages were evacuated after a dam on the Elbe river burst on Saturday, the police said.

Another dam is in danger, reports the regional broadcaster MDR, and more evacuations may have to take place.

German President Joachim Gauck visited the flood-stricken city of Halle, near Magdeburg, and paid tribute to the way its inhabitants had coped.

“It is fantastic to see how different people get together to help others. And you notice that many of them are exhausted, but they are happy and it seems to motivate them,” Mr Gauck said.

The flood crest is expected to reach northern Germany in the coming days.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a crisis meeting with leaders of Germany’s regions on how to share the bill for the disaster, the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper reported.

“We’re dealing with a national catastrophe,” Gerda Hasselfeldt, an MP with Mrs Merkel’s Christian Social Union (CSU), was quoted as saying.

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Budapest battles the rising waters of the Danube

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With the Danube river close to peak level in Budapest, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would ask parliament to extend the state of emergency on Monday June 10.

Authorities and volunteers used hundreds of thousands of sandbags to bolster dykes and protect the capital.

Across Hungary, at least 1,200 people were evacuated and more than 40 roads closed.

The city of Visegrad is in a critical position, close to the Danube Bend.

LászlĂł Cseke, the city’s Protection Director told euronews: “If we succeed in protection, we can’t say we won, it would be silly. We have to live with this beautiful river and we have to adapt ourselves to it.”

Access to several towns was already blocked on Sunday June 9.

Euronews’ Andrea Hoyogos reported from Visegrad: “The village of Kisoroszi, not far from here, is now completely cut off. It can’t even be reached by boat anymore, as the road that leads to the boat terminal is flooded.”

Hungarians try to stem flood waters in Nagymaros


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Published on 9 Jun 2013

Emergency services and volunteers in Hungary are working hard to keep the River Danube at bay as water levels reach record heights.

Widespread flooding in central Europe has inundated swathes of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, killing at least 15 people.

Nick Thorpe reports from Nagymaros, north of Budapest, where sandbags are being piled high to prevent flooding.

Hungary floods Record high floods in Budapest

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Hungary prepares for record floods


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Published on 8 Jun 2013

Hungarians have been warned to prepare for their worst ever floods, with the Danube set to reach record levels.

A state of emergency has been declared and thousands of volunteers have been working to reinforce the banks of the swelling river.

Widespread flooding in central Europe has hit parts of Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, killing at least 15 people.

Hungarian (Google translation) Magyar (Google fordts)

Budapest lelsben a Duna, amely ltalban felezi Budapest egy lanks rendet ezst fordult fenyegető vasrnap, amikor a foly tterjedtek a bankok s azt lltotta, a magyar fővrosban, mint a legjabb ldozata a rekord rvizek Kzp-s Kelet-Eurpban.

Egy szokatlanul nedves tavasz duzzadt a Duna, az Elba s tbb a mellkfolyk kztt Ausztriban, a Cseh Kztrsasgban, Nmetorszgban s Magyarorszgon, arra knyszertve tbb tzezer ember, hogy hagyjk el otthonaikat, megzavarva a vasti s a kzti kzlekeds, s krt okoz, hogy az előzetes becslsek mr előre is elrheti a tbb millird eurt.

A hatsgok Budapesten is kihirdette a rendkvli mlt kedden, arra szmtva, hogy a vz szintje elri rekordokat rt az orszg szaki rszn.

A Duna vrhatan a cscs 8,95 mter vasrnap este vagy htfő reggel.

Tartozik teleptett 7000 katona tmogatta tbb ezer nkntes megerőstse tltsek a foly mentn.

Magyar Televzi mutatott Orbn Viktor miniszterelnk a munka kzel a vros Esztergom, Budapesttől szakra.

“Az rvz kzeledik az az orszg szve, Budapest,” Orbn Viktor azt mondta jsgrknak vasrnap.

“A kvetkező kt nap dntő lesz, mert a veszly befolysolja a hely, ahol a legtbb ember l, s a legnagyobb rtkek veszlyben vannak.”

Htfő, jnius 10, 2013 at 04:00 UTC RSOE


Slyos Időjrs figyelmeztetsek (Meteoalarm)

Tovbbi informcik:
Hungarian Meteorological Service

Veszlyjelzsek: MagyarorszgRSS verzi

Veszlyjelzsek – Rszletesebb informcikhoz vlaszd ki az adott trsget.

Central Hungary
Central Transdanubia
Northern Great Plain
Northern Hungary
Southern Great Plain
Southern Transdanubia
Western Transdanubia


Jelenlegi időjrs figyelmeztetsek: http://www.meteoalarm.eu/index.php?lang=ma_HU

Ms jelentsek
Budapest rvz utn elhrult Duna visszahzdik

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“Budapest elhrult a legrosszabb az rvz okozta pusztts msutt Kzp-Eurpban, rvzvdelem tartott cg, a Duna kezd visszahzdni korai htfő (helyi idő szerint) elrse utn a trtnelmi magas.

“Nincs jelents olyan katasztroflis helyzetben, a helyzet normalizlsa,” budapesti főpolgrmester Tarls Istvn azt mondta egy kzs sajttjkoztatn a magyar miniszterelnk Orbn Viktor mr htfőn.

Ugyanez igaz a tbbi orszg, ahol nincs srlt vagy slyos srlsek okozta az rvz, amelyet nevezte Eurpa legrosszabb egy vtizede.

“Budapest legyen a veszlyen a szerda, s remli, hogy a hibtlan rekord – nem halleset vagy srls miatt az rvz,” Orbn Viktor mondta.

A hangsly a vdelmi erőfesztsek most kltztt a magas kockzat helyeken a az orszg dli rszn, tette hozz.

Lakosok evakultak elővigyzatossgbl a falu szaknyugat-Magyarorszg azt kezdeni mozog vissza kedd, Orbn mondta. Mintegy 1400 embert kellett kitelepteni orszgszerte cstrtk ta.

A Duna budapesti elrte a trtnelmi cscsot 8,91 mter vasrnap este, cscsn a korbbi rekordot a 8,60 mter 2006.

Korai htfő, a szint kezdett esni azonban elrte 8,88 mter 0600 GMT szerint Tarls.

Anti-rvzvdelmi gtak mentn a legveszlyeztetettebb terletek a vrosban tartott cg, mondta.

Utak fut a Duna mentn mr bezrt, mivel szerda miatt rvz. A fő sszektő t a fővros, hogy az rvz sjtotta terleteken az szaknyugati is mindig le.

“A legnagyobb problma, hogy mr abban a pillanatban a forgalmi dugkat”, Tarls azt mondta, srgetve az embereket, hogy ne hasznljk az autjukat, hanem a tmegkzlekedst vlasztja helyette. “- News.smh.com.au
Ezrek meneklnek az rvz sjtotta rszein Nmetorszg s Magyarorszg

BBC jnius 10, 2013 Utoljra frisstve 08:15 BST (0715z GMT / UTC)

Ezrek el kellett hagyniuk otthonaikat, mint Stephen Evans jelentsek

Folytatdik olvas a fő trtnet
Kapcsold trtnetek

Kpekben: radsok sjtottk tartozik
Counting kltsge nmet rvizek
Nmetek evakultak tltsek sznet

Mintegy 23.000 ember volt knytelen elhagyni otthont, a kelet-nmet vros Magdeburg utn gtszakads az rvzi duzzadt Elba.

Br a vz szintje a Magdeburg jelentettk, hogy subsiding htfőn, ms rszein a Szszorszg-Anhalt is veszly fenyegeti.

Magyarorszgon, 1200 embert kellett hagyniuk otthonaikat, de a fővros, Budapest rvzvdelem gy tűnik, hogy tartani.

Legalbb 18 ember halt meg a kzp-eurpai rvizek.

Elemzők szerint a kr tbb millird eurs kltsget, hogy tiszttsk meg.

A hatsgok Nmetorszgban vizsgljk egy nvtelen levelet fenyegető tmadsok tbb gtak.

Az oka az, fenyegetsek nem ismert, de a fenyegets nem veszik komolyan, mondja a BBC Stephen Evans Berlinben.

Homokzskokat

A szint a Duna tetőzik, a polgrmester a Budapest igyekezett megnyugtatni a vros laki, s azt mondta szivrg gtak mr rgztettk.

“Budapest nem fenyegeti a katasztrfa, a szint vrhatan nem emelkedik jelentősen,” Tarls Istvn mondta.

Tűzoltk s nkntesek Nagymaros laikus homokzskokat, hogy a rvz sakkban

Mellett tbb, mint 700 km (470 mrfld), a Duna, tbb ezer ember, kztk sok nkntes, sőt eltli a brtnk, dolgozott, hogy megerőstse fld s homokzsk akadlyokat,

Tbb mint 1200 embert kellett kitelepteni otthonaikbl a foly mentn, de nincs rvzzel kapcsolatos hallesetet mg nem szmoltak be haznkban.

A Magdeburg, a fővros a Szsz-Anhalt llam, tbb mint 23.000 ember hagyta el otthont a vasrnap, mint rvz emelkedett 7.44m (24Ft), majdnem ngyszer magasabb, mint a norml (2m).

Mintegy 700 katona dolgozott, hogy ptsenek egy gt a homokzskot krl erő al-lloms, a rosszul sjtotta terlet Rothensee egy ajnlatot, hogy tartsa a kszlket.

A Sddeutsche Zeitung napilap beszmolt arrl, hogy az rvzi vzszint esett kiss Magdeburgban magt htfő, de a tbbi rsz Szsz-Anhalt mg fenyegeti nap utn heves esőzsek meggyenglt rvzvdelmi.

A 8000-populci vros Aken s a szomszdos falvak menektettk utn gt az Elba foly robbant szombaton, a rendőrsg szerint.

A msik gt veszlyben van, szmolt be a regionlis műsorszolgltat MDR, s evakuls lehet, hogy sor kerl.

Joachim Gauck nmet elnk elltogatott az rvz sjtotta vros Halle, Magdeburg kzelben, s tisztelettel adzik az t laki is megbirkzott.

“Fantasztikus ltni, hogy a klnbző emberek sszejnnek, hogy msokon segtsenek., s azt veszi szre, hogy sokan kzlk kimerltek, de boldogok, s gy tűnik, hogy motivlja őket,” Mr Gauck mondta.

Az rvz cmer vrhatan elri a Nmetorszg szaki rszn az elkvetkező napokban.

Angela Merkel kancellr azt tervezi, a vlsg tallkozott vezetőivel nmet rgik, hogyan kell megosztani a szmlt a katasztrfa, a Leipziger Volkszeitung jsg.

“Mi dolgunk a nemzeti katasztrfa”, Gerda Hasselfeldt, az MP Merkel asszony a Keresztny Szocilis Uni (CSU), volt idzett mint monds.
Videk
Budapest csatk az emelkedő vz a Duna

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A Duna kzeli cscs szinten Budapest, Magyarorszg Orbn Viktor miniszterelnk azt mondta, hogy krni parlament kiterjeszteni a szksgllapotot htfőn jnius 10.

A hatsgok s az nkntesek hasznlt tbb szzezer homokzskot, hogy tmogassa gtak s vdi a fővrosban.

Magyarorszg terletn, legalbb 1200 embert evakultak, s tbb mint 40 t zrva.

A vros Visegrd a kritikus helyzetben, kzel a Duna-kanyarban.

Lszl Cseke, a vros vdelmi rendező elmondta euronews: “Ha sikerl vdelem, nem tudjuk megmondani, mi nyertnk, nem lenne butasg. Egytt kell lnnk ezzel a gynyrű foly, s van, hogy alkalmazkodni magunkat hozz.”

Hozzfrs a tbb vrosban mr blokkoltk vasrnap jnius 9.

Euronews “Andrea Hoyogos jelentettek Visegrad:” A falu Kisoroszi, nem messze innen, most teljesen levgta. Ez nem is rhető el hajval mr, mint az t, amely elvezet a haj terminl elnttte a vz. ”
Magyarok prblja megfkezni rvz Nagymaroson

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Publiklva 9 jnius 2013

Seglyhv szolgltatsok s nkntesek Magyarorszg kemnyen dolgozik, hogy a Duna sakkban a vz szintje elri rekord magassgokba.

Elterjedt rads Kzp-Eurpban mr elnttt npcsoportok Ausztria, Nmetorszg s a Cseh Kztrsasg, meglve legalbb 15 embert.

Nick Thorpe jelentsek Nagymaros, Budapesttől szakra, ahol a homokzskok kerlnek felhalmozott nagy radsok elkerlse.
Tartozik rvizek Rekord magas rvizek Budapesten

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Magyarorszg kszl a rekord rvizek

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Publiklva jnius 8, 2013

Magyarok is figyelmeztetett, hogy felkszljenek a legrosszabb valaha rvizek, a Duna meg hogy elrje a rekord szintet.

A rendkvli llapot nyilvntottk, s tbb ezer nkntes mr dolgozik megerőstse a bankok a foly duzzanat.

Elterjedt rvz sjtotta kzp-eurpai rszt Ausztriban, Nmetorszgban, Szlovkiban s a Cseh Kztrsasgban, meglve legalbb 15 embert.

Norway: Hundreds evacuated in major flood disaster. More severe weather to come. Red Alerts issued – 240513 1045z

Severe Weather Warnings RED ALERTS issued in NORWAY Risk to life. Major flooding. Huge damage potential.

Link to meteoalarm.eu

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Neighbours were crying and hugging one another Thursday morning as they watched raging flood waters slam into their homes in Kvam, in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen. Nearly 300 homeowners were evacuated during the night, as were others farther south in Eidsvoll and in several other communities around southern Norway as rain and snowmelt turned rivers and creeks into uncontrollable torrents. In Eidsvoll, northeast of Oslo, around 40 homeowners were told to leave their homes because of fears a dam further upslope would burst. Others were evacuated in the counties of Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud and Telemark as officials categorized this years spring flooding as the worst since 1995, so far.

It may get even worse, with more rain predicted and more rapid melting of snow and ice at higher elevations. Instead of beginning to melt slowly at the end of winter, this years unusually cold spring kept the snow and ice frozen well into May. When temperatures suddenly soared last week, the annual run-off quickly turned into the gushing torrents now threatening so many areas that emergency crews were struggling to keep up with demand. The pumping of flooded cellars quickly became a lower priority on Wednesday as crews worked to prevent more damage by trying to divert the deluge. Roads and major highways were blocked and closed all over southern Norway, with the heavily trafficked E6 highway through Gudbrandsdalen closed in several places. The list of closed roads was so long that radio announcers on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) referred listeners to the state highway departments website for the full list that was constantly being updated (external link, in Norwegian: Stengt means closed).

State railway NSB and railroad Jernbaneverket were also facing enormous challenges, with tracks washed out in numerous places or covered by mud- and rockslides. Main train routes through Gudbrandsdalen and Osterdalen that connect Oslo and Trondheim had to be shut down and NSB couldnt provide alternative bus transport because adjacent roads were blocked as well. The Kongsvinger line to Oslo re-opened, however, providing some good news for commuters Thursday morning, but passengers were warned of delays throughout the day. Several long-distance truck drivers had to spend the night in or around Hamar because of highway closures that trapped them where they were, not least because their vehicles are too large to drive on the narrower secondary roads that were being used for detours. In addition to the evacuations in Eidsvoll and Kvam, around 20 homeowners were ordered to leave their homes in Nesbyen and 43 in Nord-Aurdal. There were reports they may never be allowed to return and will be forced to rebuild in other areas because of the increased incidence of flooding in recent years. Insurance companies were launching a debate over whether other policy holders should be expected to effectively pay for the losses suffered by those who insisted on rebuilding in areas hit by floods just two years ago. Politicians are expected to tackle the issue when the immediate crisis was over.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 13:44 (01:44 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Flood disaster moving south

May 24, 2013

As state officials declared disaster areas in severely flooded portions of southern Norway, attention was turning to the new threats posed by rapidly rising water levels along the Glomma River and where it flows into the large lake east of Oslo called �yeren. Landslides, meanwhile, were causing more damage from Telemark in the west to Hedmark in the east.

In Fetsund, emergency crews and local government officials were bracing for a deluge. Swollen creeks and rivers were pouring into �yeren and experts from Norways waterways directorate NVE were predicting its level to rise through the weekend. Were emptying our cellars now, one local resident told newspaper Dagsavisen.

Further north along the Glomma River, the town of Rena thats best known as the starting point for the annual Birkebeiner races was largely under water. The Glomma meets the Rena River at Rena in the eastern valley of �sterdalen and the massive amounts of rainwater and snowmelt were too much for the rivers to handle.

The main highway through �sterdalen, Riksvei 3, was closed and would remained closed through the weekend, announced state highway officials on Friday. Train service would also remain disrupted.

The main E6 highway through the parallel valley of Gudbrandsdalen to the west thats just over the mountains from �sterdalen was also due to remain closed. That prompted police and highway officials to urge Norwegians to drop any plans for weekend trips to the thousands of holiday homes that dot the area. Many would be impossible to reach given the flood damage.

More than 500 persons remained under evacuation orders on Friday, when saturated mountainsides set off new threats of landslides all over southern Norway. In Ringebu in Gudbrandsdalen, 12 more persons were evacuated when a landslide crashed down at Skjeggestad and took with it power lines and at least two sheep out grazing.

Farther north, in the hardest-hit area around Kvam, more than 200 homeowners were evacuated and several homes destroyed. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg toured the area Thursday evening along with other government officials and declared Kvam a disaster area.

It makes a huge impression to meet the people who have been hit so hard, Stoltenberg told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). He and fellow ministers Ola Borten Moe and Grete Faremo also visited areas in Buskerud, Hedmark and Oppland counties, and Stoltenberg, of the Labour Party, said local residents need to brace for the prospects of more extreme weather and flooding in the years ahead.

Moe, of the rural-oriented Center Party, seemed to dismiss rising criticism, though, over local residents determination to continue living in areas that are subject to flooding. If we cant build in areas where there may be major floods every 50 or 100 years, there arent many areas in Norway where it would be possible to live, Moe said. That suggests hes gearing for a fight with insurance companies and other authorities who believe its irresponsible to allow re-building in flood zones. Many of the homes destroyed at Kvam this week had just been rebuilt after a flood in the same area two years ago.

Authorities were otherwise dealing mostly with the current crises at hand, and were encouraged that floodwaters seemed to be cresting in Gudbrandsdalen and �sterdalen on Friday. Waters further downstream were expected to keep rising into early next week. newsinenglish.no

Flooding grips Norway

Melting snow and torrential rain force thousands from their homes.

AL JAZEERA Last Modified: 24 May 2013 09:41

A number of rivers in eastern Norway have burst their banks inundating homes and triggering landslides [AFP]

Flooding has forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes in eastern Norway.

The weather has been unsettled across the region over recent weeks, and in just the last couple of days the rain has turned very heavy. Lillehammer reported 64mm of rain on Wednesday, which is more than is expected in the entire month.

Melting snow has also added to the problems.

On 18 and 19 May, the temperatures in Lillehammer soared to 29C. In the surrounding mountains, this sudden rise in temperature caused the snow to suddenly melt.

As the water poured down the mountainside, some of the rivers burst their banks.

One of the worst hit towns was Kvam, which is situated along the Gudbrandsdalslagen River.

Diggers were being used to try and alter the path of the flood water, but work had to be abandoned because the conditions became too hazardous. 250 people had to be evacuated from the town.

Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian prime minister,visited the town on Thursday to inspect the damage for himself.

The saturated ground also triggered several landslides. One in Nesbyen, Buskerud County, was 20 metres wide.

The flooding and landslides forced dozens of roads and two major railway lines to shut, but fortunately there have been no reported injuries.

Flooding forces people from homes in Norway

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Norwegian (Google translation)

Uvær advarsler Røde varsler utstedt i NORGE Risiko for livet. Store flommer. Stort skadepotensial.

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Naboer var gråt og klemte hverandre torsdag morgen da de så rasende flom farvann slam inn i hjemmene deres i Kvam, i Gudbrandsdalen. Nesten 300 huseiere ble evakuert i løpet av natten, som var andre lenger sør i Eidsvoll og i flere andre lokalsamfunn rundt Sør-Norge som regn og snøsmelting slått elver og bekker i ukontrollerbare torrents.

I Eidsvoll ble nordøst for Oslo, rundt 40 huseiere beskjed om å forlate hjemmene sine på grunn av frykt en demning lenger upslope ville briste. Andre ble evakuert i fylkene Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud og Telemark som tjenestemenn kategorisert årets våren flom som den verste siden 1995, så langt.

Det kan bli enda verre, med mer regn spådd og raskere smelting av snø og is i høyereliggende områder. I stedet for å begynne å smelte sakte på slutten av vinteren, er i år uvanlig kalde våren holdt snø og is frosset godt ut i mai. Når temperaturen plutselig steg i forrige uke, den årlige avrenning raskt omgjort til de fossende torrents nå truer så mange områder at redningsmannskapene ble sliter med å holde tritt med etterspørselen. Pumping av oversvømte kjellere ble raskt en lavere prioritet på onsdag som mannskap jobbet for å hindre mer skade ved å prøve å avlede oversvømmelse. Veier og store motorveier ble blokkert og stengt over hele Sør-Norge, med den sterkt trafikkerte E6 gjennom Gudbrandsdalen stengt flere steder. Listen over stengte veier var så lang at radio annonsørene på norsk Broadcasting (NRK) referert lyttere til riksveien instituttets hjemmeside for fullstendig liste som ble stadig oppdatert (ekstern link, i norsk: “Stengt” betyr lukket).

State jernbane NSB og jernbane Jernbaneverket ble også overfor enorme utfordringer, med spor vasket ut på flere steder eller dekket av gjørme-og fjellskred. Viktigste togruter gjennom Gudbrandsdalen og Østerdalen som kobler Oslo og Trondheim måtte stenge ned og NSB kunne ikke gi alternativ busstransport fordi tilstøtende veier ble blokkert også. Kongsvingerbanen til Oslo gjenåpnet, men gir noen gode nyheter for pendlere torsdag morgen, men passasjerene ble advart av forsinkelser utover dagen. Flere langdistanse lastebilsjåfører måtte tilbringe natten i eller rundt Hamar på grunn av motorveien nedleggelser som fanget dem hvor de var, ikke minst fordi deres biler er for store til å kjøre på de smalere andre veier som ble brukt til omkjøringer. I tillegg til evakueringer i Eidsvoll og Kvam, var rundt 20 huseiere beordret til å forlate hjemmene sine i Nesbyen og 43 i Nord-Aurdal. Det var rapporter de kanskje aldri få lov til å gå tilbake og vil bli tvunget til å gjenoppbygge i andre områder på grunn av økt forekomst av flom de siste årene. Forsikringsselskapene skulle lansere en debatt om hvorvidt andre forsikringstakere bør forventes å effektivt betale for tapene av de som insisterte på å gjenoppbygge i områder rammet av flom bare to år siden. Politikere er forventet å takle problemet når den umiddelbare krisen var over.
Thursday, mai 23, 2013 13:44 (13:44) UTC RSOE
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Flomkatastrofen flytte sørover

24 mai 2013

“Som statlige tjenestemenn erklært katastrofeområder i alvorlig oversvømte deler av Sør-Norge, ble oppmerksomheten snu til de nye truslene fra raskt stigende vannstand langs Glomma og der den renner ut i den store innsjøen øst for Oslo kalt yeren. Skred, i mellomtiden, var forårsaker mer skade fra Telemark i vest til Hedmark i øst.

I Fetsund, var redningsmannskapene og lokale myndigheter oppkvikkende for en oversvømmelse. Hovne bekker og elver ble strømme inn yeren og eksperter fra Norge vannveier direktorat NVE spådde nivået å stige gjennom helgen. “Vi tømming våre kjellere nå,” en lokal innbygger til Dagsavisen.

Lenger nord langs Glomma, byen Rena som er best kjent som utgangspunkt for de årlige Birkebeiner løpene var i stor grad under vann. Glomma møter Rena River på Rena i den østlige dalen sterdalen og den massive mengder regnvann og snøsmelting var for mye for elvene å håndtere.

Den viktigste hovedvei gjennom sterdalen, 3 Riksvei, ble stengt, og ville forblitt stengt gjennom helgen, kunngjorde State Highway tjenestemenn fredag. Togtilbud vil også forbli forstyrret.

Den viktigste E6 gjennom parallell Gudbrandsdalen i vest det er bare over fjellet fra sterdalen skyldes også forbli lukket. Det fikk politiet og motorvei tjenestemenn å oppfordre nordmenn til å droppe eventuelle planer for helgeturer til de tusenvis av feriehus som prikken området. Mange ville være umulig å nå gitt flomskader.

Mer enn 500 personer forble under evakuering ordre på fredag, da mettet fjellsider satt av nye trusler om skred over hele Sør-Norge. I Ringebu i Gudbrandsdalen, ble 12 flere personer evakuert da et jordskred krasjet ned ved Skjeggestad og tok med seg kraftledninger og minst to sauer ut beite.

Lenger nord, i den hardest rammede området rundt Kvam, ble mer enn 200 huseiere evakuert og flere boliger ødelagt. Statsminister Jens Stoltenberg turnert området torsdag kveld sammen med andre offentlige tjenestemenn og erklærte Kvam et katastrofeområde.

“Det gjør et stort inntrykk å møte mennesker som har blitt rammet så hardt,” Stoltenberg til norske Broadcasting (NRK). Han og andre ministre Ola Borten Moe og Grete Faremo besøkte også områder i Buskerud, Hedmark og Oppland fylker, og Stoltenberg, for Arbeiderpartiet, sier lokale innbyggere trenger å spenne for utsiktene til mer ekstremvær og flom i årene fremover.

Moe, av rural-orientert Senterpartiet, syntes å avfeie økende kritikk, skjønt, over innbyggernes vilje til å fortsette å bo i områder som er utsatt for flom. “Hvis vi ikke kan bygge i områder der det kan være store oversvømmelser hver 50 eller 100 år, det er ikke mange områder i Norge der det ville være mulig å leve,” Moe sa. Som antyder han gearing for en kamp med forsikringsselskaper og andre myndigheter som mener det er uansvarlig å la re-bygningen i flom soner. Mange av husene ødelagt på Kvam denne uken hadde nettopp blitt gjenoppbygd etter en flom i det samme området for to år siden.

Myndigheter var ellers arbeider for det meste med dagens kriser på hånden, og ble oppfordret til at flomvannet syntes å være cresting i Gudbrandsdalen og sterdalen på fredag. Waters ytterligere nedstrøms var forventet å fortsette å stige inn tidlig neste uke. “- Newsinenglish.no
Flooding fatt Norge

Smelter snø og høljeregn force tusenvis fra sine hjem.
Steff Gaulter Al Jazeera Sist endret: 24 mai 2013 09:41

En rekke elver i Øst-Norge har sprekker sine banker inundating hjem og utløse jordskred [AFP]

Flom har tvunget hundrevis av mennesker til å evakuere fra sine hjem i Øst-Norge.

Været har vært uavklart i hele regionen de siste ukene, og i løpet av de siste par dagene regnet har slått veldig tung. Lillehammer rapportert 64mm regn på onsdag, noe som er mer enn det som er forventet i hele måneden.

Snøsmelting har også lagt til problemene.

Den 18. og 19. mai steg temperaturen i Lillehammer til 29C. I de omkringliggende fjellene, forårsaket denne plutselige økningen i temperaturen snøen plutselig smelte.

Da vannet strømmet nedover fjellsiden, noen av elvene brast sine banker.

En av de hardest rammede byene var Kvam, som ligger langs Gudbrandsdalslågen.

Diggers ble brukt til å prøve og endre banen til flom vann, men arbeidet måtte avbrytes fordi forholdene ble for farlig. 250 mennesker måtte evakueres fra byen.

Jens Stoltenberg, norsk statsminister, besøkte byen på torsdag for å inspisere skaden for seg selv.

Den mettet bakken også utløst flere jordskred. En i Nesbyen, Buskerud, var 20 meter bredt.

Flom og jordskred tvunget dusinvis av veier og to store jernbanelinjer å stenge, men heldigvis har det ikke vært rapportert om skader.

US: Renwick Dam breach threat in ND; Cavalier holds it’s breath, but officials ‘cautiously optimistic’ risk may be easing – 230513 1225z

This Wednesday, May 22, 2013 aerial photo shows the Renwick Dam, west of Cavalier N.D., in Pembina County. (AP Photo/The Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)

A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County, swelling creeks and rivers and sending water flowing across the countryside from west to east in the east-sloping county.

The small town of Crystal flooded Tuesday, forcing a few residents from their homes, and people in Cavalier – about 85 miles north of Grand Forks – were told to evacuate Tuesday night as a precaution should the Renwick Dam about six miles west of town on the Tongue River be overwhelmed.

The evacuations included two or three patients at a hospital and 63 people in a nursing home and assisted living center, county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said. They were taken either to care facilities in surrounding communities or to the homes of relatives.

Local, state and federal officials built an emergency levee with the help of the National Guard on Tuesday to try to prevent floodwaters from eroding the emergency spillway at the earth-and-concrete Renwick Dam. The levee was being reinforced and monitored Wednesday as the area enjoyed sunshine instead of rain clouds for the first time in five days, Kirking said. “The rising water has slowed overnight. It is still rising, but it is not nearly at the rate it was yesterday at this time,” he said. “We are very, very cautiously optimistic now that the water has slowed.” A slow leak in the dam would mean a slow rise of water over a long period of time downstream, Kirking said. “Should we have a catastrophic failure, the worst-case scenario, we would see a massive amount of water,” he said. “We could see a foot of standing water in the six miles from (the dam) to Cavalier.” The water also would flood about a dozen people on rural farmsteads, he said.
Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 05:05 (05:05 AM) UTC RSOE

Threat of North Dakota dam failure may be easing

“BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The threat of a dam failure on a river near a northeastern North Dakota city appears to be easing, and officials expect to decide soon on when 1,300 evacuated residents can return to their homes.

Pembina County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking says the level of the water behind Renwick Dam on the Tongue River has been dropping since mid-day Wednesday. He says there’s still a threat that the dam near Cavalier could be overwhelmed by runoff from five days of heavy rain but that “the situation is improving.”

Officials are meeting Thursday morning and hope to set a time when the 1,300 residents of Cavalier who were evacuated Tuesday night can return home.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County.” –

 

Major Flooding Potential on the Red River Next Week

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The combination of an unusually deep late-season snowpack and surging warmth this weekend will set into motion rising water on the Red River.

An end of cold, snowy pattern is coming quickly to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest. However, the sudden shift to more seasonable temperatures will lead to problems.

Much of the existing snow cover will wither away this weekend into early next week. As this happens, water locked up in the snow (the equivalent of 2 to 6 inches and in some cases more) will be released.

A larger version of this snow water equivalent map is available at the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.

Hope is for the meltdown to be gradual enough to limit the flooding to manageable levels.

If heavy rain avoids the area, then there is still a chance that flooding could stop short of record levels. However, even with…

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Argentina: Buenos Aires/La Plata floods leave at least 51 dead, 20+ missing. 2,500 evacuated and many angry (Videos) – 050413 2335z

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At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and leaving large stretches of the provincial capital under water.
Gov. Daniel Scioli said many people drowned after trying to take shelter in their cars in Tolosa, an area of the provincial capital of La Plata.
Heavy rains had killed at least six people in the nation’s capital of Buenos Aires the day before. Cars were flooded to their rooftops and rainwater flowed over the windowsills into many houses in La Plata.
People waded out of their neighborhoods through chest-high water, and police and neighbors teamed up using rubber motorboats to evacuate families and pets to higher ground. “Such intense rain in so little time has left many people trapped in their cars, in the streets, in some cases electrocuted.
We are giving priority to rescuing people who have been stuck in trees or on the roofs of their homes,” Scioli said. La Plata “has never seen anything equal” to this disaster.
The rains also flooded the country’s largest refinery, causing a fire that took hours to put out.
The La Plata refinery has suspended operations as a result, and Argentina’s YPF oil company said it has an emergency team evaluating how to get it restarted again.
The rains – almost 16 inches (400 millimeters) in about two hours – hit provincial La Plata after causing widespread flooding and power outages and killing six people in the city of Buenos Aires the day before.
“We lost family heirlooms, appliances, clothing,” said Natalia Lescano, who escaped with her family to a friend’s house on higher ground. She said they had to get out by themselves, and complained that authorities weren’t doing enough to rescue people.
About four more inches (100 millimeters more) of rain were expected before the bad weather passes on Thursday, the national weather service said.
At least 2,500 people were evacuated from their homes in the La Plata area, which is about 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of Argentina’s capital.
National Planning Minister Julio de Vido said about 280,000 people remained without power in the city and surrounding province of Buenos Aires, where most Argentines live.
“Our job is focused on restoring service, but we’re going to wait until the equipment dries to guarantee the safety of the electricity workers, because we don’t want any deaths,” De Vido said.
The flooding threatened to ruin food supplies across La Plata’s metropolitan area, which has nearly 1 million people.
“There’s no power in nearly the entire city,” Casals said, adding that the flooding “wiped out the downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods such as Tolosa, Elvira, Los Hornos, with as much as 2 meters (more than 6 feet) of water, and people are on their roofs.”
Many of the evacuees slept in their cars overnight. Transportation and business of all kinds in the city were at a standstill.
YPF said no injuries were caused by the refinery fire, which it blamed on “an extraordinary accumulation of rainwater and power outages in the entire refinery complex.”
The impact on Argentina’s chronically short fuel supplies wasn’t immediately clear.
The six killed in Buenos Aires included a subway worker who was electrocuted and an elderly woman who drowned inside her home.

Many still had standing water in homes, basements, parking lots and storage rooms on Wednesday.
The governments of President Cristina Fernandez and Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri sought to blame each other for the chaos, and the nation’s divided media focused their coverage in ways that put one side or the other in the worst light.
Macri said Wednesday that the only solution is for the constantly warring governments to work together on expensive and long-term public works projects, creating huge underground drainage pipes to carry increasingly common torrential rains out to the Rio de la Plata.
Wednesday, 03 April, 2013 at 18:45 UTC RSOE

News Reports

BBC

Argentina floods ‘catastrophe’ for La Plata, Buenos Aires

BBC NEWS 5 April 2013 Last updated at 02:00

In La Plata alone, 50 people are known to have died

Emergency workers in Argentina continue to try to rescue residents stranded by flooding in Buenos Aires and La Plata.

More than 50 people are known to have died after one of the heaviest storms recorded caused flash floods.

Thousands were evacuated from their homes and dozens are still stranded on rooftops, treetops and the roofs of city buses, local media report.

The government has declared three days of national mourning after what it called “an unprecedented catastrophe”.

‘Death trap’

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” provincial governor Daniel Scioli said.

BBC map

“People were taken by surprise, and some didn’t have time to escape this deadly trap,” Mr Scioli said, referring to the speed with which the waters rose.

Provincial officials said 40cm (16in) of rain fell on the city of La Plata in the space of two hours late on Tuesday night.

Earlier, the storm had dumped 15cm of rainfall on the capital, Buenos Aires.

Local officials said at least 48 people were killed in La Plata, six in Buenos Aires and two in its suburbs. The Red Cross said most of the victims had been elderly people who drowned in their homes.

So far, only half of the bodies have been identified and rescue workers fear the number of dead may rise as more bodies are found as the flood waters recede.

Fear of looting

Firefighter Federico Langone said in some areas of La Plata, the flood waters had reached a height of 1.5m (5ft).

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C) in Villa Mitre in Buenos Aires (3 April 2013) The president visited some of the worst affected areas

More than 3,000 people had to leave their homes and 80,000 still do not have electricity, with two of La Plata’s hospitals also affected by the power cuts.

On Wednesday night, some of La Plata’s residents set up roadblocks to “protect their neighbourhoods from looters”.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Wednesday visited Tolosa, the worst affected neighbourhood of La Plata, where she grew up and where her mother still lives.

Ms Fernandez acknowledged residents’ fears and promised to increase security.

Before her arrival, dozens of people had looted a supermarket. Three police officers were injured in scuffles with people trying to break into two other supermarkets.

Officials said 400 extra police officers and soldiers would be deployed to La Plata.

Clean-up

In Buenos Aires, where the rains had been at their worst overnight Monday to Tuesday, the floods have begun to recede and residents have started the clean-up.

Damp clothes and furniture were piled by roadsides as neighbours assessed the damage to their homes.

Mayor Mauricio Macri said about 350,000 people had been affected by the torrents of rain. Hundreds are still in shelters.

Pope Francis, an Argentine, has called on the authorities to step up their assistance to those left homeless by the storm.

The Pope sent a telegram to his newly appointed successor as Buenos Aires Archbishop, Mario Poli, saying he was praying for those who died, their families and survivors of the disaster.

Tragic floods: relief work for victims continues

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Buenos Aires City Cathedral is one of the places where donations are received.

After the tragic storm and floods that devastated some areas of Buenos Aires and La Plata capital district and killed 51 neighbours, the number of people who remained evacuated today was decreasing while relief works continued.

The Buenos Aires City Cathedral was still working as one of the main donation centres. Hundreds of volunteers were contributing with clothes, matresses and food for the victims of the floods.

Buenos Aires provincial Governor Daniel Scioli said yesterday that the death toll had risen to 51 people in La Plata, following six deaths in the capital from flooding two days earlier.

Buenos Aires provincial Justice and Security Minister Ricardo Casal reported 514 people remained evacuated, adding that no more people were registered missing.

Spanish:

Al menos 35 personas murieron por las inundaciones durante la noche en Buenos Aires de Argentina provincia, el gobernador dijo el mircoles, con lo que la cifra total de muertos de das de lluvias torrenciales por lo menos a 41 y dejando grandes extensiones de la capital provincial bajo el agua.
El gobernador Daniel Scioli dijo que muchas personas se ahogaron tras intentar resguardarse en sus coches en Tolosa, un rea de la capital provincial de La Plata.
Las fuertes lluvias han matado al menos a seis personas en la capital del pas de Buenos Aires el da anterior. Los coches fueron inundados con sus tejados y el agua de lluvia se derramaba sobre las repisas de las ventanas en muchas casas en La Plata.
La gente se meti de sus barrios a travs de la altura del pecho del agua, y la polica y los vecinos se unieron utilizando lanchas de goma para evacuar a las familias y las mascotas a un terreno ms alto. “Esa intensa lluvia en tan poco tiempo ha dejado a muchas personas atrapadas en sus coches, en las calles, en algunos casos electrocutado.
Estamos dando prioridad al rescate de las personas que han sido atrapados en los rboles o en los techos de sus casas “, dijo Scioli. La Plata” nunca ha visto nada igual “a este desastre.
Las lluvias tambin inundaron la refinera ms grande del pas, provocando un incendio que tom horas para apagarlo.
La refinera de La Plata ha suspendido sus operaciones como consecuencia de ello, y de la empresa YPF de Argentina de Petrleo dijo que tiene un equipo de emergencia evaluar cmo lograr que se reinicie de nuevo.
– Las lluvias casi 16 pulgadas (400 milmetros) en cerca de dos horas – golpear provincial La Plata tras causar inundaciones y cortes de energa y mat a seis personas en la ciudad de Buenos Aires el da anterior.
“Perdimos herencias de la familia, electrodomsticos, ropa,” dijo Natalia Lescano, quien escap con su familia a casa de un amigo en una tierra ms alta. Ella dijo que tena que salir por s mismos, y se quej de que las autoridades no estaban haciendo lo suficiente para rescatar a la gente.
Hace unos cuatro centmetros ms (100 milmetros ms) de lluvia se espera que antes de que el mal tiempo pasa el jueves, el Servicio Meteorolgico Nacional, dijo.
Al menos 2.500 personas fueron evacuadas de sus hogares en el rea de La Plata, que es cerca de 37 millas (60 kilmetros) al sureste de la capital de Argentina.
Nacional El ministro de Planificacin, Julio de Vido dijo que unas 280.000 personas se quedaron sin electricidad en la ciudad y la provincia circundante de Buenos Aires, donde la mayora de los argentinos vive.
“Nuestro trabajo se centra en la restauracin del servicio, pero vamos a esperar hasta que se seque el equipo para garantizar la seguridad de los trabajadores de la electricidad, porque no queremos ninguna muerte”, dijo De Vido.
La inundacin amenazaba con arruinar el suministro de alimentos a travs del rea metropolitana de La Plata, que cuenta con cerca de 1 milln de personas.
“No hay poder en casi toda la ciudad”, dijo Casals, quien agreg que las inundaciones “acab con el centro y los barrios circundantes, tales como Tolosa, Elvira, Los Hornos, con hasta 2 metros (ms de 6 pies) de agua , y la gente est en sus techos. ”
Muchos de los evacuados durmieron en sus vehculos durante la noche. Transporte y negocios de todo tipo en la ciudad se encontraban en un punto muerto.
YPF dijo que no hubo heridos fueron causados ​​por el incendio en una refinera, lo que atribuy a “una extraordinaria acumulacin de agua de lluvia y cortes de energa elctrica en el complejo de refinera entero”.
El impacto en los suministros de combustibles de Argentina crnicamente cortos no estaba claro de inmediato.
Los seis asesinados en Buenos Aires incluy un trabajador del metro que se electrocut y una anciana que se ahog en el interior de su casa.

Muchos todava haba agua estancada en las casas, stanos, aparcamientos y trasteros el mircoles.
Los gobiernos de la presidenta Cristina Fernndez y el alcalde de Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri trat de culpar a los dems por el caos, y los medios de comunicacin dividida la nacin centrado su cobertura de manera que pongan de un lado o del otro de la peor manera.
Macri dijo el mircoles que la nica solucin es que los gobiernos constantemente enfrentadas a trabajar juntos en costosos ya largo plazo de proyectos de obras pblicas, la creacin de enormes tubos de drenaje subterrneos para llevar las lluvias torrenciales cada vez ms comunes a la Ro de la Plata.
Mircoles, 03 de abril 2013 a las 18:45 UTC RSOE

Informes Noticias

BBC
Inundaciones Argentina “catstrofe” de La Plata, Buenos Aires

BBC Mundo 05 de abril 2013 ltima actualizacin a las 02:00

En La Plata solo, 50 personas se sabe que han muerto

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En imgenes: inundaciones mortales de Argentina
Las lluvias causan derrumbes mortales Brasil
Per cientos daos inundaciones de viviendas Mira

Los trabajadores de emergencia en Argentina siguen tratando de rescatar a los residentes varados por las inundaciones en Buenos Aires y La Plata.

Ms de 50 personas se sabe que han muerto despus de una de las tormentas ms fuertes registradas inundaciones causadas flash.

Miles de personas fueron evacuadas de sus hogares y decenas siguen varados en los techos, copas de los rboles y los techos de los autobuses de la ciudad, el informe de los medios de comunicacin local.

El gobierno declar tres das de duelo nacional tras lo que calific como “una catstrofe sin precedentes”.

‘Death trap’

“Nunca hemos visto nada como esto”, dijo el gobernador provincial, Daniel Scioli.
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“La gente estaba tomado por sorpresa, y algunos no tuvieron tiempo de escapar de esta trampa mortal”, dijo Scioli, en referencia a la velocidad con que el agua suba.

Funcionarios provinciales dijeron 40cm (16 pulgadas) de lluvia cayeron sobre la ciudad de La Plata, en el espacio de dos horas en la noche del martes.

Antes, la tormenta haba arrojado a 15 cm de lluvia en la capital, Buenos Aires.

Funcionarios locales dijeron que al menos 48 personas fueron asesinadas en La Plata, seis en Buenos Aires y dos en sus suburbios. La Cruz Roja dijo que la mayora de las vctimas haban sido personas de edad avanzada que se ahogaron en sus casas.

Hasta ahora, slo la mitad de los cuerpos han sido identificados y los equipos de rescate temen que el nmero de muertos podra aumentar a medida que ms cuerpos son encontrados como las aguas de la inundacin.

El temor a los saqueos

Bombero Federico Langone dice en algunas zonas de La Plata, las aguas de la inundacin haba alcanzado una altura de 1,5 m (5 pies).
La presidenta argentina Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner (C) en Villa Mitre de Buenos Aires (3 de abril de 2013) El presidente visit algunas de las zonas ms afectadas

Ms de 3.000 personas tuvieron que abandonar sus hogares y 80.000 todava no tienen electricidad, con dos de los hospitales de La Plata tambin se ven afectados por los cortes de electricidad.

En la noche del mircoles, algunos de los residentes de La Plata levantaron barricadas para “proteger sus barrios de los saqueadores”.

La presidenta Cristina Fernndez de Kirchner visit el mircoles Tolosa, el barrio ms afectado de La Plata, donde se cri y donde su madre vive todava.

Sra. Fernndez reconoci los temores de los residentes y se comprometi a aumentar la seguridad.

Antes de su llegada, decenas de personas haban saqueado un supermercado. Tres policas resultaron heridos en enfrentamientos con la gente tratando de romper en dos otros supermercados.

Las autoridades dijeron que 400 policas y soldados adicionales seran desplegados a La Plata.

Limpieza y la recogida

En Buenos Aires, donde las lluvias haban sido en su peor momento durante la noche de lunes a martes, las inundaciones han comenzado a ceder y los residentes han comenzado la limpieza.

Ropa hmeda y los muebles estaban amontonados por caminos como vecinos evaluaron los daos a sus hogares.

El alcalde Mauricio Macri dijo que unas 350.000 personas han sido afectadas por las lluvias torrenciales. Cientos siguen en refugios.

Papa Francis, un argentino, ha pedido a las autoridades a intensificar su asistencia a los damnificados por la tormenta.

El Papa envi un telegrama a su sucesor recin nombrado arzobispo de Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, diciendo que l estaba orando por aquellos que murieron, sus familias y supervivientes de la catstrofe.

Trgico inundaciones: la labor de socorro a las vctimas contina

Viernes, 05 de abril 2013
La Catedral de Buenos Aires City es uno de los lugares donde se reciben las donaciones.

Despus de la tormenta trgica e inundaciones que devastaron algunas zonas de Buenos Aires y La Plata capital del distrito y mataron a 51 vecinos, el nmero de personas que permanecan evacuadas hoy fue disminuyendo mientras que el alivio obras continuaron.

La Ciudad de Buenos Aires Catedral segua trabajando como uno de los principales centros de donacin. Cientos de voluntarios estn contribuyendo con la ropa, colchones y alimentos para las vctimas de las inundaciones.

Buenos Aires provincial Gobernador Daniel Scioli dijo ayer que la cifra de muertos haba aumentado a 51 personas en La Plata, luego de seis muertes en la capital desde las inundaciones hace dos das.

Buenos Aires provincial de Justicia y Seguridad, Ricardo Casal inform de 514 personas permanecan evacuadas, y agreg que la gente no se registraron ms falta.

Kenya: At least 6 die, many homeless as widespread flash floods bring chaos and misery to hundreds – Red Cross 030413 0745z

Hundreds of Household Affected By Floods Countrywide

(Video credit: NTVKenya)

(The Ministry of Special Programs has called on Kenyans to take seriously the flood warnings and alerts issued by the weather department. This as the rains continued to pound most parts of the country with the Kenya Red Cross adding its voice to urge Kenyans to be extra vigilant and keep off floods prone areas in Nyanza and Western Kenya. Video credit: kenyacitizentv)

(Photo: KRCS)

Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide.

In the Western Region, at least 330 Households (HH) with a population of 1650 people have been affected by heavy rains as revealed by a Kenya Red Cross Societys (KRCS) detailed assessment with houses destroyed and livestock lost.

Over the Easter period, River Auji and Nyamasaria in Kisumu broke their banks causing unprecedented damage. The affected HH were mainly in Nyaori, Kassagam and Manyatta B in Kisumu East, Gem Rae and Wangaya, Nyando, Nyakach and Rachuonyo Districts.

Further, several learning institutions including Kassagam Primary and Secondary School, St. Alloys Primary School and St. Joseph Secondary School in Kisumu East District were also affected, thus disrupting learning. In Nyando District, Miruka Primary was hardest hit. Several businesses as well as transport flow along the main Nairobi-Kisumu Highway were also affected after a section of the Nyamasaria Bridge was swept away. River Nyando as well as Ayweyo, Nyamasaria and Ombeyi, which are seasonal rivers, are currently flowing at high speeds and in case of any more rains, the rivers are likely to break their banks and further disrupt human and animal livelihoods.

The KRCS Western Region office has been conducting needs assessment in the affected areas and the

immediate needs are alternative shelters and beddings, water and sanitation interventions as well as alert notices to the populations that are still deemed to be at risk of displacement.

Meanwhile, the Coast Region has also been experiencing heavy rains from Wednesday 20th March 2013. Heavy rains were received in Voi on 20th March; 2013 evening in areas of Sofia, Mabomani and Sikujua villages affecting 22 HH. Most of the affected HHs were integrated into the community. St. Kelvin Primary School was one of the hardest hit institutions with two classrooms being destroyed, hence affecting the learning process. There were also reports of loss of livestock.

On Tuesday 19th March; 2013, Tsangatsini in Kilifi County experienced strong winds coupled with heavy downpour resulting to the falling of four electric poles in Ndatani Area; one house also fell in the same incident. On the same day, in Mulanjo, Madogo Area of Tana River, one village was also affected by flooding.

In Taita Taveta County, an elderly woman drowned and her body was found at Mabomani village in the outskirts of Voi town on Wednesday evening.

In Lower Eastern Region, flash floods were reported on Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Kiboko area along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway after River Kiboko burst its banks. The KRCS Kibwezi team rescued five people who had been trapped by the floods. In Rongai, three people died after a matatu they were travelling in was washed away by floods.

In another incident, a man was swept away by floods in Thika after heavy rains experienced in during the night hours of 20th March 2013 and his body recovered early the following morning.

Meanwhile in Ole Polos Ngong, floods swept away a vehicle trapping one person who sought refuge on the roof of his vehicle while another person swam to safety. The KRCS Emergency Operation Centre informed the Kenya police and the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) who responded and rescued the trapped person.

In Central Region, 10 HH were affected by floods in Kiambu and Riara areas. The KRCS Kiambu Sub Branch carried out a rapid assessment. On 1st April 2013, a Church also collapsed in Ngurubani town in Kirinyagi, leaving two people injured.

In the Rift Valley heavy rains in Kalokol Area, Turkana, rendered at least 33 HH homeless.

Heavy rains have also hit the entire Region of Dadaab Refugee Camps since 20th March; 2013, damaging tents and flooding roads. At least 14,280 people were affected by the floods. The Dadaab KRCS worked wit other agencies to assist the affected people. The blocks that were mainly affected by the floods in the IFO2 Refugee camp include Blocks R, P, U, K, D, J, H, I and T.

And in Garbatulla District, Gafarsa Location, Belgesh Sub location, 142HH were affected by floods and some 302 livestock reported lost, with 636 people being rendered homeless and are currently camping at the Belgesh Primary School. The immediate need for the affected population is food aid. There were also reports of heavy rainfall in Moyale and Marsabit.

News Reports

Six swept away, more displaced by flash floods

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Motorists wade through a flooded section of a road at Westgate, Westlands. Most parts of the city received heavy rains Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: Felix Kavi/Standard]

By Kipchumba Kemei and Mangoa Mosota

“Kenya: Six people are feared dead after their matatu was swept away by flash floods in Narok South.

Three people in a vehicle crossing a bridge at Ole Polos in Ololulunga area survived after they swam to safety.

The overloaded vehicle, according to Narok South DC Chimwaga Mongo, was swept away at the swollen Ole Polos Bridge.

The overloaded vehicle was swept away by raging waters as it was crossing the bridge. The six were trapped inside it. The survivors swam to safety, said Mongo who added it was difficult for police divers and the public to locate the ill-fated vehicle because of poor visibility occasioned by heavy rains and high water levels. Rescue operations resume today.

Engine went off

A witness, who declined to be named, said the driver tried to navigate through the bridge whose water level was high but the engine went off.

Narok police boss Peterson Maelo asked people living in flood prone areas to move as rains continue to pound.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people in Kisumu County have been displaced by floods, a preliminary report by the Kenya Red Cross Society shows.

The findings indicate 330 households have been affected by floods in the last three days.

We are on a high alert as there is imminent high rainfall this month in several areas of west Kenya, Regional Health Officer Benson Simba said.

Mr Simba said they expect more than the usual rains in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Kisii, Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga counties. He expressed fear over 7,000 people would be displaced.

In Kisumu, four schools have been marooned including Kassagam primary and secondary schools, St Alloys Primary and St Joseph Secondary.

Unprecedented damage

Several rivers like River Auji and Nyamasaria in Kisumu have broken their banks causing unprecedented damage. Several houses have been marooned and many people affected, the report said.

The official said no deaths have been reported in western, but there has been destruction of infrastructure and farmlands.

He said they are setting up camps to assist displaced families. In addition, the organisation is providing basic items such as s food, medicine and blankets.

KRC has already issued an alert to motorists plying Kisumu-Ahero road due to fears that a temporary bridge at Nyamasaria River might collapse.” – standardmedia.co.ke

Mauritius flash flood: Further rain, floods expected after at least 10 drowned in Port Louis, 80+ injured. 152mm (6in) of rain fell in less than an hour- 010413 0000z

(Recovery of the 10th flood victim. Video credit: Jameel Peerally)

(Video above: Kurt Avish)

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At least 10 people have been killed in flash floods in Mauritius and more downpours could be on the way, officials and the Indian Ocean island’s meteorological service said on Sunday.

The deaths occurred on Saturday and most of the victims were trapped in an underpass leading to the Caudan Waterfront, a commercial area in Port Louis. Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said on Sunday that Port Louis had a torrential downpour with 152 mm falling in two hours.

“The speed of the torrents of water has led to tragic loss of life and heavy damage to property,” he said, adding that he was declaring Monday a day of mourning.
The Mauritius meteorological service said showers were expected overnight and on Monday, with isolated thunderstorms that could cause further floods.
Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 19:30 (07:30 PM) UTC RSOE

News Reports

Deadly floods hit Mauritius capital Port Louis

BBC NEWS 31 March 2013 Last updated at 19:59

Wrecked cars in Port Louis - 30 March The floods brought chaos to Port Louis city centre

At least 11 people have died after sudden rains caused flooding in the Mauritian capital Port Louis on Saturday, officials have said.

At least eight of the victims were caught in underground areas as the flood waters rose rapidly. Another died of a heart attack.

The island’s metereologists said 152mm (6in) of rain fell in less than an hour, 70mm less than the March average.

Prime Minister Navin Rangoolam declared 1 April a day of mourning.

Speaking on national radio, he said Mauritius was suffering badly from the effects of climate change.

Mauritius map

The floods caused chaos in the city, with a huge traffic jam paralysing its centre, L’Express de Maurice newspaper reported.

A BBC reporter in the city says the bodies of six people were recovered from a pedestrian subway and another two from an underground car park.

Resident Ameeksha Dichand told the BBC she had been unable to go outside because it was raining so heavily, though people did venture out on Sunday to inspect the damage.

“The roads are blocked and there is mud everywhere. Trees have fallen all over the place,” she said.

“If people couldn’t rely on their neighbours so much to help them, then we would have lost more lives. I am so angry at the authorities.”

More rain was expected on Sunday, and people were advised to stay at home.

Pakistan: Chaos as widespread rain, snowfall and floods leave 34 dead, 57 injured, more rain expected – 060213 1400z

Widespread rain and snowfall have claimed 28 lives across the country, wreaking havoc in hilly areas where people have been forced to take refuge in mosques.

Heavy downpour has been lashing every part of the country since the last two days, and there are reports that at least 28 people have died.

As many as seven people are reported to have been killed in Jaswant Singh after the roofs of several homes caved in due to heavy rain.

In Haripur, six members of a family were swept away by the floodwater of a seasonal nullah.

The body of a minor was recovered, while one male member of the family was rescued.

A search operation was launched for the remaining people.

One person was killed and three sustained fatal injuries after the roof of a hotel collapsed in Pindi Bhattian.

Meanwhile, two brothers died and more than eight people were grievously injured after the roof of a home came down in Swabi.

Three passersby were buried alive when an avalanche hit Malik Nil Amtoli near Shangla.

Heavy snowfall has led to closure of all link roads in Ghizar, Galliat, Murree and upper parts of Kashmir adding to the miseries of the commuters.

The residents of these areas have been confined indoors due to inclement weather.

As per the Met Office, 15millimeter rain was recorded in Dipalpur during the last 12 hours, 47mm in Islamabad, 43mm in Kakul, 40mm in Garhi Dupatta and 35mm in Para Chinar and Balakot.

The low-lying areas of Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan were submerged in the rainwater.

Cherat crossed the highest ever record of 148mm rain. Saidu Sharif received 138millimeter rain, Risalpur 136mm, Lower Dir 107mm, Rawalkot 95mm, Islamabad 69mm and Mianwali 5mm.

On the other hand, there has been heavy snowfall in hilly areas. Malam Jabba received 3.5feet snow, Kalam 3 feet and Murree 8 inches.

Snowfall continued on the second consecutive day in Skardu.

The key highways leading to Muzaffarabad, Rawalkot and Punjab were closed due to land sliding.

Met Office said that Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Peshawar, Kohat and Malakand are likely to receive rainfall in the next 12 hours while the hilly areas may see more snowfall. online

Wednesday, 06 February, 2013 at 04:00 (04:00 AM) UTC RSOE

News reports

“ISLAMABAD, Feb 6, 2013 (AFP) – Days of torrential rain have killed 34 people in Pakistan, mostly on the northwestern border with Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.

The worst-hit region was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the northwest where 25 people were killed and 57 injured as a result of heavy rain from Sunday to Tuesday, the provincial disaster management authority said.

Three soldiers were also reported missing after they were hit by a snow avalanche in the northwestern district of Lower Dir.

Eight people were killed in the central province of Punjab, said Shahzad Abbasi, spokesman for the Punjab disaster management authority.

One person died and another was injured when they were hit by lightning in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, said state official Shahid Hasan Malik.

Pakistan has suffered devastating monsoon floods for the last three years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
AFP: 02/06/2013 08:21 GMT” – reliefweb.int

UK: Memories of the great flood of 1953 – 310113 1310z

The Great Flood of 1953

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Canvey Island

“In the early 1950s Europe was still recovering from six years of war. Rationing of certain items was still in force. Hardly anyone owned a television set and a telephone was considered a luxury that ordinary working-class people could not afford. Communication with the outside world was therefore minimal; people learned about the news via the radio set or from reading days-old newspapers. Most people were still trying to get their lives back on track; some wives were welcoming back repatriated husbands who had changed beyond recognition. Some men couldn’t adjust to life back in ‘Civvy Street’. Family life was a struggle as people had to cope by themselves as best they could: there were no Samaritans to call, and no such thing as counselling for bereavement1. Neighbours relied upon each other and doors were rarely locked. Significantly, there were no social plans in place in the event of severe storms at sea affecting populated coastal areas. Nor were there any emergency procedures in place which would alert the authorities to evacuate people at risk of flood in advance.

(Photo: floodsite.net) Thames Pilot Site

Storm Surges

A storm surge happens when the wind pushes the sea towards the coast, with low air pressure2, wind direction and high tide being significant factors. Between 31 January and 1 February, 1953, a storm surge occurred over the North Sea. The sea level rose by several metres, causing severe flooding to low-lying coastal areas, particularly eastern England, Scotland, Belgium and The Netherlands. It took four days for the flood water to recede, and there was widespread sewage damage. This ‘once-in-250-year event’ was responsible for thousands of deaths and colossal destruction of property. It has been described as ‘the worst national peacetime disaster to hit the UK’. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists placed the 1953 gale into the top 15 of the most significant meteorological events of the 20th Century.

The Human Cost

Thousands of people lost their lives: many of them drowning in their own beds. The first to die were the crew of a working trawler, the Michael Griffiths from Fleetwood, Lancashire, which sank without trace off the Outer Hebrides; all hands were lost. The Princess Victoria ferry abandoned ship off Belfast and over 130 passengers and crew drowned in the Irish Sea. The Netherlands, with many people living in areas below sea-level, suffered the greatest human toll: 1,836 people were killed during that dreadful night. In Belgium another 22 people died. Lincolnshire was one of the most badly affected areas of the UK, with waves over six metres high battering sea defences all along the east coast. Of the 307 people who were killed in England that night, 43 of them died in Lincolnshire. Not one home in the seaside town of Cleethorpes escaped the deluge, and the railway embankment was enveloped. The length of promenade stretching from Cleethorpes Pier to Wonderland was destroyed. A miracle occurred in Lowestoft: families whose homes were flooded headed for a local church and not one person was killed nor even seriously injured.

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The floodwater reached more than two miles inland in England, and hurricane force winds were registered at Felixstowe in Suffolk, where 39 deaths were recorded. Some of these were entire families, swept away after they had scrambled onto the anticipated safety of the roof of their single-storey homes. Violet Sparrow of Felixstowe saved the lives of her own three children then went to the aid of elderly neighbours, practically pushing them up into her loft to join the children. Her husband, who had been on coastguard duty, arrived home later the following day. Fearing the worst, he shouted their names. The children heard him and shouted back, and he helped rescue them all from their refuge. Another family thought they were safe sheltering in their loft. The mother took four children up into the loft, and the father managed to manipulate the pram containing baby Keith as far up as he could carry it. The pram couldn’t be hoisted up onto the rafters, and as both parents had to hold two children each to prevent them from falling, the decision was made to let the pram float on top of the flood water. Hours later they realised the baby was very quiet, and when they checked him, the distraught parents found he had succumbed to the cold and he could not be revived.

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The fierce winds brought down telephone lines in Norfolk and Lincolnshire so there was no way to warn those living further south of the ravaging storm headed their way. Waves breached the banks of The Wash, and the town of King’s Lynn lost 15 inhabitants. Another 66 people died in Heacham, the neighbouring village. When the storm surge reached its peak the tide was 8ft (2.5m) higher than was usual. In Essex coastal regions, 95 people perished in the Clacton-on-Sea and Canvey Island areas.

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In East London more people drowned when over a thousand homes were deluged. The floodwater reached as far as the embankments in Victoria and Chelsea. The Thames and the River Lea burst their banks: only the fact that the storm was abating prevented the engulfment of the London Underground.

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One Lincolnshire survivor, Gertrude Trevethick of Sea Lane, Saltfleet, later wrote in her diary about the ‘night of horror and fear’ when the sea flooded her family home. Her husband carried their children upstairs to safety while she gathered tins of food, clothes and a kettle. With the children all huddled together in one bed, Mr and Mrs Trevethick then watched helplessly from the bedroom window as the sea consumed their neighbours’ bungalows. The Trevethicks lost three friends that dreadful night, Mrs Clayton, Mrs Millward and Mr Frost, who all drowned. She recorded how Saltfleet farmer Herb Horton recovered his own father’s body and dispatched his mother off to hospital, then worked on all through the night, using his tractor to rescue trapped people and transporting them to safety.

No doubt there were many unsung heroes on the night of the great flood. Five people, however, were awarded the George Medal for their bravery and gallantry.

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Four of them were two Lincolnshire policemen, a fireman from Great Yarmouth and an American serviceman. The other was Reis Leeming, a 22-year-old stationed at the US air base at Sculthorpe, Norfolk, who battled through the night in a small rubber dingy to rescue 27 trapped people. Eventually the young airman collapsed with exhaustion and thought he was going to die himself as he was suffering from severe hypothermia. He awoke in hospital to the news that 31 people from the air base and family accommodations had died, 16 of them were American citizens. A fleet of haulage vehicles carrying 30 rowing boats was dispatched to Sutton-on-Sea but they could not reach the cut-off village, the swollen sea barred their way for a mile and a half (2.4km). Rescue attempts had to be put on hold until the Army arrived with specialist vehicles.

The Safe’s Safe

Before the Army could leave after they had done all they could to assist the rescue effort, the manager of Lloyds Bank Sutton-on-Sea branch, which was completely submerged, requested their help with the removal of the bank safe, (which contained about £ 5,000), to their branch in Alford. This task was accomplished using a winch, a ramp, a flat-back lorry and lots of manpower.

Aftermath

The economic impact of the storm surge was enormous: ships, including trawlers, were sunk and livelihoods lost. Many herds of cattle drowned; huge areas of low-lying arable land flooded and became unsuitable for crop-growing for many years afterwards due to contamination. Over a hundred roads, including 11 major routes, were impassable and 200 miles of railway was cut off in England alone. Fresh water stored underground was polluted with sea water. Many thousands of homes that were flooded could not be repaired, so they had to be demolished, meaning tens of thousands of survivors of the flood were displaced.

Affected people were devastated at the unbearable loss and destruction, and some locals never recovered from crushed spirits and broken hearts. A stressed Cleethorpes grocery shop owner, having surveyed the uninsured ruined stock, never went back, and his abandoned shop was sold the following year3. The railway track, which terminated at Cleethorpes Station, was relaid. New sea defences were erected and the promenade replaced. The entire promenade received a make-over in a modernisation programme during the 1990s.

The British Conservative government, headed by Prime Minister Anthony Eden, instigated the rebuilding of sea defences where they had existed and instructed the building of new flood protection. The Met Office established the ‘Storm Tide Forecasting Service’ which provided details of tidal surges and forecasts of wave activity over the next 24 hour period. The Queen, who was staying at Sandringham in Norfolk at the time of the devastation, visited nearby Hunstanton. The Duchess of Gloucester, representing the Queen, met with dignitaries and local survivors at Alford in Lincolnshire.

In The Netherlands, attention was focused on the closure of the dykes which had failed to give protection to the people living in areas below sea-level. The Deltawerken (Delta Plan) was conceived with the intention of preventing such a repeat of the tragic 1953 disaster. (see video below)

In London, planning for the Thames Barrier began, but was only completed in 1982, 29 years after the disaster. It

(Photo: 21stcenturychallenges.org) Thames Barrier

protects 45 sq miles (116.5 sq km) of the capital which is vulnerable to the risk of flooding. This should last until 2070; it’s hoped that a new barrier at Long Reach will be in place by then. The National Rivers Authority was created in 1989 to take charge of flood defences in England and Wales. When the Environment Agency was formed in 1996, they became responsible for flood defences and warnings over the entire UK. In 2003, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a plaque in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1953 great flood.

Wallasea Wetlands

One of the last4 areas to be cleared after the flooding, Wallasea Island near Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, has since been turned into The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, the UK’s largest man-made wetland. The UK Government had allowed the Lappel Bank cargo terminal to be developed in the 1990s, destroying the wetlands and marshes in the Medway estuary in Kent in the process, even though they were protected under the European Union’s Birds’ Directive. Following an upheld challenge by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), the European Court ruled that the Government had acted illegally, so the Wallasea Wetlands Creation Project was undertaken to make amends for the loss. The UK Government spent £ 7.5m on ‘coastal engineering’ to create a new habitat of 115 hectares of salt marsh, mudflats, saltwater lakes and seven created islands for many wading birds like lapwings, oystercatchers and avocets.

 

The Future

Environment Agency Flood Warnings
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No-one can predict the next major meteorological event but in the 21st Century we have the benefit of instant communication and 24-hour rolling news services via television and the Internet. People living in flood-risk areas can access information for their locality and make preparations in the event of such a devastating scenario recurring.

There’s no doubt that storms and resulting floods will continue to affect coastal regions, but hopefully not at the cost of multiple human lives.

With climate change as an additional factor, surges will happen more often, and the risk is increasing. The return period for a 1.5m surge in the North Sea the interval over which you’d expect it to happen again at least once is 120 years at the moment. By the 2080s we expect a 1.5m storm surge could happen in the North Sea at least once every seven years. But our warning systems are a lot better than they were then, so loss of life on the scale of 1953 is pretty unlikely.
– Sean Clarke of the UK Met Office, speaking in 2003


1 In February 1952 the UK and Commonwealth reeled with shock at the unexpected death of King George VI, a frail, cancer-stricken man whose refusal to leave London during the Blitz endeared him and his family to the nation. The tragedy catapulted his daughter Princess Elizabeth to the throne and Queen Elizabeth, whom Adolf Hitler once described as ‘the most dangerous woman in Europe’ because she was held in such high regard, was relegated to the role of Queen Mother.
2 If air pressure decreases by one millibar, sea level rises by one centimetre.
3 His shop on the corner of Warneford Road and Oxford Street was sold unseen as a ‘thriving business opportunity’ to a couple from Leeds, Yorkshire, who were unaware of the unrepaired flood damage. They had to rebuild and decorate before they could open for business.
4 Sometime during the 1970s.” – BBC News (photos inserted from other sources)

Videos

The sea surges above the coast, flooding whole areas of East Anglia. It is the worst disaster in peacetime Britain. Using rare, original film, discover the stories behind the disastrous floods of East Anglia.

Sixty years ago, on 31 January and 1 February 1953, over 300 people died in flooding on the East Coast of England. Today such floods are predicted by a warning system implemented after the 1953 flood. Flooding is expected to get worse due to climate change.
Dr Anna Carlsson Hyslop from the Department of Sociology tells us more:

Netherlands

An old film about the Dutch Watersnood in 1953 and the abundant international help we received.
It ends with a short speech from queen Juliana.

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