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 27 Oct 2014 1422z (GMT/UTC)

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UK: Ex Bertha bringing wet and windy weather on Sunday, says Met Office – Published 080814 1719z (GMT)

#UK #SEVERE #WEATHER, #FLOOD WARNINGS and #TORRO #TORNADO WATCH. #Bertha #UKstorm #FloodAware #Wx #News… http://t.co/fIcYIK4jr5

— Goaty’s News (UK) (@Goatys_News) August 9, 2014

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.

Bertha storm tracks Possible storm tracks for ex Bertha on Sunday   Bertha Impacts Likely impacts from ex Bertha on Sunday

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.

Last updated: 8 August 2014″ –  Met Office

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

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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.


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

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。





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。

週三, 2014年4月2日13:37 (下午1時37分) UTC RSOE

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

Tropical Depression 1401 Lingling/ Agaton (JMA)


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


Issued at 00:45 UTC, 20 January 2014

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


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


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.
(Samar and Leyte)
Cloudy skies withlight to moderate rains (52- 68 /28 – 36) Rough to very rough 3.4 to 5.0
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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


WWJP25 RJTD 201800
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.
WARM FRONT FROM 37N 143E TO 37N 147E 35N 150E.
COLD FRONT FROM 37N 143E TO 34N 140E 32N 136E 29N 132E.
BOUNDED BY 27N 121E 24N 130E 18N 122E 18N 116E 22N 113E 25N 119E 27N
BOUNDED BY 10N 107E 14N 109E 14N 113E 08N 110E 10N 107E
HIGH 1020 HPA AT 27N 147E EAST 25 KT.



WWHK82 VHHH 201800

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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Our change in the weather and how the jet stream is driving it

Official blog of the Met Office news team

After a quiet spell of weather courtesy of a slow moving area of high pressure, we are now entering an unsettled period as a series of Atlantic depressions are expected to pass close to the northwest of Britain during the next week.

High pressure has now moved away and is settled over Europe and a powerful jet stream is developing over the Atlantic which will be the main driving force behind this spell of unsettled weather.

What is the jet stream?

The jet stream is a band of fast moving westerly winds high up in the atmosphere which circle around the pole in the northern hemisphere. It can feature winds of up to 200 knots (230 mph) or more, and these winds tend to guide wet and windy weather systems which come in off the Atlantic.

The jet moves around a fair bit and its position can have a big…

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US: Frightening Halloween storms cause damage in Mid-South – Suspected Tornado in Caraway, AR; Flooding in Central TX – 011113 0830z

This is a photo of the storm taken near #Caraway, AR that likely produced a tornado. via Firsthand Weather (Photo @ArkansasChasers).


(WMC-TV) – “Emergency responders are cleaning up after severe, Halloween night storms moved through some Mid-South counties.

A tornado warning was issued for southeastern Craighead County, central Mississippi County, and northeastern Poinsett county around 8:00 p.m. It has since expired.

At least 10 structures are damaged and five more are destroyed after the severe weather tore through Arkansas. The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office reports trees, power lines and poles are down.

Most of the damage is in Caraway, AR where crews went going door to door to make sure everyone was accounted for, according to KAIT8. Several homes are damaged along with a community center, and gas station.

Five trick-or-treators were missing at one point, but they have since been found. Caraway officials enacted a curfew after the search ended. They say anyone who does not abide by it will be arrested.

Riverside Schools are closed Friday. There are no reports of injuries.

A tornado watch was issued for multiple Mid-South counties in TN including Tipton, Dyer, and Gibson. The watch has since expired. ”

Posted: Nov 01, 2013 12:42 AM GST Updated: Nov 01, 2013 3:51 AM GST
By WMCTV.com Staff

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.


Updated: 10/31 10:07 pm Published: 10/31 8:32 pm
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR — The mayor of Caraway in Craighead County reports some buildings downtown were damaged by a storm just at 7:39 p.m.

Power lines down and some trees have been damaged.

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office says several trick-or-treaters were missing for about 45 minutes but have now been accounted for.

The National Weather Service and county officials have arrived on the scene and are assessing the damage in Caraway

10/31/13 Caraway, Arkansas Tornado Damage *Nick Hellums*

(Video credit: Live Storms Network)

Published on Oct 31, 2013

Live Storms Media affiliate, Nick Hellums, was able to head across the Mississippi river into Arkansas and shoot some video of structural damage in Caraway, Arkansas shortly after a tornado struck the area this evening. Some trick or treaters were presumed to have been missing, but were found taking shelter during the storm. So far, only minor injuries have been reported. Nick is in place helping the Red Cross with any relief efforts overnight and will return at first light to show us more of the destruction.

Onion Creek and Central Texas

Flooding damage in Onion Creek and south Austin after strong overnight storms Oct. 31, 2013. (Via kens5.com – Photo credit: Chopper5)

In Onion Creek and across Central Texas emergency teams saved hundreds of people in a matter of hours.Those challenging night-time rescues were made even more difficult by raging water. “I was scared,” said Olivia Williamson, a resident of Pflugerville. “It’s scary when you look out there and see it going so fast.” Williamson was inside her Crooked Creek home asleep when the storm surged. “To tell you the truth I was still in bed. I kept hearing water and I couldn’t figure out what was going on and our neighbor came and knocked on the door,” she said. Unable to wade through waist deep water hope floated in. “It’s been fast and furious,” said Pflugerville Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg of the calls for help. Its been one right after the other. Those rescues played out hundreds of times in the dark of night and again during daylight. From those too small to help themselves to family members unable to walk out on their own, each rescue a reminder of how fortunate we are for all those helping hands. .Friday, 01 November, 2013 at 05:08 (05:08 AM) UTC RSOE


Sheer devastation in the Onion Creek area of southeast Austin. Forget about cleaning up. These people have nothing to salvage. And now we know one person has lost their life because of the flooding.

As the rushing flood water came through the Onion Creek area of southeast Austin neighbors did what they could to survive. They got on their roofs. That’s where they stayed as they waited for emergency crews in helicopters and rescue boats to save them.

Neighbors cheered as each person was carried to safety. Once the flood victims were out of danger– the raw emotion sunk in. Their homes, cars, every last possession ruined.

As the water receded they got a better look at the damage. Albert Castro took us through his home. The water rose so fast, he barely made it out with his life.

“We swam back this way and it’s a good thing my dad had that ladder there and we made our way up,” said Castro.

But before he and his father got settled, they saved seven people next door. That included Jesus Arriaga his two week old baby, wife and two girls.

“I felt worried because I wanted to get them to safety. You just don’t think about it until it’s going to happen,” Arriaga said.

They climbed out their bedroom window. For four hours the families stayed on the roof before help came.

“Just kept them in my arms, making them feel safe, telling them we’re going to be okay,” Arriaga said.

Debris stretches for blocks. Vehicles were battered and carried far away from where their owners left them.

Late in the day even more tragedy. Julie Robin Jackson found what appeared to be a flood victim.

“I nudged the body and it was heavy. I checked to see if he was breathing and he wasn’t. So and then said a prayer for him,” Jackson said.

Emergency officials checked for other bodies, marking each home and vehicle with an x if clear. What lives still remain have been forever altered.

“We don’t got nothin. I’d rather something than nothing. It’s a big change but we gotta do what we gotta do to make things work,” said Castro.

Onion Creek reopen to foot traffic; 15 homes deemed ‘unsafe’

“9 p.m. update: Austin Energy is reporting that all but 100 customers have power restored in the Onion Creek neighborhoods following the latest bout of severe weather that knocked out power to thousands.

Those customers without power are in the Onion Creek Forest neighborhoods, according to the Austin Travis County Emergency Operations Center, and it is unclear when power would be restored.

Power has also been restored to all Pedernales Electric Cooperative customers who had weather-related outages, said utility spokeswoman Anne Harvey. The utility had nearly 3,000 members without power by around noon. Most were centered near Manchaca, Kyle and Buda, the Johnson City-based nonprofit electric utility said.

The story has been updated to correct that Onion Creek Forest neighborhood still does not have power.

7 p.m. update: Onion Creek neighborhoods that were evacuated Thursday morning from floods have been reopened to residents, according to officials.

Foot traffic has been allowed back into the Onion Creek Forest neighborhoods, but cars are still prohibited until about midnight Friday as Austin Energy works to restore power, police said. Onion Creek subdivision and Onion Creek Planatation have reopened foot and vehicle traffic, but drivers can expect some roads to be closed because of flooding or debris, police said.

Police said they will monitor the areas for suspicious activity and looting and have asked Halloween celebrators to avoid those homes.

Officials have barred residents from returning to 15 homes in the Onion Creek Forest neighborhood because of “unsafe conditions,” officials said. They said that the homes have structural damage, like shifted or collapsed walls, that would be hazardous to those residents.

The city is still tallying how many structures have been flooded and the total cost of the damage.

Two shelters will be opened for evacuees including Parker Lane United Methodist Church at 2105 Parker Lane and Dove Springs Recreation Center at 5801 Ainez Dr.

2 p.m. update: More than 100 people have been rescued from flood waters across Central Texas on Thursday morning after storms dropped more than 12 inches of rain in some areas.

The heaviest rainfall began at 9 p.m. Wednesday and continued to pound the region overnight. Some of the highest totals of 9 inches or more were reported near southern Travis County and Hays County.

In downtown Austin, rainfall totals reached 4 to 5 inches, the National Weather Service reported.

The heaviest storms have moved beyond Central Texas, and some light rain is possible throughout the day, said Steve Smart, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“Light showers are still possible,” Smart said. “But the heaviest rains have moved east.”

A flood warning remains in effect for the Colorado River in Travis, Bastrop and Fayette counties.

Some of the heaviest flooding in Austin has been in the Bluff Springs area near Onion Creek, which reached a record high of 41 feet this morning and continues to rise, officials said.

“What we have now is the runoff,” the official, Wendy Morgan, said of the rising water levels.

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr crews responded to 105 calls for flood-related evacuations or rescues between midnight and 10:30 a.m.

An estimated 500 to 600 homes have been flooded by the Thursday storms, officials said.

In Austin, two boats were rescuing people from flooded homes and roads, while StarFlight plucked people from roof tops. By noon, one boat was being used.

Rescues continue, though not as many as during the height of the storms.

“We saw very significant flooding,” City Manager Marc Ott said at a press conference about noon. He had just returned from a helicopter tour with police Chief Art Acevedo and Kerr. “In some cases people cut holes through rooftops to have access to the outside. While there are no confirmed fatalities, we have many areas that need to be searched.”

The Austin Travis County/Emergency Operations Center was partially activated early this morning. It is now on full activation and officials are focused on monitoring water levels, road conditions and evacuations.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division also activated its statewide search and water-rescue team to assist emergency crews. The agency has been working to rescue stranded residents in Travis, Hays, Comal and Bastrop counties.

Wimberley in Hays County posted the highest rainfall total at 12 to 14 inches, National Weather Service forecaster Steve Smart said.

In Travis County, 3 inches to 9 inches or more were reported since storms began.

Round Rock saw 9 inches and Bastrop County has seen 4 inches, officials said.

However, much of the Hill Country received less than a quarter inch, doing little to ease lake levels.

The flooding closed roads throughout the area, knocked out power and forced school closures and cancellations.

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For road closures in Williamson County, click here.

Road closures in Bastrop County can be found here.

For school conditions, click here.

In Williamson County, officials notified 88 homes of evacuations in three areas of Hutto and Round Rock using a variety of methods, including a notice online. Sheriff’s deputies also knocked on doors on County Road 123 in Hutto telling people to evacuate. Officials also knocked on doors on County Road 135.

Water rescues were conducted along Brushy Creek, including on Ranch Road 620, Shady Lane and Lake Creek Parkway, but none were life-threatening incidents, sheriff’s officials said.

A shelter had been set up at Hutto Middle School, but only one family arrived there, a city official said.

In Wimberley, the community center helped 20 people who evacuated from nearby Mill Race Lane. Those residents left the center by 8 a.m. to return to their homes.

One hundred people took shelter at the San Marcos Activity Center, officials said. That shelter had closed by 11:30 a.m. A shelter at San Cruz Catholic Church at 1100 Main St. remains open for Buda-area residents, officials said.

In Austin, three shelters had been opened: The South Austin Recreation Center, Parker Lane United Methodist Church, and the South Austin Recreation.

By noon, only one shelter, Parker Lane United Methodist Church at 2105 Parker Lane, is open.

The Austin fire chief has ordered Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake closed through noon Friday.

12:20 p.m. update: In the midst of the rescues, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division activated its statewide search and water-rescue team to assist emergency crews. The agency has been working to rescue stranded residents in Travis, Hays, Comal and Bastrop counties.

Among the rescues, game wardens assisted in water rescues in the Onion Creek area and homes near Circuit of the Americas near Texas 130.

Austin officials said STARFlight has rescued 29 people since flooding started and that rescues continue.

In Williamson County, officials notified 88 homes in three areas of Hutto and Round Rock using a variety of methods, including a notice online. Sheriff’s deputies also knocked on doors on County Road 123 in Hutto telling people to evacuate. Officials also knocked on doors on County Road 135.

Water rescues were conducted along Brushy Creek, including on Ranch Road 620, Shady Lane and Lake Creek Parkway, but none were life-threatening incidents, sheriff’s officials said.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative said nearly 3,000 members were without power by around noon. Most were centered near Manchaca, Kyle and Buda, the Johnson City-based nonprofit electric utility said.

Update 12:05 p.m.: Several Central Texas shelters are starting to close as displaced residents find new housing options and local waters continue to recede in some areas.

In Austin, the South Austin Recreation Center at 1100 Cumberland Road was closed shortly before noon, leaving the Parker Lane United Methodist Church as the remaining shelter for displaced city residents.

The San Marcos shelter was also closed in Hays County, while the Buda area shelter at San Cruz Catholic Church at 1100 Main St. remains open, officials said.

11:45 a.m. update: An additional 2,000 customers will be without power after crews discovered an Austin Energy substation was flooded, officials said. The substation was taken offline as a result, but crews hope to restore power as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative was reporting 1,280 power outages.

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Update 11:25 a.m.: The Austin fire chief has ordered Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake closed through noon Friday.

Update 11:15 a.m.: Austin fire crews are continuing water rescues in the Pleasant Valley area in Southeast Austin, officials said.

Since fire crews responded to the scene of flooding waters in the area at 5 a.m., about 100 people have been rescued by boat or ground crew, said Austin fire official Carrie Stewart.

Another 100 rescues are possible, Stewart added.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries, but crews continue to check for homes and vehicles affected by flooding, she said.

Austin Energy says it now has 5,500 customers without power scattered across their service territory. Flooding continues to trigger delays for repairs in some areas, officials said.

10:55 a.m. update: Although Onion Creek continues to rise, Austin fire crews are starting to wind down operations in the Bluff Springs area.

An estimated 60 people were rescued with the aid of two boats this morning, officials said.

Now, one boat will be left on scene in case it is needed for deployment.

All residents and homes reported to Austin fire officials have been accounted for, but some residents were allowed to remain in their homes, officials said.

“Some did choose to stay in their homes as the water is receding,” said Austin fire official Carrie Stewart.

Onion Creek reached a record high of 41 feet this morning and is continuing to rise, officials said.

“What we have now is the runoff,” the official, Wendy Morgan, said of the rising water levels.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Onion Creek Forest and Plantations subdivisions as well as homes along nearby Pinehurst Drive areas. Emergency crews are also conducting rescues of residents from their roofs and attics in the hardest hit areas of nearby Bluff Springs areas.

As many as 625 homes could be evacuated during rescue efforts, Morgan said, as water levels for homes near the Onion Creek flooding rose to about 8 feet or more.

The city has opened three shelters for area residents or people are encouraged to stay with family and friends.

Earlier: Multiple people have been rescued from flooded creeks across Central Texas on Thursday morning after storms dropped more than 13 inches of rain in some areas overnight.

Since midnight, emergency crews have responded to 81 flood-related incidents within Travis County. That includes 32 water rescues and other rescue alerts, one structure fire caused by lightning and 46 flood assistance and barricade calls, Austin fire officials said.

City of Austin officials say an estimated 500 to 600 homes have been flooded by the Thursday storms.

The heaviest rainfall began at 9 p.m. Wednesday and continued to pound the region overnight. Some of the highest totals of 9 inches or more were reported near southern Travis County and Hays County.

In downtown Austin, rainfall totals reached 4 to 5 inches, the National Weather Service reported.

Some of the heaviest flooding in Austin has been in the Bluff Springs area near Onion Creek.

Fire crews have rescued more than 60 residents who were forced to seek safety on roofs and in their attics, said Austin fire official Carrie Stewart. Two boats are in the water rescuing residents, and a StarFlight helicopter is hovering overhead looking for stranded residents, she said.

Rescues and reports of people on rooftops are still being reported in the area.

Three shelters have been opened for Austin residents displaced by floods, city officials said. The South Austin Recreation Center at 1100 Cumberland Road and Parker Lane United Methodist Church at 2105 Parker Lane near West Oltorf Street and Interstate 35 have been designated as shelters, officials said. The South Austin Recreation Center at 1100 Cumberland Road was opened about 10:15 a.m.

Austin Energy was reporting 8,500 outages by 9 a.m., including 6,500 customers without power in flooded areas, an official said.

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To check road closures in Austin, click here.

Click here for road closures in Hays County.

For road closures in Williamson County, click here.

Road closures in Bastrop County can be found here.

A flash flood watch is in effect more much of Central Texas until noon today.

The City of Austin has issued a watercraft ban on Barton Creek and Lady Bird Lake because of unsafe water conditions, an official said.

Officials have partially activated the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center, where city emergency representatives plan to coordinate response to the heavy rains, flooding and area rescues, a spokeswoman said.

The heaviest storms have moved east, and some light rain is possible throughout the day, said Steve Smart, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“Light showers are still possible,” Smart said. “But the heaviest rains have moved east.”

So far, Wimberley in Hays County has posted the highest rainfall total at 12 to 14 inches, Smart said.

In Travis County, anywhere from 3 inches to 9 inches or more were reported since storms began last night.

Round Rock saw 9 inches and Bastrop County has seen 4 inches, officials said.” – statesman.com

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

‘Rivers’ in air could boost flooding


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.




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.

Deadly Floods in North Korea and Weather for the rest of Eastern Asia

Panahon Ngayon

South and North Korea both have been battered by heavy rainfall this week due to a persistent and potent trough that was lingering over the Peninsula. Four deaths were reported in the Seoul area on Tuesday while in the North 13 deaths were reported and thousands of homes have been damaged as rain totals climbed over the 500mm mark throughout the course of the week in central and western portions of the country. Pyongyang alone on Tuesday saw rain reports over 200mm. With that said people will get some time through the end of the week to pick up the peaces as the weather improves across the Peninsula and high pressure ridges in.  That is until Saturday night in to Sunday when a new low pressure area works its way out of China and brings another shot of rough weather to the area. Extreme South Korea could also see passing…

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Germany: Dam breaks near Magdeburg; Extremist group threatened to attack flood dams – 090613 2040z

Germany: Dam breaks near Magdeburg; Extremist group threatened to attack flood dams 0906132040z

A dam has broken on the flood-swollen River Elbe in eastern Germany, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes around the city of Magdeburg.

Water levels in Magdeburg stood at 7.44m (24ft) on Sunday, nearly four times higher than normal (2m).

In Magdeburg, more than 23,000 people left their homes as flooding increased and power was shut off.

Flood defences on the Elbe and the River Saale have been weakened by days of heavy rain.

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.

German President Joachim Gauck visited the town of Meissen and other flood-hit areas on Sunday, appealing for donations to help those whose homes and businesses had been damaged (Photo: BBC News/AFP)

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. BBC News extract 9 June 2013 Last updated at 19:00

Photo: DPA

Unknowns threaten to attack flood dams

Published: 9 Jun 13 15:00 CET

Several newspapers received an anonymous letter on Sunday morning threatening to damage dams set up to hold back flood waters in eastern and northern Germany.

The letters authors, who describe themselves as anti-German, anti-fascist flood brigades, threaten to attack five specific sections of the dam in order to harm people across the country.

One of the dams being threatened is in Gro-Rosenburg, south of Magdeburg, where the River Saale flows into the Elbe, Der Spiegel reported. This dam broke on Sunday morning, though it was already under extreme pressure it is currently impossible to tell whether the damage was down to sabotage.

The crisis team monitoring the anti-flooding measures is taking the threat extremely seriously, and air surveillance of the dams named in the letter has already been beefed up. Patrols have been told to report any irregularities directly to the police.

Investigators told Der Spiegel they had no information on who could be behind the letter, but that its content suggests left-wing extremists.

Thousands of emergency workers, troops and volunteers in Germany battled Sunday against central Europes worst floods in over a decade, which have forced mass evacuations and which one politician termed a national catastrophe.

The focus was on Magdeburg, where vast outlying areas were covered in a sea of brown water, sparked by recent torrential rains which have washed down the Elbe river system from the Czech Republic.

The water level in Magdeburg reached 7.45 metres (24 feet) in the morning, vastly higher than the usual level of around two metres and worse than massive floods that struck the region in 2002, local authorities said.

Almost 3,000 residents were evacuated from the citys Rothensee district, where hundreds of army troops were working to reinforce a dyke protecting a crucial electricity facility to prevent a wider power outage in the city.

More townships were evacuated around Barby, where the Saale tributary meets the Elbe. Some of the 8,000 residents of the nearby town of Aken were taken to safety on military armoured personnel carriers and ambulances.

President Joachim Gauck was due to visit the flood-hit states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt on Sunday and join a church service with emergency crew and residents in the town of Halle.

The Local/AFP/bk thelocal.de

Germany steps up evacuations along flood-hit river

German authorities urged 15,000 more people to flee their homes in a city on the swollen Elbe river Sunday as central Europes worst floods in a decade also threatened Hungary after causing havoc in the Czech Republic and Austria.

A torrent of flood waters in Germany has turned vast areas into a brown water world, sparked a mass mobilisation of emergency workers and caused billions of euros in damage in what one lawmaker termed a national catastrophe.

Rescue helicopters criss-crossed the sky and military armoured personnel carriers rumbled through the flood zone, where thousands of troops, firefighters and volunteers were frantically building up flood defences with sandbags.

Across central Europe, the floods have killed at least 18 people, including 10 in the Czech Republic.

The German city of Magdeburg urged 15,000 residents to leave the east bank of the river, where an almost 7.5 metre (24 feet) peak up from the normal level of two metres was expected to strain saturated dykes for the next few days.

We hope that the dykes will withstand the pressure over the coming days, but we cant be 100 percent sure, said fire brigade spokesman Andreas Hamann, one of 1,200 emergency staff working around the clock in the area.

The move was described as a precaution, but a city spokesman said people really are supposed to leave in face of the danger. In all, 23,000 people in and around the city have been told to evacuate this weekend.

Soldiers in Magdeburg were also struggling to save a power installation in the harbour area, as water damage would not only knock out electricity to tens of thousands of homes but also to water pumps running at full tilt.

Tensions eased in cities upriver along the Elbe and its tributaries, including Dresden, Halle and Bitterfeld, where many evacuation orders were lifted and people returned to start clearing out their mud-caked homes.

The water level in Magdeburg was higher than during once-a-century floods of 2002, local authorities said. Magdeburg lies downriver from where the Saale river spills into the Elbe, creating a water surge a record 40 kilometres (25 miles) long.

Further downstream, towns including Lauenburg and the village of Hitzacker in Lower Saxony were preparing for the peak to hit in coming days.

Regional rains have also severely swollen the Danube, hitting southern Germany, especially the city of Passau, which has moved from alert to clean-up mode.

The deluge has sparked massive emergency responses in Austria, Slovakia and in Hungary, where waters reached a new record in Budapest on Sunday.

In Germany, President Joachim Gauck visited flood-hit areas, where in vast areas only roofs and tree tops stick out of the water and the only access is by boat or helicopter.

One cannot imagine how much remains to be dealt with, he said.

Adding to tensions was a threat to attack dykes from a group calling itself the Germanophobic Flood Brigade. Aerial and ground surveillance had been stepped up, said Saxony-Anhalt state interior minister Holger Stahlknecht.

Ironically, the sun was shining above most of Germanys flood zone, forcing the thousands packing sandbags to seek supplies of sun block and insect repellent.

However, more rains were expected by Monday in Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria, with as much as 50 litres per square metre expected within a few hours.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was planning a crisis meeting with state premiers on how to share the bill for the disaster estimated to hit tens of billions of euros the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper reported.

Were dealing with a national catastrophe, Gerda Hasselfeldt, lawmaker for the conservative Christian Social Union, was quoted saying.

Despite the widespread damage, growth in Europes biggest economy was unlikely to suffer much as a result, said a survey of leading economists by the Welt daily.

Absurdly, economies actually pick up after natural disasters because the property damage needs to be repaired, Deutsche Bank chief strategist Thomas Mayer said. Yahoo News

Raw: German Dam Breaks, Thousands Evacuate

(Video credit: AssociatedPress)

Published on 9 Jun 2013

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in a region of eastern Germany where the Elbe river has flooded and burst through a dam. The swollen Danube is approaching Budapest where soldiers and volunteers are building flood walls. (June 9)

German (Google translation)

Deutschland: Dammbruch in der Nhe von Magdeburg; Extremist Gruppe drohte Hochwasser Dmme angreifen – 090613 2040z

9. Juni 2013 durch die Goaty Nachrichten

“Ein Damm wurde auf der Flut-geschwollene Elbe im stlichen Deutschland gebrochen, zwingt Tausende von Menschen ihre Huser in der Nhe von Magdeburg verlassen.

Pegelstnde in Magdeburg stand bei 7,44 m (24ft) am Sonntag, fast vier Mal hher als normal (2m).

In Magdeburg, verlassen mehr als 23.000 Menschen ihre Huser, wie berschwemmungen erhht und Leistung wurde abgeschaltet.

Hochwasserschutz an der Elbe und der Saale haben nach Tagen von schweren regen geschwcht worden.

Eine andere Mutter ist in Gefahr, berichtet die regionale Sender MDR und mehr Evakuierungen kann stattfinden.

Deutsch Joachim Gauck besucht die Flut heimgesuchten Stadt Halle, in der Nhe von Magdeburg, und wrdigte die Art und Weise seiner Bewohner hatte verkraftet.

Deutsch Joachim Gauck besucht die Stadt Meissen und andere Flut betroffenen Gebieten am Sonntag, ruft zu Spenden auf, um zu helfen, deren Huser und Geschfte beschdigt worden war (Foto: BBC News / AFP)

“Es ist fantastisch zu sehen, wie verschiedene Menschen zusammen kommen, um anderen zu helfen. Und Sie stellen fest, dass viele von ihnen erschpft sind, aber sie sind glcklich, und es scheint, sie zu motivieren, “Herr Gauck sagte.

Der Hochwasserscheitel wird erwartet, dass Nord-Deutschland in den kommenden Tagen zu erreichen. “- BBC News Extrakt 9. Juni 2013 um 19:00 Uhr Zuletzt aktualisiert

Foto: DPA
Unbekannte drohen Hochwasser Dmme angreifen

Verffentlicht 9 13. Juni 15:00 CET

“Mehrere Zeitungen erhielt einen anonymen Brief am Sonntagmorgen drohen Schden staut zurck zu halten Hochwasser in Ost-und Nord-Deutschland gesetzt.

Flutwelle breitet sich ber das stliche Deutschland (8. Juni 13)
Northern Deutschland Rennen Flut surge abstoen (7. Juni 13)
Deggendorf verwstet: Donau-Hochwasser Stadt (7. Juni 13)

Der Brief Autoren, die sich selbst als “anti-deutsch, anti-faschistischen Flut Brigaden” drohen fnf spezifische Abschnitte des Dammes anzugreifen, um “schaden den Menschen im ganzen Land.”

Einer der Dmme bedroht ist in Gro-Rosenburg, sdlich von Magdeburg, wo die Saale in die Elbe fliet, berichtet Der Spiegel. Dieser Damm brach am Sonntagmorgen, aber es war schon extrem unter Druck – es ist derzeit unmglich zu sagen, ob der Schaden nach unten war, zu sabotieren.

Der Krisenstab berwachung der Anti-Flooding Manahmen nimmt die Bedrohung sehr ernst, und Luftberwachung der Dmme in dem Schreiben genannt wurde bereits aufgepeppt. Patrouillen wurden angewiesen, keine Unregelmigkeiten berichten direkt an die Polizei.

Ermittler sagte Spiegel, sie htten keine Informationen darber, wer knnte hinter dem Buchstaben, sondern dass ihr Inhalt schlgt Linksextremisten.

Tausende von Rettungsassistenten, Truppen und Freiwilligen in Deutschland gekmpft Sonntag gegen schlimmsten berschwemmungen Mitteleuropas in mehr als einem Jahrzehnt, die haben Massenevakuierungen gezwungen und welcher Politiker bezeichnet eine “nationale Katastrophe”.

Der Schwerpunkt lag auf Magdeburg, wo weitlufige Umland in einem Meer von braunem Wasser bedeckt waren, durch die jngsten Regenflle, die auf der Elbe entwickelt haben aus Tschechien gewaschen ausgelst.

Der Wasserstand in Magdeburg erreicht 7,45 Meter (24 Fu) in der Frh, erheblich hher als der bliche Niveau von rund zwei Metern und schlimmer als massiven berschwemmungen, die die Region im Jahr 2002 getroffen, sagte lokalen Behrden.

Fast 3.000 Bewohner wurden aus der Stadt Rothensee Bezirk, wo Hunderte von Armee-Einheiten arbeiten, um einen Deich schtzt eine entscheidende Strom Anlage ein breiteres Stromausfall in der Stadt zu verhindern, verstrken wurden evakuiert.

Weitere Gemeinden wurden um Barby, wo die Saale in die Elbe Nebenfluss evakuiert. Einige der 8.000 Bewohner der nahe gelegenen Stadt Aken wurden, um die Sicherheit auf militrische gepanzerten und Krankenwagen bernommen.

Joachim Gauck war aufgrund der Flut betroffenen Lnder Sachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt am Sonntag besuchen und sich einen Gottesdienst mit Not-Mannschaft und Anwohner in der Stadt Halle.

Die Local / AFP / bk “- thelocal.de
Deutschland tritt Evakuierungen entlang Hochwasser betroffenen Fluss

AFPBy Yannick Pasquet | AFP – 9. Juni 2013
“Deutschen Behrden aufgefordert, weitere 15.000 Menschen ihre Huser in einer Stadt an der Elbe geschwollene Sonntag fliehen, wie Mitteleuropa schlimmsten berschwemmungen seit einem Jahrzehnt drohte auch Ungarn nach Verwstung in der Tschechischen Republik und sterreich.

Eine Flut von Hochwasser in Deutschland hat weite Teile in einem braunen Wasser Welt drehte, lste eine Massenmobilisierung von Rettungsassistenten und verursacht in Milliardenhhe Schden in dem, was ein Gesetzgeber bezeichnet eine “nationale Katastrophe”.

Rettungshubschrauber durchzogen den Himmel und militrische gepanzerten rumpelte durch die Flut Zone, wo Tausende von Soldaten, Feuerwehrleute und freiwillige Helfer fieberhaft Gebude wurden Hochwasserschutzanlagen mit Sandscken.

In Mitteleuropa haben die berschwemmungen mindestens 18 Menschen, darunter 10 in der Tschechischen Republik gettet.

Die deutsche Stadt Magdeburg forderte 15.000 Bewohner auf das Ostufer des Flusses, wo ein fast 7,5 Meter (24 Fu) Spitze verlassen – aus dem normalen Niveau von zwei Metern – voraussichtlicher gesttigten Deiche fr die nchsten paar Tage Stamm wurde.

“Wir hoffen, dass die Deiche den Druck in den kommenden Tagen zu widerstehen, aber wir knnen nicht zu 100 Prozent sicher sein”, sagte Sprecher Andreas Feuerwehr Hamann, einer der 1.200 Mitarbeiter Notfall rund um die Uhr in der Gegend.

Der Umzug wurde als Vorsichtsmanahme, aber ein Sprecher der Stadt sagte: “Menschen wirklich verlassen sollen” angesichts der Gefahr. Insgesamt wurden 23.000 Menschen in und um die Stadt erklrt worden, um an diesem Wochenende zu evakuieren.

Soldaten in Magdeburg wurden auch kmpfen, um eine Macht Installation im Hafengebiet zu sparen, wie Wasser Schaden wre nicht nur knock out Strom, Zehntausende von Husern, sondern auch Wasserpumpen laufen auf Hochtouren.

Die Spannungen in den Stdten gelockert flussaufwrts entlang der Elbe und ihrer Nebenflsse, darunter Dresden, Halle und Bitterfeld, wo viele Evakuierung aufgehoben und waren die Menschen wieder anfangen Entrmpelung ihre schlammverkrusteten Huser.

Der Wasserstand in Magdeburg war hher als whrend des “once-a-Jahrhundert” Hochwasser 2002, sagte rtlichen Behrden. Magdeburg liegt flussabwrts von wo die Saale in die Elbe verschttet, wodurch ein Wasserschwall ein Rekord von 40 Kilometern (25 Meilen) lang.

Weiter stromabwrts, Stdte wie Lauenburg und das Dorf von Hitzacker in Niedersachsen wurden fr die Spitze in den kommenden Tagen getroffen Vorbereitung.

Regional Regenflle haben auch die Donau stark geschwollen, schlagen sdlichen Deutschland, vor allem die Stadt Passau, die vom Alarm zu clean-up-Modus bewegt hat.

Die Flut hat massive Notfallmanahmen in sterreich, der Slowakei und in Ungarn, wo die Gewsser erreicht einen neuen Rekord in Budapest am Sonntag ausgelst.

In Deutschland besuchte Prsident Joachim Gauck Flut betroffenen Gebieten, wo in weiten Teilen nur Dcher und Baumkronen herausragen des Wassers und der einzige Zugang ist per Boot oder Helikopter.

“Man kann sich nicht vorstellen, wie viel noch zu behandeln sind”, sagte er.

Hinzufgen zu Spannungen war eine Bedrohung fr die Deiche aus einer Gruppe, die sich selbst die “deutschfeindlichen Flood Brigade” anzugreifen. Luft-und Boden-berwachung worden war trat, sagte Sachsen-Anhalts Innenminister Holger Stahlknecht.

Ironischerweise wurde die Sonne ber die meisten in Deutschland berschwemmungsgebiet scheint, zwingt die Verpackung Tausende Sandscke auf die Lieferungen von Sonnencreme und Insektenschutzmittel zu suchen.

Allerdings wurden weitere Regenflle bis Montag in Thringen, Sachsen und Bayern erwartet, so viel wie 50 Liter pro Quadratmeter innerhalb von ein paar Stunden zu erwarten.

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel plante eine Krisensitzung mit Ministerprsidenten auf, wie man die Rechnung fr die Katastrophe zu teilen – schtzungsweise zehn Milliarden Euro getroffen – die Leipziger Volkszeitung berichtet.

“Wir sind mit einer nationalen Katastrophe zu tun”, Gerda Hasselfeldt, Gesetzgeber fr die konservative Christlich-Soziale Union, wurde zitiert.

Trotz der weit verbreiteten Schden, Wachstum in der grten Volkswirtschaft Europas unwahrscheinlich viel zu leiden als Folge war, sagte eine Umfrage der fhrenden konomen der Welt tglich.

“Absurd, Volkswirtschaften tatschlich abholen nach Naturkatastrophen, weil die Sachschden repariert werden muss,” Deutsche Bank Chef-Stratege Thomas Mayer sagte: “-. Yahoo News
Raw: Deutsch Dam Breaks, Tausende evakuiert

(Video credit: AssociatedPress)

Verffentlicht am 9. Juni 2013

Tausende von Menschen aus ihren Husern in einer Region des stlichen Deutschland, wo die Elbe berflutet und hat durch einen Dammbruch evakuiert worden. Die geschwollene Donau nhert Budapest, wo Soldaten und Freiwillige bauen sind Hochwasserschutz. (9. Juni)

Czech Republic: Major flood risk remains for Bohemia; 8 dead and 19,000 evacuated. Prague city water level stabilised – 050613 2335z

The Vltavas bend in Prague 17 November 2011 (Photo: wikimedia.org)

On Tuesday, at least 10 people were confirmed dead in Czech Republic.

About nine others are reportedly missing.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency on June 2 and promised relief aid.

The Czech Republic capital, Prague, is preparing for more flooding as the Vltava river is continuing to rise.

Tuesday, 04 June, 2013 at 08:32 UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Vltava Basin, meteorologists not to blame for floods – Czech PM

Zleva ministr dopravy Zbyněk Stanjura, premir Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na tiskov konferenci po jednn vldy.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59

Prague – Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said today the flood-related problems can be blamed neither on the Vltava Basin management nor meteorologists and Agriculture Minister Petr Bendl (both Civic Democrats, ODS) echoed his opinion.

They were reacting to various critics of the flood situation.

Bendl said he will submit an analysis of the steps taken by the Vltava Basin management during the flooding to the government.

Necas said the Vltava Cascade and the Vltava Basin were proceeding correctly based on the prognoses of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU).

“I want to stress that it is weather forecasting, that it is not even possible to blame the CHMU for not having guessed the amount of precipitation, it is really a very complicated thing, even though scientific and based on mathematical models,” Necas said after a government meeting.

Bendl said the cascade maximally used its retention capacities when a huge quantity of water arrived within a short time.

He said the worst situation is when the quantity of water no longer allows the regulation of outflow from water cannons.

Bendl said this did not happen this year, it happened during the devastating floods in 2002.

“In every stage we were in a situation where we were able also through you (journalists) to say how much water will flow through dams and when approximately,” Bendl said.

He said it is up to people and offices beneath the dams what steps to take.

Necas said the government will not say everything was excellent, but it is convinced that people did their work as well as they could, which does not mean that something may be improved.

The flood danger still persists in 25 places in Bohemia. The floods have claimed eight lives and firefighters have evacuated over 19,000 inhabitants. The damage is estimated at billions of crowns.

($1=19.689 crowns)

Autor: ČTK

(Photo: AFP/channelnewsasia.com) Emergency services build anti-flood barriers on june 2 2013 in Prague

Prague evacuated because of flooding

Daily Mail Monday, June 03 2013

Flooding in Prague

Prague residents began to evacuate parts of the historic Czech capital before dawn today, hours before the worst flood in over a century was expected to hit the city.

Prague authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 50,000 people, faced by an approaching tide of water after days of rainfall swelled rivers in the south of the central European country and killed seven people.

Shop owners worked overnight to save their goods. Soldiers along with hundreds of volunteers were filling bags with sand and building walls to protect the picturesque medieval quarter of Mala Strana.

Torrential rains have also hit neighbouring Germany and Austria and floods in Russia killed dozens of people, bringing the death toll from European storms to more than 70 in a week.

Prague Mayor Igor Nemec told a news conference that parts of Mala Strana would be flooded by the afternoon because heavy rain in the south forced dams on the river Vltava, which flows through Prague, to open their gates.

We will sound sirens between six and seven oclock to start the next phase of evacuation, he said. People who are affected should prepare for about a four-day trip.

Nemec said the 14th-century Charles Bridge, one of Pragues main tourist attractions decorated with statues of saints, would be closed to the public to allow cranes to remove tree trunks and other debris carried along by the rapidly flowing river.

Water was already overflowing the Vltavas banks in some communities on the outskirts of Prague, especially in the south, and the rain continued to fall.

Jiri Friedel from Povodi Vltavy, a state company managing dams on the Vltava, said Prague had not since 1890 seen the river as high. He said water may rise to one to two metres in some residential areas.

He said he expected the mass of water splashing through the city to reach 20 times the average for this time of the year.

A hospital on the Vltava bank was evacuated. The mayor asked psychologists to help at shelters for evacuees and ordered 3,000 young men enlisted for civic duty to help rescuers.

There was no panic on the streets in the early hours today and many residents appeared to be planning to wait a few more hours to leave their homes.

We are going to a store where I work, then we will go to our relatives, said 75-year-old Arnost Hartman, who was leaving the working-class quarter Karlin, the largest evacuated area, with his wife.

Irena Hrubantova, a 33-year-old waitress at a gambling bar in Karlin, said she had not heard about the evacuations until a friend phoned her four hours after they were ordered.

But now my boss is telling me over the phone I must not leave and guard it here, she said, adding that she was afraid she would lose her job if she left.

Mayor Nemec tried to soothe fears about possible looting, saying police and soldiers would guard all the emptied areas.

The Prague Zoo Garden begun evacuating some animals, including birds and monkeys whose cages could be submerged.

Jan Cervencl, 25, was helping to move goods out of a fitness equipment store where he works and loading them into a van.

We will probably not be able to get all we need out. We found out about it too late, he said.

Thousands of Czechs were already evacuated from the south, including the regional capital Ceske Budejovice, home to Czech Budweiser beer, and Cesky Krumlov, another popular tourist destination. Forecasters said rain would continue.

Prague, Central and South County floods Source: ČTK. Author: Government / Jakub Stadler June 2, 2013

Floodwater is threatening parts of the Czech Republic.

BBC (Extracts) 5

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Eight deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic according to a European Commission update on Tuesday evening.

The water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.

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The main rail link connecting Prague and Berlin in Germany have been underwater, with trains being diverted.

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Czech emergency services work round the clock to evacuate flooded villages

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

Days of heavy rain have forced emergency services to work round the clock trying to evacuate residents from flooded villages in the Czech Republic.

The village of Krivousy, 30 kilometres north of Prague, has been inundated by the river Vltava.

Some locals who lived through the 2002 floods refuse to leave this time. For Krivousy Mayor Jana Koberov it’s a problem:
“The floods this year aren’t so devastating but we won’t be able to get to some the villages until next week.”

That means hardship for those cut off – many of the villages such as Krivousy and Neratovice have no electricity or drinking water.

Over the last few days thousands have sought shelter at relatives’ homes or in schools. For resident Eva Bittnerova it is especially heart breaking.

“We had just built our new house here in Zalezlice after the 2002 floods. Now that has been flooded we will have to start all over again.”

The same village could have been spared this time if a protective dike had not been delayed by a dispute over land. Yesterday the semi-finished dike gave way to an under the onslaught of in pouring of muddy water


Floods Wreak Havoc in Czech Republic and Austria

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Flood Waters Wreak Havoc Across Czech Republic

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Floods Threaten Czech Chemical Factory

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

A chemical factory near Prague is under threat from floodwaters which are also causing problems in neighbouring Germany.

Charles Bridge in Prague Flood 2013

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Prague residents assess flood damage as water recedes

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

In the Czech capital Prague there is relief that the water has stopped rising in the River Vltava

Prague floods 03.06. 2013

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FLOODING in PRAGUE! HORROR!! (vom 31.05 bis 04.06.2013) HOCHWASSER in PRAG!

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Flood waters from Czech dams bear down on Prague

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Published on 4 Jun 2013

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Prague flood (Praha zaplavy) 3.06.2013 13:50-15:35

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

3.06.2013; 13:5015:35 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Flood.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Evacuation in Prague, state of emergency as floods grip Czech Republic

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

The historical center of Prague is under threat as the worst flood in decades cause chaos, claiming the lives of at least five people. Almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas of Czech Republic were evacuated, schools closed and transportation halted.

River Vltava Prague 3rd June 2013

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

River Vltava reached third-degree flood warning levels around noon today(2nd June)

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits
Prime Minister Petr Necas declares a state of emergency for much of the Czech Republic as swollen rivers threaten historic Prague.
3:29am UK, Monday 03 June 2013

Video: Flooding Hits Historic Prague
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has declared a state of emergency for most of the nation because of severe flooding as swollen rivers threatened Pragues historic centre.

Authorities evacuated low-lying areas in the Czech Republic and limited public transport in the capital as water from the Vltava River burst its banks.

The floods have killed at least two people and several people are missing across the country.

Mr Necas pledged 300m Czech Koruna (Ł10m) for relief efforts and said another 2,000 troops were ready to assist in putting up temporary barriers and sandbags in Prague.

He said: The government approved the declaration of a state of emergency which will enable a more effective rescue effort.

The historic area of Prague is a Unesco heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries, including the Charles Bridge straddling the Vltava which was closed due to high water.

A Prague hospital and parts of the zoo were also evacuated.
Floods in Prague, Czech Republic Firefighters put up temporary barriers in the Czech capital

Rory Pattison, an expatriate worker living in a village just outside Prague, said: The water is about 50 metres from my house but its only 1 or 2 metres from other houses.

We havent had an evacuation notice yet but everyone is making preparations just in case.

In 2002 floods killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion pounds of damage across the country.

Water levels have not reached that point yet but weather forecasters predict the rain will continue for several days.

Several people have also died in flooding in Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

In neighbouring Austria, torrential rain caused widespread caused widespread flooding and landslides and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

News agencies in Germany, where at least four people have died or are missing, said large stretches of the Rhine, Main and Neckar rivers have been closed to ship traffic and several cities including Chemnitz, Passau and Rosenheim have issued disaster warnings.

In 2002, 17 people were killed in flooding in the Czech Republic which also caused billions of dollars of damage.

Following that disaster, the Czech government spent $150m (Ł99m) on installing an anti-flooding system to protect Prague.

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Prague floods (Praha záplavý) 2.06.2013; 13:50-16:15 h

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

2.06.2013; 13:5016:15 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Floods.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Floods in Prague GoPro Street View: Podoli, Kampa, Charles Bridge

(Video credit: Kuba Carda)

Published on 2 Jun 2013

Heavy rain and begging of floods in Prague gopro street view video shooting cycling from Podoli Podolske nabrezi Rasinovo nabrezi Jiraskuv most Janackovo nabrezi Most legii Smetanovo nabrezi to Charles Bridge

This last video show the Czech Air Force showing off their Search and Rescue helicopter flying skills yesterday, hopefully these skills will not be needed in earnest.

Open Day ŚĂˇslav 2013 W3A Sokol Czech Air Force display Search and Rescue

(Video credit: KarlosTR)

Czech (Google translation)

V ter bylo nejmně 10 lid potvrzeno mrtv v Česk republice.

O devět jin jsou dajně chyb.

Česk premir Petr Nečas vyhlsil stav nouze dne 2. června a slbil, e humanitrn pomoci.

Česk republika Hlavn město Praha se připravuje na dal zplavy jako řeka Vltava stle roste.

term 4.6.2013 v 08:32 UTC RSOE
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Vltava Povod, meteorologov nenese vinu za povodn – Česk premir

Zleva ministr DOPRAVY Zbyněk Stanjura, Premier Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na konferenci po jednn Tiskov vlady.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59
Praha – Česk premir Petr Nečas dnes řekl, e problmy souvisejc s povodněmi můe bt obviňovn ani na vltavskm povod ani meteorologov a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl (oba ODS) zopakoval svůj nzor.

Byli reagovat na různ kritiky povodňov situace.

Bendl řekl, e předlo analzu kroků, kter povod Vltavy při povodnch vldě.

Nečas řekl, e vltavsk kaskdy a Vltavy Povod postupujeme sprvně na zkladě prognz Českho hydrometeorologickho stavu (ČHM).

“Chci zdůraznit, e je předpovdn počas, e to nen ani mon vinit ČHM za to, e uhdl mnostv srek, to je opravdu velmi komplikovan věc, i kdy vědeck a na zkladě matematickch modelů,” uvedl Nečas po zasedn vldy.

Bendl řekl, e kaskdy maximlně vyut jej retenčn schopnosti, kdy obrovsk mnostv vody přiel v krtk době.

Řekl, e nejhor situace je, kdy mnostv vody ji umoňuje regulaci odtoku z vodnch děl.

Bendl řekl, se to nestalo v letonm roce, to se stalo během ničivch povodn v roce 2002.

“V kad fzi jsme byli v situaci, kdy jsme byli schopni i přes vs (novinři) řci, kolik vody proteče přehrad a kdy přiblině,” řekl Bendl.

Řekl, e to je jen pro lidi a kancelř pod přehradami, jak kroky přijmout.

Nečas řekl, e vlda nebude řkat ve bylo vynikajc, ale je přesvědčen, e lid dělali svou prci tak, jak by mohla, co neznamen, e něco, co lze zlepit.

Povodňovho nebezpeč přetrvv v 25 mstech v Čechch. Povodn tvrd osm ivotů a hasiči evakuovali vce ne 19.000 obyvatel. kody se odhaduj na miliardy korun.

($ 1 = 19,689 Kč)

Autor: ČTK

(Foto: AFP / channelnewsasia.com) Pohotovostn sluby vybudovn protipovodňovch zbran na 02.6.2013 v Praze
Praha evakuovali kvůli zaplaven

Daily Mail Ponděl 3.06.2013

Zplavy v Praze

Praan začali evakuovat čsti historickho hlavnho města Česk republiky před svitem dnes hodiny před nejhor povodně v průběhu stolet byl čekal, e zashla město.

Praha řady nařdily evakuaci a 50.000 lid, kterm čel blc se přliv vody po dnech detě zvětila řeky na jihu centrln evropsk země a zabil sedm lid.

Shop majitel pracoval přes noc, aby si zachrnili zbo. Vojci spolu se stovkami dobrovolnků plnili pytle s pskem a stavět zdi k ochraně malebn středověk čtvrti Mal Straně.

Přvalov detě zashly tak sousedn Německo a Rakousko a zplavy v Rusku zabili destky lid, čm se počet obět z evropskch bouře na vce ne 70 v tdnu.

Prask primtor Igor Němec, řekl na tiskov konferenci, e někter čsti Mal Strany budou zaplaveny odpoledne, protoe siln dť na jihu nucench přehrad na řece Vltavě, kter protk Prahou, otevřt sv brny.

“Budeme znt sirny est hodin a sedm hodin zahjit dal fzi evakuace,” řekl. “Lid, kteř jsou postieni měli připravit asi čtyřdenn vlet.”

Němec řekl, e 14. stolet Karlův most, jeden z hlavnch praskch turistickch atrakc jsou vyzdobeny sochami světců, bude uzavřen pro veřejnost, aby jeřby odstraněn kmenů stromů a jinch nečistot unet rychle tekouc řeky.

Voda u přetk Vltavy v banky v některch komunitch na okraji Prahy, zejmna na jihu a dť nadle klesaly.

Jiř Friedel z Povod Vltavy, sttn podnik řzen přehrad na Vltavě, e Praha u neměl od roku 1890 vidět řeku tak vysoko. Řekl, e voda můe vzrůst na jedna-dvam v některch obytnch oblastech.

Řekl, e očekv, e mnostv vody střkajc přes město k dosaen 20 krt průměr pro toto obdob roku.

Nemocnice na břehu Vltavy byl evakuovn. Starosta podal psychology vm na přstřeky pro evakuovan osoby a nařdil 3000 mlad mui zajistil pro občanskou povinnost pomoci zchranřů.

Tam byl dn panika na ulicch v časnch rannch hodinch dnes a mnoz obyvatel zřejmě v myslu čekat několik hodin opustit sv domovy.

“Jedeme do obchodu, kde pracuji, pak půjdeme k naim přbuznm,” řekl 75-let Arnot Hartman, kter opout dělnick čtvrtlet Karln, největ evakuovali oblast, s jeho enou.

Irena Hrubantova, 33-rok-star servrka v herně baru v Karlně, řekla, e nikdy neslyel o evakuaci a přtel zavolal j čtyři hodiny pot, co bylo nařzeno.

“Ale teď můj f mi řk do telefonu, e nesmm opustit a hldat to tady,” řekla a dodala, e se boj, e ztrat svou prci, kdy odela.

Starosta Němec se pokusil uklidnit obavy z monho rabovn, řk policie a vojci by střeit vechny przdnmi prostory.

Prask zoo Zahrada začala evakuovat někter zvřata, včetně ptků a opic, jejich klece můe bt ponořen.

Jan Červencl, 25, pomhal pohyb zbo z obchodu, fitness zařzen, kde pracuje, a jejich vloen do dodvky.

“Jsme pravděpodobně nebude moci zskat vechno, co potřebujeme ven. Zjistili jsme o něm přli pozdě, “řekl.

Tisce Čechů ji byly evakuovny z jihu, včetně krajskho města Česk Budějovice, kter je domovem česk pivo Budvar a Česk Krumlov, dal populrn turistick destinace. Meteorologov řekl, dť bude pokračovat.

Praha, Středn a Jin County povodně Zdroj: ČTK. Autor: Vlda / Jakub Stadler 02.06.2013
Povodně hroz čst Česk republiky.

BBC (vtah) 05.06.2013
Doprava je zde vidět kolem na silnici obklopen Labe nedaleko Litoměřic zplavovou vodou v Česk republice.
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Stoupajc vody byly vyvolan silnmi deti po mokr jaro.

Osm mrt bylo zaznamenno v Česk republice podle Evropsk komise aktualizaci v ter večer.

Hladina vody se stabilizoval v hlavnm městě Praze, kde byly obavy z opakovn katastrofy v letech 2002 a 1997.

Tisce lid opustili sv domovy v theFloodwater hroz čst Česk republiky. v poslednch dnech jako povodně hroz přemoci protipovodňovch zbran.

V nzko poloench průmyslovho města st nad Labem, řeka Labe přelila do 10 m vysok (33 stop vysok) kovov protipovodňovch zbran.

Hlavn elezničn spojen spojujc Prahu a Berln v Německu byly pod vodou, s vlaky jsou odkloněny.
Čet vojci pomhali zchrann sluby vztyčen kovov bariry a vr pytle s pskem k zastaven povodn dosahujc praskch historickch oblast.
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Čet zchrann sluby pracovat čtyřiadvacet hodin denně k evakuaci zatopen vesnice

(Video věr: Euronews)

Publikovan dne 05.06.2013

Dny siln dť donutil zchrann sluby pracovat čtyřiadvacet hodin denně se sna evakuovat obyvatele ze zatopench obc v Česk republice.

Obec Krivousy se 30 km severně od Prahy, byl zaplaven řeky Vltavy.

Někteř mstn obyvatel, kteř ili po povodnch v roce 2002 odmtaj opustit tento čas. Pro Krivousy primtora Jana Koberov je to problm:
“Povodně v letonm roce nejsou tak zničujc, ale nebudeme schopni se dostat do některch vesnic a do přtho tdne.”

To znamen, e utrpen pro ty, odřznutch – mnoho z vesnic jako Krivousy a Neratovice nemaj elektřinu nebo pitn vody.

Během několika poslednch dnů tisce lid hledal kryt v domcnostech přbuznch nebo ve kolch. Pro rezidenty Eva Bittnerov je zvltě lmou srdce.

“Zrovna jsme se postavili nov dům tady v Zlezlice po povodnch v roce 2002. Nyn, kdy bylo zaplaveno budeme muset začt znovu.”

Stejn obec by byli uetřeni tuto dobu, ochrann hrz nebyl zpoděn o sporu o pozemky. Včera polotovar hrz ustoupila pod nporem na lit bahnit vody

Povodně znamenat pohromu v Česk republice a Rakousku

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Povodeň rozvrt cel Česk republiky

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Povodně ohrouj česk chemičky

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Publikovan dne 05.06.2013

Chemick tovrna nedaleko Prahy je v ohroen před povodňovmi vodami, kter jsou tak způsobuj problmy v sousednm Německu.
Karlův most v Praze povodně 2013

(Video věr: Marty Cooper)
Praan posouzen povodňovch kod jako je voda ustupuje

(Video věr: Euronews)

Publikovan dne 05.06.2013

V Česk hlavnho města Prahy je leva, e se voda zastavila rostouc na řece Vltavě
Praha povodně 03.06. 2013

(Video věr: Walter Novk)
Zplavy v PRAZE! HORROR! (Vom 31.05 bis 06.4.2013) Hochwasser v PRAG!

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Povodňov vody z českch přehrad nese dolů na Prahu

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Praha povodeň (Praha zplavy) 06.03.2013 13:50-15:35

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Publikovan dne 03.06.2013

03.6.2013, 13:50-15:35 hodin od mstnho času
Praha společně Vltavy. Flood.
Praha Poda l Vltavy, zplavy, povodn>.
Evakuace v Praze, stav nouze, jako byly povodně uchopen Česk republiky

(Video věr: MrPsychoVids)

Publikovan dne 03.06.2013

Historick centrum Prahy je v ohroen jako nejhor povodně za poslednch několik desetilet přčinou chaosu, kter si vydala nejmně pět osob. Tměř 2700 lid z nzko poloench oblast Česk republiky bylo evakuovno, koly zavřen a doprava zastavena.
Řeka Vltava v Praze 03.6.2013

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Publikovan dne 03.06.2013

Vltava doshla třetho stupně povodňov varovn rovně kolem poledne dnes (2. červen)
Česk republika dva mrtv jsou zplavy hity

(Video věr: 301PLUSNEWS)

Publikovan dne 02.06.2013

Česk republika dva mrtv jsou zplavy hity
Premir Petr Nečas deklaruje stav nouze pro hodně z Česk republiky, otekl řek ohrouj historick Prahy.
03:29 Velk Britnie, ponděl 3.6.2013

Video: Zplavy Hits historick Praze
Česk premir Petr Nečas vyhlsil stav nouze pro větinu nroda, protoe siln zplavy jako otekl řeky hroz historickho centra Prahy.

Orgny evakuovno nzko poloen oblasti v Česk republice a na omezen veřejn dopravy v hlavnm městě jako je voda z řeky Vltavy vylila z břehů.

Zplavy zabily nejmně dva lid a několik lid chyb po cel zemi.

Pan Nečas slbil 300m Česk koruna (Ł10m) pro humanitrn sil a řekl, dal 2000 vojků byli připraveni pomhat při uveden do dočasn překky a pytlů s pskem v Praze.

On řekl: “Vlda schvlila vyhlen vjimečnho stavu, kter umon činněj zchrann sil.”

Historick čst Prahy je pamtkou UNESCO se můe pochlubit stovky dochovanch kostelů, budov a pamtek se datuje stolet, včetně Karlova mostu rozkročit Vltava, kter byla uzavřena z důvodu velk vody.

Nemocnice Praha a čsti zoo byly evakuovny.
Povodně v Praze, Česk republika Hasiči dt do dočasn bariry v hlavnm městě Česk republiky

Rory Pattison, emigrant dělnk ije ve vesnici, nedaleko Prahy, řekl: “Voda je asi 50 metrů od mho domu, ale je to jen 1 nebo 2 metrů od ostatnch domů.

“Neměli jsme evakuačn oznmen, ale zatm vichni, aby se přpravky jen v přpadě.”

V roce 2002 povodně zabil 17 lid, nucen destky tisc ze svch domovů a způsobil několik miliard liber kody po cel zemi.

Hladiny vody nedoshli tohoto bodu, ale zatm meteorologov předpovdaj dť bude pokračovat po dobu několika dnů.

Několik lid tak zemřelo v zplavy v Německu, vcarsku a Polsku.

V sousednm Rakousku, přvalov detě způsobily rozshl způsobily rozshl zplavy a sesuvy půdy a přinutil stovky lid opustit sv domovy.

Zpravodajsk agentury v Německu, kde se nejmně čtyři lid zemřeli, nebo chyb, řekl velk seky Rn, Mohan a Neckar řek byly uzavřeny, aby provoz lodi a několik měst, včetně Chemnitz, Pasově a Rosenheim vydaly varovn katastrofy.

V roce 2002 bylo 17 lid zabito v povodn v Česk republice, kter tak způsobila miliardy dolarů pokozen.

Po tto katastrofě se česk vlda utratila 150 m (Ł99m) na instalaci systm proti vyplaven chrnit Prahu.
Česk republika dva mrtv jsou zplavy hity

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Praha povodně (Praha zĂplavĂ ˝) 02.06.2013, 13:50-16:15 h

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Publikovan dne 02.06.2013

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Praha společně Vltavy. Povodně.
Praha Poda l Vltavy, zplavy, povodn>.
Povodně v Praze – GoPro Street View: Podol, Kampa, Karlův most

(Video věr: Kuba Carda)

Publikovan dne 02.06.2013

Siln dť a ebrn povodn v Praze – GoPro street view natčen videa – Jzda na kole z Podol – Podolsk nbře – Ranovo nbře – Jirskův most – Jančkovo nbře – Most Legi – Smetanovo nbře u Karlova mostu

Tato posledn videa ukazuj Czech Air Force předvděl jejich ptrac vrtulnk ltn dovednosti včera, doufejme, e tyto dovednosti nebude třeba vně.
Den otevřench dveř 2013 W3A Sokol ŚĂslav Česk letectvo displej Search and Rescue

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Bangladesh: Tropical Low/ Invest #94B has moved into S.Bengal – 300513 1345z

(Image: wunderground.com) North Indian Ocean IR Sat (Click image for source)

Indian Monsoon and Invest 94B near Bangladesh

Published on May 29, 2013 by (Extract)

(Image: westernpacificweather.com)

Another area we are still watching is a active low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal near Bangladesh. Moisture inflow from this area will continue to bring heavy rain through Thursday but thankfully it will weaken off by the weekend.  Along with the low there is a continued and serious risk of flooding in coastal areas.  On the other hand it is setting the stage for the southwest monsoon to start in India so will be cooling temperatures off for you.

. westernpacificweather.com


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“94B” – has moved into S.Bengal

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Latest analysis show that the LOW pressure “94 B” has moved into S.Bengal during the past 12 hrs.

12:30pm, Satellite IR shows, heavy rain over S.Bengal, Jharkand and N,central Odisha.
Due to the pull effect of “94B”and Monsoon current, Heavy rain seen all along Karnataka coast and over N,central Kerala.


Recorded weather bulletins and flood forecasts available 24 hours a day from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department by dialing a dedicated number 10941 on mobile phones.


ভারতীয় আষাঢ়ের ও বাংলাদেশ কাছাকাছি 94B বিনিয়োগ
Robspeta (এক্সট্র্যাক্ট) দ্বারা মে 29, 2013 প্রকাশিত

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আমরা এখনও দেখছেন অন্য এলাকায় বাংলাদেশ কাছাকাছি বঙ্গোপসাগরে একটি সক্রিয় কম চাপ এলাকা. এই এলাকা থেকে আর্দ্রতা অন্তঃপ্রবাহ বৃহস্পতিবার মাধ্যমে ভারী বৃষ্টি আনতে চলতে থাকবে কিন্তু সৌভাগ্যক্রমে এটি উইকএন্ডের দ্বারা বন্ধ দুর্বল করা হবে. কম সহ উপকূলবর্তী অঞ্চলে বন্যা একটি ক্রমাগত এবং গুরুতর ঝুঁকি আছে. অন্য দিকে এটি একটি তাই আপনার জন্য তাপমাত্রা অফ শীতল হবে ভারতে শুরু নৈর্ঋত বর্ষা জন্য পর্যায়ের সেটিং করা হয়.

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94B” – S.Bengal মধ্যে সরানো হয়েছে

বৃহস্পতিবার, মে 30, 2013
কম চাপ 94 বিগত 12 ঘন্টা সময় S.Bengal মধ্যে সরানো হয়েছে যে সর্বশেষ বিশ্লেষণ শো.

12:30 PM তে পোস্ট করা Satellite-র মধ্যে এ IR শো, S.Bengal, Jharkand এবং N, Central Odisha ওভার ভারী বৃষ্টি.
94B” এবং আষাঢ়ের সমস্ত কর্নাটক উপকূল বরাবর এবং N, Central কেরল ওভার দেখা যাচ্ছে, ভারি বৃষ্টির পুল প্রভাব দরুন.


রেকর্ড আবহাওয়া বুলেটিন এবং উপলব্ধ বন্যা পূর্বাভাস 24 ঘন্টা ডেডিকেটেড নম্বর ডায়াল করে বাংলাদেশ আবহাওয়া বিভাগ থেকে একটি দিন 10941 – মোবাইল ফোনে.


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.

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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

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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
Andre rapporter
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.

Uganda: Kasese floods leave 5 dead, 432 homes affected (200 of which destroyed). About 800 displaced. Kilembe Mines Hospital closes – 030513 1740z

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Disaster Preparedness minister Musa Ecweru with a team from Office of Prime Minister, Uganda Red Cross and district authorities have rushed to Kasese district where torrential rains ravaged villages, killing five people and making scores homeless.

According to Uganda Red Cross, relief trucks from Red Cross and OPM arrived in Kasese Thursday night. The items are targeting 400 families who were mostly affected. They include: tarpaulins, sauce pans, blankets, mosquito nets, plates, cups, washing soap, jerrycans and water purification tablets. Five bodies of the people killed by floods in Kasese have been recovered along various parts of River Nyamwamba in Kasese municipality.

The mayor, Godfrey Kabyanga, said two of the bodies were taken to the municipality mortuary. He identified the deceased as, Paddy Karusu, former head of procurement and disposal of assets in Kasese district, Raphael Kibusu, a Bunyandiku Primary School teacher and another identified only as Gadi, an employee of Kilembe Mines, Patrick Mwanzi and a woman identified only as Kabugho.

The floods hit the district on Wednesday during torrential rains that caused River Nyamwamba to burst its banks and overflow to areas in the Kasese municipality, halting the hospital operations. The district health inspector, Ericana Bwambale, expressed fear of outbreak of diseases like cholera.

Karusandara, Lake Katwe and Muhokya villages located downstream have also been flooded.

The district leaders held an emergency meeting chaired by the resident district commissioner, Milton Odongo on Wednesday to chat out the way forward. Kilembe Mines Hospital located a few metres from the river, was on Wednesday closed after all the wards were flooded with mud and water that destroyed most of the infrastructure including the wards, nurses’ residences and hospital equipment.

(Photo: ugandaradionetwork.com//Wilson Akiiki Kaija) Kilembe Mines Hospital buildings damaged by floods

Friday, 03 May, 2013 at 16:50 (04:50 PM) UTC RSOE

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Kilembe Mines Hospital Closed After Floods

Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese has been temporarily closed following the Wednesday floods.

one of the wards doused in water

one of the wards doused in water

“The heavy downpour that started on Wednesday morning forced water downstream to villages in low-lying areas.

The Medical Superintendent, Edward Wafula says that the facility will remain closed until rehabilitation on some of the facilities like the medical store, kitchen, surgery rooms, private wards, and the drug store, which were all washed away during the floods, is done.

This is one of the hospital's private wards

This is one of the hospitals private wards covered in mud

Wafula told Uganda Radio Network that some of the patients have been transferred to Kasese Municipal health centre III, Bwera hospital and Kagando hospital.

Several relatives of the patients were seen at the compound of the hospital carrying the patients to ambulances and other vehicles, to be transferred. They were accompanied by some medical workers of Kilembe hospital.

The hospital's staff quarters were not spared by the over flooding River Nyamwamba

The hospitals staff quarters were not spared by the over flooding River Nyamwamba. Only one house was left standing

Francis Muhindo, a resident of Rugendebara Sub County, says that he had brought his wife to give birth. He says that he is worried about her health and that of the baby as she has to travel a long distance to Bwera hospital, where she has been transferred after the floods.

Muhindo says that the hospital management should have set up temporarily structure at the hospital to handle emergency cases.

On Wednesday, medical workers at the hospital struggled to evacuate the patients who included pregnant women and children from the wards that were flooded. Some patients were removed from the surgical, children and emergency wards.

Meanwhile the bodies of the four people who were killed by the floods have been recovered.

In a telephone interview, Godfrey Kabyanga, the Mayor Kasese Municipal Council identified the dead as Paddy Karunsi, Gad Mbusa, a teacher at Kakiri Primary School identified as Kibuzu and Grace Kabugho, all residents of Kanyaruboga in Bulembia division in Kasese Municipal Council. The four bodies were found trapped in the mud.

most of the roads were impassable

most of the roads were impassable on Wednesday

According to Kabyanga, they are searching for two residents from the same area, who are still missing.

This morning, workers of the Red Cross from Kasese and Kabarole erected tents for the displaced people who have temporarily camped at Kisementi in Kilembe Township.

Elijah Muzigiti, the chairperson Kasese Red Cross Society, told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that more than 900 people have been displaced by the floods. Most of the displaced are from Kyanjukli and Kanyaruboga villages in Kasese Municipal Council.

Red Cross spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde confirms that at least 432 homes have been affected by the floods. 200 of these homes have been completely destroyed.

On Wednesday, the floods hit the district after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, submerging several homes.

The floods cut off the Kasese-Fort Portal Road, leaving many vehicles and people stranded.

Several houses in areas along the banks of River Nyamwamba were submerged, leaving their occupants stranded.

Parts of the Nyakasanga Airfield and the neighbouring playfield, all in Kasese town were also cut off.

River Nyamwamba, which is fed by melting glaciers from the Rwenzori Mountains, is the main source of water for both agriculture and domestic, including the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme.” – redpepper.co.ug

Kasese Floods: Kilembe Mines Hospital closes

Thursday, May 2 2013at 13:28

“Floods that hit Kasese Municipality Wednesday, killing at least four people and destroying property worth billions of shillings have caused the closure of Kilembe Mines Hospital.

The floods were triggered by a heavy downpour that caused River Nyamwamba to burst its banks.

We have had a big problem at Kilembe Mines hospital and 195 patients have been evacuated to other hospitals. Fifty staff units were washed away. We have temporarily closed the hospital until we rectify the problem, Dr Edward Wafula, the superintendent of the medical facility said.

He said the kitchen, the mortuary, the private wing and equipment, including the recently-acquired X- ray machine were destroyed.

We have no power and water at the hospital, he said.

Dr Wafula, however, said no deaths or injuries were recorded at the hospital since patients and workers were rescued in time.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of Uganda Red Cross Kasese Branch, Mr Joseph Zukwa said three bodies of people who died in the floods have been recovered.

Those who died are Paddy Kalusu, a former District Procurement Officer, a one Kibusu, a primary school teacher and one Kabugho, a mentally-sick woman.

Mr Gad Baluku, an employee of Kilembe Mines Limited is still missing.

The floods displaced about 800 people, according to Mr Zukwa.” – monitor.co.ug


Kasese – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saudi Arabia: Chaos as flash floods and hail leave 14 dead; many accidents reported; 937 rescued from homes & cars – 010513 1700z

Fourteen people have died and four are missing due to torrential rain, said the Saudi Civil Defense General Directorate.
From Monday night until midday Tuesday, Saudi authorities received more than 4,213 reports from across the kingdom of accidents resulting from torrential rainfall.
Classes have been suspended in affected areas of the country.
Civil Defense forces said they have saved more than 937 people trapped in their homes and cars, and have housed and helped more than 695 families.
There have been 307 reports of traffic accidents and people trapped in their cars, but no fatalities have been recorded in these incidents.
Wednesday, 01 May, 2013 at 11:33 (11:33 AM) UTC RSOE

Riyadh Floods

Flash floods in Saudi Arabia

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News Reports

Flash floods in Saudi Arabia leave 13 dead


Floods in Saudi Arabia Saudi authorities have been criticised in the past for a lack of preparedness for floods

At least 13 people have died and four other are missing in flash floods in Saudi Arabia.

Deaths were reported in the capital Riyadh, Baha in the south, Hail in the north and in the west of the country

The Saudi Civil Defense Authority urged people to avoid valleys and plains that have been flooded by the heavy rainfall that began on Friday.

Saudi television showed footage of people clinging to trees and cars trapped by water.

The rain is said to be the heaviest experienced by the desert kingdom in more than 25 years.


On Sunday the Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef called on civil defence authorities to coordinate their efforts and provide assistance to people affected by rain and flooding. The minister was described by a spokesperson as “closely monitoring the situation”.

Saudi authorities have been criticised in the past for lack of preparedness in coping with flooding. Flash floods in the Red Sea port of Jeddah killed 123 people in 2009 and 10 in 2011.

The inability of Jeddah’s infrastructure to drain off flood waters and uncontrolled construction in and around the city were blamed for the high number of victims in 2009.

At the time King Abdullah promised action saying “we cannot overlook the errors and omissions that must be dealt with firmly”.

However critics have said that despite the promises little has been done to alleviate the dangers posed by flash floods.

Major Flooding Potential on the Red River Next Week


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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Update: Red Cross Responds to Ontario Flooding

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Flooding is occurring in communities across parts of central Ontario with State of Emergencies declared in many municipalities including: Huntsville, Bracebridge, Kawartha Lakes, Powassan, Markstay-Warren (Sudbury area) and Minden Hills. Thousands of people may be affected, with a majority of those being in Kawartha Lakes.  In some communities, such as Burnt River, families have been forced to evacuate their homes.

The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with community officials and is prepared to respond as needed. Red Cross volunteers have set up reception centres in Minden and Burnt River to assist families who are in need of shelter, food, personal services and information.

To find out more information about flood warnings in Ontario, check out the Ministry of Natural Resources flood page.

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NZ: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson, Marlborough & E Otago – Flash flood chaos in Tauranga – 200413 1430z


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The Fire Service received around 100 calls during a three to four hour period as torrential rain swept Tauranga early today. Shortly before 6am police warned the rain was causing significant flash flooding across Mt Maunganui.

MetService figures showed around 75mm of rain fell in the two hours to 6am in Tauranga.

Fire Service Tauranga senior station officer Phil Price said industrial buildings, shops and houses had been flooded, while cars had been partially submerged in parts of Mt Maunganui.

One industrial building at Mt Maunganui was badly hit, with water flowing through two floors, including through a computer suite. Water had been up to half a metre deep in some shops in the area, while some householders now faced the prospect of having to lift their carpet after water got into their homes.

“The main problem, after months and months of dry weather … all of a sudden you get a deluge and months of litter and accumulation from people’s roofs and guttering gets moved very quickly to downpipes which just block,” Price said.

“At a number of industrial premises that’s exactly what happened. It just overflowed into the premises.”

Every available fire truck from Tauranga city had been in use during the heavy rain, with others brought in from outlying areas including Katikati and Te Puke. Sergeant Steve Hindmarsh at Tauranga police said some of the worst flooding had been on the approaches to the Tauranga harbour bridge on the Mt Maunganui side.

All four lanes had been affected at one point and traffic had been stopped. Some streets in Papamoa and Mt Maunganui had also been closed because flood waters had been too deep. At one place firefighters had pushed floating cars out of an area of deep flooding, Hindmarsh said. “We’ve had a real deluge.”

Fire Service northern communications shift manager Steve Smith said around 100 calls due to the rain in Tauranga were received between about 2.30am and 6.30am, when the rain appeared to ease.

Most calls were for flooding in houses and shops, while a few people had been trapped in their vehicles by rising waters.

No one had been hurt.

The calls had started coming in from the suburb of Otumoetai, before sweeping across to Mt Maunganui and Papamoa.

Around 3.40am the MetService issued a severe weather warning for parts of Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, with up to 100mm of rain expected by 3pm today.

The heaviest falls were expected near the coast, where peak intensities could reach 30mm an hour this morning, the warning said. Up to 130mm of rain was also forecast during the 20 hours to 6pm today in the ranges of Nelson and Motueka.
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Tauranga roads closed due to flooding

Saturday April 20 2013 20:24 (local time)

Bay of Plenty motorists are dealing with closed roads in southern Tauranga, after heavy rain caused flooding.

Near the crematorium on Pyes Pa Road, State Highway 36 is closed through to The Lakes subdivision.

And on State Highway 2, the road is closed from Barkes Corner on Pyes Pa Road through to the Oropi roundabout.


Bursts of heavy rain forecast for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson, Marlborough and eastern Otago are detailed in the latest MetService Severe Weather Warning.(below)

There could be as much as 120 millimetres of rain overnight and tomorrow.

The bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms are part of a low pressure system moving south-east across northern and central New Zealand during the weekend.

Bay of Plenty hit by flooding

“UPDATED: 7.45am Serious flooding throughout the Bay of Plenty overnight has emergency services urging residents to take care in the wet weather and stay inside if possible.

The torrential rain overnight has seen trapped cars and blocked roads with fire crews kept busy attending 72 call outs so far this morning.

Police say torrential rain in Mount Maunganui is causing significant flash flooding across the area.

At this stage a number of roads are water logged including the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, areas around Hewletts Road and parts of Papamoa with police reducing traffic to a single lane at the intersection of Hewletts Road and Tasman Quay to get through the flooding.

Our reporter on the scene says shopkeepers on Maunganui Rd are sweeping flooded water from their premises and many streets are waterlogged. Cordons are in place at several intersections, closing off areas of the Mount and Papamoa.

Tauranga Fire senior station officer Phil Price says he has not seen anything like it in quite a few years with 72 call outs attended, mostly in Otumoetai and Greerton before the Mount area, and the number rising quickly as people wake up this morning.

We had 13 on the go and 30 waiting on top of the 72 we had attended according to northern communications.

Fire appliances from Papamoa, Te Puke, Katikati and Omokoroa have been called in to help manage the excessive amount of call outs.

Phil says people need to make sure their drains and down pipes are cleared to prevent the water blocking up and flooding over.

Theres a lot of wet houses out there.

Sergeant Steve Hindmarsh says the Tauranga Harbour Bridge is very touch and go with traffic reduced to one lane to get through the flooding.

He says parts of Papamoa roads are also under water.

The best advice is dont go outside and dont drive as your car could stop from being submerged and it creates bow waves which go into peoples houses.

Driving conditions are extremely hazardous and Steve advises motorists to avoid the Mount Maunganui area until this eases.

Thank you for all the photos being sent in. We have been innundated and will make sure everyone is credited when we get a chance. Keep them coming.

Keep checking on SunLive for more updates.” – sunlive.co.nz

Road closures and evacuations

Emergency services in Mt Maunganui.

A police car needed rescuing after being disabled by floodwaters in Tay Street.


ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:43 pm 20-Apr-2013 (Local Time)

Bursts of heavy rain for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough. A period of rain for eastern Otago.

A deep low is expected to remain slow moving west of the South Island overnight Saturday and during Sunday. Bands of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms associated with the low are expected to move southeast across northern and central New Zealand. In the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki especially about the Mountain, the ranges of Nelson, the Marlborough Sounds and in the eastern ranges of Marlborough from Blenheim to Kaikoura, rainfall is expected to reach warning amounts. In these areas 90-120mm could accumulate in an 18 to 24 hour period. Note, in the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki embedded thunderstorms could produce localised downpours and people are advised to keep up to date with severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.

In the east of the South Island a moist northeast flow is expected to bring a period of sustained rain to eastern Otago from early Sunday morning to afternoon. 65mm could fall in a 15 hour period in eastern Otago north of Dunedin, with 40mm accumulating in a 12 hour period.

People should be aware that the heavy rain is likely to cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, surface flooding and slips.



Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane


Heavy rain is expected at times overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. In the 15 hours from 9pm Saturday, 70 to 100mm could accumulate. Peak rainfall rates of 25-35mm/hr are possible with thunderstorms.


Ranges of Nelson


Bursts of heavy rain in a north to northeast flow are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon. In the 18 hours from 9pm Saturday, 100-120mm could accumulate in the ranges of the Tasman District, while 80-100mm could accumulate in the ranges of Nelson. Peak rainfall intensities of around 15mm per hour.

FREEZING LEVEL: 2600 metres.


The Marlborough Sounds, and the eastern ranges from Blenheim to Kaikoura


Bursts of heavy rain are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon. In the 18 hours from 9pm Saturday, a further 80-100mm could accumulate, with peak intensities of around 15mm per hour.

FREEZING LEVEL: 2400 metres.




Heavy rain is expected at times overnight Saturday and during Sunday. In the 15 hours from midnight Saturday, 100-130mm is likely to accumulate on the Mountain, while 60- 80mm is possible in northern parts of Taranaki. Peak rainfall rates of 25-35mm/hr are possible with thunderstorms, mainly on the Mountain.


Eastern Otago north of Dunedin


Rain is expected to develop overnight Saturday. In the 15 hours from 3am Sunday, 65mm could accumulate in eastern Otago north of Dunedin, with 40mm accumulating in a 12 hour period between 3am and 3pm Sunday. Rainfall rates of 10mm/hr possible.


Kenya: Further flash floods leave 32 dead, 14 injured, 6 missing, 18,633 diplaced – Red Cross – 110413 1120z

At least 32 people were killed and 18,633 others displaced by flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kenya, the East African nations Red Cross Society (KRCS) said Wednesday.

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The KRCS also reported 14 people were injured and six others missing in the floods.

Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide, the humanitarian agency said in a statement issued in the capital Nairobi.
The government has advised people living in flood prone areas to move to higher ground following the heavy rains in many parts of the country.
Widespread destruction of property and infrastructure has also resulted, as well as disruption of key activities such as farming and education.
The most affected regions are in Western Kenya, Coastal region and parts of Rift Valley where heavy rains have washed away bridges and rendered many roads impassable, making difficult efforts to reach thousands of people made homeless by the flooding.
The development comes as meteorological department says depressed and poorly distributed rainfall is expected over most parts of the country during March-May Long-Rains season.
According to Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), this is likely to be more pronounced in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).
It said the western and central counties including Nairobi as well as the Coastal strip are likely to experience enhanced rainfall.
Thursday, 11 April, 2013 at 03:15 (03:15 AM) UTC RSOE

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Flash floods kill 32, displace 18,600 people in Kenya

English.news.cn 2013-04-11 05:31:55

NAIROBI, April 10 (Xinhua) At least 32 people were killed and 18,633 others displaced by flash floods caused by heavy rains in Kenya, the East African nations Red Cross Society (KRCS) said Wednesday.

The KRCS also reported 14 people were injured and six others missing in the floods.

Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide, the humanitarian agency said in a statement issued in the capital Nairobi.

The government has advised people living in flood prone areas to move to higher ground following the heavy rains in many parts of the country.

Widespread destruction of property and infrastructure has also resulted, as well as disruption of key activities such as farming and education.

The most affected regions are in Western Kenya, Coastal region and parts of Rift Valley where heavy rains have washed away bridges and rendered many roads impassable, making difficult efforts to reach thousands of people made homeless by the flooding

The development comes as meteorological department says depressed and poorly distributed rainfall is expected over most parts of the country during March-May Long-Rains season.

According to Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), this is likely to be more pronounced in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). It said the western and central counties including Nairobi as well as the Coastal strip are likely to experience enhanced rainfall.

Most of the rainfall in the country is expected during the peak month of April except over the Coastal strip where the peak is expected during the month of May, KMD said.

The weather experts said in northwestern and Southeastern Kenya, the rainfall performance is likely to be generally depressed in April and May but slightly enhanced in March.

Generally enhanced rainfall is expected over the western highlands, Lake Basin, central Rift Valley and the central highlands including Nairobi in March and April. It is, however, expected to be generally depressed in May, it said.

KMD said northeastern parts are likely to experience generally depressed rainfall throughout the season. The southeastern counties are expected to receive depressed rainfall throughout the period.

The rainfall performance along the Coastal Strip is expected to be near normal in March and April but enhanced in May especially along the north coast. English.news.cn


Kenya: At least 6 die, many homeless as widespread flash floods bring chaos and misery to hundreds Red Cross 0304130745z

Kenya: 4 more die in flash flooding, death total rises to 50 & expected to rise further thousandsdisplaced

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


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.

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“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.


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.


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

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

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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)

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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

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.

Be prepared: Flooding can happen faster than you think

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Springtime is almost here and that means we may experience flooding in some regions. We wanted to share this story from a family in British Columbia who experienced a devastating flood first hand and how they recovered.

If it wasn’t for Sigrid Vanhaesebrouck’s father returning home later than usual that night, things might have turned out much worse. It was around midnight last April when he came home to see her entire driveway under water. The banks of a creek had burst and water was starting to pour into their house.

The water kept on pouring until two out of three floors were submerged. Finally Sigrid, her husband and their six children had to evacuate, leaving almost everything behind. Outside all they could do was watch helplessly as the water continued to flow through the night.

Once the water stopped, Red Cross volunteers arrived with buckets and mops. They asked how they could help, even offering to…

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Photo of the Day: Volunteers respond to storms and floods in Madagascar

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Today’s photo shows how the Malagasy Red Cross Society is responding to tropical cyclone Haruna, which slammed into the southwest coast of Madagascar on February 22. The storm brought heavy rains and winds of over 170 kilometers per hour and crashed across the entire Big Island, leaving many villages and communities flooded.

To date, 18,000 people have been affected, 24 have died, and more than 1,100 homes have been destroyed. Infrastructure such as schools, government buildings, and health centres have been damaged as well.

Following the storm, volunteers with the Malagasy Red Cross Society immediately provided assistance to their communities, conducted evacuations, managed camps and offered psychosocial support to those affected. The main needs continue to be temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation.

As the situation evolves, the Malagasy Red Cross continues to conduct assessments in order to provide proper relief and response. Visit the IFRC to learn more about…

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Flooding Rain to Drench Central South America


A stream of steady moisture will bring a flooding risk to central South America over the coming days.

Rain and thunderstorms should pummel Uruguay, southeastern Brazil, northern Argentina and parts of Paraguay late this weekend into early next week. Among the threats from this rain will be flash flooding, river flooding and mudslides.

The moisture is expected to come in waves across the region, with the first one impacting Uruguay and southeastern Brazil on Sunday. Instability may also provide for an embedded severe thunderstorm, with hail and the occasional gusty wind possible.

On Sunday night into Monday, the next wave of moisture will bring heavy rains from northern Argentina southeast through to the coast.

A final swath of moisture will impact Uruguay and southeastern Brazil on Tuesday morning, perhaps bringing the heaviest rain of the entire event to interior Uruguay.

By the time things are said and done, some locations…

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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

Australia: Floods leave 4 dead (incl 3 year-old boy), Queensland/NSW chaos Sydney drenched, thousands displaced – 290113 1055z

Three people have died and hundreds of homes are under water after heavy rain brought flooding to parts of the Australian state of Queensland.

The town of Bundaberg, where rescuers have been trying to airlift some residents to safety, is expecting its worst floods on record.

In Brisbane, the state capital, almost 5,000 homes and properties are at risk.

The rain was brought by (ex-) Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which is now affecting the northern part of New South Wales.

Two years ago, flooding in Queensland left 35 people dead, with Bundaberg among the towns affected. Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the floods would be far worse than 2011.

Residents have been told to evacuate in some areas after the Burnett River burst its banks.

At least 1,200 properties have flooded and some 30 people are trapped on the roofs of their houses in the north of the city. In Brisbane, which was paralysed by flooding two years ago, water has been creeping into low-lying parts of the central business district.

Residents of the Lockyer Valley, which was the scene of deadly flash floods in 2011, have also been told to evacuate as creeks and rivers rise. In Ipswich, the Bremer River is expected to peak later in the day, prompting flood warnings.

Police said the body of an elderly man who went to check on a yacht north of Bundaberg had been recovered on Sunday.

Two men swept away by flooding in separate incidents in Queensland were also found dead on Monday.

Monday, 28 January, 2013 at 04:34 (04:34 AM) UTC RSOE

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News Reports:

Australia floods leave hundreds stranded in Bundaberg

BBC NEWS 28 January 2013 Last updated at 08:24z

The BBCs Nick Bryant says the floodwaters are expected to break records

Helicopter rescue crews are trying to reach hundreds of people trapped by rising floodwaters in Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland.

Many people are trapped on roofs, but there are fears homes could be washed away by fast-moving waters after the Burnett River burst its banks.

Three people have already died in the Queensland flooding, after a cyclone brought heavy rain.

Australian PM Julia Gillard offered her condolences to the families of victims.

Ms Gillard was speaking in Gipsland, Victoria, where she was visiting people afflicted by the recent wildfires.

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Do not wait. Move now. Yr life depends on it

Ian Stewart on Twitter Queensland police commissioner

She said it had been a tough period for Queensland, and that the whole country was being challenged by nature.

But we are a strong and smart nation and well get through this, as we always do, by pulling together, she said.

Hundreds stranded

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Foreman said the floods would be far worse than those of late 2010 and early 2011, which left 35 people dead across Queensland, with Bundaberg among the towns affected.

In 2010, the Burnett River at Bundaberg reached 7.92 metres, but at 15:00 (05:00 GMT) on Monday, the river was at 9.2m and rising slowly, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said in a statement.

It is expected to peak late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Major flooding has also been reported at Mundubbera and Gayndah, said the BoM.

Residents of North Bundaberg were ordered to evacuate immediately, with the states Police Commissioner Ian Stewart tweeting: Do not wait. Move now. Yr life depends on it.

A residents stands in front of her flooded home in Bundaberg on 27 January 2013 There are fears fast-moving waters could wash away homes in Bundaberg

Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said many people had only a few hours left in which to leave, before becoming stranded, saying there was an

imminent danger of people being killed and drowned.

But the waters are moving too quickly for boats to be used, and there are fears that homes could be swept off their foundations by the torrent.

At least 1,200 properties have flooded and State Premier Campbell Newman said up to 1,500 people could still be in need of rescue.

Weve never seen floodwaters like this before, he told reporters.

People probably feel, quite reasonably, that theyve seen this all before and they feel they can be safe in certain parts of North Bundaberg. Right now our view is they are not, and thats why we need to get them out.

Mr Newman said 14 helicopters were already at work plucking people from rooftops but that more were being brought in. He urged stranded people to group together and ensure less mobile people were not left behind.

I can assure people who may be in harms way at the moment that we are doing everything we can to come to get you to get you out of this situation, said Mr Newman.

By late afternoon, the main Bundaberg evacuation centre at Oakwood State School was itself evacuated, the Brisbane Times reports. Some 300 people were being moved to another centre near the airport.

Elsewhere in the state, some 350 homes have been flooded in Ipswich. More than 200,00 people are without power across the state.


Residents of the Lockyer Valley, which was the scene of deadly flash floods in 2011, have also been told to evacuate as creeks and rivers rise.

The town of Gympie has been cut off and dozens of businesses are underwater, ABC News reports, while hundreds of homes are threatened in Ipswich, where the Bremer River is expected to peak later in the day.

Police said the body of an elderly man who went to check on a yacht north of Bundaberg had been recovered on Sunday. Two men swept away by flooding in separate incidents in Queensland were also found dead on Monday.

In Brisbane, which was paralysed by flooding two years ago, water has been creeping into low-lying parts of the central business district.

A woman and her three-year-old son were also taken to hospital in Brisbane after a tree fell on them.

The rain was brought by Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which is now affecting the northern part of New South Wales.

The BoM has warned of heavy rain, usually high tides and damaging winds, with gusts of up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Flash flood warnings have also been given.

A number of roads have been closed in the state and 6,000 homes are without power in the north.

29 Jan 2013 (GMT):

Queensland/NSW chaos – 4 killedincluding 3 year-old boy: Sydney saturated in widespread rainfall totals of between 80 and 150 millimetres overnight

Parts of Sydney have been drenched in their heaviest daily rainfall totals in more than a decade as a wild storm system washed over the city on Monday night after causing havoc in the north of the state and in Queensland.

About 1500 residents downstream of Grafton spent the night in emergency accommodation after being evacuated due to the storm, which has claimed four lives in Queensland, including that of a three-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree in Brisbane’s north.

The residents were ordered to evacuate from their homes in Ulmarra, Cowper and Brushgrove districts shortly before 7pm on Monday due to flooding of the Clarence River.

Low-lying areas of North Lismore were also evacuated on Monday night. Floodwaters also have cut off all roads between NSW and Queensland and isolated about 2000 people in northern NSW.

The remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald stalled over northern NSW on Monday night, but a separate low-pressure system formed over the Hunter and beat a path down the coast to Sydney.

Authorities are monitoring the Clarence River in Grafton, which originally was expected to peak at 7.9 metres at about 9am on Tuesday.

However that later was revised up to an expected peak of eight metres at midday.

About 3000 people living near the bridge in Grafton have received an evacuation warning. State Emergency Service workers on Monday night rescued a man from a pontoon Grafton, while an elderly couple also were rescued from a catamaran that had broken its mooring.

The Bellinger River received 280 millimetres since 9am on Monday, the heaviest rainfall in four years. Flood waters have cut Bellingen in half, and the main bridge there is completely under water.

The heaviest rainfall in the Illawarra was on the escarpment, which received 150 millimetres of rain, while Wollongong received 120 millimetres, the heaviest daily rainfall total in two years. Wind gusts of 100km/h were reported in Coffs Harbour overnight, but in Sydney the wind was not as fierce as predicted, peaking at 70km/h on Sydney Harbour.

A severe weather warning remains in place on Tuesday for the damaging winds, heavy rain and damaging surf for people in the Metropolitan, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, South Coast and Central Tablelands forecast districts.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said Sydney was saturated in widespread rainfall totals of between 80 and 150 millimetres overnight, causing localised flooding in some areas, including Camden. The wettest area of the city was Frenchs Forest, which received 155 millimetres of rain since 9am yesterday.

Richmond was saturated in 111 millimetres of rain, the biggest daily total in 16 years in the suburb, while Bankstown, Canterbury and Badgerys Creek recorded 100 millimetres, the heaviest in 12 years. Mr Dutschke said many of Sydney’s western suburbs received their heaviest daily rainfall totals in five years overnight.

State Emergency Service spokesman Michael Eburn said officers had responded to 2900 calls for assistance for help across NSW, mostly in the north of the state. However that number could rise rapidly as people wake on Tuesday and assessed the damage to their properties. “Our local units have been out in Sydney dealing with localised flooding in Camden and normal call outs, such as trees down and leaking roofs,” he said.

“It has certainly been more significant in the north of NSW. We’ve evacuated low-lying areas of North Lismore and a couple of evacuation warnings were issued for Grafton. We’ve done 19 flood rescues, and most of those are avoidable things – people entering floodwaters despite our advice.”

The low pressure system is expected to move out to sea on Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 at 03:45 (03:45 AM) UTC RSOE


Central and southern Queensland face a mammoth recovery task as record-breaking flood waters recede.

Thousands of people have been displaced as rivers and creeks, swollen by torrential rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, rose up and inundated homes and businesses on Monday and Tuesday.

In the worst-hit city of Bundaberg, 2000 homes and 200 businesses were inundated when the river reached a record height on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 7500 displaced residents are seeking refuge in evacuation centres or with friends and family on higher ground.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman toured Bundaberg on Tuesday and urged Queenslanders to aid disaster victims.

“They all need our support. We’ve got to reach out and help them now,” he said.

Mr Newman also paid tribute to the resilience of residents, who in some cases have weathered four floods in three years.

“It’s incredible to see the spirit of Queenslanders out on the streets of their cities and towns as they grapple with what is a big crisis.”

The news was better for residents of Brisbane and Ipswich in the southeast, where water levels peaked lower than expected.

Early indications are that water stayed below floorboard level in Brisbane, while about 35 homes in Ipswich had water in their living areas.

It was a world away from the disaster of January 2011.

Then, tens of thousands of homes in the southeast were inundated and Brisbane’s damage bill ran into the tens of millions.

In coming days the city’s key challenge will be to maintain water supplies after the flooding forced the shutdown of two processing plants.

Residents have been told to limit water use around the home until further notice.

As the flood waters recede, attention will turn to the huge damage bill and recovery task.

The premier says Bundaberg will be the focus and has arranged for 400-500 soldiers to help clean the city up.

Already 9,800 insurance claims have been lodged in Queensland worth a combined $116 million, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

The damage to infrastructure is still being assessed but it’s been estimated the bill will still reach the hundreds of millions, without counting crop and livestock losses.

The Queensland premier is urging people to donate to the government’s Queensland Flood Appeal which is being coordinated with Red Cross.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Governor-General Quentin Bryce are expected to visit flood-affected regions in Queensland in coming days.” – Sydney Morning Herald



Mozambique: Flood fears drive massive evacuation, 55,000 people affected – 230113 0900z

Mozambique has started to evacuate some 55,000 people after heavy rains caused sea levels to rise to dangerous levels in parts of the country, officials say.

“We are asking people to move to safer areas,” a spokeswoman for the national relief agency said.

The south and centre have been placed on red alert because of the floods, which have claimed several lives.

The worst affected areas are in the southern Gaza province, where a number of rivers are currently above crisis levels.

Emergency teams are on stand-by and motorboats have been dispatched to help transport people to safety, the AFP news agency reports.

The evacuees will be brought to temporary shelters. Some of them have been set up in the capital, Maputo.

“We estimate there are 55,000 people affected,” Rita Almeida from Mozambique’s Disaster Relief Management Institute said.

The town of Chokwe, home to a dyke, is particularly vulnerable, she added.

“We are registering very high water levels in the Limpopo and Inkomati rivers that could flood the town,” Ms Almeida said.

From Sunday to Monday, almost 185mm (7 inches) of rain fell over the Limpopo basin, the AFP reports.

International observers have described the situation as critical.

There are fears that the dyke in Chokwe could break, which would lead to chaos in the evacuations.

“If that dyke breaks, all those people will have to move more rapidly,” the country chief of the World Food Programme, Lola Castro, said.

Neighbouring South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana have also been hit by severe flooding.

In South Africa, floodwaters claimed several lives and left hundreds stranded after the Limpopo river burst its banks on Monday.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 at 05:43 (05:43 AM) UTC RSOE

Extreme Weather in Israel – 070113 2300z

Heavy rain fell from the North to the Negev overnight Saturday, with the stormy winter weather expected to continue on Sunday and throughout the week. Forecasters expect the coming week to be one of the rainiest in recent memory with some 100 millimeters of rain expected in central Israel and as much as 250mm. expected to fall in the North. Mount Hermon is also expected to see continued snowfall throughout the week. Melting snow from Mount Hermon and the Golan will add some 30 centimeters to Lake Kinneret, according to forecasts.The Israel Meteorological Service said that snow could fall in Jerusalem as well on Wednesday. Authorities warned the public to prepare for winds up to 100 km/h on Sunday evening, especially in coastal areas. The advised tying down or taking inside garden items that could be swept up in the wind. The Israel Electric Company instructed the public to keep heating thermostats at 18 degrees Celsius to prevent causing power surges and electrical outages.

As lights flickered and falling tree branches batted down power lines across the country on Monday, Israelis continued to brace themselves for a week of torrential rains and thunderous winds. Showers and storms pounded nearly all of Israel, with extremely strong winds – of up to 85 kilometers per hour from the North down to Beersheva, decreasing to about 65 kilometers per hour in the Arava and 35 kilometers per hour in Eilat, according to Israel Meteorological Services (IMS). Snow continued to fall over the Hermon, closing the areas ski resort, and temperatures dropped to colder than usual all over the country. Ongoing flooding plagued coastal towns, as well as risks of flash floods in riverbeds of the South, Jordan Valley and the Judean Desert, the IMS said. As in previous winters, Modi’ins Azrieli Mall was completely flooded on the first floor, causing police and firefighters to evacuate all the stores. Eyewitnesses described water streaming into the mall, creating a veritable river through the building. No one was injured and shoppers left the building without incident.

“Stormy weather caused flooding to the municipal drainage system, leading to the overflow of water in some areas of the mall,” an official response from the Azrieli Group said, as of Monday afternoon. “To ensure the safety of visitors, in the coming hours the mall shall be drained of water and will reopen as usual.” In Jerusalem, firefighters scrambled to deal with downed trees, some of which fell against electricity towers, causing damage. Firefighters also cleared away downed antennas and trees that had fallen on cars across the municipality, as periods of rain alternated with bouts of hail. In a rather empty Mahaneh Yehuda shuk, merchants cheered, mostly with boredom, every time the hail started to pound earnestly on the plastic roofs of the shuk, creating an incredible racket. A resident of one older apartment in Nachlaot said she rushed around trying to mop up leaks with towels as the wind tore her balcony roofs to shreds. If the storm maintains its current intensity over the week, Jerusalem may experience snow on Wednesday, the IMS has predicted. The municipality said that it is therefore increasing preparations for the possibility of snow. Similar episodes have likewise already rattled the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo, with 217 problematic events already taken care of by the city by midday Monday. The municipality had treated four flooded apartments, seven flooded yards, one flooded land plot, 55 fallen trees and branches, 21 road obstacles, 20 fallen lights and signs, 13 holes, 11 blocked antennas, three sewage issues, 10 fallen building parts, five fallen roof objects, 16 torn electricity cables, one fallen fence, four road erosion incidents, 20 problematic road puddles and five incidents with Bezeq, the city said.

In addition, the municipality warned drivers and pedestrians that there are faults in traffic light systems in many parts of the city. Also, at a building site at the corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Nahalat Binyamin, a crane had fallen and hit glass of the building next door, according to the city. The total amounts of rain for this storm thus far were 16 millimeters in central Tel Aviv, 13.1 millimeters in Ramat HaHayal and 9.3 millimeters at Sde Dov Airport, as of midday Monday. In anticipation of the storm, the municipality had been making constant preparations for the potential ravages of the stormy weather and has increased the presence of its operational teams as well as social services staff to distribute blankets and hot drinks to the homeless. In the past few years, the city has been giving increased priority to preventing flooding during the winter season, particularly with the entire overhaul of the urban drainage and sewage systems in most parts of the city. The municipality is also working in cooperation with the Ayalon Highway Company, to handle the possibilities of flooding on the Ayalon, the city added. As a precaution, the municipality stressed that residents should make sure there are no objects on their terraces that could fly off in the strong winds, as well as ensure that all walls are maximally strengthened. Swimming at beaches where rescue services do not operate is absolutely prohibited, the municipality stressed.

In order to be as prepared as possible, the city increased all of its operational teams – including those responsible for handling flooding, falling trees, potholes, traffic light systems, as well as the fire department. Prior to the onset of the storm, the city checked all of its tunnel systems, dried open drainage ditches, fenced off construction sites, pruned tree branches, treated coastal cliffs, plugged potholes and sinkholes, printed guidelines for the public and more, according to the municipality. Anyone requiring assistance should contact the municipality at *106, the city added. Just north of Tel Aviv, the Herzliya train station, which had been closed since midday Sunday due to flooding, began operating once again at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday, a spokeswoman from Israel Railways said. The company, however, warned travelers that trains would be moving slowly due to the weather throughout the duration of the storm. Outside of the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv regional hubs, the Health Ministry warned that due to the possibility of contaminated storm run-off mixing with drinking reservoirs, residents near the Dead Sea – including Almog, Kalya, Beit HaArava, Avnat, Vered Yericho, and tourist sites in the area – should boil their water for a minimum of two minutes until further notice. In cooperation with the regional council as well as Mekorot National Water Company, the ministry said it would continue to conduct testing. In the West Bank, heavy rain and lightning damaged 19 houses on Monday in the Al-Janeed area, west of Nablus, causing considerable damage to the properties, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. Torrential rain also fell from Sunday into Monday in Tulkarm, flooding homes and roads throughout the town, according to Maan.

While much of the country faced the inconveniences – and sometimes dangers – of the storm, Lake Kinneret was reaping its benefits. By Monday morning, the Kinneret basins level was at 211.72 meters below sea level, 10 centimeters below that of the morning before and still 2.92 meters from being full. Throughout the country since morning hours, Israel Electric Company teams were working in the field to fix the damage caused to the power grid lines thus far by the storm. The teams were operating around the clock in harsh weather conditions, under strong winds, rain, cold temperatures and mud, to correct the localized electricity glitches and return people to full power supplies as soon as possible, the IEC said. Most of the damage caused by the storm thus far was related to tree branches collapsing on power lines, causing them to tear, according to the company. The IEC reminded the public to make use of its service and information center at *103, which is at the moment only responding to calls about storm-related electricity problems. Emergency teams have been prepared on high alert for a number of days already with lifting platforms, vehicles and cranes, so the company encouraged the public to be vigilant about reporting damages to the grid. Updated information is also available on the IEC’s website as well as its Facebook page, the company added.

It is likewise crucial that the public take certain safety precautions, such as removing storage units that can fly away from balconies and hit electrical wires, and make sure that window shutters are connected properly to the buildings, the IEC said. In addition, if there are broken electrical wires in the street, it is critical to refrain from touching them due to risk of electrical shock. Any torn wires should be reported immediately to the IEC at *103 or to the police, the company stressed.

Monday, 07 January, 2013 at 20:13 (08:13 PM) UTC RSOE

Kineret rises higher

The water level of Lake Kineret continues to rise. Over a 24-hour period through Monday morning, the water level climbed another 10 centimeters, bringing the water level to 2.92 meters below capacity.

Stormy weather causes widespread electrical outages

The Electric Corporation has been dealing with dozens of malfunctions that have caused power outages around the country. Electricity is reported out in Ra’anana, Holon, Herzliya, Haifa, Bat Yam, Netanya, Rishon Le’Zion, Dimona and Beersheva, among other places.

In Mevasseret Zion, school was let out because of a power outage.

The Electric Coproration says most of the problems are local, due to falling trees and strong winds that broke electrical cables.

More transportation disruptions expected as winter storms continue

Transportation disruptions are expected again Monday as the stormy weather continues. On Sunday, the Herzliya train station was shut down because of flooding. Shuttle busses will be available to bring travellers to and from the Tel Aviv Mercaz station.

Arkia and Yisrair flights to Eilat will take off from Ben Gurion airport, and not from Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport. There is no change to the timetable.

Stormy weather ahead

The Kinneret rose three centimeters on Sunday and since Friday was up eight centimeters. Water authority officials believe that this may be the wettest winter of the last decade.

It was a day of heavy rain and flooding along the coast, strong winds and cold with the stormy weather expected to continue through Wednesday.” – iba.org.il


מזג אוויר קיצוני בישראל – 070113 2300z

גשם כבד ירד מהצפון ועד נגב לילה שבת, עם מזג האוויר החורפי הסוער הצפויים להימשך ביום ראשון ובמשך כל השבוע. חזאים צופים השבוע הקרוב לאחד הגשום בזיכרון האחרון עם כ 100 מילימטרים של הגשם הצפויים במרכז הארץ וככל 250mm. צפוי לרדת בצפון. החרמון צפוי גם לראות שלג נמשך במהלך השבוע. שלג נמס מהחרמון והגולן יוסיף כ 30 סנטימטרים לכנרת, על פי forecasts.The השירות מטאורולוגי אמר שהשלג יכול לרדת גם בירושלים ביום רביעי. שלטונות הזהירו את הציבור להתכונן לרוחות של עד 100 ק”מ / שעה ביום ראשון בערב, בעיקר באזורי החוף. מומלץ קשירה או נטילה בתוך פריטי נוי שניתן נסחפים ברוח. חברת החשמל הנחתה את הציבור כדי לשמור thermostats חימום ב 18 מעלות צלזיוס, כדי למנוע גרימת נחשולי מתח והפסקות חשמל.

כאורות הבהבו וענפי עץ נופלים הנידו את קווי חשמל ברחבי הארץ ביום שני, הישראלים המשיכו לחזק עצמם לקראת שבוע של גשמי זעף ורוחות סוערות. ממטרים וסופות הכו כמעט בכל הארץ, עם רוחות חזקות מאוד – של עד 85 קמ”ש מהצפון עד באר שבע, יורדים לכ 65 קמ”ש בערבה ובמרחק של 35 ק”מ לשעה באילה, על פי מטאורולוגי שירותים (IMS). השלג המשיך לרדת על החרמון, סגירת אתר הסקי של האזור, וטמפרטורות ירדו ל קר מרגיל בכל רחבי הארץ. הצפה מתמשכת הטרידה ערים חוף, כמו גם סיכונים של שיטפונות בנחלי הדרום, בקעת הירדן ומדבר יהודה, IMS אמר. כמו בחורפים קודמים, קניון עזריאלי המודיעין של הוצף לחלוטין בקומה הראשונה, וגרם לשוטרים וכבאים לפנות את כל החנויות. עדי ראייה תאר את הזרמת מים לקניון, יצירת נהר ממש דרך הבניין. לא היה נפגע וקונים עזבו את הבניין ללא תקלות.

“מזג אוויר סוער גרם להצפה למערכת הניקוז העירונית, מה שמוביל להצפה של מים באזורים מסוימים של הקניון,” תגובה רשמית מקבוצת עזריאלי אמרה, נכון ליום שני אחר הצהריים. “כדי להבטיח את שלומם של מבקרים, בשעות הקרובות לקניון ינוקז מים וייפתח מחדש כרגיל.” בירושלים, כבאים מהרו לטפל בעצים כרותים, שחלקם נפלו נגד מגדלי חשמל, וגרם לניזק. כבאים גם פינו את אנטנות ועצים שנפלו על פני מכוניות עיריית ופל, כתקופות של גשם עם התקפי הברד. בלשוק מחנה יהודה ולא ריק, סוחרים הריעו לו, בעיקר בשעמום, בכל פעם הברד החל להלום ברצינות על גגות הפלסטיק של לשוק יצירה הרעישה מאוד. תושב דירת מבוגר אחד בנחלות אמר התרוצצתי מנסה לנגב במגבות הדלפות כרוח קרעה גגות מרפסתה לגזרים. אם הסופה שומרת עוצמתה הנוכחית בשבוע, ירושלים עלולה להיתקל בשלג ביום רביעי, ה-IMS יש חזה. מהעירייה נמסר כי היא כן גדלה הכנות לאפשרות של שלג. פרקים דומים גם כבר טלטלו את עיר תל האביב יפו, ​​עם 217 אירועים בעייתיים כבר טופלו על ידי העיר בצהריים יום שני. העירייה טפלה בארבע דירות מוצפות, שבעה מטרים מוצפים, עלילת ארץ אחת הוצפה, 55 עצים שנפל וסניפים, 21 מכשולים בכביש, 20 שנפלו אורות ושלטים, 13 חורים, 11 אנטנות חסומות, בשלוש סוגיות ביוב, 10 חלקי בניין הרוס, חמישה אובייקטי גג שנפלו, 16 כבלים קרועים חשמל, גדר 1 נופלים, ארבע תקריות שחיקת כביש, 20 שלוליות בעייתיות דרכים וחמש תקריות עם בזק, העיר אמרו.

בנוסף, העירייה הזהירה את הנהגים והולכי רגל שיש תקלות במערכות רמזורים בחלקים רבים של העיר. כמו כן, באתר בנייה בשדרות רוטשילד פינת הנחלה בנימין ו, מנוף נפל ופגע בזכוכית של הבניין הסמוך, בהתאם לעיר. סך כמות הגשם לסופה הזאת עד כה היו 16 מילימטרים במרכז תל האביב, 13.1 מילימטרים ברמת החייל ו9.3 מילימטרים בשדה דוב, נכון לצהרי יום שני. לקראת הסערה, העירייה הייתה עושה את הכנות מתמידות לפגעים האפשריים של מזג האוויר הסוער והגדילה את נוכחותם של צוותות התפעול שלה, כמו גם צוות שירותים חברתי כדי להפיץ שמיכות ומשקאות חמים לחסרי הבית. בשנים האחרונות, העיר כבר נותנת עדיפות מוגברת למניעת הצפה בעונת החורף, ובמיוחד עם כל שיפוצי הניקוז העירוני ומערכות ביוב ברוב חלקי העיר. העירייה היא גם עובדת בשיתוף פעולה עם חברת נתיבי איילון, כדי להתמודד עם האפשרות של הצפה באיילון, העיר הוסיפה. כאמצעי זהירות, העירייה הדגישה כי תושבים צריכים לוודא שאין חפצים במרפסת ביתו שיכול לעוף ברוחות החזקות, כמו גם לוודא שכל הקירות מתחזקים מקסימאלי. שהחייה בחופים שבם שירותי הצלה אינם פועלים אסורים באופן מוחלט, בעירייה הדגישה.

על מנת להיות מוכן ככל האפשר, העיר גדלה כל צוותות התפעול שלה – כולל אלה שאחראים לטיפול בהצפה, עצים נופלים, מהמורות, מערכות רמזורים, כמו גם את מכבי האש. לפני תחילתה של הסערה, העיר בדקה את כל מערכות מנהרותיה, תעלות ניקוז פתוחות מיובשות, מגודר אתרי בנייה, ענפי עצים גזומים, צוקי החוף שטופלו, פקוקה מהמורות והבולענים, הנחיות מודפסות לציבור ועוד, על פי העירייה. כל מי שזקוק לסיוע מתבקש לפנות לעירייה ב* 106, העיר הוסיפה. צפונית לתל האביב, תחנת הרכבת ברצליה, שהיה סגורים מאז צהרי יום ראשון בשל צפה, החל לפעול שוב בסביבות השעה 12:30 ב יום שני, דוברת רכבת ישראל אמרה מ. החברה, לעומת זאת, הזהירה כי נוסעי רכבות תהיינה נעימה בשל מזג האוויר לאט לכל אורכה של הסערה. מחוץ לרכזות אזוריות בתל אביב ירושלים ו, ​​במשרד הבריאות הזהיר כי בשל האפשרות של סערה מזוהמת ניגרה ערבוב עם מאגרי שתייה, תושבים ליד ים המלח – כולל אלמוג, קלי”ה, בית ערבה, אבן, הוורד יריחו, ו אתרי תיירות באזור – צריכים להרתיח את המים שלהם למינימום של שתי דקות עד להודעה חדשה. בשיתוף עם המועצה האזורית, כמו גם מקורות חברת מים הלאומיים, המשרד אמר שימשיך לערוך בדיקות. בגדה המערבית, גשם וברקים כבדים נפגעו 19 בתים ביום שני באזור אל Janeed, המערבי לשכם, וגרמו ניזק רב לנכסים, סוכנות הידיעות הפלסטינית המען מדווח. גשם זלעפות ירד גם מיום ראשון ביום שני בטול כרם, ומציף את הבתים וכבישים בכל רחבי העיר, על פי מען.

בעוד הרבה של המדינה עומד על הטרדות – ולפעמים סכנות – של הסערה, הכנרת הייתה קוטפת את היתרונות שלה. ביום שני בבוקר, ברמה של כנרת האגן הייתה ב211.72 מטרים מתחת לפני ים, 10 סנטימטרים מתחת לזה של הבוקר לפני ועדיין 2.92 מטר מלהיות מלא. בכל רחבי הארץ מאז שעתי בוקר, צוותות חברת חשמל שעובדים בתחום כדי לתקן את הניזק שנגרם לקווי רשת החשמל עד כה על ידי הסערה. הצוותות פעלו מסביב לשעון בתנאי מזג אוויר קשים, ברוחות חזקות, גשם, טמפרטורות ובץ קרים, כדי לתקן את תקלות חשמל המקומיות ואנשים שחוזרים לספקי כוח מלאים בהקדם האפשרי, בחברת החשמל, אמר. רוב הניזק שנגרם על ידי הסערה עד כה היה קשור לקריסת ענפי עץ על קווי חשמל, גורם להם לקרוע, על פי החברה. חברת החשמל הזכירה לציבור לעשות שימוש בשירות שלה ומרכז מידע ב* 103, הנמצא ברגע ונענה רק לשיחות על בעיות הקשורות לחשמל סערה. צוותות חירום ערוכים בכוננות גבוהה למספר ימים כבר עם הרמת פלטפורמות, כלי רכב ומנופים, ולכן החברה מעודדת את הציבור להיות ער לדיווח ניזקים לרשת החשמל. מידע מעודכן זמין גם באתר האינטרנט של חברת החשמל, כמו גם בדף שלו בפייסבוק, החברה הוסיפה.

זה גם חיוני שהציבור הקפד לנקוט אמצעי זהירות מסוים, כגון הסרת יחידות אחסון שיכול לעוף הרחק ממרפסות ופגעו חוטי חשמל, ולוודא שתריסים מחוברים כראוי למבנים, חברת החשמל אמרה. בנוסף, אם יש שבורים חוטי חשמל ברחוב, זה קריטי כדי להימנע מלגעת בם בשל סכנת התחשמלות. כל חוטים קרועים יש לדווח מיידית לחברת החשמל ב* 103 או למשטרה, החברה הדגישה.

יום שני, 7 ינואר, 2013 בשעת 20:13 (8:13) UTC RSOE

“כנרת עולה ועולה

מפלס המים בכנרת ממשיך לעלות. במשך תקופה של 24 שעות עד ליום השנייה בבוקר, מפלס המים עלה עוד 10 סנטימטרים, מביא את המים לרמת 2.92 מטרים מתחת לקיבולת.

מזג אוויר סוער גורם להפסקות חשמל נרחבות

חברת החשמל כבר להתמודד עם עשרות תקלות שגרמו להפסקות חשמל ברחבי הארץ. חשמל דיווח ברענן, חולון, הרצליה, חיפה, בת ים, נתניה, ראשון לציון, דימונה ובאר שבע, ובמקומות אחרים.

במבשרת ציון, בית הספר היה נותן לו לצאת בגלל הפסקת חשמל.

Coproration החשמל אומר שרוב הבעיות הם מקומיים, בשל עצים נופלים ורוחות חזקות שפרצו כבלי חשמל.

שיבושי תחבורה עוד כצפויים סערות החורף ממשיכות

שיבושי תחבורה צפויים שוב ביום שני מזג האוויר הסוער ממשיך. ביום ראשון, תחנת הרכבת ברצליה נסגרה בשל צפות. אוטובוסי הסעות יהיו זמינים כדי להביא מטיילים ולמרכז תל אביב התחנה.

טיסות ארקיע לאילה וYisrair תמראנה משדה התעופה בן גוריון, ולא משדה תעופת שדה דוב בתל האביב. אין כל שינוי בלוח הזמנים.

מזג אוויר סוער קדימה

הכנרת עלתה שלושה סנטימטרים ביום ראשון ומאז יום שישי היה עד 8 סנטימטר. פקידי רשות מים מאמינים שזה יכול להיות החורף הגשום ביותר של העשור האחרון.

זה היה יום של גשם כבד והצפות לאורך החוף, רוחות חזקות וקר עם מזג האוויר הסוער הצפויים להימשך עד יום רביעי “-. Iba.org.il