Storms and Floods

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Indonesia – An estimated 50,000 people have been affected by flooding in Solok City, West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. Flooding struck after heavy rain that began on 11 January 2021. Indonesia’s meteorological agency BMKG reported 86.4mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 January in the nearby city of Padang, capital of West Sumatra Province. Over 1,000 homes were submerged after flooding in Banjar Regency, South Kalimantan Province, Indonesia on 12 January 2021. Heavy rainfall caused flooding that affected around 25 villages across 7 sub-districts in the regency.

Namibia – Heavy rain has continued to fall in parts of Namibia, with flash flooding reported in the capital, Windhoek from 11 January, 2021. Flooding has affected the city since late December. In a statement of 07 January, the city government said emergency response teams attended to 14 flood-related incidents from 30 December 2020 to 05 January 2021. Around 80 households, mostly in areas of Otjomuise, were affected. The city plans to relocate at least 65 households adversely affected by flooding. Further flash flooding struck in the city from 11 January, blocking roads and causing problems for motorists. Several rivers broke their banks, including the Gammams river.

USA – Stormy weather caused floods and landslides in parts of Oregon and Washington states in the Pacific Northwest, USA, from 13 January 2021, thousands of homes were without power across the region. Two fatalities were reported as a result of wind damage.

Tanzania – Flash flooding has caused widespread damage in parts of Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania after heavy rain over the last few days. Mtwara, capital city of Mtwara Region, recorded 478mm of rain in 48 hours to 13 January 2021. Authorities reported 1 person died after being swept away by flash floods in Mtwara-Mikindani municipality on 12 January. Many people have moved from their homes to safer areas, including in makeshift shelters in local schools.

Turkey – Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in western Turkey from 12 January 2021. Media reported that a short period of torrential rain caused flash flooding in parts of Izmir Province, in particular the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir where streets, houses and shops were inundated, while vehicles were dragged by flood waters.

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