Storms and Floods

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Malaysia – Almost 2,000 people have evacuated their homes in Malaysia’s Sabah state after flooding struck on 11 January, 2021. The districts of Beaufort (24 displaced), Kota Marudu (710), Kudat (975) and Pitas (47) have all been affected. Levels of the Padas River in Beaufort stood at 9.09 metres as of 12 January, above the danger mark of 8.7 metres. The city of Sandakan recorded 122.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 January.

Southeastern Europe – Severe weather including heavy rain and snow has affected areas of South Eastern Europe over the last few days, with flooding reported in parts of Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. Heavy rainfall in Bulgaria over the last few days increased river levels in Sofia and Pernik Provinces in western Bulgaria. In Montenegro heavy rain damaged buildings in Ulcinj, while in Greece, Civil Protection and the Fire Service responded to incidents of flooding in Ioannina, Arta and Pramata in north-western Greece.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Danilo), located approximately 282 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09p (Imogen), located approximately 339 nm west of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots

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Malaysia – About 1,000 people in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor have been placed in temporary evacuation centres after flooding caused by two days of heavy rain which started on Friday (Jan 1). Four districts – Kulai, Johor Bahru, Kluang and Kota Tinggi – were hit by flooding.

Australia – Persistent unpredictable bad weather had caused dangerous flash flooding around the mid north coast, closing bridges and roads. A Woolworths and local motel have been flooded and the roof of an aged care facility has partially collapsed after an intense cloudburst in central western NSW. Parkes received 31mm of rain in just 17 minutes during the Saturday afternoon downpour. By Sunday morning the town had recorded 52mm in total. The storm also brought damaging winds and large hailstones.

New Zealand – Heavy rain and hail has caused flooding leading to road closures in parts of the country. Heavy rain and hail hits Timaru and Waimate. More than 50 Auckland beaches declared no-swim zones.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 26w (Krovanh), located approximately 373nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Thailand – Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports that the strong northeast monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand caused further heavy rain and strong winds in southern provinces from 16 December, resulting in floods and landslides. As of 21 December, over 125,000 people from around 32,000 households were affected in total, with most of them in Narathiwat Province (28,836 household affected), and others in Pattani (2,304) and Yala (863 households). Over 400 people in Narathiwat have evacuated their homes and moved to evacuation centres.

UK – Heavy rainfall swept across parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend 18 to 20 December 2020, causing flash flooding in parts of Wales and South West England. Whitebarrow in Devon recorded 138mm of rain in 24 hours on 18 December, while Princetown in Devon recorded 111mm and Dartmoor 91 mm during the same period, according to the UK’s Met Office. In Wales, Llyn-y-Fan Blaenau in Carmarthenshire recorded 98mm and Tyn-Y-Waun, Glamorgan 82 mm on 18 December.

Malaysia – More flooding has affected parts of Peninsular Malaysia, prompting over 8,000 people to evacuate their homes. Flooding struck parts of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang states from 17 December 2020 following days of heavy rains brought by the annual monsoon season. Kuantan in Pehang recorded 132 mm of rain in 24 hours to 17 December and a further 118 mm the following day. Levels of rivers in the region increased. The Golok river in northern Kelantan reached 10.43 metres on 20 December, above the danger mark of 10 metres. Several people have been rescued from flood waters, but no fatalities have been reported as of 20 December.

Philippines – At least 8 people have died and thousands have evacuated their homes after floods and landslides in the Philippines over the last few days. Heavy rain affected the southern island of Mindanao and later the central island ground of Visayas after an area of low pressure developed in to Tropical Depression “Vicky” on 18 December.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Delta is located about 35 mi…55 km w of Cancun Mexico with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 19e (Norbert), located approximately 1248 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking southwestward at 01 knot.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 378 nm east of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Malaysia – Around 400 people have been displaced from their homes in the state of Sabah, Malaysia, in the northern part of the island of Borneo. Flooding struck after heavy rain on 05 October 2020, affecting around 60 villages in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Belud and Tuaran districts. Kota Kinabalu recorded 167.0 mm of rain in 24 hours to 05 October. Hundreds of homes have been flooded along with health facilities and other public buildings.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Six-E is located about 515 mi…825 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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Turkey – At least one person died and three others are missing after flash floods in Artvin province in northeastern Turkey. It is thought the victims are construction workers who were working on the dam along the Artvin-Yusufeli highway. Other workers have been evacuated. At least 2 people lost their lives in further flooding and landslides in Çayeli district of Rize Province in north eastern Turkey on 13 July.

Malaysia – Over 250 people have been displaced by flooding in Malaysia‘s central Negeri Sembilan state. The state recorded heavy rainfall on 13 July, which caused rivers to break their banks and overwhelmed drainage systems. Flooding affected the districts of Port Dickson, Rembau and Seremban. As of late 13 July, 282 people had moved to evacuation centres in Seremban and Port Dickson. The Linggi River at Sua Betong, Port Dickson district, rose by over 3 metres in a few hours on 13 July, peaking at 7.2 metres. Danger level is 5.8 metres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.1 earthquake hits Sabah, Malaysia.

5.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.1 earthquake hits the Flores region, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Ascension Island.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 04e (four), located approximately 766 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

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Malaysia – Over 1,000 people have evacuated their homes in Sabah State, Malaysia, after flooding over the last few days. Flooding began on 27 June and has since affected 152 villages across 11 districts.

Wisconsin, USA – On June 28 and 29, parts of St. Croix County received over seven inches of rain causing flooding and washed out roads across the county. The areas experiencing significant flooding are the Municipalities of Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley, Rush River, Eau Galle, Warren, Hammond, Baldwin, Springfield, Erin Prairie, Emerald, Glenwood, Cylon, and Forest. At one point over 50 roads were closed in the area due to flooding.

Poland – Further severe weather including storms and heavy rain affected parts of Poland on 29 June. IMGW report that several locations recorded more than 50mm of rain in 24 hours, including Bielany is a district in Warsaw, which saw 56.6 mm. The worst of the storm affected the provinces or voivodeships of Podlaskie, Masovia (which includes the capital Warsaw), Holy Cross Province (Świętokrzyskie) and Lesser Poland (Małopolskie). Over 1,300 homes were damaged by flooding, as were 241 roads.

India – Recent flooding in Assam, north eastern India, has worsened, with disaster authorities reporting that over 900,000 people are now affected. This is the second wave of flooding in the state, which began around 20 June.

China – More flooding has affected parts of Sichuan province, southwestern China, leaving over 20 people dead or missing. Flooding struck in Sichuan’s Mianning county in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture after storms brought heavy rain.

Nigeria – Dozens of buildings have been damaged after more flash flooding in Lagos State, Nigeria. Flooding was caused by a heavy downpour but significantly worsened by blocked drainage channels,

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Depression Four is located about 365 mi…590 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia and about 730 mi…1170 km sw of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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China – Further heavy rain and flooding has struck in Guizhou Province, China. Xinhua news agency reports at least 3 people have died and 10,000 have been displaced after flooding in the mountainous area of Tongzi County on 22 June. Around 10 houses were destroyed and over 1,000 houses damaged, along with 715 hectares of crops. Power supply and telecommunications were interrupted.

Nepal – Local media report that days of rainfall triggered a landslide along a section of road near Tansen in Palpa district, central Nepal, on 22 June, 2020. Four vehicles were swept away. The number of passengers in the vehicles swept by the landslide is unconfirmed. As of 22 June, police reported 3 fatalities.

India – According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 16,549 people had been affected in over 50 villages in the districts of in Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Jorhat and Sivasagar since 20 June. Over 50 people have evacuated their homes and moved to relief camps in Dhemaji. Almost 3,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. Several rivers in the state are flowing above danger level, including the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, and the Dikhow and Disang in Sivasagar.

Turkey – Flooding struck the Kestel district of Bursa province on 21 June. After initial assessments, the provincial government reported two people had died and four were believed to be missing in the floods. Raging flood water swept through narrow streets of several neighbourhoods in the district, including Dudakli, Narlidere, Aksu and Kayacik.

Malaysia – Over 1,000 people have evacuated their homes in Malaysia‘s Johor State after flooding struck on 21 June. Flooding affected the districts of Pontian, Batu Pahat, Muar, Kluang, and Tangkak. A total of 1,210 people from 288 families were evacuated to 18 relief centres as a result. The worst hit areas was Pontian, where 349 people from 85 families were evacuated. More than 60mm of rain fell in 24 hours in several locations in the state on 20 June. Heavy rain was also reported in the capital, Kuala Lumpur , which recoprded 119.0mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 June.

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Uganda – Residents of Kasese District in western Uganda woke up on Sunday to another wave of flash floods three days after the torrents hit the district when four major rivers burst their banks on Thursday. he rives; Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Lhubiriha again burst their banks in the wee hours of Sunday morning spilling water into the communities in the low lands putting the lives of hundreds people at risk.

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Malaysia – Some 100 houses in Teluk Kumbar and Sungai Ara, near here, were hit by flash floods after heavy rain lashed several areas in Penang for more than two hours last night. However, the flood victims were not evacuated to relief centres.

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Indonesia – Floods have submerged 21,888 houses in five sub-districts of Bandung District, West Java since Thursday (April 30, 2020), affecting 81,088 residents (24,898 families), according to data from the West Java Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD). The flood-affected sub-districts are — Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, Arjasari, Bojongsoang, and Banjaran. Flooding has been reported in 21,888 houses in the five sub-districts of Bandung Regency. Flood waters have also entered 46 schools, 96 places of worship, and 27 public facilities.

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Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan – A broken reservoir dam flooded parts of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, forcing tens of thousands from both countries to evacuate, authorities said Saturday. The Syr Darya river, which runs near the border between the two countries, overflowed after the dam broke Friday, the Uzbek and Kazakh governments said. About 70,000 people from 22 villages in Uzbekistan and 5,400 people from four Kazakhstan villages were moved out.

Malaysia – Some 600 natives living in Long Bemang longhouse in remote Baram district were hit by floods. Heavy rain last night saw 100 living units inundated by about 0.8m of water this morning. Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department today said the longhouse was fully occupied by residents.

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DR Congo – At least 23 people were killed and dozens of others injured on Friday by floods in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The floods lashed out the city of Uvira, the eastern DRC’s South Kivu province. According to authorities, the heavy rainfall began Thursday night and continued through Friday, causing floods that have destroyed over 200 houses.

Malaysia – Several areas in Petaling Jaya were hit by flash floods after a downpour Thursday evening and among the worst affected was Kampung Chempaka with 75 houses inundated. Another area affected was Jalan 51A/223 in Section 51A. Thursday’s downpour was unusually heavy, so the sudden deluge of water resulted in an overflow of Sungai Penchala and drains in the Section 51A area.

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France – Two departments are still on orange alert for flooding in the southwest, after three people died and thousands of homes were left without electricity due to storms over the weekend. The Landes and Charente-Maritime will remain on alert until tomorrow morning, Météo-France has announced. The Adour and Charente rivers are flooded. Drivers are told to take extra care and are warned not to use flooded roads.

Uganda – Five people, including a police marine officer, died and properties worth millions of shillings were destroyed after floods ravaged different parts of Kampala on Saturday.

Malaysia – The flood situation in Johor has improved, as the authorities closed several temporary evacuation centres and allowed many flood victims to return home. In Johor, the number of flood victims has dropped to 8,527 on Tuesday (Dec 17), from 9,151 on Monday. Meanwhile, the state’s wildlife agency has warned people to look out for stray crocodiles. The monsoon rains have caused floods in nine out of 10 districts in Johor as well as two districts in Pahang, and at least three in Sabah.

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Malaysia – Authorities said Sunday that 3,835 residents were evacuated after floods hit Malaysia’s south Johor state. Authorities warned rainfall and floods would continue in the region.

Maine, USA – A warm December storm doused southern Maine with record-setting rainfall Saturday, swelling rivers and flooding roads on the front end of a weather system that’s expected to generate high winds in the region Sunday.

France -Deadly floodwaters have inundated parts of southwestern France, leaving two dead and several others injured. Authorities have evacuated hundreds of people living near the convergence of two rivers. Inclement weather on Saturday felled trees and cut off power supply to thousands in southwestern France. The storm triggered floodwaters that reportedly rose by 30 centimeters (1 foot) every hour in some areas.

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Malaysia – Sudden floods in inte rior northern and central Sarawak following hours of incessant rain caused rivers to break their banks. Floods reached five meters in several areas. The devastating floods over the past two days in northern and central Sarawak caused widespread damage.

Wales – Cars have been left submerged and people have faced disruption on the roads after a thunderstorm brought flash flooding to parts of Cardiff.

Arkansas, USA – Flash flooding Thursday night closed two state highways in Washington County along with a number of county roads. No injuries were reported.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Malaysia

Firefighters in Sarawak are battling bushfires that have spread in nine districts over the past 24 hours. Hotspots have been detected even in the night and pre-dawn hours, and firefighters are working hard to contain these fires. Many of these fires are caused by deliberate open burning to clear the land.