Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Sri Lanka – The Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka said the death toll in the landslide has reached to 92 while 109 people are still missing.

India – Manipur was on the verge of being cut off from the rest of the country after rockslides and landslides hit the Imphal-Dimapur highway (NH-2) as torrential rains poured and created chaos in the state. The Imphal-Silchar highway (NH-37) is already blocked due to rockslides. The Imphal river bank was breached on Sunday, washing away hundreds of houses. Water in the power sub-station has left the area without electricity while farmers have reported lakhs of rupees in damage of crops and vegetables.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Sri Lanka – Rescue efforts continue in the Sri Lankan capital where the flood waters have now inundated homes and forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (Roanu), located approximately 48 nm west-southwest of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking northeastward at 21 knots.

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Nepal – A landslide triggered by heavy downpours has claimed the lives of three people in the Kalikot district in Nepal Thursday night. The landslide also injured eight people and left four others missing. At least 14 shops have been washed away by the landslide.

Bangladesh – A cyclone (Roanu) has unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on Bangladesh’s coastal region, killing at least five people and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes to escape the storm’s impact. Local media say the deaths were caused by the collapse of houses in Bhola, Chittagong and Patuakhali districts on Saturday. Cyclone Roanu crossed the southern coastal district of Cox’s Bazar and weakened after triggering heavy rains.

Sri Lanka – The death toll from Sri Lanka’s flash floods and landslides rose to 71 on Saturday, while rescue teams continued efforts to search for hundreds who were still missing across the island, the Disaster Management Centre said. The military said at least 141 people were still missing in Aranayake under the heavy debris and said rescue efforts would continue. However, rescue efforts were being hampered by severe rains. At least 500,000 people have been affected by the rains to date and 200,000 have been sheltered in temporary camps which have been set up across the island.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (One), located approximately 103 nm northeast of Chennai, India, is tracking northward at 05 knots.

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Sri Lanka – More than 200 families in central Sri Lanka were missing Wednesday after more massive landslides triggered by torrential rains crushed three villages the night before. The slides hit the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in the Aranayake area of Kegalle District. 16 bodies have been recovered from the massive piles of mud.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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Indonesia – Seventeen dead bodies have been identified and 4 are still missing, after rain triggered floods and a landslide at a popular waterfall in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Rescue efforts by more than 300 emergency personnel and soldiers in ongoing for the missing University Students and guides. The disaster occurred during the student’s visit to Dua Warna waterfall in North Sumatra province.

Sri Lanka – At least eight people have been killed due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Sri Lanka. Nearly 5,000 families living in flooded areas have been moved to relief centres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

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China – At least 16 people have been killed and 21 are still missing after landslides buried homes in China on Saturday night. Heavy rains have been lashing China, triggering flooding and landslides across the country. The central province of Hunan experienced the worst winter flooding in 50 years. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the flooding has forced thousands to flee the area and 8,200 people have had to resettle since most of their homes were destroyed by the floods. These floods have damaged crops, caused blackouts and road closures, affecting 87,000 people.

Sri Lanka – Around 19,916 persons belonging to 6,310 families in Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Killinochchi, Trincomalee, Puttalam and Gampaha districts have been affected by floods while around 2,600 persons have been displaced, Disaster Management Centre sources said.

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Britain – Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes across northern Britain yesterday as raging rivers burst their banks. More than 70 flood warnings and 111 alerts were issued as a month’s worth of rain fell in a day. Rivers overflowed in a deluge of up to 100mm of rain. Areas of the Welsh coastline were battered by huge waves.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Sri Lanka Update – The flash floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka have now reportedly killed at least 39 people and more than 1 million have had to flee their homes in the past two weeks. At least another 20 people have been injured and two are still missing after torrential rain, mostly in central Sri Lanka. Thousands of hectares of crops, mainly the food staple rice, have been destroyed in the agricultural heartland of the North Central and Eastern provinces.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), located approximately 345 nm west-southwest of Cocos Island, Australia, and is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical storm 23w (Jangmi), is located approximately 407 nm southeast of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Malaysia Update – The worst flooding in Malaysia in more than a decade has claimed lives of at least 10 people including five in the worst-hit state of Kelantan. The flood situation in Kelantan is still critical with 111,376 victims at the relief centres this afternoon, Bernama. More storms are expected in Malaysia in the next three days. Meanwhile, Thailand and Sri Lankan authorities have also warned their people to brace for more floods.

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Sri Lanka Update – The recent flooding in Sri Lanka has claimed the lives of 24 people and left 8 others missing. The floods have also destroyed 4,593 houses and damaged a further 14,649 houses. Eight bodies have been recovered in the Rilpola Haliela landslide affected area in Badulla and another seven persons are still missing.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 04s (Kate), located approximately 155 nm west of Cocos Island, Australia, and is tracking westward at 03 knots.

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India – The north India cold wave has claimed 12 more lives in the 24 hours leading to Wednesday evening, taking the death toll due to the extreme winter to 92 since December 1. Dense fog disrupted train services in several parts of India on Thursday, leading to the delay of 115 trains in Delhi.

Sri Lanka – More than 650,000 people have now been displaced after days of heavy rains triggered massive floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. Six days of heavy rains have affected the Northern, North Central and Eastern provinces of the Asian country. Irrigation tanks and hydropower reservoirs in the northern and central parts of the country have become flooded as a result of the downpour. So far, only 80,000 displaced people have been provided with accommodation in makeshift camps set up by the government.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Sri Lanka – Torrential rains and flashfloods in Sri Lanka have marooned more than 40,000 people. According to the National Disaster Management Centre, around 30,000 people are from the worst hit Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka. Nearly 14,000 people are having to shelter in 107 welfare camps. Severe weather and flooding have affected the people in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Mannar and Trincomalee.

Malaysia – Floods worsened in north-east Malaysia Sunday due to heavy rains, local authorities said, as evacuees in other areas began to return home amid improving weather. The number of people who were evacuated in the state of Kelantan rose to 21,868 from more than 15,000 on Saturday. Four fatalities were previously reported in the state. In the nearby state of Terengganu, rains eased and some of the roads became passable as official evacuee numbers dropped. Floods also subsided and many evacuees were able to return home in Pahang and Johor states.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 04a (Nilofar), located approximately 203 nm south-southeast of Masirah island, and is tracking northward at 06 knots.

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China – Rain-triggered landslide in Yunnan Province of China has claimed the lives of at least nine people.

Sri Lanka – At least six people were killed and about 300 were missing in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday after an early morning landslide set off by heavy monsoon rains. About 150 homes at the Meeriyabedda tea plantation in the district of Badulla, most of them small rooms constructed in a line and attached to one another, were crushed under mud around 7:30 a.m. It had been raining for days in the area, disaster management officials said. Beyond the recovered bodies, many more are believed to be beneath 10 to 15 feet of mud.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday has reported that a severe drought in Sri Lanka has affected 1.5 million people with 768,000 of them in urgent need of basic food and livelihood requirements.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Tropical Storm Cristina is located about about 130 mi (210 km) NNW of Socorro island about 280 mi (450 km) SSW of the southern tip of Baja California. Cristina has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) and its present movement is W or 270 degrees at 6 mph (9 km/h).

Cristina is dissipating and is expected to be downgraded to a remnant on Sunday.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical Storm Hagibis forms approximately 153 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, and is tracking northward at 07 knots.

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Sri Lanka – Thousands of people have been affected in hill country by flood and landslides. Several areas in the upcountry have been hit by floods, a rare occurrence according to the Meteorological Department. More than 2,000 people have been affected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

Tropical Storm Boris has caused floods in Latin America affecting 100,000 people, and leaving at Least 5 Dead. Residents in Latin America, especially Chile, Mexico and Guatemala, have been advised to brace for more rains even as weather bureau said tropical storm Boris has weakened. The Weather Network forecast the storm will still continue to dump as much as 500 mm of rain through Saturday on the affected areas. The system could dump as much as 20 inches (51 centimetres) of rain in the region for a day alone. “These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”

The national disaster relief agency in Guatemala reported at least 100,000 people have been affected by the bad weather as rains, floods and mudslides damaged homes and roads. Tropical Storm Boris has killed five people near the Mexican border on Saturday due to a landslide.

In southern Chile, according to World Bulletin, the floods have left some communities without potable drinking water and electricity. The southern regions of Los Rios, Biobio, Araucania, Los Lagos and Aysen have been reported to be cut off from the mainland due to damaged roads. Several people stranded were placed at 4,000 people while people possibly without electricity were estimated to be over 50,000.

A low pressure area currently over the southern Bay of Campeche has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said on Thursday. “Despite strong upper-level winds, some further development of this system is possible over the next day or two if the low remains offshore of eastern Mexico.” This disturbance has potential to produce more extremely heavy rains and life-threatening flash floods and mud slides over parts of southeastern Mexico during the next few days.

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Sri Lanka – Floods in Sri Lanka have claimed the lives of at least 23 people and displaced more than 100,000 people. Most of the fatalities and flood damage have been reported from the Kalutara District where disaster relief efforts are ongoing. 235 houses have been destroyed while 1 566 homes have been partially damaged.

Paraguay – Paraguay floods continue as torrential rains force the evacuation of more than 75,000 people across Paraguay.

South Dakota, USA – The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has confirmed a tornado has touched down outside the city.

West Virginia, USA – A National Weather Service survey team from Charleston has confirmed that a tornado has touched down near Ona in Cabell County.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E stroll hovering off the coast of Baja California.

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Guatemala – Landslide caused by heavy rains has claimed lives of at least five people and injured three others. Homes were destroyedin San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango.

Sri Lanka – Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Sri Lanka Monday causing floods and submerging roads in low-lying areas. Low-lying areas in the Agalawatta, Welipanna, Matugama, Paalinda Nuwara and Omatta Divisions of Kalutara district are affected by floods. Local media reports said 9 people have been killed and another two are missing due to earth slips in the areas of Matugama, Kithulgoda and Thalangama.

Iowa, USA – At least one tornado has been reported in north-central Iowa as storms moved across the mostly rural part of the state, Sunday.