Storms and Floods

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Cameroon – A massive landslide struck in the city of Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, on 27 November 2022. Media report at least 14 fatalities. The landslide occurred late on 27 November in the Antenne Damas neighbourhood in Yaounde, Centre Region. The victims were gathered for a religious service near a soccer pitch at the base of a 20 metre high soil embankment, which then collapsed. The cause of the collapse is not clear. Some media reports speculated that it was triggered by heavy rain.

Storms and Floods

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Italy – Heavy rainfall triggered massive landslides and floods on the island of Ischia in southern Italy early on 26 November 2022. Houses in northern parts of the island were damaged or destroyed as a torrent of mud, flood water and debris crashed down slopes of Mount Epomeo. Some areas were under mud and debris several metres deep. Dozens of vehicles were swept into the sea in areas of Casamicciola Terme. As of 27 November authorities reported the bodies of 3 victims have been found. Four people are still missing. Poor weather conditions have hampered rescue and damage assessment efforts.

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Trinidad and Tobago – Several parts of Trinidad and Tobago are experiencing flooding as an active low-level tough traverses westward over the country. Affected areas include Biche, Ortoire, Santa Cruz, St Joseph, Maracas, Caparo and Arouca. There have also been reports of landslides.

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Saudi Arabia – Two people have died in floods that swept across Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah on Thursday due to record rain levels. The floods have also caused flight delays at King Abdulaziz International Airport, school closures and blocked the road to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. According to Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Meteorology, the rainfall in Jeddah’s southern area between 8am and 2pm on Thursday, which stood at 179 millimeters, was the “highest” ever recorded.

Portugal – Authorities in the municipality of Esposende in Braga District of northern Portugal report that 2 people have died after a landslide following heavy rainfall. A landslide and large rocks destroyed part of a single-family home in Palmeira de Faro in Esposende early on 23 November 2022. Two people died and 4 people were rescued unharmed.

Storms and Floods

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Italy – A wave of severe weather swept across Italy from 22 November 2022, including strong winds, high waves, storm surge and heavy rain. Emergency services carried out 2,500 interventions in 8 regions. Local media said the severe weather was brought by Storm Denise, which also affected the French island of Corsica. Many of the interventions were in response to damage caused by strong winds, including roofs ripped off buildings, and downed trees, branches and power lines. Vigili del Fuoco reported winds of more than 100 km/h in Trieste in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. Stormy weather and roughs seas also affected areas in Sicily where ferry services were disrupted from the port at Milazzo.

Panama – Civil Protection authorities in Panama report that two people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Colón Province. Meanwhile flooding continues to affect communities in Los Santos and Herrera Provinces where dozens of homes have been damaged. Heavy rain since the start of November has caused flooding and landslides in several provinces of the country. The rain is expected to continue until at least the end of the month.

Guyana – Torrential rain flooded large parts of Georgetown yesterday afternoon underlining the vulnerability of the capital to inundation in the context of climate change and a key pump went down after it came into a contact with a piece of wood. Although all other pumps and sluices were operable, the four inches of rain that drenched the capital left knee-high floods as kokers could not be opened due to the high tide.

Australia – Flooding in New South Wales continues with residents in Euabalong having been ordered to evacuate now as the Lachlan River rises toward a record peak. Moulamein residents are preparing to be isolated for weeks while Condobolin residents hope the worst of the crisis has passed.

Venice Flooding

Tourists know to beware of the ‘acqua alta’ in the fall and winter. The higher-than-normal high tides from the Adriatic Sea rush into the Venice Lagoon and over ancient squares, into ground floors and leave priceless monuments submerged. City leaders turned the tide and placed temporary glass barriers to protect the 900-year-old St. Mark’s Basilica.

A four-foot glass wall now surrounds the church to block priceless mosaics, marble, art, historical objects and crypts from the corrosive water. Engineers finished sinking the glass panels into the pavement to build the ring just in time for the November high tides. NASA scientists say that the Adriatic’s level is rising about 0.09 inches a year. Venice suffered only two high water events during the first half of the 20th Century, but recently, the city has been assaulted by 40 per decade. The city is also sinking. One study states that Venice sinks by 0.04 to 0.08 inches per year due to plate tectonics.

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Storms and Floods

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The Balkans – Heavy rain during the weekend was blamed for a number of deaths in Western Balkan countries, while in some towns transportation was affected and some schools were suspended in Serbia and Albania. In Montenegro, heavy rains caused flooding in northern and central parts and some local roads were cut off in the towns of Berane, Danilovgrad and Tuzi. On Sunday, police reported that three people drowned after their car was caught in the river near the capital, Podgorica. Rivers overflowed in the southwest of Serbia in the Raska region. The towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Prijepolje were heavily flooded and a two-year-old boy drowned near Tutin in the river Vidrenjak, swollen by several hours of rain.

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Rwanda and DR Congo – Over 40 people have lost their lives after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighbouring Rwanda over the last 2 weeks. 32 people lost their lives in landslides in the mining towns of Rubaya and Bihambwe in the chiefdom of Bahunde, Masisi Territory in North Kivu Province, DR Congo. The landslides were triggered by heavy rains and flooding overnight 17 to 18 November 2022. Meanwhile in neighbouring Rwanda, local media reported 3 people died after heavy rain caused floods in the capital city of Kigali on 17 November 2022.

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Albania – A father and son were missing in Albania on Sunday after their car was swept into a river during floods in the north of the country as heavy rains led emergency services to evacuate those at risk. Some schools were closed in the affected areas and Albanian emergency services had begun to evacuate people close to the town of Shkoder as a result of the flood danger. Albania, which relies all its electricity domestic production from hydro, has seen its worst drought in years during 2022, forcing the government to import more power. Although neighbouring Kosovo was also flooded, there were only reports of damage and no loss of life.

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Scotland – Heavy rain fell across Scotland from 16 November, in particular areas of the north east. The UK’s Met Office said close to a month’s worth of rain fell across parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus in 48 hours to 18 November. As much as 140 mm of rain was recorded in Charr in Aberdeenshire. The village of Aboyne in Aberdeenshire recorded 71.4 mm of rain in 24 hours on 18 November. Rail services were severely impacted. Hundreds of travellers were left stranded in Newcastle, England, due to the cancelled services to Scotland. Earlier in the week heavy rain caused flooding on roads in southern England, in particular in West Sussex. Local media reported 20 vehicles trapped on a flooded road in Chichester on 16 November 2022.

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Venezuela – More heavy rain, landslides and floods have caused damage and fatalities in northern Venezuela. According to government figures, almost 100 people have now lost their lives as a result of heavy rains in the country over the last few months. The state government of Táchira in Venezuela reported heavy rain from around 11 November 2022. Táchira Civil Protection reported 49 mm of rain in 2 hours. Heavy rainfall from around 08 November 2022 caused flooding and landslides in Mérida State in north-western Venezuela.

Scotland – Flooding shuts schools and disrupts travel, with severe weather warnings in place and ‘highest risk to riverside communities’. Police Scotland have “stood down” searches for a woman who was swept into the River Don near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire on Friday as heavy rain continued to batter much of eastern Scotland. Schools have closed, roads were left impassable and rail journeys severely disrupted as heavy rain drenched parts of Scotland. Elsewhere in the UK, rivers burst their banks, sometimes trapping drivers, after the torrential downpours on Thursday. Rest centres have been opened in some parts of Aberdeenshire after flood warnings were escalated to severe.

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Australia – Emergency services in New South Wales are facing the largest flood operation in the state’s history as more defence force personnel and volunteers from around the world join rescue and relief efforts. Hundreds more homes are expected to go under this week and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated as flood levels rose faster than expected overnight on Monday. Volunteers are coming from New Zealand, the US, and Singapore. Upwards of 200 people have been rescued from floodwater in the past 24 hours.

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Colombia – Flooding continues in Colombia. Heavy rains have triggered floods and landslides in parts of Bogotá and surrounding areas of Capital District and Cundinamarca Department in Colombia, where at least 2 people have died and 1 is missing. Meanwhile 5 people are still missing after a landslide destroyed several homes in Norte de Santander Department.

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 28w (Yamaneko), located approximately 276 nm north of Wake island, is tracking north-northwestward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding and thunderstorms are continuing across inland areas of New South Wales, with the wet weather not expected to clear until Monday afternoon. More than 50 schools will be closed across Adelaide on Monday because of ongoing blackouts and storm damage. SA Power Networks says 423,000 lightning strikes and winds up to 106kph were recorded. The State Emergency Service has attended 1,000 calls for assistance. Some 65,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity after Saturday’s wild storms, with SA Power Networks saying many will not be reconnected until at least Tuesday.