Storms and Floods

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Australia – At least one person has died and emergency services have rescued serval others from flood waters across the state of Queensland, Australia, after days of heavy rainfall from 09 April. Many areas received over 100 mm in 24 hours 10 to 11 May. The state’s highest was 244 mm at Mourilyan on the Cassowary Coast.

Colombia – Flooding has affected over 5,000 residents and damaged around 1,000 homes in Apartadó in Antioquia Department, Colombia, local authorities report. Apartadó saw some heavy rainfall on 02 May, causing flooding in the municipality which affected around 500 people. Around 163 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 02 May 2022. Further heavy rainfall caused the overflow of the Apartadó River on 10 May. According to national Civil Defence reports, 5,100 people have been affected, with around 1,000 homes suffering damage and 2 homes completely destroyed. Further south, heavy rain on 07 May caused some urban flooding in Medellín which disrupted traffic and public transport in the city. Around the same time a landslide struck in Itagüí to the south of the city, leaving 2 homes damaged and affecting 50 people.

DR Congo – More people have died as a result of heavy rain, landslides and flooding in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Heavy rain from 26 to 27 April caused landslides and flooding in Kalehe territory in South Kivu, where at least 4 fatalities were reported. 7,500 people were displaced in Bushushu village, Kalehe territory (South Kivu) following heavy rains on 27 April and overflow of the Cishova River. Landslide resulted in the deaths of at least four people and several others injured. At least 400 houses were damaged by flooding and more than 200 others completely destroyed. Public buildings such as schools were also destroyed.

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In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 582 nm south-southeast of Hagatna, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 23p (Fili), located approximately 98 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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Thailand – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Thailand reports that flooding in southern provinces over the last few days has affected over 20,000 households. Heavy rain from 05 April 2022 caused damages and flooding in the provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phatthalung and Surat Thani. A total of 21,669 households have been affected (estimated 108,345 people) in total. There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities.

Sydney, Australia – A combination of high tides and more rain have prompted residents in parts of Sydney’s south to be ordered to evacuate their homes on Thursday. Separately, residents in Picton, on the outskirts of Sydney’s south-west, were warned to prepare for an evacuation order to be issued, as a result of rising waters in the nearby Stonequarry Creek. Sydney has now surpassed its average annual rainfall in just over three months of 2022. The city’s Observatory Hill weather station had recorded 1226.8mm for the year by Thursday morning, compared with the average annual rainfall figure of 1213.4mm.

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Brazil – At least 14 people were killed, including seven children, after days of heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Rain showers began Thursday, leading to deadly landslides in the region. The volume of rain registered in the last 48 hours was the highest on record in Angra dos Reis, according to the city’s municipal government.

Australia – Huge swells have lashed Sydney, swallowing beaches under tide waters and ripping boats from their moorings inside the harbour. Bondi and Clovelly beaches were flooded over and waves battered the walls of the beachside Coogee Surf Club on Saturday morning. Inside the harbour near the Manly ferry wharf, boats were ripped from their moorings, with some vessels washed up on the nearby beach.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Halima), located approximately 1040 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-northward at 04 knots.

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Ecuador – At least 4 people have lost their lives after heavy rain in southern Ecuador triggered floods and landslides in Azuay Province on 27 March 2022. Floods and landslides pushed rocks and debris onto the small community of Sayausí in Cuenca Canton. The municipal government report a school building and 10 houses were completely destroyed, leaving 14 people homeless. A further 27 houses sustained damage and many more are at risk and are being assessed. Water supplies gave also been affected, with an estimated 250,000 currently without drinking water.

Australia – Evacuation orders are in place for several northern New South Wales towns amid warnings of life-threatening flash floods, just four weeks after record floods forced thousands of people from their homes in the region. As of 8.30am Tuesday, the NSW State Emergency Service had issued six evacuation orders covering 6,600 people in the northern rivers region. There was also one evacuation warning for 7,800 people, including the Lismore central business district. A region of Queensland was also covered by an alert after heavy rain dumped about 300mm over parts of the Gold Coast in less than a day.

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Drought – USA

In an analysis updated March 17 by NOAA, the drought in the western half of the United States is expected continue at least through June 30, 2022, affecting parts of 23 states. And in most of those areas the temperatures will be higher than average and there will be less than average precipitation.

Flood Aftermath – Australia

Australian health experts warn that there will likely be a rise in serious mosquito-borne disease, along with more bites from snakes and spiders, as the catastrophic inundation in the southeast subsides.

New cases of Japanese encephalitis have already been reported, prompting authorities to expand vaccinations, especially for pig farm workers and their families due to their increased chances of getting bitten by infected mosquitoes. With funnel web spiders being discovered in more homes around the flood disaster zones, anti-venom manufacturers have stepped up production as a precaution.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20s (Billy), located approximately 1163 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.

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Alabama, USA – Storms in Alabama, USA brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding on roads and highways in the Birmingham Metropolitan area on 16 March 2022.

Australia – Flash flooding in the outback city of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, on 15 March 2022 has prompted flood rescues and caused one fatality. While many areas of northern and eastern parts of the state are recovering from the widespread flooding that began in late February, heavy rain caused flash flooding in the far west of New South Wales (NSW) on 15 March 2022.

Ecuador – One person is reported missing after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in the Province of Loja in southern Ecuador. Flooding struck in the city of Loja after a heavy downpour on 15 March. Streets in the city were flooded and several houses damaged. One person was missing after being swept away by flood waters.

Peru – Several people are missing and homes were destroyed after a massive landslide in La Libertad region in northwestern Peru on 15 March 2022. The landslide was the result of heavy rains. The landslide pushed part of a hillside onto homes below in the town of Retamas in Parcoy District, in the Pataz province of La Libertad. An estimated 60 buildings have been affected. Initial assessments suggest 15 houses and 1 commercial building were completely destroyed.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 19s (Gombe), located approximately 423 nm north-northeast of Europa Island, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

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Ecuador – Flooding has caused severe damage in areas of Cotopaxi Province in Ecuador. Thousands of people are isolated after bridges were destroyed by overflowing rivers. Flooding has also caused damage to homes in Azuay Province, prompting families to evacuate. Local media report as many as 8 bridges have been damaged or destroyed due to flooding in La Maná canton in Cotopaxi province. An estimated 15,000 inhabitants of Guayacán, Malqui, Guasaganda, Pucayacu, La Playita and Choaló are isolated as a result. Flooding also caused widespread damage to homes in Pucayacu, one of the worst affected areas. Ecuador’s disaster management agency SNGRE reported heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides in areas of Girón canton in Azuay Province from 07 March. Long stretches of road were washed away. 1 house was completely destroyed, 2 damaged and several at risk. Around 30 people have evacuated.

Australia – Australia declared a national emergency on Wednesday in response to devastating floods along its east coast, and designated catastrophe zones in towns swept away by swollen rivers. The emergency declaration, which was set up after Australia’s destructive 2019 bushfires, will help cut red tape and speed up aid amid criticism about a slow response to the floods in which at least 21 people have died.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 19s (Gombe), located approximately 237 nm north-northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Communities in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, are facing evacuation orders after heavy rainfall of over 200 mm in 24 hours. Areas of the state, in particular in the north, saw flooding from late February. On 28 February as many as 15,000 people evacuated their homes in Lismore after the Wilsons River reached record levels. Over the last 24 hours, Sydney and surrounding areas received high levels of rainfall which in turn increased levels of already swollen rivers and reservoirs. As of 08 March there are currently 59 evacuation orders across the state, affecting a total of around 40,000 people. There are also 15 evacuation warnings affecting 20,000 people. There are 23 flood evacuation centres are currently in operation.

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Australia – The death toll in the floods has risen to 17. Meanwhile the severe weather continues with areas south of Brisbane, including Gleneagle, Mundoolun and Jimboomba, being hit with large hail between 8-9cm in size and flash flooding, as dangerous storms moved south towards the Gold Coast.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (One), located approximately 708 nm south-southwest of Kolkata, India, is tracking northward at 04 knots.

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Australia – 500,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in Australia after heavy rain triggered flash floods in its largest city – Sydney. Officials are warning that worse is yet to come. Australia’s east coast has been battered by a severe weather system. That has cut off entire towns and submerged hundreds of homes and farms.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 14s (Vernon), located approximately 146 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 15s (Anika), has re-formed and is located approximately 110 nm east-northeast of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone 17s (Seventeen), located approximately 375 nm southeast of Jakarta, Indonesia, is tracking east-northeastward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone 18s (Eighteen), located approximately 423 nm east-northeast of Kingston Island, is tracking east-southeastward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes by Tuesday and hundreds of thousands more were told to prepare to flee as parts of Australia’s southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in more than a decade. At least 10 people have died.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 14s (Vernon), located approximately 968 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 03 knots.

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Australia – Flooding in eastern Australia that began last week has worsened after further heavy rain. Authorities now report extensive flooding in areas of Queensland and New South Wales, with thousands of residents evacuated and homes damaged. More fatalities have also been reported, with at least 8 flood-related deaths in Queensland in the last week. The Bureau of Meteorology reported widespread rainfall totals of 300 to 400 mm across south east Queensland on 28 February. The highest total was recorded at Upper Springbrook with 530 mm. The highest in the Brisbane area was Bracken Ridge Reservoir with 444 mm. Rivers that were already swollen from previous rainfall broke their banks. Flood warnings were issued for the Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Mooloolah, Pine, Caboolture and Brisbane rivers, among others.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 14s (Vernon), located approximately 10061 nm east-northeast of Kingston, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

Tropical cyclone 15s (Anika), located approximately 220 nm west of Darwin, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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Australia – Three people have died in floodwaters and hundreds of Gympie residents have been told to evacuate as an extreme weather system continues to dump flooding rain across south-east Queensland.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Emnati), located approximately 326 nm south-southeast of Europa Island, is tracking southward at 18 knots.

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Australia – Wild weather has left a trail of destruction across Sydney’s west and inner west, with flash flooding swamping streets, forcing people to abandon cars. Intense rainfall drenched Sydney and the Central Coast yesterday with more than 100 millimetres in some areas.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Emnati), located approximately 290 nm south-southwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking southwestward at 18 knots.

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UK – Hundreds of homes have been flooded in England and Wales after heavy rainfall from Storm Franklin caused rivers to rise from 20 February 2022. Authorities say flood defences have protected more than 40,000 properties despite record river levels. The worst of the flooding in England was along the River Ouse in Yorkshire and the River Severn in the West Midlands, where a severe flood warning (highest) was issued for Ironbridge in Shropshire and Bewdley in Worcestershire. Some residents have evacuated their homes, while roads have been closed and rail services suspended.

Bolivia – As many as 20 people are feared missing after flash floods in Tarija department in south-eastern Bolivia. Heavy rain caused the overflow of the Itayuro stream in the municipality of Entre Ríos, Burdett O’Connor Province, Tarija on 20 February 2022. In a report of 22 February, Bolivia Red Cross said at least 20 people were missing and 4 had died.

Australia – Torrential rain of 300 mm in 6 hours has caused severe flash flooding in parts of south-east Queensland, Australia. Parts of Queensland received heavy rainfall from 22 February with the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast hardest hit. Over 300 mm of rain fell in 6 hours near Gympie. Flood warnings have been issued the Mary River. In the last 24 hours 424 mm of rain fell in Mount Wolvi, 356 mm in Pomona and 354 mm in Cedar Pocket Dam. Heavy rainfall is predicted to continue until tomorrow at least.