Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Ana), located approximately 361 nm west-northwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Australia – Entire towns in the state’s Far North are cut off after record-breaking rain. The SES has been flat out responding to hundreds of calls for help, as the heavens opened, destroying roads and inundating homes.

Pakistan – Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that heavy rain has caused damage to homes and triggered landslides in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province from 20 January 2022. At least 8 people have lost their lives as a result. Heavy rain caused damage to homes and buildings across several districts during the following days, while heavy snowfall was reported in higher elevations. Three people, including 2 children, died in building collapses in Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan and Hangu districts. Rain damage was also reported in the districts of Peshawar, Khyber, Buner, Tank, Karak and Swat. Around 20 homes have been severely damaged and 12 people injured.

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Peru – The Peruvian town of Machu Picchu, located near the world-renowned archeological site, has seen hundreds of tourists evacuated due to severe flooding that caused a mudslide. No damage to the Incan citadel has been reported.

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Iran – More severe flooding has affected parts of southern Iran over the last few days, with around 1,200 homes damaged and thousands of people displaced in Kerman Province. Flooding has affected 300 villages in 11 counties of Kerman Province since around 18 January. IRCS teams have supported over 12,000 people affected by the floods, and provided emergency shelter to 1,050 households. Roads have been blocked, hindering access to some affected areas. Furthermore, severe weather conditions until late 19 January, including heavy rain, fog and wind, made it impossible to carry out relief and rescue efforts by air.

Zambia – An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days. As of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households. Flooding was also reported in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced. Flooding has cut road access in parts of both districts, making it impossible for some affected families to relocate.

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Tonga (Tsunami) – All the homes on one of Tonga’s small outer islands have been destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with three people so far confirmed dead, the government said on Tuesday in its first update since the disaster struck. Every home on Mango island, where around 50 people live, had been destroyed, only two houses remained on Fonoifua, and Namuka island had suffered extensive damage. Tsunami waves reaching up to 15 metres hit the Ha’apia island group, where Mango is located, and the west coast of Tonga’s main island, Tongatapu. A thick layer of ash blankets all the islands. The archipelago’s main airport, Fua’amotu International Airport, was not damaged but the ash is preventing full operations, hampering international relief efforts.

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Madagascar – Disaster authorities in Madagascar report at least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo. Heavy rain struck during the night of 17 January 2022. Antananarivo recorded over 75mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 January 2022. Water authorities issued red alert warnings due to high levels of the Sisaony river, which jumped 68 cm in half an hour to reach 2.09 metres at the Andramasina station. Levels of the Ikopa and Mamba rivers are also high.

Uruguay – Residents evacuated their homes and cars were swept along city streets in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, after torrential rain caused flash floods on 17 January 2022. The flooding was the result of “an extraordinary meteorological event” with between 90 and 150 mm of rain falling in just 1 hour early on 17 January. The city’s average monthly rainfall for January is 92 mm. The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds which downed trees and power lines, leaving 20,000 without electricity across the region. Traffic and public transport were severely disrupted.

South Africa – Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in parts of Ladysmith and other areas in KwaZulu-Natal, forcing businesses and schools to close, while trapping people in homes submerged in water.

Lightning Strike Burst

The massive underwater Hunga Tonga volcano that erupted near Tonga in the South Pacific on January 14 triggered almost 7 hours of lightning as well as a tsunami. A ground-based lightning detection system recorded nearly 400,000 strikes with 200,000 occurring in a one-hour period. For comparison, a severe lightning bust in northern California might have hundreds or a few thousand strikes. The ash cloud reached at least 60,000 feet with some reports saying the initial plume reached 100,000 feet, three times the altitude of commercial airliners.

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Peru – Two people have died in Peru after the eruption of an undersea volcano thousands of kilometres away off the coast of Tonga caused high waves along the Peruvian coast on 16 January 2022. Peru’s National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) reported high waves in the regions of La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Arequipa. Twenty-two ports on the north and central coasts were closed and fishing activities suspended. Buildings were damaged in the popular tourist area of Paracas, Ica Region and some locals and visitors were evacuated. INDECI said two people drowned in the high waves in the district of Lambayeque, located in the province and region of the same name.

Gaza – Gaza has been battered by three days of heavy rainfall which has led to extreme flooding, forcing locals to move around in boats.

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Tsunami – Tonga

A tsunami triggered by the explosive eruption of the underwater Tonga volcano in the Pacific Ocean slammed the shoreline of the Pacific nation Saturday (Jan. 15), sending residents rushing for higher ground, according to news reports. A 4-foot-tall (1.2 meters) tsunami reportedly hit Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of the underwater volcano. There have been no reports of injuries, because communication with the nation went down after the eruption. Local officials said the powerful underwater eruption had a radius of 161.5 miles (260 km), and sent ash, steam and gas more than 12 miles (20 km) into the air. Tsunami warnings were issued Saturday for the entire US West Coast after a massive volcanic eruption across the Pacific Ocean in Tonga, with tsunami waves triggering low-level flooding in Hawaii.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Cody), located approximately 492 nm south of Suva, Fiji, is tracking east-southeastward at 12 knots.

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South Africa – Twenty-four people have been killed during severe weather in KwaZulu-Natal over the past four weeks, 18 drownings and six in lightning strikes. More than 700 homes were damaged in storms. About 11 000 people from 2 068 households have been affected across the province.

Brazil – Heavy rainfall of more than 200mm in 24 hours in some areas has caused further flooding and landslides in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where at least 15 people have died in the last few days. Around 1,200 people have been displaced after wide areas of Brumadinho Municipality were flooded from the overflowing Paraopeba River on 11 January. Civil Defence also reported that 5 people died in a landslide caused by heavy rain in the municipality. Over 10,000 people were displaced by flooding from the overflowing Doce River in Governor Valadares municipality from around 12 January 2022. Minas Gerais Civil Defence reported around 55,000 people affected by the floods. Flooding has also damaged homes in João Pinheiro and Oliveira municipalities, where around 5,000 people were affected.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 06p (Tiffany), located approximately 294 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05p (Cody), located approximately 402 nm southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southward at 06 knots.

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France – Flooding in southwestern France has closed roads and interrupted rail services. Hundreds of homes have experienced power outages. Several people were evacuated in areas of Toulouse, Haute-Garonne Department, where one fatality was reported. The Salat River in Saint Girons, Ariège jumped to levels not seen for 30 years, peaking at 3.13 metres on 10 January, the highest since October 1992 (3.02 metres) and the second highest on record after the June 1875 floods (6 metres). In Oloron Sainte-Marie, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the Gave d’Oloron river reached its second highest ever level, standing at 5.04 metres on 10 January, below the record high of 5.27 metres seen in June 2018. Communities along the Garonne river in the Haute-Garonne Department saw some of the worst flooding. In the department capital Toulouse, the Garonne river stood at 4.31 metres as of 11 January, the highest level seen since the floods of June 2000 (4.38 metres).

Fiji – One person has died and over 4,000 evacuated their homes after flooding in Fiji brought by heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cody. The island group has seen heavy rain since last week, with rain intensifying as Tropical Storm Cody moved closer. Tailevu on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, recorded 369mm of rain in 24 hours on 10 January 2022.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 06p (Tiffany), located approximately 374 nm west-northwest of Cairns, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 13 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05p (Cody), located approximately 334 nm west-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 06p (Tiffany), located approximately 180 nm northwest of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05p (Cody), located approximately 198 nm southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southeastward at 07 knots.

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Indonesia – More flooding disasters have affected Indonesia, this time in East Java Province where at least one person has died and one is missing. The disaster in East Java follows severe flooding in Jayapura City in the province of Papua, where at least 6 people died last week. Flooding has damaged hundreds of homes and affected over 1,600 people across the districts of Kaliwates, Rambi Puji and Panti in Jember Regency. Public buildings and places of worship were also flooded.

Brazil – Around 700 families have been forced from their homes after flooding rom overflowing rovers in the state of Pará in northern Brazil. Levels of the Tocantins and Itacaiúnas rivers in of Pará state have been rising since the start of the year after a period of heavy rainfall. Families have evacuated their homes in the city of Marabá, located at the confluence of the two rivers. Municipality government reported on 04 January that the rivers were already 11.50 metres above normal.

South Africa – At least 7 people have lost their lives in severe flash flooding that struck parts of Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Heavy rainfall on 08 January 2022 triggered the floods which affected areas of Mthatha, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, the township of Mdantsane and areas of East London. According to figures from World Meteorological Organization (WMO), East London recorded 58 mm of rain in 24 hours to 09 January.