Archive | December 21, 2019


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Depth: 15 km

Distances: 422 km N of Lisbon, Portugal / pop: 518,000 / local time: 11:44:22.7 2019-12-21

63 km SE of Santiago de Compostela, Spain / pop: 95,100 / local time: 12:44:22.7 2019-12-21
21 km NW of Ourense, Spain / pop: 108,000 / local time: 12:44:22.7 2019-12-21
1 km E of O Carballiño, Spain / pop: 14,200 / local time: 12:44:22.7 2019-12-21

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 193 km NE of Gibraltar, Gibraltar / pop: 26,600 / local time: 11:49:41.4 2019-12-21

11 km NW of Granada, Spain / pop: 235,000 / local time: 11:49:41.4 2019-12-21

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Distances: 1233 km E of Dili, Timor-Leste / pop: 150,000 / local time: 23:29:11.2 2019-12-20

582 km E of Darwin, Australia / pop: 93,100 / local time: 23:59:11.2 2019-12-20
65 km W of Nhulunbuy, Australia / pop: 3,300 / local time: 23:59:11.2 2019-12-20

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#Floods and #Landslides Leave 6 Dead in #Riau Province, #Indonesia

State Of Emergency

At least 6 people have died in Indonesia‘s Riau Province after heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides over the last few days.

Days of heavy rain caused several rivers to overflow. Antara news agency, quoting Riau disaster officials, reported flooding in the regencies (districts) of Rokan Hulu, Kampar, Pelalawan, Kuantan Singingi, Indragiri Hulu and Rokan Hilir. Almost 9,000 houses in over 200 villages have been damaged and over 60,000 people from over 25,000 families have been affected.

Flood victims were mostly in Kuantan Singingi regency (9,065 families) followed by Kampar (8,350 families), Rokan Hulu (3,041 families), Pelalawan (389 families), Indragiri Hulu (2,509 families), and Rokan Hilir (1,780 families).

Three people died in floods and 2 others in landslides in Rokan Hulu. One other fatality was reported as a result of flooding in Kuantan Singingi.

The Riau provincial administration has declared a state of emergency lasting until 31 December, 2019.

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Thousands Displaced After Second Wave of #Floods in #Malaysia and #Thailand

Flood Alert

Thousands of people have been displaced by a second wave of flooding in Peninsular Malaysia. Parts of neighbouring Thailand have also been affected. Meanwhile more flooding in East Malaysia has prompted evacuations in the state of Sabah on the island of Borneo.

A second wave of flooding has affected parts of Peninsular Malaysia, just a few days after many had returned home from flooding that began in early December, when 2 people died and 15,000 were displaced.

As of 20 December 2,058 people had moved from their homes to evacuation centres in Pasir Mas and Jeli. Dozens of villages are under flood water as deep as 1.5 metres. Local observers reported that the flooding was sudden and flood waters rose rapidly.

The Golok river in Pasir Mas has exceeded danger levels, standing at 10.32 (danger is 9m) as of 20 December. Tanah Merah district recorded 288mm of rain in 24 hours on 18 December. Kampung Air Bol in Jeli recorded 186mm during the same period.

In the neighbouring of Pahang, around 316 people have been displaced by flooding in Temerloh district. The Pahang river in Temerloh reached 29.72 metres on 18 December, above alert level of 29 metres.

Flooding has also affected Yala and Narathiwat provinces in southern Thailand.

In Narathiwat floods affected over 60,000 people in Sukhirin, Si Sakhon, Waeng, Rueso, Ra-ngae and Su-ngai Kolok districts, according to Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Around 250 people were evacuated. This is the second wave of flooding in the last few weeks. Flooding in late November affected over 60,000 in the province.

In Yala province, flooding was reported in the districts of Yaha, Bannang Sata, Krong Pinang and Raman in. Around 6,000 people have been affected and roads have been cut. As many as 200 people have evacuated their homes along the Sai Buri River after the river broke its banks.

Meanwhile in East Malaysia, further flooding has affected parts of Sabah State, where around 800 people have moved to evacuation centres in Tenom district. Some evacuations were also reported in Beaufort and Keningau.

Flooding in Sabah state earlier this month prompted around 300 people to evacuate.

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Flash #Floods Hit Southern #England, #UK

Floods in Hayle, Cornwall, December 2019. Photo: Photo: St Ives Community Fire Station

Further heavy rain from 19 to 20 December flooded roads in parts of South East England. Heavy rain also triggered landslips along railway lines, severely disrupting train services, according to BBC reports.

Flooding caused chaos on roads in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk in East England. Parts of the M23 motorway near Crawley were closed, disrupting traffic to Gatwick Airport.

Drivers were rescued from flood waters near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, and also in Suffolk, West Sussex and Kent. The small town of Edenbridge in Kent was flooded after the River Eden burst its banks.

Heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of southern England from 18 to 19 December, 2019, causing flash flooding which damaged homes and disrupted transport.

The worst hit area was Hayle in Cornwall, where as many as 50 homes and businesses were flooded. Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called in to help pump flooded areas.

A major road near Hayle was closed due to flooding, prompting Devon and Cornwall Police to declare a major incident. Several vehicles were stranded in the flood water. The road has since re-opened.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Due to recent heavy rain there is localised flooding across Devon and Cornwall making a number of roads impassable. Stay safe, drive with extra care, take notice of road closure signs and avoid driving into standing water at all times.”

Roads were also flooded near Dorchester in Dorset. Rail travel was disrupted after flooding near Southampton blocked railway lines and heavy rain triggered a landslip blocking railway tracks in Liss, Hampshire.

The UK’s Met Office has issued Yellow Level warnings for rain in parts of southern and eastern England until 22 December. As of 20 December there were 47 flood warnings and 194 flood alerts in place across England, mostly in the south and west.

Meanwhile media in Ireland reported that a storm, named Storm Elsa, caused flooding on the west coast late on 18 December, 2109. Storm surge, high waves combined with a high tide swamped parts of Galway City, including Salthill, The Spanish Arch and The Galway Docks. Dozens of cars were damaged.

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Situation Dire After Weeks of #Flooding in #Congo #Brazzaville

Severe Flood Warning

The UN says thousands of people are forced to sleep outside and are without clean drinking water after ongoing floods damaged homes and water points in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

According to a recent report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), flooding that began in OCtober this year has now affected 8 of the 12 departments in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

The departments affected are Likouala, Cuvette, Plateaux, Sengha, Kouilou, Niari, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.

At least 170,000 people have now been affected by floods in Likouala, Cuvette and Plateaux departments alone. The government declared a state of natural disaster and humanitarian emergency in the 3 departments on 19 November 2019.

Flooding was caused by the overflow of the Oubangui and Congo rivers. Hundreds of villages along the river have been affected, many of which are completely submerged. Flooding has damaged infrastructure and impeded access to food, water, education and health care. Homes, schools and health centres in affected areas are flooded and only accessible by boat.

UN OCHA said “most water points and sanitation facilities are no longer functioning. Affected communities do not have access to safe drinking water, and hygiene and sanitation products are scarce, exacerbating the risks of contamination and epidemics caused by water and mosquitoes (typhoid, cholera, malaria).

“The floods destroyed or damaged many houses in affected areas and most families sleep outside. These people need emergency shelter, insulation and essential non-food items (jerry cans, treated mosquito nets, mats, etc.).

“Significant crop and livestock losses have also been reported. Half of the crop areas are flooded, and unharvested production destroyed, including cassava fields, a staple food. The next harvest will not take place until the last quarter of 2020. Losses are also significant in the breeding and fishing sectors. Food reserves are already quickly running out.”

The UN recently reported that flooding in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has affected around 600,000 people. Along Congo Brazzaville’s northern border, parts of Central African Republic have also been affected during the same period.

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