Archive | January 1, 2020

Hundreds Displaced by #Floods in #Morogoro Region, #Tanzania


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Dozens of houses have been damaged or destroyed and hundreds of people displaced after heavy rain and flooding in Morogoro Region, Tanzania.

Local media reported that over 50 homes have been swept away by fast flowing flood waters in Kilimanjaro village, Sungaji ward, Mvomero district, after heavy rain in surrounding highlands from 28 December, 2019.

Reports also said that hundreds of people have been displaced by flooding from the overflowing Mbulumi river in the region.

Tanzania Meteorological Authority warns that more heavy rain is possible over the coming days.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in Morogoro Region in October this year left at least 11 people dead.

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Disaster Authorities Respond to #Floods and #Landslides in #Peru


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Disaster authorities in Peru are responding to incidents of flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain over the last 7 days.

On 28 December heavy rain in Junín department triggered a landslide in Ahuac district, destroying 19 homes and damaging over 30 others. At least person was injured but there were no reports of fatalities.

Flooding was reported in the the department of Cajamarca. Two homes were destroyed, 17 damaged and around 60 people affected by floods in Cajabamba province on 29 December. Around the same time flooding in Gregorio Pita district in San Marcos province destroyed 2 houses and left 6 people homeless.

Heavy rainfall overnight 29 to 30 December caused a landslide in Pataz district in La Libertad Department damaging 3 homes.

Peru’s Civil Defense (National Institute of Civil Defense – Indeci) has activated contingency plans in Piura Department after flooding and heavy rain on 29 December 2019. Indeci reported that flooding in the districts of Piura, Catacaos, Cura Mori, Castilla, La Arena, Tambo Grande and Twenty Six of October. Teams working with motorized pumping equipment have been deployed to the area. Roads have been blocked and some houses damaged, although authorities are yet to fully assess the damage.

Disaster authorities pre-emptively declared a state of emergency in several districts in Huánuco, Junín, La Libertad, Pasco and San Martín Departments on 24 December.

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Deadly #FlashFloods and record #rainfall in #Tennessee and #Alabama, #USA


Storms brought record rainfall to parts of Tennessee and Alabama from 29 December, causing flash flooding in which 2 people died.

In Tennessee, several roads were closed in Williamson County, where the Emergency Management Agency reported 2 water rescues. One person was rescued from a flooded home in Maury County. One person died after being swept away by flood waters in Gallatin, Sumner County, on 30 December, 2019.

National Weather Service Nashville said via Social Media on 30 December:

“As of 9:21 p.m., Nashville has measured 2.53″ of rain today. This sets a new rainfall record for December 29 and also raises our yearly rainfall total to 64.27″. So 2019 is now the 3rd wettest year on record. Only 1979 (70.12″) and 1880 (67.32″) saw more rainfall.”

Meanwhile in Alabama, one person died after a vehicle was submerged in flood waters in Anderson in Lauderdale County on 29 December. Two other vehicles were recovered, and those drivers were uninjured.

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Homes Destroyed, 5 Missing After Flash Floods in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Floods North Labuhan Batu Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia 29 December 2019. Photo: BNPB

At least 5 people are missing after flash floods in North Labuhan Batu Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia.

Flooding hit the villages of Pematang and Hatapang in North Labuhan Batu Regency on 29 December, 2019.

It is thought that the 5 missing are all from the same family. The disaster occurred when their home in Pematang was swept away by the flooding. In total the floods destroyed 9 houses and damaged 17 others, according to disaster authorities. Some residents have been evacuated to safer ground. Bridges were also destroyed, leaving communities isolated, in particular in the village of Hatapang.

Search and rescue operations involving military, police and disaster authorities are underway. Military personnel and heavy machinery equipment have been deployed to help relief efforts, including opening access to isolated areas.

Indonesia’s Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in the region for the coming days.

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Thousands #Evacuate #Tropical #Cyclone #Sarai in #Fiji

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Two people have died and more than 2,000 evacuated after Tropical Cyclone Sarai brought strong winds and heavy rain to south-east Fiji.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Fiji reported 1 fatality in Kadavu, while one person drowned in flood waters in Vunidawa in Naitasiri District on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island.

Fiji Roads Authority said that 1 road was closed in the Northern Division, 21 roads closed in the Western Division and 15 roads closed in the Central Division.

The cyclone did not make landfall but its close proximity to Fiji brought strong winds and heavy rain, with Kadavu and Lau islands thought to be hardest hit. Fiji Meteorological Service reported gusts of around 150 km/h and rainfall of over 120mm in 24 hours in some areas.

As of 30 December the number of people in Evacuation Centres had fallen to under 500. NDMO said it will deploy its response team to the islands of Kadavu and Southern Lau once Sarai had moved away.

Fiji Meteorological Service said that, as of 30 December, Sarai was located about 65km east of Ono-i-Lau or 210 km south-southeast of Kabara. Cyclone Sarai is expected to exit Fiji water by 31 December and move towards Tonga.

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