MAGNITUDE 3.1 ICELAND REGION
Depth: 8 km
Distances: 301 km NE of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 118,000 / local time: 22:02:59.0 2020-10-17
3 km NW of Húsavík, Iceland / pop: 2,200 / local time: 22:02:59.0 2020-10-17
Flood death toll rises to 18 in Cambodia as over 25,000 evacuated
Flash floods in Cambodia have so far left 18 people dead and forced the evacuation of 25,192 people, Seak Vichet, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said on Friday.
Tropical storm-triggered rains caused floods in 19 of the kingdom’s 25 cities and provinces since the beginning of the month, he said, adding that 212,676 people have also been affected by the floods.
“By Friday morning, the floods have killed 18 people, including eight children,” Vichet told Xinhua, adding that the worst-hit provinces included Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, and Kandal as well as southwestern suburb of Phnom Penh.
The floods have also inundated 51,133 houses and 204,650 hectares of rice and other crops, the spokesman said. So far, 12,958 hectares of the affected rice and other crops have been destroyed.
Transportation has also been disrupted, as several major roads in the worst-hit provinces have been closed.
Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Keanhor said on Thursday that further rain, wind and high waves are expected on Oct. 17-19 because the kingdom is suffering from the impact of tropical storm Saudel, which could lead to further flooding.
“People living in plains, along waterways and near mountains, fishermen and sea travelers should be extra-vigilant to avoid any possible dangers,” he said in a press statement.
Floods usually hit Cambodia between August and October. Last year, flash floods claimed 30 lives and storms killed eight people and injured 131 others, according to the NCDM.
Courtesy of xinhuanet.com
Floods submerge 350 homes in Indonesia
Heavy rains in Tolitoli Regency in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi Province caused flooding Friday in the villages of Silondou and Janja, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
A total of 350 homes were damaged and a bridge was closed to traffic due to the risk of collapse.
Officials said necessary units are working in coordination to meet flood victims’ needs.
They are currently trying to find out whether other settlements were damaged due to the floods.
The meteorology agency warned that there may be floods due to showers in various regions tomorrow, including Palu, Sigi, Donggala, Parimo, Poso, Buol and Morowali.
Indonesia is located near the equator, and floods and landslides often occur, especially from October to April.
Courtesy of http://www.aa.com.tr
MAGNITUDE 2.3 CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION
Depth: 33 km
Distances:45 km SSE of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / pop: 222,000 / local time: 19:57:27.0 2020-10-17
39 km SE of Candelaria, Spain / pop: 24,300 / local time: 19:57:27.0 2020-10-17
Plane crash kills two people in Terrebonne Parish Louisiana, USA
Two people were killed when their small aircraft crashed near Lake Hatch just eight miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said it happened around noon on Friday.
Sheriff Timothy Soignet said in a release, that Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol agents along with agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Dularge Fire Department were dispatched to search for the downed aircraft. The Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and Detective Bureau also responded to the search using airboats.
The plane was located using coordinates given to dispatchers before the plane went down. The identity of the two people killed in the crash has not be released.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating what led to the plane crash.
Courtesy of radio.com
Four killed in landslide in SW China’s Sichuan Province
At least four people were killed on Saturday after houses collapsed in a landslide in Xuanhan County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, according to local authorities.
The landslide was caused by continuous rain. A total of five people were buried and search and rescue operations are still ongoing.
The rescue team said four bodies were recovered and one still missing.
Courtesy of news.cgtn.com
Bodies of 13 rescuers recovered from Vietnam landslide
Rescuers in Vietnam recovered the bodies of 11 army personnel and two other people who were buried in a landslide while trying to reach victims of another landslide, state media reported Friday.
The army officers were resting at a forest ranger outpost when part of a hill collapsed and engulfed the building with earth, rock and debris on Tuesday. Only eight people in the team escaped, Vietnam News reported.
They were on their way to a landslide at a hydroelectric plant construction site in Thua Thien-Hue province that left dozens missing. That site is still inaccessible.
Flooding in central Vietnam has killed at least 36 people since last week. Floods are receding but the country is bracing for another rain spell this weekend as a tropical depression heads toward the region.
Courtesy of staradvertiser.com
MAGNITUDE 4.4 TAIWAN
Depth: 5 km
Distances: 30 km NNE of Tainan, Taiwan / pop: 771,000 / local time: 23:03:13.2 2020-10-17
17 km WNW of Yujing, Taiwan / pop: 16,500 / local time: 23:03:13.2 2020-10-17
MAGNITUDE 2.1 CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION
Depth: 30 km
Distances: 209 km SW of La Laguna, Spain / pop: 150,000 / local time: 15:53:33.8 2020-10-17
25 km WSW of Frontera, Spain / pop: 4,000 / local time: 15:53:33.8 2020-10-17