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Flood death toll rises to 18 in Cambodia as over 25,000 evacuated

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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.

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Floods submerge 350 homes in Indonesia

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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.

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Deadly flooding displaces thousands across Mekong region

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Elderly residents and small children clung to inflatable tyres as soldiers and police used rope lines to bring them to safety beyond rising floodwater in Cambodia’s western province of Battambang, which is expected to worsen on Sunday.

Hundreds of families in three Cambodian provinces – Pursat, Battambang and Pailin – have been forced to evacuate amid extreme rainfall heralding the arrival of a tropical depression across the Mekong region.

“A two-year-old child and 57-year-old man have drowned in the flood,” Seak Vichet, a spokesman for the Cambodian national committee for disaster management told the AFP news agency late on Saturday.

Authorities do not yet have a clear picture of the extent of the damage or people affected but expect the situation to get worse.

Five people have died with eight still missing as floodwaters inundated more than 33,000 homes and forced more than 26,000 people to evacuate, the official disaster management authority said.

The national highway linking northern Vietnam to the south has been flooded, while airlines cancelled some domestic flights, local media report.

Roads also turned to rivers and water inundated properties in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province, as residents scrambled to place sandbags and move their belongings to higher ground.

Provincial Governor Vichien Chantaranothai said the Pak Chong district was the hardest hit, with 8,000 households and 12,000 people affected. About 200 homes were inundated.

Authorities were distributing food packages and urged people to evacuate to community shelters.

“The water is three metres deep in some parts,” he told reporters on Saturday.

The Khao Yai National Park was closed this weekend because of heavy rain and landslides.

In Laos, rising floodwaters have damaged villages and rice fields along the Xepon and Xebanghieng rivers in Savannakhet province with more rain on the way.

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Nearly 500,000 power outages reported across Texas & Louisiana as Hurricane Delta pummels gulf coast with 80mph gusts

Nearly a half-million residents in Texas and Louisiana have been left without power after Hurricane Delta made landfall along the US gulf coast, battering cities with winds up to 80 miles per hour.

Delta hit land in southwest Louisiana on Friday night, inflicting widespread damage and knocking out electricity for some 379,636 people in the state and another 108,402 in neighboring Texas, according to PowerOutage.us, a project that aggregates data from utility companies around the country.

Footage circulating on social media showed powerful gusts sweeping through the streets of multiple Louisiana cities, including Jennings and Lake Charles, where power lines were also seen downed by the wind.

As the storm surge began to swell ocean tides along the Louisiana coast on Friday evening, flooding could be seen in some areas of the state, including in the town of Delcambre. According to the New Orleans National Weather Service, however, no flash flood warnings are currently in effect.

Though the storm was initially classified a Category 2 hurricane, producing winds up to 100 miles per hour, it was downgraded to a Category 1 soon after making landfall. Delta is expected to continue to lose steam as it moves northeast across Louisiana and will eventually become a tropical storm, according to forecasts from local meteorologists.

The storm comes on the heels of a number of destructive weather systems in recent months, with the Category 4 Hurricane Laura pounding Louisiana and neighboring states in August with winds up to 150 miles per hour, resulting in some 77 deaths in total and more than $14.1 billion in damage. Tropical Storm Beta also hit Texas last month, wreaking destruction across parts of the state’s coast.

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STORM SURGE UK hit by flash floods after Storm Alex brings MONTH’S worth of rain as river bursts its banks in Wales

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STORM Alex has battered Britain leaving a trail of destruction and flash-flooding in its wake.

A river in Wales burst its banks after an entire MONTH’S worth of rain fell in some parts of the UK.

There are currently 21 flood warnings and 83 flood alerts in place across the country.

Abergwyngregyn in wales was hit hard today as the river burst its banks.

A road is closed as officials scramble to deal with the incident and one resident reported several sheep have disappeared.

Footage shows the roaring river bubbling over its banks, with plumes of murky brown water jetting dangerously close to homes and gardens.

Meanwhile floodwaters in England have caused road issues and disrupted public transport.

Floodwaters of up to 4ft were recorded in the southeast with London and Essex badly affected.

Somerset saw more than half a foot of rain in the Blackpitts Gate area, and the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for the first time in more than six months.

And Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, was also completely submerged today and Saturday following the unrelenting downpours.

Officials could be seen assessing damage as floodwater lapped at front doors and engulfed gardens.

Areas of Northumberland also saw flooding with pictures showing ankle-deep water seeping into frustrated resident’s trousers.

And amber “danger to life” warnings for parts of the West Midlands, west and south-west England and most of Wales have been extended until midday today.

They were due to expire around 6am this morning but continuous heavy rain has sparked fears there could be further disruption caused by rainfall today.

Meanwhile, drivers in West Lothian in Scotland had to be rescued after they became stuck in knee-deep floodwaters.

Pictures show emergency workers helping one man into a bright green dinghy, the entire bottom of his car submerged in chilly waters.

And today hundreds of fitness fanatics braved the miserable conditions to head out on the 40th London Marathon – taking place virtually this year due to coronaviurs.

Runners could be seen sporting soaked cagoules over their gym kits as they pounded the soggy pavements.

A small group of elite athletes including Mo Farrah were allowed to run the course, pounding pavements for more than 19.8 laps in a fenced-off ‘controlled secure biosphere’ around St James’s Park in London.

Twitter users expressed fears some parts of would need to be rerouted due to giant puddles and rising water levels.

And last night boozy Brits were seen enjoying a rainy night out on the town despite the wet weather

Large crowds of people were seen in Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester, London and Liverpool last night.

Despite soaring Covid-19 rates in the North there was little social distancing.

Storm Alex is drenching the UK, with amber weather warnings for rain in place for Wales, the West Midlands, South West England and also parts of Scotland.

It marks the first time that amber warnings have been issued for rain since March.

Yesterday, Meteorologist John Griffiths said: “There’s still a lot of wet weather to get through today and into tonight, so we haven’t really seen the worst of it yet.”

Forecasters ominously predicted yesterday that the “worst is yet to come” from Storm Alex.

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Four missing in floods, landslides in West Java as Indonesia braces for extreme bad weather

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Four people were reported missing, with one of them feared dead, as floods and landslides damaged houses and a bridge in Indonesia’s western province of West Java on Saturday (Oct 3) evening, according to disaster agency officials.

Heavy downpours has caused a river to overflow, engulfing houses in the surrounding areas in the Cianjur district, said Kuswara Retana, a senior official of the local disaster management agency.

“A man has drowned at a reservoir and confirmed dead, but his body is still missing. Three others were also reported missing after being swept away by the strong current,” he told Xinhua.

The flooding caused damages to some 10 houses and a bridge, forcing the residents to flee home and take shelters in a mosque and the neighbors’ two-story houses, Retana said.

Foods, clothes and other humanitarian aids were badly needed there, he added.

Seni Wulandari, an official from the provincial search and rescue office, said rescue workers were heading to the scene to search for victims and provide help for the affected people.

Heavy rains have also triggered landslides in three spots in the province, impacting the access to the affected areas and causing difficulties to disaster agency workers, Budi Budiman, head of the emergency unit of the provincial disaster management agency, told Xinhua.

The Indonesian weather agency has warned of intensive rains in the months ahead.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) on Saturday (Oct 4) warned of extreme weather that can happen due to the rainy season and the La Nina phenomenon.

The agency’s deputy for climatology Herizal said like the rainy season, the La Nina phenomenon in indonesia causes an accumulation of rainfalls up to 40 percent above the normal condition.

“The rainy season as well as the La Nina have potentials to trigger hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods and landslides,” said Herizal.

BMKG predicts that La Nina will continue to develop until the end of 2020.

La Nina begins to drop during the January-February period and will end around the March-April period 2021.

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