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Flash floods, landslides displace 2,000 residents in Cagayan, Philippines

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MORE than 2,000 residents have been evacuated in 30 barangay (villages) in three northern Cagayan towns, with a 60-year-old male farmer missing and believed to have drowned during widespread flooding brought about by heavy downpours Maj. Stanley Banan, Sanchez Mira town police chief, said teams conducted rescue operations in flooded areas and for Artemio Bumiltac, who reportedly was trying to save his carabao from his rice field when he was swept by a flash flood on Saturday around 5 p.m. in Barangay Santiago.

Banan added that Bumiltac’s carabao had been rescued but its owner has not yet been seen by Santiago residents where more than 100 of them were also evacuated to higher grounds and brought to five evacuation areas in Sanchez Mira.

He said the rescue teams transferred more residents from 14 villages and low-lying areas in the town where houses were already submerged by floodwaters.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said the towns of Claveria, Pamplona and Santa Praxedes had been affected by flash floods and landslides, making roads and bridges not passable.

Most of the more the 2,000 evacuees were from 30 villages in Claveria with 1,400 individuals, followed by Santa Praxedes with 850 and the rest from Sanchez Mira and Pamlona towns.

The provincial Task Force Lingkod Cagayan (TFLC) reported that a bridge in Santa Praxedes had been damaged by floodwaters, which submerged parts of the national highway in Claveria, Pamplona and Sanchez Mira.

The task force said Daang Maharlika (national road) in Calvaria going to Santa Praxedes remained not passable as of Monday.

Mamba said the TFLC had teamed up with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Marine Battalion Lan­ding Team-10 in the rescue operations of residents and livestock in the province.

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Landslide forces residents to evacuate as wild weather lashes Sydney, Australia

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Sydney has been plunged into chaos after severe weather swept through the state, causing flash flooding and triggering a landslide at a remote walking trail in the city’s north.

Aerial footage shows the land spill at the Mackerel trail near Palm Beach that came within metres of several properties and caused severe damage to at least one home at Mackerel Beach.

Another two properties were “partly” damaged.

Residents at 18 addresses – totalling 25 people – have been evacuated, while officials at the Northern Beaches Council have been called in to assess the damage, a NSW SES spokesman said.

Sydney’s Northern Beaches have already copped 100mm of rain in the last three days with more on the way as flash flooding prompted road closures and left many homes without power.

The news comes as Australia’s east coast battles a hammering from mother nature.

Australia has been hit by more than 2.24 million lightning strikes in just 48 hours, while damaging winds of up to 100km/h continue to rip through multiple states, with volunteers inundated with calls for help.

More storms are expected this week.

“This is peak storm season,” BOM meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

Sydneysiders can expect the storms to hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak predicted for the latter.

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Man dead, daughter missing after landslide in St Andrew, Jamaica

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A frantic search is underway for a teenage girl who is believed to be trapped under the rubble of her house which crumbled this morning in Shooters Hill, St Andrew in Jamaica amid heavy rainfall.

Her father, who residents only identified as ‘Romie’, was reportedly found dead at the scene about 7 am (October 23).

There has been heavy rainfall across the island over the past few days, which the Jamaica Meteorological Service said is due to a persistent trough of low pressure across the western Caribbean.

The met office said light to moderate, and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms occurred across sections of most parishes during the night, especially across eastern and south-central parishes.

A flash flood watch is in effect for all parishes in Jamaica

A frantic search is underway for a teenage girl who is believed to be trapped under the rubble of her house which crumbled this morning in Shooters Hill, St Andrew in Jamaica amid heavy rainfall.

Her father, who residents only identified as ‘Romie’, was reportedly found dead at the scene about 7 am (October 23).

There has been heavy rainfall across the island over the past few days, which the Jamaica Meteorological Service said is due to a persistent trough of low pressure across the western Caribbean.

The met office said light to moderate, and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms occurred across sections of most parishes during the night, especially across eastern and south-central parishes.

A flash flood watch is in effect for all parishes in Jamaica.

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Floods, landslides affect 3.6M people in E. Africa

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At least 3.6 million people were affected by floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains across East Africa since June, the UN humanitarian agency said in a report Saturday.

“Water levels of several lakes in Kenya and Uganda are rising, impacting thousands of people,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Some 856,000 people were affected by floods in South Sudan since June, including roughly 400,000 who have been displaced, it said.

The floods compounded an already difficult situation for people across the region, many of whom were already faced with conflict, violence, the desert locusts and COVID-19.

In South Sudan’s Jonglei area, which witnessed devastating violence earlier this year, was among the areas which were badly hit by floods.

According to the report, about 1.1 million people in Ethiopia have been affected by floods, with more than 313,000 of them were displaced.

Meanwhile, in Kenya, the water levels of several Rift Valley lakes, especially Baringo and Naivasha “are historically high,” following the highest seasonal rains which pounded the area from October to December 2019, the UN agency said.

The area also received above-average rains in 2020, displacing thousands of people and impacting livelihoods, schools and health facilities, according to the UN.

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High winds destroy holiday homes at Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, UK

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Several caravans were destroyed or damaged as high winds swept through holiday parks last night.

One resident described a ‘mini tornado’ hitting a park in Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey , where she has a holiday home.

She said the high winds hit the Sunnymead parks at Eastchurch Holiday Centre at about 8.30pm, with a tree falling on the roof of two caravans and tearing the roof off another.

At nearby Palm Tree Holiday Park, residents rallied round to help clean up this morning after two caravans were flipped over by the high winds.

A post on social media from the park management today said: “We’ve definitely had better Sundays at Palms. Woke up to a phone call about two caravans being smashed to pieces in the terrible wind we had last night.

“As I arrived my jaw dropped to see the two brand new 2020 caravan absolutely totalled. Checking round the park there is more and more damage, with trees down, broken windows and fences, etc.

“Within an hour of being on the park I was totally overwhelmed with the help and support of the residents on Palms, all out getting their hands dirty trying to clear this up so we can carry on trading today. Even had people offer to drive down from London to help. Everyone comes together in times of need and just gets on with it.”

Julie Green, who lives in Gillingham, said her holiday home at Sunnymead had escaped damage but described the devastation elsewhere as a “complete nightmare”.

Those with the damaged caravans had luckily not been home at the time, she added.

“It was like a mini tornado”, she said.

“One poor woman arrived this morning to find a tree laying on top of her caravan. One of the trees had landed on top of two caravans and the wind had torn the roof off another one.

“You could tell it was windy because the caravan was rocking while I was inside. But it wasn’t until I drove out this morning that I saw what it had done.”

She said residents has lost power, which was not restored until this afternoon.

A post on Facebook from Eastchurch Holiday Centre said: “Due to the very high winds last night, there has been some damage. The maintenance men are going round and doing what they can.”

Hundreds of people in the Eastchurch area were hit by power cuts last night and today.

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In Syria, the promising olive harvest, destroyed by fires

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Souheil Dib was eagerly awaiting the harvest of olives from his farm in Tartus, in western Syria, but fires have destroyed entire areas of Syria in recent days, leaving the branches of his olive trees charred.

61-year-old Dib inspects each branch of these trees inherited from his father for the slightest sign of life, but they all snap in his hands.

“It had a hundred trees,” he says resigned. “I have never seen a fire like it in my life.”

Favored by high temperatures, some 150 fire outbreaks broke out at dawn on Friday in the coastal provinces of Tartus and Latakia (west) as well as Homs (center), destroying more than 9,000 hectares of agricultural land, forests, orchards and olive groves , according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha).

Three people died in Latakia, according to the health ministry, and 25,000 people have been evacuated in the three provinces, according to Ocha.

Authorities announced Sunday that they had controlled the fire. On Monday, the layer of ash that covered the disaster area was still smoky and the surrounding mountains were huge charred surfaces.

With the economic crisis that the country is suffering after more than nine years of war, Souheil Dib had this year on the harvest to guarantee its needs for oil and olives.

“Our hopes were placed on this season to compensate for our successive losses (…) The olives were already ripe and fat and if it had not been for these fires we would be preparing today to harvest them”, laments this man who has spent his life taking care of these trees.

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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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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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Landslide in Guatemala kills four, injures 10

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A landslide in southwestern Guatemala has killed at least four people and injured 10 others, civil protection authorities said late on Tuesday.

The landslide destroyed eight homes in the municipality of San Marcos La Laguna in the country’s Solola region, national disaster agency CONRED said in a statement. The dead were a man, two women and an 8-month-old baby, the agency added.

Rescue operations were continuing at the scene, CONRED said.

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