Landslides triggered by heavy rain blocked roads in central Panama, November 2019. Photo: Ministerio de Obras Públicas de Panamá
Severe weather including flooding has affected parts of central Panama, including districts of the capital Panama City, over the last few days. Authorities report that hundreds of people have been affected and at least 160 homes damaged.
The severe weather began around 09 November, affecting the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste, where flooding, landslides and strong winds caused major damages. Walls of several houses collapsed and landslides blocked roads in both provinces.
Panama’s Ministry of Housing and Land Management (Miviot) said that a total of 160 homes were damaged by flooding in Panama Viejo, Ciudad Radial and Tocumen.
The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) said the accumulation of garbage in rivers and drainage channels worsened the flooding. There are plans to dredge the rivers next year.
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Flood damage in Bangui Central African Republic, late October 2019. Photo: Equipe Nationale de Réponse aux Catastrophe de la CRCA
Around 40,000 people have been displaced by flooding along the Ubangi River in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Flooding began in October after a period of heavy rain caused the Ubangi River to break its banks in parts of Sud-Ubangi and Nord-Ubangi provinces in DRC. Thousands of people were also displaced in neighbouring areas of Central Africa Republic during this time.
In DRC the worst hit area is the town of Zongo in Sud-Ubangi province, situated on the south bank of the Ubangi River, across from Bangui in the Central African Republic. Libenge in Sud-Ubangi province has also been badly affected.
At least 1 person is thought to have died in the floods. In Sud-Ubangi province 14,200 houses have been damaged, along with 12 schools, 21 bridges, 48 public buildings and wide areas of crops, according to local media. Around 9,000 people have been displaced by the floods in neighbouring North-Ubangi province.
Heavy rain caused flash floods in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in early October this year, leaving at least 6 people dead and around 30 houses destroyed. Further heavy rain and floods hit the city during mid-October.
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Communities have been cut off and dozens of homes damaged after flooding in Montenegro from 05 November, 2019.
The Ministry of Emergency Management in Montenegro reported that days of heavy rain in the country has caused flooding and landslides in the municipalities of Niksic and Kolasin, prompting dozens of interventions by protection and rescue services.
Roads have been blocked leaving communities cut off and dozens of homes flooded with water up to 1 metre deep. At least 8 people were evacuated on 06 November in the village of Broćanac Niksic.
News agency MINA reported that on 06 November as much as 104mm of rain fell in 6 hours in Kolasin, with 93mm recorded in Herceg Novi, 80mm in Niksic, 60mm in Podgorica and 57mm in Savnik during the same period. Several rivers have broken their banks, including the Zeta in Niksic.
Areas around the capital Podgorica were also affected, where roads were inundated and traffic severely affected. Flooding has also affected Mojkovac municipality, where local media reported that all rivers in the area have broken their banks. A landslide has also blocked a road between Mojkovac and Zablja.
Heavy rain is expected in neighbouring Albania over the coming days. Authorities in Montenegro say this could further complicate the situation and cause flooding of the Skadar Lake and the Bojana river on the border between the two countries.
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A delivery lorry was stuck in Leicestershire following torrential rain
The Environment Agency has issued “danger to life” severe flood warnings as river levels rise and travel is disrupted across parts of northern England.
It has urged people to stay away from swollen rivers – with the flood warnings affecting the River Don.
Website River Levels UK suggests the river is at its highest ever level at 4.573m at Sprotbrough. The previous record it said was 3.49m on 7 July, 2012.
The 5 severe flood warnings affect the River Don at Barnby Dun, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site.
In addition, some 119 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – are in place, most of them in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Residents in affected areas have been told that homes and businesses could flood, fast-flowing water could endanger lives, and some communities could be cut off.
Doncaster Council warned some residents to evacuate their homes because the River Don was breaching its banks near St Oswald Church at Kirk Sandall.
The council tweeted: “There is a Severe Flood Warning in place for Sandal Grove, Old Kirk Sandall. Residents in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately.”
Sky’s Sally Lockwood, who is in Doncaster, said the latest recording showed the River Don had risen to 6.28m – the average is between 0.2m and 3.6m.
Derbyshire Police warned motorists against moving signs where roads have been shut “or attempt to use these routes”.
In Mansfield, 35 homes were evacuated as a precaution after a mudslide, and in Sheffield a major incident was declared by the city council after the River Don burst its banks in some areas, flooding businesses, car parks and roads.
Farooq Sabir , who owns an off licence in Sheffield, said there was not much he could save as his business was flooded within minutes.
He told Sky News he was “knee high in water” and “trying to salvage anything was just impossible”.
At Meadowhall, near Sheffield, hundreds of people woke to find the streets were still flooded in areas after they were forced to spend the night at the busy shopping centre.
Images posted on social media overnight by shoppers and staff stranded at the complex showed them bedding down for the night wherever they could on chairs and benches.
Hannah Crossley, who was at the centre, said she had watched water levels rise until they were “centimetres away from flooding over the wall”.
Luke Turner, who also works at Meadowhall, said he was unable to drive home because the staff car park was flooded.
“For safety reasons the police are keeping us inside Meadowhall. Everyoe has been helpful. There are drinks knocking around, coats, covers to keep us warm. It’s quite a good atmosphere, but a bad situation.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Awful to see the terrible flooding across the North of England. Thank you to the emergency staff & volunteers helping families through this difficult time.”
Late last night, an Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are continuing to work closely with local authorities to reduce the risk of flooding.
“Our field teams have been ensuring flood defences can fully operate and deploying temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property.
“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through floodwater as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”
In Doncaster, South Yorkshire Police warned the public that the flooding was causing “significant issues”, with the force telling locals not to drive or leave their properties unless it is necessary.
Northern Rail has issued “do not travel” advice for customers on several routes – with flooding closing lines between Sheffield and Gainsborough, Sheffield and Lincoln, and Hebden Bridge and Manchester Victoria.
The chief executive of Timpson, the shoe repairs and key cutting high street firm, said its shops in Worksop in Nottinghamshire were under water following the heavy rain and will be closed until next week.
James Timpson tweeted: “I’ve spoken to the team to arrange shop fitters to get there ASAP.”
According to the Met Office, half of the average rainfall for the whole of November fell in parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire on Thursday alone – with more rain overnight.
By 5pm on Thursday, Sheffield had seen 47.2mm of rainfall, while Emley Moor was hit by 40mm.
Rainfall could reach 100mm by this morning, according to forecaster Craig Snell.
Sky’s North of England correspondent, Katerina Vittozzi, who is in Sheffield, said: “The real concern is how long will the floodwater continue to rise even after the rain has stopped.
“The damage already has been quite significant – there are already a number of submerged cars, and some say their businesses are knee-deep in water.
“Residents who have been unable to get home have been sheltered in Sheffield Town Hall, and there are similar setups in other northern towns that have been affected.”
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Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019. Photo: IRCS
At least 2 people have died in floods in Iran over the last few days. One person is still missing.
Heavy rain over the last few days has affected northern areas of the country, with flooding reported in the provinces of Golestan, Mazanderan, Semnan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan.
Roads have been cut and schools closed. Flooding has caused severe damage to farmland. Water supply has been interrupted in some flood-hit areas.
Radio Farda, quoting Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) sources, reported that 2 people died as a result of flooding in Torbat Jam in Razavi Khorasan Province. One person is reportedly missing in Mazanderan Province.
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Flooding in Maritime Region, Togo, late October 2019. Photo: Photo: United Nations Resident Coordinator in Togo
Heavy rain in Togo and Benin during October caused the Mono river to overflow from around 23 October, 2019.
Levels of the Mono river at Athiémé in Benin jumped from 7.8 metres on 19 October 2019 to 8.5 metres on 23 October. Satellite images show around 4,000 hectares of land are under water in areas around either side of the border between the 2 countries.
In Togo areas of Maritime Region, in particular Lacs prefecture, are worst hit. Around 2,000 households (8,000 people) are thought to be affected in the region.
In Benin, flooding has affected the districts of Athiémé, Grand-Popo and Lokossa in Mond department. In Athiémé, flooding has affected 31,482 people from 9,258 households. Roads and public buildings have been flooded. Four health centres in the area are inaccessible after flood water blocked roads.
Sixteen villages in Grand-Popo are flooded, affecting 994 households. In Lokossa around 2,500 households in the communities of Lokossa and Ouèdèmè-Adja are affected.
Agence Bénin Presse (ABP), official press agency of the government of Benin, reported that the flooding was exacerbated by dam releases at Nangbéto and Anié in the Plateaux Region of Togo. Several small tributaries of the Mono have also flooded.
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Flood damage in Catalonia, 23 October 2019. Photo: Civil Protection, Catalonia
Severe weather has once again hit parts of Spain, with storms and flooding reported in the Catalonia Region. At least 2 people have died and 3 are missing.
One person died and one is still missing after a mobile home was swept away by flooding after the Francolí river burst its banks in Vilaverd, Tarragona.
Two other people are thought to be missing after police found an empty car in the flooded Francolí river in Espluga de Francolí on 23 October. Severe flooding was also reported in other communities along the Francolí river, including Montblanc and Vimbodí.
Another person died after a vehicle was caught up in flooding at Arenys de Munt in Barcelona Province. Three people were injured after flooding and winds caused damage at a campsite in Gualba, also in Barcelona Province.
Catalonia’s emergency services 112 received 1,228 calls for assistance, including 835 for incidents due to heavy rain. The region’s civil protection said that, as of 23 October, there were 53 sections of the Catalan road network affected by floods and landslides.
Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya (Meteocat), the region’s met agency, reported that several locations in Baix Camp, Garrigues and Alt Empordà recorded more than 200mm in 24 hours to 23 October. Meteocat later confirmed that Prades, Baix Camp, recorded 287.4mm of rain in 24 hours on 23 October.
More than 150mm of rain fell in parts of Pla d’Urgell, which is unprecedented in this area, according to Meteocat.
Parts of southeastern Spain are still recovering after catastrophic flooding in mid-September 2019 when 7 people died and over 3,000 were evacuated.
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Photo By CONRED
Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) reported on 17 October severe weather, including heavy rain, floods and landslides, had affected several departments of the country, with Sololá, Sacatepéquez, Retalhuleu and Escuintla among the worst hit.
Currently a spate of severe weather including heavy rain, has affected wide areas of Central America, including El Salvador and Honduras and Nicaragua .
In Guatemala, CONRED reported that one person died and 2 were injured after a landslide in Sacatepéquez Municipality in Sacatepéquez Department destroyed 2 homes.
Floods in Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, damaged around 300 homes and affected 1,500 people. The overflow of the Peraz River in San Andrés Villa Seca, Retalhuleu, damaged over 20 homes.
Landslides in areas near Semetabaj and Panajachel in Sololá have led to the closure of major roads, severely disrupting traffic.
The Guatemalan Red Cross has been assisting victims in affected areas of Escuintla, Suchitepéquez and Retalhuleu departments.
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