Floods


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Rain deluge brings floods to Texas and Oklahoma, killing 2 and forcing thousands to evacuate

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Police officers make an emergency water rescue of a stranded motorist after heavy rain showers flood much of Amarillo, Texas, May 23, 2015.

A deluge of rainfall has burst rivers and brought flood warnings to several southern US states, with Texas and Oklahoma the worst hit so far.


Two people died in weather-related accidents in Oklahoma and a man died in San Marcos, Texas.

Parts of Texas saw up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain over a 24-hour period, with more predicted across the region.

There were numerous rescues on Sunday after banks burst, and hundreds of homes were destroyed in central Texas.

Warnings and alerts stretch from Colorado through to Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and eastern Kansas.

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The Blanco river basin in Texas is one of the worst hit areas

'Worst I've seen'

One of the worst hit rivers was the Blanco in Texas.

At one point it crested at 43ft (13m) - some 30ft above the designated flood stage and 7ft higher than the 1929 record.


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Worst torrential rain in 40 years hits six provinces in China causing floods, mudslides

Heavy rain that caused mudslides and flooding in southern and central China has left at least 35 people dead and another 13 missing, reports say.

Torrential rain - the worst for 40 years in some parts of the country - has hit at least six provinces, Xinhua news agency and the government say.

But relief could be on the way for some areas as China's National Meteorological Centre said the weather would start to weaken on Sunday.

The southwest province of Guizhou is among the worst affected with 11 people dead and eight missing as of Friday, the government's ministry of civil affairs said in a separate statement.

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Will the rain ever end? Flooding could last for weeks, as more heavy rain targets Texas, Oklahoma

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Officials in parts of Texas are warning that flooding could last for weeks in the wake of unprecedented amounts of May rainfall. Those rainfall totals, which have now topped 20 inches since May 1 in at least two cities, will climb still higher over the Memorial Day weekend as thunderstorms dump even more rainfall on an already water-logged region. The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas, says flooding is likely to continue for weeks along the Nueces River just west of Corpus Christi. The flooding is affecting a stretch downstream of the Wesley Seale Dam, which impounds Lake Corpus Christi. That reservoir has reached its full capacity due to widespread heavy rainfall upstream across South Texas this month.

In a disaster declaration issued Thursday, Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal said water releases from the dam began this past weekend "in order to prevent damage to [the dam] and to avoid uncontrolled downstream impacts." About 100 homes have already been cut off by floodwaters, and hundreds of homes are at risk of flooding in the days ahead. The rising Wichita River prompted evacuations of parts of the east side of Wichita Falls, Texas Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The river is forecast to crest on Tuesday about one foot below its record crest from late June 2007.

Over 100 locations in the central and southern Plains are currently reporting river flooding, the majority of which are in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri. Many cities have already clinched a top five wettest May in their weather records. At least four locations, including Wichita Falls and Corpus Christi, have now recorded their wettest May on record. You can read more about that below in our rainfall records section. With the weather pattern remaining virtually the same through Memorial Day weekend, additional flash flooding and worsening river flooding is likely to occur. As mentioned already, a persistent weather pattern has been fueling the heavy rain in the Plains.

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The Jet Stream is stuck in place over the Southern U.S., has been for weeks – bringing up a record amount of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This is an unusual weather pattern unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in the annals of meteorology. We’re seeing May rainfall totals across the Southern U.S., for which there is no previous precedent mentioned in recorded history.

Comment: To learn more about the jet stream, other "unusual weather patterns", our intensifying earth changes and the related human-cosmic connection, read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight Jadczyk.


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Apocalyptic rainstorm brings floods to streets of Moscow, lightning blasts gas station

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Flooded road in Moscow
A heavy rainstorm washed over the Russian capital on Friday, prompting an extreme weather warning, sending torrents of water rushing down the city's streets, and blowing up a gas station with lightning.


After a warm muggy Friday afternoon, the sky above Moscow suddenly darkened, sending the city into twilight. Soon after, the clouds erupted in a powerful thunderstorm.

The thunderstorm was accompanied by winds of up to 38 miles per hour (17 meters per second), fresh breeze to fresh gale by international standards. Forecasts say the rainy weather will continue through the night and into Saturday.

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Nepal landslides spark fear of flash floods

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As survivors of the Nepal earthquakes struggle with the aftermath, a landslide has caused fears of flash flooding.

Villagers evacuated after landslips block fast-flowing river, with emergency workers hoping to drain water masses before they destroy scores of homes


Thousands of people have been told to evacuate their homes in Nepal after massive landslides blocked a river in the west of the country, sparking fears of flash flooding.

Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on 25 April and 12 May, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others.

Authorities fear tremors could unleash a flash flood that could destroy dozens of villages in the remote Myagdi district, 80 miles (130km) north-west of Kathmandu, the capital.

Emergency workers are hoping to drain the lake created behind the debris now blocking the normally fast-flowing Kali Gandaki river.

Kamal Singh Bam, a spokesman for Nepal police, said at least 123 people had already been evacuated from areas flooded by the newly formed lake. "Luckily they are safe, but the water level has risen covering all the houses up to around a kilometre upstream of the landslide," Bam said.

Nepal's quake-shattered villages: 'there's nothing to stay for now'

Sesh Narayan Poudel, a senior bureaucrat, said at least 10 villages had been evacuated overnight. "The water level of Kali Gandaki flowing below the dam is dropping, and that's not a good sign," Poudel said.

Although police and army teams have reached the site, the threat of new tremors has prevented work to drain the lake and ease the pressure on the natural dam. Continuing aftershocks and the effect of the first major earthquake have left many areas in Nepal unstable.

"Once the landslides have stopped, our technical team in the area will assess the situation, and once we get their report we can try and get the water flowing again," Rishiram Sharma, head of the department of hydrology and meterology, said.

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Izmir hit by flash flood after 30 minute downpour, Turkey

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The rain, accompanied by northeaster winds and hail, led to floods, especially at high points in İzmir.
Turkey's western province of İzmir was hit by a flash flood caused by heavy rain that lasted around half an hour at around noon on Wednesday.

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Flooding in İzmir
The rain, accompanied by northeaster winds and hail, led to floods, especially at high points in İzmir. Meanwhile, social media users circulated striking photographs on the Internet showing the gravity of the situation. The photograph of a man drifting away in a flood in the Gültepe neighborhood particularly drew attention on the Internet. Adem Altıparmak, the man seen in the picture, managed to survive after he was dragged around 400 meters in the flood.

In the meantime, cars sustained severe damage due to the flood. The local administrator of the Trakya neighborhood told the Cihan news agency the area is often damaged by flash floods and that he petitioned the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality twice for gutters to be built to evacuate the rainfall. He added that a local lost his life in a flash flood last year.


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10,000 left homeless after deadly floods strike Southern China with 'super severe rainstorm' forecast

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A primary school in Rongan is surrounded by floodwater after a heavy rainstorm hit south China's Guangxi province
A number of provinces of southern China have experienced heavy rain since 18 May 2015. The worst affected are Jiangxi, where 7 people have been killed in landslides and house collapses, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, where 6 people are thought to have died in the floods.

Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency, also report that at least 6 people are still missing after a rescue boat capsized floods in Ganzhou, Jiangxi. A team of five rescuers and eight evacuated villagers were on the boat when it overturned in flood waters on Tuesday 19 May 2015.

The floods have forced at least 10,000 people from their homes in Jiangxi Province. Local authorities say that nearly 14,000 hectares of farmland is under water.

ECHO report that, as of 19 May 2015, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China was also badly affected by the severe weather, with at least five people killed, another six missing and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed.

Other province affected by the heavy rainfall over the last few days are Guangdong, Jiangsu, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan. Taiwan has also seen heavy rainfall. In Taizhong, 114 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 19 and 20 May 2015.


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6 pilgrims killed in flash floods in Tamil Nadu, India


The pilgrims had been advised to not go to the hills following the rains, but they didnt listen, said a senior police officer.

Six pilgrims were killed in flash floods on the Sathuragiri Hills in Tamil Nadu yesterday.

Heavy rains yesterday afternoon, triggered the floods on the hills, which are a part of the Western Ghats, where more than 2,000 pilgrims had gathered since Saturday night to worship at the Sundara Mahalingam Temple, on the occasion of no-moon day.

Police, forest, and fire and rescue teams from Virudhanagar district have so far recovered the bodies of six men. "Two more people including a 16-year-old girl are missing. Our search is on. Most of the devotees have left the hills. The rains have stopped," said a senior police official.

The pilgrims had been advised by the district administration to not go to the hills following the rains, but they didn't listen, said a senior police officer.

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Landslide death toll rises to over 60 in Salgar, Columbia

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Salgar floods, Colombia, May 2015.
Colombia's emergency and disaster management services have been carrying out damage assessment and needs analysis after the massive floods and landslides that struck early on 18 May 2015 in the municipality of Salgar, in Antioquia.

In a statement from earlier today, 19 May 2015, Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) said that 62 people have died and 40 have been injured, according to the latest official figures from the flood disaster.

According to local media, another body has since been recovered, bringing the death toll to 63. The bodies of the victims have been taken to the city of Medellin in order to expedite identification. It is thought that more people may still be missing, although it is still unknown exactly how many.


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3 people killed by lightning as heavy rains flood Guangxi, China

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Residents clear debris from a river in Ronghsui county.
Three people died from lightning strikes in mainland China's Guangxi area and an unknown number of others were missing in floods as heavy rain hit the autonomous region, state media reported.

More than 60,000 people in 11 counties were affected by the storms, Xinhua reported.

The "six horses" statue - an attraction in the Li River - has been almost completely submerged by floods, according to reports.

Local governments had evacuated more than 2,400 people, Xinhua reported. At least 152 houses collapsed and nearly 700 were damaged, it said. Twelve rivers had high water levels and traffic was blocked in remote regions