Srinagar: Livestock carcasses float on flooded roads - faces epidemic outbreak

An epidemic threat is looming large over flood hit Srinagar with thousands of carcasses of livestock lying dead in the streets of the summer capital.

In Army's largest dairy farm at Bemina on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, bodies of hundreds of Jersey cows and buffaloes are lying unattended for the past eight days after the flood hit the city. The farm opposite to the Army's cantonment, Toto Ground, is spread over hundreds of canals of land in the middle of residential area.

Doctors termed the situation as "very threatening" saying if the dead animals were not removed and buried along with decomposing agents, the situation could lead to an epidemic outbreak. "This situation is a breeding ground for deadly diseases like cholera, hepatitis and typhoid," said a known doctor at SMHS hospital.

A young boy who identified himself as Saifullah Gulzar of Al-Shakir colony, Bemina said there were 370 cows and buffaloes in the Army run farm. He said the farm got submerged on Sunday,
September 7. "The main gate of the farm was closed which led to the death of the animals. Only seven cows could be saved while they were being washed away by floods," said Gulzar. While most of the carcasses have got stuck in the mud and flood water in the farm, many of them which were washed away by the flood were lying on the roadside, on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.
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Four die as flash flood sweeps through Southern French campsite

flash flood in Lamalou-les-bains
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Rescue workers evacuate a man from his home after it was hit by heavy floods in Lamalou-les-bains

Storms turn peaceful river near camping site in southern France into a raging torrent with people swept away

Four people died when storms turned a peaceful river that bordered their camping site in southern France into a raging torrent that swept them away, local authorities said Thursday.

The site in Lamalou-les-Bains was devastated by the overnight flood as storms that had already killed an elderly lady in the nearby region of Aveyron also left a person missing in another neighbouring district.

Authorities in the Herault district where Lamalou-les-Bains is located had initially said five had perished in the tragedy, but later revised the toll down to four and said two other people were still missing.

In one incident, a man who was trying to save a woman from drowning saw his own wife and daughter swept away in their caravan, the town's mayor told AFP.

"The father, who was around 60, went out and saw a woman who was going to drown," Philippe Tailland said.

"He held her by the hand but unfortunately, he had to let go of this woman.

"When he turned around, he saw his caravan being swept away with his wife and 34-year-old daughter inside," he said.

The caravan was later found stuck under a bridge and the body of his wife discovered inside. His daughter is still missing.

He is "in a catastrophic state," Tailland said.
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Video shows intense flash flooding in Serbia, which caused close to 500 people to be evacuated by boat

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About 500 people who were almost impossible to reach by land have been evacuated from Tekija and other villages in the municipality of Kladovo, eastern Serbia, where rain is still falling, and the situation is most serious is in the village of Grabovac, Belgrade-based B92 media house reports.

Locals from Tekija are being evacuated by boats and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The vessels are transporting them to the Djerdap hotel in Kladovo, and a large number of people were sent to the hospital from there.

People from Tekija have asked to be delivered food and water. Landslides practically divided Tekija into two parts, and rescuers are trying to break through the layers of soil with bulldozers.

Ninety percent of residential buildings is buried under mud and debris brought by flood waters. A landslide on the hill above Tekija is still moving, causing additional problems, particularly to the locals who did not want to be evacuated last night.

"We are working to clear up debris and to evacuate the rest of the population who yesterday refused to be evacuated. The landslides are merciless and strong, and the situation is getting worse by the hour.

Canned food and drinking water is being delivered to all endangered areas," says Kladovo municipal president Radovan Arezina said, quoted by Belgrade-based daily Blic.

Comment: See also: Rains falling since Wednesday - two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding

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Heavy rainfall causes floods throughout Greece, 1 person dead

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The heavy rainfall in the municipality of Oreokastro, a Thessaloniki suburb in northern Greece, caused serious road damages and the death of a man.

Greek authorities confirmed the death of a 49-year-old man and the serious injury of his 19-year-old son. The accident occurred after their car was overturned by the flood.

The local fire department received an emergency call at 11:45 pm on Sunday. The rescue operation began immediately as eight firemen and four fire engines rushed to the spot. The operation ended three hours later, as it was very difficult for the rescue team to approach the vehicle. The 49-year-old was transferred to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Comment: The Greek media reports that the heavy rains, even hail in some areas, will continue until Thursday.

The following image is from the roads in Athens:

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Cars washed away as flash flooding tears through Collioure, France

Abandoned: Three vehicles are abandoned as they are submerged by water in the video
This is the moment cars are picked up as though they are weightless and carried along in flash flooding in France. The 41-second video shows up to six partially submerged vehicles being battered by a barrage of water in the city of Collioure, near the Spanish border.

In the footage, cars and jeeps almost disappear from view as they are submerged and dragged along by powerful tidal waves of water.

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Hurricane Odile - 'the strongest hurricane to hit the tip of the Baja California peninsula since the advent of satellite data'

Hurricane Odile whipped through the popular beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, uprooting trees, downing power lines and forcing thousands of tourists to take cover in emergency shelters.

Winds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) buffeted shelters as one of the worst storms on record hit the luxury retreats of Los Cabos, battering Mexico's northwest coast with heavy rains that left plush hotels badly waterlogged.

Odile has weakened from a category four to category two hurricane since Sunday, but the National Hurricane Center said it would likely cause life-threatening flooding and mudslides on Mexico's northwestern coast during the next day or two.

"The whole place is devastated, San José del Cabo, windows are trashed, trees and electricity poles are down," said Mauricio Balderrama, manager of the Cabo Surf Hotel and Spa. All of the hotel's guests were fine, he added.

The weather service said Odile was expected to slow as it pushed northwest along the desert peninsula and forecast the storm would weaken steadily over the next two days.

Comment: Déjà vu for the U.S. Southwest? Major hurricane Odile could again bring flash floods to Southwestern U.S

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Déjà vu for the U.S. Southwest? Major hurricane Odile could again bring flash floods to Southwestern U.S.

Hurricane Odile is moving northwestward in the eastern Pacific with maximum sustained winds at this post of 130mph. It drastically strengthened late Saturday and early Sunday to become another major player along the Mexican west coast. Now it appears to be heading straight for Cabo San Lucas. This storm is a monster with high winds, very heavy rain, and an estimated storm surge to top 15 feet.
The current forecast track has the hurricane running up the coast of the California Peninsula, coming within 50 miles of the coast as it treks quickly northward. This would be a pretty devastating scenario for much of the southern Peninsula because the right front quadrant of any hurricane is the most destructive. For those that have never been to that part of the world, Cabo is a resort town that sits on the far southern tip of the landmass. There is little hope of the storm missing the city; however the current forecast track is both good and puzzling.
The track is good because the more landmass the storm crosses, the weaker it will become. But I'm troubled by the overall track. Because of the rules of friction (the more objects that interact with winds, the weaker they become) the storm isn't likely to hover along the coast for that long. As the storm moves northwest with one side of it over land and the other over water, the winds on the eastern side begin to fade while the winds on the western side continue to blow uninterrupted. This can often upset the balance in the hurricane, and force it to change direction toward and onto shore. This would obviously play a huge role in where this storm ends up
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Rains falling since Wednesday - two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding

Balkan nations are again being hit by severe flooding
As many as two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding, with the worst occurring in central Croatia, the national rescue agency DUZS said on Sunday.

Heavy rain has been falling since Wednesday, causing rivers to rise, closing roads and threatening houses and factories. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

The biggest threat is in flooded areas around the central towns of Sisak, Hrvatska Kostajnica and Karlovac. Several villages have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared in the northern municipality of Nedelisce.

The Croatian army has sent hundreds of troops to help local residents build the protective dams along river banks.

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Southwest China battered by heavy rain: 7 dead, 3 missing

Southwest china flood

Seven people were killed and three others remain missing after severe downpours battered Linshui County in southwest China's Sichuan Province Saturday, said the county government on Sunday.

Heavy rainfall hit Linshui, a county in Sichuan's Guangyuan City, from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, causing disasters in 45 townships, said the county government.

As of Sunday, local governments had relocated more than 23,300 people to safer places and rescued 604 people.

The rain has affected about 2,694 hectares of farmland and thousands of livestock in the region. Search work is under way.

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Above-normal precipitation last month led to record-breaking flows in North Dakota

The U.S. Geological Survey says above-normal precipitation last month led to record-breaking flows at several stream gauges in southwest North Dakota.

Agency spokesman Steve Robinson says the unusually wet August was most evident at gauges on the Heart, Knife and Green rivers.

There are 140 USGS-operated stations in North Dakota that measure water levels, stream flow, rainfall and water-quality. Most of the USGS stations are real-time sites where data are updated every one to four hours.

The USGS says it shares its data with the National Weather Service for flood forecasts and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control management. State and local agencies also use the data for flood response efforts.