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150 dead and dozens feared missing as storm and floods lash Philippines (UPDATES)

Philippine rescuers evacuate people from floods from Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao province.
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Philippine rescuers evacuate people from floods from Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae in Parang, Maguindanao province.
Flash floods and landslides set off by torrential rains left at least 47 people dead, including in a hard-hit southern Philippine province, officials said.

At least 42 people were swept away by rampaging floodwaters and drowned or were hit by debris-filled mudslides in three towns in Maguindanao province from Thursday night to early on Friday, said Naguib Sinarimbo, the interior minister for a five-province Muslim autonomous region run by former separatist guerrillas.

Five other people died elsewhere from the onslaught of Tropical Storm Nalgae, which slammed into the eastern province of Camarines Sur early on Saturday, the government's disaster-response agency said.

Comment: Update October 31

AP reports:
Over 100 dead, dozens missing in storm-ravaged Philippines

Rescuers carry a body at Maguindanao's Datu Odin Sinsuat town, southern Philippines on Sunday October 30, 2022.

Rescuers carry a body at Maguindanao's Datu Odin Sinsuat town, southern Philippines on Sunday October 30, 2022.
More than 100 people have died in one of the most destructive storms to lash the Philippines this year with dozens more feared missing after villagers fled in the wrong direction and got buried in a boulder-laden mudslide. Almost two million others were swamped by floods in several provinces, officials said Monday.

At least 53 of 105 people who died — mostly in flash floods and landslides — were from Maguindanao province in a Muslim autonomous region, which was swamped by unusually heavy rains set off by Tropical Storm Nalgae. The storm blew out into the South China Sea on Sunday, leaving a trail of destruction in a large swath of the archipelago.

A large contingent of rescuers with bulldozers, backhoes and sniffer dogs resumed retrieval work in southern Kusiong village in hard-hit Maguindanao, where as many as 80 to 100 people, including entire families, are feared to have been buried by a boulder-laden mudslide or swept away by flash floods that started overnight Thursday, said Naguib Sinarimbo, the interior minister for the Bangsamoro autonomous region run by former separatist guerrillas under a peace pact.

The government's main disaster-response agency said there were at least 98 storm deaths, and seven other fatalities were later reported by three provincial governors. At least 69 people were injured and 63 others remain missing.

About 1.9 million people were lashed by the storm, including more than 975,000 villagers who fled to evacuation centres or homes of relatives. At least 4,100 houses and 16,260 hectares (40,180 acres) of rice and other crops were damaged by floodwaters at a time when the country was bracing for a looming food crisis because of global supply disruptions, officials said.

Sinarimbo said the official tally of missing people did not include most of those feared missing in the huge mudslide that hit Kusiong because entire families may have been buried and no member was left to provide names and details to authorities.

The catastrophe in Kusiong, populated mostly by the Teduray ethnic minority group, was particularly tragic because its more than 2,000 villagers have carried out disaster-preparedness drills every year for decades to brace for a tsunami because of a deadly history. But they were not as prepared for the dangers that could come from Mount Minandar, where their village lies at the foothills, Sinarimbo said.

"When the people heard the warning bells, they ran up and gathered in a church on a high ground," Sinarimbo told The Associated Press on Saturday, citing accounts by Kusiong villagers.

"The problem was, it was not a tsunami that inundated them but a big volume of water and mud that came down from the mountain," he said.

In August 1976, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami in the Moro Gulf that struck around midnight left thousands of people dead and devastated coastal provinces in one of the deadliest natural disasters in Philippine history.
Update November 2

Death toll from tropical storm Nalgae rises to 132, dozens missing in Philippines

At least 132 people have died in the severe tropical storm Nalgae that battered the Philippines over the weekend, the government said Tuesday, according to Xinhua.

Nalgae, one of the most destructive cyclones that battered the Philippines, triggered flash floods and landslides in many parts of the Southeast Asian country.

The Office of Civil Defense reported a total of 132 deaths as of Monday.

However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council tallied 110 fatalities, of which 79 were confirmed, while the identities of the other 31 are still being verified. Of the 33 reported missing, the agency confirmed 23, while the identities of the other 10 are still being verified.

The agency said 59 deaths were from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in the southern Philippines. At least 16 in the region remain missing.

The rest of the fatalities were from nine regions on the main Luzon island, in the central Philippines, and other areas on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines outside of the BARMM.

The agency said the tropical storm affected over 2.4 million people, damaged 364 roads and 82 bridges, and caused power outages in many areas.

Nalgae is the 16th tropical cyclone to lash the Philippines this year. It slammed into Catanduanes, an island province in the Bicol region, before dawn Saturday.
Update November 3

AFP reports:
More rain on the way as Philippine storm death toll hits 150

The death toll from a powerful storm that triggered flooding and landslides across the Philippines has reached 150, disaster officials said Thursday, as more rain was forecast in some of the hardest-hit areas.

More than 355,400 people fled their homes as Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae pounded swathes of the archipelago nation late last week and over the weekend.

Of the 150 deaths recorded by the national disaster agency, 63 were in the Bangsamoro region on the southern island of Mindanao where flash floods and landslides destroyed villages.

At least 128 people were injured and 36 are still missing across the country, the agency said. Authorities have warned there is no hope of finding more survivors.

Mindanao is rarely hit by the 20 or so typhoons that strike the Philippines each year, but storms that do reach the region tend to be deadlier than in Luzon and the central parts of the country.

With more rain forecast Thursday, disaster agencies in Bangsamoro were preparing for the possibility of further destruction in the poor and mountainous region.

"The soil is still wet in areas where flash floods and landslides occurred so further erosion could be instantly triggered," said Naguib Sinarimbo, regional civil defense chief.

"Waterways and rivers that were in the path of the flash floods are blocked by debris and boulders so they could easily overflow."

President Ferdinand Marcos has blamed deforestation and climate change for the devastating landslides in Bangsamoro.

He has urged local authorities to plant trees on denuded mountains.

"That's one thing that we need to do," Marcos told a briefing this week.

"We have been hearing this over and over again, but we still continue cutting trees. That's what happens, landslides like that happen."

Marcos has declared a state of calamity for six months in the worst-affected regions, freeing up funds for relief efforts.


12 inches of snow in 24 hours covers California mountainside

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reported on Wednesday, November 2, that 12 inches (30.5 cm) of snow fell in 24 hours in Soda Springs, California, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Video posted by the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab on Wednesday shows fluffy flakes falling on the snow-covered ground in Soda Springs, a sharp contrast from footage of flurries posted just a day earlier.

The lab said that they were expecting an additional two to five inches of snow on Wednesday. The snowfall in the mountain range caused "slippery roads," according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued a winter storm warning until Wednesday evening. Credit: UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab via Storyful.


Canada's ski season starting early after heavy snowfall

Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
Canada's 22-23 ski season is set to get underway early, this Thursday 3rd November, after the west of the country - particular Alberta and inland BC - has seen heavy snowfall and low temperatures for much of the past fortnight.

Banff's ski area Sunshine Village (pictured above and below yesterday) has moved its planned opening date forward by a week from 10th November to this Thursday, 3rd November.

Lake Louise had already planned to open on Friday 4th and the third Banff area, Mt Norquay, for this weekend also.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits South Sandwich Islands region - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted South Sandwich Islands region at 14:17 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 60.7962 degrees south latitude and 25.7325 degrees west longitude.


Sierra travelers hit with heavy snow and road closures

Heavy snowfall arrived in the Sierra on Tuesday, causing spinouts and forcing highway shutdowns up and down the mountain.

During the afternoon hours, drivers traveling along Interstate 80 felt the effects of the Sierra snow.

"You can't be in a hurry. Just be OK with 25 miles per hour and you'll get there," said Angela Sneed.

Sneed was driving from Roseville to Reno with her sister, Ellie Drisenga, and their new puppy. The trio made a pitstop in Nyack.

"Full tank of gas, case of water and beef jerky," said Sneed, who listed off items gathered during the stop.


Big freeze strikes Australia: Antarctic blast lashes east coast, SNOW dumps near Sydney as temperatures plunge to single digits in Melbourne - just 4 weeks out from summer

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney
Australians have woken up to an icy morning as the country is lashed by two jet streams that have pooled cold air over the eastern seaboard.

The cold Antarctic air has been dragged north by a pend in the polar jetstream - a band of wind that continuously flows about 8 to 15km above sea level.

Icy gusts are lashing the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney and in south-eastern alpine region as the polar jetstream clashes with the separate subtropical jetstream.

It comes as residents of Melbourne and Canberra experience temperatures in the single digits - with the nation's capital hitting just six degrees on Wednesday morning and Melbourne nine degrees, with the mercury set to rise throughout the day.


Huge waterspout spotted off the coast of Lebanon

© Nathalia Nader
On Tuesday afternoon, locals near Batroun District spotted a huge waterspout off the shore of Berbara beach in Northern Lebanon.

Automatically, passersby rushed to take photos and videos of this rare natural occurrence coinciding with the rainy weather in Lebanon.


No tsunami warning after shallow magnitude 6 earthquake strikes west of California in Pacific

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck west of California in the northern Pacific Ocean overnight, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

According to the agency, the quake, which occurred shortly before 1 a.m. EDT Wednesday, was centered about 743 miles west-southwest of Monterey. It had a depth of about 6.2 miles.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat following the quake, KNTV reported.


Footage of Brighton's West Pier during Storm Claudio, part of structure fell into sea overnight

Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
© Sussex News and Pictures
Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
Brighton's dilapidated West Pier continues to be battered by Storm Claudio.

Part of the rusting structure fell into the sea overnight as fierce winds pounded Sussex.

Shocking drone footage shows even more of the south west corner of the pier seems to be missing.

The Argus reported how some of it had fallen into the sea this morning.

It came after the pier was battered by Storm Claudio overnight with wind gusts of 62mph in Brighton and mountainous seas.

Cloud Precipitation

Colombia - Floods and landslides affect 15,000, hundreds of homes damaged

Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia
© Colombia Civil Defence
Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia October 2022.
Civil Defence in Colombia report flooding and landslides over the past week have impacted around 15,000 people across 8 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá.

Floods caused material damages in Puerto Colombia, Atlántico Department from 23 October where 35 homes were destroyed, 274 damaged and 1,545 residents affected or displaced. Heavy rain caused streams to break their banks, according to local media.

Around the same time flooding impacted areas of San Juan Nepomuceno municipality in neighbouring Bolívar Department, where 50 homes were damaged and 250 people affected.

Areas of Tolima Department had already seen severe flooding in mid-October. Further heavy rain from 25 October caused landslides in Ibagué and Purificación municipalities affecting over 800 residents.