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Major flood in Indonesia's capital Jakarta for 2nd time this year with at least 9 dead - month's worth of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

Right away rains triggered rivers to burst their banking companies in larger Jakarta sending muddy drinking water into residential and commercial places, inundating 1000’s of houses and paralyzing elements of the city’s transport networks, officers said.
© Tatan Syuflana
Right away rains triggered rivers to burst their banking companies in larger Jakarta sending muddy drinking water into residential and commercial places, inundating 1000’s of houses and paralyzing elements of the city’s transport networks, officers said.
Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia's capital worsened Tuesday, inundating 1000's of properties and buildings, which include the presidential palace, and paralyzing transportation networks, officers and witnesses explained.

Right away rains prompted far more rivers to burst their banking institutions in better Jakarta setting up Sunday, sending muddy h2o up to 5 feet deep into additional household and business spots, explained Agus Wibowo, the Countrywide Disaster Mitigation Agency's spokesman.

Floodwaters entered parts of Indonesia's presidential palace complicated Tuesday early morning but the scenario was brought under manage with h2o pumps, stated Bey Machmudin, an official at the Presidential Office.


Comment: Updates:

Al Jazeera reports:
A month's worth of rain in 24 hours has left parts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, underwater.

Residents carry a young girl as they walk in a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia
© Adi Weda/EPA
Residents carry a young girl as they walk in a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia
Fortunately, there were no reports of loss of life following the downpours on Monday night, which hit Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bekasi and Tangerang. A total of 87 floods were reported across Jakarta by the morning rush hour.

Unsurprisingly, in a city which struggles to deal with traffic congestion, there was disruption to road and rail services. Both Gambir and Sudirman railway stations were closed.

Jakarta Observatory reported a 24-hour rainfall total of 277.5 millimetres, which is the equivalent of one month's worth of rain

It has been less than two months since Jakarta was hit by the heaviest rainfall the city has seen in more than a decade. Then, 60 people were reportedly killed in the flooding. In the January floods, 377mm of rain fell in a similar period of time.

The current situation remains critical, however, with the Ciliwung river continuing to rise and posing a threat to many parts of the city as it is already at a dangerously high level.

The rainfall is probably the result of a change of wind direction brought about by two tropical cyclones, one over the Northern Territory of Australia and the other just off the coast of Western Australia.

Heavy showers will remain a risk for Jakarta over the next few days, although there is nothing in the forecast predictions to suggest anything as heavy as Monday night.
Floodlist reports on 27th February:
The flood situation in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, has worsened, with disaster authorities reporting at least 9 people have now died since the current floods began on 23 February.

Indonesia's disaster management agency, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) reported on 27 February that 4 people have died in Bekasi City, 3 in Greater Jakarta and 2 in South Tangerang.

Floods in Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia February 2020
© BNPB
Floods in Pekalongan, Central Java, Indonesia February 2020
Flooding has been affected parts of Greater Jakarta over the last few days. As of 25 February, Karawang Regency and East Jakarta were the worst hit areas.

Since then flooding has affected areas of Bekasi City and the bordering Bekasi Regency, Subang Regency and parts of and Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten Province.

BNPB said that, as of 27 February, a total of 35,891 people had been displaced in the Jakarta metropolitan area (known locally as Jabodetabek), including 13,754 in Karawang, 8,582 in Subang and 7,106 in East Jakarta.



Cloud Precipitation

At least 8 dead after flash floods and landslides in Santander and Caldas, Colombia

Flash flood damages in Piedecuesta, Colombia, 26 February 2020.
© Government of Piedecuesta
Flash flood damages in Piedecuesta, Colombia, 26 February 2020.
At least 8 people have died in floods and landslides in the departments of Santander and Caldas in Colombia after heavy rain over the last few days.

Santander Department

Colombia's National Unit for Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) reports that at least 3 people died and 6 are still missing after flooding in Piedecuesta Municipality in Santander Department.

UNGRD said the heavy rain caused several small rivers and creeks to break their banks in the affected areas.
Flooding caused damage to roads and houses in the area, leaving 150 people displaced. At least 7 people were injured, including 3 who were rescued.


Arrow Down

21-year-old Unalaska snowmachiner dies in avalanche in Alaska

First responders were notified of the avalanche around 5:30 p.m. After life-saving measures were unsuccessful, Trey Henning was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m.
© Hope McKenney/KUCB
First responders were notified of the avalanche around 5:30 p.m. After life-saving measures were unsuccessful, Trey Henning was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m.
An Unalaska man was killed in an avalanche Tuesday evening while he was snowmachining in the Unalaska Valley.

Trey Henning, 21, was buried in the avalanche and later recovered from the site near the quarry on Overland Drive. In a statement, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety said life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

"CPR was initiated and other life-saving measures were taken both on the scene and throughout his extrication from the mountain," said the statement. "Henning was taken to the Unalaska clinic for continued care. After exhausting all efforts to revive him, he was pronounced deceased at 1858 hours."

Question

Flock of more than 100 birds dead along road in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

A flock of more than 100 European starlings were killed in one small spot along Route 225 in northern Dauphin County.

A flock of more than 100 European starlings were killed in one small spot along Route 225 in northern Dauphin County.
A flock of more than 100 European starlings were killed along Route 225 in northern Dauphin County late last week.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission believes the birds were killed by passing cars and trucks.

"The birds showed signs of blunt-force trauma," said Travis Lau, communications director for the commission. "It's believed they were struck by one or more vehicles."

The 100-plus dead birds, along approximately 40 yards of Route 225 about a mile east of Halifax, were nearly all on the eastbound side of the road. The majority were off to the side of the road, although a couple dozen had been flattened on the eastbound travel lane.

Frog

UK's mild winter disrupting animal hibernation and insect behavior

hedgehogs

FILE PHOTO: Many hedgehogs have not been hibernating after the mild winter
Hedgehogs and other animals have not hibernated this winter, after 'unprecedented' mild weather.

That is according to wildlife rescuer Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS (Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service).

He says the effects and implications of this 'unheard of' phenomenon are yet to be discovered, but we should be worried.

Mr Weeks said, "Even things like toads, amphibians and reptiles hibernate in the winter.

"But we've had reports of frogs and toads still being out in people's gardens.

Comment: Winter isn't over yet, but it's possible, as we've seen with the unprecedented flooding, drought and record breaking cold in recent years, and all over the planet, that erratic weather patterns are significantly affecting the usual behavior of wildlife. One other recent and concerning example would be the excess rainfall that has been reported to be the cause of the plague of locusts decimating crops across Africa and south Asia.

See also: Unusually warm January in southern & eastern US has plants budding 2 months early

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Seismograph

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Tanimbar, Indonesia and is felt in Darwin, NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia sending shockwaves felt across NT
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck the Tanimbar region in Indonesia, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) says.

The quake on Wednesday was at a depth of 49km, according to EMSC.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia following the earthquake, which was felt in Darwin.

The Indonesia Geophysics Agency also said there was no tsunami potential from the quake.

Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific 'Ring of Fire', often suffers deadly earthquakes and tsunamis.

Pineapple

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind and calima

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind

Banana, avocado and potato crops in the Canary Islands hit by wind
Many crops facing a "lost year"

The assessment of the damage caused by the wind and calima in the Canary Islands is already underway. We will still have to wait a few days to know the full extent of the damage, but the first impressions of the agrarian leaders point to a heavy impact on all crops grown in the open ground, especially on bananas and potatoes, which in many cases will be facing "a lost year."

For some fruit crops (those cultivated in the places most affected by the wind), not only may the current harvest have been lost, but the next campaign is also at risk.

In certain parts of the islands, the effects of the storm on the banana plantations resemble those caused by the tropical storm Delta in 2005, says Javier Gutiérrez, general secretary of the Association of Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers of the Canary Islands (Asaga Canarias). In Tenerife, this applies to the farms located in the Orotava Valley, although also to those in part of the south, as well as in La Palma. The leader of Asaga reports that many banana plantations will have to be uprooted and sown again (if the companies that supply in vitro plants have sufficient stocks), "with the investment that this entails."

Cloud Precipitation

Emergency evacuation in Ironbridge, UK, as flooding overwhelms River Severn defences

Ironbridge
© PA Media
Police are evacuating residents in Wharfage, Ironbridge
An emergency evacuation is taking place as rising waters on the River Severn "overwhelmed" a town's flood defences.

A kink in the barriers at Ironbridge, Shropshire, meant water seeped underneath, resulting in police evacuating part of the town.

West Mercia Police said the defences "appear to be buckling", adding "virtually everyone" in the Wharfage area had agreed to leave.

Residents were earlier evacuated from their homes in Bewdley, Worcestershire.

A severe flood warning for the River Severn has been issued for Ironbridge following days of heavy rain.

Comment: And more rain is predicted this weekend:




Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, flooding pummel Cairo and parts of Egypt

FLOODS
Heavy rains pummeled the Egyptian capital of Cairo and other parts of the country Monday, causing massive traffic jams and flooding on many key roads.

The downpour also forced authorities to suspend classes the following day at schools and universities across the country, from Alexandria in the north to Aswan in the south.

Egyptians shared scenes of the rain and flooding on social media, including submerged cars and snarled traffic. Parts of Cairo were left impassable, and trucks were seen fanning out to drain water from flooded areas of the city, home to some 20 million people.

People also took to social media to criticize the government's lack of preparedness for the downpour. Nearly every year, the capital or other major cities are crippled by flooding from a rainstorm.


Binoculars

Blood-red snow appears at Ukrainian polar station in Antarctic

blood red snow antarctic
© National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine / Andrey Zotov
Ukrainian polar station in the Antarctic has turned into a horror movie set after the snow around it turned a bloody red. But scientists appear unfazed, offering an explanation for the strange phenomenon.

Photos from the Vernadsky research base were posted on Facebook by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, which said that the snow had been like this for the past two weeks.

However, the ministry assured its followers that there was no reason for concern over the wellbeing of the station's inhabitants, and mentioned no bad omens either.

Comment: While this appears to be a relatively normal event for the Antarctic in summer, similar life on our planet isn't behaving so predictably: