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Heavy rainfall causes massive floods in Maranhão, Brazil

Widespread floods caused by heavy rains in Imperatriz, Maranhão, Brazil.



Blizzard in Iceland results in houses being evacuated due to avalanche danger

© Ívar Kristjánsson
The weather in Iceland remains turbulent this week and the Westfjords region is worst affected. There is an orange weather warning in effect and the north-easterly storm with heavy snow will continue into tomorrow. The orange warning remains in effect until 20.00 this evening.

The Coastguard vessel Týr is arriving in Flateyri as a precaution, as the village is on avalanche alert; as is Patreksfjörður. Some residential properties in both communities have been evacuated as a precaution, and some industrial buidlings in Ísafjörður have been evacuated for the same reason.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, there has also been a strong easterly wind affecting the north and east, with significant precipitation in East Iceland. South Iceland has gentler southerly winds with scattered sleet and rain showers but plenty of sunshine in between.


Tropical Cyclone Herold causes severe flooding in north east Madagascar - at least 4 dead

Tropical Cyclone Herold
© NASA Worldview
On March 16, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite took this image of Tropical Cyclone Herold and showed a well-developed hurricane with a visible eye.
Tropical Cyclone Herold swept over Madagascar, bringing winds of more than 140 km/h and heavy rain from 13 March, 2020. Severe flooding was reported in north-eastern areas of the country, where 4 people have reportedly died.

Herold formed on 13 March 2020 as Tropical Cyclone 22S and was later renamed Herold once it had intensified into a tropical storm.

Heavy rain from the storm caused flooding in Sava and Analanjirofo Regions in Madagascar. At least 4 people are thought to have died.

Disaster authorities said initial assessments showed that over 3,000 people have been affected in the district of Maroantsetra in Analanjirofo Region and Sambava and Antalaha districts in Sava Region. Flood water reportedly reached up to 2 metres in some areas, damaging around 500 homes.


Meteotsunami hits beach in Rio Grande, Brazil

On March 14, a rare occurrence was taken aback by vacationers on Praia do Cassino beach, the southernmost in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and the longest (212 km) in the world. Meteo-tsunami hit one of its sections.

Suddenly arrived water washes away cars parked on a sandy strip. In addition, at this time, people swam in the ocean.

The site of Kazhydromet explains the nature of meteorological tsunamis. A decrease in atmospheric pressure of 1 mm entails an increase in sea level of 13 mm.

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Flash flood triggered by incessant heavy rainfall swamps 2 villages in East Java, Indonesia

Floods submerged 316 homes located in two villages in Mount Ijen area, Bondowoso District, East Java Province, on Saturday, according to the Bondowoso Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

"The floods affected 316 homes, but we are still verifying the damages," Triyatmoko, head of the Bondowoso BPBD, said on Sunday.

The current floods were worse than the floods that had hit the area on January 29, 2020, he noted.


Late winter storm continues in Sierra Nevada - dumps up to 4 feet of new snow

The Sierra snowpack has been boosted over the last few days.
© Mike Peron
The Sierra snowpack has been boosted over the last few days.
After a slow wet season without much precipitation, the Sierra Nevada mountain range region in California is finally starting to see some heavy snow.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said parts of the central and northern Sierra Nevada were buried under somewhere between 1-4 feet of snow since it started falling on Sunday. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are usually pummeled with "yards and yards" of snow in the winter, and this snowfall is helping that area make up for a long drought.

"There have probably been periodic blizzard conditions, but most places were below that criteria," Sosnowski said. Blizzard criteria are reached when a storm sustains winds or wind gusts of 35 mph or greater, and the visibility diminishes to less than one-quarter of a mile for three consecutive hours.

Comment: Immediately prior to this latest dump up to 38 inches of snow in 24 hours hit the region.


Several tornadoes filmed across Morocco

Tornado in Oued Zem, Morocco on March 15

Tornado in Oued Zem, Morocco on March 15
Videos from Morocco as tornadoes form near villages.


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Icy scenes after unusual hailstorm in Colombia's capital Bogota

Hailstorm in Bogota

Hailstorm in Bogota
Streets covered with ice, vehicular congestion and flooded areas, among the emergencies attended by the authorities.

The downpour, accompanied by an unusual hailstorm, was recorded this Tuesday in the north and center of Bogota.

Through social networks, citizens have shared videos and photographs.

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Deadly floods and landslides after heavy rainfall in Santander, Colombia

Floods in San Juan de Girón, Santander, Colombia, March 2020.
© DGRD Santander
Floods in San Juan de Girón, Santander, Colombia, March 2020.
Heavy rain that began late on 14 March caused flooding and landslides in areas near Bucaramanga in Santander Department, Colombia.

According to department disaster authorities, heavy rain caused a small stream to overflow, triggering flash flooding and a mudslide in the Vijagual sector in the north of Bucaramanga city. One man died after he was swept away by the flood waters. Two other people were injured. Local media said that around 100 families were affected.

Disaster authorities also said that the heavy rain caused the Río de Oro river to overflow, flooding parts of San Juan de Girón municipality.

Media also reported that heavy rain had triggered several landslides in the area. One of the landslides blocked a road between Bucaramanga and Rionegro.

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11 dead as more rain hits Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Flood and rain damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, March 2020.
Flood and rain damage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, March 2020.
The devastation caused by heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan continued late last week when at least 11 people died and 17 were injured.

Heavy rain has affected the province since 06 March 2020, causing landslides, flash floods and buildings to collapse. As of 08 March, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported that 23 people had died and 54 people injured. Most of the fatalities and injuries came as a result of collapsing buildings or walls. A total of 127 homes have been damaged, including 13 completely destroyed.

Comment: The first week of March saw at least 23 deaths in the region.