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Indonesia - 4 dead, 30,000 affected after floods and landslides hit Java and Sulawesi Islands

Flooding and landslides struck in Trenggalek
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Flooding and landslides struck in Trenggalek Regency, East Java, October 2022
Heavy rain has triggered floods and landslides in areas of Java and Sulawesi Islands in Indonesia over the last few days. Disaster authorities report at least 4 people have lost their lives, over 30,000 people have been impacted and around 5,000 homes damaged.

Recently heavy rain, flooding and landslides caused fatalities in Bali, Indonesia.

Java Island

Flooding occurred in Malang Regency of East Java Province after heavy rainfall on 17 October 2022. Over 1,000 homes were reported damaged in some away, affecting over 5,000 people.


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Over 900,000 people hit by floods in South Sudan: OCHA

A family moves through floodwaters
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A family moves through floodwaters to buy goods in a part of Bentiu that is on higher ground. Their return journey is some 24 kilometers (about 14.9 miles).
At least 909,000 people have been affected by persistent floods in various parts of South Sudan, recent estimates from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows.

"These floods have killed livestock and destroyed crops, washed away roads and bridges, destroyed homes, schools and health facilities, and submerged boreholes and latrines, contaminating springs and posing risks of waterborne diseases," OCHA noted last week.

In Unity State, for instance, rising water levels has reportedly threatened two camps for the displaced people and a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base with flooding.


Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of homes damaged by floods in Tolima, Colombia - 2 meter deep floodwater

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Storms caused damage and floods in the city of Ibagué in Department of Tolima, western Colombia overnight 19 to 20 October 2022.

Colombia's Civil Defence reported 1,300 homes were damaged by floods or landslides. Many residents have lost material possessions and the departmental government have distributed relief supplies including mattresses, blankets and food. Several roads outside the city were washed out.

Secretary of the Environment and Risk Management of Ibagué, Carmen Sofía Bonilla, said flood levels exceeded two metres in some areas, with flood water reaching the first floor of buildings. Some families have lost everything, she added.


Cloud Precipitation

Nigeria flooding kills more than 600 people and displaces 1.3 million

Weeks of flooding across Nigeria have killed more than 600 people and decimated thousands of square kilometers of farmland, officials said. Disruptions to gas production could potentially affect exports to Europe.
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Weeks of flooding across Nigeria have killed more than 600 people and decimated thousands of square kilometers of farmland, officials said. Disruptions to gas production could potentially affect exports to Europe.
Unusually heavy rainy season and dam discharges destroy farmland and roads in most states, says government

More than 600 people have died and 1.3mn have been displaced from their homes in flooding that has hit 33 of Nigeria's 36 states and the capital Abuja, government officials have said.

The government said an unusually heavy rainy season aggravated by climate change and the discharge of excess water from a dam caused the severe flooding, adding that some states and local governments did not heed warnings to make bigger preparations to assist people in the worst affected areas.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the humanitarian affairs and disaster management minister, said more than 108,000 hectares of farmland have been submerged, and critical infrastructure such as roads have been destroyed. More than 200,000 homes have also been partially or completely destroyed. Several rice-producing states in northern and central Nigeria are among the worst affected, raising concerns about shortages at a time when annual food inflation has hit 23 per cent.


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Chad declares state of emergency as one million affected by floods - 1.15 million acres of fields flooded

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The flooding has affected 636 localities in the country while swallowing up more than 465,000 hectares of fields.

Chad's President Mahamat Idriss Deby has declared a state of emergency over flooding that is affecting more than a million people in the country.

Floods are not uncommon during Chad's rainy season, which usually runs from May to October in its southern regions.

But this year, the rains came early and were the heaviest in decades.


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Philippines - Rains trigger deadly landslide in Northern Mindanao

Landslide in Malitbog town, Bukidnon province, Philippines, October 2022.
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Landslide in Malitbog town, Bukidnon province, Philippines, October 2022.
At least 5 people have died after a landslide in Northern Mindanao Region of the Philippines. Earlier heavy rain brought by Typhoon Nesat (known as Neneng in the Philippines) caused flooding and landslides in northern regions of the country.

Tropical Storm Nesat (Neneng)

Authorities said Neneng intensified into a Tropical Storm on 15 October 2022 while it accelerated westward over the Philippine Sea east of extreme Northern Luzon. On 16 October Neneng made landfall over Calayan Island, Cagayan, then intensified into a Typhoon as it exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Disaster authorities reported 117 incidents of flooding in Cagayan Valley (Region 2), as a result of heavy rain from the storm. In total 181,185 people were affected by the storm across the regions of Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Over 3,500 people were evacuated, 279 houses damaged and 2 people injured.


Snowflake Cold

2 feet of early snowfall hits Kashmir, India

A view of the first snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir valley at world's best ski resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district , including Mughal Road and Zojila mountains
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A view of the first snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir valley at world's best ski resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district , including Mughal Road and Zojila mountains.
Season's first snowfall on the hills in Kashmir and rain in the plains of Jammu on Thursday has plummeted the mercury across the union territory (UT). Many roads have been shut due to snow and slippery conditions.

The UT of Ladakh has also witnessed heavy snowfall resulting in suspension of vehicular traffic on the Srinagar - Leh highway.

Tourist destinations of Gulmarg and Sonamarg in the Kashmir valley wore a white blanket of snow. Gulmarg recorded minus 2 degrees Celsius temperature.

The Mughal Road, which provides an alternative route to the Kashmir valley from the Jammu division, was closed due to heavy snowfall. About 2 feet of snow was recorded at Pir Ki Gali (Pir Panjal Pass).



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Strong shallow 6.7 magnitude earthquake shakes western Panama

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A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake has shaken western Panama, though there were no initial reports of damage

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook western Panama early Thursday, though there were no initial reports of damage.

Panama's national civil defense agency said via Twitter that the earthquake was felt in Herrera, Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and western Panama.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) about 62 kilometers (39 miles) south-southwest of Boca Chica, Panama, off the country's Pacific coast.


Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Tens of millions of people under frost and freeze alerts as cold temperatures hit US Deep South

Chris Dugan, from Santa Fe, plays with his dogs at the Ski Santa Fe, on Oct. 17, 2022, in Sante Fe, N.M.
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Chris Dugan, from Santa Fe, plays with his dogs at the Ski Santa Fe, on Oct. 17, 2022, in Sante Fe, N.M.
The cold air that's led to snow and sub-freezing temperatures across the Midwest and Great Lakes in the last few days is spreading across the southern United States.

Over 75 million Americans are under frost or freeze alerts as the cold weather moves south.

The temperature in Jacksonville, Florida, reached 42 degrees on Wednesday, with a wind chill that brought the temperature down to 37 degrees Wednesday morning, which marks the earliest recorded wind chill value in the 30s in Jacksonville's fall season.

On Wednesday morning, dozens of records were tied or broken.

Austin, Texas, hit 38 degrees; Jackson, Mississippi, reached 30 degrees; Charlotte, North Carolina, tied its record low of 30 degrees; Kansas City, Missouri, dipped to 25 degrees; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hit a low of 16 degrees.

In the Great Lakes region, heavy snowfall combined with leaves still on trees caused many branches to fall on power lines leaving thousands of customers without electricity.



Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 50 animals in Kashmir, India

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At least 50 animals were perished after lightning struck a seasonal house in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district.

The incident took place in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Police told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that lightning struck a dhok (seasonal house) in Bari Behak area of Thanamandi in which around fifty cattle perished.

A local man identified as Mohammad Junaid also got injured in the incident.