Welcome to Sott.net
Sun, 10 Dec 2023
The World for People who Think

Earth Changes


Severe flooding hits Kenya's Mombasa - death toll reaches 20 in the region (UPDATE)

A woman is assisted to safer ground after heavy
A woman is assisted to safer ground after heavy downpour caused flooding on Bamburi - Kiembeni road in Mombasa on November 17, 2023.
Heavy rains pounded the streets of Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, with some passengers evacuated from a flooded bus by holding on to a rope amid chest-high water.

Others stood on top of the bus with umbrellas and raincoats as they waited for their turn to pull themselves to safety in Kisauni district, nearly 500 km (310 miles) from the capital Nairobi.

At least 46 people have died in flood-related incidents in Kenya since the rainy season began less than a month ago, according to aid group Save the Children. The toll is expected to rise.

Heavy rains followed by flash floods have submerged towns across East Africa, rendering hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Comment: Update November 23

The Standard reports:
The death toll from floods wreaking havoc in Coast has risen to 20 after six more people died in Kilifi county.

On Wednesday, Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung'aro said a total of nine people have died in the county, up from the three announced earlier. The deceased include six adults and two children in Malindi, Magarini, and Kilifi South.

In Majengo, Kilifi South, a child drowned after their house was marooned by the floods, while a widow and his grandchild were also found dead inside their house that was submerged.

Munga'ro, who issued a report on the impact of the ongoing El Nino rains in Kilifi, said that the body of another victim who drowned at River Sabaki is yet to be retrieved.

"The victim was swept away by floods in Burangi area while crossing the river last week. We have dispatched divers to search and retrieve the body," he said.

One person is missing in Malindi, while two others are recuperating in hospital after sustaining injuries from fallen trees during the heavy rains.

On Saturday, Coast Region Coordinator Rodha Onyancha said one person died in Mombasa, three in Kwale, three in Kilifi, and two in Tana River.

A boda boda rider drowned in Taita Taveta, and the bodies of two Kenya Revenu Authority (KRA) officers were retrieved from Ramisi River, taking the number of those who have perished from floods to 20.

Meanwhile, a war of words has erupted between Coast leaders and Deputy President Righathi Gachagua, who on Tuesday accused Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir of lamenting instead of helping the affected people.
Kenya - 46 dead and 58,000 displaced as floods worsen

Arrow Down

Sinkhole near school in Charvil, UK, suffers further collapse

The land is owned by Wokingham Borough Council
The land is owned by Wokingham Borough Council
A large sinkhole that opened up in a car park near a primary school has suffered a further collapse.

The sinkhole appeared in East Park Farm Car Park in the village of Charvil, Berkshire, on Monday.

Charvil Parish Council said it was working to keep the area safe but confirmed more ground had given way.

Workers have inspected the hole, and the rest of the car park will now be scanned to make sure there is no more deterioration beneath the surface.


Pit bull attack claims man's life in Lutzville, South Africa

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after pit bulls attacked a 47-year-old man in Lutzville.

Johannes Lewis, affectionately known as "Bam", had a mental disability. His family said the brutal attack had left them in shock.

Lewis's brother-in-law, Gert Flink, said: "He always woke up early and took a walk around the house. On Sunday he woke up early and walked around the outside of the house as is his habit.

"Before they bit another two men, the one guy ran through the neighbour's backyard and into our property.

What we think happened is that the man tried to escape the dogs (but) when he came around the back of the yard they caught up and they attacked Bam in front of the door before he could get inside the house.

Arrow Down

Landslide in Guatemala City, 6 missing

A devastating landslide in Guatemala's capital has led to the disappearance of at least six people, with thirty affected, sixty evacuated, and five homes severely damaged.

The incident occurred in the Las Calaveras sector, El Gallito colony, near the historic center.

The search for the missing has commenced, led by the Disaster Reduction Coordinator (Conred) and rescuers.

This type of tragedy is not alien to the region; another river overflow at the end of September resulted in ten deaths and disappearances in a nearby sector.

Arrow Down

3 killed after massive Alaska landslide destroys homes in wake of soaking atmospheric river

Mudslide in Wrangell, Alaska
© U.S. Coast Guard
Mudslide in Wrangell, Alaska
At least three people are dead as search and recovery crews continue to scour through debris from a landslide that impacted properties outside of Wrangell, Alaska, on Monday.

Alaska's Department of Public Safety reported the event occurred along the Zimovia Highway, about 11 miles south of the town of Wrangell in southeast Alaska.

The landslide occurred without warning, and first responders said the ground remains unstable, which could result in additional movement of terrain.

The slide is estimated to be 450 feet wide where it crossed the highway and the Coast Guard said as many as three other people are still missing from the event.


Flood-hit Northern Samar, Philippines under state of calamity after days of incessant rain

The provincial government has placed Nothern Samar under a state of calamity following the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) members.

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a hybrid special session Tuesday afternoon passed and approved the recommendation of the PDRRMC after 18 towns were reportedly inundated.

The resolution states that "70 percent of the province population equivalent to 74,500 families or 370,000 individuals from 24 towns of the province was affected by the calamity."


Huge waterspouts off the Amalfi coast in Italy

Huge waterspouts have been captured on camera off the Amalfi coast in southern Italy.

One of the waterspouts alarmed residents in the city of Salerno as it made way towards the port at high speed, but it did not cause any damage.

Another, filmed from the town of Ravello, appeared near Capo d'Orso, but it also dissipated without causing harm.

Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes, but they form over a body of water.


Ship split in two as heavy storms hit Turkey - 9 killed across the country (UPDATE)

Watch the moment a Panama-flagged vessel was split into two off the coast of Eregli, Zonguldak, as strong winds hit northwestern Turkey on Sunday, 19 November.

The ship's entire crew have been evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

Emergency services including the coastguard and a fire crew were dispatched to the scene to rescue all 13 foreign nationals onboard the vessel.

The dry cargo ship drifted ashore and crashed into the port's concrete walls and damaged the coastal amphitheatre.

Comment: Update November 21

Rudaw reports:
Heavy rainstorms and floods killed nine people across Turkey, the country's interior minister announced on Monday.

Several areas across Turkey were struck by heavy rainstorms and flooding on Sunday, the severity of the weather conditions causing a Turkish cargo ship to sink off the Black Sea coast in the country's northern province of Zonguldak. Of the 12 crew members on board, only one body was retrieved, with the rest remaining missing.

"I would like to express with regret that one of our crew members [on the cargo ship] and 9 of our citizens have died due to storms, floods, and heavy rains," Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya told journalists in Zonguldak on Monday.

Yerlikaya said four people died in Batman, one in Diyarbakir and three in Zonguldak, in addition to the cargo ship crew member.

Turkey's Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) announced on X on Sunday night that three ships were "affected by the storm" and a total of 25 people were rescued from two of them, while efforts to rescue the missing crew members of the third ship, which sunk in Zonguldak, continue.

Turkey is no stranger to flooding. In September two people were killed in floods that hit the streets of Istanbul following several hours of heavy rainfall.

In March, a series of devastating floods hit Sanliurfa and Adiyaman provinces killing 21 people.
Related: Extreme weather claims 2 lives in Bulgaria and leaves many in the dark


Shallow magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck northern Vanuatu on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but authorities said it was not expected to trigger a tsunami.

The quake had a depth of 22 kilometers (14 miles), hitting about 300 km north of the capital Port Vila at around 3:37 pm (0447 GMT).

Centered near a sparsely populated cluster of islands, the USGS said there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage" from the tremor.

A hotel receptionist in Port Olry, some 98 kilometers (60 miles) from the epicenter, told AFP she felt a "little earthquake" and "saw the ground shaking" but was not aware of any damage.


Powerful 6.0 earthquake struck eastern side of Indonesia

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck the eastern side of Indonesia on Wednesday, leaving authorities on alert but with no immediate reports of casualties or damages in the affected area.

The earthquake's epicenter was located 94 kilometers (58 miles) west of Tobelo in Indonesia's North Maluku province, and it occurred at a significant depth of 116 kilometers (72 miles).

Despite the strength of the quake, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency reassured the public that there was no potential danger of a tsunami. However, they cautioned about the possibility of aftershocks, urging residents to remain vigilant in the aftermath of the seismic event.