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Further severe weather in Madagascar leads to 26 dead, 15 missing after floods in 7 regions (UPDATE)

Further severe weather has affected parts of Madagascar over the last few days.

On 21 January FloodList reported that at least 6 people had died in floods and landslides in several parts of the country during a period of heavy rainfall from 07 January, with more severe weather forecast.

Since then the country's National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has reported further severe flooding in at least 7 regions of the country.

On 23 January, BNGRC said that 13 people have died in recent flooding, which has affected over 47,000 people in the regions of Diana, Boeny, Analamanga, Melaky, Sofia, Betsiboka and Alaotra Mangoro.

Comment: Update: Floodlist reports on Jan 26th:
The government of Madagascar has declared a national disaster in the face of ongoing torrential rain and flooding in the country.

The National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) said that as many as 26 people have now died as a result of the recent severe weather, with 15 people reported missing.

Almost 93,000 people have now been affected, with the regions of Alaotra Mangoro (3 fatalities), Analamanga, Betsiboka (9), Boeny (13), Diana, Melaky and Sofia (1) among the worst affected.

Flooding and heavy rains have also caused severe material damages, in particular to housing. According to BNGRC, more than 10,000 homes have been flooded, with 46 completely destroyed. National roads are still cut in several locations. BNGRC said around 12,000 people have been displaced.

The government has distributed food, water treatment kits and medicine to affected areas and President Andry Rajoelina visited affected areas on 24 January. Rajoelina said many had been rescued by boats and helicopters but there still more victims in desperate need of help and relief.

Flood rescues in Madagascar, January 2020.
© Office of the President of Madagascar
Flood rescues in Madagascar, January 2020.

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Floods and landslides kill at least 30 in Minas Gerais, Brazil - highest rainfall ever in Belo Horizonte (UPDATE)

Houses hit by flooding in Minas Gerais state.
© AP
Houses hit by flooding in Minas Gerais state.
At least 14 people have died after record rain caused flash flooding and landslides in Minas Gerais State in southeast Brazil.

The disaster comes just days after the deadly floods in Espirito Santo on 17 to 18 January, where 6 people died.

Minas Gerais Civil Defence reported 14 people have died in the Greater Belo Horizonte area, including in Belo Horizonte city and the municipalities of Ibirité and Betim. Many of the fatalities occurred as a result of landslides. Civil Defence added that 7 people have been injured and around 3,500 evacuated or left homeless.

Roads were turned to rivers as flood water raged through streets of the Greater Belo Horizonte area. Flooding and landslides damaged or destroyed buildings, including a city hospital. Belo Horizonte Civil Defence said that teams attended over 470 incidents of landslides and flooding across the region on 24 January, 2020.

Comment: Update: Sky News reports on Jan 26th:
Brazil: 30 killed in flooding and landslides after two days of torrential rain

Seventeen people are missing and 2,600 have been evacuated from their homes after 48 hours of heavy rain.

At least 30 people have died after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil.

Seventeen people have been listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been buffeted by 48 hours of torrential rain.

Photos show people, including children, swimming through some of the flooded streets.

A child swims through a flooded street in Anama, Amazonas state

A child swims through a flooded street in Anama, Amazonas state
More rain is expected in Minas Gerais as well as other parts of Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes

Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes
On Saturday, the number of deaths stood at 11.

The fatalities were reported in the state capital of Belo Horizonte and in the state's interior.

The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, will fly over the affected areas on Sunday to evaluate the damage.

The announcement of the deaths comes the same day as mourners elsewhere in Minas Gerais observe the first anniversary of a mining dam collapse that killed at least 250 people.

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Freak hailstorm and flash floods strike Malaga, Spain

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas
Malaga has reactivated its emergency protocol after areas of the province have been left heavily damaged by a fresh onslaught of stormy weather.

In Campanillas, cars have been dragged and stacked upon one another while another was thrown through a bank's shop window by more than metre-high rapids.

Maqueda, too, has been hit hard, with both areas seeing dozens of homes and businesses completely flooded.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be in the millions as the Andalucian president Juanma Moreno is set to visit Campanillas today.


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Storm Gloria causes major damage to agriculture in Spanish regions of Murica and Valencia

Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall.

The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the harvesting tasks. For many producers, it will be impossible to enter the fields in the next few days, so delays in harvests and shipments are expected.

The intense cold and the cloudy days are slowing down the vegetative growth, which is taking a toll on the supply. This is significant, taking into account that Murcia is the main producer for this type of vegetables in Europe during the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower prices are the ones that have risen the most so far since the temperatures started falling.

Comment: ...for the fourth year running:

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Widespread flooding in Mozambique leaves at least 28 dead and more than 58,000 affected

Mozambique floods
© Canal de Noticias Mundo (stillshot)
At least 28 people have been killed and more than 58 800 affected in the latest floods to hit the disaster-prone Mozambique.

Some 66 people have been injured during the crisis affecting regions still recovering from the Cylones Idai and Kenneth early last year.

The Cabo Delgado, Sofala and Zambezia provinces are the hardest-hit but Gaza, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Niassa and Tete are also affected.

More than 10 200 houses have been damaged or destroyed, including 2 589 completely shattered, and at least 47 schools have been affected.

In Zambezia, the province with the highest number of people affected, flooding since the beginning of 2020 has damaged infrastructure, destroyed crops and led to displacement.

Nearly 2 300 hectares of crops are currently flooded, less than two months before the planned harvest.

Comment: The back-to-back cyclones, Idai and Kenneth, that ravaged Mozambique last year were unprecedented in recorded history according to the UN. See: UN: Pattern of Mozambique storms 'unprecedented'

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Heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in southern Peru

Heavy rain has several triggered landslides and flooding in Arequipa Department in the south of Peru.

According to Andina, the state owned news agency, flash floods and landslides struck on 22 January 2020 in the district of Uchumayo, affecting the communities of Congata and Cerro Verde. Over 80 homes have been damaged, including seven severely. Roads have been closed in the affected area. Damage assessments are ongoing.

The previous day heavy rain caused landslides in the area of Villa Unión, also in Uchumayo district, blocking roads and affecting 3 families, according to reports from Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). A similar situation was reported in Yura district, where around 15 people were affected and roads were blocked.

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Storm surge from Storm Gloria reaches at least 3km inland in Spain

Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
© Copernicus EMS
Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
A severe storm brought powerful winds, cold temperatures, snow and coastal flooding to wide areas of Spain from 20 January. Media blamed at least 4 deaths on the storm. Satellite images show storm surge swept 3km inland in Tarragona Province, resulting in severe damage to rice paddies and the ecosystem.

The storm, named "Gloria" by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain, AEMET, produced waves of over 8 metres along the coastline of south-eastern Spain on 20 January.

AEMET reported wind gusts of 115 km/h in Oliva, Valencia, on 20 January and 106 km/h in Barcelona the next day.

Heavy rain was also reported, with Barx in Valencia recording 190.4mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 January.

The following day Horta de Sant Joan in Tarragona Province, Catalonia, recorded 227.4mm.

Comment: Storm Gloria hits eastern Spain, dumping huge amounts of snow and battering coast with record-high waves

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Floods and landslides leave 6 dead in Madagascar, more severe weather forecast

Heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in parts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, 08 January 2020.
Heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in parts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, 08 January 2020.
Continued heavy rain over the last 2 weeks has caused death and damage in regions of Madagascar, including the capital, Antananarivo. More severe weather has been forecast, with warnings issued for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.

The country's disaster agency BNGRC reported severe damage in Antananarivo after heavy rain on 08 January, 2020. According to BNGRC, 4 people died and over 40 houses were damaged or destroyed, leaving 136 people displaced and almost 400 affected.

During the same period, media reported that 2 people had been swept away by flood waters in Andapa in the northern Sava Region.
Around 60 people were rescued from the flooding.

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Evacuations after floods in northern Argentina - 4 inches of rain in 3 hours

Floods affected urban and rural areas of Tucumán, Argentina, January 2020.

Floods affected urban and rural areas of Tucumán, Argentina, January 2020.
Over 200 people were evacuated after a storm caused flooding in Tucumán province in northwest of Argentina.

According to Télam news agency, the storm and heavy rain from 15 to 16 January 2020 caused flooding in the municipalities of Famaillá, La Reducción, La Madrid, Los Ralos and Yerba Buena.

The worst affected area was Famaillá, where around 100 people evacuated their homes. Local media, quoting figures from Argentina's National Meteorological Service (SMN), said that 132mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Famaillá.