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298 disaster-related deaths in 2021 for Indian state of Uttarakhand

With 298 deaths and 66 reported missing in weather-related disasters in 2021, the year has turned out to be the second-worst in terms of loss of lives in such calamities after 2013 when Kedarnath flash floods had taken thousands of lives.

According to data with the State Operation Emergency Center (SEOC), nearly 300 people have died, 66 have been reported missing and over 100 people sustained injuries in weather-related calamities this year. This includes casualties in events like flash floods or floods, cloudbursts, avalanches, landslides and mudflows.

Barring the 2013 deluge, this is the second-highest fatalities count in a year since 2010. While the hill state has had a long history of natural disasters, it was only in 2010 that the data collection system was enhanced. "While data was being maintained earlier as well, flash floods in 2010 prompted the state to bolster its disaster management system and strengthen data collection," said an official. A total of 220 people had died in natural disasters in 2010.

Comment: Flood death toll rises to 64 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours

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Flood death toll rises to 64 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 17 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. On Monday, five people, including three labourers from Nepal, were killed after a landslide in Champawat district.

On Tuesday, the state emergency operation centre was quoted by The Times of India as saying seven people had been killed in separate rain-related incidents in Nainital district the previous night.

A bridge being built over the Chalthi river in Champawat was washed away after water levels rose.

Nearly 100 people were stranded at the Lemon Tree Resort in Ramnagar after water from the overflowing Kosi river entered the hotel. Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar announced on Tuesday that the stranded people were safe and efforts were on to rescue them.

Comment: Update: BBC reports on October 20:
Uttarakhand: At least 46 killed in floods in Himalayan state

At least 46 people have died in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Images and videos from the state show flooded roads, submerged homes and fallen bridges.

Experts say the Himalayan state, a popular tourist spot, is seeing the effects of both climate change and rampant construction.

Floods have also ravaged the southern state of Kerala, where at least 26 people have died in recent days.

Both states have recorded excessive rainfall this year, according to data from India's weather department. Kerala, for instance, recorded 453.5mm rainfall as opposed to the 192.7mm that is considered normal during this time of the year.

Uttarakhand, which normally sees up to 30.5mm rainfall in October, recorded 122.4mm in the last 24 hours alone
. But weather officials have said there is likely to be a "significant reduction in rainfall" from Tuesday.
Update2: The Hindu reports on October 21:
Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that so far 64 people have been killed in the Uttarakhand floods and more than 11 were still missing.

Mr. Shah, who took an aerial survey of the flood-affected region in the hill State, said that 535 people have been rescued and more than 16,000 people evacuated.

He said due to the timely weather warning by the Centre, the State government prepared better and many lives could be saved.

The Home Minister said 80% of the phone lines had been restored but some roads had been completely washed away.
See in addition: 298 disaster-related deaths in 2021 for Indian state of Uttarakhand

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Massive flooding in Algiers, Algeria

In just a few hours of precipitation, several streets and entire neighborhoods in Algiers and other wilayas were flooded. According to the weather forecast for Algeria, the rains will continue to fall in several regions during the night.

In the capital, several roads and neighborhoods were flooded. Car traffic was severely disrupted in several motorway sections, particularly at the level of the northern ring road.

The heavy amounts of rain recorded in a few hours caused the blockage of the tram line in Ruisseau. The floods also caused some material damage; two vehicles were washed away in Draria, west of Algiers.

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Floods, landslides kill at least 111 in Nepal - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.
At least 48 people have been killed and 31 others gone missing in floods and landslides caused by unseasonal rainfalls over the last three days in Nepal.

The unexpected rainfalls, after the monsoon season receded two weeks ago, flooded rivers and streams and sparked landslides across the country.

"In addition to 48 deaths and 31 missing, 23 people have been reported injured by Wednesday afternoon," Phanindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "The casualties might increase."

Besides, 20 houses have been fully destroyed in rain-induced disasters along with paddy ready for harvest on hundreds of acres of land, and 20 of the 77 districts in the country have been highly affected by the disasters, said Pokharel.

Comment: Update: India.com reported on October 21:
At Least 88 Dead as Heavy Rains Trigger Flash Floods, Landslides in Nepal

At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
© Reuters
At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
At least 88 people have died across Nepal over the past three days due to flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant heavy rains, health ministry officials said. The death toll rose to 88 on Thursday after 11 more fatalities were reported from various parts of the country, officials said. As many as 63 people died on Wednesday, while the death toll was 14 on Tuesday, they said.

Thirty people have gone missing in the recent incidents of flood, landslides, and inundation so far, according to the latest data published by the ministry's Disaster Management Division.

Panchthar, a district in eastern Nepal, recorded the highest number of deaths at 27, followed by 13 each in Ilam and Doti districts. Fatalities were also reported from 15 other districts, including Kalikot, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Humla, Solukhumbu, Pyuthan, Dhankuta, Morang, Sunsari and Udayapur.

The natural disaster hit 20 districts of Nepal. In Bajhang district, 21 people have gone missing. However, weather conditions have started improving from Thursday, the officials said.
Update2: Floodlist reported:
Disaster authorities in Nepal report that dozens of people have died or are missing after heavy rain caused floods and landslides over the last few days.

The country's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) reported heavy rain from around 16 October. In 24 hours to 18 October, Jogbudha in Dadeldhura district recorded 168.8 mm of rain. In the following 24 hours Sahu Khark in Dadeldhura district saw 361.0 mm and a total of 502.2 mm across a 48 hour period. Over the last 24 hour period to 20 October Tarahara in Sunsari district recorded 398.2 mm of rain. Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said the rain was falling on slopes already saturated by higher than average 2021 monsoon rain.
Update3: The Times of India reported on October 22:
PM Deuba inspects flood-hit regions in Nepal, death toll rises to 111

Nepal prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his cabinet colleagues on Friday visited western Nepal - part of the Himalayan nation hardest hit by the floods and landslides - to take stock of the situation and ensure relief measures are being implemented.

The death toll from the flooding triggered by heavy rains in the country climbed to 111 on Friday, with at least 32 reportedly being injured and 35 still missing, officials said.

Deuba, finance minister Janardan Sharma, minister for tourism and civil aviation, Prem Ale Magar among others, visited Kailari rural municipality, Bhajani municipality, Tikapur municipality and Janaki rural municipality of Kailali district, situated in the western part of the country.

"As floods, landslides and inundation have resulted in a huge loss of lives and properties the government is carrying out immediate relief and rescue works," Deuba said.

He added that the government would carry out plans to resolve issues related to flood and inundation on a long-term basis.

The natural disaster has also caused widespread destruction of crops and properties.

According to data released by the ministry of agriculture, the floods have damaged up to 2,59,000 metric tonnes of rice in Lumbini province, Sudur Paschim province and Province 1, causing losses to the tune of NPR 7.22 billion.

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Alicante province in Spain suffers widespread flooding

Alicante province suffers widespread flooding.
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Alicante province suffers widespread flooding.
According to the State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, Alicante province endured some exceptional spells of rainfall during Friday, October 22. In the southern half of the Valencian Community, especially in the Vega Baja del Segura area, where the Dama de Guardamar school was forced to be evacuated.

As reported by the Emergency Coordination Centre on its Twitter account, around 30 cars were reported as stranded in floodwater caused by the heavy rains in urban areas of this Alicante region.

By about 2pm the rains had stopped and started to head north from Vega Baja, where they hit Baix Vinalopo and Alicante. Here the storms deposited significant amounts of more than 70 litres/m² of rain in the municipality of Torrevieja.

Comment: Almeria further south was also hit by heavy flooding on the same day:

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Torrential rainfall triggers deadly floods in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - 2.3 inches of rain in just 30 minutes

Flood damage in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 22 October 2021.
Flood damage in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 22 October 2021.
At least 4 people have died and several were injured after heavy rain caused flooding and severe material damage in parts of the city of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in West Africa.

Heavy rain caused buildings to collapse as well as flooding and landslides in several parts of the city. Roads were blocked and vehicles left stranded in flood waters. Images shared on Social Media showed wrecked cars and damaged homes.

The municipalities of Yopougon, Attécoubé, Abobo and Adjamé were among the worst affected. GSPM firefighters helped rescue or evacuate people from floods and damaged buildings. As of 22 October, GSPM reported 4 fatalities and 4 people injured.


Tornado damages Brisbane airport as supercell storm batters south-east Queensland, Australia - Almost 4 inches of rain in an hour reported

A tornado touched down in Brisbane on Friday causing damage at the airport, mainly at the international terminal.
© Bureau of Meteorology/Twitter
A tornado touched down in Brisbane on Friday causing damage at the airport, mainly at the international terminal.
A tornado has damaged buildings at Brisbane airport as a supercell thunderstorm battered south-east Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed a tornado formed near the airport at about 10am on Friday, with video footage showing it touching down for only a minute or two.

The storm cell hit about 11am, with footage taken at the airport showing catering pods being blown around on the tarmac near a boarding gate.

The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) said there was some damage, mainly centred on the international terminal.

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5.33 million rai (2.1 mill. acres) of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1 in Thailand

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15.

5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615," said the ministry's Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. "Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household."

Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.

Comment: Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains


18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India - Death toll rises to 41 (UPDATE)

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on Saturday.
As many as 18 people were killed and dozens of others went missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the southern state, officials said. "The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement after chairing an emergency meeting in the state capital.

Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts were worst affected due to the torrential rains. Chief minister Vijayan said all government agencies have been directed to take necessary steps to rescue people from the affected regions and evacuate those living in areas prone to landslides and floods. Vijayan also directed the district collectors to open relief camps to relocate the affected people and said the camps should function strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocol.

Comment: Update: abplive.com reports on October 19:
Kerala Floods: Death toll rises to 41

Floods in Kerala have been causing havoc. The death toll due to floods has reached 41 now. On the other hand, IMD has again issued alert in this matter. IMD has predicted more rainfall in the state in the coming days.

Uttarakhand has been suffering due to downpour as well. Five people have lost their lives due to heavy rainfall.

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Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 40 killed (UPDATES)

Topical Storm Kompasu.
Topical Storm Kompasu.
At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

As of 13 October 2021, the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 6,111 families (21,511 people) affected, 11,525 people displaced, 13 dead, 9 missing and 3 injured. Heavy rain caused flooding in 107 locations and 14 landslides across Regions 1, 2, 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.

Comment: Update: Benar News reports on October 14:
Philippines: Death Toll Rises from Floods, Landslides in Storm's Wake

Search and rescue teams have recovered more bodies of people killed in storm-induced landslides and floods in the Philippines, raising the death toll to 30, officials said Thursday.

The toll included 14 people killed by flash floods in coastal towns in Ilocos Norte province and another nine who were buried by landslides in the mountains of Benguet province, according to national disaster management officials.

Both provinces are on Luzon, the northern island that is home to Metropolitan Manila. The other victims came from Cagayan and Pangasinan - also on Luzon - and from Palawan, an island-province in the western Philippines, officials said.

"According to a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, as of Oct. 14, 2021, we have 30 deaths, three injured and 14 missing," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We sympathize [with] and offer condolences to the families of those who died in the storm."

Roque said that more than 7,000 people were huddled at 124 evacuation centers on Thursday after Tropical Storm Kompasu dumped nearly 25 inches of rain after making landfall on Monday evening.

Crop damage from the storm, meanwhile, had reached an estimated 692 million pesos (U.S. $13.65 million), Roque said, adding that the government had sent aid to affected farmers.

When it made landfall in Cagayan on Monday night, Kompasu, which is known as Maring in the Philippines, brought winds of 100 kph (62.1 mph) near the center with gusts of up to 125 kph (77.6 mph), the national weather bureau said.
Update2: NewsGhana.com carried this Deutsche Presse-Agentur report on October 17:
Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines

The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday.

More than 43,000 people were displaced by Kompasu's onslaught last week, while at least 7,399 houses were damaged, the agency said.

The northern province of Ilocos Sur reported the highest number of dead at 14, most from flash floods, while five were still missing there.

Nine were killed in the nearby province of Benguet, mostly in landslides, while seven died from landslides, electrocution and drowning in the province of Pangasinan.

Five drowned in floods in the western province of Palawan, while five died in the northern provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and La Union.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at more than 3.22 billion pesos (64.5 million dollars), the disaster agency said.

The Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones every year.

The strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines was Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people and displaced more than 4 million in November 2013.