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At least 3 dead, 5 missing after more floods in Kasese, Uganda

Floods destroyed a house in Kasese, Uganda, 24 November 2020.
© Uganda Red Cross
Floods destroyed a house in Kasese, Uganda, 24 November 2020.
Heavy rain in western Uganda has once again caused a deadly flooding in Kasese district.

The flooding occurred in Buhuhira and Bwesumbu sub-counties after the Kuruhe river broke its banks on 24 November.

According to the Uganda Red Cross, a house was destroyed by flood waters in the village of Kinyamagana in Bwensumbu sub-county, leaving at least 3 people dead and 5 more are feared missing. Search for the missing is ongoing.

Uganda Red Cross said "Our search and rescue team recovered the bodies of the three children who were under the rubble. (The) family has lost shelter and has camped at Kinyamagana Full gospel church. We commiserate with the family."

Deadly floods struck in Kasese in May and early November this year.


Severe thunderstorms dump heavy rainfall on metro New Orleans, flooding streets - at rate of up to 7 inches per hour

© David Grunfeld
A line of severe thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on the metro area early Wednesday evening, flooding streets throughout New Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

According to measurements taken by the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, 3.71 inches fell in parts of the Lower 9th Ward, 3.27 inches fell in parts of Lakeview, 3.21 in the Upper 9th Ward, 2.97 inches fell at Orleans Avenue near City Park and Broad Street in Midcity, and 2.82 inches fell in parts of Treme. Many other parts of the city got more than 2 inches.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday for western Orleans and north/central Jefferson parishes.

The warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. and the city has lifted restrictions on parking on the neutral ground.

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Cyclone Nivar claims 3 lives in Tamil Nadu, India - up to 9.6 inches of rain falls in 18 hours

Heavy rains have already flooded parts of Chennai
Heavy rains have already flooded parts of Chennai
Three people have died and three others are injured in the wake of Cyclone Nivar in Tamil Nadu, Atulya Mishra, Additional Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu said on Thursday.

Over 2 lakh people are in relief camps in the State. Further, 101 huts have been damaged and 380 fallen trees have been removed.

Chennai witnessed heavy rainfall and strong winds all through Wednesday night before the cyclonic storm moved towards Puducherry.

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Heavy rains flood Annaba, Algeria

Annaba is drowning in water after heavy rains. Flood in Algeria, November 23.

After a heavy rain last night: The city of Hajar in Annaba state is drowning in water.

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Dozens rescued from floods across Israel as first snow lands on Mt. Hermon

Flooding the the center of Israel following heavy rains
Flooding the the center of Israel following heavy rains.
Rescue teams came to the rescue of dozens of people as heavy rain caused flooding and power outages nationwide over the weekend, an MDA spokesperson said. No injuries were reported.

Snow also fell on Mount Hermon on Saturday morning for the first time this season.

The Arava Rescue Unit reported on Saturday evening that they had rescued a group of 35 hikers, all above the age of 50, who had been reported missing earlier in the day in the Makhtesh HaKatan (Small Crater) area in southern Israel.

According to the report, the group left Mitzpeh Tamar on their way to the Ashmedai Gate (also known as "the devils gate,") which lies at the entrance to the small crater, losing the trail after nightfall.

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Flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, South Africa

Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
© City of Tshwane
Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng, South Africa, from 20 November 2020. Four flood- and rain-related fatalities were reported.

Damage was reported to roads and infrastructure. Local media said one person died after being swept away while trying to cross a river with strong currents in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Severe flooding was reported in Tshwane, Gauteng, with roads and bridges damaged and vehicles left stranded in flood water. Three young people died in a storm water trench in Hammanskraal on 21 November. The circumstances of the deaths are being investigated by Tshwane authorities.

Almost 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 November in Pretoria.


Flash floods hit Calabria, Italy - 18 inches of rain in 48 hours

Floods in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, November 2020.
© Government of Calabria
Floods in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, November 2020.
Over 200 people were rescued from floods in southern Italy over the weekend 20 to 22 November after more than 450mm of rain in 48 hours.

Torrential rain the Italy's Calabria Region caused severe flooding in the provinces of Crotone and Cosenza, causing widespread damage. The regional government has requested a state of emergency.

Italy's fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, said teams had carried out over 400 interventions for flooding and rescued 200 people.

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7 killed in landslide caused by heavy rain in Antioquia, Colombia

Landslide in Puerto Valdivia Antioquia Colombia, 23 November 2020.
© DAGRAN, Antioquia
Landslide in Puerto Valdivia Antioquia Colombia, 23 November 2020.
More people have died in landslides caused by heavy rain in the department of Antioquia, Colombia.

The department's disaster authority, DAGRAN Antioquia, reported that a landslide struck in the village of Cachirime in Puerto Valdivia, Valdivia municipality on 23 November 2020.

Two commercial buildings were buried in the landslide. After search and rescue operations were completed, DAGRAN Antioquia confirmed that 7 people had died and 12 were injured.

The fatalities in Puerto Valdivia bring the total number of rain-related deaths in the department to 17 since the start of the second rainy season in September this year. According to DAGRAN, landslides caused 1 fatality in Yarumal and 5 in Dabeiba, while flash floods caused 1 fatality in Betulia, 1 in Chigorodó and 2 in Mutatá where floods struck on 21 November after the Sucio River overflowed. Three minors were rescued by helicopter.

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Floods in Tabasco, Mexico affect 50% of the state's banana plantations

green nanas
The serious floods in Tabasco have caused important losses to the agricultural sector, mainly impacting banana production.

"Producers estimate that 50% of their plantations were affected, so we are developing a plan to establish measures to strengthen the banana strains once the flood subsides," stated Victor Villalobos, the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader).

Villalobos also stressed that it will be necessary to grant credits to producers in the region and provide technical assistance to avoid pests and diseases derived from floods.


Storm Iota death toll rises to 40 in Central America as Honduran leader pleads for help

Vehicles are submerged at a plot flooded by the
© Jorge Cabrera
Vehicles are submerged at a plot flooded by the Chamelecon River due to heavy rain caused by Storm Iota, in La Lima, Honduras November 19, 2020.
Authorities in Central America recovered more bodies on Thursday from landslides triggered by hurricane Iota, which battered the impoverished region this week, the second deadly storm to roar through this month.

The number of reported deaths rose to more than 40 across Central America and Colombia, and the toll is expected to rise as rescue workers reach isolated communities. Most of the deaths occurred in Nicaragua and Honduras.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez issued an urgent plea for international help.

"We are in a situation of great calamity and we need the world to help us rebuild our country," he told a news conference.

The strongest storm on record to hit Nicaragua, Iota struck the coast late on Monday as a Category 4 hurricane. It inundated low-lying areas still reeling from the impact two weeks ago of Eta, another major hurricane that killed dozens of people in the region.