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Flash floods triggered by tropical storm Luban continue to hit eastern Yemen

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Tropical Cyclone "Luban" on October 14, 2018.

Flash floods and landslides triggered by the tropical storm Luban continued to hit Yemen's eastern province of Al-Mahra on Monday, official sources told Xinhua.

The entire province is still being threatened by Luban with many houses damaged by the flash flood and strong wind, said a source from the Al-Mahra authorities.

Thundery downpours and severe wind are still hitting many areas of the province, bringing flash floods that besieged a number of villages, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Temporary relief camps set up at schools received scores of flood-affected people, he added.

Another source from Al-Mahra's health department said four people are missing and 33 injured, while more than 350 families have been rescued from their homes and moved to schools and shelters.

Electricity power stations and other communication facilities across the province remain out of service.

Meanwhile, Rageh Bakrit, governor of Al-Mahra, said around 50 families are still trapped on the rooftops by flood waters.

Comment: Heavy rainfall from Luban also caused many waterfalls to form across the Dhofar region of Oman.

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3 workers killed in landslide triggered by heavy rain in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Rescue officials at the scene.
© Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia
Rescue officials at the scene
Three Myanmar nationals were killed after being buried in a landslide in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands on Sunday morning (Oct 14).

The victims, believed to be farm workers, were sleeping in a shed when the landslide occurred, said Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Ashari Abu Samah.

The landslide happened at around 3am following heavy rain which began just after midnight, said Ashari.

"The landslide occurred due to the heavy rain and buried the hut," he said in a statement. He added that the shed was illegally constructed at the bottom of a steep slope.

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Deadly floods in southwest France after staggering 244 mm (9 inches) of rain in 6 hours - UPDATE: 13 confirmed dead

At least 6 people have died in floods affecting parts of southern France after extremely heavy rainfall over night, 14 to 15 October, 2018.

The heaviest of the rain fell in Aude department. Meteo France said that in a 12 period to early 15 October, 295 mm of rain fell was recorded Trèbes, which is the equivalent of 4 months of rain. Furthermore, 244 mm of that total fell in just a 6 hour period.

Elsewhere, 211 mm of rain was recorded in Arquettes-en-Val, 178 mm in Mouthoumet, 172 mm in Les Martys and 138 mm in Carcassonne.

A red warning (highest level) for flooding Aude Department is in place. An orange level for flooding is in place for Pyrénées-Orientales department and orange level warnings for heavy rain have been issued for Tarn, Herault and Aveyron departments.

Comment: UPDATE 15:25 CET

RT reports that the death toll in the Aude region has now reached 13.

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Four killed as heavy rain triggers landslides in Chattogram, Bangladesh

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.
According to the fire service, three members of a family die after a landslide in the Akbar Shah area's Firoz Shah Colony caused their home to collapse around 2am on Saturday.

Another person was killed in a landslide in Panchlaish's Rahman Nagar area around 1am.

Two makeshift houses at the Firoz Shah Colony were buried after rain loosened the soil and resulted in a landslide, Chattogram Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin told bdnews24.com.

The fire service began rescue efforts with the help of locals after the incident was reported. They recovered three dead bodies early on Sunday morning.

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Two drownings under investigation as flash floods hit Pretoria, South Africa

Roads are flooding in Pretoria‚ Johannesburg and southern Gauteng.
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Roads are flooding in Pretoria‚ Johannesburg and southern Gauteng.
The City of Tshwane's emergency services are investigating an alert that two people may have drowned in the Apies River during a weekend of flash floods and electricity outages across the city, following heavy rains.

On Sunday afternoon, the Tshwane Emergency Services Department (EMS) said it had attended to various flooding incidents since Saturday afternoon when a thunderstorm with strong winds and hail approached Tshwane from the south.

The initial storm started in the East Rand and swept through Tshwane. The northern and western areas were the most affected from around 1pm continuing throughout the night. Storm water drains were blocked and could not handle the massive amount of water, hail and debris entering certain areas.

The most severe flash floods were observed in Hammanskraal, Temba, Pretoria West and Pretoria North.

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Storm Callum: Parts of Wales see 'worst flooding in 30 years'

North the dog overlooks Crickhowell in Powys as the River Usk burst its banks
North the dog overlooks Crickhowell in Powys as the River Usk burst its banks
Rivers have burst their banks, homes are flooded while some are without power and Wales is suffering travel chaos as Storm Callum wreaks havoc.

Parts of Wales have seen their worst flooding in 30 years with Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys the worst hit. Flood warnings remain in place.

One village is ready to evacuate and people have been told to stay at home.

Wales was the windiest place in the UK on Saturday with gusts of 60mph (97kmh) hitting at Milford Haven.

Capel Curig in Conwy was among the wettest places in the UK with 46.2mm (1.6ins) of rain, the wettest being Shap in Cumbria.

A Met Office amber warning to expect flooding runs until 18:00 BST while the rest of Wales is on yellow possible flooding alert until midnight.

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Floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in Indonesia leave at least 22 dead

Indonesia Landslides
Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 22 people - mostly children at a school, and leaving 15 others missing, officials said.

A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 21 children were swept away on Friday afternoon, said local police chief Irsan Sinuhaji.

He said rescuers retrieved the bodies of 11 children from mud and rubble hours later.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rain in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing

An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains leaves 11 people including four children dead in a central Colombian town

An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains leaves 11 people including four children dead in a central Colombian town
An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains killed 11 people, including four children, in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia, the country's disaster relief agency said on Thursday.

The landslide, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time, sent part of a hillside onto several houses, photos posted on Twitter by the disaster relief agency for Caldas province showed.

"The official information of what occurred in Marquetalia is of 11 people dead, the number of the missing is still not exact and the terrain is being evaluated for a preventative evacuation of families," the provincial agency said.

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At least 34 killed in landslides and floods after heavy rain in Eastern Region of Uganda

A cloud of helplessness hang over the area
© Paul Watala
A cloud of helplessness hang over the area as residents looked on in the aftermath of the deadly disaster.
The Red Cross in Uganda has reported that at least 34 people have lost their lives in a massive landslide and flooding in the district of Bududa, Eastern Region, Uganda, on 11 October, 2018.

According to local media, heavy rain in the region caused the River Tsuume to burst its banks, which in turn caused a landslide in Bukalasi in Bubiita Subcounty, Bududa district.

The Red Cross said that volunteers are working on the ground to support the victims and the Red Cross technical team is conducting risk assessments. However, some of the affected areas are still not accessible and it is possible the death toll could increase further. Local media said that hundreds are feared dead.

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Nigeria floods ruin crops for 100,000 farmers

The disaster, which happened three weeks ago, may cause a shortage of rice, the country's staple food.

Nigeria's agriculture minister is warning there could be a shortage of rice, the country's staple food.

The warning came after devastating floods hit large parts of the country, destroying crops just as farmers were getting ready for harvest.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from some of the affected areas.