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Parts of Trinidad swamped by flood waters after 24 hours of non-stop rainfall


This photo, posted on social media yesterday, shows brown water covering all of Rochard Road in Barrackpore as large sections of Trinidad saw widespread flooding following heavy showers which started on Wednesday.
Large sections of Trinidad were swamped yesterday by flood waters which continued to rise in certain areas following over 24 hours of non-stop rainfall which began on Wednesday.

As a result, the Meteorological Service yesterday maintained its riverine flood alert for Trinidad especially as the Caroni River burst its banks shortly after midday. In its 9.12 am bulletin, the Met Office advised that as opposed to street and flash flooding, riverine flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

It also reported that water levels in some major rivers as well as their tributaries reached threshold levels overnight and the flood situation would be exacerbated by rainfall yesterday accompanied by gusty winds. "(With) the occurrence of high tide at 3.50 pm, the flooding situation is expected to continue for the next 12 to 24 hours in areas already affected," the bulletin said.


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3 killed by flashfloods and landslide after heavy rainfall in the Philippines


Floodwater in Zamboanga Sibugay
Three people, including two children, died when a flashflood and landslide hit three towns in Zamboanga Sibugay province on Thursday, October 19, the police reported Friday.

One of the three fatalities was identified as Ariel Villaronte, 15, while the other two were only described as a girl and a boy.

The police said Villaronte, a Grade 9 student, drowned after he accidentally fell into a drainage and was swept by strong current around 5 p.m. Thursday in Sitio Kahayagan, Barangay La Dicha, Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Members of the Malangas Municipal Police Station retrieved the remains of Villaronte at 8:35 p.m. Thursday.

Zamboanga Peninsula Region has been experiencing heavy rains since Sunday due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).

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Rain records smashed in parts of Queensland, Australia

© ABC Wide Bay: Brad Marsellos
Flood waters rise around house as heavy rain continues in Bundaberg.
PARTS of Queensland have seen the heaviest ever October rainfall and things are only going to get worse.

HORRIFIC rainfall is set to continue in Queensland which has seen its wettest October on record.

It's only the very beginning of the wet season in the Sunshine State but in some towns the rain is the worst it has been in years.

Up to 400mm of rain was dumped in parts of the state since Saturday, and it has led to flooding and even a death.

A 67-year-old man has been found dead inside his car after being swept away by floodwaters near Gympie last night.

Tom Saunders, the chief meterologist at Sky News, said the sheer amount of rainfall is unprecedented in some parts of Queensland for this time of year.

Comment: In the wake of Queensland's floods vegetable prices have soared.






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Severe flood after highly localised torrential rain hits Cadiz, Spain

Emergency teams in Southern Spain carried out flood rescues on 18 October, 2017, after torrential rain in parts of Andalusia.

Severe flooding was reported in parts of Cadiz province, along with some surface flooding and rockfalls in parts of Malaga province.

According to Spain meteorological agency AEMet (Agencia Estatal de Meteorología) Grazalema in Cádiz recorded 111.4 mm of rain in 24 hours between 17 and 18 October. El Bosque in Cádiz recorded 96.0 mm.

Images on Social Media showed flood water raging through streets of Jerez de la Frontera in Cadiz.


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5,000-mile long 'atmospheric river' to deliver heavy rain, feet of snow to Northwest US

© NASA
An enormous, 5,000-mile long atmospheric river (seen above) that spans from China to North America heading for the Pacific Northwest.
An atmospheric river is poised to funnel gigantic amounts of rain and snow to the Northwest over the next few days.

As much as 15 inches of rain is forecast in the mountains along with several inches in coastal areas, including Portland and Seattle. It could be Seattle's wettest weather since February, the National Weather Service said.

There is also a risk of flash flooding in western Washington and northwestern Oregon on Thursday as a result of the heavy rainfall, the weather service warned.

Snowfall will expand throughout the Washington and Oregon Cascades and parts of the northern Rockies on Thursday - with some light snowfall in higher elevations of northern California. By Friday, snow will continue across the Cascades and throughout the northern Rockies.

On the very tops of the Cascade mountains, a whopping 9 feet of snow could fall, the weather service said.

Some of the rain will make it down to fire-ravaged California in the next few days. However, while a few periods of rain are in store for northern California late Thursday through Friday, a widespread, fire-quenching rainfall is not expected, AccuWeather said.

Another one of these rivers in the sky could funnel rain into Oregon by the weekend.

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Tropical depression kills at least 83 people in Vietnam, worst flooding in decades

© AP
Severe flooding and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed more than 80 people in Vietnam, the government said on Tuesday. Thousands of rescue workers continue to search for nearly two dozen missing people.

Tropical Depression 23W was a relatively weak system but unleashed torrential rain over northern and central Vietnam, causing the country's worst flooding in decades. Nearly 50,000 houses across the region were flooded or destroyed.

At least 83 people were confirmed to have died as of Tuesday, according to an update from the National Search and Rescue Committee. 21 people remain missing, including 5 people who were buried by a landslide in Hoa Binh province.

In addition to homes which have been destroyed, an estimated 75,600 hectares (186,800 acres) of agricultural crops - most of them rice fields - have been flooded. The worst affected region is Thanh Hoa province, where some 327 millimeters (12.8 inches) of rain was recorded.

Remnants from Typhoon Khanun are expected to bring further rain this week.


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2017 is all-time wettest year for Bengaluru, India

© DH


City receives 1,621.6 mm rain this year, surpassing the record set in 2005


With rains continuing to lash the city, Bengaluru galloped to an all-time record for the wettest year.

By Saturday evening, the city had witnessed 1,621.6 mm of rainfall this year, surpassing the current all-time record of around 1,600 mm in 2005, according to India Meteorological Department data.

In the past two months, Bengaluru received, on average, more than the rainfall it would see in a year.

But in the wake of this was destruction and loss of lives. At least 15 people have died in rain-related incidents this year.

Apart from this, battered infrastructure was held responsible for the deaths of five people in pothole-related accidents.

Late Friday, a woman was rescued from her car after it got caught in the swirling currents over the Vrishbhavathi bridge at Nayanadanahalli.

The push to the record was seen on Friday night when the city saw 34 mm of rainfall in the IMD station at Palace Road.

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Cumbria in the UK hit by a month's rain in 24 hours


Roads are almost unusable for most vehicles
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Cumbria throughout most of tomorrow as the county braces itself for more heavy rain.

The warning came as the county continued to be affected following a day of disruption when torrential rain battered much of the county, with two flood warnings and 15 flood alerts currently still in force across the county.

The latest forecast is predicting up to 80mm of rain tomorrow on the county's high fells.

At Honister in the Lake District, records showed the area was hit by a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with 200mm falling in that time. Elsewhere, schools were forced to close and key routes became impassable as roads turned into rivers.

It was particularly bad on the A595 - the key route connecting east and west Cumbria.


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Floods and landslides in Vietnam kill 37 people, thousands evacuated

© AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / VIETNAM NEWS AGENCYVIETNAM NEWS AGENCY/AFP/Getty Images
This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on October 11, 2017 shows a man (R) walking with his motorcycle through a flooded area in the central province of Nghe An.


A tropical depression hit central Vietnam on Tuesday


Floods and landslides after a tropical depression have killed at least 37 people, left another 40 missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said.

The disasters injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged another 16,740 homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Thursday.

In the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, 11 people died and 21 others were missing.

The casualties include four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early on Thursday while they were sleeping, killing six and leaving another 12 missing, disaster official Quach Viet Hoang said.

Rescuers were trying to search for the missing, Mr Hoang added.

Evacuations were ordered for 200,000 people in Ninh Binh province in the north.


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Florida, Texas and Louisiana brace for ANOTHER hurricane: Tropical Storm Nate to strengthen as it strikes the Gulf Coast on Sunday after lashing Central America killing 22


Devastation: A man walks by a fallen tree after the passing of Storm Nate on the road to Masaya, Nicaragua
Florida, Texas, and Louisiana are bracing for another devastating hurricane as Tropical Storm Nate batters Central America.

At least 22 have died in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras as torrential rains uproot trees, knock out bridges and turn roads into rivers.

The storm is heading for the US Gulf Coast where it is expected to strike as a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

Storm or hurricane watches have been issued from Louisiana east through Mississippi and Alabama, with a state of emergency declared in 29 Florida counties, the US National Hurricane Center said.

A spokesman added: 'The threat of the impact is increasing, so folks along the northern Gulf Coast should be paying attention to this thing.'


Comment: Nate updates below:

Florida is under a state of emergency as Nate approaches. Governor Scott issued the order to ensure local governments have enough time to prepare, just in case. (Current predictions put the storm on a course west of Florida.)