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Dam collapse at Siberia gold mine after heavy rain kills 15

The dam burst around 2am Moscow time (6am local time), and flooded several dormitories,’ said an Emergencies Ministry statement

The dam burst around 2am Moscow time (6am local time), and flooded several dormitories,’ said an Emergencies Ministry statement
At least 15 people have died and 13 others are missing after a dam collapse at a gold mine in Siberia.

The dam, on the Seiba river in the region of Krasnoyarsk, burst after heavy rain on Saturday, flooding cabins where workers lived.

Russia's health ministry said 14 miners were taken to hospital, including three with severe injuries.

A criminal investigation has been opened over allegations the dam violated safety regulations.


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Unprecedented flooding affects 200,000 in South Sudan - double average rainfall for 4 weeks

Two boys pick their way along a flooded road in Maban county, South Sudan.
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Two boys pick their way along a flooded road in Maban county, South Sudan.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Unprecedented heavy flooding in South Sudan's Maban County has affected nearly 200,000 people, including refugees and host population.

Situated in the Upper Nile State, the affected area is home to more than 150,000 refugees from Sudan.

South Sudan is on a gradual path to recovery from six years of civil war and now faces flooding that the region has not witnessed in almost four decades.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, working with its partners and the local authorities is rushing emergency support. People are seeking safety from the flood waters wherever they find dry land, mostly on small islands as unprecedented water levels have submerged vast areas.


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Heavy rains trigger floods in Ivory Coast

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Flooding has reached alarming heights in the streets of Yaou, a small town located in the South East of Ivory Coast.

Since Friday heavy rains have killed five people and an extensive damage to properties and businesses.

The country's economic capital is also affected by these floods. Traffic to the east of Abidjan has become difficult as firefighters step up efforts to rescue victims.

Last year, the rainy season, which runs from May to July, resulted in 18 deaths and hundreds of affected families.

Abidjan has 5 million inhabitants, many of whom live in precarious conditions, with uncontrolled construction, often in flood-prone areas.


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28 killed in floods after 8 days of torrential rain in north-eastern Ghana

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At least 28 people have been killed and several others injured following eight days of torrential rains in north-eastern Ghana. Authorities fear the casualty figures could rise.

Some 1,264 houses were partially damaged while another 286 were completely destroyed, they said.

The country's National Disaster Management Organisation has started supplying relief items to the more than 600 people displaced.

"The latest situational report indicates that 28 people have lost their lives in the Upper East region of the republic of Ghana. The rains are still ongoing. We have about 640 people displaced," the agency's spokesman George Ayisi said on Wednesday.


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Family of 4 killed by landslide due to ongoing heavy rains in Kenya

Mourners at the scene of the tragedy where a landslide claimed 4 lives on Friday, October 16, 2019.

Mourners at the scene of the tragedy where a landslide claimed 4 lives on Friday, October 16, 2019.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen is in mourning after his area residents succumbed to a landslide.

Murkomen took to social media to send his condolences to the family of Titus Kiptoo on Friday, October 18.

"My condolences to the family of Titus Kiptoo and his wife Lorna together with their children Jepchirchir and Jelimo," the Senate majority leader expressed.

"They were unfortunately killed when their house was swept by a landslide in Tuturung, Marakwet East as a result of the ongoing heavy rains. What a tragedy! Pole sana (Sincere condolences)," he added.

Reports indicated that the family was buried by the debris and recovery efforts commenced on Friday morning, October 18.


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Flooding causes at least 23 fatalities in Tanzania

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Flooding has affected 3 regions of Tanzania after days of heavy rain, leaving homes damaged or destroyed, roads blocked and bridges submerged.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in the Morogoro region from 12 October, 2019, has left at least 11 people dead.

Local media, quoting police sources, said that the victims include 5 pupils from Nyashiro primary school who were swept away by flood water from Mvuha river in Kibogwa ward. Six other victims were killed by flash floods in different parts of the region.


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Flooding and landslides leave 4 dead in El Salvador

Heavy rain caused a landslide which left a 70 metre deep hole in the residential area of St Lucia, Ilopango, San Salvador department.
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Heavy rain caused a landslide which left a 70 metre deep hole in the residential area of St Lucia, Ilopango, San Salvador department.
At least 4 people have died after severe weather and heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in El Salvador from 12 October, 2019.

According to media reports, 3 people died in separate incidents after they were swept away by flood waters in the departments of Morazán, La Paz and La Unión. The fourth victim died as a result of wind damage in San Miguel.

The heavy rain has also caused problems in the municipality of Ilopango, San Salvador department. Hundreds of people have evacuated and around 400 houses are threatened with collapse after the rains caused a landslide which left a 70 metre deep hole in the residential area of St Lucia.


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Over 2,100 dead in monsoon rains, floods across India

Monsoon flooding India
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More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states.

More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states, Union home ministry officials said on Wednesday.

The highest 399 people died in Maharashtra, followed by 227 deaths in West Bengal in rains, floods and landslides that hit as many as 357 districts in the country.

According to the officials, 738 people were injured and nearly 20,000 animals were lost. The heavy rains and floods fully damaged 1.09 lakh houses, partially damaged 2.05 lakh houses and destroyed 14.14 lakh hectares of crops.

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Landslide kills 22 in southern Ethiopia after 10 hours of heavy rainfall

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The landslide was caused by heavy rains in southern Ethiopia.
Rescue workers on Tuesday used excavators to dig out bodies after a landslide in southern Ethiopia washed away homes and killed more than 20 people, a local official said.

The landslide in the remote district of Konta occurred Sunday following 10 hours of heavy rains, said the official, Takele Tesfu.

"There are 22 people dead and we have only been able to dig up 17 using manpower and machine power," Takele told AFP.

"So far, we cannot get the others, so tomorrow we will continue to dig."

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7 days of Tropical Storm Narda leaves a trail of damage on Pacific coast of Mexico, killing at least 2

Washed-out bridges and mudslides cut off many communities in Guerrero.

Washed-out bridges and mudslides cut off many communities in Guerrero.
Tropical storm Narda left a trail of damage along Mexico's Pacific coast as it moved northward during the past seven days, hitting the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero particularly hard.

The storm claimed the lives of two people in Oaxaca: a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy who were swept away by floodwaters while trying to cross rivers in the municipalities of San Pedro Mixtepec and San Jerónimo Coatlán respectively.

About 300 homes and at least 11 schools were damaged in the southern state as was the hospital in Tutupec, a municipality halfway between Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional.