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Mudslide kills at least 57 gold miners in Liberia

In spite of the glaring safety risks, alluvial miners relentlessly swarm the area, looking for gold.

In spite of the glaring safety risks, alluvial miners relentlessly swarm the area, looking for gold.
At least 57 gold miners have been killed by a mudslide in eastern Nimba County in Liberia, sources said Wednesday.

Local media reports say at least 45 gold miners have been buried underground by a mudslide as the men dug for gold in the Kartee Gold Mine.

Reports say 12 gold miners were said to be the first group of victims, who lost their lives a few days before the latest incident which occurred at the weekend.

The mine is located in Gboanipea located about 10 kilometres away from Tappita, in eastern Nimba County along the border with Cote d'Ivoire.

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At least 60 feared dead in mine flood after dam collapses following heavy rainfall in Zimbabwe (UPDATE)

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Twenty-three illegal miners are feared to have died on Tuesday evening when interlinked shafts and tunnels at two mines in Battlefields, Kadoma, were flooded after the collapse of a dam wall due to excessive rains received in the area.

The dam wall reportedly collapsed around 11PM on Tuesday night flooding shafts at the RioZim-owned Cricket Mine and another one owned by a Mr Baxter.

The two mines have three linked shafts said to be 30 metres deep and 20 metre-wide tunnels.

There are, however, fears that more miners could have perished in the disaster while reports also indicated that the water in the shafts and tunnels was rising.

Mashonaland West provincial administrator Mrs Cecilia Chitiyo yesterday confirmed the incident.

She said the local Civil Protection Unit had been activated to offer assistance.

Comment: Update: NDTV on the 16th of February reports:
At least 60 illegal gold miners were missing feared dead in Zimbabwe on Friday after water flooded two disused shafts in a mining town southwest of Harare, a government minister said.

Between 60-70 miners were in the two shafts when they were flooded on Tuesday, Local Government Minister July Moyo said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, had declared a "state of disaster", he added.

A government mining engineer, Michael Munodawafa, told AFP outside the mine, 145 kilometres (90 miles) southwest of the capital, that "hope of finding anyone alive is very slim since it happened Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. It's almost over 24 hours".

Moyo said "frantic efforts were being made to pump out water from the flooded shafts before retrieval of the victims".

The government has launched an appeal for $200,000 to be used "to pump out water, feeding the bereaved families and the (rescue) teams on the ground, transportation and burial of the victims", he said.

"Given the magnitude of this disaster, we kindly appeal to individuals, development partners and the corporate world for assistance in cash and kind," he said.

Zimbabwe is the throws of a deep economic crisis, the worst in a decade.

The country has valuable platinum, diamond, gold, coal and copper deposits.

Zimbabwe President had declared a

Zimbabwe President had declared a "state of disaster": Officials.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rain kills four people in Bogor, Indonesia

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Four people have died while four others are injured after being buried in a landslide that struck Kampung Ciapus, Ciomas district in Bogor regency, West Java, on Friday evening.

The landslide took place at 11 p.m. on Friday and eroded a house inhabited by a family of eight, Ciomas Police chief Comr. Wahyu Wiyadi said.

Wahyu said the landslide was triggered by heavy rain that been pouring since the afternoon in the village.

The buried house was located below the hill. Above the house was road and pathway located in the hillside.


Australian river swells to 37 miles wide due to flooding, creates its own weather system

Satellite imagery shows the massive flooding that has hit northeast Australia in 2019.

Satellite imagery shows the massive flooding that has hit northeast Australia in 2019.
A river has gone from thin and dry to 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide in a matter of weeks as a result of floods in northeast Australia, satellite imagery shows.

Images released by NASA show the change to the Flinders River -- one of Australia's longest waterways -- over the past month, with flooding there at its worst in more than half a century.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Climate and atmosphere shifts mid-Winter 2019

DEEP snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria today, January 16
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Deep snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria, January 16
These are events that happened across our planet in the middle of Northern Hemisphere Winter 2019. Changes are amplifying and will continue to do so through 2035.

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24-hour rainfall on Hawaii's Kauai last April confirmed as US record

Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay
Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, as seen on April 15, 2018. Weather officials confirmed this morning that the torrential rains that resulted in flooding on Kauai last April set a new national record — the most rainfall in a 24-hour period.
Torrential rainfall that led to catastrophic flooding last April on the Hawaiian island of Kauai set a national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, weather officials say.

The National Climatic Extremes Committee has verified the 49.7 inches recorded at Waipa Garden in the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. April 15, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

"After considering the observation and the various surrounding factors, the NCEC determined the Waipa Garden observation to be valid, and it now stands as the 24-hour record precipitation for the United States," the NCEC said in a memo.

Brian Donegan, a weather.com meteorologist, said, "The previous U.S. 24-hour rainfall record was 43 inches at Alvin, Texas, from July 25-26, 1979, during Tropical Storm Claudette."

Comment: With nearly 50 inches in 24 hours, Hawaii may have broken the US rainfall record

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At least 10 people killed as heavy rain, floods and landslides hit Peru

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said Monday recent rains across the country have killed at least 10 people as 1,800 suffered losses. Rains have swollen and overflowed rivers that damaged bridges, highways, health centers, police stations, and educational institutions, an Andina news agency report said.

The weather also sent rocks from high mountain locations rolling down in dangerous mudslides. The central government is sending about 500 tons of food and other aid, and is transferring funds to repair infrastructure, Andina added. Aid is moving slowly, though, as roads are damaged.


Floods, fire and drought: Australia bearing the brunt of rise in extreme weather

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Residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of Hermit Park in Townsville this week.
Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual

The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city's 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged moist air south from the equator to Australia's top end.

It dumped an unprecedented 1.4 metres of rain in less than two weeks - roughly double what falls on London in a year.

The ensuing chaos has wrecked homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to property. Two men have drowned and videos posted to social media have shown crocodiles climbing trees and taking to elevated highways in search of shelter.

But amid the deluge, not everyone heeded the evacuation advice.

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Burst dam kills 3 in West Java, Indonesia following heavy rainfall

A man checks out the condition of his housing
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A man checks out the condition of his housing complex in Pasir Jati, Bandung regency, West Java, on Sunday, following heavy rains on Saturday.
Heavy rains in Bandung, West Java and its surrounding areas on Saturday night caused the dam holding the Cinambo River in Pasar Jati, Bandung regency to burst, resulting in flooding that claimed three lives.

The flooding hit residential areas in Cigending subdistrict, Ujungberung district and several houses in the Endah regency complex, where eight people were dragged away by the strong currents.

The Bandung search and rescue (SAR) office said three people, including a baby, had been declared dead, while five people had been rescued.

The victims were identified as Phida, 40, Hani, 25 and Raifan, 1.

"The joint SAR team has moved all residents affected by the flooding to a safer location," Bandung SAR spokesperson Joshua Banjarnahor said on Sunday.


Up to 500,000 cattle die due to flooding caused by record rainfall in Queensland, Australia (UPDATE - with video)

Dead cattle at Eddington Station in western Queenand. Photograph: Rachael Anderson
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Dead cattle at Eddington Station in western Queensland.
The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall.

The independent inquiry will look into "key preparedness and response elements" to the storms that dumped more than one metre of rain on Townsville in less than a week.

In the west of the state, graziers have been confronted with scenes described by one mayor as "hell", as it became clear up to 300,000 cattle had died in the floods. The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the sight so many cattle that had died agonising deaths made her "sick in the stomach".

Comment: Update: The Guardian reports on the 11th of January:
In north-west Queensland it hadn't rained, any decent rain, for more than five years.

When the downpour finally came last week, graziers were elated. Now it's feared up to 500,000 cattle, mostly from severely drought-stressed herds, have been killed in widespread flood waters.

The full extent of the losses won't be known for weeks; some properties remain underwater and the flood waters are moving south. But the agricultural industry's peak body says the situation has already become "a massive humanitarian crisis", affecting an area twice the size of Victoria.

After a prolonged drought, some rural parts of Queensland received three years' worth of average rainfall in a week.

Dead cattle at Eddington station 20km west of Julia Creek, Queensland.
© Rachael Anderson
Dead cattle at Eddington station 20km west of Julia Creek, Queensland.