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3 dead after floods in several provinces of Ecuador

Flood rescue in Ecuador July 2022
Flood rescue in Ecuador July 2022
Disaster officials in Ecuador reported heavy rain caused the overflow of 10 rivers in various locations in the country from 03 to 05 July 2022. At least 3 people have died and dozens displaced.

Heavy rain, floods and landslides have caused at least 3 fatalities according to disaster officials and local media reports. One person died after being swept away by floods in Azogues in the province of Cañar. Another person died when a house collapsed in Azuay. A third fatality was reported after floods in the canton of Guamote in the province of Chimborazo.


Australia floods: 50,000 people in Sydney told to evacuate

Floods have hit Australia's largest city Sydney for the third time this year prompting evacuation warnings to 50,000 people.

Parts of Sydney have received about eight months of rain in four days.

Roads have been cut off, some houses are under water and thousands have been left without power.

Widespread flooding across Australia - driven by a La Niña weather pattern - has killed more than 20 people this year, many in New South Wales.

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Fatalities reported after floods in Balochistan, Pakistan

Floods in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, July 2022
© Provincial Disaster Management Authority.
Floods in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, July 2022
Disaster authorities in the Pakistan province of Balochistan report 6 people have lost their lives after heavy rain caused damage and flooding.

Raging floods swept through the streets of the provincial capital Quetta on 04 July 2022. Residents of the city and surrounding areas were left without electricity after floods and winds downed power lines. Local media said makeshift and mud houses were swept away by flooding in low-lying areas of the city. Four people died when a house collapsed in the Sariab Mills area of the city. Two other fatalities, believed to be young children, died in flood waters near a major highway.

Teams from Balochistan's Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) were called on to carry out rescues and flood clearance in various parts of the city. As of 05 July, PDMA reported one person was missing.

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Deadly flash floods in Kedah, Malaysia

Flood damage in Baling, Kedah, Malaysia, July 2022
© NADMA Malaysia
Flood damage in Baling, Kedah, Malaysia, July 2022
At least 3 people have died after flash floods in Baling District in the state of Kedah, Malaysia.

Flooding struck after heavy rain from 04 July 2022. Levels of the Ketil River at Kuala Pegang jumped to 36.05 metres, which is 50 cm above the alert level.

Flooding swamped at least 9 villages in the district. Malaysia's disaster management agency reported 1,424 people evacuated their homes and moved to emergency accommodation as of 05 July.

Kedah Fire and Rescue Department said the bodies of 3 family members who were reported missing were found during the morning of 05 July 2022.

Flood water reached up to roof height. Over 70 houses were severely damaged and at least 6 completely destroyed by the force of the flooding. Local media reported some victims swept away by the floods managed to survive by holding on to trees and branches. Bridges and roads were also destroyed.

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Tropical Storm Aere moves eastward across Japan bringing torrential rain and flooding - 4.7 inches of rainfall in an hour

Tropical Storm Aere

Tropical Storm Aere
A tropical storm was moving slowly eastward toward the western and central parts of the Japanese archipelago Tuesday, bringing torrential rain and causing flooding as well as landslides.

Tropical Storm Aere, which made landfall on Kyushu before weakening into an extratropical low-pressure system, is expected to destabilize weather conditions nationwide through Wednesday, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The storm made landfall close to Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, shortly before 6 a.m. It was reduced to an extratropical low-pressure system at 9 a.m. and had an atmospheric pressure of 1,002 hectopascals at its center, the agency said.


Bangladesh - Severe floods in north affect 4.2 million and displace 90,000 - death toll rises to 102 (UPDATES)

People ride on a bike on a submerged road during a widespread flood in Sylhet

People ride on a bike on a submerged road during a widespread flood in Sylhet
Humanitarian agencies in Bangladesh report that more than 4.3 million people have been exposed to the flooding currently affecting wide areas in the north east of the country.

Rivers in Sylhet Division have flooded for the second time in a few weeks. "The flooding is the worst in 122 years in the Sylhet region," said Atiqul Haque, Director General of Bangladesh's Department of Disaster Management, Reuters reported.

Wide areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet districts in Sylhet Division are submerged. Damage to roads has left Sunamganj disconnected from the rest of the country. Road links to Sylhet district have also been damaged and railway operations suspended. The Government has deployed Army, Navy and Coast Guard teams to conduct search and rescue operations. Other affected districts are Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Maulvibazar, Netrakona and Kishoreganj.

Comment: Update June 30

The Business Standard reports:
Flood death toll rises to 92

So far 92 people have died in the flood-affected districts across the country in the last 13 days, according to the data provided by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Two men and a kid are trying to float a boat
Two men and a kid are trying to float a boat on a portion of the Dhaka-Sylhet highway
In addition, 9,496 people were affected with various diseases such as vision impairment, diarrhea, skin diseases or sustained snake bites during this period.

Of the casualties, four deaths and 819 infections were reported in the last 24 hours.

They died being drowned in flood water and bitten by snakes.

A total of 2,048 medical teams are working in the flood-hit four divisions, said DGHS.

Update July 3

Dhaka Tribune reports:
Flood death toll reaches 102

Seven deaths reported in 24 hours

Children use a boat for transportation in a flooded area in Sunamganj on June 21, 2022
© Focus Bangla
Children use a boat for transportation in a flooded area in Sunamganj on June 21, 2022
The ongoing flood claimed seven more lives in Netrokona and Lalmonirhat districts in 24 hours till Saturday morning, raising the total fatalities to 102.

All the deceased died by drowning, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Among the total deceased, 75 people died by drowning in floodwater, 15 from lightning strikes, two from snake bites, one from diarrhoea, and nine due to other reasons.

The total deaths were recorded from May 17 to July 3.

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Streets flooded in Taiyuan due heavy rain hitting Shanxi, China

On July 2, 2022, affected by the strong convective weather, heavy rain occurred in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province. The Taiyuan Meteorological Observatory has issued a red warning of urban waterlogging meteorological risk, and the warning area was six urban areas.

Due the torrential rains, many sections of Taiyuan City, such as the Wayao Street on Qianfeng North Road and Mengshan Street on Xinjinci Road, were seriously flooded, and traffic was interrupted for a time. In addition, the depth of water accumulation in several other road sections ranges from 20 cm to 50 cm.

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Thousands displaced by floods in north east Brazil

Torrential rain and overflowing rivers in northeastern Brazil has prompted thousands of people to evacuate their homes in the states of Alagoas, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte. One person was reported missing in floods in Pernambuco.


Heavy rain has been falling in the state of Alagoas since the start of the month. Porto de Pedras recorded 97.6 mm of rain in 24 hours to 02 July 2022. As of 03 July, the state's Environment and Water Resources agency reported rivers were above the danger mark in 5 locations: the Paraíba river at Viçosa; the Canhoto river at São José da Laje; the Mundaú river at Murici; the Jacuípe river at Jacuípe; and the Mundaú river at Rio Largo.

Civil Defence in the state said 39,285 people had evacuated their homes and moved to stay with relatives or to an emergency accommodation centre.

Over 50 municipalities have been affected, with the populations of Viçosa, São José da Laje and Coruripe among the hardest hit.

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Severe flood in Craiova, Romania

The flood turned the city upside down in an hour. Severe flood in Craiova, Romania

A severe storm caused damage in Craiova. Several cars were swept away by water, and on some streets, water seeped under the asphalt and inflated it until it broke. In other neighborhoods, water accumulated on the road was up to half the doors of the car.

The storm in Craiova lasted 50 minutes. There was so much water on the streets that it just took the cars out of the parking lot.

Meteorologists announced a red alert for heavy rains and hail for some districts of the country.

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37 dead, 25 still missing after massive landslide in Manipur, India (UPDATES)

Landslide damaged Tupul station building of ongoing Jiribam-Imphal new line project

Landslide damaged Tupul station building of ongoing Jiribam-Imphal new line project
At least eight people were killed and 13 others injured after a massive landslide hit a town in western Manipur's Noney district. The incident took place at Tupul yard railway construction camp on Wednesday night.

Many of those killed belonged to the terrirtorial army who guarded a major railway line construction site, officials said.

The landslide also obstructed the flow of a river, creating a dam-like water body that could lead to flooding if the debris are removed, leading to a complex environmental disaster.

The obstructed flow of Ijei river, which has led to a dam-like structure, could flood low-lying areas if the situation worsens. The officer has asked Noney residents to take precautions and not let children go near the river.

Comment: Update July 1

Floodlist reports:
India - 14 Dead, Dozens Missing After Landslide in Manipur

A massive landslide triggered by days of heavy rain has caused death and destruction in a remote area of the state of Manipur in northeastern India.

The landslide occurred at a railway construction site near Tupul, Noney district, during the early hours of 30 June 2022, burying a makeshift camp for construction workers. Rescue teams working at the site recovered 14 bodies, while 25 were rescued alive.

India's Ministry of Home Affairs reported 56 people were feared missing under the debris, including members of the Territorial Army, construction workers and locals.

The landslide blocked the flow of the Ijai river and created an artificial dam, raising fears of possible flooding in the area.
Update July 2

The Hindustan Times reports:
Manipur landslide: 20 army men among 27 dead, 35 still missing

The death toll of the massive landslide at the Marangching railway construction site in Manipur's Noney district rose to 27 after 6 more bodies were recovered from the debris till 12 noon on Saturday, officials said. Around 35 others are still missing even as the search operation entered the third day. Meanwhile, a fresh landslide was also reported on Saturday morning near the railway construction camp at Marangching area but there was no loss of life or property during the incident.

The massive landslide, which is said to be the first of its kind with such a huge magnitude in the history of Manipur, took place near the railway construction camp at Marangching part 5 area, about 75km west of the state capital, in the intervening night of June 29 and 30.

The landslide also hit 107 Territorial Army (TA) camp of the Indian Army deployed at the area for the protection of the railway construction work. "So far, we have recovered 27 bodies (as of 12 noon) including today's six bodies," said a senior state government official who is monitoring the situation from Noney district headquarters. "Out of them, 20 are army men," he said.

Meanwhile, people familiar with the matter in the Army said that wall radars are being successfully used to detect humans and moving objects and search and rescue dogs are being employed to assist in the rescue operations.

"So far, 13 Territorial Army personnel and 5 civilians have been safely rescued, while mortal remains of 18 Territorial Army personnel and 6 civilians have been recovered," the Army said in a release on Saturday.

The mortal remains of 14 personnel including one junior commissioned officer (JCO) and 12 other ranks of Territorial Army personnel were sent to respective home stations by two Indian Air Force (IAF) aircrafts and an Indian Army helicopter, while one mortal remain was sent to Kangpokpi district in Manipur by road after wreath laying by GOC Red Shield Division and IG IGAR (South) at Imphal with full military honours on Saturday morning, it said.

The massive debris initially blocked the Ijei River creating a reservoir that may inundate low-lying areas. However, the water level has been receding fast after eight excavators cleared the debris and resumed the river course on Friday.

According to officials, as the landslide area covers about 1 km stretch, the search operation may take a few more days.

Many men and women from nearby villages, including relatives of two families from Marangching part 4 & 5 villages whose whereabouts are still unknown, have also been visiting the affected site with the hope of seeing recovery of the bodies by the search parties.

Among the missing are 29-year-old Kabamgai, his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The family from Marangching Part 4 used to run a shop at the railway construction camp.

Paijolu, 52, mother of Kabamgai, said, "All our hope has been shattered as my son and daughter-in-law's phone is unreachable since Thursday morning."

Till Friday, 21 bodies were recovered while 18 injured persons were rescued and referred to hospitals for treatment.
Update July 3

AFP reports:
India landslide death toll rises to 37

Soldiers carry the body of a victim during rescue efforts after the landslide
Soldiers carry the body of a victim during rescue efforts after the landslide
The death toll from a massive landslide in India hit 37 on Sunday, authorities said, as rescue teams battled teeming rain to search for 25 others still missing three days later.

A wall of mud and rock swamped a camp housing railway construction workers and members of the Territorial Army in remote Manipur state in the northeast after heavy rain early on Thursday.

Emergency teams rescued 18 survivors within the first few hours of the incident.

But army spokesperson Angom Bobin Singh said Sunday that 28 people were still missing before an announcement later that three more bodies had been retrieved.

The fourth day of search operations was ongoing "despite adverse weather conditions" because of "heavy rains and fresh landslides", Singh said.

The remote northeast has generally poor road and railway infrastructure but India in the last few years has pushed ambitious infrastructure projects to match a Chinese build-up across the border.

The picturesque region -- with mountains and dense forests -- has been pummelled by heavy rainfall in recent weeks, triggering landslides and floods.

Dozens were killed in the area after flooding last month, with relentless rains causing landslides and inundating homes.