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4 dead and 13,000 families affected by flooding in Chocó, Colombia

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Colombia Army and Civil Protection workers assist flood hit communities in Choco.
Colombia's National Unit for Risk Management Disaster (UNGRD) says that 13,000 families are in need of humanitarian aid and relief after recent heavy rain and flooding in the department of Chocó on the country's Pacific coast.

UNGRD also report that four people have died as a result of the flooding. The victims, which included 1 adult and 3 children, were part of an indigenous community in the municipality of Tadó.

Flooding has affected a total of 17 municipalities of the province since 18 October. The affected municipalities are: Medio San Juan, Sipí, Itsmina, Riosucio, Carmen del Darién, Juradó, Lloró, Bahía Solano, Atrato, Río Iró, Alto Baudó, Bajo Baudó, Quibdó, Tadó, Novita, Condoto and Litoral.

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Hundreds of thousands evacuated as Typhoon Haima strikes southern China

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People run away from a big wave on a waterfront as Typhoon Haima approaches in Hong Kong, China, October 21, 2016 .
Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated as Typhoon Haima slammed into southern China after killing at least 13 people in the Philippines.

The storm struck the city of Shanwei in eastern Guangdong on Friday afternoon, forcing more than 700,000 evacuations from the region, according to CCTV News.

The tropical cyclone reached wind speeds of up to 166 kilometers (103 miles) per hour before weakening to a tropical storm.

Comment: Update: Typhoon Haima kills at least 8 in the Philippines; tens of thousands of homes destroyed

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At least 11 deaths reported and tens of thousands of homes destroyed by floods in central Vietnam

Floods surround houses in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province after torrential rain submerged tens of thousands of houses.
At least 11 people have died and several more are missing in heavy flooding in central Vietnam, state media said on Saturday, with tens of thousands of homes completely submerged by water.

The communist government has ordered local authorities to mobilise the army and police to rescue trapped residents following heavy downpours, state-run Vietnam television reported.

The channel said at least 11 had died in the flooding with some 27,000 homes under water in the region.

Local official Nguyen Huu Hoai said the death toll was seven in Quang Binh province, but added that conditions were improving.


Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew drown millions of farm animals in North Carolina

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An aerial view is seen of a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina October 10, 2016.
Millions of farm animals in North Carolina drowned in the floodwaters caused by Hurricane Matthew.

In addition to the massive amount of agricultural casualties, flooded farms in North Carolina — the state with the world's highest concentration of pork production — have also caused pools of hog feces to swell and spill into local waterways, officials said.

The animal death toll was highest among chicken farms, with roughly 5 million birds perishing in the rising waters, according to North Carolina environmental officials.

There was a "tremendous loss of life on the poultry side," said Donald van der Vaart, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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Drones capture devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina

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Flooding waters of the Tar River cover the Riverwalk Apartments due to rainfall caused from Hurricane Matthew in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., October 11, 2016
Historic flooding is creating life-threatening conditions in North Carolina, days after Hurricane Matthew inundated the state with more than a foot and a half of rain. Entire towns remain underwater, and swollen rivers still haven't crested.

The death toll in the Tar Heel State has plateaued at 20, while only 46,000 customers remain without power, down from a high of 900,000, Governor Pat McCrory said Thursday. Nearly 3,400 people remain in shelters, though mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for several parts of the state.

"It's almost like a surreal environment because since Monday we have had Carolina-blue skies," McCrory said. "While we are having beautiful days, people are suffering."

"I have been to those shelters, and it's tough," he said. "How will we get at least temporary housing for thousands of people? There is no easy solution."

Despite the sunshine, dangers from the flooding remain.

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Britain facing a "winter of flooding" with storms and heavy rain predicted

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Britain is facing a "winter of flooding" with high winds and heavy rain threatening to batter the country over the next few months. Stormy weather is due to hit the UK later this month and forecasters have warned of the first named storm of the season within weeks. They say Scotland and the north will be in the firing line for the severe wet weather this winter.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said the entire country should prepare for "damaging winds" through winter. He warned: "A stormy weather pattern will set in before wintertime with active weather during the second half of October across the United Kingdom." Mr Reppert added: "At least one named windstorm is expected during this time before a lull in November. However, storm systems may still bring locally heavy rainfall at times during the month. The most active period of weather will be during the official winter months from December through February."

Brits have been told to expect a choppy run up to Christmas with wet and windy weather stretching through the New Year.

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Hundreds stranded by record-breaking flooding North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew

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The United States may have avoided the brunt of Hurricane Matthew's deadly rain and wind storms, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Southeast coast from receiving severe damage. After Hurricane Matthew rolled through the Caribbean and killed nearly 900 people in Haiti, the storm continued along the US Southeastern coast, pummeling states like Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina all weekend.

At least 19 people have been killed in the US by the hurricane across four Southeast states according to authorities. At least eight people were killed in North Carolina; three people were killed in Georgia; six people were killed in Florida; and at least two people were killed in South Carolina.

Local residents may have underestimated the severity of Hurricane Matthew, because it was downgraded to a Category 3 just before hitting landfall in Florida on Friday. It was again downgraded to a Category 1 when it hit South Carolina on Sunday. Regardless of its categorization, Hurricane Matthew still wreaked havoc in the areas it touched. "What those categories don't include is how water can kill," said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in an interview with the New York Times.

In North Carolina—the state to receive the worst parts of the storm in the US—more than 1,000 people had to be rescued on Sunday, and more than 3,000 people were moved to shelters. Nearly 770,000 people across North Carolina were left without power. The storm has left more than 2 million businesses and homes without power along the Southeastern coast.

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Floods reported in 14 provinces of Thailand

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Water up to 1.5 metres deep is flooding villages in six districts of Ayutthaya province, with two more districts preparing for similar flooding
In a report issued late yesterday, Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said that 3 people have been killed by floods in Nakornsawan province. Wide areas of farmland have been submerged and 27,000 houses inundated.

Flooding is affecting a total of 14 provinces across the country as the rainy season comes to a peak. Many areas have reported persistent heavy rain over the last 2 weeks.

River levels are high and the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has said it will need to make controlled releases of water from several dams.

Ayutthaya province in particular is seeing some severe flooding, with around 22,000 homes inundated as well as a number of important historical buildings and temples.

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Update: Hurricane Matthew leaves 11 dead, flooding in 4 states; record water surges and rainfall

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Residents in Charleston, S.C., contended with high water Saturday.
Hurricane Matthew has flooded parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina over the last 3 days after bringing torrential rain and storm surges, as well as high winds.

At least 11 people have died in the USA as a result of the storm. Governor Pat McCrory said that 3 people have died in North Carolina. Local officials in Georgia confirmed three deaths. At least five fatalities in Florida have been attributed to the storm.

Matthew is the most powerful storm to make US landfall in more than a decade. The storm made landfall Saturday morning near McClellanville, South Carolina, as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 120 km/h.


However, on Friday 07 October, the edges of Hurricane Matthew drenched Florida with heavy rain and flooded coastal areas with high waves and storm surge. The heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue a warning for parts of Nassau County.

"We are seeing impacts right now from St. Augustine to Jacksonville Beach. Unfortunately, this is going to continue through the night," Gov. Rick Scott said on Friday.

"Just because the center of circulation is offshore doesn't mean you can't be the center of action (along the coast)," National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said. "It's going to get a lot worse before it (has) a chance of getting better."

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7 dead after Typhoon Chaba drops 11 inches of rainfall in South Korea

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Typhoon Chaba left a trail of destruction in South Korea on Wednesday, 05 October, after dumping over 280 mm (11 inches) of rain in some areas. Chaba is thought to be the strongest typhoon to hit South Korea since Maemi in 2003.

South Korea's Ministry of Public Safety and Security said that seven people have been killed and four are missing.

The southern cities of Ulsan, Busan and South Gyeongsang province (Yeongnam region), as well as South Jeolla (Honam region), Jeju (Jeju Region) were the worst affected.

Three people died in the city of Busan, three the Ulsan and one victim in Gyeongju. One of the victims is thought to be an emergency worker who was helping with rescue efforts in Ulsan. Most of the victims are believed to have died as a result of flooding.

Rescue workers carry a resident through a flooded street caused by Typhoon Chaba in Ulsan, South Korea
Over 300 hundred homes have been damaged by flooding, with around 14 of them severely damaged or completely destroyed. Shops, businesses and vehicles have also suffered damaged. Power outages were reported across affected areas. Schools and transport, including flights, have been disrupted. The heavy rain has also caused dozens of landslides and major damage to banks along swollen rivers. Huge waves and storm surge has also caused damage along the coastline, including sea walls.

Footage shows vehicles swept away by muddy water racing through city streets. At one point a building was swept away by a swollen river.

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