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Himalayan glacier bursts in India causing flash flooding & destroying dam, 150 feared dead

glacier breaks in Uttarakhand's Joshimath

Glacier breaks in Uttarakhand's Joshimath
As many as 150 people were feared dead in northern India after a Himalayan glacier broke and crashed into a dam early on Sunday, with floods forcing the evacuation of villages downstream.

"The actual number has not been confirmed yet," but 100 to 150 people were feared dead, Om Prakash, chief secretary of Uttarakhand state where the incident occurred, told Reuters.

A witness reported a wall of dust, rock and water as an avalanche roared down a river valley.

"It came very fast, there was no time to alert anyone," Sanjay Singh Rana, who lives on the upper reaches of Raini village, told Reuters by phone. "I felt that even we would be swept away."

Comment: The Indian Express reports that just two days earlier, an avalanche occurred at the glacier. Which doesn't bode well for the Barry Glacier in Alaska where it's predicted that a landslide induced mega-tsunami 'could happen at anytime'.

With the above in mind, a recent study revealed that melting icebergs are a key feature of an ice age.

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Bodies of 3 swept away in flash flood recovered in Jordan

Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday
© File/AFP
Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday
Authorities in Jordan have recovered the bodies of three people who went missing after their vehicle was swept away in a flash flood early Friday.

The Public Security Directorate said the brother of one of those missing died during the search near the town of Ruwaished, some 300 kilometers (190 miles) east of the capital, Amman.

Jordan often experiences flash flooding this time of year as heavy seasonal rains send torrents of water through its desert valleys.

Source: AP

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Flash floods hit Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe after 3 inches of rain in 6 hours

Heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding in Basse-Terre Island, Guadeloupe from 03 February 2021, leaving at least 3 people missing.

Météo-France Antilles-Guyane said the highest accumulation of rain was measured in Pointe-Noire and Petit-Bourg with 86.5 mm and 64.9 mm respectively during a 6 hour period between 12:00 and 18:00 on 03 February, 2021. Météo-France Antilles-Guyane added that the intensity of the rainfall was unusual.


Disaster declaration after floods in south west France

SW France floods
The French prime minister says that a natural disaster will be declared after floods in the south west saw dozens evacuated from their homes.

The département of Lot-et-Garonne in south west France on Friday morning had 45 roads that were impassable, while six schools were closed and dozens of people were evacuated from their homes.

Visiting the area on Friday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said that the formal declaration of a catastrophe naturelle (natural disaster) would be put in place "after the briefest delay possible".

After thanking the "quite exemplary" rescue forces and expressing the "solidarity of the State", Castex announced that the file for declaring a state of natural disaster "will be examined, as always with great diligence, so that it can be declared as soon as possible".

Comment: Rivers across France burst banks as Storm Justine dumps half a month's worth of rain in 24 hours

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Helicopters sent in to rescue dozens trapped in floodwaters across Gascoyne, Western Australia

Motorists and truckies are trapped on islands between floodwaters.
© Rob Minson
Motorists and truckies are trapped on islands between floodwaters.
Emergency services in Western Australia's north are working to evacuate dozens of people from floods in the Gascoyne region.

Operations were underway today to rescue around 40 people who became stranded in and around Minilya, about 120 kilometres north of Carnarvon.

A tropical low, previously expected to become WA's first cyclone of the season, dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain in the state's north last week, leading to flooding over major roads.

Truck driver Rob Minson was airlifted to safety by an RAC helicopter this morning, more than 36 hours after he became stranded on a patch of dry land along with three others.

"It was basically Gilligan's Island," he said.

"We were in the middle of nowhere."


After Saudi weather warnings issued torrential rain and severe flooding hit

Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia lasting until Saturday, the Kingdom's civil defense said on Tuesday.

The authority warned of thunderstorms with light to moderate rain and brisk winds in the capital Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, the Eastern Province, Qassim, Tabuk, Hail, the Northern Borders Province, and Jawf. It also warned some areas will experience heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows and flooding.


U.S. coast to coast record-setting storm

Destructive mudslides, feet of snow, wind and waves collapsing houses along the shoreline — all part of a powerful storm system that brought impacts coast to coast to close out the first month of the year.

We start in California with a tale of two different types of precipitation. While it was much needed moisture for the Golden State, it also brought hazards for days from the mountains to the beaches. Some cities picked up more than a foot of rain, leading to flooding and mudslides. This prompted evacuations and even rescue missions in Monterey County.

At the same time, mountain snow in the Sierras began coming down at a very fast rate, with final storm totals between six to nine feet. The snow engulfed towns, snarled traffic, and even stranded those brave enough to be out on the roads. From there, the storm system tracked toward the Midwest, with snow amounts measuring more than a foot in some locations from Milwaukee to Chicago to Northwest Indiana.


Rains, melting snow causing flooding in Germany

APTOPIX Germany Weather
© The Associated Press
A tiny community in western Germany was cut off Wednesday by the flooded Rhine River, while authorities cautioned that continued rain and melting snow could cause further problems in many regions

In Rees-Grietherort, the rising waters of the Rhine flooded the only access road to the community located between it and a smaller river, effectively cutting off the 100 residents, the dpa news agency reported.

Due to its location, local authorities said the residents are relatively used to such inconveniences and officials employed a small fire department boat to ferry people in and out three times a day.

Comment: Also recently closeby: Rivers across France burst banks as Storm Justine dumps half a month's worth of rain in 24 hours

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25,000 affected by floods in East and Central Java, Indonesia

Floods in Pasuruan Regency, East Java, Indonesia, February 2021.
© BPBD Pasuruan Regency
Floods in Pasuruan Regency, East Java, Indonesia, February 2021.
Recent flooding in East and Central Java Provinces of Indonesia have affected around 25,000 people. At least 1 person has died and 1 is still missing after raging flash floods swept through parts of Pasuruan Regency, East Java, Indonesia on 03 February, 2021.

Heavy rain caused the Kedunglarangan and Kabeng Pulungan rivers to break their banks, causing floods in 9 districts, in particular Bangil and Pandaan. Flood water was up to 1.3 metres deep in some areas.

According to Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), 11,650 people have been affected, with 8 homes severely damaged and 65 people displaced.

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Severe floods hit central and southern areas of Paraguay - 10 people dead

Teams from SEN assessing flood damage in Cordillera
Teams from SEN assessing flood damage in Cordillera Department, Paraguay, 02 February 2021.
Media in Paraguay, quoting the country's National Emergency Secretariat (SEN), report that 10 people have died in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain over the last few days.

Heavy rain has been falling for several days. Dirección de Meteorología e Hidrología (DMH) said some central areas saw 500mm more than normal during January.

Heavy rain intensified during storms that struck from 31 January, 2021. DMH reported 144mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 February in Luque city in Central Department. In the following 24 hour period 173.8mm of rain fell in Paraguari, Paraguarí Department, and 100.2mm in Oviedo, capital of the Caaguazú Department. Strong winds were also reported, in particular in Canindeyú department where speeds reached 140 km/h.

SEN said they were assisting flood victims in Yaguarón, Paraguarí Department and Caacupé in Cordillera Departments. Severe flooding was also reported in Tobatí and Piribebuy, Cordillera Department.