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Disaster declaration after floods in south west France

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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
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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.
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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.

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

A period of heavy rainfall in France has caused rivers to rise and prompted authorities to issue flood warnings for 18 departments in the north and south west of the country.

More than half a month's worth of rain fell in parts of France in 24 hours from 31 January to 01 February, according to Meteo France. River levels are high and as of 02 February, 18 departments were under Orange level (3 of 4) warnings for flooding, including 3 departments in the north and 15 in the south west.

On 01 February a Red level warning was issued for the Maronne river in Argentat, Corrèze department.
On 02 February the Maronne river at Basteyroux, Argentat-sur-Dordogne, reached 3.31 metres. Around 150 people were evacuated. The warning has since been downgraded.

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One dies as torrential rain causes flash floods in Turkey's Izmir - entire February's rainfall in just 8 hours

Torrential rains caused flash floods Tuesday morning in Izmir, blocking main arteries in the downtown area and surrounding districts of Aliağa, Foça and Dikili. Calling the situation a disaster, the municipality urged residents not to leave their homes unless necessary. Media outlets, quoting the governor's office, said one person was killed in the floods in the province's Menderes district. Teams with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality are working around the clock to drain excess water.

Some streams in the Balçova district overflowed, and many residences and businesses in Karabağlar and Bayraklı were especially hit hard by the floods. Vehicles got stuck in the muddy waters, causing traffic jams in the early morning rush hours. The Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS) had previously warned of heavy rainfall for the province, which had started during the night and gradually increased its effectiveness. More severe rainfall was predicted for Tuesday, both for Izmir and nearby Aydın province.

"I have been living here for 30 years and have never seen such a disaster," Mehmet Akyol, a resident of Çetin Emeç neighborhood in Balçova district where a stream was clogged with debris and cars drifted by floodwaters piled up on each other, told Anadolu Agency (AA). Indeed, authorities announced that the rainfall, equivalent to what is normally seen over the entire month of February, battered the province in just eight hours. Municipality crews struggled to drain waters while Mayor Tunç Soyer called on motorists not to hit the roads for a while amid the flood danger. Soyer tweeted that streams overflowing their banks due to the rainfall caused disruptions to tram and bus services in some parts of the province. IZBAN, the province's main commuter rail system, temporarily suspended its service on one line. Soyer said extraordinary rainfall almost evolved into a disaster. Though floods are common during heavy rainfall in the province, it was unusual this time. Mayor Soyer later said in a written statement that the province had "18% of rainfall normally seen throughout the entire year." "126 kilograms of rainfall hit per square meter. This is a serious figure," he said. It was almost equal to the amount of rainfall that caused another flood disaster in the province in November 1995 when 61 people were killed. Izmir was also hit by floods in December though their density was lower.

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Two drown taking pictures of flooded Mazowe River in Zimbabwe

Remains of the Iron Duke Mine Dam wall after the dam burst yesterday morning in Mazowe.
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Remains of the Iron Duke Mine Dam wall after the dam burst yesterday morning in Mazowe.
Two unidentified men aged 22 and 21 died in Glendale, Mashonaland Central province after they encroached the edges of the flooded Mazowe River while taking pictures from their mobile phones before both slipped and drowned.

Mazowe assistant district development coordinator Willard Masimba confirmed the incident and urged people no to go to close to flooded rivers.

The incident happened a few hours after Bindura District development coordinator Richard Chipfuwa had issued a flood warning to communities in the Bindura, Mazowe area after two dams, Candy and Iron Duke, burst their walls resulting in the flooding of Mazowe River.

A Glendale resident Brian Jonga said Candy and Iron Duke dams burst their walls at around 7 am Sunday morning.