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Flash floods cause severe damage in Antioquia, Colombia - extreme weather during March leaves 45 dead for the country

Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
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Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
Heavy rain caused severe flooding in the municipality of Dabeiba in Antioquia Department on 22 March.

The departments disaster agency Dagran Antioquia reported 237 buildings damaged, 10 vehicles damaged along with road and infrastructure, including a local market square. As of 185 families affected. No major injuries were reported.


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Deadly flash floods in Santa Catarina, flood emergency in Pará, Brazil

Floods in Rio Maria, Pará, Brazil, March 2021.
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Floods in Rio Maria, Pará, Brazil, March 2021.
At least one person has died in flash floods in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. Meanwhile flooding from overflowing rivers in the northern state of Pará has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Santa Catarina

A storm brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil on 23 March 2021. The worst of the damage was reported in the city of Blumenau. Civil Defence attended at least 20 incidents, including flash flooding and wind damage.

Flooding in the Itoupava Norte neighbourhood caused a wall to collapse, killing one person and injuring 2 others who were in a vehicle at the time. Another person was seriously injured after a wall collapsed in the Fortaleza neighbourhood.

More than 20 people died or went missing after severe flooding in the Vale do Itajai region of Santa Catarina in December last year.

Further flooding struck in the state in January 2021, including in the state capital Florianópolis where 40mm of rain fell in a 1 hour period.

Comment: Additionally there has also been severe flooding in the city of São Luís in the state of Maranhão:




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Historic flooding in New South Wales, Australia: Tens of thousands evacuated as state experiences 'once-in-a-century' extreme weather event

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The New Windsor Bridge submerged by flood waters from the Nepean River at Windsor in the north west of Sydney. The state of New South Wales has been hit by its worst flooding in a century
"Phenomenal" rainfall over the past week has led to some of the worst flooding in decades in Australia's state of New South Wales, officials said Monday, and some rivers are topping record levels.

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes and hundreds more had to be rescued from the rising floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia's most populous state.

Around 18,000 people had been evacuated from flooding in New South Wales (NSW) by Monday and emergency services feared up to 54,000 people could be displaced with heavy rain forecast to continue until Wednesday.


Comment: As of March 24th, that's up to 40,000 people evac'd.


"This is nothing like we've seen since the 1960s," said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a news conference, CNN reported. In parts of the state that have been hit harder, this is a once-a-century event; in other regions such as the Hawkesbury area, it's a "one-in-50-years" event, she said.


Comment: Here's an earlier report we carried on this, from Australia's 9 News:

Flash floods, towns evacuated and dams on the brink of spilling over as wild weather slams New South Wales, Australia


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Thousands of homes damaged by floods in northern regions of Peru

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Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of northern Peru over the last few days.

News agency ANDINA reported as many as 3,000 homes were flooded after a short period of torrential rain caused flooding in the city of Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province in Loreto region. The city recorded around 160 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 March. Much of that total fell in a 3 hour period, according to media reports. Some areas of the city were under 2 metres of water as a result of the floods which affected 7 districts of the city in particular around Yurimaguas Airport.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in parts of San Martín region in recent days. Disaster authorities in the country reported around 20 homes damaged or destroyed in Rioja province, prompting over 30 people to evacuate between 16 and 21 March 2021. Meanwhile around 400 people were affected by floods in Moyobamba Province from 21 March.


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Wild weather slams New South Wales, Australia: Flash-floods, towns evacuated, dams on the brink

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A rain bomb is slowly pushing down the NSW coastline, leaving a trail of flash floods and destruction in its wake.

Multiple warnings and evacuation orders are still in place for the NSW mid-north coast amid fears of record flood levels and overflowing levees, with authorities warning the situation could be life-threatening.

Sydney is next in line with some areas predicted to cop more than 150 millimetres of rain on Saturday.

Sydney's waterways are set to become danger zones, with up to four times as much rain from today predicted to fall in the next 24 hours.

Warragamba dam is expected to overflow at the weekend, as the deluge of rain expands from the worst-hit NSW Mid North Coast, to further south including the Hunter Region, Sydney and Illawarra.


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Severe flash floods in Luanda, Angola kill at least 4 people and 3 missing

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Severe flash floods triggered by heavy rain affected areas of Luanda Province, Angola from 16 March 2021.

National Civil Protection and Fire Service quoted by local media said at least 4 people died and 3 people were missing.

Flood waters swept through central parts of the city causing widespread traffic disruption. As many as 554 homes were damaged in districts surrounding the city, including Viana, Cacuaco, Talatona and Belas. Authorities said 1,770 residents have been affected.


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Congo and DR Congo - Damaging flash floods in Kinshasa and Brazzaville - 4 children killed

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Heavy rainfall on 16 March 2021 caused severe flash flooding in the neighbouring cities of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), and Brazzaville, capital of Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

As of 17 March 2021 local media reported evacuations in areas close to the Tsiemé river in Brazzaville after flood water invaded homes. Flooding also caused severe traffic problems in the city.

Local media in DR Congo reported 4 children died in the floods, with several houses swept away in Kisenso municipality in the east of Kinshasa.

The Ndjili bridge collapsed causing severe transport problems, in particular to and from N'Djili International Airport. The collapse of the bridge also left some communities of Tshangu district cut off from the rest of the city.


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15 dead, thousands affected after weeks of severe weather in Colombia

Landslide Antioquia, Colombia, March 2021
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Landslide Antioquia, Colombia, March 2021
Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) reported that 15 people have lost their lives due to severe weather so far this year (01 January to 12 March 2021).

UNGRD added that a further 16 people have been injured and 2 are still missing. A total of 5,854 families have been directly affected. During this period there have been 289 severe weather events, including 146 landslides, 45 floods and 32 flash floods.

Severe weather events have been registered in 176 municipalities in 23 departments, in particular in Nariño, Huila, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Antioquia and Valle del Cauca.

Parts of Valle del Cauca have seen heavy rain resulting in floods and landslides since around 08 March, 2021. The heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Santiago de Cali, capital of Valle del Cauca Department, on 10 March. Two people died in a landslide in the Siloé district of the city.

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Massive landslide cuts off access to Kauai's north shore, Hawaii

Hawaii landslide
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A night of heavy rain has caused rocks, branches, and mud to dump onto Kuhio Highway Thursday.


Comment: Recent heavy rain also prompted evacuations after a dam breach in Maui, Hawaii.


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Heavy rain triggers flooding and deadly landslide in Cali, Colombia - 60% of normal March rainfall in just 90 minutes

Landslide in Cali, Colombia, March 2021.
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Landslide in Cali, Colombia, March 2021.
Two people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in the city of Santiago de Cali, capital of Valle del Cauca Department in Colombia.

Heavy rain fell overnight 10-11 March, 2021. Secretary of Risk Management in Cali, Rodrigo Zamorano, described the rainfall as "extraordinary and unusual". Local media said in the space of around 90 minutes the city saw 60% of the rain it would normally see for the whole month of March. Average rainfall for March in Cali is around 150mm.

Central areas of the city were flooded after the Cañaveralejo river broke its banks. The Cauca river is also high and a Yellow Alert has been issued.