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

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

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.


Severe flooding swamps city of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Yesterday a very heavy downpour fell in the north of the city, forcing the airport to close for a few hours.

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Storm in Espírito Santo, Brazil leaves 1 dead, houses and hospitals damaged

Cars were stuck in the middle of flooding in Bento Ferreira, Vitória
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Cars were stuck in the middle of flooding in Bento Ferreira, Vitória
At least one person has died as a result of stormy weather in the state of Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil over the last few days.

Media reported more than 11,000 lightning strikes across the state during a storm on 07 March 2021. One person died from lighting strike in Córrego São José de Pancas, according to state Civil Defence.

Heavy rainfall was reported in several parts of the state. In 24 hours to 08 March, the municipality of Marechal Floriano recorded 149.00 mm of rain; Vila Velha 113.74 mm; Serra 108.51 mm; Cariacica 90.38 mm and Vitória 88.88 mm.

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Evacuations after dam breach following heavy rainfall in Maui, Hawaii

Heavy rainfall in Hawaii has caused a dam to breach on the island of Maui.

The County of Maui said a breach of the Kaupakalua Dam near Haiku was reported during the afternoon of 08 March 2021.

"Emergency evacuations were ordered for everyone downstream of the reservoir dam in the Haiku area makai of Kaupakalua Road. People near heavily flowing streams were advised to evacuate or seek higher ground immediately." Evacuation centres have been opened in local public buildings.

The Maui Fire Department said it received more than a dozen calls for help from residents who were trapped in their homes because of rising flood waters.

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Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia

Heavy rainfall and flash flood in Malacca, Malaysia today - 06/03/2021.