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Deadly floods and landslides in Colombia - at least 4 people killed

Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera,
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Civil Defence Search Operations in Rivera, Huil, Colombia March 2021.
Recent heavy rainfall in Colombia has caused flooding and landslides in which at least 4 people have died.

In Huila Department, emergency teams recovered 3 bodies from a vehicle that had become trapped in flood waters of the Frio River in the municipality of Rivera on 01 March 2021. According to Colombia's Civil Defence, the deceased included the consul of Panama. Firefighters were able to rescue the driver and two passengers.

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Body of woman buried by landslide retrieved in the Philippines

The body of 70-year-old Rizalda Matambonoy was found buried in the mud after a landslide occurred in Purok 22, Barangay Mt. Diwata, a gold rush site in the municipality of Monkayo in Davao de Oro province on Tuesday, Mar. 2.

In the latest video posted by the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC) of Mt. Diwata, the responders used an excavator to retrieve the body of Matambonoy.

Residents in the village were shocked seeing mud and rocks rushing down the slope Monday afternoon.

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Devastating storm lashes Brisbane, Australia - nearly 3 inches of rain in half an hour - streets turn into rivers - power out for 18,000 homes - trees felled

A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD

A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD
A severe storm has hit Brisbane, leaving up to 18,000 homes without power and flooding the Pacific Motorway in the CBD.

Greenbank, south of Brisbane, recorded 73mm in the 30 minutes to 5pm while Michelton recorded 61mm in half an hour.

'These thunderstorms are moving towards the north to northeast,' the Bureau of Meteorology said about the severe storm hitting Brisbane.

'They are forecast to affect Narangba, Burpengary and Beachmere by 6.20pm and Caboolture, Wamuran and Beerburrum by 6:50pm.'

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Floods in Grande Do Sul, Brazil after a month's worth of rain in 2 hours

Floods in Lagoa Vermelha, March 2021.
© Civil Defence Rio Grande do Sul
Floods in Lagoa Vermelha, March 2021.
Heavy rainfall hit the municipality of Lagoa Vermelha in the state of Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, from late 01 March 2021. Strong winds and lightning were also reported.

Flooding damaged homes and roads. After carrying out initial assessments, the municipal government said at least 32 houses were severely damaged, some even destroyed, leaving families homeless. The municipality is considering declaring a state of emergency as a result of the damage.

Much of the damage was in the neighbourhood of Rodrigues. Centro, Gaúcha, Medianeira, Gentil and São Sebastião neighbourhoods were also badly affected.

Civil Defence reported rainfall totals of 112.2 mm in just two hours. Local observers suggested the rainfall was over 220mm. The city would see around 118 mm of rain during a typical February.

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Damaging flash floods in Catamarca, Argentina - 3.5 inches of rain in an hour

A severe storm brought torrential rainfall to Catamarca Province, Argentina, on 01 March 2021. Severe damages were reported in the city of Catamarca.

Warnings for severe weather were issued and the Civil Defence Directorate asked residents to stay in their homes "in the face of the strong storm in the Central Valley area and inland towns."

Local media reported 90 mm of rain in 1 hour in the city of Catamarca. Buildings, road and infrastructure were damaged and power and drinking water supply cut. Around 20 families were evacuated and over 240 buildings damaged including a the San Juan Bautista Hospital.

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Vehicles swept away by flash floods in Tétouan, Morocco - 4 inches of rain in 9 hours

Heavy rain caused dramatic flash flooding in the city of Tétouan in northern Morocco on 01 March 2021.

Roads and infrastructure were damaged and fast flowing flood waters and debris swept through streets dragging along vehicles.

Local government reported 100 mm of rain in 9 hours to the afternoon of 01 March which caused rivers and drainage channels to overflow.

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High water rescues after flash floods in Kentucky - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road
© Ryan C. Hermens | Lexington Herald-Leader
A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road in Estill County as floodwaters cover it.
A flash flood emergency has been declared for parts of Kentucky, USA, after heavy rainfall from 28 February. Several locations in the state saw more than 5 inches (127mm) of rain in 24 hours to early 01 March 2021.

Flash flooding affected parts of Kentucky and Tennessee on 28 February. Local media reported several high water rescues, mostly involving motorists attempting to drive through flood water.

The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a "Flash Flood Emergency" for parts of Todd County.

NWS Paducah, KY said: "A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Todd County KY. This is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening situation unfolding for the Elkton, KY and surrounding areas of the county. Do not attempt to travel in this area unless you are fleeing an area subject to evacuations."

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1 dead, over 90,000 affected by floods in Semarang City, Indonesia

Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City,
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Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City, Indonesia, Late February 2021, with emergency workers carrying out rescues.
Flooding has affected over 90,000 people in Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia over the last few days. One person died after flood waters caused parts of a wall to collapse.

Flooding began on 23 February 2021 after heavy rainfall during the previous days. Floods affected the districts of East Semarang, North Semarang, West Semarang, Pedurungan, Genuk, and Gayam Sari, with flood water 75cm deep in some areas.

According to local disaster authorities, 90,590 people from over 18,000 families have been affected. As many as 9,169 houses were inundated.

One fatality was reported in Tegalsari after flood waters caused a wall or fence to collapse, Semarang City Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reported. The heavy rain also caused several landslides in Gajahmungkur, where emergency workers rescued at least 3 people trapped under mud and rubble.

As of 26 February flood water remained in Genuk but had mostly subsided in other areas.


Families stranded, freight train derails as more than 19 inches of rain lashes New South Wales, Australia

Half of this 1,500-metre-long train derailed
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Half of this 1,500-metre-long train derailed early Thursday morning due to flooding.
Residents have been stranded on the roofs of their homes in the NSW Mid North Coast, after more than 500 millimetres of rain fell in some areas.

The State Emergency Service was inundated with calls about 2:00am, predominantly from Corindi, 36 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

"The amount of rainfall just hasn't been able to get away and that entire Corindi floodplain area has come up rapidly and caught a lot of people unawares at that hour of the morning," said SES Coffs Harbour deputy unit commander Martin Wells.

Mr Wells said in one street, there had been eight calls for help.

"We've had families sitting on roofs in Corindi awaiting assistance and it's just been a real challenge to get to everyone."

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3 dead, 5 missing after landslide at illegal mine in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Heavy rain caused a landslide at an illegal mine
Heavy rain caused a landslide at an illegal mine in Ampibabo District, Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 24 February 2021.
A landslide occurred at an illegal mining site located in Burangga Village, Ampibabo District, Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi in Indonesia on 24 February, causing at least 3 fatalities. This is the second deadly landslide reported in the country on the same day. Five people died in landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java Province.

The landslide at the Ampibabo mine was caused by heavy rain falling on unstable ground, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, BNPB. Five miners are still missing while 15 survived. Local disaster authorities are carrying out full assessments and search operations are ongoing.

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency BMKG, in a 24 hour period to 24 February over 60mm of rain was recorded in Kasiguncu in Poso Regency, situated about 120km south of Ampibabo.

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