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Severe flooding in Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Flood evacuations by boat in Musi Rawas Regency, 27 May 2021.
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Flood evacuations by boat in Musi Rawas Regency, 27 May 2021.
Severe flooding struck in Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra Province in Indonesia on 27 May 2021.

According to Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency BNPB, heavy rainfall caused the Lakit River to overflow on 27 May, flooding 4 villages in Selangit sub-district and one village in Suku Tengah Lakitan Ulu sub-district, where flood water reached up to 1.5 metres deep.

Full damage assessments are yet to be completed but as of late 27 May, 247 houses, 1 school and 2 places of worship were inundated with flood water up to 1 metres deep in Selangit. Around 1,235 people have been affected.


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Heavy rainfall, hailstorm and flash flood in Taif, Saudi Arabia

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Heavy rainfall, hailstorm and flash flood in Taif, Saudi Arabia


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Major flooding hits Guyana and Suriname

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Residents of Bartica we are currently experiencing the worse floods in recent years, the town's Mayor, Gifford Marshall has said.

In a Facebook post. Marshall said hours-long heavy rainfall has resulted in extensive flooding in low- lying and others areas. "We regret to report that we are expecting the highest tide in a few hours.

In light of the above we ask that you prepare and take all necessary measures to secure your property.

The Council will continue to update you as we remain on the ground to monitor situation," Marshall told residents.


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Cyclone 'Yaas' causes flooding in Odisha and West Bengal, India - 1.5 million evacuate

Evacuations in Odisha, India, May 2021.
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Evacuations in Odisha, India, May 2021.
Almost 1.5 million people evacuated their homes in India ahead of Cyclone Yaas making landfall in the state of Odisha on 26 May 2021.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas crossed the North Odisha coast about 20km south of Balasore during the morning of 26 May 2021, with an estimated wind speed of 130 to 140 km/h and gusts of 155 km/h. Moving north-westwards Yaas later weakened to a Severe Cyclonic Storm.

IMD warned of storm surge of 2-3 meters in coastal areas
of Balasore, Bhadrak and Medinipur districts in Odisha. Rainfall warnings were issued in Odisha and West Bengal. IMD said heavy rain was likely from 28 May in parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.


Comment: See also earlier report with videos: Deadly Cyclone Yaas hits India's eastern coast - at least 3 killed


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40,000 displaced by recent floods, says Red Cross in Kenya - with at least 9 dead

Floods in Kenya May 2021.
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Floods in Kenya May 2021.
In a recent update of the ongoing flood situation in Kenya, the Red Cross reported that almost 40,000 people have been displaced across the country.

In a report of 24 May, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said that since the start of the "Long Rains" as many as 39,054 people from 6,580 households have been displaced across 16 counties.

Among the hardest hit areas are in the counties of Tana River (3,864 displaced), Homa Bay (2,046), Kisumu (7,704), Busia (4,056) and Migori (5,022). IFRC said that some of those displaced are refuged in temporary camps in Ombaka (Kisumu), Nyatike (Migori), Osodo (Homa Bay) and Bunyala (Busia), while others have been housed by relatives, friends and neighbours.


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Floods and transport disruption after heavy rainfall across central Sweden

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Heavy rainfall has led to hundreds of flooded buildings and roads in central Sweden that continue to disrupt traffic on Thursday.

The highest levels of rain fell in Tullinge in Botkyrka, and in Södertälje: 58 millimetres had fallen in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday evening, according to weather agency SMHI.

Several roads have been flooded and on Thursday morning, in the six regions where an SMHI warning was in place, around 20 roads were affected by floods. The worst affected regions are Stockholm and Örebro, according to the Swedish Transport Administration.


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Floods affect 60,000 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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Flooding has affected almost 60,000 residents of Bandung Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia. Thousands of homes have been inundated.

According to the the regional disaster management agency, light to heavy rainfall from 24 May caused the Citarum River and tributaries to overflow, flooding areas of Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, Bojongsoang, and Margarahayu sub-districts of Bandung Regency. Flood waters were up to 2.5 metres deep in some places. Many affected areas were previously flooded in January and again in March this year.


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China braces for summer floods as 71 rivers exceed warning levels

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China is bracing for a heavy flood season with 71 rivers already exceeding warning levels, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, as meteorological authorities warned that global warming is fuelling more extreme weather.

Rain in some parts of central and southern China has hit record highs in recent weeks even though overall precipitation is about 10% lower this year compared with last year, according to the Ministry of Water Resources.

Water levels on the Yangtze and its tributaries were expected to rise further over the next week, the ministry said, and it warned of major floods throughout the country from June to August.

Some monitoring stations are issuing alerts, with the Wuhan city section of the Yangtze river in central China more than two metres higher than the normal at this time of the year as a result of heavy rain upstream.


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Deadly Cyclone Yaas hits India's eastern coast - at least 3 killed

A man wades through a waterlogged road after rains ahead of Cyclone Yaas at Digha in Purba Medinipur district in the eastern state of West Bengal
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A man wades through a waterlogged road after rains ahead of Cyclone Yaas at Digha in Purba Medinipur district in the eastern state of West Bengal
Heavy rains and howling winds are lashing eastern India as the COVID-stricken country's second cyclone in as many weeks makes landfall, killing at least three people in Odisha state and forcing more than 1.2 million people to seek shelter.

Cyclone Yaas, packing gusts of up to 140kmph (87mph), made landfall at about 9am local time (03:30 GMT) on Wednesday, destroying tens of thousands of houses, forcing the closure of the busiest regional airport in the city of Kolkata, and bringing storm surges to coastal areas.

In Odisha, one person died in Keonjhar district's Panchapalli village and another in Balasore district after trees fell on them, local officials told Al Jazeera. In the state's Mayurbhanj district, the dead body of a 15-year-old boy was found in a pond at Jagannath Khunta village by a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team.


Comment: Victims of cyclone Yaas have been posting updates:






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Strong winds, floods and landslide affect over 10,000 in Guatemala

Flash Floods in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, May 2021.
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Flash Floods in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, May 2021.
Severe weather in Guatemala from 21 to 24 May 2021 affected over 10,000 people and damaged more than 200 homes across the departments of Baja Verapaz, Izabal, Petén, Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá and Suchitepéquez, disaster officials said.

According to reports from the country's disaster agency CONRED, severe weather including heavy rain, landslides, flash floods, coastal flooding and strong winds, affected a total of 10,571 people, displaced 483, injured 1 person and damaged 217 homes.

Heavy rain on 22 May caused flooding and mudflows in the department of Quetzaltenango, leaving a total of 1,300 affected, 300 people evacuated and 50 homes damaged. Videos shared on Social Media showed dramatic images of flood waters flowing through streets in Almolonga municipality. Quetzaltenango department had seen heavy rain and flooding the previous week when 235 people were affected, mostly in San Miguel Sigüilá, 15 to 16 May.