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At least 34 dead after flash floods hit 11 provinces of Afghanistan

At least 34 people have died and 4 injured in flash floods in Afghanistan over the last 7 days.

The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) reported that the flooding had affected 11 provinces. Around 600 animals have died, 240 houses destroyed and 624 houses damaged. Around 80 hectares of agricultural land was also severely damaged.

The affected provinces include Samangan, Takhar, Kapisa, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghor, Panjshir, Sari Pul, Ghazni and Parwan provinces.

ANDMA says it will carry out damage assessments in order to assist affect communities. So far relief supplies have been distributed to affected families in Parwan and Sari Pul.

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Floods cause landslide at hydroelectric plant, destroy buildings, bridges, and force evacuations in Colombia

Floods Force 600 Colombians to Evacuate in Antioquia
© @RiosVivosCol / @elcarlosjuan
The officials are compiling a registry of people who have been affected by flooding.
The Ituango plant became at risk on April 28 after an "unpredictable geological condition" that caused a massive landslide, covering up the waters below.

The rising level of the Cauca river, in the north-eastern province of Antoquia, has forced at least 600 people to leave their homes on Sunday, as the hydroelectric plant Ituango created a situation of emergency, reported Medellin's Public Companies or EPM.

Comment: The intensity and frequency of floods around the world are increasing, and are a sure sign of shifts occurring on our planet: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Flood warning issued for inland Northwest US lakes and rivers due to excessive snow melt

Okanogan River

Okanogan river
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for numerous lakes and rivers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

The Weather Service says rising temperatures this week will increase snowmelt and runoff.

Minor flooding is occurring on the Similkameen River near Nighthawk, and major flooding is forecast for later in the week.

Comment: See also these other noteworthy flood reports due to the extreme snow melt this May: Finnish Lapland braces for worst spring flooding in 20 years

Thousands forced from their homes in British Columbia due to historic flood

By the numbers: The record-setting flood in New Brunswick, Canada - due to snow melt

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Days of heavy rainfall cause deadly floods in Guangxi, China

Flooding caused by days of heavy rain in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has left at least 3 people dead and 2 missing, local media report.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, the area has seen rain since Monday 07 May, 2018.

Since then over 70,000 people in 15 counties have been affected, with 6,100 people evacuated. Power supply has been interrupted and around 4,500 hectares of crops have suffered damage. Local media say the floods have caused direct economic losses of over 14.3 million USD.

Video footage showed images of flood water racing through streets in Yulin city and Bobai and Luchuan counties. Firefighters were called on to carry out flood rescues in Yulin city and Luchuan county.


Finnish Lapland braces for worst spring flooding in 20 years

Tornionjoki river is rising quickly
© Risto Koskinen / Yle
Tornionjoki river is rising quickly
The Finnish regions of Lapland and Saimaa are likely to see flooding in the coming weeks, as warm temperatures set spring thaws in motion. The Finnish Environment Institute's leading hydrologist Bertel Vehviläinen says that current data point to the worst flooding in 20 years.

"Lapland sees flooding every spring, so this year is no exception in that respect, but it will be unusually fierce. Water levels may not reach record levels, but they will be very high," he says.

He reports that things are at their worst right now in the popular ski resort municipality of Kittilä, where water levels will pass the flood lines within the next 24 hours. The local ELY centre predicts that flooding there could rise to 70 centimetres past the damage threshold at its peak.

Vehviläinen predicts that flooding in Kittilä will cause roads north of the area to be closed and may necessitate limited evacuation.

Record flooding is also forecast for Lapland largest city of Rovaniemi, where flooding is expected to peak half-way through next week. The city last saw major flooding in 1993 and 1997.

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Severe thunderstorms with large amounts of hail and heavy rain hits Germany

Hamburg floods
One of the houses near Hamburg that had to be evacuated with a car sunken into the ground beside it.
After heavy storms hit regions of the country on Thursday, the fire services responded to some 2,000 emergencies, ranging from streets filled with water to flooded basements.

Just as German meteorologists predicted, heavy rain, wind and hail hit much of the country on the public holiday. Though no injuries were reported due to the weather, northern Germany was particularly hard hit by the storms.

Fire brigades in the north of the country had their work cut out, responding to close to 2,000 calls mainly in Schleswig-Holstein and in the Hamburg area.

On Friday morning in Oststeinbek, a municipality east of Hamburg, cellars full of water were still being pumped. Oststeinbek's historic water mill was also washed out. A few houses had to be evacuated in the vicinity and some of the house's walls had even collapsed. In neighbouring Havighorst, an underground car park was flooded in up to three metres of water.

Comment: Severe storms affected other parts of Europe this week also:

Bizarro Earth

Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia

Flash flooding has wreaked havoc across Hobart
© Twitter/Andrea Rathjen
Flash flooding has wreaked havoc across Hobart.
Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come.

Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst.

New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra.


The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated.

In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain.

Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres.

"That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.

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Thousands forced from their homes in British Columbia due to historic flood

Flooding in the north of Rock Creek in the Boundary region of the B.C. Interior
© Brady Strachan/CBC
Flooding in the north of Rock Creek in the Boundary region of the B.C. Interior.
Thousands of British Columbians have been forced from their homes by what some officials are calling a once-in-200-years flood.

Swollen rivers in B.C.'s Interior have spilled their banks, leaving valleys dotted with small lakes and changing what is normally the province's prime ranch country into otherworldly, mirrored paddy fields.

In some places, roads have been washed out and the ground under electricity poles has been so eroded that power lines have come down.

Comment: Last week a similar situation arose on the other side of the country: By the numbers: The record-setting flood in New Brunswick, Canada - due to snow melt

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Cars swept away as flash flood hits Hobart, Australia

Flooding in MacQuarie Street.

Flooding in MacQuarie Street.
Wild weather has caused flash flooding in Hobart's CBD, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help.

Police say the CBD has been hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists are urged to stay off city roads.

Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses.

Comment: Hobart city recorded more than 100mm of rain in a single day for the first time ever in May - doubling the previous record.

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Severe hailstorm hits Thessaloniki, Greece

Fire service crews are searching for a person who was swept away by flash flooding in Thessaloniki, northern Greece following a hailstorm on Thursday.

The incident happened at the Sykies neighborhood of the Greek city.

Local sites report that the storm that struck on Thursday lunchtime and created huge problems.