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Turkey: Five missing, three killed in raging floods in west

Continuing heavy rain in western and southwestern provinces of Turkey causes deaths of three people while five are reported to be missing. Another 10 people in Balıkesir province are wounded due to a hurricane.

Three people were killed and five were missing after raging floods in the southwestern provinces of Manisa, Antalya and Denizli yesterday caused significant damage and broke off lines of communication and transportation.

1000 decares of land was damaged in in Antalya’s Serik district due to continuing rain in the city. Agricultural fields were also reported to be damaged.
Rescue crews were searching for Hasan Bulut, Hulusi Kutlu, Fatma Kutlu, Süleyman Çelik and Meryem Çelik from the village of Haskızılören in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. Helicopters were dropping food supplies into the village as road access had been broken off when three bridges collapsed in the area.


Tourists warned as floods continue to wreak havoc in Thailand

Bangkok braces for floodwaters following word from officials that the worst yet to come

Bangkok is bracing for the worst flooding it's seen in decades as waters from the flooded central plains continue to rush in.

Rising water levels on the Chao Phraya river and city canals have left some riverside restaurants, shops and homes submerged, while public piers are covered in makeshift platforms and sandbags to keep ferry passengers dry.
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A Thai employee of a riverside restaurant sits idle on a stool as water from the Chao Phraya River floods low-lying areas of Bangkok.
For now, major city tourist areas such as Sukhumvit Road, Khao San Road and Silom are unaffected by the floods.

Thailand's Flood Relief Operations Command (FROC) says the critical dates are October 14-16, as a high spring tide will prevent the Chao Phraya River from draining into the sea, leaving Bangkok and its surrounds fighting to keep waters from flooding the city.

For a graph outlining the city's flood risk areas, check out this Bangkok Post article. The United States Embassy in Thailand has also issued an emergency message to U.S. citizens via its website.

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US: As record rainfall floods Central Florida, high winds batter the region, too

© Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel / October 9, 2011
Workers from CSX and Orange County work to clear the roadway of water and repair the railroad near United Way after prolonged heavy rains caused flooding in Orlando on Sunday.
The weekend's wet, windy weather was a record-setter, and some of it is lingering this morning. Rain and wind battered Central Florida early today, leading to floods in low-lying areas, hazardous road conditions and power outages. Today's forecast calls for overcast skies, windy conditions and scattered showers.

Sunday's storms came after a soggy Saturday broke a nearly 60-year-old record for daily rainfall in Orlando, officials said. Saturday's rainfall totaled 6.16 inches at Orlando International Airport, beating the previous record of 3.29 inches set in 1954, according to Tony Cristaldi, a senior meteorologist at the weather service.

"That's a lot of water," Cristaldi said. Late Sunday and early today, Volusia, Brevard and Indian River counties faced tropical-storm force winds, with some areas getting 70-mph gusts.

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Thailand's Floods Death Toll Rises to 260

Thailand's devastating floods have reportedly claimed the lives of at least 261 people, while leaving another four people missing.
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Thailand flood death toll hits 260
On Sunday, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported the rise in the death toll and warned that the flooding situation is to continue in 30 different provinces, Xinhua reports.

The flooding has affected approximately 2.34 million people in 10,130 villages, which have been hit by the flood waters. Officials warn that the flood could be heading towards the capital Bangkok.

After water levels exceeded one and a half meters, hundreds of prisoners were evacuated from a prison in the Ayutthaya town, about 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok, on Thursday.

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Thailand: Prime Minister warns floods threaten Bangkok

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A man fishes near a sleeping Buddha statue submerged in the floods at Lokayasutharam temple in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand Saturday.
Bankok - Thailand's prime minister is warning that rising floodwaters that have wreaked havoc across the nation are now threatening the capital, Bangkok. The death toll from the worst monsoon rains in decades rose Saturday to 253.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the flooding - which has severed rail links with the north, shut dozens of highways and swamped ancient Buddhist temples in the city of Ayutthaya - has reached a crisis level.

Bangkok has so far been spared serious damage, but many fear it could be inundated as large amounts of water flows from submerged northern rice fields toward the Gulf of Thailand. That critical runoff is expected to be impeded by high ocean tides in mid-October, and Tropical Storm Nalgae is also forecast to bring new rain in the days ahead.

In a radio message Saturday, Yingluck said authorities are hoping to ease the crisis by installing up to 400 water pumps along the Chao Phraya River, which snakes through Bangkok, to help push water to the sea. Seven canals will also be dug on the outskirts of the city, she said.


Western Australia: Freak hail storm traps Bunbury couple

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The hail storm which wreacked havoc through Ferguson Valley on Sunday.
Local residents fought their way out of a ditch during the freakish spring hail storm on Sunday.

Brenda and Michael Joubert were on a leisurely Sunday drive when they became caught up in the middle of a hail storm in the Ferguson Valley.

The couple pulled their car over to the side of the road under a tree to prevent the car from being damaged but all of the water forced the car to slip sideways into the ditch.

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Canada: Hurricane Ophelia Wallops Southeastern Newfoundland

This September 30, 2011 NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Ophelia in the Atlantic Ocean.
Heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia has caused flooding on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula and the evacuation of some homes on the island's south coast, where a state of emergency was declared and then lifted hours later.

Belleoram Mayor Steward May told CBC News that his home was one of five houses that was evacuated.

"Heavy flooding started around 7 a.m. A neighbour woke me up. I just got myself and the dog out of the house," said May.

"At my house there was a heavy flow of rocks and water that was halfway up my front door. The homes have been very badly damaged."

Ophelia, which was downgraded in the early morning Monday from a Category 1 hurricane, doused eastern Newfoundland with sustained precipitation and is forecast to bring large waves to coastal communities on the island.

Four houses in the south coast community of Belleoram were evacuated because of flooding, but police said roads in and out of the community are intact.


Typhoons leave dozens dead in Philippines

Back-to-back typhoons left at least 55 people dead and rescuers scrambling on Sunday to deliver food and water to hundreds of villagers stuck on rooftops for four days because of flooding in the northern Philippines.

Typhoon Nalgae slammed ashore in northeastern Isabela province Saturday then barreled across the main Luzon Island's mountainous north and agricultural plains that were still sodden from fierce rain and wind unleashed by a howler just days earlier. Nalgae left at least three people dead Saturday while Typhoon Nesat killed 52 others in the same region before blowing out Friday.

Nalgae was whirling 124 miles over the South China Sea from the country's northeast toward southern China early Sunday with sustained winds of 81 miles per hour and gusts of 99 mph, according to the government weather agency.

Its ferocious wind set off a rockslide in northern Bontoc province Saturday, causing boulders to roll down a mountainside and smash on a passing van, where a passenger was pinned to death and another was injured, police said.

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2nd Typhoon in Week Lashes Rain-Soaked Philippines

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Residents wade through the floodwaters as they evacuate to safer grounds following massive flooding in Calumpit township, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines.
The second typhoon in a week battered the rain-soaked northern Philippines on Saturday, adding misery to the lives of thousands of people, some of whom were still perched on rooftops from previous flooding.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes after Typhoon Nalgae slammed ashore south of northeastern Palanan Bay in Isabela province with winds of 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour and dangerous gusts of 121 mph (195 kph). At least one person was killed in a landslide.

The fast-moving typhoon blew westward, barreling across the mountainous regions of Luzon Island. It weakened slightly as it reached the shore of La Union province around 4 p.m. (0800 GMT), about seven hours after it made landfall.

Forecasters said it will be over South China Sea by Saturday night and is expected to regain strength over the water as it heads farther west toward Hainan and Vietnam.

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Storm forces hundreds of thousands to flee in Vietnam, China

Several Asian countries reeling under floods after some of wildest weather this summer

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A policeman keeps watch as residents wade through floodwater brought by Typhoon Nesat and wait for rescue workers in Candaba, Pampanga province, north of Manila on Friday.
A tropical storm barreled toward Vietnam Friday, forcing 20,000 people to be evacuated, as the Philippines braced for a new typhoon and several Asian countries reeled under floods after some of the wildest weather this summer.

Prolonged monsoon flooding, typhoons and storms have wreaked untold havoc in the region, leaving more than 600 people dead or missing in India, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, China, Pakistan and Vietnam in the last four months. In India alone, the damage is estimated to be worth $1 billion, with the worst-hit Orissa state accounting for $726 million.

The state-run Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said several studies suggest an intensification of the Asian summer monsoon rainfall with increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Still, it is not clear that this is entirely because of climate change, especially in India, it said.

After pummeling the Philippines and China this week, Typhoon Nesat was downgraded to tropical storm as it headed toward Vietnam where it was expected to make landfall later Friday with sustained wind speeds of up to 73 mph, according to the national weather forecasting center.