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Landslide during heavy rainfall kills at least 15 at hotel wedding party in Peru

A collapsed area of the Alhambra hotel in Abancay, Peru ( AP
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A collapsed area of the Alhambra hotel in Abancay, Peru
At least 15 people were killed when a landslide crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in south-eastern Peru, officials say.

The impact of the mud and rocks forced the building's walls and roof to cave in while guests were inside dancing.

Twenty-nine people were injured and had to be pulled from the debris following the incident on Sunday in the Andean city of Abancay, officials said.

Local media report that the incident occurred during heavy rain in the area.

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68 killed, thousands displaced in South Sulawesi floods, Indonesia (UPDATE)

Residents try to hold on to a house
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Residents try to hold on to a house that is being carried away by floodwater from the overflowing Jenebarang River in Gowa, South Sulawesi, on Jan. 22.
Six people died and 10 went missing in a flood that hit Makassar City and six other districts in South Sulawesi on Tuesday.

The previous day, dozens of houses and several bridges were destroyed hours after torrential rainfall hit.

The six people were from Gowa district, which was inundated because of rising water levels in the Jenebarang River.

Gowa Regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan said some of the victims died because of electric shock while others were buried by landslides.

Comment: Update: Channel News Asia on the 24th of January reports:
The death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia jumped to 26, a disaster agency official said Thursday (Jan 24), as rescuers race to find still-missing victims.

Thousands have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island, swelling rivers that burst their banks and inundating dozens of communities in nine southern districts.

Parts of the provincial capital Makassar have also been affected.

"As of this morning, 26 people are confirmed to have died and 24 others are missing," said Syamsibar, the head of the local disaster mitigation agency, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

The death toll had stood at eight on Wednesday.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and at least 46 are being treated at local hospitals and health clinics.

The floods also damaged houses, government buildings, schools and bridges.

"The search and rescue teams are still looking for missing victims and evacuating people whose homes were inundated by the flooding," Syamsibar said.

Landslides and flooding are common in Indonesia, especially during the monsoon season between October and April, when rain lashes the vast tropical archipelago.

In October, flash floods and landslides killed at least 22 people in several districts across Sumatra island.

Source: AFP

Update: Xinhua on the 27th of January reports:
The death toll from floods, landslides and whirlwind in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province jumped to 68 on Sunday with 47 others sustaining wounds, spokesman of the national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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Couple dies after flash flood in Bodrum, Turkey

A Turkish couple died after they were trapped in their car as flash floods hit the southwestern town of Bodrum late Jan. 25.

According to local media reports, the 27-year-old driver Çağlar Bilecik and his fiancee, Billur Atik, were in the Akarca area when their car stopped amid intense flooding of a nearby creek.

A passerby, who saw the car while drifting in the water, notified the police.

Rescue teams who arrived soon afterward found in the flooded car the body of Atik, a 23-year-old teacher.

Officials said Atik's fiancee, an electrical technician, was also presumed dead but his body remained missing on Jan. 26 despite search efforts in the area, which was still pounded by a heavy storm.


Flooding kills five in snow-hit Algeria

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Deep snow in north Algeria, Jan 24th
While the victims were retrieved over the last 48 hours, around 100 people have been rescued in the last 24 hours in more than 17 areas.

Algeria's civil protection unit said on Saturday that five people died after being swept away by flood waters as a cold snap in the Maghreb brought snow to several of the country's regions. "All the victims have been retrieved over the last 48 hours after being swept away by waters in Annaba, El Tarf, Tizi Ouzou and Tipaza," the civil protection body said.

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Deadly floods in Asturias, Spain

Four dead in freak conditions caused by heavy rains in Northern Spain

Four dead in freak conditions caused by heavy rains in Northern Spain
Four people have died in landslides and flooding caused by days of heavy rains in northern Spain.

The fatalities occurred in in the Principality of Asturias, a region of northwest Spain. One of the victims was swept away by flooding from an overflowing river in Tineo. The other victims died in separate incidents in Laviana, Mieres and Salas when their vehicles were either swept from the roads or caught in landslides.

The Asturias Emergency Coordination Centre said it received a total of 2,205 calls for assistance during the severe weather. Emergency services evacuated around 40 people from a hospital in Arriondas on Thursday 24 January due to flooding.

Several roads and schools were also closed. On 24 January the Government of Asturias said emergency workers were attending around 160 incidents of flooding and storm damage.

Regional government delegates visited Laviana and Mieres on 24 January to assess the damage.

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6 miners dead, 1 missing in Agusan Norte landslide, Philippines

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Six miners were confirmed dead while one remained missing from a landslide in Agusan del Norte, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said on Thursday.

Erma Suyo, PDRRMO Agusan del Norte officer, said the incident happened in the border of Santiago and Jabonga towns in the province, in the vicinity of Mount Manpuhaw.

Suyo said her office had no idea about the landslide until a lone survivor was brought to a local hospital and related the incident.

Based on a police report, the miners were identified as Rene Gan-ungunlligan, Ramil Iligan, Casiano Iligan, Tata Salasay, Rex Pening, Jay-I Matanog and one with an alias of Gang-gang. The miners were all from Barangay Hinapuyan, Carmen in Surigao del Sur.

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Tropical storm brings torrential rain to parts of Mozambique

Mozambican city of Beira were flooded

Mozambican city of Beira flooded
Parts of the Mozambican city of Beira were flooded on Tuesday after tropical storm Desmond made landfall.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) said Desmond had brought 277mm of rain to the city of Beira - the fourth largest city in the country.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said the storm will last about 48 hours.

Brit In Beira, a British mother who blogs from Mozambique, posted in a message on Facebook on Tuesday: "Tropical storm Desmond has brought some epic rain ....

"We are fine, our house has a few leaks but all safe and sound. My heart just breaks for the people's houses that have been completely flooded or washed away. As always in these events it's always the most vulnerable and desperate that suffer the most in the hands of mother nature."

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Landslide kills 3 people in Abbottabad, Pakistan

A woman and her two children were killed because of a landslide in Kehal near Abbottabad on Tuesday morning.

A huge rock fell on their house and completely destroyed it. The landslide occurred because it has been raining since the last two days in the area.

The police and rescue teams reached the site after being informed of the landslide.

The deceased has been identified Rafiq's wife Kaalijan and her two children, 17-year-old Khawar and 14-year-old Mubashir. The bodies have been shifted to Benazir Shaheed Hospital.

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Several dead after floods and landslides in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Landslide locations in Antananarivo,
Landslide locations in Antananarivo, March 2015.
Heavy rainfall that began late on 19 January, 2019, has caused landslides and flooding in Antananarivo, capital city of Madagascar.

Local media, quoting fire service and civil protection sources, say that at least several people have died, some are still missing and several were injured after buildings collapsed due to heavy rain, landslides and flooding. AFP news agency reports suggest the death toll is 9.

Heavy rainfall frequently makes many of the slopes and hillsides around the city dangerously unstable. The city saw several landslides in March 2015 (see photo) and at least 7 people were killed in a landslide in the city in February last year.

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Floods leave 10 dead in Burundi

Floods affected several communes of Bujumbura,
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Floods affected several communes of Bujumbura, Burundi, from 17 January 2019.
The Red Cross in Burundi reports that torrential rain and flooding in Bujumbura has left at least 10 people dead and over 100 homes damaged or destroyed.

The heavy rain and flooding began late on 17 January, 2019, causing severe material damage as well as fatalities in Nyakabiga (3), Musaga (1) and Kanyosha (6). The communes of Buterere and Kinama, among others, were also affected.

Burundi Red Cross, civil protection police and authorities are carrying out needs and damage assessments. Red Cross volunteers have helped in evacuating those affected and administering first aid.