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18 dead following massive landslide after heavy rainfall in Western Province of Rwanda

Floods and landslides in Karongi, Western Province, Rwanda, May 2018.
© Rwanda Red cross
Floods and landslides in Karongi, Western Province, Rwanda, May 2018.
At least 18 people have died in a landslide in Western Province of Rwanda.

Heavy rain triggered a massive landslide in Rwankuba sector of Karongi district in Western Province, late on Sunday, 06 May, 2018. Dozens of homes were destroyed. Rwanda Red Cross says that at least 300 people are homeless. The Red Cross added that around 12 people have been injured.

The country's Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) said that at least 18 people died in Karongi. Minister De Bonheur Jeanne, along with the Governor of Western Province, joined the population of Rwankuba sector for the funeral of 15 victims today, Tuesday 08 May, adding that three other victims were buried yesterday.


Ice Age Farmer Report: Kilauea erupts, floods in Ankara and Israel, deep winter greenhouse

Lava in the streets of Hawaii, and rivers in the streets of Ankara. The signs of the modern Grand Solar Minimum intensify each day. Are you preparing?


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At least 4 killed by flash flood in Duhok, Iraq

Flood damage in Duhok, Iraq Kurdistan Region, May 2018.
© Government of Duhok
Flood damage in Duhok, Iraq Kurdistan Region, May 2018.
At least 4 people died in flash floods that hit the city of Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on Saturday, 05 May 2018.

Duhok Civil Defense said that the floods devastated the centre of the city of Duhok and the surrounding regions, damaging or destroying more than 50 homes and 30 cars. The majority of damage was in areas close to the Hishkaro River.

Teams from police and civil defence were called on to rescue 27 people from the flood waters. The fatalities occurred when two vehicles were swept away by flood water in the sub-district of Fahid of the city.

Local media reported that flooding also affected nearby camps for internally displaced people.


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

Darlings Island, N.B., where the Kennebecasis River has flooded the only road into the community.
© Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press
Darlings Island, N.B., where the Kennebecasis River has flooded the only road into the community.
Some key numbers Friday from flooded New Brunswick:

306,000: Sandbags distributed so far across the province.

100: Tonnes of sand used so far.

Comment: Part of a report on Floodlist states:
Water levels in rivers began to increase throughout the province from 23 April as a result of continuous snow melt. Flooding has affected areas across New Brunswick over the last 5 days, causing damage to properties and closing 80 roads and bridges, including part of the Trans-Canada highway between Moncton and Fredericton.

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Unexpected flood hits Ankara, Turkey - vehicles float down streets

Turkey's capital Ankara was hit Saturday by a sudden flood, which was caused by heavy rainfall in the central Anatolian province.

The flood dragged dozens of vehicles from the streets in Ankara's Mamak district.

Videos showing a man desperately sitting on top of his car, while the flood washed away several vehicles in Mamak's Boğaziçi neighborhood were proof of the unexpected natural disaster.

The man was reportedly later rescued and only slightly injured.


Heavy rainfall for May causes flooding in Sardinia, Italy - 4 times monthly average in 2 days

Floods in Nuoro Province, Sardinia, 02 May 2018
© Vigili del Fuoco
Floods in Nuoro Province, Sardinia, 02 May 2018
Two days of heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in Sardinia, Italy. Around 100 people have been evacuated from their homes. In the last 48 hours some areas have recorded over 150 mm of rain - more than four times the average monthly total for May.

Schools have been closed in several areas of the island due to the bad weather. Flooding and landslides have closed roads in the Municipality of Villacidro and near Cagliari.

Two families were evacuated as a precaution in Villacidro, South Sardinia Province. Around 100 people (20 families) have been evacuated in Torpé in Nuoro Province as a precaution due to rising levels of the Posada river.

Firefighters were called to over 60 interventions in Cagliari and surrounding areas. Emergency services also rescued farm workers who were stranded by flooding in Nuoro Province.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: French climate returning to Little Ice Age conditions

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The signs for the third year in a row now point to France showing the fastest signs of cooling than other countries around Europe. 27 feet of snow will keep slopes open into June, mountain rescues because of surprise winter storm in May. Reduced production of vineyard grapes, wheat and fruit.

Comment: Is the Gulf Stream about to collapse and is the new ice age coming sooner than scientists think?

Some related articles from the past month in France include:

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Flooding in Somalia affects 500,000 people

The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought
© UN
The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appealed to the international community to support efforts to help 500,000 people affected by the floods that has displaced close to 175,000 from their homes.

Mohamed who visited Somalia's central region of HirShabelle to assess the impact of flooding on Monday said his government was taking action to address the humanitarian crisis caused by the floods.

"We have formed a national disaster committee to respond to the needs of our fellow citizens who have been affected," he said in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.

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Storm in Buenos Aires, Argentina leaves 2 dead, hundreds displaced

© Cristian Ritondo ‏
A fierce storm struck areas around Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 28 to 29 April 2018. During the storm some areas recorded over 110 mm of rain and wind gusts of 130 km/h. At least 2 people have died and 1,200 evacuated.

Some areas saw more than a month's worth of rain fall in 24 hours. Rivers and streams overflowed, flooding parts of the city forcing hundreds from their homes. The Luján River broke it banks in Pilar, and overflowing streams caused flooding in the districts of La Matanza, Quilmes, Padre Varela de Luján and Lomas de Zamora.

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World's first trillion-$ natural disaster: California's next megaflood would be worse than 8 Hurricane Katrinas

Car in flood
© REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Worse than the 1906 earthquake. Worse than eight Hurricane Katrinas. Worse than every wildfire in California history, combined. The world's first trillion-dollar natural disaster.

A wintertime megaflood in California could turn out to be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history by far, and we are making it much more likely, according to an alarming study published this week in Nature Climate Change.

The odds are good that such a flood will happen in the next 40 years, the study says. By the end of the century, it's a near certainty. (And then another one hits, and another - three such storms are possible by 2100). By juicing the atmosphere, extreme West Coast rainstorms will happen at five times their historical rate, if humanity continues on roughly a business-as-usual path, the new research predicts.

The study's lead author, Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a lifelong Californian, says the best way to understand what we're doing to California's weather is to think of earthquakes.