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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,
© Burundi Red Cross
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.

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Extreme wet January displaces thousands and floods farmland in Argentina - year's worth of rain in 15 days

Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year

Some areas received a whole year’s worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year
Intense rainfall in northeast Argentina and neighbouring areas in Mercosur members has caused devastating floods, amplifying the economic burdens of Argentina's recession. Over 5,000 people have evacuated the region, and millions of hectares of crops have been sent underwater.

The flooded region, which extends into Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil, has received about five times more rain than expected since the beginning of the year. Some areas received a whole year's worth of rainfall in the first 15 days of the calendar year.

Damages to farmland ring in around US$2 billion, according Coninagro, an Intercooperative Agricultural Confederation based in Buenos Aires. The group reported that 2.4 million hectares of soybeans are flooded. The greatest losses come from the Pampa Húmeda region, one of the main food producers in the world. Other crops like corn and cotton, along with livestock have suffered across the Northeast.

Comment: A report from 9 days prior: Rivers rising after record rainfall in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay - almost 20 inches in 3 days with 7 inches in 80 minutes

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California storms bring fear of devastating mudslides in fire-ravaged areas

mud flow block highway
© California Dept. of Transportation
Mud flows obstructed parts of the Pacific Coast Highway (above) near Malibu on Monday
Residents of hundreds of homes in three California counties have been ordered to to pack up and leave as a Pacific storm threatens potential mudslide catastrophe.

Mandatory evacuation orders went into effect on Tuesday at 8am in parts of Los Angeles County and 10am in parts of Santa Barbara County that were devastated by the Woolsey Fire.

In Riverside County, mandatory evacuation orders for dozens of areas around the Holy Fire were downgraded to voluntary early on Tuesday, but authorities urged people to stay alert because of continuing rain forecasts.

It come a year after a mudslide swept through a fire-devastated California town, killing 23 people.

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Landslide caused by heavy rains engulfs Pakistani bus with workers, killing 8

At least eight labourers were killed and several others went missing after a passenger van got buried by a landslide at Karakoram Highway in Kohistan district.

The landslide completely buried the van late Monday night, and the rescue operation started early Tuesday morning by authorities and volunteers.

Police said that the van was carrying about 12 labourers of Dasu Hydro Power project, who were on their way home from work.

Rescue teams recovered eight bodies after digging through the piles of mud and rock manually, and efforts were underway to rescue the remaining people by removing the debris with heavy machinery summoned at the site by the rescue officials.

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Watch: Two cars carried off in flash flood in northern Israel

Rescue teams and police units in northern Israel rescued three people trapped in two jeeps which had been carried off by a flash flood after the Nahal Hilazon creek overflowed Monday morning.

"In the north next to Nahal Hilazon, police and rescue units responded to an incident and saved the lives of two people when flash floods struck underneath the bridge in the area," a police spokesperson said regarding the first jeep. "Their vehicle was washed away in the flash flood."

The two vehicles had been driving from the direction of the Israeli Arab town of Sakhnin towards Kibbutz Lotem when they were hit by a flash flood while driving in the Nahal Hilazon creek under a bridge.

Comment: Related article: Israel sees record snowfall - meter of snow hits Mt. Hermon

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Farmers reeling after record rain in 2018 destroys crops

In this undated photo farmer Rodney Helton holds the stem of a cotton plant in his rain soaked field in Atmore, Ala.
© Tony Giberson/Pensacola News Journal
In this undated photo farmer Rodney Helton holds the stem of a cotton plant in his rain soaked field in Atmore, Ala.
Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Alabama, on a Thursday morning, just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots.

He reached out and plucked a sopping wet cotton boll off of a brown, rotting stem and held it between his fingers, shaking his head.

"See this?" he said, peeling the wet cotton apart like an orange. "That's not how it's supposed to be. It's supposed to be fluffy, it's cotton. That's no good. No good."

Like almost all farmers in the northern ends of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, 2018 was one for the record books, and not in a good way. The Pensacola area saw just over 90 inches of rain total last year, which is 2 feet more than it normally does. Mickey Diamond, a cotton and peanut farmer in Jay, said his town saw over 100 inches of rain.

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South East Africa - Deadly storms and floods in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique

Violent storms and flash flooding triggered by heavy rain have affected the south east African countries of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique over the last few days. Over 20 people have reportedly died since 09 January, 2019.


Malawi's Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) reported on 11 January that flash floods in the capital Lilongwe, Central Region, have caused severe material damage, affecting around 600 people. No fatalities have been reported.

The floods were triggered by 3 hours of heavy rain on 10 January. DoDMA said that flooding had affected the areas of "Biwi, Area 22, Kaliyeka, Chipasula, Mchesi, Kawale and Area 36 in Lilongwe City, " and that "parts of Chipasula, Chidzanja and Kawale bridges have been damaged."

Further damage assessments are being carried out to form the basis for the provision of relief assistance. Malawi's Minister of Homeland Security, Nicholas Dausi, was expected to visit the affected areas on 11 January.