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Monsoon rains kill at least 37 in India, as buildings collapse and streets flood

Indian men push a car through a flooded street in Ahmadabad.
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Indian men push a car through a flooded street in Ahmadabad.
At least 37 people are known to have died because of monsoon rains which have triggered house collapses and flooded wide areas of land in northern India.

Weather officials have predicted more rains in the next 48 hours in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.

The deaths have been occurring since Thursday night, government spokesman Awanish Awasthi said.

Most of the victims died on Friday in Agra, the northern city where the white marble Taj Mahal is located.


The dead included four members of a family whose house collapsed, he said.


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Athens hit by flash floods just days after devastating wildfire

Flash flood hits northern Athens suburb

Flash flood hits northern Athens suburb
A flash flood has struck an Athens suburb just days after the devastating wildfire ripped through parts of Greece killed at least 80 people.

The Greek capital's fire department today received 140 calls for help to pump water from flooded homes and businesses.

No injuries have been reported, but dozens of cars were damaged as torrential rain hit.

Fire crews headed to a car park in the suburb of Maroussi to see if there were any people trapped in cars that were submerged in a muddy lake.


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At least 27 feared dead in jade mine landslide after heavy rain in Myanmar (Burma)

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At least 27 people are feared dead following a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, police said Wednesday, as heavy rains hampered the search for survivors.

The poorly-regulated and notoriously corrupt multibillion-dollar industry in remote Kachin state is frequently hit by fatal disasters, and the victims often come from poor ethnic communities.

The latest disaster hit remote Set Mu sub-township early Tuesday following heavy rains in the area, burying at least 27 people, mostly from the impoverished ethnic Rawang group, local police officer Aung Zin Kyaw told AFP.


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Hail, heavy rain and flooding seen in Calgary and district as severe thunderstorm passes through

Hail blankets a parking lot at Cross Iron Mills shopping centre on July 23.
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Hail blankets a parking lot at Cross Iron Mills shopping centre on July 23.
A severe thunderstorm brought nasty weather to some parts of southwestern Alberta on Monday.

A warning was ended for Calgary and Rocky View County — including Canmore, Cochrane, Bragg Creek, Tsuut'ina Reserve and Ghost Lake - but not before the storm brought loonie-sized hail, heavy rain and dangerous wind gusts across the region.

Environment Canada said golf ball-sized hail and damaging wind gusts upwards of 100 km/h were possible in the Calgary area.

The weather agency was advising residents to stay inside as hail and lightning can cause damage and injury.


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At least 3 killed by landslide after incessant rain in Rolpa, Nepal

3 members of a family among 4 killed in Bajhang landslide

3 members of a family among 4 killed in Bajhang landslide
At least three people were killed after a landslide buried a shed at Phuldhara in Sunil Smriti-8, of Rolpa district on Monday.

According to the District Police Office, the deceased have been identified as 18-year-old Chameli Pun, 12-year-old Obi Gharti and 18-year-old Hume Gharti. The victims were sleeping inside the shed were when the landslide buried them.

Police said that the landslide triggered by incessant rain of Sunday night buried the shed.

DSP Gyanendra Prasad Phuyal said they are preparing to bring the bodies of the deceased to the district headquarters for post-mortem. The incident site is around 12 kilometres away from Sulichaur, the administrative centre of rural municipality.

A month ago, three people were killed in a landslide at Runtigadhi Rural Municipality in Rolpa.

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Several dead, hundreds missing as hydropower dam COLLAPSES in Laos

Some 6,000 villagers have been left stranded and their homes submerged in flood water after the partially-constructed dam burst on Monday evening

Some 6,000 villagers have been left stranded and their homes submerged in flood water after the partially-constructed dam burst on Monday evening
Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam in southeast Laos.

The accident happened at the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in the southeastern province of Attapeu on Monday, sparking flash floods in villages in the area and leaving more than 6,000 people homeless.

The dam, which was still under construction, released five billion cubic metres of water, which is equivalent to over two million Olympic swimming pools.

It is not yet known what caused the collapse.


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Flooding affects over 30,000 in Liberia

Flooding in Monrovia, Liberia, 18 July 2018.
© NDMA Liberia
Flooding in Monrovia, Liberia, 18 July 2018.
Parts of Liberia, including the capital Monrovia, experienced flooding after days of heavy rain in the country.

Flooding hit Monrovia and surrounding areas of Montserrado County on 18 July, 2018. The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) said the flooding caused significant material damage and severe transport problems. Flooding also affected parts of neighbouring Margibi County. As of 19 July, a total of 31,186 people were affected, including thousands of children.

The NDMA, responsible for coordinating disaster management in Liberia, says it has been working around the clock along with other government agencies and international partners to provide support to people affected by flooding.

"We have our first responders on the field providing assistance and collecting data", said Henry Williams, head of NDMA.


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1,700 homes damaged by floods in Cambodia

Floods in Phnom Sruoch District in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia, July 2018.
© Ministry of Information, Cambodia
Floods in Phnom Sruoch District in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia, July 2018.
Flooding in Cambodia has damaged over 1,700 homes in several provinces, according to the country's National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

Flooding began on 17 July, 2018 after a period of heavy rain, affecting the provinces of Kampong Speu, Battambang, Koh Kong and Phreah Sihanouk. As many as 1,786 houses and 1,100 hectares of paddy fields have been damaged.

The NCDM said local authorities and armed forces have been cooperating with the Cambodian Red Cross to get people in affected areas to higher ground.


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Hundreds evacuated after floods hit the Tatra Mountains, Slovakia

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Hundreds of people were evacuated between 18 and 19 July, 2018, after flooding hit parts of the Tatra Mountain region in northern Slovakia following two days of heavy rain. Some areas recorded more than 160 mm of rain in 48 hours.

Slovakia's Fire and Rescue Corp (Prezídium Hasičského a záchranného zboru - HaZZ) said that firefighters helped evacuate 274 people from flooded homes in the village of Stará Lesná, Kežmarok District in the Prešov Region in north-central Slovakia. The village was flooded after the Studený Potok stream overflowed. Evacuees were accommodated in a local municipality building and school. Firefighters also erected temporary flood defences in the village.


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Flash floods kill 19 in north and central Vietnam - 13 unaccounted for (Update)

Floods in Ba Che district of northern Quang Ninh province
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Floods in Ba Che district of northern Quang Ninh province
Ten people were killed and 12 listed missing as flash floods hit Vietnam's northern and central provinces.

In the northern province of Yen Bai, as of Friday afternoon floods have killed 8 people while 10 are missing and 6 injured, according to provincial leaders.

Floods have also destroyed hundreds of houses, washed away large areas of agriculture and aquaculture farms and isolated multiple communes in the province.

Speaking to VnExpress, Yen Bai's chairman Do Duc Duy said the ongoing flooding is the largest the province has ever recorded, with 6 out of its 9 districts suffering heavily damages.


Comment: Update: Channel News Asia on July 22nd reports:
Flash floods in Vietnam have now claimed at least 19 lives, the government said on Sunday (Jul 22), as residents in affected areas sought safety in higher ground.

Boasting a long coastline, tropical Vietnam is battered by floods and storms every year, with hundreds of lives lost from the annual monsoon barrage.

The remnants of Typhoon Son Tinh, now a tropical depression, made landfall Wednesday night, the third tropical storm to hit Vietnam since the start of the year.

The latest report from the country's disaster office said 19 people have been killed so far, with an additional 13 people unaccounted for.

Floods and landslide from heavy rains have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi.



A village damaged by flash flooding in Vietnam's Yen Bai province
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A village damaged by flash flooding in Vietnam's Yen Bai province
They are expected to continue in the coming days.

State-controlled VNExpress news site reported Saturday that residents in Chuong My district on the outskirts of Hanoi were asked to leave their homes and get to higher ground for fear of heavy floods.

"We must be active in moving our furniture out of homes. From last year's experience, we did not have time to run," a local resident was quoted as saying.

Published photos showed homeowners in plastic raincosts moving bags of goods and livestock.

"My house is in a very low location so I have to move all the rice to higher places," resident Nguyen Duy Dong told VNExpress. "Since the afternoon, we have moved more than one tonne of rice."

The amount of land under seige has also spiked, with more than 15,000 houses damaged or destroyed and more than 110,000 hectares of crops inundated. Several roads have also disappeared under the water.

Source: AFP