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Floods trigger emergency in 13 Veracruz municipalities, Mexico

Flooding in Veracruz

Flooding in Veracruz
More areas could be included if rain continues

Veracruz has declared a state of emergency in 13 municipalities after heavy rain flooded homes and roads in the southern part of the state.

The Coatzacoalcos river overflowed its banks in the municipalities of Hidalgotitlán and Jesús Carranza, while the Tecolapan river overflowed in Saltabarranca.

The waters of the Jaltepec river, a tributary of the Coatzacoalcos, continue to rise and could soon overflow, affecting towns in the municipalities of Jesús Carranza, Hidalgotitlán, Texistepec, Jáltipan, Cosoleacaque and Minatitlán.

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Mudslide triggered by heavy rains kills 9 in Colombia, 5 still missing

Governor of Santander Didier Tavera (centre), stands next to rescue workers as they work at the area where nine people died by mudslides caused by heavy rains, according to local authorities, in Barrancabermeja, Colombia on Sunday.
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Governor of Santander Didier Tavera (centre), stands next to rescue workers as they work at the area where nine people died by mudslides caused by heavy rains, according to local authorities, in Barrancabermeja, Colombia on Sunday.
At least nine people were killed and five more were missing after heavy rains triggered a mudslide in northern Colombia on Sunday, the fire department said.

The early morning rains caused a mudslide that buried several homes in a poor neighbourhood, most of them made of wood, in the port city of Barrancabermeja, reports Xinhua news agency.

"We recovered nine bodies... Five of them were minors and four adults," Fire Department Chief Alexander Diaz said. "Fortunately, three children managed to get out when the mudslide hit and are alive."

Comment: A similar event happened elsewhere in the same country just 10 days earlier, again caused by extreme precipitation: Landslide triggered by heavy rain in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing

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Full scale-emergency as flash floods rip through villages in south Spain - 15 inches of rain 24 hours

Serrania de Ronda today
© Karl Smallman, Euro Weekly News
TWO-STOREY HOUSE: Flash floods hit JimeRa de Libar in the Serrania de Ronda today (Sunday).
Red alerts for torrential rain in parts of Andalucia have been extended again - through until 6pm tonight (Sunday) as the province of Malaga experiences some of the worst weather seen in living memory.

Many roads are blocked by flooding and rockfalls - particularly in the province of Malaga.

The Serrania de Ronda has particularly badly hit with the tiny village of Jimera de Libar been particularly badly hit as the river levels suddenly rose - leaving two-storey properties almost totally submerged and cars washed away.

Comment: A slightly later report by Reuters states:
A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

In the town of Campillos, cars were borne along the streets by the water and left in wrecked piles after the flood subsided.

Almost 400 millimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales - around 62 km (40 miles) from the main city of Malaga - alone, according to the regional government's environmental department.

Firefighter Jose Gil disappeared when the truck he was traveling in with two others overturned, the local fire service said on Twitter. His companions were rescued, but Gil was later found dead.
New weather warning as eastern Spain braces for worst 'cold drop' in 10 years

Recently major flash floods hit Majorca, Spain and neighbouring southwest France. See also:

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National disaster declared in Trinidad after catastrophic flooding

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has declared that the flooding nightmare that has left thousands marooned is a "national disaster."

There has been a catastrophic level of flooding across many communities in Trinidad beginning Friday night. Families are being evacuated from homes in east and central Trinidad as flood waters continue to rise following two days of persistent rainfall.

Just before 10am yesterday, the Prime Minister via his Facebook page stated that it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief. He also condemned acts of looting during the disaster.

He posted: "This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing we will have to find the resources to help.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rain sweeps away family of 4 in northern Nicaragua

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A landslide unleashed by heavy rains has slammed into a home in northern Nicaragua, killing two adults and leaving two children missing and presumed dead.

Leonidas Centeno is the mayor of Jinotega municipality. He says the avalanche of mud, water and uprooted trees swept away the home early Saturday and dragged it for more than 100 metres (109 yards).

The bodies of a 61-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife were recovered. Two daughters ages 13 and 4 were missing.

Authorities say recent rains have caused 10 more deaths, and a red alert is in place in eight of Nicaragua's 17 departments.

Source: AP

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Desert state Qatar drenched by floods as almost a year's rain falls in ONE day

Qatar floods
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Roads are impassable, air traffic is disrupted and homes are flooded, while shops and universities close

Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year's worth of rainfall in one day.

Roads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed, AFP said.

Qatar broadcaster Al Jazeera's senior meteorologist, Steff Gaulter, tweeted that one part of the capital Doha had experienced almost a year's worth of rain on Saturday.

"Abu Hamor (a suburb) now reporting 59.8mm. (Doha average annual rainfall is 77mm.)," she wrote. By early evening it was estimated that 61mm (2.4 inches) of rain had fallen.

The storm hampered visibility for drivers and motorists were urged to be cautious, the Peninsula website reported.

"I am turning back because driving has become very difficult in the heavy rain and wind. Even buildings cannot be seen clearly," one driver told the Peninsula.

Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric compression snow and rain events Autumn 2018-2019

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Fourth body found at landslide site in Malaysia

Penang Fire and Rescue Department officers
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Penang Fire and Rescue Department officers carry out rescue operations at the landslide site.
The body of a male Indonesian foreign worker was pulled out from the landslide which occurred at a highway construction site at Paya Terubong.

This brings the body count to four, as three injured workers were found on Friday (Oct 19).

Two workers are still missing following the landslide that occurred at 1.15pm on Thursday following the continuous downpour over the last few days.

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At least 6 killed in landslide after heavy rain in Oaxaca, Mexico

Soldiers clear a highway in Oaxaca.

Soldiers clear a highway in Oaxaca.
Four children and two women died on Thursday in a landslide in San Pedro Ocotepec in the Oaxaca state in Mexico, according to the state Civil Protection Coordinator Heliodoro Diaz.

Emergency authorities are looking for other survivors in the incident zone. The landslide happened due to strong rains in Oaxaca. Two houses were buried in the landslide.

Diaz reported that local authorities continue with search and rescue tasks in the Mixe zone. The Mexican army is expected to support these tasks as well as the State Police.

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Cyclone Titli latest: 57 dead, 10 missing, over 57k houses damaged in Odisha, India

cyclone titli damage

Adequate drinking water, health, and veterinary measures are being provided in the affected areas of Odisha

The death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Titli and subsequent floods have reached 57 due to landslides, wall-collapse incidents, and drowning, the Special Relief Commission (SRC) said on Thursday.

The Commission further said that at least 10 people are still missing in the wake of the natural calamity that hit the state.

Apart from fatalities, 2,73,425 hectares of crops have been damaged across 17 districts of the state. Furthermore, 60,11,000 people in 8125 villages have been affected and 57,131 houses have been damaged.

The SRC said, "The Government has announced for providing gratuitous relief for fifteen days at the rate of Rs. 60 per adult and Rs 45 per child per day to all affected families of Ganjam, Gajapati and Gunupur Sub- Division of Rayagada district. Accordingly, an amount of Rs. 1.02 bn have has been released in favour of the Collectors concerned for payment as advance towards GR (Gajapati- 110 million, Ganjam- 896 million, Rayagada-140 million)."

Comment: Cyclone Titli hits India's Odisha coast: More than 300,000 evacuated - 17 killed (UPDATE)

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New weather warning as eastern Spain braces for worst 'cold drop' in 10 years

Iberian Peninsular on October 18, 2018
Iberian Peninsula on October 18, 2018

The phenomenon, caused by the arrival of very cold polar air, is expected to bring 180 millimeters of rain in 12 hours, affecting Catalonia, Aragón, Valencia, Andalusia, Balearics and Murcia

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead in Mallorca, including a British couple and two German nationals.

Spain's national weather service AEMET has issued a special warning for "rain and intense, generalized and persistent storms" for the eastern side of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. The extreme weather is expected to hit on Thursday and last until Sunday.

While the gota fría - or "cold drop," a term used to describe a sudden fall in temperatures along the east coast caused by the arrival of very cold polar air - is "typical" of Spanish falls in the Mediterranean, AEMET spokesperson Rubén del Campo says a drop of this intensity has not occurred since October 2008.

Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and Murcia will be the worst-hit regions in Spain and a red alert - the highest on the scale - has been issued for Castellón on Thursday and Friday.

According to Del Campo, the extreme weather is due to two low pressure areas. "The first will move to the south of the Peninsula this Thursday while the other will be in the Mediterranean and near the Balearic Islands," he explains.

Both low-pressure zones can bring torrential rain but by "interacting and joining together" they cause "instability" in the upper layers of the atmosphere and lead to storms and "humid wind along the length of the Mediterranean Sea," says Del Campo. These ingredients create "a cocktail of strong, persistent and intense rain," he says.