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Torrential rain causes flooding in Bhaktapur, Nepal - Death toll across the country reaches 53 (Update)

Flood Bhaktapur
Normal life has been thrown out of gear in Bhaktapur after many areas including Madhyapur Thimi have been inundated due to the flooding caused by swollen Hanumante River following torrential rains on Wednesday night.

Settlements including the temporary camp sheltering the earthquake victims at local Jagati and Barahisthan have been inundated. Similarly, settlements at Radhe Radhe and the Kamerotar land pooling project in Madhyapur Thimi have also become waterlogged. Local residents have not been able to come out of their houses as hundreds of houses have been inundated since midnight on Wednesday.

Comment: Update: The Sydney Morning Herald on July 13th reported:
Residents have had to be rushed to safety as water levels continue to surge near Kathmandu, with the death toll from landslides and floods brought on by monsoons this week rising to 53 across Nepal.

Three members of a family became the latest fatalities after they were buried alive on Thursday when a landslide struck their makeshift home in a village of Bhaktapur district, officials said.

"Hundreds of security personnel have been deployed in the sites," said chief district officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta.

"A large part of the district was inundated after floodwaters from the Hanumante River entered the settlements."

The Home Ministry earlier put the death toll at 50.

Nepalese women look at a flood area in Bhaktapur.
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Nepalese women look at a flood area in Bhaktapur.
"In some areas, water levels had risen up to 1.2 metres from the ground. Hundreds of people have been stranded," Bhatta said adding that schools and businesses were shut.

The extreme weather has affected 36 of Nepal's 77 districts, with 20 people injured and nine missing.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology say further heavy rains were expected in next few days in the country's central, western and eastern regions.


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At least 15 people killed in floods and landslides in 2 states of India - Monsoon death toll across the country nearly 200

Rescue team in search of survivors

Rescue team in search of survivors
At least 15 people died in floods and landslides in the country yesterday, officials said, pushing the death toll from the annual monsoon rains pounding the country closer to 200.

Landslides swept at least nine people to their deaths in Manipur in the remote and hilly northeast, said the state's Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren.

"I am deeply saddened to know that nine precious life were lost due to landslide at three places in Tamenglong headquarter," he wrote on Twitter.

Eight of the victims were children, including several from one family, local media reported.

Separately, six people were killed in floods and landslides in Uttarakhand, officials there said yesterday.

Four members of one family were swept away by a landslide and two others drowned in a river swollen by heavy rain, state emergency department official Piyush Kumar said.

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'Sheets of rain': Flash flooding sends tourist to high ground near Grand Canyon

Flooding at the Grand Canyon
© Benji Xie via AP
Flooding from a waterfall on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, AZ.
Torrents of water rushed Thursday through an Arizona canyon famous for its towering blue-green waterfalls, sending tourists scrambling to benches, trees and caves as they sought higher ground.

Rescue workers evacuated most of the 200 tourists after two rounds of flooding hit the Havasupai reservation, deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon.

All the tourists were accounted for and no one was seriously injured when heavy rain began falling Wednesday evening and before dawn Thursday, swelling a shallow creek that runs through a reservation campground, said tribal spokeswoman Abbie Fink.

Tourist Benji Xie said people were swimming at the base of waterfalls when the flash flooding struck. He and his friends ran up to a bathroom with other campers to wait out the rain.

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Torrential rain, floods and landslides leave nearly 200 dead in Japan; worst weather disaster in 36 years (Update)

An aerial view of the flooded Asakura City, Japan
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An aerial view of the flooded Asakura City, Fukuoka prefecture. Huge floods swept away houses in southern Japan.

Death toll continues to climb after week of heavy rain that has washed away houses

Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 50 missing, according to Japanese media.

As the death toll continued to climb from the rainfall, which began earlier this week, Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide was pronounced dead.

Kyodo news service reported another death in a landslide in Hiroshima, which set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in a flooded area.

Among the missing were five people who got buried when housing collapsed, also in Hiroshima prefecture. In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said.

Yamaguchi prefecture, another area hit by the heavy rain, alerted people to heed evacuation warnings and act quickly.

Comment: Hundreds of thousands evacuated in Japan after 'historic' rainfall, 2 dead.

Meanwhile China, Japan and Korea are on alert after Super Typhoon Maria rapidly intensified in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

UPDATE: CNN on July 9th reports:
The rain may have stopped in Japan, but the country is facing a long recovery process after floods and landslides killed at least 90 people in the southwest.

An additional 13 people have since died from cardiac arrests, raising the total death toll to 103, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

With emergency rain warnings lifted, the country is now turning its focus to search and rescue efforts. Police, fire departments and the military are scouring affected areas for the dozens of people still missing or unaccounted for.

People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.

People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.
"We will unite and move swiftly to deliver those necessities to the disaster victims by coordinating closely with local government," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with the disaster response task force, also noting "the future need" to improve evacuation centers and temporary housing.

While authorities search for the missing, residents begin the cleanup, wading through flooded houses and streets.

Residential buildings are partially submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Residential buildings are partially submerged in floodwaters caused by heavy rains in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
Thousands of houses have been damaged, and even the ones that stand intact have been impacted. Nearly 17,000 households are still without power, and phone lines are down across multiple prefectures.

Further complicating repair efforts is the fact that many railroads and highways are closed, too flooded to operate, placing many affected areas out of reach.

Homes destroyed

Rescue operations continue at a collapsed house on July 8, 2018 in Kumano, Hiroshima, Japan.

Rescue operations continue at a collapsed house on July 8, 2018 in Kumano, Hiroshima, Japan.
Rains began late last week and intensified over the weekend. Rivers overflowed, landslides crushed buildings, and cars were swept away by floodwater.

"The record rainfalls in various parts of the country have caused rivers to burst their banks, and triggered large scale floods and landslides in several areas," Cabinet Secretary Suga said Sunday.

Two million people were forced to flee their homes, advised or ordered by the government to evacuate. Some, unable to leave, took shelter on their rooftops as flash floods swallowed entire streets.

In Kurashiki near Okayama, soldiers were deployed to carry elderly residents from their homes into waiting boats.

Residents try to upright a vehicle stuck in a flood hit area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 9, 2018.

Residents try to upright a vehicle stuck in a flood hit area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture on July 9, 2018.

UPDATE: BBC on July 10th reports:
At least 126 people are now known to have died in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan, says the government.

It is the highest death toll caused by rainfall that Japan has seen in more than three decades.

Rescuers are now digging through mud and rubble in a race to find survivors, as dozens are still missing.

About two million people have been evacuated from the region after rivers burst their banks.

Record flooding in Japan
This is the worst death toll triggered by rains Japan has seen since 1982, when nearly 300 people died
"I have asked my family to prepare for the worst," 38-year-old Kosuke Kiyohara, who has not heard from his sister and her two sons, told AFP.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also cancelled an overseas trip to deal with the flood crisis.

Flood warnings are still in effect for some of the worst hit areas, including Okayama prefecture.

But more settled weather is expected over the next few days which is likely to help with rescue efforts.

UPDATE: The Independent on July 13th reports:
Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200.

More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction to decades-old communities built on mountain slopes and flood plains.

The death toll rose to 195, with several dozen people still missing, the government said on Thursday.

With daily temperatures above 30C and high humidity, life in school gymnasiums and other evacuation centres, where families spread out on mats on the floors, began to take a toll.

Television footage showed one elderly woman trying to sleep by kneeling with her upper body on the seat of a folding chair, arms over her eyes to keep out the light.

With few portable fans in the evacuation centres, many survivors tried to cool themselves with paper fans.

The limited water supply meant that people are not getting enough fluids and in danger of suffering from heatstroke, authorities said. People are also reluctant to use what water they do have to wash their hands, raising fears of epidemics.

"Without water, we can't really clean anything up. We can't wash anything," one man told NHK television.

Japan floods July 2018
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Disasters set off by torrential rains have become more frequent in Japan, perhaps due to global warming, alleged 'experts' opined.
The government has sent water trucks to the disaster area, but supplies remain limited.

More than 70,000 military, police and firefighters toiled through the debris in a grim search for the missing.

Some teams shovelled dirt into sacks and piled the bags into trucks. Others used diggers and chainsaws to work through landslides and splintered buildings.

Many areas were buried deep in mud that smelled like sewage and had hardened in the heat, making the search more difficult.

Disasters set off by torrential rains have become more frequent in Japan, perhaps due to global warming, experts say. Dozens of people died after similar rains caused flooding around the same time last year.

"It's an undeniable fact that this sort of disaster due to torrential, unprecedented rain is becoming more frequent in recent years," chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference in Tokyo.

"Preserving the lives and peaceful existence of our citizens is the government's biggest duty. We recognise that there's a need to look into steps we can take to reduce the damage from disasters like this even a little bit," he added.


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At least 10 people dead as melting snow triggers landslide in Afghanistan

At least 10 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan after melting snow triggered a landslide, officials said Thursday.

A mountain lake in Panjshir, a province north of Kabul known for its snowcapped peaks, overflowed and sent water and mud cascading over Peshghor village, Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the disaster management ministry, told AFP.

Jamil Ahmad was lying in bed just before midnight when he said he heard a sound like "jets" flying overhead.

"Somebody shouted 'Flood!' and I ran away with my family to higher ground," Ahmad told AFP by telephone.

"The people started firing (weapons) into the air to warn others about the flood."

Cloud Lightning

Ice Age Farmer Report: Noctilucent Narrative: Incoming signs in sky, Japan flooding and 37,000ac lost in France

'Night-shining' noctilucent clouds forming 50 miles above Earth's surface are becoming more common

'Night-shining' noctilucent clouds forming 50 miles above Earth's surface are becoming more common

A new media narrative emerges anticipating signs in the sky -- and blaming them on Global Warming. Extreme flooding, hail, and temperature events worldwide are destroying agriculture, heralding the arrival of the modern Grand Solar Minimum. Start growing food today.


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At least 10 killed by floods in Nigeria

Eight bodies were recovered and many others feared dead on Tuesday following a downpour in Rafi-Gora village and Gangare Saji in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger state.

Confirming the number of casualties from the downpour, Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga, told newsmen in Minna that seven teenage girls were washed away by the flood in Rafin-Gora market while three children also died in Anguwan Gangare Saji.

Narrating the incident, Inga said the girls were inside a shop in Rafi-Gora market while the three children in Gangare Saji fell inside a pit toilet while attempting to remove a flip flop that fell inside.

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Hundreds of thousands evacuated in Japan after 'historic' rainfall, 2 dead

Japan floods
A kimono-clad woman taking photos of swollen Kamo River, caused by a heavy rain, from Shijo Bridge in Kyoto, western Japan, on July 5, 2018.

Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan were evacuated from their homes on Friday (July 6) as torrential rains pounded the nation, flooding rivers, setting off landslides and leaving at least two people dead.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the rainfall was"historic" and warned more rain was set to batter already saturated parts of the nation through Sunday.

By Friday morning, one part of the main island of Honshu had been hit with twice the total amount of rain for a normal July.

At least two people were killed, one when he was sucked down a drainage pipe and another an elderly woman toppled by a gust of wind. Several more people were missing, including one whose car was swept away as he delivered milk in the early morning hours, NHK national television said.

A middle school boy was missing after he was swept away by flood waters in a ditch, NHK added.

"The situation is extremely dangerous," wrote a Twitter user in Kochi, a city on the smallest main island of Shikoku, where the rain has been especially intense.

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16 dead and 10 missing as floods hit southern China

Tens of thousands forced to leave their homes as storms set in

Tens of thousands forced to leave their homes as storms set in
Sixteen people have died and another 10 are missing in China's southwestern Guangxi region after days of floods and torrential downpours in the country's southern and central provinces.

Roughly 92,000 people had to evacuate their homes in Guangxi over the weekend as storms inflicted 2.9 billion yuan (US$435 billion) in economic losses on the region, state-run Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

In the city of Baise, a number of multistorey buildings collapsed but no casualties were reported.

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Flood rescues in Houston following nearly 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

Roads were flooded in Houston, Texas, 04 July, 2018.
© Texas Department of Transport
Roads were flooded in Houston, Texas, 04 July, 2018.
Heavy rain caused surface flooding in Houston, Texas, on 04 July 2018, dampening Fourth of July celebrations in the city.

At least 18 locations in Harris County recorded more than 7 inches of rain in 24 hours. Some central areas of Houston recorded 7.80 inches (198.12 mm), according to figures from Harris County Flood Control District. Several bayous, including the White Oak Bayou, broke their banks.

By around 13:00 on 04 July, Texas Department of Transport, Houston, reported flooded roads in 17 different locations across Houston.

Houston Police Department said they responded to dozens of calls from stranded motorists. Later the department said via Social Media "Since 6 a.m. - about a 12-hour stretch - we've had 167 vehicles removed and towed." No injuries or fatalities were reported.