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California sees its wettest water year on record in 2016-17

Water flows through break in the wall of the Oroville Dam spillway during heavy rains on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
© Rich Pedroncelli /AP
Water flows through break in the wall of the Oroville Dam spillway during heavy rains on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
Massive floods hit Houston and devastating hurricanes struck Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Yet one of the more remarkable stories in the past year is the catastrophe that did not happen: massive flooding in California.

California experienced its wettest water year on record in 2016-17. In previous decades, that huge volume of water would have caused lethal floods, particularly in the Central Valley.

In part, we were lucky. Reservoirs were empty from drought so they had abundant capacity, and there was sufficient time between big storms so the rainfall didn't stack up. Dams and major levees held, though the near-failing of Oroville Dam's spillway and the flooding of the small town of Maxwell in February showed it could have been much worse.

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Three killed as heavy rain wreaks havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Flash floods in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
© Khaled Sahlie
Flash floods in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on November 21, 2017.
Three people died in flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept through Jeddah on Tuesday, leaving motorists stranded and forcing authorities to shut schools and universities in Saudi Arabia's second biggest city.

One person died of electrocution in Jeddah and three others in other places in Makkah region, according to a Saudi Gazette report. Out if the 29 emergency reports received by Jeddah Health Affairs, eight were related to electrocution and the rest traffic accidents.

The Civil Defense received 250 reports of short circuits, spokesman of the Civil Defense in Makkah Province Col. Saeed Al Sarhan told the newspaper.

Dozens of people were plucked from vehicles engulfed by floodwaters, Saudi civil defence authorities said, with heavy rainfall expected to last at least until Wednesday.

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Madinah reported 17 cases of people slipping and falling near the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah and in the Central Area.


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Flash floods kill 2, damage over 360 houses in central Indonesia

Flash floods in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
© Sutopo Purwo Nugroho / BNPB
Flash floods in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Two people were killed and 367 houses damaged as flash floods struck West Nusa Tenggara province of central Indonesia, a government official said here Sunday.

Heavy downpours were blamed for the natural disaster in four sub-districts of Lombok Timur district, spokesman of national disaster management agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"The flash floods hit residential areas and agricultural lands," the spokesman told Xinhua in a text message.

One of the casualties was hit by a damaged building and another was swept away by currents, said Sutopo.

The floods also destroyed 14 bridges and one mosque, he added.


Comment: Earlier this month 9 people died as heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in Indonesia.


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Atmospheric compression event in Europe brings heavy snow and biblical flood

Medicane over Med Sea
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A rare medicane roared over the southern Mediterranean countries with an atmospheric compression event, biblical floods in Greece and three feet of snow with nine foot snow drifts. Ferocious electrical storms pummeled the region as well. The Northern Hemisphere cold with record cold on tap for next week across Asia.


Comment: For more information of the extreme weather occurring around the world, check out our Earth Changes Summary video for October 2017:




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Greece: At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods and rain continues to fall (PHOTO, VIDEO)

At least 14 dead after ‘Biblical’ flash floods in Greece (PHOTO, VIDEO) Nov 2017
© AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
Cars were flipped over in the torrent
Greece has declared a day of national mourning after flash floods left at least 14 people dead.

Roads turned into raging torrents of mud and debris, with drivers scrambling out as their cars were washed away.

Many of the dead were elderly people found inside their homes.

'Everything is lost. The disaster is biblical,' Mandra Mayor Yianna Krikouki told state broadcaster ERT.

Comment: This has actually become a rather common sight in Greece (and the wider eastern Med) in recent years, where deluges have repeatedly inundated coastal towns and cities. For a snapshot of the extreme weather occurring around the world, check out our Earth Changes Summary video for October 2017:




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Devastating rainfall hits Greece: At least 14 people killed in flash-floods outside Athens

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© AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
People are reflected in the front window of a flooded bus as water engulfs an interchange of a highway in Elefsina, western Athens, on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.
Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway.

There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched for potentially missing people in flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens.

The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings. Several walls from yards and low buildings collapsed, filling the streets with rubble.

Twelve of the people killed - four women and eight men - were found in or near Mandra, a small town on the western outskirts of Athens that was hardest-hit by the flood. The coast guard recovered the bodies of two more men believed to have been swept out to sea by the flood.


Comment: This has actually become a rather common sight in Greece (and the wider eastern Med) in recent years, where deluges have repeatedly inundated coastal towns and cities.

For a snapshot of the extreme weather occurring around the world, check out our Earth Changes Summary video for October 2017:




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Rice production in Bangladesh to fall as floods ravage farmland

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The food shortage over the last few months hiked the coarse rice price in local markets by Tk18 a kg compared to the same period a year ago

The production of rice is expected to fall in the next cycle as around 600,000 hectares of Aman paddy fields have been inundated with floodwater.

According to a floods bulletin issued by the Department of Disaster Management on Monday, a total of 591,647 hectares of Aman paddy field in 32 districts have been affected.

Unofficial sources, however, put the total damage to crops including paddy far higher.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the average Aman paddy production in Bangladesh is around 2.5 tons per hectare. Therefore the country is expected to produce around 1.5 million tons less Aman paddy this season.

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9 dead as heavy rainfall causes floods and landslides in Indonesia (VIDEOS)

Flood Hits Several Regions in Indonesia

Flood hit several regions in Indonesia
Heavy rainfall in areas of Indonesia since 03 November 2017 has caused flooding and landslides in several provinces, according to the country's Disaster Prevention Agency (BNPB). At least 9 deaths have been attributed to the heavy rain. Over 3,000 people have been affected by flooding.

On 09 November 5 people died in a landslide in South Ogan Komering Ulu Regency, South Sumatra. Around 20 others were injured.

In Central Java a building collapsed in Tegal Regency as a result of heavy rain, also on 09 November. At least 4 people were killed and 5 were injured.

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At least four dead, 18 missing after mudslide in Corinto, Colombia

A street affected by the flooding of La Paila river in the municipality of Corinto
© Ernesto Guzman Jr
A street affected by the flooding of La Paila river in the municipality of Corinto, Colombia, Nov. 8, 2017.
A landslide killed at least four people and left 18 missing in southwest Colombia, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country grappled once again with the deadly pairing of heavy rains and poor infrastructure.

Landslides are common in rural, mountainous areas of Colombia, especially during wetter parts of the year. In April more than 300 people died in a landslide in Mocoa, Putumayo.

Warnings of flash flooding on Tuesday night near the town of Corinto, which sits at the foot of one of the country's Andean ranges in Cauca province, came too late, some residents told local media.

Videos on social media showed water rushing down darkened streets as rain-swollen rivers overflowed and sent mud and rocks down onto buildings.


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Death toll increases to 12 as monsoon rain tops 450 mm (18 inches) in Chennai, India

A boy pushes another in a bathtub in a waterlogged street in Chennai, India, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
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A boy pushes another in a bathtub in a waterlogged street in Chennai, India, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Incessant rainfall caused waterlogging and traffic jams in several parts of the southern Indian city on Friday.
Heavy monsoonal rain in India has amounted to more than 450 mm (18 inches) in Chennai and claimed 12 lives since the beginning of last week.

With the northeast monsoon in full swing, drenching rain and thunderstorms have caused flooding throughout much of southeast India.

Residents in low-lying areas trudged through floodwaters that ranged from knee- to waist-deep heights. Officials were forced to keep schools closed for several days last week, according to FirstPost.

Karaikal has also been inundated with more than 450 mm (18 inches) of rain since last Monday.

The death toll from incidents related to flooding and heavy rain in Tamil Nadu has risen to 12, according to the Associated Press.

Flooding, lightning strikes and collapsed walls have been responsible for the deaths.


Comment: To keep up to date on flooding events across the globe, check out our dedicated pages to this topic here.