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Storm Callum: Parts of Wales see 'worst flooding in 30 years'

North the dog overlooks Crickhowell in Powys as the River Usk burst its banks
North the dog overlooks Crickhowell in Powys as the River Usk burst its banks
Rivers have burst their banks, homes are flooded while some are without power and Wales is suffering travel chaos as Storm Callum wreaks havoc.

Parts of Wales have seen their worst flooding in 30 years with Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys the worst hit. Flood warnings remain in place.

One village is ready to evacuate and people have been told to stay at home.

Wales was the windiest place in the UK on Saturday with gusts of 60mph (97kmh) hitting at Milford Haven.

Capel Curig in Conwy was among the wettest places in the UK with 46.2mm (1.6ins) of rain, the wettest being Shap in Cumbria.

A Met Office amber warning to expect flooding runs until 18:00 BST while the rest of Wales is on yellow possible flooding alert until midnight.

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Floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in Indonesia leave at least 22 dead

Indonesia Landslides
Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 22 people - mostly children at a school, and leaving 15 others missing, officials said.

A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 21 children were swept away on Friday afternoon, said local police chief Irsan Sinuhaji.

He said rescuers retrieved the bodies of 11 children from mud and rubble hours later.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rain in central Colombian town kills 11, others missing

An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains leaves 11 people including four children dead in a central Colombian town

An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains leaves 11 people including four children dead in a central Colombian town
An overnight landslide caused by heavy rains killed 11 people, including four children, in the central Colombian town of Marquetalia, the country's disaster relief agency said on Thursday.

The landslide, which occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time, sent part of a hillside onto several houses, photos posted on Twitter by the disaster relief agency for Caldas province showed.

"The official information of what occurred in Marquetalia is of 11 people dead, the number of the missing is still not exact and the terrain is being evaluated for a preventative evacuation of families," the provincial agency said.

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At least 34 killed in landslides and floods after heavy rain in Eastern Region of Uganda

A cloud of helplessness hang over the area
© Paul Watala
A cloud of helplessness hang over the area as residents looked on in the aftermath of the deadly disaster.
The Red Cross in Uganda has reported that at least 34 people have lost their lives in a massive landslide and flooding in the district of Bududa, Eastern Region, Uganda, on 11 October, 2018.

According to local media, heavy rain in the region caused the River Tsuume to burst its banks, which in turn caused a landslide in Bukalasi in Bubiita Subcounty, Bududa district.

The Red Cross said that volunteers are working on the ground to support the victims and the Red Cross technical team is conducting risk assessments. However, some of the affected areas are still not accessible and it is possible the death toll could increase further. Local media said that hundreds are feared dead.

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Nigeria floods ruin crops for 100,000 farmers

The disaster, which happened three weeks ago, may cause a shortage of rice, the country's staple food.

Nigeria's agriculture minister is warning there could be a shortage of rice, the country's staple food.

The warning came after devastating floods hit large parts of the country, destroying crops just as farmers were getting ready for harvest.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from some of the affected areas.

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One woman dead after storms and flooding hit Sardinia, Italy

The Italian island of Sardinia and parts of Liguria were on maximum red alert on Thursday as storms swept across Italy's western coasts.

The Italian island of Sardinia and parts of Liguria were on maximum red alert on Thursday as storms swept across Italy's western coasts.
A woman has died and one man is missing on the southern Italian island of Sardinia as storms battered the country's western coasts this week.

The woman's body was found following hours of heavy rain which caused flooding and swept away part of a motorway bridge.

The victim, aged 45, was driving near the town of Assemini with her husband and three children when floodwaters blocked their car.

The family became separated as they tried to escape and while the rest of the family was rescued by police, the woman's body was recovered on Thursday.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Great potato crisis, Italy flooding & USA chills

calabria italy flooding
Atmospheric compression events decimate Italian cities and initial estimates are all time record floods waters recorded. Great potato crisis begins as yields decline by 25% and sizes shrunk by 1/3. USA and Africa set to chill with record snows possible as Hurricane Michael collides with a cold front over the Appalachian Range.

Comment: Epic flooding in Calabria, Italy, turns streets into rivers, claims lives of mother and son

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At least 10 killed after massive flash floods hit Majorca, Spain, with 9 inches of rain in 2 hours - UPDATE

Majorca flash floods

Five people have been confirmed dead and five more are missing after torrential rains turned roads into rivers and swept cars away around Sant LLorenc des Cardassar
Two of the five people confirmed as dead in the Majorca floods are believed to be British.

They have been described as a couple who were caught in a flash flood in the town of Sant LLorenc des Cardassar as they were travelling in a taxi.

The taxi driver is also said to be missing. It was not immediately clear if they were tourists or expats.

Locals sought refuge on their roofs as a torrent of water invaded the ground floor of their homes, sweeping cars out to sea.

The first two victims were aged 71 and 83. One was trapped by a torrent of water that flooded the basement of his home and another was found by a road linking the town of Arta to the coastal resort of Canyamel.

An emergency services coordinator tweeted just after midnight: 'It has been confirmed that a third person has died' before adding around 6am: 'Rescuer teams have informed us of a fourth fatality in the floods on the east of Majorca.


UPDATE: El Pais reports:
At least 10 people, including a British couple, have died in Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands, after the island was hit by flash flooding on Tuesday night. A child is the only person currently unaccounted for, down from the six people who had been reported missing this morning.

It is one of the most serious floods to hit Spain in the past 25 years. Three deaths occurred in S'Illot, one in Artà and four took place in Sant Lorenç des Cardassar, a neighborhood 60 kilometers from the island capital Palma de Mallorca, according to emergency services.

More than 230 millimeters of rain fell on the area in just two hours. According to a preliminary report by Spain's AEMET national weather service, "the probability of 233 millimeters of rain falling in Colònia de Sant Pere [close to Sant Lorenç] in Mallorca, which was recorded yesterday, is one in a thousand years."

The heavy rainfall flooded the Ses Planes brook, which is typically dry, with water gushing through the historical center, dragging cars, flooding houses and leaving hundreds of residents trapped in their homes. Many waited to be rescued on balconies and the rooftops of their houses. Three people were injured and another 200 people were forced to flee their homes.

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Floods and storms leave 9 dead and 5,000 displaced in Sri Lanka - 13 inches of rain in 24 hours

At least 9 people have died and around 5,000 displaced in Sri Lanka after a period of heavy rain and storms which have caused flooding, landslides and wind damage.

According to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre (DMC), 4 people have died in floods in the district of Kalutara, 2 in Galle and 2 in Rathnapura. One person died after strong winds downed trees in Kegalle district.

DMC said that a total of 5,834 people from 1,318 families are currently displaced and staying in 21 temporary relocation centers in the districts of Colombo (5,654 people), Kalutara (58) and Nuwara Eliya (122).

Around 1,700 homes and buildings have been severely damaged, with around 35 totally destroyed.

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Torrential downpours and mudslides: At least 6 dead in Honduras after tropical storm Michael

A view of the ovCholuteca river rains Tegucigalpa Honduras Oct. 6 2018
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A view of the overflowing Choluteca river after heavy rains in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Oct. 6, 2018.
Tropical Storm Michael has rained on Honduras for days, killing at least 6 and forcing over 3,200 to evacuate their homes. Several departments are on red alert.

Honduras continues to get hard hit by two low-pressure systems - one from the Caribbean and the other from the Pacific - creating torrential downpours and mudslides that have killed at least six people since Thursday and left another missing, according to local media.

The heaviest rains are falling mainly around the capital of Tegucigalpa and two departments that border the Pacific coast, areas that President Juan Orlando Hernandez placed on red alert on Oct. 6. The rest of the country remains under green alert.

Over 7,000 people have been negatively affected so far by the rains and mudslides that the Permanent Risk Commission of Honduras (Copeco) reports are the result of Tropical Storm Michael. Accuweather reports that the tropical storm is quickly turning into a hurricane and is predicted to affect Cuba and Jamaica before heading up the Atlantic coast of the United States this week.