Indonesia: "Super-Extreme" Weather is the Worst on Record

Heavy rains in Jakarta
© JG Photo/Safir MakkiMotorbikes splash through deep puddles of water after heavy rains lashed the Semanggi area of Jakarta.
Indonesia has been experiencing its most extreme weather conditions in recorded history, meteorologists warned on Wednesday as torrential rains continued to pound the capital.

All regions across the archipelago have been experiencing abnormal and often catastrophic weather, an official from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

"We have reached a super-extreme level of weather this year, the first time in our history, and this is much worse than what we experienced back in 1998, when the La Nina caused extreme weather in the country," Edvin Aldrian warned.

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Heavy rain brings floods and road chaos to southern England

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© Lewis Whyld/PAHeavy rainfall has brought flooding and transport problems to parts of southern England.
Up to 4cm of rain falls in just a few hours overnight - more than half the normal monthly total - as gale force winds also strike

Heavy rain has brought localised flooding and transport disruption to southern England, with forecasters warning of further heavy rainfall to come.

Up to 4cm (1.5in) of rain - more than half the normal monthly total - fell on parts of the south in just a few hours overnight, and there were also gale force winds in places.

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Severe Weather Warning Issued for Southern England

© Peter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesA severe weather warning has been issued for southern England.
The Met Office says heavy rain is forecast tonight from Land's End to the Wash raising fears of flash floods

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for parts of southern England, with up to 8cm (3in) of rain expected to fall and fears of flash flooding.

The swath of the country running diagonally from Land's End to the Wash, in East Anglia, will also get battered by strong winds, causing widespread travel disruption and affecting thousands of people holidaying in south coast resorts.

"Heavy rainfall overnight may give 20-30mm of rain quite widely and 50-80mm locally," a spokesperson for the Met Office said. "This rain will be accompanied by strong, possibly gale force winds.

"The heavy rain could lead to flooding in some areas and cause disruption to outdoor events and transport networks."

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Floods Cut Off North Korean City

© ReutersA helicopter flies over flooded houses in the North Korean city of Sinuiju
North Korea has been forced to deploy military units to rescue 5,000 people who were left stranded by a fresh wave of flooding along the impoverished state's border with China.

Pyongyang's official news agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had dispatched the units to the city of Sinuiju, which had been inundated after the Yalu river overflowed.

The floods, caused by 11.8 inches of rain falling in nine hours on Saturday, have also forced the evacuation of 127,000 people on the Chinese side of the border in the port city of Dandong, the main gateway for North Korea's limited trade with the world.

Chinese weather forecasters were warning of a further 10 inches of rain to fall by this morning. On Sunday it was confirmed that four people had died in the flooding in China.

Pictures from the country showed people being airlifted by helicopter from the rooftops of damaged buildings as water swirled around them.


More than 120,000 people evacuated in flood-hit China

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Fresh floods in China's northeastern Liaoning province have forced more than 120,000 people to evacuate their homes and thousands to relocate in North Korea.

China's Civil Affairs Ministry said late Saturday that 127,000 people had been evacuated in Liaoning province in just three days due to the rains, AFP said.

Heavy summer downpours have dangerously swollen the Yalu River, which forms the boundary between China and neighboring North Korea. Chinese forecasters have warned of more heavy rains in parts of Liaoning.

In Dandong city alone, which borders North Korea, more than 94,000 residents were evacuated and some power and transport links were cut off, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Over 50,000 Evacuated in China Flooding

© Agence France-PresseOver 50,000 evacuated in China flooding
More than 50,000 people have been evacuated after a swollen river flooded a city in northeastern China on Saturday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier reports said 10,000 people had been evacuated.

Torrential rains caused flooding along the Yalu River that marks the border between China and North Korea.

Floodwaters cut off transport and communication links in Dandong City, destroyed over 200 houses and left at least three people missing, local officials said.

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Tennessee rain washes away home, derails train

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© AP Photo/Erik SchelzigWorkers remove debris from a bridge washed out by flooding in the Double Springs community outside Cookeville, Tenn., on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
Drenching rains swept away a home, trapped drivers in their vehicles and derailed a train in Tennessee, and forecasters expected more heavy showers to fall Thursday over the Southeast.

The downpours Wednesday hit some of the same parts of Middle Tennessee that were inundated with severe flooding in May, but forecasters don't foresee it wreaking the same kind of havoc. Portions of Middle and East Tennessee as well as areas of southern Kentucky and western North Carolina and Virginia have been under flash flood warnings or watches.

Much of the damage in Tennessee was in Putnam County, where a home floated off its foundation and a train carrying sand derailed when the tracks were washed away. Roads were washed out and some minor bridges were affected, but no injuries or deaths were reported, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said.

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Severe hurricane hits Russia after deadly heatwave hell

Strong winds and heavy rains are taking the place of the record heat which has been baking Central Russia since the middle of June. On Sunday, a hurricane hit north-western regions of the country, up-rooting trees and causing streets to flood. The storm swept through residential areas over-turning cars, damaging railways and electricity wires. Forecasters say the hurricane level winds will hit Moscow within the next few days. There's little respite from the extreme weather which has already endangered lives in Russia this year. Ambulance crews have been in a tough battle to get to people with the number of emergency calls at record levels.

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Russia lashed by storm after heatwave

© UnknownThe storm battered St Petersburg on Sunday before moving towards Moscow
Russia's record-breaking heatwave looks set to come to a dramatic end, with a severe storm now heading for Moscow after battering St Petersburg.

Nearly 100,000 people around St Petersburg were left without power, rail services were halted and trees felled amid high winds and heavy rains.

Moscow is expected to be hit later. Temperatures there dropped to 25C on Monday after nearing 40C for weeks.

Fires that have raged across western Russia are being brought under control.

The emergencies ministry said the area affected by peat and forest fires was down to 45,800 hectares, compared to a peak of almost 200,000 hectares.

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Tornado hits North Hungary

Comment: From RSOE: Two tornadoes touched down last evening in two hungarian counties. First tornado landed in the Diósjenő, Nógrád County and tornado-like storm hit the Mezőkövesd, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County. A violent storm caused heavy damage but no personal injury. A tornado-like storms are becoming more common lately.

A tornado swept through Diósjenő, Nógrád county on Monday, uprooting trees and tossing them onto electricity poles and cars.

Gale-force winds lashed Mezőkövest, Borsod county early Monday evening, pelting residents with hailstones as large as walnuts.

It was not immediately known whether the hail caused significant damage, but the downpour of water on the streets halted vehicle traffic.

Sunday evening's storm affected about 40 villages in Szabolcs county, causing damage to houses in 15 villages. Some houses were so damaged that residents had to stay with neighbours and relatives.

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