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At least 33 killed in Afghanistan as heavy rains set off flash floods

People wait to cross a flooded area in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province
People wait to cross a flooded area in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province
At least 33 people have been killed over three days of heavy rains and flash flooding in Afghanistan, according to the government's disaster management department.

"From Friday onwards, because of the rains there were flash floods which caused high human and financial losses," department spokesman Janan Sayeq said on Sunday.

"The primary information shows that, unfortunately, in the floods, 33 people were martyred and 27 people got injured."

Most casualties were from roof collapses, as some 600 houses were damaged or destroyed. In addition, 200 livestock have perished, nearly 600km (370 miles) of road have been destroyed, and about 800 hectares (1,975 acres) of agricultural land have "flooded away", the spokesman added.

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Congo landslide caused by heavy rains kills at least 15 and up to 60 others are missing

This picture shows the devastation after the landslide
© Facebook/SPEED/FileThis picture shows the devastation after the landslide
A landslide in southwest Congo caused by heavy rains killed at least 15 people and left as many as 60 others missing, local officials said Sunday.

Seven people were found alive after the landslide Saturday near the port near the town of Idiofa.

"There's a hill above the port, and the rain caused the earth on the hill to collapse," a local deputy elected official, Dhedhe Mupasa, told reporters Sunday.

Interim provincial Gov. Félicien Kiway told reporters a team was dispatched to help search for survivors and seven people were found alive and were hospitalized. A further 60 people were still missing, he said.

A local official said it was difficult to determine the exact number of people missing because the area was used as a marketplace every Saturday. The official described the area as a port where fishermen came to sell fish and buy soap.

The Associated Press

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Flash floods hit Oman - at least 12 killed (UPDATE)

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The Royal Oman Police is responding to several reports of families and children trapped in Wadis due to the inclement weather conditions

Schools and colleges in Oman have been directed to function in distance mode on Monday, April 15, after heavy rainfalls resulted in flash floods in various parts of the country.

An order in this regard was issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation on Sunday.

The order followed the National Committee for Emergency Situations Management's warning regarding the escalation of unstable weather conditions in the country.

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Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flash flooding in parts of Oman where authorities report at least 12 people have died.

According to figures from Oman's National Committee for Emergency Management, 90 mm of rain fell in Al Mudhaibi in the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate in a period from 14 to early 15 April. Figures from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) show 64 mm of rain fell at Marmul Airport in 24 hours to 15 April, while 59.2 mm fell in Qalhat, South Ash Sharqiyah Governorate.

Teams from Royal Oman Police (ROP) and Oman's Civil Defence and Ambulance Department Authority (CDAA) were called on to carry out multiple high water rescues. Many of those rescued were in vehicles trapped or swept away by fast-flowing wadi waters.

The Royal Oman Police rescued around 35 people stranded in the Wilayat of Ibra. Around 21 people were rescued after a school bus was trapped in flood waters in the Wilayat of Nizwa.

CDAA teams rescued 1,200 people from a school surrounded by flood waters in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi, North Al Sharqiyah Governorate. CDAA said all those rescued are in good health.

According to CDAA, at least 12 people have lost their lives in floods in Samad al Shan. A further five people were reported missing after being swept away by floods across areas of the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi. As of 15 April the body of one of the missing, believed to be a young child, was found.


Heavy snow blankets Khalkhal, northwestern Iran, during spring

In a rare incident, heavy snow blanketed the Almas Road in the northwestern Iranian town of Khalkhal nearly one month into the spring.

Reports say the snow is 50 centimeters high and local authorities tried to open the routes after the heavy snowfall.

As a result of the snowfall, temperatures fell in northwestern Iran and even in distant areas.

The region is considered one of the agricultural hubs of the country and the sudden cold snap has caused concern among local farmers during the spring season.

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Hawaii's Kauai Island swamped by flash flooding after a foot of rain in 12 hours

Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Torrential storms dumped nearly a foot of rain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late Thursday into Friday morning, leading to widespread flash flooding that shut down roads and closed schools.

A deep area of low pressure has draped a stationary front across Kauai, leading to stubborn rounds of heavy rain through much of Friday.

The National Weather Service reported rain falling at 2-3 inches per hour along Kauai, prompting Flash Flood Warnings lasting into Friday morning. In addition, a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for thunderstorms with possible quarter-sized hail and/or wind gusts of 58 mph or stronger. It's the islands' first Severe Thunderstorm Watch in nearly 500 days, and it's the first for Lihue since December 2022.

The Hawaii Department of Education canceled all classes across the island Friday due to flooded roads and unsafe conditions. All bus service on the island was suspended as well until conditions improved.

Officials have reported multiple rescues from cars and houses due to flooding, the Kauai Emergency Management Agency said.

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Lightning strikes claim 18 lives in Pakistan

Mari Allah due to lightning. Tragedy struck across southern Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan as a series of lightning strikes claimed the lives of at least 18 individuals over the last two days.

In Rahim Yar Khan, six people fell victim to lightning strikes at various locations. Among them, a husband and wife lost their lives instantly while harvesting wheat in Basti Khokhran. They were identified as Hafeez, 45, and Kulsoon, 40.

Another tragedy befell a family in Basti Kalhora, where two minor siblings, aged nine and seven, died by the sudden bolt of lightning. Additionally, a man was killed in Thal Hassan, according to rescue officials, while labourer Muhammad Hassan Mohana, harvesting wheat in his fields in Chak 131-NP of Janpur, also died.

Similar incidents occurred in Bahawalpur, where lightning struck multiple locations, resulting in the death of a woman in Ahmedpur East and injuries to two others. Shaheena Bibi, 22, died, while 25-year-old Iqra Bibi and 70-year-old Karim Bakhsh were reportedly injured.

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Perth in Western Australia hit by severe storm causing flooding and chaos

Unprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
© PerthNowUnprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
Perth faced chaos as a severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail, submerging cars and prompting dramatic rescues of drivers trapped in their vehicles.

The storm struck areas like Kingsley, Two Rocks, and Wangara before moving to Pinjar and Yanchep, with more regions expected to be affected by flash flooding.

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Deadly severe weather outbreak slams New Orleans with flash flooding, tornadoes across South - 10 inches of rain in just 7 hours

In Mississippi, one person was killed in Scott County and at least one other was injured in Grenada County in storm-related incidents across the state, emergency managers reported Wednesday afternoon.

A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the city of New Orleans as part of a deadly severe weather outbreak that caused numerous thunderstorms and even tornadoes across the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast.

Life-threatening flooding occurred Wednesday afternoon in the New Orleans metro area as several inches of rain drenched the city in just hours, sometimes falling at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.

Emergency management reported numerous roads and underpasses in and around New Orleans were underwater and impassible from the late morning into the afternoon.

Dramatic videos showed first responders working to block off flooded roads to prevent vehicles from driving on them and getting submerged.


Hundreds evacuated as Britain hit by more wind, rain and flooding

Mountainous waves lashed Llanfairfechan seafront
Mountainous waves lashed Llanfairfechan seafront
Britain has been hit by more storms, high winds and "unprecedented" flooding on the south coast.

More than 200 people were evacuated from the Medmerry holiday park in West Sussex and areas like Earnley, Littlehampton and Bracklesham after the River Arun burst its banks.

Littlehampton was badly hit with flooding damaging many properties.


Kenya floods: Bus full of passengers swept away by raging waters - all rescued

The passengers had been stranded since the early hours of Tuesday morning
© KENYA RED CROSSThe passengers had been stranded since the early hours of Tuesday morning
Emergency services have been rescuing passengers who were trapped in a bus that was swept away by floods on a busy highway in northern Kenya.

The bus, with about 50 passengers, was heading to the capital, Nairobi, from northern Wajir county, police said.

The driver had attempted to cross a flooded section of the road when it happened. The bus then became stuck in some mud surrounded by raging waters.

Some were rescued from the bus's roof in the nearly 10-hour rescue mission.

"All passengers aboard the bus have now been rescued," the Kenya Red Cross said, adding that it had been a "challenging" operation to save the lives of those "marooned by raging waters".