Floods

From drought to deluge, preparing for weeks of Katrina-style flooding

California has spectacularly emerged from one of its driest periods on record and ended its five-year drought by enduring one of its wettest periods on record. Its reservoirs, lakes, and mountainsides are now brimming with water and snow, though scientists caution that underground aquifers are a long way from having the same bounty that is visible on the land surface. ...

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Snowmelt causes severe floods in Kazakhstan, forces evacuations

Severe floods are wreaking havoc across Kazakhstan over the past couple of days after this season’s above-average snow started to melt, increasing river levels across the country. Floods forced thousands to evacuate, destroyed houses and power lines, roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Authorities are reporting floods in 7 regions, with emergency situations declared in Aktobe, Gabit Musrepov district in North ...

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Ex-cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc across North Island, New Zealand

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone “Debbie” have reached New Zealand and are now dumping flooding rain across the North Island. Parts of the region have declared states of emergency and are expecting record flooding Wednesday. The storm will continue affecting the country on Wednesday and move to the east of New Zealand on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Weather is expected to settle down ...

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Floods destroy 80% of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

Comodoro Rivadavia, a city in the Patagonian province of Chubut in southern Argentina, is estimated to have experienced an “80% destruction” after it suffered a week of historic torrential rains and strong winds. Within just a few days the city experienced more rain that it usually receives in 12 months. Floods and mudslides swept away bridges and parts of roads and ...

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Major flash flooding in Paraguay’s Itapúa after dam breach

A major flash flooding event took place in Paraguay’s Itapúa department on April 9, 2017, after an old dam at the San Benito lake collapsed, breaking the Graneros del Sur road in two. This was just one of three flash flood events in the south of the country yesterday after heavy rains began on Saturday, April 8. According to locals, the water levels ...

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At least 25 killed after massive floods hit Iran

At least 25 people have been killed and 16 others are missing after heavy rain caused massive floods and landslides in Iran’s northwest over the past couple of days. Parts of the region saw water levels not seen in the past 40 years. The heaviest downpours were registered on Friday, April 14, 2017. According to Esma’eel Najjar, the head of the country’s ...

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Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 273, Red Alerts for floods and landslides

As of 07:00 UTC on April 4, 2017, the number of people that died after massive mudflows hit the Colombian city of Mocoa on April 1 has risen to 273. Meanwhile, IDEAM has issued new Red Alerts for floods and landslides. The number of people that died in Mocoa after three rivers burst their banks causing devastating mudflows on April 1 ...

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