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At least 68 dead in Vietnam floods and landslides
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At least 68 dead in Vietnam floods and landslides

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Typhoon Damrey kills at least five in Vietnam
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Typhoon Damrey kills at least five in Vietnam

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CHENNAI FLOODS: NORTH-EAST MONSOON RAINS KILL 12 IN SOUTHERN INDIA, DISPLACE THO
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CHENNAI FLOODS: NORTH-EAST MONSOON RAINS KILL 12 IN SOUTHERN INDIA, DISPLACE THOUSANDS

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Seven killed, thousands evacuated in flash floods in Malaysia
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Seven killed, thousands evacuated in flash floods in Malaysia

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69 Dead After Typhoon Damrey Strikes
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Typhoon Damrey damage: Vietnam wrecked by strongest deadly typhoon in 16 years -
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Typhoon Damrey damage: Vietnam wrecked by strongest deadly typhoon in 16 years - 106 dead

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Floods in Paris to hit peak overnight with River Seine reaching 20ft
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Floods in Paris to hit peak overnight with River Seine reaching 20ft


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Cyclone Gita leaves thousands homeless in Tonga
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Re: World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Kilauea Volcano Erupts
« Reply #288 on: May 05, 2018, 01:24:27 AM »
Hawaii orders evacuations as Kilauea Volcano erupts.
4th May 2018

A whole town has been ordered to evacuate after the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island caused lava to flow in residential areas.



All 1,500 inhabitants of Pahoa were told to leave after steam and lava poured out of a crack in the nearby Leilani Estates. Lava spurted into the sky from the road and aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.

Resident Ikaika Marzo told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that lava spread over an area of about 180 metres wide behind one house in Leilani Estates on Thursday. He said it sounded like a jet engine.

Residents had been warned for the last week that they should prepare to evacuate, with officials saying an eruption would give little warning. Nearby community centres were providing shelter.

Earlier in the week, a school in the Puna district was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roads cracked under the strain.

Since Monday, hundreds of earthquakes – most of them about 2.0 magnitude – have been recorded in the area. The Puu Oo, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano, began to collapse on Monday, triggering earthquakes and pushing the lava into newly created underground chambers.
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Officials said it was impossible to predict how long the eruption would last.



Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. It is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has closed off nearly 6,350 hectares (15,700 acres) due to “the possibility of a new eruption and unstable geologic activity”.

Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but an eruption in 1924 spewed ash and nine tonnes of rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.

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Re: World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Dust Storm India
« Reply #289 on: May 05, 2018, 01:44:40 AM »
'Freak' dust storms in northern India kill more than 100 people.
3rd May 2018

Severe dust storms across northern India have killed more than 100 people, destroyed homes and left hundreds without electricity.

Billowing clouds of thick dust and sand frequently blow across the region during the dry season, but the death toll from this week’s storms has been unusually high.

There were 73 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh state, most in Agra district where the Taj Mahal is located. Another 36 died in Rajasthan and two each in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. The death toll in all four states could still rise.

The destruction has extended to Punjab, where two died, and Haryana, where trees were uprooted and power supplies cut by the squall. Less intense storms in Delhi caused traffic jams and flight diversions.

At least 160 animals also died in the storms, according to officials in Uttar Pradesh.

The dust clouds were trailed by thunder and lightning storms, heavy rain and strong winds that were expected to last another 24 hours at least.
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Most of the deaths occurred when houses people were sleeping in collapsed overnight, disaster management officials said. Falling pylons and trees also contributed to the death toll.



The dust storms are created by a rapid ascent of warm air, which creates a vacuum that air closer to the ground rushes to fill, taking sand and dust with it.

Meteorologists said abnormally high temperatures in past weeks had contributed to the disaster. “It can be called a freak accident,” Mahesh Palawat, a meteorologist at the private forecaster Skymet Weather told the Hindustan Times.

“Dust storms are usually not this intense nor do these systems cover such a large area.”

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World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Kilauea Volcano Update
« Reply #290 on: May 07, 2018, 07:15:07 PM »
Hawaii volcano: 31 homes destroyed by lava from vents created by Kilauea.

Thirty-one homes have been destroyed by lava shooting out of openings in the ground created by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, as some of the more than 1,900 people who evacuated prepare for the possibility they may not return for quite some time.

Hundreds of small earthquakes continued to rumble through the area on Saturday, one day after a magnitude-6.9 temblor, the largest earthquake to hit Hawaii in more than 40 years. Magma moving through Kilauea set off the earthquakes, said geologists, who warned of aftershocks.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/06/hawaii-homes-destroyed-lava-vents-kilauea-volcano

There are some amazing photos online. I will post 2 below but the link underneath will take you to a full page of many more.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2018/may/04/hawaiis-kilauea-volcano-erupts-in-pictures






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World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Turkish Flood - Video
« Reply #291 on: May 07, 2018, 07:32:14 PM »
Floodwaters wash away cars in Turkish capital.

A  torrent of floodwater surged through Ankara on Saturday, sweeping away lorries and cars after heavy rain poured down on the Turkish capital. The country's minister for labour and social security said four people were injured in the floods, which damaged more than 160 cars and 25 businesses.

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Re: World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports.
« Reply #292 on: May 07, 2018, 10:30:41 PM »
Re Hawaii - flew near the mouth of the volcanic area once. Apparently they just rebuild subdivisons after each active phase quietens a bit ... always willing to take the risks.

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Hawaii's Lava Flow Is a Mesmerising Force - Video 8th May 2018
« Reply #293 on: May 08, 2018, 11:21:43 PM »
The power of the lava flow engulfing a parked car on the streets of Puna, Hawaii.
8th May 2018


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New fissure in Hawaii volcano propels lava four storeys high.

A new fissure roaring like jet engines and spewing magma opened on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Saturday, piling lava as high as a four-storey building, as the area torn by the US volcano’s eruption spread.

The crack in pasture land on Kilauea’s east flank was the 16th recorded since the volcano, one of the world’s most active, erupted eight days ago. Thousands of people have fled their homes on Hawaii’s Big Island because of lava and toxic gases, and dozens of homes have been destroyed.

The new fissure opened up about a 1.6km east of the existing vent system that has devastated the island’s Leilani Estates neighborhood, with a few homes on the edge of the field where the vent opened. The US Geological Survey has warned that more outbreaks remain likely.

Within hours of opening, the fissure had piled reddish-black lava about 12 metres high (40ft) and at least 45 metres (150ft) in length. Chunks of magma were being spewed 30 metres (100ft) in the air.

Shortly after the fissure opened, the Geological Survey’s Hawaii volcano observatory said seismic activity remained “elevated” at Kilauea’s 1,200m-high summit. The USGS reported a shallow but small earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 hit the island on Saturday.



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World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Wildfires in Russia
« Reply #295 on: May 25, 2018, 04:27:29 PM »
Wildfires plague eastern Russia

Eastern Russia has been experiencing widespread and intense spring wildfires, thanks to a drier than normal autumn and winter, leading to parched vegetation. As of 17 May, nearly 700 fires had been recorded across 40 territories with about 400 considered extinguished, according to the Russian Federal Forest Agency. As stated by the Global Fire Emissions database, the Amur Oblast region has experienced the most fires per month since 2008.

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Girl, 12, among three killed as Cyclone Mekunu hits Oman.

A powerful cyclone has struck Oman and killed at least three people, among them a 12-year-old girl, officials have said.

Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah, the country’s third-largest city, leaving drivers stranded. Strong winds knocked over street lights and ripped off roofs. The cyclone also struck neighbouring Yemen on Saturday.

Fast-moving waters from the rain and storm surges flooded normally dry creek beds. Tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the Arabian Sea.

Capt Tarek al-Shanfari of Royal Oman police said the 12-year-old girl had been hit in the head by a door torn off by the wind. An Asian person died in a flooded valley and an Omani national in a 4x4 was killed when his vehicle was swept away, Shanfari said.

Yemeni officials also reported damage in the east of the country along the border with Oman. Rageh Bakrit, the governor of al-Mahra province, said strong winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services. He said there were no deaths in the province.

India’s meteorological department described the cyclone as “extremely severe”, with sustained winds of about 110mph (177km/h).

Parts of Salalah, a city of about 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall.

The airport, which has been closed since Thursday, will reopen early on Sunday, Oman’s civil aviation authority said. Salalah’s port is a key gateway for the country.

Salalah and the surrounding area received nearly 11in (278mm) of rain, nearly three times its annual amount.


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World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Guatemala Volcano Update
« Reply #297 on: June 06, 2018, 09:53:07 PM »
Fuego volcano sends out more pyroclastic flows, halting recovery efforts and sending ash clouds towards capital.

Rescue efforts in Guatemala after the eruption of its Fuego volcano were suspended on Tuesday afternoon after it spewed out a fresh torrent of volcanic matter.

Hundreds of villagers and rescue workers were evacuated just before the latest powerful pyroclastic flow – a rapid moving mixture of gas and volcanic matter – was discharged down the south side of the volcano as a towering plume of smoke rose into the grey sky.

The official death toll stands at 70, but hundreds – possibly thousands – of people remain unaccounted for from the communities who lived on the foothills of Fuego where it’s been too hot and dangerous for rescue workers to even get close. The last census was conducted in 2002, so authorities have no up to date information about who lived in the surrounding settlements.

There are 58 people in hospital with third-degree burns, the health ministry said on Tuesday night. Six children are to be transferred by military plane to a Texas hospital for treatment and six others to Mexico. Asphyxia was the main cause of death, followed by burns.


Fuego – which means fire in Spanish – erupted without warning just before noon on Sunday, giving families little or no time to escape the torrent of molten lava, rocks and toxic fumes as the flow engulfed entire settlements. In contrast, a piercing alarm was sounded on Tuesday afternoon to alert people of the impending hazard.
The 12,000-foot (3,600-metre) volcano, which lies less than 31 miles (50km) west of the capital, has erupted on and off since 2002. It’s monitored by volcanologists but the build-up of energy which triggered Sunday’s explosion caught scientists by surprise.


Even before the latest eruption, search and rescue efforts had been severely hampered by perilous conditions.
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On Monday, rescue workers were pulled out by mid-afternoon when the rain started to pour down and reduce the already poor visibility. There is no electricity in the hardest-hit areas. In addition, the rain produces fiery steam as it falls on the tall mounds of hot volcanic ash covering the affected communities. The ash is still between 400 and 700 degrees, according to the national disaster reduction agency (Conred).

In San Miguel Los Lotes, which is situated on a plain a few kilometres south-east of Fuego where the latest flow is heading, firefighters told the Guardian of three-storey houses that had filled with lava. “It was too fast, the people had no time to escape, and were left with no air to breathe,” said 36-year-old volunteer firefighter Angel Solis.

Pyroclastic flows pose very different threats to lava flows, which move sluggishly, volcanologist Erik Klemetti told PBS. “It’s definitely not vog [volcanic fog]. These pyroclastic flows just erase everything in their path.” 



Image of an ash-covered town in the aftermath of the eruption of the Fuego volcano.
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World Natural Disaster & Weather Reports - Kilauea Volcano Update
« Reply #298 on: June 06, 2018, 10:02:16 PM »
Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys hundreds more homes 6th June 2018

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds of homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities that were advised to evacuate last week, officials said on Tuesday.

No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave.

The homes lost are in addition to at least 117 reported destroyed by county officials since lava began spilling from cracks in the ground that opened up in a mostly rural district of the Big Island last month.

“We don’t have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost last night,” Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii county, said Tuesday.

A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said.

Lava in Vacationland early on Tuesday claimed the second home of Harry Kim, the mayor of the Big Island, Snyder said.

The county managing director, Wil Okabe, said his own vacation home in Kapoho Beach Lots was also threatened. Okabe described the area as a mix of vacation rentals and year-round residences.

“For us it’s more of a vacation area, but for those who live there permanently, they’re trying to figure out where they’re going to be living,” he said.

“He was very depressed,” Okabe said of how Kim felt about losing his vacation home. Kim and Okabe live in Hilo, the county’s seat, which is more than an hour’s drive from the Kapoho area.

Those who live or vacation in the area were mourning the loss of popular tide-pools where kids enjoyed swimming.

Thousands in the Puna area had to evacuate after the first fissure opened 3 May. Officials had issued mandatory orders for residents of Leilani Estates and those in Kapoho Beach and Vacationland were advised to leave by last Friday or risk being trapped and unreachable by emergency crews.

Homes in Kapoho Beach Lots and Vacationland are on smaller lots and are closer together than in other parts of the Puna district. Okabe estimated there were several hundred homes in each of the two subdivisions.



Lava from the Kilauea volcano flows across a highway.


Lava destroys homes in the Kapoho area, east of Pahoa, during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea volcano.
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Torrential Rain Hammered Parts of Japan - Death Toll 70
« Reply #299 on: July 10, 2018, 11:45:35 AM »
At least 76 people have reportedly been killed, with 92 missing and the number of fatalities expected to rise.

More than 70 people have died and dozens are missing as torrential rain hammered parts of Japan for a third day on Sunday, with the prime minister, Shinzo Abe warning that rescue workers faced a “race against time”.


Cars damaged by floodwater as heavy rain continues in Hiroshima, Japan

Continued rainfall prompted disaster warnings on the south-western main islands of Kyushu and Shikoku, as local media reported the death toll had risen overnight to 76, with 92 people missing.

At one point, evacuation orders or advisories were issued for 4.72 million people, while around 48,000 members of the self-defence forces, police and firefighters were mobilised to search for trapped or injured people or to recover bodies, Kyodo news said.

The government’s top spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said most of the missing people were in the southern part of Hiroshima prefecture but that their exact whereabouts were unknown.

The heaviest rainfall Japan has seen in decades has caused widespread flooding and landslides – a frequent hazard for people living in mountainous areas – with reports of cars being swept way by floodwater and people taking refuge on the roofs of their inundated homes.

Japan meteorological agency, which has issued its highest level warning for affected areas, said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3cm (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

Abe, who has set up an emergency response centre, said: “The rescue efforts are a race against time,” adding that emergency workers were “doing their utmost” to locate the missing and rescue people trapped by rising floodwater.


The Mabicho area is submerged after Odagawa River banks collapse due to heavy rain in Okayama, Japan.

Driving rain turned a residential area in Okayama prefecture, on the main island of Honshu, into a huge lake of muddy water, forcing people to flee to rooftops and balconies. TV footage showed some waving furiously at rescue helicopters. Military paddle boats were also being used to take people to dry land.

The torrential downpours have caused flash flooding and landslides. Swollen rivers burst their banks and bridges were washed away, while bullet train services have been suspended in most parts of western Japan.

Hundreds have been injured and dozens of homes have been destroyed in the downpours. Kyodo reported several deaths in a landslide in Hiroshima and more bodies were retrieved from collapsed houses in Kyoto.

Residents in Hiroshima said the situation was worse than the summer of 2014, when torrential rain triggered landslides that killed 77 people. “It was heavier rain than four years ago. I was scared, thinking what would become of me,” Kyodo quoted a 71-year-old man as saying.

Nobue Kakumoto, another Hiroshima resident said her neighbourhood had been “turned into an ocean”. The 82-year-old added: “I’m worried because I have no idea how long it will stay like this.”

Rescue workers said they were attempting to clear multiple smaller landslides that had blocked access to people in need of help.

“We are carrying out rescue operations around the clock,” Yoshihide Fujitani, a disaster management official in Hiroshima prefecture, said.

“We are also looking after evacuees and restoring lifeline infrastructure like water and gas,” he added. “We are doing our best.”

Flooding has engulfed entire villages, submerging streets up to roof level. In some places, just the top of traffic lights could be seen above the rising waters.


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