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Vietnam capital hit by floods

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Heavy rains after weeks of drought turned the streets of Vietnamese capital Hanoi Tuesday into rivers up to half a metre deep.

A heavy downpour that lasted for more than two hours forced motorbike commuters to push their machines through the dirty water and trees were down.

Police said on state radio that scores of locations in the city of several million people were flooded or snarled by traffic jams.

A meteorologist said the city centre was hardest hit, with about 120 millimetres of rain falling in the rush-hour period.

Hanoi had been suffering for weeks from a drought which meteorologists said was the worst in decades.

It worsened power shortages and led to blackouts in the country, which gets more than one-third of its electricity from hydropower.

Source: Vietnam capital hit by floods – straitstimes

Date: 13 July 2010

Dozen villages inundated in Haryana floods

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Large swathes of agriculture land were inundated and nearly a dozen villages submerged in flood waters in Haryana’s Sirsa and Fatehabad districts due to breaches in the Ghaggar river, officials said Tuesday.

The water level in the Ghaggar river in Sirsa district was flowing above the danger mark, posing a threat to many villages.

According to officials, 33 people have died due to floods in Haryana and Punjab.

In Punjab, the water level in most of the affected districts has receded and no fresh breach in the Ghaggar was reported.

The weather office has predicted moderate to heavy rain in most parts of Punjab and some places in Haryana till Wednesday.

Source: Dozen villages inundated in Haryana floods – Thaindian

Date: 13 July 2010

Mangrove forests could combat tsunamis

Monday, July 12th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) — Coastal mangrove forests could substantially reduce the damage from tsunamis like the 2004 disaster that struck Indonesia, researchers say.

A study of an Indonesian coastline ravaged by the December 2004 tsunami has estimated the buffering capacity of intact mangrove forests, which could protect homes and buildings, reported Friday.

Forests of mangroves, with their dense, broad networks of thick roots that prop up the trees’ trunks, can absorb the coast-battering energy in tsunamis of various heights, the study says.

Shunichi Koshimura, a civil engineer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and his colleagues estimate that a 500-yard-wide forest of 10-year-old mangroves would reduce the force of flowing water in a 10-foot tsunami by 70 percent.

Koshimura said:

  • Mangroves make an effective bioshield against tsunamis,
  • It is not possible to build concrete walls along all the coasts.

They reported their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research–Oceans.

Source: Mangrove forests could combat tsunamis –

Date: 12 July 2010

Millions affected by floods in regions along Yangtze River

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Vehicles are immersed in the floodwater at a bus terminal in Youyang County of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, July 9, 2010. The electricity supply was interrupted by a heavy rainfall in Youyang on Friday and vehicles were immersed in the ensuing flood.Vehicles are immersed in the floodwater at a bus terminal in Youyang County of Chongqing Municipality, southwest China, July 9, 2010. The electricity supply was interrupted by a heavy rainfall in Youyang on Friday and vehicles were immersed in the ensuing flood.

Rain-triggered floods are affecting millions of people in regions along China’s longest river, the Yangtze, China’s flood control authority said Friday.

The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters (SFDH) said on Friday that:

  • Provinces including eastern Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui and Chongqing Municipality were all affected by swelling rivers after heavy rain in these regions,
  • More than 2.48 million people were affected, with some areas in Hubei and Chongqing completely flooded.
  • At least 15 people were dead from rain-triggered disasters, with 5 others still missing.
  • 176,000 people had so far been evacuated from flood-hit areas.
  • An emergency flood response and ordered local bureaus to closely monitor the weather and issue alerts promptly.

Source: Millions affected by floods in regions along Yangtze River –

Date: 09 July 2010

Storms and floods hit central, SW. China

Friday, July 9th, 2010
Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods.

Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods.

Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods. It comes just days after the regions sweltered through a record breaking heat wave.

The National Meteorological Center has raised the storm alert level to “orange,” that’s one step below the highest rating on a four-color scale. Heavy rains are already pounding central Hubei and eastern Anhui provinces. In Hubei, one person was killed after floods hit three counties and a city in the province’s north, affecting half a million residents.

The Hubei Provincial Civil Affairs Department says more than 10,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, 242 homes have collapsed and over 27,000 hectares of farmland flooded.

Source: Storms and floods hit central, SW. China –

Date: 09 July 2010

Torrential rains hit China

Friday, July 9th, 2010

China’s National Meteorological Center has raised the nation’s storm alert to “orange”, one step below the highest rating.

Heavy rainfall has been forecast in at least ten provinces and regions, in central and southwest China.  It began to ravage Chongqing Municipality on Thursday, causing mud flows and landslides in many parts of the region.

At a coal mine in Yongzhou district, flood-triggered disasters have damaged nearly 100 nearby homes.

A national highway was cut off by the downpours.  Most flights to and from Jiangbei International Airport have been delayed.

East China’s Jiangxi Province issued a yellow storm alert on Friday. Fuzhou county, along with many its surrounding areas that were pounded by floods last month, are once again experiencing heavy downpours. Roads, bridges and farmland have been submerged.

A rainstorm alarm sounded in the mountainous Dabieshan areas in central China’s Hubei Province. Local weather officials forecast more rainfall in eastern parts of Hubei province.

In neighboring Anhui, authorities launched a level II emergency response on Friday, and raised the storm alert to “orange”.

The provincial government has called an emergency meeting to discuss plans to counter the damage from what officials said might be the worst storm to hit parts of Anhui in a decade.

Source: Torrential rains hit China –

Date: 09 July 2010

Floods affect Punjab villages

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

On Tuesday, in Samrala Village of Punjab, the flood situation turned grim while dozens of villages were inundated.

The mainly affected villages included Toddarpur, Dhande, Orana, Kulewal, Barma, Herian, Rajewal and Kheernian.

The main victims of floods are the farmers, as floods have spoiled their crops.

Special pumps have been requisitioned from neighboring districts to expedite de-watering operation. Flood protection machinery has been put on high alert.

The deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal said:

“Medical facility has been provided to the villagers and we are providing veterinary doctors too so that there won’t be any kind of infection. We are providing drinking water also to the villagers, considering the health of people.”

The incessant rainfall has flooded several low-lying areas in the region, besides affecting power supply and road traffic.

Source: Floods affect Punjab villages - newkerala

Date: 06 July 2010

EC to help Romania deal with floods

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The European Commission (EC) announced on Sunday (July 4th) that four of its members — Belgium, Austria, France and Estonia — have offered Romania help in dealing with the heavy floods that hit the country amid torrential rains over the past week.

Romania’s request for assistance was made on Friday. Authorities in Bucharest said they have accepted the aid offered from Belgium and Austria. Austria offered ten dirty water pumps and three power generators, while Belgium will provide 11 pumps, five power generators, a water purification unit and its conditioning unit. Romania is currently analysing the offers from France and Estonia.

Source: EC to help Romania deal with floods – setimes

Date: 05 July 2010

Rains claim eight lives in Marathwada

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Heavy rains claimed at least eight lives in different parts of Marathwada in the past 24 hours. With 32 out of 76 talukas receiving above 65 mm rainfall, floods claimed six lives while two people died after they were struck by lightning.

Source: Rains claim eight lives in Marathwada - timesofindia.indiatimes

Date: 04 July 2010

ACT Alert: Floods in Northeastern State of Alagoas, Brazil

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Heavy tropical rains have struck the northeastern region of Brazil, severely affecting rural areas in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas. According to the Civil Defense, the Mundau River that runs across the affected area in the State of Alagoas has reached about 6 meters above the normal level, partially destroying 47 towns. In Pernambuco, 67 towns have been affected. A total of 72 people have died and 157,000 people are displaced in the region as a whole.

Infrastructure has also been affected due to the destruction of bridges and roads. The government is using helicopters and military vehicles to reach most of the affected towns, in order to deliver immediate relief.

>The town of Santana do Mundau, in the Alagoas State, is the worst affected. It has been totally destroyed, with destruction including government buildings, schools and its only hospital. According to the Civil Defense, the town will have to be rebuilt in another area, much further from the riverbank. Of the 26,700 displaced people in the state, 2539 are in Santana do Mundau.

The government has declared a state of emergency in both states. Federal and state governments are providing food, tents and setting up military hospitals to attend to the victims while federal resources are also being mobilized to rebuild 43 health facilities that have been partially destroyed. The government is providing potable water once a week. Women, children and the elderly are the most badly affected. By decree of Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, 39 affected municipalities are expected to receive grants totalling 49 million Reais ( 27.5 million US$). Acting minister of Social Development and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Romulo Paes signed, on June 29, an order allocating 8 million Reais (4.5 million US$) to the affected municipalities in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco. In addition, civil society organizations, including Caritas and Action Aid, are mobilizing resources by collecting and distributing food and clothes to displaced people.

ACT Alliance members operate in the affected region in the municipality of Santana do Mundau and three counties with a population of about 30,000. Currently, local teams of ACT members are assessing the damage and needs of affected people. Access to the affected areas is presently difficult.

ACT Alliance member CESE (Ecumenical Coordination of Services) is also involved through the funding of small community emergency projects. However, these complementary initiatives have been insufficient. More support is needed. ACT Alliance member KOINONIA is already present in Mundau working with its local partner, the Organization of Rural Workers (STTR, Portuguese abbreviation) to fill gaps left by government relief work, which has been in the urban areas. The primary focus of KOINONIA and STTR is on the rural areas. The rural area of Santana do Mundau, the largest producer of lime oranges in Brazil, had 90% of its production completely destroyed. Many lime producers lost their homes, and no longer have their main source of income.

KOINONIA plans to solicit funds through the Rapid Response Fund to the amount of USD 60,000, in favour of a target population of about 2000 affected families (12,000 people) of rural workers. Just over half are women and girls, 65% are children, teenagers and young people.

ACT Alliance members in Brazil, CESE – Ecumenical Coordination of Services, FLD – Lutheran Foundation of Diakonia and Christian Aid, were consulted and are in support of this course of action. KOINONIA and its local partner STTR will have the leading role in the implementation of actions with the support and accompaniment of the other ACT Alliance members.

The response is planned to take place at two levels – a) immediate relief including food, tents, clothes, blankets and potable water until the normal water supply is restored and b) support to the re-establishment of the productive life of the rural families that have lost crops, equipment and tools. This will involve distributing seeds, tools and equipment. Eventually, there may be a need to provide support for rebuilding homes.

Source: ACT Alert: Floods in Northeastern State of Alagoas, Brazil – alertnet

Date: 02 July 2010

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