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In the South Indian Ocean:Tropical Cyclone Caleb forms in the South Indian Ocean. The system is in the Coral Sea, about 850 kilometres east of Lockhart River in Cape York, and is moving southeast at 11mph. It is uncertain where or whether the system will make landfall.

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Australia – More than 4000 people remain isolated in northern NSW because of heavy rain, with more wet weather forecast for much of the state. Eleven rivers in the northern rivers and mid-north coast regions have flooded, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing severe thunderstorm warnings on Monday for those areas, along with the central west slopes and plains, and upper western and northern tablelands.

Peru – Authorities in Peru have declared that the intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, with the death toll since the beginning of the year having hit 72. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated. The storms are being caused by a warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks, with the disaster affecting more than half the nation.

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur – It was a busy day for firefighters responding to reports of flash floods, landslides and clogged drains after particularly heavy rains in the Klang Valley.

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Burundi – At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday. In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims.

Namibia – Flooding in Namibia’s Cuvelai-Etosha catchment area has reached alarming levels in recent weeks, with residents being warned to take the necessary precautions in expectation of the worst possible floods experienced in the region in living memory. Authorities have warned that the magnitude of flooding expected in the northern central regions is likely to surpass that of 2011, which saw the highest level of flooding in Namibia’s recent history.

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Peru – A new round of unusually heavy rains killed at least a dozen people in Peru and is threatening flooding in the capital Lima. New floods and mudslides over the past three days followed a series of other storms. Officials say that a total of 62 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed so far this year. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue for another two weeks. Schools nationwide are suspending classes and the swelling Huaycoloro River in Lima swept away two trucks and threatened to destroy a bridge.

Australia – Torrential rain led to flash flooding across the region from Wollongong to Bowral, with at least 53mm of rain dumped in 60 minutes at Warragamba on Thursday afternoon. Heavy rainfall was likely to bring more flash flooding to the south coast for several hours on Thursday night, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, which issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area. Flood warnings are in place for the Wilsons, Hastings and Orara rivers.

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Spain – Southeast Spain saw a record amount of rain on Monday, causing riverbeds to overflow and roads to flood as the region faced its worst floods in 20 years. Half of the average annual rainfall fell in Alicante in just one day as more than 150litres of water per square metre hit the area. At least one man had to be rescued from his vehicle after it became submerged in floodwaters when it was swept away into the Serpis River. Schools across the province shut down for the day as Spain’s weather agency said the stormy weather was expected to continue through Tuesday.

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USA – Flooding Hits Coastal Areas of New Jersey, New York. Coastal flooding caused by Tuesday’s nor’easter is ravaging some neighbourhoods around New York and New Jersey, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings for particularly vulnerable areas. In Brooklyn’s Red Hook, water bubbled up from the sewers, flooding streets before disappearing back into storm drains. In Sea Bright, New Jersey, the storm sent up to 17 inches of ocean water flooding onto Church Street. Flooding had also hit Sea Bright’s Ocean Avenue. In Stone Harbour, New Jersey, streets were deluged with floodwaters that almost covered street benches and fire hydrants. And in Atlantic City, there were reports of people needing to be rescued as water levels rose during high tide. Over in the Point Beach area of Milford, Connecticut, floodwaters were pouring down some streets.

Argentina – Illegal Canals Flood Pampas

It was not just the heavy rains that left the streets of the Argentine town of Pozo del Molle flooded for three months last year.

Nearby farmers built small canals without authorization to drain their fields of surface water, redirecting flows toward urban areas and worsening the impact of flooding, said Carlos Salvatico, the mayor of the 7,500-person town in the key agricultural province of Cordoba.

So-called clandestine canals built by farmers to protect their crops are often blamed for exacerbating devastation across Argentina’s naturally flood-prone pampas grains and cattle belt.

Flooding this summer has prompted evacuations and left 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of highly productive land either underwater or cut off from markets because roads are flooded.

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Peru – Heavy rain has caused flooding in many parts of the country, while the death toll from floods and mudslides has reached 48 people, including six miners killed in a mudslide in southern Peru. The early part of the year is when the bulk of the rain falls across the country, but there are huge variations as Peru – twice the size of France and stretching from the equator to 18 degrees south – is vast. The flooding has generally been worse in the central and northern parts of the country, and although it is consistent with the rainy season of the central and eastern regions, the rainfall has been particularly intense.

Namibia – The agriculture ministry last week warned members of the public in the northern regions that a bigger wave of floods was expected in the Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshana regions. According to the ministry, this is due to floods being experienced in parts of southern Angola following heavy rains in the Cuvelai basin. Rain received in parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia since the beginning of the year has resulted in flooding in parts of the Omusati region in the past two weeks.

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New Zealand – Severe flooding struck Auckland’s west on Sunday – turning streets into rivers, trapping shoppers and forcing people to evacuate their houses as heavy rain poured down. More than 320 homes flooded across Auckland on Sunday as the storm lashed the region. West Auckland locals were stunned as the storm flooded a street in 15 minutes.

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Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

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New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

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No current tropical storms.

Reports from Madagascar indicate that the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Enawo has risen to 38 with more than 53 000 people displaces and homeless.

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New Zealand – Heavy rain has again hit parts of the North Island and Nelson overnight and this morning, cutting off parts of the Coromandel. Northland, Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, and Northwest Nelson all had a severe weather warning in place. MetService said the Coromandel bore the brunt, with about 130mm falling in 24 hours, most of that overnight. The poor weather overnight also included a downpour in Auckland between 5pm and 6pm that was tied for the area’s wettest since records began in 1965. Kaitaia had a record rainfall, receieving 44.6mm between 3am and 4am according to NIWA, with hourly records beginning there in 1962. MetService said about 100mm fell there over 24 hours. The worst of the weather was now tracking over the central North Island, with rain developing around Wellington and the upper South Island.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Eleven), located approximately 715 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 09s (Enawo) has re-generated as a tropical cyclone and is located approximately 434 nm southeast of Europa Island, is tracking south-southeastward at 22 knots.

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New Zealand – Continuing torrential rainfall created widespread flooding in the Waihi and Whiritoa areas. The small community of Whiritoa woke up yesterday morning isolated after several slips on State Highway 25 either side of the beachside settlement left a number of people stranded in vehicles.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Eleven), located approximately 700 nm east-northeast of Mauritius, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Several areas in Jakarta have faced flooding after heavy rain on Tuesday evening caused the Ciliwung River to burst its banks in some areas. Seven districts and eight subdistricts in South Jakarta and East Jakarta have been affected by floods, with the water level between 10 to 100 centimetres high, the Jakarta Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) stated on Wednesday.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Enawo), located approximately 459 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar on Tuesday, killing three people and displacing hundreds as it buffeted the island with hurricane-force winds and pounding rain.

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New Zealand – A key road leading to the Coromandel Peninsula has partially opened this afternoon as the district experiences its worst flooding in 10 years. Several residents have been left homeless after being evacuated due to their homes getting damaged by slips as contractors and emergency services work to clear and repair roads. The rising Kauearanga River earlier cut State Highway 25 into Thames, and debris and floods has blocked the Thames Coast Rd but one lane is now open. In Clevedon, residents watched livestock floating down river in what they call ’worst ever’ floods.