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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02b (Two), located approximately 277 nm south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Sri Lanka, Update – At least 126 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka following flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains, the government says. A further 97 people are still missing. Rescuers had set up 185 camps for displaced people and the town of Matara in the south of the island was being evacuated because of the risk of flooding.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02b (Two), located approximately 457 nm south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking northeastward at 08 knots.

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Ivory Coast – At least seven people have died between Wednesday and Thursday following floods that have soaked the Ivorian capital Abidjan. Ivorian firefighters said on Friday that the deaths were mainly caused by collapsing walls following the heavy rains that pounded the capital.

Arkansas, USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 23 Arkansas counties disaster areas after recent flooding. Counties designated as disasters include Faulkner, Lonoke and Randolph.

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New Hampshire, USA – An astronomical high tide is responsible for flooding of dozens of homes and businesses on the seacoast overnight. Thursday’s flooding was enhanced by a strong onshore wind as an area of low pressure tracked up the east coast, bringing heavy rain to New England.

Sri Lanka – Flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains have left at least 91 people dead and more than 100 missing in Sri Lanka. About 20,000 have been forced from their homes in the south and west of the country. Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help rescue operations.The flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful south-west monsoon destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people. Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said the death toll was rising as reports filtered in from outlying areas.

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California, USA – A massive landslide has buried a section of California’s iconic Highway 1 in Big Sur. More than one million tons of rock and dirt buried a .25 mile stretch of Highway 1 under 40-feet of debris. Authorities have no estimate when it might re-open. The area remains unstable.

Philippines – Hour-long rains in Quezon City left certain areas flooded Thursday morning, rendering some streets impassable to traffic and leaving some commuters stranded.

Hong Kong – A downpour disrupted flights, hospital clinics closed, the judiciary adjourned hearings, schools suspended classes, and people and traffic waded through flooded streets today in the wake of a heavy downpour from early morning. Rainfall in Kowloon and the eastern part of Lantau Island exceeded 200 millimeters. In Kwai Tsing and Sham Shui Po, rainfall exceeded 300 millimeters.

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Kenya – The country has been experiencing increasingly intense rainfall over the last weeks with significant amounts of rainfall currently being witnessed in the Coastal, North Eastern, Central and parts of Western region. Current estimates indicate that about 26 people have lost their lives and a further 24,803 people have been displaced in 13 counties across the country following heavy rains and flooding.

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Midwest USA – Nebraska’s corn fields are so flooded that farmers are posting videos of themselves wakeboarding. Spring downpours are pummeling U.S. grain farmers, causing soggy fields and threatening crop disease. In the past 30 days, about 40 percent of the Midwest got twice the amount of normal rainfall, with soils saturated from Arkansas to Ohio, according to MDA Weather Services. While spring showers usually benefit crops, the precipitation has come fast enough to flood some corn and rice fields and trigger quality concerns about maturing wheat. A storm system brought more than 2 inches of rain through the weekend to parts of Texas and eastward to Ohio and West Virginia, according to the Weather Prediction Center. Flood advisories have been posted along the Mississippi River and other waterways, many of which are still high after earlier downpours.

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Thailand – The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai. The water level in the central area of the district surged as a result of floodwater flowing from upstream Phran Kratai district of nearby Kamphaeng Phet province combined with runoff from mountains in Ramkhamhaeng Sukhothai National Park. The downtown area was under 60cm of water. Owners of small cars were told to keep off the flooded roads as residents raced against time to create sandbag embankments around their homes and shops.

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Guyana – The government today said that floods were receding six Region Eight villages and that some villages in Region Seven have now been affected. The flooding in both regions is mainly as a result of excessive recent rainfall in the highland regions. The government has sent a number of relief flights to assist in the flooded areas.

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Norway – The Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Floods. It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.

The vault is on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen and contains almost a million packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop. When it was opened in 2008, the deep permafrost through which the vault was sunk was expected to provide “failsafe” protection against “the challenge of natural or man-made disasters”.

But soaring temperatures in the Arctic at the end of the world’s hottest ever recorded year led to melting and heavy rain, when light snow should have been falling. “It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim, from the Norwegian government, which owns the vault.

The vault managers are now taking precautions, including major work to waterproof the 100m-long tunnel into the mountain and digging trenches into the mountainside to channel meltwater and rain away. They have also removed electrical equipment from the tunnel that produced some heat and installed pumps in the vault itself in case of a future flood.

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Malaysia – A two hour downpour in Ringlet, in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia caused a flash flood that inundated numerous properties, including the police station and barracks. The flood lasted 30 minutes and no-one was injured.

South Africa, Durban – The N2 freeway at Zinkwazi‚ north of Durban‚ was partially closed early on Tuesday due to flooding caused by ongoing heavy rainfall. The floodwaters toppled several cars. Some injuries occurred when the waist high waters overturned the motor vehicles.

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South Africa – Twenty-two people who were trapped inside a bus after it submerged in flood water following heavy rains had to be rescued in Richards Bay. The incident was one of several that occurred at the weekend after heavy rains pounded KwaZulu-Natal. The rains, which began on Friday led to localised flooding over the weekend. There were no reports of fatalities, although one person was still missing.

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Louisiana, USA – At least three tornadoes have touched down in Louisiana, injuring at least one person. The National Weather Service confirms two EF-1 twisters hit Baton Rouge and the town of White Castle in Iberville Parish with winds of about 90 mph, while an EF-0 tornado struck Marrero in Jefferson Parish, packing winds of about 70 mph.

Oklahoma, USA – The National Weather Service in Tulsa rated the tornado that destroyed approximately 58 homes in Owasso-Rogers County on Thursday afternoon as an EF-1. According to that scale, Thursday afternoon’s tornado reached speeds up to 100 mph, and caused considerable damage. Damage included roofs torn from well-constructed homes, collapsed structures, RVs flipped on their sides, large trees snapped or uprooted, carports blown over or moved to another part of the property. No injuries have been reported.

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Quebec, Canada – More heavy rain is predicted after more than 13,000 homes in Quebec flooded this week as the region experienced torrential rainfall. A state of emergency was declared in Montreal on Sunday after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, near the Rivieres des Prairies. Oofficials said they haven’t seen water levels this high in 55 years.

East Africa – The seasonal rains have come with a vengeance across eastern Kenya and Tanzania. Heavy and steady torrential downpours have many areas under water, leaving at least nine people dead. In Tanzania, communication in Tanga station on Tanzania’s north coast was cut off for a time. An astonishing 316mm of rain fell in 24 hours setting a new record for the period, records going back to 1949.

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In the East Pacific: Post-Tropical Depression Adrian is located about 350 mi…565 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Zanzibar – All schools on the islands of Zanzibar have been temporarily closed because of flooding following weeks of heavy rains, says the education minister. The decision was taken for the safety of children and teachers after some schools were left submerged in water, minister Riziki Pemba Juma said. The rains have also destroyed property and roads.

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In the East Pacific: Tropical Depression Adrian is located about 385 mi…615 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 19p (Ella), located approximately 358 nm northeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (18p) Donna is dissipating.

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Kenya – Five people have died in various parts of Kwale County after they were swept away by raging floods as heavy rains continue pounding the Coast region. The deaths bring the number of people killed by floods in the region since Monday to 14.

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