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India – Heavy incessant rains since yesterday night that continued till today morning led to the flash flood in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district, an official said today.

Quebec, Canada – With floodwaters continuing to threaten homes across Quebec, Premier Philippe Couillard said the provincial government is monitoring the situation closely. Rigaud has been in a state of emergency since Thursday with 524 homes affected by the flood. It’s the worst flooding Rigaud has seen in decades so town officials are encouraging those living in the flood zone to evacuate their houses. However, they aren’t being forced to leave and many people are choosing to stay put. So far 234 affected homes continue to be occupied. While many are hopeful the flooding will end soon, some choose to stay in the meantime in order to prevent their homes from being too badly damaged. Homes in the Laurentians have also been damaged by floods while roads have been left inaccessible in Deux-Montagnes, Harrington, Kanesatake, Pointe-Calumet, Prevost, St-Andre-d’Argenteuil, Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and Val Morin. In Montreal, 18 homes on Mercier Island were affected, as have homes in Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Pierrefonds-Roxboro but no evacuations have been reported thus far. A dozen homes in Laval have also been threatened by the overflowing rivers.

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Ghana – Many parts of Ghana’s capital, Accra, was devastated by floods following heavy rain on Thursday evening which disrupted traffic and flooded many houses. The floods were the result of a garbage=blocked drainage system.

Kenya – Heavy rains in Nyando have displaced thousands of people and caused massive damage to property. Local schools were also flooded.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Arlene is centered more than 930 miles west of the Azores in the central Atlantic Ocean, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 50 mph. Arlene is the first tropical storm in April to exist in the Atlantic Basin since Ana in 2003, which also formed on April 20, just a few hours earlier. It’s also the farthest north a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic so early in the season.

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Kazakhstan – Heavy floods have hit regions across northern Kazakhstan, destroying hundreds of buildings, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, and leading to accusations of a botched state response. Residents have linked about six deaths to the recent flooding, while authorities in the Central Asian nation say it has caused no casualties. On April 20, officials in the North Kazakhstan region said the water level in a main reservoir was almost three meters above the allowed maximum, adding to the concerns of residents hit by the flooding that follows snowmelt. Thousands of local residents have been evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were moved to safer districts.

Colombia – The death toll in the floods and landslides in Colombia this week have risen to 16, with a number of people still missing.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Depression One is located about 730 mi…1170 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Uganda – Heavy rains that have pounded some parts of the eastern region since mid-March on Monday washed away three bridges on the Mbale-Tirinyi road, leaving one person dead. Hundreds of stranded motorists had to find alternative routes after unseasonable rainfall hit the villages for nearly three hours.

Colombia – Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 11 people, the Red Cross said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds. At least 20 people are missing after torrential rains lashed the city of Manizales, officials said, raising fears the death toll could soar as it did earlier this month in the southern city of Mocoa.

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Singapore – Flash floods blanketed several parts of Singapore on Tuesday afternoon, with water submerging vehicles up to mid-tyre level.

Peru – The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials have said. The natural disasters, which scientists blame on a climate phenomenon called “coastal El Nino,” have also left more than 178,000 people homeless, the National Centre for Emergency Operations said in its latest update yesterday. Another one million people’s homes have been partly damaged, and more than 2,500 kilometres of roads have been destroyed.

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In the north Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Maarutha) has dissipated.

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Quebec, Canada – Hydro-Meteo teams are on high alert throughout Quebec as flood risks remain alongside multiple waterways. Very high levels of water were observed in the St. Lawrence River, as well as on the Outaouais, Mille Iles and Prairies rivers and the Deux Montagnes Lake. There were other areas of concern in the Eastern Townships, Lanaudiere, Beauce and Quebec City regions due to rain and milder temperatures than usual, which has melted more snow than expected.

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In the north Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Maarutha), located approximately 333 nm south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking northeastward at 09 knots over the past six hours.

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Iran – At least 35 people have died and eight are reported missing after heavy rains triggered flash floods in north-west Iran. Four provinces have been battered by torrential downpours. Ajab Shir and Azar Shahr in East Azerbaijan are said to be the worst hit. The death toll could rise, with more rain forecast for the region.

Philippines – Seven are confirmed dead while 2 others are missing due to nonstop rains and heavy flooding in parts of Cebu. Six of the casualties were from Carmen, Cebu where 73 houses were washed out due to nonstop rains.

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In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 373 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Indonesia – Hundreds of residents of flood prone areas in Cipinang Melayu in East Jakarta took shelter in higher places on Tuesday evening, hours after the nearby Sunter Reservoir overflowed because of heavy rain. The inundation was 1.5 meters deep on Tuesday night.

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Indonesia – Flash floods in Indonesia’s western province of Aceh have left two dead and one missing while damaging hundreds of houses. Heavy downpours on Thursday led to flooding in two districts, said the National Board of Disaster Management. Scores of people were evacuated, and rescuers have started emergency relief efforts.

Uruguay – Almost 1,700 people have been evacuated in Uruguay’s Artigas Department amid heavy flooding. The total number of people displaced in that department currently stands at 1,675. Of this total, 645 have been evacuated and 1,030 have self-evacuated. The level of the Cuareim (Quarai) River continues to fall, currently the water is at 8.8 meters (about 29 feet), almost 3 meters (10 feet) less than the Wednesday level. All the people who have been evacuated amid flooding, which started as heavy rains caused the river to burst its banks, are currently housed at 15 temporary shelters.

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In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 568 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Israel – Heavy rains in the Negev and the Arabah area led to several blocked roads, including the exit from the city of Eilat. On Thursday, heavy storm clouds coming from the south are expected to bring more rains. In the region of kibbutz Neot Smadar next to the Arabah rode, 23 millimeters of rain have fallen so far. In the North, strong showers fell accompanied by hail, especially in the southern region of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

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Georgia, USA – The National Weather Service (NWS) found a total of 33 tornado tracks in North and Central Georgia for between April 3 – 5. 26 of these tracks occurred on April 3, 2017. The NWS has confirmed 13 tornadoes in Central Georgia on April 3, 2017. The tornado outbreak produced two EF-2 tornadoes, seven EF-1 tornadoes, and four EF-0 tornadoes in Central Georgia. Four tornadoes occurred in Wilkinson County. One tornado was rated an EF-2 that struck Gordon, GA. The other EF-2 tornado pushed through Twiggs, Wilkinson, and Laurens county with maximum winds of 122 mph.

Illinois, USA – Two tornadoes touched down during severe storms Wednesday evening in Clark County: one in Enon and the other six miles west of Springfield. Neither resulted in injuries.

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New Zealand – Less than a week after severe floods caused by Cyclone Debbie, residents of the North Island are preparing for the arrival of another storm system, ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook. An active frontal system has already brought more than 60mm of rain to the northern half of the South Island. This represents almost one month’s worth of rain in a typical April. In the coming hours, Cook’s remnants will make their presence felt across the North Island.

Canada – A series of intense rain storms forced waves further up the beaches near Toronto than seen in decades past. Several old buildings were saved by local residents who built sand and rock berms to protect against the flood waters.

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Texas, USA – San Marcos, Texas, flooded on Tuesday, April 11, after receiving record rainfall. Vehicles were stranded and nearly submerged when trying to traverse the floodwaters. Severe weather was not just isolated to the San Marcos-Austin area. At least 32 water rescues were reported in Killeen, and one person is missing in Fort Hood after a vehicle was swept off the road.

Arkansas, USA – Storms moving across parts of South Arkansas early Tuesday touched off flash flooding. Before the flooding there were wind damage reports in other parts of South and Central Arkansas from earlier storms Monday night.

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In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Cook), located approximately 170nm south of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 12 knots.

Formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible within 120 nm either side of a line from 9.8S 132.0E to 12.2S 129.5E north of Darwin Australia within the next 12 to 24 hours.

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South Africa – Flash floods caused by overnight rainfall in parts of the central Karoo in the Western Cape, have caused havoc on the roads. A woman is missing after a vehicle she was travelling in was swept away.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 660 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 12 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Cook), located approximately 109 nm north of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 11 knots.

Formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible within 120 nm either side of a line from 7.8s 133.0e to 11.3s 130.2e north of Darwin Australia within the next 12 to 24 hours.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 470 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Cook), located approximately 225 nm north of Noumea of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

Cyclone Cook is tracking towards southern Vanuatu and New Caledonia, with forecasts of damaging winds and torrential rains. The category two cyclone was expected to strengthen into a tropical cyclone as it headed toward New Caledonia on Monday and Tuesday. Weather Watch warned it could continue southeast to hit New Zealand with rains “heavy enough to cause even further serious flooding”, adding to Bay of Plenty’s woes after record flooding.

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Victoria, Australia – Hundreds of trees have been brought down and thousands of homes are without power as strong winds and heavy rain lash Victoria. Energy provider Powercor reported 14,055 homes without power at 8.30pm on Sunday, while AusNet had 170 customers disconnected. A severe weather warning is in place for Victoria’s central and southwest, and the flood risk is expected to contract to the state’s east, particularly in East Gippsland.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 435 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 02 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 441 nm north-northeast of Noumea of Nadi, New Caledonia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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India – Six people were killed and two were reported missing in India’s northern region of Kashmir on Friday, after heavy rain and snowfall swept the region, setting off avalanches and turning mountain rivers into raging torrents. Snowfalls triggered multiple avalanches, defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia told Reuters. “A post in Batalik sector was buried,” he added. “Two out of five soldiers have been rescued. A rescue operation for three soldiers was in progress and three bodies have been recovered.”