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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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In the East Pacific: Tropical Depression One-E is located about 335 mi…540 km SSW of San Salvador El Salvador and about 545 mi…875 km SSE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 72 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 19p (Ella), located approximately 150 nm west-southwest of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking west-northwestward at 02 knots.

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In the East Pacific: Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 138 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19p (Nineteen), located approximately 141 nm west-southwest of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

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Iran – Four women have gone missing and two more been injured following flooding in a southwestern Iranian province, caused by downpours. The flooding happened on Sunday in Lordegan County of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province. Torrential rains had also damaged bridges and infrastructure in Darreh-Yas Village of the province’s Kouhrang County. The floods and thunderstorms of the past days have also left the province’s nomadic tribes faced with complexities and claimed some of their livestock.

Kenya – At least six people have died and hundreds of families in Mombasa, Kilifi and Taita Taveta displaced by floods following heavy rains. The family members died after perimeter wall collapsed on them at Mbaraki area. Other areas affected include Bombolulu, Kiembeni, Bamburi and Likoni. The floods have also paralysed transport between Mombasa and Kilifi after Mbogolo river bridge was washed away. In Taita Taveta, atleast 5,000 people have been displaced by the ranging floods in Taveta sub-county.

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In the East Pacific: Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 150 nm west of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

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Canada: Quebec – Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec. Ontario also is seeing flooding.

Canada: British Columbia – The province’s spring snowmelt and recent rain has led to three local state of emergency declarations, evacuations and flood watches. Two men are missing, homes have been damaged and more evacuation orders are in place as flooding and mudslides wreak havoc across southern British Columbia. An evacuation alert is in effect for 90 properties in the Fintry Delta area in Kelowna, and several roads are closed throughout the Okanagan. The search is on for the bodies of two men missing and presumed dead, as British Columbia’s Interior braces for the possibility of further rain and snowmelt.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 283 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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Midwest, USA – Nearly 10 million people across the Midwest were under a flood warning Saturday as several spots along the Mississippi River were expected to reach near-record crests this weekend, the latest threats to a region that got slammed this week by severe flooding. The river’s cresting — the highest stage or level of a flood wave — was due to affect communities in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Floods late this week ravaged communities near St. Louis due to cresting of the Meramec River, which runs into the Mississippi River.

Bangladesh – Flash floods have washed away crops in north-eastern Bangladesh that would have yielded nearly 700,000 tonnes of rice, according to estimates from the agriculture ministry. The fields hit by the floods were about to be harvested, a major blow to the south Asian country, where local rice prices have hit an all-time high and reserves of the staple grain have dipped to a six-year low. The flooding triggered by heavy pre-monsoon rains also damaged other crops and fisheries in the marshy areas in the country’s north-eastern region, affecting millions of people.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 354 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

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Quebec, Canada – Persistent, steady rains soaking swaths of Central and Eastern Canada that have already endured record precipitation levels threatened to trigger widespread flooding Friday and put residents and governments on high alert. Environment Canada said a massive system was slowly drenching much of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Relentless rain falling on regions that have already endured double to triple the seasonal norms for rainfall over the past five weeks.

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Midwest USA – A Missouri man died after his vehicle was swept off a road near a flooded creek, bringing the death toll from historic flooding in the Midwest and South to 10. Earlier this week, storms and heavy rainfall that began over the weekend triggered flooding that forced the closure of hundreds of roads in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois and shut down two major waterways. Residents along the Mississippi River shored up riverbanks with sandbags Friday as floodwaters receding from smaller rivers upstream pour into the vital waterway. The Mississippi River at St. Louis is expected to reach a top five crest on record Saturday, about 12 feet above flood stage, just below the crest from January 2016. In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, sandbagging was underway to protect homes. Meanwhile, the situation in Louisiana became dire Thursday as water began to pour over river banks.

New York, USA – Heavy rains brought flash floods that are likely to hamper the afternoon commute home in the New York metropolitan area on Friday. Transit officials are reporting delays caused by flooding while those traveling by air may have to wait up to four hours at any of the three local airports. The heavy rain prompted officials to shut down the main Seventh Avenue entrance to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Water has also been seen accumulating at subway stations of City Hall, Borough Hall in Brooklyn, and the World Trade Center.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 302 nm north-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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El Niño – Forecasters at the World Meteorological Organization predict there is a 50 to 60 percent chance that the weather-altering El Niño ocean warming will develop across the Pacific this year. The previous El Niño ended just last year, and it is unusual for the phenomenon to return so quickly.