Storms and Floods

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 03e (Boris), located approximately 1092 nm east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

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Ivory Coast – At least 5 people have died and one is missing after flash flooding in Abidjan District, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), 25 June 2020 after 240mm of rain fell in a few hours. More heavy rain is forecast over the next 2 days. Civil Protection said several roads have been cut and houses damaged. Images shared on Social Media showed upturned cars that had been dragged through streets and residents taking refuge on roofs or clinging to walls and trees.

China – The flood situation has worsened in Guizhou Province, southwest China, with 74,000 people now affected in 12 counties or cities, including Tongzi and Huishui Counties, Zunyi, Tongren and Qiandongnan. Three fatalities were previously reported in Tongzi. Heavy rain in the area has increased river levels in neighbouring Chongqing municipality, where the Qijiang river reached historic levels. On 22 June, the Qijiang river at Wucha in Jiangjin District, jumped more than 5 metres above flood level, standing at 205.56 metres. The Puhe River in the district was also extremely high, reaching around 0.5 metres above flood level at Shijiaozhen in Qijiang district around the same period. Authorities said a total of 43,725 people were affected and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed in Qijiang District of Chongqing as of 22 June. Local media reports suggest between 40,000 and 100,000 people have been displaced across Chongqing.

Uruguay – Heavy rain 22 to 24 June caused flash floods, cutting roads and prompting evacuations in Uruguay. Strong winds have downed power lines leaving hundreds without electricity. According to disaster authorities, Montevideo, Lavalleja, Colonia and Canelones were the worst affected departments.

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Nigeria – At least three people have been killed or are missing due to flash floods in Kwara, Nigeria. A bridge embankment collapsed in Oko-Erin leaving one person dead and two others missing. Heavy downpours destroyed 100 houses and displaced at least 300 people in Eket Local Government Area.

Ivory Coast – Heavy rains and floods in parts of southern Ivory Coast have damaged buildings, blocked roads, disrupted transport and caused landslides. The districts of Andre Chateau d’Eau, Abobo-Belleville and Riviera Palmeraie were the worst affected.

Indonesia – Flooding has once again hit parts of Aceh Province in Indonesia after heavy rain caused several rivers to overflow on 16 June.

Guatemala & Honduras – Heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in parts of Guatemala and Honduras over the last few days. Two people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in western Honduras. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) in Guatemala reports that landslides and flooding have affected over 4,000 people from 16 June. A landslide in San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango, has blocked parts of the CA-1 road, preventing the passage of hundreds of vehicles. Landslides were also reported in Nentón, about 35km to the north, where Conred has distributed relief supplies to affected families.

Thailand – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Thailand reports that severe weather including wind storms, high waves and heavy rain has affected several provinces over the last few days.

England – Heavy rain has caused flash floods in the Bournemouth and Poole areas. The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in Bournemouth, stating there was a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 736 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

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Ivory Coast – Heavy rainfall has been observed in parts of Cote D’Ivoire in the month of October 2019. On 11 to 13 October 2019, the rainfall intensified and resulted in flooding in six cities; Abidjan, Aboisso, Grand Bassam, Ayamé, and Man causing significant damage and loss of lives. A total of 12,900 people (2,150 households) have been affected, 202 homes completely submerged, 72 houses destroyed, 32 people injured, and 12 deaths.

France and Spain – Torrential rain in southern France and northeast Spain left several people missing and one dead, as well as causing severe disruption and damage to infrastructure. In the Montpellier region of France 1000 people were brought to safety.Ten departments in southern France were placed on orange alert. Cars were submerged and the waters of the River Orb rose dangerously beneath a historic bridge in Béziers as the town saw 198mm (nearly 8in) – or the equivalent of two months’ average rainfall – in just six hours on Wednesday morning.

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In Catalonia in northeast Spain, firefighters are searching for two people — reportedly a mother and son — whose home was swept away by rising floodwaters. Catalonia suffered its second period of torrential rain in two months. Streams became raging torrents, and a 75-year-old man who tried to move his car in the early hours of Wednesday was caught up in the flood at Arenys de Munt. His body was found on a beach hours later.

Storms and Floods

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 95L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Fabio is located about 735 mi…1180 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (ts) 09w (Prapiroon), located approximately 314 nm west-southwest of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 21 knots.

Tropical depression 10w (Ten), located approximately 93 nm southeast of Hagatna, Guam, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

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Ivory Coast – Update – Heavy floods triggered by torrential rains on 18 June killed at least 18 people in the commercial capital Abidjan. Flood waters rose up to 2.5 metres high, inundating houses and destroying property across six neighbourhoods in the coastal city. Rescue teams saved 115 people. Several people were forced to seek refuge with other families. A few of them have returned to their homes. The authorities plan to demolish structures in flood-prone areas and compensate the owners. Deadly floods are common during the rainy season that runs from June to October.

Pennsylvania, USA – The region around Pittsburgh has started to recover from the floodwaters that decimated parts of Allegheny County Monday night. At the storm’s worst, numerous roads were closed, more than 15,000 people were without power and swift-water rescuers raced to get to stranded cars and people — including as many as 100 cars stuck in floodwaters on Route 28, officials said.

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USA – Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest. Montana was just drying out from spring flooding caused by near-record snowfall over the winter when a storm unleashed heavy rains last weekend. Flooding in Minnesota and South Dakota caused some road closures. In northwest Iowa, several roads were inundated and basements swamped by heavy rain. Flooding in Virginia forced Richmond International Airport and parts of nearby Interstate 64 to close Friday morning. Meanwhile, great swaths of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado were experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, forcing recent closures of national forests and other public lands because of fire danger.

Ivory Coast – Update – The cleanup is continuing in Ivory Coast’s southern city of Abidjan after torrential rain caused deadly flash flooding. According to the country’s interior minister, 18 people died on Monday as flash floods raged through parts of the city, reaching a depth of 2.5 metres in some places. Two other people were reported killed in the provinces. On Thursday, the government called for the evacuation of all people living in flood-prone zones. Many parts of the city are vulnerable to flooding, from the up-market Cocody neighbourhood to the densely populated Yopougon area due mainly to lack of infrastructure, including drainage and sewerage.

Storms and Floods

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Ivory Coast – Fifteen people were killed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s economic capital, in flooding caused by torrential rain overnight. Rain poured down from 11pm on Monday night to 6am Tuesday, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres deep. Rescue teams saved 115 people and searches were underway for other casualties. A city of five million, Abidjan suffers from infrastructure problems and many homes are built in flood-prone areas.

India – Over the past few days, floods have hit several states, claiming the lives of at least 25 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of hapless citizens. In Assam, the biggest state in the region, the deluge has reportedly affected nearly 550,000 people (pdf). Due to the heavy downpour, many roads and bridges have already been damaged, even as the Brahmaputra river, which flows through the state, has been inching towards the danger level. The neighbouring states of Manipur and Tripura have also been affected, with flooding forcing thousands into relief camps. However, the situation is said to be improving in these states, with river levels slowly receding.

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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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Hurricane Carlos is located about 115 mi…185 km S of Manzanillo Mexico and about 140 mi…225 km WSW of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h. Hazards affecting land – wind: tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area through Wednesday. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the Hurricane Warning area later today. Rainfall: Carlos is expected to produce heavy rains in the Mexican states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango, and Sinaloa with rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible through Thursday morning. Isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches are also possible. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of higher terrain. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern and southwestern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm Bill is located about 30 mi…45 km ESE of Port Oconnor Texas and about 105 mi…170 km SW of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: rainfall: Bill is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma and 2 to 4 inches over western Arkansas and southern Missouri, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches in eastern Texas. Wind: tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast within the warning area within the next hour or two. Storm surge: the combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide… Upper Texas coast…2 to 4 feet, western Louisiana coast…1 to 2 feet. Tornadoes: a few tornadoes will be possible across portions of eastern Texas and far western Louisiana today and tonight.

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Nepal – A landslide in the Makwanpur district in Nepal has claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl.

Ivory Coast – Heavy rainfall continued across most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions last week flooding plantations and raising concerns of possible disease outbreaks among the trees.

Wildfires

Bush Fires in Ivory Coast

The practice of starting bush fires that has been widespread in Cote d’Ivoire’s central region of Beoumi has left at least eight people dead.

According to a senior forest guard in the area Siriki Ouattara, some residents were trapped by the bush fires in their farms or homes.

The dry season is always perceived as a nightmare in some regions where bush fires destroy farmlands and also cause loss of human life.

The tradition of bush fires which is practiced in the central and northern regions of the country to drive away wild animals and sometimes to prepare farming fields, pose a danger to the people themselves, their farms and their environment.