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Malaysia – Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded at Batu 16 near Kampung Kundang here as roads were cut off following a flash flood this afternoon. Hundred of families are believed to have affected by the floods.

Toronto, Canada – Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings came and went in Toronto and York Region June 17, bringing heavy rain and strong winds in some areas, and stormy weather continues to threaten York. Severe thunderstorms producing localized flooding and several brief power outages during the day.

India – Massive landslides and floods triggered by incessant rains continue leaving thousands homeless in the North East and taking the death toll to 20. On Saturday six people were killed, one missing and at least nine injured after incessant rains triggered landslides across Meghalaya, an official said.

Wildlife

One of Malaysia’s Last Sumatran Rhinos Dies

One of the last three Sumatran rhinoceroses in Malaysia has died, the Borneo Rhino Alliance has announced.

The rhino, named Puntung, was about 20 years old. Her keepers at Malaysia’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah euthanized her on June 4, eight days after discovering that the critically endangered animal had squamous cell cancer. The cancer had spread rapidly, and intensive treatment would have bought Puntung only a few more months of life penned in an indoor enclosure, the Borneo Rhino Alliance reported on its Facebook page.

Sumatran rhinoceroses (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) are the smallest of all rhino species. They’re also the most endangered, according to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). With Puntung’s death, there are only two individuals left in Malaysia: Tam, a middle-age male; and Iman, a female. Both are kept at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in the wild in Malaysia. In Indonesia, fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos survive in the wild. Poaching has sliced the population in half over the past 20 years, according to the IRF.

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Malaysia – More than 10,000 residents in the Beaufort district remain on high alert after floods hit 27 villages on Friday night. The villagers are standing by to evacuate their homes while the authorities monitor the situation at Padas river which had reached a dangerous level of 9.16m.

Indonesia – Three districts in Bone Bolango regency namely North Bulango, Bulango Ulu and Central Suwawa, Gorontalo Province, were inundated by a two-meter flood. About 300 families from Tupa and Boidu villages were evacuated.

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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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North Carolina, USA – More than a week after heavy rain flooded the Triangle and most of central North Carolina, Eastern North Carolina’s rivers are threatening homes and businesses. In Kinston, some will have to evacuate as waters rise to 1996’s Hurricane Fran levels. There was a risk of severe storms across North Carolina on Monday, but any storms were not expected to contribute to more flooding.

Malaysia – Heavy rains and strong winds for over an hour have caused flash floods in Klang. Several main roads became impassable while numerous buildings were flooded.

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie has dissipated over northern Queensland, Australia, after dumping more than 1 000mm of rain in some areas and causing substantial damage to affected areas, especially the Barrier Reef islands. A 1,300km (800 miles) stretch of Australia’s north-east coast is at dangerous risk of flooding after a powerful cyclone, authorities warn. Most central Queensland mines and railways are at a standstill as driving rain from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie threatens to halt coal production for some time.

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Peru – The extreme floods wreaking havoc in Peru are also threatening the South American country’s rich archeological heritage and the tourism that thrives on it, a Peruvian archaeologist said on Tuesday. At least 50 archaeological sites in Peru have been damaged by the intense rains that are battering northern Peru, resulting in a drastic drop in related tourism.

Malaysia – Twenty-three victims from five families were evacuated after floods occurred in Simpang Ampat, Alor Gajah near here late Tuesday night. Several areas on the mainland were hit by flash floods including Taman Bagan where residents described it as the worst deluge in the last 10 years. About 250 houses in Taman Cantik, 100 houses in Taman Bagan and 70 more in Taman Kerapu were inundated yesterday.

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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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Chile – Floods caused by Andean rainfall are causing havoc in central and northern Chile, and authorities said Sunday that at least three people had been killed and several were missing. Emergency officials in the South American country said waters rushing down from the Andes since Saturday afternoon had caused landslides, cutting roads and isolating thousands of people. Falling rocks and other debris overwhelmed the intakes for urban water systems, cutting service to about 1.2 million homes in the area around Santiago.

Ireland – Storm Ewan brought winds of 100km/hr when it made landfall today. Met Éireann says the south and south-east will be worst affected, but it did not reach the strength of Storm Doris. Several areas in the West and Midlands also felt the brunt of Ewan with flash flooding reported in parts.

Malaysia – More than 10,000 people from at least 15 longhouses as well as students from a school in the interior Baram district in northern Sarawak have been cut off due to floods. Over the past 24 hours, heavy rains have inundated these populated settlements, resulting in metre-deep waters.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) has formed east of Madagascar on February 4, 2017 as the fourth named tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 southern hemisphere season, the fewest on record since 1928. Carlos could affect Mauritius and Réunion as a significant tropical storm. The current forecast track takes it right over Réunion on February 7.

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Malaysia – Residents from several houses in Brinchang were forced to flee their houses following flash floods yesterday. Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue chief Mohd Haziq Hazmi said water rose to one-meter high before subsiding, leaving a thick layer of mud. He said a number of houses in Kampung Lama, Tringkap were also affected by the flash flood, but none of the residents were evacuated.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 03s (Three), located approximately 350 nm northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 16 knots.

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Bolivia and Peru – The past few days have seen flooding across parts of South America. Chile has been badly affected. So too have Bolivia and Peru. Central Bolivia has been pounded by torrential downpours which have caused severe flooding, destroying homes and causing at least one injury. La Paz had 24mm of rain on Wednesday, and 37mm in the past two days. This makes up more than a quarter of the January average which is 137mm. It was a similar picture across the border in southern Peru, where heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the city of Ica. Here rivers bursting their banks as authorities told residents to brace themselves for more bad weather. The areas of Tinguina and Parcona were badly affected. The water has covered several blocks in the city, reaching a depth of 70cm in places according to local media reported. The town of San Idelfonso, which is lies next to the river, was the most affected. Strong muddy water currents were seen crashing down city streets. Meanwhile, the town of Pisco, located to the south of capital Lima, has also being hit by mudslides after heavy rainfall.

Malaysia – Continuous rain has disrupted Chinese New Year plans for thousands of people across Malaysia, as roads closed, homes were flooded and thousands were moved to relief centres. Districts in 10 of Malaysia’s 13 states were faced with floods yesterday. More than 15,000 people, mainly from smaller towns and villages in rural areas, had to leave their homes to the relief centres. Johor state suffered the brunt of rising waters, with more than 8,000 evacuees and one fatality, officials said.

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Australia – Severe storms have caused flash floods across southeastern Queensland, bringing an end to the recent heatwave. Brisbane felt the worst of the slow-moving system with 98mm of rain on Tuesday. The average rainfall for the entire month of January is 97mm. At one stage the storm system spanned more than 1,000km in width. As many as 53,000 lightning strikes were recorded, one of which set a church on fire. Parts of the Gold Coast hinterland recorded over 100mm of rain. Upper Springbrook notched up 136mm and there were widespread closures as roads were cut off.

Malaysia – Emergency services in Malaysia deployed boats and trucks Tuesday as thousands of villagers were stranded after four days of heavy rain caused flooding in east coast states, officials said. Floods in Terengganu and Kelantan states forced authorities to shut down dozens of schools and roads to villages have been cut off. The east coast regularly experiences tropical storms and heavy showers during the monsoon. In the last two days in oil-rich Terengganu over a thousand people have been evacuated from their homes, and rescue officials predict the numbers will rise. Many of the rural roads are impassable.

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Malaysia – Authorities began evacuating people from three Kuala Krai villages hit by floods as at 1pm today as the levels of three major Kelantan rivers continued to rise following heavy rain in the interior. “We are in the process of evacuating the people affected by the floods. Their houses have been flooded to a depth of about one metre following heavy rain,” a local official said.

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In the western Pacific: Typhoon 30w (Nock-Ten), located approximately Located approximately 73 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines and it is forecast to move west-northwestward at 16 knots.

The typhoon has killed at least four people in the Philippines before passing over the capital Manila. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of 8 a.m local time on Monday, 77,560 families — 383,097 people — were in evacuation centers in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Easter Visayas. Nock-ten is weakening as it passes over the Philippines, but is still packing maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (149 mph) with gusts up to 296 kph (184 mph). Some 11,476 passengers, more than 1,000 cargo ships and over a dozen other vessels were stranded in various ports in the region.

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Australia – A massive Christmas night storm and heavy rain that has sparked damaging flash floods in Central Australia is being described as a once-in-a-half-century weather event by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). A quarter of the community of Kintore was evacuated after it was drenched by 232mm of rain in the 24 hours since 9:00am yesterday — taking the December total to a record 373.4mm. Northern Territory police said it had caused significant flash flooding woes for the 400 people living in Kintore, which is located about 520km west of Alice Springs near the Western Australia border.

Malaysia – Continuous rain, sometimes heavy, in the Cameron Highlands since Sunday (Dec 25) morning caused flooding in several areas in Tanah Rata, including the police quarters at Jalan Masjid. The heavy rain also caused a landslide and fallen trees at Jalan Tapah-Tanah Rata near Bharat Tea Baru.

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Egypt – Update – Torrential rainfall and flooding in Egypt have claimed the lives of at least 30 people. Nine people died in South Sinai, eight in Sohag and five in Beni Suef. Similarly, nine others died in the Red Sea. According to the the health and population ministry, more than 70 people have been injured following weekend floods. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in several towns in Upper Egypt and along the Red Sea coast.

Malaysia – For the second time in two months, flash floods brought Penang to its knees, halting traffic and submerging homes in various parts of the city. Among the areas affected by flash floods were Jalan Paya Terubong and Taman Lumba Kuda.

Jakarta, Indonesia – Flash floods hit two villages in Batang Asai district, Sarolangun regency, on Friday, leaving one person missing and dozens of houses inundated.

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In the Eastern Pacific

Hurricane Darby is located about 1345 mi…2165 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 585 mi…940 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the South Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Abela is located approximately 540 nm east-northeast of Antananarivo, Madagascar, and is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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Malaysia – Penang island is facing massive flash floods as heavy rain continues to hit several low-lying areas including Bayan Lepas, Batu Maung, Relau and Teluk Bahang as well as the Penang International Airport. The airport was also flooded as the water had entered the arrival hall and several inbound and departing flights had been delayed due to the weather condition. Meanwhile in Teluk Bahang, some 1,000 villagers from three villages had been affected by the floods.

India – Floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc as monsoon rages across the country. A rockfall at Darechok along Prithvi Highway damaged five vehicles in Chitwan district on Monday morning. Continuous rainfall inundated many homes in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolis of Banke. Homes and streets in Belsapur, Shantinagar, Ganeshpur, Gharbaritol, Dhambojhi, Buspark Road and Phultekra were flooded. In Tikapur of Kailali, several houses were destroyed by a flood. Heavy rainfall since Sunday night has also raised flooding fears in other parts of Tikapur and adjoining villages, police said. As many as 10 families were forced to flee their homes because of flood danger at Johan VDC-2 in Gulmi. The raging Ulli River has spilled over its banks and edging close to the settlement, according to the locals. A couple was injured when a landslide destroyed their home at Rampur Municipality in Palpa. Police said about a dozen settlements in the district are at landslide risk. Police in Taplejung rescued seven families who were trapped because of landslides at Lamatar, Jaubari and Hekkuleka since Sunday. They were stranded after the landslides blocked all the exits. A flood in Ghunsa River, meanwhile, swept away a suspension bridge and damaged the foot trails of Kanchanjunga Conservation Area in the district. After the rain-swollen Mahakali River damaged the embankment at Bhimdutta Municipality in Kanchanpur, the local authorities have started emergency repair works to prevent the floodwaters from entering the nearby settlements.