Floods

Cameroon's economic capital, Douala, devastated by heavy flooding

Severe flooding caused by tropical monsoon rains have devastated the Cameroon's economic capital, Douala. At least 4 people were killed, 2 000 displaced, and over 30 000 citizens were directly affected by July 1, 2015, after more than a week of heavy rainfall.Much o

July 02, 2015

Heavy floods continue to sweep China: at least 20 people dead, nearly 4 million affected

Heavy rainfall, starting June 25, 2015, has caused severe floods and landslides in several provinces across the northwest and central-east China. At least 20 people are reported dead, 17 are missing. Sichuan province is currently experiencing its worst flood since 1949

July 01, 2015

Costa Rica floods continue: 1 585 houses heavily damaged or destroyed

Over 740 people were evacuated from their homes and 19 communities are left isolated, as another round of heavy rainfall continues to sweep Costa Rica.#Sarapiquí Cerrado el paso por el cruce de Río Frio hacia ruta 32. #traficocr @rutaalterna @iqradio pic.t

June 30, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" brings deadly flash floods to Vietnam

Typhoon "Kujira" hit northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, June 24, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall which claimed lives of at least 9 people and injured six others, local authorities said on Thursday, June 25.Kujira has dumped nearly 200 mm (8 inches)

June 26, 2015

Video animation of landslide dam-break and catastrophic flood / debris flow through Tbilisi, Georgia

A huge landslide blocked the Vere River on June 13, 2015 creating a natural dam which collapsed the following day and sent huge fast moving stream of water toward capital Tbilisi, Georgia severely flooding the city. The flood caused extensive damage to the city and left

June 23, 2015

Severe thunderstorms continue to sweep China: 18 people dead and four missing

Strong thunderstorms which swept through several provinces, in southern China, in the past week, have continued to battle the area. 18 people have died due to house collapses, landslides or lightning, and four more are currently missing.BBC News - 9 inches of rain overn

June 21, 2015

Above-average monsoon season: over 300 mm of rain in 24 hours floods Mumbai, India

A strong monsoon brought heavy rainfall to Mumbai, India this week flooding the city on Friday, June 19, 2015. City roads and rail service have been interrupted, flights have been delayed, schools closed and even some power plants have been shut down by Mumbai electrici

June 20, 2015

Severe rain brings flash floods to eastern China

Heavy rainfall flooded parts of eastern China on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 when over 200 millimeters of rain was reported in parts of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. Nanjing and Changzhou were also flooded, while Wuxi and Suzhou received 70 and 50 cm of rainfall.The rain

June 18, 2015

Landslide dam collapse causes catastrophic floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

19 people have died and 474 were injured after catastrophic flood/debris flow, caused by natural dam collapse, rushed through capital Tbilisi, Georgia on June 14. Update: Read more about this event here.The local zoo was flooded and at least 30 animals, including tigers

June 15, 2015

Heavy rainfall affects 700 villages in Assam, India as Brahmaputra levels rise

Heavy monsoon rains are continually falling in Arunachal Pradesh and upper Assam in northeast India. Yesterday, water levels of the Brahmaputra river were above the red mark in Jorhat and Dhubri, and are still expected to rise further in the next few days. According to

June 12, 2015

Central and South Texas in danger of more flooding

The National Weather Service (NWS) warns that portions of Central and South Texas are possibly in danger of more flooding. A flood warning has been issued for the area, as up to 127 mm (5 inches) of rain are expected this Saturday, May 30 if the storm system stalls

May 30, 2015

Record breaking rainfall causes massive flooding, at least 19 people dead in Texas and Oklahoma

Official reports today say at least 19 people were killed after days of relentless rain caused widespread flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. Authorities expect the death toll to rise, as 11 people are still missing. Record breaking rainfall ended 5 years of extreme drought

May 27, 2015

Another flash flood outbreak across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas

At least 350 homes were flooded in a catastrophic flash flood that hit a stretch of the Blanco River in and near Wimberley, Texas, this Saturday night into Sunday morning (May 23/24, 2015).Another violent rain outbreak event took place across parts of Texas, Oklahoma

May 24, 2015

Continuous heavy rain ends drought in Texas and Oklahoma

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. In particular, parts of Texas and Oklahoma have been in a drought for nearly five years until April and May 2015 when the weather changed to the

May 22, 2015

Heavy flooding in southern and central China: nearly 3 million affected, thousands homeless

Thousands have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people were killed by heavy flooding in southern and central China since Monday, May 18. Heavy rains that started on May 13 have so far affected nearly 3 million are people.Between May 19 and 20, 173 mm of

May 21, 2015

Record breaking rainfall: Extensive flooding ongoing in the southern Plains

The ongoing heavy rainfall all over the southern Plains has caused severe, long-lasting, flooding. Cars and homes have been swamped and at least one person has been reported dead. Late Monday night into Tuesday (May 18/19), 75.94 mm (2.99 inches) of rain fell in only 45

May 20, 2015

Deadly floods hit Queensland - 277 mm of rain in 3 hours, Australia

Queensland felt the full force of the East Coast low on Friday afternoon (local time), May 1, 2015 as the system moved south over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coasts. Five people have died after being swept away by flood waters. All of them were in vehicles at

May 02, 2015

Heavy rain, strong winds and large hailstones devastate Peshawar, Pakistan

A severe storm tore through Peshawar, Charsadda and their surrounding villages on Sunday, April 26, 2015 uprooting trees, collapsing buildings and killing at least 44 people, officials said Monday. Over 200 people were injured.Director of the provincial meteorological d

April 27, 2015

Heavy rain, landslides and deadly floods hit US South and Gulf Coast

Heavy rain is affecting the South and the Gulf Cost of US, bringing deadly flash flooding, dangerous lightning strikes and landslides across multiple states."Impulses of upper-level energy combined with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will keep the South

April 16, 2015

Atacama Desert flooded after 7 years of rain fell in just 12 hours

At least 10 people have been killed by catastrophic floods in northern regions of Chile after thunderstorms brought the equivalent of 7 years of rain in just 12 hours on March 26. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and authorities fear the number of casu

March 28, 2015

Massive flash floods hit Angolan city of Lobito

Massive flash floods caused by torrential rains hit Angolan city of Lobito destroying dozens of homes and city structures and causing the death of at least 62 people, according to initial reports from local authorities.The Angop state-run news agency reported that the f

March 13, 2015

Heavy rain and floods prompt evacuation of over 20 000, Dominican Republic

Significant rainfall caused by almost stationary frontal system in the eastern portion of the country and resulting heavy floods have prompted evacuations of more than 20 000 people in Dominican Republic over the last couple of days.The Emergency Operations Center (COE)

February 23, 2015

Deadly floods hit Cordoba province, Argentina

Heavy rain has caused devastating floods in Cordoba province, central Argentina and claimed lives of at least 7 people by February 17, 2015. Four others are still missing.Local media reported that as much as 320 mm of rain fell in just 12 hours in some areas causing riv

February 17, 2015

Jakarta flooded as peak rainy season approaches, Indonesia

Jakarta's Disaster Mitigation Agency recorded 49 flood prone spots in the city on Monday, February 9, after torrential rain than began early Sunday, February 8.West, north and central areas of the city have been worst affected, with some parts in up to 80 cm deep wa

February 09, 2015

Atmospheric river lashes drought-stricken California with rain and floods

As forecasted earlier this week, atmospheric river known locally as the Pineapple Express is sweeping down the West Coast US. The storm is dropping heavy rainfall, knocking down trees and power lines, delaying hundreds of flights and causing flash floods and traffic

February 07, 2015

Severe floods in southern Africa damaged crops, affected 930 000 including some 300 000 displaced

After a few months late start to southern Africa monsoon season, Mozambique, Malawi, and Madagascar have all received above-average rainfall since early January. Some areas received weekly accumulations well over 100 millimeters causing water levels to increase along th

February 03, 2015

Intense storm leaves UAE deserts under blanket of hail

An intense hail storm struck parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 19, 2015 covering extensive stretches of desert country under a blanket of hail.“This instability in the weather is because of the low pressure coming from the Mediterranean region, which

January 20, 2015

Death toll from flooding in Mozambique has risen to 71

The death toll from flooding in central and northern Mozambique has risen to 71 since January 12, 2015, National Institute of Disaster Management spokeswoman Rita Almeida said today.According to preliminary data released by the government, 52 700 people have been affect

January 19, 2015

Malawi floods behave like a 'slow tsunami', death toll increases

According to Government of Malawi, an estimated 120 000 people (22 000 households) have been displaced due to heavy rainfall and floods by January 16, 2015. Although some areas already received a month’s worth of rain within 24 hours forecasts warn there is more t

January 17, 2015

Weeks of very heavy rainfall devastate Malawi and Mozambique, Africa

Weeks of very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding which displaced more than 100 000 people in African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and devastated their crops and infrastructure. The number of displaced is expected to increase as severe weather will continue

January 15, 2015

New round of severe weather to hit southern Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued new severe weather warnings for parts of southern Australia today, January 12, 2015. After a week of severe bushfires, South Australia has been hit particularly hard by heavy rain which started affecting the country on T

January 12, 2015

1.1 million affected by floods, landslides and high winds, Sri Lanka

An estimated 1.1 million people were affected by torrential rainfall, widespread floods, landslides, mudslides and high winds since December 19, 2014, the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka said today. Over 6 400 houses are reportedly fully destroyed and an estimat

January 05, 2015

Tropical Storm "Seniang" (Jangmi) leaves a trail of destruction, Philippines

​Tropical Storm "Jangmi", locally known as Seniang, made landfall near the town of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur province of northeastern Mindanao, Philippines early on December 29 (local time) and left a trail of destruction as it moved across the central pa

December 30, 2014

Heavy rain, severe flooding and landslides displace 800 000 in Sri Lanka

Severe weather that started a week ago in Sri Lanka has claimed lives of at least 21 people by Saturday, December 27, 2014 and displaced more than 800 000 people. Officials from the Disaster Management Center said flood has affected the nation's north central and ea

December 28, 2014

Heavy flooding across Malaysia and North Sumatra

Heavy rains that began on Thursday, December 18, 2014, triggered massive flooding across North Sumatra, Indonesia and north-eastern Malaysia.At least four people drowned in floods that have hit north-eastern Malaysia and more than 25 000 people have fled to evacuation c

December 20, 2014