Flooding chaos causes death & destruction in southern Germany (VIDEOS)

Flooding chaos causes death & destruction in southern Germany (VIDEO):

Violent weather killed three people in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, a spokesperson for the region’s interior ministry said.

The majority of destruction took place in the town of Schwabisch Gmund where a firefighter was killed as he attempted to rescue another person who also died in the floods.


Separately, a 60-year-old man drowned in a Weissbach underground car park after it filled with rainwater, according to Reuters.

77 flood warnings in place across northern England as heavy rain persists

A few days earlier:

Met Office warns of heavy rain, severe storm

UK weather: More storm chaos as 90mph winds and 2 inches of rain set to hit Britain tonight

The devastation from above: Aerial photographs show widespread flooding across Cumbria caused by Storm Desmond as residents tell of despair after £48million flood defences fail to do their job

Storm Desmond: Hundreds made homeless by record-breaking rainfall as 46 severe flood warnings put in place

Storms lash England and leave hundreds homeless


77 flood warnings in place across northern England as heavy rain persists:

Further deluges of rain lashed the north of England today as river levels remained high across several counties.

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning, and a spokesman said that although the forecaster was not expecting floods as severe as those seen last weekend it would not take “an awful lot of rain” for there to be a risk of rivers overflowing.

By 6pm there were 77 flood warnings in place across the region, although no severe flood warnings which are classed as a “danger to life”.

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Thousands are left without power after ferocious storms and flooding hit Pacific Northwest

Thousands are left without power after ferocious storms and flooding hit Pacific Northwest

Thousands are left without power after ferocious storms and flooding hit Pacific Northwest:

  • The record-breaking storms opened sinkholes in several major roads, caused rivers to spill over their banks and closed roads and schools for a third day in the worst-hit areas across the region
  • Outside Tacoma, Washington, emergency officials rescued several people who were swept into the swollen Puyallup River overnight on Wednesday from a bankside homeless encampment, police said
  • A 60-year-old Portland woman died when a tree fell on her house, according to the city’s fire department
  • Puget Sound Energy, a utility that serves Seattle, reported that 37,000 customers were without electricity on Wednesday morning
  • Storms have also left 26,000 customers without power in the Portland area, utility Portland General Electric said 

Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas brace for life-threatening flooding

Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas brace for life-threatening flooding:

4, 8, up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in one day, in some cases a matter of hours

Remnants of hurricane Patricia will dump between 4 to 8 inches of rain through portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, says Accuweather.com. “There is the potential for some communities to be hit with a foot or more of rain through Sunday night, especially in eastern Texas and far western Louisiana.”

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India: Flash Floods And Landslides Kill At Least 1,000 People As Thousands More Await Rescue

Soldiers tried to repair a footbridge over the Alaknanda River in mountainous Uttarakhand State during resue work on Saturday.

Flood Toll Reaches 1,000 in India as Thousands More Await Rescue (New York Times, June 22, 2013):

NEW DELHI — Flash floods and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past week, an official said Saturday, and with thousands missing or stranded the toll was expected to rise.The official, Vijay Bahuguna, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, confirmed the latest toll in a meeting with reporters. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told the Indian news media on Saturday that 40,000 people were still stranded, and he described the floods as a “national crisis.”

Most of the stranded were people on a pilgrimage known as Char Dham Yatra, which takes Hindus to four of the holiest shrines in Uttarakhand between May and November.

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Beijing’s Heaviest Rainfall In 60 Years Causes Chaos, Kills 10

Rainfall causing widespread chaos in the Chinese capital, stranding 80,000 people at the city’s main airport

Rescuers and residents stand next to a stranded car being pulled up from a flooded street under the Guangqumen overpass in Beijing. Photograph: Joe Chan/REUTERS

Beijing’s heaviest rainfall in 60 years kills 10 (Guardian/Reuters, July 22, 2012):

The heaviest rain storm in six decades to hit Beijing killed at least 10 people and caused widespread chaos, flooding streets and stranding 80,000 people at the city’s main airport, state media reported on Sunday.

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Japan Hit By Record Rains: 10 Killed, 20 Missing, 50,000 Evacuated (VIDEO)

Japan hit by record rains: 10 killed, 20 missing, 50,000 evacuated (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (RT, July 12, 2012):

Ten people died and at least 20 are missing after heavy rain hit southwestern Japan, particularly in the country’s southernmost main island of Kyushu, police and firefighters said.

Most of those killed in the disaster were elderly people who did not manage to leave their houses themselves.

“Unfortunately, we believe the numbers [of dead and missing] will rise as we get more and more information from the field,” a Kumamoto spokesman told AFP.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency said in Kumamoto and neighboring Oita prefectures saw “the heaviest rain that [the region] has ever experienced” as hourly rainfalls of 100 millimeters were recorded there.

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‘UNIMAGINABLE’ CHAOS: Worst Floods In Decades Hit Russia (Video)

YouTube Added: 07.07.2012 von RussiaToday


At least 80 people have been killed in severe flooding, after Russia’s southern Krasnodar region was swamped by torrential rain over the last 24 hours. Dozens have been injured and hundreds displaced, as the floods caused widespread structural damage across the popular resort area. RT’s Tom Barton reports.

Philippines: Tropical Storm Kills Hundreds – Entire Villages Swept To The Sea By Flash Floods – Death Toll Expected To Rise

Philippines storm victims look for missing relatives among houses swept away by rampaging flood waters in Cagayan de Oro, southern Mindanao. Photograph: Bobby Lagsa/EPA

Philippines tropical storm kills hundreds (Guardian, Dec. 17, 2011):

The death toll from the devastating flash floods that swept across the southern Philippines in the wake of a tropical storm has risen to more than 400.

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said 436 people are now confirmed dead based on a body count in funeral parlours.

The storm sent walls of water cascading through coastal cities in the country’s Mindanao group of islands, with 215 killed in Cagayan de Oro and 144 in nearby Iligan and the rest in other southern and central provinces, said the aid agency’s secretary general Gwen Pang.

She said the hardest-hit areas were in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, with many houses being swept into the sea. Most of the dead were swept away while they slept when floodwaters tore through their homes following 12 hours of torrential rain.

Earlier Colonel Leopoldo Galon, an army spokesman, said emergency workers had recovered 97 bodies, most of them children, in Cagayan de Oro.“I can’t explain how these things happened, entire villages were swept to the sea by flash floods,” Galon told Reuters. He said the death toll was expected to rise.

“I have not seen anything like this before. This could be worse than Ondoy,” he said, referring to a 2009 storm that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Manila.

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Brazil Floods: 1,000 Missing, 39 Dead, 100,000 Homeless

Floods after days of driving rain have killed at least 39 people in northeastern Brazil, and left 1,000 unaccounted for and another 100,000 people homeless.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called a crisis cabinet meeting and said the government would make federal funds available to help the homeless.

“Up until the early afternoon we had 26 confirmed dead in Alagoas and more than 1,000 people missing,” Teotonio Vilela Filho, the Alagoas Governor, said.

“We are praying for the missing to be found alive. But we are very worried because bodies are starting to turn up on beaches and on riverbanks,” Mr Vilela said.

Civil defence officials in devastated Alagoas state said the Mundau River burst its banks in the town of Uniao dos Palmares, leaving at least 500 people unaccounted for there.

“Pernambuco state’s rivers all run out through Alagoas. Swollen as they were they devastated cities,” Mr Vilela said. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead so far in Pernambuco, officials said.

The torrents swept away more than 40,000 houses, entire bridges and streets, as well as rail lines in 22 towns across Alagoas, Vilela said.

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More Rain Hits Southern France, Death Toll Rises To 22

Paris, France (CNN) — The death toll from flash flooding in southern France rose to 22 on Thursday as rain continued to inundate the region, authorities said.

Up to 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) of rain fell in some areas overnight, the Var prefecture said in a statement. Despite the additional rain, most of the flood waters have begun to recede and cleanup has begun.

Some 104,000 homes were without electricity across the region, and 20,000 homes were without phone connections, the prefecture said.

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Chicago seeks aid after worst rain in at least 137 years

Chicago received more than 6 inches of rain Saturday, breaking a 1987 record.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN)Chicago authorities asked Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to issue a disaster declaration after rainfall Saturday in the Windy City broke a single-day record that had stood for more than two decades.

The deluge flooded streets and stranded residents in their homes. Officials worked to rescue people Sunday as the city grappled with another day of drenching.

O’Hare International Airport recorded 6.64 inches of rain Saturday — breaking the all-time record of 6.49 inches set in 1987, according to the National Weather Service. Records have been kept since 1871.

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Hanna death toll rises to 500 as storm nears hurricane status

Tropical storm Hanna is closing in on North and South Carolina with receding flood waters in Haiti revealing the corpses of nearly 500 victims of the deadly weather system.

Hurricane Hanna as it nears the US coast Photo: AP

Hanna, the eighth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the US east coast on the verge of hurricane strength after leaving “catastrophic” conditions in Haiti, which it battered with strong winds and torrential rain for several days.

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China Orders Up to 1.3 Million to Evacuate on Quake Lake Danger

May 30 (Bloomberg) — China is ordering the evacuation of up to 1.3 million people as a lake formed after the country’s deadliest earthquake in 32 years threatens to burst its banks, flooding a nearby city, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Tangjiashan, the biggest of more than 30 lakes created after landslides caused by the May 12 quake blocked rivers, is in an “extremely dangerous” state, the Ministry of Water Resources said on its Web site today.

The evacuation order was given by Tan Li, the Communist Party Secretary of Mianyang city and the head of the city’s earthquake control and relief headquarters, Xinhua said. People living in the area have been ordered to move to higher ground earmarked by the local government, the report said.

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30,000 Scientists Rejecting Global Warming Hypothesis

Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM)

Who: Dr. Arthur Robinson of the OISM

What: release of names in OISM “Petition Project”

When: 10 AM, Monday May 19

Where: Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC

Why: The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM) will announce that more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition rejecting claims of human-caused global warming. The purpose of OISM’s Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climate damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

It is evident that 31,072 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,021 PhDs, are not “a few.” Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,072 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

CONTACT: Audrey Mullen, +1-703-548-1160, for the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine

/PRNewswire-USNewswire — May 15/

SOURCE Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine

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