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18 January 2020
Canada’s federal government will help Newfoundland on the Atlantic coast dig itself out in the wake of a massive winter blizzard that buried cars and left thousands without power.
The storm on Friday and Saturday dumped as much as 76.2cm (30 inches) of snow on St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, and packed wind gusts as high as 130km/h (81mph). The snowfall was an all-time record for the day for St John’s international airport.
St John’s mayor, Danny Breen, said that a state of emergency declared on Friday remained in effect. Businesses were closed, as was the international airport.
26 January 2020
The storms have caused floods and landslides in south-east Brazil that have killed 54 people and left 18 missing.
Scores dead as heavy rains bring landslides and evacuations in Brazil Storms have submerged entire neighborhoods and sent homes tumbling down hillsides, causing more than 30,000 people have been displaced by heavy rains in south-east Brazil that have killed 54 people and left 18 missing.
Damages after a landslide in Vila Bernadete, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, Brazil on 26 January 2010.
The storms have caused floods and landslides, submerging entire neighborhoods and sending homes tumbling down hillsides in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro.
Flooded roads created violent rapids, sweeping up victims, cars and other debris.
In Minas Gerais, 15,000 people were evacuated and in Espírito Santo nearly 10,000 more, according to local rescue efforts. In Rio, at least 6,000 were evacuated, according to local news media, citing figures from various municipalities.
Pakistan and Afghanistan
14 January 2020
More than 130 dead as avalanches and floods hit Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pakistani Kashmir hardest hit as winter storms sweep through region.
Locals remove debris from a house flattened by an avalanche in Kashmir’s Neelum Valley.
Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather have killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan and left others stranded by heavy snowfall.
At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan in recent days – with several still missing – while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, officials in both countries said on Tuesday. Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.
Pakistani Kashmir was the worst-hit area, with 62 people killed and 10 others missing, the state disaster management authority said in a statement.
In Kashmir’s picturesque but conflict-riven Neelum Valley, heavy snowfall triggered several avalanches, including one that hit a village and killed at least 19 people. “Ten people are still missing,” the disaster authority said.
Frequent avalanches and landslides occur in Kashmir during winter, often blocking roads and leaving communities isolated.
7 January 2020
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Puerto Rico, injuring eight people. Strong quakes followed by an aftershock measuring 6.0 created heavy damage in many areas.
After 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday and was followed three hours later by an aftershock measuring 6.0. They were the largest in a series of quakes that have struck the US territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas.
“The road is cracked in the middle and it lifted up.,” an official said.
He continue, "the church in the public plaza collapsed."
Another official stated, "there was widespread damage." “We expect that this will be the largest quake for now,” he said. “The aftershocks will continue for some time.”
A 5.8-magnitude quake that struck early on Monday collapsed five homes in the south-west coastal town of Guánica and heavily damaged dozens of others. It also caused small landslides and power outages. The quake was followed by a string of smaller temblors.
Residents in the south of the island have been terrified to go into their homes for fear that another quake will bring buildings down.
5 January 2020
Jakarta floods: recovery effort begins as city counts cost of worst deluge in a decade.
Indonesian soldiers spray disinfectant to battle disease as death toll passes 60, with thousands more living in emergency shelters.
Mudslides and power blackouts have hampered the search for people missing in massive floods in Indonesia’s capital, where more than 60 people have died and some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are living in damp, cramped emergency shelters.
More than 1,000 soldiers and health workers sprayed disinfectant in hard-hit areas on Sunday to fend off the spread of disease. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in the greater Jakarta area after extreme New Year’s Eve rains, causing landslides in hilly areas on the outskirts of the capital that buried scores of people.
It’s the worst flooding in the area since 2007, when 80 people were killed over 10 days. More rain is forecast, with the potential for more extreme rainfall in the next month.
Government data on Monday showed some 35,500 people were still unable to return home after houses were submerged in filthy waters up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) high.
Indonesia is hit by deadly floods each year, and this year’s have been particularly bad in Jakarta, with nearly 400,000 people seeking refuge in some 270 shelters across the greater metropolitan area as floodwaters reached up to 6 meters (19 feet) in some places.
11 January 2020
Severe storm sweeps south-east US, killing at least 11. Deaths find in Alabama, Lousiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa. Official states report widespread power outages.
Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the US and up into the midwest have been blamed for the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country.
Storm-related fatalities were reported in Texas, in Alabama from a deadly tornado, and in Louisiana, where winds were so strong that a trailer home was lifted off its foundation and carried several hundred feet.
A man drowned in Oklahoma and the storms even touched the midwest with at least one death on an icy highway in Iowa.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported three storm-related deaths in Alabama on Saturday, and officials in Texas said two first responders were killed at the scene of separate traffic accidents on icy roads. The NWS in Birmingham said the deaths in Alabama occurred in Pickens county, where an “embedded tornado within a long line of intense thunderstorms” hit.
In Lubbock, Texas, two firefighters and one police officer were hit by a vehicle, officials said.
The first responders were at the scene of two accidents on Interstate 27 about 8.30am when a vehicle traveling south crossed into the median and hit them. There had been snow in the Lubbock area as well as icy roads.
One person died when a car flipped into a creek in Dallas.
In Louisiana, the Bossier parish sheriff’s office said an elderly couple were found dead near their demolished trailer. The winds were so strong, the home had been moved 200ft from its foundations.
In Oil City, the Caddo parish coroner’s office said, Raymond Holden was in bed when a tree fell on his home, crushing him.
The NWS in Shreveport estimated that a tornado, with about around 135mph winds, touched down in Bossier parish.
Sheriff Julian Whittington said a truck driver and a Benton police officer had a close call after being shocked by a downed power line.
On Saturday morning Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were clear of the severe thunderstorms that had passed through the night before. Lightning from Friday’s storms was suspected of causing two house fires in the north Texas cities of Burleson and Mansfield. Officials said no one was injured.
Homes were damaged or destroyed in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Downed trees and power lines were widespread.
More than 85,000 people without power in Alabama, according to Alabama Power. According to PowerOutage.us, Mississippi had more than 61,0000 outages at midday on Saturday. About 35,000 were without power in Louisiana. Outages were reported from Texas to Michigan.
In Tennessee, Memphis Light, Gas and Water said about 23,000 customers were without power on Saturday morning. Damage was widespread throughout Shelby county, Tennessee’s most populous county that includes Memphis.
Entergy Arkansas reported nearly 42,000 outages on Saturday morning, mostly in the south-east of the state. Southwestern Electric Power reported nearly 5,000 customers in east Texas were without power.
The Oklahoma department of transportation reported that portions of several highways in the south-eastern part of the state were closed due to flooding. The Arkansas department of transportation reported that portions of several state highways, particularly in the south-east, were closed due to downed trees and power lines and to flooding.
On Alabama’s Gulf coast, the NWS warned of high winds and flooding and the potential for 10ft waves on beaches, where northern visitors escaping the cold are a common sight during the winter.
Parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were under flash flood warnings or watches on Saturday.
The threat of ice and snow in the Chicago area prompted the cancellation of about 1,000 flights on Saturday at the two main airports serving the Windy City. About 950 cancellations were reported at O’Hare International and more than 50 flights had been canceled at Midway International. Delays at O’Hare and Midway were averaging around 15 minutes, the department said.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory, flood watch and lakeshore flood warning for the Chicago metropolitan area for Saturday and a winter storm warning for adjacent areas of north-western Illinois.
22 December 2019
Towns and villages flooded after further rain. Meanwhile, homes and gardens were damaged when a tornado hit Surrey, earlier on Saturday.
Dozens of homes have been flooded and villages left under water after parts of England were again deluged by rain.
The Environment Agency has issued 79 flood warnings for the South, Midlands, East and Yorkshire, meaning immediate action is needed.
A mother and her three sons had to be saved after their car got stuck in flood water in Buckinghamshire.
And rivers including the Medway in Kent, Cuckmere in East Sussex and Loddon in Berkshire burst their banks.
The mother and her family were rescued in Edgcott, near Aylesbury, on Saturday night.
13 January 2020
Venice canals almost dry, two months after severe floods.
Low tides have left canals in Venice almost dry, just two months after severe flooding left much of the Italian city under water.
Boats have been seen almost beached as water levels dip drastically.
The canals look more like mud trenches and getting around has become a problem for many in the city.
In November, 2019, Venice experienced its highest water levels in more than 50 years in what some said was a direct result of climate change.
Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor.
More than two thirds of the city was underwater then, with the mayor estimating damage at over a billion euros ($1.1bn; £850m).
Landmarks like St. Mark's Square were flooded, while shops and businesses had to close.
The latest low tide - while exceptional - is not quite as unprecedented. The tides here mean water levels can vary by around half a metre, or sometimes even more.