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Floods kill 42 people in Tanzania, authorities say

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Floods from a heavy 30-minute storm in Tanzania killed at least 42 people in an area close to Lake …

  • Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'
    Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes. More »

  • Devastation and disease after deadly Malawi floods
    Devastation and disease after deadly Malawi floods Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Tens of thousands stranded after southern Africa country's record floods face rising risk of disease outbreak. More »

  • Israel denies causing Gaza floods by opening dams
    Israel denies causing Gaza floods by opening dams Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Palestinians have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rains flood Gaza More »

  • Blizzard, Snow And Flood Warnings For UK
    Blizzard, Snow And Flood Warnings For UK Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The UK is braced for blizzard conditions that could cause travel disruption until well into Tuesday. There will be no sign of spring in northern parts of the UK, where winds of up to 60mph and fresh accumulations of snow are predicted. Parts of Scotland can expect up to 20 centimetres (eight inches) of the white stuff. Sky News Weather Producer Rebecca Yussuf said: "There will be gusts of 50-60mph around the coasts and hills in the North and West. More »

  • Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 billion per year Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say. Southeast Asia is one of the regions hardest hit by the impacts of climate change, such as floods, typhoons, droughts and saltwater intrusion - when seawater flows up rivers, threatening agriculture and infrastructure. More »

  • Super Tide And Strong Winds Brew Up Flood Risk
    Super Tide And Strong Winds Brew Up Flood Risk Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    There are also dozens of lower-level amber flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible. "It's possible we could see some large waves and spray and urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water," said the EA's flood risk manager Jonathan Day. More »

  • Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones
    Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Jason Reed ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (Reuters) - Australia braced on Saturday for heavy rains and floods after weather authorities downgraded two cyclones that lashed its north and northeast, damaging homes and snapping power links, but there were no reports of casualties. Troops were on standby to help with clean-up efforts in the northeastern state of Queensland after heavy rains and winds in excess of 200 kph (125 mph) brought by Cyclone Marcia on Friday. "At this stage, everyone is breathing a deep sigh of relief that there has been no loss of life," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters in state capital Brisbane. The worst of the rain would pass by Sunday as the storm is moving quickly back out to sea, the weather bureau said. More »

  • Spring tides trigger floods warning
    Spring tides trigger floods warning Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Strong winds and high tides are set to bring large waves to parts of the country this weekend as coastal communities brace themselves for floods. More »

  • 7 dead, 4 missing in floods in central Argentina Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    CORDOBA, Argentina (AP) — Seven people are dead and four others are missing in central Argentina after heavy rain led to street floods that swept up several people, including a 5-year-old girl. More »

  • %xhl(US judge dismisses La. flood board's coastal damage suit against dozens … Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — US judge dismisses La. flood board's coastal damage suit against dozens of energy companies. More »

  • Flood-hit 'not getting aid cash'
    Flood-hit 'not getting aid cash' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A year on from David Cameron's promise to flood-hit families that "money is no object" to help them, only a small proportion have received Government cash, Labour has claimed. More »

  • Indonesia: 6,000 people evacuated from homes and businesses as floods inundate …
    Indonesia: 6,000 people evacuated from homes and businesses as floods inundate … Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Nearly 6,000 people were evacuated from parts of Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Tuesday (10 February) after floods caused by torrential rain inundated residential and business districts in the city, according to the country's national disaster mitigation agency. In a commercial area in northern Jakarta, one of the worst hit areas, malls and shops were closed while people were moved from their homes using rubber boats or horse-drawn carriages. Many parts of Indonesia are regularly inundated during the annual rainy season, bringing already strained transport systems to a halt, while Jakarta tends to experience annual flooding due to a poor underground sewage system and overflowing, clogged canals. The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) said it had set up at least 14 evacuation centres for victims of the floods. More »

  • Concern over flood defence funding
    Concern over flood defence funding Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    It will be "difficult" to raise hundreds of millions of pounds from private sources to help pay for flood defences over the next six years, MPs have warned. More »

  • More Floods Hitting Midwest States
    More Floods Hitting Midwest States Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Floods have become more frequent in the central United States over the past 50 years, a new study finds. However, even though the events are striking more often, floods aren't bigger in size, said study co-author Gabriele Villarini, a hydrologist at the University of Iowa. "It's not that the largest floods are getting larger, but that we are experiencing a larger frequency of flood events," Villarini told Live Science. The new research was sparked by a 2013 study by Villarini and his colleagues that discovered heavy rainfall days are becoming more frequent in the Midwest. More »

  • Memorial held for flood death boy
    Memorial held for flood death boy Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    A memorial service has been held in memory of a schoolboy who died during heavy flooding last year as his parents continue to campaign for answers surrounding his death. More »

  • Woman killed in Albanian floods as rain and snow batter Balkans Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Floods killed a woman in Albania on Friday and Macedonia sent more troops to a waterlogged central area after fresh rains, while snow closed roads and cut power in Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia. The 38-year-old mother of two was swept away when the Verdova River on Albania's eastern border with Macedonia brought down a wall near her house. A week of heavy rain has left land and hundreds of homes under water around the central Macedonian town of Bitola, most critically near the village of Novaci, where the swollen Crna Reka river is threatening to engulf houses. "The situation around Bitola is still unpredictable as the rains are not stopping," Macedonia's Center for Crisis Management said in a statement. More »

  • Floods uproot many in Albania; snow in  Croatia, Slovenia
    Floods uproot many in Albania; snow in Croatia, Slovenia Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Floods have forced hundreds of people from their homes in Albania and Macedonia, while heavy snow and strong winds caused traffic havoc Friday in Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia. More »

  • Thousands cut off from aid in disastrous Malawi floods
    Thousands cut off from aid in disastrous Malawi floods Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Aid organisations in Malawi struggle to locate communities stranded by 'worst flooding in living memory'. More »

  • UNICEF says 300,000 displaced by Malawi floods, double previous estimate Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 300,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Malawi, almost twice as many as previously estimated, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday. Floods triggered by weeks of heavy rains have affected more than 1 million people, killed 276 and injured more than 600, according to new figures released by the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) unit. "With these new numbers...we need to take stock of our response to ensure all children and families have access to emergency services and supplies," said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s country representative in Malawi. "We are carefully monitoring how displaced children are faring, as we know after one month in crowded camps, disease outbreaks and increased malnutrition can occur." UNICEF said its staff are on high alert for water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and malaria and said displacement camps are providing about 56,000 women and children with essential healthcare services. More »

  • Water recovery: One year on, Somerset flood victims have transformed their devastated …
    Water recovery: One year on, Somerset flood victims have transformed their devastated … Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    More than 600 homes and 17,000 acres of farmland were inundated with water this time last year More »

  • The Undateables had us all in floods of happy tears
    The Undateables had us all in floods of happy tears Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The TV show for all hopeless romantics wrapped up in a bang with two weddings and a baby. More »

  • Flash floods hit Greece and Albania
    Flash floods hit Greece and Albania Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Torrential rain and storm force winds have caused disruptions across the Balkans. More »

  • Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations
    Flash floods hit Greece, Albania, force evacuations Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods caused by heavy rains have hit northwestern Greece and southern Albania, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of villagers Sunday and destroying a famous 18th-century stone bridge. More »

  • Obama orders stricter flood standards for federal projects Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring federal projects to meet stricter standards for withstanding flooding that scientists say could worsen because of climate change. More »

  • Army Corps releases coastal flood risk management framework Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday issued a report saying that managing the flooding risk along the North Atlantic coast from events like Superstorm Sandy is something that has to be done collaboratively ... More »

  • EU antitrust regulators approves UK flood reinsurance scheme
    EU antitrust regulators approves UK flood reinsurance scheme Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The European Commission approved on Thursday a UK reinsurance scheme aimed at ensuring affordable insurance for flood-related damage, saying it was compatible with EU state aid rules. The scheme will set up a pool to provide reinsurance for the flood risk element for households deemed to be at high risk of flooding. "However, the Commission has concluded that the scheme is compatible with EU state aid rules, because such insurance cover might not otherwise be sufficiently available on the private market, and the scheme remedies the market failure without unduly distorting competition," the Commission said in a statement. More »

  • County block Hungary on Facebook after flood of posts Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    League One (third tier) team Notts County have blocked Hungary from their Facebook page after it was swamped by a flood of comments about new striker Balint Bajner. The club signed the 24-year-old Hungarian on Tuesday from second tier side Ipswich Town whose own page was inundated with "No Bajner, no party!" posts when he was dropped in August. County's page received more than 1,700 new likes in two days after the under-19 international joined the world's oldest professional football club on a free transfer. The Magpies said all the messages posted by Bajner's Hungarian fans were in good fun but the club had to take action to control them on behalf of other users of the page. More »

  • Dire needs of southern African flood survivors unmet two weeks on Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    By Liisa Tuhkanen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two weeks after floods first swept across southern Africa, tens of thousands of people urgently need clean water, food, shelter and medical care, aid agencies said on Friday, as more rain was forecast for worst-affected Malawi. Torrential rain triggered floods in early January, affecting some 900,000 people across Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe, with almost 250,000 people forced to leave their homes, the United Nations said this week. In Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries with a population of 16 million, 62 people have been confirmed dead and 153 registered as missing. In neighbouring Mozambique, 86 people had lost their lives, the United Nations reported on Friday. More »

  • Australia hit by fire and flood
    Australia hit by fire and flood Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Oz summer storms cause flood damage to infrastructure and produce. More »

  • Anger rife in flood-hit Malawi
    Anger rife in flood-hit Malawi Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    As one of the world's poorest nations tries to deal with floods, aid is slow to reach the people who need it. More »

  • Flood defences 'need £1bn a year'
    Flood defences 'need £1bn a year' Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Flood defence spending must rise to £1 billion a year over the next decade to cope with the rising threat of flooding, insurers and campaigners have urged. More »

  • Waterborne diseases a priority in flood-stricken Malawi
    Waterborne diseases a priority in flood-stricken Malawi Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Prevention of waterborne diseases is a priority in Malawi where floods have killed at least 176 people, an aid official said Sunday. More »

  • Volunteers join grim search for Malawi flood victims
    Volunteers join grim search for Malawi flood victims Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    While helicopters and boats fan out across Malawi's devastated floodlands to search for the living, families and friends of the missing have begun the grim task of digging for the dead. More »

  • Malawi faces 'unprecedented' flood disaster
    Malawi faces 'unprecedented' flood disaster Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Southern African nation struggles to cope with devastating floods that killed 176 people and displaced 200,000 others. More »

  • Floods kill at least 176, displace 200,000 in Malawi Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Flooding in Malawi has killed more than 176 people, displaced at least 200,000 others, left homes and schools submerged in water and roads washed away by the deluge in the southern African country, the vice president said Friday. More »