Latest Floods News

  • Channel 5's Robin Williams documentary had us all in floods of tears
    Channel 5's Robin Williams documentary had us all in floods of tears Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Autopsy: The Last Hours of Robin Williams aired this evening exploring the very last hours leading up to the actor’s tragic death. More »

  • Flash floods leave 200,000 Australians without power
    Flash floods leave 200,000 Australians without power Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Authorities warn the worst of the storm might not be over, with more flooding expected. More »

  • Many still displaced months after Malaysia floods
    Many still displaced months after Malaysia floods Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Residents of Kelantan without a home, nearly four months after northeastern province's worst deluge in decades. More »

  • Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives
    Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid, Dutch researchers said. When a crisis strikes, people increasingly find out about it from social media, as individuals and groups take to the internet to spread the word. After the Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by floods this February, related tweets peaked at almost 900 a minute, with a significant number including information about location and water depth, according to a joint study by two Dutch organisations, Deltares and Floodtags. The team then analysed the thousands of tweets - and others from similar flooding a year earlier - to derive a method for creating real-time flood maps based on Twitter messages, statistics and data on land elevation and water motion. More »

  • Flash floods hit the US Gulf coast
    Flash floods hit the US Gulf coast Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Deep water in the deep south as torrential rain causes flooding across southern parts of the US. More »

  • Floods return to the Levant region
    Floods return to the Levant region Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Torrential downpours along the Levant lead to flooding across parts of the eastern Mediterranean. More »

  • Millions facing higher premium rates for flood insurance
    Millions facing higher premium rates for flood insurance Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including homeowners still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, facing steep increases in flood insurance premiums. ... More »

  • Chile: Miner who survived 69 days underground in 2010 loses home in floods
    Chile: Miner who survived 69 days underground in 2010 loses home in floods Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Tragedy has struck again for Victor Zamora, one of the 33 miners who in 2010 was rescued after spending a record 69 days in the humid bowels of a collapsed mine, who lost his home in floods in northern Chile. Despite living through a dramatic story of survival, Zamora has never found a permanent job and lives only on a small government pension. Zamora was trapped with another 32 other miners on 5 August 2010, when a landslide covered access to the San Jose gold and copper mine in Chile's northern Atacama desert. More »

  • Chile pulls out of 2016 Dakar due to flash-flood damage Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile is pulling out of the 2016 Dakar Rally, citing flash floods that have hit the northern, desert region of the South American country. More »

  • Tributes flood in as ‘baron of botox’ dies by suicide
    Tributes flood in as ‘baron of botox’ dies by suicide Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    He had several famous clients, including Madonna. More »

  • Afghan official: Floods in north kill 5, damage 400 houses Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least five people have died in heavy flooding in the northern province of Baghlan. More »

  • Huge Colorado Floods Helped Sculpt Mountains
    Huge Colorado Floods Helped Sculpt Mountains Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    In 2013, heavy rains unleashed devastating slurries of rock, soil and water on cities and towns along the Colorado Rockies. "While it strikes us as very random, our research suggests this is one of the formative processes in this landscape," said lead study author Scott Anderson, a geomorphologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, Washington. The 2013 Colorado floods triggered more than 1,100 landslides and debris flows in the Front Range after several days of unusually heavy rain in September. The resulting debris flows carried huge volumes of rock and sediment down mountain valleys, scouring out river channels like sandpaper. More »

  • Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed
    Chile's Bachelet visits flood-hit north after 25 killed Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Chile's President Michelle Bachelet visited the flood-hit north of the country where at least 25 people died and 125 others are still missing, vowing to "rebuild" the stricken region. More »

  • Rains hit South, Midwest; woman killed in flood
    Rains hit South, Midwest; woman killed in flood Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky was swamped by wave after wave of heavy rain, unleashing flash flooding that killed a woman, stranded a school bus and forced more than 160 rescues in Louisville. More »

  • Mother, child missing in flood as storms hit South, Midwest
    Mother, child missing in flood as storms hit South, Midwest Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mother and child remained missing Friday, hours after they were swept into a flooded creek in eastern Kentucky, as torrential rains swamped portions of the state and forced emergency crews to make more than 160 rescues farther west in Louisville. More »

  • Mother and child swept away in Kentucky flood, still missing Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mother and child remain missing hours after their car was swept into a flooded creek in eastern Kentucky. More »

  • Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing
    Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The death toll from floods devastating northern Chile has risen by one to at least 24, officials said Wednesday, as President Michelle Bachelet cancelled a trip to a regional summit to cope with the crisis. More »

  • Death toll in Chile floods still likely to rise: official
    Death toll in Chile floods still likely to rise: official Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The death toll from floods that devastated northern Chile will likely continue to rise, an official said Wednesday, as President Michelle Bachelet cancelled her trip to the Summit of the Americas to deal with the crisis. More »

  • Floods death toll rises in Chile, president cancels trips
    Floods death toll rises in Chile, president cancels trips Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The death toll from heavy rains and flooding that battered Chile last week has risen to 23, with another 57 still missing, and President Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday she would cancel upcoming trips to lead ongoing reconstruction efforts. The freak torrential downpours in the Atacama desert, normally the driest in the world, destroyed homes and bridges, cut off roads, and left thousands stranded as rivers broke their banks and flash floods dramatically filled dry valleys. Rescuers say it is highly probable that the death toll will rise as more victims are found buried under tons of mud and rubble strewn over the worst-hit areas in northern Chile. Mines in Chile, the world's top copper exporter, have not reported any serious damage, although blocked roads forced operations to halt at some projects. More »

  • 16 dead in Kashmir floods; storm kills 20 in eastern India
    16 dead in Kashmir floods; storm kills 20 in eastern India Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others. More »

  • Torrential rains bring floods back into northern India
    Torrential rains bring floods back into northern India Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Days of heavy rain leave parts of northern India underwater, and further flooding is likely. More »

  • Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; 17 dead
    Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; 17 dead Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Heavy rains and a landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed 17 people, police said on Tuesday, as Indian authorities continued working to rescue stranded villagers, with unseasonal rains raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north. Army and police used shovels and diggers to search for those missing."We are still searching for one more person who is still buried," said Fayaz Ahmad Lone, a local police superintendent. Police said two other people died in flash floods in another part of the state.Hundreds of people fled their homes as Kashmir's main rivers began to swell and weather forecasters predicted further downpours in the region that was struck by devastating floods seven months ago. India is experiencing more extreme rainfall events as the global climate warms, according to a study of 50 years of data by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. More »

  • Chile: 17 killed, 20 missing after floods in desert region
    Chile: 17 killed, 20 missing after floods in desert region Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government said on Monday that 17 people have been killed and 20 are still missing after torrential rains caused flooding in a northern desert region. More »

  • Death toll in Chile floods rises to 17
    Death toll in Chile floods rises to 17 Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    At least 17 people were killed in flash floods that hit a normally arid region of northern Chile last week, and about the same number remain missing, authorities said Monday. More »

  • Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; six dead
    Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; six dead Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six people and left 10 missing, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north. Hundreds of people fled their homes as Kashmir's main rivers began to swell and weather forecasters predicted further downpours in the region that was struck by devastating floods seven months ago. A hillside collapsed onto a house in Ledhan village, about 40 km (25 miles) from the capital Srinagar, where three families were sleeping on Monday morning, according to Mushtaq Ahmad, a neighbour. Army and police used shovels and diggers to locate any survivors.Local police superintendent Fayaz Ahmad Lone said six bodies had been recovered from the home in the village and the death toll was likely to rise further. More »

  • Six bodies pulled from landslides in flood-hit Indian Kashmir
    Six bodies pulled from landslides in flood-hit Indian Kashmir Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Rescuers recovered six bodies late Monday from landslides in Indian Kashmir and were searching for those still buried as hundreds fled their homes after flooding triggered by heavy rain. More »

  • Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark
    Flood alerts issued in Kashmir as rivers cross danger mark Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistan moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles. More »

  • Flood in shale mine in central China leaves 6 dead Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — A flood in a shale mine in central China has left six miners dead, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported. More »

  • Chilean president describes 'bleak' scene in flood-hit north
    Chilean president describes 'bleak' scene in flood-hit north Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet pointed to a "bleak" situation in the country's flood-hit north Saturday, after deadly rains swept through the normally arid area last week. More »

  • 'Another tragedy': Rescued Chile miner loses home in floods
    'Another tragedy': Rescued Chile miner loses home in floods Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    One of the Chilean miners who captured worldwide attention in 2010 after spending more than two months in a collapsed mine has lost everything after torrential rains struck northern Chile. More »

  • Boston area expects a flood of claims after record winter
    Boston area expects a flood of claims after record winter Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — After the Big Dig-out, it's time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? More »

  • Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9
    Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Communities in Chile's northern desert region dug houses and cars out of the mud and worked to reopen roads Friday after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead. More »

  • Floods in Chile and landslides in Peru after heaviest rain in 80 years
    Floods in Chile and landslides in Peru after heaviest rain in 80 years Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The heaviest rainfall in 80 years has caused massive flooding in the Atacama region of northern Chile and devastating landslides in Peru. The death toll in Chile currently stands at seven, with 19 others unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world's top copper exporter, to suspend operations. More »

  • Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents
    Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 19 others were unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world's top copper exporter, to suspend operations. Chile, a sliver of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains in one of the world's most seismic zones, is used to dealing with natural disasters. Military helicopters flew in supplies and evacuated residents from three villages in the Atacama region that were entirely cut off and only reachable by air, Mahmud Aleuy, the deputy interior minister, said on Thursday. More »

  • Miners suspend operations in Chile as heavy rains flood roads
    Miners suspend operations in Chile as heavy rains flood roads Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Fabian Cambero SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Torrential downpours in the north of Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, have forced companies to suspend operations at several of the area's major mines, putting an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of capacity of the red metal on hold. The country, which produces a third of the world's copper, is likely experiencing the largest impact on output since an April 2014 earthquake. World No. 1 copper miner Codelco suspended mining operations at its Chuquicamata, Ministro Hales, Radomiro Tomic, Gabriela Mistral, and Salvador deposits due to the state of roads and mine access following the rains, the state-run firm said on Wednesday. The plants at Gabriela Mistral, Radomiro Tomic and Salvador were operating with mineral stocks, Codelco said, but was not able to say if the same applied to the other two mines. More »