Tue

28

Sep

2010

Mudslide in Mexico Buries Homes

Max Nunez/EFE/Quadratín, via European Pressphoto
Residents of Macuilxochitl Tlacolula de Matamoros looked at the flooded river that blocks the pass to locality of Tlahuitoltepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, on Tuesday. Max Nunez/EFE/Quadratín, via European Pressphoto
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Mon

13

Sep

2010

Six weeks on, south Pakistan faces new flood threat

A flood victim wades through floodwaters while he leaves his village of Bello Patan for higher ground in Dadu, some 320 kilometres (198 miles) north of Karachi, September 13, 2010. – Reuters
A flood victim wades through floodwaters while he leaves his village of Bello Patan for higher ground in Dadu, some 320 kilometres (198 miles) north of Karachi, September 13, 2010. – Reuters

DADU: Six weeks after the start of Pakistan's devastating floods, waters pouring into a lake in southern Pakistan are threatening several towns and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, officials said on Monday.

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Tue

24

Aug

2010

As Floodwaters Recede, Anger Grows in Northwest Pakistan

A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
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Sun

22

Aug

2010

Severe Flooding Hits China and North Korea

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/35925/severe-flooding-hits-china-and.asp Aug 22, 2010; 11:40 AM ET

Heavy rain from Friday night through Sunday along the border of North Korea has caused major flooding in the Chinese port city of Dandong, causing more than 90,000 people to be evacuated.
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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Pakistan's Flood Pictures

Thanks to Frontier we have many wonderful shots of the floods in Pakistan showing the misery and desparation of the people there.

Thank you Frontier.

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Sat

14

Aug

2010

Pakistan: Floods Worst in Memory. August 13,2010

Floods in Pakistan – the worst in living memory – continue to decimate the countryside. Sadly, more rains this weekend threaten to make things worse.

14 million people – more than those impacted by the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake combined – face immediate risks from water-borne disease and dehydration. News reports say that up to one-fifth of the entire country is under water.

As flood waters head south, a trail of livestock corpses remain in their wake. 288,000 homes and 700 schools have already been destroyed. The Pakistan government warned more floods will come as monsoon rains show no signs of letting up.

The scale of this disaster is unprecedented in terms of people affected and the long term implications on people's livelihoods, not to mention potential rise in conflict and threat to the stability of the whole country. This situation has the making of a protracted disaster where natural catastrophe and conflict intersect.

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Fri

13

Aug

2010

China Floods August 2010

 

 

washingtonpost.com



24 more die in China's flood-hit northwest

By DAVID WIVELL
The Associated Press
Friday, August 13, 2010; 8:05 AM

 

ZHOUQU, China -- New landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in China's remote northwest as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible Friday in a region where more than 1,100 people have died.

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Wed

11

Aug

2010

SOMETHING IN COMMON? Floods in Pakistan and Heat in Russia

FROM:    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/

Dated: August 10, 2010, 5:29 pm  

Scientists See Links From Asian Floods to Russian Heat

ANDREW C. REVKIN  

 

Pakistan flooding  

James Hill for The New York Times Russian fires: The Ministry of Emergency Situations says the 10,000 firefighters it has deployed are overwhelmed.

Two climatologists, Peter Stott at the British Met Office and Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, have separately described atmospheric dynamics that appear to link the extreme rains and flooding in Asia with Russia’s unrelenting, extraordinary heat and resulting conflagrations.

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Mon

09

Aug

2010

Landslides in China

 

August 8, 2010

Landslides Kill 127 in China

By MICHAEL WINES
 

BEIJING — A landslide buried and flooded hundreds of homes over the weekend in a remote mountainous region of Gansu Province. Officials said Sunday evening that 127 bodies had been recovered and that nearly 2,000 people were missing.

 

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Fri

06

Aug

2010

Floods in Pakistan

Twelve million are affected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces, while a further two million are affected in Sindh.

In Indian-administered Kashmir, at least 113 people died in mudslides.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a charity connected to a group with alleged al-Qaeda links has been providing flood relief.

 

“This will be the biggest disaster in the history of Pakistan”  (General Nadeem Ahmed National Disaster Management Authority) 

 

Gen Nadeem Ahmed, of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said 12 million people had been affected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces, where 650,000 houses were destroyed.

 

The cost of rebuilding roads there was put at some 5bn Pakistani rupees ($59m, £38m), while the bill for fixing damage to power infrastructure and dams would come to another 2.5bn rupees.

 

"In my opinion, when assessments are complete, this will be the biggest disaster in the history of Pakistan," the general said in Islamabad.

Anger is growing at the absence of President Asif Ali Zardari, who left the country to visit Britain for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

 

With flood victims bitterly accusing the authorities of failing to come to their aid, the disaster has piled yet more pressure on an administration struggling to contain Taliban violence and an economic crisis.

 

Flooding has submerged whole villages in the past week, killing at least 1,600 people, according to the UN.

 

And the worst floods to hit the region in 80 years could get worse, as it is only midway through monsoon season.

According to the federal flood commission, 1.4m acres (557,000 hectares) of crop land has been flooded across the country and more than 10,000 cows have perished.

 

'Flood peaks'

Along a 1,200km (750-mile) stretch of the River Indus in Sindh province, the government has evacuated one million people and is evacuating another half a million, provincial minister for irrigation Jam Saifullah Dharejo told the BBC.

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Thu

05

Aug

2010

Floods: Follow-up Questions.

I suppose this is the type of question that has been asked about many subjects.  As the media begins to be more actively carrying news from every corner of the world, we are more and more aware of floods.  But several questions come to mind in connection with floods, and I thought I would ask them here to see what people here think.

 

1. Many countries have built dams, and done other things which influence the natural flow of water.  Have we altered the course of nature's water flow so significantly that we have increased both the occurrence of flooding and the severity of it?

 

2. Has mankind built too close to and too extensively on the shores of  rivers without proper safeguards, so flooding is inevitably more severe?

 

3. Much has been reported about global warming.  Does global warming cause more extensive flooding?

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Mon

02

Aug

2010

China Floods

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