Monday, April 11, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - One Dead After Floods In Saudi Arabia, Qatar Sees 1 Year Of Rain ONE DAY; Floods In Malawi Leave At Least 12 DEAD And Force Thousands To Evacuate; Four Rescued From Floods After RECORD RAINFALL In Las Vegas; High Tides And Huge Waves Bring Flooding To Southwest UK! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Saudi Arabia Civil Defence teams carrying out flood rescues in Buraidah, Al-Qassim Region. Photo: Saudi Arabia Civil Defence

April 11, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

1 dead after floods in Saudi Arabia, Qatar sees 1 year of rain in 1 day

Seasonal storms brought heavy rain to Qatar and central and eastern parts of Saudi Arabia on 25 November 2015.

Doha, Qatar, recorded more than a year’s worth of rain in one day. One person has been reported as killed in the floods in Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia in what is the third deadly flood event to hit the country in the last 4 weeks.

Saudi Arabia

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported earlier today that seasonal storms brought heavy rainfall in central and eastern areas of the country, causing severe flooding in Riyadh and Al-Qassim Regions.
Saudi Arabia civil defence report that 1 person has died in the floods in the province of Rimah, Riyadh Region, which is located about 120 kilometres north-east of the capital Riyadh.

Schools have been closed, roads blocked and in some cases flooding has forced drivers to abandon their vehicles. Saudi Arabia civil defence say they have responded to dozens of emergency calls. The city of Buraidah, Al-Qassim Region, is reported as one of the worst hit.

Rainfall totals for Qatar between 24 and 25 November 2015. Image: Qatar Meteorology Department

This is the third deadly flood to strike in Saudi Arabia in the last few weeks. Floods struck in Jeddah, Makkah and other western parts of the country on 17 November 2015, leaving as many as 12 dead. Six people died in floods that struck in late October.


Parts of Qatar, including Doha, also saw heavy rainfall and floods. Qatar Meteorology Department say at least 80.8 mm of rain fell at Hamad International Airport in Doha, the highest ever recorded at that location and more than Doha would typically see in a whole year.

According to WMO figures, 3.3 mm is the typical monthly average for November and the total yearly average is around 75 mm.

Rainclouds over Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Image: Qatar Meteorology Department

The floods caused major problems for drivers. Qatar’s Interior Ministry warned drivers of the dangers of driving in floods and severe weather. No deaths or injuries have been reported in Qatar.

Some flooding was reported at Doha’s new $17 billion Hamad international airport. Social media photos and videos showed water pouring in from a leaking roof. However, flights were operating normally despite the weather conditions.

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Floods in Malawi leave at least 12 dead and force thousands to evacuate

© Malawi 24

Heavy rains which have persisted in the Northern and Central regions of Malawi for several days have led to fatal floods in some low-lying areas.

At least ten people are feared dead and hundreds of families displaced. A number of buildings and homes were also reported to have collapsed due to the floods. Many road networks were flooded and rendered impassable.


According to Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), two people suffered serious injuries when a wall of their house collapsed after heavy rain. Both victims were taken to Mzuzu Central Hospital but both later died. Hospital administrator confirmed the deaths of a ten year old and an eleven month old child.

There are also unconfirmed reports that as many as 10 people have died as a result of floods in districts of Mzuzu.


Local radio station, Capital FM Malawi reported earlier today that "over 958 households in Karonga have been relocated to safer areas following continued heavy rains and flooding in the district".

Local media have reported more than seventy families have been left homeless after floods in Karonga.

© Malawi 24

Relief Efforts

Relief efforts and help for flood victims appear to have been limited so far. Talking to Malawi 24, District Commissioner for Karonga Rosemary Moyo has expressed worry over the lack of interest from organisations to help the displaced people.

"We are worried that no organisation has come in to assist us as people who have been affected lack a lot of things," said Moyo.

143 mm of rain in 24 hours - more rain forecast for Lakeshore and Northern Areas

According to Malawi Meteorological Services, heavy rain was reported in several areas of Karonga district, Northern Region, on 06 April. Ngosi reported 143mm of rainfall in 24 hours. Mwenilondo recorded 125mm, Mwenetete 120.5mm, Mwaulambo 103.6mm, Chinsewe 85mm, Baka 80.5mm, Karonga Airport 76mm, Lupembe 51mm and Nyungwi 44.5mm during the same period.

On the same day Mzuzu reported 25.9mm, Chitipa 25.6mm, Chintheche 19.9mm and Nkhotakota 14.1mm.

On the 07 April, 2016, reports of heavy rainfall were as follows: Kabale Lyamayolo 86.5mm, Mwenilondo 61mm, Chisewe 42mm, Nkhatabay 40mm, Meru 38mm and Njalayankhunda 31mm.

According to the 5-day weather forecast by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, heavy rains are forecast to continue in the northern areas and areas around Lake Malawi.

Malawi suffered some of the worst floods in its history during January 2015. At the peak of the 2015 floods 245 square miles of the country was under water and 120,000 households displaced.

Four rescued from floods after record rainfall in Las Vegas

Record rain caused flash floods in the Las Vegas Valley area on Saturday, 09 April. Local fire fighters were called out to rescue at least 4 people who were trapped in the flood waters.

At around 13:00 local time, National Weather Service (NWS) Las Vegas issued a flash flood warning for much of the Vegas valley until later that day. NWS said:
“Wait floods out; avoid flooded roadways!”
The recent heavy rainfall has already made April 2016 the third wettest April on record in Las Vegas.

Flood Rescues

Clark County Fire Department officials said they responded to several people trapped by storm waters. In a statement, they said that a man became trapped in the flood control channel under the Dean Martin overpass by raising water from a heavy rain. Personnel from Engine 11 lowered ladders to the victim and rigged safety lines downstream as a safety precaution in case the victim was swept away. The victim was rescued uninjured.
Rescue team later found 3 other victims who were trapped in the same flood control channel. Emergency teams were able to safely rescue all three adults, although one sustained a minor leg injury and was was transported to Spring Valley Hospital.

Clark County Fire Department said:
“At this time of year it is important to remind everyone to remain clear of flood control channels and flooded roads. Remember as little 12 inches of moving water can float a vehicle”.

Record Rainfall

NWS Las Vegas said that 0.81 inches of rain fell on 09 April, beating the previous record for that day of 0.17” of 1947.
NWS Vegas also said that as much as 1.03” of rain has fallen so far this April, making it the third wettest April on record so far, behind 1965 (2.44”) and 1941 (1.68”).

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High tides and huge waves bring flooding to southwest UK

A combination of high spring tides and winds of 65 mph (120 km/h) caused coastal flooding in parts of Cornwall and Devon in south west England yesterday, Sunday 10 April, 2016. Also over the weekend, high tides and heavy rain conspired to flood wide areas of Cork, Ireland.

Southwest England

Huge waves crashed into towns and villages along the coast. The UK’s Met Office issued a warning about the significant impacts from coastal flooding along the south Cornwall coast and on the Isles of Scilly on Sunday morning. At one point on Sunday, 29 flood warnings – the second highest category – and 37 flood alerts had been issued by the Environment Agency, mostly for parts of Cornwall and Devon.The Environment Agency closely monitored the situation and had teams out checking and operating coastal flood defences. Timely warnings and preventative action meant that damage was kept to a minimum and no fatalities or injuries have been reported.

Some flooding was reported in the Cornish towns of Penzance, Kingsand, St Mawes, Porthleven and Mousehole. High waves overtopped sea defences in Exmouth, Devon. Flooding was also reported in Dawlish, Devon, after waves topped sea defences. Parts of the sea wall and railway lines in Dawlish were destroyed by waves and coastal flooding during a storm in February 2014.


Cork Ireland

The severe weather also brought some flooding to parts of Ireland on Sunday, 10 April, 2016, in particular Cork, where the combination of winds, rain and high tide left several streets under water.


- Floodlist.

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