Thursday, April 21, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Floods In Léogâne, Haiti Damage Hundreds Of Homes; 9 Killed In Floods In Luanda, Angola; And Tropical Cyclone Fantala Brings Heavy Rainfall And Flooding In Coastal Kenya With 5 Inches Of Rain In 4 Hours! [VIDEO]

Aftermath of flooding in Haiti. Twitter: Victor Banbile Jr

April 21, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Floods in Léogâne, Haiti damage hundreds of homes

Torrential rain affected the Ouest Department of Haiti, causing the Rouyonne River to overflow in the city of Léogâne on 13 April, 2016. Léogâne is a city of around 120,000 inhabitants, situated to the west of Port-au-Prince, and known to be the epicentre of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.
Flood in Léogâne

The heavy rain began to fall on 12 April, 2016, causing the overflow of the Rouyonne River in the morning of 13 April. The inundation affected several houses located on the riverbanks, causing damage to as many as 907 homes.

The violent and sudden flood caused significant losses in livestock and damage to plantations. According to local authorities, the silting of the river bed is thought to be one of the main cause of the flooding.

Several areas of Léogâne were affected, in particular Dampus, Kada, Pompée, Malbourg and Pont Vincent neighbourhoods.

According to local Civil Defence authorities, a bridge on the Rouyonne River needs urgent repair to avoid a possible collapse.

The Prime Minister, Enex Jean-Charles, expressed his government’s solidarity with the victims of the floods of Léogâne.

In a statement last week, he said that he had been informed of the flood situation in the affected areas and that the government has hastened to mobilize the relevant authorities to provide emergency and relief measures.

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Fuel Tanker Explosion

To cause further misery for communities in Léogâne, a fuel tanker was involved in a collision in the city and exploded into flames, setting more than 20 homes on fire, according to local media.

9 killed in floods in Luanda, Angola

At least 9 people have died in floods in the Municipality of Cacuaco, in the north of Luanda, Angola, according to news agency ANGOP.

Quoting information from Cacuaco’s fire service, ANGOP say that two victims died in the Pescadores neighbourhood, and the several others were swept away by water when in the Pedreira neighbourhood. A search for the bodies is being carried out by fire service teams.

Rain and floods also affected the areas of Ceramica, Mateba, Paraiso and Augusto Ngangula. Homes, and transport infrastructure have all suffered damage.

Around 70 mm of rain was recorded in Luanda between 16 and 19 April 2016.

Elsewhere in Angola, authorities in Bié Province in central Angola, say that during the first four months of 2016, as many as 6,235 people were displaced by floods and heavy rain. ANGOP say that the information was released earlier this week by a spokesman for civil protection and fire department.

Some homes have been completely destroyed and families left homeless. Schools, hospitals and religious buildings have also been damaged. At least 7 people have been killed and 7 injured, either as a result of flooding or lightning strikes.

Tropical Cyclone Fantala brings heavy rainfall and flooding in coastal Kenya; 5 inches of rain in 4 hours

Tropical cyclone Fantala, the strongest on record in the Indian ocean, triggered spiralling winds that caused an insurgence of moist air from the Indian ocean to the adjacent coastlines of Kenya and eastern Tanzania.

Prolonged heavy rainfall occurred as a result, lasting days from Wednesday, 13 April to 18 April 2016. This near week-long rainfall event saturated soil that had been dry since the start of the year. As a result, several areas of coastal Kenya have suffered severe flooding.

At least 131mm of rainfall was recorded in Kwale on Friday, 15 April in 4 hours. Several villages were cut off from the rest of the country due to flooding after the River Umba, which flows from Tanzania, burst its banks.

According to Kenya Red Cross Regional Manager of Kwale County, many families suffered in the floods which caused widespread damage to property. Kenya Red Cross say several houses have been completely destroyed. The worst affected villages include Kiwegu, Bondeni, Mwarongo, Yogon and Matoroni. Many people have been displaced by the floods, although the exact figure is as yet unknown.

Several farms have been reported as flooded, with crops suffering damage or completely destroyed. The Kenya Red Cross estimates that at least 25,000 acres of land have been flooded.

In Mombasa city, roads were rendered impassable after heavy rains, and operations of Mombasa Port have been disrupted, according to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

Warnings and Forecasts

Several weather forecast centres had predicted that the tropical cyclone Fantala would lead to intensified rainfall which would have devastating impacts.

Cumulative rainfall forecast for between 14 to 23 April 2016 . Image: ICPAC

A ten-day weather forecast by ICPAC showed a spiraling wind pattern at the Coast of Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia. These winds would lead to injection of most air to the land mass leading to heavy rainfall. The impact of this was likely to extend to Southern and Central Ethiopia. Presently, cyclone Fantala has receded farther from the coast and has led to occurrence of offshore winds that continue to deplete moisture from the coastal region and hence reduce the rainfall intensity.

Wind flow forecast for 14 to 23 April. Image: ICPAC

Should the cyclone’s trajectory change and it heads back to the coastline as had been forecast, its effects will soon be felt once more. The threat of further rainfall from cyclone Fantala comes just at a time when typical the seasonal rainfall for the coast is intensifies, leading to a number of floods that characterize coastal Kenya during March-April-May rainfall.

WATCH: 5 villages in Vanga marooned as heavy rain continues pounding the region.

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