Friday, April 22, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Over 10,000 Remain Displaced By Floods As Further Heavy Rainfall Hits Uruguay; And Further Floods Affect Luanda, Angola Leaving 19 People Dead, 800 Families Homeless! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Floodwater in Rocha, Uruguay. Melissa

April 22, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Over 10,000 remain displaced by floods as further heavy rainfall hits Uruguay

Over 10,000 people remain displaced by flooding currently affecting all 19 departments of Uruguay.

At least 10 people have died as a result of severe weather in the country in the last 10 days. Five people died after a tornado hit the town of Dolores. A further five victims have drowned in floods.

Yet more heavy rainfall over the last 2 days is likely to prevent people from returning to their homes for the next few days.

However, emergency authorities in Uruguay say the situation is under control and victims are being provided with food and health care.

According to the latest reports from Uruguay emergency authorities ( Sistema Nacional de Emergencias - SINAE), 10,097 people remain displaced by the flooding that has affected the country since 15 April 2016.

SINAE say that roads and highways have been blocked in over 30 locations.The departments with the highest numbers of displaced are Artigas (639), Colonia (1,650), Durazno (2,179), Paysandú (1,411), San José (1,250) and Treinta y Tres (1,695). Although areas around Montevideo have been affected, SINAE say that no evacuations have taken place in the capital.

Montevideo Portal

Floodwater in Rocha, Uruguay. Melissa

The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (Institudo Uruguayo de Meteorología, INUMET) issued further orange level (level 3 of 4) rainfall warnings on 20 April. During the following 24 hours, at least 10 locations reported over 80 mm of rain. After a short respite, further heavy rain is expected from Saturday 23 April.

Despite the further heavy rainfall, SINAE say that the situation is under control in all affected areas. Relevant government departments and agencies are working together to ensure the health and safety of those displaced, and to provide technical support and food items. Rainfall figures

Figures for 24 hours between 20 and 21 April, according to INUMET


Baltasar Brum - 100.0 mm

Cerro Largo

Laguna Merín - 95.0 mm


Belén - 115.0 mm

Termas de Arapey - 103.0 mm
San Antonio_Sl - 95.0 mm
P. de Valentín (Rincón) - 90.0 mm
Quintana - 82.0 mm
Palomas - 81.0 mm


Valle Edén - 87.0 mm
San Gregorio - 98.0 mm

When the severe weather first struck, as much as 180 mm in 24 hours was observed in Rocha, in the east of Uruguay, on the 16 April 2016. The same day 150 mm of rain in 24 hours was recorded at the San José station and 140 mm in Florida, both of them in the south of the country.

Rain forecast for Uruguay 23 to 24 April 2016. INUMET

Significant rain was also observed on Sunday 17 April 2016, with 121.5 mm in 24 hours recorded at Pasos de los Toros station in Tacuarembó Department, in central Uruguay.

Further floods affect Luanda, Angola leaving 19 people dead, 800 families homeless

The recent flood situation in Luanda, Angola, appears to have worsened and the latest report from the National Service for Civil Protection and Fire (SNPCB) says that at least 19 people have died, 50 injured and four are reported as missing. Figures are from preliminary damage assessments and authorities warned that these numbers could increase.

The floods come just a the World Health Organisation has confirmed that Angola is currently experiencing a major outbreak of yellow fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes. Over 230 people have died since December 2015 in Angola, with 165 of the deaths in Luanda alone.

Luanda Floods

Initial reports said that flooding had affected Cacuaco, in the north of Luanda, hwere 9 deaths were reported on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

Since then ANGOP, the Angola news agency, quoting SNPCB officials, say that a further people have died, more than 800 families are homeless and 20 homes have collapsed.

The worst affected municipalities are Viana, Cacuaco, Belas, Cazenga and urban districts of Ingombota, Kilamba Kiaxi, Rangel and Maianga.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak Causes 238 Deaths

The World Health Organisation reports that Angola is currently suffering from one of the worst outbreaks of yellow fever in decades. The recent flooding may well create further breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread the disease.

WHO say:
“As of 7 April 2016, a total of 1,708 suspected cases, including 238 deaths (CFR: 13.9%), had been reported from 16 of the country’s 18 provinces. Luanda remains the most affected province with 1,135 cases (405 confirmed), including 165 deaths (CFR: 14. 5%). The other most affected provinces are Huambo (266 suspected cases, 37 deaths), Huila (95 suspected cases, 16 deaths) and Benguela (51 suspected cases, 0 deaths). Between 6 and 7 April, 30 new suspected cases, including 4 deaths, were reported across the country – 19 of these suspected cases and 2 of the reported deaths came from Luanda.”

About Yellow Fever
Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected aedes and haemogogus mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Up to 50% of severely affected persons without treatment will die from yellow fever.

According to WHO, yellow fever can be prevented through vaccination and mosquito control. The yellow fever vaccine is safe and affordable, and a single dose provides life-long immunity against the disease.

Mosquito control can also help to prevent yellow fever, and is vital in situations where vaccination coverage is low or the vaccine is not immediately available. Mosquito control includes eliminating sites where mosquitoes can breed, and killing adult mosquitoes and larvae by using insecticides in areas with high mosquito density. Community involvement through activities such as cleaning household drains and covering water containers where mosquitoes can breed is a very important and effective way to control mosquitoes.

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