Friday, April 29, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Flash Floods In Nairobi, Kenya After 3-Hour Storm; Deadly Floods Hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti Leaving 4,000 Homes Damaged; 4 Dead, 4 Missing After Rivers Overflow In Alluriquín, Santo Domingo, Ecuador; And President Obama Declares Major Disaster Following Houston Floods! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Damage from floods in Nairobi, Kenya. Twitter: Oscar Alochi

April 29, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

Flash Floods in Nairobi, Kenya After 3-Hour Storm

Residents of Nairobi, Kenya, were caught up in flash floods late on 28 April, 2016 after a storm brought heavy rainfall that lasted for nearly 3 hours.

It is not yet established how much damage has been caused, although images from social media showed flood water up to 1 metre deep in some streets, uprooted trees and damage to buildings and vehicles. The flooding also caused massive traffic jams on Nairobi’s already busy roads.

Twitter: Oscar Alochi

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Many locals were blaming the Governor of Nairobi City County, Dr. Evans Kidero for not maintaining the city’s drainage system. Other pointed out that the flooding has been worsened by drainage channels blocked by garbage and that residents of Nairobi have a responsibility in keeping the channels clear.

Local media also blame illegal construction of buildings along the river, blocking the flow of water during times of heavy rain. Kenyan tech news site, Kachwanya, says:
“A quick drive around the Southern parts of Nairobi starting from Nairobi West to most parts of Langata Road and Mombasa road reveal that there are hundreds of high rise buildings that have been constructed along the waterways that have played a huge role in blocking the natural course of water flow. To resolve the Nairobi Floods perennial problems, these buildings must be brought down – now”.

Previous Floods in Nairobi

It is not the first time Nairobi has experienced such raging floods in recent times. Wide areas of the city were flooded on 01 April after 96 mm of rain fell in 6 hours. The worst hit areas of the city include South C and Mbagathi.

Last year on 12 May, many people were severely affected by a flood that left at leat 10 people dead in South C after a wall of a building collapsed.

WATCH: Widespread flooding in Nairobi.

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The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) had earlier on issued a severe weather warning and advisory that targeted at least 10 counties including Kwale, Mombasa, Kisii, Tana River, Lamu, Kericho, Narok and Bomet.

In the warning, KMD informed that public that at more than 40mm of rainfall would be experienced on 27 and 28 April, 2016. KMD’s five day weather forecast (PDF) shows a continued trend of heavy rainfall in most parts of Kenya.

A 24 hour cumulative rainfall forecast for 28 April, 2016 by NCEP predicted areas of that had potential to receive as high as 125mm.

A 24 hour cumulative precipitation forecast by GFS Model. CPC / NOAA

Deep convective clouds from satellite images from early morning indicated a likelihood of heavy rainfall in most parts of Kenya and East Africa including Congo basin.

Satellite image of 28 April, 2016 at 13:00UTC. EUMETSAT

Deadly Floods Hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti Leaving 4,000 Homes Damaged

Port-au-Prince. Google Maps

Floods have struck once again in Haiti, this time in areas around the capital, Port-au-Prince. Local civil protection authorities say that several people have died and over 4,000 homes have been damaged.

Flooding has been reported in the communes of Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Delmas, Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince Arrondissement and Cabaret in the Arcahaie Arrondissement, Ouest department.

At least 6 people have died and 10 injured as a result of landslides and collapsing buildings. Haiti’s Civil Protection said that there were 112 affected families in Port-au-Prince, 2,500 in Cité Soleil and 1,800 in Cabaret.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Directorate via social media said:
“The heavy rain recorded in the Ouest department, during the night from 23 to 24 April, has killed 6 people and wounded 6 others in Port-au-Prince and Delmas.

Four members of the same family were killed and two were injured in the collapse of their homes after a landslide occurred in Carrefour-Feuilles (Port-au-Prince). Two other people, including a girl of 7 years, were killed and four others were injured in Delmas in the fall of a wall that destroyed their house. A baby is among the wounded.”

Four Floods in Two Months
This is the fourth major flood event in Haiti so far this year. On 13 April, over 900 homes were damaged after the Rouyonne River overflowed in the city of Léogâne.

Heavy rain on 28 February caused flooding that has at least 2,000 houses in Limonade, and a further 8,000 in Cap-Haitien, both in Nord Department. One person was killed while attempting to cross a swollen river in the small village of Dame Marie, Anse-d’Hainault, Grand’Anse Department.

The northern coast of Haiti was affected by heavy and prolonged rainfall which occurred between 9 to 11 February 2016. The resulting floods damaged at least 200 homes.

4 Dead, 4 Missing After Rivers Overflow in Alluriquín, Santo Domingo, Ecuador

Two rivers overflowed in Alluriquín, in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Ecuador, during the early hours of 26 April 2016. According to Ecuador’s Risk Management Secretariat (Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos del Ecuador – SGR), at least 4 people were killed in the flood and 4 are missing.

The worst of the flooding occurred in Alluriquín, a small town with around 20,000 inhabitants. The Damas and Toachi rivers overflowed in the early hours, affecting hundreds of people living close to the river banks. Around 65 houses have been damaged and at least 200 people have been evacuated.

President Rafael Correa visits flood-hit Alluriquín, 26 April 2016. Presidencia de la Republica del Ecuador

President Rafael Correa visits flood-hit Alluriquín, 26 April 2016. Presidencia de la Republica del Ecuador

President Rafael Correa visits flood-hit Alluriquín, 26 April 2016. Presidencia de la Republica del Ecuador

There have also been reports of landslides in the area which have blocked important transport routes.

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, visited the affected area soon after the floods struck.


President Rafael Correa visits the site of the earthquake in Ecuador, 18 April 2016. Presidencia de la Republica del Ecuador

This latest disaster is putting yet more strain on Ecuador’s already stretched rescue and relief agencies. The north west of the country is still recovering form the enormous earthquake of 16 April 2016. The latest figures say that 654 were killed, 58 are missing and 16,600 injured.

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President Obama Declares Major Disaster Following Houston Floods

Houston floods 22 April 2016. Sandra Arnold, USACE Galveston District

On Monday, 25 April, the USA federal government granted Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for Individual Assistance for Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties after the major floods of 18 April.

At least 7 people died in the floods. Around 6,700 homes were damaged in Harris County, making the “Tax Day Flood” more damaging than the “Memorial Day floods” of May last year

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that the US president has declared a major disaster and that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of 17 to 24 April, 2016.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

“I would like to thank the President and FEMA for quickly granting Texas’ request for Individual Assistance following last week’s severe weather,” said Governor Abbott.

“The State of Texas will continue to work with our local and federal partners to aid Texans recovering and rebuilding from flood damages and ensure all those affected receive the assistance they need.”

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

- Floodlist.   

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