Tuesday, April 5, 2016

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - At Least 63 Killed And Over 30 Injured As Incessant Rains Cause Havoc In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 3,500 Evacuated Following Widespread Flooding In Fiji; And 28 People Killed In Floods In Remote Regions Of Ethiopia! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Homes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province faced extensive damage in the wake of the flash floods [Arshad Arbab/EPA]

April 5, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.

At least 63 killed and over 30 injured as incessant rains cause havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan

At least 63 people have been killed and 34 injured after flash floods ravaged parts of northwest Pakistan, including the Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

Homes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province faced extensive damage after rain started on Saturday causing flash floods.

"There are 30 people stranded by a landslide in the Kohistan Valley where we have sent a helicopter to rescue them," Khyber Pakhtunkhwa disaster management official Yousuf Zia, told Reuters news agency.

One of the worst-affected districts was the Swat Valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad, where 121 mm of rain fell on Sunday, the Meteorological Department said.

Landslides caused widespread damage to roads and communication infrastructure in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir as well.

The heavy rain are now expected to move northeast, towards northern India, although more isolated storms were expected in northern Pakistan, the Meteorological Department said.

"All roads leading to villages and other areas have been blocked... There is no movement at all," Khalid Khan, a courier company owner in Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told AFP, adding that local hospitals lack the facilities to deal with the injured.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 across the country and in Kashmir. - Al Jazeera.

28 people killed in floods in remote regions of Ethiopia

The state broadcaster in Ethiopia says 28 people have been killed in severe flooding in two remote regions.

The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported Monday that 23 people were killed and 84 more people were injured when a river that crosses Jigjiga, the regional capital of the Somali region, burst its banks on Sunday.

It said intense rains in another drought-stricken region, Afar, led to floods in which five people were killed.

Ethiopian meteorology officials said thick clouds around the Indian Ocean could lead to more flooding in the coming days and the government is taking precautionary measures to assist people in the two affected regions. - VOA.

3,500 evacuated following widespread flooding in Fiji

One person is reported dead and another missing in the widespread flooding which has hit Fiji over the past two days.

The body of a 70-year-old man was found floating in the Sabeto River this morning, FBC News reported.

The broadcaster said the man was believed to have gone for an early morning swim.

Residents of Korociri cross the flooded Nadi Back Road © Fiji Government

Flooding in Rakiraki, Fiji.
© RNZI Sally Round

A 19-year-old girl, meanwhile, has been reported missing after she was washed away by strong river currents last night.

More than 3500 people have moved to 79 evacuation centres in the north and west of the main island Viti Levu, as two tropical depressions continue to affect the country.

Authorities are warning people not to travel because of the risk of more heavy rain and flooding.

The town of Nadi has been under metres of floodwaters, and people throughout Fiji are bracing for more over the next 24 hours.

Parts of the country were already in a state of natural disaster after the country received a direct hit from Cyclone Winston six weeks ago. More heavy rainfall possible overnight.

WATCH: Floods in Fiji.

Forecasters at the Fiji Met Office said Tropical Depression 16F, currently northwest of Vanuatu, could develop into a tropical cyclone overnight and move in an easterly direction towards Fiji.

Fiji had already been affected by another tropical disturbance, 14F, which was currently over the country.

Forecasters said the new weather system could bring further heavy rainfall and strong winds overnight. - Radio NZ.

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