Nigeria: This is worst floods since 1936! Two million affected by floods in Kogi & Edo states! India: Three million homeless in Assam floods! Pakistan: 422 dead, five million affected by floods!

Aerial view Nigeria flooding

Aerial view Pakistan floods

7 of 10 Africa Roll - Nigeria:

/ The flooding in many states of the North has been described as unprecedented and it is the worst in the last 80 years. ngrguardiannews.com

/ Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi on Thursday said property valued at more than N40 billion had been lost in the recent floods in four local government areas of the state. A press statement issued in Lokoja by the Deputy Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Michael Abu, said preliminary report on the disaster showed that over 100 communities were affected.
The governor said this when officials of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) briefed him on the disaster. Represented by his deputy, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, Wada said however that the government was still taking inventory of the damages. "We have about 100,000 registered displaced persons who are currently camped in nine centres across the state." Wada, described the floods as the worst since 1936, and expressed fears that it would create food scarcity in the state. / allafrica.com

/ The committee made no pretense about what the flood presented them with in Lokoja. They concluded that out of about 20 States that have been affected by flooding in Nigeria in recent time, Kogi is worst hit; being a recipient of the two major rivers in the nation. "The level of water currently devastating the state has not been witnessed in the last 100 years. We have additional two metres rise in water level", Onolemen said. The Coordinator, North Central, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ishaya Isah put the figure of persons already displaced by the flood at two million. He said this at St. Luke Primary school, Adankolo, Lokoja relief camp when Senator Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West Senatorial District visited one of the three relief camps set up by the state government at the weekend.
While the flood has taken over several houses and roads in Lokoja, the state capital, Isah hinted that, "in all the nine local government areas affected about 350 communities have been affected by the flood".
The Director of Planning, Research and Forecasting, NEMA, Dr. Charles Agbo who lead the team to Lokoja, the state capital last week, on his own part, described the flooding situation in the state as "the worst in the last 29 years" allafrica.com /

/ ABOUT 104 lives have been lost and more than 50,000 people displaced by the ravaging flood in the north central area of the country in the last two months, the Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, for the zone, Mr. Mohammed Abdulsalam has said. He said the Federal Government through NEMA has so far spent more than N300 million on relief materials and medicaments, among others, to ease the pain of the victims who are mostly women and children, adding that the flooding problem which has affected 26 states in the country was worsened by the release of water from various dams and the blockage of drainage system in many places. allafrica.com

/ Flooding to last till November in Kogi
Gov Idris Wada of Kogi on Thursday asked the people of the state to prepare for more floods as the situation might not abate till the end of November. The governor said more water would be released from some dams and that as the water increased everyday and rapidly, increase in flood should be expected till the end of November.
Wada spoke at the 2012 World Tourism Day celebration in Lokoja and stressed that the flooding was a natural disaster that could not be curtailed. He urged the residents of Lokoja living close to the water front to leave their buildings before the water got to them unannounced. / businessdayonline.com

/ Nigeria's worst flooding in decades has displaced more than 10,000 people in the centre of the country over the past week and stranded some villagers on rooftops, emergency services said on Thursday. At least 140 people have been killed around Nigeria and tens of thousands have been forced to abandon their homes since the beginning of July, officials say. The flooding has been the worst for more than 50 years, according to Yushua Shuaib, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). reuters.com /

/ Over two million persons have been displaced by floods in Kogi and Edo States following the release of water from dams and the overflowing of the banks of River Niger in the areas.

Two million of the victims were sacked in Kogi State by the flood caused by the release of water from Kainji and Shiroro dams in Niger State. In Edo State, the flood sacked about 370,000 in over 20 communities across the state at the weekend, while in Imo State, the flood claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman, Mrs. Clementina Ikediogu, in Isiokpo, Ideato South Local government area.

The Coordinator, North Central, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ishaya Isah, gave the figure of those sacked by flood in Kogi State during a visit to St. Luke's Primary School, Lokoja relief camp when Senator Smart Adeyemi visited the displaced persons. The flood, which has submerged many houses and roads in Lokoja, the state capital, has spread to nine local government areas and about 350 communities in the state. The worst hit local government areas, according to Isah, include Lokoja, Kogi, Ibaji, Igalamela, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Omala, Olamaboro and Idah. / allafrica.com

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Kogi state population about 3 million (2006)

/ River Niger sacks 332 villages, renders 2 million homeless. Meanwhile, the flooding, which has eaten deep into Kogi State, has so far affected no fewer than 332 communities in nine of the 21 local government areas, rendering close to two million persons homeless. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), about 70 per cent of Kogi State population has been so far affected. / sunnewsonline.com

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/ Floods kill eight; displace over 1 million in Kogi. Eight persons have been killed and about one million displaced from their home in Kogi State by the recent flooding that have ravage the state due to the release of Kainji and Shiroro dams of the River Niger, an official said on Monday. The Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) operations in Abuja, Ishaya Isah, who in company of some members of the National Assembly from Kogi West visited one of the relieve camp in Lokoja, confirmed that about eight persons have lost their lives as a result of the flood while over 332 communities were washed away by the flood. / channelstv.com

India aerial view floods

India TILTING & BACKWASHING:

/ Assam floods render 30 lakh (3 million because one lakh - 100 000) homeless, water starts receding
The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim with atleast 19 people killed and more than 30 lakh affected. The situation has started improving as water from the third wave of flood which inundated 16 districts of the state is receding. According to reports, a total of 1,916 villages are reeling under 69 revenue circles in the districts of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts, according to the government report. However, official sources said that flood waters were seen receding from the 2594 villages and 2,26,902 hectare farmland. Lakhs of animals have also been swept away and farmlands inundated in the most devastating floods in more than a decade indiatoday.intoday

/ Declare Assam flood as national disaster: CPI(M). The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today called upon the Centre to declare the Assam floods as a "national disaster" and take up relief work on emergency footing.
"The way flood happens here every year and this year it has been pretty bad ... All the lakhs who have been displaced, who are without food, without clothes, without a home, at such a time the central government should declare it as national disaster," CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat said here. business-standard.com

/ Kaziranga rhino, mutilated by poachers, dies.

Vets in northeast India failed to save the rare rhino whose horn was hacked off by poachers who are stepping up attacks on animals fleeing rising floods in Assam state. The gravely injured rhino was found in the deluged Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday, bleeding from gunshot injuries and a huge wound on its snout after poachers cut off its horn, nose and part of its ear.
Animal rights groups and local residents near the state-protected park staged angry demonstrations on Thursday denouncing the government for failing to combat poaching after a third rhino was attacked in two days. The injured rhino, aged between 20-25, was being treated by vets amid fears that its wounds will prove fatal. "It's alive now and treatment is going on, but the possibility of its survival is less," top park wildlife official Ramen Das, the assistant conservator of forests, told AFP.
Veterinarians operated to remove bullets from its abdomen and were treating its other wounds, he added. Das blamed the attacks on the flooding of the 430-square-kilometre (166 square-mile) park in eastern Assam, which is home to the largest concentration of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos. "We have sufficient guards, weapons and ammunition but during floods animals stray to seek shelter on higher grounds and they become targets," the conservationist said by telephone from the park.
"We have killed poachers in the past and we have the powers to shoot them on sight but the movement of animals is just too much," he said, referring to the wide swathes of land outside the internationally-famous Kaziranga. Floods in July this year killed around 600 animals in Kaziranga, including 14 one-horned rhinos. A majority were mowed down on a nearby highway by speeding vehicles as they left the park for higher grounds. / ndtv.com

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/ With no let-up in rainfall in upper Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the flood situation in the state has turned grim. Nearly 13 lakh people have been affected in Assam and another 50,000 in Arunachal Pradesh due to floods. In Assam, the districts of Dhemaji and Tinsukia, bordering Arunachal Pradesh are the worst affected. In Dhemaji alone, 2,31,444 people are reeling under floodwaters and another 80,000 in Tinsukia.

The Sadiya sub-division of Tinsukia district is witnessing its worst ever flood this time.

Many have blamed China of releasing excess water from its dams and creating havoc in Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. The swelling waters of river Brahmaputra, Burhidehing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali have submerged 1,972 villages in Assam. Flood affected people are presently taking shelters at 166 relief camps set up across the state. In total, 2,31,610 people are taking shelters at the relief camps.

Arunachal Pradesh too is witnessing one of its worst floods in its history! /

/ Two million displaced by floods in Assam: Disaster agency.

Floods in Assam have forced two million to flee their homes and 18 people have been killed, the disaster management agency in Assam said on Wednesday. "The total number of people displaced has gone up to two million and 18 people are dead so far in the third wave of flooding," the disaster management department said in its latest bulletin. At least 19 of oil-rich Assam's 27 districts have been hit by floods over the past week and fresh rainfalls have been hampering a military-backed relief operation, according to officials. /

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/ Assam flood toll rises to 12. The overall flood situation in Assam remained unchanged and the death toll rose to 12 on Tuesday, official sources said. The third wave of floods has affected nearly 15 lakh people rendering 14 lakh of them homeless in 16 districts of the state. /

/ India floods displace nearly 1.5 milion people Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.
"Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week," the Disaster Management agency said in a statement. The floods, caused by relentless rains, marked the second round of massive flooding in two months to hit India's impoverished northeast and come towards the end of India's June-to-September monsoon season. Nearly 130 people died and six million were displaced by floods in Assam state in July. /

/ Indian Air Force helicopters flying missions in between heavy rainstorms dropped supplies to flood victims in northeast India on Tuesday as the number of displaced rose to 1.7 million. /

/ Situation worsens in Assam, half the state flood hit. The flood situation in Assam worsened today with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continuing to rise, leaving 15 lakh people affected and 1,972 villages in 16 districts submerged. In the Majuli island in Jorhat district, flood water inundated the sub-divisional office and the Majuli jail from where 41 prisoners were shifted to the Jorhat Central Jail in a special ferry yesterday, officials said.
Nine of the famed Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) and 40 educational institutions in Majuli have also been submerged by the Brahmaputra. Over 70 per cent of Majuli's 890-square kilometre landmass remained under water.
A total of 166 relief camps have been set up across the state for flood-affected people. Over 2.31 lakh people have taken shelter in the camps. The third wave of flood has inundated 63 revenue circles of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts. /

/ Arunachal Pradesh flood toll reaches 9. With five more deaths reported from remote Anjaw district bordering China, the toll in the current floods in Arunachal Pradesh rose to nine on Tuesday, while four persons were missing in worst-affected Lohit district. All seven administrative centres – Hayuliang, Hawai, Manchal, Goliang, Walong, Kibitho and Chaglogam were completely cut off, Economic Adviser to CM Kalikho Pul said.
The five deaths were reported from different parts of the hilly district. /

Pakistan SINKING:

/ Pakistan authorities say more than 400 people have been killed by monsoon rains and flooding this year. The National Disaster Management Authority says 422 people have been killed and nearly 3,000 have been injured during the season of heavy rains. About five million people have been affected by the resulting floods, according to statistics that were posted on the authority’s website on Friday. / dawn.com

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Comprasion Pakistan floods 2010 and 2012 September. Red and Orange 2012. Yellow 2010.

/ UN begins food distribution to thousands affected in Pakistan floods.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority has estimated that up to 4.5 million people have been affected by the flooding in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces, following heavy rains earlier this month. However, not all of these may require food assistance. An initial rapid assessment has been carried out in the affected areas, and the results are expected to give a clearer indication of the needs of those affected. The disaster has already caused the deaths of up to 400 people, destroyed houses and hundreds of thousands of acres of crops. /

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/ Floods affect 748,000 people, kill 51 in Balochistan. More then 748,000 people of 15 districts were affected, 682 villages were completely destroyed while 5,000 livestock were swept away in the recent flood in Balochistan. /

/ THE death toll from torrential rains and subsequent flooding across Pakistan has risen to 372, disaster authorities say. Nearly 4.5 million people have also been affected by the monsoon deluges, which have destroyed or damaged over 275,000 houses. /

Nepal:

/ Floods claim 102 lives in five months. One hundred and two people were killed and 43 others have been missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains over the last five months. This information was given out by Ekmani Nepal, assistant spokesman at the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the regular spokesman-journalists meet organized at the Ministry of Information and Communications here today. He said 33 people died due to diarrhoea while 89 died due to lightning. /

Philippines SINKING:

/ A state of calamity has been declared in the city as floods left a trail of destruction that city officials are still assessing. Mayor Celso Lobregat made the declaration with the backing of the city council on Tuesday. Lobregat said the declaration would help speed up the release of the city’s calamity fund that would be spent on aid for at least 9,000 flood victims.
Parts of the calamity fund would also be used to repair damaged infrastructure, he said. As of noon on Tuesday, flooding has not eased in many areas of the city. Classes in at least 10 elementary schools and four high schools in the villages of Vitali, Tictapul, Tugbungan, Divisoria, Labuan, San Jose Gusu, Baliwasan, Patalon and Mangusu have been suspended. /

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India:

Flood situation grim in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

With no let-up in rainfall in upper Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the flood situation in the state has turned grim. Nearly 13 lakh people have been affected in Assam and another 50,000 in Arunachal Pradesh due to floods.

In Assam, the districts of Dhemaji and Tinsukia, bordering Arunachal Pradesh are the worst affected. In Dhemaji alone, 2,31,444 people are reeling under floodwaters and another 80,000 in Tinsukia. The Sadiya sub-division of Tinsukia district is witnessing its worst ever flood this time. Many have blamed China of releasing excess water from its dams and creating havoc in Assam and parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The swelling waters of river Brahmaputra, Burhidehing, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali have submerged 1,972 villages in Assam. Flood affected people are presently taking shelters at 166 relief camps set up across the state. In total, 2,31,610 people are taking shelters at the relief camps.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)and Army have been pressed into service to rescue marooned people and distribute relief material among in the affected areas. Till now, at least seven people have lost their lives due to floods in Assam and another 9 people have been reported to be missing. The swelling water of river Brahmaputra is posing serious threat to the existence of upper Assam town of Dibrugarh and river island Majuli.

Nearly, 80 per cent of land area of Majuli has been inundated by floodwaters. In view of the worsening situation, all educational institutions in Majuli have been closed indefinitely since Monday. In Guwahati, river Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark and floodwaters of river Brahmaputra had entered into many places in Pandu area, submerging many localities in the area.

The districts of Tinisukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon and Barpeta are have been affected by floods in Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh too is witnessing one of its worst floods in its history. At least nine people have lost their lives due the floods and many parts of the mountainous state are completely cut-off from the rest of the country. The district of Lohit is the worst affected with floods, breaches, landslides bringing in untold misery for the people.

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Two million displaced by floods in Assam: Disaster agency

GUWAHATI: Floods in Assam have forced two million to flee their homes and 18 people have been killed, the disaster management agency in Assam said on Wednesday.

"The total number of people displaced has gone up to two million and 18 people are dead so far in the third wave of flooding," the disaster management department said in its latest bulletin.

At least 19 of oil-rich Assam's 27 districts have been hit by floods over the past week and fresh rainfalls have been hampering a military-backed relief operation, according to officials.

"Rains and strong river currents are hampering relief and rescue operations by soldiers and Indian Air Force helicopters," defence ministry spokesman S.S. Phogat said in Guwahati.

He said despite bad weather heavy-lift helicopters were carrying out between eight and 10 sorties a day, dropping up to 1.5 tonnes of food, medicine and relief materials during each trip.

Phogat said he was unable to put a figure on the number of people rescued so far from flooded homes.

"Our priority right now is to rescue trapped people and reach food and medicines to those affected," he said.

Some residents from flooded Majuli, a densely populated river island about 350 kilometres (220 miles) from Guwahati, complained of food shortages as well as a lack of government support.

"We have not got any relief supplies from the government and are almost starving," said Rupamoni Payeng, a mother of three children.

"Some food packets were dropped by helicopters, but there was a mad scramble and only a few managed to collect," she added.

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India floods displace nearly 1.5 milion people

GUWAHATI, India — Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.

"Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week," the Disaster Management agency said in a statement.

The floods, caused by relentless rains, marked the second round of massive flooding in two months to hit India's impoverished northeast and come towards the end of India's June-to-September monsoon season.

Nearly 130 people died and six million were displaced by floods in Assam state in July.

Rescue officials said in the latest floods, at least 2,200 villages had been swamped by overflowing waters from the rain-swollen Brahmaputra River.

Himanta Biswa Sarmah, the health minister of Assam state, told AFP that a "maximum health alert" to avert outbreaks of diarrhea or diseases such as typhoid had been declared in the devastated zone.

The annual monsoon provides vital irrigation for India's farmers but also claims many casualties from flooding and landslides.

Officials said flooding victims had been evacuated to temporary shelters on higher ground.

"We've dispatched doctors and paramedics to ensure there is no outbreak of disease," Sarmah said in Guwahati, Assam's largest city.

Victims and an opposition party staged protests in flood-hit areas against what they said were shortages of emergency supplies in the Congress-ruled state.

"The government has failed to provide adequate relief supplies including food and medicines," said Sarbananda Sonowal, a local leader of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. "In many parts of the state people are even living without food," he added.

Rehab India Foundation, a voluntary group said heavy rains disrupted its plans to supply food and other essential items to flood-hit people.

Almost the entire 420 square kilometres (162 square miles) of Kaziranga National Park was also flooded, the Press Trust of India reported.

The wildlife park is home to the world's single largest population of one-horned rhinos. A 2012 census in Kaziranga counted 2,290 of the rhinos, out of a global population of 3,300.

The species declined to near extinction in the early 1990s and is listed as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Kaziranga has fought a sustained battle against rhino poachers, who kill the animals for their horns that fetch huge prices in some Asian countries where they are deemed to be an aphrodisiac.

In neighbouring Pakistan, flash floods triggered by record rains have affected around 700,000 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops in the south-west of the country, officials said.

At least 51 people have died across the impoverished province of Baluchistan and Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf on Sunday declared three districts as calamity-hit areas.

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Situation worsens in Assam, half the state flood hit

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam worsened today with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries continuing to rise, leaving 15 lakh people affected and 1,972 villages in 16 districts submerged.

In the Majuli island in Jorhat district, flood water inundated the sub-divisional office and the Majuli jail from where 41 prisoners were shifted to the Jorhat Central Jail in a special ferry yesterday, officials said.

Nine of the famed Satras (Vaishnavite monasteries) and 40 educational institutions in Majuli have also been submerged by the Brahmaputra. Over 70 per cent of Majuli's 890-square kilometre landmass remained under water.

A total of 166 relief camps have been set up across the state for flood-affected people. Over 2.31 lakh people have taken shelter in the camps.

The third wave of flood has inundated 63 revenue circles of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts.

The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara.

Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T Road Xing at Sonitpur.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday directed the administration to use helicopters and mechanised boats to step up rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit state.

Mr Gogoi, who is in Japan, spoke to revenue minister Prithibi Majhi, water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu and Chief Secretary Naba Kumar Das over the phone and directed them to step up rescue and relief operations.

The chief minister has directed adequate food materials be supplied to the flood-affected areas and asked all ministers in his Cabinet to visit the affected districts immediately and oversee relief and rescue operation.

The National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, the Army and the Indian Air Force are engaged in rescue and relief operations.

Troops of the Tezpur-headquartered Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army provided relief to more than 6,000 flood-affected people in Sonitpur district in central Assam, besides distributing 2.5 tonnes of food packets.

Among the worst-affected are Dhemaji district in upper Assam where 622 villages have come under the impact of the flood.

Parts of National Highway 52, which connects Dhemaji and Arunachal Pradesh, has come under flood water and there are fears of scarcity of food and other material in the district.

In Guwahati also, rising waters of the Brahmaputra have submerged areas of Pandu and Adabari localities in the western part of the city.

Most of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district lay under water and wildlife, including the world-famous one-horned rhinos, are moving towards higher grounds.

A one-horned rhino was killed by poachers in Disbalu Chapori in Kaziranga. The poachers reportedly chopped off the rhino's horn.

Over 70 per cent of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in central Assam's Morigaon district was also submerged with as many as 18 of the 22 guard camps in the sanctuary going under water.

However, there is no report of any loss of wildlife in the Pobitora sanctuary.

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More rain pounds flood-hit northeast India

GUWAHATI: Indian Air Force helicopters flying missions in between heavy rainstorms dropped supplies to flood victims in northeast India on Tuesday as the number of displaced rose to 1.7 million.

Nineteen of 27 districts in the state of Assam have been hit by floods and 13 people have been killed over the past week, according to the latest figures from the local disaster management authority.

The remote and impoverished state, which was rocked by ethnic violence last month, has been flooded three times this year by the mighty Brahmaputra River, which often breaks its banks during the monsoon season.

Thousands of people in Majuli, a large river island about 350 kilometres (220 miles) from Assam’s main city of Guwahati, have fled to higher ground or are crowded onto embankments.

An air force helicopter was seen dropping packets of rice, water, biscuits and baby food on one embankment, sparking a scramble among young and old.

“We just had enough time to pick up some clothes and drinking water bottles before we got onto a boat to reach a highland some distance away,” elderly local Bhabani Pegu told the News Live channel.

“There was a breach in the dyke and soon water swept through the village before anybody could react.”Rain is continuing to pound Assam and adjoining Arunachal Pradesh state, where the Brahmaputra flows into India from its starting point in bordering Tibet. The number of displaced people stood at 1.5 million on Monday.

According to the Central Water Commission, the river was flowing above the danger level in at least 10 places in Assam and still rising.

A government relief effort is gathering pace to help the stranded and displaced, but is being hampered by the bad weather.

“We have opened more than 3,000 makeshift camps so far across the state,”Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP.

“The actual damage caused to standing crops is yet to be assessed, but going by the magnitude it appears the loss would be tremendous.”Floodwaters have also submerged the internationally famous 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) Kaziranga National Park in eastern Assam, home to the world’s largest concentration of endangered one-horned rhinos.

“Almost the entire park is under water with animals fleeing the sanctuary to safer areas,” a park ranger said, requesting not to be named.

The Brahmaputra has flooded twice already this year, in June and in August, an official in the local weather office told AFP.

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Assam flood toll rises to 12

The overall flood situation in Assam remained unchanged and the death toll rose to 12 on Tuesday, official sources said.

The third wave of floods has affected nearly 15 lakh people rendering 14 lakh of them homeless in 16 districts of the state.

The sources said the toll increased as three deaths due to the disaster were reported from Lakhimpur and Hajo.

One person drowned and two others including a boy were washed away by swollen Brahmaputra in Lakhimpur and north Hajo.

The situation was serious in the city with areas of Gorchuk, Sunsali, Pandu, Kharguli and Fancy Bazaar submerged as the water level of Brahmaputra suddenly rose due to heavy rains in the upper reaches.

The district administration has taken all measures to ensure there is no casualty due to the rising water.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), Army and para military forces are carrying out rescue and relief operations, the sources added.

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Arunachal Pradesh flood toll reaches 9

With five more deaths reported from remote Anjaw district bordering China, the toll in the current floods in Arunachal Pradesh rose to nine on Tuesday, while four persons were missing in worst-affected Lohit district.

All seven administrative centres – Hayuliang, Hawai, Manchal, Goliang, Walong, Kibitho and Chaglogam were completely cut off, Economic Adviser to CM Kalikho Pul said.

The five deaths were reported from different parts of the hilly district.

There were 30 to 35 major breaches on the Tezu-Hayuliang Road which has become unmotorable, leaving thousand stranded in the district which was devastated by landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain since September 16.

A population of 21,000 were without food, water, electricity, fuel and domestic LPG cylinders, with water supply lines washed away and telephone and electric posts uprooted, Pul said.

With road communications disrupted, and telephone and electricity snapped for the last nine days, assessing the magnitude of the devastation was next to impossible, Pul said.

Though there was acute shortage of rations and requisition sent to the state government, ration sorties were not possible because of constant bad weather, he said.

Four were missing while going to Tezu from Hayuliang, Lohit Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma said.

Three were rescued by the GREF and army personnel

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Pakistan:

Floods affect 748,000 people, kill 51 in Balochistan

QUETTA - More then 748,000 people of 15 districts were affected, 682 villages were completely destroyed while 5,000 livestock were swept away in the recent flood in Balochistan.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has released the initial report over the devastation caused by torrential rains in Balochistan.
According to the PDMA report, at least 748,000 people of 15 districts including Zhob, Loralai, Qila, Saifullah, Harnai, Lasbella, Khuzdar, Jaffarabad and Dera Bugti were affected by flood.
The report said that at least 682 villages were completely destroyed while more than 5,000 livestock were swept away in floodwater.
Standing crops over 300,000 acres of land have been destroyed. According to an estimate, 51 people were killed due to torrential rains and flood.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/09/25/news/national/floods-aff...

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Toll from Pakistan floods climbs to 372

THE death toll from torrential rains and subsequent flooding across Pakistan has risen to 372, disaster authorities say.

Nearly 4.5 million people have also been affected by the monsoon deluges, which have destroyed or damaged over 275,000 houses.

Officials blame collapsing structures for most of the human losses.

Sindh is the hardest hit province where more than half the casualties took place, followed by the central province of Punjab, according to details issued by the National Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday.

The rains, which began in late August, affected a total area of 700,000 hectares across the country, causing significant damages to farmland and cattle herds.

Government rescue teams backed by the military are trying to reach out to the stricken people with tents, tarpaulins and other relief items, as efforts continue to drain flood waters from large swathes of land.

International aid groups say the Pakistani government has so far not sought their help but joint damage assessment programs are ongoing.

Pakistan was hit by worst floods in its history in 2010 which affected about 20 million people.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/toll-from-pakistan-fl...

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UN begins food distribution to thousands affected in Pakistan floods

NEW DELHI: The United Nations on Tuesday announced it has begun food distributions to tens of thousands of people affected by monsoon floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan, adding that it plans to expand assistance to the Balochistan province later this week.

Some 10,000 families in the Jacobadad district are receiving a one-month food ration consisting of dietary staples such as fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and iodized salt, as well as high energy biscuits and specialized ready-to-use supplementary food for small children.

With road access limited due to the flood waters and some areas currently under 2.5 meters of water, WFP has deployed 16 motorboats to reach some of the worst-affected communities.

The agency said it plans to reach a further 10,000 families in the Balochistan province later this week. However, it warned that any assistance beyond this first phase will require additional funding from donors, adding that it is currently seeking urgent donations of $15 million.

“We could scale up our response to reach up to 250,000 families – that’s 1.7 million people,” said WFP Pakistan Country Director Jean-Luc Siblot. “But that would mean using food stocks earmarked for relief to the displaced population in the north-west of the country and these would have to be replenished by December – that means funding is needed now.”

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority has estimated that up to 4.5 million people have been affected by the flooding in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces, following heavy rains earlier this month. However, not all of these may require food assistance. An initial rapid assessment has been carried out in the affected areas, and the results are expected to give a clearer indication of the needs of those affected.

The disaster has already caused the deaths of up to 400 people, destroyed houses and hundreds of thousands of acres of crops.

Many of the districts affected, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan, were already struggling to recover from the floods of 2010 and 2011, with communities particularly vulnerable to the effects of this latest shock.

http://www.bikyamasr.com/78423/un-begins-food-distribution-to-thous...

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Nepal:

Floods claim 102 lives in five months     
      
KATHMANDU, Sept. 24: One hundred and two people were killed and 43 others have been missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains over the last five months.

This information was given out by Ekmani Nepal, assistant spokesman at the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the regular spokesman-journalists meet organized at the Ministry of Information and Communications here today. He said 33 people died due to diarrhoea while 89 died due to lightning.

Assistant spokesman Nepal also said that the Council of Ministers on August 27 made a decision to create 1,041 various posts in the Nepal Police to implement the Action Plan for Maintaining Gender Balance in the Nepal Police, 2010.

Spokesman at the Ministry of Defence Dwarika Prasad Acharya said that 173 people were treated for snakebites at the Nepal Army´s snake bite treatment centres in different places of the country in the last month.

Assistant spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, said the ministry collected revenue worth Rs 180.5 million in the last month from passports and travel documents it issued in that period.

Under Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Diwas Acahrya, said that the ministry issued Rs 16,950,000 as ex-gratia compensation to the next of kin of the 113 Nepali workers who died in course of employment abroad in the last two months period.

http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&...

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Philippines:

Calamity state in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY—A state of calamity has been declared in the city as floods left a trail of destruction that city officials are still assessing.

Mayor Celso Lobregat made the declaration with the backing of the city council on Tuesday.

Lobregat said the declaration would help speed up the release of the city’s calamity fund that would be spent on aid for at least 9,000 flood victims.

Parts of the calamity fund would also be used to repair damaged infrastructure, he said.

As of noon on Tuesday, flooding has not eased in many areas of the city.

Classes in at least 10 elementary schools and four high schools in the villages of Vitali, Tictapul, Tugbungan, Divisoria, Labuan, San Jose Gusu, Baliwasan, Patalon and Mangusu have been suspended.

In Vitali alone, considered the hardest-hit village, water level was up to 3-meters deep at the height of the floods that hit the city on Monday, Lobregat said.

What worsened the situation, Lobregat said, were at least four landslides that hit Barangay Lanzones and a water spout that hit Barangay Boalan.

A 5-year-old boy died in Patalon village and several other persons were injured at the height of the floods. Lobregat said the extent of destruction was still being assessed. Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/277474/calamity-state-in-zamboanga-city

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Comment by Andrey Eroshin on September 29, 2012 at 1:38pm

Nigeria: Landslide cuts off Imo communities

28.09.12. The ravaging erosion which left a 50-meter-deep gully that cut the Federal Government road connecting Anambra and Imo states into two, has brought untold social and economic hardship on the people of the zone.
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