/ Flash floods triggered by heavy rain on Wednesday killed at least three people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as officials said there was “no chance” for nine more swept away by the waters. Rescue teams were at work in the Machiara ravine, around 40 kilometres (24 miles) from Muzaffarabad, the main city of the Pakistan-run part of the disputed territory, said Raja Muazzam, director of Kashmir’s Disaster Management Authority. /
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/ At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 500 000 displaced by flooding in the west African nation of Niger since July amid heavy rains, the government said in a new toll on Wednesday. A report from the cabinet of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said "68 people have lost their lives" in the country's eight regions and 70 353 households, or more than 485 000 people, have been displaced. /
/ Nigeria: Five Dead, 50 Others Missing in Taraba Flood. No fewer than five people were confirmed dead and more than 50 persons declared missing following torrential rains and flooding in Lau, Karim-Lamido and Gassol Local Government Areas of Taraba. In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, the chairmen of these councils also said that crops and livestock worth millions of naira had been washed away by the flood. /
/ Lagos State, being about five metres below sea level, is prone to floods, thus, when it rained on three consecutive days sometimes in March this year, the state experienced serious flooding, with residents still counting their losses. Also on Saturday, August 18, a combination of high sea surge and gale crashed through the coastline of Kuramo Beach drowning over 16 people. In Katsina State, the people had to contend with the worst flood disaster in the state. For Mallam Sadik Abdullahi, a native of Shirgi Village in Batsari LGA, one of the council areas hit by gale of flooding that swept through four LGAs in the state, the recent flood disaster was the worst he had seen in his lifetime. Meanwhile in Adamawa State, the people woke up last Saturday to see that their entire communities had been overtaken by floods, with most communities submerged, while others were washed away. This flooding is the worst that the state has experienced since 1985 when a similar one occurred. /
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/ Floods Spread In Thai North. Floods are expanding in many areas particularly in the Thai North, causing many villages to be cut off from the outside world, Thai News Agency reported. /
/ 580 aftershocks felt after Eastern Samar quake. At least 580 aftershocks have been recorded in the wake of a magnitude-7.6 quake that rattled Eastern Samar last Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday. In a 6 a.m. update posted on its website Thursday noon, the NDRRMC cited data from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology that said at least 580 aftershocks were recorded as of 4 am., two of which were felt. /
/ Historic flood in Seri Kembangan. The flash flood that hit parts of Seri Kembangan on Tuesday was the worst in living memory. Nonagenarian Chin Kon Fong told theSun that she had never experienced such a calamity since staying in Serdang Lama for the last 60 years. /
At least 40 killed as floods hit Pakistan
Over the last ten days or so, at least 40 people have reportedly been killed as heavy rains and floods hit parts of northern, northwestern and eastern Pakistan.
Three dead, nine missing in Pakistan floods: officials
MUZAFFARABAD: Flash floods triggered by heavy rain on Wednesday killed at least three people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as officials said there was “no chance” for nine more swept away by the waters.
Rescue teams were at work in the Machiara ravine, around 40 kilometres (24 miles) from Muzaffarabad, the main city of the Pakistan-run part of the disputed territory, said Raja Muazzam, director of Kashmir’s Disaster Management Authority.
“We have recovered three dead bodies. Those who were swept away in the flood waters and are still missing include six men and three women,” Ansar Yaqoob, a senior government official, told AFP.
“The water level is still very high and has hampered the rescue operation.
It seems that there is no chance for any survival.”
Floods in Pakistan in the summer of 2011 affected 5.8 million people, with flood waters killing livestock, destroying crops, homes and infrastructure as the nation struggled to recover from record inundations the previous year.
Niger floods death toll rises to 68
Niamey - At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 500 000 displaced by flooding in the west African nation of Niger since July amid heavy rains, the government said in a new toll on Wednesday.
A report from the cabinet of Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said "68 people have lost their lives" in the country's eight regions and 70 353 households, or more than 485 000 people, have been displaced.
In late August, the government said at least 52 people had been killed and nearly 400 000 displaced by flooding since mid-July. Most incidents occurred in the south-eastern region of Maradi and in the capital as the Niger River overflowed.
Most of the displaced have been re-housed in schools, mosques and public buildings. Thousands of houses, schools, health centres and mosques have been destroyed by the rising waters.
The government signalled a surge in malaria and cholera in most of the affected areas.
Niamey estimated that the displaced need some 6 000 tons of grain.
At Niger's request, a French emergency preparedness team arrived September 2 in Niamey to evaluate how well the local infrastructure and systems for evacuating flood waters were standing up.
The French embassy in Niamey also said the team will evaluate the response capacities and needs of Niger's emergency preparedness personnel.
The floods come as Niger has been hit for several months by food shortages affecting around six million inhabitants.
The floods caused by the rise of the Niger River have also affected neighbouring Benin where four people have already died.
Nigeria: Five Dead, 50 Others Missing in Taraba Flood
No fewer than five people were confirmed dead and more than 50 persons declared missing following torrential rains and flooding in Lau, Karim-Lamido and Gassol Local Government Areas of Taraba.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, the chairmen of these councils also said that crops and livestock worth millions of naira had been washed away by the flood.
NAN learnt that three persons died in Lau and two in Karim-Lamido councils respectively.
Alhaji Tukura Bashir, Chairman of Gassol local government area, noted that such disaster had not been witnessed in the area in the past five decades.
Bashir said that villagers on the banks of the River Benue, the major cause of the devastation, had seen many copses floating on the river.
Meanwhile, the Chairmen of Lau, Mr Anthony Danburam and his Karim-Lamido counterpart, Mr Idi Mali, both confirmed to NAN that several people were also displaced.
NAN reports that in all the affected councils, thousands of people were displaced and farmlands submerged.
The development raised fears of food shortages due to the loss of crops such as rice, maize and beans, among others to floods across Taraba in the past one month.
All the council chairmen and farmers have called for urgent intervention by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the state government and well-meaning individuals to provide succour to the people.
They said the call for assistance had become necessary because the magnitude of the devastation was beyond the capacity of the councils. NAN
Nigeria: Floods - Nigeria Under Siege
Communities across the world had, at one time or another, contended with different forms of disaster such as earthquake, volcano, mudslide, among others. The year 2012 will remain indelible in the minds of many Nigerians who were ravaged by the floods due to torrential rains being experienced across the country. LEADERSHIP SUNDAY's George Okojie, Lagos; Muazu Elazeh, Katsina; Achor Abimaje, Jos; Muazu Abari, Yola; John Mkom, Jalingo; Nnamdi Mbawike, Enugu; Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri, and Onyekaozulu Ofoma, Abakaliki write on the damages done by the floods in different parts of the country.
The year 2012 will remain forever in the minds of many Nigerians as the year the heavens decided to punish the country for its lackadaisical attitudes towards nature and its natural endowment.
The country, though blessed with both human and natural resources, is still among the worst developed countries of the world. And this can be seen in the poor state of the nation's infrastructural amenities: the country's roads are in bad state, the drainages nationwide are nothing to commend on, while virtually all the so-called cities are nothing but modern-time rudimental settlements.
Poor drainages and untimely preparations by both the governments at the federal and state levels were among factors that led to flooding in different parts of the country; from Lagos, which suffered as flood and ocean siege ravaged unforgettable havoc on the people, to places in the eastern and northern parts of the country.
Lagos State, being about five metres below sea level, is prone to floods, thus, when it rained on three consecutive days sometimes in March this year, the state experienced serious flooding, with residents still counting their losses.
Also on Saturday, August 18, a combination of high sea surge and gale crashed through the coastline of Kuramo Beach drowning over 16 people.
Virtually all parts of the state, from Victoria Island to Lekki, Abule Egba, Ikeja, Apapa, Oshodi, Ikorodu, Agege, Okokomaiko and Ketu were flooded, forcing residents to stay indoors, while those on the streets battled to sail through the floods. A number of vehicles were submerged.
The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, informed residents that the rains would begin in March and end in November. To this end, the state government dedicated its monthly environmental sanitation exercise to cleaning and clearing of drains across the state. Bello also stressed that more canals had been dredged and all sedimentation cleaned by the Drainage Maintenance Department and Emergency Flood Abatement Department in readiness for the rains.
He said the peculiarity of Lagos as a coastal state, prone to flooding, makes it imperative for all hands to be on deck to assist the state government in reducing the incidence of flooding to the barest minimum. This, he noted, could be done by not engaging in acts such as dumping of refuse into drains and canals, as well as desisting from patronising cart pushers.
He informed residents that Resident Engineers and Drainage Maintenance Officers have been posted to all the 57 local governments and development areas in the state to tackle flood-related matters in each council area.
He advised that waste disposed through cart pushers and dumped into canals would eventually be washed back to homes and streets when it rains, adding that the problem of flooding would be easily solved when the people patronised the PSP operators who would ensure that collected wastes in each LGA are properly disposed.
In Katsina State, the people had to contend with the worst flood disaster in the state. For Mallam Sadik Abdullahi, a native of Shirgi Village in Batsari LGA, one of the council areas hit by gale of flooding that swept through four LGAs in the state, the recent flood disaster was the worst he had seen in his lifetime.
"I lost all my animals, food crops and all that I ever laboured for in my life. The magnitude of the disaster and the losses incurred are better imagined than said. This is one rain I experienced for the first time in the whole of my over 40 years of existence," Abdullahi said, adding that "we are appealing to the authority to come to our aid."
As at the last count, about four LGAs were affected by floods that claimed over six lives: three in Safana, two in Maiadua and one in Kurfi LGAs of the state. This is even as hundreds of families have been rendered homeless, as the torrential down pour washed away over 1,000 houses, with scores of domestic animals lost to the disaster.
It started from Maiadua LGA on August 24, where houses and property were destroyed at Gojo-gojo and Maiadua towns before "snowballing" to Safana, Batsari, Kurfi and Kusada LGAs. In Maiadua LGA, the flood destroyed over 800 houses. As at the time of filing this report, most of the flood victims were seeking refuge in their relatives and neighbours houses.
The Emir of Dauar, Umar Faruk Umar, pledged for assistance from philanthropic individuals for the victims, as the local government has made arrangements to relocate the victims. Abdulkadir Muhammad, head of the Information Unit in Maiadua LGA, told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that two trailers loaded with cement had been donated to the people; one by the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly, Yau Umar Gojo-gojo, and the other by the local government, for distribution to the affected victims.
He said "the local government also bought 300 bags of maize, bundles of wrappers, mats and other relief materials for distribution to the victims."
In Batsari LGA, some houses were partly damaged, while some were completely washed away, with serious damage done to food crops, farmlands and animals. However, Alhaji Kabir Abba Umar, Batsari LGA Information Officer said the council had provided 100 bags of cement, 20 bundles of roofing sheets, and 100 large-size rubber mats and blankets for the affected victims.
In Kusada LGA, ice-rain destroyed over 100 houses and washed away over 130 farmlands in Kofa and Tulani villages.
Reacting to the flood incidence, the NEMA head of training for North-West zone, Alhaji Aliyu Kafindangi, described the situation as terrible, noting that "NIMET's prediction has come to pass".
The people of Plateau Southern Senatorial District cannot, however, forget in a hurry the devastating flood that wrecked havoc to the people. According to NEMA Information Officer, Yohana Audu, the flood killed 35 persons, while scores of persons were reported missing.
Also about a hundred communities and over a thousand houses were said to have been affected in Shendam, Langtang North, Langtang South and Wase LGAs of the state. The Longvel bridge, linking the zone with Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, and Taraba State, was also destroyed.
A Langtang residence, who survived the rampaging flood, Mr Nandom John, said he was sleeping with his family at about 9pm when he noticed that water had enveloped his building. As he quickly rescued his children and wife to safety, he said before he could come back, the building had collapsed.
Another victim in Lalin village of Langtang North, 39-year-old Joefrey Shalgam, said his family members were sleeping in their house when they noticed that it was being flooded. He said when he rescued his family, he saw from the main road, his building collapsing and the debris being washed away. He added that his livestock, like goats, sheep and chicken numbering over 50, were washed away by the flood.
Hon. Victor Lar, representing Plateau South said 28 people lost their lives in the flood, adding that in his over 50 years of existence; he had not witnessed such torrential rainfall. He presented 30 bags of maize to the people of Lalin village, while calling on the Federal Government to come to their rescue, by rebuilding the damaged bridge.
Meanwhile in Adamawa State, the people woke up last Saturday to see that their entire communities had been overtaken by floods, with most communities submerged, while others were washed away. This flooding is the worst that the state has experienced since 1985 when a similar one occurred.
The incident affected almost all the 21 LGAs in the state, and led to loss of lives and property. The 21 LGAs affected were: Guyuk, Shelleng, Numan, Demsa, Lamurde, Yola South, Yola North, Madagali, Girei, Mayo-belwa, Mubi North and Mubi South. The floods were caused by the opening of the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.
More than 127 communities were affected. In Numan LGA, nine out of the 10 wards in the council were affected. In Demsa, 28 communities were submerged, while in Madagali, about 40 communities were submerged. However, in Yola North, 30 communities were affected, and in some villages, like Wuro-Bokki, dead bodies of humans and animals were sighted floating in the water.
Unconfirmed report has it that about 10,000 internally-displaced persons are currently taking refuge in various camps dotted across the state, while not fewer than 18 people were reported to have lost their lives.
The Adamawa State Government has, however, taken necessary steps to bring the situation under control. While the government has evacuated the affected people to various camps, it has also provided them with relief materials, especially feeding and medication, while necessary arrangements have also been put in place against a possible outbreak of cholera and other communicable diseases.
The secretary to the state government, who is also the chairman of the quick respond committee, Mr. Kobis Ari, admitted, in an interview with journalists, that the Cameroonian authorities had communicated to the state government of its intention to release water from the Ladgo Dam, but that the information was communicated late, precisely on Friday, which was a day before the release of the water, leaving them with no other option than to resort to radio campaigns, urging the people in the riverine areas of the state to move away.
Also, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented relief materials, ranging from food items, beddings, clothing to building materials, to the state government for onward distributions to the victims of the flood disaster.
In Taraba State, flood and landslide affected communities in Sadauna, Ibbi, Kurmi, Lau and Karim-Lamido LGAs. LEADERSHIP SUNDAY's visit to villages of Mayo Nyepe, Naso and Zango Ajiya in Gyembu Sadauna LGA revealed that landslide and flood have consumed over hundreds of residential houses, about 53 cows, 162 sheep and goats, 2,000 eucalyptus trees and many other economical viable trees.
In Kurmi LGA, over 472 farmlands of groundnuts, maize, cocoa, coffee and oil palm were destroyed by the flood. In Ibbi LGA, houses were not destroyed, but farmlands and fish ponds were all destroyed. Rice farms at the coast of River Benue were destroyed in Lau and Karim Lamido LGAs.
In the South-East, the tale of sorrow was not different, as torrential rainfall and landslides have continued to wreck the region. In Enugu State, torrential rains had swept away household appliances and livestock in Amaokwe in Udi LGA last week. The rain, which commenced about 11.30pm on the fateful day, did not stop till the night of the next day.
The Resident Priest of All Saints Anglican Church, Rev. Eric Ezeagakwu, who commented on the sad development, alleged that the cause of flood was the channelisation of water to the area by a construction company undertaking road construction between the 9th Mile and Oji, which distorted the normal flow of flood in the area.
A victim of the flood, Mrs. Gloria Amaefula, who narrated how the flood destroyed her shop, said: "All the clothes I sell and that of my neighbours have been destroyed. I do not know what to do now. I borrowed money to start this business, and I'm yet to pay back the money. Government should please assist us recover what we have lost.
While the people of Umuokpoke, Umuokani and Ilile in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State are presently at the mercy of God over heavy flooding ravaging their communities. A resident of Umuokpoke, Reverend Patrick Obinna, an Anglican clergyman, said the community has experienced untold hardship as a result of the flood. He stated that members of his parish had stopped attending services since the rains started.
However, Mr. Uche Onyebuchi, the Senior Special Assistant on General Duties to Imo State Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Works, attributed the flood disaster in the state to illegal construction of houses on unauthorised areas, and blocking of drainages. He, however, assured that the state government would commence work on the roads as soon as the rains are over, just as he disclosed that work has already began on major roads with construction of culverts and drainages.
Meanwhile in Ebonyi State, flood disasters ravaged Oferekpe and Odomowo communities in Ikwo LGAs as well as in Uburu, Ohaozara LGA. The two separate disasters swept away homes and farmlands. The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Elder Igboke Umunna, confirmed that the flood affected 305 victims, disclosing that last year alone, flood ravaged 16 communities in Ikwo LGA with 32,938 victims affected.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Paul Okorie, said Iyiokwu and Iyiudele rivers in the state capital normally overflow their banks every year, but that with the Federal Government contract for concrete channelling of the two major waterways, the state has not experienced flood this year.
George Okojie, Nnamdi Mbawike, Achor Abimaje, John Mkom, Stanley Uzoaru, Muazu Abari, Muazu Elazeh, and Onyekaozulu Ofoma
Floods Spread In Thai North
PETCHABUN, (Thailand) Sept 6 (Bernama) - Floods are expanding in many areas particularly in the Thai North, causing many villages to be cut off from the outside world, Thai News Agency reported.
In Petchabun province, heavy floods in the Muang Lom Sak municipality have submerged over 1,000 houses and eight square kilometres of farmlands, forcing local residents to commute by boats.
In nearby Pitsanulok province, disaster prevention and mitigation authorities warned of possible flash floods with landslides from the Petchabun mountain range, which may affect households in nine districts.
In Lampang province, where floodwater in seven inundated districts was receding, high water levels from the Wang River carried garbage and branches down to a bridge across the river, prompting workers to clear the blockage with machines.
Farmers in Umphang district in Tak province have begun collecting their crops as flash floods flowed into local canals which may overflow to their farmlands.
NDRRMC: 580 aftershocks felt after Eastern Samar quake
At least 580 aftershocks have been recorded in the wake of a magnitude-7.6 quake that rattled Eastern Samar last Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.
In a 6 a.m. update posted on its website Thursday noon, the NDRRMC cited data from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology that said at least 580 aftershocks were recorded as of 4 am., two of which were felt.
The NDRRMC added the death toll remained at one, with 10 others injured.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 410 families or 1,569 people were affected in the magnitude-5.6 quake in Bukidnon last Tuesday.
In Valencia City, it said 50 houses in Guinuyuran village were "unsafe for occupancy" due to the quake.
Some 85 families in Valencia City and Maramag town were brought to evacuation centers.
Classrooms in eight villages in Valencia City and Maramag town sustained damage. — BM, GMA News
Historic flood in Seri Kembangan
PETALING JAYA (Sept 5, 2012): The flash flood that hit parts of Seri Kembangan on Tuesday was the worst in living memory.
Nonagenarian Chin Kon Fong told theSun that she had never experienced such a calamity since staying in Serdang Lama for the last 60 years.
The 95-year-old who stayed alone in her home in the new village lost almost of her belongings when the flood waters rose suddenly about 5.30pm.
"Soon after the rain started, the water was almost chest high. When the water rushed in, I panicked and I bruised my arm when I braced myself from a fall," Chin recounted when met at her home after meeting with Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah today.
Like most of the villagers, Chin stayed in her home until the flood water receded about 11pm. Yong said the flash flood was caused by the overflow from the nearby Sungai Kuyuh.
Apart from Serdang Lama, the floods also affected nearby Taman Seri Serdang and Serdang Jaya. The flood was preceded by a two-hour downpour which started at 4.30pm causing monsoon drains and rivers to overflow and inundate the surrounding areas by as much as 1.5m.
About 100 cars belonging to residents of Taman Seri Serdang and 30 cars of teachers of Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Serdang and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Indah became submerged in the incident.
Some 200 students and 23 teachers from two schools were also stranded up to 10pm until they were rescued by Fire and Rescue Services Department personnel.
Both schools were closed today for a clean-up and is only expected to be re-opened tomorrow.
Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah said the flash flood was caused by the overflow from the nearby Kuyuh River.
Meanwhile, Taman Seri Serdang neighbourhood watch chairman, Khalid Lambak told theSun that most of the children trapped by the flood at the primary school were Standard One and Two pupils..
"The teachers evacuated the students to the first floor of the school and could only watch as their cars were inundated by the flood waters," he said.
All of them were evacuated safely.
Serdang Jaya branch Gerakan chairman Leong Sze Kwok said that it took two hours – starting from 8pm – for the firemen to evacuate the students in boats.
"The parents could not get to the school because the streets were flooded. Both students and parents were anxious to be reunited and we did our best to keep them calm," said Leong.
"To lessen the burden of those affected, we will provide monetary aid to the victims. We will also request the Health Ministry to monitor and advise the people on how to prevent the spread of diseases commonly associated with floods such as malaria and dengue," said Yong.