Landslides in Indonesia kill at least 11

Two landslides triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia have left at least 11 dead and 18 injured, officials say.

The second landslide in Cihanjuang village in the Sumedang district of West Java province occurred as rescuers were still evacuating people following the first disaster on Saturday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati said.

Rescuers were among the victims, he said on Sunday.

The rain stopped on Saturday night. A bridge and roads were blocked by the landslides as authorities struggled to bring in heavy equipment to clear the debris.

Seasonal rains and high tide in recent days have caused dozens of landslides and widespread flooding across much of Indonesia.

The chain of 17,000 islands is home to millions of people who live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood plains close to rivers.

It comes a day after Sriwijaya Air jet carrying 62 people crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta in heavy rain.

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UK weather: Landslides and flooding after half a month’s rain falls in one day | UK News

Caravans were evacuated and drivers rescued after parts of the UK saw half a month of rainfall in one day.

On Saturday, a delivery van driver had to be rescued from flood water at Newbridge on Usk in Wales.

And on Friday night, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to a caravan site on the border with Devon after water breached flood defences.

A flooded park in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire after the River Avon burst its banks

Rescuers checked 50 caravans to see if the people inside were alright and they helped 18 people leave the site, some were rehoused due to the danger posed by the weather.

There were fears for a coal tip above Wattstown in the Rhondda Valley after material started moving down the side of the mountain on Saturday.

The local council said residents of the town were being warned to stay away from the site.

“While the landslip does not pose any risk to properties, there remains the possibility for further movement at the site and it is imperative that members of the public continue to stay away,” a spokesman said.

“The council has been in urgent discussions with the Welsh government following the event and options are now being considered for securing the site.”

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said Whitebarrow in Devon saw the most rain on Friday, with 138mm falling in 24 hours.

In Carmarthenshire, south Wales, a total of 98mm fell at Llyn-y-Fan Blaenau during the same period, described by Mr Morgan as “well over what we would expect”.

“For those upland areas we generally see around 200 to 250mm rain expected across the whole of December.

“So we saw roughly half a month’s worth of rain falling in a day in those locations and even at lower levels we saw quite widely 30 to 50mm of rain,” he said.

In the early hours of Sunday, a number of flood warnings and alerts remained in place across south Wales and the south west of England.

Just before 5am, there were 17 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and action should be taken.

These covered Keswick Campsite, parts of the River Fowey, River Lynher, River Ouse, River Severn, River Tamar, River Torridge and River Wye, as well as Washford River.

There are also 60 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

Natural Resources Wales has five flood warnings and 15 flood alerts, mainly covering the south of the country.

Sky News weather producer Chris England said: “Early showers in the South and West will become more widespread on Sunday morning, although some eastern parts may well stay dry and sunny.

“Showers will continue in most areas for a time in the afternoon, extending into more of the east, but Ireland and central and southern Britain will see the showers fading, as more general rain moves into the West Country. Northwest Scotland can expect some prolonged rain to

“Monday will bring prolonged rain across most parts from the South West, with clearer skies and a few showers following, but northwest Scotland probably won’t see more than a scattering of showers.”

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Upper Murray landslides set farmers back time and again after summer bushfire crisis | The Border Mail

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Every time the heavens open on the Upper Murray, scores of landholders throughout the valleys are sitting ducks. They know it’s only a matter of time before flash floods spew bushfire debris onto their properties. The unprecedented scale of the summer bushfire crisis in the Upper Murray left a barren, charred and splintered landscape, capable of expelling rocks, sand and silt for kilometres under the right conditions. Almost 12 months since the emergency, Upper Murray farmers struggling to rebuild their lives and livelihoods are still battling devastating landslides with every big rainfall. Biggara, Thowgla and Nariel Valley landholders have had roads blocked by rivers of rock coming down the mountains; new fences put up in the bushfire recovery have been simply buried. At Cudgewa, flooding after last month’s rain threatened a new wool shed that was spared from the bushfires and with it the spring wool clip. Landowners adjoining a national park, state forests and crown land are forking out thousands of dollars in equipment and time to mop up the mess generated by a monumental erosion problem stemming from the bushfires. There is no end in sight for some. Third-generation Biggara farmer Greg Wild’s property, which adjoins Biggara Reserve (vacant land), has been a dumping ground for debris washed out of two gullies – starting in the reserve and running kilometres through his farm – after every big rainfall since the bushfires. “Erosion from the steep part of the mountain blocked my driveway for weeks and half-filled a shed not long after the fires,” he said. “Since that initial major landslide the Upper Murray Road has been blocked four or five times, which has been cleared by Towong council workers. “The stuff that ended up near my house, I’ve spread out and made a track and levelled out the nearby paddock, which raised it half a metre. “If you go up into the bush, the gully is metres deeper and wider than it used to be. “Every time we get rain it fills up and overflows; there are two-metre waves every time we get an inch of rain in a short period.” Mr Wild said his neighbours were in the same boat. “My neighbours have had similar problems with their irrigation bays and channels filled up two or three times with debris,” Mr Wild said. “It’s happened at Thowgla every time there’s a downpour. “It won’t go away until it’s fixed; it’s one of my biggest jobs this year and it’s all unpaid work. “Immediately after the bushfires I put up a boundary fence and the overflowing gully just buried it with debris.” Mr Wild bought a 90 horsepower loader to fill in some of the erosion and had put more than 200 hours’ work into it. He said recurrent landslides had already washed away newly-made tracks and – unlike bushfires – insurance didn’t cover any damage. “The problem hasn’t been addressed at the source of it,” Mr Wild said. “The trees break up the mountain; now there’s nothing to hold the mountain together.” IN OTHER NEWS: Cudgewa cattle producer and woolgrower Alice Albert said their new wool shed and temporary housing units were threatened by flooding last month. She said after every big rainfall this year massive volumes of water and silt overflowed from the creeks running through their property. “We had hay bales six-foot-high and the water picked them up and carried them away like little boats,” she said. “We back on to the national park and every time the water comes down the mountain out of Bluff Falls, it runs through the Stony Creek and into the Cudgewa Creek. “There’s nothing holding the water back; the blackberries have all gone, the timber is all gone.” Having already lost their home of nearly 40 years and the backbone of their breeding operation (200 fine-wool Merino ewes and four stud rams) in the summer bushfires, Mrs Albert said they were now being rocked by landslides, altogether too often. She said every time it rained the property was cut off for a few hours. “We have always been flooded in and out but not as frequently as we are now,” Mrs Albert said. Together with husband Greg, Mrs Albert said they had put up electric fencing in the national park on their own time years ago when there was a wild dog problem. She said while there was financial help for fencing materials, labour was an issue. “When the kids were little, my husband and me would put them on the school bus, pack a picnic and go up fencing in the national park for the day,” Mrs Albert said. “Now we’re 61 and 67 years old, I don’t know how we could be expected to do that.” Mr Wild said government funding would go some way to alleviating the problem for landholders throughout the valley. He believed a broken granite wall in the gullies would divert some water and catch much of the erosion. “Most people who had significant damage out of the bushfires got $75,000 in aid,” he said. “The magnitude of the erosion disaster would warrant another $75,000. “Everyone with a gully on their property in this little area is suffering from the problem. “We got every one of these heavy storms that hit this year. “Thowgla has definitely had their share of them.” A Biggara fire captain and training officer two decades ago, Mr Wild said mismanagement of public land over many years was partly to blame for the scale of the summer bushfire crisis. He said the situation was not a “natural occurrence”. “I have never seen anything like these fires,” Mr Wild said. “It was like a big, brown cloud and we didn’t have a hope of putting it out. “I saved my house and lost a shed; everything burnt but 40 acres on the river flats. “You wouldn’t believe the kangaroos on my front lawn; the loss of wildlife was devastating. “I had a couple of pairs of lyrebirds up in the gully; they used to compete with each other because they’re show-offs. But they couldn’t have survived it. We need to be better at all of this!” Despite the challenging year, Mr Wild never imagined himself anywhere else. “I love the place,” he said. “I’ve got everything that people would ever wish to have in life. I can go and sit at the river or have a swim in the summer. “They’ll have to carry me out of here.”


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6 people missing after Alaska landslides, at least 4 homes destroyed

Search and rescue operations will begin Thursday.

Six people are missing and at least four houses have been destroyed after a series of landslides hit Haines, Alaska, Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Several slides occurred during the day. The largest, in Battery Hill, was about 600 feet wide and trapped about 30 people. The victims were soon evacuated, Haines Borough Mayor Douglas Olerud told The Associated Press.

As of Wednesday night, there are approximately 9 feet of mud and trees covering the area where the houses were destroyed, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Search and rescue operations were suspended for the evening due to rumbling unstable ground. Juneau’s Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue, SEADOGS, and Capital City Fire Department medics will be departing Thursday morning on an Army Guard helicopter to assist in the rescue efforts. Due to severe turbulence, they were not able to visit the area Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the mayor issued a declaration of emergency due to the severe flooding in the area caused by a winter storm. The declaration states that due to heavy rain and snow, several roads are flooded and impassable and there was significant infrastructure loss due to the deterioration and collapse of roads. “Several Haines Borough residents have lost their homes both due to flooding and mud slides,” Olerud’s declaration states.

Due to the declaration of emergency, the town closed its school and non-essential businesses.

“Haines is going to be needing lots of prayers,” Olerud wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. “We have several roads that have washed out, mud slides, and houses flooding. Crews have been working all night but the amount of rain we are getting is making it difficult for them to address all the problems. Please be patient with each other. These are stressful times but Haines will come together and help each other. If you are in an emergency situation contact dispatch at 766-2121.”

Various local businesses are helping out the community by providing food and blankets to those in need.

“To our Haines angels, thank you Sarah J’s, Rusty Compass, Alpenglow and Krystal Lloyd for feeding our responders. Your support is greatly appreciated,” the Haines Borough Police Department wrote on Facebook late Wednesday.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, groups are also organizing socially distanced evacuation efforts, and calling residents to leave their homes and convene at the beach, the police department announced on Facebook. On Wednesday, the mayor recommended residents living in risk zones evacuate to local hotels.

The Statewide Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is working on sheltering and other disaster aspects, and the Alaska State Troopers are working with government and non-government agencies to get residents affected the help they need, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

“At this point we are aware that damage has occurred in the town of Haines following the report of multiple landslides in the borough,” Capt. Stephen White, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau, said in a statement, according to the AP. “The scope of the damage is unknown at this time but we are proactively moving several assets and personnel to provide assistance to local first responders and the residents who may have been impacted by the landslides.”

Haines Borough is currently running on an emergency power supply, as Lutak Dock, where the town receives its fuel barge, is on the other side of one of the washed out roads, Olerud’s declaration states. The declaration will remain in place for at least seven days.

ABC News’ Michelle Mendez contributed to this report.

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Hurricane Eta Lashes Nicaragua With Severe Rain, Causing Deadly Landslides

At least two people have died in Nicaragua after Hurricane Eta battered Central America on November 3, local media reported. Confidencial said two miners died due to a landslide caused by the heavy rain in the municipality of Bonanza. The storm also killed at least one person in Honduras, local media reported. Eta made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Video filmed by Puerto Cabezas resident Rocky Maybeth Castillo shows trees moving in the strong winds, accompanied by heavy rain, after Eta made landfall in Nicaragua. A second video shows damage to the city as conditions remained severe. Credit: Rocky Maybeth Castillo via Storyful

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Flash Flooding and Possible Landslides Forecast in Fire-Affected Areas of Oregon

Residents of northwest Oregon were warned of possible flash flooding and landslides due to heavy rain forecast for areas burned by the Riverside, Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires. This footage, shared by Bobby Corser, shows rainfall as lightning streaks across the sky over Beaverton. The Oregonian reported that heavy downpours were expected to improve air quality but could lead to flash floods in areas recently burned by the three major fires. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for portions of northwest Oregon, including Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills and Northern Oregon Cascades. Credit: Bobby Corser via Storyful

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Central Water Commission issues flood advisory for states, warns of landslides and flash floods | India News

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NEW DELHI: As monsoon rains continue to batter parts of India, the Central Water Commission issued a flood advisory for several states Tuesday, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, warning some hill districts of possible flash floods and landslides.
It also said heavy rainfall will lead to more inflow of water into reservoirs in several states.
An advisory for Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh said heavy-to-extremely heavy rainfall is likely in the coming days. And the water level in Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Ghaggar, Yamuna, Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Ganga, Ramganga, Sarda, Sarju and Ghaghra would rise.
“There is a likelihood of flash floods in some of the hill districts. Necessary precautions have to be taken for possible landslides and blockages of river flows due to landslides in high ranges of these states,” the advisory said.
It advised for monitoring of the rivers for increased inflow.
An advisory for Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa said heavy-to-very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall is expected. There would be a rise in the water levels in the basins of Lower Mahi, Lower Narmada, Lower Tapi and Damanganga, the advisory said.
Narmada, Tapi, Damanganga rivers are rising rapidly and further increase in water level is expected as there is a forecast of heavy rainfall for the next 4-5 days, it said.
Madhuban Dam in Valsad district of Gujarat at present has storage of 67 per cent and is likely to get heavy inflows due to heavy rains.
“Close watch is to be maintained and released if any has to be done, it should be with due care and after informing all downstream districts including Union Territory of Daman,” it said.
Many of the small dams in Saurashtra and Kutch are already near their (Full Reservoir Level) FRL and as extremely heavy rain has also been predicted for Tuesday, a close watch is to be maintained for proper reservoir operation.
Due to forecast of heavy rainfall for 4-5 days in Konkan and Goa and in hill ranges of western ghats in Maharashtra, there is probability of sudden rise in water levels in the west flowing rivers.
“Maximum vigil is to be maintained along the low lying areas of these rivers which are near to railway lines and highways during the above period,” the advisory said.
In an advisory for Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana said heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Odisha and Chhattisgarh during next 4-5.
The Godavari River is also getting good flows due to rain in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana.
The Polavaram project on Godavari in Andhra Pradesh is likely to get around 53,000 cumec (cubic metre per second) till 8.30 am on Wednesday and Laxmi Barrage is likely to get inflows of around 16,500 cumec till Tuesday night.
River Godavari at Kunavaram and Dowlaiswaram Barrage (Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage) in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh is flowing in “severe flood situation”, it added.
The Mahanadi is also likely to get inflow of about 10,100 cumec in Hirakud Dam and the reservoir is likely to continue getting heavy inflows due heavy rainfall in Chhattisgarh catchment, the advisory said.
For Karnataka, it said most of the dams in the Krishna River basin are having storage between 86 to 98 per cent.
Due to the very heavy rainfall forecasted in central Maharashtra, Hidkal and Malaprabha are also getting heavy inflows.
The Krishna at Gokak Falls in Belagavi district of Karnataka is flowing above danger level.
The advisory for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh said water levels in rivers such as Chambal, Mahi, Sabarmati, Kalisindh, Banas are likely to rise.
The Narmada at Mandla in Madhya Pradesh is flowing close to danger level.
The advisory for Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal said many rivers in Bihar continue to flow in severe to above normal flood situations with falling trend. The situation will continue for another 3-4 days.

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Three children among five killed in Nepal monsoon landslides

Kathmandu: Five people including three children were killed in two landslides in Nepal, raising to 175 the toll of dead since the monsoon season began in May, a home ministry official said on Saturday.

A 30-year-old woman and her three children, aged between 10 months and nine years, were killed when a landslide triggered by heavy rains swept their house away in Gulmi district in the west of the Himalayan nation on Friday, Murari Wasti said.

One person was killed in another landslide in Sunsari district in east Nepal.

Wasti said at least 108 people were missing and 52 others injured in landslides and floods since the monsoon began in May.

In India, floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have wreaked havoc. About 8 million people have been displaced and more than 110 have died since May in India’s eastern Bihar and northeastern Assam, two of the nation’s poorest states.

In neighbouring Bangladesh, heavy floods have submerged nearly 50,000 hectares of paddy fields, according to officials from the Agriculture Ministry.


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Assam landslide today: Landslides leave 20 dead, 9 injured in south Assam | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: At least 20 people, including women and children, were buried alive after massive landslides, triggered by incessant rain, hit three districts in southern Assam’s Barak Valley early on Tuesday morning. Nine other injured people are battling for their lives in different hospitals.
“In Kaliganj area of Karimganj district that borders Bangladesh, six people, five of them are from one family, were killed by the landslide that buried them along with their house,” said district officials.
The second landslide occurred at Kolapur village under Joypur police station in Cachar district where seven people, including three females, were buried under their house. The incident took place at around 5am on Tuesday.
The third mishap happened at Bhtatbazar village in Hailakandi district in which another seven people were buried alive in the landslide. Among the dead, six are from the same family and includes four children.
Rescue operation were on while after another erosion was reported at Fulertal Cachar under the Lakhipur revenue circle, authorities immediately evacuated the occupants of the houses and moved them to a safer place.

“Deeply anguished at the loss of lives due to landslides triggered by incessant rain in Barak valley. I have directed Cachar, Hailakandi & Karimganj district administrations and SDRF to step up rescue, relief operations and facilitate all possible help needed to those affected,” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted.

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