Death Toll From Spanish Flood Rises To Seven

A handout picture released by the Spanish army’s emergency unit UME shows a flooded area in the eastern province of Murcia on September 14, 2019. Handout / UME / AFP

 

The death toll from torrential rains and floods in southeastern Spain rose to seven on Tuesday after the discovery of the body of a missing 66-year-old Dutch national, local officials said.

The alarm was raised on Sunday after a man was sucked into flood water in a canal at Dolores, a town 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Alicante.

The body, matching a description by the Dutchman’s family, was recovered in San Fulgencio village several kilometres (miles) away, said a central governent spokesman in the region.

Torrential rains battered the area between Wednesday and Sunday, causing widespread flooding and leaving many areas cut off. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes with help from the army.

AFP

Flood Sacks Six Communities In Niger State

A file photo of a flooded community.

 

 

Six communities in Shiroro and Lapai Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Niger State have been flooded after heavy rains which lasted more than 12 hours.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Ahmed Inga, confirmed this to reporters in Minna, the state capital.

The affected communities are Gurmana, Manta, Bunuku, Gungu, and Falele in Shiroro LGA and Gulu in Lapai LGA.

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Although no casualty has been reported, several hectares of farmlands, houses and animals were said to have been destroyed by the flood.

Inga said the agency could not yet quantify the extent of damage done, but report gathered so far showed that the disaster was a serious one.

He, however, revealed that the agency has dispatched officials to the area on the directive of the state governor, Abubakar Bello, for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

“We have dispatched two teams to the areas. For now, I cannot say the extent of damage done, but from reports, it is very serious,” the SEMA boss said.

The latest incident comes less than a month after the flood disaster in Minna which claimed the lives of three persons and destroyed several houses and property.

Hundreds Flee Flood-Ravaged Bahamas

People await evacuation at a dock in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, on September 7, 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

 

Bahamians who lost everything in the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian were scrambling Saturday to escape the worst-hit islands by sea or by air, after the powerful storm left at least 43 people dead with officials fearing a “significantly” higher toll.

A loosely coordinated armada of passenger planes, helicopters and both private and government boats and ships — including redirected cruise liners — was converging on the horribly battered Abaco Islands to help with evacuations, both to Nassau and to the US mainland.

But Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that “Nassau cannot possibly accommodate” all the Abaco victims. He said plans were being hammered out for constructing tents and other temporary accommodations, the Nassau Guardian reported Saturday.

For now, he said, supplies of food and water were adequate, though several witnesses from Abaco contested that.

A cruise ship carrying 1,400 evacuees arrived Saturday in Riviera Beach, Florida, CNN reported.

More than 260 Abacos residents arrived Friday in Nassau on a government-chartered ferry. Another, carrying 200, was set to leave on Saturday.

Residents said conditions on the islands were brutal. They said the smell of unrecovered bodies, along with mounting piles of garbage, was oppressive and unsanitary.

Hundreds or even thousands of people were still missing, officials said, as search-and-rescue teams continued their grim search. Morticians with body bags were beginning to arrive.

Minnis said the death toll — 35 so far in the Abacos and eight in Grand Bahama — was likely to climb “significantly.”

He called the loss of life “catastrophic and devastating.”

The final death toll “will be staggering,” Health Minister Duane Sands said earlier.

A UN World Food Program team estimated that 90 percent of buildings in Marsh Harbour were damaged.

UN relief officials said more than 70,000 people on Grand Bahama and Abaco were in need of assistance. The WFP was sending food and supplies.

The US Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and private organizations have been helping evacuate island residents to Nassau, hampered by damaged piers and airport runways.

The Coast Guard said Saturday, however, that all Bahamian ports had now reopened. It said it had deployed nine cutters to the islands and that six of its MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters had so far rescued 290 people.

 ‘It’s not right’ 

Chamika Durosier was waiting early Saturday at the Abaco airport. The island, she said, was unsafe.

“The home that we were in fell on us,” she said. “We had to crawl — got out crawling. By the grace of God we are alive.”

She described the increasingly desperate plight of those left behind.

“People have no food. People have no water, and it’s not right. They should have been gone.

“Dead bodies are still around and it’s not sanitary.”

At Marsh Harbour’s commercial port, Miralda Smith, a Haitian national, had arrived overnight on foot and was waiting in sweltering heat with dozens of other evacuees for passage to Nassau.

“We have no water, no electricity — we’re dying,” she said. “It’s really catastrophic.”

Many evacuees were Haitian workers who had seen their makeshift homes in a shantytown known as The Mudd completely flattened.

Those who have made it to safety awaited news of loved ones.

Diane Forbes was desperately searching for her two sons among some 200 evacuees at a shelter in Nassau.

On Tuesday, when last she heard from them, her sons told her that “they were hungry, and the scent of the bodies, the dead, was really getting to them.”

Dorian, a monstrous Category 5 hurricane when it raked through the Bahamas, was buffeting southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada, on Saturday with tropical storm-force winds, the National Hurricane Center said at 11:00 am (1500 GMT).

The Canadian Hurricane Centre predicted a landfall near Halifax and issued hurricane warnings for parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Earlier, Dorian brought flooding and power outages but no major damage to the coastal Carolinas and Virginia.

In the Bahamas, the scene was very different, as the newly homeless were growing frustrated at the slow speed of relief and evacuation efforts.

“There’s no gas station, no food stores, my job is gone,” said Melanie Lowe of Marsh Harbour. She survived the storm packed in a two-bedroom apartment with 16 other people.

Hazmat suits and body bags 

Arrangements were being made Saturday to care for the dead and account for the missing.

Mortuary workers in white hazmat suits, blue gloves and masks could be seen in Marsh Harbour carrying corpses in green body bags and loading them onto flatbed trucks.

President Donald Trump offered US support, adding in a video statement that “any cruise ship companies willing to act as stationary housing, etc., I am sure would be appreciated!”

At the Abaco airport on Saturday, Tanya McDermott was waiting with her husband and young son for a plane to Nassau.

With the injured given priority on outbound flights, they waited.

“We are going to wait around all day if we have to,” Tanya McDermott said.

“We are going to hope for the best.”

AFP

Flood: Two Women, Teenager Drown In Nasarawa

 

Three people have been killed following heavy rain in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The victims – two women and a teenage boy – were said to be returning from a night vigil on Thursday morning before they got drowned in Amba River located along Kilema Road Lafia.

The three persons died as a result of an overflow of the river following the downpour which lasted hours.

Shortly after the incident, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa visited the area and promised to tackle the environmental challenges in the state.

 

He listed some of the steps to be taken by the government to include expansion of water channels, road construction, and river dredging, among others.

Governor Sule said, “The one thing that has to be done is increase the length of the area that will allow the water to pass, so we would extend the bridge so that we can have more water passing.

“Number two is to ensure that we dredge this particular area of the river to allow for more space, but the biggest problem we have which we will have to talk to our people is that most of the waste from Lafia taking over the places and causing this blockage.

 

The governor, however, warned residents to stop dumping waste on water channels while the government tries to minimise the impact flooding in the state.

“It is the blockage that is the cause of this problem. We have to find a way to avoid that.

“And for this one, we would find a solution, and then we would do the bigger work; that is why we introduced this monthly sanitation so that we can reduce such problems,” he stated.

Eighth Body Found After Morocco Football Match Flood

 

Morocco authorities said Monday they had found the body of a person missing after a flood hit a football pitch, bringing to eight the number of people killed in last week’s tragedy.

The flood took place when a nearby river burst its banks in the southern region of Taroudant on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old boy and six elderly men were killed and have since been buried, while rescuers continued the search for an eight victim who was swept away by the flood, authorities said.

The last body was found some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the village of Tizret near where an amateur football tournament had been taking place.

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Photographs and videos shared on social media showed muddy waters carrying away people who had clambered on top of a building flattened by the flood.

Authorities have opened an investigation and the government has promised to take several measures to avoid such tragedies in the future.

Morocco’s national weather service had warned of the risk of stormy rains on Wednesday afternoon in several provinces.

The heavy downpour followed a dry spell, making the floods more violent, local media reported.

Floods are common in Morocco. In late July, 15 people died in a landslide caused by flash floods on a road south of Marrakesh.

In 2014, floods killed around 50 people and caused considerable damage in the south of the country.

Between 2000 and 2013, a series of 13 major floods killed a total of 263 people in Morocco and caused considerable damage to infrastructure worth $427 million, according to the World Bank.

A study published in 2015 pointed to multiple failures in infrastructure maintenance, prevention, warning and emergency management.

FG Donates Relief Materials To Daura Flood Victims

File Photo of Flood

 

The Federal Government has donated relief materials to victims of Daura community in Katsina State.

The flood victims will also be receiving additional assistance from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says, “Contrary to the allegations that President Muhammadu Buhari has turned his back on the people of Daura, we can confirm that pre-assessment relief materials were dispatched to the victims within 48 hours of the floods.

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“Ten trailer loads of building materials including zinc, planks and cement, as well as tons of grains, cereals and other edibles have so far been delivered.

“The flood victims also received blankets and mattresses”.

Mr Shehu said that the materials were delivered to and signed for by stakeholders while the Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk Umar welcomed the prompt emergency response from NEMA officials.

According to him, NEMA has promised that in line with establishment practices all over the country, as soon as the assessment of the damage to the flood-ravaged communities is reported upon, more food items and building materials would be dispatched.

 

‘My Entire Home Is Destroyed’, Sudan Villagers Lament Over Nile Floods

 

Days after a devastating flood swallowed up his village, Alsediq Abdelqader bulled his truck through the waters in a desperate attempt to locate his small house north of the Sudanese capital.

Flash floods from the Nile inundated his home last week in Wad Ramli village on the eastern river bank, expelling him and his family who managed to clamber aboard a ferry to the nearest dry land.

His drive through the flash floods was not easy as he had to avoid floating mattresses, house appliances and broken tree branches.

“My entire home is destroyed,” said the 57-year-old. “I have lived all my life in this village and I have never seen a flood like this before.”

“I’m struggling to recognise my house and trying to identify it, as some others have done, by the trees around it.”

His home is among thousands destroyed or damaged by the floods that struck at least 15 states, affecting nearly 200,000 people across Sudan.

The worst hit area was White Nile state in the south.

About 62 people were killed and nearly 100 injured overall, said the official SUNA news agency quoting a health ministry official as saying the crisis “did not reach the level of being declared a disaster.”

Volunteers and aid workers immediately rushed to Wad Ramli when the savage floods hit.

Authorities dispatched lorries and boats to wade through the thick water to rescue families and salvage their furniture and valuables.

But Abdelqader was among the less fortunate, unable to find their belongings.

“I have not managed to recover any of my furniture or belongings. My family is now staying with relatives in a nearby village,” said Abdelqader.

‘Mosquitoes Everywhere’

On the main road outside Wad Ramli, piles of sodden furniture are strewn about as homeless families shelter in dozens of make-shift tents.

The crisis comes as Sudan ushers in a political transition to civilian rule.

A prime minister and a civilian majority ruling body are to oversee a three-year transitional period following the ouster of veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.

On Friday, the newly-appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visited Wad Ramli and gave directives to intensify aid efforts.

The UN says the crisis is expected to drag on until October.

“We have not been able to survey the number of houses affected in Wad Ramli due to the rising water levels,” said Farouk Ahmed, supervisor of a Red Crescent aid team.

He estimates the village alone had about 6,000 residents.

And as Wad Ramli inhabitants reel from the floods, residents of nearby villages are bracing themselves for water levels to keep rising.

In Wawesi Gharb village, about half a kilometre (500 yards), 35-year-old farmer Sami Ali says he is running out of ways to roll back the water threat.

“We placed piles of sandbags around houses to reduce the damage in case we were flooded especially after the water surrounded our village from all sides,” he said.

Another resident, 24-year-old Hozeifa al-Ser, expressed fear of an outbreak of diseases especially as “mosquitoes and flies are hovering everywhere”.

‘We Will Go Back’

Mobile health clinics were set up outside the village to serve Wad Ramli but aid workers say medicine and food are in short supply.

In the tents, hundreds of villagers are pondering ways return to their lives.

Along with her two sisters and their families, Nafisa al-Saeed said they plan to go back home after the water recedes.

“We lived in this village all our lives. We will have to go back and rebuild our houses. Authorities just have to build flood barriers but we will not leave this place,” she said.

But 19-year-old Shehab al-Din Mohamed says he lost his documents and identification cards as well as university application papers.

“The academic year will start soon and I have no idea how I would submit my documents after I lost everything,” he said.

“It seems like we will be living here (in the tent) until October, and I have no idea what to do.”

Hundreds Displaced As Flood Sweeps Five LGs In Adamawa

 

Five local government areas of Adamawa state have been submerged following heavy rainfall.

The downpour, which started at about 9am on Saturday and lasted several hours, disrupted commercial and official activities in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

No fewer than 200 residents of Yola have been displaced as a result of flooding that followed the heavy downpour, although no life was lost.

The downpour left many communities submerged, causing culverts to overflow and wreaking havoc in some homes in Yola North and South Local Government Areas of the state.

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Some of the affected areas are Modire in Yolde-Pate, Wuro-Hausa, Shagari, Bachure, Army Barracks Road, Damilu, Jambutu, and parts of Nassarawo in Yola.

The incident attracted the attention of the state government as the Deputy Governor, Mr Crowther Seth, accompanied by other government officials visited the affected communities for on the spot assessment.

He blamed the illegal erection of structures as the cause of perennial flooding in the state capital and appealed to the Federal Government for immediate intervention.

Seth admitted that the problem was overwhelming for the state government, considering the security challenges confronting the state.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Suleiman, said measures have been taken by the agency to cushion the effects on the victims.

Out of the over two hundred displaced persons, 95 per cent are said to be women and children.

According to the SEMA, the local government areas submerged by flood are Yola North, Yola South, Girie, Shelleng and Ganye.

Seen photos of some flooded places below:

Six Killed As Floods Displace Over 600 In Jigawa

 

Six people have been confirmed killed following heavy rainfall in Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, about four Local Government Areas (LGAs) – Kirikasamma, Kafin Hausa, Guri, and Birninkudu – were flooded after the downpour.

Yusuf explained that a pregnant woman named Halima Manu, and two of her children – four-year-old Aisha Manu and two-year-old Dauda Manu – were killed after their mud house collapsed on them.

He added that a couple in Madici Village in Kirikasamma LGA were also killed while in Kafin Hausa LGA, another couple was affected.

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The SEMA boss confirmed that the woman died while her husband was taken to a hospital for treatment.

He noted that a bridge collapsed and many houses were destroyed by flood in Gwaza Village of Birninkudu LGA.

Yusuf said the flood displaced at least 600 people, some of whom are taking refuge in schools in the state.

During a visit to some of the affected villages, the Deputy Governor in the state, Umar Namadi, promised the victims that they would get relief materials from the government.

Kaduna Emergency Agency Warns Residents To Quit Flood-Prone Areas

File Photo: Flood Ravages Several Houses In Kaduna

 

The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Emergency Management Agency (KASEMA) has warned residents living around flood prone areas to evacuate their homes.

According to the agency, as the rains intensify, there’s a likelihood of flooding to occur.

In  2018 alone, over 500 houses were submerged in flood and many residents were displaced  in areas like Going Gora,  Kamazo,  Karatudu,  kigo Road,  Ungwar Rimi,   Rafin Guza,  Romi and Zaria  among others, as a result of their refusal to heed to early warnings by emergency agencies.

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The State Commissioner for Environment, Ibrahim Husseini, says the warnings are important in order to avoid a recurrence of such unfortunate incidents.

This comes days after several persons were killed in Niger State, after some communities were ravaged by flood.

In a similar manner, hundreds were displaced in Jigawa State after some communities were hit by flood.