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Hundreds of rivers swell as China summer flood season revs up

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:13 PM

Summer flooding is an annual scourge in China, often focused along the vast Yangtze basin that drains much of the central part of the country

FIGHTING FLOODS. This photo taken on July 11, 2020 shows workers preparing anti-flood measures at a gate of a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

At least 52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Authorities warn more rain is expected as rescue operations continue in southwestern Japan

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) In the worst-affected region of Kumamoto, bad weather is preventing some rescue efforts, local officials say, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Tsunagi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 6, 2020. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Dozens dead, missing in Japan as heavy rain causes floods, mudslides

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The floods in Kyushu island have destroyed houses, swept away vehicles and caused bridges to collapse, leaving many towns submerged and communities cut off

FLOODS. Residents are evacuated from flood-affected area by rubber boats in Kuma village, Kumamoto prefecture, on July 5, 2020. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Two dams fail in U.S. state of Michigan, thousands evacuated

May 21, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declares a state of emergency in Midland County, site of the breached dams, in the towns of Edenville and Sanford

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN - MAY 20: View of floodwaters flowing from the Tittabawassee River into the lower part of downtown Midland on May 20, 2020 in Midland, Michigan. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate after two dams in Sanford and Edenville collapsed causing water from the Tittabawassee River to flood nearby communities. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Baby drowns after being swept away by flood in Bacolod

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:23 PM

The 5-month-old baby boy was with his relatives when raging floodwaters caused by a heavy downpour suddenly swept their riverside home, say local officials

FOUND. The body of the 5-month-old boy, whose house was swept away in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City on March 6, 2020, was found by a seashell gatherer the following morning in Barangay 35. Photo courtesy by Bacolod Police Station 1

Torrential rains flood Indonesia capital

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:02 PM

There are no immediate reports of casualties after the latest deluge, but parts of the city grind to a halt as neighborhoods are swamped in muddy water, while power outages hit some districts

FLOODING. Motorists are seen trapped on a flooded toll road after heavy rain in Bekasi, West Java on February 25, 2020. Photo by Rezas/AFP

Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control

CONTAINED. A car makes its way through rows of charred trees following bushfires in Budgong National Park in New South Wales on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Floods fail to end Australia's years-long drought

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:46 PM

Hydrologists believe the deluge – which has caused flooding and doused many fires – is a taste of things to come

RAIN. Cattle graze as it rains on the outskirts of Nowra in Australia's New South Wales state on January 16, 2020. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Thousands in shelters as Indonesia flood death toll hits 60

Jan 04, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) This week's disaster marks Jakarta's worst flooding since 2013 when dozens were killed after the city was inundated by monsoon rains

INDONESIA FLOODS. A man carries his sick wife to the river bank to take a boat for medical assistance at the Sukarame village in Lebak, Banten province on January 3, 2020, after flooding triggered by heavy rain which started on New Year's Eve hit the area. Photo by Sammy/AFP

Indonesia flood rescuers hunt for missing after 43 killed

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Around 192,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters, with many unable to return to waterlogged homes in neighborhoods that have been turned into wastelands

Indonesia floods leave nearly 30 dead, several missing

Jan 02, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Tens of thousands of Indonesia's residents are evacuated to temporary shelters in the area, home to some 30 million, with scores of homes damaged

FLOODS. A fleet of taxis are seen at the operator's submerged parking lot following overnight rain in Jakarta on January 1, 2020. Photo by Ralia/AFP

9 dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

Jan 01, 2020 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) A 16-year-old is electrocuted by a power line, while 3 more people die of hypothermia

TORRENTIAL FLOODS. This handout aerial picture taken and released on January 1, 2020 by Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows flooded houses and buildings following overnight rain in Jakarta. Photo by AFP

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Ursula brings Christmas Day floods to Visayas provinces

Dec 25, 2019 - 2:10 PM

Typhoon Ursula strikes several provinces in Visayas, resulting in severe flooding after heavy rains

MASSIVE FLOODING. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

#ReliefPH: How to help victims of flash floods in Cagayan, Isabela

Dec 07, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Here's how you can help affected communities in Cagayan, Isabela

IN PHOTOS: Floods hit several towns in Cagayan

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Governor Manuel Mamba appeals for help as Cagayan is placed under a state of calamity

Inundated Venice braced for more flooding, strong winds

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro says a fund will be opened where people in Italy and around the world could contribute to the historic city's repair

FLOODED. A general view shows a person walking across the flooded St. Mark's Square, with St. Mark's Basilica (Rear L) and the Bell Tower on November 15, 2019 in Venice, two days after the city suffered its highest tide in 50 years. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

Nov 15, 2019 - 2:09 PM

The crisis, driven by bad weather, prompts the government to release 20 million euros in funds to tackle the devastation

FLOODED. Pedestrians walk across the flooded St. Mark's Square past St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight high tide water level, on November 13, 2019 in Venice. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

2 dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Nearly a million more people are advised to leave their homes after the country's weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu

HEAVY RAINS. Pedestrians walk in floodwaters after heavy rains outside Saga station in the southwestern city of Saga on August 28, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Floods hit Ilocos Norte, Metro Manila due to Ineng, monsoon

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Residents in Ilocos Norte, especially Laoag City, experience massive flooding

FLOOD. Pedestrians and commuters wade through flooded streets of Estrada and Arellano in Malate, Manila on August 24, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Fresh flood alert in southern India as monsoon death toll hits 244

Aug 14, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities warn Kerala locals of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst affected regions of the state popular with tourists

HEAVY RAIN. In this photo taken on August 12, 2019, palm trees are pictured in floodwaters of the Cauvery River, following heavy monsoon rains in Siddapur town in the southern state of Karnataka. Photo by AFP

1 million moved into camps, 184 dead in India monsoon floods

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The southern state of Kerala has been the worst hit region for the second consecutive year

EVACUATION. Residents are being evacuated from their home to a safer place following floods warnings, on a wooden boat at Kadamakkudi near Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on August 10, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

India flood toll jumps to 144 as roads, highways cut off

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say bad weather and damaged infrastructure are affecting rescue and relief work

Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after landslide kills 52

Aug 11, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rains pound Myanmar's Mon, Karen and Kachin states, flooding roads and destroying bridges. The country's armed forces are pitching in to help.

LANDSLIDE. Rescue workers watch a search operation for landslide victims in Paung township, Mon state on August 10, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Myanmar floods force tens of thousands from homes

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Aerial images from Shwegyin township in Bago region showed how the area had become a vast lake of water

Houses submerged in floodwaters are seen in Shwegyin township, Bago Region on August 8, 2019. Raging monsoon flooding across Myanmar has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks, officals said on August 8, as seasonal rains pummel the nation. Ye Aung THU / AFP

LOOK: Heavy rain floods areas in Metro Manila on Friday, August 2

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:47 PM

In Metro Manila, the downpour brought by the southwest monsoon causes floods, triggering traffic and suspensions of classes and government work

FLOODS. Motorists and vehicles wade through floods brought by heavy rain at UN Avenue, Manila, on Friday morning, August 2, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Rehabilitation body appeals for public understanding amid Boracay flooding

Jul 18, 2019 - 7:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group attributes the flooding to the ongoing construction of the drainage system in the island, which is eyed for completion next year

BORACAY FLOOD. People wade through knee-deep flood in Boracay caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Falcon. Photo from Malay PNP

Japan on landslide alert as heavy rains lash south

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The Japan Meteorological Agency warns that life-threatening landslides are possible

RAINS. A train stops at a station during a heavy rain in Kagoshima on July 3, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

38 killed as floods worsen in Mozambique after second cyclone

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs describes it as the strongest cyclone to ever lash Africa, and predicts further heavy rain over the coming days

CYCLONE KENNETH. Residents brave the floods in Mazive, southern Mozambique, on April 28, 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Floods in Indonesia kill dozens, thousands displaced

Apr 29, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Indonesia's disaster agency confirms 29 deaths and says at least 13 more people are missing in Sumatra island's Bengkulu province

A police line is placed at a damaged bridge following torrential rain in Bogor, West Java on April 28, 2019. Photo by Rangga Firmansyah/AFP

Extensive flooding in eastern Canada forces evacuations

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Warming weather over the Easter weekend brings spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick

Homes on the verge of being flooded in Laval, Canada, where water remains at a dangerous level on April 21, 2019. Flooding in eastern Canada forced the evacuation of 1,200 people while more than 600 troops have been deployed in response, authorities said Sunday, April 21, 2019. Warming weather over the Easter weekend has brought spring floods due to heavy rains and snowmelt from Ontario to southern Quebec and New Brunswick. MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP / AFP

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

76 dead in Iran floods as Tehran weighs costs

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The floods have caused immense damage with homes, roads, infrastructure and agriculture all hit

New Valenzuela pumping stations to ease floods, says DPWH

Apr 07, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways opens two pumping stations in the barangays of Wawang Pulo and Coloong in Valenzuela City

DPWH opens 2 new pumping stations to address flooding in Valenzuela. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Iran flood death toll reaches 62

Apr 03, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Flood-related deaths are reported in 11 out of Iran's 31 provinces

FLOODED IRAN STREETS. An Iranian woman walks through a flooded street in the city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, on April 02, 2019. Photo by Aziz Babanejad/Tasnim News/AFP

'We have lost everything': Afghans describe deadly floods

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Flash floods in Afghanistan kill at least 35 people, wash away houses, destroy temporary shelters, and cut off access to remote villages

Iran president visits flood-hit zones as death toll hits 43

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:41 PM

A day of mourning has been declared for Thursday, March 28, in the southern city of Shiraz, the worst-hit area where the flooding claimed the lives of 19 people and injured more than 100

ROUHANI VISIT. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on March 27, 2019, shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) during a visit to areas affected by floods in the country's northeastern Golestan region. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Death toll in 'unprecedented' Iran floods rises to 21

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:37 PM

With 20 of Iran's 31 provinces experiencing floods or facing an imminent threat, the country's National Crisis Management Committee is activated at the cabinet level

IRAN FLOODS. An image made available by Iran's Mehr News agency on March 25, 2019, shows cars piling up in a street in the southern city of Shiraz. Photo by Amin Berenjkar/ Mehr News/AFP

Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 remain unaccounted for in the disaster's aftermath

EVACUATION. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Military on March 19, 2019 shows soldiers helping residents to evacuate after the flash floods in Sentani. Handout photo by Indonesian military/AFP

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 89 with dozens missing

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Indonesian government issues a 14-day state of emergency in Papua

INDONESIA FLOODING. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on March 19, 2019 shows a flooded area in Sentani. Handout photo by BNBP/AFP

Baby reunited with dad as Indonesia flood death toll hits 79

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) The 5-month old is plucked from debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit town of Sentani

At least 42 dead in floods in Indonesia's Papua province

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday

At least 24 dead as Cyclone Idai hits eastern Zimbabwe

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Zimbabwe officials say 24 are dead with over 100 people missing

FLOODED. Rain, which is believed to be the beginning of Tropical cyclone Idai coming from central Mozambique, falls in the flooded districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in southern Malawi, on March 15, 2019. Photo by Amos Gumulira/AFP

Floods kill 66 in Mozambique, 45 in Malawi

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The floods in one of Africa's poorest countries have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households, and 141,325 people

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

About half of Australia's 25-million strong cattle herd is bred in Queensland state, and graziers say the floods – described as a once-a-century event – could devastate their industry

FLOODS. A handout photo from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) shows the flooding in Townsville. Photo by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AFP

'Worst over' as Australia begins flood clean-up

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Communities remain cut off and thousands are still without power in the state of Queensland

EVACUATION. Army vehicles enter Townsville to help evacuate flood-affected people from Townsville on February 4, 2019, as the recent downpour in Australia's tropical north has seen some areas get a year's worth of rainfall in a week. Photo by AFP

Military steps in as Australia floods bring crocs to the streets

Feb 04, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has seen some areas get a year's worth of rainfall in a week

AUSTRALIA FLOODING. A handout photo taken and received February 4, 2019, from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) shows the flooding in Townsville. Photo by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services/AFP

'Unprecedented' flooding to hit northeast Australia

Feb 03, 2019 - 12:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'It's basically not just a one-in-20-year event, it's a one-in-100-year event,' says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

This recent undated handout picture provided by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and received by AFP on February 3, 2019 shows floodwaters as they rush over the Aplins Weir in Townsville after days of torrential rain. - Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. (Photo by Handout / QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES / AFP) / ---- EDITORS NOTE - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Queensland Fire and Emergency Services" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Nearly 20,000 people flee Davao Region floods

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say at least 58 barangays across the Davao Region implemented forced evacuation

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides climbs to 68

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:00 PM

6 people are still declared missing after the disaster

LANDSLIDE. This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows Indonesian rescuers recovering a body after a landslide in Gowa, after heavy rains and strong winds pounded the southern part of Sulawesi island. Photo by Yusuf Wahil/AFP