Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SHAKE AND BLOW
Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000
by Staff Writers
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 24, 2017


At least 500 dead, 810 missing in Sierra Leone disaster
Freetown (AFP) Aug 24, 2017 - The death toll from the flood and mudslide disaster that struck Sierra Leone's capital in mid-August now exceeds 500 and 810 people are listed as missing, the government said Thursday.

"The death toll has risen slightly above 500," Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said at a ceremony to receive relief supplies provided by Japan.

Separately, government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay said 810 people were listed as missing, a figure that concurs with estimates by NGOs in the past few days.

The city of Freetown -- capital of one of the world's poorest countries -- was struck by devastating floods and a mudslide on the night of August 13-14.

The previous toll, given by the city's central morgue, stood at 499 dead, 156 of them children.

Vandy Rogers, a senior official with the country's national emergency services, said the number of people who had been "directly affected" by the disaster was around 6,000.

On Tuesday, the authorities warned tourists and locals against swimming in Freetown's waters after 60 bodies washed up.

Baratay said soldiers, supported by forensic experts from Spain, would continue to search for those missing, "as most families want bodies of their loved ones (to) be evacuated and given a dignified burial."

The location of the mudslide would later be turned into a memorial, he said.

The disaster was preceded by torrential rain that saturated the soil and left vulnerable slopes liable to collapse, the interim head of the Sierra Leone Institution of Geoscientists, Solomon Tucker, said.

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region's worst monsoon disaster in recent years.

Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have been deployed across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where authorities say a total of 1,013 bodies have been recovered since August 10 when intense rainfall started falling.

All three countries suffer frequent flooding during the monsoon rains, but the Red Cross has termed the latest disaster the worst in decades in some parts of South Asia.

It says entire communities have been cut off and many are short of food and clean water.

"It has been a difficult year," said Anil Shekhawat, spokesman for India's national disaster response force.

"In the last few months there have been floods in western, eastern and northern parts of the country," Shekhawat told AFP.

Twenty-six bodies were found Wednesday in Bihar, a hard-hit state in India's east, taking the death toll there to 367, said Anirudh Kumar, a top state disaster management official.

"We still have nearly 11 million people affected in 19 districts of the state," he told AFP, adding nearly 450,000 flood evacuees had taken shelter in government refuges.

In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, floods have swamped nearly half the vast state of 220 million, India's most populous.

Disaster management agency spokesman T.P. Gupta said 86 people had died and more than two million were affected by the disaster there.

The state borders Nepal, where 146 people have died and 80,000 homes destroyed in what the United Nations is calling the worst flooding in 15 years.

Nepal's home ministry warned the death toll could rise as relief teams reach more remote parts of the impoverished country.

- Widespread destruction -

In India's northwest, landslides caused by heavy rain have claimed 54 lives, the vast majority in one huge avalanche of mud that swept two buses off a mountainside.

The situation was slowly easing in West Bengal and Assam, two states in India's east and northeast where 223 people have died.

Floods in Assam -- the second wave to hit the state in less than four months -- have wrought widespread destruction, killing 71 people and forcing animals in a local wildlife sanctuary to seek higher ground.

One Bengal tiger and 15 rare one-horned rhinos were found dead and conservationists feared there could be further loss of life as poachers sought to capitalise on the exodus.

In the low-lying state of West Bengal, where 152 people have died, hundreds of thousands have escaped submerged villages by boats and makeshift rafts to reach government aid stations.

Across the border in Bangladesh, water levels were slowly returning to normal in the main Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers.

The government's disaster response body said Thursday the death toll stood at 137, with more than 7.5 million affected since flooding hit the riverine nation.

Every year hundreds die in landslides and floods during the monsoon season that hits India's southern tip in early June and sweeps across the South Asia region for four months.

Last year nearly 1,500 people died and half a million homes were destroyed in floods across the country, according to India's home ministry.

SHAKE AND BLOW
Sudan warns of floods as Nile water level surges
Khartoum (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely "massive floods" as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt. Almost 75 percent of the water in the Ni ... read more

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

SHAKE AND BLOW
Italy's deadly flirtation with illegal building

Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past

SHAKE AND BLOW
Defeating cyberattacks on 3-D printers

Understanding brittle crack behaviors to design stronger materials

Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal

Solidifying advanced alloy design

SHAKE AND BLOW
Fish stress hormones linked to tendency to take the bait

Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters

Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study

Climate change deepens threat to Pacific island wildlife

SHAKE AND BLOW
Satellite photos reveal gigantic outburst floods

Methane hydrate is not a smoking gun in the Arctic Ocean

Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

Scientists are recruiting Alaskans to help them track berry patches

SHAKE AND BLOW
Can 'reading' leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops

Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops

Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses

Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago

SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon Hato leaves 16 dead after lashing southern China

Italy mourns Amatrice, where quake wounds still weep

24 million affected by South Asia floods: Red Cross

Hero boy saved little brother when Italy quake struck

SHAKE AND BLOW
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441

Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi

Dalai Lama cancels Botswana trip with 'exhaustion'

SHAKE AND BLOW
Both chimpanzees and humans spontaneously imitate each other's actions

Research reveals how neurons communicate

New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry

To teach kids morals, read books with humans not animals




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement