KwaZulu-Natal Flooding Updates

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), a province in South Africa, has continued to experience the consequences of the flooding that began last week, and is bracing to experience even more flooding as the same storm began pouring rain on South Africa’s east coast yet again on Saturday, April 16. As of Sunday, April 17, at least 40,000 people are without shelter, power, or water–conditions which are expected to continue throughout the coming week as this second bout of rain hits the area. A state of disaster has been declared in KZN, and relief funds are already being donated by the national government and groups like the Motsepe Foundation.

Even without the additional rain, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has already stated that this storm and its damages surpass those of the historic 1987 flood in the same region. At present, those damage tolls count up to 443 dead, 63 missing, and 13,556 buildings affected–3,937 have been completely destroyed. The economic cost of the damage done has not been fully calculated, but the current estimate is at least R5.6 billion in infrastructural damage. Among the dead are Pietermaritzburg search and rescue police officer, Sergeant Busisiswe Mjwara (42) and police dog Leah of the Durban SAPS K9, both of whom drowned, and Constable Thandazile Sithole (31) of the Durban Central Police Station, whose house collapsed on her as a result of the flooding.

Sydney, Australia’s Going on Round Three of Flooding

Sydney floods: Two killed and thousands forced to evacuate - BBC News

Sydney Australia is currently in its 3rd major flooding event after 48 hours of rain.  While in attempts to move cattle to higher grounds, the flash flood resulted in having to leave two horses behind.  In better news two kids where rescued from the back of a car after the parent drove in too deep.  Just in the month of April the city has already received its yearly average rainfall of 1,223.8 mm.  The rivers are rising by 13 meters almost daily and the nearby dam is currently spilling into the river adding to the problem.  Australia hasn’t seen this kind of flooding since 1998.  Shops and business are barricading their outer layer walls in preparation of the quickly rising water, while others along the river has been ordered to evacuate immediately.   Looking into the weather forecast, there is high percentages of rainfall daily all next week.

2022 Australian Flooding

 

 

An Update on South Africa’s Storm

An update on the South African Storm, the last mention stated that the deaths were up to 250, currently, they are up to 306 in the city of Durban, South Africa. This storm is in fact the deadliest storm South Africa has ever seen. As the heaviest rains in 60 years pummelled Durban’s municipality, hillsides have washed away, homes and buildings have collapsed, and more people and more and more people went missing. What was spoken in the last mention of this storm is definitely true, Global warming and storms such as this in South Africa really do pose an impending threat towards less developed countries and they must receive help in becoming more prepared for such events in the future.

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2022/0413/1292163-floods-south-africa/

South African Storms Update

The last mention of the storm system in South Africa noted a couple dozen deaths. At the time of writing, new reports claim over 250 deaths due to flooding from an incredible 2 feet of rain across portions of South Africa. Rain has spanned from Saturday to this past Tuesday as heavy rainfalls has inflicted mass erosion, landslides, and widespread flooding leaving many homeless and stranded. Officials in the impacted areas have stated that over 6,000 buildings and shacks have been destroyed indicating heavy infrastructure damage from dwellings that were not equipped to deal with the level of rain seen. As the rain has subsided, officials have urged residents of low lying areas to seek higher elevation as water levels from rivers are expected to swell and continue to rise over the next few days. More importantly, critical infrastructure such as cell towers and medical centers have been damaged causing recovery issues that will certainly lead to further complications over the next few weeks as recovery efforts continue. The significance of this event is substantial considering this is the deadliest storm in South African history. Global warming and the subsequent appearance of higher magnitude storms at an increased frequency pose an imminent threat to those that are unprepared and indicate the need to adjust preparation parameters for such events in the future.

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 250 people | South Africa | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/13/south-africa-floods-deadliest-storm-on-record-kills-over-250-people

link: https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/more-than-250-killed-as-flooding-inflicts-untold-havoc-in-south-africa/1172275

 

Floods and Landslides Leave 12 Dead in Colombia

On April 07, 2022, the municipality of Abriaqui, Colombia experienced heavy rainfalls causing major floods and landslides in the area. About 12 people were killed and 10 were injured after the incident. Families were required to evacuate and roads affected, were blocked off. Across other big cities such as La Quiebra, Medellín and Bello, homes were damaged and destroyed. Many residents are still managing to recover from the major destruction done in the country.

https://floodlist.com/america/colombia-landslide-floods-antioquia-april-2022. 

Update on Australia’s Flooding

 

 

Last week major flooding in Australia results in 20 casualties, two of which were swept away in the rescue.  Flooding is a natural part of living in Australia but due to the increase in climate change, the floods have become more frequent and more intense. The suburbs built on the flood plain in western Sydney have now experienced their third flood in just the past two years.  Out of the 19 thousand homes there are at least 2 thousand will need to be demolished and rebuilt.  Wednesday, March 9th, Australia went into a national emergency and requested tens of thousands of families evacuate their homes for safety.  This emergency was due to the record rainfall that occurred the previous 16 days and still presented itself by March 9th.  It’s intense to think what the rest of the year will bring in regard to rainfall because by march 8th there was already 872.4mm of rain which broke the record of 815.8mm back in 1965.  There is still forecast of rain even today, but luckily it has slowed up. Australia is in a flood recovery process and is now using new technological approaches for search and rescue. High tech drowns with speakers are allowing a quicker search and is cheaper then sending out whole teams.

 

https://watchers.news/2022/03/08/new-flooding-emergency-and-widespread-damage-across-sydney-manly-dam-under-an-ambert-alert/  

https://phys.org/news/2022-03-australian-distressing-case-retreat.html  

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/09/world/australia/nsw-floods.html  

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/09/sydney-records-wettest-start-to-a-year-ever-as-bom-warns-of-more-flooding-to-come

Floods in Queensland and New South Wales

After a 16 day-period of rain in Queensland and New South Wales, the areas have been completely flooded. Buildings, houses and landscapes have all been destroyed. Those effected have began to receive aid from the government. There is more concern for mass movements (landslides, debris flows) once the water has begun drain because of the likelihood of linked hazards. 

This event was recorded as a once in a lifetime event. The event is in part due to La Nina which tends to bring more rain to this area during this time, however it has never been this much before. The article also attributes climate change as another factor contributing to the large amounts of rain Australia has received recently.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/03/10/australia-flooding-sydney-brisbane-images-record/

Flood Continues in Australia

Australia is currently facing a crisis as heavy rains, extreme winds, and flash flooding have been lashing at its east coast. This severe weather has been going on since late February and is responsible for the death of at least 20 people. This severe weather has recently moved to Sydney, impacting more than 60,000 people and forcing them to flee from their homes. On Sunday, March 6, eleven evacuation orders were issued overnight.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/03/08/floo-m08.html

Flooding in Java, Indonesia

2 people have died, 1000 homes damaged and 5000 people affected by severe flooding in Java Indonesia. Water levels where recorded as high as 150 cm in some areas as these water levels and the increase in soil erosion perpetuated by flooding threatens local villages and communities. Indonesia is particularly susceptible to flooding events due to its high frequency high volume rainfall events. The ocean, islands, monsoons and topography all contribute to these events. However the intensity of peak flooding has increased still due to the effects of urbanisation. Impervious surfaces such as concrete are replacing penetrable surfaces such as grass in urbanisation and this reduces the country’s recharge capacity and increases surface run-off.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1755-1315/118/1/012045/pdf