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Tropical storm Aere drenches Philippines

The season’s second tropical cyclone in the Philippines killed at least 22 people but mainly spared the country’s northeastern agricultural region from crop damage. Tropical Storm Aere skirted the central and northeastern coastal areas at the height of the

May 15, 2011

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Thunderstorms and torrential rains hit Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Drenching showers and thunderstorms will continue to soak the northeastern Caribbean Islands through at least early next week, potentially triggering more flooding problems. A persistent stream of tropical moisture will allow additional showers and thunderstorms to

May 15, 2011

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Morganza Floodway opens - inundating 11 000 buildings and 22 500 people in bid to save New Orleans

In a historic action designed to minimize the risk of catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun opening the Morganza Floodway to divert water from the rain-swollen Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya basin. The...

May 15, 2011

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US 2011 Great Flood: Morganza spillway about to open

Federal officials have been given approval to open a Louisiana spillway as early as Saturday to avert a Mississippi River disaster in places like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Army Corps of Engineers had received permission to open the Morganza spillway for the first

May 14, 2011

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Historic Mississippi flood gathering toward Delta

Mississippi river flooding reaching historic levelsThe worst floodings since the Great Depression, the bulging, swollen Mississippi River is overflowing in record proportions, blanketing thousands of square miles across Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, negatively

May 12, 2011

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Heavy Rain in Namibia and South Africa

In early May 2011, more rain fell in one day in parts of Namibia and South Africa than typically falls in an entire year. For several months, unusually heavy and persistent rains have soaked western Africa and filled rivers and basins that have been quiescent for

May 11, 2011

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Highest water level for Memphis since 1937

The Mississippi River reached 47.87 feet (14.59 meters) in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 10, 2011, according to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service. It was the highest water level for Memphis since 1937, when the

May 11, 2011

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Floods and landslides hit Java

A landslide and flash floods triggered by heavy rain killed 17 people and inundated four villages on Indonesia's Java island, a disaster management agency spokesman said Saturday.The incident happened late Friday in Garut district, West Java province, after hours of

May 08, 2011

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Heavy flood losses for Barbados farmers

Farmers have been left with flooded fields, damaged crops and profits washed down the drain after heavy rains over the past few weeks. From St Lucy to St Philip, tonnes of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and watermelons lay destroyed in the fields as some farmers

May 08, 2011

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Record flooding spreading down the Mississippi River

As the Mississippi River continued to rise to record levels in response to over 2 feet of rain in recent weeks, officials began to evacuate portions of Memphis Friday. More evacuation orders will likely be given as historical flood levels spread southward along the

May 07, 2011

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Memphis preparing for Mississippi delta flooding

Parts of the Mississippi Delta are beginning to flood, sending white-tail deer and wild pigs swimming to dry land, submerging yacht clubs and closing floating casinos, and compelling residents to flee from their homes. The sliver of land in northwest Mississippi is

May 07, 2011

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Floods spread south along the Mississippi River

The same floods that prompted authorities to breach a levee near Cairo, Illinois, has started forcing residents from their homes farther south along the Mississippi River. On May 6, 2011, the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) reported that the

May 07, 2011

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Flooding at the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers

 Unrelenting spring rains fell on the Mississippi Basin, and residents along the river watched with trepidation as water levels surged, wondering if the levees that protected them would hold. Communities worked ceaselessly to shore up the beleaguered levees

May 06, 2011

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Mississipi river flooding

As engineers blasted a third section of a Missouri levee in a bid to manage flooding along the Mississippi and other rivers, Memphis residents prepared Thursday for flooding there that could last through all of May. The rising Mississippi river lapped over downtown

May 05, 2011

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Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Rivers spilled over their banks at the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio in early May 2011. The flood waters inundated homes, businesses, and agricultural fields. The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these natural-color images on May 3, 2011

May 05, 2011

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Army blast Bird Point-New Madrid Leeve, Historic flooding ongoing

As record flooding continues along the Mississippi River, the operation to breach a levee to save an Illinois town was carried out Monday night. The Army Corps of Engineers exploded the levee in the agricultural community of Birds Point, Montana, Monday night to

May 04, 2011

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Sri Lanka storms bring floods, mudslides and lightning deaths

Storms sparking flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes have taken at least seven lives in Sri Lanka, according to government authorities.The Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka said the floods and mudslides killed five people in the Ratnapura district. A further

May 03, 2011