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Norway gripped by devastating floods

Torrential rains combined with melting snow have caused devastating floods across central Norway, washing away several houses and roads and causing landslides. One person has been injured in the floods, but it was unclear on Saturday whether their condition was

June 12, 2011

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Torrential rains affected 680,000 people, toppled 6,744 homes and inundated 639 square kilometers of farmlands in China

A new round of lethal floods and ensuing landslides have left at least 50 dead and 40 others missing in some of the major agricultural provinces in southern China, turning fears of month-long drought into record-breaking inundation and bringing this summer's flood

June 12, 2011

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Australia evaluates sea level threats

Australia’s major cities are all coastal. Confirmed sea level rises, combined with ongoing severe coastal erosion, have been worrying people for the last decade. It’s now looking like the famous Australian beachside lifestyle is riding on the tides.The problem

June 05, 2011

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Waters spread across floodway above Morgan City

Two weeks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the flood control structure known as the Morganza Spillway, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the...

June 04, 2011

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Old River and the Mississippi River control

The Mississippi River is highly “engineered,” as major rivers go. The battle between human civilization and the river is perhaps best exemplified by the Old River Control structures in central Louisiana. Completed in the 1960s, the system of levees, locks,

June 03, 2011

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Flooding in Quebec and Northeastern U.S.

Flooding affected areas on either side of the United States-Canada border in late May 2011. Along the Vermont-New York border, Lake Champlain was at major flood stage, according to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather

June 01, 2011

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Stationary depression causes floods and mudslides in Haiti

Mudslides, flooded camps for victims and an expected increase in cholera cases is the preliminary balance of the heavy rains in Haiti. The fatalities are children who died in the northern city of Cap Haitien as a result of landslides, according to a report of the...

May 28, 2011

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Receding floods around Ondjiva, Angola

Seasonal floods affected thousands of people in Angola and Namibia during a rainy season that stretched through April 2011. Flood waters finally receded in May, but not before an estimated 260,000 residents had been affected, according to the United Nations Office for

May 28, 2011

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Eruption of Grímsvötn from the glaciers perspective

The Glacier Change blog posted an interesting article about recent eruption of Iceland volcano from a glaciers perspective: Skeiðarárjökull Glacier,Vatnajökull retreat Grímsvötn eruption and Jökulhlaup May 2011...

May 24, 2011

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Heavy rain and landslides hit Venezuela

Agriculture and livestock production in , has become increasingly precarious. Persistent rains in the past three months have led to floods that have ravaged some 296,500 acres of farmland in South Lake Maracaibo, in the northwestern state of  Zulia in

May 22, 2011

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Morganza Floodway after five days of flow

Five days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a flood control structure, or spillway, onto the Morganza Floodway, water had spread 15–20 miles (24–32 kilometers) southward across the Louisiana landscape. As of May 18, 2011, a total of 17 bays...

May 22, 2011

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Huge swells flooded Fiji

Huge swells struck roads, villages and hotels along the Coral Coast leaving people dashing for high ground this morning. The swells according to the Fiji Meteorological Office, is a result of a storm surge from the huge swells generated by the low depression

May 20, 2011

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Morganza spillway open on the Mississippi river

An estimated 108,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River is rushing through Louisiana's Morganza Floodway today as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened another bay bringing the total to 16 open gates out of the 125 possible. On May 15,

May 18, 2011

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Morganza floodway satellite view

On May 14, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza Spillway in an attempt to ease flooding along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The decision was made to protect the heavily populated areas and infrastructure around the ports of Baton Rouge and

May 17, 2011

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New maps of Mississippi River, Atchafalaya River estimated flooding released by Corps

The Army Corps of Engineers has updated their inundation estimates for the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River basin based upon opening the Morganza Floodway at 25 percent of capacity. The corps has also released a map showing the estimated times it will take...

May 16, 2011

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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