2010 Flooding, Landslides, and Avalanches

China Drought Affects Millions CHINA | Mar 17 2010 | AFP — Millions of people face drinking water shortages in southwestern China because of a once-a-century drought that has dried up rivers and threatens vast farmlands, state media reported Wednesday. The drought has gripped huge areas of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan provinces, the Guangxi region, and …   Read More

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China Drought Affects Millions

CHINA | Mar 17 2010 | AFP — Millions of people face drinking water shortages in southwestern China because of a once-a-century drought that has dried up rivers and threatens vast farmlands, state media reported Wednesday. The drought has gripped huge areas of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan provinces, the Guangxi region, and the mega-city of Chongqing for months, with rainfall 60 percent below normal since September, the Global Times said.

Guizhou province has been particularly hard-hit, with 86 out of its 88 cities within the drought zone and more than 17 million people short of drinking water, the report said.

Once In A Century Drought in China

Millions of people also were said to be short of water in other provinces, according to various reports.

The Global Times said some rivers had dried up in parts of Guizhou and that local villagers in some areas were lining up to obtain emergency water supplies distributed by the government.

China is prone to extreme weather, and severe droughts are a regular occurrence throughout the country. However, the current water shortages reported in the southwest have been particularly acute.

Meteorological officials in Yunnan have said the drought was the worst in 100 years in some areas, the Global Times said. Complete story here

102 Confirmed Dead in North Pakistan’s Avalanche

ISLAMABAD | Feb 21 2010 — Death toll from an avalanche and consequent landslide in northern Pakistan has reached 102 and 45 people are still buried in snow, a mayor in the affected area has said.

Last week, heavy snowfall and rain had caused avalanche in Saheri village, some 50 kilometers from Dasu, a main city in the Kohistan district, near the Karakorum Highway, which connects Pakistan and China, according to local police Muhammad Ilyas. Complete story here

At least 19 people have been killed and 10 injured by a mudslide in a Brazilian island resort, say officials.

Brazil | Jan 22 2010 | BBC — The mud destroyed three houses and an upmarket lodge on Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, near Rio de Janeiro. About 50 people have now died in a series of landslides in and around Rio in the past two days. Fire department commander Pedro Machado told local media the mud probably hit as tourists returned to their rooms after New Year’s Eve celebrations.

…On Thursday at least 19 people died as heavy rains triggered mudslides in Rio de Janeiro state. Complete story here

Briton ‘missing’ in Madeira floods

Madeira, Portugal | Feb 21 2010 | BBC — The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a Briton is missing after flash floods hit the Portuguese island of Madeira, killing at least 40 people…

Eyewitnesses told the BBC the streets were littered with boulders and trees. Former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett, who is staying on the Atlantic island, said the weather had been “really wild”. Complete Story here

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