Typhoon Rammasun in China
<p>Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Province, China, at 07:30 (UTC) on 18 July 2014. 46 people have been reported killed and more than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate from the destruction caused by the storm.</p> <p>China's Meteorological Administration reported that it was the strongest typhoon southern China had experienced in forty years. And it had already killed 94 people in the Philippines several days before it reached China.</p> <p>The storm first made landfall in Wengtian Town of Wengchang City on Hainan Island with wind speeds at an estimated 216 km/h (134 mph) and had a devastating effect. It was reported that 90% of residential buildings were destroyed by the powerful storm. Rammasun also caused floods, and mudslides throughout the area.</p> <p>Hainan experienced damage to electricity and telecommunications, and water supplies have been cut off in some parts of the island. Debris blocking roads caused disruption to relief efforts, but power is being restored to some of the affected cities, such as Haikou; the capital of Hainan Province.</p> <p>The storm moved further northwest and made a second landfall in China at Fangchanggang in Guanxi Province on 19 July. It caused more damage along coastal cities and air and rail services were suspended until conditions improved.</p> <p>The typhoon weakened to a tropical depression on 20 July, after moving north and inland over China. It also passed over northern <a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-494">Vietnam</a>, bringing heavy rain and flooding.</p> <p>There are concerns that a new typhoon developing in the Pacific, named Matmo, will follow in Rammasun's path.</p>
2014-07-19 11:00:00.0

Flood in Vietnam
<p>Super Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in northern Vietnam on 19 July 2014 with wind speeds as strong as 104 kp/h, causing widespread flooding and destruction.</p> <p>While no casualties initially followed the typhoon, 16 people have been reported killed in the following days and the northern province of Quang Ninh was badly affected. Local authorities evacuated around 27,000 people before the storm arrived. Following Rammasun's landing, many more families were displaced and moved to safer areas.</p> <p>The storm brought heavy rain, which caused flooding and landslides. Northern provinces have suffered power outages and high water levels with many rivers in Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Ha Giang and Lao Cai Provinces posing a high risk of flashflooding.</p> <p>Rammasun had earlier passed through southern <a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-495">China</a> on it's way to Vietnam, and had devastated the Philippines earlier in the week. It dissipated over Vietnam as it moved further north. Despite this, however, there are concerns that a new typhoon, named Matmo, will bring more rain and flooding to the area.</p>
2014-07-18 11:00:00.0

Flood in Brazil
<p>Torrential rain in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, has caused flooding which has led to two deaths and an estimated 20,000 people evacuated.</p> <p>Rio Grande do Sul is Brazil's most southern state, and borders Uruguay and Argentina. A state of emergency was declared in the state on 4 July 2014, following over a week of rain which began on 26 June. So far 115 towns and cities have been affected by the flooding across the state, which includes the state capital, Porto Allegre.</p> <p>It is believed that the weather has been caused by the El Niño effect, which warms the Pacific Ocean and usually results in hot and wet summers for South America.</p> <p>This latest flood follows on from another batch of torrential rain which affected <a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-492">southern Brazil</a>, and particularly Rio Grande do Sul's nearby states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, in early June. The prolonged rainfall is expected to harm the area's agricultural production, due to saturated ground conditions. The Institute of Meteorology has reported that this was the wettest winter Brazil has experienced since 1983.</p>
2014-07-04 11:00:00.0

Flood and landslide in Brazil
<p>Torrential rainfall, between 07 and 10 June 2014, has caused flooding in southern Brazil where it is estimated that approximately half a million people have been affected.</p> <p>The weather followed a cold front that passed over the states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, which brought strong winds with the rain. Paraná state has been the worst affected, where ten people have been killed and six were reported missing. Over 130 cities have been affected by the disaster and it was estimated that 40,000 people were evacuated.</p> <p>Of particular concern was the Paraná River, which burst its banks in places. The rising water level on the river also caused flooding in neighbouring <a href="/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-491">Argentina</a>, and the floodgates at the Yacyreta Dam were opened on 11 June to help control the floodwaters. The dam is located on the border of Argentina, and it was reported that record levels of water passed through the dam.</p> <p>Floodwaters and landslides have blocked some roads and destroyed bridges, cutting off easy access to some of the affected towns.</p> <p>The rain was forecast to finish on 15 June, leaving emergency workers with the task of recovering from the flooding.</p>
2014-06-14 11:00:00.0

Flood in Argentina
<p>Days of torrential rain falling over South America has caused flooding in northern Argentina, and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.</p> <p>Water levels have risen to record levels at the Yacyreta Dam, which controls the flow of water from the Paraná River, and its tributary, the Iguazu. There are concerns that the rain will cause the rivers to rise further, and to combat this the floodgates at the dam were opened on 11 June 2014. It was estimated that 50,000 cubic metres of water per second were flowing from the dam, far higher than the normal amount for this time of year; which is typically 13,500 cubic metres per second. The river levels are currently estimated as being approximately 5 metres in height and are expected to peak in the next few days. In the meantime, overflowing waters along parts of the rivers are causing flooding.</p> <p>The cities of Paso de le Patria, Corrientes, Barranqueras, Puerto Vilelas and Colonia Benitez are expected to be affected by the flooding by 15 June, and other locations in the area are currently on alert for the risk posed by the floods. There are concerns that the situation could be worse than widespread flooding that occurred last year.</p>
2014-06-12 11:00:00.0

Flood in Serbia
<p>Torrential rain in the Balkans has caused the worst flooding that the area has experienced in over a century. In Serbia, it is estimated that 17 people have been killed and 25,000 people were forced to evacuate.</p> <p>In just three days, during the period of 14 to 16 May 2014, three months worth of rain fell on the Balkans. The rain caused water levels in rivers to rise, and burst their banks, inundating nearby inhabited areas. There were concerns that the River Sava would flood the Nikola Tesla power plant, in Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, and emergency workers quickly acted to protect the plant and try to keep the waters out. Despite their efforts, the continuing rainfall has caused flooding to parts of the plant. The plant is key to providing power for half of Serbia.</p> <p>The entire population of Obrenovac was ordered to evacuate on 19 May, but it was estimated that as many as 2000 people were left stranded in the city by the flooding, some of whom chose to remain in their homes despite the warnings. Rescue operations have been conducted to retrieve those who were trapped. Eleven other villages along the River Sava were also ordered to evacuate.</p> <p>The Serbian government has requested international aid in the recovery and though the waters are receding in some parts of the country, many residents are returning to destroyed or inundated homes.</p>
2014-05-21 11:00:00.0