Flood in Bangladesh
<p>Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in the northern provinces of Bangladesh. The districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat are particularly affected by the flood waters from the rain and upstream in India.</p> <p>In Bogra, around 20,000 flood victims are reported to be awaiting government relief materials which were yet to reach most of the affected areas. A shortage of drinking water and food for all the affected families has become a major concern.</p> <p>Flood control embankments in Jamalpur, Gaibandha, and Bogra collapsed in strong currents, with reports of hundreds of families being displaced due to river erosion and rise in water levels. The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said 11 rivers were flowing above the danger level.</p> <p>As water levels in northern districts recede, rivers in central parts of Bangladesh, particularly Padma are likely to swell further.</p>
2014-08-22 11:00:00.0

Flood in northern India
<p>Floods caused by heavy rains in the Himalayas have triggered flooding in many parts of India with Uttarakhand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north being worst affected. In total up to 1500 villages have been affected with a death toll of over 60 and many more people missing.</p> <p>Uttarakhand was badly affected with 48 hours of continuous rain causing landslides and flooding. 17 people are reported to have been killed in a landslide, with 6 more people left injured.</p> <p>The state of Uttar Pradesh - which neighbours Nepal - was also inundated. Major rivers and tributaries in the area have risen to dangerous levels, flooding many large areas. Thousands of people have been left cut off and homeless across the districts of Uttar Pradesh, with reports of the death toll in the area approaching 30.</p> <p>Local authorities are concerned that a lack of clean drinking water, food and sanitation means the possibility of water-borne diseases increases. Rescuers have been attempting to reach the villages via submerged roads to deliver food, tents and medicine.</p>
2014-08-18 11:00:00.0

Flood and landslide in the Republic of Panama
<p>Nine people have died in the Panama Republic following flooding and landslides in the western part of the country. Amongst the damage, over twenty homes were destroyed, leaving almost 100 people homeless.</p> <p>The floods and landslides occurred in Chiriqui Province after heavy rain fell over the area on 17 August 2014. The President of the Panama Republic has declared a state of emergency in the province, and efforts have been undertaken since then to repair the damage and rescue people affected by the disaster.</p> <p>The rain caused the Chiriqui Viejo River to burst its banks in Chiriqui Province, which led to flooding in the city of Cerro Punta. The powerful flood waters from the river destroyed three bridges in the province, and rescue workers have constructed a temporary ford for relief and evacuation purposes. Further enhancing the damage from the floods is debris swept along by the river.</p> <p>Four of the people killed were on a bus which crashed into the river when part of the road they were travelling on collapsed. The floods also left twelve people stranded in Las Nubes, when the overflowing river left them on an island, but they were rescued on 17 August.</p>
2014-08-18 11:00:00.0

Flood in Sudan
<p>Several weeks of heavy rain have caused floods in Sudan which have left approximately 39 people dead and 6000 homeless.</p><p>Sudan's rain season began in July and since then the floods have affected eight of Sudan's eighteen states, particularly the River Nile and North Kordofan states, where much of the damage has taken place. It has been estimated that 3000 homes were destroyed by the flooding and a further 2000 damaged.</p><p>The capital city, Khartoum, has also been affected, and hundreds of people are currently left homeless in the city. Residents have stated dissatisfaction with the nation's sewage network, which is ill-equipped to channel flood waters out of areas of habitation. The result is lingering flood waters which are a breeding ground for disease.</p><p>Volunteers in affected areas have attempted to keep back the flood waters with improvised barriers, but there are concerns over the long-term impact of the flooding, and over the risk of more rain to come in the following weeks.</p>
2014-08-05 11:00:00.0

Earthquake in Yunnan, China
<p>A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Yunnan Province, in China, at 08:30 UTC (16:30 local time) on 03 August 2014. The latest reports indicate that 398 people have been killed and thousands have been left homeless.</p> <p>The powerful earthquake (which has also been estimated at 6.5 magnitude) was the strongest to affect Yunnan Province in fourteen years. The China Earthquake Administration have reported that as of 04 August over 400 less powerful aftershocks have also struck the region. Yunnan Province is located in south west China, which is an area prone to earthquakes.</p> <p>Ludian and Qiajia County's were among the worst affected, and Ludian County experienced the majority of the casualties, with over 300 dead. It is estimated that 80,000 homes have been destroyed and 230,000 people have been evacuated. The cities of Zhaotong and Qujing suffered particularly, and thousands of emergency workers and soldiers are working to rescue people in the damaged parts of the cities.</p> <p>The weather is making rescue efforts more difficult, however, with heavy rain also falling over the area, and storms are expected in Ludian County over the next few days. Due to the damage from the earthquake, roads have been blocked and communications and power severed in some areas, delaying the transit of vital supplies to survivors.</p> <p>Emergency workers are nevertheless working hard in the meantime to help the survivors and treat the wounded with the supplies and equipment they have available.</p>
2014-08-03 11:00:00.0