Flood and landslide in Pakistan
<p>Monsoon rains brought devastating floods and landslides to Pakistan in September 2014. It's estimated that almost 300 people have died since 02 September and over 2 million have been affected.</p> <p>The Punjab and Kashmir Provinces, on the border with India, have suffered the worst of the flooding, and the majority of the deaths in Pakistan took place in Punjab. After the heavy rain, rivers - including the Chenab - in Pakistan and India rose and flooded, sweeping downstream. The surge of water inundated villages and agricultural areas, as well as parts of nearby cities, destroying thousands of homes. Residents had little warning of the rapidly developing flood, which accounted for much of the initial death toll when people were caught in their homes in the night.</p> <p>It has been reported that as many as 700,000 people were displaced by the floods, and sought refuge or escape wherever they could find a areas of higher land or vehicles and boats.</p> <p>Rescue workers began efforts to aid the victims and those left stranded by the floods, but landslides have also cut off roads and destroyed bridges, leaving some areas isolated and difficult to reach.</p> <p>On 10 September, the Pakistan government authorised the destruction of a dyke on the Chenab River in Punjab Province, to prevent the rising water levels from building up further and surging down to urban areas further south. But as a side-effect, the river flooded agricultural areas and 200 villages in the region.</p>
2014-09-12 11:00:00.0

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>As of 31 August 2014 it was reported that 17 of the nation's 64 districts had been affected by the flooding, with forecasts of more rain to come. 500,000 people are estimated to have been left homeless by the floods.</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>17 people have been reported killed in the floods, and there have been hundreds of cases of illnesses and disease, including pneumonia. Ensuring the victims of the floods receive clean food and water has been a major concern for relief workers assisting the homeless who have no where else to go.</p> <p>As water levels in northern districts recede, rivers in central parts of Bangladesh, particularly Padma are likely to swell further. In addition, the surging flood waters have taken a toll on agriculture, sweeping away crops and resulting in what will likely be a future shortage of food for some.</p>
2014-08-22 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 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 10:00:00.0

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

Landslide in Nepal
<p>Ten people have been confirmed killed in a landslide in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal and over a hundred more are believed lost. The landslide occurred on 02 August 2014 following heavy rain.</p> <p>Landslides are common in Nepal during this time of year, when rain falls on the nation's mountainous terrain. But this landslide brought debris and rocks down on Mankha village, burying dozens of houses and 159 people. Despite search efforts, by 04 August rescue workers announced that there was no longer any hope of saving the 159 missing victims.</p> <p>The landslide has blocked part of the Araniko Highway; an important, but notoriously dangerous, route which leads to Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu. Rescue workers have been cutting temporary routes through the debris in order to get supplies through to the victims of the landslide.</p> <p>Of great concern is the landslide's impact on Sunkoshi River. Debris from the landslide also blocked part of this river and formed a growing lake. It was feared that the lake would burst through the debris and the excess water flood villages along the river and even into neighbouring India. 100,000 people were evacuated in India due to concerns over the potential flood, but in Nepal the army has carefully been clearing debris on the river and slowly letting the water through so that it does not flood. While there are still concerns over potential flooding, it has been reported that the water level is dropping.</p> <p>Five hundred tourists were additionally left stranded by the landslide. Hiking in the mountains when the landslide occurred, their guides brought the tourists safely to Tatopani town where they were later rescued on 04 August.</p> <p>Emergency workers and soldiers are working together to treat the wounded in Sindhupalchowk district, to salvage what remains from the landslide, and to recover the bodies of its victims.</p>
2014-08-05 08:00:00.0