Here are several news reports, along with images and videos of flooding across the globe.
In Manitoba in Canada, floods have been deliberately allowed to swamp over 100 homes in-order to avert worse destruction.
FLOOD OF THE CENTURY IN CANADA!
We all believed that Manitoba's Flood Of the Century was in May of 1997, when flooding along the Red River Valley spread several kilometers inland and caused $3.5 billion in damages. It appears, then, that 2011 brings the floods of the "new" century to Manitoba. Heavy rains and spring runoff have caused water levels to reach new highs all across the southern Manitoba region. Manitoba has been preparing for expected floods for months. Finally, after monitoring expected water levels particularly closely over the last several days, officials finally decided to punch a hole in the dike just east of Portage La Prairie at Hoop and Holler bend -- selected because of the slow speed of the water at this oxbow bend -- in order to intentionally flood a specific area and avert an almost certain unintentional breach downstream that could be catastrophic in more heavily populated areas. Approximately 500 cubic feet of water per second have been pouring through the breach approximately 260 miles north of Fargo, N.D., since yesterday morning -- the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool of water every three minutes. The water is slowly spreading across the flat Manitoba farmland, proceeding at a stately but inexorable pace towards over 100 homes in an approximately 180 square kilometer area at risk. The government is promising that those who have been washed out by the intentional flooding will be well compensated. The Assiniboine river is expected to crest later this week. 1,300 people have already been evacuated from low-lying areas surrounding Brandon, Manitoba as a precautionary measure. Armed forces troops are still shoring up dikes at more than 17 weakened locations along the river, hoping the measures will save the rest of the region from flooding. - Care2.In Colombia, the death toll reached 452 from the unyielding rain.
THE COLOMBIAN DELUGE!
Since April 2010, Colombia's relentless rainy season has claimed the lives of 452 people, with some 3.4 million affected across the country, El Espectador reported Thursday. A landslide in the northcentral department of Santander caused the latest fatality on Wednesday, with a further 11 wounded and ten missing. It means that 1,030 out of the total 1,120 municipalities throughout Colombia have been adversely affected, covering 29 of the 32 Colombian departments. The devastating rains have flooded some three million acres of crops, while destroying dozens of roads, bridges, aqueducts, schools and other public buildings. Thousands of cattles and an estimated half a million poultry have also perished in what has been over a year of almost unceasing rainy season conditions. IDEAM, the country's national meteorological institute, has forecast that the rains will continue until around mid-June, at which point the government will have a short window with which to put in place effective defense mechanisms and reconstruction projects before the rainy season returns. - Colombia Reports.WATCH: Flooding in Colombia.
In addition, at least one person was killed, eleven others were injured and nine missing in an avalanche that hit the Colombian town of San Vicente del Chucurí.
The tragedy was caused by a damming of the creek Las Cruces, which spans the population of the department of Santander (northeast), Efe said by telephone the coordinator of the Regional Committee for Disaster Prevention and Response (CREP), Jorge Gerardo Concha. "The information we have is still very fragmentary, because the emergency is developing," said the official from Bucaramanga, the departmental capital. However, Shell said that it has confirmed that the flood caused at least one death, a minor, and left eleven wounded and nine missing. The worst hardships suffered the overflow of Orocué quarter continued the coordinator of Crepad, and admitted that it has no reports of damage to buildings and public infrastructure. Shell said it expects the mayor of San Vicente del Chucurí Emisel Suarez, a consolidated report on the emergency, which occurred today in the morning when the villagers slept. According to local media, the flood forced the evacuation of at least 1,200 people. - 2001.com.In Venezuela, heavy rains and floods have destroy thousands of acres of lands.
THE VENEZUELAN FLOODING CATASTROPHE!
The heavy rains that have hit several Venezuelan states over the past few hours wreaked havoc in the main thoroughfares in western Venezuela, while dozens of families were made homeless or were evacuated in the states of Lara, Carabobo, Falcón, Táchira and Mérida. Tareck El Aissami, the Minister of Interior and Justice, and Francisco Garcés, the Minister of Transport and Communications, met with the governor of the state of Táchira, César Pérez Vivas, an opposition leader, to coordinate actions to support the families evacuated from risk areas and to reopen the roads blocked by floods, rockfall and landslides... He also said that 170 families in the town of Seboruco were at high risk and eight helicopters are ready to deliver food, fuel and water to people hit by heavy rains. Floods have also been reported in the states of Falcón (northwestern Venezuela); Carabobo and Lara (central Venezuela), as well as the western state of Zulia. - El Universal.
More than half of Venezuela's banana-growing region of Chivo is under water after floods in the country's north-west, website Laverdad.com reported. The story reported 25,000 hectares of Chivo's 45,000 hectares were flooded, while 5,000 hectares were under water in Caсo Caiman tributary area Encontradas. Farmer Maite Canovas told the website plantations of banana, cassava and corn were the most affected, while criticizing the government for its incompetence in the region's reconstruction works. “It gives pain to see dredgers paralyzed, and the machinery they haven't been able to buy due to a lack of barges to move them,” she was quoted as saying. “If the national Government had solved this key problem for the people, instead of giving fridges and stoves as gifts, they would have been able to live in shelter again. We need to begin work so that no more rivers overflow.” - VHeadline.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has declared a state of emergency in the Andean region of Tachira, which borders Colombia, due to damage caused by heavy rains these days, they already are nine areas of the country in that situation. Te government had extended for another three months a state of emergency in the regions of Vargas, Miranda, Distrito Capital, where Caracas, Falcón, Zulia, Mérida, Trujillo and Nueva Esparta, an isolated region where is located the tourist Margarita Island. All these regions, located on the northern fringe of the country, were already in emergency because they were badly affected by rain that fell late last year that left some 130,000 homeless.
In Indonesia, a catastrophe of monumental proportions is happening across the country as pervasive rains, floods and land subsidence is causing major problems for citizens and government administrators.
SEVERE FLOODING AND LAND SINKING IN INDONESIA!
Hundreds of homes in Sorong, Papua, submerged in floods. The accident happened after the rain the region during the past week. From the observation of SCTV, recently, water levels reached as high as an adult's knee. This makes the residents to evacuate their property to higher ground again. Activity citizens also become disturbed. Sorong floods predicted due to lack of sewers. In fact, residents have long asked for it, but never responded to local governments. "It's been a long time we asked, never existed," said Yancey Jitmau, Matalamay Village residents. While in Bandung, West Java, the former Citarum River flood left hundreds of cubic mud. This makes the residents of Kampung Cieunteung, Village Baleendah, hassles. They started cleaning the house pascabanjir soak the area. Besides mud, residents are also struggling with the number of garbage. If left unchecked will cause various diseases. These conditions also disrupt the teaching-learning activities in some schools... Hundreds of flood victims in Lamongan, East Java, on Wednesday (5/18), difficulty in obtaining clean water. Because the springs are still submerged lupan Solo River. Nearly three months, river flood Bengawan Jero or Bengawan In soak dozens of villages in five districts and still nothing from the geologists of the world as to sinking. Although the water gradually receded, residents are now beginning to clean water crisis. As experienced Sidomulyo Village, District Deket. They had to use flood water in the yard and inside the house for everyday needs, such as washing and bathing. According to residents, it had to be done because the springs had long been inundated. Residents only hope that the government immediately sent Lamongan clean water for daily needs... Flood tide (rob) submerging villages along the coast Wolomarang Village, District of West Alok, Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday night. Floods as high as about 30 centimeters was also soak a house of worship and neighborhood health center. "Flooding does not last for some time, but people panicking and fleeing," said Siti Aminah, a local resident... Madina-high rainfall that occurred in Mandailing Natal (Madina), North Sumatra recently, led to a village in the district of Batang Natal floods accompanied by landslides submerged. As a result of this tragedy, four village residents Sopotinjak declared missing and one suffered serious injuries... Hundreds of hectares (ha) of agricultural land and rice crops in eight villages in the district Rengel, Tuban, East Java, is still submerged in river flood Solo River. Monitoring the Media Indonesia, agricultural land and rice crops in eight villages still flooded, including the Village Maibit, Sawahan, Ngadirejo, Kanorrejo, Tambakrejo, Karangtinoto, Bulurejo, and some village Rengel. Sutiyo, 34, farmer Bulurejo Village, said, lupan Bengawan floods that occurred five times in the last five months has resulted in crop failure crop. "In fact, today we're running out of capital for the next planting season," he explained... In addition to roads, Juwanto also complained about drainage problems. Although the project has been completed, no positive impact on the reduction in flooding in the region. Even more severe flooding. The flood was still severe. Though the drainage project is complete... - Pole Shift Ning.In Malaysia, over 1000 houses in several villages and residential parks was affected by flash floods and torrential rains that caused the overflow of some rivers on Tuesday night. The water level of flooding was from 0.8 meters to 1.5 meters.
FLASH FLOODS IN MALAYSIA!
Jalan Sungai Dai, flash floods brought an unexpected bounty of fishes from the rivers onto the streets.
Some of them managed to catch tilapia and jelawat fish which escaped after three retention ponds near Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) overflowed during a two-hour downpour that began at about 11am. Residents rushed to grab nets and other utensils to catch the fishes struggling on the road in shallow water.In Thailand, falling rain flooded streets in Chiang Mai, than 1 metre high.
“We are not allowed to fish in the pond. But today, I managed to catch two fishes from the flooded road,” said a delighted resident who declined to be named. At the nearby Sri Saujana Condominium, at least two cars were submerged under about 1.5m of flood waters. - The Star.
FLOODING IN THAILAND!
WATCH: Flooded streets of Thailand.
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