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“Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to evacuate immediately on Wednesday as floodwaters entered the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, state television reported…

“Governor Shariati called on young men in the areas, which have an estimated population of between 60,000 and 70,000, to “help us in building dykes and to assist in the evacuation of women, children and the elderly”.

“”The Dez and Karkheh rivers have for the first time joined each other near Ahvaz and are now flowing towards the city,” Shariati told state TV, adding this was unprecedented.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6907605/Iran-orders-60-000-evacuate-flood-hit-oil-city.html


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“Another round of dangerous weather is on the way across the Middle East, with impacts ranging from flooding rainfall to damaging thunderstorms.

“Unfortunately, parts of Iran will once again be at risk for flash flooding and mudslides following weeks of deadly flooding and destruction throughout much of the country.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/middle-east-braces-for-more-flooding-severe-thunderstorms-in-the-coming-days/70007950


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“More than 137,000 people in Somalia have been forced to flee their homes during the first quarter of 2019, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said.

“The organisation says the displacement of families is rising in the Horn of Africa nation with conflict and drought being the main causes. Based on UNHCR data, NRC says the situation for vulnerable people in Somalia is getting worse every month.”

https://eastafricamonitor.com/somalia-137000-people-forced-to-flee-their-homes-this-year/


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“The death toll from a storm that crashed into southeast Africa last month has risen above 1,000, with more than 4,000 cases of cholera reported among survivors in Mozambique, the hardest-hit country.

“The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai as “one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere”.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/death-toll-devastating-cyclone-idai-rises-1000-190410155136406.html


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“Heavy rains that have been falling in Angola since August 2018 [led to] the deaths of 209 people, 100 of them by electric shocks, according to government figures released today…

“…and… also destroyed 3,829 homes, damaged another 6,038 and flooded 13,897. The force of waters also destroyed 85 churches (flooded 16), 98 schools (34), nine medical centers (one damaged).”

https://www.dnoticias.pt/mundo/mais-de-200-mortos-devido-as-chuvas-em-angola-desde-agosto-CM4619062


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“Residents of a hillside Rio de Janeiro favela risk finding hungry caimans at their front door after the city was hit hard by heavy flooding caused by torrential rain [a month’s worth in four hours].

“The cold-blooded creatures belong to a resident of the Rolas favela in western Rio, and escaped on Tuesday when a wall holding them in burst when struck by a flash flood… The unusually heavy rain,which began late Monday and continued into Tuesday, has killed at least 10 people, officials said.”

https://www.france24.com/en/20190410-brazil-flooding-unleashes-caimans-rio-neighborhood


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“Marabinos [NW Venezuela] had to endure, almost to the edge of despair, an intense wave of heat that was generated in parallel with the fourth mega blackout, which affected the whole country again on Thursday, April 10 from midnight on Wednesday.

“”I can not find tranquility anywhere. Today the heat has been terrible and not even under the bushes can be. This is unbearable, I do not know how long we will endure it, “said Ender Castillo, education worker after arriving home after a day suspended by the power failure.”

https://www.panorama.com.ve/ciudad/Marabinos-desesperados-ante-ola-de-calor-en-medio-del-cuarto-mega-apagon-20190410-0047.html


“More than 3,400ha of agricultural lands, almost all of it in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, have been hit by drought according to the Directorate of Water Resources. If there is not much rain soon, another 76,160ha will be threatened. But the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has forecast 20-40 per cent less than average rainfall in the Central Highlands and southern areas this month. Many places will have unusually hot weather.”

https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/drought-threatens-crops-across-vietnam-asianewsnetwork


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“The early onset of the dry season in the Northern Marianas has resulted in several wildfires on Saipan and Tinian {SW Pacific]…

“The unusual start of the dry season is being blamed for the spate of fires, as both Saipan and Tinian received less than an inch of rain during March. Rainfall has been abnormally low in the CNMI since January and low levels are set to continue through April and May.”

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386843/wildfires-hit-saipan-tinian


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“It’s not springtime now in Alaska, it’s “break-up” — the end of safe travel on ice.

“And in an era of climate change, break-up has been coming too soon, especially this year.

“…People travelling on frozen rivers by A.T.V. or snowmobile are falling through; some have died…”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/us/alaska-ice-melting.html


“It was a wild and destructive March… The Lower 48 has already seen two billion-dollar weather disasters this year, and Alaska is baking.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/04/10/lower-has-already-seen-two-billion-dollar-weather-disasters-this-year-alaska-is-baking/


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“A study uses new research techniques to reveal alarming information about climate change in Canada’s north.

“A study confirms that recent climate warming in the central Yukon region has surpassed the warmest temperatures experienced in the previous 13,600 years, a finding that could have important implications in the context of current global warming trends.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190410120606.htm


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“Warm spring temperatures on Tuesday, upwards of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Denver, gave way to frigid 20s, heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions, the National Weather Service said.

““It is a bomb cyclone, the second we’ve had,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland. “This is like a slow-moving snowstorm inside a hurricane.”

“Wind gusts upwards of 100 mph were reported Wednesday in eastern Colorado, Hurley said.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/usa-weather/a-new-bomb-cyclone-blizzard-hits-u-s-plains-and-midwest-idUKL1N21T04E


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“…in Iowa, where many communities are still recovering after last month’s massive floods, there are concerns about what will happen when all the fresh snow melts…

“”We don’t have a place to eat. We don’t have a place to get coffee. We don’t have gas. We don’t have — I mean, there’s nothing. There’s nothing,” Crain says.”

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/04/10/snow-iowa-mayor-flooding


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