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A huge mudslide triggered by an overflowing flood caused by heavy storms struck the village of Grugnay in Switzerland on Tuesday night, 7 of August.

Friday, 03 August 2018 01:00

Laos dam collapse: Floods into Cambodia

A part of a hydroelectric dam system under construction in southeast Laos's Champasak Province, collapsed on 23 July 2018, leading to widespread destruction and homelessness among the local population.

Thursday, 05 July 2018 01:00

Risk of Dam collapse hangs in Colombia

The 225 m high Hindroituango Dam on Cauca River in Colombia faces emergency situation since April, and collapse of the dam is one of the likely possibilities.

A landslide caused by heavy rains raised fears about the integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam in North Carolina.

On Wednesday, October 12th, a dam broke at the Duke Energy H.F. Lee plant causing one of its cooling ponds to mingle with the floodwater.

Last week, widespread flooding in the Yangtze river basin in China has left over 170 dead and millions homeless. The area has received record rainfall this year, causing the Yangtze river and its tributaries to swell, flooding nearby areas. Some of the most severe flooding has occurred near the city of Wuhan which has a population over 8 million.

Over the preceding week, the area experienced 22.6 inches of rainfall with 18 of that being within a four day period. More than 40,000 homes have been destroyed by the flood water and 1.5 million people have been evacuated from areas along the Yangtze River. Nearly 170,000 people have been relocated in the city of Wuhan alone. The heavy rainfall has caused several landslides including one in Xinjiang killing 35 people and leaving more missing. 

In addition to the danger to the population, the flooding has caused a significant economic toll on the country. Agriculture is one of the predominant industries of the area and over 700,000 acres of crops were destroyed by the floods. The high water and landslides have also caused significant damage to infrastructure such as the communication and electrical networks. Estimates of economic losses are already surpassing 5.73 billion dollars.

This isn't the first time this area of China has experience heavy flooding. In 2013, the Chinese government pledged to spend $2 million on repair and upgrading the country's flood protection and prevention systems including drainage pipes and channels. Many believe that the government did not deliver on this promise.

China is not the only country impacted by these events. Pakistan has experienced monsoon rains and flash flooding killing over 30 people in Chitral near the China-Pakistan border.


Additional Source: New York Times

A unique ecological experiment in the US history is about to take place in the delta of the Colorado river. The agreement signed by seven states and two countries involves the release of a 130-billion-litre pulse of water, which is gradually being released from the Hoover, Davis and Parker dams and stored behind the US-Mexico border located Morelos dam (see photogallery below). According to Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona and leader of the scientific team, the purpose is to "engineer a spring flood" and study the response of the delta after its union with the river. 

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Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:13

Confronting floods and drought in St. Louis

Recent years' floods and drought in St. Louis were a common threat for the area. The main reason for these extreme conditions was the location of the city, near the confluence of three rivers, as well as the climate change.

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Over the past years, flooding in Venice has been a common problem for the city, its buildings and the residents’ activities. MOSE (Experimental Electromechanical Module) project was selected as a solution to this problem.

Friday, 11 October 2013 09:48

Flooded coal mine kills 10 workers

Ten miners were killed. Another two were rescued 10 days after the flooding on September 28, in the Zhengsheng coal mine in the North Province of Shanxi, China.

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