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  • Indonesian capital slammed by monsoon floods, more than 1,000 forced to evacuate

    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Severe flooding across several areas in the Indonesian capital forced more than a thousand people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the country’s meteorology agency warning the conditions were set to continue for the next week.

    Some 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated from southern and eastern areas of the city, home to 10 million people, after floodwaters reached up to 1.8 meters high in some areas, said Sabdo Kurnianto, the acting head of Jakarta’s disaster mitigation agency in a statement. He said no casualties had been reported.

    People posted photos on social media of residents wading through shoulder-high muddy waters, cars almost entirely submerged, and search teams evacuating elderly residents in rubber dinghies in the peak of the monsoon season.

    “Two hundred neighbourhoods have been affected, according to the latest data,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told local television early on Saturday, adding that more than two dozen evacuation centres have been prepared across the city.

    “The rain has stopped, but water from other areas is still affecting Jakarta. Hopefully it won’t hit the city centre and when the water recedes people can resume their activities.”

    The floods come at a time when Indonesia is already grappling with the highest caseload and death tally from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia and an economic recession.

    Indonesia’s meteorology agency (BMKG) has warned the heaviest rain of the season may fall in and around the densely populated capital in the coming days, with extreme weather, including heavy rain, thunder and strong winds, expected throughout next week.

    “These are critical times that we need to be aware of,” said Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of BMKG.

    “Jakarta and its surrounding areas are still in the peak period of the rainy season, which is estimated to continue until the end of February or early March.”

    The BMKG said Jakarta would be on alert for the next four days with data from the meteorology agency showing intense rainfall in the past 24 hours with the area of Pasar Minggu, in Jakarta’s south, recording 226 millimeters of rain since Friday.:

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    • The amount AOC has raised is now over 4 million dollars.

      She’s doing a wonderful job.

      Wonder how the weather is in Cancún.

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      • President Biden declares major disaster

      President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas, clearing the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts in the US state.

      Power is returning across Texas and temperatures are set to rise but some 13 million people are still facing difficulties accessing clean water.

      Mr Biden has said he will visit Texas as long as his presence is not a burden on relief efforts.

      Nearly 60 deaths have been attributed to cold weather across the US.

      In a statement released by the White House, President Biden said he had "ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms".

      "Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programmes to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," the statement said.

      Mr Biden has been in touch with the mayors of some of Texas' biggest cities, such as Houston, Austin and Dallas, to ensure they have access to government resources, an administration official said.:
      • AOC raises $3.2 million for Texas amid weather crisis

      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez traveled to Houston with a Texas-sized gift of support for the families suffering from the recent freeze, power outages and water emergency.

      The New York progressive announced Saturday she raised more than $3 million in donations for relief efforts in Texas and more is still coming in.

      "We hit $3.2 million in assistance for Texans across the state just last night," Ocasio-Cortez said at the Houston Food Bank Saturday morning. "I think this shows that New York stands with you, but the whole country stands with you."

      She said donations were still coming in and she hoped they could even reach $4 million.

      "We're in Texas so we got to go big with our support. And so we hope to go even bigger. We hope to hit even more," Ocasio-Cortez said.

      She said 100% of the money raised through her vast political grassroots donor network will go directly to help Texans. The funds will be split among 10 relief organizations, including food, housing and eldercare support.:
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      • Philippines Evacuates Thousands in South as Storm Approaches

        Thousands of people in the southern Philippines have fled their homes ahead of a tropical storm expected to bring heavy rains and trigger landslides.

        More than 12,700 residents from 12 towns in the province of Surigao del Sur province, 835 kilometres south of Manila, were ordered to evacuate homes in low-lying areas and near the coast on Saturday.

        Provincial Governor Ayec Pimentel said more people were expected to be evacuated ahead of tropical storm Dujuan's projected landfall on Sunday afternoon along the coast of Surigao.

        Dujuan was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gusts of up to 90 km/h, the weather bureau said.

        The storm was moving east at 15 km/h and expected to bring intense rains over Surigao and nearby provinces over the weekend before weakening into a tropical depression.

        "Scattered to widespread flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are likely during heavy or prolonged rainfall," the bulletin said.

        River channels may also swell, causing more floods in other areas.

        The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones every year.

        The strongest typhoon to hit the country was Haiyan, which killed more than 6300 people and displaced more than 4 million in November 2013.:

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        • ^See if I can find the storm on the net to see how large it is
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          • Nice size storm……..

            Antique PDRRMO braces for ‘Auring’

            SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, ANTIQUE – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and their counterparts at the municipal level are on standby in case Tropical Storm Auring will traverse the province.

            Antique PDRRMO officer Broderick Train said they are now prepositioning their personnel and assets in the towns of Barbaza and Libertad in the north of the province.

            “Our local counterparts the municipal DRRMO and the barangay DRRMO are also now on standby level and ready to respond to eventualities,” he said in an interview Sunday.

            Train said with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placing some portions of Iloilo and Capiz under Signal No. 1, they are advising the public to also be ready for possible adverse conditions in Antique, especially in the northern part.

            “As of now, we are still experiencing cloudy to partly cloudy atmosphere but we have to be ready late this afternoon or in the evening,” he said.

            Train added the PDRMMO has fully activated its 18 personnel who are now in Libertad, Barbaza and at the PDRRMO Operation Center in San Jose de Buenavista.

            He said that so far, they have not yet conducted any preemptive evacuation among the families in landslide-prone areas or other susceptible places, but they are only informing them to be on alert.

            “We are still sending information, education and communication (IEC) to the families just to be ready,” he said.

            Train further said operation centers of Barangay DRRMOs have been activated for the next 24 hours.

            Barangay DRRMOs are expected to be the first responders in case there will be families to be evacuated Sunday night or the next day, he added. (PNA):

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            • Thousands flee homes as storm Dujuan hits southern Philippines

              More than 5,000 people have fled to temporary shelters in the southern Philippines as tropical storm Dujuan brought heavy rains, submerging dozens of villages, the country’s disaster risk reduction and management agency said.

              Two regions were hit by the storm, including the country’s nickel mining hub of Caraga, with floods damaging some houses and bridges in the province of Surigao del Sur, according to the agency’s initial report.

              Dujuan was packing maximum winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 80km/h (50mph) as it moved northwest over the southern Philippines, the weather bureau said.

              Dujuan was forecast “to maintain its strength in the next 12 hours”, the weather bureau said in a bulletin. “However, the likelihood of weakening into a tropical depression before it makes landfall is not yet ruled out.”

              It was expected to make landfall over the eastern provinces of Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte on Monday morning, it added.

              Electricity was cut off in several towns as a safety precaution, said Alexander Pimentel, the provincial governor of Surigao del Sur.

              More than 18,000 people were preemptively evacuated in the province, according to the provincial engineer.

              The bad weather also prompted the cancellation of at least 36 domestic flights.

              Rough seas caused coastguard officials to suspend ferry trips, leaving more than 2,000 passengers stranded in various ports in the eastern Philippines.

              The Southeast Asian archipelago sees approximately 20 tropical storms annually.

              The strongest typhoon to hit the country was Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people and displaced more than four million in November 2013.:
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              • Winter storm pounds Denver; Colorado could get up to 4 feet of snow; 2,000 flights canceled; tornadoes, baseball-size hail hit Texas

                Winter and spring collided Sunday as parts of Colorado, Wyoming Utah and Nebraska were blasted with up to 4 feet of snow while Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri braced for heavy rains, high winds, flooding and possible tornadoes.

                More than 2,000 flights were canceled in and out of Denver alone over the weekend. Many highways and local roads were closed, including a few with "no alternate route advised." In Wyoming, the National Weather Service warned some areas could see up to 50 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 60 mph before the weather eased Monday.

                "Historic and crippling winter storms will significantly impact all of southeast Wyoming and the western Nebraska panhandle," the weather service reported. "Widespread blizzard conditions" were making travel "dangerous or impossible."

                In Colorado, some areas already had almost 30 inches of snow by noon Sunday. A foot of snow had fallen in Denver, and more was on the way.

                "Total snow accumulations of 12-24 inches for the Interstate 25 corridor and up to 3-4 feet in the northern foothills," the National Weather Service warned. "Wind gusts of 30-40 mph will cause some blowing and drifting snow."

                The Colorado Department of Transportation reported a slew of highway closures, including swaths of Interstate 70 that runs east to west across the state. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center set the avalanche risk as high, warning of "very dangerous avalanche conditions."

                "Slow to ramp up Saturday, storm makes itself known on Sunday," the state Transportation Department tweeted Sunday afternoon. "Return travel from the mountains into #Denver will be extremely challenging Sunday. Motorists please make plans to postpone travel until Monday."

                Parts of Texas were in recovery mode after being pounded by tornadoes and heavy storms Friday and Saturday. In Amarillo, dozens of hikers were evacuated from a trail after two possible tornadoes in the area. Randall County Sheriff Christopher Forbis reported hail the size of baseballs.

                “Power lines and a cell tower are down,” Amarillo Area Emergency Management Director Chad Orton said. “One house was damaged, but the family was in the basement … there have been no injuries or fatalities.”

                More severe weather rolled through Texas and Oklahoma all the way to the Mississippi River on Sunday. The biggest threats were heavy, drenching downpours and damaging winds, AccuWeather said. Parts of Missouri was deluged with 7 inches of rain Saturday, and more was forecast for Sunday

                The National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, warned that strong and severe storms were possible late Sunday.

                "Damaging winds will remain the primary threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out," the weather service said.

                Heavy, gusty storms could shift east into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys on Monday, AccuWeather said.:

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                • It Has Always Been Thus.
                  God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.


                  • ^More cartoons

                    Compared to most of Earth’s history, today is unusually cold; we now live in what geologists call an interglacial—a period between glaciations of an ice age. But as greenhouse-gas emissions warm Earth’s climate, it's possible our planet has seen its last glaciation for a long time.:

                    Can you (blood suckin’ american tax cheat, boon I support a loser mee) tell us something about the pink card?

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                    • At least 57 people died in the Texas winter storm, mostly from hypothermia

                      At least 57 people died in Texas as a result of last month’s winter storm, according to preliminary data the state health department released Monday.

                      The largest number of deaths — at least 25 — occurred in Harris County, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported.

                      The deaths occurred in at least 25 counties between Feb. 11 and March 5, the state agency said. The majority of verified deaths were associated with hypothermia, but health officials said some were also caused by motor vehicle wrecks, “carbon monoxide poisoning, medical equipment failure, falls and fire.”

                      The preliminary data is “subject to change” as state disaster epidemiologists gather additional information and additional deaths are verified, the agency said. The information will be updated weekly, it said.

                      The winter storm plunged large swaths of Texas into subfreezing temperatures and overwhelmed the state's electricity infrastructure, causing massive power outages. At the height of the crisis, nearly 4.5 million Texas homes and businesses were without power. That's because nearly half of the total power generation capacity for the main state electricity grid was offline as weather conditions caused failures in every type of power source: natural gas, coal, wind and nuclear. Millions of Texans went days without power.

                      In marathon legislative hearings, Texas lawmakers grilled public regulators and energy grid officials about how power outages happened and why Texans weren't given more warnings about the danger.

                      But policy observers blamed the power system failure on the legislators and state agencies, who they say did not properly heed the warnings of previous storms or account for more extreme weather events warned of by climate scientists. Instead, Texas prioritized the free market.:

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                      • Reported deaths in India due to extreme weather events down to 1,740 in 2020

                        India is one of the most vulnerable country for extreme weather events, ranking 20th on Climate Risk Index (CRI). Also, India incurs losses of $9 billion to $10 billion annually due to these weather events

                        The number of reported deaths in India due to extreme weather events such as floods, heavy rains, lightning, cold wave and thunderstorm, among others, in 2020 fell to 1,740 from 2,503 a year ago.

                        India is one of the most vulnerable country for extreme weather events, ranking 20th on Climate Risk Index (CRI). Also, the country incurs losses of $9 billion to $10 billion annually due to these weather events.

                        “It is also observed that extreme events are all showing increasing trends in recent decades in line with other parts of the globe which is mainly attributed to climate change," said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, science and technology, earth sciences and health and family welfare minister in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Friday.

                        A case in point being climate change impacting India’s green economy, with wind energy generation during this year’s peak season the worst ever due to low wind speeds on account of an erratic summer monsoon. India’s wind power generation has been down around 40% during the peak wind season that begins in June and ends in September as reported by Mint earlier.

                        “As per the climate change projections made by IPCC, there is high probability for these extreme events to increase in coming years," Harsh Vardhan said in his written reply, according to a statement from the ministry of earth science.:

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                        • Parts of Australia declare natural disaster during 'once in 100 years' floods

                          The Australian government has declared a natural disaster in large swaths of New South Wales (NSW) as heavy rains batter the state and force thousands to evacuate.

                          Rains have been inundating communities since Thursday, but parts of the east coast tipped into crisis on Saturday as a major dam overflowed, adding to swollen rivers and causing flash flooding.

                          The NSW and federal government have signed 16 natural disaster declarations in areas spanning the central and mid-north coast, from Hunter Valley near Sydney to Coff's Harbour, said NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott in a news conference on Sunday.

                          There have been no deaths reported yet -- but, Elliott warned, "we are moving closer and closer to the inevitable fatality."

                          "We cannot say it enough: do not put yourself in danger, do not put the agencies that are there to assist you in the event of a flood rescue in danger," he said.

                          Some families were forced to evacuate in the middle of the night as rivers rose to dangerous levels, and 4,000 more people -- primarily in the Hawkesbury region -- may have to evacuate on Sunday, said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the news conference.

                          "This is nothing like we've seen since the 1960s," Berejiklian said. In parts of the state that have been hit harder, this is a once-a-century event; in other regions like the Hawkesbury area, it's a "one-in-50-years" event, she said.

                          Joshua Edge and his fiancée Sarah Soars lost the house they were renting Saturday on what was supposed to be their wedding day. They lost everything they owned, including pets, as flood waters powered through Mondrook, an area near the town of Taree in NSW, Edge's brother Lyle wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help the couple.

                          The page has raised nearly $100,000 AUD (roughly $77,000 USD) from 1,779 people in one day. A video circulating on social media shows a house being carried by floods in the same area, but CNN could not independently verify whether it was the one Edge and Soars had been living in.

                          "We have just been blown away with people's generosity," said Lyle Edge in a Facebook post. "We are all so grateful and can not [sic] thank everyone enough."

                          Since Thursday, the State Emergency Service (SES) has responded to 7,000 calls for assistance and conducted more than 750 flood rescues. Thousands of emergency workers and volunteers are still on the ground, helping trapped residents.

                          Photos show backyards and homes half underwater and roads flooded to knee-high levels. In the mid-north town of Taree, residents rescued a cow struggling to stay afloat in rough waters; nearby, an entire house was swept away by the raging floodwaters, according to CNN affiliate Seven News.

                          Berejiklian urged residents to follow local guidance, stay off the roads, and heed evacuation orders if needed -- even for those who live in flood-prone areas and may have experienced flooding before. "This is different," she warned. "What we're going through is different to what you've been through for the last 50 years. So please take it seriously."

                          Authorities don't know yet how many homes or infrastructure have been lost, but "the damage is substantial," she said.

                          The natural disaster declaration could be further extended up the coast if the damage increases, said Elliott. The declaration allows those affected to receive financial assistance, including recovering damage to homes, subsidies for affected livestock or agriculture, and low- or zero-interest loans.

                          Heavy rains are expected to continue in the upcoming week, with a rain band forecast to move across the state from the west, bringing significant rainfall to he northern inland and northwestern slopes, said Agata Imielska of the Bureau of Meteorology. The worst-affected areas could see rain totals more than four times the March monthly average falling in just two days.

                          Wednesday will be the first day of some reprieve, with rains expected to lighten into showers.

                          But the cleanup operation will take many more weeks, said SES Deputy Commissioner Daniel Austin, according to CNN affiliate Nine News. Teams on the ground are expecting operations to continue "well past Easter," and river levels will take time to recede. "We're looking at some very long and protracted operations," he said.:

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                          • Australia floods hit new areas as disaster worsens

                            Authorities warned the flooding disaster on Australia's east coast is "far from over" as thousands more residents were put on evacuation alert Tuesday and volunteers rescued hundreds from rising floodwaters.

                            Torrential downpours have been lashing Australia's southeast for days, causing rivers in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, to reach peaks not seen in decades.

                            A fresh deluge overnight into Tuesday has caused worsening conditions, as communities on Sydney's northwest outskirts were poised to abandon their homes to the rising waters.

                            "As we advised yesterday about 18,000 people have been evacuated and regrettably we now have warnings for an additional 15,000 people that may need to be evacuated," state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

                            Just over 12 months ago the region was parched: suffering prolonged drought, water restrictions and unprecedented bushfires.

                            Emergency services have responded to more than 10,000 calls for help during the floods so far and carried out about 850 flood rescues.

                            Scientists have warned Australia can expect more frequent and more extreme weather events as a result of climate change.

                            So far, no fatalities or serious injuries have been reported. Homes and businesses have been inundated but insurers say it is too early to estimate the damage bill.

                            The Bureau of Meteorology tweeted overnight that "unfortunately this situation is far from over", with half of New South Wales now under weather warnings.

                            State Emergency Service assistant commissioner Nicole Hogan told public broadcaster ABC another 1,750 volunteers had arrived from interstate to support the efforts in what would be a "critical 24 hours".

                            Flood and severe weather warnings have been extended to areas not previously affected, including the coast south of Sydney and outback areas to the northwest recently crippled by a prolonged drought.

                            Just north of NSW, parts of Queensland state's populated southeast have been hit by flooding after days of heavy rain.

                            Australia's defence force will join relief efforts Tuesday, the government announced, with two search-and-rescue helicopters being used to winch out people from in remote areas.

                            Rescue boats -- including Surf Lifesaving vessels usually reserved for beaches -- are also being used to extract stranded residents from floodwaters.

                            Eight million residents in Sydney and across the state have been told to work from home if possible and avoid unnecessary travel.

                            Health officials have said the rain and floods will delay the already halting rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Sydney and surrounding areas.:

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                            • Nearly a year's worth of rain fell in 6 days in parts of Australia

                              Rainfall is easing in some parts of Australia Tuesday, but many rivers continue to rise in the wake of nearly a year's worth of rainfall that fell in just six days in New South Wales and Queensland.

                              Why it matters: The flooding is the latest in a string of extreme weather disasters that have struck Australia in the past year. The country has careened from drought and devastating wildfires to unusually heavy rains and flooding not seen in decades.
                              • More heavy rain is still forecast on Tuesday for southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, as well as the south coast of New South Wales, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
                              • As a low-pressure area intensifies and moves south to the Tasman Sea, heavy rains are also expected in Tasmania, where up to 8 inches is forecast, along with strong winds.

                              The big picture: Australia is ground zero for emerging impacts of climate change, from heat waves and wildfires to flooding. Scientific studies have established clear ties between increasingly common and heavy rainfall events and a warming ocean and atmosphere.
                              • As temperatures increase, the amount of moisture the air can hold also climbs.

                              What they're saying: "For many communities dealing with floods right now, this is the latest in a line of climate change-exacerbated extreme weather events they have faced, including drought, the Black Summer bushfires, and scorching heat waves," said Climate Council spokesperson and climate scientist Will Steffen.

                              The bottom line: Prime Minister Scott Morrison's administration has resisted citing climate change as one of the causes of this disaster.:

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                              • 'Airplanes torn apart like toys': Severe weather in the South leaves 5 dead in Alabama

                                GADSDEN, Ala. — After multiple tornadoes touched down in the South on Thursday – killing five people in Alabama, knocking out power, destroying homes and downing trees across the region – more severe thunderstorms could be coming this weekend.

                                There is a "marginal risk of severe thunderstorms" Friday in Georgia and the Carolinas as well as in parts of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, the Great Plains and the Northeast, the National Weather Service said.

                                But on Saturday, large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes are all possible in the Lower Mississippi Valley as "strong to severe storms" return to the region, forecasters said.

                                Severe storms on Saturday are also possible in the Midwest, potentially bringing damaging wind and large hail, the weather service said.

                                The South was already rocked with severe weather this week. Five people were killed Thursday in three different locations in Calhoun County, Alabama. Meanwhile, at least one person died in Mississippi on Wednesday when a tree fell into a mobile home in Wilkinson County.

                                More than 35,000 people in Alabama and Georgia remained without power Friday morning, according to the utility tracker, Power was also knocked out to over 150,000 customers in Ohio and Pennsylvania due to strong winds Friday.:

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