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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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