‘Within Seconds Everything Was Gone’: Devastating Floods Submerge the Philippines

Torrential rains and back-to-back typhoons have ripped through the country in the past two weeks, turning a once picturesque river into a sea of murky brown, killing dozens and setting off deadly landslides.

#duterte-rodrigo, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #philippines, #rescues, #typhoon-goni-2020, #typhoons, #weather

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‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chihuahua-mexico, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #levees-and-dams, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #water

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How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters

The engineering and land management that enabled the state’s tremendous growth have left it more vulnerable to climate shocks — and those shocks are getting worse.

#california, #environment, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #levees-and-dams, #wildfires

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China Flooding Has Killed Hundreds and Tested Three Gorges Dam

Unusually heavy rains have wreaked havoc in central and southwestern China, leaving hundreds dead and disrupting the economy’s post-pandemic recovery.

#china, #chongqing-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #li-keqiang, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #politics-and-government, #rivers, #sichuan-province-china, #xi-jinping

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‘Hidden Gem’ Made Popular by TikTok Is Shut to Keep Out-of-Towners Away

A lake in New Jersey was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but some complaints about recent crowding there focused on the ethnicity of visitors.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #discrimination, #lake-solitude-nj, #levees-and-dams, #new-jersey, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #race-and-ethnicity

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As Seasonal Rains Fall, Dispute over Nile Dam Rushes Toward a Reckoning

After a decade of construction, the hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest, is nearly complete. But there’s still no agreement with Egypt, which calls the structure a national security threat.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #egypt, #ethiopia, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #shoukry-sameh, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #water

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

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Severe Floods in China Leave Over 106 Dead or Missing

About 15 million residents in southern China have been affected by the worst flooding in decades in parts of the region as abnormally intense rainfall has swept away buildings and ruined homes.

#china, #chongqing-china, #deaths-fatalities, #floods, #hubei-province-china, #levees-and-dams, #three-gorges-dam-china, #weather

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Tropical Storm Cristobal Makes Landfall in Louisiana

Meteorologists were watching for persistent bands of rain that can lead to flash flooding.

#baton-rouge-la, #cristobal, #floods, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #levees-and-dams, #louisiana, #mississippi-river, #national-weather-service, #weather

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For This Tribe, Saving a River Means Saving the Sturgeon

The Yakama Nation has been raising fish to release back into the Columbia River for more than a decade. Now, its hatchery is also producing caviar.

#carey-richard-adams, #caviar, #fish-farming, #fishing-commercial, #levees-and-dams, #rivers, #seafood, #sturgeon-fish

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The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

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‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures

Engineers say most dams in the United States, designed decades ago, are unsuited to a warmer world and stronger storms.

#global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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As Virus Threat Lingers in Michigan, a New Crisis Arrives: Flooding

Thousands of residents of Midland, Mich., fled their homes as waters rose, trying to keep safe social distances even in shelters.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #hydroelectric-power, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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Live Updates: Michigan Dam Breaks and Flooding Force Thousands to Evacuate

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for areas near the Tittabawassee River. The disaster was compounded by the effects of the coronavirus.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #saginaw-mich, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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Michigan Dam Disaster Threatens Major Dow Toxic-Chemical Superfund Site

Floodwaters surged toward Midland, Mich., and one of the nation’s most extensive toxic cleanup sites, raising concerns of a wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster.

#environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #floods, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #levees-and-dams, #superfund, #tittabawassee-river-mich, #water-pollution

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Michigan Dams Breached, Forcing Evacuation of Midland: Live Updates

Officials warned of life-threatening danger after the two dams northwest of Detroit failed.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #saginaw-mich, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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2 Dams Are Breached in Michigan, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

The failure of the dams was expected to bring record-setting flooding, with response complicated by the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #tittabawassee-river-mich

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China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought.

New research show that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

#cambodia, #china, #drought, #hydroelectric-power, #laos, #levees-and-dams, #mekong-river, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #thailand, #vietnam, #water

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