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Flooding kills 11 in Angola
by Staff Writers
Luanda (AFP) March 23, 2017


NASA scientists analyze Peru's deadly precipitation
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017 - NASA scientists are using the latest data from Global Precipitation Measurement mission to model the storm systems responsible for dumping deadly amounts of rain on Peru during the last two weeks.

Last week, intense storms dropped record amounts of rain, triggering deadly floods that forced thousands from their homes. Another crop of storms compounded damages earlier this week. Dozens of people have been killed and thousands of properties damaged.

The latest round of storms were imaged by GPM's core observatory satellite as it passed over Peru on March 20. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission is a joint effort between NASA and JAXA, Japan's space agency.

The satellite's Microwave Imager and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar identified heavy bands of rainfall with precipitation rates of 5.4 inches per hour. Radar readings allowed scientists to study 3D images of the storm clouds. Some storm cloud tops peaked at altitudes of 8.1 miles.

Scientists suggest the powerful storms are the result of an El Nino-like mass of warm ocean surface water off the coast of Peru. Rains are expected to continue in the coming days.

Floods in Angola have killed at least eleven people and left thousands homeless after the country was hit by torrential rain, rescuers said Thursday.

More than 700 homes were destroyed following the deluge in the coastal northwestern Luanda province which began on Tuesday afternoon and lasted into the early hours of Thursday, rescue service spokesman Faustino Mingues told AFP.

"The victims died when houses collapsed, or after being swept away by the water," he said. Others were killed after being electrocuted by high-voltage power lines that had been downed by the extreme weather.

Among the dead were a two-year-old baby and a 70-year-old, according to Mingues, who added that at least 5,300 homes have been flooded.

A school and a church were also demolished by the deluge which has paralysed the Angolan capital Luanda, affecting the supply of electricity and clean water and causing traffic chaos on the city's roads.

Mingues warned that several reservoirs on the outskirts of Luanda were almost full and threatening to overflow.

There were reports of several people still missing following flash floods, according to the state-run Angop news agency.

Officials warned last week that the ground in many areas had been left saturated following heavy rains that have already affected more than 500,000 people and followed five years of drought.

"With the high level of rain, we are afraid that many homes... are submerged because the soil is saturated and can not absorb water," regional official Goncalves Namweya told the Lusa news agency on Friday.

Farmland has also been affected and many roads are impassable -- especially in rural areas -- forcing people to travel on canoes supplied by emergency services, Namweya added.

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Rooftop refugees plead for water in flooded Peru city
Huarmey , Perú (AFP) March 21, 2017
Stranded on their rooftops by flooding and mudslides, residents of Huarmey, Peru ironically need the one thing they see everywhere they look: water. As AFP toured the waist-deep rivers of mud that were once Huarmey's streets, people in the small coastal city shouted from their rooftops, "Water, we want water!" Last Wednesday, the rain that has been pummeling Peru for a week sent a series ... read more

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