The Merciless Rains of Climate Change Hammer Houston, Southeast Texas — 12-18 Inches Accumulation, More Than 1,200 Water Rescues Reported
… the Houston area was socked on Monday morning by a huge mesoscale convective system (MCS) that drifted southeast across the area, dumping eye-popping amounts of rain: 6” – 8” over central Houston, with 12” – 18” common over the far western suburbs… While individual thunderstorms often weaken after dark, the large mass of thunderstorms that makes up an MCS will often persist overnight and into the next morning, as the MCS cloud tops radiate heat to space and instability is enhanced.
Dozens killed as flooding hits the normally desert-dry countries of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, and Qatar.
Unusual heavy rains have poured down on the Middle East, causing flash floods and resulting in the deaths of dozens of people.
Rains and flooding killed 18 people throughout Saudi Arabia and 915 had to be rescued from inside their vehicles, the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defence said on Thursday.
Floodwaters inundated roadways in the capital Riyadh, Mecca, and the mountainous south of the mostly desert kingdom, the directorate said in a statement.
Videos posted on social media showed cars submerged in water in the southwestern city of Abha.
Heavy rains lashed Saudi Arabia for several days and the education ministry closed schools in and around the capital.
In neighbouring Yemen, heavy rainfall in several parts of the country caused widespread flooding that killed at least 16 people and caused the collapse of small dams, including two in Hajja and Omran provinces north of the capital, Sanaa, security officials and the Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
Damage to property was particularly heavy with rushing muddy water cutting off roads and sweeping away cars and cattle, according to the officials.
Besides Hajja and Omran, unusually heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours has also hit Sanaa and the southern port of Aden.
Iran's state TV reported on Thursday that heavy precipitation in the country's western and southwestern provinces resulted in flash floods that killed two people.
The wet weather continued in neighbouring Qatar, with heavy rains and hail backed by a lightning storm.
Flash floods sweeping Saudi Arabia for the past week has left more than a dozen dead as the kingdom grapples with heavy downpours across the country.
Saudi Arabia’s civil defense agency said in a statement on Thursday that at least 18 people were killed in the floods which struck areas starting from the desert capital of Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan.
The statement said a total of 915 people were rescued by the agency.
Afghan officials say flash floods in northern provinces have killed at least 38 people overnight.
Remote, northern areas of Afghanistan often see flash floods triggered by heavy rains, which also cause landslides.
The officials said Monday that the flash floods struck the provinces of Takhar, Badghis and Samangan. Heavy rains have also hit the capital, Kabul, with no major damages.
Takhar’s natural disasters director Abdul Razaq Zinda says 13 people, including women and children, died in Kalafgan and Bangi districts. He says scores of houses were damaged, especially mud-brick structures.
In Badghis province, local spokesman Ahmad Khalid Safi says 19 people died in Muqur district. And in Samangan province, spokesman Seddiq Azizi says flash floods killed six people — three women and three children — and damaged about 20 houses.
Santiago in chaos: Millions left without water as flooding strikes Chile capital
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Chile’s capital, Santiago, has been inundated by rains that caused the Mapocho River to breach its banks and flow into one of the city’s upbeat neighborhoods. The calamity has killed at least two people and left four million more short of water.