The two storey home in a Thai neighborhood for factory workers has a special feature that is not directly visible to the average eye. Hidden in the home's foundation is a system that allows it to float in case of extreme flooding events. This innovative floating system, developed in Thailand is a promising response to Thailand's high flooding frequency.
Heavy rains in 2013 lead to devastating floods of rock, soil, and water through many cities and towns that line the Colorado Rockies. Scientists are now considering the importance of large, rare, independent storm events in determining an area’s landscape. Scott Anderson, a geomorphologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, Washington and lead author of a new study stated that "while it strikes us as very random, our research suggests this is one of the formative processes in this landscape."
The construction of a kilometer long levee resulted in saving the village of Ormenio in the northeast of Greece from the rising water of Evros River. The extreme weather conditions resulted in damaging extensive parts of the existing levees along the river and the extensive flooding of farming and residential land.
The Mosul Dam on the Tigris River in northern Iraq is the largest Dam in the country and provides power to nearly two million people. According to engineers, the dam is at serious risk of collapse and the resulting flood could result in over a million deaths.
The heavy rain that has plagued China this year continues and more areas are experiencing flooding as a result. In the Hunan Province, there were several landslides on Monday that caused significant damage and swept away houses and other buildings in Morong.
Heavy rainfall in Nepal continues and mass flooding is causing severe damage. Flash flooding and landslides in Butwal in the Rupandehi district just over a week ago were responsible for over 58 deaths in two days. In the video below, residents of the area are filming and have to quickly flee as the flood water breaks through a flood defense wall.
The Louisiana State Government continues to send aid in response to the mass flooding throughout much of the state. Reports say that emergency responders have rescued over 1000 people so far. Flash flood warnings are in effect for much of the southern part of the state and officials are urging people to evacuate areas at high risk for flooding.
The mass flooding was caused by a historic amount of rainfall. Many areas experienced approximately 21 inches of rain in just 24 hours causing rivers to surge and flood their banks. A high number of nearby residents did not evacuate, believing the water would not reach their homes. As a result, many had to be rescued as their homes were nearly submerged.
Over 1250 national guard soldiers have been dispatched to affected areas to provide aid. Along with them, 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats, and 5 helicopters have been deployed. Even so, stories have arisen of citizens helping others in need across the state. Three men in a boat rescued a woman and her dog from a rapidly sinking car last weekend.
A state of emergency has been declared for southern Louisiana and it is expected to remain in place until September 10th.