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Flash floods hit Greece

Heavy overnight rain on 15th November caused flash flooding in parts of Greece, particularly Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of Athens.

At least 15 people have been killed and it has caused widespread destruction in central Greece as people were unprepared for the fast-flowing torrents of red mud that flooded the roads and thousands of homes. The sheer force of the water moved vehicles, damaged walls and roofing.

 

Hurricane Harvey causes catastrophic flooding in Texas

Hurricane Harvey bought “catastrophic” flooding to the US state of Texas at the end of August, in what could be the costliest storm in US history with damage estimated to be in the billions of dollars.  Harvey deposited the heaviest total rainfall from any tropical cyclone in the continental US in records dating back to 1950, topping the 48 inch storm total in Medina, Texas, from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978. 

Violent floods cause devastation around the world

A two-week period in June saw a rash of violent flooding across four different continents. In the early morning of Friday 11th June, 20 people were killed after heavy rain in Arkansas, USA, saw water levels in the Little Missouri river rise at up to 2.4m per hour, causing a wall of water to tear through busy campsites at the Ouachita National Forest. On 15th June it was the turn of the French Riviera to suffer under a deluge, when the region experienced its worst flooding since 1827.