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This is the companion page of The GDP’s Sustainable Development Institute (SUDI).

Here, we catalog natural disasters and innovations in disaster preparedness, management and mitigation. A clearinghouse of information and training for disaster-relief partners and volunteers where they can learn from the example of colleagues and other institutions and share experiences for synergy.

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Hurricane Sandy interplay with the Hudson River – 10.29.2012

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Deadly flash floods in southern Russia – Krasnodar. Death toll – 134

Deadly flash floods in southern Russia – Krasnodar. Death toll – 78 7.7.2012
Heavy rains flooded the river at night while the people of the resort town slept. They awoke to flooded streets and yards drowning and transporting residents and emergency vehicles downstream. There was no opportunity for emergency communication and evacuation.

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Fluctuating flood missing persons tally hits 28

Culled from The Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/
Megan Neil

January 15, 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with soldiers helping out in the flood recovery in Grantham.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with soldiers helping out in the flood recovery in Grantham. Photo: Media Pool

Flood-damaged goods in Ryan Street, West End, on January 14. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

West End swamped
Flood-damaged goods in Ryan Street, West End, on January 14. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

Two young men paddle their surfboards through the floodwaters of West End on January 13. Photo: AFP/Eddie SafarikSharyn Avery looks at her shop under water in West End early on January 13. Photo: Nick MoirA man cycles through a flooded street in West End on January 12. Photo: REUTERS/Mick TsikasA couple walks past a flooded apartment building in West End on January 12. Photo:  REUTERS/Mick TsikasA car drives through a flooded street in West End on January 12. Photo: REUTERS/Mick TsikasWest End's Gunshop Cafe prepares for flooding on January 12. Photo: Josh HoeyMen remove stock from a West End business on January 12.Flood waters rise at West End on the Brisbane River.Flooding at West End along the Brisbane River.The Brisbane River breaks its banks in West End on January 11.The Brisbane River breaks its bank at West End.The Brisbane River rises at Orleigh Park, West End.The Brisbane River rises near Montague Road, West End, on January 11 as residents evacuate their homes.Members of Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club move their boats out of their shed as flood waters rise at West End along the Brisbane River.

The biggest defense deployment for a natural disaster since Cyclone Tracy has been sent into Queensland, where the epicenter of the state’s floods disaster resembles a war zone.

Across Queensland 86 communities have been affected by flooding, with some towns deluged three times by floodwaters.

Some towns and Brisbane suburbs remain totally cut off and it may be early next week before the CBD returns to normal.

Across Queensland more than 4400 people remain in 50 evacuation centres, with 7500 more registered as being displaced from their homes.

In total, 17,500 homes and 3000 businesses have been flooded.

Ms Gillard said the number of defence force personnel involved in the flood operation will be doubled to 1200.

“One of the people who are confirmed deceased was found 80 kilometres downstream from where they were reported missing,” he said.

“I think this just demonstrates and highlights the complexity of these search and rescue operations and also the time that’s going to be consumed searching all of the creeks and streams associated with this river system.”

After searching homes on Thursday, Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said crews were starting to sort through the huge piles of debris that had been left scattered throughout the valley.

He said it was possible some bodies may never be found.

The town of Condamine has been evacuated twice in a fortnight and is waiting for floodwaters to peak over the weekend.

Fears have abated for the Queensland/NSW border town of Goondiwindi where the Macintyre River was holding steady late on Friday.

Flood levels in the Brisbane and Bremer rivers were falling on Friday, while Bundaberg was enduring its second flood in 10 days.

A team of 80 specialist fire and rescue officers and 36 recruits has been deployed into Ipswich and Brisbane to help the clean-up and assessment effort.

In Brisbane, the water has affected more than 26,000 homes, with 11,900 homes completely submerged and another 14,700 partially flooded.

Thousands will have to call in specialists before turning on any gas or electrical appliances, with Ms Bligh estimating the process could take a while.

“These are houses that have been inundated right up to their rooftops, it could be weeks,” she said.

“Some of these houses will have to be demolished, so they won’t be getting supply back on until there’s a new house there.”

Some Brisbane suburbs, including Moggill and Bellbowrie, are still isolated, and Defence is getting supplies through to residents.

Dirranbandi in the state’s southwest remains completely isolated, as it has been for more than a week.

The town could be isolated well into February and the government is working to ensure it has the supplies it needs, Ms Bligh said.

Ms Bligh warned it is still only the beginning of the wet season and more massive downpours are likely with the weather bureau advising that five cyclones could be on their way over the next few months.

– with AAP staff reporters

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Floods in times of extreme drought!

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