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Spectacular waterspout swirls across sky off West Flanders, Belgium

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Beachgoers in Oostduinkerke observed a spectacular waterspout forming off the Belgian coast.

Waterspouts are common in the late summer and early autumn and occur when the water is relatively warm while upper layers in the air are cold, causing the whirlwind to rise.


Fire

'Everything is burning': Argentina's delta fires rage out of control

Pillars of fire across the river from Rosario.
© Cristina Mazzia/Taller Ecologista
Pillars of fire across the river from Rosario.
Cattle ranching and drought have turned the Paraná River grasslands to tinder, threatening disaster for the area's wildlife

A raging fire described as "completely out of control" is threatening one of South America's major wetland ecosystems. The fire has been burning for months now, and is visible from the balconies of luxury apartments along the shoreline of the Paraná River in Argentina's central city of Rosario

Locals have been sharing photos and videos of the fires on social media.


Cloud Precipitation

Two killed as heavy rains ravage northern Vietnam

Cars and motorbikes struggle to go through a flooded street in Hai Phong City following heavy rains, July 2, 2020.
© VnExpress/Giang Chinh
Cars and motorbikes struggle to go through a flooded street in Hai Phong City following heavy rains, July 2, 2020.
Torrential downpours triggered by Storm Sinlaku, which devolved into a tropical depression on Sunday afternoon, killed two people in northern Vietnam while flooding thousands of homes.

Sinlaku weakened on hitting Vietnam on Sunday afternoon. However, it caused heavy rains and strong winds across northern and central regions.

Do Van Manh, 40, a construction worker, died Sunday night inside his tent after a five-meter-high sea embankment collapsed following prolonged rains in Quang Ninh Province, the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported.


Cloud Precipitation

At least 5 dead, 8 missing as floods, mudslides sweep South Korea

Collapsed road due to heavy rain in Chungju on August 2.
© EPA
Collapsed road due to heavy rain in Chungju on August 2.
At least five people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall in South Korea, while another eight are missing, according to media reports Sunday.

Roads were closed and train services suspended in several places following landslides, South Korean broadcasters and the national news agency Yonhap reported Sunday, citing the civil protection agency.

The region around the capital Seoul and the central part of the country were particularly hard hit by the rains.


Seismograph

Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off Papua New Guinea

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Magnitude Type: mww

USGS page: M 6.0 - 198 km SE of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth

Snowflake Cold

Melbourne is set to shiver through its coldest four-day spell in 24 years

Australia cold front

The cold air mass has been described as 'exceptional' as it moves up towards Australia from Antarctica
Melbourne is set to shiver through its coldest four consecutive days in 24 years as a powerful wintery blast sweeps across Australia's southeast from Antarctica.

The weather will bring freezing temperatures to Tasmania overnight as snow falls at sea level, with the mercury plummeting to 0C in Hobart.

A trough is expected to bring cloudy conditions to Melbourne which will limit daytime heating and bring top temperatures of 11-12C from Tuesday to Friday.

This will be the city's first four-day period at or below 12C since 1996, Weatherzone's Ben Domensino said.

'Outside central Melbourne, temperatures could even get cold enough for snow to fall on some of the hills around the city,' he said.

'Snow is also likely in other low-lying parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.'

The cold air mass has been described as 'exceptional' as it moves up towards Australia from Antarctica.

Fire

Apple wildfire: Thousands ordered to evacuate as southern California blaze grows

Apple fire, California
© EPA
More than 1,300 firefighters are fighting the blaze with help from aircraft
Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled the flames in triple-digit heat.

The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters, was straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties and consumed more than 23sq miles (about 60sq km) of dry brush and timber, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

There was zero containment early Sunday. The cause is under investigation.

The blaze began as two adjacent fires reported Friday evening in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the city of Beaumont about 85 miles (137km) east of downtown Los Angeles.

Flames leapt along brushy ridge tops and came close to homes while firefighters attacked it from the ground and air.


Boat

Over 5.6 million people affected by floods in Assam, India - 262,723 hectares of crops damaged

Villagers on a banana raft move to a safer place from the flooded area of Goalbil in Baksa district of Assam.
© PTI
Villagers on a banana raft move to a safer place from the flooded area of Goalbil in Baksa district of Assam.
More than 56 lakh people have been affected by the floods, which have wreaked havoc across 30 districts of Assam, according to a daily status report on Sunday.

According to the report, the total number of 56,89,584 people have been affected in 30 districts of Assam since May 22 and 109 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents.


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Over 54.8 million people affected by floods in China

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© Xinhua
The rain-triggered floods in China have affected some 54.8 million people in 27 provincial-level regions as of Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

Floods in these areas, including the provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui and Hubei, have left 158 people dead or missing, and forced the emergency relocation of around 3.76 million people.


Cloud Lightning

Flood situation remains grim in Bihar, India with over 5.3 million affected - monsoon rains 46% above normal

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for 10 districts in Kerala for the next four days.

The death toll in Bihar floods climbed to 13 after two fresh casualties were reported, while floodwaters of the overflowing rivers in Uttar Pradesh affected 331 villages and about 190,000 people following heavy rains. Bihar has received a total average rainfall of 768.5 mm since the onset of monsoon, which is 46 per cent above normal, which led to a rise in water levels of most rivers.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for 10 districts in Kerala for the next four days, and heavy to very heavy rainfall for Mumbai and some other districts from August 3 to 5.