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Floods leave 19 dead, 50,000 affected in Niger

Floods in Niger, July 2020.
© OCHA Niger
Floods in Niger, July 2020.
Nineteen people have died and over 50,000 have been affected by flooding in Niger since June this year.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that widespread floods triggered by heavy rain affected parts of Niger and neighbouring Mali from late June.

As of 30 July, 9 people had died, 20,174 people affected and 2,244 houses destroyed. The worst hit areas were the regions of Maradi and Tahoua, with respectively 13,667 and 4,173 people affected.

Flooding has continued, in particular after a period of heavy rain in early August. The capital Niamey recorded 67mm of rain in 24 hours to 07 August. As of 08 August, the Niger river in the city stood at 5.8 metres, approaching Orange alert level (level 3 of 4).

Cloud Precipitation

South Korea floods, landslides kill at least 26 as heavy rains continue

Containers get carried away by a flood in Seoul, on Aug 6, 2020
Containers get carried away by a flood in Seoul, on Aug 6, 2020
At least 26 people have died after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea, with the country's longest monsoon in seven years causing more flooding, landslides and evacuations on Saturday (Aug 8).

More than 5,000 people had been evacuated as of 4.30pm local time on Saturday, according to Ministry of the Interior and Safety data, as rains battered the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Ten people are missing.

About 100m of levee collapsed at the Seomjin River in the southern edge of the peninsula on Saturday and flooded the area, an official at the South Jeolla province said, with about 1,900 people evacuated in the province including about 500 from around the river.


706 villages affected by floods in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

As many as 706 villages across 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by floods so far, while many major rivers continue to be in spate, officials said on Friday.

Sharda river at Palia Kalan (Lakhimpur Kheri), Rapti river at Bird Ghat (Gorakhpur) and Saryu-Ghagra at Elgin Bridge (Barabanki), Ayodhya and Turtipar (Ballia) are flowing above the danger level, they said.

A total of 706 villages in 17 districts have been hit by the floods. Of these, 467 villages are marooned, Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said in a statement.

Fifteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel have been deployed in the affected districts, he said.

Besides, 749 boats have been deployed and 715 flood chowkis have been set up, he added.

Arrow Down

At least 22 dead, 44 missing after torrential rain triggers landslide in Kerala, India

Houses were buried under debris
© Georgey Mathews
Houses were buried under debris
At least 22 people have been killed after monsoon-season floods triggered a landslide in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Houses in Idukki district were swept away after torrential rain and flooding late on Friday night.

Rescuers have been recovering bodies from under debris but 44 people remain missing, Idduki MP Dean Kuriakose told the BBC.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red alert for Idukki on Friday, forecasting extremely heavy rainfall of more than 20cm (8in).


Massive tornado touches down in Virden, Manitoba

A storm chaser witnessed an unexpected tornado touching down in Virden, Manitoba, on August 7.

Cheyenne Ammeter filmed a video that showed the tornado swirling at the end of a dirt road, bringing up specks of dirt from the ground.

"The development of this storm took us by surprise, as Environment Canada and the PASPC were both in agreement that while severe weather would happen, no one expected tornadoes," Ammeter told Storyful.

Credit: Cheyenne Ammeter via Storyful


M4.9 earthquake creates large fissures in ground and damages buildings in Algeria

algeria quake
© Twitter: Alerta Cambio Climatico
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit eastern Algeria on Friday, toppling three houses, damaging others and sending panicked people rushing into the streets but there were no reports of casualties, the civil protection service said.

The quake, which was followed by a 4.5 aftershock, hit Mila province, some 350 km (215 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

Three homes, including a four-storey villa completely collapsed while 31 other apartments partially collapsed, civil protection said.

Snowflake Cold

Record low temperatures bring rare snow to rural South Australia

rare snow
Record low temperatures across regional South Australia brought rare snow to the Flinders Ranges on Friday, August 7, turning the red outback desert into a winter wonderland.

Records for the lowest daily maximum temperature were broken on Thursday at several locations including Hawker, Whyalla, Yongala, and Port Augusta. The Bureau of Meteorology expected more temperature records to be broken on August 7.

A cold blast of wintry air brought the conditions to Australia in early August, according to the weather bureau. Snow was reported in parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Videos posted by the Skytrek Willow Springs Station show snow blanketing the red desert around the outback station. Staff from the station told Storyful they had seen snow on the top of the hills around them before but never so much down in the valley.

Comment: Coldest temperature ever recorded for the island state of Tasmania, Australia

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill man and 68 livestock in Mongolia

A 41-year-old-man was killed and his 38-year-old wife injured due to a lightning strike in southern Mongolia, the country's emergency management agency said Friday.

The couple from Deren soum of Dundgovi Province were herding their livestock on Thursday when the lightning strike hit, the agency said in a statement.

The wife was badly injured, and is currently being treated at hospital.

On Wednesday, 22 sheep and 46 goats from a herder were killed in a lightning strike in Durvuljin soum of Zavkhan province in western Mongolia, according to the agency.


Massive sandstorm engulfs Jaisalmer, India

A giant sandstorm hits the historic city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. August 6th, 2020.


Ice Age Farmer Report: COVID-19 strike teams shut down farms - FoodWars go hot - Beirut, Australia, China shortages

farms hit
The global food supply is being destroyed, production dismantled, and farmers put out of business: California is sending in "COVID-19 Strike Teams" to shut down farms that are not "properly distanced." China bans cellphones in granaries. Australian food shortages. Beirut loses main port and grain stores. Middle East food production & distribution is on fire. Christian breaks down the latest as the #FoodWars go hot.