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2 killed, 1 missing as floods hit eastern Indonesia

The joint SAR team is evacuating victims of flash floods in Ngada Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
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The joint SAR team is evacuating victims of flash floods in Ngada Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
Flash floods triggered by torrential rains in a village in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara early Saturday have left at least two people dead and one still missing, the country's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said.

The agency also said that at least 26 residents in Inerie village in Ngada district were forced to leave their houses following the disaster, and no less than five residential houses were reportedly washed away by the floods.

"This phenomenon was triggered by high-intensity rains on Saturday morning, at 00.00 local time," the agency's acting spokesperson Abdul Muhari said on Saturday.

Local authorities are currently searching for the missing person in the accident.

Indonesia is entering the rainy season as announced by the country's Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) late last month.

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Heavy downpour floods roads, causes power outages in Karachi, Pakistan - 60mm of rain in 3 hous

Commuters wade through rainwater after heavy rainfall in Karachi on Saturday
Commuters wade through rainwater after heavy rainfall in Karachi on Saturday
Another day of downpour played havoc with Karachi's infrastructure on Saturday as around 200 KE feeders tripped out of the total 1,900 that supply power to the city.

Different areas of Karachi received light to heavy rain on Saturday under the influence of a monsoon system that is present in the south-southeast of Karachi.

Malir, North Nazimabad, Shah Faisal and Liaquatabad were reported to be without power as heavy rain began to fall in the afternoon.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has said there are chances of light showers (drizzling) in the city till Monday (September 6).

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Colorado shatters its record for flash flood warnings in a single year - already close to tripling average number in 2021

Number of Flash Flood Warnings issued by the NWS offices across Colorado per month and year

Number of Flash Flood Warnings issued by the NWS offices across Colorado per month and year
It's no secret that there have been multiple occasions where flooding has wreaked havoc across Colorado over the years. This year, that especially rings true. Although the year is not over yet, the number of flash flood warnings that have been issued across Colorado has already shattered the previous record set in 2013.

So far in 2021, there have been 282 flash flood warnings issued across the state. The 10-year average is just over 100 flash flood warnings issued annually, so this year has more than doubled and is close to tripling the "normal" number statewide. In 2012, a year with a rather extreme drought, there were only 62 flash flood warnings issued across the state. Inversely, the following year, 2013, saw a then-record 176 warnings.

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Shovels come out after storm dumps hail in Douglas County, Colorado

Crazy hail in Highlands Ranch
© Nicole Fierro
Crazy hail in Highlands Ranch
The hail looked more like snow in some places.

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Flash floods in Magdalena, Colombia

Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain and floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia.
© Gestión del Riesgo y Cambio Climático (Ogricc)
Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain and floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia.
One person is missing and 20 homes were destroyed after torrential rain caused flash floods in Magdalena Department in the north of Colombia.

Flooding struck in the city of Santa Marta and surrounding areas after more than 75 mm of rain fell in a few hours from late 30 August 2021. According to city officials 5,223 families were affected by the severe weather, including 3,487 in the inner urban area of Santa Marta.

Several water bodies around the city broke their banks, including the Manzanares and Gaira rivers in the city and the Guachaca River in Guachaca district.


High peaks in Himachal Pradesh, India receive fresh early snow

The high peaks of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kangra districts received fresh snow on Friday, leading to sharp dip in temperature. While there has been intermittent rain in the lower regions, mountain peaks above 16,000ft height have been getting fresh snow since Thursday night.

The falling snow has raised the hopes of hoteliers, who expect higher footfalls to Rohtang pass and other tourist destinations in the state. As most visitors head to the hills to see snow, hoteliers believe Manali will witness a surge in tourist inflow after snowfall at Rohtang pass. However, apple growers in Lahaul are worried as fruit harvesting season in the valley starts in October.

Meteorological centre, Shimla, has predicted rain in mid and low hills and snowfall in high hills of the state in the next seven days. There is heavy rain warning with thunderstorms in mid and lower parts of the state.

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Deadly flash floods in Morelos, Mexico - 5.5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flood damages in Morelos, Mexico,
© Government of Morelos
Flood damages in Morelos, Mexico, September 2021.
Intense rainfall in central Mexico caused rivers and streams to overflow in several municipalities of the state of Morelos on 02 September 2021.

The Morelos State Government reported floods in Tlayacapan, Ayala, Cuautla, Yautepec, Jonacatepec, Jantetelco, Yecapixtla and Tepalcingo. Four people lost their lives and 1 person is still missing. Over 300 houses were damaged, some severely, affecting an estimated 1,600 residents.

Sixty homes were damaged in Tlayacapan, where the 4 fatalities were reported. Thirty-one houses were damaged in Ayala, 177 in Cuautla and 36 in Yautepec. Similarly 11 homes were reported damaged in Jonacatepec, 4 in Jantetelco, 2 in Yecapixtla and 2 in Tepalcingo.

Comment: Devastating floods hit Tlalnepantla, Mexico due to Hurricane Nora


Uplift detected at Askja volcano in Iceland, began end of July

© Wikipedia
Askja is located in Iceland. Pictured here in 1984.
GPS observations and ground deformation maps derived from Sentinel-1 satellite data reveal that Askja volcano began inflating at the beginning of August 2021. The uplift signal is centered on the western edge of Öskjuvatn, close to Ólafsgígar, and corresponds to ~5 cm/month of vertical motion. Geodetic modelling (performed using both GPS and satellite data) indicates that the source of this inflation is located at a depth of approximately 3 km and corresponds to a volume change of approximately 0.001 km³/month.

The cause of such inflation is uncertain, but most likely it is due to the inflow of new magma. Askja volcano is seismically active and earthquakes are regularly measured in the area.

Comment: Note that just a few days ago in Iceland it was reported that rivers down stream from volcanoes and a glacier recorded an increase in harmful levels of sulphuric acid, thought to be related to changes in geothermal and volcanic activity. This also comes on the heels of an overall uptick in activity in the region; back in March 2021 the following article reported: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020

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Flashs flood in Bahla, Oman following a year's worth of rainfall

Streets have become fast rivers! Flash flood in Bahla, Oman. Heavy rain in Arabia.

Flash floods following heavy rain in Oman have caused widespread damage. Cars have been submerged, homes flooded, roads closed and buildings have collapsed amid the "wild torrents" which followed heavy rainfall.

Several parts of the country have been affected by the extreme weather, affecting Bahla. Heavy rain also disrupted traffic in some parts Oman, cutting off towns and forcing the police to closed off roads.


91-year-old woman died following dog attack in Bloomfield Township, Michigan

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Stock photo
Bloomfield Township police say they are investigating after a 91-year-old woman died following a reported dog attack.

Police say they were called out to a house on Berry Drive around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Once there, they say they found a 91-year-old woman unresponsive and seriously injured by a Rottweiler living in the house.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The dog is currently being held at the Bloomfield Township Animal Shelter.