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Two dead, several rescued after flash floods in Sonora, Mexico

Flood rescue in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
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Flood rescue in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, August 2022.
Heavy rain over the last few days has caused flash flooding in parts of Sonora State, Mexico, where at least two people have lost their lives.

Sonora State Civil Protection reported 2 people died and one was rescued after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters from an overflowing stream near Hermosillo. Flooded streets in the city left several vehicles stranded.

Flooding has also affected other areas of the state. Four people were rescued from flood waters in Nogales. Five people were rescued from the overflowing Cabullona River in the municipality of Agua Prieta. Civil Protection said 250 vehicles in the Cabullona Park were unable to leave due to flooding from the river. No injuries were reported and all occupants were safe.

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Deadly flash floods in Dakar, Senegal - 5 inches of rain in a few hours

At least one person died and another was severely injured after flooding caused by heavy rain in Dakar, capital city of Senegal.

Heavy rainfall struck on 05 August 2022, with around 127 mm falling in the space of a few hours. City streets were inundated in flood water over 1 metres deep, causing widespread traffic disruption.

Senegal's Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that the heavy rainfall caused the death of a man who died after losing control of his vehicle in a flooded tunnel in Mermoz. According to police, another person was rescued in serious condition and taken to hospital.

Senegal's rainy season normally runs from July to October. On 20 July this year heavy rain of over 80 mm in 24 hours caused flooding in Dakar and surrounding areas in Senegal, causing damage to roads and buildings.


This week in volcano news: A new eruption in Iceland at Meradalir, unrest at Iwo Jima

Meradalir Eruption Ever Changing

Meradalir Eruption ever changing
This week, a new volcanic eruption began in Iceland at Meradalir. The fissure eruption has already began to construct a cinder cone at a higher rate than witnessed in the 2021 eruption. Meanwhile, in Japan, the Iwo Jima volcano and caldera produced a new series of explosive and shallow submarine eruptions. And, also in Japan, another island volcano was placed on a heightened alert level due to seismic unrest. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


Power grid shuts down as Iraq exceeds 51C in crippling heatwave

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.
Iraq's power grid has been fried by extreme temperatures exceeding 51C, in a heatwave that's forced authorities to step in as millions swelter.

Millions were left without power on Saturday as the electricity grid failed in the southern provinces of Basra, Dhi Qar and Maysan.

Reports of mass food spoilage and illness have forced authorities to take measures to keep the population safe due to the "noticeable rise in temperatures".

Local reports say residents were battling the heat by driving around their city for the sole purpose of using the air conditioner.

On Sunday morning, the governor of Dhi Qar province announced a public holiday for state employees would be extended until the religious festival of Muharram begins on Tuesday.

(More here)

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Torrential rain causes flash floods in Sicily, Italy

Strong thunderstorms struck in the afternoon in the Sicilian hinterland. The most critical situation in Caltanissetta and San Cataldo where it rained heavily for about an hour starting at 3pm. In a few minutes the fire department received dozens of requests for intervention for fallen trees, blown manholes and flooded houses.

Rain, wind and hail caused many trees to fall even in the heart of the city. In particular, trees also fell on several cars in the Gurra Savarino district and in via Stazzone. Many people contacted the firefighters for the flooding of their homes in Caltanissetta in viale Luigi Monaco and via Due Fontane and in San Catalto in via Babbaurra.


State of emergency in central Newfoundland extended to Botwood amid forest fires - worst situation since 1961

A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
© Derrick Bragg
A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
The state of emergency in central Newfoundland has been extended to the Botwood area due to declining air quality.

Smoke from forest fires in the region had already prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador government to declare a state of emergency in the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls and Connaigre Peninsula areas.

Residents are encouraged to contact 811 or to see a health care provider if they experience any new or concerning symptoms that they feel could be related to the heat or smoke.

For information on emergency lodging, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597.


California's McKinney fire has destroyed nearly 90 homes and is only 40% contained

Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
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Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
California's McKinney Fire has destroyed nearly 90 houses and is only 40% contained a week after breaking out in the Klamath National Forest, with hot and dry conditions expected to continue through the weekend.

The blaze, the largest wildfire in California so far this year, erupted on July 29 in the forest near the California-Oregon border and grew rapidly, fueled by winds from thunderstorms.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned over 60,200 acres and the perimeter was 40% contained, according to InciWeb, a US clearinghouse for fire information. More than 3,500 fire personnel are involved in battling the fire.

Of 274 structures inspected so far, 87 homes and an additional 47 structures — including garages and commercial buildings — have been destroyed, according to an initial damage assessment released by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services.

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Dozens injured and 17 missing after lightning strike triggers huge fire at Cuban supertanker port

A huge blaze raged through the night afte
A huge blaze raged through the night after a second tank was hit on Friday evening
Dozens of people have been injured and 17 firefighters are missing after lightning struck fuel storage tanks at a supertanker port in Cuba, sparking explosions and ferocious fires.

The blaze broke out during a thunderstorm on Friday night in the city of Matanzas and raged uncontrollably on Saturday despite fire crews' battling to quell it.

The official Cuban News Agency said a lightning strike set one oil tank on fire at Matanzas Supertanker Base and the blaze later spread to a second fuel storage container.

At least 67 people have been injured in four explosions and 17 firefighters remained unaccounted for, according to Cuban state-run television. Civilians had already been evacuated from the area.

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Severe storm and flash flood hits Jazan, Saudi Arabia

A sudden event! A massive storm and severe torrential rain swept the city of Jazan, Saudi Arabia.

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Flash floods bury cars and strand tourists in Death Valley - 2nd major flooding in a week

Cars are stuck in mud and debris from flash flooding at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park.
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Cars are stuck in mud and debris from flash flooding at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park.
Flash flooding at Death Valley national park closed all roads into the park, buried cars and stranded about 1,000 people on Friday.

A deluge brought "nearly an entire year's worth of rain in one morning" into the famously hot and dry park in the California desert. At least 1.7in (4.3cm) of rain fell in the Furnace Creek area; the park's average annual rainfall is 1.9in (4.8cm).

About 60 vehicles were buried in debris and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers were stranded, park officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries and the California transport department estimated it would take four to six hours to open a road that would allow park visitors to leave.

It was the second major flooding event at the park this week. Some roads were closed on Monday after they were inundated with mud and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard.

Comment: Details of the earlier event: Flash floods close roads into Death Valley National Park