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Haiti - At least 42 dead, thousands homeless after flooding and landslides caused widespread damage (UPDATE)

Heavy rains cause widespread flooding in Haiti

Heavy rains cause widespread flooding in Haiti
Heavy rainfall in Haiti over the past few days has resulted in severe flooding and landslides, inflicting significant damage across the country. The capital city of Port-au-Prince and the Ouest Departments have been particularly affected, with hospitals and other structures suffering damage. In addition, a bridge near Jérémie in the Grand'Anse Department has been destroyed, exacerbating the situation.

The relentless downpours that commenced on 01 June 2023, intensified during the early hours of 03 June, leading to overflowing rivers and triggering numerous landslides. In some cases, the situation was further exacerbated by blocked drainage channels and bodies of water.

According to official reports, at least 15 individuals have lost their lives as a result of the disaster, while eight people remain missing. Regrettably, the death toll is anticipated to rise as search and rescue operations continue.

Comment: Update

Miami Herald reports:
At least 42 dead, thousands homeless in Haiti after a weekend of heavy rains, flooding

A weekend of torrential rains and widespread flooding in Haiti have left at least 42 people dead, 11 missing and over 13,300 homeless, the government's disaster response agency said.

The Office of Civil Protection said the weather also left at least 7,475 families affected, and flooded at least 13,633 homes across several regional departments. The city of Léogâne, just south of Port-au-Prince, was most affected. The city also registered at least 11 deaths, Jerry Chandler, the head of the Office of Civil Protection, said Monday when the death toll still stood at about 30 and he cautioned the casualties were still preliminary.

By Monday afternoon, the numbers were updated to show that the damage is even more extensive than initially thought. At least 85 people have also been injured, authorities said.

"The biggest impact was the West" region, Chandler said, referring to the area that encompasses the capital.

Also affected in the capital were major health centers including GHESKIO because the Bois de chêne canal, located next door, hasn't been cleaned out for the last five years. The center's director, Dr. Jean William "Bill" Pape said many computers, although placed on elevated platforms, have been damaged by the rains.

Other regions in the environmentally vulnerable country that saw heavy damage were: the Northwest; the Nippes; and the Southeast, where a boat capsized Saturday morning that resulted in the death of two passengers. Fourteen others were rescued.

"In the Center department, the agricultural sector is very impacted," the agency said in a statement.

Also affected is a bridge that was submerged from overflowing river waters, and several roads have also been cut off by flooding and boulders. While the damage assessment is ongoing, Chandler said emergency response teams are mobilized and trying to support affected communities. Along with United Nations aid groups, Civil Protection volunteers are slowly deploying shelter, food and sanitary facilities, and drinking water to those affected.

The heavy rains, which began on Friday, occurred just days into the start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

Chandler told the Miami Herald last week that while they had managed to increase training and improve communication coverage so they can get real-time information from their volunteers as disaster strikes, they have been unable to get supplies due to the ongoing gang violence.

On Monday, he said security remains a concern as they "timidly" try to respond to the disaster while also trying to maneuver through gang-controlled territories to get help to the population.

The World Food Program said while the full consequences of the excess rainfall is still not known, the U.N. agency will start providing hot meals to displaced people over the coming hours. WFP is also mobilizing ready-to-eat rations and dry food that can assist up to 15,000 people.

"WFP has the capacity to respond to this emergency, but a significant weather induced event of this level so early in the hurricane season, which generally runs from June to November each year, raises concerns about the ability to provide a sustained response should extreme weather incidents continue to occur," the agency said in a statement.


Chile says recent mass seabird death of 3,500 Guanay cormorants not due to avian flu

Early tests indicate that the recent mass death of thousands of seabirds along Chile's northern coast were not caused by avian flu, authorities said Friday.

Some 3,500 Guanay cormorants -- once known as the "billion dollar bird" for their connection to the European fertilizer industry -- have been found dead since May 26 near the coastal port of Coquimbo, according to Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG).

Workers in biohazard suits collected hundreds of the dead cormorants, with their distinctive black-and-white coloration, along beaches in sight of restaurants and hotels.

Initial tests on the dead birds did not reveal presence of avian flu, which has wracked other parts of Chile, Jorge Mautz, regional director of the service, told AFP.

Comment: Earlier report from May 28: Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Chilean beach


June snowfall in Colorado

Here were on the footsteps of summer (June 2nd) and its snowing in Colorado.

Here is the view from the Eisenhower Tunnel.

NEWS9 reports trough will continue over Colorado today, but is showing signs of slowly moving off to the northeast as the day goes on.

Not enough to bust out the powder skis but we love seeing flurries anytime of year.


Boy, 4, dies after being mauled by pit bulls while out playing in Chihuahua, Mexico

dog attack
A 4-year-old boy died after being attacked by three pit bulls in Mexico.

The attack occurred last Friday evening at the family home in the municipality of Temósachic, in Chihuahua state, the El Heraldo de Chihuahua newspaper reported.

The boy suffered injuries to various parts of his body and reportedly died before arriving at a local hospital.

Most dogs never bite or kill humans. But research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association, meanwhile, estimates that around 1 in 5 dog bites will require medical attention.


Two arrested after pensioner dies in dog attack in Bedworth, UK

dog attack
A woman in her 70s has died after being attacked by a dog.

The pensioner died in Kathleen Avenue, Bedworth, Warwickshire, following the attack at about 15:50 BST on Friday, police say.

A man, 52, and a woman, 49, have been arrested on suspicion of owning a banned breed of dog and having a dog dangerously out of control.

The dog has been seized and poses no ongoing risk to the community, Warwickshire Police said.

Cloud Lightning

Japan storm: One dead and two missing as thousands urged to evacuate - several cities see highest 24-hour rainfall on record

A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
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A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
Heavy rain across parts of Japan killed one person, left two missing and injured dozens more, authorities said, with thousands of people issued evacuation warnings.

The inundation was caused by the remnants of former typhoon Mawar, downgraded to a tropical storm.

A rescue team in central Aichi region's Toyohashi, where the highest-level evacuation alert was issued on Friday, "found a man approximately in his 60s in a submerged car, but he was later confirmed dead", a city official said on Saturday.


Egypt sandstorm kills one, injures five others

One person was killed and five others were injured Thursday when a billboard collapsed during a sandstorm that swept through Egypt's capital, state media reported.

The storm destroyed four vehicles on the October 6 motorway in the center of Cairo, home to a population of 20 million people, according to the state's flagship Al-Ahram newspaper.

Traffic authorities worked to "remove the wreckage of the billboard and restore the movement of traffic", the newspaper added.

Sandstorms regularly pound Egypt during the spring, causing respiratory issues, the health ministry said.


Tornadoes strike rural areas in NE China's Liaoning Province

Tornadoes swept across rural areas in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Thursday, injuring a dozen of people and damaging croplands, residential buildings and facilities.

Local authorities mobilized firefighting, electric power, housing and public security forces to carry out disaster relief work.


Tornado filmed in Samara Oblast, Russia

Tornado Russia

On Friday, June 2, in the Samara region, local residents witnessed a terrible natural phenomenon. They filmed a tornado near the village of Barinovka in the Neftegorsk region.

"The tornado is heading towards Samara," eyewitnesses reported.

Residents of the Kinelsky district also report a tornado. According to them, at 16:30 it covered the village of Domashka.

Similar phenomena happen infrequently in the Samara region. The last time the region was warned about an impending tornado was 2 years ago. So far, the Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced only a storm warning.

(Translated by Google)

Better Earth

California lake flooded for first time in 110 years after atmospheric river

Owens Lake
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A file photo of Owens Lake appearing as a mostly dry lake bed. California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate.
California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate, notably filling up usually dry lakes with the plentiful rainwater that fell over recent months.

Owens Lake in Inyo County, 220 miles north of Los Angeles, is one such lake, with images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite showing the significant increase in water levels between March 2022 and March 2023.

Owens Lake was naturally full of water until the Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed in 1913, which took so much water from the Owens River that the lake began to dry out. It remained mostly dry until this March, when the heavy rainfall in California caused the lake to fill back up. This also marks the first time that the Los Angeles Aqueduct was breached by extreme weather, the Los Angeles Times reported.