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Saudi Arabia's civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential summer rain

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense called on citizens and residents in areas experiencing torrential rains to take precautions
Saudi Arabia’s civil defense called on citizens and residents in areas experiencing torrential rains to take precautions
Saudi Arabia's civil defense has saved almost 700 people after torrential rain caused flooding in several areas of the Kingdom.

Between July 26 to Aug. 4, 77 people including 11 families, have been rescued in Makkah, Madinah, Asir, Jazan, and Al-Baha, the media center of the General Directorate of Civil Defense said Wednesday.

More than 600 people have been provided with shelter, including three families.


7-month-old boy dies after being attacked by family pit bull in Akron, Ohio

A 7-month-old boy died Friday after the family pit bull attacked him at an Akron home, police said.

The dog attacked both the boy and his 77-year-old grandmother about 3:45 p.m. at the home on South Hawkins Avenue near Bellevue Avenue, police said.

An ambulance took the boy to a Akron Children's Hospital, where he died. His grandmother suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized, police said.

Comment: Also recently a 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being attacked by 2 pit bulls in Barrow County, Georgia:
A 15-year-old Georgia girl was fighting for her life Monday after being mauled by two pit bulls while taking a walk in her neighborhood.

Joslyn Stinchcomb had her scalp torn off, her left ear bit off and her trachea damaged in the vicious attack Friday in Barrow County, local paper Classic City News reported.

The soon-to-be high school sophomore was strolling in her Winder neighborhood when the dogs began chasing her.

A Barrow County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene to find the teenager lying face down against a curb, with one dog grabbing her neck and the other gnawing at her head, according to a police report.

The deputy shot and injured one of the pit bulls as it approached him, scaring the other one off. The dogs were found at their owner's house and later euthanized, the News reported.

The owner, 29-year-old Alexandria Torregrossa, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct after she returned home, according to the report.

Joslyn remained in the intensive care unit at an Atlanta hospital on Monday. She initially had to be put on a ventilator because of the condition her trachea was left in.

Doctors were able to reattach her ear, but it's unclear whether she will ever be able to use it again, her aunt, Charity Stinchcomb Montgomery, told the paper.

They "don't know if she will be able to hear out of that ear," Montgomery said.

The girl, a flutist in her school marching band, also lost much of her hair in the attack, and her aunt said there's a chance it never grows back.

So much nerve damage was done that it "may affect her smile, her blinking and other facial expressions," Montgomery said.

"There is still so much that we don't know about her injuries," she added, "but we know that God knows and that can heal her."

Joslyn is scheduled to undergo another surgery on Tuesday, in an attempt to repair nerves on the left side of her face, as well as her vocal cords and airway, family members said.

The family has requested that anyone willing to donate toward medical expenses for Joslyn do so through a PayPal link.

Cloud Precipitation

30,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that more than 30,000 people have been displaced due to floods in Ethiopia since late July, 2020

Flooding has affected Afar, Gambella, Oromia, and SNNP regions since 20 July.

In Afar region, the overflow of Awash River and flash floods in the first week of August have displaced almost 20,000 people.

Meanwhile, 1,740 people have been displaced in Kefa zone of SNNP region after flooding and landslides.

Cloud Precipitation

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.


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.