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18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India - Death toll rises to 41 (UPDATE)

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on Saturday.
As many as 18 people were killed and dozens of others went missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the southern state, officials said. "The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement after chairing an emergency meeting in the state capital.

Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts were worst affected due to the torrential rains. Chief minister Vijayan said all government agencies have been directed to take necessary steps to rescue people from the affected regions and evacuate those living in areas prone to landslides and floods. Vijayan also directed the district collectors to open relief camps to relocate the affected people and said the camps should function strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocol.


Comment: Update: abplive.com reports on October 19:
Kerala Floods: Death toll rises to 41

Floods in Kerala have been causing havoc. The death toll due to floods has reached 41 now. On the other hand, IMD has again issued alert in this matter. IMD has predicted more rainfall in the state in the coming days.

Uttarakhand has been suffering due to downpour as well. Five people have lost their lives due to heavy rainfall.





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Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 40 killed (UPDATES)

Topical Storm Kompasu.
© NASA
Topical Storm Kompasu.
At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

As of 13 October 2021, the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 6,111 families (21,511 people) affected, 11,525 people displaced, 13 dead, 9 missing and 3 injured. Heavy rain caused flooding in 107 locations and 14 landslides across Regions 1, 2, 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.


Comment: Update: Benar News reports on October 14:
Philippines: Death Toll Rises from Floods, Landslides in Storm's Wake

Search and rescue teams have recovered more bodies of people killed in storm-induced landslides and floods in the Philippines, raising the death toll to 30, officials said Thursday.

The toll included 14 people killed by flash floods in coastal towns in Ilocos Norte province and another nine who were buried by landslides in the mountains of Benguet province, according to national disaster management officials.

Both provinces are on Luzon, the northern island that is home to Metropolitan Manila. The other victims came from Cagayan and Pangasinan - also on Luzon - and from Palawan, an island-province in the western Philippines, officials said.

"According to a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, as of Oct. 14, 2021, we have 30 deaths, three injured and 14 missing," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We sympathize [with] and offer condolences to the families of those who died in the storm."

Roque said that more than 7,000 people were huddled at 124 evacuation centers on Thursday after Tropical Storm Kompasu dumped nearly 25 inches of rain after making landfall on Monday evening.

Crop damage from the storm, meanwhile, had reached an estimated 692 million pesos (U.S. $13.65 million), Roque said, adding that the government had sent aid to affected farmers.

When it made landfall in Cagayan on Monday night, Kompasu, which is known as Maring in the Philippines, brought winds of 100 kph (62.1 mph) near the center with gusts of up to 125 kph (77.6 mph), the national weather bureau said.
Update2: NewsGhana.com carried this Deutsche Presse-Agentur report on October 17:
Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines

The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday.

More than 43,000 people were displaced by Kompasu's onslaught last week, while at least 7,399 houses were damaged, the agency said.

The northern province of Ilocos Sur reported the highest number of dead at 14, most from flash floods, while five were still missing there.

Nine were killed in the nearby province of Benguet, mostly in landslides, while seven died from landslides, electrocution and drowning in the province of Pangasinan.

Five drowned in floods in the western province of Palawan, while five died in the northern provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and La Union.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at more than 3.22 billion pesos (64.5 million dollars), the disaster agency said.

The Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones every year.

The strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines was Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people and displaced more than 4 million in November 2013.



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6-month-old baby killed after being attacked by family dog in Kodak, Tennessee

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An infant in the Kodak community of Sevier County died Sunday night in an attack by the family dog.

Sevier County Sheriff's Office deputies were called at about 6:15 p.m. to a home on Apache Lane after the large dog attacked the 6-month-old, police said.

Someone else in the home was hurt trying to protect the child, police said.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dog was aggressive to emergency responders as well and was put down on site.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


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Waterspout caught on film near Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland

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A wild weather phenomenon was caught on video in Maryland over the weekend.

At just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Tessa Gunnell captured amazing footage of a waterspout while crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

In the video, the waterspout can be seen spinning and kicking up spray, and at one point there almost appears to be a second vortex.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water, according to NOAA. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado.

The amazing footage can be viewed below, via meteorologist Justin Berk's YouTube channel...


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Tobago fisherman marvels at 'biggest' waterspout ever

Fisherman Romell Rivers points to where a waterspout developed over Store Bay on Monday morning.
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Fisherman Romell Rivers points to where a waterspout developed over Store Bay on Monday morning.
A Tobago fisherman was left in awe on Monday morning after a huge waterspout developed over the western end of the island.

National Geographic describes a waterspout as "a column of rotating, cloud-filled wind. A waterspout descends from a cumulus cloud to an ocean or a lake. Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes but are usually smaller and less intense."

The waterspout was spotted just after 9 am by motorists and residents near the Store Bay area.


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Strong magnitude 6 earthquake hits off Greek island of Karpathos

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Tremors were felt for hundreds of miles after a strong earthquake hit the coast of Greece.

A magnitude 6 earthquake hit the eastern Mediterranean off the Greek island of Karpathos on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported.

The tremor was felt on the islands of Crete, Santorini and Rhodes, Greek State TV said.

It was also felt as far as Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Israel, experts said.


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Municipality of Uberlândia in Brazil floods after 35 mm of rain in 30 minutes, roads turn into rivers

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The rain that fell this Sunday afternoon (17) in Uberlândia caused flooding, falling trees and an infiltration caused the opening of a store at the Center Shopping.

According to the Fire Department, the Central region was the most affected with 35.2 mm of rain accumulated in about 30 minutes. Last Friday (15), Inmet issued a new storm alert for the Triângulo and Alto Paranaíba regions.

Avenida Rondon Pacheco, at the height of Bairro Santa Maria, was flooded and some cars were dragged by the flood. The pressure of the current came to form waves, but still people took risks in the middle of the current.

In Bairro Umuarama there was a record of hailstorms, as well as in Bairro Marta Helena, which also registered a windstorm.


Cloud Lightning

2 killed, 3 injured by lightning strike in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Two people were killed and three others sustained serious injuries when they were hit by lightning here on Sunday, police said.

The incident occurred in Behrha village under Khairighat area of the district, they said.

SHO of Khairighat Police Station Rajkumar Singh said some villagers were grazing cattle when it started raining. They took shelter under a mango tree and were struck by lightning.

The five injured were taken to a health centre where Santosh Kumar (45) and Chandan (30) were declared dead by the doctors, he said.

The other three were referred to Bahraich Medical College, he added.

Cloud Precipitation

2 adults, 4 children missing after flash flood in New Taipei City, Taiwan

flood
Search and rescue operations are continuing Sunday morning after a group of adults and students attending a nature camp were swept away by a flash flood in Shuangxi District, New Taipei City, Saturday afternoon.

New Taipei City Fire Department received reports that a group of students and teachers had been swept away by a sudden surge of water in a stream on the Hubao Pond Trail at 4:38 pm.

A group of 31 people taking part in a nature camp were hiking on the Hubao Pond Trail when heavy rain began to fall at around 4:00 pm. The group of 16 adults and 15 children and teens turned back to return to the carpark. Five adults and four children had made it safely across the Beishi River by crossing on a slit dam when the water level suddenly rose.


Cloud Precipitation

Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains

A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
© AP/Apimook Svanperthan
A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand caused new flooding on Monday, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility. (Oct. 18)