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Four dead, 4 missing, property destroyed as flood wreak havoc in Abuja, Nigeria

Photos of the extent of damage suffered
© Abayomi Adeshida
Photo of the extent of damage suffered by residents of Police Estate, Dakwa, Deidei, as an heavy downpour wreaked havoc and caused a flood that destroyed properties estimated to worth hundreds of millions of naira across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It was a tale of woes for some residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja on Saturday following hours of heavy downpour which led to flooding in several parts of the territory.

At the end of the downpour which lasted for between six to eight hours, five residents had been swept away and several houses and cars destroyed while six people who were rescued from the rampaging flood are currently hospitalized. Of the five swept away, one of the bodies has been recovered while four are still missing as of press time.

Areas mostly affected were the Police Estate in Dei-Dei, Gwagwalada, Dawaki, Zuba and Giri. In all the areas, houses and cars were submerged in the flood.

In Zuba where the rain started around 2am, several houses were washed away while the flood also cut the bridge linking Ikwa, Yimi and other villages in Zuba.

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Flood death toll tops 100 in Assam, India

An aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Assam on Friday.
An aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Assam on Friday.
Floods continue to wreak havoc in eastern parts of the country. On Sunday, three more people died in Assam taking the toll past 100, while seven people lost their lives in Bihar.

PM Modi in his monthly Mann ki Baat expressed his solidarity with all those affected by floods and heavy rainfall in Assam and Bihar. "A large part of the country is grappling with floods. Many areas of states such as Bihar and Assam are having to deal with a series of difficulties due to the floods. ... all governments, NDRF teams, disaster response teams and self-help groups are working in tandem to provide relief and rescue in all possible ways," Modi said.

According to the daily flood bulletin by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 23 districts are still affected, impacting nearly 25 lakh people, about 1.5 lakh less than Saturday. Almost 46,000 people have taken shelter in 269 government relief camps. The overall flood situation, however, improved on Sunday as water levels of all major rivers started receding.

Snowflake Cold

Norway's cities set for coldest July since 1990's

© Pau Sayrol/Unsplash
A grey day in Trondheim.
Several Norwegian cities are on course for their lowest average July temperatures since the 1990s.

Inconsistent, grey Norwegian summer weather in recent weeks has not been limited to a single area of the country with a number of areas seeing their chilliest month of July for decades, news agency NTB reports.

Central county Trøndelag and South Norway alike will see continued cold, wet weather towards the end of the month.

"Cold weather from the west has resulted in colder temperatures and variable summer weather across large parts of South Norway in July," MET Norway meteorologist Rannveig Oftedal Eikill told NTB.

Comment: Reuters reports on the record high measured in Norway's Arctic archipelago:
Temperatures at Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about midway between the mainland and the North Pole, hit a record high of 21.7 degrees Celsius on Friday, Norway's Meteorological Institute said.

The Arctic islands are warming faster than almost anywhere on Earth, highlighting risks in other parts of the Arctic from Alaska to Siberia, a Norwegian report said last year.

"A 41-year-old record has been broken in Longyearbyen," the Meteorological Institute said on Twitter.

Between 1700 and 1800 CET (1500-1600 GMT), the temperature measured 21.7 degrees Celsius, 0.4 degrees above the previous record from 1979, it added.

Home to more than 2,000 people, Longyearbyen, the main settlement in Svalbard, is about 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) from the North Pole.

The Norwegian Centre for Climate Studies said last February average temperatures in Svalbard had leapt between three and five degrees Celsius (5.4-9.0 Fahrenheit) since the early 1970s and could rise by a total of 10C (18F) by 2100, if world greenhouse gas emissions keep climbing.

Rising temperatures would thaw the frozen ground underpinning many buildings, roads and airports and could cause more avalanches and landslides, it added.

Two people died in 2015 when an avalanche destroyed 10 houses in Longyearbyen.

A warming climate also threatens Arctic wildlife such as polar bears and seals which depend on the sea ice cover.
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Cloud Precipitation

Yemen flooding kills 14, washes away houses

Heavy rains and flash flooding hit almost all Yemeni provinces in the last couple of days, killing at least 14 people and washing away dozens of houses, local media and local officials said on Sunday.

The largest death toll was recorded in the western province of Hodeidah, where 13 people died and more than 35 houses in three districts were destroyed.

Images on social media showed floods washing away houses, farms and cars in poor districts of Hodeidah. Flooding killed one person and ruined houses and farms in the province of Ibb, local media and residents said.

Heavy rains also hit the capital Sanaa, causing floods that affected many residential areas. "The damage in all affected areas is huge," Salem Al-Khanbashi, Yemen's deputy prime minister, told Arab News.


Ice Age Farmer Report: KFC 3D prints "chicken nuggets" - Bill Gates' "breastmilk," & transhumanist future of food

KFC's 3D printed chicken nuggets and Bill Gates' cell-cultured breastmilk are more than a gross novelty -- they herald the unveiling of synthetic, lab-grown foods as a replacement of traditional agriculture, and a total takeover of our food supply by the technocratic transhumanists that seek total control. Christian explains why this is a significant inflection point in the devolution of our food. Spread the word and start growing food and raising animals today!



30-ft long dead whale washes up on beach in Kochi, India

Carcass of a whale washed ashore in Kochi coast at Manassery Fishing Spot on Friday.

The carcass of the whale seemed to be two weeks old as per the knowledge of the local fishermen who were the first to notice it.

The disgusting stench of the carcass had spread to the whole neighbourhood causing nausea and other unpleasant situations.

Forest officials had inspected the scene and have no clue as to how the enormous marine mammal died and washed up on the beach. However, before the whale could be brought to shore for an examination to ascertain its death, the giant creature was washed back into the sea on Saturday.


Tornado hits Northampton, UK

Northampton has been hit by a tornado, with people grabbing their mobile phones to film it.

Videos on social media showed a swirling funnel of air over the town on Saturday evening.

The twister left a trail of debris as it tore through some allotments.

A resident told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that his bathroom window flew open and the blind was pulled from its fixings.


Global CO2 levels reach a new millennial high in 2020, despite the traffic and industry slowdown during the Covid-19 pandemic

nasa geos forecast
Global CO2 levels continue to increase, despite the slowdown of the industry and traffic around the world due to the Covid-19. Compared to 2019, the CO2 levels have increased by at least 2-3 ppm (parts per million).

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a very well-known greenhouse gas, along with Methane (CH4), which is also a very potent greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gasses trap the heat from the Sun in the Earth's atmosphere, increasing global temperatures as the trapped heat cannot escape the atmosphere.

The graphics below from the NASA GEOS-5 analysis data shows the CO2 total column mass concentration around the world for July 25th. The Northern Hemisphere is currently experiencing reduced CO2 concentrations compared to the rest of the world, due to the natural seasonal consumption.

Comment: Better headline: 'Anthropogenic Global Warming Scam Debunked by COVID-19 Lockdown Scam'

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Drought, rains and record cold deliver dismal grain harvest for Ukraine and Russia

Grain field

The two largest grain exporters on planet earth look in bad shape
. Agricultural output in the Ukraine fell by 19% during the first half of 2020, compared to the same period last year. And Russia hasn't fared much better.

Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky blamed unfavorable weather conditions for 2020's dire harvest — as a result, grain prices in the nation with big "agrarian superpower" ambitions are on the rise.

A record cold and rainy May in the center and west of Ukraine, and drought in the south destroyed much of the grain, reports ria.ru. Added to that are the persistent June rains to the west which seriously delayed the harvest efforts.

Russia is also battling drought — up to 60% of the harvest has been lost in the south, and prices are on the rise their, too.

Associate Professor of the Timiryazev Agricultural Academy Igor Abakumov said that the last drought was 10 years ago, and with the phenomenon occurring at intervals of 3-7 years, Russia was "over the limit of favorable years".

Cloud Precipitation

Floods, landslides kill 5 in northern Vietnam - heaviest rainfall since 1961

Flooding almost bury cars on a street in Ha Giang
© VnExpress/Xuan Hoa.
Flooding almost bury cars on a street in Ha Giang Town, the capital of Ha Giang Province, July 21, 2020.
Five people including three children in Ha Giang Province in the northern highlands died Tuesday amid heavy flooding in the region due to prolonged rain.

A 44-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter were asleep in their house in Hoang Su Phi District when rocks collapsed onto the house at around 5 a.m. Authorities tried to rescue the two, but failed.

At 7 a.m., another woman and her 13-year-old daughter were buried as landslides hit their rent house in Ha Giang Town, the capital of the province. Authorities found them after several hours and rushed them to hospital, but only the 48-year-old mother survived.

Another child, two years of age, from Bac Quang District, drowned amid the floods.