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2 killed in flash floods in Ecatepec, Mexico after almost an inch of rain in 90 minutes - 3rd such event within a week for country

Floods in Ecatepec, Mexico, 06 September 2021.
© Government of Ecatepec
Floods in Ecatepec, Mexico, 06 September 2021.
Two people have died and dozens of vehicles swept away after violent flash floods in the municipality of Ecatepec in Mexico.

Ecatepec municipality, officially Ecatepec de Morelos, is situated in the State of Mexico, around 20 km north of Mexico City.

Heavy rain fell during the afternoon of 06 September, triggering the flash floods in Ecatepec and parts of neighbouring Nezahualcóyotl. Authorities said 24 mm of rain fell in 90 minutes, mainly in the central area of ​​San Cristóbal and in the communities of the Sierra de Guadalupe.

Images shared on Social Media showed mud and flood water flowing through streets, dragging along vehicles and debris in Ecatepec. Many of the main roads in the area were blocked, causing chaos for drivers. Local authorities deployed trucks and buses to assist people stranded by the floods.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes the same lamppost 12 times within seconds in spectacular storm over Chinese city

A resident filmed the storm in the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31

A resident filmed the storm in the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31
Stunning video recorded the moment a single lamppost in China was struck by lightning at least a dozen times in a row during a powerful electrical storm.

A resident filmed the storm over the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31.

The witness trained their camera phone on the incoming storm when the lightning bolts began striking the lamp post.

The multiple strikes took place in less than ten seconds, causing the witness to retreat back into the building.

Cloud Precipitation

Beijing's flood season precipitation hits 20-year high - 70% above average in 2021

Beijing's flood season ended on Aug. 31, with the highest average precipitation in recent 20 years, said the municipal meteorological bureau.

During the flood season, lasting from June 1 to Aug. 31, the average precipitation of China's capital reached 627.4 mm, approximately 70 percent more than that of the same period in ordinary years.

In 2021, Beijing has also experienced the rainiest July since 1951, as measured by average precipitation of 400.4 mm.

From June 1 to Aug. 31, the city reported 62 instances of precipitation, an increase of 30 percent from the same period last year, said the bureau.

Source: Xinhua


A five-year-old boy dies from a dog attack in Córdoba, Spain

dog attack
A five-year-old boy died this past dawn in Lucena (Córdoba) after being attacked by a dog, which gave him lethal bites. The event occurred around three in the morning when a Belgian Malinois dog attacked the child, who was sleeping inside a private country house where his family works as a landlady, he advanced the newspaper Lucena Today.

The dog, microchipped and owned by the owner of the farm, injured the child in the neck and chest. The emergency coordination center received the notice from the minor's parents shortly after the attack, which occurred in the country house located on the Rute road, an access to the Cordovan town.


Man suffers serious leg injury in shark attack off Grand Isle, Louisiana

Shark attacks
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a crew member from a fishing vessel after a shark attack about 35 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana on Friday.

The Coast Guard sector in New Orleans received a call at about 12:51 a.m. from personnel aboard the Moon Glow vessel.

According to personnel, a 64-year-old crew member sustained a severe leg injury from the attack. The man was reportedly untangling fishing nets from the vessel's propeller when he fell overboard and was attacked.

Eye 1

Man dies following shark attack off Australia's eastern coast

Great white shark
A man has died after being attacked by a shark off Australia's eastern coast.

Surfers, bystanders and paramedics tried to give him CPR, but he had a critical arm injury and could not be revived.

The attack occurred off Shelly and Emerald beaches in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales - about 330 miles (530km) north of Sydney.

Beaches in the area were busy at the time of the incident on Sunday, as families celebrated Father's Day in the country.

Aaron Armstrong, who saw what happened, said it was the first shark attack in the community that he and other locals knew of.

He added: "[We were] just out in the surf and we just saw a few people getting out of the water and we were pretty excited to be honest because we were like 'yes, less people in the water'.

Cloud Lightning

Two killed in lightning strike in Rangpur, Bangladesh

The two took their boat out during a thunderstorm to fish in the Teesta River early Monday morning

Two men were killed in a lightning strike incident while they were out fishing during a thunderstorm in the Teesta River in Rangpur.

The incident took place near Char Cholisshal village at Lakkhitari union in Gangachara upazila early Monday morning.

The deceased were identified as Mokhlesur Rahman, 28, and Manu Miah, 32, of Kalicharan village in Gojoghonta union under the same upazila, confirmed Lakkhitari UP Chairman Abdullah Al Hadi.

Comment: A bolt also killed 2 (brothers) in Assam, India on September 4.

Cloud Precipitation

Storm Ida: Number killed rises to at least 64 after record-breaking rainfall

The stadium of the Somerset Patriots Double-A baseball team in New Jersey.
The stadium of the Somerset Patriots Double-A baseball team in New Jersey.
Ida was the fifth-most powerful storm to hit the US when it reached Louisiana on Sunday as a category four hurricane, bringing maximum sustained winds of 150mph and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage. Most of the confirmed deaths have been in New Jersey and New York.

At least 64 people have died in the US after the country's northeastern states were battered by record-breaking rainfall brought by Storm Ida.

The deaths include at least four people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Louisiana, two dead in Mississippi after torrential rain caused a highway to collapse, and a number of people killed after their cars were swept away by floods - one of them a Connecticut state trooper.

According to state figures tracked by NBC News, there have been:


Signs and Portents: Buffalo gives birth to a rare two-headed calf in Rajasthan, India

two headed
© Times Now
The animal kingdom is miraculous! A recent sight made us believe in its miracle even more.

A buffalo gave birth to a rare two-headed calf in Rajasthan's Pura Sikrauda village of Dholpur district. The newborn calf has two necks, two mouths, four eyes and four ears.

As soon as the calf was born it became the centre of attraction in the village as locals flocked to take a look at the animal themselves.

Veterinarian Gudde Singh said the buffalo gave birth to the calf without the help of any specialist. He added that the calf is completely healthy and is being taken care of in a normal matter. However, the villagers are still regarding it as a curious specimen.


Dead gray whale washes up on Samoa Beach, California

Photo of the whale provided by reader Sean Barron.

Photo of the whale provided by reader Sean Barron.
A 27-foot gray whale has washed ashore on Samoa Beach near the Samoa Drag Strip.

Stranding Coordinator for the Marine Mammal Stranding Program Allison Lui told the Outpost that the female, subadult whale was reported to be dead when it first washed up on the beach Tuesday evening.

"We were able to conduct an external exam and collect samples yesterday," Lui said. "Sample analysis takes some time so the results are not available just yet, but we will be coordinating with our partners at the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding network to confirm our findings in the near future."