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Floods in Shaoxing, China on June 10


Heavy rain fills the streets with water in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. June 10th 2021.

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Severe storm slams the city of Berga, Spain

A big storm of cold and rain hit the city of Berga, Spain

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60 mm of rain in an hour floods Mumbai - 94% of its June rain so far

Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
Mumbai received about 60 millimetres of rainfall in an hour on Wednesday, leading to waterlogging in several places including Hindmata, Milan Subway and Sion. The flooding of the railway tracks led to brief suspension of suburban rail services.

Mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Kishori Pednekar blamed the railways for the flooding of the tracks and the adjoining areas. Pednekar said the Central Railway did not cooperate with the BMC, and therefore, the BMC could not conduct cleaning works in the nullahs and the adjoining areas that fall under the railways' jurisdiction.

However, the Central Railway refuted her claim. Its spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said they have been in touch with the BMC officials to deliver the best possible services to the passengers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the BMC's disaster management room to take stock of the situation. BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal and Pednekar visited Hindmata.

Comment: Another video report for June 10 states:
The wet spell that began with the onset of monsoons on Wednesday has given Mumbai 94% of its June rain so far. The showers continued, albeit way more moderately, on Thursday in the city even as the southwest monsoon covered the entire state.

The IMD has forecast heavy rain (orange alert) at isolated places in the city for the weekend. An alert for extremely heavy rain has been issued for Monday.

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Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

The visitors escaped being buried
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The visitors escaped being buried by the avalanche as it hit some rocks and slowed down
Frightening footage captures the moment an avalanche narrowly misses a group of visitors on Mount Everest as it crashed down and headed right towards them.

The dramatic video shows how part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating a snow slide headed straight towards the group of tourists.

The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1.

Footage shows the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts.

No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the avalanche.


Toddler falls from home window, mauled to death by family's 2 pit bulls in New Jersey

A 3-year-old boy has died after falling out of a window at his family home and being mauled to death by the family's two pit bulls when he landed in the backyard.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in Elizabeth, New Jersey -- about 6 miles south of Newark -- when police say the boy somehow managed to fall out of a window, landed in the backyard of the family home and was subsequently and savagely attacked by the family's two dogs, according to New York City ABC station WABC.

Neighbors say that the mother immediately reacted and went to rescue her son but that it was a horrendous scene as she tried to pull the dogs off of the little boy.

"I saw the mother, she was full of blood in her hands, her shirt," neighbor Maria Rocha told WABC in an interview after the attack. "And I was like, 'what happened?' so I came here because it was full of police and she told me, 'My baby, my baby, I went to the bathroom and my baby fell out the window.'"


Lobster diver survives being swallowed whole and spat out by Humpback whale off Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Michael Packard got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale for 30-40 seconds before escaping (Photo Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images)
© Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images
Michael Packard got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale for 30-40 seconds before escaping
A US lobster diver thought he was going to die after getting caught in the mouth of a humpback whale before it surfaced and spat him out.

Michael Packard, 56, was diving off Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Friday and about 45ft below the surface when he found himself inside the closed mouth of the giant creature.

He spent 30-40 seconds inside it before escaping "very bruised" but otherwise unharmed.

Describing the terrifying ordeal the diver said he "felt this huge bump, and everything went dark" and initially thought he'd been attacked by a shark but then realised he couldn't feel teeth.

It then dawned on him he was in a whale's mouth. He told the Cape Cod Times: "I was completely inside; it was completely black.

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Severe summer rainstorm and hail batters Greece - month's worth of rain in just 40 minutes

A major summer storm hit Greece, particularly Attica, where Athens is located, on Friday afternoon, battering the country with heavy rains.

The rainstorm seemed to come out of nowhere on Friday afternoon, as sunny, clear blue skies suddenly turned grey and cloudy in Athens.

Around 2:00 PM, torrential rains hit the region, bringing with them hail and lightning.

The rainstorm, which produced what is usually a month's worth of rain in Greece in just 40 minutes, caused major traffic jams across Athens, and even left large swaths of the city without power.

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Lightning bolt kills 4 in Bihar, India

Four persons died after lightning struck them near Fatuha railway station in Patna on Friday.

A video of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, shows a group of men standing under a tree when lightning strikes them.

According to the police, all victims were rushed to Patna Medical College and Hospital. Two of them died on the way while another two succumbed to injuries during treatment.

Police said victims were residents of Purulia district in West Bengal and were gypsies. They had taken shelter under a tree as it was raining.


Wrong place, wrong time: Sulphur-bellied warbler turns up for the first time ever in UK - 4,000 miles from normal range in Asia

Sulphur-bellied Warbler on Lundy Island

Sulphur-bellied Warbler on Lundy Island
TWITCHERS hired boats to take them to an island — after a rare bird flew 4,000 miles to spend summer in Britain for the first time.

One handed a skipper £1,000 to ferry him to see the revered sulphur-bellied warbler, which had come all the way from Tibet.

Some skived off work and paid £120 an hour to hire vessels, while another drove five hours overnight.

Snapper Ashley Howe was among the few who made it in time to Lundy off Devon on Tuesday.

He captured stunning pictures of the brown and yellow bird before it flew off.

He tweeted: "Mega Views!! Sulphur-bellied Warbler on Lundy Island this evening. First for Britain."


Snowfall and cold temperatures as Newfoundland bears "June-uary" weather

Photos shared by Petrina Balsom on Twitter show

Photos shared by Petrina Balsom on Twitter show "June-uary" settling in over the Heart's Content Barrens
Just days after Newfoundland was bathed in temperatures in the mid to high 20°s, people were left reeling Thursday with the sudden appearance of "June-uary" weather.

Rainfall mixed with wet flakes, and was in some cases replaced with snow, as temperatures dipped near the freezing mark.

The snow began to work its way eastward across the island throughout the day, resulting in some accumulation along central and northeastern regions. Drivers were advised to use caution as conditions along roadways also deteriorated.

By mid-afternoon, photos began surfacing of thick layers of accumulation along the Northern Avalon, while areas of higher elevation throughout metro were also subjected to the late reminder of winter.