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Flash flood claims lives of 10 migrants in Panama

Ten migrants died due to the rise of a river in an isolated area of Panama near the Caribbean coast and the border with Colombia, the border police (Senafront) reported on Wednesday. "In the river tributaries near the community of Carreto [in the indigenous region of Guna Yala], 10 bodies of migrants who drowned as a result of a flash flood (river rise) were observed," Senafront said in a statement.

"Transnational organized crime, through local collaborators in these coastal Caribbean communities, insists on using unauthorized routes, putting these people's lives at serious risk," the statement added. The note does not specify if the deceased had crossed the Darién jungle—turned into a corridor for migrants trying to reach the United States—or if they arrived by boat. It also does not specify the nationalities of the victims.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain lashes northeastern Japan, triggering floods, landslides - 4 inches of rainfall in an hour

Photo taken in the morning on July 25, 2024, shows a river (L) that has burst its banks in Yurihonjo, Akita
© Akita Sakigake ShimpoPhoto taken in the morning on July 25, 2024, shows a river (L) that has burst its banks in Yurihonjo, Akita
Heavy rain has continued to lash northeastern Japan and has triggered river flooding and landslides, prompting the weather agency to issue downpour warnings at the highest level in parts of Yamagata Prefecture on Thursday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the heavy rain emergency warnings for two municipalities in the northeastern prefecture -- Sakata and Yuza -- shortly after 1 p.m., urging residents to take immediate action to protect lives.

More than 100 millimeters of rain fell in the two municipalities and their vicinities during an hour through 9:00 a.m., according to the agency.

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Typhoon Gaemi (Carina) makes landfall in Taiwan, killing 2 people

Typhoon Gaemi has made landfall on Taiwan's east coast, bringing gusts of around 240kmh (150mph).

Gaemi, which has landed near the city of Hualien, is expected to be the most powerful storm to hit the island in eight years.

Taiwanese officials said two people had been killed and hundreds more injured.

The island's largest annual military drills have been cancelled, along with almost all domestic flights and more than 200 international flights, according to the transport ministry.

Authorities are warning one of biggest risks comes from the typhoon's potential to cause landslides and flash flooding, especially on mountainsides destabilised by a large earthquake in April.

Comment: Related: Typhoon "Carina," monsoon rains flood Northern Luzon, Philippines - 13 killed


Spectacular waterspout appears off coast of Guangdong, China

A spectacular waterspout formed off the coast of Yangxi County, China's Guangdong Province.

This waterspout reached heights of over 200 meters and lasted for around 15 minutes.


"Hydrothermal explosion" rocks Yellowstone National Park

Sapphire pool yellowstone
© FlashPacking AmericaThe Sapphire Pool in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park announced on X that a "hydrothermal explosion" occurred earlier today near Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin, just north of Old Faithful.

Blue Planet

Flip-flop: Global greening becomes so obvious climate alarmists are arguing we need to "save the deserts"!

desertgreen tree contrast
© Getty
The world is 'greening' at an astonishing and rapidly growing rate and deserts are shrinking almost everywhere you look. All due, it seems, to a natural rise in carbon 'plant food' dioxide, not forgetting the small annual 4% portion contributed by humans burning hydrocarbons. Inconvenient to the political Net Zero narrative of course - along with high numbers of polar bears, cyclical recovery in Arctic sea ice and recent record growth of coral on the Great Barrier Reef - so there is naturally little mention in mainstream media and politics. "Desertification is turning the Earth barren," reports the Guardian, and the expansion of drylands is leaving entire countries "facing famine". Great story, shame about the facts. A recent article in Yale Environment 360 states that rather than shrivelling and dying, vegetation is growing faster and deserts are retreating.

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Typhoon "Carina," monsoon rains flood Northern Luzon, Philippines - 13 killed (UPDATE)

© GMA Regional TV One North Central Luzon
Typhoon "Carina" and the southwest monsoon have caused flooding in Ilocos Norte, prompting evacuations and power shutdown preparations.

Ilocos Sur evacuated two families due to landslides while Nueva Ecija remains on alert amid ongoing rains.

Continuous rains brought by Typhoon Carina and the southwest monsoon caused a river in Barangay Cataban, Laoag City to overflow, flooding two sitios for about two hours before the waters subsided.

The national highway in Bacarra was also flooded as water from nearby rice fields overflowed, but the water quickly receded.

"Gawa ng tuloy-tuloy na ulan kaya umapaw ang baha sa kalsada," Belinda Calulot, a resident, said.

All roads and bridges in Ilocos Norte remain passable despite the heavy rains.

Comment: Update July 14

Associated Press reports:
Typhoon Carina, internationally known as Gaemi, did not make landfall here in the Philippines but enhanced its seasonal monsoon rains that set off at least a dozen landslides and floods over five days.

As it headed for Taiwan on Wednesday, at least 12 people had been killed and 600,000 more displaced, including 35,000 who went to emergency shelters, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Metro Manila — also known as the National Capital Region — was placed under a state of calamity in the afternoon.

A landslide buried a rural shanty Tuesday in the mountainside town of Agoncillo in Batangas province, and the bodies of a pregnant woman and three children, aged 9 to 15, were dug out Wednesday morning. A rice porridge vendor was hit by a falling tree in another Batangas town Tuesday night, raising the toll in the country to 13 dead.


Two large landslides hit Ethiopia after heavy rain, kill at least 229 people

Rescue teams have so far retrieved the bodies of 229 people killed in two landslides in southern Ethiopia, a local official has told the BBC.

The landslides occurred on Sunday evening and Monday morning, after heavy rains in a remote mountainous area of the Gofa zone.

The local authority said the search for survivors was "continuing vigorously" but that the "death toll could yet increase".

Footage showed hundreds of people gathered at the scene and others digging in the dirt in search of people trapped underneath.

In the background, a hillside can be seen partially collapsed and a large patch of red earth has been exposed.


Italy's Catania airport closed by Etna volcanic ash

Flights serving the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted on Tuesday after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna, the airport operator said, bringing fresh travel woe during the peak summer tourist season.

Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has seen intense activity in recent days, spewing hot ash and lava.

The airport of Catania had already been closed earlier this month due to ash in the sky. It acts as a hub for the east of Sicily and attracts more arrivals than the capital Palermo.

The statement said that authorities had decided on "the suspension of all incoming and outgoing flights."

"The suspension will result in cancellations and/or rerouting to other airports," it added, saying normal operations would resume once the ash fallout had ended.


Woman killed by her pet dog in Coventry, UK - 2nd death in city in a month, 4th for UK in 2024

A woman in her 30s has been killed by her pet dog in Coventry, the fourth fatal dog attack in England and Wales this year.

West Midlands police said they attended at house on Wexford Road in the city at about 12.15pm on Monday after 999 calls. The woman was treated by the ambulance service at the scene but died a short time later.

The dog has been seized and its breed has yet to be confirmed, but police said they did not believe it to be a banned breed. The family of the woman have been informed and the death has been reported to the coroner for further inquiries.

Ch Insp David Amos, from the local neighbourhood policing area, said: "We understand that this is a distressing and tragic incident and we would like to thank the local community for their support and to our emergency services colleagues who dealt with this incident. Our thoughts remain firmly with the family and loved ones of the woman who has sadly died.