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Woman dies after getting caught in flash flood in Arizona canyon

File image: Labyrinth Canyon, Lake Powell, Page, AZ
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File image: Labyrinth Canyon, Lake Powell, Page, AZ
Authorities are investigating the death of a Kentucky woman who was caught in a flash flood in a canyon near the Arizona-Utah border.

Coconino County Sheriff's officials said they received a call Saturday evening about a possible drowning at Labyrinth Canyon on Lake Powell.

They said 43-year-old Heather Rutledge, of Louisville, was hiking the canyon Saturday afternoon with her husband and three sons when they were all caught in a flash flood.

Windsock

Strong tornado hits Andreapol town in Tver Oblast, Russia

TORNADO

Incredible footage of the tornado in Andreapol, Tver region in Russia today (August 2, 2021).


Cloud Precipitation

1 dead as severe flash floods hit Utah for second time in a week

Scene of the flash floods that struck in Emery County, Utah, 01 to 02 August 2021.
© Emery County Sheriffs Office
Scene of the flash floods that struck in Emery County, Utah, 01 to 02 August 2021.
Heavy rain has triggered more flash floods, mudslides and debris flows in areas of Utah, USA. One person died after being swept away by floods in Emery County. Areas of Cedar City and Iron County were also affected, just days after severe flooding on 26 July 2021.

Meanwhile in Colorado, massive mudslides have blocked major roads and left 100 people in vehicles stranded overnight.

Deadly Floods in Utah

Emery County Sheriff's Office reported 3 vehicles carrying miners working in the area were swept away flash floods in a canyon near the Gentry Mountain coal mine. "At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021, as mine crews were heading up the hill to enter the Gentry Mountain coal mine, crews witnessed a wall of water and debris coming down Bear Canyon, the Sheriff's Office said."

Nine people survived but was one of the miners died when he was swept away and carried downstream. His body was later found after Emery County Sheriff's Office and Emery County Search and Rescue searched throughout the night.


Cloud Lightning

At least 16 members of wedding party killed by lightning bolt in Bangladesh

The boat, carrying the marriage party

The boat, carrying the marriage party
Sixteen members of a wedding party were killed in a lightning strike on the banks of the river Padma in a boat at Shibganj Upazila in Chapainawabganj.

The incident took place around 12:30 pm on Wednesday. Six more people were injured in the incident.

Shibganj police Station OC Md Farid Hossain confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh.

The injured were admitted to Upazila Health Complex, Shibganj Upazila Project Implementation Officer Engineer Ariful Islam said, adding that the death toll is likely to rise further.

Fire

At least eight dead as wildfires rip through southern Turkey

Turkey wildfires
© YouTube/Evening Standard (screen capture)
Parts of southern Turkey has been left devastated by the wildfires. Thousands have had to evacuate their homes after the fires ravaged through towns and villages. At least eight people have died in the blazes while villagers lost their homes and farm animals.

Some residents have scrambled to save their livestock, struggling to get them to safety. Turkish farmer Nurten Almaz said she lost everything including her home, her animals and "one century of people's labour". "I feel so much pain, like I lost a child," she added. The country has launched an international appeal for help in taming the fires.


Comment: Three dead and ten stranded as wildfire rages across southern Turkey


Cloud Precipitation

Air force helicopters rescue dozens from rooftops in West Bengal, India floods as 250,000 are displaced and 14 killed

Indian Air Force helicopter rescue, West Bengal, India, 03 August 2021.
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Indian Air Force helicopter rescue, West Bengal, India, 03 August 2021.
Air Force helicopters and rescue teams from the Indian Army were deployed to flooded areas in the state of West Bengal in eastern India on 02 August 2021.

As of 03 August, 14 people have died and nearly 250,000 displaced by floods across the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas.

News agency Press Trust of India (PTI), quoting local officials, said the flooding was a result of heavy rainfall and discharge of water from dams.

The rainfall was particularly pronounced on 29 July when Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district recorded 218 mm of rain, Midnapore 134 mm and Kolkata 146 mm.


Cloud Precipitation

Flooding leaves 5 dead, injured in 7 provinces of Iran

Severe rain triggered flooding in seven provinces of the country, which have claimed three lives, and two went missing, spokesman or the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced.

Severe rain triggered flooding in seven provinces of the country, which have claimed three lives, and two went missing, spokesman or the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced.
"Relief and rescue forces provided services to 846 flood survivors," ISNA quoted Mohammad Hassan Qousian as saying on Tuesday.

Currently, relief operations have been completed in five provinces, but continue in Qazvin and Zanjan provinces, he stated.

Over the last two years, Iran was doused with rain which was unprecedented during the past 50 years, but last year, unfortunately, the country faced drought, which shows a 40 percent decrease in rainfall.

Watershed management is a solution to strengthen the ecosystem in the face of subsequent droughts by penetrating rainfall into the ground.


Snowflake

Fresh August snowfall in the Alps

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There's been fresh snowfall reported above around 3,000 metres on glaciers in the Alps over the past few days.

The currently closed (for skiing and boarding) Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck in Austria is the latest to report a dusting of summer snow, following fellow Tirolean glacier ski area Hintertux last week (below).

Hintertux is one of five glaciers currently open for August skiing and snowboarding, along with Les 2 Alps in France, Zermatt and Saas Fee in Switzerland and Passo Stelvio in Italy.

Snowflake

Huge snow dump hits the southern skifields of New Zealand - up to 24 inches in 24 hours

Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received about 50cm of new snow on Tuesday.
© ROUNDHILL SKI AREA
Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received about 50cm of new snow on Tuesday.
Some southern skifields received a decent dumping of snow as a cold front made its way up the South Island on Tuesday.

Canterbury skifields received the majority of the heavy snowfall over the 24 hours to Tuesday evening, according to the SnowNZ website.

The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer ranges, operated on by Methven Heliski, led the way with a mammoth 62 centimetres of new snow. Tekapo's Roundhill Ski Area received 50cm, while Mount Cook Heliski region got 40cm, Temple Basin ski area near Arthur's Pass got 20cm, Ōhau got 15cm, Porters had 10cm, Wānaka's Treble Cone got 7cm, and Broken River got 5cm.

Windsock

Strong winds batter China, ripping up records and roofs - wind speeds reach 98 mph

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Strong winds have battered northern and central China's Hebei and Henan provinces, breaking local speed records. Residents were seen struggling to walk in the gales, and roofs were seen flying into the air.