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2 dead after days of heavy rain and floods in Sri Lanka

Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
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Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
Severe weather affected parts of Sri Lanka from 25 October 2021. Two people died in flash floods in Badulla, while another died in a lightning strike in Mulaitivu.

According to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management centre, floods, landslides or rain damage were reported in Rathnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Jaffna, Badulla and Puttalam districts. Three homes had been completely destroyed a further 410 damaged. Over 120 people have evacuated their homes and moved to temporary shelters.

As of 03 November, almost 6,000 people had been affected, with around 2,000 of them in Badulla where the the Demodara Reservoir overflowed.


Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano in Colombia expels ash to 2,500 meters

Eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano expels ash at 2,500 meters, alert Colombian populations.


Waterspout filmed off Eastbourne, UK

Agnieszka Kucharska captured this waterspout out in the English channel today off Eastbourne.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe, hour-long hailstorm kills 450 ostriches and other livestock in South Africa

"It was horrific."

That's how a devastated farmer described how it felt to lose hundreds of ostriches to a hailstorm that struck the small district of Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape last week.

Grant Krige, the owner of Chelmsford Farm, said the hour-long hailstorm struck on Wednesday.
"I'm 54 years old and I have never experienced a storm quite as severe as that.

"We lost a whole lot of ostriches, about 450... the [hailstones] struck some of the birds' eyes and broke the necks of others. We also lost some of our goats and sheep, and the infrastructure was blown away by the storm," he said.

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Heavy hail leaves Bolivian town covered in white

A strong hail storm hit Taija on Sunday, causing floods and damage across the southern Bolivian city.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods sweep through Jaén, Cajamarca in Peru

Floods in Jaen Cajamarca Peru November 2021.
Floods in Jaen Cajamarca Peru November 2021.
Flash flooding raged through streets of Jaén in Cajamarca Region of Peru after heavy rain from late 31 October 2021.

According to Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), one person died as a result of the flooding in the city. Furthermore 1 house was completely destroyed, 4 rendered uninhabitable and 15 others were damaged. At least 30 people have been displaced from their homes and, according to INDECI, were staying with relatives or neighbours. A further 90 people have been impacted by the flood damage.

As well as homes, 2 public buildings and the General de Jaén hospital were damaged, along with roads and water infrastructure. Drinking water supply has been partially suspended.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 5 children in Liberia

Residents of Sanniquellie, Nimba County are grieving the sudden death of five children ages 5 and 9, killed by lightning while playing in front of their home. Three other kids who reportedly survived the incident are reportedly admitted to the hospital under critical condition.

Health workers at the G.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, over the weekend, confirmed the death of the five children as a result of a huge thunder strike in a town called Downorpa.

The corpses have been turned over to family and subsequently buried in a mass grave.

The deceased, all from the same family, were children of a Sanniquellie resident identified as Mr. Lawrence Tokpah.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 women in Tamil Nadu, India

The incident happened when a group of women were working on the farm in Karumpakkam village near Sunambedu in Maduranthagam on Sunday.

In the noon, when it started to rain with lightning and thunder, the women started to run towards a tree but before that two women, Mala (31) and Anandhi (35), were struck by lightning and died on the spot.

Police said four other women who were near the deceased became unconscious in the impact.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off North Sumatra, Indonesia

6.0 magnitude earthquake 254 km from Sinabang, Aceh, Indonesia

UTC time: Monday, November 01, 2021 17:04 PM
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - 255 km S of Sinabang, Indonesia
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 1 person

6.0 magnitude, 15 km depth

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides in 2021 rainy season leave 12,000 displaced and 32 dead across Guatemala

Flash floods in Quiche, Guatemala, April 2021.
Flash floods in Quiche, Guatemala, April 2021.
Disaster authorities in Guatemala report that over 30 people have died as a result of severe weather incidents during this year's rainy season.

Teams from Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres de Guatemala (CONRED) attended a total of 906 rain-related incidents such as floods, landslides and structural collapse during the 2021 rainy season which normally runs from May to November.

During this time 11,911 people have been displaced and around 1.5 million affected in some way. Five thousand homes and 131 schools have been damaged. More than 230 roads and 35 bridges have been damaged or destroyed.

CONRED reported fatalities in the departments of Chimaltenango (1), Quetzaltenango (1), Sololá (3), Suchitepéquez (7), Escuintla (2), Guatemala (3), Quiché (5), San Marcos (2), Alta Verapaz (3), Baja Verapaz (1), Sacatepéquez (1), Chiquimula (1) and El Progreso (2). Two people are still missing and at least 17 were injured.