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3 dead after heavy rain causes landslides and floods in Guatemala

Three people have died after days of heavy rainfall in Guatemala triggered flooding, landslides and caused buildings to collapse.

The country's National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) said one person died on 09 May after rain triggered a landslide on a highway in the municipality of Tajumulco, San Marcos Department.

Two people died when heavy rain caused a wall to collapse in Zacapa in the department of the same name on 11 May.

Local media said these were the first casualties of the rainy season in Guatemala, which usually begins in May and lasts until November but has been present in the south of the country since late April.

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29 killed in hailstorm, rains in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh, India

At least 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been
© Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo. Representative image
At least 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by the rains and hailstorm.
At least 29 people were killed across 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh after rains and hailstorm lashed several parts of the state on Sunday, officials said.

Four people were killed in Kasganj, three each in Sitapur, Bulandshahr and Badaun, two each in Barabanki, Chitrakoot, Ballia, Pilibhit, Kannauj and Hardoi and one each in Lucknow, Fatehpur, Amethi and Aligarh.

At least 38 districts of the state have been affected by the rains and hailstorm.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the deaths and directed district magistrates to give financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to their families.


6.6-magnitude quake hits 169 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted 169 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands at 22:41:15 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 125.0 km, was initially determined to be at 12.1 degrees south latitude and 166.5 degrees east longitude.


May snowfall in Latvia

Snow near Rezekne 12. May 2020.


May snowfall in Lithuania

Snow in mid-May. Walk around the homestead.

This is very rare in Lithuania. It snows during flowering in the gardens.


May snowfall in Germany

With only weeks before the official start of summer, a blizzard struck the mountain peak of Brocken, and covered the whole town of Wernigerode in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt with snow on Monday.

A drop in temperatures brought upon by a polar vortex and even ground frost during mid-May is not uncommon for the Harz mountain range.

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Floods in Gironde and Landes after rain lashes south west France - up to 10 inches in 36 hours

More than 130mm of rain fell in 36 hours in parts of southwest France, causing flooding in Gironde and Landes departments.

Meteo France said Retjons and Belin-Béliet, both in Landes, recorded 136 mm of rain in 36 hours to 11 May.

In Tarn Department, La Vintrou recorded 261 mm during the same period.

In Girone, 46 people were rescued by firefighters following rising waters. No injuries or fatalities were reported. Firefighters carried out more than 500 interventions during the severe weather, mainly for flooded homes and cellars. Around 90 roads have been flooded, 21 of which are still closed.

Snowflake Cold

Record-low temperature, record-high snowfall for Waterloo Region, Ontario

© Al Eisen
Parts of Southern Ontario saw record-breaking cold over the weekend, and record breaking snow to start the work-week.

Waterloo Region dipped to a new daily record low of -4.2 degrees Celsius on the morning of May 9.

That broke the previous record of -2.8 C set back in 1947. On Monday morning, 6 cm of snow was recorded, beating the old daily snowfall record of 1.8cm set back in 1966.

Conditions are set to clear by Tuesday morning with calm winds, which has prompted Environment Canada to continue a Frost Advisory for many communities.


May snowfall in Grodno, Belarus

© Leonid Shcheglov
Rain and snow mixed from Western Europe descended over Grodno.

According to the Center for Hydrometeorology, Control of Radioactive Contamination and Environmental Monitoring, there will be broken clouds, rain and melted snow in Belarus on 12 May.

Photos by Leonid Shcheglov


Parts of Vermont, New Hampshire wake up to more snow

Some parts of northern New England woke up to more spring snow on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says parts of northern Vermont saw 1 to 4 inches from overnight snowfall in nearly the middle of May.

In Maine 2 inches fell at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain and 1 inch at Moosehead Lake. Higher elevations got more. New Hampshire's Mount Washington had 8.6 inches at the summit.

Source: AP