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Brazil - 26.8 inches of rain in 24 hours triggers floods and landslides in São Paulo, 65 killed (UPDATES)

Landslide in Lagoinha, Brazil, February 2023.
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Landslide in Lagoinha, Brazil, February 2023.
The governor of São Paulo state in Brazil has declared a state of emergency after torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides in areas of the north coast of the state. Authorities said that as much as 683 mm of rain fell in Bertioga in a 24-hour period to 19 February 2023.

Governor Tarcísio de Freitas declared a state of emergency for the cities of Ubatuba, São Sebastião, Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba and Bertioga on 19 February.

As of 20 February, 36 deaths were confirmed, including 35 in São Sebastião - 31 in Barra do Sahy, two in Juquehy, one in Camburi, one in Boiçucanga - and one in Ubatuba.

Flooding and landslides have damaged homes across the region and 566 people have been displaced or made homeless. Civil Defense has distributed relief supplies in affected areas, including mattresses, blankets and food baskets. Drinking water infrastructure has been severely damaged in São Sebastião, Caraguatatuba and the municipality of Ilhabela. Drinking water is being delivered by tank trucks in areas of São Sebastião.

Dozens of roads have been washed out or blocked, causing severe transport difficulties.

Comment: Update February 23

The Guardian reports:
Search and rescue teams raced to find dozens of people that remained missing after heavy rains devastated coastal areas of Brazil's south-eastern São Paulo state, as the official death toll rose to 48.

"We are currently working with a tally of at least 38 missing people," the São Paulo governor, Tarcísio de Freitas, told reporters on Wednesday, as weather forecasters cautioned more rain was on its way.

The destruction left by a landslide after torrential rain in the Barra do Sahy district of São Sebastiao, São Paulo state.
© Fernando Marron
The destruction left by a landslide after torrential rain in the Barra do Sahy district of São Sebastiao, São Paulo state.
The number of casualties rose from 46 a day earlier, the São Paulo state government said in a statement. Rescue operations were continuing and firefighters, police and volunteers still hoped to find people alive in the rubble of houses slammed by the landslides. 1,730 people have been displaced and 1,810 left homeless, according to the São Paulo state government.

The city of São Sebastiao, located about 200km (124.3 miles) from São Paulo, bore the brunt of the human toll, with 47 of the reported deaths. But nearby towns such as Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba, Bertioga and Ubatuba were also heavily affected.

The state government said more rain was expected on Wednesday as a new cold front favours the formation of heavy clouds over the region, with "moderate to heavy showers" forecast to fall until early evening, after a cloudy morning.
Update February 27

Telesurenglish.net reports:
Death Toll From Brazil Landslides Rises to 65

As of Sunday, the death toll had climbed to 65 a week after heavy rains sparked deadly floods and landslides along the coast of Brazil's Sao Paulo state.

Among the fatal victims were 19 minors, the state government said, adding "the priority continues to be relief for the victims." Army troops, firefighters, volunteers and rescue workers are still digging to recover the bodies of the victims and search for people still missing.

Most of the victims lived in poor neighborhoods in high-risk areas on the slopes of the Sierra de Mar mountain range, near Barra do Sahy, a beach in Sao Sebastiao. Around 2,440 people who lost their homes had to be evacuated due to the risk of new landslides.

On Sunday, coastal roads were reopened after being closed due to landslides and storm damage. However, the highway that links Mogi da Cruzes with Bertioga in Sao Paulo state will remain closed for six months since the rains destroyed its drainage system.

On Feb. 19, the coastal cities of Bertioga, Caraguatatuba, Guaruja, Ilhabela, Sao Sebastiao and Ubatuba saw record pouring rain in Brazil in less than 24 hours.

Sao Sebastiao's beach, one of Brazil's exclusive tourism destinations, was drenched within one day with more than twice the amount of rain usually seen in February.

It is estimated that around 4 million Brazilians live in 14,000 areas which are at risk from natural disasters, according to data from the Regional Development Ministry.


British woman dies in Spain after being attacked by a rescued pit bull

A 67-year-old British ex-pat died at the Hospital de la Fe in Valencia, Spain as she was severely injured after a dog attack.

According to local reports, the dog which was a pit bull had been rescued by the woman from the countryside a few days earlier, when she found him abandoned.

She had then taken the dog to her house in the province of Macastre, according to a statement by officials cited in Heraldo.


Breathtaking Northern Lights across UK in rare aurora phenomenon

Dynamic patterns of glowing green, pink and purple have been spotted by stargazers as far south as Kent and Cornwall.

The natural light display, also known as an aurora, is typically seen in high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic.

It is formed by a solar flare erupting on the Sun, which releases electrically charged particles that collide with gas molecules in Earth's upper atmosphere.

The interaction emits green and red colours over our poles, meaning in the UK the Northern Lights are often only visible in Scotland and parts of northern England.


More than a dozen injured as 9 tornadoes touch down across Oklahoma, Kansas

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Storm damage at a home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is seen late Sunday. The city is one of seven areas in the state where the National Weather Service says it received a report of a tornado, February 27, 2023
Plains, Midwest and Southeast face wind advisories Monday

Storm-hit communities in Oklahoma and Kansas are surveying storm damage Monday after nine tornadoes were reported across both states yesterday, leaving more than a dozen injured.

Residents in those states and 14 others throughout the Midwest and Southeast are also waking up Monday to wind advisories from the National Weather Service.

"A deep mid-latitude cyclone will spread showers and thunderstorms across portions of the Midwest Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic today," the NWS said in an advisory.

"The storm prediction center issued a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Ohio Valley due to the risk of damaging gusts and a few tornadoes," it added.


It's not over yet:


Fresh 5.6 quake in Yeşilyurt Türkiye

turkey earthquake tents
© Sercan Kucuksahin / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
An aerial view of a tent camp set up in Malatya after the February 8 quakes.
The Turkish emergencies agency AFAD reported a new earthquake in the east, with at least one fatality recorded

A new deadly earthquake hit Türkiye at around midday on Monday, the national disaster relief agency reported. According to preliminary reports, one person has been killed and 69 others injured in the eastern province of Malatya.

The Turkish disaster and emergency management agency AFAD said the tremor measured 5.6 in magnitude, with the epicenter located in the Yesilyurt district. The quake was estimated to have originated at a depth of approximately seven kilometers and could be felt in neighboring provinces, according to the rescue agency.

Comment: Twitter users on the scene:

Cloud Precipitation

Swaths of Greater Jakarta flood in Indonesia

Over 100 neighborhoods in Jakarta and parts of its satellite cities of Tangerang and Bekasi have been inundated following heavy downpours in recent days.

The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that 104 neighborhood units (RTs) in the capital were flooded as of Monday afternoon, up from 48 that morning, and warned more rain was possible in the coming days.

The floodwater depths ranged from 20 centimeters to over 1 meter in a few neighborhoods of East Jakarta.


Thousands snowed in after winter storm dumps as much as 6 FEET of snow in Lake Arrowhead, California

Thousands of residents in the Lake Arrowhead area were snowed in this weekend due to the unprecedented storm that battered Southern California's mountain communities.

Many residents were trapped by the deep layer of snow and ice for upwards of 24 hours.

Some called it the biggest storm in decades with communities getting up to 6 feet of snow.

Snow plows were slowly working to clear the main roads Sunday morning while working their way to residential areas, forcing some residents to get creative and wade through the deep layer of snow with skies.

"This is the most magnificent storm in the 31 years that I've been here," said Ginny Dunn. "I have never seen North Bay this snowy and untraveled."

Comment: See also: Snowfall totals surpass 5 FEET in some areas of southern California with nearly 7 FEET at Mountain High

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Rescuers followed tracks in snow to find 2 skiers killed by avalanche in Colorado

The aftermath of an avalanche near the Vallecito Reservoir in Colorado, where two backcountry skiers were killed this weekend.
© Colorado Avalanche Information Center
The aftermath of an avalanche near the Vallecito Reservoir in Colorado, where two backcountry skiers were killed this weekend.
Two backcountry skiers who had gone missing Saturday in Southern Colorado were found buried under the snow on Sunday after rescue teams used cellphone records and followed ski tracks to locate their bodies, the authorities said.

The skiers, both men, were reported missing just after 9 p.m. on Saturday and their bodies were found under several feet of snow by 4 a.m. on Sunday, the Colorado Search & Rescue Association said in a statement. They were south of the Vallecito Reservoir, a recreation area about 20 miles northeast of Durango, Colo., that is part of the San Juan National Forest and is close to the border between Colorado and New Mexico.

The two skiers, whose identities had not been released by Sunday night, left for the outing at about 7 a.m. on Saturday and were expected to return at noon the same day.

The La Plata County Sheriff's Office located a truck that the skiers had been driving on the southern end of the lake, and ground and helicopter crews continued the search, the statement from the rescue group said.

Snowflake Cold

Wyoming wind creates unbelievable snow drifts in Casper

You've heard it a thousand times: "The weather wouldn't be so bad here if it wasn't for the wind."

Well, it is for the wind. Wyoming, for those unaware, is a very windy place to live. Locals have more or less just learned to live with it but, for those who don't live here, actual proof of the Wyoming wind can be pretty astonishing.

That's why one Casper woman decided to get some video evidence of just how crazy the wind in Wyoming really is.

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Two elephants rescued from sinkhole in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

A backhoe and a team of veterinarians in a forest in Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi province have helped an elephant and its calf to get out of sink hole, in which they had become trapped.

Officials of the Lam Khlong Ngu National Park were informed by villagers yesterday (Sunday) that they found the two pachyderms trapped in a hole in Khao Bo Rae national forest reserve in Chalae sub-district, which is outside the territory of the national park.