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Deadly mudslide in Nagasaki, Japan after record 29.2 inches of rain in 2 days and 22.4 inches in one day

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level 5 risk alerts in Hiroshima

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level 5 risk alerts in Hiroshima
Authorities have issued evacuation orders after days of heavy rainfall in south and western Japan. One person has died and 2 are missing after a mudslide destroyed 2 houses in Nagasaki prefecture.

A landslide struck in the city of Unzen in Nagasaki prefecture early on 13 August following heavy rainfall. Two houses collapsed, burying 4 residents. As of 13 August rescue workers had located the body of one of the victims, while another was found alive but seriously injured. Two people are still missing. Search and rescue teams, including members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, are working at the site. Areas of Unzen city are also flooded.

Record Rainfall and Evacuation Orders

Mount Unzen, near Unzen City, recorded 80.5 mm of rain in 1 hour on 13 August. A record 571.5 mm of rain fell in 24 hours and 743.0 mm in 48 hours to 13 August. The previous 24-hour high was 486 mm set in 2006, and the 48 hour was 510 mm, also set in 2006.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued heavy rain and mudslide warnings for several areas. Authorities have issued evacuation orders in 13 prefectures, affecting around 1.7 million households or 3.4 million people. The prefectures include Niigata, Toyama, Gifu, Shizuoka, Shimane, Hiroshima, Ehime, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Kagoshima.


6.3 magnitude earthquake in the South Sandwich Islands region - 4th major quake in 24 hours


6.3 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Friday, August 13, 2021 10:34 AM

Your time: Friday, August 13, 2021, 11:34 AM GMT+1

Magnitude Type: mww

USGS page: M 6.3 - South Sandwich Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

Comment: Details of the others:

6.2 magnitude earthquake off South Sandwich Islands

6.0 magnitude earthquake in South Sandwich Islands region

Major magnitude 7.5 earthquake - South Sandwich Islands Region

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 farmers in Bangladesh

Two farmers were killed when they were struck by lightning at Gomastapur upazila in Chapainawabganj on Thursday.

Gomostapur Police Station officer-in-charge Dilip Kumar Das told New Age that the deceased—Yasin, 18, son of Imran Ali of Borodadpur village, and Hridoy Oraw, 52, of Sherpur Kothadanga village—were struck by lightning while they went to work in their fields.

At least 17 people of a wedding procession were killed and 12 others injured in a lightning strike at Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj on August 4.


Elephants have killed 204 people over 3 years in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh

Mohitram Yadav, resident of Ongna village in Dharmajaigarh block of Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh, was attacked by an elephant at 3 am Wednesday while he was out answering nature's call.

After being alerted, the forest officials reached the spot, gave the family an instant relief of Rs 25,000, and told them the rest of the amount would be given post-completion of necessary formalities.

This is not the first case of elephant attack in the lush green forests of northern Chhattisgarh. Including Mohitram, at least eight people have succumbed to Jumbo-attacks, and two elephants have lost their lives due to electrocution in the Dharmajaigarh forest area alone this year.

Cloud Lightning

Two people hit by lightning on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Two people were hit by lightning on St. Pete Beach Thursday night.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a male and a female were walking on the beach when lightning struck.

St. Pete Beach Fire Chief Jim Kilpatrick said the pair, a 16-year-old and a 60-year-old, were behind the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort.

The male was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies performed CPR on the female until emergency personnel arrived. She was taken to a hospital where she was stable Thursday night.


200 dead shelduck found on beaches of Vlissingen, Netherlands

At least 200 dead shelduck have been found on beaches on the Zeeland peninsula of Walcheren since Monday, local officials have confirmed.

The cause of the mass deaths has not yet been established and some of the cadavers have now been sent away for post mortem in an effort to find the cause.

Vlissingen council is urging people to find a dead duck not to touch it, and to keep dogs on a lead while walking on the beach.

The birds have all been found on beaches close to the port town.

Shelduck are a semi-terrestrial water fowl which eat small shore animals such as winkels and crabs, as well as grasses and other plants.


Severe drought devastates Washington state's wheat crop

A combine transfers wheat into a grain truck, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, near Pullman, Wash.
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A combine transfers wheat into a grain truck, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, near Pullman, Wash.
The wheat harvest on Marci Green's farm doesn't usually begin until late August, but a severe drought stunted this year's crop and her crews finished harvesting last week because she didn't want what had grown so far to shrivel and die in the heat.

It's the same story across the wheat country of eastern Washington state, a vast expanse of seemingly endless stretches of flatlands with rolling hills along its edges that produces the nation's fourth largest wheat crop. It's been devastated by a drought the National Weather Service has classified as "exceptional" and the worst since 1977.

"This is definitely the worst crop year we have had since we started farming 35 years ago," said Green, whose family is the sixth generation on the same farming land just south of the city of Spokane.

She estimated her farm's wheat crop this year at half of normal, and of poor quality.

Green grows soft white winter wheat, a variety that is prized in Asian countries because it is excellent for making pastries, cakes, cookies and noodles.


Wakkanai, northern Japan just recorded its coldest summer temperature in 128 years - 2 weeks after city hit one of its hottest temperatures ever

Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island
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Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island.
Just days after Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido baked in record heat, an unseasonably cold snap saw temperatures plunging on Thursday (Aug 12) to among their lowest on record for the month.

At the same time, the island of Kyushu in the south-west is being pounded by a torrential deluge, with some areas encountering in a single day what is typically a full month's worth of precipitation for August.

These extreme weather patterns are raising concerns about the impact of climate change on Japan, where 7,943 people were admitted to hospital nationwide last week amid a scorching heatwave.

Two weeks after Wakkanai in Hokkaido set its highest temperature on record of 32.7 deg C on July 29, the mercury tumbled to just 2.6 deg C around dawn on Thursday - the city's lowest reading for August in 128 years.

Sapporo, some 300km to the south, was a cool 13.9 deg C on Thursday morning, compared with the 26 deg C recorded at 7am on Sunday, when the Olympic men's marathon event flagged off. A combination of the heat and brutal humidity led 30 out of the 106 competitors to pull out.


Prolonged drought in Brazil threatening Paraná River

People who live in the fishing village of Espinillo
© AP/Victor Caivano
People who live in the fishing village of Espinillo Island walk their goods across the Old Parana River delta now that boats can't reach their community and others, amid a drought that turned the river into a sand bank, across the river from Rosario, Argentina, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
One of South America's longest rivers is at its lowest level in living memory.

The Paraná ​River runs through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

Prolonged drought in southern Brazil is one reason it is at its lowest level since 1944.

Many of the river's tributaries have all but dried up.

Local communities are feeling the effects of the falling water levels firsthand.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood in north Nigeria kills 5 people

Flood triggered by a severe downpour on Tuesday in northeast Nigeria's Bauchi state killed five people and damaged 1,567 houses, an official said on Thursday.

According to Samaila Jarma, council chairman of Jama'are town in Bauchi, the flood from a local river was triggered by several hours of heavy rain on Tuesday, which damaged houses, farmlands and crops in seven villages of the area.

"We recovered five corpses from the water in submerged areas," he told reporters in a press briefing in Jama'are area, adding the bodies were buried in accordance with local tradition following a thorough investigation to establish their identity.

Jarma said the town council has also formed a committee to examine the damage and recommend appropriate measures to the state government.

Nigerian authorities had in May issued an alert to 28 out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in the country, warning of severe flooding this year.