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Storm destroys agricultural infrastructure and citrus and vegetable crops in the north of Castellon, Spain

Ava-Asaja warned that the storm that hit the Region of Valencia, which brought torrential rains, lightning and strong wind gusts, has caused localized damage to the agricultural sector, especially in the Castellon region of Baix Maestrat and in the northern part of the term of Vinaròs, bordering Alcanar, and to a lesser extent in inland areas of Valencia. In other areas, the rains have generally been beneficial, contributing to increase the size of the productions yet to be harvested, clean the trees, save on irrigation and refill the aquifers.

Ava-Vinaròs associates report some severe losses, mainly of citrus and seasonal vegetables, both in the form of losses of up to 100% of the harvest and even in the uprooting of young trees. In the case of fields flooded by water, producers will have to deal with additional costs to save their productions due to the need for fungicide treatments. Part of the affected area, which could exceed 2,000 hectares, according to an initial assessment, had already been hit by a hail storm back in early August.

Comment: Related: Water, water everywhere: Heavy rainfall causes destructive flash floods in Spain - 3 inches of rain recorded in just 30 MINUTES


Dead humpback whale washes ashore in Point Reyes, California

The whale washed ashore Friday between the southern parking lot and the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

The whale washed ashore Friday between the southern parking lot and the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
The body of a 35-foot long female Humpback whale remains in the surf in a remote section of Ten Mile Beach in Point Reyes.

The whale washed ashore Friday between the southern parking lot and the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

When a whale washes ashore, we humans tend to wonder, or even assume, that somehow, we might be to blame. Was the cause environmental? A ship strike? A loose piece of fisherman's netting?

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 women in Gambia

Two women at Njoben Tukulorr village, Niani District, Central River Region of The Gambia were reported dead after they were struck by the Friday night thunderstorm.

Three other people only fainted and survived.

According to eyewitnesses, there were iron bowls and plates which reflected and attracted the lightning before it fell down on them.

Hawa Daffeh, CRR North disaster management coordinator for the National Disaster Management Agency presented five thousand dalasis to the deceased families' as charity on behalf of her office. She extended her office's condolences to the bereaved families.


Damaging floods hit Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India - 15 inches of rain in 24 hours

Heavy rain brought by a Low Pressure Area over the Bay of Bengal caused flooding in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in India from 06 September 2021. As much as 390 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Telangana.

Local media reported flooding in Karimnagar, Rajanna Sircilla, Khammam, Warangal and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts in Telangana. Heavy rain from the Low Pressure Area fell on ground already saturated by rainfall during the previous 6 days. Roads were swamped and traffic brought to a standstill in low-lying areas of Warangal city. Damaged roads left some rural areas isolated.

According to reports, at least 3 people have lost their lives as a result of the flooding in Telangana. In separate incidents, 2 people died in Bhadradri Kothagudem district and another in Warangal district.


2 killed in flash floods in Ecatepec, Mexico after almost an inch of rain in 90 minutes - 3rd such event within a week for country

Floods in Ecatepec, Mexico, 06 September 2021.
© Government of Ecatepec
Floods in Ecatepec, Mexico, 06 September 2021.
Two people have died and dozens of vehicles swept away after violent flash floods in the municipality of Ecatepec in Mexico.

Ecatepec municipality, officially Ecatepec de Morelos, is situated in the State of Mexico, around 20 km north of Mexico City.

Heavy rain fell during the afternoon of 06 September, triggering the flash floods in Ecatepec and parts of neighbouring Nezahualcóyotl. Authorities said 24 mm of rain fell in 90 minutes, mainly in the central area of ​​San Cristóbal and in the communities of the Sierra de Guadalupe.

Images shared on Social Media showed mud and flood water flowing through streets, dragging along vehicles and debris in Ecatepec. Many of the main roads in the area were blocked, causing chaos for drivers. Local authorities deployed trucks and buses to assist people stranded by the floods.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes the same lamppost 12 times within seconds in spectacular storm over Chinese city

A resident filmed the storm in the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31

A resident filmed the storm in the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31
Stunning video recorded the moment a single lamppost in China was struck by lightning at least a dozen times in a row during a powerful electrical storm.

A resident filmed the storm over the city of Qingdao in the province of Shandong on August 31.

The witness trained their camera phone on the incoming storm when the lightning bolts began striking the lamp post.

The multiple strikes took place in less than ten seconds, causing the witness to retreat back into the building.

Cloud Precipitation

Beijing's flood season precipitation hits 20-year high - 70% above average in 2021

Beijing's flood season ended on Aug. 31, with the highest average precipitation in recent 20 years, said the municipal meteorological bureau.

During the flood season, lasting from June 1 to Aug. 31, the average precipitation of China's capital reached 627.4 mm, approximately 70 percent more than that of the same period in ordinary years.

In 2021, Beijing has also experienced the rainiest July since 1951, as measured by average precipitation of 400.4 mm.

From June 1 to Aug. 31, the city reported 62 instances of precipitation, an increase of 30 percent from the same period last year, said the bureau.

Source: Xinhua


A five-year-old boy dies from a dog attack in Córdoba, Spain

dog attack
A five-year-old boy died this past dawn in Lucena (Córdoba) after being attacked by a dog, which gave him lethal bites. The event occurred around three in the morning when a Belgian Malinois dog attacked the child, who was sleeping inside a private country house where his family works as a landlady, he advanced the newspaper Lucena Today.

The dog, microchipped and owned by the owner of the farm, injured the child in the neck and chest. The emergency coordination center received the notice from the minor's parents shortly after the attack, which occurred in the country house located on the Rute road, an access to the Cordovan town.


Man suffers serious leg injury in shark attack off Grand Isle, Louisiana

Shark attacks
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a crew member from a fishing vessel after a shark attack about 35 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana on Friday.

The Coast Guard sector in New Orleans received a call at about 12:51 a.m. from personnel aboard the Moon Glow vessel.

According to personnel, a 64-year-old crew member sustained a severe leg injury from the attack. The man was reportedly untangling fishing nets from the vessel's propeller when he fell overboard and was attacked.

Eye 1

Man dies following shark attack off Australia's eastern coast

Great white shark
A man has died after being attacked by a shark off Australia's eastern coast.

Surfers, bystanders and paramedics tried to give him CPR, but he had a critical arm injury and could not be revived.

The attack occurred off Shelly and Emerald beaches in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales - about 330 miles (530km) north of Sydney.

Beaches in the area were busy at the time of the incident on Sunday, as families celebrated Father's Day in the country.

Aaron Armstrong, who saw what happened, said it was the first shark attack in the community that he and other locals knew of.

He added: "[We were] just out in the surf and we just saw a few people getting out of the water and we were pretty excited to be honest because we were like 'yes, less people in the water'.