Much of Libya is bone-dry desert but one Mediterranean coastal town is suffering the opposite problem — its houses and fields have been inundated by a mysterious upsurge of groundwater.
Stagnant water and squishy mud have flooded houses, streets and palm groves around the northwestern town of Zliten, spreading a foul smell and creating breeding grounds for mosquitos.
Many locals have fled their homes, where walls have cracked or collapsed, amid fears of a worsening environmental crisis in the area about 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of the capital Tripoli.
"Water began coming out two months ago and still continues to rise and submerge our wells," Mohamad Ali Dioub, owner of a farm some 4 kilometers from Zliten, told AFP. "All my fruit trees — apple, apricot and pomegranate trees — are dead."
The eruption of a volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture on Wednesday.
A volcano on Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture erupted Wednesday, with plumes rising to 5,000 meters above the summit crater for the first time since 2020, a local weather observatory said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries and damage to buildings, the prefectural government said, while the Kagoshima Meteorological Office maintained the volcanic activity alert level at three, urging people not to approach the volcano.
The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast volcanic ashes to fall in parts of Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures.
Heavy rains in several governorates on Monday led to the tragic deaths of six individuals, including three children, while rescue operations saw more than 190 people saved from perilous conditions. The bad weather affecting many governorates, attributed to a low-pressure trough, is expected to continue on Wednesday.
The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) led rescue efforts, responding to over 224 reports since the onset of adverse weather on Sunday. The authority rescued individuals stranded in overflowing wadis and inundated buildings.
Late Monday night, CDAA announced that three children who were swept away in the overflowing Wadi Bani Ghafir in Rustaq were found dead.
Rescue teams of CDAA in Dhahirah managed to save one of two persons trapped in a vehicle swept away in Wadi Ghayya in Yanqul on Monday. The body of the second person was found on Tuesday morning.
The authority also reported the death of a woman following a tragic accident involving a vehicle being swept away in a wadi in Izki on Tuesday.
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake occurred just offshore of far southern Atacama Region at around 22:31 Feb. 13. The epicenter was about 83 km (52 miles) west-southwest of Vallenar, Chile.
The tremor occurred at a depth of about 22 km (14 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout parts of southern and central Atacama and northern and central Coquimbo regions in Chile and northwestern San Juan Province in Argentina.
There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake, and significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas.
Aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.
A fatality occurred as a result of intense rainfall in the southern region of Antalya, Türkiye, on Tuesday. Educational activities were halted for a day in six districts, while efforts are underway to evacuate individuals stranded in residences and vehicles.
The lifeless body of a person was found in a car trapped in the flooded underpass of Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev subway on Gazi Boulevard in the Kepez district in the country's tourism capital.
The downpour, which began in the evening in the city center, intensified overnight. Transportation was disrupted due to water accumulation on roads and underpasses caused by the heavy rainfall.
A statement from the Antalya Governorship emphasized the persistence of adverse weather conditions in the city and warned citizens, while several measures were immediately taken.