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California wildfire advances as heat wave stifles US West

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© AP Photo/Noah Berger
Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, in Doyle, Calif., on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave hits the U.S. West this weekend, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas.

On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) and could reach the same high on Saturday. If verified, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when the same Furnace Creek desert area hit 134 F (57 C), considered the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth.

The Beckwourth Complex — a merging of two lightning-caused fires — headed into Saturday showing no sign of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada forest region after doubling in size only a few days earlier.

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Japan issues evacuation orders for 365,000 people on Kyushu amid heavy rainfall - 13 inches of rain in just 12 hours

Evacuation orders have been issued for 365,000 people in three of Japan's prefectures amid heavy rains in the country's south-west, the NHK broadcaster reports.

NHK said on Saturday that over 90,000 households in Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures received evacuation orders and 236,000 people got the highest (level five), "beyond evacuation" warning.

Another 128,500 people on the island of Kyushu got urgent (level four) evacuation orders.

According to the latest forecasts, up to 200 mm of rainfall are expected on Kyushu in the coming 24 hours. Around 330 mm of rainfall were recorded in Kagoshima prefecture in the past 12 hours.

Reports of landslides and river flooding have started to come in. The NHK broadcaster cancelled all of its morning programs in order to report on the situation in the country's south-west.


Giant waterspout filmed off Singapore


Sightings of a waterspout off East Coast Park were reported by several people on social media on Saturday morning (July 10).

Ms Carrie Koh, a reader of The Straits Times, said that she saw the waterspout from her apartment in Bedok at around 7am, in the direction of Bedok Jetty, and posted a picture on social media. The waterspout lasted around 10 to 15 minutes.

Facebook user Anj Arcega Subion spotted the waterspout from her home at Riviera Residences near Upper East Coast Road at 7.03am.


M5.9 quake kills 5 & destroys dozens of homes in Tajikistan

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The magnitude 5.9 quake struck 27km (17 miles) east of Rasht district, authorities say.

At least five people have died after an earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan, according to authorities in the mountainous country.

The magnitude 5.9 quake hit 27km (17 miles) east of Rasht district on Saturday morning.

Comment: See also: Huge explosion filmed in Caspian Sea, officials speculate oil rig fire or mud volcano - UPDATE: Footage of 'new island' formed in aftermath released


M6.1 earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island Saturday, said the United States Geological Survey.

As per reports, the strong quake hit 258 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of the city of Manado in North Sulawesi at a depth of 68 kilometres.

Indonesia experiences frequent quakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Earlier, in January, more than 100 people were killed while thousands left homeless by a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck Sulawesi.


Flood situation in India's Bihar worsens, causing deaths, migration and property damage as heavy monsoon season arrived earlier than usual

This year, the monsoon season arrived slightly earlier than usual in some parts of India. While urban regions like Mumbai that are situated near water bodies are facing power cuts and road blockages due to rising water, rural Indians living near rivers are losing their lives, livelihoods, and homes.

Several villages in India's Bihar state have been flooded due to heavy monsoons, disrupting the normal lives of local people. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the rain and flood-related situation, including lightning strikes, media reported.

So far, Bihar's administration has not set up relief camps for villagers who have been compelled to leave their homes, residents have told local media.

Talking to Sputnik, police officer Rajiv Rajak of Bihar's Lauriya district said that while the flooding of river-side regions in the state is not uncommon during monsoons, this year the rains arrived early and people were unprepared.

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Reports of flooding, mudslides as another cold front hits Cape Town, South Africa

The rain is certainly bucketing down in Cape Town!
© David Maynier
The rain is certainly bucketing down in Cape Town!
Disaster services in Cape Town have been responding to reports of mudslides, flooding and uprooted trees as residents battened down the hatches in the face of another cold front, which hit on Thursday.

The City of Cape Town's disaster risk agencies were on high alert as more gale force winds and heavy rain lashed the city.

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said all agencies were ready to deal with any impact brought on by the adverse weather conditions.
"We appeal to residents to help reduce flood risk by clearing out drainage systems, raising the floor level of a structure so that it is higher than the natural ground level, making sandbags and digging trenches around the house to divert water away."

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Torrential rains continue to batter parts of China, triggering floods and mudslides

Multiple parts of China have been hit by floods and mudslides after a round of torrential rains hit the country in early July 2021.

In southwestern Sichuan province, a major mudslide damaged homes and killed livestock, sparking the evacuation of more than 1,000 residents.

China has been on high alert since severe floodings hit the region in 2020, with flood-response and rescue drills carried out ahead of the May rainy season.

Comment: View in addition this report from July 1st: Floods hit 27 provinces and regions in China - 7 million affected

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Major storm brings flash flooding to Perth, Western Australia

WA braces for more wild weather as strongest cold front of the season set to hit state

WA braces for more wild weather as strongest cold front of the season set to hit state
A major storm hitting Perth has caused widespread flash floods with cars and buildings caught in the chaos. The Bureau of Meteorology warns of worse to come.

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Remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa bring severe flooding to New York City area

New York floods
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Severe weather and flooding hit the New York City area as remnants of Tropical Storm Elsa threatened to pummel tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.