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Pit bulls attack, kill 59-year-old woman at home in West El Paso, Texas

A 59-year-old woman was mauled and killed by her family's two pit bulls Sunday evening at a West El Paso home, police said.

Detectives are investigating the death, but "all indications are that the two pit bull dogs killed the woman," a police news release stated.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday, patrol officers responded to a call of a death after a woman arrived home to find her mother being mauled by the family's two dogs inside a home in the 7200 block of Royal Arms Drive, a police spokesman said.


'Historic rainfall': Explosion at aluminum plant in China caused by severe flooding

china factory explosion Dengfeng
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These screen grabs from social media videos captured on July 20, 2021, reportedly show an aluminum alloy plant in Dengfeng, Henan, China, exploding after being breached by floodwaters.
Dramatic footage from central China reportedly captured the moment an aluminum alloy plant exploded in a giant fireball on Tuesday after severe flooding in the region caused a breach of the factory walls.

In a statement released online, the municipal government of Dengfeng, a city in Henan province, said no casualties or missing persons had been reported as of 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Monday), following the blast at a local aluminum alloy company owned by Dengfeng Power Group Co. Ltd.

Comment: As a sign of how extreme this weather system was, it's likely that it also caused the collapse of two dams in the country.

However, explosions and fires at industrial sites have been in the news with an increasing frequency, although, notably, unlike the incident mentioned above, not all of them can be as easily explained; it's also likely that not all of them are related to Earth Changes: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions


Moonfish from the tropics found dead on Oregon beach

A giant, 100-pound opah fish was found dead on a beach in Seaside, Oregon

A giant, 100-pound opah fish was found dead on a beach in Seaside, Oregon
A strange-looking fish has washed up on the Oregon coast, a stunning sight for beach walkers and an unusual discovery for the local aquarium.

The 3.5-foot, 100-pound opah fish was discovered on Sunset Beach north of Seaside on Wednesday morning, and was quickly reported to the Seaside Aquarium, which placed it the fish in a freezer to preserve it for future educational opportunities, the aquarium said.

Also known as a moonfish, the opah is typically found in warmer, tropical waters, though it's not unheard of to find them along the Oregon coast. In 2009, a Milwaukie man caught a 97-pound opah while fishing for tuna off the mouth of the Columbia River.

Opah are discoid fish, meaning they are shaped like large discs. Their average weight is about 100 pounds, according to the National Oceania and Atmospheric Association, though some larger species can grow to be longer than six feet and weigh up to 600 pounds. The fish have distinct coloration, with bright red-orange fins.

The Seaside Aquarium said one lucky school group will get the opportunity to dissect the large fish this upcoming school year.

Cloud Precipitation

Two dams collapse following torrential rain in China's Inner Mongolia

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Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, China, July 18, 2021.
Two dams in Inner Mongolia's Hulunbuir have collapsed following torrential rain, according to an announcement from China's water ministry on Monday, citing concerns about the safety risks of aging infrastructure in the region.

The two dams failed on Sunday afternoon after a torrential downpour saw 87 millimeters of rainfall in the area over the weekend and 223 millimeters at a nearby monitoring station. As one of the dams reached maximum capacity, water came over the top before the entire infrastructure was washed away in minutes, resulting in substantial damage.

A video shared by a Chinese individual online shows the moment that water breached the banks of a dam and began flooding out of the reservoir.

Comment: The dams may be in need of repair but it's likely that, as we're seeing all over the world, the sheer amount of rain was a significant factor behind their collapse: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 5 in Bihar, India

Five persons, including three children, were killed when lightning struck in different villages of Shivsagar block in Rohtas district of Bihar in the last 24 hours. Seven others were injured, five of them critically.

Suresh Singh, 55, of Singhampura village was killed outside his house. A 14-year-old boy was killed while grazing his cattle at Alampur village.

An 18-year-old woman was killed, and three women were critically injured when they were transplanting paddy in fields at Sikandarpur village. The injured women, identified as Lalpari Devi, Pinki Kumari and Naglata Devi, were admitted to district hospital at Sasaram.

Lighting strike left two minor siblings dead and two girls injured in Maldaha village. The children were playing near the fields where their mothers were transplanting paddy.

District magistrate Dharmendra Kumar said the administration was providing compensation to the deceased and medical help to the injured. The administration was also creating awareness among the people about safety measures during a lightning strike on a regular basis, he said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills golfer in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

A 71-year-old golfer was killed after he was struck by a bolt of lightning during one of the recent strong storms in Lackawanna County.

Joseph Slivinski, of Blakely, was struck by lightning around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Pine Hills Golf Course in Taylor, WNEP is reporting.

The Lackawanna County Coroner's report came out Sunday, saying Slivinski was trying to seek shelter when the storm moved in, WBRE/WYOU is reporting.


New Zealand - Emergency declared as hundreds evacuate floods in Marlborough Region - up to a foot of rain in 48 hours

Floods in Marlborough New Zealand, July 2021.
© Marlborough District Council
Floods in Marlborough New Zealand, July 2021.
Hundreds of people evacuated their homes after severe flooding in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand from 16 July 2021. The District of Marlborough has declared a state of emergency.

Some areas of the region recorded more than 300mm of rain in 48 hours to 18 July 2021. Onamalutu recorded 212mm of rain in 24 hours on 17 July. Tunakino Valley recorded 103.5 mm the previous day.

River levels jumped and officials said it was the largest ever recorded flood in the region.
The Wairau River at Barnetts Bank reached 8.946 metres and a peak flow of 6,040 cubic metres per second on 17 July.

Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor said "Our stop bank network held up very well considering this is our largest ever recorded flood - a far bigger event than the previous biggest in 1983. The Council has invested a lot in river flood protection works since 1983 - this was a test of the quality of that work. We kept everyone safe and that was our number one priority."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 members of a family in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan

Three members of a family were killed and two others were injured following the lightning strike in Muzaffarabad on Monday, ARY News reported.

As per details, the lightning struck a house located in village Abbar Batta, located in Neelam Valley in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Three members of a family including a mother, son and daughter were killed in the terrifying incident, while two others received burn injuries.

The bodies and the injured were moved to a nearby medical facility. Monsoon rains have wreak havoc in Muzaffarabad and its adjoining areas on Monday.

Cloud Lightning

Greece struck with 5,000 lightning bolts

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An estimated 5000 lightning strikes were recorded all over Greece on Sunday according to the National Observatory of Athens.

The data was recorded by its electric discharge detection system aptly named "Zeus" whilst also noting that significant amounts of rainfall were recorded by the network of automatic meteorological stations.

The map below shows the records of electrical discharges and contains a table with the 8 highest rainfall heights.

The data supplied was till 7pm Sunday 18 July.

Source: meteo.gr

Cloud Precipitation

At least 33 killed in Mumbai landslides and floods - up to 10 inches of rain falls in 24 hours (UPDATE)

Rescuers in Mumbai after landslide and rain caused houses to collapse.
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Rescuers in Mumbai after landslide and rain caused houses to collapse.
Heavy Monsoon rainfall in western India has caused widespread damage and triggered flash floods and several landslides in part of the country's largest city, Mumbai.

Mumbai International Airport recorded 235 mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 July, 2021, while the weather station at Mumbai-Colaba recorded 197 mm. Surrounding areas of Maharashtra state have also seen heavy rainfall, including Ratnagiri which saw 256 mm of rain during the same period.

Officials reported several home were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and rain-triggered landslides on 18 July.

Rescuers were working frantically to find survivors. According to the latest assessments, at least 14 bodies have been retrieved from the collapsed buildings in Chembur, while 6 people have lost their lives in Vikhroli. Dozens of people were reportedly injured. Rescue teams fear more victims are likely trapped inside.

Comment: View also: Heavy rainfall in parts of Mumbai, local trains hit, flooded roads, big jams - up to 5.5 inches of rain in 5 hours

Update: The Business Standard reports on July 19:
As Mumbai slept, rain fury killed 33 people, hit road, rail, air traffic

At least 33 people were killed in different incidents as rain fury rocked Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region since midnight, hitting road, rail and air traffic for several hours, the BMC Disaster Control said here on Sunday.

As Mumbai snoozed peacefully, the skies suddenly opened up with thunder, lightning and heavy cloudburst-like rains measuring between 197 mm to over 235 mm in some areas, as per the IMD Mumbai.

The incessant downpour lasting 4-5 hours resulted in heavy waterlogging in many lowlying areas of Mumbai and MMR, besides crippling road, rail and air traffic for hours.

Waterlogged streets at Parel after heavy rains in Mumbai
Waterlogged streets at Parel after heavy rains in Mumbai
In the worst tragedy, a retaining wall of the BARC Complex here collapsed at Vashi Naka, New Bharat Nagar in the Chembur area around 1 a.m., crushing several homes and burying many people under the soil and rubble.

Till evening, at least 19 persons were reported dead and some more still missing with sniffer dogs deployed to trace them by the rescue teams.

In another incident, at least 10 people perished when a few hutments caved in the Suryanagar slums in Vikhroli east.

A 16-year-old boy Soham M. Thorat was killed when the wall of his home collapsed early on Sunday, while a 26-year-old youth Salim M. Patel was electrocuted in his sweetmeat shop in Andheri west, while one man drowned in a ditch in Thane.

Around another 12 persons, injured in all these incidents, have been rushed to various hospitals and are undergoing treatment, with their condition described as stable.

Maharashtra Minorities Affairs Minister Nawab Malik, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray and Leader of Opposition Pravin Darekar, senior civil and police officials rushed to these spots to supervise the rescue and relief operations.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the tragedies while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray mourned the loss of lives and announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively.

Speaking to the media, Malik said that a retaining wall of the BARC complex here collapsed due to heavy rains triggering the landslide on the small hillock which buried around a dozen hutments below, resulting in the massive tragedy.

Thackeray said that the government would extend all possible help to the victims and the injured, adding no politics should be played on the disasters.

Darekar accused the BMC of lapses and not being concerned about people's safety, while the Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon slammed the civic body for making false claims of monsoon preparedness.

Stunned locals pointed out how rescue efforts were hampered owing to heavy flooding, muck, a narrow approach road which prevented fire brigade, police and medical vans from reaching the affected spots. This forced the rescue teams to work in groups manually shifting the mound of rubble to locate the victims.

Till this evening, the BMC's gauges recorded rainfall of 177 mm in South Mumbai, 205 mm in Eastern Suburbs and 195 mm in Western Suburbs, and the IMD has forecast heavy rains with strong winds over the next five days.

CM Thackeray ordered officials to pay special attention to hilly areas, low-lying parts prone to landslides or floods and take appropriate measure to prevent tragedies, while the BMC will work round-the-clock to monitor developments.

In many areas, people reported waist-deep water with the flood waters entering the ground floor homes or shops in the vulnerable or low-lying areas.

The downpour, which started around midnight, continued virtually non-stop with waterlogging or flooding in most parts of Mumbai, besides the coastal Konkan districts of Raigad, Thane, Palghar, parts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.

Owing to inclement weather, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport operations were suspended for nearly four hours from 12.42 am to 5.24 am, resulting in 9 flights being diverted to other locations, according to a spokesperson.

The rains hit suburban train services with WR lines flooding at Nalla Sopara and Virar, and the CR tracks getting submerged at Dadar, Sion, Kurla, Parel, Chunabhatti and Tilaknagar.

By 7 a.m. as the water levels receded from the railway tracks, the WR resumed services between Churchgate and Borivali and the CR started services on the mainline and Harbour Line.

The BMC said there were 11 incidents of house/wall crashes, waterlogging or flooding was reported in at least 31 localities across Mumbai, including the regular hotspots and the east-west subways in the western suburbs.

However, being a Sunday, the rain's repercussions were not felt much for the commuters with most people remaining indoors but nature enthusiasts like Nitin Sunderji Shah cautiously ventured to the ravaged Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) for his morning jog.

After muddy flood waters entered the Bhandup Water Treatment Plant, the BMC announced water shortages in some parts of the city till repairs are completed and urged people to use water sparingly.

The IMD Mumbai has warned of more rains during the next couple of days, including a few very heavy spells for which the BMC, NDRF, Police, Fire Brigade and other agencies are on high alert in Mumbai and the entire coastal Konkan region.