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Lightning strikes 6 people, kills 2 in Joypurhat, Bangladesh

Two farmers were killed by lightning strike on Ratanpur-Salua field in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat on Monday morning.

The deceased are Dulal Hossain, 59, and Mofazzal Hossain, 52, of Ratanpur village.

Four other farmers were seriously injured in the incident.

The police said some farmers of Ratanpur village went to plant Aman paddy around 9:00am.

A thunderbolt struck six of them, leaving two dead on the spot.

Later, local people rescued the injured.

Palash Chandra Deb, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station, said the injured were admitted to Joypurhat Adhunik Hospital.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

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3 die in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Three persons including a couple died on Monday as lightning struck them in West Bengal's Birbhum district, police said.

They were working on an agricultural field in Santoshpur village under Nalhati police station. When it started raining, the three took shelter in an abandoned hut which was struck by lightning killing them.

Of the three deceased, Jagannath Tudu and his wife Sumi Tudu were residents of Santoshpur, while Dilu Hembram hailed from Jharkhand, police said.

The bodies were sent for post-mortem examination.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike in Liberty County, Georgia

Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike, police say
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Motorcyclist killed on I-95 due to lightning strike, police say
A motorcyclist was killed Monday night after a lightning strike caused him to lose control of his bike on I-95 South.

The victim was traveling with his brother around 5 p.m. when his brother said a nearby lightning strike caused the victim to veer into the shoulder and hit the guardrail, according to Liberty County Sheriffs Office Capt. Dennis Poulsen.

The victim flipped over the guardrail and landed on the grassy area, while the motorcycle continued to drive along the guardrail before crossing the three lanes of the interstate where it stopped.

No other vehicle was involved.

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Hiker struck, killed by lightning near John Muir Trail in Sierra wilderness of Fresno County, California

A CHP helicopter that landed near Muir Trail Ranch to retrieve the body of Nicholas Torchia, who was struck by lightning.
A CHP helicopter that landed near Muir Trail Ranch to retrieve the body of Nicholas Torchia, who was struck by lightning.
A 37-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning near the John Muir Trail in Fresno County on Friday afternoon.

The man was identified as Nicholas Torchia of Fresno. The Fresno County Coroner's Office determined Torchia died by electrocution caused by lightning.

Torchia was struck by lightning near Muir Trail Ranch, a remote, roadless location east of Florence Lake, while he was on the Sallie Keyes Cutoff, a short segment between the John Muir Trail and Florence Lake Trail.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office got a call about the incident around 2:20 p.m. Friday and Torchia's body was recovered around 6 p.m. once a California Highway Patrol helicopter was able to fly in during a break in the storm, sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said.

"Torchia took cover by leaning against a tree," Botti said, "a tree which was then struck by a lightning bolt. Torchia fell to the ground. His fellow hikers came to check on him and he told them he didn't feel well and then became unconscious. A doctor and a nurse who were on the trail tended to Torchia by administering CPR for three hours. Despite their great efforts, he ultimately passed away."


Four-mile long wildfire prompts evacuations in Hawaii

A large wildfire burns in Hawaii near Waimea on July 31, 2021.
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A large wildfire burns in Hawaii near Waimea on July 31, 2021.
A large wildfire is ripping through thousands of acres of dry brush in Hawaii County, prompting evacuations and threatening structures.

The 40,000-acre fire began on Friday morning near Mana Road in Waimea on the island of Hawaii. By Saturday, it had consumed over 10,000 acres and the Pu'u Kapu Hawaiian Homestead and Waiki'i Ranch areas were ordered to evacuate immediately.

Hawaii Fire Department Volunteer Captain John Bertsch told West Hawaii Today that at one point on Friday, one front of the fire reached four miles in length.

Two homes in the Department of Hawaiian Homelands Puukapu Subdivision were destroyed. The evacuation order in Waikoloa Village was lifted Sunday, but fire officials are cautioning residents and tourists to stay vigilant.

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More than 300 died in China floods in July

More than 300 people have been confirmed dead since record-breaking rainfall triggered flooding in central China last month.

Local authorities in Henan Province told reporters on Monday the death toll from the floods rose to 302, with 50 others still missing.

Beginning in mid-July, heavy rains fell intermittently in the city of Zhengzhou and elsewhere. Flooding occurred across the province, causing mudslides and toppling buildings.

Officials said the deluge affected more than 14 million people and caused over 17 billion dollars in economic damage.

Comment: Related: Over 920 people killed in floods and landslides worldwide in July 2021

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Over 920 people killed in floods and landslides worldwide in July 2021

Floods worldwide, July 2021.
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Floods worldwide, July 2021.
In one of the worst months on record, over 920 people have died in floods, landslides and other rain-related incidents worldwide in July 2021.

July this year brought a seemingly endless round of flood disasters across the world. FloodList recorded 124 flood events across 385 locations in more than 20 countries during July.

Flooding caused widespread devastation in some of the worst disasters on record. Homes and livelihoods have been decimated. Tragically over 920 people have lost their lives including 219 in Belgium and western Germany in mid-July; 192 in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India, in late July 2021; 113 in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan in late July; and 99 in Henan Province, China, late July.

High deaths tolls from flooding and landslides were also reported in areas of Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Japan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and several states in India including Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

See here for more on our flood data and API.

Comment: Related: More than 300 died in China floods in July

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Flooding and severe hailstorm hits the city of Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia

Torrents and a majestic hail storm hit the city of Khamis Mushait! Saudi Arabia.

Comment: Similar conditions also struck the town of Bisha:


Floods affect 50,000 after rivers overflow in Arauca, Colombia

The end of the road

The end of the road
Severe flooding in Arauca Department in eastern Colombia has affected over 50,000 people since mid-July. Many of those affected are refugees from bordering Venezuela.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that heavy rains in the foothills of the plains and the upper part of the Arauca River from 11 July 2021 caused an increase in the flow levels of at least eleven rivers in the department.

Flooding damaged homes and livelihoods in rural and urban areas of the the municipalities of Saravena, Arauquita, Tame, Fortul and Arauca, and later in areas of Cravo Norte and Puerto Rondón municipalities. The departmental government reported 300,000 hectares of land was flooded. As much as 50% of rural land in the municipality of Arauca has flooded. Flooding has also damaged roads and bridges, leaving areas cut off.


Italy: Wildfires reach Sicilian town of Catania

Le Capannina beach in Catania, one of the many areas affected by the fires

Le Capannina beach in Catania, one of the many areas affected by the fires
Firefighters in Italy were battling wildfires for the second day in a row on Saturday, with the blazes reaching the Sicilian port city of Catania.

Late Friday, some 150 people were trapped in two seaside areas in Catania, before eventually being evacuated by sea, where they were picked up by rubber dinghies and transferred to Coast Guard boats.

The fires also forced the temporary closure of the region's airport, as part of a procedure to give precedence to air rescue and firefighting missions.