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48 dead after highway collapses in flood-hit Southern China (UPDATE)

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At least 19 people were killed in China's southern Guangdong province on Wednesday after a section of a highway collapsed following several days of torrential rain and flooding in the region.

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Eighteen cars fell down a slope after a 58.7-foot (17.9-meter) section of a highway collapsed at around 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, citing a statement from local authorities in the city of Meizhou, Guangdong.

Photos and videos on social media showed flames and plumes of smoke rising from the collapsed section of the highway, along with charred vehicles partly buried under mud and rubble.

State-run broadcaster CCTV said 30 people were rescued from the site and they "are receiving all-out emergency care in hospital."

Authorities have also dispatched more than 500 people to help with the rescue operation, state media said, without specifying if any other people remained trapped.


Comment: Update May 2

Breakingthenews.net reports:
The death toll from the recent highway collapse in southern China's Guangdong province surged to 48, with an additional 30 individuals sustaining injuries, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Meizhou Municipal Emergency Management Bureau Wen Yongdeng said on Thursday.

The 18-meter-long section of the Meizhou-Dalian Expressway collapsed due to heavy rain impacting at least 18 cars.

Three rescue channels were opened to form three working surfaces for simultaneous rescue, and life detectors are being used to ensure that no vehicles or persons are missing at the scene.



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1 dead, 3 injured in Kansas tornado on April 30 - fifth day of vortex outbreak in US with nearly 200 reported

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One person died and three others sustained minor injuries when a tornado touched down in Westmoreland, Kansas, on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The tornado, one of nearly 200 reported in the Plains and the Midwest since Friday, was reported at 4:40 p.m., Pottawatomie County officials said in a statement.

The identity of the person who died was being withhold until the family can be notified, Sheriff Shane Jager said at a news conference.

The injured did not require hospitalization, county spokesperson Becky Ryan said at the news conference. First responders were still conducting a grid search of the area to determine whether anyone else was killed or injured, she said.


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Best of the Web: Saudi Arabia hit by heavy rains, widespread flooding reported, more rains forecast in Medina

Al Eis Governorate in the Medina region experienced particularly severe rainfall, which led to the formation of powerful torrents that overflowed reefs and valleys.
Al Eis Governorate in the Medina region experienced particularly severe rainfall, which led to the formation of powerful torrents that overflowed reefs and valleys.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours, causing widespread flooding and significant damage.

Amidst the downpour, visitors at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina were seen enjoying the rain and engaging in prayer, embracing this natural occurrence with a sense of reverence.

Al Eis Governorate in the Medina region experienced particularly severe rainfall, which led to the formation of powerful torrents that overflowed reefs and valleys.

The intense flooding resulted in submerged vehicles, disrupted streets, and damaged infrastructure, prompting immediate response from emergency services.


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Late April snowstorm traps 1,000 vehicles near Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh, India

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In Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh, heavy snow near the Atal Tunnel trapped over 1000 vehicles, with tourists now facing tough weather conditions. The snowstorm hit near the Atal Tunnel Rohtang, blocking roads and trapping over 1000 vehicles, including more than 6000 people.

Rescue operations have been underway since Monday, with teams from District Police Kullu and Manali Police working tirelessly to evacuate stranded vehicles and tourists. DSP Manali KD Sharma said that the snowfall caught many off guard, leading to the massive traffic jam.


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Five killed, several injured in landslides after flash flood in Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Five people have died and several have been injured in landslides and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir. Several homes have been damaged and hundreds of residents have been affected.

Heavy rain and landslides have hit several hilly districts including Doda, Reasi, Kishtwar, Ramban and Baramulla. The Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been closed for the last three days due to landslides at multiple places along the road.

In Kupwara, the situation has started to improve, with the water level receding and people returning to their damaged homes. As seen in the visuals from yesterday, a section of the road has washed away due to flash floods and several houses flooded in knee-deep water. A portion of a house facing the river has been washed off. Yesterday, officials issued a danger warning has been issued for Pohru Nallah in Kupwara.


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Lightning strike kills 5 horses in Jammu, India

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At least five horses were killed after lightning struck in a far off area in Banihal, falling in the jurisdiction of Police Station Ramban in Jammu.

Local reports said that the lightning struck in the Kairkoot area of Banihal leading to the death of 5 horses belonging to a nomad Abdul Hamid Kathana, a resident of Qazigund who presently puts up in the Kairkoot area.

Local reports also said that due to inclement weather and incessant rains, several areas of the district Ramban have witnessed flash floods washing away dozens of sheep and goats.

Reports added that teams from the administration have rushed to the affected areas to assess the situation.


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Indonesia's Mount Ruang erupts again, closes international airport

An eruption from Mount Ruang volcano is seen from neighbouring Tagulandang island
© STR / AFPAn eruption from Mount Ruang volcano is seen from neighbouring Tagulandang island
Authorities had warned the threat from the volcano was not over after it erupted more than half a dozen times this month, sparking the evacuation of more than 6,000 people.

Ruang, located in Indonesia's outermost region of North Sulawesi province, erupted at around 01:15 am local time (1715 GMT Monday) and twice more Tuesday morning, the volcanology agency said in a statement.

The volcano sent a tower of ash more than five kilometres (3.1 miles) into the sky, it said.

The agency also re-instated a six-kilometre (3.7-mile) exclusion zone and said locals should be aware of "the potential for ejections of incandescent rocks, hot clouds and tsunamis due to eruption material entering the sea".


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Huge avalanche, landslide in Kashmir, India after heavy rain, snowfall

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The avalanche was seen rumbling down a snow-covered mountainside.

An avalanche hit the Sonmarg area of Jammu and Kashmir today amid heavy rain and snowfall. In a video, the avalanche was seen rumbling down a snow-covered mountainside and a few people and livestock were seen rushing out of the area.

Heavy rain has triggered landslides in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir. A hillside house was seen crumbling down after being hit by a landslide in Uri near the Line of Control, showed a dramatic video.


Comment: Related: Highway along China border washed away after massive landslide due to heavy rain in Arunachal Pradesh, India


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3 bodies retrieved, 21 still missing in boat accident in flood-hit Kenya

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Three bodies have been retrieved in a flooded area at Kona Punda along Garissa - Madogo road where a boat carrying 45 people capsized last evening.

The tragic incident happened at around 6:30 on Sunday making it hard for the rescue team to operate since it was getting dark and only managed to rescue 22 people.

The two bodies are part of the 23 people missing and rescue teams from the Kenya Redcross, Garissa and Tana River counties are already at the tragedy site.

Due to the closure of the road section connecting Madogo and Garissa, the people resorted to using boats charging Sh1500 for the short distance normally charged Sh30 by public service vehicles.


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42 killed in Kenya after dam bursts following weeks of heavy flooding

People gather on the main road after a dam burst in Kamuchiri Village Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, Kenya on April 29, 2024.
© APPeople gather on the main road after a dam burst in Kamuchiri Village Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, Kenya on April 29, 2024.
The dam burst near Mai Mahiu in Nakuru county, washing away houses and cutting off a road, with rescuers digging through debris to find survivors.

"Forty-two dead, it's a conservative estimate. There are still more in the mud, we are working on recovery," said Nakuru governor Susan Kihika.

Monday's dam collapse raises the total death toll over the March-May wet season to 120 as heavier than usual rainfall pounds East Africa, compounded by the El Nino weather pattern.


Comment: Related: Death toll from floods rises to 78 in Kenya as over 130,000 displaced