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Bhutan and Nepal - Flash floods leave at least 10 dead, many missing

At least 10 people have died in Bhutan after heavy monsoon rainfall triggered flash flooding in a remote mountain camp in Laya. Meanwhile rain has also triggered flash floods and landslides in parts of nearby Nepal, where officials say several people are reported missing.


Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering said in a statement that 10 people have died and 5 are injured, 2 of them seriously, in the tragedy which struck in the early hours of 16 June. The victims are believed to be a group that was collecting cordyceps at a site in Laya.

Rescue efforts are continuing and helicopters have been mobilized to evacuate the injured. A rescue team including personnel from the military has been sent to the affected area, which is extremely remote.

The Prime Minister offered his condolences to the bereaved families and the community of Laya. He also urged people across the country to avoid visiting or camping near rivers and to be aware of the dangers brought by heavy rainfall during the monsoon.

Ice Cube

Unseasonal hailstorms continue to inflict massive crop losses in Jammu

Jammu's farmers distraught as unseasonal hailstorms destroy crop
Jammu's farmers distraught as unseasonal hailstorms destroy crops
"Every time we go out for hoeing the maize saplings, the rain and hailstorms start. Till now, our net sown area of around 5 kanals of land has been devastated by unseasonal hailstorms four times," said an anxious-looking Guddo Devi.

The 26-year-old was preparing the firewood to make dinner for her three children while speaking about the calamity. She lives in the remote Pounsa hamlet in the Chenani Tehsil of Jammu's Udhampur district, and like her, many farmers in the surrounding areas of Udhampur have lost their crops to hailstorms.

In these winter zones, farmers often cultivate only one crop a year in the autumn, and this loss has left them anxious about surviving the cold months ahead.

Usually, it does not hail in Jammu in June! This year, however, unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms have wreaked havoc in the region by damaging standing crops in hundreds of kanals (1 kanal is equal to 0.125 acres) in the winter areas of Udhampur district.

Comment: Jammu and Kashmir suffer heavy losses to orchards due to hailstorms

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul floods
Sudden rainfall has disrupted life in Istanbul, flooding houses and shops and leaving vehicles stranded in traffic following the meteorology authority's warning for 22 provinces over unexpected weather conditions.

Precipitation hit the city's both European and Asian sides hard, while pedestrians sought shelter in bus stops and under shop awnings.

Locals rushed to clear floodwaters from shops and ground-floor residences in Esenyurt, a working-class district on the far west of Istanbul, while motorists waded through knee-deep water to get off major roads in Bayrampaşa and Fatih, two districts in the city center.

Some locals exerted efforts to clear clogged drains before firefighters arrived to assist in lowering the floodwaters in Esenyurt's Güzelyurt neighborhood.


Rare tornadoes spotted over water in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia for second day in a row

A waterspout and potentially two funnels clouds
© Janet Russell
A waterspout and potentially two funnels clouds spotted over the Strait of Georgia on Thursday morning.
For the second day in a row, waterspouts were spotted in the Strait of Georgia just off shore of Powell River early Thursday morning.

These occurred near Harwood Island, in exact same region as the waterspouts early Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada has confirmed there were three concurrent waterspouts Wednesday, and have rated them as EFO on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Thursday's waterspout have yet to be confirmed.

Waterspouts are tornadoes over water and should be treated as such. A waterspout watch was in effect.

Comment: Waterspouts spotted moving across British Columbia waters


'Unforgettable' waterspout spotted off coast of Philippines


A waterspout was spotted off the northwest coast of the Philippines on June 10, footage shows.

This video, by Rai Domingo, shows the formation swirling at Salomague Port in Cabugao. "First time to see a waterspout in real life. Unforgettable day," Domingo wrote on Twitter.

According to local news reports, the waterspout was followed by heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

No injuries or damage were reported.

Credit: Rai Domingo via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Record rain brings floods to Morgantown, West Virginia

Sunday's rain didn't just bring flooding to the area's roads and basements, it set a new date record for most rainfall recorded at the Morgantown airport.

"It was very heavy and very localized, " Chris Leonardi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said of Sunday's storm.

The sensor at the Morgantown airport recorded 1.92 inches of rain, surpassing the previous date record of 1.42 inches in 1951, Leonardi said.

There are radar indications that parts of eastern Monongalia County, into Preston County, got as much as 5 inches of rain, he said.

While 1.92 inches of rain would cause flooding anyway, the ground was already saturated from rain the previous week, Leonardi said. It also didn't help that Sunday's storm was slow-moving.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpour causes flooding in Medellín, Colombia

The heavy rains that fell this afternoon on Medellín caused vehicular chaos in several sectors. The heavy downpour, which also occurred in the rest of the Aburra Valley, generated floods in the depressed areas of the city, commercial premises and the headquarters of the Medellín Personería.

(Translated by Google)


'Rare, dangerous and deadly' heat wave tightens grip on western US, wildfire danger extreme

heat wave western us june 2021
© AccuWeather
This image captured Monday evening, June 14, 2021, shows all of the alerts in effect for the Southwest, most of them related to excessive heat.
The magnitude of the heat across the western United States through the coming week will be one for the record books, according to forecasters. And it's not just how hot it will get that will set this particular heat wave apart from others the region has frequently endured in the past -- it's how long it will last.

The hot pattern could set dozens of new daily record highs through the middle of June, in addition to potentially setting new all-time high marks for the month as a whole in some locations.

The intense heat has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue excessive heat watches and warnings throughout California, southern Nevada, western and southern Arizona and Utah. Many of these alerts last through Friday, June 18.


Government in Guyana declares flood emergency

Flooding Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana, June 2021.
© Office of the President of Guyana
Flooding Pomeroon-Supenaam Region, Guyana, June 2021.
The government of Guyana has declared a disaster in the country in response to the flooding that had affected all regions since mid-May 2021.

Meanwhile weeks of flooding continues in neighbouring Suriname, where over 10,000 people have been affected.

President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali officially declared a disaster on 10 June. In his statement he said a Tropical Wave embedded with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITGZ) resulted in heavy rainfall during May, which was likely to continue until late June and possibly mid-July.

All regions of the country have been affected, in particular regions 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The president said a total of 28,228 households were reportedly impacted by the current flood, with water either entering homes, livestock and domestic animals in distress or farmlands inundated resulting in crop damages.


7-year-old boy mauled to death by 5 dogs in Marion County, South Carolina

dog attack
Carnell Jackson said he prayed that his 7-year-old son, Shamar Jackson, would live after being mauled to death by dogs Sunday at Wilbur and Cleo Roads in Marion County.

"I was just like, 'Lord just let him live, breathe into his lungs, but he had lost a lot of blood," said Carnell Jackson.

Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said, "It appears the small child was mauled by dog(s) while walking in his neighborhood with his brothers who were able to escape. The investigation continues and we are actively seeking the dogs and their possible owner."

Officials said Marion County Animal Control removed five mixed breed adult dogs from a home in the area after the attack.