Welcome to Sott.net
Sat, 25 Sep 2021
The World for People who Think

Earth Changes


Russia - Far east faces another wave of floods as rivers rise again - Over 24,000 affected (UPDATE)

Regions of Russia's Far East are facing yet another wave of flooding after days of heavy rain caused river levels to rise.

Yevgeny Zinichev, head of Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations EMERCOM, visited areas of Amur and Jewish Autonomous Oblasts (regions) on 07 August 2021. He described the situation as "extremely difficult".

In Amur Region, the Amur, Zeya, Selemdzha, Tom and Zavitaya rivers are all flowing above flood stage. As of 09 August, 182 homes were flooded, including 67 in the district of Belogorsky, 12 in Blagoveshchensk, 25 in Seryshevsky and 19 in Selemdzhinsky. Over 50 people have evacuated their homes and were staying in 3 temporary shelters. Furthermore, 1 bridge is damaged and 40 sections of highways are flooded leaving 28 settlements cut off by road.

Comment: Update: TASS reports on August 10:
Over 24,000 people in Russia's Far East affected by floods

The flood affected 145 settlements in 56 municipalities

© Russian Emergencies Ministry/TASS
More than 24,000 people in Russia's Far East have been affected by floods, the press service of the office of the Russian presidential envoy in the Far Eastern Federal District said on Tuesday.

"Four Far Eastern regions, namely the Amur region, the TransBaikal and Khabarovsk Territories, and the Jewish autonomous region, were affected by the flood. <...> More than 24,000 people have been affected by the flood, more than 1,000 living premises were recognized as unfit for living and 1,871 premises require repairs," it said.

The flood affected 145 settlements, 56 municipalities, more than 3,000 private houses, 8,900 land plots, and 160 social facilities. More than 950 kilometers of motorways, 102 bridges, seven railway sections were damaged.

According to the press service, more than 80% of those affected by the flooding have received a lump-sum allowance of 10,000 rubles (135 US dollars) from the federal budget. Those who have lost daily necessity property will receive a sum of 50,000 rubles (676 US dollars) and a sum of 100,000 rubles (1,352 US dollars) will be paid to those who lost their housing.
See also: Thousands evacuate floods in far east of Russia

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain causes flash flood in Surat Thani, Thailand

Raging currents of flood swept away the roof of a shop at Surat Thani province. Due to heavy rain, water from the Nuea Khlong waterfall flowed down the mountain yesterday, flooding some houses in Wiang Sa District.

Southern parts of Thailand get by far the most rain, with around 2,400 millimeters every year, compared with the central and northern regions of Thailand. The national weather service for Surat Thani reported yesterday to be the wettest day in the coming week with around 7.90mm or 0.3 inches of rainfall.

Cloud Lightning

Fore! Family of 4 golfers struck by lightning in Hayward, Wisconsin

Authorities said four people, all related, were struck by lightning at the Big Fish Golf Club course in Hayward.

Multiple units with Sawyer County responded to the incident around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

They said four male golfers who were visiting the area suffered injuries from a nearby lightning strike on the golf course.

The golfers were alert at the time authorities arrived and all four were brought to a local hospital.


British Columbia wildfires by the numbers: Over 650,000 hectares burned

The sun has risen on another summer day in British Columbia where thousands of hard-working personnel are combining their efforts to get the province's ongoing wildfire situation under control.

Since April 1, there have been 1,451 wildfires in BC that have burned just over 650,000 hectares of land.

Currently, there are 260 active wildfires and here's how they break down by region:


"Like a horror movie:" Greece wildfires continue to force thousands of evacuations

The burning of wildfires in Greece was like living in a horror movie, one resident said as she was evacuated from the Greek island of Evia by ferry on Sunday.

Thousands of people have fled their homes on Evia as wildfires burned uncontrolled for a sixth day, and ferries were on standby for more evacuations after taking many to safety by sea.

Fires that had threatened the northern suburbs of Athens in recent days died back. But the blaze on Evia, a large island north-east of the capital, quickly burgeoned into several fronts, ripping through thousands of hectares of pristine forest across its northern part, and forcing the evacuation of dozens of villages.


Dixie fire becomes the second-largest wildfire in California history

Devastation of the Dixie Fire in Pumas County
© Zac Slotemaker/KRNV
Devastation of the Dixie Fire in Pumas County
The Dixie fire, now the second-largest blaze in state history, has burned more than 463,000 acres and destroyed more than 400 buildings.


Seven dead as wildfires sweep across Algeria

Some fires erupted near houses, forcing inhabitants to flee [Screengrab/ Social media]

Some fires erupted near houses, forcing inhabitants to flee [Screengrab/ Social media]
Algeria is the latest Mediterranean country to be hit by wildfires, after blazes hit Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

Wildfires fanned by blistering temperatures and tinder-dry conditions have killed at least seven people in Algeria, the interior minister said Tuesday, adding the fires had criminal origins.

Photographs posted on social media show huge walls of flame and billowing clouds of smoke towering over villages in the forested hills of the Kabylie region, east of the capital Algiers.

Car Black

Climate change propaganda: Unchecked gas emissions will make Earth 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter by 2040, experts at United Nation's IPCC warn

zhengzhou flood
© Reuters
An aerial view shows a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province, last month. A UN report warned that climate change will lead to more intense rainfall and flooding in many parts of the world.
Global temperatures are expected to increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius or more in the next two decades from pre-industrial levels unless "immediate, rapid and large-scale" reductions in greenhouse gases are achieved, climate experts have warned.

Failure to stem the rot could render the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the next decades "beyond reach," the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, said in a report on Monday. Human activities have raised temperatures by 1.1 degrees since 1850. The Paris climate agreement of 2015 seeks to limit the threshold of 1.5 to 2 degrees by 2100.

"Climate change is already affecting every region on Earth, in multiple ways," Panmao Zhai, co-chair of the IPCC Working Group, said in a statement. "The changes we experience will increase with additional warming."

Comment: If only there were a worldwide global reset of human culture and society that could rework from the ground up how we live on this planet. That would save the planet, for sure.

See also:


India - Hundreds of villages flooded in Uttar Pradesh, 9 people dead

Flooding in Uttar Pradesh, India, August 2021.
© Government of Uttar Pradesh
Flooding in Uttar Pradesh, India, August 2021.
Disaster authorities in India report over 400 villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh have been flooded after several rivers broke their banks.

As of 09 August 2021, India's Disaster Management Division (DMD) said "Due to excess rainfall in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, excess water was released in River Chambal from District Dholpur, which led to flood like situation in Districts Jalaun and Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh on 06.08.2021 onwards."

Since then heavy rain and swollen rivers have combined to affect other areas districts including Ballia, Budaun, Gonda, Etawah, Prayagraj and Baghpat among others.


Indonesia Mount Merapi: Volcanic eruption on Java island unleashes clouds of ash and smoke into the sky

Mount Merapi in Indonesia erupted on the densely populated island of Java, spewing smoke and ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and gasses down its slopes.

The volatile volcano unleashed clouds of hot ash at least seven times on Sunday, as well as a series of fast-moving pyroclastic flows - a mixture of rock, debris, lava and gasses - said Hanik Humaida, who heads the city of Yogyakarta's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

The rumbling sound could be heard several kilometres away. No casualties have been reported.