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9 dead, 3 missing as rains pound Karnataka, India - floods and landslides wreak havoc

Indian Coast Guard officers conduct rescue ops in a flooded area in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district
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Indian Coast Guard officers conduct rescue ops in a flooded area in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district
Nine people have died and three were missing in Karnataka so far, with torrential rains battering several parts of coastal, the Malenadu and north-interior region of the state, causing flood like situation and landslides, officials said on Saturday.

A total of 31,360 people have been evacuated from low lying areas, while 22,417 people are taking shelter in 237 relief camps that have been opened by the government.

According to data shared by the State Disaster Management Authority, 283 villages in 45 taluks have been lashed by rains, affecting a population of 36,498.

Among the deaths reported since July 22, four are from Uttara Kannada district, two from Belagavi and one each from Chikkamagaluru, Dharwad and Kodagu.


Windsock

Heavy sandstorm engulfs China's northwest Dunhuang, causing chaos in ancient Silk Road city

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Heavy sandstorm with dust clouds towering at least 100 metres (330ft) high hit China's Dunhuang city on July 25, 2021. Home to the Mogao caves, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Dunhuang is located in the Gobi Desert, known for its harsh climate and living conditions.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood kills 19, destroys homes in Kano, Nigeria

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No fewer than 19 persons have been feared dead in Doguwa local government area of Kano State after a vehicle conveying them was washed away by floodwaters at the weekend.

The incident followed a torrential downpour in the city that lasted several hours, destroying properties estimated at over N100 million.

"Human beings and domesticated animals, including birds, as well as foodstuff were destroyed, as several homes were submerged in the flood," Saidu, a resident, said.

Village Head of Doguwa settlement, Alhaji Yusuf Umar, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying 15 bodies have been recovered while search has been intensified to recover the bodies of the remaining four victims.

Umar narrated that the vehicle conveying the dead was washed away by the flood after its engine went off in the middle of a bridge on Friday night.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash-flooding as London hit with "month's worth of rain"... for second time in this month


Comment: They're coming thick and fast now, extreme weather event after extreme weather event...


London flash floods
Londoners have seen streets flooded by torrential streams and a tube station being submerged under water as a heatwave in the UK capital was replaced by heavy rains. Some people even had to abandon cars stranded in flooded roads.

Earlier this week, the British capital saw some of the hottest days of the year as the temperatures rose over 30 degrees Celsius. Now, the heat seems to be the least of the Londoners' problems as some parts of the city were submerged in water and resembled the alarming images from the massive flooding which hit Germany and Belgium earlier this month.

Photos and videos posted to social media on Sunday showed cars ploughing through flooded streets while some roads looked more like turbulent rivers. Some car owners had to abandon their vehicles that were caught in the streams and almost fully submerged.


Comment: To clarify, The Telegraph cites UK meteorologists reporting that the entire July rainfall average for London came down in just a few hours. And it was the second time this has happened in London this month alone...


Cloud Precipitation

German floods death toll hits 180, with 150 still missing

floods Germany Rhineland-Palatinate
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Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state was hit the worst.
The latest death toll from floods that hit western Germany this month stands at 180, with about 150 still missing, authorities said on Friday. With more rain forecast this weekend, German meteorological services called for vigilance.

In the Rhineland-Palatinate region, which was the worst hit by the storms, 132 are now confirmed dead and 766 injured, according to police.

While there are still 149 people missing in the region, "we do not assume that the final number of deaths will increase by that much", said Roger Lewentz, the state interior minister, adding that the list included people on holiday.

Comment: Death toll exceeds 150 as Germany and Belgium hit by devastating floods


Windsock

Shanghai cancels flights as Typhoon In-Fa lashes eastern China

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Two international airports in the Chinese city of Shanghai have cancelled all flights and authorities banned outdoor activities as Typhoon In-Fa lashed eastern China with high winds and heavy rains.

In-Fa landed in the Putuo district of the city of Zhoushan, a major port in the eastern province of Zhejiang, at 12:30pm (04:30 GMT) on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

The storm hit as central China is still reeling from record flooding that killed at least 58, cut off power and forced the relocation of more than 1 million people.

"We will make every effort to ensure the safety of people's lives and property, and do everything to minimise disaster losses, and strive to achieve the goal of no deaths and few injuries and economic losses," said Yuan Jiajun, Zhejiang province Communist Party secretary, during an inspection of preparations on Saturday, official media reported.

Al Jazeera's Sara Khairat reports.


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands of homes damaged by floods in Bocas Del Toro Province, Panama

Thousands of homes were damaged by floods in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama.
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Thousands of homes were damaged by floods in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama.
Disaster authorities in Panama reported severe damaged after floods and heavy rain in Bocas del Toro province.

The country's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said flooding had affected 27,175 people across 27 sectors in the province . Five landslides were also reported.

Flooding struck after heavy rain from 22 July. Several rivers including the Sixaola River and its tributaries broke their banks. Over 20 people had to be rescued from flood water.


Comment: At the same time nearby, heavy rainfall caused flash floods in Costa Rica.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 5, injure 18 in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh, India

LIGHTNING
Five persons were killed and 18 others injured in four incidents of lightning strikes in Madhya Pradesh's Panna district, the district officials said on Saturday.

According to district authorities, the incidents took place at Ureha, Pipariya Daun, Choumukha and Simrakhurd villages of Panna district on Friday.

While Ureha, Pipariya Daun and Choumukha villages reported one casualty each, two women were killed in the lightning strike at Simrakhurd, it was stated.

A 70-year-old man was struck by lightning when he ventured into a forest for grazing cattle in Simrakhurd, while another person died in Pipariya Daun and a 65-year-old man was killed in Choumukha, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rachna Sharma said.

Comment: On the same day (July 23) strikes killed 3 people in the state of Assam.


Arrow Up

Video of land rising abruptly above water in Haryana, India leaves netizens dumbstruck

LAND RISE
In a shocking incident, which was captured in a video a piece of land in Haryana can be seen rising over a water body after the heavy downpours. The video has gone viral on social media. The video shows a submerged ground rising suddenly, leaving onlookers shocked.

The 1.58-second video begins with a piece of land rising abruptly from under the water. The person recording the video on his phone is heard expressing shock at the unusual sight.

People in the background are heard saying in Haryanvi that the bizarre incident might have happened after rainfall in the area. The exact location of the incident is not known yet.


Seismograph

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region: USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Kermadec Islands region on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 11.13 km, was initially determined to be at 29.9492 degrees south latitude and 176.902 degrees west longitude.