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Colombian National Park receives 1st snowfall in over 60 years

Entrance to PNN Sumapaz
© William Herrera/Alcaldía de Bogotá
Entrance to PNN Sumapaz
It's been a wild, wet month for weather all around. Hail resembling snow in Mexico City. Historic flooding in Yellowstone. Two feet of new snow in Montana. The snowiest start to ski season in New Zealand that anyone can remember.

And now this.

Colombian National Park Sumapaz got snow last week—the first in over 60 years, according to The City Paper. Sumapaz is a remote location approximately 90 miles south of the Colombian capital city of Bogota and is a vital water source for upwards of 8 million people.


Huge Arctic walrus spotted on local beach in first ever Polish sighting

The 2-metre-long mammal weighing 50kg appeared on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.

The 2-metre-long mammal weighing 50kg appeared on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.
A walrus has been spotted on the beach on Poland's northern coast, the first ever such sighting of the Arctic mammal in the Baltic Sea.

The 2-metre-long mammal appeared on Thursday morning on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.

Local specialists said it was a young female, weighing around 500 kilograms.

The same walrus was probably seen on the shore of the German island of Rügen a week earlier.


Elderly man killed in suspected bear attack in Kashmir

The Asiatic Black Bear

The Asiatic Black Bear
A 60-year-old man was killed in a suspected black bear attack in his native village Ahalan Gadool of Kokernag in Anantnag district, officials said on Monday.

Quoting officials news agency GNS reported that the body of one Mohammad Akber Chouhan, son of M Hussain was found in a nearby forest area. "It is believed that the victim had been on way to his farm, when the bear attacked him and subsequently disappeared in the nearby forests", they said adding the injury marks on victim's body also suggest of a possible bear attack.

"The body was shifted to SDH Kokernag for medico-legal formalities following which it would be handed over to the family for last rites", they further said.

Meanwhile a police official has also confirmed the incident.

Comment: Just prior to the above incident 4 people were injured in another bear attack in Pulwama


Tornado hits Zierikzee, the Netherlands: One dead, several wounded

whirlwind zierikzee
© AS Media
The arrival of a deadly tornado in the Dutch city of Zierikzee on June 27th, 2022.
A tornado left a trail of destruction in and around the Dutch city of Zierikzee this afternoon. According to the Zeeland Safety Region nine people were injured and one person died.

The tornado tore roof tiles from a church, damaged trampolines and uprooted trees. At least four homes had their roof blown off and a facade of at least one home collapsed. Ten to twenty houses became temporarily uninhabitable.

Comment: See also: 2021: Floods, Sinkholes and Tornadoes in the Netherlands

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in northern Turkey evoke fears of 2021 disaster

Provinces in Turkey's Black Sea region started the week with flash floods after downpours late Sunday. The worst floods appeared to hit the Inebolu district of Kastamonu province. Inebolu stream overflowed its banks Monday morning, inundating residential areas along the stream, damaging parks and a marketplace.

Basement floors of houses were filled with floodwaters, while the local municipality warned the owners of shops on the first floors of buildings not to open. Locals were also urged not to approach the banks and to take shelter on the upper floors of buildings if their first and basement floor residences are at risk. Downpours continued into Monday and also caused sporadic power outages. Two iron pedestrian bridges over the stream collapsed in the floods. The floods also led to the closure of a road connecting the district to central Kastamonu.

Inebolu is some 25 kilometers away from Bozkurt, a district of Kastamonu where more than 80 people lost their lives when dire floods swept away houses on the banks of a stream in one of the worst floods in the Black Sea region in decades. Bozkurt was again hit by floods as well with the Ezine stream flowing along the town overrunning its banks, damaging bridges and inundating nearby roads. No casualties were reported.


Cities underwater in China as record floods hit on June 26th

Several days of heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in Southern China on June 26th 2022.

Among the worst affected areas is Guangdong, with parts of Yingde several feet under water.

Other provinces affected include Hunan and Jiangxi.

Rivers have overflowed, flooding low lying areas.


Highest volcano in Nicaragua records explosion of gases and ashes

The San Cristóbal volcano, the highest and most active peak in Nicaragua (northwest), registered this Sunday an explosion of gases and ashes up to 1,500 meters high that spread over three neighboring communities, informed an official source.

During the explosion, "the ash column reached a height of 1,500 meters above (the) crater of the volcano that due to the effect of the wind" reached with "a small layer of ashes the communities Las Grecias 3, Las Grecias 4 and the city of El Viejo", indicated the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (Ineter) in a communiqué.

However, the volcano's activity was of "moderate intensity" and did not cause major damage to nearby towns, it said.


This week in volcano news: Supervolcano earthquake swarm - Ebeko erupts

In the last week, an earthquake swam began underneath the dangerous Long Valley supervolcano in California. In less than a week more than 400 quakes occurred at shallow depths. Meanwhile in Vanuatu, the Ambrym volcano is showing signs of unrest and is likely to produce a significant flank eruption in the near future. And, in the Kuril Islands, two volcanoes began new eruptions on the island of Paramushir. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Sochi, Russia

Flood damage in Sochi, Russia, June 2022.
© Government of Sochi
Flood damage in Sochi, Russia, June 2022.
At least 2 people have died and more are missing following severe flash floods in Sochi and surrounding areas of the Krasnodar Region in Russia.

The government of Sochi reported 85 mm of rain fell in a short period on 24 June causing rivers to break their banks in Lazarevsky district. Sochi officials said 14 settlements in Lazarevsky district were affected and a total of 98 houses damaged, along with roads and infrastructure. Areas of the village of Zubova Shchel were hardest hit, where the overflowing Reka Chimit river destroyed a bridge and swept away 2 vehicles.

Teams from the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) in Krasnodar Krai carried out search and rescue operations to find the occupants of the vehicles. As of 25 June, the bodies of two people had been found, while search operations continued for 4 people still feared missing.

Severe flood events struck in the region in July 2021, October 2018, and in June 2015.


Floods affect nearly 5 million, over 200,000 displaced in Assam, India - death toll rises to 118 (UPDATE)

Flood rescue in Assam, India, June 2022
Flood rescue in Assam, India, June 2022
Rivers are above the danger mark in at least 13 locations across the state of Assam in India. The Kopili River has reached record levels. Flooding has now affected nearly 5 million people across 32 districts and forced over 200,000 to evacuate their homes. Over 80 people have died in floods and landslides in the state since May.

The current spate of flooding began in mid-June. As of 20 June, Assam state disaster officials report flooding has impacted 4,772,140 people in 5,424 villages across 32 districts. Over 1 million of those affected are in Barpeta District. Nagaon and Darrang districts each have around 450,000 residents affected.

Disaster authorities have set up 810 relief camps providing temporary accommodation and 615 relief distribution centres providing food and other relief supplies. As of 20 June, 231,819 people had moved from their homes to relief camps, including 63,000 people in Barpeta.

Comment: Update June 25

The Wire reports:
Assam Flood Situation Remains Grim, Death Toll Rises to 118

A vendor wades through a flooded street, in Kamrup distric of Assam, June 24, 2022.
A vendor wades through a flooded street, in Kamrup distric of Assam, June 24, 2022.
The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Saturday with the death count rising to 118 and Silchar town in the Cachar district submerged for the sixth straight day, officials said.

Ten more people have died in the past 24 hours - two each from Barpeta, Dhubri, Karimganj and Udalguri districts and one death each from Cachar and Morigaon - due to floods and landslides.

The total population affected by the floods declined to 33.03 lakh in 28 districts as against the previous day's figure of 45.34 lakh in 30 districts, a bulletin issued by the Assam State Management Disaster Authority (ASDMA) said.

The situation improved marginally in some districts, as rivers showed a receding trend though the Brahmaputra at Dhubri and Kopili in Nagaon were flowing above the danger mark, the officials said.

The Cachar district administration is engaged in rescue operations in Silchar to evacuate marooned people to safety, with priority on shifting ailing persons to hospital, deputy commissioner Keerthi Jalli said.

Packets with food, drinking water bottles and other essentials are being airdropped in the town by Indian Air Force helicopters, and this will continue till the situation improves, she said.

Two drones have also been deployed in Silchar for carrying out flood inundation mapping as well as to provide relief materials to the affected people.

Eight NDRF teams comprising 207 personnel from Itanagar and Bhubaneswar, along with an Army unit with 120 personnel and nine boats from Dimapur have been stationed in Silchar.

Nearly three lakh people are in distress in Silchar with an acute shortage of food, clean drinking water and medicines, the officials said.

The worst flood-affected districts in the state are Barpeta with 8,76,842 people in discomfort followed by Nagaon (5,08,475), Kamrup (4,01,512) and Dhubri (3,99,945), according to the ASDMA bulletin.

The deluge has hit 93 revenue circles and 3,510 villages, while 2,65,788 people have taken shelter in 717 relief camps, it said.

Relief materials were distributed from 409 delivery points among the flood-affected people, who have not taken shelter in the camps.

Altogether, 312 houses were damaged during the last 24 hours, the ASDMA said.

Large-scale erosion was also reported from several places, including Baksa, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Darrang, Golaghat, Hailakandi and Kamrup, it added.