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At least 41 killed in landslide caused by heavy monsoon in Myanmar - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

An area affected by landslides in Mutama Township, Mon State.
© Mon State Government Office
An area affected by landslides in Mutama Township, Mon State.
At least 15 people have been killed with 28 people rescued alive in a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rain in Myanmar's Mon state on Friday, according to latest figures released by Myanmar Fire Services Department.

Landslide took place as the mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to heavy rainfall in Paung township in the state.

"It is difficult to tell detailed figures of casualties as search and rescue operations are still being carried out," Dr. Aung Naing Oo, deputy speaker of Mon state Parliament, who is now at the scene, told Xinhua.


Comment: Update: Floodlist reports on August 11:
At least 41 people have died after heavy rain triggered a massive landslide in Paung Township, Mon State, Myanmar.

The landslide occurred on Friday 09 August, 2019, completely destroying 14 houses. Initially disaster authorities reported 10 people had died in the disaster. After further search and rescue operations Myanmar Fire Services Department reported on 11 August that the death toll had increased to 41, with more still missing.

Elsewhere in the state, torrential rain has increased levels of the Attayan River. Local media said flooding from the river has inundated low-lying areas in Kyaikmayaw, forcing over 25,000 residents of 4726 households from 12 villagers to leave their homes.

According to figures from Myanmar's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), in a 24 hour period to 09 August, 2019, the weather station at Mawlamyine in Mon State recorded 356 mm of rain, Mudon 335 mm and Kyaikkhami 286mm.

Landslide in Paung Township, Mon State,
© Myanmar Fire Services Department
Landslide in Paung Township, Mon State, Myanmar, August 2019.



Bug

Crop invaders: China's small farmers struggle to defeat armyworm

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Yan Wenliu leans on the side of his cart as he prepares to leave his sugarcane field in Southwest China, bewildered by the formidable new pest that has ambushed his crops this year.

"I don't know what it is," says Yan, a 36-year-old farmer from Menghai county in Yunnan province. "But it is bigger than other ones. I have never seen this worm before."

The creature Yan is unable to name is fall armyworm. Known locally as the "heart-devouring worm," the destructive pest has spread more than 3,000 km (1,865 miles) north since migrating from neighbouring Myanmar seven months ago, reaching 21 provinces and regions in China and posing a grave threat to grain output.

In Yunnan alone, where the pest struck first in China, some 1.29 million mu (86,000 hectares) had been affected by mid-June, including corn, sugarcane, sorghum and ginger crops.

Attention

Sleeping teenager bitten on the face by bear near Moab, Utah

black bear
Utah wildlife officials are searching for a bear that bit a sleeping 13-year-old on the face at a campground.

The incident happened Friday along the Colorado River in the Dewey Bridge campground, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said in a Facebook post.

"The young man was injured on his right cheek and his right ear and was transported to a hospital for treatment. We are currently working with USDA-Wildlife Services and using dogs and traps in an effort to capture the bear," it said.

He told officials the bear was about his size, which would make it a smaller bear, CNN affiliate KUTV.

Wolf

Rare wolf attack injures camper, shuts down campground in Banff, Alberta

Wolf
© wikipedia
Parks Canada believes only 1 wolf was involved but has closed Rampart Creek as a precaution

A wolf that attacked a tent and injured a camper has been killed and the campground has been closed after a rare incident took place in Banff National Park, officials say.

Around 1 a.m. on Friday, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attack at Rampart Creek Campground off the Icefields Parkway, according to a news release.

Officials say the wolf attacked the tent and inflicted hand and arm injuries on a camper inside. No wildlife attractants or food were found nearby.

Ice Cube

"Democracy Dies In Darkness"

polar bear
"Democracy Dies In Darkness" is the Washington Post motto. In this video I expose some of the darkess they are creating by spreading misinformation about Greenland weather and Arctic Sea Ice.


Cloud Precipitation

Five satellite images show extent of flooding in south India

Black colour in the images are water; it is a flood-affected area.

Black colour in the images are water; it is a flood-affected area.
The following maps depict the severe flood-hit areas. The black colour is showing the intensity of the flood over the last few days (July 29 to August 10, 2019).

Satellite data shows the extent of the flooding event in Karnataka and Kerala. These maps depict the severe flood-hit areas. The black colour is showing the intensity of the flood over the last few days (July 29 to August 10, 2019).

Tornado1

Super-typhoon Lekima slams into central China: 28 dead and a million evacuated - UPDATE

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Eighteen people have been killed and 14 were missing in eastern China in a landslide triggered by a large typhoon, which caused widespread transport disruptions and the evacuation of more than a million people, state broadcaster CCTV has reported.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in the eastern province of Zhejiang with maximum winds of 116 mph (187 km/h), although it had weakened from its earlier designation as a super typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Thousands of flights were cancelled in eastern China, according to the country's aviation regulator, with most flights into and out of Shanghai's two main airports cancelled on Saturday afternoon, their websites showed.

China's weather bureau on Saturday issued an orange alert - its second highest - after posting a red alert on Friday, when the storm forced flight cancellations in Taiwan and shut markets and businesses on the island.



Comment:

Update: The Guardian on 11th of August reports:
A powerful typhoon left at least 28 people dead in China, after a landslide backed up a river that broke through debris and inundated homes, state media reported on Sunday.

Another 20 people remained missing, the official Xinhua News Agency said, and more than a million people were evacuated, state broadcaster CCTV has reported.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in the eastern province of Zhejiang with maximum winds of 116mph (187km/h), although it had weakened from its earlier designation as a super typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The deaths occurred in Yongjia county on the outskirts of Wenzhou, a major port city. The river blocked by a landslide rose to a level of 10m (30ft) within 10 minutes, trapping 120 villagers, Xinhua said.

Thousands of flights were cancelled in eastern China, according to the country's aviation regulator, with most flights into and out of Shanghai's two main airports called off on Saturday afternoon, their websites showed.

China's weather bureau on Saturday issued an orange alert - its second highest - after posting a red alert on Friday, when the storm forced flight cancellations in Taiwan and shut markets and businesses on the island.

The deadly landslide occurred about 80 miles (129km) north of the coastal city of Wenzhou, when a natural dam collapsed in an area deluged with 160mm (6.3 in) of rain within three hours, CCTV reported.


The storm was moving northward at 9mph (15km/h) and was gradually weakening, Xinhua reported, citing the weather bureau. High winds and heavy rains battered the financial hub of Shanghai on Saturday afternoon, and Shanghai Disneyland was shut for the day.

Nearly 200 hundred trains through the city of Jinan in Shandong province had been suspended until Monday, Xinhua reported.

More than 250,000 residents in Shanghai and 800,000 in Zhejiang province had been evacuated due to the typhoon, and 2.72m households in Zhejiang had power blackouts as strong wind and rain downed electricity transmission lines, state media reported.

About 200 houses in six cities in Zhejiang had collapsed, and 66,300ha (163,830 acres) of farmland had been destroyed, CCTV said.

The storm was predicted to reach Jiangsu province by early Sunday and veer over the Yellow Sea before continuing north and making landfall again in Shandong province, CCTV said.

Coastal businesses in Zhejiang were shut and the emergency management ministy warned of potential risk of fire, explosions and toxic gas leaks at chemical parks and oil refineries.

Lekima, downgraded to a tropical storm, was heading slowly north along China's east coast on Sunday morning.



Ice Cube

More sea ice than average for first week of August in southern-most Arctic

polar bear
"A shorter ice-free season than we've seen for decades."

Let me repeat that!

"A shorter ice-free season than we've seen for decades."
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"Polar bear habitat update for the first week of August 2019 shows there is still more sea ice than average in Hudson Bay, the southern-most area of continuous habitation for this species."

"freeze-up in that region for the last two years has also been earlier-than-average which means a shorter ice-free season than we've seen for decades." (Emphasis added)

Tornado2

No way! Enormous waterspout tears through downtown Amsterdam!

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An enormous waterspout was spotted spinning through Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, on Friday evening (local time).

Footage captured the powerful waterspout barrelling over the Oosterdok waterway. Multiple eyewitness videos show the waterspout moving at great speed, sending debris flying into the air and bending trees with its fury.

"What the actual f**k. Amsterdam central, Oosterdok just now," one person tweeted.


Cloud Precipitation

Rainfall 3000% above normal in a single day in the Indian state of Karnataka

Karnataka flood

Karnataka flood
Downpour 3176% above normal in Mysuru, 2222% in Dharwad on Aug 8

On August 8, Karnataka received nearly five times the rainfall it normally does, adding to the severity of the ongoing floods in at least 12 districts that have killed 20 people by August 9, 2019.

The rain has come at a time it normally does not. In some districts it has been multiple times more than the normal for this time of the year:

Mysuru in south Karnataka received 62.2 mm absolute rainfall in a day — 3176 per cent, or 32 times, the long-term average for that day. Dharwad in the north received 85.9 mm — 2222 per cent, or 22 times, above normal.