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Significant flash flooding leaves at least 2 dead in Vermont as Beryl's remnants pound New England - over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Remnants of Hurricane Beryl wash out roads in New
Remnants of Hurricane Beryl wash out roads in New England
At least two people have been killed in Vermont as widespread flash flooding occurred in parts of the Northeast and New England Wednesday amid torrential rain from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl.

Bridges and roads across the region washed out, and over 100 high-water rescues were conducted as a result of the flooding.

In Lyndonville, Vermont, a 73-year-old man was spotted driving into a flooded road, according to Chief Jack Harris of Lyndonville Police. Moments later, swift currents carried his car off the road and about 250 feet into a nearby hay field where the car sank in 10 feet of water, police said. It took two hours to locate the vehicle and the driver was later pronounced dead.

Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison said the other death was an unidentified victim, believed to be a man from Peacham. But she said it has not been confirmed if the death was weather-related, pending an autopsy.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said that on Wednesday he signed an amendment to the existing state of emergency that had been in effect due to the catastrophic flooding the region suffered exactly one year ago to continue to access state resources.

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Deadly flash flood in Slovakia claims the lives of 2 people

Flash flood in the High Tatras, Slovakia.
© Severe Weather Slovakia o.z. via FacebookFlash flood in the High Tatras, Slovakia.
A deadly flash flood caused by torrential rain in Slovakia's Tatra Mountains has killed two people and left four injured.

The two female victims, a Pole and a Czech citizen, died on the Monkova Valley hiking trail when the shelter they were in with 14 other people was hit by an avalanche of water, mud and stones.

The Slovak mountain rescue team, Horska Zachranna Służba (HZS), dispatched two ambulances and two rescue helicopters to the site and transported some of the injured to hospital. They failed to save the lives of the two women.

According to the mayor, the river level quickly rose right in front of people's eyes. Local people were the first to go to the aid of the tourists, but the river and fallen trees made it difficult for them to reach the group at first.

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China's Three Gorges Dam on flood alert as rain batters megacity Chongqing - 10.6 inches of rainfall in a day - 6 people dead

The death toll from heavy rain in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality has risen to six, according to local authorities.
© XinhuaThe death toll from heavy rain in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality has risen to six, according to local authorities.
Devastating rains have struck Chongqing municipality in southwest China with the Three Gorges Dam on high alert for a new round of flooding.

Six people deaths had been recorded as a result of heavy rainfall in Chongqing's Dianjiang county as of Thursday. State broadcaster CCTV said four people had been killed by "geological disasters" and the other two had drowned.

The rainfall in Dianjiang reached a record single-day high of 269.2mm (10.6 inches), affecting more than 40,000 people.

CCTV said it had damaged nearly 1,800 hectares (4,448 acres) of crops, and caused direct economic losses of around 82 million yuan (US$11.3 million).

On Thursday the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters in Chongqing raised the flood emergency response to Level 3 for 14 districts and counties and the geological disaster alert to Level 3 for nine areas. The alerts are part of a four-tier system in which Level 1 is the most severe.


77 whales dead after mass stranding in Orkney, Scotland

Seventy-seven whales were stranded on
© British Divers Marine Life RescueSeventy-seven whales were stranded on Sanday, Orkney.
A pod of 77 pilot whales has died after a mass stranding on a beach in Orkney.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) rushed to Tresness beach on the Isle of Sanday just before 11am on Thursday to reports of a mass stranding of whales.

They found 77 whales, including several males up to 22ft (7m) long, as well as calves and juveniles.

Only 12 survived what is believed to be the largest mass stranding in Scotland since 1975.

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More than 60 people missing after two buses swept into river by landslide caused by heavy rain in Nepal

The accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
© AFPThe accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
Vehicles swept off highway by landslide caused by rains, with three survivors rescued after they swam to safety.

Two buses carrying more than 60 people were swept by a landslide into a rain-swollen river in Nepal, with three survivors rescued after swimming to safety.

The vehicles, carrying at least 65 people between them, were swept off the Narayanghat-Mugling highway near Simaltar, about 120km (75 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, early on Friday.

Government administrator Khima Nanada Bhusal said the three survivors, who reportedly jumped into the Trishuli river and swam to the banks, were taken by residents to a nearby hospital, where they are now being treated.

Authorities mobilised the military and police to search for the missing passengers but the continuous rain was making rescue efforts difficult with landslides blocking the route leading to the area in several places, said Bhusal.

Police spokesman Dan Bahadur Karki said there were 41 people in the first bus travelling from Kathmandu to Gaur, while the second from Birgunj to Kathmandu had 24 passengers. It is thought that more may have boarded en route.

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Lightning kills man riding horse in Naryn mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Lightning killed a 51-year-old man in Kosh-Dobo village of Ak-Tala district in Naryn region, according to the regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The accident occurred at the Ak-Zhar pasture on July 10.

The man herded sheep. That day he did not return home from the pasture in the evening. Relatives went to look for him and found his body on the pasture.

It was later determined that the man was struck by lightning. In addition, a horse that the man was presumably riding died.

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Lightning strike kills 2 bikers in Cavite, Philippines

A lightning strike Thursday killed two bicycle riders in General Trias City, Cavite, authorities said.

The Region 4A police said "Gerald" and "Renzo" were cycling amid heavy rains and thunderstorms when lightning struck them around 3:30 p.m. in Barangay Tapia.

Rescuers rushed the victims to the hospital, but they were declared dead on arrival from severe burns.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.4 rumbles southwestern Canada, Vancouver Island

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook southwestern Canada near Vancouver on Thursday.

The epicenter of the quake was around 130 miles from Tofino, a small district on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean off Canada's west coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tofino is around 130 miles west of Vancouver. The quake's depth was around 6.2 miles.

A population of around 2,000 in Tofino would be exposed to light shaking, the Survey said.

The rumbling was first detected just after 8 am local time. Its magnitude was first estimated at 6.5 by the USGS, before it was downgraded to 6.4 minutes later.

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Record-breaking rainfall wreaks havoc on Montreal roads

Some drivers had to abandon their cars during the afternoon commute on Wednesday after Montreal was soaked in a heavy, record-breaking downpour of rain that wreaked havoc on the roads.

The Decarie was one of the roadways that were partially closed during the rainfall, turning the expressway into a lake. Some drivers braved the deluge of rain and plowed through it while others got their vehicles stuck in the floodwaters.

The Decarie was closed between Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Highway 40 due to "water accumulation," according to the Transports Quebec 511 X account, before it was reopened several hours later.


71-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog in Florence, South Carolina

A 71-year-old woman has died after being attacked by a pit bull in the area of 1800 Brigadoone Lane in Florence, according to Captain Stephen Starling with the Florence Police Department.

Officials were dispatched to the area about an injured bicyclist.

Fire department members were on the scene and discovered the 71-year-old female who was riding a bike in the area when a dog got loose and attacked her, knocking her from her bike.

The dog bit the woman, causing traumatic injuries according to officials.

The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, according to officials.

He said Animal Control intends to get the dog and take it into custody for the time being.

The incident remains under investigation by Florence Police and the Florence County Coroners Office.