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Heavy rain in southwest Germany floods basements, forces train routes to temporarily close

Heavy rains in southwestern Germany have flooded roads and basements, forced train routes to close temporarily and left some residents trapped in their homes.

In Zollernalbkreis county in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, hundreds of firefighters were on duty late Sunday after thunderstorms led to creeks bursting their banks and flooding streets, German news agency dpa reported Monday.

Several families in the town of Balingen were unable to leave their homes because floodwaters had risen around the buildings, according to dpa. They had to flee to upper floors where they waited until firefighters rescued them using ladders.


Northern Japan's Iwate prefecture observes latest snow on record on May 8

Carp streamers that were set up for Children's Day on May 5 are seen next to a field blanketed in snow in Ichinohe, Iwate Prefecture, on May 8, 2023.
© Mainichi/Shin Yamamoto
Carp streamers that were set up for Children's Day on May 5 are seen next to a field blanketed in snow in Ichinohe, Iwate Prefecture, on May 8, 2023.
The northern Japan prefecture of Iwate saw its latest snowfall on record on May 8 as a front brought unusually cold weather to the area.

According to the Morioka Local Meteorological Office, a low-pressure system and front off the Sanriku coast brought cold air into the region, resulting in snow mainly in and around the mountains. It was a complete change from the warm spring and early summerlike temperatures the prefecture has been seeing recently.

The Iwate Prefecture town of Ichinohe recorded 3 centimeters of snow on May 8, the first day after the Golden Week holidays in Japan. Since statistics began, there is no record of snow at observation points in the prefecture after May 3, and this year's snowfall is believed to be the latest ever.

Arrow Down

At least 130 killed in landslide in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, as country battered by flash flooding

At least 130 people have been killed after a landslide at a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country is battered with flash flooding.

Search operations have baredly started but officials believe there are already 130 dead at the mine in Rubaya, North Kivu in the DRC.

Terrifying footage shared on social media show a mass of people sprinting across the mountainside as the ground comes loose and buries them underneath.

It comes amid devastating flooding in eastern Congo which was thought to have killed close to 400 people as of Sunday. That number will rise to 530 after today's tragedy.

Comment: DR Congo - Almost 400 dead after floods cause "Immeasurable Damage" in South Kivu

Cloud Precipitation

New Zealand - More floods in Auckland after 50mm of rain in 1 hour

Flooded road in Northland, New Zealand, May 2023
© Civil Defence Northland
Flooded road in Northland, New Zealand, May 2023
Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand, declared a state of emergency in response to the threat of flooding and landslides caused by very heavy rainfall on 09 May 2023.

Auckland and parts of New Zealand's North Island saw severe flooding after record rain in late January this year, and again following Cyclone Gabrielle in February.

MetService New Zealand reported rain rates of 40-50mm per hour in areas of Aukland. Fire and Emergency reported 277 weather-related calls, including 19 calls in Northland and 258 calls in Auckland. Around 100 of the incidents were considered serious, and included responding to landslides, falling trees and trapped cars.

Civil Defence in Aukland opened shelters for evacuees in Massey and Albany.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3, injures 9 in Banate, Philippines

A lightning strike that hit a family of 12 killed three members in Sitio Giragid, Barangay Magdalo, Banate town around 12:18 p.m. yesterday.

Declared "dead upon arrival" at the hospital were Mila Soberano, 38; Rosalie Soberano, 48; and Britney Labos, 14, who was around three months pregnant, according to her live-in partner.

Meanwhile, injured were Felomino Sadiangibon, 77; Janelyn Igona, 38; Carlo Soberano, 11; Jumar Soberano, 42; Larry Soberano, 30; Sharime Soberano, 20; IJ Siberano, 20; Aime Soberano, 14; and Ivan Soberano, 44. They were treated at the Barotac Viejo District Hospital.


M2.5 earthquake in Donegal, Ireland, is country's 'largest seismic event on record'

Glenveagh National Park
© Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium
Glenveagh National Park: The earthquake occurred 10 kilometres beneath Glenveagh.
A 2.5-magnitude earthquake in the Derryveagh mountains - the joint largest onshore earthquake ever recorded in Ireland - was felt in Buncrana and Desertegney at the weekend.

The tremor was registered throughout County Donegal with some residents reporting that the earthquake shook their homes when it occurred at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres at 12.30am near Glenveagh National Park on Saturday.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) operated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) said it had received reports that the event was felt throughout the Donegal area and was recorded by seismic stations operated by the DIAS in Mayo, Tipperary, Louth, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Wexford.


Cold front delivers snow, hail to large parts of Australia - Record cold May temperatures recorded in parts of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

Snow fell in Oberon, NSW
© Gail Watson
Snow fell in Oberon, NSW.
The calendar may not have ticked over yet, but the wintry weather has arrived — and forecasters say the frosty conditions are far from over.

Large parts of southern-eastern Australia were plunged into freezing conditions on the weekend, as icy air from Antarctica was pushed across the eastern states by a strong cold front.

The strong winds disrupted flights in Sydney, while people from New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania took to social media to share photos of the swathes of hail and snow blanketing the streets and mountain tops.


12 tornadoes hit the US Heartland overnight, fueled by record-breaking temperatures

Twelve tornadoes were reported across four states overnight, heavily damaging roofs and some outbuildings in Missouri. Tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota on Saturday.

Trenton, Missouri, was hit the hardest, with a tornado damaging the roof of a 130-year-old church.

Softball-sized hail up to 4 inches was reported in Missouri, going through the roof of a steel structure near Coffey, Missouri.

Damaging winds surpassing 80 mph impacted parts of the Midwest, damaging trees and other structures.

Strong to severe storms moved through Illinois and Indiana early Sunday morning, making their way to Ohio.


Snowfall in summer! Several areas of Jammu & Kashmir, India witness snowfall in May

Several parts of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed heavy snowfall on May 8.

Kokernag area in South Kashmir was completely covered with snow.

Pahalgam's Betaab Valley was covered with white sheet of snow.

Kulgam also witnessed a fresh spell of snowfall. Heavy snowfall was also witnessed in Machail area of Kishtwar.


Waterspout filmed in Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, France

Waterspout in Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, France.