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300,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia, says UN

Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
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Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
Heavy rain and flooding continue in Ethiopia, with over 500,000 people affected and around 300,000 displaced since July.

Unusually heavy Kiremt season (June to September) rainfall triggered flooding in the country from late July. By early August the UN reported 30,000 people had been displaced, with many of them in the Afar region after the overflow of Awash River. The regions of Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and later Amhara were also affected.

In a report of 06 September, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said "heavy summer season (June-September) rains continue to cause flooding in many parts of the country. Some 500,000 people were so far affected, including some 300,000 displaced."

Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Colorado shatters multiple records as wild weather continues

Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
© Michael Ciaglo
Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
A wild week of weather continues to unfold in Colorado that started with 100+ degree temperatures and transitioned into more than a more than a foot of snow in parts of the state.

Here's a look at some of the weather records that were set in the Centennial State during this tumultuous time.


Flash floods hits Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after torrential rainfall

Floodwaters flowing into Masjid Jamek due to heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur.

Floodwaters flowing into Masjid Jamek due to heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur.
Videos and photos shared on social media showed Masjid Jamek by water, submerged cars and motorcycles as well as snakes after parts of Kuala Lumpur were hit with flash floods following a heavy downpour on Thursday (Sept 10).


Massive wildfires devour large agricultural lands in western Syria

Servicemen from the Russian Khmeimim air base have been taking part in efforts to contain the fires

Fires have broken out in a number of agricultural areas in western Syria, Russia Today (RT) reported yesterday.

A video showing the fires went viral on social media.

Fires have been raging in recent days across a number of large agricultural lands across Syria's western parts. The fires were intensified in the Slunfeh forest, which extends along the Latakia portal city to the Masyaf Mountains in Homs.

Cloud Precipitation

West Africa - More floods in Niger, death toll rises to 13 in Burkina Faso

The flood situation has worsened in the West African countries of Niger and Burkina Faso.

More flooding has affected parts of Niger, where almost 330,000 people have been affected by flooding since July. Meanwhile the government in neighbouring Burkina Faso the number of fatalities has increased to 13. On 09 September the government declared a state of emergency in response to flooding which has affected the country since late August.


The flood situation has worsened in Niger after further heavy rainfall and the failure of a dam / embankment along the Niger river near the capital, Niamey.

According to the latest figures from the government in Niger, 329,958 people have been affected, over 31,960 houses severely damage or destroyed, along with 5,768 hectares of farmland. As many as 65 people have died as a result of flooding in the country which began in July this year.


6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Chile

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
According to seismologists, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 44 kilometres.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck near the coast of Northern Chile. No tsunami alert has been issued.

No possible casualties or damage have been reported so far.

​Chile is situated in the easternmost part of the Ring of Fire, a seismically active zone in the Pacific Ocean, where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, including powerful ones.

Comment: Less than a week ago a M6.2 earthquake hit Chile. There has been an increase in seismic activity worldwide recently.


Over 90 earthquakes in 24 hours reported near Yellowstone Lake

Seismic activity near Yellowstone Lake has seen a big increase over the past 24 hours
Seismic activity near Yellowstone Lake has seen a big increase over the past 24 hours.
The southwest side of Yellowstone Lake, the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park, is experiencing quite an uptick in seismic activity today, Thursday, September 10.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Yellowstone experiences about 1,500 to 2,500 located earthquakes per year, many occurring in swarms, or earthquakes that cluster in time and space. Most swarms are small, containing 10-20 earthquakes, and short, lasting for one to two days.

Today's seismic activity is a little abnormal in that as of 4 pm Thursday, 93 earthquakes, and counting, have occurred all within this area of Yellowstone Lake since Wednesday night, according to USGS data. All but seven of the earthquakes have been under 2.5 magnitude. None have reached 3.0 magnitude.

In the same area depicted in the map below, 108 earthquakes have been recorded over the past 30 days, including today's activity. That means only 15 earthquakes were recorded in the area before today.


US West Coast wildfire death toll rises to 23; More than 500,000 Oregonians evacuate as 100 major fires devastate nearly 4.4 million acres

Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
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Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
West Coast authorities have reported that at least 23 people have died in wildfires that are raging in California, Oregon and Washington state, as more than 500,000 Oregonians are forced to evacuate due to 100 major fires that have devastated nearly 4.4 million acres across 12 states.

A Northern California wildfire became the state's deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths. Officials said the number may rise as searchers looked for 16 missing people.

Three other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon and one in Washington state, authorities said.

Authorities in Oregon said Thursday night that more than 500,000 people statewide were forced to evacuate due to wildfires. The latest figures come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That's over 10 per cent of the state's 4.2 million population.

More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued.

Cloud Precipitation

Violent rainstorms, flash flooding hits Cagliari, Italy

Downpours, lightning, gales sweep flooded Sardinian capital

Two violent thunderstorms hit Cagliari in the space of a few hours on Thursday turning the streets of the Sardinian capital into rivers.

Cagliari and the surrounding area were swept by thunder, lightning, cloudbursts and a gale-force northwesterly wind.

Comment: The nearby town of Carbonia was also hit by flooding:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 footballers during match in Gazipur, Bangladesh

Another man killed while fishing at a water body in the district

Three people, including two school students, were killed in separate lightning incidents in Gazipur.

One of the incidents took place at the Shaheed Barkat Stadium, killing the two footballers on the spot. In the other incident, a person was killed while he was fishing at a waterbody in Bipraborta at around 12:30pm on Thursday.

The young footballers were killed in the lightning strike when a group of schoolboys were playing football in Gazipur Shaheed Barkat Stadium.