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Wildfire in southwest Turkey rages on

Big Wildfire Forces Evacuations Near Turkish Marmaris Resort

Big wildfire forces evacuations near Turkish Marmaris resort
Firefighters battled a wildfire in southwestern Turkey from land and air on Thursday as high temperatures and winds fanned the blaze and dashed hopes it was contained, while authorities said they had detained a person in connection with the fire.

Scenes of burning woodland near the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris sparked fears of a repeat of last year's fires that devastated tens of thousands of hectares (acres) across the region.

Reuters footage showed smoke billowing from hills and police water cannon vehicles helping firefighters as the blaze spread through the woodlands in the sparsely populated area.


Seismograph

Powerful earthquake kills at least 1,150 in Afghanistan (UPDATE)

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Taliban officials and residents survey the damage to homes in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province after a major earthquake.
A powerful earthquake has killed at least 920 people and left hundreds more injured in Afghanistan, Taliban officials have said.

Pictures show landslides and ruined mud-built homes in eastern Paktika province, where rescuers have been scrambling to treat the injured.

In remote areas, helicopters have been ferrying victims to hospitals.

Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada said hundreds of houses were destroyed and the death toll was likely to rise.


Comment: Update June 24

The New Arab reports:
A devastating earthquake in crisis-hit Afghanistan this week resulted in at least 1,150 deaths, according to figures from state media on Friday.

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The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media on Friday.

The country of 38 million people was already in the midst of a spiralling economic crisis that had plunged millions deep into poverty with over a million children at risk of severe malnutrition.

The magnitude 6 quake has left thousands without shelter.

State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged in Wednesday's earthquake.



Cloud Lightning

Multiple fires ignited in California following tens of thousands of lightning strikes

Lightning, during the 24 hours ending at 6:15 a.m. PDT June 23, 2022.
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Lightning, during the 24 hours ending at 6:15 a.m. PDT June 23, 2022.
As monsoonal moisture moved through Southern California Wednesday more than 50,000 lightning strikes were detected, starting wildfires and killing a woman and her two dogs who were walking in Pico Rivera.

Chris Vagasky, @COweatherman, tweeted that a total of 54,329 strikes were recorded across California on Wednesday UTC time.

Multiple fires suspected of being started by lightning occurred in Southern California, with most of them being suppressed while very small. The cause of the Thunder Fire east of Interstate 5 near the Grapevine north of Frazier Park is under investigation, but the suspected cause is lightning, said Captain Andrew Freeborn of the Kern County Fire Department. At 6:45 a.m. Thursday the Department reported it had burned approximately 2,300 acres and was being staffed by 250 personnel.


Comment: Woman, 2 dogs die after being struck by lightning near Los Angeles


Cloud Lightning

Woman, 2 dogs die after being struck by lightning near Los Angeles

A police vehicle near the scene of a lightning strike death that killed a woman and her two dogs in Pico Rivera, California, on Wednesday morning.
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A police vehicle near the scene of a lightning strike death that killed a woman and her two dogs in Pico Rivera, California, on Wednesday morning.
A woman and her two dogs were killed in a lightning strike in the Los Angeles area Wednesday morning as thunderstorms rolled through Southern California, officials said.

Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52, was struck by lightning around 8:50 a.m. in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Miguel Meza said.

There were no witnesses, but paramedics called to the scene determined that her injuries were caused by lightning, he said. The two dogs also did not survive.

A low off the coast of California was bringing monsoonal rain and thunderstorms to Los Angeles and Ventura counties Wednesday, the National Weather Service said in a forecast discussion.


Boat

Mass evacuations as record rainfall and floods batter southern China - heaviest rain in 61 years

Floodwaters flow around a town in Shangrao in central China’s Jiangxi province
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Floodwaters flow around a town in Shangrao in central China’s Jiangxi province
Floodwaters engulfed homes, fields and roads in southern China as the region was battered by the heaviest rainfall recorded in the area in 61 years.

At least five people died in a village in Guangxi province on June 18, 2022, after their homes were washed away, state media reported.

Authorities have evacuated nearly 150,000 residents from the region so far.

On June 20 a task force from Beijing was sent to Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Guangdong province to lead rescue and evacuation efforts.


Comment: Buildings washed away by floods in Huaihua, Hunan, China


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills two persons in Odisha, India

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Two persons were killed in a lightning strike at Santrapur village under Ghatagaon police limits in Keonjhar district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Hiramani Munda (65) and Binati Munda (35).

According to reports, Hiramani and Binita had taken goats to the nearby forest for grazing. When they were inside the forest, it rained heavily.

To protect themselves from rain they had taken shelter in a cave when lightning struck them. The two collapsed after lightning struck them.

Locals rushed them to the Community Health Centre (CHC) at Ghatagaon. However, they were declared dead by the attending doctors at the CHC.

Cloud Precipitation

Buildings washed away by floods in Huaihua, Hunan, China

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Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in Huaihua, Hunan, China on June 20th 2022.

The floods follow several days of continuous rain in the region.

Buildings were destroyed, as the force of the water destroyed walls.

Farmlands were flooded, destroying crops and produce.

Roads were flooded, with some collapsing, isolating areas.

The rain caused landslides, which blocked railways, causing further disruption.


Snowflake

Fresh June snowfall in Kashmir, India

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The border town of Gurez, and some other upper reaches, including Baltal Base Camp near Amarnath holy cave, received fresh snowfall on Wednesday while rains lashed other parts of Kashmir valley, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum temperature.

An official said that Gurez sector of Bandipora district, received light to moderate snow since late last night, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.


Snowflake

Summer snow blankets central Afghanistan

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According to the local sources, unprecedented and heavy snowfall in central Afghanistan's Bamyan province at this time of the year will pose a threat to the livestock and damage agricultural products.

Several people in various regions of Bamyan province have reported that it has snowed to an unusual level in their localities at the start of the summer season, sharing images of the snow.

Residents of villages in Bamyan and the Qarghanato area of the province report that snow fell last night in many of these villages, and the weather was substantially colder.


Attention

Two killed by elephant herd in Odisha, India

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Villagers in Bangiriposi range under Baripada territorial division in Mayurbhanj district are in a state of panic after two persons were killed by a herd of elephants on Sunday night. The deceased have been identified as Fulamani Munda (72) and Budhia Munda (38) of Digarisole village.

Divisional Forest Officer of Baripada Territorial division, Santosh Kumar Joshi said a herd of elephants from Jharkhand went to the house of the woman and pushed a portion of the wall that fell on her and killed her when she was asleep. Munda was attacked by the herd when he was on way home from the local market.

Initially the forest department had provided ' 40000 compensation to the family of the deceased and the rest will be provided after submitting documents though Anukampa App, he added.