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Death tally from flood climbs to 202 in Bangladesh

The death tally from flood has reached 202 as the country recorded four more flood-related deaths on Wednesday.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services, three people drowned in floodwater in Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Gazipur districts while the rest died from snake-bite in Faridpur.

Besides, a total of 40,710 people have so far been affected by various diseases - like diarrhoe, RIT since June 30.

Vast swathes of locality and crop field in 163 upazilas across the country have been flooded that turned out to be the longest-lasting one since 1998.


Residents concerned after thousands of dead fish appear in Biscayne Bay, Florida

Dead fish in Biscayne Bay

Dead fish in Biscayne Bay
Thousands of dead fish have appeared in Miami's Biscayne Bay, alarming residents in the area.

The dead fish could be seen in the water from as far south as the Julia Tuttle Causeway to as far north as the 79th Street Bridge on Tuesday.

"It was a river of dead fish, and then, last night, there were islands of dead fish," said resident Kathryn Mikesell, who usually swims in the bay.

Witnesses called authorities to report they saw thousands of dead fish, including snapper, needlefish, pufferfish, sea trout and crabs. Nearby residents said the smell is overwhelming.


Millions of acres of crops in the central US have been destroyed by a series of historic natural disasters

Derecho devastates corn crop
While the mainstream media focuses on the upcoming election, COVID-19 and the endless protests going on in our major cities, another great tragedy is unfolding all across the middle of the country. A nightmarish drought, horrific flooding along the Mississippi River and a giant "derecho" that just hit the farm belt have combined to make this one of the toughest years for farmers ever. And this comes at a particularly bad time, because the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on food distribution systems has already created periodic shortages of certain items around the nation. We definitely could have used an uneventful growing season this year, and unfortunately we didn't get it.

On Monday, an absolutely massive "derecho" roared through the Midwest. According to USA Today, the storm had winds of up to 112 miles per hour...
The storm had winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, Iowa - as powerful as an inland hurricane - as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs.
Most hurricanes don't have winds that high once they finally reach shore, and I have personally never experienced wind speeds of such magnitude.

Needless to say, this very unusual storm caused immense devastation. According to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, approximately 10 million acres of crops were destroyed in Iowa alone...

Comment: As well as natural disasters devastating crop growth, the insane response to the coronavirus crisis and losing value of currency in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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Cloud Precipitation

At least 184 dead and 54 missing so far this monsoon season in Nepal - risks of more flood, landslides not over yet

Landslide (Representative image)

Landslide (Representative image)
As many as 184 people have lost their lives from floods and landslides this monsoon.

According to the National Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NRRMA) sources, a total of 184 people have died whereas 54 have gone missing in various instances of flood and landslides that got instigated after this year's monsoon.

According to Janardan Gautam, the spokesperson of NRRMA, the landslide-triggered by the incessant rainfall that started with the arrival of this year's monsoon has claimed 179 lives and has also caused the disappearance of 43 people till date.

Since the start of this year's monsoon since July 12, five people have lost lives whereas 11 have gone missing due to floods.

Cloud Precipitation

More than 170 dead in Yemen flash floods over the past month

Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 172 people across Yemen over the past month, damaging homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, officials said.

The destruction has dealt a new blow to a country already in the grips of what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis after years of war between a Saudi-backed government and Iran-allied rebels.

In the mainly government-held province of Maarib east of the capital, 19 children were among 30 people killed by the floods, a government official said.


Week of wild weather around the world

Waterspout Hits Cefalù, Sicily, Italy

Waterspout hits Cefalù, Sicily, Italy
From summertime flooding, to a dangerous derecho sweeping across the Midwest, this week has been a busy week of weather. But what weather events have been happening around the world?

We start our trip on the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily. A waterspout whipped up sand and debris and sent beach-goers running as it pushed on shore. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Our week was full of waterspouts and tornadoes, and Canada was no different. We head to the province of Manitoba where a deadly tornado ripped through the countryside. Canadian officials rated this tornado an EF-2.

Our final tornado this week comes from the Inner Mongolia region of China. This storm ripped through a tourist site injuring at least 33 people and destroying 150 yurts.


Mt. Sinabung in Indonesia erupts yet again, spewing ash 2,000 meters high

Thick smoke billows up from Mount Sinabung
© Antara/Sastrawan Ginting
Thick smoke billows up from Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra. The volcano erupted on Thursday with a column of ash going up 2,000 meters into the sky.
Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again several times on Thursday, spewing out a 2,000-meter-high column of ash and smoke into the air.

The first eruption was recorded at 6:07 a.m. and continued for around 11 minutes, with a 1,000-m-high column of ash moving toward the east, the southeast and the south, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported.

The second eruption lasted for around 20 minutes starting at 1:08 p.m. as the volcano spewed a 2,000-m-high column of ash, which blew toward the east and the southeast, the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said.


Major incident declared following train derailment in Stonehaven, Scotland - Landslip caused by flooding suspected

train crash
© Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
Nicola Sturgeon declared the accident a major incident.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared the Stonehaven train derailment a major incident, as dozens of emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene after the wrecked train caught fire Wednesday.

"This is an extremely serious incident," the Scottish leader said in a Twitter statement. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved."

"Although details are still emerging I am afraid to say there are early reports of serious injuries," Sturgeon added. Local news outlets are reporting that at least one person died in the incident, however, at the time of publication, this had yet to be confirmed by authorities.

Comment: In the last 24 hours the UK has seen an apocalyptic lightning display accompanied by epic flash flooding throughout the country. and this morning there was an M3 earthquake south of the country in the English Channel.

Black Cat

Leopard kills 7-year-old in Gujarat, India - 3rd killing in under a month for the region

Three people have been killed by leopards in less than a month in Gujarat. (Representational)

Three people have been killed by leopards in less than a month in Gujarat. (Representational)
A 7-year-old girl was killed by a leopard near Sangasar village in Gujarat's Dahod district, a forest official said today.

This is the third such incident in the region in less than a month, he said.

The leopard dragged the girl away from outside her house in Dhanpur taluka on Monday evening, said Vasiya Dungri forest range officer Mahesh Parmar.

The half-eaten body of the girl was found deep inside the forest this morning, he said.


Shallow M3 earthquake hits English Channel, felt in Sussex

© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the good weather on a beach near Eastbourne, Sussex, on 20 May, 2020.
An 3.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the English Channel just off the Sussex coast.

The tremor happened at around 9am on Thursday morning, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

The earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 7km, took place in the Channel 35km south of Camber and less than 50km away from Eastbourne.

Comment: Just yesterday in the UK it was reported that there were thousands of 'apocalyptic' lightning bolts and flash floods.

See also: Geologists discover London sitting on two serious fault lines, capital at risk of dangerous earthquake