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Lightning strikes kill 12 over 2 days in West Bengal, India

Twelve persons were killed by lightning in different locations in East Burdwan and Bankura in the last two days.

Four others suffered shocks from lightning and were admitted to hospitals. The heavily parched districts have been witnessing multiple flashes of lightning and thunderclaps being heard during late afternoon since Monday.

East Burdwan recorded eight lightning deaths in the last two days and four deaths were reported from Bankura. Most of the casualties occurred while villagers were tending to cattle either in their farmlands or at their courtyards. Bijoy Ghosh (55) and Ajit Ghosh (59), brothers from Kanaidanga village and Jillal Molla (62) of Thyangapara village, both within Mongalkote PS limits in East Burdwan, died instantly after being struck by lightning. At Sakona village in Mongalkote, a housewife Robina Biwi (37) also died of lightning. Sasti Singh (46) of Gagra village in Nadanghat PS area, Kalna, a fisherman by profession also died instantly when lightning struck his boat.

At Bankura, Mejia and Joypur PS areas in Bankura, three persons, identified as Purnima Bauri (33) of Akurabaid village, Tripti Sarkar (61) of Tarapur village and Jony Sheikh (25) of Jujura village died due to thunderbolt, yesterday. Rameswar Murmu (64) of Ramgarh in Simlapal PS area also died when lightning struck him at his farmland on Monday.

Comment: In addition on the 10th of June a bolt in Assam killed 10 cattle:
A lightning strike during a fierce thunderstorm at Bokakhatin Golaghat district left 10 cows dead on Sunday night. The incident occurred at the residence of Jiban Sarma and Druna Sarma of Bamungaon Bilaniyain Dhansirimukh Chapri at Bokakhat. In the early hours of Monday morning, the householder went to the cowshed and was shocked to see 10 cows lying dead. Several calves have been left motherless, leaving a question mark about their survival.

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Floods in many parts of Chile displace hundreds

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding in many parts of Chile, leaving hundreds of homes damaged and residents stranded.

Authorities have issued a yellow alert and asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

An early warning has also been issued for the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

They anticipate up to 65 millimeters of rain in the next two days and winds with gusts of up to 50 kilometers per hour.

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June flooding hits the province of Brescia, Italy

Bad weather in the Brescia area caused rivers of water and mud to hit Gussago. The western part of the province was badly affected, cars were submerged in water in Chiari, inconvenience also in Franciacorta.

The situation was critical at night in Lombardy, where strong currents flooded Rodengo Saiano, Roads were submerged in water between Chiari, Rovato and Gussago.

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Torrential rain floods Majorca airport in Spain

Majorca's airport had to be closed on Tuesday after torrential rain flooded the runways.

A heavy storm brought the airport on the largest of the Balearic Islands to a standstill as flights were grounded and water poured through the roof of the terminal.

Videos posted to social media showed one airport worker, dressed in shorts and a high-visibility yellow jacket, gleefully plunging backwards into the water on a flooded runway.

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Huge landslide drags vehicles and carport into Thai river

Home security cameras captured the dramatic moment a sudden landslide in Chai Nat, Thailand, dragged several vehicles and a carport into the Chao Phraya River on June 10.

The shocking footage captured the riverbank giving way and collapsing, swallowing the structure and the stored vehicles into the water.


Big summer snowfall in the Alps

Winter has returned to the high Alps with ski areas reporting up to 20cm (8″) of snowfall above 2,500m in the last 24 hours.

Resorts benefiting from the snow include Hintertux in Austria's Tirol region which is open for skiing year round, pictured this morning.

Other centres still open since last autumn include Zermatt in Switzerland (ski area also accessible from Cervinia in Italy), Les 2 Alpes in France and a second Austrian ski area, Molltal, which closes this coming weekend after an 8 month season.

Two other centres have opened for summer skiing in the past week, Val d'Isere in France and Passo Stelvio in Italy. Tignes is expected to open for summer skiing later this month.

The latest snowfall; comes a fortnight after a similar accumulation a fortnight ago at the end of may and there have been lighter snow showers in between. The snow is lying up to 5 metres deep in the Alps making this currently looking likely to be one of the best summer ski seasons of recent years.


Odd-looking fish, largest of its kind, washes up on beach in Gearhart, Oregon, stumps experts: 'Remarkable'

The stunning fish measured more than 7 feet long, aquatic experts say.
© Tiffany Boothe/Seaside AquariumThe stunning fish measured more than 7 feet long, aquatic experts say.
A stunning fish recently washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest, and experts say it belongs to a newly discovered species.

In a June 6 Facebook post, the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, announced that the unusual aquatic creature was found at a beach in Gearhart on June 3. Experts say that the fish - a hoodwinker sunfish - measured 7.3 feet long.

The hoodwinker sunfish has only been identified as a unique species in the past 10 years. Its sighting is so unusual that Seaside Aquarium said locals flocked to see the fish themselves.

"Initially, this large, strange looking fish was creating quite a stir on social media and, though it was stormy, folks were flocking to the beach to see this unusual fish," the aquarium wrote. "It wasn't long before news of this fish reached Marianne Nyegaard, a researcher based in New Zealand."

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Homes evacuated and roads cut off as storms hit southern France - 4 inches of rain in just 5 hours

The Auberge de Fourcès is one of the businesses to be severely affected by flooding
The Auberge de Fourcès is one of the businesses to be severely affected by flooding.
Homes and businesses had to be evacuated and roads remain closed in parts of southern France after heavy storms brought severe flooding and mudslides overnight June 8-9.

There were more than 100 fire brigade interventions, particularly in the towns of Eauze, Montréal, and Fourcès in Gers (Occitanie).

Homes and businesses were affected, including those in the central square of Fourcès, where the restaurant Auberge De Fourcès was completely flooded.

Forecaster Météo France said that more than 100 mm of rain fell in the north-west of the department between 21:00 and 02:00, causing severe damage in places, and leading to the rehoming of 33 people, of which nine people needed to be rescued.

Comment: Further south a day later: June storms hit Spain's Costa Blanca sparking shocking flash flooding

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June storms hit Spain's Costa Blanca sparking shocking flash flooding

Storms have hit the Costa Blanca sparking shocking flooding in the area just hours after officials warned about strong currents in the sea around the area pulling people out to sea.

British holidaymakers hoping to leave behind the rain by heading to Spain have been met with torrential downpours, hail, strong winds and flash floods.

Images from Costa Blanca showed submerged streets, overflowing rivers, and fast-moving water barrelling across dry fields before crashing onto highways.

Hail stones have fallen in some parts of the Valencian community, which includes the provinces of Alicante and Valencia, with more predicted today, while Benidorm is on a yellow storm alert with the possibility of rain put at 100 per cent.

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Floods kill at least 3 in northern Vietnam - nearly a foot of rain in 24 hours, more heavy rains forecast

Flood waters submerged buildings after heavy rain in Ha Giang city in northern Vietnam on June 10, 2024.
© AFPFlood waters submerged buildings after heavy rain in Ha Giang city in northern Vietnam on June 10, 2024.
Flash floods have killed at least three people and left one missing in northern Vietnam since Saturday night, the government said on Monday, and more heavy rains are expected over the coming days.

The victims include a 3-year-old boy and his father and a 42-year-old woman, all in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, the government said in a statement.

Floods triggered by torrential rains over the past two days have caused floods in several parts of northern Vietnam, including Ha Giang, Haiphong and Quang Ninh.

Rainfall ranged from 112.6 to 295.4 mm in the area over the past 24 hours, according to data from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.