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Over 2 million people stranded due to floods in Bangladesh

An aerial view shows flooded area in Companiganj of Sylhet district.
© Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFPAn aerial view shows flooded area in Companiganj of Sylhet district.
Monsoon rains and upstream river water from India have caused widespread flooding in northeastern Bangladesh, stranding more than 2 million people, and the situation could worsen, officials said on Friday.

The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said trapped residents in the region, including more than 772,000 children, were in urgent need of assistance.

"Children are the most vulnerable, facing heightened risks of drowning, malnutrition, deadly waterborne diseases, the trauma of displacement, and potential abuse in overpopulated shelters," said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast further heavy rainfall in the next few days that could exacerbate the flooding and cause landslides in hilly areas.

At least 10 people, including eight Rohingya Muslims, were killed on Wednesday after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh.


Attention

Man killed in suspected bear attack in central Japan amid rising attack rates

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A brown bear walks along a road in the town of Shari, Hokkaido, on April 22, 2023.
A 58-year-old man was killed in a suspected bear attack in Japan on Friday, according to Japanese media.

Construction worker Yasuhiro Kobayashi was found dead in a forest in Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture in central Japan, according to local police.

The man had large scratches on his face and back and police are investigating the possibility of a bear attack, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

According to local police, Mr Kobayashi was found by a colleague who had been searching for him after he had gone to a work site the day before and not returned.

Shinanomachi is a mountain-surrounded town known for its beautiful natural scenery.

Comment: See also: Bear attacks in Japan are at a record high - 212 people attacked, 6 killed in 2023


Arrow Down

Three missing after landslide in Switzerland as heavy summer rains cause flash floods in the Alps

Lostallo in southern Switzerland, after a landslide caused by the bad weather and heavy rain in the Misox valley
© Samuel Golay/KeystoneLostallo in southern Switzerland, after a landslide caused by the bad weather and heavy rain in the Misox valley
Three people were missing on Saturday after massive thunderstorms and rainfall in southeastern Switzerland caused a landslide, authorities have said.

One woman was pulled out alive after being buried by the landslide in the Alpine valley of Misox in Graubunden.

A rescue operation for the three others is ongoing.

Elsewhere in Switzerland, the popular tourist destination of Zermatt in the southern canton of Valais near the famous Matterhorn mountain remains inaccessible.

Heavy rains and melting snow have caused the Mattervispa River to overflow, cutting off the village.

Dramatic videos showed the otherwise small river that flows through Zermatt turning into a muddy flash flood, partially submerging streets in the popular ski resort.


Attention

US tourist killed in Zambia elephant attack, the second this year

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A U.S. tourist was killed by an elephant in the Zambian city of Livingstone Wednesday — in the second such attack in the country this year — local officials said.

The officials said Friday that 64-year-old Juliana Gle Tourneau was killed when an elephant that was part of a herd the tourists were watching attacked their vehicle, threw Tourneau out and trampled her.

She was part of a group that had stopped near the Maramba Cultural Bridge due to the traffic caused by the elephant herd near the bridge, they added.

"Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, of New Mexico, United States of America, died on Wednesday around 17.50 after being knocked from a parked vehicle which had stopped due to traffic caused by elephants around the Maramba Cultural Bridge," Southern Province Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka told the Zambian national broadcaster, ZNBC.

It is the second such attack this year after another American tourist was killed in March this year during a game drive in a Zambian national park when an elephant charged a truck, flipped it over, killed the tourist and injured five others.

Zambian authorities have called on tourists to exercise extreme caution while observing wildlife around the country.

AP

Comment: See also: US tourist, 80, killed in attack by 'aggressive' bull elephant while on safari in Zambia


Attention

Insane moment kangaroo attacks toddler caught on CCTV in New South Wales, Australia

The terrifying attack was caught on CCTV.
The terrifying attack was caught on CCTV.
An Australian father has been hailed a hero for jumping into action after his little girl was attacked by a kangaroo.

The horrific incident was captured on the family's CCTV at their New South Wales home earlier this week.

The shocking clip appears to show the two-year-old playing in the grass when a huge kangaroo bounds over and launches itself at her.

With the sheer force of the marsupial's powerful front legs, the little girl is launched backwards by the animal before her father comes racing over to help.

"Our two-year-old was attacked by a kangaroo on Saturday in our yard," the toddler's mother said after the traumatic incident.


Attention

Monkeys attack a woman in Rajasthan, India

The footage shows the monkeys approaching the woman, sitting on a chair, from behind and pulling her hair so hard that she loses balance.
The footage shows the monkeys approaching the woman, sitting on a chair, from behind and pulling her hair so hard that she loses balance.
A shocking incident featuring a monkey's terror was caught on camera in Rajasthan's Ajmer. The clip, which has now garnered significant traction on social media, shows two monkeys attacking a woman sitting on the porch of her house.

The footage shows the animals approaching the woman, sitting on a chair, from behind and pulling her hair so hard that she loses balance. Vessels in her hand tumble to the floor after the animals' seemingly unprovoked attack. At one point, the clip shows her being lifted off the chair by the string pull of these monkeys. The video is suggestively from the Ramnagar colony in Ajmer.

The video was shared online by Instagram page Beawar Live News.


Volcano

Home Reef volcano emits ash plume

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An ash plume drifting northeast of Home Reef around ~1:30 AM today June 21, was detected by the HIMAWARI-9 AHI satellite, Tonga Geological Services reported.

This Volcano Watch Team monitoring the volcanic activities at Home Reef Volcano, issued Public Notice No.7 at 9:00 this morning.

"Home Reef Volcano continues to be closely monitored due to ongoing volcanic activity. Over the past 16 hours since the last Public Notice, VOLCAT has detected a total of five (5) thermal anomalies. The most recent anomaly was observed at 4:56 AM this morning (refer to Figure 1). Recent MODIS-MIROVA satellite imagery indicates a slight decrease in Volcanic Radiative Power (VRP), represented by qualitative changes in Figure 2. Additionally, the HIMAWARI-9 AHI satellite detected an ash plume drifting northeast of Home Reef around ~1:30 AM (refer to Figure 3)."


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, landslides in China's Guangdong and Fujian kill 49 - 14.5 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
Torrential rain and landslides in China's coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian have killed nine people and left 17 missing, state media and local authorities said on Monday.

In Guangdong, five people were killed, 15 missing and 13 trapped as of Monday, local emergency management authorities said.

Sishui, a town in the province, logged 369.3 millimetres of precipitation in 24 hours. The deluge prompted officials to raise emergency response levels, and dispatch helicopters to evacuate and deliver supplies to those affected.

Four people died and two went missing in neighbouring Fujian due to rainstorms that the provincial meteorological bureau classified as an "extreme event", state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Downpours in Fujian's Wuping county since Sunday afternoon had caused 378 homes to collapse and prompted authorities to launch an emergency flood response.


Comment: Update June 21

AP reports:
Historic flooding in southern China kills 47, with more floods feared in coming days

At least 47 people have died as downpours in southern China's Guangdong province caused historic flooding and slides, state media reported Friday, while authorities warned of more extreme weather ahead in other parts of the country.

State broadcaster CCTV said Friday afternoon that another 38 people were confirmed dead in a county under the jurisdiction of Meizhou city, adding to nine others previously reported dead elsewhere in Meizhou.

Heavy rains caused landslides, floods and mudslides that severely damaged eight townships in Pingyuan county, where the latest deaths were reported, CCTV said. The heaviest rains were on Sunday, with an average rainfall of 199 mm (7.83 inches), and one town seeing 365.7 mm (14.4 inches). It is unclear from the report when the deaths occurred.


The extreme weather also destroyed some 356 kilometers (221 miles) of road, damaged more than a hundred bridges and flooded farmland.

The previous day, CCTV reported four deaths in Meizhou's Meixian district, and five in Jiaoling County.

The heaviest rains were from Sunday into Tuesday, toppling trees and collapsing homes. A road leading to Meixian district completely collapsed during the heavy rains. The Songyuan river, which winds through Meizhou, experienced its biggest recorded flood, according to CCTV.

The estimated direct economic loss is 3.65 billion yuan ($502 million) in Jiaoling county, while in Meixian district, the loss is 1.06 billion yuan ($146 million).

Other parts of the country also face torrential rains and extreme weather in the next 24 hours, with the National Meteorological Center issuing a warning for several provinces in the south and a few individual places in the north.

Henan and Anhui provinces in central China, as well as Jiangsu province on the coast and the southern province of Guizhou, all are expecting hail and strong thunderstorms, according to the forecast. Rainfall could be as high as 50 mm to 80 mm (1.9 to 3.14 inches) in one day in Henan, Anhui and Hubei provinces, the National Meteorological Center said.

Last week, it was southern Fujian and Guangxi provinces that experienced landslides and flooding amid heavy rain. One student died in Guangxi after falling into a river swollen from the downpour.

Related: Heavy rainfall triggers flooding on 22 rivers in China - 5.5 inches of rain in a day


Snowflake

Best of the Web: Too much early snow delays South American ski area opening dates - 19 FEET of snowfall for the season already

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Remember the 2022-2023 ski season in North America? Of course you do. The endless powder days, Mammoth Mountain's absurd late-season campaign—it's pretty impossible to forget.

Now, South America is getting its own taste of what could become a mythically deep ski season.

PowderQuest, a guiding company that operates in South America, among other locales, reported yesterday that Ski Portillo, Chile, and Las Leñas, Argentina, had both delayed their official opening dates due to excessive snowfall causing road closures and high avalanche danger.

Thanks to the snowfall earlier this month, Portillo opened earlier than usual, offering skiing and riding on a weekends-only basis throughout June. They managed to open June 1st and June 2nd with stellar conditions, but the back-to-back storms prevented the rest of the pre-season dates.


Cloud Precipitation

3 dead as Tropical Storm Alberto moves inland over northeast Mexico

Government employees work to drain a flooded overpass as Tropical Storm Alberto brings heavy rain to Monterrey, Mexico, on June 19.
© DANIEL BECERRIL/REUTERSGovernment employees work to drain a flooded overpass as Tropical Storm Alberto brings heavy rain to Monterrey, Mexico, on June 19.
Tropical Storm Alberto, the season's first named storm, rumbled ashore early Thursday and moved inland over northeast Mexico, bringing heavy rains to the parched region and leaving at least three dead.

The storm was expected to weaken rapidly over land, but carry several inches of desperately needed rain inland to Mexico's Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila states, as well as south Texas.

Alberto had spurred tropical storm warnings covering most of the western Gulf of Mexico's coastline from Texas to Veracruz. The storm made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kmh).

Schools were closed across Tamaulipas state where Alberto came ashore and would be through Friday. Shelters were prepared across the state to receive residents trying to escape high water.