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

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in 22 rivers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the regional hydrology centre reported on Sunday.

According to the centre, a total of 30 hydrologic stations in 22 rivers in Guangxi reported water levels between 0.03 and 2.63 metres above the warning levels, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Hezhou hydrologic station of the Hejiang River reported the largest flooding in a decade. From 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, heavy rains lashed about half a dozen prefecture-level cities in Guangxi, including Hechi, Liuzhou, Yulin, Hezhou and Baise.

One township in the city of Hechi and another in the city of Liuzhou saw precipitation of around 140 mm within the day. The centre also predicted that the water levels in some swollen local rivers will continue to rise by up to one metre in the next 24 hours.

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Flooding, landslides kill 8 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - 8.4 inches of rain in 24 hours

Rising waters quickly made several major roads impassable.
Flooding and landslides have killed eight people in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's biggest city, after heavy downpours.

This was contained in an updated report published by the fire service on Saturday.

Roads were cut off as rain fell on Thursday afternoon in most areas of the city with a population of six million.

In its latest statement, the fire brigade said 18 people were evacuated to hospitals.


Woman attacked by dogs in west Baltimore dies from injuries

A woman attacked by stray dogs Friday night in west Baltimore has died and two others are injured, police said.

City police said officers were called around 9 p.m. to the 2000 block of North Pulaski Street, blocks away from Mondawmin Mall, for a dog bite.

Police said officers were told that two dogs attacked a 50-year-old woman, who died from her injuries.

Two other people were also bitten and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said two officers discharged their firearms, striking one of the dogs. Both dogs were recovered by officers and Animal Control.

An investigation continues.


Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake - Balleny Islands region

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the South Pacific Ocean near the coast of n/a in the morning of Sunday, Jun 16, 2024 at 10.27 am local time (GMT +10). The quake had a very shallow depth of 7 km (4.3 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).


Date & time Jun 16, 2024 00:27:57 UTC - 10 hours ago
Local time at epicenter Sunday, Jun 16, 2024, at 10:27 am (GMT +10)
Status Confirmed (manually revised)
Magnitude 6.0
Depth 7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 60.9993°S / 154.2552°EInternational Territory (not near any country)
Seismic antipode 60.9993°N / 25.745°W
Shaking intensity VII Very strong shaking near epicenter
Felt 0 reports
Primary data source USGS (United States Geological Survey)

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Moscow partially flooded by torrential rainfall

Parts of Moscow were flooded due to heavy rainfall on Thursday, disrupting public transport and submerging cars and homes across the Russian capital.

The rains caused one of the city's rivers, the Yauza, to overflow near Aqueduct Park in northeastern Moscow.

Muscovites could be seen navigating through thigh-deep water, while ducks from the Yauza swam along pedestrian paths, local media reported.

In the Moscow suburb of Shchyolkovo, two people were reportedly killed by a fallen tree.

The Moscow region has been hit by three "abnormally" rainy days in a row, with some districts in the capital receiving nearly a month's worth of rain, the Phobos weather center said.

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Flooding paralyzes life in Ankara, Türkiye

A heavy downpour occurred in Ankara after the General Directorate of Meteorology warned the city.

The rain resulted in water accumulation on the roads of several districts, causing traffic to stop.

Ayaş Road was closed temporarily while many drivers waited for the water to drain.

Some stranded vehicles were towed using work machines and forklifts.

Metro services were also stopped due to flooded entrances, and water evacuation efforts are still ongoing.

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9 dead, 1,200 tourists stranded in Sikkim, India after cloudburst triggers flash floods - 8.6 inches of rain

Incessant rains caused by a cloudburst in Sikkim's Mangan district - measuring over 220.1 mm - on Wednesday night killed nine people, the state's government said.

According to the state's tourism department, over 1,200 domestic tourists and 15 foreign nationals - 10 from Bangladesh, three from Nepal, and two from Thailand - are stranded in the Lachung village, some 50 km from Mangan town.

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Nearly 10,000 people evacuating in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture due to heavy rains

Evacuation for nearly 10,000 Japanese residents due to the threat of landslides amid heavy rain has been announced in the city of Tokunoshima in the south-western Kagoshima Prefecture, reported Sputnik.

According to Japanese news broadcaster NHK on Saturday, a fourth of five possible threat levels has been declared, which means a recommendation to evacuate to a shelter while evacuation is still possible.

The next highest fifth level of danger means that urgent and immediate measures must be taken to save one's own life, even in cases where it is no longer possible to move to an evacuation point for safety reasons. In particular, the population is urged to take shelter above the second floor and choose the safe place without going outside.


More huge snowfalls in South America - nearly 4 feet in 24 hours

Chile's Portillo has received 113cm (nearly 4 feet) of snowfall in the past 24 hours.
Chile's Portillo has received 113cm (nearly 4 feet) of snowfall in the past 24 hours.
Whilst recently opened ski areas in Australia and New Zealand struggle for snow cover, across the Pacific resorts in Argentina and Chile are reporting more huge snowfalls, with some receiving over a metre (nearly 4 feet) in 24 hours.

The latest falls in the Andes and other mountainous parts of the region are just the latest in what has now been months of cold and snowy weather which means some centres have already seen over 3m (10 feet) of snowfall a week before the season was due to begin, next weekend.

It means its already had more snowfall a week before the season begins than it has received in total in some recent poor snowfall seasons. Because of all the snowfall though, most resorts in the region have open anything between two and five weeks early for the season.

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Lighting strike kills shepherd, 200 head of sheep and goats in eastern Tajikistan

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Lightning struck a herd of small cattle in eastern Tajikistan, killing a shepherd and 200 head of sheep and goats, the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan said on June 14.

The tragedy reportedly took place at 02:46 am on June 13 in Sangvor district (Rasht Valley in eastern Tajikistan) in the summer pasture located in Karashura area bordering Lakhsh district, where three shepherds from Dousti district of Khatlon province were herding small cattle.

The shepherds pitched a tent and installed a solar photovoltaic panel above it. They reportedly didn't remove it during the storm and it was the panel that became the "conductor" during the thunderstorm and lightning, according to the Emergencies Committee.

One shepherd was reportedly killed and two others sustained various injuries from a lightning strike.