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Floodwater at industrial estate up to a meter deep near Bangkok, Thailand

Workers wade through floodwater on Sunday after Saturday night downpours submerged the Bangpoo Industrial Estate in Muang district of Samut Prakan.
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Workers wade through floodwater on Sunday after Saturday night downpours submerged the Bangpoo Industrial Estate in Muang district of Samut Prakan.
Bangpoo Industrial Estate in Muang district of this coastal province south of Bangkok was heavily flooded, Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) governor Veeris Ammarapala said on Sunday.

Mr Veeris said the inundation began at about 2am after a long and heavy downpour. Many roads around the estate were flooded, including Sukhumvit, Srinakarin, Puttharaksa and Theparak.

The estate is located on a large area of about 5,400 rai at Moo 4 in tambon Phraeksa of Muang district.

The entire estate was about 1 metre under water, with numerous cars and motorcycles submerged.

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Fatalities reported after floods in north of Ghana

At least 5 people have lost their lives in flooding the North East Region of Ghana over the last few days.

According to media reports, 3 fatalities occurred in Chereponi district on 28 August. Two people died attempting to cross a swollen river in Bunkpurugu Nakpanduri district on 26 August. Three other people died as a result of lightning strikes.

Flooding has also affected parts of neighbouring Northern Region, in particular in the region's capital Tamale where dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed and residents forced to flee.

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7 killed in flash floods due to heavy rain in Telangana, India

A car submerged in water in Telangana's Hanumakonda

A car submerged in water in Telangana's Hanumakonda
At least seven people, including a newly-wed bride, were washed away in flash floods caused by heavy rainfall in several districts of Telangana.

In Vikarabad, newlyweds Pravalika and Nawaz Reddy were travelling with four others in a car while returning from a post-marriage function, when the new bride, her sister-in-law Shweta and her son, Thrinath Reddy, 8, were washed away. The boy has not yet been found.

After heavy rains, the body of a software engineer was found floating in a drain in Warangal on Sunday night. He has been identified as Vorrom Kranthi Kumar from Shivanagar. A laptop was also recovered.

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Evacuations after 90mm of rain in 1 hour causes floods in Auckland, New Zealand

Floods in Kumeu New Zealand 31 August 2021
© Helensville Volunteer Fire Brigade
Floods in Kumeu New Zealand 31 August 2021
Torrential rain of up to 90 mm in 1 hour fell in northern New Zealand, causing dozens of families to evacuate their homes.

Fifty to sixty homes were evacuated in West Auckland after flooding struck during the night 30 to 31 August 2021.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said people largely self evacuated and were staying with friends and family. Evacuation centres were also set up. Auckland Emergency Management said any need to evacuate overrides the COVID-19 lockdown rules.

As much as 90 mm of rain fell in 1 hour. However, Mayor Goff said the flooding was largely unexpected. "We knew it was going to rain... but there was no early indication that this was likely to cause the level of flooding it has."

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3 killed in floods, landslides in Nepal

Seven houses were buried in a landslide at Jyotinagar Bamghat in Butwal
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Seven houses were buried in a landslide at Jyotinagar Bamghat in Butwal on Monday.
Three people have died and two have gone missing due to floods and landslides in various parts of the Darchula district.

The flooding and landslip that occurred following incessant rain on Sunday night damaged the physical infrastructures as well as caused human casualties in various places of Duhun rural municipality and Mahakali municipality.

Narsingh Mahar and his wife Kausha Mahar were killed when the landslide buried their house at Baspalika of Duhun rural municipality. The landslide occurred in the night when the couple were asleep, DSP Manohar Prasad Bhatta says.

Similarly, Manuwa Dadal was killed due to the flood at Dulla of Duhun rural municipality-5. The flood in the local Kalagad rivulet which occurred at around 10 pm swept away Dadal's house.

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Teenage girl killed while charging phone after home struck by lightning in Pará, Brazil - 3rd death in week for state

A teenage girl has died after being electrocuted when her home was struck by lightning while she was using her mobile phone as it charged.

Radja Ferreira de Oliveira's phone was plugged into the mains at her house in Santarem, Brazil, when it was hit by lightning in the early hours of Sunday.

At the moment it struck, the 18-year-old was using the device, and she received a severe electric shock and passed out.

Emergency services were called, but by the time the paramedics arrived on the scene, her family had already given her first aid and rushed her to hospital.

Sadly, Radja was pronounced dead on arrival.

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Over 7,000 lightning discharges in 7 hours as torrential rainstorm hits Valencian coast in Spain

map showing more than 7,000 lightning discharges hit Valencian coast on Monday, August 30.

Map showing more than 7,000 lightning discharges hit Valencian coast on Monday, August 30.
AEMET reports the Valencian coastline of Sagunt and Canet d'en Berenguer was hit by more than 7,000 lightning discharges on the morning of Monday, August 30.

More than 7,000 discharges of lightning hit the coast of the Camp de Morvedre region during the last morning of Monday, August 30, where torrential rainstorm has left records of up to 180 litres/m2) in the Valencian regions of Sagunt and Canet d'en Berenguer.

The torrential rains in the early morning were located especially in the coastal area of ​​Camp de Morvedre, where specifically, according to the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), between 2am and 9am, more than 7,000 lightning charges were registered.

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Lightning strike at Jersey Shore kills lifeguard, injures 7

A young lifeguard was killed and seven other people, including three other lifeguards, were injured when lightning struck a Jersey Shore beach Monday afternoon, authorities said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed that a lifeguard in Berkeley Township was killed in the afternoon.

It marked the second death of a young lifeguard at the Jersey Shore in a little over a week.

Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said the others were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Kermadec Islands - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:52:49 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 29.9594 degrees south latitude and 177.515 degrees west longitude.

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Two of family killed, four injured by lightning strike in Jharkhand, India

Two members of a family were killed and four others, including an infant, suffered injuries on Sunday when lightning struck them in a paddy field in Gumla district, the police said.

The incident took place in Jakjore village under Basia police station this evening, they said.

Durga Singh (45) and his daughter Pushpa Kumari (18) died on the spot after being struck by lightning in the field, police official (Basia), Vikash Anand Laguri, said.

Durga Singh's wife Sahodara Devi, daughters Bharti Kumari (8) and Punita Kumari (5), and a two-month-old infant were injured, he said, adding, they were rushed to a hospital.