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Southern regions of South Korea damaged by heavy rainfall and flooding with 20 inches of rain overnight

A pavement is inundated in Gwangju, July 6.
© Yonhap
A pavement is inundated in Gwangju, July 6.
Heavy rain has been causing deaths and property damage in southern parts of the country, especially in South Jeolla Province, since Monday evening.

While heavy rain alerts have already been issued in the southern regions, more rain is forecast there throughout the week, raising concerns over more damage.

More than 500 millimeters of rainfall has fallen in some parts of South Jeolla Province and South Gyeongsang Province since Monday night, inundating houses and farmland.

A woman in her 60s was swept away by water near her house in Haenam, South Jeolla Province, and was found dead, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, which suspected that she had drowned.


Huge explosion filmed in Caspian Sea, officials speculate oil rig fire or mud volcano - UPDATE: Footage of 'new island' formed in aftermath released

caspian sea fire
© Twitter / @Liveuamap
While the official cause of the explosion remains to be determined, Azerbaijan's Ecology Ministry said that the blast may have been caused by a volcanic eruption.

A massive explosion was spotted in the Caspian Sea on Sunday, with some reports initially suggesting that it could have been connected with a nearby coastal oil platform.

Comment: This comes on the heels of another seemingly similar incident: Undersea gas pipeline rupture causes fire in Gulf of Mexico

UPDATE: 6th July 12:24 CET

RT's Ruptly has released footage of the aftermath:

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12 pilot whales beached in eastern China, two suspected dead

Locals try to save 12 pilot whales that were found stranded in tidal flats in eastern China.

Locals try to save 12 pilot whales that were found stranded in tidal flats in eastern China.
Twelve pilot whales were found stranded in tidal flats in eastern China on Tuesday morning, with two of the whales already suspected to be dead.

Rescue efforts from local government officials, fishermen and volunteers started quickly after the discovery but none of the whales had been rescued as of Tuesday afternoon.

The whales were first discovered by fishermen in Linhai, a city near the ocean in Zhejiang province in eastern China. The fishermen called the police and said that "there were a lot of big fish" on the mudflats, according to Qianjiang Evening News.

The police at first thought they were dolphins and started by contacting experts from a local aquarium. When aquarium staff arrived at the scene, they identified the animals as pilot whales, which are part of the dolphin family.

Cloud Precipitation

Strong storm and hailstorm cause chaos in several municipalities of Mexico

A storm with hail fell this afternoon in the municipalities of Naucalpan, Atizapán de Zaragoza , Tlalnepantla and Huixquilucan, which caused streets and roads to become flooded with levels of more than 40 centimeters of water and hail.

The level of hail covered streets, cars, gardens and garages of houses in subdivisions such as Satélite, Lomas de Bellavista, Lomas Verdes and on the Via Jorge Jiménez Cantú that communicates with the Madín dam and Zona Esmeralda.

The flooding generated traffic congestion on primary roads such as the northern peripheral, Vía Gustavo Baz, Mario Colín and Adolfo López Mateos.

In the municipal seat of Atizapán de Zaragoza and the town of Calacoaya, the water and hail reached levels of 50 centimeters in height.

They also announced that the basement and first floor of the municipal palace were flooded, as happened several years ago.


State of Emergency after floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia - 2 months' worth of rain in a few hours

Floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Early July 2021.
© Government of Krasnodar Krai
Floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Early July 2021.
Authorities in Krasnodar Region of Russia declared a state of emergency after torrential rain caused flooding over the last 2 days. Strong winds and rough seas have also caused damage.

Heavy rainfall in the region began on 04 July 2021, worsening on 05 July. The Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Krasnodar Region, EMERCOM, said that the coastal town of Dzhubga recorded 170 mm of rain. Veniamin Kondratyev, the governor of Krasnodar Krai, said some areas saw more than 2 months' worth of rain in a few hours. The Khorota and Matsesta rivers, among others, both broke their banks.

The Krasnodar regional government declared an emergency due to flooding for areas of Sochi, Gelendzhik, Tuapse, Slavyansky, Seversky and Goryachy Klyuch. As of 06 July, over 660 homes and yards were flooded.

Arrow Up

New eruption of Mt. Etna spews columns of ash into Sicily sky

Mt Etna ash cloud
© YouTube/RT (screen capture)
Mount Etna erupted again, spewing lava and dark columns of ash into the sky above Catania from its southeast crater.

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Four dead and 80 still missing after torrential rains triggered a devastating landslide in Atami, Japan - UPDATE

A landslide in Atami, Japan, July 3, 2021
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A landslide in Atami, Japan, July 3, 2021.
Several homes were destroyed by a landslide amid torrential rain in the city of Atami in the Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. With around 20 people missing, officials have called in the army for help.

A video posted on social media shows a powerful flood sweeping away several houses on hilly terrain. A fire truck is seen driving away from the flood, while a firefighter runs for his life.

Comment: UPDATE: 5th of July 2021.

The Independent reports:
Rescuers in Japan searched on Monday for 80 people believed to be missing two days after landslides tore through the seaside city of Atami, destroying houses and burying roads under mud and rock.

The official death toll from the landslides that hit early on Saturday is four, according to Atami city spokesperson Hiroki Onuma, while the number of missing had come down from 113 earlier...

...Atami, with a population of 36,000, is 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo, set on a steep slope leading down to a bay. It is famous for a hot springs resort.The landslides are a reminder of the natural disasters - including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami - that haunt Japan, where the capital Tokyo is to host the summer Olympics beginning this month.

The landslides were triggered by torrential downpours - with some areas receiving more rain in 24 hours than they would usually get for the whole of July. About 130 buildings were affected in Atami. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato called for vigilance, with the ground so saturated and weakened that even light rain could prove dangerous.

More video footage of the devastation has emerged:


Floods hit 27 provinces and regions in China - 7 million affected

Floodwaters almost submerge a ferry bridge in Rong'an county in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Friday.
© Tan Kaixing
Floodwaters almost submerge a ferry bridge in Rong'an county in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Friday.
Floods hit 27 provinces and territories in China, leaving only 7 untouched, for now. From the northernmost province of Heilongjiang to the southernmost province of Fujian, floods destroyed homes and submerged crops on a massive scale.

According to Chinese media, nearly 7 million people were affected by the floods. 24 people were reported dead or missing. The floods have washed away more than 6,000 homes, and caused an immediate economic loss of nearly $2 billion across the country.

And Chinese state media reported that in Heilongjiang province alone, floods affected more than 42,000 people, and forced nearly 20,000 people to flee.

And its neighbor, Inner Mongolia, lost more than 12 thousand hectares of food crops in just one city.

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Floods affect over 1 million people in China's Jiangxi - 70,300 hectares of crops affected

Severe floods in east China's Jiangxi Province that started on Monday had affected nearly 1.08 million people in 55 county-level areas by 4 p.m. Friday, according to provincial flood-relief headquarters.

Floods affected a total of 70,300 hectares of crops and left 156 houses collapsed and 219 damaged, resulting in direct economic losses of 1.04 billion yuan (about 160.68 million U.S. dollars), said the headquarters.

The province has relocated 63,000 people to protect them from rain-triggered floods.

To cope with the flooding, Jiangxi has allocated 6 million yuan of funds for emergency management.

According to the provincial weather authority, Jiangxi's precipitation will weaken on Saturday, with the hot and sunny weather gradually returning.

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Hail and downpour paralyzes life in Edirne, Turkey

While an unconscious person was taken to the hospital for treatment, floods occurred in the city, leaving the citizens stranded.

The sudden downpour in Edirne at around 19.30 affected life negatively. In the city, where the air temperature was 33 degrees, the hail and thunderstorms that followed the strong wind were effective in a short time. A person walking on the road on Çokalca Cami Street in Nişancıpaşa Mahallesi was flooded. The person who was dragged by the flood waters held onto the natural gas pipe of an apartment and remained in this state for a while. Later, the person who left his hands and was dragged by the flood waters was rescued by the citizens who saw him and taken to Trakya University Medical Faculty Hospital. The unconscious person was treated.