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Flood death toll climbs to 8 in Bangsamoro, Philippines

The death toll in the massive flooding that hit the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) rose to eight with the drowning of a 22-year-old male in Pagalungan, Maguindanao del Sur on Sunday.

Benjamin Alip, municipal disaster officer of Pagalungan, said in a radio interview Monday that the victim tried to rescue his cow in Barangay Damalasak.

Pagalungan was among the 22 of 24 towns in Maguindanao del Sur that were submerged by floodwaters following heavy downpour, which also affected neighboring North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao del Norte provinces.

Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rex Gatchalian arrived in Maguindanao del Norte on Sunday morning and visited the most affected town of Matanog, where five children perished due to flash floods on July 9.


Hail with a diameter of 10 centimeters fell in Slovenia and Croatia

A storm raged over Slovenia with heavy rainfall and gusts of wind, which then moved in the direction of Slovenska Bistrica and Ptuj.

In Slovenska Bistrica, between Celje and Ptuj, hail with a diameter of up to 10 centimeters fell, reports "H1".

The storm moved from Slovenia to Croatia, in the Varaždin County, and hail fell in Zlogonje, Petrijanac, Virje Otok, Ceštica, Cvetlin, Vinica Brega and Gornji Vratna.

Rain also fell in Međimurje district, and the town of Lopatinec was left without electricity.

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12-hour downpour floods roads, causes evacuations in Phu Quoc, Vietnam - 4.7 inches in just an hour

Soldiers wade through a flooded street on Phu Quoc Island to carry a patient to hospital, July 14, 2024.
© VnExpress/Duong DongSoldiers wade through a flooded street on Phu Quoc Island to carry a patient to hospital, July 14, 2024.
Many roads in Cua Duong Commune on Phu Quoc Island briefly turned into rivers, with some over a meter deep, on Sunday following prolonged rains.

The downpour lasted from late Saturday night to Sunday morning in Cay Thong Trong, Cay Thong Ngoai and Ben Tram hamlets, which are usually flooded every time it rains heavily.

A woman named Nga said the water was nearly a meter deep in some places and entered people's houses.

Many had 20-30 cm of water inside, damaging belongings and forcing them to stay up all night bailing the water out.

Thang of Ben Tram was worried because the water levels were rising quickly in streams near his house.

"It has never not flooded this badly in the past," he said.

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State of Emergency declared in Kyrgyzstan's Osh after deadly flooding, mudslides - at least 5 killed

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh have declared a state of emergency after mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains killed at least four people on July 14.

As of July 15, the deaths of a 44-year-old woman and her three daughters, as well as the death of another woman, have been confirmed.

The Ak-Buura River's currents became extremely dangerous over the weekend, officials said, and its banks were breached, flooding the local market as well as a village near the city.

Kyrgyz officials said earlier that mudslides and floods caused by heavy rains in recent months killed 17 people.

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Landslide caused by heavy rain kills 7 in Central Papua, Indonesia

A landslide killed seven people in Wini Kali Kabur, Timika, Mimika Regency, Central Papua, on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at around 09:00 local time.

Head of the Public Relations Division of the Papua Regional Police, Police Commissioner Benny Ady Prabowo, said the heavy rain since Sunday morning caused the landslide. Five adults and two children died in the disaster.

"The victims have been evacuated and buried in Wini," said Benny in a statement on Sunday. Authorities are still identifying the victims.

Mimika Police Chief, Adjunct Police Commissioner Komang Budiarta, urged the public to remain vigilant and avoid unsafe areas at risk of flooding or landslides as well as monitoring weather forecasts and early warnings.


Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan): near-frequent vulcanian-style eruptions go on

An aerial view of the yesterday's eruption at Sakurajima volcano
© kaki9e/X.comAn aerial view of the yesterday's eruption at Sakurajima volcano
The explosive eruption of the volcano continues.

A vulcanian-sized explosion occurred at the volcano from the caldera at 09:28 GMT yesterday.

The eruption spewed a dense grey ash plume, which reached approx. 7,000 ft (2,100 m) altitude.
Magma is being stored in magma chamber within the Aira caldera where continues to accumulate in the long-term period.

The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could affect an area of about 2 km distance from the main crater.

The Alert Level for the volcano remains at Level 3.

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Floods devastate North Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan Provinces in Iran

Severe floods hit the North Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi provinces in northeastern Iran on Friday, causing widespread damage and leaving several people missing. The heavy rainfall, which led to the flooding, caught many residents by surprise, especially considering the high temperatures prevailing in most parts of the country.

In Chamanaran, hundreds of vehicles were trapped by the sudden deluge. Villages such as Marshak and Kardeh near Mashhad experienced significant damage to vehicles. The flooding in North Khorasan caused the closure of the Bojnourd to Raz and Jargalan road, and many homes and roads in Sarhad, Qushkhaneh, and Titkanlu of Shirvan were inundated.


Mount Marapi volcano erupts with stunning 3,300ft high ash column in Indonesia

Mount Marapi volcano erupted in Indonesia on July 11, releasing a captivating 3,300-foot-high ash column. Authorities issued an alert level 2 status, restricting access within a 2-mile radius of the peak.


Elephants trample Spanish man to death in South Africa

More than a million people visit South Africa's parks each year (stock image)
© GettyMore than a million people visit South Africa's parks each year (stock image)
A Spanish tourist has been trampled to death by elephants after climbing out of his car to take photos of the herd at a game reserve in South Africa.

The unnamed 43-year-old man was visiting Pilanesberg National Park on Sunday morning with his fiancee and two other people when the attack happened, according to police.

The group had been driving around in their own vehicle before spotting three elephants with three calves, officers said.

Once the man got out of the car and walked towards the herd, the matriarch became "agitated" and charged at him, said Pieter Nel, a spokesman for the local tourism board.

Unable to escape, the man was then trampled on by the rest of the herd.

Local media report that the man was taken to hospital but died of his injuries, external.

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Storms hit Austria with 190,000 lightning strikes in one day

Thunderstorms with heavy rain
© Thomas ZeilerThunderstorms with heavy rain and squalls led to numerous fire department operations in the Mur Valley on Thursday evening.
Heavy rain and hailstorms caused damage across Austria on Friday, with weather forecasting service UBIMET recording 190,000 lightning strikes in the Alpine country in a single day, the highest figure this year.

In the western state of Vorarlberg, rainfall in the Rhine Valley near Lake Constance was so heavy that trees buckled, roofs were blown away and roads were flooded due to blocked drains.

Due to the large quantity of run-off water flowing into the Rhine, authorities closed off areas near the river to the public as a precaution.

The Austrian Hail Insurance (Österreichische Hagelversicherung) company estimated the total damage in Vorarlberg at around €1.2 million ($1.3 million). More than 5,000 hectares of crops were devastated, it said.