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Massive rescue efforts underway after floods in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India - Just over a meter (42 inches) of rain in 48 hours - At least 136 dead ( UPDATE)

Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
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Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
Massive rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rainfall continues to wreak havoc in Mumbai and surrounding areas of the state of Maharashtra in India. Some areas in Maharashtra recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain in 48 hours.

In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi area early on 23 July 2021. Rescue operations are ongoing but media reports suggest 7 people have died and 3 injured. Just last week at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after several homes were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and landslides on 18 July.

Wider areas of Maharashtra state have been severely affected, resulting in massive rescue operations across several districts. Hundreds of people have been rescued so far, with many more still in need of help.

India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed teams to the districts of Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Thane and Palghar. Units of the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and the Indian Army have joined the rescue and relief efforts in several areas, notably in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.

The Indian Air Force has also undertaken rescue efforts using helicopters in Chiplun in Ratnagiri, where flood waters are so high residents have taken refuge on the roofs of houses.


Comment: Update: CNN reports on July 24:
At least 136 people have died in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said Saturday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.

At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide flattened most of the small village, state government officials said. The death toll also includes 27 reported deaths from Satara district in the last 48 hours, a representative from the state's Disaster Management, Relief & Rehabilitation department told CNN.

More than 10 people are feared trapped after a landslide occurred in Ratnagiri district on Friday, he said.

As of Saturday morning, over 90,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas to safety as heavy showers continued to wreak havoc, he said.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.
The National Disaster Response Force, the Indian Army, Coast Guards, Navy, Air Force and state authorities have all been deployed as part of the rescue effort. The representative added that major damages have been reported in all three coastal districts of Raigad, Satara, and Ratnagiri.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting "extremely heavy" rainfall and recommending preventive actions. The official said that districts Kolhapur and Sangli are still on alert, Reuters reported.

Parts of India's west coast received up to 594 millimeters (23 inches) of rainfall over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.

"Unexpected very heavy rainfall triggered landslides in many places and flooded rivers," Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads Maharashtra's state government, told journalists.

"Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from dams, and, accordingly, we are moving people residing near the river banks to safer places," he said.

In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra, 59 people died and another 15 were killed in accidents linked to the heavy rainfall, state government officials said.

Thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway linking Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in some places, another Maharashtra government official said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and drinking water, he said.

Rivers were also overflowing in the neighboring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials there said.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they also deliver more than 70% of India's rainfall and are crucial for farmers.



Cloud Precipitation

The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant again affected by floods in Belgium

Namur floods July 24, 2021
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Namur floods July 24, 2021
Thunderstorms broke out in the provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant this Saturday evening, which again causes flooding. The regions of Dinant, Daussoulx, Wépion, Jambes, Yvoir, Neufchâteau, Andenne, Walhain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Saint-Nicolas are particularly affected.

Heavy rains caused significant damage in Dinant, route de Philippeville and in the station area , says Alderman Robert Closset. "There are 50 cm of water and 5 cars obstructing the level crossing," he continues. Other cars were also washed away. "There are 25 cars that were washed away and the tarmac of the Route de Philippeville comes off and hits the railroad tracks. The Athus-Meuse line must be affected. " I have lived in Dinant for 57 years as riparian of the Meuse, I have never seen that " , adds the former mayor of Dinant and current provincial deputy Richard Fournaux.


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Woman dies of dog bite to neck, says Lucas County Coroner in Toledo, Ohio

PIT BULL ATTACK
The Lucas County Coroner's Office on Thursday determined a 31-year-old central Toledo woman died of a dog bite to the neck.

Emily Kahl, of the 600 block of Hamilton Street, died Sunday, the coroner's office said. Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner, said the woman suffered bite trauma to the neck. Toxicology tests are pending, but the manner of death was ruled an accident.

Toledo police did not have a report or other information immediately available, a spokesman said. A member of Ms. Kahl's family declined to immediately comment Thursday afternoon other than to say the family does not know the circumstances surrounding the incident and is waiting for more information.

The Lucas County Canine Care & Control seized the dog, a "pit bull" named Romeo, on Monday from a relative who had been caring for him and Ms. Kahl's dog after the incident. Romeo's owner, Thomas Holloway, who lives at the same Hamilton Street residence, visited the shelter Wednesday to surrender him. The dog was euthanized Thursday.


Cloud Precipitation

At least 14 fatalities after flash floods in 5 governorates of Yemen

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Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in several parts of Yemen over the last few days.

Figures from the Yemen Meteorological Service show heavy rainfall affected the country from 16 July, 2021.

The Governorates of al-Mahrah, Hadramawt, Shabwa, Abyan and Al Jawf were all affected by floods. Local media, quoting officials, said at least 14 people had lost their lives as a result. As well as causing loss of life, flooding has destroyed crops, roads and communications infrastructure.


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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits south of the Philippine capital

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08 miles).

Some residents in the capital region were awakened by the quake that lasted nearly a minute.

"The quake was deep so there is no tsunami," Renato Solidum, director of the Seismology agency, told DZRH radio station. "In Manila, the intensity 4.0 or 5.0 is strong but not yet destructive."

Cloud Precipitation

Bridge collapse halts legendary Trans-Siberian Railway in both directions after heavy flooding in Russia's far east

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Heavy rains in Russia’s Zabaykalsky Region led to a collapse of a railway bridge located in the section between Kuenga-Ukurey of the Trans-Siberian Railway Network, the regional office of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported.
The world-famous Trans-Siberian railway has been forced to temporarily cease operations after a torrential downpour caused a bridge to completely collapse under the heavy weight of flooding in the far east of the country.

The local Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that the bridge, located in the country's Far East, fell down after heavy rain early on Friday morning. Luckily, there were no casualties.

Black Cat

Man killed by tiger in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India - 20 such deaths so far in 2021

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One more person has been killed in a tiger attack in Chandrapur district.

"Kashinath Pandurang Talande, aged 62 years, was killed in a wildlife (tiger) attack in the forest of Govindpur Chak village, in Sindewahi Range of Brahmapuri Forest Division around 6.30 pm. He had gone to the forest for grazing cattle," read a press note issued by Chandrapur Chief Conservator of Forest N R Praveen on Saturday.

This was the third human death due to tiger attack in Chandrapur district this month. One death was caused by leopard attack earlier this week.

With this, the number of persons killed in tiger attacks in Chandrapur district this year so far has gone up to 20. Six more have been killed in leopard attacks in the district this year.

Gadchiroli district has seen five deaths while Yavatmal district had seen one death in tiger attack this year, taking the total human fatalities in tiger attacks in Vidarbha to 26.

Cloud Precipitation

China floods: Zhengzhou downgrades emergency response, but heavy rain continues to fall in other parts of Henan

Floods in Zhengzhou, China
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Damaged cars that were washed away by the floods in Zhengzhou.
While the provincial capital continued cleaning up, other major cities in the province were facing further heavy downpours.
Rescue services were working to get supplies to outlying villages and distribute supplies after the authorities said 3 million people had been affected.

The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou downgraded its emergency response level on Thursday as it continued to clean up after this week's devastating floods, but other parts of Henan province were braced for further heavy rain.

The storms have killed at least 33 people across the province and more than 3 million have been affected, the local authorities said. A total of eight people have been reported missing, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, was hit by several days of heavy rain, causing floods of an intensity not seen in decades.

Three thousand military personnel were working in 10 different danger zones around the city, Xinhua reported. On Wednesday it published footage showing the soldiers laying sandbags over a breach in a dam on the Jialu river.

Donation points were set up around the city to distribute essential supplies after residents panic-bought supplies during the first days of the flood.

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Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Colorado and New Mexico

A mudslide triggered by heavy rain caused severe damage and loss of life in Colorado, 20 July 2021.
© Larimer County Sheriffs Office
A mudslide triggered by heavy rain caused severe damage and loss of life in Colorado, 20 July 2021.
Severe flooding struck in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, USA, over the last few days. Officials report at least 3 people have died and 3 more are missing as a result.

Colorado

Flooding and mudslides struck in northern Colorado after heavy rain fell on burn scar areas on 20 July 2021. Evacuation notices were issued for areas near the town of Rustic, Larimer County.

A mudslide sent a large amount of debris into the Poudre Canyon in Larimer County. Three people were swept away in the mudslide. Larimer County Sheriff's Office said the body of one of the victims was found but 2 people are still missing. At least five houses were destroyed and roads were damaged in the flooding. As search operations continue, emergency crews will be searching on foot and with drones, Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.


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Giant waterspout filmed over the Black Sea near Sochi, Russia

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After some extremely hot summer days in Russia, the weather became stormy and powerful whirlwinds hit the south of the country, frightening the locals and scaring off tourists - but also providing awesome natural wonders for some spine-tingling videos.

Footage showing a waterspout in the Black Sea was filmed in the Russian city of Sochi. The video, published on a local Instagram account, depicts a rare thing for this region - a massive whirlwind, moving not so far from the coastline and connecting the dark grey sky with the stormy waters.