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3 dead after severe flooding in western regions of Ukraine

Overflowing rivers have caused severe damage in parts of western Ukraine after heavy rain over the last few days.

According to a statement from the country's Interior Ministry, flooding has affected the western regions (oblasts) of Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia and Lviv after heavy rainfall 22 to 23 June. Three people have died in flooding in Verkhovyna district, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, where roads have been blocked and areas cut off.

Emergency services are carrying out rescue and relief operations in affected areas. Overflowing rivers have destroyed bridges and roads. Power lines have been damaged, as have hundreds of homes.

State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) reported on 24 June that a total of 165 settlements in 15 districts have been affected in Ivano-Frankivsk. SES have rescued or evacuated over 350 people and pumped flood water from thousands of damaged homes.

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Heavy rain causes floods in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

Serbia flooding
© YouTube/No Comment TV (screen capture)

Heavy rains and surging rivers have hit Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Around 700 houses were flooded in western and central Serbia, according to state RTS television.

Rivers have also burst their banks and there are increasing concerns over the possibility of landslides.

A landslide in neighbouring Bosnia cut a key road connecting Tuzla and the capital Sarajevo.

Floods also have hit a western area in Bosnia, damaging roads, bridges and houses in the Balkan country.

Both Serbia and Bosnia were hit by major flooding in 2014.


450 billion locusts have been killed this year, but devastating swarms still ravage Africa, India and the Middle East

A man takes pictures of a swarm of locusts in Allahabad, India
© SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP via Getty Images
A man takes pictures of a swarm of locusts in Allahabad, India, on June 11, 2020.
Massive swarms of locusts have devastated large swathes of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East since January, threatening food supplies for millions.

This year, Kenya had its worst infestation in 70 years, and India, Ethiopia, and Somalia had the worst infestations they've had in 25 years.

The reason for the outbreaks, according to The New York Times, is climate change, which has caused warmer weather and more rain — ideal conditions for locusts to thrive.

Alongs with the weather, poor monitoring due to armed conflicts — especially in war-torn Yemen, where the current outbreak began — and a lack of resources caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has led to locusts swelling in numbers that haven't been reported in decades.

Without more intervention, locusts could cause millions of people in 23 countries to go hungry by December, according to NBC News.

Comment: Devastating swarms of locusts now headed for the Middle East - UN forecaster


Most intense Saharan dust cloud in 50 years hits the Caribbean

Sahara dust cloud
© Twitter
A massive plume of Saharan dust has shrouded swathes of the Caribbean, turning blue skies into a milky-brown haze and sparking health warnings across the region as air quality fell to unhealthy levels.

A vast cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the U.S. with a size and concentration that experts say hasn´t been seen in half a century.

Air quality across most of the region fell to record "hazardous" levels and experts who nicknamed the event the "Godzilla dust cloud" warned people to stay indoors and use air filters if they have one.

"This is the most significant event in the past 50 years," said Pablo Méndez Lázaro, an environmental health specialist with the University of Puerto Rico. "Conditions are dangerous in many Caribbean islands."

Many health specialists were concerned about those battling respiratory symptoms tied to COVID-19. Lázaro, who is working with NASA to develop an alert system for the arrival of Sahara dust, said the concentration was so high in recent days that it could even have adverse effects on healthy people.

Comment: 'Abnormally large dust cloud' making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic


Strong, shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iceland, ongoing intense earthquake swarm

epicenter earthquake iceland june 2020
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of northern Iceland at 19:07 UTC on June 21, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). The quake is a part of an ongoing intense earthquake swarm, with more than 2 000 earthquakes since June 19.

The epicenter was located 50.8 km (31.6 miles) NNE of Siglufjörður (population 1 190) and 101.4 km (63 miles) N of Akureyri (population 17693).

There are about 13 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

35 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

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Singapore reels from widespread flash floods

Flash floods strike Singapore after intense downpour

Flash floods strike Singapore after intense downpour
Flash floods were reported in many areas of Singapore after heavy showers early today.

In a Facebook post, water agency PUB said the floods were reported at Jurong Town Hall Road, the junction of Bedok North Avenue 4 and Upper Changi Road, as well as New Upper Changi Road.

Opera Estate, an area with low-lying service roads within private residential estates, was also affected.

According to PUB, the first flash flood was reported at 8.30am and the agency's quick response team was immediately deployed to all sites. Flash floods at all locations had subsided by 9.20am and the cause of the flooding is under investigation.


Another person drowns in continuous flooding in Lagos, Nigeria

A 17-year-old girl, simply identified as Ayisat

A 17-year-old girl, simply identified as Ayisat was on Monday, reportedly swept away by strong flood at Alapafuja axis of the Surulere Low-Cost Housing Estate area of Lagos State following persistent rainfall.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), on Tuesday, said a 17-year-old girl, identified as Ayisat, drowned in a flood after Monday's downpour at Alapafuja Close, Surulere

Nosa Okunbor, the spokesperson of the agency, said a search and rescue operation for the teenager is ongoing and her body is yet to be found.

"Upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that the canal along Alapafuja close linking Bank Olemoh was submerged as a result of flooding and a teenage girl named Ayisat was swept away by the flood around 12:30p.m (Monday).

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Istanbul besieged by floods, hail storms & rare tornado during epic storms

The flooding in Istanbul's Esenyurt, June 23, 2020.
The flooding in Istanbul's Esenyurt, June 23, 2020.
Istanbul has been besieged by foul weather, with large parts of the city flooded, others lashed by ferocious winds or towering waves, sporadic hail storms forcing residents to take cover, and to top it all off, a fearsome tornado.

Despite warnings from Turkey's General Directorate of Meteorology, the roughly 16 million residents of Istanbul could not have imagined the onslaught of bad weather that awaited them Tuesday.

A rare tornado formed off the city's western districts, captured in all its terrifying glory by residents already fleeing the torrential rain and violent hail storms.

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At least 3 dead and 10,000 displaced after more floods in Guizhou Province, China

Further heavy rain and flooding has struck in Guizhou Province, China.

Xinhua news agency reports at least 3 people have died and 10,000 have been displaced after flooding in the mountainous area of Tongzi County on 22 June.

Around 10 houses were destroyed and over 1,000 houses damaged, along with 715 hectares of crops. Power supply and telecommunications were interrupted.

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Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches and kills man in West Bengal, India - 4th fatal attack in the Sunderbans in 2020

In this photograph taken on Dec. 21, 2014,
In this photograph taken on Dec. 21, 2014, a Royal Bengal Tiger pauses as it walks through a jungle clearing in Kaziranga National Park, some 280 kms east of Guwahati.
A Bengal tiger snatched a man off a fishing boat in eastern India, dragging him away into a mangrove swamp as his children looked on in horror, the man's son said June 19.

The attack happened June 18 as Sushil Manjhi and his son and daughter were crab fishing in a stream in the Sunderbans National Park. The tiger leaped aboard the boat and clamped its jaws on Manjhi's neck, said Sushil's son, Jyotish.

The tiger "quickly flung my father on his back and gave a giant leap before disappearing into the forest," Jyotish said by telephone from his village of Lahiripur in West Bengal state. He said he and his sister tried to beat the animal with sticks and a knife, but the thrashing had no effect. His father was dragged away and was presumed dead.