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Summer flood strikes neglected northern Iran, 5 people missing - 2 inches of rain in under an hour

Photo of a severely flooded area in Savadkuh, northern Iran on June 25, 2024.
Photo of a severely flooded area in Savadkuh, northern Iran on June 25, 2024.
A flood has hit northern Iran on Tuesday evening, leaving five people missing and 24 injured.

The flood, triggered by severe rainfall that began Tuesday afternoon, resulted in the overflow of the Telar River and subsequent flooding in the area of Savadkuh, Mazandaran province.

The event caused extensive damage to roads, infrastructure, residential homes, and farmlands in an area already suffering desperate poverty.

Gholamali Fakhari, the head of the Red Crescent Society in Mazandaran, said Wednesday afternoon that the number of people missing has increased to five.


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Spain: Madrid's metro flooded during a severe summer storm

The metro tracks flooded, with water seen dripping from the ceiling
The metro tracks flooded, with water seen dripping from the ceiling
Trees have also fallen down and outdoor dining areas blown away during the storm.


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Watch: Sinkhole swallows huge part of soccer field in Alton, Illinois

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No one was injured when a 100-foot-wide sinkhole swallowed bleachers, a light pole and a large part of a soccer field in Alton, Illinois.


Comment: View also: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth




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Heavy rains in Nepal kill 20 in 2 days - 11 by landslides and 9 by lightning strikes

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Heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, killing at least 11 people, with another nine killed by lightning strikes over the past two days, officials said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Landslides swept away three houses overnight in Lamjung district, about 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, killing four people including two children, district administrator Buddha Bahadur Gurung said.

In Morang district about 500 km (310 miles) southeast of the Nepali capital, flooding has taken the lives of four people since Tuesday, district official Tek Kumar Regmi said.

Another three died in landslides in Kaski in the west and Okhaldhunga in east Nepal.

Hundreds of people are killed every year in floods and landslides, which are common in mostly mountainous Nepal during the monsoon season from mid-June to mid-September.


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At least 1,301 people died in heatwave during Hajj - Saudi Arabia

Many of those who died walked long distances in direct sunlight without adequate shelter, the Saudi health minister said
© EPAMany of those who died walked long distances in direct sunlight without adequate shelter, the Saudi health minister said
At least 1,301 people died during Hajj, Saudi Arabia says, mostly unauthorised pilgrims who walked long distances in intense heat.

This year's pilgrimage took place during a heatwave, with temperatures at times exceeding 50C (122F).

More than three-quarters of those who died did not have official permits to be there and walked under direct sunlight without adequate shelter, the official Saudi news agency SPA said.

Some of those who died were elderly or chronically ill, the agency added.

Hajj is the annual pilgrimage made by Muslims to the holy city of Mecca. All Muslims who are financially and physically able must complete the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.


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Baffling beach mystery in Florida as dozens of birds show up dead or sick

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Veterinarians say the birds usually spend their lives on the water

Michael O'Meally said he's seen several dead birds wash up along shores at Marineland.

"When there is a storm at sea, the winds mess with the way they fly. The rough water messes with the way they can eat. So they wash up here exhausted," said O'Meally.

O'Mealley and several other beachgoers say it's normal to see a few dead birds wash up after every storm, but now those numbers are growing.

"Our current number within the last 48-72 hours has been 76. So that's a lot," said veterinarian April Geer with Florida Wildlife Hospital.

Geer said they're receiving dozens of birds daily.


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Avalanches leave dozens isolated in multiple Chilean towns

Multiple avalanches have left dozens of people trapped in Chile.
Multiple avalanches have left dozens of people trapped in Chile.
Several avalanches have left at least 62 people stranded in two small towns and a ski center in central Chile's Maipo province. According to Reuters, a heavy amount of snow and rain has lead to a blanketing of avalanches throughout the mountainous region on Monday, June 24.

At the Lagunillas Ski Center, 33 people, including eight children, were trapped by the slides. Chilean national police officer Lieutenant Colonel Bernardo Leiva reports that food had been brought to those individuals, and that nobody was injured.

Meanwhile, a second avalanche blocking a mountain access road has left nine people stuck in the town of Banos Morales and 20 people stuck in the town of Lo Valdes. 33 feet (10 meters) of snow has built up along the roads following the avalanches.


Comment: Related: Too much early snow delays South American ski area opening dates - 19 FEET of snowfall for the season already


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Heavy rains, landslides in China's Guangdong and Fujian kill 60 - 14.5 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
Torrential rain and landslides in China's coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian have killed nine people and left 17 missing, state media and local authorities said on Monday.

In Guangdong, five people were killed, 15 missing and 13 trapped as of Monday, local emergency management authorities said.

Sishui, a town in the province, logged 369.3 millimetres of precipitation in 24 hours. The deluge prompted officials to raise emergency response levels, and dispatch helicopters to evacuate and deliver supplies to those affected.

Four people died and two went missing in neighbouring Fujian due to rainstorms that the provincial meteorological bureau classified as an "extreme event", state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Downpours in Fujian's Wuping county since Sunday afternoon had caused 378 homes to collapse and prompted authorities to launch an emergency flood response.


Comment: Update June 21

AP reports:
Historic flooding in southern China kills 47, with more floods feared in coming days

At least 47 people have died as downpours in southern China's Guangdong province caused historic flooding and slides, state media reported Friday, while authorities warned of more extreme weather ahead in other parts of the country.

State broadcaster CCTV said Friday afternoon that another 38 people were confirmed dead in a county under the jurisdiction of Meizhou city, adding to nine others previously reported dead elsewhere in Meizhou.

Heavy rains caused landslides, floods and mudslides that severely damaged eight townships in Pingyuan county, where the latest deaths were reported, CCTV said. The heaviest rains were on Sunday, with an average rainfall of 199 mm (7.83 inches), and one town seeing 365.7 mm (14.4 inches). It is unclear from the report when the deaths occurred.


The extreme weather also destroyed some 356 kilometers (221 miles) of road, damaged more than a hundred bridges and flooded farmland.

The previous day, CCTV reported four deaths in Meizhou's Meixian district, and five in Jiaoling County.

The heaviest rains were from Sunday into Tuesday, toppling trees and collapsing homes. A road leading to Meixian district completely collapsed during the heavy rains. The Songyuan river, which winds through Meizhou, experienced its biggest recorded flood, according to CCTV.

The estimated direct economic loss is 3.65 billion yuan ($502 million) in Jiaoling county, while in Meixian district, the loss is 1.06 billion yuan ($146 million).

Other parts of the country also face torrential rains and extreme weather in the next 24 hours, with the National Meteorological Center issuing a warning for several provinces in the south and a few individual places in the north.

Henan and Anhui provinces in central China, as well as Jiangsu province on the coast and the southern province of Guizhou, all are expecting hail and strong thunderstorms, according to the forecast. Rainfall could be as high as 50 mm to 80 mm (1.9 to 3.14 inches) in one day in Henan, Anhui and Hubei provinces, the National Meteorological Center said.

Last week, it was southern Fujian and Guangxi provinces that experienced landslides and flooding amid heavy rain. One student died in Guangxi after falling into a river swollen from the downpour.

Update June 25

The Anadolu Agency reports:
Death toll from heavy rains and floods in China has climbed at least 60, state media reported on Tuesday.

Several parts in the country's south have been hit by heavy rain since last week, triggering floods and landsildes.

Another five people were declared dead in Hunan province after a body was found by the rescuers.

The National Meteorological Center issued a red alert, the highest level, for rainstorms in eight provinces and municipalities including Anhui and Hunan provinces for the next three days.

Around 47 people were killed in the southern Guangdong province last week, while at least eight people went missing after a landslide hit Douxi village in the Xinhuang Dong autonomous county of Huaihu avillage in Hunan.

Authorities on Saturday said they found six people dead who went missing in landslides in the southeastern province of Fujian.

Heavy rains have struck southern China since the annual flooding season got an early start, destroying thousands of low-lying houses and damaging roads and crops.
Related: Heavy rainfall triggers flooding on 22 rivers in China - 5.5 inches of rain in a day


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Record rains paralyse China's southern city Changsha - 2.5 inches in an hour

Metro station floods in China’s Changsha city
Metro station floods in China’s Changsha city
Heavy rains swamped the southern Chinese city of Changsha on Monday, turning roads into rivers and submerging pedestrian underpasses and subway tunnels.

Emergency crews ferried locals to and from their homes on rubber boats and headed out to rescue drivers trapped on flooded roads, state CCTV reported.

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the state Weather China service said it measured 65.1 millimetres of rainfall in the capital of Hunan province, a new hourly record for the city in June.

"This rain is so heavy, at this rate, my compound will become an island," one social media user wrote on their Weibo account.


Comment: Related: Heavy rains, landslides in China's Guangdong and Fujian kill 60 - 14.5 inches of rain in 24 hours


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Midwestern U.S. flooding collapses a bridge, forces evacuations and kills at least 2

Floodwaters pass over a collapsed railroad bridge over the Big Sioux River near North Sioux City, S.D., on Monday, June 24, 2024.
© Josh JurgensFloodwaters pass over a collapsed railroad bridge over the Big Sioux River near North Sioux City, S.D., on Monday, June 24, 2024.
Flooding in the Midwestern U.S. killed at least two, collapsed a railroad bridge and sent water surging around a dam Monday after days of heavy rains that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate or be rescued from rising waters.

An Illinois man died Saturday while trying to go around a barricade in Spencer, Iowa, Sioux City's KTIV-TV reported Monday.

The Little Sioux River swept his truck away, according to a news release from the Clay County Sheriff's Office provided to the station. Officials found the vehicle in the treeline but weren't able to recover his body until Monday because of dangerous conditions.


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