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At least 3 people missing as Typhoon Haikui hits eastern, southern China

At least three people have gone missing following their fire truck was swept away by floodwaters after Typhoon Haikui hit the east and south of China, causing heavy rain and wind, state-run media reported on Tuesday.

A fire truck carrying nine people was swept away by floodwaters during a rescue operation in Chili Village of Yongtai County in China's eastern Fujian Province, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Six of them have been rescued so far, but three are still missing, it said.

Typhoon Haikui, the 11th typhoon of the year, made landfall on the coasts of China's Fujian Province and south China's Guangdong Province early Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 20 and 18 meters per second near its center.


44 injured, thousands left without power as Typhoon Haikui hits Taiwan

Huge waves in Yilan as Typhoon Haikui approaches eastern Taiwan on September 3, 2023.
© I-Hwa Cheng
Huge waves in Yilan as Typhoon Haikui approaches eastern Taiwan on September 3, 2023.
At least 44 people were injured and tens of thousands of homes were left without power as Typhoon Haikui made its way across Taiwan, authorities said.

The storm made landfall along the southeastern coastal township of Donghe at about 3:40 p.m. local time, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said. The storm crossed the island and then left land at at 8 p.m.

At least 7,113 people across 11 cities and counties were evacuated, according to Taiwan's Interior Ministry.

State electricity provider Taipower said 48,506 households were without power as of 10 p.m. local time.


Baby killed in dog attack in Nigeria

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Two Alsatian dogs allegedly attacked a nursing mother named Mummy Basira and killed her baby girl in the Halleluyah Area of Ido-Osun, Osun State.

According to Punch, the sad incident happened at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th August,2023.

An anonymous source said Mummy Basira was going down the street with her baby strapped to her back when the dogs allegedly came out of their owner's building and attacked her. The dogs attacked the breastfeeding mother as she attempted to save her five-month-old infant.

Residents who watched helplessly as the savage dogs attacked reported that after killing the infant, the dogs attacked the mother, inflicting severe harm on her.

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Heavy rains cause flash flooding in western Arizona - 4 inches of rainfall in just 2 hours

Western Arizona saw some wild weather this Labor Day weekend after heavy rains caused streets to turn into flooded rivers.

Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties were all under Flash Flood Warnings on Saturday. Video shared from a Yuma neighborhood showed streets flooded from overnight storms.

Yuma in particular saw several inches of rain, with the city getting up to four inches in two hours.

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Heavy rain in Colombo, Sri Lanka creates massive flooding

Continuous rains in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo have created flood-like conditions. Due to four days of rain, many areas of Colombo were submerged on Sunday. Super-4 matches are to be held there from Saturday. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is thinking about changing the schedule of Super-4.

If the situation remains similar in Colombo then this match can be shifted to Pallekele Stadium in Dambulla or Kandy. However, the league match played between India and Pakistan in Pallekele on Saturday was also canceled due to rain. It was drizzling here the whole day even on Sunday. The match between India and Nepal on Monday in this stadium is also under the shadow of rain.

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Floods ravage Samsun, Giresun in Türkiye following torrential rain

Torrential rain and severe flooding have wreaked havoc in the Black Sea region, prompting urgent responses from local authorities.

Torrential rain and severe flooding have wreaked havoc in the Black Sea region, prompting urgent responses from local authorities.
The Turkish State Meteorological Service and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) issued a stern warning for the region, which proved prescient as heavy precipitation led to widespread floods and destruction in Samsun and Giresun on Sept. 3.

In Samsun, the deluge caused extensive flooding, inundating homes and businesses. Atatürk Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, transformed into a lake, necessitating the closure of the road to all transportation. Stranded vehicles and distressed citizens added to the chaos.

Local officials emphasized that the current disaster surpasses the floods experienced in June, with some residents trapped, public transportation services halted and municipal teams implementing various emergency measures.

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Flash floods following heavy rain in north west Algeria kill at least 8

Severe flash flooding swept through areas of northwester Algeria after heavy rainfall from 02 to 03 September 2023. Authorities report at least 8 people have lost their lives as a result.

Several people were reported missing in Tlemcen and El Bayadh Provinces. Civil Protection teams using sniffer dogs and special equipment were deployed to the area and carried out extensive searches.

As of late 03 September, Civil Protection confirmed that 4 people died inside a vehicle swept away by the flooding Wadi Dalia in Bab Al-Assa municipality in Tlemcen Province.

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Death reported at Burning Man festival in Nevada as thousands of attendees are stranded by monsoon flooding

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© Cindy McGill/Facebook
The Burning Man Festival Grounds in Black Rock City, Nevada, are covered in mud Sept. 2, 2023, after monsoon storms dumped more than a half-inch of rain.
Event organizers told the more than 73,000 people attending the Burning Man festival to hunker down, conserve resources and prepare for more rain and flooding.

Tens of thousands of people who were attending the Burning Man festival in remote western Nevada remain stranded and have been told to shelter in place after monsoon rains led to flash flooding, and local authorities confirmed that they are investigating at least one death that was reported during the rain event.

Event organizers told the more than 73,000 people attending the Burning Man festival to hunker down, conserve resources and prepare for more rain and flooding.

"Look out for your neighbors, introduce yourself," event organizers said in a statement. "Conserve your food, water and fuel. If you have extra, share with your neighbors. This is always common sense in a wilderness environment."


Antarctica suffers coldest August since 2002, planes grounded due to extreme freeze

Boeing C-17 Antarctica
© USAF/Maj Tyler Boyd
August was a frigid month across the bottom of the world, particularly at Russia's research station Vostok.

The preliminary monthly average for August 2023 at Vostok Station has come in at -71.2C (-96.2F).

This makes for the coldest August since 2002, -71.5C (-96.7F), and also the coldest month since July 2016, -71.8C (-97.2F).

Vostok's chill has now spilled into September, too.

On Friday, Sept 1 an anomalous minimum of -77.9C (108.2F) was reached.

Note, this reading likely won't represent the true daily minimum. At 12Z the temperature was -77.8C (chart below). It was almost certainly colder earlier but due to a quirk of the Russian algorithm, extremes are only documented during the second half of the day.


2,657 people killed by elephants in last 5 years across India

A fifth of the human casualties in elephant attacks across India in the last five years were reported from Odisha. As per statistics of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), at least 2,657 people lost their lives in the human-elephant conflict in the country in the five years between 2018-19 and 2022-23 of whom 542 (20.39 per cent) were from Odisha.

Odisha is followed by its neighbours Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh where the death figure, during the period, remained 474 (18 per cent), 389 (14 per cent) and 313 (11.7 per cent) respectively.