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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Record rainfall and flooding around the world marked this month, along with some rare snow events in both hemispheres.

In Bangladesh, Laos, China and India, a severe monsoon season left millions of people stranded and caused significant damage to infrastructure. Parts of Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France were also hit by heavy rain, flooding major roads and prompting evacuations. Sydney, Australia, was flooded twice this month by unprecedented downpours, prompting mass evacuations of several low-lying suburbs.

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Lightning strike kills fish vendor in the Philippines

An ambulant fish vendor died after being struck by lightning late afternoon on July 11 in Alimodian, Iloilo.

Police identified the victim as Ronie Siapno, 45, a resident of Barangay Bugang, Alimodian. Reports stated that Siapno was selling fish when it suddenly began to rain.

Due to the abrupt downpour, he sought cover under a thicket of bamboo at Sitio Bulan, Barangay Tabug.

However, the bamboo trees were not enough to shield him from the lightning strike.

Siapno was hit and sustained burns on different parts of his body. He was brought to Aleosan District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

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Lightning strikes leaves 21 dead in 24 hours across Bihar, India - 70 killed in state since start of month

A total of 21 people died across Bihar in lightning-related incidents in the last 24 hours, the Chief Minister's Office said on Friday.

The maximum number of six fatalities were reported from Madhubani, followed by four in Aurangabad, two from Patna, and one each from Rohtas, Bhojpur, Kaimur, Saran, Jehanabad, Gopalganj, Supaul, Lakhisarai and Madhepura districts, the CMO said in a statement.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has condoled the deaths and announced an ex gratia of Rs four lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.

He also urged people to take all precautions during bad weather, avoid going outdoors unless necessary and follow advisories issued by the disaster management department from time to time.

Rain and thunderstorms have been lashing Bihar for the past few weeks, and close to 70 people have been killed in lightning-related incidents since the beginning of this month.

Press Trust Of India

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Parts of Nova Scotia, Canada ravaged by heavy rains and flash flooding — again

Some areas of Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties in Nova Scotia saw severe flooding on Thursday evening after heavy rain hit the province.
© Brian TaylorSome areas of Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties in Nova Scotia saw severe flooding on Thursday evening after heavy rain hit the province.
Less than two weeks before the anniversary of deadly floods that devastated parts of Nova Scotia, some of those same counties were once again ravaged by heavy rains and raging floodwaters.

The flooding led to the death of a Wolfville youth, who was pulled into a water-filled ditch and disappeared under the rushing water Thursday night. Officials have not released the youth's name, age or gender.

A flash flood alert was issued for Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties Thursday evening as remnants of post-tropical storm Beryl swept through the western part of the province.

The province issued the alert at 8:30 p.m. AT.

"Heavy rain caused by thunderstorms passing through areas of the province are causing some localized flooding and washouts of roads," stated the alert.

"Flash flooding has been reported. Residents are advised to listen to local forecasts and use caution if traveling."

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Significant flash flooding leaves at least 2 dead in Vermont as Beryl's remnants pound New England - over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Remnants of Hurricane Beryl wash out roads in New
Remnants of Hurricane Beryl wash out roads in New England
At least two people have been killed in Vermont as widespread flash flooding occurred in parts of the Northeast and New England Wednesday amid torrential rain from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Beryl.

Bridges and roads across the region washed out, and over 100 high-water rescues were conducted as a result of the flooding.

In Lyndonville, Vermont, a 73-year-old man was spotted driving into a flooded road, according to Chief Jack Harris of Lyndonville Police. Moments later, swift currents carried his car off the road and about 250 feet into a nearby hay field where the car sank in 10 feet of water, police said. It took two hours to locate the vehicle and the driver was later pronounced dead.

Vermont Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison said the other death was an unidentified victim, believed to be a man from Peacham. But she said it has not been confirmed if the death was weather-related, pending an autopsy.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said that on Wednesday he signed an amendment to the existing state of emergency that had been in effect due to the catastrophic flooding the region suffered exactly one year ago to continue to access state resources.

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Deadly flash flood in Slovakia claims the lives of 2 people

Flash flood in the High Tatras, Slovakia.
© Severe Weather Slovakia o.z. via FacebookFlash flood in the High Tatras, Slovakia.
A deadly flash flood caused by torrential rain in Slovakia's Tatra Mountains has killed two people and left four injured.

The two female victims, a Pole and a Czech citizen, died on the Monkova Valley hiking trail when the shelter they were in with 14 other people was hit by an avalanche of water, mud and stones.

The Slovak mountain rescue team, Horska Zachranna Służba (HZS), dispatched two ambulances and two rescue helicopters to the site and transported some of the injured to hospital. They failed to save the lives of the two women.

According to the mayor, the river level quickly rose right in front of people's eyes. Local people were the first to go to the aid of the tourists, but the river and fallen trees made it difficult for them to reach the group at first.

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China's Three Gorges Dam on flood alert as rain batters megacity Chongqing - 10.6 inches of rainfall in a day - 6 people dead

The death toll from heavy rain in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality has risen to six, according to local authorities.
© XinhuaThe death toll from heavy rain in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality has risen to six, according to local authorities.
Devastating rains have struck Chongqing municipality in southwest China with the Three Gorges Dam on high alert for a new round of flooding.

Six people deaths had been recorded as a result of heavy rainfall in Chongqing's Dianjiang county as of Thursday. State broadcaster CCTV said four people had been killed by "geological disasters" and the other two had drowned.

The rainfall in Dianjiang reached a record single-day high of 269.2mm (10.6 inches), affecting more than 40,000 people.

CCTV said it had damaged nearly 1,800 hectares (4,448 acres) of crops, and caused direct economic losses of around 82 million yuan (US$11.3 million).

On Thursday the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters in Chongqing raised the flood emergency response to Level 3 for 14 districts and counties and the geological disaster alert to Level 3 for nine areas. The alerts are part of a four-tier system in which Level 1 is the most severe.


77 whales dead after mass stranding in Orkney, Scotland

Seventy-seven whales were stranded on
© British Divers Marine Life RescueSeventy-seven whales were stranded on Sanday, Orkney.
A pod of 77 pilot whales has died after a mass stranding on a beach in Orkney.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) rushed to Tresness beach on the Isle of Sanday just before 11am on Thursday to reports of a mass stranding of whales.

They found 77 whales, including several males up to 22ft (7m) long, as well as calves and juveniles.

Only 12 survived what is believed to be the largest mass stranding in Scotland since 1975.

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More than 60 people missing after two buses swept into river by landslide caused by heavy rain in Nepal

The accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
© AFPThe accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
Vehicles swept off highway by landslide caused by rains, with three survivors rescued after they swam to safety.

Two buses carrying more than 60 people were swept by a landslide into a rain-swollen river in Nepal, with three survivors rescued after swimming to safety.

The vehicles, carrying at least 65 people between them, were swept off the Narayanghat-Mugling highway near Simaltar, about 120km (75 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, early on Friday.

Government administrator Khima Nanada Bhusal said the three survivors, who reportedly jumped into the Trishuli river and swam to the banks, were taken by residents to a nearby hospital, where they are now being treated.

Authorities mobilised the military and police to search for the missing passengers but the continuous rain was making rescue efforts difficult with landslides blocking the route leading to the area in several places, said Bhusal.

Police spokesman Dan Bahadur Karki said there were 41 people in the first bus travelling from Kathmandu to Gaur, while the second from Birgunj to Kathmandu had 24 passengers. It is thought that more may have boarded en route.

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Lightning kills man riding horse in Naryn mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Lightning killed a 51-year-old man in Kosh-Dobo village of Ak-Tala district in Naryn region, according to the regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The accident occurred at the Ak-Zhar pasture on July 10.

The man herded sheep. That day he did not return home from the pasture in the evening. Relatives went to look for him and found his body on the pasture.

It was later determined that the man was struck by lightning. In addition, a horse that the man was presumably riding died.