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5 climbers killed in early snowstorm on highest mountain in Russia and Europe, 14 others rescued

Photo of the heavy rescue operation

Photo of the heavy rescue operation on Mount Elbrus
During a heavy snow storm on Mount Elbrus, which is 5,642 meters tall, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe, five climbers were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday. Fourteen others could be saved. This was announced by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.

The group of nineteen climbers were at an altitude of about 5,000 meters when a heavy snowstorm surprised them. Media reports said most of them are not professional climbers.


Fire

Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
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A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began

Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country's modern history, according to recent data from the Russian Forestry Agency analysed by Greenpeace.

Fires have destroyed more than 18.16m hectares of Russian forest in 2021, setting an absolute record since the country began monitoring forest fires using satellites in 2001. The previous record was set in 2012, when fires covered 18.11m hectares of forest.

The record was surpassed late last week after a long fire season that has also produced unprecedented levels of global wildfire emissions and upturned daily life for hundreds of thousands of people living in Siberia and elsewhere in central Russia.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 from same family in Tanzania

Representative image of a lighting strike.
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Representative image of a lighting strike.
Four people from the same family were killed by lightning Thursday night on Lake Victoria's Bumbile Island in Tanzania's northwestern district of Muleba in Kagera Region, an official said on Friday.

"The victims were a couple and their two children," Muleba district commissioner Thoba Nguvilla told a news conference, adding that they were hit by the lightning while they were asleep.

The official said the deceased family was engaged in farming and fishing on the island.

Robert Musiibha, chairman of Bulyo village in the area, said the house of the victims, which was roofed by iron sheets, was razed to the ground in the lightning strike.

Source: Xinhua

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and flooding causes disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal - 1.6 inches of rain in an hour

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The heavy rain that fell in the Algarve this morning has caused disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, where several streets were flooded.

The water level rose so high that it flowed over side pavements in many streets, making them impossible to drive on.

Water even entered homes and businesses in some parts of the town, reports Lusa news agency, which adds that the worst of the floods were reported at Rua de Angola, Avenida dos Bombeiros and a considerable section of the town's historical centre.

The floods were caused by a heavy bout of rain between 6am and 8.30am. CDOS Faro, the regional command of rescue operations, told Lusa that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) registered 42.1 millimetres of rain in the town in just one hour.


Comment: On the same day over a nearby region of the Iberian Peninsular: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR


Cloud Precipitation

There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks due to storms in Albacete, Spain

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The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops.

The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40 liters of water per square meter fell on the crops in just 20 minutes, and up to 70% of the crops were lost in a large number of plots.


According to some of the main suppliers of leafy vegetables in the sector, this will lead to a shortage of these products in the markets, hindering the normal supply for the next two weeks. "In addition, the quality of a large part of the production from these areas will be affected," they stated.

Comment: Furthermore in the same region recently on 23rd September: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR


Cloud Precipitation

Rice fields submerged and roads damaged by floods in Cambodia

Flood in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Monday.

Flood in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Monday.
Recent floods have caused damage to 4,870 hectares of rice fields, 23,290 metres of 17 roads and the homes of 161 families in five districts in Banteay Meanchey province due to the rain and water flowing from Battambang province.

Mongkul Borei district governor Roth Dasinang warned local people during this week to prepare food and medicine, store family documents safely in a waterproof container, shut down electricity, keep an eye on children and be careful of snakes.

Dasinang said on Monday that flash floods appear suddenly and quickly reach an emergency level.

"If the rain continues, we cannot estimate how flooded it will be," Dasinang said.

Malai district governor Em Sokha yesterday told Khmer Times that 573 families in Boeng Chhong Ruk Techo's development in Tuol Pong commune's Tuol Prasat village were affected, while authorities have prepared several shelters at places such as markets, schools, hospitals and pagodas which could keep 1,000 families safe in case of an emergency caused by flash floods.


Attention

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts

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The Fuego volcano in Guatemala, one of the most active in Central America, entered the eruption phase this Thursday, local authorities reported.

According to preliminary reports, the eruption "produced the descent of pyroclastic flows towards the Ceniza gorge", and is also expected to affect the Trinidad gorge. Photos and videos are already circulating on social networks that show a dense column of gases and ash near the volcano, located about 45 kilometers west of the Guatemalan capital.

The bulletin of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) details that the main communities affected by the ash fall are Panimache I and II, Morelia, El Porvenir, Santa Sofía, Sangre de Cristo and San Pedro Yepocapa.


Cloud Precipitation

Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR

The flood water rising has resulted in devastating damage with numerous cars submerged or swept away

The flood water rising has resulted in devastating damage with numerous cars submerged or swept away
A flood has wreaked havoc in Spain and poured into a shopping centre, with other cars swept away.

Disturbing footage shows water rushing down the stairs of the Mercadona de la Antilla in the city of Huelva.

Torrential rain in the area has been responsible for the flash flooding in the area following severe storms.

A Twitter user shared footage of the flooding and said: "That is an underground mercadona".


Comment: From Floodlist:
Spain - Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Andalusia After 112mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Torrential rain of over 100mm in 1 hour caused damaging flash floods in Huelva Province on the coast of Andalusia, southern Spain, on 23 September 2021.

According to Spain's meteorological agency AEMET, the town of Cartaya in the Province of Huelva recorded 118 mm of rain during a storm on 23 September, with 112.4 mm of rain falling in just 1 hour.

Raging flood water swept though streets of numerous towns in the area, wrecking vehicles and damaging buildings. The region's emergency authority, Emergencias 112 Andalucía, responded to more than 750 incidents of flooding in numerous municipalities in Huelva province. 112 Andalucía said the damage has been concentrated in the coastal populations of Isla Cristina, Lepe, Ayamonte and Cartaya.



Snowflake

Parts of Yukon in Canada experience heavy snowfall on first day of fall with warning issued

Mayo, Yukon, under the snow on Sept. 22.
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Mayo, Yukon, under the snow on Sept. 22. Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway, and forecasted between 15 and 20 cm of snow in parts of the Yukon.
Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway

It's the first day of fall in Canada, but parts of the Yukon are experiencing more winter-like weather.

Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway.

The warning, issued Wednesday morning, said "a frontal system moving through the Yukon will generate heavy snow across the Dempster Highway with the highest accumulation forecast to be near the Ogilvie Mountains."

It said gusting winds of up to 80 km/h, combined with 15 to 20 cm of snow, will reduce visibility for drivers.


Doberman

70-year-old southeast Alabama man killed in dog attack

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A southeast Alabama man was killed in a dog attack while he was out walking.

Phenix City police were dispatched at 2 a.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of 17th Avenue on a report of a dog bite, said Capt. Darryl Williams. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 70-year-old victim on the ground with a serious injury to his left arm.

Frank J. Cobb was treated on the scene and then transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. He was later moved to an Atlanta hospital where he died.