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Flooding hits Germany (5 killed) and Italy following torrential rain (UPDATE)

The Wertach in Göggingen near the Wellenburger Bridge
The Wertach in Göggingen near the Wellenburger Bridge has now become a raging river. On Saturday morning, warning level 2 was reached here.
Heavy rain and floods hit parts of Germany and Italy - with hundreds being advised to leave their homes and some missing.

Parts of Southern Germany are under flood warning, with the highest levels applying to western Swabia, the Upper Allgäu and Upper Bavaria.

A state of emergency has been declared in Augsburg due to the extreme rainfall and rising water levels. Water levels are expected to continue to rise sharply in the coming hours. The communities of Fischach and Langenneufnach will be particularly affected.

The Lake Constance region has also been affected and is under risk of flooding. Around 1,300 people in Meckenbeuren, Baden-Württemberg have been advised to evacuate.

Comment: Update June 4

DPA reports:
The number of known fatalities as a result of the flooding in Germany's south has risen to five, according to the police.

A woman died after her car slipped off a road on Monday amid flooding in the small Bavarian town of Markt Rettenbach, police said. The 57-year-old's body was later recovered from the scene.

According to initial investigations, she was on a flooded road near Markt Rettenbach after driving past a warning barrier. In the closed-off section, the car slid sideways off the road into a meadow, where the water level was very high.

The woman made an emergency call on her mobile phone but by the time emergency crews arrived the car was "almost completely submerged," the police said.

Authorities had previously reported four deaths as a result of the flooding, in Bavaria and the neighbouring state of Baden-Württemberg. One of the dead was a firefighter on his way to help people trapped by the flooding.

The search for another firefighter who went missing overnight continued on Tuesday.

Police said however that the water current was so strong in the area near the town of Offingen where his boat capsized that the search could only take place from the air and where there was dry land.

The flooding situation in Bavaria is still considered critical, while the situation has significantly improved in Baden-Württemberg.


83-year-old Alabama man killed in dog attack

An 83-year-old Lawrence County man died following an attack by two dogs Sunday.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of County Road 264 in Town Creek.

Deputies, fire and EMS personnel responded to a reported dog attack and found Willard Norton unresponsive near the front door to his residence.

He was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

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Italy floods: Heartbreaking footage of three friends hugging before being swept away

Three friends seen in 'final embrace'
Three friends seen in 'final embrace'
Three friends embraced each other in Italy before being swept away during flash floods.

Patrizia Cormos, 20, Bianca Doros, 23, and Cristian Molnar, 25, were last seen on Friday, 31 May, when they were walking along the Natisone River in the Friuli region.

Heartbreaking footage shows the trio hugging in thigh-deep churning water.

Italy's fire and rescue service Vigili del Fuoco said the bodies of two women were recovered on Sunday, 2 June, in the waters of Natisone in Premariacco, a kilometre away from where the trio were last seen.

They are still searching for a third person.


Mount Kanlaon volcano erupts in the Philippines, sending 3-mile ash plume into the sky

Mount Kanlaon volcano spewing a large plume of ash during an eruption as seen from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental province, Philippines on June 3, 2024.
© Dollet DemafliesMount Kanlaon volcano spewing a large plume of ash during an eruption as seen from La Castellana town, Negros Occidental province, Philippines on June 3, 2024.
Hundreds of residents living near Mount Kanlaon in the Philippines were ordered to evacuate Tuesday after the volcano erupted, sending a three-mile tall (five-kilometer) ash column into the sky that caused dozens of flights to be canceled.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mount Kanlaon erupted for six minutes on Monday evening, causing a "strong earthquake," as the agency warned that ash fall and sulphuric odor would affect surrounding villages.

Forty-three volcanic earthquakes had been recorded in the 24 hours to midnight Monday, according to the agency's volcano summary.

Images on social media showed an ash cloud shooting into the starry night sky. Others showed a thick blanket of ash covering surrounding villages.

Over 60 flights from three domestic carriers were canceled overnight, impacting over 5,000 passengers, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The Bacolod-Silay Airport resumed operations by 11 a.m. on Tuesday but passengers are expected to face delays.


Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts in remote summit region

A photo showing the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Monday, just after midnight. The eruption occurred in a remote part of the summit region and, so far, does not pose a threat to any communities.
© U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEYA photo showing the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Monday, just after midnight. The eruption occurred in a remote part of the summit region and, so far, does not pose a threat to any communities.
The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted on Monday following hours of seismic activity below the volcano's summit, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, began erupting at approximately 12:30 a.m. local time, about a mile south of Kilauea caldera within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a popular tourist destination that draws more than 1 million visitors per year. Webcam footage showed lava spewing from fissures in the summit, the USGS said.

Katie Mulliken, a geologist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told USA TODAY the eruption poses no immediate danger to residents as it, so far, has been contained to a remote part of the summit, which is inaccessible by car or trails.

"There are really no threats to any communities," Mulliken said, adding that the USGS will continue to closely monitor the volcanic activity.

It was the first eruption in this region of the volcano in almost 50 years. The last one, in December 1974, lasted about six hours.


Rare twin waterspouts spotted off Dumaran coast in the Philippines

© Kimpoy Villanoche
A video clip captured by a local shows twin waterspouts, commonly known as "ipo-ipo," off the coast of Dumaran town early Sunday afternoon, June 2.

Kimpoy Villanoche said they saw the waterspouts occurring simultaneously in close proximity to each other around 2 p.m. while they were at the Palawan State University Dumaran Campus in Barangay Sta. Teresita.

Enduring for about 15 to 20 minutes before fading away, Villanoche described how the surrounding darkened as thunder echoed and lightning flickered, signaling the locals to the phenomenon.

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Lightning strike at Czech castle park injures 18

A lightning bolt that hit a tree in a castle park in the northern Czech Republic on Sunday injured eighteen people who were sheltering underneath it, rescuers said.

The strike occurred in the Liberec-Vratislavice castle park about 90 kilometres (55 miles) northeast of the capital Prague on Sunday afternoon.

"There were 18 injured people on the site, including seven serious injuries," local emergency spokesman Michal Georgiev told AFP, adding that the injured had been taken to hospitals.

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Liberec regional hospital spokesman Vaclav Ricar told AFP that five adult patients had to undergo resuscitation and that one child was transported to a Prague hospital by helicopter.

"They were all conscious and their condition was stable," he said, adding the patients did not suffer any burns.

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More than a month's worth of rain (6.7 inches) pummels Sydney, Australia in less than 24 hours

While the rain had mostly cleared in Sydney on Sunday morning, Mr Narramore said there could be a few more 'light and isolated' coastal showers
While the rain had mostly cleared in Sydney on Sunday morning, Mr Narramore said there could be a few more 'light and isolated' coastal showers
After receiving more than a month's worth of rain in less than one day, Sydneysiders can finally put their umbrellas away and enjoy some sunshine.

However, flood warnings remain in place around the Hunter area, with minor flooding on the Williams River and moderate flooding on the Wollombi Brook River, BOM senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said on Sunday.

Mr Narramore said hazardous surf and beach conditions would also continue until Monday for southern and central coastal areas of NSW.

This comes after rain lashed the state on Saturday, with persistent moderate to heavy rainfall seen over the Sydney and Hunter areas.

Mr Narramore said the heaviest rainfall on Saturday was around Sydney, with 171mm of rainfall in Rose Bay, 159mm in Little Bay and 143mm in the city itself.


29 stranded hikers rescued from Germany's highest mountain Zugspitze, after over 6 feet of unexpected June snowfall

29 hikers had to be rescued after becoming stranded on the Zugspitze.
29 hikers had to be rescued after becoming stranded on the Zugspitze.
A rescue operation was launched on Saturday, June 1, to evacuate dozens of hikers who found themselves stranded on Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, due to treacherous weather conditions.

According to the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Service, 29 hikers attempted to scale the 2,962-meter (9,718-foot) peak despite heavy snowfall and poor visibility. At around 2,500 meters (8,202 feet), the hikers could not continue their ascent due to the accumulation of fresh snow, which reached depths of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) in some areas.

The Mountain Rescue Service, in collaboration with staff from the Zugspitze mountain railway company, mobilized to locate and extract the stranded hikers. The rescue efforts were further complicated by the freezing temperatures, which caused partial icing of the cable car equipment, rendering it inoperable at times.


Deep sea oarfish which 'predicts' natural disasters washes up on beach in Vietnam on May 17

Children were amazed to see the giant fish washed up
© Jam PressChildren were amazed to see the giant fish washed up
A deep sea oarfish, which is said to predict natural disasters, has appeared washed up on a beach.

Children were astonished to discover the creature and held up the giant fish. It was then stretched out on the sand on a straight piece of tree bark while local people captured images of it on their phones.

A group of local people are said to have eaten the large fish during a beach feast after the sea creature washed up near Huế City in Vietnam. The creature, however, is often called the 'harbinger of natural disasters'

One local said: "One of the best-known legends is that the sighting of an oarfish portends natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and tsunamis." Daniel said: "There will be a cataclysm then." And Gustavo wrote: "An earthquake is coming!"