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Three people rescued off Australian coast after yacht damaged by multiple shark attacks

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Three people have been rescued in the Coral Sea off the coast of Cairns, after their catamaran was damaged during several shark attacks.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) coordinated the rescue early Wednesday morning roughly 835km off the coast of Cairns, after receiving a distress beacon.

In a post to social media, the crew, who were on a round-the-world expedition called Russian Ocean Way, which they were documenting online, said they were first attacked by sharks on 4 September, leaving the rear left "cylinder" of their nine-metre inflatable catamaran damaged.

"As a result, [it] completely submerged under water," a post on the crew's Instagram account reads.


Large waterspout spotted off coast of Greek island

A large waterspout was recorded coming ashore on the Greek island of Evia on Tuesday, September 5, local media reported.

Credit: Xrusa Xeila / Taverna Zoi Limnionas via Storyful

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Five killed following deadly flash flood in Istanbul, Turkey

At least five people were killed after heavy rain flooded streets and homes in parts of Turkey on Tuesday, September 5.

Floods hit the city of Istanbul after heavy rains, with roads in three districts turning into lakes and rivers, and several metro stations were flooded. Four people are believed to have been killed in the flooding, authorities said.

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Brazil - Thousands displaced, 37 dead after storms and floods in Rio Grande Do Sul (UPDATES)

Floods in Nova Bassano, Rio Grande do Sol,
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Floods in Nova Bassano, Rio Grande do Sol, Brazil, September 2023.
Severe weather over the last few days has taken its toll on areas of Rio Grande do Sul state in southern Brazil where authorities report hundreds of people have been evacuated and at least 4 people have lost their lives.

Strong winds, hail and heavy rain have affected the state over the last few days. State authorities reported multiple locations recorded more than 200 mm of rain in a 72-hour period to 04 September, including Passo Fundo (291.6 mm), Água Santa (221.6 mm), Ijuí (217.6 mm), Entre-Ijuís (207.4 mm) and Vacaria (202.2 mm).

Severe flooding has impacted communities in the municipalities of Santo Expedito do Sul, Lajeado do Bugre, Nova Bassano, São Jorge, Bento Gonçalves, Caxias do Sul and Ibiraiaras, among others. Further flooding is expected as river levels are high and in some cases still rising. State Civil Defence issued flood warnings for communities living close to the Antas, Taquari and Caí rivers.

Comment: Update September 6

Reuters reports:
Cyclone rains in Brazil's south kill 22, leave cities completely flooded

An extratropical cyclone has been battering southern Brazil, flooding homes, swelling rivers and claiming the lives of nearly two dozen people, state authorities said on Tuesday.

Luana da Luz is among hundreds of Brazilians who have packed up their belongings in an effort to escape the rising waters.

"Since dawn, we saw that (the water) was going to flood (our house) and we were putting things on top of the table, on top of the wood stove, but it didn't help," said Da Luz, a resident of the town of Passo Fundo in the southern state of Rio Grande Sul, where state authorities have confirmed the deaths of 21 people.

Video obtained by Reuters showed houses in Mucum submerged by rising water, while streets and rivers were also flooded.

Dozens of homes had their roofs damaged by a hailstorm and hundreds of people are without contact in Rio Grande do Sul.

Brazil's federal government has announced some measures to respond to the disaster, and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised his government would do whatever is necessary to "save people from these problems."

"I feel devastated. I lost everything," said Dice Reginatto, from the city of Nova Bassano in Rio Grande do Sul. "There are many people who lost much more, but here at home I have nothing left."
Update September 7

Floodlist reports:
The flood situation has deteriorated in Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil, where the governor, Eduardo Leite, has now declared a state of emergency.

Heavy rain fell in the state from 02 September. As of 05 September, at least 4 people had lost their lives and around 350 people were displaced from their homes.

The state's Civil Defence warned of further flooding. Rising rivers, swollen by further heavy rain, resulted in severe flooding in multiple parts of the state, in particular in the Caí and Taquari river basins.

Visiting affected areas on 06 September, Governor Eduardo Leite described the situation as "devastating".

"We saw communities completely submerged. It's heartbreaking, there's a lot of destruction. I had to hold back the tears at times. And we know that more deaths can be seen. This situation hurts and touches us. But we must stand firm to give all the support to the population", said the governor.

The state government has so far confirmed 37 fatalities, including 14 in Muçum, 9 in Roca Sales, 3 in Lajeado, 2 in Estrela, 2 in Ibiraiaras, 3 in Cruzeiro do Sul, 1 in Mato Castelhano, 1 in Passo Fundo, 1 in Encantado and 1 in Santa Tereza.

State Civil Defence said floods and storms have impacted communities in 79 municipalities. A total of 56,787 people have been affected, with 5,894 people displaced.


A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes northern Chile

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook northern Chile on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 8:48 p.m. local time, and its epicenter was 41 kilometers (25 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, Chile. The quake had a depth of 41 kilometers (25 miles).

Chile's national emergency office did not report any damages or injuries.

Chile is located in the so-called "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific and experiences frequent earthquakes. In 2010, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake and subsequent tsunami claimed 526 lives.

The Associated Press

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4 killed in floods in Bulgaria's Black Sea region (UPDATE)

Two people were killed in floods caused by torrential rain in the municipality of Tsarevo in Bulgaria's Black Sea region, a local official told BTV television on Tuesday.

"The situation is very serious. We have confirmation of two deaths," Tsarevo Mayor Georgi Lapchev told BTV television.

A state of emergency has been declared and media reported that 60 people have been evacuated.

Images showed camping trailers and cars in the sea after being washed away by swollen rivers. Bungalows and hotels along the Black Sea coast were flooded.

Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov will hold a press conference later on Tuesday to give an update on the flood damage.

Comment: Update September 7

Reuters reports:
Two bodies more were recovered in Bulgaria's Black Sea coastal area on Wednesday, bringing to four the death toll from floods triggered by torrential rains, Bulgarian News Agency BTA reported.

The bodies of a local judge, her daughter -- a veterinarian --, and a man were found in a submerged car that was washed away from a bridge into the sea when the river overflowed, regional police chief Emil Pavlov told journalists in Tsarevo.

The fourth victim was a man who was also swept away as he was attempting to cross the same bridge on foot, Pavlov said.

It was not immediately clear whose bodies were recovered on Wednesday.

A state of emergency was declared in Tsarevo municipality on Tuesday.

At a nearby Black Sea tourist resort on Arapya beach, cars and caravans were washed away by torrential rain and strong winds.

"For about 20 hours, it was pouring rain with a headwind, non stop - that was the reason why the river overflowed and caused all this damage. It swept cars and car trailers into the sea," local resident Doctor Plamen Petrov told Reuters TV.

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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.
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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.