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State of Emergency after floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia - 2 months' worth of rain in a few hours

Floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Early July 2021.
© Government of Krasnodar Krai
Floods in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Early July 2021.
Authorities in Krasnodar Region of Russia declared a state of emergency after torrential rain caused flooding over the last 2 days. Strong winds and rough seas have also caused damage.

Heavy rainfall in the region began on 04 July 2021, worsening on 05 July. The Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Krasnodar Region, EMERCOM, said that the coastal town of Dzhubga recorded 170 mm of rain. Veniamin Kondratyev, the governor of Krasnodar Krai, said some areas saw more than 2 months' worth of rain in a few hours. The Khorota and Matsesta rivers, among others, both broke their banks.

The Krasnodar regional government declared an emergency due to flooding for areas of Sochi, Gelendzhik, Tuapse, Slavyansky, Seversky and Goryachy Klyuch. As of 06 July, over 660 homes and yards were flooded.

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New eruption of Mt. Etna spews columns of ash into Sicily sky

Mt Etna ash cloud
© YouTube/RT (screen capture)
Mount Etna erupted again, spewing lava and dark columns of ash into the sky above Catania from its southeast crater.

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Four dead and 80 still missing after torrential rains triggered a devastating landslide in Atami, Japan - UPDATE

A landslide in Atami, Japan, July 3, 2021
© Jiji Press/AFP
A landslide in Atami, Japan, July 3, 2021.
Several homes were destroyed by a landslide amid torrential rain in the city of Atami in the Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. With around 20 people missing, officials have called in the army for help.

A video posted on social media shows a powerful flood sweeping away several houses on hilly terrain. A fire truck is seen driving away from the flood, while a firefighter runs for his life.

Comment: UPDATE: 5th of July 2021.

The Independent reports:
Rescuers in Japan searched on Monday for 80 people believed to be missing two days after landslides tore through the seaside city of Atami, destroying houses and burying roads under mud and rock.

The official death toll from the landslides that hit early on Saturday is four, according to Atami city spokesperson Hiroki Onuma, while the number of missing had come down from 113 earlier...

...Atami, with a population of 36,000, is 90 km (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo, set on a steep slope leading down to a bay. It is famous for a hot springs resort.The landslides are a reminder of the natural disasters - including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami - that haunt Japan, where the capital Tokyo is to host the summer Olympics beginning this month.

The landslides were triggered by torrential downpours - with some areas receiving more rain in 24 hours than they would usually get for the whole of July. About 130 buildings were affected in Atami. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato called for vigilance, with the ground so saturated and weakened that even light rain could prove dangerous.

More video footage of the devastation has emerged:


Floods hit 27 provinces and regions in China - 7 million affected

Floodwaters almost submerge a ferry bridge in Rong'an county in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Friday.
© Tan Kaixing
Floodwaters almost submerge a ferry bridge in Rong'an county in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Friday.
Floods hit 27 provinces and territories in China, leaving only 7 untouched, for now. From the northernmost province of Heilongjiang to the southernmost province of Fujian, floods destroyed homes and submerged crops on a massive scale.

According to Chinese media, nearly 7 million people were affected by the floods. 24 people were reported dead or missing. The floods have washed away more than 6,000 homes, and caused an immediate economic loss of nearly $2 billion across the country.

And Chinese state media reported that in Heilongjiang province alone, floods affected more than 42,000 people, and forced nearly 20,000 people to flee.

And its neighbor, Inner Mongolia, lost more than 12 thousand hectares of food crops in just one city.

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Floods affect over 1 million people in China's Jiangxi - 70,300 hectares of crops affected

Severe floods in east China's Jiangxi Province that started on Monday had affected nearly 1.08 million people in 55 county-level areas by 4 p.m. Friday, according to provincial flood-relief headquarters.

Floods affected a total of 70,300 hectares of crops and left 156 houses collapsed and 219 damaged, resulting in direct economic losses of 1.04 billion yuan (about 160.68 million U.S. dollars), said the headquarters.

The province has relocated 63,000 people to protect them from rain-triggered floods.

To cope with the flooding, Jiangxi has allocated 6 million yuan of funds for emergency management.

According to the provincial weather authority, Jiangxi's precipitation will weaken on Saturday, with the hot and sunny weather gradually returning.

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Hail and downpour paralyzes life in Edirne, Turkey

While an unconscious person was taken to the hospital for treatment, floods occurred in the city, leaving the citizens stranded.

The sudden downpour in Edirne at around 19.30 affected life negatively. In the city, where the air temperature was 33 degrees, the hail and thunderstorms that followed the strong wind were effective in a short time. A person walking on the road on Çokalca Cami Street in Nişancıpaşa Mahallesi was flooded. The person who was dragged by the flood waters held onto the natural gas pipe of an apartment and remained in this state for a while. Later, the person who left his hands and was dragged by the flood waters was rescued by the citizens who saw him and taken to Trakya University Medical Faculty Hospital. The unconscious person was treated.

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Heavy rainstorm and floods hit Zadonsk, Russia

Horrible thunderstorm, heavy rain and floods hit Zadonsk, Russia.

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Sochi in Russia hit by flooding after torrential rainfall

© Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS
Several streets and a technical floor of a hospital have been flooded in Sochi as a result of heavy rains pouring down on the resort city since Sunday. Sochi Mayor Alexey Kopaygorodsky informed on his Telegram channel that there are emergency workers on site and that the water is subsiding.

A surge of water levels in several local rivers has been documented in Sochi. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry's directorate for the Krasnodar Region, the downpour caused trees to collapse, the roof of an apartment building suffered damage, and a hospital was hit by flooding.

"The situation with the flooding of technical facilities in the basement and on the ground floor of City Hospital Number 3 in Khosta (a district in Sochi — TASS) is under the control of emergency workers, there is no threat to the lives and health of patients and hospital personnel, the water is subsiding," the mayor revealed.

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Tropical storm Elsa hits Jamaica - showers and floods all over country

Tropical storm Elsa in Jamaica.

Natural disaster on July 4, 2021.

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Edinburgh flooding causes chaos with devastating storms leading to 'rivers' in city

Heavy rain on Princes Street causing flash flooding (

Heavy rain on Princes Street causing flash flooding
Flooding in Edinburgh caused chaos and trains in and out of the city to be halted during devastating stormy Sunday weather.

Images on social media showed multiple streets of the Scottish capital awash with rain which also crept into homes, bars, businesses - and appeared to seep into a brand new shopping centre.

Emergency services attended some incidents including under one bridge in Chesser, where the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service could be seen helping vehicles which were stuck in the flooding.

A couple were also pictured by Dr Eoin Plant-O'Toole stuck at a bus stop on Roseburn Terrace where what he described as a "river" had formed.