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Tiger kills two bikers in Uttar Pradesh, India - third survives the night by climbing tree

Two men were killed and the third had a narrow escape when a tiger attacked the bike-borne trio travelling on a link road that passes through the Pilibhit forest reserve in UP. The 23-year-old survivor had managed to climb a tree nearby and spent the entire night there even as the big cat made several failed attempts to strike at him.

Vikas (who only uses his first name) gathered the courage to come down from the tree only after he saw local residents pass by the next morning. "We informed police and forest department after we saw the man, terrified and barely able to speak. A bike was lying nearby and next to it was a body. There were claw marks on the tree that saved the man's life," said Rajendra Prasad, a local resident.

The attack occurred on Sunday night when Kandhai Lal (35) was returning along with his nephew Sonu Kumar (22) and his friend Vikas after meeting his in-laws in Jalalpur village in Shahjahanpur.

According to the forest department, the men were in an inebriated state and were warned by the forest guard about tiger movement in the area along the 10km long link road. "Movement of three tigers had been recorded by our staff in this particular beat of the forest and the victims were cautioned as well but they ignored the warning," deputy director of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Naveen Khandelwal told TOI.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills two in Udayapur, Nepal

Two people have died after being struck by lightning strikes in Udayapur district.

The deceased have been identified as two women - Lalita Sada and Phul Kumari Sada - of Musahar Tole of Triyuga municipality.

Lighting struck them to death while they were working in a field, said District Police Office, Udayapur.

Critically injured Lalita and Phulkumari breathed their last in the course of treatment at Udayapur District Hospital.

Cloud Precipitation

Monsoon storms pound the Valley, northern Arizona with heavy rain

From Flagstaff to parts of the Valley to Tucson, the monsoon has brought heavy rain to all parts of Arizona on Thursday.

Comment: A day earlier dramatic footage showed cars washed away during flash flooding in Flagstaff

Cloud Precipitation

Extreme weather conditions in Sur, Oman - floods destroy homes and cars

A house has collapsed in Oman's Al Aija area in the Wilayat of Sur in south Al Sharqiyah.

According to the latest updates of the weather situation issued by the Oman Meteorology, thunderstorms cumulonimbus clouds are currently extending over the governorates of South and North Al Sharqiyah, Muscat and parts of Al Dakhiliyah, with rainfall of varying intensity that may lead to low horizontal visibility, overflowing valleys and may cause the emergence of another supercell in Al Dhahirah and in parts of the Dhofar Governorate.

Cloud Lightning

Nine killed, dozens missing after boats capsize in Indonesia storm

Rescuers prepare to head out to search for survivors after a string of boats capsized during the storm
Rescuers prepare to head out to search for survivors after a string of boats capsized during the storm
At least nine people were killed and dozens more are missing after a string of boats capsized in a storm that battered Indonesia's section of Borneo island, a local rescue agency said Friday.

The accident happened early Wednesday in waters off the coast of West Kalimantan where waves as high as five metres (16 feet) swamped a dozen fishing vessels and pair of tugboats.

It was first reported by search-and-rescue authorities on Friday.

Nine people have been confirmed dead with another 46 still missing, said Yopi Haryadi, head of the Pontianak rescue agency, who added that 81 people on the vessels had been rescued alive.

The storm inundated nearly 50 villages on land, destroying homes and other buildings with nearly 15,000 residents affected.

Cloud Lightning

Severe thunderstorm with hail hits Osaka, Japan

Thunderstorm with rain and hail in Osaka, Japan.
Natural disaster on July 14, 2021.

Cloud Precipitation

India - Heavy rains trigger deadly floods and landslides in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Floods in Himachal Pradesh, India, July 2021.
Floods in Himachal Pradesh, India, July 2021.
Days of heavy monsoon rainfall has triggered flooding and several landslides in northern India, affecting the states of Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Rescuers have recovered 6 bodies after landslides in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh on 12 July 2021. More people are thought to be missing and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Teams from India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed to affected areas. Eighty people were rescued from a landslide in Triund, Kangra District.

Meanwhile flooding from the Manjhi River has caused severe damage in the popular tourist destination of Dharamshala City. India's National Emergency Response Centre (NERC) reported 28 homes destroyed and 12 damaged across the state.

Meanwhile in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand, landslides blocked roads around Chamoli, while 3 members of a family were killed when their house collapsed during a landslide in Bageshwar on 11 July.

Comment: View also: Flash flood in Dharamshala, India - cars washed away, buildings damaged after cloudburst

Cloud Lightning

Moscow roads & airport washed out as biblical rains hit Russian capital, bringing scorching summer heatwave to sudden end

rain moscow
After weeks of sweltering in unusual warmth, on Thursday Moscow saw strong winds and a deluge of rain that has caused disruption across the city, with the weather delaying flights and damaging property in the Russian capital.

A number of flights were delayed leaving the city's main international airport, Sheremetyevo, while video emerged online showing lightning strike the concourse.

Pedestrians in the Arbat struggle through the groundwater as surging rains flood the city.

Cloud Precipitation

Western Europe inundated with yet more heavy rainfall - Rivers burst banks in Belgium, France and Germany - At least 90 killed, 1300 missing (UPDATE)

Comment: Western Europe's endless 'river of rain' in the summer of 2021 continues...

A sluggish storm system meandering over western and central Europe this week has broken records and brought flooding to the region -- and AccuWeather meteorologists warn this storm isn't done bringing wet weather.

Officials said Wednesday that firefighters continued to search for a man who was missing in the eastern German town of Jöhstadt after he was swept away by a raging stream on Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported. Jöhstadt is located near the Czech Republic border.

According to the AP, which cited a local German news source, the man disappeared after trying to secure his property from rising waters.

A disaster alert was issued in Hof County, also located near the Czech border, as the heavy rainfall flooded basements, uprooted trees and cut power across the area. Rainfall totals of 3.34 inches (85 mm) over 12 hours were reported. This area also received around 3.50 inches (89 mm) on July 9.

The flooding was not limited to eastern Germany with several areas in western Germany reporting flooding after another round of rain and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Comment: Update: Yahoo! News reports on July 15:
Western Europe flooding kills at least 44

At least 42 people have died in Germany and dozens are missing as swollen rivers caused by record rainfall across western Europe swept through towns and villages, leaving cars up-ended, houses destroyed and people stranded on rooftops.

Eighteen people died and dozens were unaccounted for around the wine-growing region of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate state, police said, after the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine broke its banks and brought down half a dozen houses.

Another 15 people died in the Euskirchen region south of the city of Bonn, authorities said.

People in region were asked to leave their homes.

In Belgium, two men died due to the torrential rain and a 15-year-old girl was missing after being swept away by an overflowing river.

Hundreds of soldiers and 2500 relief workers were helping police with rescue efforts in Germany.

Tanks were deployed to clear roads of landslides and fallen trees and helicopters winched those stranded on rooftops to safety.

About 200,000 households lost power due to the floods.

In Ahrweiler, two wrecked cars were propped steeply against either side of the town's stone gate and locals used snow shovels and brooms to sweep mud from their homes and shops after the floodwaters receded.

"I was totally surprised. I had thought that water would come in here one day, but nothing like this," resident Michael Ahrend told Reuters.

"This isn't a war - it's simply nature hitting out. Finally, we should start paying attention to it."

The floods have caused Germany's worst mass loss of life in years.

Flooding in 2002 killed 21 people in eastern Germany and more than 100 across the wider central European region.

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her dismay.

"I am shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure. My sympathy goes out to the families of the dead and missing."

In the US for a farewell visit before she steps down following a federal election in September, Merkel promised financial aid for those affected.

"You can trust that all branches of government, federal, state and local, will join forces to do everything they can to save lives, avert danger and alleviate hardship," she said.

In Belgium, about 10 houses collapsed in Pepinster after the river Vesdre flooded the eastern town and residents were relocated from more than 1000 homes.

The rain also caused severe disruption to public transport, with high-speed Thalys train services to Germany cancelled.

Traffic on the river Meuse is also suspended as the major Belgian waterway threatened to breach its banks.

Downstream in the Netherlands, flooding rivers damaged many houses in the southern province of Limburg, where several care homes were evacuated.

In addition to the fatalities in the Euskirchen region, another nine people, including two firefighters, died elsewhere in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the town of Schuld, houses were reduced to piles of debris and broken beams.

Roads were blocked by wreckage and fallen trees.

"It was catastrophic," said 65-year-old pensioner Edgar Gillessen, whose family home had been damaged.

"All these people living here, I know them all. I feel so sorry for them, they've lost everything. A friend had a workshop over there, nothing standing, the bakery, the butcher, it's all gone. It's scary. Unimaginable."

Weather experts said that rain in the region over the past 24 hours had been unprecedented as a near-stationary low-pressure weather system also caused sustained local downpours to the west in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Update: The Independent reports on July 16:
More than 90 people have died after severe flooding in western Germany and Belgium, as rescuers continue to search for survivors.

At least 81 of the fatalities occurred in Germany, while there have been 12 deaths in Belgium, according to local media reports.

A total of 1,300 residents remain missing in the Ahrweiler district in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the district government said.

In the village of Schuld and elsewhere, houses were swept away after rivers burst their banks following days of extreme rainfall.

Speaking from Washington on Thursday, Angela Merkel expressed her sorrow at the events unfolding in her home country, calling it a day "characterised by fear, by despair, by suffering".

Her potential successor as chancellor, Armin Laschet, the premier of the badly-affected state of North Rhine-Westphalia, blamed the climate crisis for the catastrophe.

"We will be faced with such events over and over, and that means we need to speed up climate protection measures... because climate change isn't confined to one state," he said.

Deaths have been reported in Belgium too, with the mayor of Liège ordering residents to evacuate their homes on Thursday. The Netherlands and Luxembourg have also been affected by severe flooding.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 6 killed due to floods, landslides in Turkey's Black Sea region

At least six people were killed and one went missing after flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains hit Turkey's Black Sea region.

Following the heavy downpour that hit the northeastern province of Rize on July 14, landslides wreaked havoc in some areas, tearing apart chunks of soil from hills and piling up debris on streets inundated with floodwaters.

The Güneysu and Çayeli districts, located on steep hills in a challenging terrain where mountains run parallel to the sea, were the epicenters.

Rize Governor's Office said in a statement that floods and landslides were reported in many locations across the province, adding that most rainfall was recorded in Güneysu, where 207 kilograms of precipitation hit each square meter.