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Deadly flash floods in Sololá Department, Guatemala - 3 people killed

Flood damage in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, department of Sololá, Guatemala, June 2021.
Flood damage in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, department of Sololá, Guatemala, June 2021.
Three people died in flash floods in Sololá Department, Guatemala, according to disaster authorities in the country.

The disaster struck after heavy rainfall caused the Quibá river to overflow in the village of Guineales, municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in Sololá department. Three people, including 2 children, were swept away by the force of the flooding. Around 30 houses were severely damaged and 85 people have moved to shelters.

Several communities in the municipality have been left isolated after flooding damaged roads and bridges. Media report at least 15,000 people have been affected in the municipality.

Meanwhile heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in other departments of the country since 12 June, 2021. A landslide in Amatitlán in Guatemala Department blocked a road, disrupting the travel of thousands of people. In Alta Verapaz department, flooding damaged buildings in San Cristóbal Verapaz, displacing 25 people.

Cloud Precipitation

Rescues after damaging flash floods in La Rioja, Spain

Emergency services were called on to rescue a driver trapped in flood waters after a storm in La Rioja, Spain on 14 June 2021.

SOS Rioja reported 54 weather-related incidents in a 3 hour period during the evening of 14 June, mostly in areas between Haro and Logroño. One person was rescued from flood waters in Navarrete. Flooding blocked roads in Briones and Uruñuela.

According to SOS Rioja, 31.1 mm of rain fell in Ezcaray and over 19 mm in both Haro and Nájera during the storm. Wind gusts of over 70 km/h were also reported.

One of the worst affected areas was the town Fuenmayor where two small rivers that run through the town broke their banks, causing sever damage to buildings and roads.

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Floods and landslides leave 1 missing, hundreds of homes damaged in Panama

Flooded buildings in Panamá Oeste, June 2021.
© Government of Panamá Oeste
Flooded buildings in Panamá Oeste, June 2021.
Heavy rain in Panamá has caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country since 12 June 2021.

The heavy rain caused rivers to overflow, landslides and flash flooding in urban areas. In 24 hours to 14 June 2021, Panama City recorded 114.5 mm of rain and Pacora in Panamá District recorded 92.5 mm.

The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) reported at least 400 homes have been damaged across Panama, Panamá Oeste and Chiriquí Provinces. Some of the hardest hit areas are Tocumen and Pacora in Panamá District. Flight traffic was suspended at the international airport at Tocumen and flights were diverted to Cartagena, Colombia.

SINAPROC reported one person was missing in floods in Cristóbal in the province of Colón as of 13 June 2021.


Powerful storm hits Ourense, Spain

Ourense storm
© YouTube/FOBOS PLANET (screen capture)
Heavy storm and floods in Spain 2021! A strong storm devastates Ourense and leaves hundreds of incidents. A strong storm registered in the afternoon of this Sunday in Ourense, with hail, has left hundreds of incidents in many parts of the city. Flooded streets, broken roofs, broken trees and flooded portals are just some of the consequences recorded due to wind and rain. The torrential rains at times sowed chaos in the city, in a day marked by the yellow alert warning for storms throughout the province.


Snow falls in the middle of June in Iceland

Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday
© Mbl.is/Albert Kemp
Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday.
It may be the middle of June, but nonetheless it snowed in the East Fjords of Iceland yesterday, mbl.is reports. The weather forecast calls for the cold weather to continue for the coming days.

Yesterday morning, the residents of Mývatnssveit, Northeast Iceland, woke up to a snow-covered ground, and in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, it still snowed yesterday.

Óli Þór Árnason, meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office, states that although the snowfall wasn't heavy in low-lying areas, numerous areas from Eyjafjörður fjord in the north and all the way to the East Fjords saw either sleet or snow yesterday.

Arrow Down

Car sinks in Mumbai parking lot sinkhole after heavy rains

In a startling incident, a car was swallowed up by a sinkhole at a parking lot in Mumbai. The entire incident was caught on camera by witnesses. The car gets fully submerged within seconds. Police reportedly said that there had been a well at the spot which was covered with concrete and used as a parking space by people. Due to heavy rain, land subsidence occurred, and the concrete caved in. Watch the full video for more.

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Tropical Storm Koguma floods 20,000 hectares of farmland in Vietnam - up to a foot of rain in 24 hours

Storm Koguma

Storm Koguma
Tropical Storm Koguma made landfall in Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam early on 13 June 2021. According to disaster authorities in Vietnam, the storm weakened into a tropical depression as it move inland.

Two fishermen were reported missing at sea off the coast of Thai Binh Province. Two ships from the Border Guard are assisting in the search and rescue.

Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) reported over 130 homes damaged, mostly as a result of strong winds, including 21 houses in Ha Nam province and 104 in Nam Dinh province.

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New Zealand: Some of Canterbury's May floods labelled a 'one-in-200-year event'

Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury
Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury.
Some parts of the Canterbury floods were so extreme it was only expected to happen once every 200 years, scientists says.

During the floods, at the end of May, an Environment Canterbury rain gauge in Mt Somers recorded its largest 48-hour rainfall ever, with 526mm. Another rain gauge about 10km away recorded 310mm in the same period.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate scientist Dr Trevor Carey-Smith said the long duration of the rainfall, not the short-term intensity of it, was exceptional.

"Most extreme rainfall only occurred in a relatively thin strip along the Canterbury foothills," Carey-Smith said.

The rainfall recorded at Mt Somers, Geraldine and Snowdon was on average only expected once every 200 years. Those rain gauges span an inland 100km stretch of the South Island.

Comment: New Zealand - Emergency declared after floods in Canterbury - up to 11 inches of rain in 21 hours

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Kohlu, Pakistan

A woman and two children were killed after lightning struck them during a thunderstorm in Balochistan's Kohlu Sunday.

The province received its first spell of monsoon rains on Saturday night.

Two others were injured and they are being treated at a hospital.

During the heavy showers, the wall of Kohlu assistant commissioner's house collapsed and roof collapses were reported in different parts of the district.

Many crops have been damaged too.

Comment: Three other people were also killed by separate lightning strikes a day earlier in Pakistan.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills teen swimming off Tybee Island, Georgia officials say

A swimmer has died after she was hit by lightning in Georgia on Saturday, officials say.

The 15-year-old Alabama girl was in the water near 17th Street on Tybee Island around 2:45 p.m. when she was struck, according to a news release from the City of Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Fire Department and Police Department responded and performed CPR on the swimmer before she was taken to a hospital by ambulance, the city says.

The city said Sunday that the teen, who has not been identified, died.

"The City of Tybee Island is deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman," the city wrote. "Our hearts remain with her family and friends."