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Latest storms and hail in Spain caused severe damage to several crops - 360,000 hectares affected

Damage to an olive grove in the Sevillian town of Gilena
© Efeagro / José Manuel Vidal
Damage to an olive grove in the Sevillian town of Gilena
According to estimates by the Spanish Group of Combined Agricultural Insurance Entities (Agroseguro), the storms and hail registered recently in various parts of Spain have damaged a total of 24,000 hectares of crops.

The region of Castile-La Mancha has been particularly hit by these meteorological events, with the greatest damage being recorded in Campo de Calatrava and Montiel, in Ciudad Real, and in Albacete.

In the province of Ciudad Real, hail has caused plenty of damage to almond trees (just at the beginning of their harvest season) and to summer vegetables (melon, watermelon, tomato and onion). In Albacete, the hail storms have hit similar crops, as well as other like corn or lettuce, as revealed by Agroseguro data.

In the case of Extremadura, a region also strongly affected, the greatest damage has been reported in the Las Vegas Altas region, in the province of Badajoz, especially in fruit trees (some plum and peach varieties) and in crops such as tomatoes.

Comment: View also: Summer flash floods hit Andalusia, Spain

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Flash floods kill 13 so far in Balochistan, Pakistan

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Balochistan has climbed to 13 as two more people swept away in floodwater in different areas of the province on Wednesday.

According to a report released by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) regarding the casualties and damages in rain-related incidents, 13 people including two women and three children have died in Balochistan during the recent monsoon rains.

The flash floods injured seven people and caused damage to 861 houses, while 46 houses were partially destroyed.


Tornado hits Santa Catarina, Brazil

Tornado hits Tangará, Santa Catarina, Brazil. August 14th, 2020.

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Three die as rains lash India's Jaipur city, flooding low-lying areas


What the rain did to Jaipur
Three people died as heavy rains lashed the Indian city of Jaipur, flooding low-lying areas of Rajasthan state's capital.

Fifty families were moved to safety from affected areas in the city and about the same number were rescued, the Press Trust of India reported. At least one vehicle was swept away by currents while crossing a bridge in the Kanota area where a dam had overflown, according to the report.

The deluge comes after Mumbai, home to India's financial markets and the central bank, last week suffered its heaviest daily downpour for the month of August in 47 years, flooding large parts of the mega city and disrupting businesses and services.


Mexico's El Popo volcano blasts plumes of smoke, ash high into sky

Popocatepetl volcano

Popocatepetl volcano
Mexico's majestic Popocatepetl volcano rumbled to life on Friday (August 14), spewing smoke and ash columns some 600 meters (1968 feet) out from its crater.

The eruption occurred at 0727 local time (1227 GMT). The massive plume of gas and ash then dispersed towards the southeast, according to reports.

Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention has warned people to stay away from Popocatepetl, reporting that in the previous 24 hours it had observed more than 36 discharges from the volcano.

Popocatepetl is 5,426 meters (17,802 feet) tall and is the second-highest mountain in Mexico and the fifth-highest in North America.

Source: Reuters


Ice Age Farmer Report: China's FOOD CRISIS: Recycling food, limiting orders, censoring eating on social media

China has launched a "CLEAN YOUR PLATE" campaign, indicating that we are entering a global food crisis and moreover that it is YOUR fault for wasting too much food. Eating shows are being censored from the internet, and social media sites are telling users to "value food." Restaurants are limited, no longer able to serve meals to each person!

And "AgriFoodTech" companies are working to "Upcycle" food waste and FEED IT BACK TO YOU as other foods ... or even an innocent looking cup of coffee. Christian breaks down this next-level nanny state encroachments and this latest salvo -- which sets the tone for the rest of the world -- in the war on food.


Comment: Ice Age Farmer Report: States secretly stockpiling food for need ahead - "To the Roof!"

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At least 43 killed, 180,000 affected by floods across Sudan since late July

Flood damage in White Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Civil Defence
Flood damage in White Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
Flooding in Sudan has affected over 180,000 people across 17 states, with over 40 fatalities reported.

Recent flooding began in the country after heavy rainfall in late July. Damage was reported in parts of Khartoum and a dam collapsed in Blue Nile state.

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Huge hail storm hits Critérium du Dauphiné riders and spectators in France

© Tim Declercq / Instagram
The finish of stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné was battered by a brutal hailstorm on Thursday afternoon, catching out a chunk of the peloton as they rode to the finish atop the Col de Porte and the crowds along the road.

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) had long since taken the stage victory and overall race lead, but even the Slovenian was affected by the storm, his wife and young child forced to seek shelter in the car of Cyclingnews reporter Peter Cossins

Meanwhile, the podium ceremony was cut short after the inflatable roof collapsed just as Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) was receiving the white jersey for best young rider.

Deceuninck-QuickStep domestique Tim Declercq posted a photo to Instagram of vicious-looking welts on his back suffered after taking hits from the hail, while B&B Hotels-Vital Concept neo-pro Maxime Chevalier had a similar injury.


Bald Eagle attacks woman along Lake Superior

Bald Eagle Attacks Woman

Young Bald Eagle attacks woman
A scary attack between a young bald eagle and a woman took place along Lake Superior Thursday - and it was all caught on video, as FOX 21's Dan Hanger reports.

The aggressive bald eagle was seen attacking the woman Thursday morning just 100 yards away from the Cascade Lodge and Restaurant along Highway 61 in Lutsen.

Head Kitchen Manager Bernie Banks ran to help the woman — a guest at the lodge — using his chef's jacket to safely stop the raptor from charging on.

"I just took off my jacket and threw it over him and tried my best to get him off of her while not hurting the bird or hurting her anymore without me getting hurt, alright," Banks said.


43% of Iowa corn, soybean crop hit by Monday's storm

Governor Kim Reynolds says an initial estimate indicates 10 million acres of Iowa cropland "was impacted" by yesterday's storm.

"This morning I had a farmer reach out to me to say that this was the worst wind damage to crops and farm buildings that he has ever seen across the state in such a wide area," Reynolds said during a news conference late this morning.

According to the U.S.D.A., 23.4 million acres was seeded with corn and soybeans this spring, so this early estimate indicates 43 percent of Iowa's 2020 corn and soybean crop has been damaged or destroyed.