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Earthquake rattles Greek islands close to Turkey

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The Greek island of Nisyros
The Athens-based Institute of Geodynamics says a 5.4-magnitude tremor occurred early Sunday in the Aegean Sea, near the small Greek island of Nisyros, west of Rhodes

A 5.4-magnitude tremor occurred early Sunday in the Aegean Sea, near the small Greek island of Nisyros, west of Rhodes, the Athens-based Institute of Geodynamics reported.

The quake's epicenter was 23 kilometers (14.3 miles) south southwest of Nisyros, a small island, round in shape with about 1,000 inhabitants and an active volcano. The tremor occurred at 7:31 a.m. local time (0431 GMT) at a depth 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles), the institute reported.

The quake was also felt in the Turkish coastal town of Datca in Mugla province. Turkey's emergency and disaster authority AFAD gave the magnitude as 5.5. Turkish authorities have not reported any damage.

Earlier, late Saturday and early Sunday, there had been two tremors of magnitudes 4.7 and 4.1, respectively.

Since then, several aftershocks have occurred. There are no reports of injuries or damage.

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Historic deluge in Austrian town of Graz causes flooding and damage to homes

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A rain storm that swept over the city of Graz in the Steiermark region of Austria on Friday evening smashed a rainfall record from 1938, flooded streets and cellars, and uprooted several trees.

One weather station in the city recorded rainfall of 110 litres per square metre in a 24-hour period, overtaking a record that had stood since the year 1938, when 105 litres fell in a 24-hour period.

City authorities appealed to residents not to leave their houses during the storm as rainwater swamped some streets and flooded into cellars.


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Floods leave dozens dead and thousands homeless in Niger

File Photo: A general view shows ruins of houses destroyed by floods in Agadez, a market town northeast of Niger's capital Niamey, on September 3, 2009
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File Photo: A general view shows ruins of houses destroyed by floods in Agadez, a market town northeast of Niger's capital Niamey, on September 3, 2009
At least 35 people were killed and 26,500 others were left homeless after heavy floods caused by torrential rains wreaked havoc in the Sahel country.

Heavy rains lashing arid Niger since June have killed 35 people and made more than 26,500 homeless, the civil protection agency said.

Twenty people died in house collapses, 15 drowned and 24 were injured, a statement said.

A total of 26,532 people had to leave their houses, it said.


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At least 150 fatalities after flash floods in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan (UPDATE)

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Dozens of people are feared dead after flash floods in Nuristan Province in eastern Afghanistan.

Flooding struck in Kamdesh district (also Kamdeish or Kamdish) in Nuristan Province late on 28 July 2021. As of 29 July, Ariana News television network in Afghanistan reported at least 60 fatalities.

Roads and telecommunications systems have been damaged. Afghanistan's National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said rescue and relief efforts have been hindered by the remote location of the affected area. The situation is further complicated by the fact the area is not under government control.


Comment: Update: Associated Press reports on July 31:
Taliban say flooding kills 150 in Afghanistan

Cleanup operations continued Saturday in the Afghan village of Merdesh after flash flooding struck a remote area in the country's mountainous northeast, killing at least 150 people.




Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rainfall causes extensive flooding in Trinidad

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Thursday's torrential rainfall was bad, but yesterday's was worse as the swollen rivers in South and Central Trinidad over-topped and flooded villages in the Caroni plains and the South Oropouche lagoon.

The Met office issued a continued yellow level riverine flooding alert yesterday morning that was expected to last until 4 p.m. By 10 a.m. the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government had noted floods in areas including El Carmen, Kelly Village, Las Lomas and St Helena.

The ministry said sandbags were being distributed and councillors from the respective districts were working to bring relief where it was needed and a full assessment team would be sent out to do damage assessments and needs analysis as soon as it was safe to do so.


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Waterspout forms near Ocean View, Delaware

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Fast moving strong storms caused very limited damage considering what some of the video sent in by viewers to WRDE.

There were no injuries reported from the storms but plenty of shocking video and pictures from our viewers.

A video posted to Facebook shows a waterspout from near Ocean View.

Sandy & Lori Smyth, who shot the video said, "You know it was neat the fact that we got to see the whole thing form and then even after the video was over I came down here and I saw it was still continuing on you know right over there towards the tower."


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Floods cause heavy losses in Sudan amid Nile dam crisis

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Sudan's Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources said July 26 that the Blue Nile water flow rose from 100 million cubic meters to 400 million cubic meters.

The ministry noted in a statement that as the fall season approaches and rainfall averages on the Ethiopian plateau increases, the Blue Nile water levels have already increased significantly in the Roseires, Singa, Sennar, Wad Madani and Khartoum water treatment plants.

The Sudanese concerns of floods coincide with Ethiopia announcing that it has completed the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) reservoir, without disclosing the volume of water stored.

Speaking to Al-Monitor, former Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohammed Nasr Allam said that the Sudanese floods caused heavy losses this year despite the limited water quantities, following the unilateral filling of the GERD and amid lack of information provided on the dam. He said Ethiopia did not coordinate over the GERD filling and operation with any of the concerned parties, and thus Sudan could not take the necessary measures to deal with possible floods or high water levels of the Blue Nile.

On July 24, Sudanese media reported that the floods in al-Fao, in Gedaref state, displaced more than 10,000 families, submerged nearly 20,000 houses, damaged hundreds of tons of wheat stocks and caused a total of 1 trillion Sudanese pounds (about $2.2 billion) in losses in several sectors, according to preliminary estimates in al-Fao.


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Ice Age Farmer Report: China floods, Brazil freezes, US dry - Top exporters lose crops as grains crisis accelerates

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As Brazil gets hit repeatedly by unusually low temperatures, destroying crops, the flooding in China's Henan province -- which accounts for 10% of their grains production -- has damaged wheat, infrastructure, and thousands of large hog farms. All hopes are on US, which is also having its own issues. This signals a huge red flag for worldwide food production as these are the #1/2/3 producers/exporters of many grains. In fact, Brazil has started importing! Christian explores what this means in this episode of the Ice Age Farmer broadcast.


Comment: See in addition: 69 dead, 5 still missing in floods in Henan, China - 12.9 million people affected - 972,000 hectares of farmland damaged

A catalogue of crop failures


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Fierce cold weather leaves Brazilian authorities scrambling to support homeless population

Homeless people improvise a bonfire to try to keep warm during a cold night in Sao Paulo on Thursday. A fierce cold snap on Wednesday night prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, where such weather is rare.
© Marcelo Chello/The Associated Press
Homeless people improvise a bonfire to try to keep warm during a cold night in Sao Paulo on Thursday. A fierce cold snap on Wednesday night prompted snowfall in southern Brazil, where such weather is rare.
Temperatures have dropped below freezing mark in parts of southern Brazil

A fierce cold snap is bearing down on homeless people in Brazil, and authorities, activists and religious leaders are doing what they can to limit suffering on the streets.

Temperatures in some areas of southern Brazil have dropped below freezing, and dozens of cities received snow and freezing rain.

That's especially worrisome this year, after the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated homelessness by punishing Brazil's job market, and the federal government diminished welfare spending that was a lifeline in 2020.

Brazil's most populous state, Sao Paulo, on Thursday donated 7,500 blankets and 1,000 sleeping bags to organizations that help people who are homeless.


Comment: Cold wave brings rare snow to 13 Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Also to Northern Argentina and Uruguay


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Thousands affected by floods in 5 regions of Chad

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Flooding in Chad has affected thousands of people across the regions of Tandjilé, Mandoul, Ennedi-Ouest, N'Djamena and Batha over the last few weeks. More rain is forecast, increasing fears of a repeat of the flooding of 2020, which caused widespread damage and affected over 300,000 people.

Flooding struck in south-western Tandjilé Region in late June 2021, where 5 people died
and 231 were injured. Furthermore around 4,413 houses were destroyed and over 30 educational and health buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Livestock also suffered. The UN said the damage in Tandjilé Prefecture left 20,000 people in need of shelter, food, and health assistance.

Since then the NGO MSF-Holland deployed a medical team and the French Red Cross worked with the national Red Cross to provide emergency assistance. European Union donor European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) pledged 350,000 EUR for the response to flood-affected people in Tandjilé.