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Tropical Storm Dianmu brings flooding to north and central regions of Thailand - almost 8 inches of rain in a day

Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
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Floods in Bamnet Narong District, Chaiyaphum Province, 27 September 2021.
Disaster authorities in Thailand report dozens of provinces in the country have been affected by flooding after heavy rain over recent days brought by Tropical Storm Dianmu.

Thailand's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) reported flooding has affected 58,977 households across 27 provinces. Some of the affected areas had already seen flooding earlier this month after a period of heavy rain from 16 September brought by the Southwest Monsoon.

According to images and data from Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the worst of the flooding is in northern and central regions.

In the north, Sukhothai province is the worst hit area with 7,392 households affected, mostly in Sri Samrong, Khirimas and Muang districts, according to DDPM. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited flood-hit communities of Sukhothai's Sri Samrong district.


Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Gulab slams coastal cities of India with heavy rain, thunder and lightning

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Cyclone Gulab has made landfall over the coastal areas of south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh. This is the third cyclone in 2021 after Tauktae and Yaas.


Attention

Federal, state officials launch investigation after 6th rare monk seal found dead on Molokai, Hawaii

Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
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Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
Federal and state officials are investigating the death of another endangered Hawaiian monk seal on Molokai.

It is the sixth monk seal found dead on the island since the start of this year.

NOAA said this is an unprecedented number of deaths and a joint state and federal investigation has been launched.

Officials said a young female monk seal was found dead on the south shore of Molokai on Sunday. The seal was identified as "L11,″ which was one of the pups that was born on the island in 2020.


Health

River otter attacks baffle authorities in Anchorage, Alaska

River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
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River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
Officials say 'care will be taken to remove only animals exhibiting unusual behaviors' after woman, boy and dog are bitten

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, used to living alongside moose and bear now face a threat from a more diminutive creature: the humble river otter.

On Friday, the Alaska department of fish and game alerted residents to a pack of aggressive otters which have attacked dogs, children and adults near creeks, rivers and lakes.

Humans are river otters' only significant predator. Attacks the other way are not common, officials said. Nonetheless, a spate of reported incidents prompted the official warning.

"Because of the risk to public safety, efforts will be made to locate this group of river otters and remove them," authorities said. "Care will be taken to only remove the animals exhibiting these unusual behaviors."

Comment: This once unusual aggressive behavior seems to have become increasingly common in recent years, see the reports below:


Attention

Dramatic flash flood kills 1, sweeps away 2 others in Cebu, Philippines

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One person died while two others went missing after being swept away by a flash flood while swimming in a waterfall in the northern town of Catmon, Cebu, on Sunday afternoon, September 26.

Wilson Ramos, information officer of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said they have now switched to a "search and retrieval" operation to look for the missing persons.

Ramos said there is only a slim chance that the two missing persons, identified as 32-year-old Jacel Alastra and her daughter Princess who is only seven years old, may still be alive.

The body of Alastra's nephew Kent Jude Monterolla, 17, was retrieved Sunday night a few kilometers down at the spillway in Barangay Corazon, which is near the beach and about seven kilometers from the waterfalls.

A video of the incident showed that a group of 11 people was bathing at the pristine waters of the layered falls when the waters suddenly turned brown, swelled, and swept all of them downstream.


Snowflake

Heavy snowfall in Kemerovo, Russia

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On Sunday, September 26, the regional capital of Kuzbass, Kemerovo, was covered with a lot of snow.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains and floods in Henan, China - affects nearly 300,000 (UPDATE))

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From September 24th to 25th, there were heavy rains in Henan, and Nanyang, Luoyang, Pingdingshan, and many villages in Henan were flooded, mountain torrents and mudslides, vehicles were buried, and flood discharge houses collapsed!


Comment: Update: Sharjah24 on 27 September carried this Reuters report:
Heavy rainstorm triggers flooding, forces evacuation in China

A heavy rainstorm hit central China's Henan Province, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,100 villagers after rain-triggered floods caused severe damages to roads and disrupted local power and communication networks.

The storm, which left one person dead and two others missing, battered 15 townships of Nanzhao County since Friday morning, affecting nearly 300,000 people.

A total of 4,175 villagers have been evacuated to temporary shelters by Sunday morning, according to local authorities.


"Each village official is responsible for the evacuation of certain households. The officials have been evacuating villagers to the village administration center, schools and hotels. They will provide accommodation, free dishes and other supplies such as instant noodles, water and milk," said Li Dayong, deputy chief of Nanzhao County.

Electricians have rushed to villages to repair power and communication systems. Reservoirs in the county have also been releasing flood water to control the risk of breaches.




Blue Planet

Great Barrier Reef experiencing 'record high' levels of coral coverage

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Former JCU Marine Physicist Peter Ridd says the Great Barrier Reef is now experiencing "record high coral cover".

"This is data that's been accumulated over a little while now and it shows ... it's actually at record high coral cover," he told Sky News Australia. "We've got more coral on the Great Barrier Reef now than we did when records began in 1985.

"We've got twice as much coral as we had after huge cyclones went through the reef in about 2011 and 2012, and this record-high coral cover is despite supposedly having three catastrophic unprecedented bleaching events in just the last five years.

"So you've just got to wonder were those bleaching events maybe as catastrophic as these experts supposedly claimed."

Comment: What ever happened to the Great Barrier Reef being on the verge of collapse? Previously:

Scientists warn Great Barrier Reef in Australia is undergoing a complete ecosystem collapse


Windsock

Heavy sand storm engulfs Kuwait

Photo taken on Sept. 26, 2021 shows buildings shrouded in heavy dust in Kuwait City, Kuwait. A heavy sand storm engulfed Kuwait on Sunday.
© Xinhua
Photo taken on Sept. 26, 2021 shows buildings shrouded in heavy dust in Kuwait City, Kuwait. A heavy sand storm engulfed Kuwait on Sunday.
Again, Kuwaitis encountered on Sunday the most common scene in their daily life: sandstorm. Sand storms affect the Middle East heavily, and Kuwait is reportedly to be one of the hardest-hit countries in the region.


Source: Xinhua

Attention

Tour guide dies in elephant attack at game reserve in South Africa

Paramedics found bystanders performing CPR on the tour guide after he was attacked by an elephant.

Paramedics found bystanders performing CPR on the tour guide after he was attacked by an elephant.
A 50-year-old tour guide died after he was attacked by an elephant while conducting a game drive.

The incident took place at a game reserve in Gravelotte, Limpopo, on Thursday morning.

ER24 paramedics said when they arrived on the scene, they found bystanders performing CPR on the man.

"We took over and assessed the man, but unfortunately, he showed no signs of life. He was declared dead at the scene," said ER24's Ineke van Huyssteen.