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Typhoon "Carina," monsoon rains flood Northern Luzon, Philippines - 13 killed (UPDATE)

© GMA Regional TV One North Central Luzon
Typhoon "Carina" and the southwest monsoon have caused flooding in Ilocos Norte, prompting evacuations and power shutdown preparations.

Ilocos Sur evacuated two families due to landslides while Nueva Ecija remains on alert amid ongoing rains.

Continuous rains brought by Typhoon Carina and the southwest monsoon caused a river in Barangay Cataban, Laoag City to overflow, flooding two sitios for about two hours before the waters subsided.

The national highway in Bacarra was also flooded as water from nearby rice fields overflowed, but the water quickly receded.

"Gawa ng tuloy-tuloy na ulan kaya umapaw ang baha sa kalsada," Belinda Calulot, a resident, said.

All roads and bridges in Ilocos Norte remain passable despite the heavy rains.

Comment: Update July 14

Associated Press reports:
Typhoon Carina, internationally known as Gaemi, did not make landfall here in the Philippines but enhanced its seasonal monsoon rains that set off at least a dozen landslides and floods over five days.

As it headed for Taiwan on Wednesday, at least 12 people had been killed and 600,000 more displaced, including 35,000 who went to emergency shelters, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Metro Manila — also known as the National Capital Region — was placed under a state of calamity in the afternoon.

A landslide buried a rural shanty Tuesday in the mountainside town of Agoncillo in Batangas province, and the bodies of a pregnant woman and three children, aged 9 to 15, were dug out Wednesday morning. A rice porridge vendor was hit by a falling tree in another Batangas town Tuesday night, raising the toll in the country to 13 dead.


Two large landslides hit Ethiopia after heavy rain, kill at least 229 people

Rescue teams have so far retrieved the bodies of 229 people killed in two landslides in southern Ethiopia, a local official has told the BBC.

The landslides occurred on Sunday evening and Monday morning, after heavy rains in a remote mountainous area of the Gofa zone.

The local authority said the search for survivors was "continuing vigorously" but that the "death toll could yet increase".

Footage showed hundreds of people gathered at the scene and others digging in the dirt in search of people trapped underneath.

In the background, a hillside can be seen partially collapsed and a large patch of red earth has been exposed.


Italy's Catania airport closed by Etna volcanic ash

Flights serving the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted on Tuesday after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna, the airport operator said, bringing fresh travel woe during the peak summer tourist season.

Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has seen intense activity in recent days, spewing hot ash and lava.

The airport of Catania had already been closed earlier this month due to ash in the sky. It acts as a hub for the east of Sicily and attracts more arrivals than the capital Palermo.

The statement said that authorities had decided on "the suspension of all incoming and outgoing flights."

"The suspension will result in cancellations and/or rerouting to other airports," it added, saying normal operations would resume once the ash fallout had ended.


Woman killed by her pet dog in Coventry, UK - 2nd death in city in a month, 4th for UK in 2024

A woman in her 30s has been killed by her pet dog in Coventry, the fourth fatal dog attack in England and Wales this year.

West Midlands police said they attended at house on Wexford Road in the city at about 12.15pm on Monday after 999 calls. The woman was treated by the ambulance service at the scene but died a short time later.

The dog has been seized and its breed has yet to be confirmed, but police said they did not believe it to be a banned breed. The family of the woman have been informed and the death has been reported to the coroner for further inquiries.

Ch Insp David Amos, from the local neighbourhood policing area, said: "We understand that this is a distressing and tragic incident and we would like to thank the local community for their support and to our emergency services colleagues who dealt with this incident. Our thoughts remain firmly with the family and loved ones of the woman who has sadly died.


Waterspout spotted on Florida's Lake George

Waterspout spotted on Florida's Lake George over the weekend.


7.6 inches of rainfall in 12 hours amid high tide floods Mumbai, India - road and air traffic hit

A yellow alert has been issued for Mumbai for the period from Sunday to Wednesday.
© Amit ChakravartyA yellow alert has been issued for Mumbai for the period from Sunday to Wednesday.
It was a wet Sunday as nearly 152mm of rainfall coupled with a high tide of 4.44m at noon caused waterlogging in many areas and disrupted road and air traffic in the city.

Mumbai airport's runway had to be shut down twice - from 12.12pm to 12.20pm and from 1pm to 1.15pm - and flight operations were delayed by an hour due to poor visibility, said an airport source, adding that 15 arrival flights were diverted.

Agencies reported 36 flights were cancelled.

IMD's Santacruz and Colaba observatories recorded 151.6mm and 42mm rainfall in the 12-hour period ending Sunday 8pm. Other parts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region too witnessed downpour - Thane recorded 96mm rain, Palghar 88mm, and Panvel 85mm.

Several areas in Mumbai saw nearly 200mm rainfall during this 12-hour period, including Trombay 196mm, Ghatkopar 191mm, Chembur 186mm, Mankhurd 178mm, Wadala 174mm, Dadar 163mm, and Sion and Sewri 160mm, as per BMC's automatic weather stations which record localised data.

A day after issuing a 'yellow' alert indicating the likelihood of heavy rainfall at isolated places, IMD on Sunday afternoon upgraded the warning to 'orange' - heavy to very heavy rains very likely. The rain activity is expected to continue on Monday, but with reduced intensity, said IMD.


Typhoon Prapiroon makes landfall in S. China's Hainan, bringing down trees & disrupting transport

Huge waves break on the shore in Sanya Bay, Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, July 22, 2024.
© CFPHuge waves break on the shore in Sanya Bay, Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, July 22, 2024.
Typhoon Prapiroon, the fourth typhoon of the year, made landfall as a severe tropical storm in Liji Township, Wanning City, Hainan Province in Southern China, around 1:30 am local time on July 22, with winds of up to 28 meters per second near the center.

The strong winds and heavy rains caused various degrees of damage and risks in several cities and counties across Hainan, prompting local firefighters to respond urgently.

Before and after the typhoon's landfall, numerous roads around the island were blocked by fallen trees due to strong winds. No casualties have been reported from the fallen trees.


Woman dies after being attacked by bear in Romania - 26 such fatalities for the country in last 20 years

A 19-year-old woman died in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains after being attacked by a bear, Romanian news agency Mediafax reported on Wednesday.

She was dragged away by the wild animal while hiking in the Bucegi massif south of Brașov on Tuesday evening, a witness reported who then made an emergency call.

Less than an hour later, mountain rescuers and police came and recovered the woman's body.

They shot the bear, as it had also tried to attack the rescue workers, the report said.

Comment: Agence France-Presse reported on July 15:
Romania's parliament has approved the culling of almost 500 bears this year in an effort to control the "overpopulation" of the protected species after a deadly attack on a hiker sparked nationwide outcry.

The country is home to 8,000 brown bears, according to the environment ministry, Europe's largest brown bear population outside Russia.

Bears have killed 26 people and severely injured 274 others over the past 20 years in Romania, the ministry said this year.

After a young hiker was mauled to death on a popular trail in Romania's Carpathian mountains last week, the prime minister, Marcel Ciolacu, summoned lawmakers back from their summer recess to attend an emergency session of parliament.

As well as adopting legislation on Monday to control the brown bear population, the parliament held a moment of silence in the 19-year-old hiker's memory.
See also this small selection of similar reports from across the world in recent years indicating perhaps an increasing trend in such aggressive behavior:
Many more such records can be under the Topics-Animal heading located here. Reports of attacks by other species, such as dogs, elephants, sharks, alligators, bison, kangaroos, hyenas, leopards, cougars, tigers, pythons and sundry others (some non-fatal but atypical) have also been also compiled - with the database going back to 2006.


Constant volcanic activity at Villarrica volcano in Chile

Mount Villarrica, located in the Araucanía region of Chile, erupted frequently on July 21, 2024.

Known for its persistent volcanic activity, Villarrica is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. The recent eruptions produced significant ash plumes and lava flows, prompting local authorities to issue safety warnings and advisories for nearby communities.

The fertile slopes of Villarrica support extensive agriculture, despite the risks posed by its eruptions. The surrounding area is also a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors to its scenic landscapes and outdoor activities.

Continuous monitoring by volcanologists using advanced technology, such as seismic sensors and satellite imagery, helps track Villarrica's behavior and provide early warnings. The ongoing activity underscores the importance of preparedness and effective risk management in volcanic regions.

Historically, Villarrica has had numerous eruptions, shaping the local geography and impacting the lives of those who live nearby.

Cloud Lightning

22-year-old hiker killed by lightning in the Alps of Austria

According to the police, the Austrian was on his way with his mother and brother from the Sudetendeutsche Hütte in East Tyrol to the Rudolfshütte in Salzburg's Stubach Valley when the family was caught in a violent thunderstorm not far from their destination.

While part of the family sought shelter under a rocky outcrop, the 22-year-old continued on and was struck by lightning at around 2,300 meters above sea level. After the storm had passed, the brother found the lifeless man.

Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful, and the emergency doctor from a rescue helicopter was also unable to help the 22-year-old. The dead man was rescued by a police helicopter and brought down to the valley.