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Ecuador - Hundreds rescued as flooding impacts thousands in Esmeraldas Province

Flood rescue in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador,
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Flood rescue in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador, 04 June 2023.
Severe flooding has left a profound impact on Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador, affecting numerous communities in the cantons of Esmeraldas, Atacames, Quinindé, and Muisne.

According to disaster authorities, over 11,000 people have been affected by the recent flooding, prompting extensive rescue efforts involving boats and helicopters. Thankfully, no fatalities or missing persons have been reported.

Esmeraldas Canton, in particular, has been severely hit, with vast areas submerged under water. As a result, approximately 2,395 homes have been damaged, leaving around 10,000 people directly affected. The devastation has also extended to other vital structures, including a prison and several schools.

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Floods in northwestern Bulgaria caused severe damage

The intensive rains in North-West Bulgaria caused severe damage in the region. Several important roads and some villages were flooded, reported bTV and Nova TV.

People from the Mezdra village of Rebarkovo are without water and electricity. In addition to the water supply network, the only road from the "Botulinovets" district to the village was also destroyed. Which makes the locals' only connection to the world a narrow grassy pathway.

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2 dead, 1 missing as heavy downpours hit northern Türkiye

Heavy rainfall in several Turkish provinces on the northern Black Sea coast last weekend left at least two people dead and another missing, according to local media reports.

The rainfall that caused the flooding swept away trees, cars and animals and inundated buildings in several provinces, including Kastamonu, Samsun, Sinop, Amasya and Çorum.

According to the reports, the rain, which particularly intensified in the Alıçlı neighborhood of Samsun's Ladık district, left an older man dead late Sunday. The man was trying to rescue animals and pass with them over a bridge when he lost his balance and got dragged into the flood.

Two people were missing after a car transporting three people in northern Amasya province was inundated by water in the village of Kışlacık. A man named Sekran Şahin was rescued, but his wife Zilal Şahin and friend Murat Ekşi were swept away with the car in flood.

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China - Floods and landslides in south west leave 17 dead, 6 missing

At least 17 people have died after heavy rainfall in southwestern China has triggered flooding and landslides in the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan.

According to state media reports, 14 people have died and 5 are still missing after a landslide in Jinkouhe, a mountainous area near the city of Leshan in Sichuan Province on 04 June 2023. Reports said the area saw heavy rainfall for 2 days prior to the event. A team of around 180 people rescue and emergency personnel are working at the site.

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Haiti - At least 42 dead, thousands homeless after flooding and landslides caused widespread damage (UPDATE)

Heavy rains cause widespread flooding in Haiti

Heavy rains cause widespread flooding in Haiti
Heavy rainfall in Haiti over the past few days has resulted in severe flooding and landslides, inflicting significant damage across the country. The capital city of Port-au-Prince and the Ouest Departments have been particularly affected, with hospitals and other structures suffering damage. In addition, a bridge near Jérémie in the Grand'Anse Department has been destroyed, exacerbating the situation.

The relentless downpours that commenced on 01 June 2023, intensified during the early hours of 03 June, leading to overflowing rivers and triggering numerous landslides. In some cases, the situation was further exacerbated by blocked drainage channels and bodies of water.

According to official reports, at least 15 individuals have lost their lives as a result of the disaster, while eight people remain missing. Regrettably, the death toll is anticipated to rise as search and rescue operations continue.

Comment: Update

Miami Herald reports:
At least 42 dead, thousands homeless in Haiti after a weekend of heavy rains, flooding

A weekend of torrential rains and widespread flooding in Haiti have left at least 42 people dead, 11 missing and over 13,300 homeless, the government's disaster response agency said.

The Office of Civil Protection said the weather also left at least 7,475 families affected, and flooded at least 13,633 homes across several regional departments. The city of Léogâne, just south of Port-au-Prince, was most affected. The city also registered at least 11 deaths, Jerry Chandler, the head of the Office of Civil Protection, said Monday when the death toll still stood at about 30 and he cautioned the casualties were still preliminary.

By Monday afternoon, the numbers were updated to show that the damage is even more extensive than initially thought. At least 85 people have also been injured, authorities said.

"The biggest impact was the West" region, Chandler said, referring to the area that encompasses the capital.

Also affected in the capital were major health centers including GHESKIO because the Bois de chêne canal, located next door, hasn't been cleaned out for the last five years. The center's director, Dr. Jean William "Bill" Pape said many computers, although placed on elevated platforms, have been damaged by the rains.

Other regions in the environmentally vulnerable country that saw heavy damage were: the Northwest; the Nippes; and the Southeast, where a boat capsized Saturday morning that resulted in the death of two passengers. Fourteen others were rescued.

"In the Center department, the agricultural sector is very impacted," the agency said in a statement.

Also affected is a bridge that was submerged from overflowing river waters, and several roads have also been cut off by flooding and boulders. While the damage assessment is ongoing, Chandler said emergency response teams are mobilized and trying to support affected communities. Along with United Nations aid groups, Civil Protection volunteers are slowly deploying shelter, food and sanitary facilities, and drinking water to those affected.

The heavy rains, which began on Friday, occurred just days into the start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season.

Chandler told the Miami Herald last week that while they had managed to increase training and improve communication coverage so they can get real-time information from their volunteers as disaster strikes, they have been unable to get supplies due to the ongoing gang violence.

On Monday, he said security remains a concern as they "timidly" try to respond to the disaster while also trying to maneuver through gang-controlled territories to get help to the population.

The World Food Program said while the full consequences of the excess rainfall is still not known, the U.N. agency will start providing hot meals to displaced people over the coming hours. WFP is also mobilizing ready-to-eat rations and dry food that can assist up to 15,000 people.

"WFP has the capacity to respond to this emergency, but a significant weather induced event of this level so early in the hurricane season, which generally runs from June to November each year, raises concerns about the ability to provide a sustained response should extreme weather incidents continue to occur," the agency said in a statement.


Chile says recent mass seabird death of 3,500 Guanay cormorants not due to avian flu

Early tests indicate that the recent mass death of thousands of seabirds along Chile's northern coast were not caused by avian flu, authorities said Friday.

Some 3,500 Guanay cormorants -- once known as the "billion dollar bird" for their connection to the European fertilizer industry -- have been found dead since May 26 near the coastal port of Coquimbo, according to Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG).

Workers in biohazard suits collected hundreds of the dead cormorants, with their distinctive black-and-white coloration, along beaches in sight of restaurants and hotels.

Initial tests on the dead birds did not reveal presence of avian flu, which has wracked other parts of Chile, Jorge Mautz, regional director of the service, told AFP.

Comment: Earlier report from May 28: Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Chilean beach


June snowfall in Colorado

Here were on the footsteps of summer (June 2nd) and its snowing in Colorado.

Here is the view from the Eisenhower Tunnel.

NEWS9 reports trough will continue over Colorado today, but is showing signs of slowly moving off to the northeast as the day goes on.

Not enough to bust out the powder skis but we love seeing flurries anytime of year.


Boy, 4, dies after being mauled by pit bulls while out playing in Chihuahua, Mexico

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A 4-year-old boy died after being attacked by three pit bulls in Mexico.

The attack occurred last Friday evening at the family home in the municipality of Temósachic, in Chihuahua state, the El Heraldo de Chihuahua newspaper reported.

The boy suffered injuries to various parts of his body and reportedly died before arriving at a local hospital.

Most dogs never bite or kill humans. But research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association, meanwhile, estimates that around 1 in 5 dog bites will require medical attention.


Two arrested after pensioner dies in dog attack in Bedworth, UK

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A woman in her 70s has died after being attacked by a dog.

The pensioner died in Kathleen Avenue, Bedworth, Warwickshire, following the attack at about 15:50 BST on Friday, police say.

A man, 52, and a woman, 49, have been arrested on suspicion of owning a banned breed of dog and having a dog dangerously out of control.

The dog has been seized and poses no ongoing risk to the community, Warwickshire Police said.

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Japan storm: One dead and two missing as thousands urged to evacuate - several cities see highest 24-hour rainfall on record

A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
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A flooded road from downpours s in Toyokawa, in central Japan’s Aichi prefecture, on Saturday.
Heavy rain across parts of Japan killed one person, left two missing and injured dozens more, authorities said, with thousands of people issued evacuation warnings.

The inundation was caused by the remnants of former typhoon Mawar, downgraded to a tropical storm.

A rescue team in central Aichi region's Toyohashi, where the highest-level evacuation alert was issued on Friday, "found a man approximately in his 60s in a submerged car, but he was later confirmed dead", a city official said on Saturday.