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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 sheltering under tree in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Lightning claimed four lives in Gwalior district on Tuesday evening. Another villager was severely injured.

These are the first pre-monsoon deaths in the state. The victims — Sushi Tiwari, 68, Brajbhan Parmar, 45, Hari Singh Kushwaha, 35, and Bali Kushwaha, 40 — were residents of Karahiya village, around 50km from Gwalior.

"They own some land near a canal around 2km from their village.On Tuesday evening, they had gathered there, along with the local patwari, for demarcation of land. It started raining and they took shelter under two jamun trees.

Unfortunately, lightning hit the tree, killing the four men on the spot," Bhitarwar subdivisional police officer Jitendra Nagaich told TOI. A fifth person, Uday Bhan, is in a critical condition in hospital, he added.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 shepherds in Andhra Pradesh, India

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Two shepherds died after being struck by lightning, and two others were injured in Kurnool district on Sunday night.

According to the police, the deceased were identified as Kameshwari, 35, and Sunkanna, 47, residents of Ramalingayapalli village in Tuggali mandal.

The incident took place when they were grazing a herd of sheep in a nearby hill area.

Kameshwari and Sunkanna died on the spot while two other shepherds were injured in the incident.

The Tuggali police have registered a case and are investigating the matter.

Comment: Another strike killed 2 women workers 2 days later in the state of Kerala.


Snowflake

June blizzard blankets U.S. northwest peaks

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Fresh snow is expected to fall from Oregon to Montana

While many Americans are cementing their plans for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, mountain peaks across the northwest are sporting a fresh coat of white.

Timberline Lodge, located on Mt. Hood, Oregon, reported a whopping seven inches of fresh snow had fallen by Sunday, June 16th, 2024. Check out photos captured on the resort's webcams below.

Timberline Lodge is the only ski resort still open for lift-served sliding in North America after Arapahoe Basin ended their season yesterday, June 16th, 2024.

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Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, landslides in China's Guangdong and Fujian kill nine - 14.5 inches of rain in 24 hours

A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
A bridge collapses following heavy rainfall and flooding in Dongshi Town, Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China June 16, 2024, in this still image obtained from social media video.
Torrential rain and landslides in China's coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian have killed nine people and left 17 missing, state media and local authorities said on Monday.

In Guangdong, five people were killed, 15 missing and 13 trapped as of Monday, local emergency management authorities said.

Sishui, a town in the province, logged 369.3 millimetres of precipitation in 24 hours. The deluge prompted officials to raise emergency response levels, and dispatch helicopters to evacuate and deliver supplies to those affected.

Four people died and two went missing in neighbouring Fujian due to rainstorms that the provincial meteorological bureau classified as an "extreme event", state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Downpours in Fujian's Wuping county since Sunday afternoon had caused 378 homes to collapse and prompted authorities to launch an emergency flood response.


Comment: Related: Heavy rainfall triggers flooding on 22 rivers in China - 5.5 inches of rain in a day


Seismograph

Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off coast of Atiquipa, Peru

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A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the South Pacific Ocean near the coast of Peru, Sun, Jun 16, 2024 14:47 GMT.

The quake had a very shallow depth of 19.9 km (12 mi) and was felt widely in the area.

The shallow depth of the quake caused it to be felt more strongly near the epicenter than a deeper quake of similar magnitude would.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.

Arrow Down

Six killed in Ecuador as heavy rains trigger landslide

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At least six people have been killed and 19 others injured in Ecuador after heavy rainstorms triggered a landslide.

The deadly mudslide occurred on Sunday in the city of Banos de Agua Santa in central Ecuador, according to a report by the National Secretariat for Risk Management.

The agency had initially reported that 30 more people were missing, but later said they had been located.

Videos and images online showed a flood of mud and debris charging down a hillside in Banos and surging over a highway. The authorities have mobilised heavy machinery to clear the roads.

The mayor of Banos, Miguel Guevara, urged residents to steer clear of treacherous roads and said authorities were racing to clear the area along the northern coast to ease the search for more victims.


Volcano

The eruption of Mount Lewotobi closes Frans Seda Airport, Indonesia

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Mount Lewotobi Laki, in East Flores district, East Nusa Tenggara, erupted again, Sunday afternoon.


(Translated by Google)

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain results in flooded streets in Chetumal, Mexico

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Crews began the massive task of a city wide cleanup Saturday after the state's capital city was left severely flooded. More than 80 mms of rain hit the city of Chetumal within a few hours, leaving 120 of its 147 neighborhoods under water.

Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa arranged for immediate help to begin sorting out the wet city mess. Chetumal workers hit the streets to clear clogged drainage wells while others were sent with industrial pumps to begin moving standing water.

Military personnel were also sent to help stranded residents. At least one elderly person required a medical transfer from their flooded home after becoming stuck inside.

Boxes and bags of basic food items were delivered to families in areas in need of assistance. Meals were delivered by hand to volunteers who were helping in the mass clean up.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding on 22 rivers in China - 5.5 inches of rain in a day

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Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in 22 rivers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the regional hydrology centre reported on Sunday.

According to the centre, a total of 30 hydrologic stations in 22 rivers in Guangxi reported water levels between 0.03 and 2.63 metres above the warning levels, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Hezhou hydrologic station of the Hejiang River reported the largest flooding in a decade. From 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, heavy rains lashed about half a dozen prefecture-level cities in Guangxi, including Hechi, Liuzhou, Yulin, Hezhou and Baise.

One township in the city of Hechi and another in the city of Liuzhou saw precipitation of around 140 mm within the day. The centre also predicted that the water levels in some swollen local rivers will continue to rise by up to one metre in the next 24 hours.


Cloud Precipitation

Flooding, landslides kill 8 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - 8.4 inches of rain in 24 hours

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Rising waters quickly made several major roads impassable.
Flooding and landslides have killed eight people in Abidjan, Ivory Coast's biggest city, after heavy downpours.

This was contained in an updated report published by the fire service on Saturday.

Roads were cut off as rain fell on Thursday afternoon in most areas of the city with a population of six million.

In its latest statement, the fire brigade said 18 people were evacuated to hospitals.