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Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records - temperature hits 49.6C (121.3F)

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Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records.

Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions, with heat often a contributing factor.

Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday - 49.6C (121.3F) in Lytton, British Columbia.

The US north-west has also seen record highs - and a number of fatalities.


Experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves. However, linking any single event to global warming is complicated.


Comment: AccuWeather meteorologist: Global warming not to blame for Northwest's heatwave


Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after flash floods in New Mexico - over 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Dark Canyon at Carlsbad, New Mexico, June 2021.
© NWS
Dark Canyon at Carlsbad, New Mexico, June 2021.
Flash floods struck parts of the state of New Mexico after more than 5 inches of rain (127 mm) fell in 24 hours.

Levels of the Pecos River and Dark Canyon jumped, causing flooding in areas around Carlsbad and Eddy County on 29 June 2021. Almost 30 roadways were closed as a result. Eddy County officials said residents living near the Tansill Dam and Reservoir were evacuating. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been closed due to flooding.

New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the state is coordinating local resources in the response to the flooding in Eddy County and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is maintaining close communication with local floodplain managers and the Army Corps of Engineers.


Cloud Precipitation

2 dead after floods and heavy rain in Western Texas - El Paso gets twice as much rain in a day as first 6 months of the year

Floods swept away vehicles in Presidio County,
© Presidio County Sheriffs Office
Floods swept away vehicles in Presidio County, Texas, USA, June 2021.
Two people have died in western Texas as a result of heavy rain and flooding in the region that began 27 June 2021. Flooding was also reported in neighbouring Chihuahua state of Mexico, where at least 5 people had to be rescued.

Presidio County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the body of a man in a vehicle that was dragged by flood waters of Alamito Creek. An empty parked vehicle was also swept away in the same area.

Meanwhile El Paso Fire Department search and rescue teams found a body in the Franklin Mountains following heavy rainfall across the area. Fire officials said the woman was hiking and fell down the mountain and was swept away by rushing water.


Boat

20,000 evacuate after floods in Heilongjiang province, China

Floods in Daxinganling Prefecture,
© Heilongjiang Provincial Fire Department
Floods in Daxinganling Prefecture, Heilongjiang Province, June 2021.
Almost 20,000 people have evacuated their homes after flooding in Heilongjiang Province in northern China. Thousands of people are also affected by flooding in nearby parts of Inner Mongolia.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management said that due to continuous rainfall, levels of Heilongjiang and Nenjiang rivers have been rising since mid-June.

On 22 June authorities upgraded the emergency response after the upper reaches of Heilongjiang River exceeded warning levels. The river, known as the Amur across the border in Russia, is also flooding areas of Russia's Amur Oblast, where 2,500 people have been evacuated.

As of 26 June 2021, over 19,000 people had evacuated and 42,000 people were affected by the flooding in Daxinganling, Heihe, Mudanjiang and other places in Heilongjiang Province. Thousands of hectares of crops have been damaged.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 in Bihar, India as Patna floods after being pounded by record rain

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.
Six people died after struck by lightning as heavy rains coupled with thunderbolts lashed parts of Bihar since Friday evening, even as Patna recorded 150 mm of rainfall, its highest single-day rainfall in June that left large parts of the state capital inundated, including the assembly building and the residence of deputy chief minister Renu Devi.

On June 20, 1997, Patna had recorded 205.4 mm of rainfall, its highest to date, according to the meteorological department.

The state's disaster management department (DMD) confirmed death of six people due to thunderbolts across the state. As per its control room, two people died each at Muzaffarpur and Sheikhpura and one each at Sitamarhi and Lakhisarai till 5 pm.

Patna Meteorological Centre has also issued a yellow colour warning for thunderstorm activities till June 30 across the state.

Weatherman Zeeshan Ansari, said, "Patna witnessed unprecedented high intensity rain and thunderstorm activities during early hours on Saturday. Rise in temperature in southern districts, presence of humidity in atmosphere and cyclonic circulation resulted into intense lightning activities."


Cloud Lightning

Yearly lightning deaths in India more than doubled between 1968 and 2019 - from 1,000 to 2,500

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.
Lightning strikes kill more people in India than cyclones, stated the India Meteorological Department (IMD), warning of more casualties from the natural phenomenon in the years to come.

Every year, about 2,000 people die due to lightning strikes. This has been the trend from the year 2004 and the casualties may increase by 12% with every 1 degree increase in global temperature, warn scientists.

The Earth Networks India Lightning Report of 2019 too had pointed out that lightning kills more people than cyclones in India. As per the report, Jharkhand and Meghalaya are most susceptible to lightning while Odisha has the most lightning activity. West Bengal, on the other hand, has the highest lightning density.

Speaking at an awareness workshop on lightning and thunderstorms, organised by the IMD recently, SD Pawar, project director thunderstorm dynamics, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, said, "Lightning incidents and associated deaths went up by about 40% between 1995 and 2014 while the yearly lightning deaths more than doubled (from 1,000 to 2,500) between 1968 and 2019."

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Cloud Precipitation

Devastating storm rips through southern and western Germany

Cladding from the roof of Stuttgart State Opera lies on the ground
© picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Schmidt
Cladding from the roof of Stuttgart State Opera lies on the ground on Tuesday, June 29th.
The violent storm, which tore part of the cladding off the roof of Stuttgart's opera house on Monday evening, is expected to move through the northern and eastern regions of Germany on Tuesday.

Violent thunderstorms with sharp gusts and heavy rain hit people in the southern and western regions of Germany on Monday night.

In Stuttgart, the fire brigade received more than 330 calls between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, partly due to the intense downpour that caused several of the city's tunnels to flood.

Parts of the cladding flew off the roof at the city's State Opera, where 250 guests were attending a recital on Monday night. According to DPA, statues also fell from their pedestals - but nobody at the recital was injured.


Comment: More intense and frequent thunderstorms linked to global climate variability


Ice Cube

French town hit by freak June hailstorm - up to 60 centimetres of accumulated hail

Sapeurs-pompiers des Vosges

Sapeurs-pompiers des Vosges
A French town has been hit by a freak hailstorm that left locals clearing drifts of ice in the streets with shovels and snow ploughs.

The hail struck the town of Plombières-les-Bains in the Vosges mountains on Tuesday morning.

Romain Munier, head of communications for the local emergency services, told French media: "There were up to 60 centimetres of accumulated hail" while in the wider area, "up to 10 millimetres of water accumulated in six minutes".

Locals were pictured clearing the street of ice with shovels and snow ploughs after the storm passed and the fire and rescue crews for the Vosges area said they had received 56 callouts in total.



Fire

Sicily's Mt Etna erupts again, for the second time in a month

Mount Etna eruption
© YouTube/RT (screen capture)
One of the world's most active and Europe's highest volcanoes, Etna, ejected lava into the air, creating columns of ash. Shortly before, its eruptions forced local authorities to close nearby Catania airport as a safety precaution.


Attention

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Costa Rica registers strong eruption sending up column of ash 2 kilometres high

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
© CNE
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano eruption
Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in northern Costa Rica erupted Monday morning, sending a column of ash and gas 2 km into the skies above its crater.

Authorities have not reported any significant damage or bodily harm associated with the eruption.

According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), the eruption began at 5:42 a.m. A video shared by the organization captured the event, which lasted three minutes: