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Nepal floods update: Death toll touches 91

A Nepalese man guides his pigs through floodwaters in Janakpur, 300 km southeast of the capital Kathmandu, on August 14, 2017.
Fourteen people were killed in a landslide in Nepal on Monday, taking the death toll in rain-related incidents across the country to 91 even as a group of stranded Indian nationals were rescued from a national park by using elephants.

Incessant rains over the past few days have resulted in massive flooding and landslides at several places, displacing tens of thousands of people. The monsoon rains have wreaked havoc since Friday in districts spanning the eastern, central and western regions of the country.

According to the home ministry, 91 people were killed and 25 more injured.

Another 38 have been reported missing following landslides and floods over the past three days and the death toll is likely to rise, the ministry said.

The bodies of two Indian nationals were found in Parsa district of Nepal, according to police. Their identities have been established, officials said.

A group of 35 Indians stranded at Sauraha, part of Chitawan national park, were rescued by using elephants, an Indian embassy spokesperson told the media. Earlier reports had quoted authorities as saying that 200 Indian tourists were among some 700 stranded people but the Indian mission said only 35 of them were Indians.

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Heavy rains kill 41 across the Indian state of Bihar

Forty-one people have died in floods in Bihar
Heavy rains in the last three days triggered flash floods in parts of Bihar, where 41 people have died so far, and inundated large areas in Assam and North Bengal, paralysing normal life and snapping rail link to the northeast from the rest of the country.

In Arunachal Pradesh too, the flood situation continued to be grim in several districts with recurring landslides disrupting road traffic.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas, said Araria was the worst effected district and water has entered the district headquarters.

Flood waters have engulfed areas in Kisanganj, three blocks of Purnea and one block of Katihar damaging roads.

He said heavy rains in Nepal and Bihar in last three days have led to the situation and the state government is carrying out relief operations in flooded areas on a war-footing.

Forty-one people have died in floods in Bihar so far, said the principal secretary, disaster management department, Pratyay Amrit.

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Breaking News: At least 300 killed by huge mudslide after heavy rainfall in Sierra Leone

At least 300 have been killed after a mudslide (pictured) sparked by heavy rain crashed through part of Sierra Leone's capital
At least 300 have been killed and 2,000 left homeless after a mudslide sparked by heavy rain crashed through part of Sierra Leone's capital.

Homes were swept away in Regent, in the outskirts of Freetown, while roads turned into rampaging rivers as the mudslide struck.

Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones and a morgue overflowed with bodies after heavy rains and flooding.

Shocking pictures on social media have emerged online showing bodies piled up in the mud and people wading through mud.

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Worst flood in 29 years hits the state of Assam, India

Floodwater in Assam
In what seems to be the state's worst deluge in three decades, the death toll in the second wave of floods rose to 15, with 10 more deaths reported on Sunday. With over 10 *lakh people affected in the last 24 hours, the total number of flood victims shot up to 15 lakh across 21 districts in Assam. Over 85% of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) was inundated.

More than 1.83 lakh displaced have taken shelter in 439 relief camps. Rescue operations by the Army, Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force personnel are underway, said state project co-coordinator of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) Rajib Prakash Baruah. About 3,000 villagers were rescued and shifted to relief camps on Sunday, said defence PRO Lt Col S Newton.

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Flash floods triggered by torrential rains kill 11 in northern Iran

A file photo of floodwaters in northeastern Iran
Heavy downpours have caused flooding in northeastern and western Iran, killing 11 people and leaving two others missing.

Torrential rains have been battering the Iranian provinces of Khorasan Razavi, Golestan, North Khorasan, and Semnan in the country's general northeastern area, and Ilam Province in its west over the past days, causing rivers to overflow their banks.

Morteza Salimi, the head of Relief and Rescue Operations at Iran's Red Crescent Society, said the flooding had claimed eight people in Khorasan Razavi, two in Golestan, and another in North Khorasan.

Two people have gone missing in Golestan's Aliabad County, he said.

In Khorasan Razavi, which has suffered the brunt of the human losses, flooding has hit the cities of Dargaz, Quchan, Nishapur, and Kalat. Mojtaba Ahmadi, the director of the Red Crescent Society in the province, said 190 rescue workers had been dispatched to the affected areas there, alongside ambulances and aid shipments.

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Monsoon season flooding kills over 25 people in two days in Nepal

The man was seen attempting to rescue his livestock from flooding in Topa Village, Nepal
Monsoon season forced a villager to carry livestock on his shoulder as he moved them to safer ground to rescue them from flooding that has killed over 25 people in two days.

He was spotted wading through waters in Topa Village in the Saptari district of Nepal today, where torrential monsoons have caused fatal landslides.

Thousands have been affected as the second day of heavy rain hit the region, where a woman and her child were photographed watching water levels rise up around their home.

One man was seen struggling to lead cows through the chest-high water using a rope, as a woman shifted her goats from the area.

Rajbiraj, also in the district, has been hit with heavy rain too as home ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle told AFP that over a dozen eastern and western areas were affected.


Four extreme weather events across U.S. in early August

Damage from rare August tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma
From coast to coast, a plethora of extreme weather has kicked off the month of August. Some of these weather events are what you might expect to occur in the heart of summer, while others are unusual.

Here are four extreme events we've seen so far, and what could be ahead.

1. Top 10 Cool Start

The Plains and Midwest have seen temperatures nowhere near the torrid levels typically expected in early August.

For some cities in those regions, the first eight days of August ranked among the 10 coolest for that period in more than 100 years of records.

Among the locations are Sioux City, Iowa (tied, second-coolest), Kansas City (third-coolest), Denver (ninth-coolest) and Cincinnati (ninth-coolest), according to data from NOAA's Regional Climate Centers.

If you are enjoying the early fall preview, we have good news: this overall cooler-than-average temperature regime is likely to continue into next week.

Temperatures compared to average Aug. 1-7, 2017.

Comment: Extreme and unusual weather continues in the United States as it did in late July.

For more coverage on the extreme weather affecting the entire planet, check out our monthly SOTT Earth Changes Summaries.

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Heavy rainfall causes widespread flooding in Houston, Texas; 6 inches of rain overnight

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Heavy rains inundated Texas on Tuesday
Heavy rains that caused flooding in some parts of the Houston area and prompted about two-dozen water rescues on Tuesday seemed to have let up, but with more rain expected authorities remain on guard and residents should stay prepared, officials said.

"Unfortunately, this is one of those Texas flood events that's part of living in Southeast Texas," said Michael Walter, a spokesman for Houston's Office of Emergency Management.

While the thunderstorms that dropped up to 5 to 6 inches of rains in some parts of Houston overnight into Tuesday have mostly moved out of the area, additional storms could pop up Tuesday afternoon, which could cause additional flooding in areas already saturated by rainfall.

"We don't want anyone to let their guard down just because it stopped raining for now," Walter said.

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Like a 'mini-Katrina': New Orleans overwhelmed by unexpectedly heavy rains, flooding

© Davd Goddard
Unexpectedly heavy rains caused massive flooding in New Orleans Saturday, August 5, 2017
Janine Hayes was working her shift at the Port of Call restaurant on Esplanade Avenue, at the edge of the French Quarter, when the deluge started Saturday afternoon.

She and her co-workers noticed the water was pooling faster than it does in a typical summer storm. Alarmed, they started keeping a closer watch. And during one of these periodic checks, a co-worker saw something worrisome - some kind of black apparatus in the water.

A closer look revealed the unidentified item was a wheelchair. In it was a paralyzed man, struggling to keep his head above water.

"It was crazy," Hayes said, adding that several waiters and others ran outside immediately to help.

"It took all their strength to get that man's face out of the water and lift the whole apparatus up and get him up on the dry sidewalk," she added. "And he was crying."

Hayes' story was one of many harrowing tales to emerge from Saturday's flooding, a freak event that meteorologists and city officials said dropped between 1 and 10 inches of rainfall over a few hours in the New Orleans metro area.

Comment: More on the flooding: Heavy rainfall causes severe flooding in much of New Orleans; 5 inches of rain in 3 hours

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Torrential rains, floods kill 8 in Pakistan

Raging river in Pakistan
At least eight people were killed and several others injured as fresh rains and floods wreaked havoc in Gilgit-Baltistan yesterday.

According to Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority, five people including 4 students were killed and others injured in rain-related incidents in Sadpara, the tribal area of Skardu.

The floodwaters also washed away a bridge and 4 hotels in Sadpara area.

Five roads of the valley including Dusi Road were washed away by floods creating hardships for hundreds of the tourists in the valley.

According to local people and police, the flood hit Goner area of Diamer district in which three people including a woman were killed and several others injured. Flood torrents damaged many link roads, bridges and cultivated land.