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Firefighter killed as floods hit Evros, Greece

Streets have been turned into rivers in many
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Streets have been turned into rivers in many parts of Evros.
A firefighter was killed on Monday in the region of Evros in northeastern Greece during an operation to rescue dozens of children that were trapped in a school flooded by torrential rains.

The incident occurred as the fire service was called to a kindergarten and a primary school in the small town of ​​Apalos, near Alexandroupolis.

The fire engine was swept away by the rushing waters and overturned. A 46-year-old firefighter lost his life n the accident.

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Floods and landslides after record rainfall in Chile - 6 month's worth of rain in 24 hours

Floods in San Gabriel , Cordillera, Chile
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Floods in San Gabriel , Cordillera, Chile, January 2021.
Severe weather including strong winds, hail and record rainfall affected parts of southern-central Chile from 29 January, in particular areas of Santiago Metropolitan, O'Higgins, Valparaíso, Maule, Araucanía and Bío Bío Regions.

Rainfall has triggered flooding and landslides in several areas. The capital Santiago saw as much rain in 24 hours as it would normally see on average during the 6 month period November to April. According to Chile's meteorological office, Dirección Meteorológica de Chile, as much as 31.4mm of rain fell in 24 hours on 29 January in Quinta Normal, Santiago, beating the previous daily record total of 22.4mm set in 1933. T

Elsewhere in the country, Requinoa (O'Higgins Region) recorded 70.3mm of rain, Pirque (Santiago Metropolitan Region) 49.3mm and Longavi (Maule Region) 47mm during the same period.

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Tropical Cyclone Ana leaves 1 dead, 5 missing in Fiji - almost 14 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Ana, January 2021.
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Floods in Fiji after Tropical Cyclone Ana, January 2021.
At least 1 person has died, 5 are missing and over 7,000 are displaced after Tropical Cyclone Ana made landfall early on 31 January, 2021.

Tropical Cyclone Ana struck as many parts of the country are still recovering after Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall as a category 5 system on 17 December.

According to Fiji's National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), 7,612 people had evacuated their homes and were staying in 204 evacuation centres in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Divisions.

Power and water outages were affecting parts of the country. One person died by drowning, while 4 fishermen were reported missing at sea. Fiji Police said they are searching for a young child who was reported missing in Lautoka.

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Ireland: Severe weather warning in place as southeast inundated with rain

flooding ireland wexford wicklow
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There were reports of serious flash flooding in counties Wexford and Wicklow with some parts of both counties getting almost 40mm of rain in a nine hour period up to 3pm on January 30, 2021.
Status yellow snow and ice warning issued as motorists warned of road conditions

Snow has been forecast for the northern half of the country on Sunday as a new Met Éireann weather warning comes into effect.

A status yellow warning for snow and ice is in place for Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath. The alert is valid until 6pm on Sunday.

Conditions are breezy and cold on Sunday morning, with widespread rain, sleet and snow. Possible accumulations of snow are predicted in the northern half of the country.

Comment: The weather system having an unusual impact Ireland's east coast:
A huge mass of sea foam covered parts of Ireland's east coast. Bad weather and high winds blew an especially large mass of it into the town of Bray, located south of Dublin.

Footage from the scene circulating online shows the town's seafront entirely covered with the wobbly blob on Saturday afternoon.

A few people braved the strong winds, taking a knee-deep stroll through the blob resembling a massive porridge spill.

The mix of sea water and dead organics covered Bray's beach completely, with some of the foam being blown deeper into the town.

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Flooding in South Africa sees blood-red waters flow into Deben, Northern Cape

As the red, blood-like waters which submerged the town of Deben in the Northern Cape began subsiding, one resident has found in it a message from the universe.

"Some say it's good for us, that this blood-like water is the cleansing we needed," said restaurant owner Rachel Jacobs.

"We are going through a lot. We are fighting Covid-19, load-shedding and even recession," she said.

The stream of red water she referred to was caused by the remnants of the iron-ore dust left behind after blasting at the nearby mining facilities.

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Parts of Victoria, Australia see a month of rain in 12 hours

Rain at Melbourne Park
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Rain at Melbourne Park. In the 24 hours to 9am Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 20-40mm were recorded, with 60-70mm in the upper Avoca and Wimmera catchments.

Parts of Victoria have recorded a month's worth of rain in less than 12 hours while New South Wales has been warned to batten down the hatches as strong winds and thunderstorms are forecast to continue following record downfalls in some regions.

Dean Narramore, a senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, said on Friday evening that parts of Victoria "copped a drenching" in the past 24 hours, with heavy rain across large swathes of the state. Almost 70mm fell in some parts.

Melbourne and central and western Victoria saw a deluge on Friday. "Melbourne metro itself has seen 40mm in four hours and the month's average for January is 47mm," Narramore said.

In the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, widespread rainfall totals of 20-40mm were recorded across western Victoria, with the bureau recording higher totals of 60-70mm in the upper Avoca and Wimmera catchments.

"Many locations, not only in Melbourne but right across western and central Victoria, have had a month's worth of rain in less than six to 12 hours. That rain is continuing to move towards the east with falls continuing in the 20-40mm range," Narramore said.

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Flood waters enter many areas on Fiji with more rain expected as Tropical Cyclone Warning remains in force

Flooding in Fiji: Tropical Cyclone hits Nadi Town cause heavy flooding

Flooding in Fiji: Tropical Cyclone hits Nadi Town cause heavy flooding
A Tropical Cyclone Warning remains in force for Fiji and the immediate concern is widespread flooding.

A flash flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas and small streams near major rivers in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

If you are living in a flood prone area, please move to high ground and don't leave things to the last minute.

National Disaster Management Office Director, Vasiti Soko says people should move to their nearest evacuation centre now.

19 centres are open in the North and 1 centre is open in the west.

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5 family members dead in landslide triggered by heavy rains in Papua New Guinea

At least five members of a family died and three more are missing after a landslide in Papua New Guinea, local media reported on Friday.

Heavy rains triggered a landslide in the Mumeng area in Morobe province's Bulolo town where people were engaged in alluvial mining, daily The National reported.

There were 11 people at the makeshift camp when the landslide hit early Wednesday, the report said.

Three of them were able to save themselves, while the bodies of a couple and three siblings were found on Thursday.


Storm pounds California, Nevada with rain, wind and snow - 575,000 customers lost power - 3 FEET of snow at Mammoth Lakes


Mammoth snowstorm
A powerful storm packing heavy rain, snow and wind pounded parts of California and western Nevada on Wednesday, toppling trees, and causing power outages and mud flows in vast areas scarred by wildfires.

The onslaught was being fueled by a potent atmospheric river from the Pacific Ocean that punched into the state through the San Francisco Bay Area overnight, drifted down the coast past Santa Cruz and stalled over Big Sur before pivoting back northward.

Pacific Gas & Electric said overall, about 575,000 customers lost power Tuesday and Wednesday along the northern coast, in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas and elsewhere because of winds, rain and snow.

Comment: Nearly 3 feet of snow also recorded at China Peak resort:

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Lightning kills man in Johannesburg, South Africa as weather service warns of widespread storms

A man believed to be in his mid-20s was killed by lightning in Sophiatown, in the west of Johannesburg, on Thursday afternoon.

The SA Weather Service (Saws) has issued an "orange warning" for disruptive rainfall in parts of Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the western bushveld of Limpopo, as well as the northeastern parts of North West.

The rain is expected from Thursday and could continue throughout the weekend.

The weather service says the rainfall could result in flooding in low-lying areas, isolated incidents of breaching of earth dam walls, general disruption to traffic and basic services, flooding of roads and settlements, and danger to life — particularly because of fast-flowing rivers and streams.