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Bridge collapse halts legendary Trans-Siberian Railway in both directions after heavy flooding in Russia's far east

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Heavy rains in Russia’s Zabaykalsky Region led to a collapse of a railway bridge located in the section between Kuenga-Ukurey of the Trans-Siberian Railway Network, the regional office of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported.
The world-famous Trans-Siberian railway has been forced to temporarily cease operations after a torrential downpour caused a bridge to completely collapse under the heavy weight of flooding in the far east of the country.

The local Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that the bridge, located in the country's Far East, fell down after heavy rain early on Friday morning. Luckily, there were no casualties.

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China floods: Zhengzhou downgrades emergency response, but heavy rain continues to fall in other parts of Henan

Floods in Zhengzhou, China
Damaged cars that were washed away by the floods in Zhengzhou.
While the provincial capital continued cleaning up, other major cities in the province were facing further heavy downpours.
Rescue services were working to get supplies to outlying villages and distribute supplies after the authorities said 3 million people had been affected.

The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou downgraded its emergency response level on Thursday as it continued to clean up after this week's devastating floods, but other parts of Henan province were braced for further heavy rain.

The storms have killed at least 33 people across the province and more than 3 million have been affected, the local authorities said. A total of eight people have been reported missing, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, was hit by several days of heavy rain, causing floods of an intensity not seen in decades.

Three thousand military personnel were working in 10 different danger zones around the city, Xinhua reported. On Wednesday it published footage showing the soldiers laying sandbags over a breach in a dam on the Jialu river.

Donation points were set up around the city to distribute essential supplies after residents panic-bought supplies during the first days of the flood.

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Deadly flash floods in Colorado and New Mexico

A mudslide triggered by heavy rain caused severe damage and loss of life in Colorado, 20 July 2021.
© Larimer County Sheriffs Office
A mudslide triggered by heavy rain caused severe damage and loss of life in Colorado, 20 July 2021.
Severe flooding struck in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, USA, over the last few days. Officials report at least 3 people have died and 3 more are missing as a result.


Flooding and mudslides struck in northern Colorado after heavy rain fell on burn scar areas on 20 July 2021. Evacuation notices were issued for areas near the town of Rustic, Larimer County.

A mudslide sent a large amount of debris into the Poudre Canyon in Larimer County. Three people were swept away in the mudslide. Larimer County Sheriff's Office said the body of one of the victims was found but 2 people are still missing. At least five houses were destroyed and roads were damaged in the flooding. As search operations continue, emergency crews will be searching on foot and with drones, Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

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Heavy rainfall causes flash floods in Costa Rica

Costa Rica floods
© YouTube/Waze Community Costa Rica (screen capture)
Today the rains caused flooding in various parts of the country, Turrialba being one of the affected areas.

Comment: Check out our floods section for more flooding events which seem to be occurring more frequently around the world these days.

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Floods and landslides hit Turkey's Black Sea region for second week in a row

A week after Rize was hit by heavy rainfall, floods and landslides, which claimed the lives of six people and caused two people to go missing, the province has been hit by heavy rainfall, floods and landslides again.

Artvin, another Black Sea province on Turkey, has also been faced with floods and landslides as a result of heavy rainfall.

One week has passed in Güneysu

On July 14, Büyükköy town in Rize's Çayeli district, its Güneysu district and Muradiye town in city center were flooded due to rainfall.

As reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), Ardeşen and Fındıklı were especially affected by the rainfall last evening (July 21).

The mass flow rate of the Arılı Stream in Fındıklı increased due to the heavy rainfall. While the rain has caused some small-scale landslides in Tunca town of Ardeşen, the Dereağızı Community Facilities of Tunca Municipality have been flooded. The mass flow rate of the stream flowing through the açkar village of Areşen district has also increased as a result of the rain.

Comment: A week ago: At least 6 killed due to floods, landslides in Turkey's Black Sea region

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Heavy rainfall causes severe flooding in Odessa, Ukraine

According to the Hydrometeorological Center, 31 mm of precipitation fell in the city per hour.

A number of city streets were flooded. As noted, the Genoese, French Boulevard and Deribasovskaya, the central alley of Arcadia, turned into flooded rivers.

There is no light in a number of districts of the city. Dozens of trees fell.

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Evacuations, 1 dead after heavy rain triggers flash floods in Romania

Floods in Alba County, Romania, July 2021.
Floods in Alba County, Romania, July 2021.
One person has died and dozens evacuated or rescued by emergency services after heavy rain and storms caused flooding and wind damage across parts of Romania over the last few days.

Romania's General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) reported that the body of a man was found in a riverbed in Hândrești, Iași County on 19 July 2021. IGSU said the man was probably taken by surprise by the increased flow of water while trying to cross the river.

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Over 20 fatalities after heavy rain and flash floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Over 20 people have died in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan over the last 10 days.

Many of the victims died when heavy rain or floods caused roofs, walls or whole buildings to collapse. This is a regular occurrence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where fragile or poor housing leaves many communities exposed to severe weather conditions.

Heavy rain was reported in the province on 11 to 12 July 2021. Saidū Sharīf, capital of Swat District, recorded 110 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 July and Kakul in Abbottabad district recorded 180 mm of rain during the same period according to figures provided by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).


At least 25 dead in Chinese province's heaviest rains in 1,000 years

A woman has been pulled out of floodwaters in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, which has been battered by heavy rain and flooding.

A woman has been pulled out of floodwaters in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, which has been battered by heavy rain and flooding.
At least 25 people have died in China's flood-stricken central province of Henan, a dozen of them in a subway line in its capital that was drenched by what weather officials called the heaviest rains for 1,000 years.

About 100,000 people have been evacuated in Zhengzhou, the capital, where rail and road transport have been disrupted, while dams and reservoirs have swelled to warning levels while thousands of troops launched a rescue effort in the province.

City authorities said more than 500 people were pulled to safety from the flooded subway, as social media images showed train commuters immersed in chest-deep waters in the dark and one station reduced to a large brown pool.

Comment: See also: Chinese subway passengers trapped by rising floodwaters as torrential rain pounds Henan province - 8 inches of rainfall in an hour

Interested readers in these types of events might also like to see the increasing number of such reports globally in recent times at our dedicated floods section.

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Mudslides after more torrential rain in Tajikistan leave at least 10 dead - 3rd such event this year for the region

Mudslides in Tajikistan have left ten people dead and two missing, officials said Tuesday, in the latest fatal mass flow of earth caused by downpours in the impoverished ex-Soviet region.

Fatal landsides affect mountainous Central Asia every year, mostly around springtime, blocking off roads in a region lacking transport infrastructure and forcing families to rebuild homes from scratch.

"There has been torrential rain in the north of Tajikistan and a fatal mudslide occurred," the emergencies committee said in a statement.

It said flows of earth on Monday swept through the northern Sogd region, trapping people tending to livestock.

Comment: 14 killed in flash floods and mudflows in Tajikistan and Afghanistan