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15 killed in floods and mudslides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Soldiers search for missing victims after floods
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Soldiers search for missing victims after floods in Kyrgyzstan
Floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains swept away houses in two villages in the Aksy district in Jalal-Abad Region of western Kyrgyzstan on 12 July, 2021, close to the border with Uzbekistan. At least 15 people across the two countries have died as a result.

Kyrgyzstan's Emergency Ministry carried out search and rescue operations after reports of 8 people missing following the floods and mudslides in Aksy district. The bodies of 7 people have since been recovered, six of them members of the same family. One person is still missing. Roads and 4 bridges were also destroyed.

A state of emergency has been declared in Jany-Jol and Ak-Jol rural districts of Aksy region of Jalal-Abad oblast. President Sadyr Japarov expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

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Four dead and 30 missing after houses collapse during severe floods in Germany

The Kyll river has overflowed its banks in Erdorf and flooded parts of the village
© Harald Tittel/dpa/AP
The Kyll river has overflowed its banks in Erdorf and flooded parts of the village.
Four people have died and more than 30 are missing following the collapse of several homes after heavy rain triggered severe flooding in western Germany, police said.

The deaths were reported in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine.

The properties collapsed last night in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, broadcaster SWR said.

Around 25 more houses are in danger of collapsing in the district of Schuld bei Adenau in the hilly Eiffel region, it added.

The report described the situation in the rural district of Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prum as "extremely dangerous".

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'100-year flood' hits parts of Philadelphia region as storm dumps torrential rain

Rescuers in Bensalem, Bucks County
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Dozens of residents were left stranded on roads and in their homes as torrential rain stalled cars and invaded their homes and rescuers in rafts sailed along the roads which turned to rivers to help those in need. Pictured: Rescuers in Bensalem, Bucks County
Parts of our region were swamped by a series of storms on Monday that the National Weather Service called a rare "flash flood emergency."

According to forecasters, Monday's storms dumped 6 to 10 inches of rain in just 3 to 4 hours, swelling the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Burlington County, New Jersey.

"Widespread and life-threatening flash flooding is occurring. This is an extremely dangerous situation," the weather service's Monday afternoon warning said. "Do not venture out unless it is an emergency or to move to higher ground."

The torrential rain flooded neighborhoods throughout Bucks County. The areas greatest impacted by the storm received 6"-10" of rain in around 3-4 hours. According to the NWS, this is estimated to be a 100-Year Flood-- meaning each year there is about a 1% chance of seeing this much rain.


Thunderstorms wreak havoc across Switzerland and Germany

Fallen trees and broken branches have buried and heavily damaged cars near Zurich
© Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP
Fallen trees and broken branches have buried and heavily damaged cars near Zurich.
Heavy summer thunderstorms have caused widespread damage and flooding in Germany and Switzerland.

Swiss police reported that a local airport hangar in the southern town of Magadino had partially collapsed due to strong winds and heavy rain overnight. No injuries have been reported, but several planes were damaged, the authorities said.

Meanwhile, trees were blown onto roads and rail tracks in Zurich, causing travel chaos for commuters.

Switzerland has also warned citizens that several rivers could burst their banks, while some Alpine passes were temporarily closed due to heavy snowfall.

More than 4 centimetres of rain fell on Zurich overnight and over 3.1 centimetres of rain fell in just 10 minutes on nearby Waldegg, according to broadcaster SRF.


Heavy floods and rainstorms happen again in China

The entire city of Beijing came to a standstill. Hundreds of flights were canceled and schools closed, as the city faced the biggest storm of the year, on Sunday. About 15 thousand people were evacuated from their homes.

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds caused flooding, stopped public bus lines and forced tourist sites to close.

Beijing authorities have issued stay-at-home orders for everyone on Monday. And they are asking companies to let employees work from home.

Heavy rains have also caused problems in other Chinese cities. It is in Hebei province, which borders Beijing. Floods have submerged parts of the city, blocking roads and sewer pipes. More extreme weather conditions are expected in the coming days.


The US experienced 8 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the first six months of 2021

Billion dollar US weather events 2021
  • The eight individual billion-dollar events of 2021 include: two flood events focused in California (January 24-29) and Louisiana (May 14-19); the historic mid-February winter storm and cold wave with impacts focused in Texas; two severe storm events in late-March (24-25 and 27-28) across many southeastern and eastern states, respectively; two severe storm events focused across Texas and Oklahoma in mid-to-late April (12-15 and 27-28); and the expanding Western drought and heatwave that has amplified throughout 2021.
  • In addition to significant economic impacts, the eight events identified during the first half of 2021 resulted in at least 331 fatalities.
  • The most costly U.S. event so far in 2021 was the February 10-19 Winter Storm and Cold Wave with total, direct losses of approximately $20 billion. This is now the most costly U.S. winter storm event on record surpassing (nearly doubling the inflation-adjusted cost of) Superstorm 1993.
  • The January-June 2021 inflation-adjusted costs are at a near-record pace for the first six months, at nearly $30 billion — trailing only 2011.
  • Since these billion-dollar disaster records began in 1980, the U.S. has sustained 298 separate weather and climate disasters where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (based on the CPI adjustment to 2021) per event. The total cost of these 298 events exceeds $1.975 trillion.

Comment: Last year the world was hammered by record 50 billion-dollar weather disasters.

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London roads underwater after torrential rain causes flooding

Footage taken from the top deck of a bus shows cars driving through one flooded road near Park Royal.

Elsewhere, flash floods caused disruption in South Hampstead, Raynes Park and White City.

The London Fire Brigade took more than 150 calls reporting flooding across London and urged the public to take care during severe weather conditions.

Read the story here.

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Heavy rain causes flash floods in Nowy Sącz, Poland


Heavy rain caused flash floods in Nowy Sącz, Małopolska Poland July 11, 2021 - Powodz Tęgoborze

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Flash flood in Dharamshala, India - cars washed away, buildings damaged after cloudburst

Cloudburst led to flash floods in Himachal Pradesh on July 12.

Videos of devastation in Dharamshala were shared on social media. Cars were seen getting washed away in the heavy flow of water on the streets.

The heavy rainfall led to swelling of the Manjhi river, as per reports. The overflowing river reportedly damaged buildings in Dharamshala. The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway 07 was also reportedly blocked due to debris.

Watch the full video for more.

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Severe flooding after heavy rains in Barquisimeto and Cabudare, Venezuela

This Friday, through social networks, users reported heavy flooding in different areas of Barquisimeto and Cabudare . The Palavecino municipality has been one of the most affected by rainfall.

Sectors such as Valle Hondo, La Puerta, Villas Tabure, among others, have reported severe flooding, while in Barquisimeto, vehicles plow through the large lagoons caused by the waters.

So far, local and regional authorities and Civil Protection have not offered balances on the heavy rainfall.

In videos published on social networks, it was possible to see how the waters ravage Cabudare, where vehicles have been swept away by the strong current , while homes are also beginning to suffer the rains.

Translated by Google.