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Houses carried away by floodwater after dam bursts following heavy rain in Ruza, Russia

A dam wreckage in the Russian city of Ruza near Moscow resulted in not just a 'flood' - whole houses were carried away by the stream. After the rain, a dam broke and the river formed a new channel right through the city. The streets simply disappeared, its inhabitants barely managed to escape from the rushing stream.

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Flooding and downed trees reported across Toronto after severe summer storm


A severe thunderstorm has caused widespread power outages and flooding across the city of Toronto. Fire crews are responding to over a hundred calls including downed power lines and trees.

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More deadly floods, landslides in Nepal - 7 killed and 20 missing in the last 2 days - Nearly 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

Rainfall-triggered flood damages a bridge at Raghuganga River in Myagdi district.
Rainfall-triggered flood damages a bridge at Raghuganga River in Myagdi district.
Further deadly flooding and landslides have struck again in Nepal, where disaster authorities have reported 7 fatalities and 20 missing in the last 2 days.

Authorities reported flooding and landslides in 2 locations of Barhabise municipality of Sindhupalchowk district (also Sindhupalchok) of Bagmati Pradesh Province on 09 July. As of 10 July, at least 2 people have died, 20 are still missing and 5 people injured. Sixteen homes have been completely destroyed.

According to media reports, the floods and landslides have also damaged the Araniko Highway in several locations. The highway is an important road connecting the country to a border point with China.

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Farmers struggle with flooded fields for second year running in Canada's BC

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© Brianna van de Wijngaard​​​​​​​
Brianna van de Wijngaard's vegetable fields were under water last weekend, forcing her to harvest some crops, while hoping others survived.

Brianna van de Wijngaard spent nearly seven hours pulling crops out from under water last weekend.

Hundreds of kilograms of broccoli, kohlrabi and cabbage were placed into a little boat, floating on top of a metre of water in her one-and-a-half-acre field.

"I just went down there and started cutting the vegetables that were ready. The rest of our crops aren't ready yet, so I couldn't do anything about those," she said.

Van de Wijngaard owns the aptly named Puddle Produce Farm in Soda Creek, B.C., located near the Fraser River, which has been breaching its banks and causing flooding throughout the region.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Sheets of rain, floods and hail left a path of destruction all over the world, and the northern hemisphere still got snow in June.

The unbelievable amount of precipitation during the past months can be explained with the increasing amount of charged particles in upper layers of the atmosphere.

When meteors and meteorites pass through our lower atmosphere, or when our planet goes trough a comet dust stream, charged particles accumulate between the ionosphere and the surface of the earth causing storms to intensify, clouds to grow and more rain to fall. Wildfires and volcanic eruptions, for example, also contribute to this accumulation of particles.

At the same time, rain can conduct the accumulated electrical charge of the ionosphere to the ground, which increases the occurrence of other electrical phenomena, as tornadoes, hurricanes and plasma formations.

The accumulation of charged aerosols and increasingly colder temperatures in upper layers of the atmosphere - caused by the current solar minimum - can also be responsible of the increasing amount of hail and unseasonable snow around the world.

Charged particles influence weather much more than has been appreciated.

Heavy rain and raging floods took the life of hundreds and affected millions in south China, and destroyed 1,470 houses and 3 bridges in Gorontalo Province, Indonesia. Heavy floods also hit Assam, India leaving 16 dead and over 253,000 affected.

While Romania got its second coldest day in June, Montana got more than 1 foot of snow and southeast Wyoming got 6 inches... just at the beginning of summer.

Siberia got a share of extreme weather this month, from tornadoes to floods and extreme temperature swings.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rattled large swaths of southern and central Mexico, killing at least five people. No major damage was reported.

Locusts continued to ravage Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina and the Middle East, with no sign that they'll be gone soon.

All that and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for June 2020:


Japan flooding kills at least 60 people - 550,000 told to evacuate - 4 inches of rain in an hour (UPDATES)

Meteorologist Heather Tesch says the death toll is expected to rise after flooding in Japan.

Meteorologist Heather Tesch says the death toll is expected to rise after flooding in Japan.
Flooding and landslides caused by unprecedented rain in southern Japan have left at least 35 people confirmed or presumed dead.

Standing water and risk of more mudslides delayed rescue operations on Sunday, according to the Japan Times.

The victims include 14 residents of a nursing home that was flooded when a river overflowed its banks. Another 50 residents and 30 caregivers were rescued by boats on Sunday.

More than a dozen people were missing, and more than 2,000 households remained cut off in eight municipalities in Kumamoto prefecture on Japan's southwestern Kyushu island, the Kyodo News agency reported.

Comment: Update: ARIRANG NEWS reports on July 7:
Torrential rain storms that triggered flash floods and mudslides in Japan's Kyushu region have left 60 people dead or missing.

Hundreds of thousands have also been evacuated to safer areas.

Lee Seung-jae reports.

Mother Nature's wrath continues to sweep Japan.

Torrential rain in the country's Kyushu region,... in southwestern Japan,... has triggered floods and mudslides.

Authorities say at least 49 people have been confirmed dead,... while eleven others are unaccounted for.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by continued downpours,... with up to 300 millimeters of rain in the forecast through Tuesday

Meteorological authorities in Japan have also issued special heavy rain warnings to three prefectures Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka and the authorities have also issued evacuation orders to 330-thousand citizens.

Such orders have also been issued to 205-thousand people in Kumamoto Prefecture,... and to approximately 35-thousand in Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefecture,... totaling 550-thousand people across Japan.

With many waiting to be rescued,... the Japanese government has also dispatched around 10-thousand Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to the hardest-hit areas.

More than 2-thousand households have been left stranded,... many of which are home to elderly people.

Helicopters and boats have been rescuing people from their homes where they can.

The flooding has also cut off power and communication lines,... further delaying search and rescue efforts.
Update 08/07/2020: The Guardian reports:
At least 58 people have died over several days of flooding. By Wednesday morning, parts of Nagano and Gifu in central Japan were flooded by unremitting downpours.

Footage on NHK television showed swollen water in the Hida River gouging into the embankment, destroying a national highway along the river. In the city of Gero, river water rose to just below a bridge.

In the mountainous town of Takayama, several houses were hit by a mudslide, with uprooted trees and other debris scattered around. It was not immediately known what happened to the residents.

Across Japan, about 3.6m people were advised to evacuate, although evacuation is not mandatory and the number of people who actually took shelter was not provided by authorities.
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A man walks by a collapsed road caused by heavy rain in Kuma, Kumamoto prefecture. Flooding and heavy rains have killed 58 people.
As of Wednesday morning, the death toll from the heavy rains that started over the weekend had risen to 58, most of them from the hardest-hit Kumamoto prefecture.

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Summer storm and floods in Sofia, Bulgaria

Areas around Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, were hit by heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds during an overnight storm 06 to 07 July.

Emergency services received 750 calls for assistance. One person was injured when a roof collapsed. Streets, metro stations, underpasses and buildings were all flooded. The country's Interior Ministry said emergency teams were called to pump flood water and remove stranded vehicles.

Comment: Global cooling anyone? Below is a chart showing the increasing trend for flooding reports across the planet as covered by SoTT in the last decade or so:

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Flash floods kill 8 people and 7,000 animals in Mongolia

Mongolia's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports that 8 people died in flash floods in several parts of the country in the last few days. More heavy rain is expected.

Five people died in a flash flood on 03 July 2020 in Bayandalai district (sum / soum) of Ömnögovi Province in the south of the country. On the same day, three people were killed while crossing a river on a motorcycle Erdenetsagaan, Sükhbaatar Province (aimag) in eastern Mongolia.

Comment: Global cooling anyone? Below is a chart showing the increasing trend for flooding reports across the planet as covered by SoTT in the last decade or so:

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Floods affecting over a million people across Bangladesh

River levels in Bangladesh, 08 July 2020.
© Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, BWDB, Bangladesh
River levels in Bangladesh, 08 July 2020.
According to disaster management authorities, over 1 million people across 13 districts have been affected by flooding in Bangladesh since late June.

Flooding hit several northern districts of the country in late June after heavy rain in the country and in river catchments in neighbouring India. Jamalpur, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts were the worst affected, with some flash flooding also reported in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts.

Since then flooding has been reported in a further 8 districts. According to a report by Network for Information, Response And Preparedness Activities on Disaster (NIRAPAD) of 04 July, a total of 1,012,775 people have been affected and 221,158 households marooned. The affected districts include: Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Sunamganj, Sirajganj, Bogura, Jamalpur, Sylhet, Tangail, Rajbari and Madaripur.


19,380,000 people now affected by the flooding across China

Torrential rains have been pounding large areas of China, triggering floods, mudslides and destroying roads as local authorities scramble to send in rescuers. State media reported that the deadly floods had affected around 19,380,000 people as of July 3, 2020. At least 121 people were reportedly dead or missing.