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Watch as massive landslide caused by heavy rains collapses onto road in suburban Beijing - More rain forecast

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Strong downpours caused a landslide in Beijing. Luckily no one was hurt, but the road was blocked for several hours.

Beijing authorities temporarily closed 168 different natural and architectural tourist sites near the Chinese capital in expectation of strong downpours, according to the capital's tourism committee.

Weather forecasters expect that up to 300 millimeters of precipitation will occur in the next 24 hours in some areas of Beijing and its neighboring provinces.

Comment: While some areas of the world suffer extreme drought, other areas are inundated with epic flooding, and as if that wasn't enough, sinkhole, earthquake and volcanic events are on the rise too: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Video shows cars floating down river after flash flood in Little Falls, New Jersey

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Off-road traffic jam
Almost a dozen cars were sent floating down a river in Little Falls, N.J. after a dealership was flooded Saturday evening.

About five inches of rain had fallen in the area, causing flash flooding, NJ.com reported.

In video posted to Facebook some of the cars still had their sticker prices on the windshields, as they bounced off each other on their nautical journey down the Peckman River.

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Heavy rainfall creates problems in west Georgia

Heavy rain has caused flooding in several towns in western Georgia, damaging infrastructure, houses and causing traffic delays.

The Emergency Management Service of Georgia reports that their units are mobilized at every spot where help is needed and are carrying out pumping works.

As a result of abundant rainfall in Batumi, Andronikashvili, Ostrov, Komakhidze and Saakadze streets were flooded. The Emergency Management Service has already cleaned the drainage channels and pumped water from the residential houses. 150 notifications were received from Batumi residents by the Emergency Management Service.

The Agency added about 40 houses were flooded in Kobuleti due to the heavy rain. Water pumping works have been completed there.

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Huge landslides filmed in Himachal Pradesh, India after incessant rain

A landslide occurred in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur following incessant rainfall.

Vehicular traffic has been stopped in the area. Himachal Pradesh has been plagued with landslides owing to heavy rainfall and flooding in and around the state.

The region has suffered over a dozen deaths this year due to landslides.

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Floods leave 22 dead, 3,000 homes destroyed as 'extraordinary' rainfall continues in Niger

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Twenty-two people died and thousands were left homeless in Niger after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, authorities said.

"As of August 6, 49,845 people have been affected... and unfortunately we have recorded 22 deaths," Niger's minister for humanitarian action, Laouan Magadji, told public television late Wednesday.

The floods have destroyed more than 3,000 homes and nearly 4,000 hectares of crops, the minister said.

Livestock has also been lost and drinking water supplies have been affected.

The southern regions of Maradi and Diffa are among the worst hit, and some 2,000 people in the capital Niamey have been left homeless after heavy rains earlier this week, said the minister, AFP reported.

He said the government and charities have already distributed food, clothing and mosquito nets to those in need.

The deaths come after the United Nations aid chief raised alarm in June over a worsening food crisis in the Sahel region that has sent malnutrition rates skyrocketing to their worst level since 2012.

Comment: "This year's rain is just extraordinary," Katiellou Lawan Gaptia, head of meteorology at Niger's Met Office said. "In Niamey alone, the season's rainfall has increased by 84 percent since 2010."

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Watch as dramatic mudslide roars through village in Swiss Alps

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Rampaging mudslides wreak havoc in village in Swiss Alps
Scenes of mudslides hitting an alpine village in Switzerland may seem like something out of a disaster movie, but a spate of heavy downpours across the country in recent days has made it all too real for local residents.

The village of Grugnay in the municipality of Chamoson in Valais, southwest Switzerland, was struck by a gush of sediment, triggered by a series of heavy rainfalls on Tuesday. The mudslide rushed through waterways and roadways, overcoming crash barriers and pouring out onto the asphalt as panicked local residents looked on.

Videos were filmed by François Voeffray and Nathan Coudry. There were no injuries reported but some streets were blocked off as the clearing-up process began, according to Swiss broadcaster RTS.

Comment: And the aftermath:

See also: Meanwhile, elsewhere in Europe over the last day or so:





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Two dead, 100 evacuated following landslides in northern Italian town

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File photo of Courmayeur
Two landslides close to the northern resort town of Courmayeur have killed one tourist and caused panic among many others, with over 100 people evacuated.

A couple from Milan was reported to have died after the landslides, caused by storms in the Val Ferret area close to the Swiss border at the foot of Mont Blanc.

Their car was one of several swept away by mud after one of the landslides flooded a small side valley close to the town of Planpincieux.

The body of the man, 71, was recovered on Monday evening and firefighters were on Tuesday working to recover his wife's body, which they had identified as trapped under the vehicle, Corriere della Sera reported.

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Heatwave gives way to deluges as flash-flooding forces thousands to evacuate in southern France

Flash floods hit southern France
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Rescuers stand in a flooded area of a camping as storms and heavy rains sweep across France
Helicopters, divers and hundreds of firefighters involved in rescue after torrent swept through campsite in Gard region

A German man in his 70s, who was helping supervise children at a campsite in south-east France, was missing on Thursday after being swept away by floodwaters, police said.

The 75-year-old man was accompanying a group of around 100 German children who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, some 60km (37 miles) north of Avignon in the Gard region.

Trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks he sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

It was later found "empty and in pieces" near the river, police said.

He was the only person unaccounted for after a rescue operation at three campsites in the area, where a heatwave ended abruptly this week in storms that caused flash flooding.

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Flood, landslips kill 22 across Kerala, India

At least 20 people lost their life due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala today. The state is hit by heavy rains and the rivers are flowing above the danger mark at many dams. As part of precautionary measure the arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport have also been stopped. According to reports flood gates of 22 dams have also been opened and warning have been issued in several districts.

Here are all the live updates from Kerala:

* As many as 20 people have died across the state.10 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur and one in Wayanad district. Three persons are missing -- one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.

* Floodgates of as many as 22 dams have been opened in the state as the rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

* Idukki dam gates in Kerala were opened after 26 years today at 12:30 pm following rising water levels due to heavy rains in the district. With the water rising quickly, a high-level meeting with the CM Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to open the shutters on a trial run basis

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Flash floods cause bridges and houses to collapse, mud rivers to flow in Turkey

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Mud river
Flash floods caused by heavy rains that hit Turkey's northern Ordu province damaged 66 houses and 264 shops, the country's vice president said on Aug. 9.

Vice President Fuat Oktay and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Aug. 8 visited the Black Sea province of Ordu where torrential rains have caused massive flooding.

Oktay travelled to the Ünye and Fatsa districts of Ordu to inspect the damages the flooding caused in the towns. He also visited a hospital in Ünye to meet with people who were injured in the disaster.

"At the moment, we don't have any casualties or citizens who are in need or whose needs have not been met. The climate has been changing [...] and so we also need a change of mindset," Oktay said.