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Heaviest monsoon rain in decades creates 6m wide sinkhole, kills 9, leaves Lahore, Pakistan underwater - 3 more days of rain forecast

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Featured image: Huge sinkhole opens in Lahore, Pakistan after record-breaking rains flood the city on July 3, 2018.
Heavy monsoon rains, described as the worst in decades, left at least 9 people dead and 10 injured in the Pakistani city of Lahore (population 6.3 million) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The city received record-breaking rain that left much of it under water and without power. Heavy rains are expected to continue falling across the region over the next 3 days. Residents are urged to heed official warnings.

The city of Lahore, capital of Punjab Province, received a total of 252 mm (9.9 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Monday and Tuesday, breaking the previous daily rainfall record set in 1980.

Floodwaters left many many people were stranded in their homes and damaged over 200 electricity feeders across the city, leaving much of it without power.

The storm also disrupted air and land traffic, as major roads turned into pools.

Comment: Extreme weather around the world is occurring with increasing frequency and humanity is entirely unprepared: And check this out from 2017 - last year they considered the monsoon's the worst in recent history, it looks like 2018 is set to be even worse: Worst monsoons in recent history kill 1,200 and displace over 40 million in India, Nepal & Bangladesh (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)


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Extreme weather to drop European cereal production 6%

Combine harvester

To help farmers stay afloat Copa Cogeca has called on the EU Commission to issue an advance payment to those suffering the effects of extreme climatic conditions.
New estimates for this year's EU grain harvest are forecasting a 6% drop in EU cereal and oilseeds production, due to extreme weather conditions.

The estimate comes from Copa Cogeca, the farmer and agri cooperative representative body in the EU. The total harvest is expected to be in the region of 273.8m tonnes.

Copa Cogeca cereals working party chair Max Schulman said: "Farmers in some central European and northern countries [Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Finland] have been hit by severe drought, which is reaching catastrophic proportions. Whilst some southern countries [Iberian Peninsula, Italy, France] have been experiencing floods."


Copa Cogeca oilseeds working party chair Arnaud Rousseau went on to warn of the estimated 6% drop, around 2m tonnes, in EU oilseeds production. Last year's production figure stood at 31.5m tonnes.

"We are concerned about the substitution of EU crop-based biofuels by palm oil and biodiesel imports. EU crop-based biofuels which generate a protein-rich co-product for use in animal feed must be promoted against palm oil in the EU. In addition, we call on the Commission to implement urgently the countervailing duty on biodiesel imports originating from Argentina".

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after major floods in Trentino, Italy - 5 inches of rain in under 4 hours

Floods in Moena, Trentino, Italy, 03 July 2018.
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Floods in Moena, Trentino, Italy, 03 July 2018.
As much as 130 mm of rain fell in under 4 hours on 03 July in the town of Moena and surrounding areas in the province of Trentino, northern Italy.

The torrential rain caused rivers to overflow and sent mud and flood water raging through Moena's streets.

Authorities pre-emptively evacuated around 50 people from their homes in Moena and areas near San Pellegerino. Safe accommodation was provided in a local school.


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Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain kill 17 across Nepal

A passenger bus swept by flood lies roped as locals look from a suspension bridge at Tawang River in Western Dang. No human casualties were reported in the incident.
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A passenger bus swept by flood lies roped as locals look from a suspension bridge at Tawang River in Western Dang. No human casualties were reported in the incident.
At least 17 people were killed and three have gone missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in several parts of Nepal, an official at the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.

The heaviest casualties occurred in the country's mid-western and eastern regions, said Banshiraj Acharya, the ministry's undersecretary.

A 22-year-old woman, her infant daughter and a neighbour were killed after their mud and stone home collapsed in the mountain district of Rolpa on Monday.

Three people, including a 5-year-old boy, were swept away by a flooded river in Banke district on Monday.

Another 11 people from various parts of the country have been killed in landslides and flooding in the last two days, Acharya said.


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Bridge collapses during heavy rain, injures 6, in Mumbai, India

mumbai road collapse
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Part of a bridge over a railway in Mumbai, India, has collapsed in a heavy rain that has inundated the area. Traffic has been halted both beneath and on the bridge. Six people have reportedly been injured.

The collapse occurred at about 7am local time (1:30 GMT). Images on social media show a sizeable portion of the overpass bridge broken away and fallen on the rail tracks, taking some wires and a part of the roof of the station down with it. Mumbai police says the fire department, railroad staff and other services are on site, and local media report that the possibility of people being trapped under the debris is being investigated.

At least six people were injured in the collapse and have been taken to hospital, TOI Mumbai reported. Two people have been pulled out alive from under the debris by rescuers, ANI reported.

Comment: Landslides, fissures and sinkholes are on the increase around the world and while there does seem to be an understandable correlation with the epic rainfall also occurring, there are probably other causes which also need to be factored in such as the rise in volcanic and geologic activity: Also check out SOTTs' monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


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Flash floods ravage parts of Trinidad and Tobago

UNDER WATER: The glow of streetlights reflect on flood waters at Independence Square, Port of Spain.
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UNDER WATER: The glow of streetlights reflect on flood waters at Independence Square, Port of Spain.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and regional corporations are expected to coordinate clean-up exercises today if the weather allows, after heavy torrential rainfall over the weekend, especially over the last 24 hours and yesterday afternoon, caused flash flooding in several areas across T&T.

An official at the T&T Meteorological Office said the heavy showers were as a result of a tropical wave passing over the island.


Up to press time there were reports of flooding along the southbound lane of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, after the Claxton Bay flyover, before the Chase Village flyover on the northbound lane, Freeport, Couva, Carapichaima, Chaguanas, St Augustine, Breezy Heights in Mount Hope, along the Lady Young Road in Morvant, downtown Port-of-Spain, Wrightson Road, Cocorite and Diego Martin.


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"Adverse cyclonic conditions" bring flooding to the streets of Cape Town, South Africa

SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018: Wind and rain batters Mouille Point, Cape Town
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SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018: Wind and rain batters Mouille Point, Cape Town
Ooft, Sunday morning was above and beyond hectic. The Cape Town weather has been unforgiving, as the heavens opened up and delivered a deluge to the city.

Around 9:00, severe downpours hit the CBD and its surrounding areas hard. The South African Weather Service (Saws) have already issued several weather warnings for Sunday, as the region attempts to deal with "adverse cyclonic conditions".


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Flash floods kill 3 in Jammu, India

Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rainfall in Srinagar on June 30.
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Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rainfall in Srinagar on June 30
Three persons, including a woman, were killed and nearly a dozen houses were damaged in rain-related incidents in different districts of the Jammu region, officials said on Saturday.

Harbans Lal (45) was washed away by flash floods in a stream near his house at Natulphal village of Khour in the Akhnoor sector on Saturday afternoon, they said. The officials said Lal was crossing the stream when a sudden surge in the water level due to incessant rains caught him. The body of the deceased was recovered and handed over to his family, they said.

A woman, identified as Jameela, was killed when a tree got uprooted due to heavy rains and fell on her temporary shelter at Kalamsatherdhar village of Kishtwar district, officials said. Jameela's daughter was also injured in the incident and was shifted to a hospital, they said.


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"We're in the tropics now!" Sheets of rain, strong winds and rockfall as heavy storm breaks Moscow heatwave

People cross a street during heavy rain in central Moscow, Russia on June 30, 2018
© Gleb Garanich / Reuters
People cross a street during heavy rain in central Moscow, Russia on June 30, 2018
Heavy rain has hit Russia's capital, turning streets into wild rapids and even causing surprise rock-falls, rare in a largely flat region, giving Moscow a truly tropical feel amid unusually hot weather.

Massive rain and stormy winds hit Moscow on Saturday afternoon, seemingly putting an end to a nearly week-long spell of scorching heat. Emergency services released a warning ahead of the storm, forecasting hail, thunderstorms and strong winds peaking at 17-22 m/s (38-49 mph), advising citizens to stay home and not to brave the weather. The warning remains in place until Sunday.

Some trees have been reportedly brought down by strong winds across the Russian capital, but no information on injuries or casualties was immediately available.

Comment: The intensity of the seasons has increased dramatically on the planet, causing epic flooding, disastrous droughts, deadly winters, scorching summers and much more, although the overall trend is toward serious global cooling: Also in Russia:


And one probable source of some of the effects we're seeing:





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Heavy rain and floods hit South Korea as Typhoon Prapiroon approaches

Cars are submerged in a street in Boseong-gun, South Jeolla Province on Sunday morning.
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Cars are submerged in a street in Boseong-gun, South Jeolla Province on Sunday morning.
One missing, one injured, cars waterlogged in Korea at 6 p.m. due to advancing typhoon. Korea braces, shuts down national parks.

South Korea was hit by a nationwide downpour on Sunday as Typhoon Prapiroon was approaching the country's southwest coast, resulting in floods, canceled flights and damaged farms.

Up to 300 millimeters of rain fell on Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and western portions of Gangwon Province on Sunday. A 74-year-old was reported to be missing since Thursday, while a 73-year-old women got injured due to landslide on Sunday at 8 a.m. The heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Tuesday.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety sent 36 officials to six cities and 11 provinces on Sunday as a pre-emptive measure against possible landslides caused by heavy rain. The government is considering setting up a disaster center as well.