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Husband and wife hospitalized after being hit by lightning at Sanibel Beach Club, Florida

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A husband and wife on a Sanibel beach were struck by lightning Saturday and taken to a hospital.

Sanibel police said the couple were on the sand at the Sanibel Beach Club shortly before 5 p.m. when they struck by lightning.

Bystanders performed CPR on the husband as police arrived, a city notice said. The wife was nearby and was conscious and breathing, police said.

Sanibel police began CPR and used an automated external defibrillator until Sanibel Fire and EMS arrived.


Comment: Two days later (July 26) in the same state a lightning bolt struck multiple people on a beach in Naples.


Boat

69 dead, 5 still missing in floods in Henan, China - 12.9 million people affected - 972,000 hectares of farmland damaged

The death toll from torrential rains in central China's Henan Province has risen to 69 as of Monday noon, with five people missing, local authorities said.

The death toll from torrential rains in central China's Henan Province has risen to 69 as of Monday noon, with five people missing, local authorities said.
The Henan Provincial Government in China recently provided an update on the flooding that has affected the province since 20 July 2021.

As of 26 July, heavy rain and floods had affected 12.9 million people in 150 counties (cities, districts) and 1,558 towns across Henan. The hardest hit areas include Zhengzhou, Xinyang, Xinxiang, Zhumadian, Zhoukou, Anyang, Shangqiu, Kaifeng, Puyang and Hebi.

As many as 24,474 houses have been severely damaged or destroyed. Damage was also caused to 972,000 hectares of farmland. Over 1.31 million people have evacuated to safer areas. A total of 69 people have lost their lives and 5 are still missing.

Flood water is slowly receding in some areas but the situation remains severe. Forecasters said more heavy rain is expected.


Boat

Massive rescue efforts underway after floods in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India - Just over a meter (42 inches) of rain in 48 hours - At least 192 dead (UPDATES)

Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
© NDRF
Flood rescue Ratnagiri Maharashtra, July 2021.
Massive rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rainfall continues to wreak havoc in Mumbai and surrounding areas of the state of Maharashtra in India. Some areas in Maharashtra recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain in 48 hours.

In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi area early on 23 July 2021. Rescue operations are ongoing but media reports suggest 7 people have died and 3 injured. Just last week at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after several homes were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and landslides on 18 July.

Wider areas of Maharashtra state have been severely affected, resulting in massive rescue operations across several districts. Hundreds of people have been rescued so far, with many more still in need of help.

India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed teams to the districts of Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Thane and Palghar. Units of the Coast Guard, Indian Navy and the Indian Army have joined the rescue and relief efforts in several areas, notably in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts.

The Indian Air Force has also undertaken rescue efforts using helicopters in Chiplun in Ratnagiri, where flood waters are so high residents have taken refuge on the roofs of houses.


Comment: Update: CNN reports on July 24:
At least 136 people have died in the west Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said Saturday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages.

At least 38 people were killed in Taliye, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the financial capital Mumbai, when a landslide flattened most of the small village, state government officials said. The death toll also includes 27 reported deaths from Satara district in the last 48 hours, a representative from the state's Disaster Management, Relief & Rehabilitation department told CNN.

More than 10 people are feared trapped after a landslide occurred in Ratnagiri district on Friday, he said.

As of Saturday morning, over 90,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas to safety as heavy showers continued to wreak havoc, he said.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.

National Disaster Response Force personnel rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Kolhapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, on Friday.
The National Disaster Response Force, the Indian Army, Coast Guards, Navy, Air Force and state authorities have all been deployed as part of the rescue effort. The representative added that major damages have been reported in all three coastal districts of Raigad, Satara, and Ratnagiri.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting "extremely heavy" rainfall and recommending preventive actions. The official said that districts Kolhapur and Sangli are still on alert, Reuters reported.

Parts of India's west coast received up to 594 millimeters (23 inches) of rainfall over 24 hours, forcing authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as they released water from dams that were threatening to overflow.

"Unexpected very heavy rainfall triggered landslides in many places and flooded rivers," Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads Maharashtra's state government, told journalists.

"Dams and rivers are overflowing. We are forced to release water from dams, and, accordingly, we are moving people residing near the river banks to safer places," he said.

In nine other landslides in other parts of Maharashtra, 59 people died and another 15 were killed in accidents linked to the heavy rainfall, state government officials said.

Thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway linking Mumbai with the southern technology hub of Bengaluru, with the road submerged in some places, another Maharashtra government official said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of villages and towns were without electricity and drinking water, he said.

Rivers were also overflowing in the neighboring southern states of Karnataka and Telangana where authorities were monitoring the situation, government officials there said.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they also deliver more than 70% of India's rainfall and are crucial for farmers.
Update2: Floodlist reports on July 27:
Disaster authorities in India report that 192 people have now died in floods and landslides in the western state of Maharashtra since record heavy rainfall from 22 July 2021.

The heavy rain brought floods and landslides affected 1028 villages across the districts of Ratnagiri, Raigad, Kolhapur, Thane, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg, Pune, Wardha and suburban areas of Mumbai. Over 40 roads were submerged and a bridge on the Vashishti river at Chiplun was severely damaged.

At one point at total of 375,178 people were displaced from their homes, most recently in low-lying areas of Kolhapur District along the Panchganga River which overflowed after heavy rain and releases from the Koyna dam.

India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)and military have carried out massive search and rescue (SAR) efforts over the past week. NDRF teams alone rescued 3,804 people from flood waters.

The biggest SAR operations were at landslide sites in Raigad District, where 30 houses were buried and 95 people bodies were recovered, and in Ratnagiri District where 21 bodies have been recovered. Fatalities were also reported in Satara and Kolhapur Districts. Authorities say at least 25 people are still missing. However, almost a week after disaster struck, search and rescue operations have been called off in many areas.



Arrow Up

Stuff happens: Sewage spouts 100ft into the air over Hammersmith Bridge in London as storm drain erupts

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A Hammersmith resident was left stunned as a sewage-laden geyser shot 20 metres into the air outside of his home - for the second time in 13 days.

Heavy rainfall battered the capital yesterday afternoon, causing a storm drain to burst open, spewing water and sewage into the air 100ft over Hammersmith Bridge.

Architect Peter Brill had witnessed the sight for the first time just two week earlier.

The Queens Wharf resident is now worried children are at risk of playing in the sewage if nothing is done to fix the issue.

Mr Brill said: "There was a rumbling sound before it exploded. Then it kept on exploding.

"It was like a geyser at Yellowstone National Park. It was very surprising. I was told 90 per cent is clear water but 10 per cent is sewage."


Comment: London hit with flash floods after torrential rain


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt strikes multiple people on beach in Naples, Florida

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A lightning strike leaves one person with moderate injuries and others with minor injuries after being hit by the bolt on Clam Pass beach.

Witnesses say the lightning strike happened around 6 p.m. on Monday. First responders arrived at the Clam Pass State Park in Naples for the call.

A worker at a nearby hotel said he was carrying a chair cushion to keep him from getting wet from the incoming storm when the bolt hit so close to him his hat fell off and he hit the sand.

Monday's lightning strike makes three separate incidents of people getting hit by lightning in the past ten days.


Windsock

At least eight killed in 20-car pileup in Utah sandstorm

The 20-car pileup in Utah
© Utah Highway Patrol
The 20-car pileup in Utah in which at least eight people were killed.
At least eight people have been killed in a 20-vehicle pileup during a sandstorm in Utah, the highway patrol said.

The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh on Sunday, the agency said in a news release. Several people were reportedly taken to hospitals in critical condition. Ground and air ambulances were used to transport crash victims.

The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said.

Five of the eight people killed were in one vehicle, while two others were in another vehicle, according to a news release. Another fatality was in a third vehicle.


Ice Cube

Violent hailstorm halts traffic on main highway in northern Italy

Northern Italy hailstorm
© YouTube/Angkor Insider (screen capture)
A violent hailstorm has brought traffic to a halt on one of Italy's main highways, injuring a number of people and smashing car windows.

The storm hit part of the northern stretch of the road between Milan and Naples, which runs for almost 500 miles.

Hundreds of cars were pelted with hail, forcing drivers to pull up by the roadside and causing authorities to close part of the road for a short time.

Footage broadcast by Italian weather channel Meteo Weather 24, showed vehicles with smashed windscreens, stopped on the road as the storm passed.


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands evacuated in flood-hit Philippines

A man on a bicycle wades through a flooded
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A man on a bicycle wades through a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on July 24, 2021.
Typhoon In-Fa left the Philippines last Friday but continues to enhance the southwest monsoon.

Heavy rains over the weekend flooded different parts of the capital Manila and other provinces in Luzon and Visayas region. The disaster agency reported that 44,563 individuals were evacuated and are staying in 81 evacuation sites across the country.

Mary Jay Versoza and her whole family were evacuated from the coastal neighborhood of Baseco Compound in Manila City. Her house was flooded waist-deep and she was worried for the safety of her young children. Her family is staying at the Baseco Evacuation Center along with 277 other families.

Each family was provided with a modular tent, food and other necessities. But Versoza's worries are not yet over.


Windsock

Heavy sandstorm engulfs China's northwest Dunhuang, causing chaos in ancient Silk Road city

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Heavy sandstorm with dust clouds towering at least 100 metres (330ft) high hit China's Dunhuang city on July 25, 2021. Home to the Mogao caves, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Dunhuang is located in the Gobi Desert, known for its harsh climate and living conditions.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood kills 19, destroys homes in Kano, Nigeria

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No fewer than 19 persons have been feared dead in Doguwa local government area of Kano State after a vehicle conveying them was washed away by floodwaters at the weekend.

The incident followed a torrential downpour in the city that lasted several hours, destroying properties estimated at over N100 million.

"Human beings and domesticated animals, including birds, as well as foodstuff were destroyed, as several homes were submerged in the flood," Saidu, a resident, said.

Village Head of Doguwa settlement, Alhaji Yusuf Umar, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying 15 bodies have been recovered while search has been intensified to recover the bodies of the remaining four victims.

Umar narrated that the vehicle conveying the dead was washed away by the flood after its engine went off in the middle of a bridge on Friday night.