“Floods in Iran have killed 76 people and caused more than $2.2bn in damages in recent weeks, with flood warnings still in place for large swaths of the country.
“Six more people were confirmed dead in the country’s south, according to a new toll published on Sunday.
“”With the death of five people in the Khuzestan province and another person in Ilam province, the death toll has now reached 76,” since March 19, a statement by the coroner’s office said.
“The two southwestern provinces are the latest to be overwhelmed by floods that first hit the northeast of the usually arid country, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate from cities and villages.
“Officials have again issued flood warnings for the east of Iran, with heavy rains that began on Saturday forecast to continue.
“Since mid-March, flash floods have hit 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces, forcing mass evacuations, ravaging infrastructure, and inflicting heavy losses on the agricultural sector.”
“After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan… 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.
“In Herat, Helmand and Badghis provinces, for example, heavy rainfall triggered flash floods in March and early April, spoiling vast swatches of agricultural land. Some affected areas remain inaccessible due to roadblocks or deteriorating security conditions, preventing humanitarian agencies from providing assistance.”
“At least 20 people died in flash floods in South Waziristan [Pakistan] and Balochistan on Saturday.
“Fourteen people, including eight children, were killed when a passenger bus was swept away by flash floods near the Toi Khullah area of South Waziristan.”
“At least three people were killed and 86 others injured as an intense dust storm hit the metropolis Sunday night and continued Monday morning, dispersing sand around the city, downing trees and blowing away roofs in some areas. Incidents of wall and roof collapses were reported…
“At least eight fishermen are missing after their boat overturned near Rehri Goth.”
“UAE rescue teams in Ras al-Khaimah emirate evacuated as many as 500 people from Jebel Jais after they were left stranded on the mountain by a heavy storm.
“Residents and motorists caught in the storm were evacuated in groups of around 20 by helicopter, local media reported on Sunday.
“Heavy rain lashed the northern part of the UAE and Oman over the weekend, stranding many motorists overnight.”
“Normal life was affected across Odisha [India] today as intense heat wave swept across many places in the State. In total, 11 places of the State recorded maximum temperature above 40 degree Celsius.
“Titlagarh recorded the highest temperature of 43.5 degree Celsius followed by Angul and Bolangir at 42.7 and 42.5 degree Celsius respectively.”
“…as the capital last month [Canberra, Australia] recorded the hottest March ever, the unseasonably warm days have also had an effect on how and when to plant. “Climate change has most definitely affected the timing of those established rules of when you plant and when you don’t plant,” Dr Steven Crimp, a climate applications scientist from the Australian National University said.”
“The Secretary of National Emergency (SEN), already declared in emergency situation to Asunción and 6 departments of the country, for the floods… [Paraguay].”
“Rescuers still hope to find survivors in the rubble of a pair of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster rose to eight with 16 people listed as missing.
“The condemned four-story buildings collapsed Friday in Muzema, within the hillside neighbourhood of Itanhanga. The area that was hard hit by recent heavy rains and flash floods.”
“Powerful storms swept across the southern US on Sunday, after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least six people, including three children, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town.
“Nearly 90,000 customers were without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia as of midday Sunday.”
“Heavy rain brought flooding to the city of Albany, Oregon, on April 10, with reports of some roads submerged in as much as four feet of water.Oregon State Police issued a warning to not drive through standing water.This footage, posted by Albany Fire Department, shows the city of Albany partially submerged.”
“Flooding has once again forced the evacuation of a northern Ontario First Nation that has long demanded the federal government move their town to a new location.
“Roughly 1,500 residents of Kashechewan will be flown to Timmins, Kapuskasing, Thunder Bay and Cornwall as part of the evacuation effort, according to NDP MP Charlie Angus. Angus warned that the First Nation could face “catastrophic flooding.””
“Key Alaska rivers that are usually frozen at this time of year are now free-flowing, with record-early thaws following record-high winter and spring temperatures. In the interior Alaska city of Nenana, ice on the Tanana River gave way just after midnight on Sunday.
“It was by far the earliest breakup in the 102-year history of the Nenana Ice Classic, an iconic Alaska betting pool in which participants predict when thaw will sink a wooden tripod placed on the ice.”
“A report by Russian forestry experts says that overharvesting and failure to reinvest in the seemingly endless forests of Siberia mean that in as little as 15 years, Russia will no longer have this most valuable resource…
“This looming deficit… is “connected with an increase in the number of forest fires, the spread of insect populations, and the irrational harvesting of forests.” There aren’t really enough forest resources now, and soon the situation will be a crisis.”
“”Anthrax spores can stay alive in the permafrost for up to 2,500 years. That’s scary given the thawing of animal burial grounds from the 19th century,” said Boris Kershengolts, a Yakutsk biologist who studies northern climates. “When they are taken out of the permafrost and put into our temperatures, they revive.”
“Two-thirds of Russia’s territory is permafrost, including almost all of the vast region of Yakutia, where it can be up to hundreds of feet deep. Now these icy bonds are beginning to break.”
“According to new research, the presence of nuclear material in glaciers have been detected from ice cores sampled from 17 different glacier sites, including Arctic, Iceland, the European Alps, Antarctica, and other locations…
“The study postulates that climate change has another unwanted and grim consequence which is the re-release of radioactive material from nuclear disaster fallouts such as those from Chernobyl and Fukushima.”