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“Almost six million people are under threat from rising flood waters across South Asia, where hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced as a result of heavy monsoon rains.

“The flooding comes as India was still reeling from a weeks-long water crisis amid heavy droughts and heatwaves across the country which killed at least 137 people.

“Experts said the country has five years to address severe water shortages, caused by steadily depleting groundwater supplies, or over 100 million people will left be without ready access to water.

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“In Afghanistan, drought has devastated traditional farming areas, forcing millions of people to move or face starvation, while in Bangladesh, heavy monsoon flooding has marooned entire communities and cut-off vital roads. Especially at risk are the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in fragile, makeshift camps along the country’s border with Myanmar.

“This is the sharp edge of the climate crisis. What seems an urgent but still future problem for many developed countries is already killing people in parts of Asia, and a new refugee crisis, far worse than that which has hit Europe in recent years, is brewing.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/asia/india-nepal-flooding-climate-refugees-intl-hnk/index.html


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“Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal

“…authorities in neighboring northeastern India [are] battling to provide relief to over 4 million people in Assam state, officials said.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/78-dead-nepal-flooding-wreaks-havoc-south-asia-64360521


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“The city of Bathinda [India] today got flooded after it received record 178 mm [7 inches] of rain, which poured continuously for six hours. Residents were at the receiving end with the town’s drainage system choked following the heavy spell of rain.

“Most of the roads in the town were flooded with rainwater, which entered many localities and damaged household items.”

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/record-rainfall-drowns-bathinda/803032.html


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“Even as incessant rainfall and rivers in spate have flooded large parts of north Bihar [India], spectre of drought is looming over some other parts of the state due to abysmally low rains.

“The state received 401 mm of rainfall against the normal of 342 mm from June 1 to July 15, and yet farmers of many districts are unable to transplant paddy in their fields due to low rainfall.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/patna/bihar-caught-between-flooding-due-to-heavy-rainfall-and-spectre-of-drought/story-oNIIERFHjRWfPuq6qYE0fM.html


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“Drought-ravaged towns [in Australia] face having to rely on a massive convoy of water trucks at a cost of millions of dollars a month just to survive, as the drought crisis rages on with no end in sight.

“Ten areas in regional New South Wales and southern Queensland are at high risk of running out of drinking water — a dire moment dubbed “day zero” — within the coming year.”

https://www.news.com.au/national/the-towns-forced-to-pay-1-million-a-month-just-to-stay-alive-as-drought-crisis-worsens/news-story/5feed90428a4007cc10d3894880ac65c


“This wallaby and deer sharing food may look cute, but the reason for them doing it is heartbreaking. This video shot by Jenny Hillman in Stanthorpe, Queensland, shows the dire conditions this region is experiencing.”

Video:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/drought-hits-wildlife-hard-queensland-040003944.html


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“Thirteen people in central Nigeria died after a three-storey residential building collapsed after torrential rain, emergency workers said on Tuesday. Rescue crews sifted through the rubble overnight after the building in the city of Jos came down on Monday…

“The collapse came after three days of pounding rain.”

https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/13-killed-in-nigeria-building-collapse-20190716


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“A downpour that fell for two hours Monday in Cartagena [Colombia] generated all kinds of emergencies. Since the flooding of many neighborhoods, caused by the overflow of canals and where the water rose more than a meter, to damage the power grid that affected the heroic and neighboring municipalities.”

[Spanish language]

https://www.elespectador.com/noticias/nacional/bolivar/cartagena-con-el-agua-hasta-el-cuello-estragos-por-inundaciones-articulo-871164


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“…4.02 inches of rainfall was reported in 90 minutes near Ypsilanti, Michigan.

“There will continue to be a risk for flooding from any of the slow moving downpours that Barry will produce over the Midwest overnight on Tuesday, moving into New York and Pennsylvania after midnight. Locally damaging winds cannot be ruled out with any thunderstorm as well,” Strait said.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/barrys-heavy-rainfall-and-flooding-leads-to-disaster-at-arkansas-animal-shelter/70008825


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“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest weekly Crop Progress and the holding pattern continues for U.S. corn and soybean farmers as the condition of corn and soybean remains significantly below average.

“The weather is not making it any easier as farmers wonder about the status of their late-planted crops.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-heat-wave-to-hit-at-a-critical-time-for-crops-and-farmers/70008828


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“Miami’s low temperature Sunday morning did not dip below the mid-80s. The low was 84 degrees at Miami International Airport, tying the city’s all-time warmest low temperature.

“For reference, 84 degrees is the average high in New York City in mid-July.”

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2019-07-16-miami-tied-all-time-record-warm-low-temperature


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Tornadoes are surprisingly common in England but very rare in Scotland:

“”He said: “As I was driving past the garden centre, I noticed the clouds were looking a bit strange so I pulled into a farm entrance.

““This is when the funnel started to take shape. It was quite eerie as there was no wind and everything was calm, yet the cloud was spinning.”

Video:

http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2019/07/16/dramatic-clip-shows-tornado-in-skies-above-small-scottish-town/


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More 40c+ (104f) weather headed for France:

https://www.thelocal.fr/20190717/france-braces-for-heatwave-with-mercury-set-to-reach-40c-again


“An extended drought is forcing French officials to restrict water usage in nearly two-thirds of mainland France, with the hardest-hit regions limiting consumption to little more than drinking and sanitation.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/suffering-record-dry-spell-france-restricts-water-use-11563304431


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““Time to sound the alarm,” said Mr Mestre. “Only 10 days of extreme heat were enough to collapse, melt and form a lake at the base of the Dent du Géant and the Aiguilles Marbrées.”

“He added: “This is truly alarming … glaciers all over the world are melting at an exponential speed.””

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/climate-change-french-alps-lake-snow-melting-global-warming-mount-blanc-a9006916.html


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“The statement read: ‘In Bastia [Corsica], extremely intense rain has been observed, reaching 30mm (1.2 inches) in six minutes, 80mm (3.1 inches) in 30 minutes and 120mm (4.7 inches) in an hour. Waterspouts have degenerated into tornadoes.’”

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/16/huge-waterspout-spotted-off-the-coast-of-corsica-10356621/


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“An environmental vicious circle is taking hold in Russia and other parts of the Arctic as permafrost – the frozen ground beneath a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and almost 20% of Earth’s landmass – thaws.

“Rising temperatures are causing the ice that binds soil, rocks and sand in the ground to disintegrate, setting in motion a process that releases greenhouse gases.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/07/melting-russian-permafrost-could-speed-up-global-warming-devastating-global-effect/


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“The fear is that flames burning on the rim of the depression will weaken the permafrost and cause a major enlargement of the Batagai or Batagaika ‘megaslump’, seen as a wonder of Siberia…

“Reports say the destruction of the tundra is ‘alarming’ in the Verkhoyansk district of Yakutia region, also known as the Sakha Republic.”

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/hell-on-fire-raging-bush-inferno-at-batagai-depression-giant-gash-in-the-tundra/


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“Wildfire activity is moving north. Of the 26 new fires reported over the past two days in Alaska, ten were above the Arctic Circle… Fifteen new fires were reported across Alaska Monday.

“Twenty-three fires are actively burning in the Tanana Zone today, with a total of 30 fires reported this year.

“In addition to the fires in Alaska, on July 10 a satellite detected heat signatures in Greenland that were consistent with those seen at wildland fires.”

https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/07/16/wildfires-above-the-arctic-circle-in-greenland-and-alaska/


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“”Due to rising temperatures, the glaciers of Greenland are receding. At the same time sea ice is melting. Every year, billions of liters of meltwater are released into the ocean.”

“The enormous volumes of fresh water released in the Arctic not only raise the sea level, they also have the potential to change the system of global ocean currents—and thus, our climate.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-sea-arctic.html


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““If this July turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth!” tweeted Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University.

“Like June, July has featured some notable high-temperature extremes, including in Nunavut, Canada, the northernmost permanently inhabited location on Earth.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-hottest-july-june-record-weather-temperatures-nasa-a9007816.html


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