“Over the past four days, vigorous monsoon conditions over the region have produced an unprecedented rainfall of nearly 2500 mm [nearly 100 inches] over this lake area.
“The 24-hour rainfall accumulation in Avalanche till Friday morning was a whopping 911 mm— more than 1.5 times the average rainfall Coimbatore receives in a year. It was reportedly the wettest 24-hour rainfall ever recorded in Tamil Nadu.”
“Monsoon flooding in southern and western India has led to more than 140 deaths, state officials say, with hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.
“Nearly half the reported deaths have occurred in the south-western state of Kerala.”
“Torrential rains and flash floods have killed at least 24 people in southern and northwestern Pakistan over the last 24 hours, officials and local media said on Sunday.
“The massive downpour struck the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday night, which lasted next 16 hours with short intervals.”
“A landslide in a village in Myanmar has left at least 53 people dead, authorities said.
“Monsoon rains have hammered Myanmar and other countries in the region, flooding vast swathes of land and displacing residents.”
“An additional 12 people were recorded dead from the storm, including seven from Zhejiang province and five from Shandong, with 16 people missing, according to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media…
“The latest update from Shandong brings the total estimated economic toll of the storm to 18 billion yuan ($2.55 billion) in China, including damage to 364,000 hectares of crops and more than 36,000 homes.”
“Amid the current heatwave, there have been widespread concerns about next year’s games, which are scheduled for late July through early August.
“When Tokyo hosted the summer games in 1964, the event was shifted to October, to avoid the worst of the summer heat. As Reuters pointed out, that’s no longer an option, because it would conflict with other major sports like football and soccer…”
“The New South Wales government [Australia] has begun preliminary planning to boost output at Sydney’s desalination plant, in a bid to secure the city’s water supply as dam levels continue to drop…
“The water minister, Melinda Pavey, said on Sunday [the plant] was playing a significant role in maintaining the city’s water supply during “one of the worst droughts in living memory”.”
“Authorities are preparing emergency response teams as scientists warn that fish kills are looming in the state’s waterways on a scale that could dwarf the mass die-offs last summer.
“Governments “hold grave concerns for communities and rivers across the northern basin which remain under considerable stress because of the drought,” a Murray-Darling Basin Authority spokeswoman said.”
“Australians have endured a bizarrely wintery weekend, with parts of the country’s southeast seeing snow for the first time in decades as an Antarctic vortex brought frigid conditions from the south.
“The State of New South Wales’ (NSW) iconic Blue Mountains ranges, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, were blanketed in white on Saturday with shocked residents in Katoomba, Goulburn and the Central Tablelands waking to the unusual sight.”
“Wild weather has ripped through New Plymouth [NZ], with a tornado crossing State Highway 3 just north of the city and another downing trees in South Taranaki.”
“Galveston failed to drop below 86 degrees Thursday, marking its warmest all-time low temperature on record. Records there date back to 1874. Galveston also set a daily record high Thursday, hitting 96 degrees.
“The heat index rose as high as 117 and hasn’t fallen below the upper 90s in days.”
“Ladybird spiders and puffins are among 80 animals at risk of extinction identified by conservation charities after [UK] Government biodiversity spending was cut almost in half in three years.
“The RSPB and Buglife have criticised Defra after the funding for the department as a whole was increased by 11 per cent but biodiversity investment was slashed.”
“A tornado ripped through the city center of Amsterdam and was captured on video. It picked up debris and flew over a river.
“Another tornado was also captured on video in Luxembourg.”
“A lightning strike in southern Germany has injured 15 football players, while thousands were asked to leave a concert early and a circus tent collapsed as storms hit across northern Europe. German news agency DPA reported Saturday that the lightning struck the field in Rosenfeld-Heiligenzimmern where the players were exercising…”
“Mass evacuations are taking place on popular tourist island Gran Canaria after a blaze thpught to have been started by a soldering iron grew into a raging wildfire in the early hours of Sunday.
“Firefighters said they were “overwhelmed” by the inferno estimated to have ravaged 900 hectares since 6pm on Saturday, forcing emergency services to evacuate hundreds of people in more than a dozen neighbourhoods.”
“More than 50 forest fires are raging in Greece in conditions of heat, drought and high winds, the France press reported. More than 450 firefighters and 23 aircraft have been mobilized to fight the fire…
“Today, temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country, with strong winds.”
“On Sunday, some parts of Dalmatia measured uncomfortably high temperatures. For example, the highest daily air temperature in Knin was 39.3°C, Ploče and Resnik 38°C, and Zemunik 37°C.
“However, the new week begins with a warning from DHMZ, who issued a red alert for the entire Adriatic due to the heat. Namely, this is the highest warning level within the MeteoAlarm system.”
“Cyprus’s meteorological service issued heat wave warning number 42 on Sunday, marking the highest ever number of warnings in any year so far…
“Such weather warnings have been issued since the start of June, meaning that more than half of the summer days so far were marked by temperatures higher than the median average for the season…”
“Last July, the Mediterranean Sea broke record temperatures, up 8 degrees higher than usual…
“Unfortunately, this process has increased in recent weeks as temperatures have risen again during the month of August (with a record of 26.6° Celsius).”
“The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of global heating with their traditional way of life…
“The island faces some of the most acute social issues in the world with high levels of alcoholism and historically disproportionate rates of suicide.”
“Greenland glacier melt rate is six-times that of the 1980s.”
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