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As southern China sees some of its worst flooding in 80 years, videos have surfaced showing extreme quantities of water inundating 10 provinces and cities, threatening the vaunted Three Gorges Dam.

“As China’s Yangtze River Basin enters its flood season, the upper reaches of the Three Gorges Dam are seeing the highest flood levels since 1940. Weather China has issued its highest warning for flooding and rain for the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River to Guizhou.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3952434


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Flood forecasters warned on Monday about flooding in India’s three major river basins — Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna — at the end of the week or early next week because of cross-border heavy rains

“The rivers are already filled to the brim, unusual for this time of the year, because of continued heavy rains inside Bangladesh and in upstream across the border since May 20.”

https://www.newagebd.net/article/109174/flooding-in-three-major-river-basins-by-next-week-forecasters-warn


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Flash floods were reported in many areas of Singapore after heavy showers early today

“Videos posted on social media on Tuesday morning showed vehicles attempting to drive through waterlogged roads in several parts of Singapore.”

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/06/602737/watch-singapore-reels-widespread-flash-floods


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Natural disaster evacuation plans need an overhaul as Japan heads into its rainy season, experts have warned, saying crowded conditions could spark novel coronavirus clusters that grow into another wave of infections.

“The period of heavy precipitation — which typically triggers floods and landslides and often forces hundreds of people to take shelter together in gymnasiums — has already begun in some parts of Japan.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/23/national/japan-coronavirus-spread-flood-shelters/#.XvHU9mhKjIU


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Emergency services have received dozens of calls for help as heavy rain fell over Tasmania’s south and midlands, and rising water closed several roads

“More than 250 millimetres of rain fell on Mount Wellington from Sunday morning until 2:00pm today…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/wet-weather-rain-soaks-tasmania-south/12382808


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The latest long-range weather forecast predicting a very dry second half of 2020 has elevated Auckland’s water supply situation to a critical level.

“Watercare’s total dam storage is currently 45%, where normally it would be at about 78% for this time of year. From November 2019 to May 2020, Auckland received less than half the normal rainfall…”

https://www.times.co.nz/news/no-rain-auckland-water-supply-at-critical-status/


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June 22 was the hottest day in Seoul, S Korea, for the month of June in the last 62 years.

“Temperatures rose as high as 35.4 degrees Celsius.

“The last time the city recorded temperatures that high was on June 25, 1958.”

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/950627.html


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Temperatures in Kahului on Saturday reached 92 degrees, breaking the old record set on the same date in 1969, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s the sixth time this month that Kahului has tied or broken a heat record, four of which were set during the record-breaking summer last year.”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/06/kahului-breaks-heat-record-on-saturday/


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Dramatic images from Bolivia, with desperate residents of the country’s Santa Cruz region seeking dry land after floods swept through residential areas.”

Video:

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/massive-flooding-sweeps-through-the-residential-areas-of-the-santa-cruz-region-of-boliva


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At the moment the rains [in El Salvador] have diminished in intensity, but the worst is yet to come.

“Thousands of families have lost their homes.

“Others are returning home; yet they are exposed to risks, such as landslides and unsafe conditions.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/el-salvador/el-salvador-surviving-amidst-covid-19-and-floods


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As crews continue to battle a human-caused wildfire that has become one of the largest in Arizona history, state agencies are concerned about the potential impact on wildlife and water resources

“…the fire footprint includes designated critical habitat for two imperiled species, the Mexican spotted owl and the northern goshawk.”

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2020/06/22/wildlife-risk-bush-fire-burns-tonto-national-forest/3237236001/


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After the driest April on record and only four-tenths of rain in May, about 90% of Utah is in a drought.

“Soil temperatures are well above normal and the state’s snowpack melted earlier than usual. State fire officials are now saying they’ve already seen more than 300 wildfires…”

https://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-megadrought-brings-bigger-fires-and-bark-beetles


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The waters of Lake Champlain reached a new high for the month of June on Monday, measuring at 77 degrees from a temperature reading in Burlington taken seven feet below the surface water.

“”We’ve never had this many days in a row with 90 degree high in June,” said Conor Lahiff, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.”

https://eu.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/2020/06/22/lake-champlain-water-temperature-warms-june-record/3239183001/


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Though several forests are burning in Quebec, the fire north of Lac Saint-Jean is the province’s largest forest fire at the moment. It’s estimated to cover more than 72,000 hectares…

“”Right now, because of the intensity of the fire, there are certain actions we can’t do to stop its progression,” said Mélanie Morin, a spokesperson for Quebec’s forest fire prevention agency…”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/forest-fires-quebec-lac-saint-jean-1.5622822


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Subtropical Depression Four formed in the Atlantic off the northeast US coast on Monday afternoon.

“It could strengthen into Dolly, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season… The depression is 310 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/22/weather/subtropical-depression-storm-dolly-forecast/index.html


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A nearly 4,000-mile-long plume of thick dust from the Sahara Desert has arrived in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, and is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico..

“The plume is part of a phenomena that develops every year off the coast of Africa, known as the Saharan Air Layer (SAL), but the current one is unusually intense and is setting records, scientists say.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/06/22/record-plume-sahara-desert-dust-reducing-visibility-puerto-rico-aimed-southeast-us/


The UK Met Office has confirmed that May was the driest on record in England.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/may-2020-confirmed-driest-record-132508085.html


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The entry of a very warm air mass of African origin into Spain, the atmospheric stability and the strong insolation typical of the time, will promote today a progressive and marked rise in temperatures that will last until Thursday…

“…[leading to] highs of 40 degrees, or even more.”

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20200622/481905243145/el-tiempo-aemet-ola-calor-aire-africano.html


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Serbia has introduced emergency measures in several municipalities after heavy rains in the past few days caused widespread damage as rivers overflowed, authorities said Tuesday.

“Surging rivers led to around 700 houses being flooded in western and central Serbia…”

https://www.startribune.com/floods-soak-homes-cut-roads-in-serbia-bosnia-amid-rains/571437172/?refresh=true


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As if a global pandemic and months of quarantine weren’t enough to drown our spirits, Moscow was hit with heavy rains and hail over the weekend, leading to flash floods that flooded streets and passageways

“Here’s a closer look at the Moscow monsoon…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/22/moscow-braves-a-summertime-flood-a70650


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Again, flood has swept away a 17-year- old girl, simply identified as Ayisat in at Alapafuja axis of the Surulere Low-Cost Housing Estate [Lagos, Nigeria] following downpour experienced through out Monday in some areas of the state.

“Consequently, LASEMA has commenced a search and rescue operation for a missing teenager.”

https://www.newtelegraphng.com/breaking-again-lagos-flood-sweeps-away-17-year-old-girl/


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It’s been a bad year for bees. According to the preliminary results of the University of Maryland’s annual survey, U.S. beekeepers lost 43.7% of their honey bees from April 2019 to April 2020

“Summer 2019 was a scorcher—that July was the hottest month ever recorded globally and intense heat was recorded across the U.S.—which may have created less-than-ideal mating conditions for queen bees.”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-record-number-of-bees-died-last-summer-1844120999


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