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At least 107 people died from lightning strikes in northern and eastern India, officials said, during the early stages of the annual monsoon season.

“Some 83 people were killed in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar after being struck by lightning, and another 24 died in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday. Dozens more were injured, officials said.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/lightning-kills-33-monsoon-storms-batter-india-200625105333400.html


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Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are battling a fury of floods.

“Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the prevailing flood situation in the state as he talked to the Deputy Commissioners of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Barpeta, Chirang, Baksa over video conference and asked them to reach out to the affected people on a war footing.”

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/amidst-pandemic-assam-and-arunachal-pradesh-battle-fury-of-floods/articleshow/76631835.cms


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As waves of devastating floods sweep across southern China, buildings have collapsed, bridges have begun to show cracks, and roads have been left inoperative.

“Authorities have devoted all-out efforts to mobilize dramatic rescue efforts to fight the floods.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-26/Heavy-rainstorms-persist-in-South-China-as-flooding-wreaks-havoc-RDi8KuufPW/index.html


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An average of almost 1,500 landslides rocked Japan every year during the past decade, marking an increase of almost 50 percent on the previous 10 years

“…according to a government report endorsed by the Cabinet on Friday.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/26/national/landslides-surges/#.XvXL1ihKjIU


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The heavy rains registered in the last 24 hours have left significant damages in six municipalities Veracruz, Mexico.

“Among the most affected municipalities are Xalapa, where the rains caused landslides in the Altamira, Plan de Ayala and Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhoods and flooding in another 50.”

https://www.jornada.com.mx/ultimas/estados/2020/06/25/deslaves-e-inundaciones-por-lluvias-en-6-municipios-de-veracruz-6279.html


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Although President Lopez Obrador has urged Mexicans to eschew expensive and processed foods and eat more beans, the country is facing a bean shortage due to drought and is being forced to import some 100,000 tonnes in order to meet the short-term demand.

“The problem has been ongoing, the Ministry of the Economy reports.”

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/drought-hits-bean-crops-mexico-to-import-100000-tonnes/


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Baton Rouge shattered a rainfall record yesterday, and today any more rain could cause localized flash flooding

“Showers and storms that do pop up could be capable of dropping a quarter to half an inch of rain on areas that already have seen several inches in the last 24 hours.”

https://www.wbrz.com/news/record-breaking-rainfall-flash-flood-watch-continues/


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Many locations in the southern U.S. have experienced more than 100 days of 90-degree temperatures.

“Even cities farther north have seen years with more than 30 days of highs of at least 90.”

https://weather.com/safety/heat/news/2020-06-25-greatest-number-of-90-degree-days-record


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As Covid-19 coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida, Texas, and other Southern States, what would be terrific thing to have right now? How about a “Godzilla” dust cloud?

“Yep, 2020 is bringing to the Southeastern U.S. a massive dust cloud.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/06/26/giant-saharan-dust-cloud-reaches-us-2020-godzilla-version-bigger-than-before/#4e6d57592c8d


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At least five people were killed on Thursday amid heavy rains in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, local media reported.

“”The bad weather that hit Abidjan on Thursday caused the death of five people, one missing person, and a lot of material damage,” Abidjan.net quoted the National Office of Civil Protection (ONPC) as saying on Friday.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/torrential-rains-kill-5-in-abidjan-ivory-coast/1890435


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Ukraine on Thursday asked the European Union and NATO for help coping with the aftermath of massive floods in the country’s west.

“The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it hopes both the EU and NATO will step up to help protect critical infrastructure and to ease economic damage from the floods.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/ukraine-asks-eu-nato-to-help-deal-with-damage-from-floods.html


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The 2019-20 winter in Europe was the warmest on record, with little snow. The spring was also drier and warmer than normal, with an historic heat wave in the middle of May.

“The forecast for summer 2020 is not looking much better. For the third year in a row, Europe is facing potential water woes.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146888/signs-of-drought-in-european-groundwater


Only one week into the official start of summer and parts of Europe have already been experiencing near-record temperatures.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/25/weather/uk-europe-heat-wave-forecast/index.html


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Finland is roasting this week as temperatures peaked on Thursday at 32.7°C in Kronoby in Ostrobothnia – It’s officially the hottest June day for 85 years

“Meteorologist Mika Rantanen says this year marks the third consecutive summer in Finland where the maximum temperature has been above +33°C, something that has not happened before since digital records began in 1960.”

https://newsnowfinland.fi/weather/finland-roasts-in-hottest-june-day-for-more-than-80-years


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What happens in Siberia matters to the rest of the world; the temperatures, together with above-average heat elsewhere, ensured that May 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest May on record.

“There is an additional, alarming, effect from the Siberian heatwave: the thawing of the permafrost releases large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, promising to accelerate global warming.”

https://www.ft.com/content/fca0a57a-b6f9-11ea-8ecb-0994e384dffe


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Until now, 2003 was considered as the driest and hottest year since the beginning of instrumental climate recording. This record can now be considered obsolete…”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200625115913.htm


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