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Deadly flooding displaces thousands across Mekong region… floodwaters inundated more than 33,000 homes…

“The national highway linking northern Vietnam to the south has been flooded…

“…incoming tropical depression expected to worsen situation.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/11/deadly-floods-displace-thousands-in-cambodia-vietnam


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Deputy Governor of Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria visited several locations in Jakarta [Indonesia] that were hit by floods and landslides, on Saturday night.

“…the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has called to step up disaster mitigation efforts on account of a spike in the number of natural disasters in recent years.”

https://en.antaranews.com/news/158689/jakarta-deputy-governor-visits-flood-hit-areas


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A typhoon continued to move almost parallel to Japan’s Pacific coast from west to east on Saturday, the weather agency said, issuing a heavy rain alert for parts of the Izu island chain south of Tokyo and warning of mudslides as persistent downpours might have saturated the soil in the region…

“Rainfall of up to 300 millimeters [12 inches] is projected for the island chain…”

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/10/ffd76bf8022a-strong-typhoon-tracking-along-pacific-coast-toward-central-japan.html


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Uba, Minas Gerais, Brazil – “A group of dogs invaded the branch of a local bank to escape the heatwave that hit the city.”

Video:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dogs-refuge-bank-escape-heat-132032553.html


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The Paraguay River has reached its lowest level in half a century after months of extreme drought in the region, exposing the vulnerability of landlocked Paraguay’s economy.

“Some 85% percent of Paraguay’s foreign trade is conducted via the river, which has been depleted because of a lack of rainfall in the Pantanal area of Mato Grosso state in Brazil.”

https://apnews.com/article/brazil-paraguay-droughts-archive-f7538b9e0d499a4d27961a2fae3f18ce


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‘Total destruction’: why fires are tearing across South America.

“Wildfires, mostly caused by land clearing for cattle grazing and soya production, have set four nations ablaze.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/09/a-continent-ablaze-why-fires-are-tearing-across-south-america


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In the last seven days, rainfall has amounted to a third of what Merida [Yucatan, Mexico] normally gets in an entire year. But 2020 is not a normal year.

“The year still has 82 more days to go and yet Merida has already broken its own annual record for precipitation… The city has accumulated 1,474 mm / 58 inches of precipitation to date…”

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/a-record-breaking-year-for-rainfall-in-merida/


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Gamma and Delta are in our rearview mirror. But parts of Yucatan are still underwater after the heavy rainfalls they broughtMayor Renan Barrera called the events unprecedented

“A tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea could bring yet more rain Tuesday, forecasters said.”

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/floods-linger-days-after-storms-passed-through/


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Weary residents of coastal Louisiana began cleaning up on Saturday from wind and water damage inflicted by Hurricane Delta to their already storm-battered region, even as it weakened and moved northeast…

““Even if it wasn’t quite as powerful as Hurricane Laura, it was much bigger,” Governor John Bel Edwards told a briefing in Baton Rouge.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/storm-delta/update-2-hurricane-delta-leaves-louisianans-reeling-and-out-of-power-as-the-clean-up-begins-idUKL1N2H109S


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“Cameron and other nearby hamlets have been virtually wiped off the marshy coast by back-to-back hurricanes that leveled homes and swallowed up vast swathes of land… By the time Delta came ashore Friday, there was little left to destroy.

What’s happened to Cameron is a taste of what may be coming for other towns along the Gulf Coast as climate change takes hold. Warmer Gulf water and moister air are the kindling for tropical cyclones…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-11/-nothing-left-how-back-to-back-hurricanes-gutted-a-u-s-town


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“…a warm-up is forecast to begin Sunday as upper-level high pressure builds into California, the National Weather Service said. High temperatures will climb by several degrees on Sunday.

California just recorded its hottest September on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the state looks to be stuck in a nearly endless loop of hot, dry weather.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-10/la-nina-may-signal-scant-relief-from-californias-seemingly-endless-loop-of-hot-dry-weather


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In California’s celebrated Napa Valley, instead of welcoming visitors to their wineries for the autumn harvest season, winemakers this year are looking at decimated vineyards. Massive wind-driven wildfires have damaged and destroyed dozens of the region’s famed wineries, many of them family-owned businesses.

“And the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t helped either.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/11/us/california-wildfires-wineries/index.html


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The Bay Area has broken the previous record for the most Spare the Air alerts issued in a year — and new records will continue to be set, as the air district extended an alert to Tuesday.

“That will mark alerts for a total of 51 days this year, compared to the previous record of 46 days in 2017…”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Dry-mild-weather-for-Bay-Area-with-temperatures-15636216.php


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Arizona has just experienced its driest monsoon season on record with an average of just 1.51 inches of rainfall across the state… It’s not a coincidence that it was also one of the hottest summers on record… 2020 was the second consecutive “dry” year in a row.

“Multiple years of dry monsoons can have serious effects on people and Arizona’s wildlands.

https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-weather/2020/10/11/arizonas-monsoon-season-driest-record/5930457002/


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It’s a scary situation for commuters on the Kasoa-Mallam stretch [Ghana] following a massive downpour which began on Saturday dawn.

“Several parts of the road have been taken over by floods from both sides and more water keeps gushing in.”

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Floods-Massive-traffic-as-cars-road-submerged-at-Kasoa-after-rains-1081729


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South Sudan families displaced by fighting forced out again by floods… The worst rains in living memory have forced nearly 370,000 people to flee their homes since July, and roughly half of South Sudan’s 78 counties have large swathes of land underwater, the U.N. says.

“Scientists attribute the unusual rains to cyclical weather pattern that has been exacerbated by climate change.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-floods/south-sudan-families-displaced-by-fighting-forced-out-again-by-floods-idUKKBN26V0JM


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Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon–Israel border, state media and officials said Saturday.

“The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/7390708/mideast-wildfires-2-dead/


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Russian authorities have declared an emergency in the Kezhemsky District in the eastern part of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory following a major oil spill

“Russia has faced several high-profile pollution-related incidents this year, the most notable one being the one that occurred in the city of Norilsk, the Krasnoyarsk Territory.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/russia-declares-emergency-in-krasnoyarsk-territory-following-oil-leak.html


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As the permafrost thaws, the topography of the Arctic will alter dramatically, according to an international study headed by Finnish geographers. [We don’t really need a crack team of Finnish geographers to tell us this.]

“The study, which covered the entire area of permafrost in the Arctic, found that much of the permafrost landforms now occurring in that region was in danger of disappearing some time this century, and the change has already begun.”

https://www.eurasiareview.com/12102020-climate-change-is-threatening-unique-permafrost-landforms/


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