Northeast China rivers reach historic levels amid persistent heavy rain

Northeast China rivers reach historic levels amid persistent heavy rain

Persistent heavy downpours have caused 13 rivers to rise to record levels in parts of northeastern China, the Ministry of Water Resources reported Saturday, June 19, 2021. As of Tuesday, June 22, provincial authorities in Heilongjiang upgraded to a level two…

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

At the end of April 2021, drought conditions were covering 85 percent of Mexico. Numerous lakes and reservoirs have dried up, or are in the process of drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater — Lake Cuitzeo. Before the current…

Mekong River drops to critically low levels

Mekong River drops to critically low levels

The Mekong River water levels in Thailand have fallen to critically low levels, posing a serious threat of severe drought during the dry season. The water levels are dropping faster than in previous years due to the construction of dams in Laos, as well as low…

Extreme drought drains Paraguay River to its lowest level in 50 years

Extreme drought drains Paraguay River to its lowest level in 50 years

The Paraguay River is now on its lowest level in 50 years as the region is reeling from months of extreme drought. The drop in water levels slowed down cargo vessel traffic, resulting in cost overruns for imported goods and a loss of 250 million dollars. The river…

World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

232 waterspouts/funnels have been confirmed over the Great Lakes from September 28 to October 4, 2020, in the second world record waterspout outbreak of the year, according to the International Center for Waterspout Research (ICWR). From August 16 to 19, 2020, a…

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began

River Nile in Sudan at highest levels since records began

A 3-month state of emergency has been declared in Sudan amid severe flooding described by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as "catastrophic and painful." More than 100 people have died, over 100 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and about half a…

Wildfires raging ‘out of control’ across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

Wildfires raging ‘out of control’ across Parana delta wetland, Argentina

The Parana River in Argentina — South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world — is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land…

Massive landslide in Achoma creates natural dam along Colca River, Peru

Massive landslide in Achoma creates natural dam along Colca River, Peru

NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured the destruction from a landslide in Achoma, Peru, around mid-June, which not only destroyed properties but also created a natural dam along the Colca River. In the early hours of June 18, a hillside in…