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More than 320 buildings destroyed by lava at La Palma, Canary Islands

Lava flows continue slowly advancing toward the coast on September 23, 2021, after another night of intense lava fountains at Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. The height of the volcanic plume is estimated at 4.2 km (13 800 feet) above the volcano....

September 23, 2021

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2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia

Heavy rains affecting parts of Indonesia on September 13 and 14, 2021, caused rivers to overflow, floods and landslides. According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), at least 11 839 people have been...

September 15, 2021

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Beijing's flood season ends with 70 percent above average precipitation, China

Beijing's 2021 flood season (June 1 to August 31) ended with the highest average precipitation in the recent 20 years. The average precipitation of the city reached 627.4 mm (24.7 inches) during this year's flood season, which is approximately 70% more than...

September 07, 2021

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Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile's Atacama desert

A rare August snowfall blanketed swathes of Chile's Atacama desert on August 25, 2021, with parts of it reportedly receiving as much as 82 cm (32 inches). "This does not occur yearly. Maybe a relatively important snowfall like the one today can happen...

August 31, 2021

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Severe flash floods hit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Heavy rainfall affecting the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 17, 2021, caused severe flash floods that resulted in heavy damage and fatalities. Homes and cars in several neighborhoods of the capital were submerged, leading to at least 7 fatalities and dozens...

August 20, 2021

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Significant loss of livestock in North Korea

Continued heatwaves and minimal rainfall have led to significant loss of livestock in North Korea this summer. The worst affected are South and North Hamgyong provinces and North and South Hwanghae. As of late July, more than 100 000 heads of livestock have died in...

August 20, 2021

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Tunis registers record-breaking 49 °C (120.2 °F), Kairouan hits 50 °C (122 °F), Tunisia

Tunisia's Meteorological Institute registered 49 °C (120.2 °F) in capital Tunis on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, setting a new all-time highest temperature record for the city. The previous highest recorded temperature in Tunis was 46.8 °C (116.2...

August 11, 2021

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Severe flash floods hit Coahuila and Durango, Mexico

Heavy rains hit the border region between the Mexican states of Coahuila and Durango early August 5, 2021, causing destructive flash floods. Ragging floodwaters swept away numerous cars and severely damaged at least 50 homes. One of the worst affected areas was the...

August 08, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Lupit" and possible Mirinae near China and Japan

Tropical update for August 5, 2021 by meteorologist Robert Speta of WestPacWx. Image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW. Acquired at 06:50 UTC on August 5, 2021...

August 05, 2021

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Severe floods leave 5 dead, 7 injured in 7 provinces, Iran

Heavy rains affecting Iran over the past couple of days have left at least 5 people dead and 7 others injured. According to a statement by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) on August 3, relief and rescue forces provided services to 846 flood survivors in 7...

August 04, 2021

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Large landslide takes out part of Highway 707 in Himachal Pradesh, India

A massive landslide took out a stretch of National Highway 707 in the remote Shilai subdivision of Sirmaur district, India's state of Himachal Pradesh on July 30, 2021. The incident took place near the town of Nahan. As a result, the highway connecting Shilai...

July 30, 2021

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Unseasonal rainstorms hit Yemen, claiming at least 14 lives

At least 14 people have been killed over the past couple of days after unseasonal rainstorms hit the majority of Yemen's southern governorates. At least 1 000 households are in need of basic services, including at least 90 families in the Marib area and 400 in...

July 28, 2021

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Violent hailstorm hits northern Italy

A violent hailstorm hit the town of Fidenza, northwest of Parma, Italy, on July 26, 2021, damaging hundreds of vehicles and bringing traffic on a highway between Milan and Naples to a standstill. A number of people were injured, mainly by glass shards from cracked...

July 27, 2021

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Bright fireball over Bosnia and Herzegovina

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Bosnia and Herzegovina at 00:10 UTC on July 22, 2021. The event was captured by 9 Global Meteor Network cameras. The fireball ended at the height of 35.2 km (21.9 miles) with a final velocity of 5 km/s....

July 23, 2021

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Deadly floods and mudslides hit Tajikistan

At least 12 people have died after heavy rain caused severe floods and mudslides in Tajikistan's Sughd Region on July 19, 2021. According to the country's Committee of Emergency Situations, two people died, 15 homes and 3 km (1.8 miles) of roads were damaged...

July 22, 2021

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Tropical Wave brings heavy rainfall to the Philippines

Could we have a new named storm system next week? Models still pull for some sort of development. The question is when, where and how strong. Robert Speta of the WestPacWx explains in the new video. Featured image and video courtesy WestPacWx...

July 14, 2021

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Severe windstorm hits Gambia's capital Banjul

A severe windstorm hit Gambia's western region, including the capital Banjul on July 8, 2021. The storm hit around midnight (local time), destroying scores of homes in some of the country's western outskirts and leaving at least 10 people dead. 1 500 people...

July 10, 2021