Storms and Floods

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Canada – Alarm grows about climate change in British Columbia after summer wildfires wiped out vegetation that could have slowed flooding. Emergency crews in western Canada were still trying to reach some 18,000 people stranded by landslides and struggling to find food among bare grocery store shelves after devastating flooding. The affected area is used to fires in the summer and floods in the spring as snow melts from the surrounding hills, but the speed and ferocity with which the water overtook the communities – and a fire season that stripped the surrounding hills of critical vegetation to help slow the water – has left residents in shock.

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Canada – Record rainfall fell in parts of British Columbia (BC) province, western Canada causing floods, mudslides and rockslides. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes and emergency teams have rescued dozens of people left stranded on highways. Meanwhile one person is missing and hundreds have evacuated homes after severe floods in neighbouring Washington State, USA.

Bolivia – Seven people died after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow in La Paz Department of Bolivia. The incident occurred on 12 November 2021 after heavy rainfall caused the Mercke and Mapiri rivers to break their banks in Larecaja province. Bolivia’s National Naval Hydrography Service reported that levels of the Mapiri river jumped by over 3 metres on 12 November. Many of the the victims are believed to be miners who were working in the area.

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Canada – B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation says two highways connecting the Lower Mainland to the Interior were experiencing “multiple closures mudslides, rock debris and flooding” on Sunday.

Australia – Large swaths of Australia’s southeast were on high alert for major flooding on Saturday after torrential rains caused rivers to break their banks, with meteorologists warning of more severe weather ahead. Flood warnings were issued for numerous rivers across parts of Queensland and much of inland New South Wales, with the greatest concern for regions along the Lachlan River in the central west of New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. In Victoria, there was widespread flooding and power blackouts across the state after heavy rain and strong winds.

Egypt – Violent storms struck in southern Egypt from late 12 November 2021. Heavy rain and hail caused some material damages but also brought thousands of scorpions into streets and homes. The weather conditions brought a large number of scorpions into residential parts of the city of Aswan and surrounding areas. State media, quoting local officials said 3 people died as a result of scorpion stings. In a statement from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Khaled Abdelghafar said 503 people were treated in hospital after suffering scorpion stings.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Cyprus

Authorities in Cyprus have said a deadly forest fire, that was the worst to hit the island in decades, was close to being brought under control after water bombing by Greek and Israeli aircraft.

Fanned by strong winds, the fire broke out on Saturday afternoon and swept through the southern foothills of the Troodos mountain range as the country grappled with a blistering heatwave.

The blaze killed four Egyptian labourers, destroyed 50 homes, damaged farms and power lines, and forced the evacuation of 10 villages. So far, 55 square kilometres of pine forest and orchards have been scorched.

Wildfires – Canada

Emergency responders in Canada are currently battling more than 180 wildfires in British Columbia amid an intense heat wave that has left hundreds dead in the Pacific Northwest.

About 70% of the active fires were likely caused by lightning strikes, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service’s dashboard. Chris Vagasky, a meteorologist with the company Vaisala, says a lightning detection network uncovered more than 700,000 lightning strikes in the area between June 30 and July 1.

About 95 miles northeast of Vancouver, residents in the village of Lytton were forced to evacuate to avoid a spreading fire that began Wednesday afternoon.

While two residents have already been confirmed dead by the British Columbia Coroners Service, others are still missing.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Canada

The Canadian town of Lytton in British Columbia has been engulfed in flames after temperatures there soared to a record 49.4 degrees. The town’s mayor, Jan Polderman issued a town-wide evacuation order at 18:00 on June 30 urging residents to safely leave the village because a “fire event” is threatening the “building structures and safety of the residents within the municipality.”

More than 78 wildfires have been sparked across Canada during the current heat wave conditions.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Siberia

Russian emergency workers fought wildfires burning Sunday on more than 550 square kilometers (212 square miles) of territory mostly in Siberia and the Far East.

The state agency responsible for fighting forest fires, Avialesookhrana, said the largest blaze was in the far northeast’s Sakha Republic, where 34,000 hectares (74,000 acres) were on fire. The Irkutsk region in Siberia had fires encompassing about 20,000 hectares (49,500 acres), the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or residential damage in the sparsely populated regions.

Wildfires – Canada

Alberta has deployed 81 firefighters to help battle wildfires in northern Ontario. There are 31 active fires in the province’s northwest region, which is where the Alberta firefighters have been deployed, seven of which are not under control. One fire, which has grown to 2,410 hectares, is located just 45 kilometres from the town of Nipigon.

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 04w (Choi-Wan), located approximately 97 nm west of Kadena AFB, is tracking northwestward at 25 knots.

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Sri Lanka – Severe weather including heavy rain, flash floods, landslides and strong winds has affected Sri Lanka since 03 June 2021. According to the latest reports, 3 people have died and 2 are missing. Flooding in Gampaha District affected 98,052 people and displaced 3,551. Floods also struck in Colombo District, affecting 28,240 people and displacing 1,469. In Nuwara Eliya district, 290 people were affected by floods and 44 displaced.

Canada – Evacuation orders were issued on 03 June 2021 for residents of Kitimat-Stikine district in northwestern British Columbia, Canada, due to rising water levels of the Skeena River. The district said “Due to the above normal snow levels and precipitation, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is alerting citizens to the potential for serious widespread flooding.” A local state of emergency has been declared.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 earthquake hits Catamarca, Argentina.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Somerset island, Canada.

Global Warming

Canada’s last intact ice shelf collapses

Much of Canada’s remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said.

Canada’s 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country’s last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of the Canadian Ice Service noticed that satellite photos showed that about 43% of it had broken off. She said it happened around July 30 or 31.

Two giant icebergs formed along with lots of smaller ones, and they have already started drifting away, White said. The biggest is nearly the size of Manhattan — 21 square miles and 7 miles long. They are 230 to 260 feet (70 to 80 meters) thick.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 earthquake hits western Xizang, China.

5.4 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.4 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.2 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.2 earthquake hits near the coast of southern Peru.

5.1 earthquake hits Alaska.

5.1 earthquake hits western Xizang.

5.0 earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

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Canada – Around 40 homes have been evacuated in Manitoba, Canada, amid fears a dam on the Little Saskatchewan River will fail. The Rivers Dam is facing unprecedented flows following heavy rains over the last few days. Provincial and consulting engineers have indicated there is potential for a structural failure and authorities have called for evacuations in the area.

Myanmar – The Government of Myanmar reported that by the afternoon of 02 July, 126 bodies had been recovered from the jade mining site of Kyaukmyet Shwe Pyi Company (locally called 111 company) in Laku Creek, Ward-6, Wahkar village in Phakant (also Hpakant) Township in Kachin State. By 03 July, the Myanmar Fire Services Department reported 166 dead and 54 injured. Many more are feared missing. The landslide was reportedly caused by heavy rain, according to the fire service. The Government said the bank of Laku creek collapsed. This set off a fatal wave of mud and torrents of water onto the mine where dozens were working.

Japan – Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving more than a dozen people presumed dead, about 10 missing and dozens stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said. More than 75,000 residents in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima were urged to evacuate following pounding rains overnight. The evacuation was not mandatory and it was not known how many actually fled.

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Canada – A severe thunderstorm that brought golf-ball sized hail and flooded Calgary streets inflicted widespread damage to many areas of the city Saturday evening. Social media posts showed shattered windshields, battered home siding and vehicles left abandoned on impassable streets. Damage from the storm was felt across southern Alberta.

Corsica – Flash floods strike Corsica’s capital after heavy rain bringing the city to a standstill. Partially submerged cars were left in a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Ajaccio, on the French island of Corsica, the island is under an orange alert due to severe weather. In just a few hours, nearly two months’ worth of rain deluged portions of Ajaccio, the capital city.

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Florida, USA – When it rained Sunday night, it poured and kept on raining enough to create some street flooding. A flood advisory went until 11 p.m. for much of the city of Tampa, where up to 3 inches of rain fell.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits Kepulauan Babar, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.1 earthquake hits Kepulauan Mantawai, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.0 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

5.0 earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.

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Canada – Update – Fort McMurray is under evacuation for the second time in four years. The Albertan town was besieged by a huge wildfire in 2016, but now it faces flooding due to an army of ice. The Athabasca River that cuts through the town has been choked by piles of ice chunks that stretch roughly 15 miles, according to the Albertan government. That’s left water with nowhere to go but into the streets, businesses, and homes of Fort McMurray, Canada’s tar sands capital. The regional government has issued mandatory evacuation orders for 13,000 people over the past 48 hours and more could be on the way as water continues to back up on the Athabasca and other rivers in the area.

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Kenya – Update – At least 116 people have now died due to floods caused by torrential rains in Kenya, local media reported on Wednesday. The floods in the eastern African country have affected some 29 counties, leaving 100,000 households displaced.

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Somalia – The 2020 Gu (April-June) seasonal rains continued to intensify across Somalia during the 4th week of April. Compared to the previous two weeks, there was a significant increase of rainfall in most parts of Somalia as well as the eastern Ethiopian highlands. Many areas observed more than three days of consecutive heavy rains across the country. The good rains received so far have continued to replenish water and pasture resources. An improvement in livestock body conditions and milk production has been reported as well. On the downside, parts of the country experienced flash flood and flooding has begun in the Juba and Shabelle rivers.

Canada – Floods have forced mandatory evacuations in parts of Fort McMurray, the hub for Canada’s oil sands industry, even as the province of Alberta tries to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, ordered mandatory evacuations of some residents that began on Sunday and were expanded on Monday. Ice jams caused the Athabasca River to spill its banks.