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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xinjiang border region.

5.6 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Pakistan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

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Burning Elephants!

An image of two elephants fleeing a mob that set them on fire in eastern India highlights the ongoing human-elephant conflicts in the region. The image shows a calf on fire as it and an adult elephant run for their lives — as a crowd of “jeering” people throw “flaming tar balls” and firecrackers at the pair. According to the Sanctuary Asia Foundation, these type of scenes are common in the Bankura district of West Bengal.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 28w (Damrey), located approximately 328 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Kenya – Marsabit’s central business district has been hugely affected by floods following rains that began early Thursday morning, and continued for the better part of the day.

India – Rain lashed Chennai for several hours from 5 p.m. on Thursday. It caused flooding on numerous roads. Subways were closed for traffic and motorists had to struggle with poor visibility. The rain affected the movement of several flights at Chennai airport and slowed down local trains on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram route. The core city and the southern suburbs bore the brunt of the rain. As of 10.30 p.m., Chennai recorded 119 mm.

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 187 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 297 nm south-southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

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India – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall for more than 24 hours beginning Friday inflicted havoc in different parts of Tripura, forcing nearly 4,000 families to seek shelter at relief camps. Nearly 120 houses were submerged fully or partially and huge tracts of farm land were destroyed in the flash floods. Floods hit several low-lying parts of Agartala and the outskirts of West Tripura, Khowai, and Gomati districts and forced people to abandon their homes on Saturday. A total of 157mm rainfall was recorded since Friday. The rain subsided on Sunday, but flooding continued in several parts.

Japan – Typhoon Lan caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan on Monday. Typhoon Lan made landfall around 0300 local time on Monday (1800 GMT on Sunday) and swept across Tokyo before heading out to sea several hours later off northeastern Japan. Japanese media say two people have died and one is missing.

Norway – Heavy rainfall in Norway’s south in recent days have resulted in a number of roads being closed across the region. A village of around 20 houses is isolated in Froland because a bridge risks collapsing.

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Oregon, USA – Overnight downpours flooded Tillamook, closing roads and businesses and snarling traffic. The area is prone to flooding, but these floods came early in the season. The worst was in Lee’s Camp, which was hit with 10 inches overnight.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ophelia is located about 615 mi…995 km SW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 24w (Khanun), located approximately 621 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

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India – Barely a week before harvest season farmers in Bengal have been hit by floods following heavy rainfall in neighbouring states. Water level in several rivers such as the Ajay, Mayurakshi, Dwaraka and Kopai has risen alarmingly in Bengal following heavy rainfall in Bihar and Jharkhand over the past few days. Ferry services between East Burdwan and Nadia district have been suspended by the authorities. Movement of vehicles have been affected in parts of the Bharatpur-Kandi state highway in Murshidabad.

Global Warming

Central Indian floods have tripled: study

Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, according to researchers who warned Tuesday of worse to come while offering hope for predicting them better in future.

The region of about half-a-billion people is regularly stricken by flash floods, landslides and torrential rains that kill thousands and displace millions of people, as well as drowning crops and livestock.

The team also succeeded in tracking down the main culprit: moisture from the Arabian Sea in the north of the Indian Ocean. s climate change continues to warm the ocean, the frequency and severity of killer storms in India are likely to increase, the team said.

According to the study, there were 268 floods in India between 1950 and 2015, killing almost 70,000 people and leaving about 17 million homeless. Central India was one of the hardest-hit areas, even as it also struggles with dwindling regular rainfall, also blamed in part on the warming Indian Ocean.

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India – A fresh wave of floods has hit Assam, submerging five districts and affecting over 78,000 people, an official said on Sunday. The north-eastern state, which has been recuperating after several rounds of floods this year, saw hundreds of acres of land submerged in the fresh wave. Around 16,000 animals have also been affected. Rains across the state and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have caused flooding in Assam’s Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Goalpara, Hojai and Karbi Anglong. Some 86 villages in seven revenue circles have been affected by the fresh wave of deluge with Goalpara on the Assam-Meghalaya border being the worst-hit, a report said.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 275 mi…440 km ENE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 470 mi…755 km NW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 60 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 445 mi…715 km E of Bermuda and about 1735 mi…2795 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 09 mph…15 km/h.

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Japan – The Kanto region was hit by heavy rain Thursday morning, prompting the Meteorological Agency and local authorities in Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures to issue warnings for floods and mudslides. The city of Futtsu, Chiba, received roughly 100 mm of rain in an hour up to 6:20 a.m., with some houses being flooded and a mudslide causing Route 127 to be partly closed. In an hour up to 5:40 a.m., 87 mm of rainfall, a record high amount since it started compiling the data, was reported in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, according to the agency. The municipal governments of Kamogawa and Minamiboso in Chiba issued an evacuation advisory to nearly 2,600 of their residents, while some local trains in Chiba stopped operation.

India – Monsoon floods are essential to the ecosystem of the Kaziranga National Park. Its vast grasslands, wetlands and lakes are annually revitalised by the Brahmaputra overflow. However, the 2017 floods have caused a severe crisis for the wildlife. If the 2016 floods were considered ‘the worst to hit Kaziranga in a decade’, the floods this year were probably the worst in 30 years. Over 85 percent of the park was inundated, displacing thousands of animals. Hundreds of animals – including tigers, rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes and hog deers – have died in the past two months.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 15 mi…25 km SSW of Vieques and about 50 mi…75 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 195 mi…310 km S of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Norma is located about 370 mi…590 km W of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h, Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Niger – Floods in Niger have left thousands homeless. Most of the houses are made of mud and collapse in the heavy downpours. Many farmers’ fields have been flooded for more than two months.

India – Heavy rains battered India’s financial hub for the second time in weeks causing massive disruption at the country’s second busiest airport and forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges. Monsoon rains that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used suburban train network in a city that is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies.

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Uganda – A devastating flash flood has again swept through the Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point. Heavy downpours experienced in the last three days within Gulu and Amuru districts are said to have caused the River Unyama to again burst its banks, sending fast flowing waters through the trading centre.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 5 mi…10 km w of Cameron Louisiana and about 30 mi…50 km ESE of Port Arthur Texas with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Potential tropical cyclone Ten is located about 85 mi…140 km NE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 17w (Sanvu), located approximately 37 nm east of Chichi Jima, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Houston, Texas, USA – Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues. The nation’s fourth-largest city remained mostly paralyzed by one of the largest downpours in U.S. history. And there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 more feet (61 centimeters) of rain expected on top of the 30-plus inches (76 centimeters) in some places, authorities worried that the worst might be yet to come. The flooding was so widespread that the levels of city waterways have equaled or surpassed those of Tropical Storm Allison from 2001, and no major highway has been spared some overflow. The city’s normally bustling business district was virtually deserted Monday, with emergency vehicles making up most of the traffic.

Mumbai, India – Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. Streets in Mumbai have turned into rivers and people waded through waist-deep waters. On Tuesday, the city received about 12.7cm (5ins) of rain, paralyzing public transport and leaving thousands of commuters stranded in their offices overnight. Poor visibility and flooding also forced airport authorities to divert some flights while most were delayed by up to an hour.

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In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Kenneth is located about 1545 mi…2490 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm (ts) 15w (Hato), located approximately 72 nm west of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in some places big waves flooded seaside streets. There were reports of 34 people injured in Hong Kong while in the city of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary, three people were killed, authorities there said.

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Kansas, USA – Torrential rains caused historic flooding in the Kansas City area Tuesday, leaving one man dead in Kansas and others stranded for hours by high water. Flooding made many roads impassable, trapping people at homes and businesses along the Blue River and Indian Creek, which set a new record of 28.22 feet overnight and topped its banks after record flooding last month. Water spilling out of Indian Creek inundated bridges, businesses, apartments and houses.

India, Update – Devastating floods that have swept across large swathes of Bihar, Assam and Uttar Pradesh claimed 57 more lives today, with Bihar alone accounting for 51 causalities. The figure of flood fatalities rose by three each in Assam and Uttar Pradesh. However, life in the deluge-ravaged areas of West Bengal slowly limped back to normalcy, with the water level of rivers receding. The death toll in Bihar floods has crossed the 300 mark with 51 people losing their lives since yesterday. The flood toll stood at 253 till yesterday. 1.38 crore people are battling the deluge in 18 districts of the state. Around 7.34 lakh people have been shifted to safer areas. Close to 3.27 lakh people are putting up in 1,346 relief camps.

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Sudan – Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely “massive floods” as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt.

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In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Kenneth is located about 1355 mi…2180 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm (ts) 15w (Hato), located approximately 237 nm east-southeast of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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India, Update – Floods continued to wreak havoc in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam which reported 88 more deluge-related deaths on Sunday, while West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief in the absence of major rainfall.

The death toll in Bihar floods rose from 202 to 253. About 1.26 crore people are grappling with the flooding in 18 districts of the State. A total of 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the State.

Meanwhile, four more persons lost their lives in Assam and nearly 19 lakh people were suffering in 15 districts of the State.

33 more deluge-related deaths had been reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last two days. Raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal have caused havoc in vast swathes of human habitation in the region.

Rising floodwaters have inundated large parts of a famous wildlife reserve in northeastern India, killing more than 225 animals and forcing hundreds of others to flee. About 15 rare rhinos, 185 deer, and at least one Royal Bengal tiger have died in the devastating floods that submerged almost the entire Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, the park’s director said on Saturday.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 30 mi … 45 km east-southeast of Barbados and about 135 mi … 220 km east-southeast of Santa Lucia with maximum sustained winds … 40 mph … 65 km / h. Present movement … west or 270 degree at 18 mph … 30 km / h.

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India – Update – Heavy rains, inundation, and floods continue to wreak havoc in India, with the death toll rising in Assam, Bihar and West Bengal this week. Over a crore people have been affected by the situation, with many shifted to relief camps and temporary shelters. Train and rail services of the Eastern Railway have also taken a hit, with many lines inundated or damaged in the rains. The number of lives claimed by the floods in Assam has touched 123; 11 more deaths were reported on Wednesday. Nearly 33.45 lakh people in 24 districts of the state have been affected till now. The death toll in Bihar has risen to 72, with over 73 lakh people affected by incessant rains and inundation. Fears of floods have gripped the state, after at least 14 districts in the north were submerged, the latest being Gopalganj. The toll in West Bengal hit 32 on Wednesday. Over 14 lakh people have been affected in six northern districts of the state, namely Malda, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and South and North Dinajpur. Around 1.2 lakh people have been displaced in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya due to floods caused by the rising of the Brahmaputra tributary, the Jingiram River. Meanwhile, the capital of Karnataka received the highest rainfall in a day in August in 127 years on Tuesday. Heavy rains lashed the city, which received 12.8 cm of rain in five hours from Monday night to Tuesday morning, while no deaths were reported, power lines were snapped, vehicles submerged, streets were flooded and trees were uprooted.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gert is located about 475 mi…760 km WSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Post-Tropical Cyclone Jova is located about 650 mi…1045 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 14w (Banyan), located approximately 343 nm northwest of Wake Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 07 knots.

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Nepal – Update – Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, police said Sunday. The death toll is expected to go up, with around two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine southern districts of the Himalayan country. Around 31,000 families have been displaced by the floods and landslides, which began Friday.

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India – Nearly twenty lakh people have been affected by the floods in Bihar, including thousands who have been forced to evacuate from their homes, officials said on Monday. Over ten lakh people were affected in the worst-hit districts of Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea and Katihar in last two days. Other affected districts are Darbhanga, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul, East and West Champaran. So far, at least 10 persons, including women and children, have been killed in the floods. Major rivers in the state including the Koshi, Mahananda, Gandak, Bagmati and Ganga are in spate, officials said. With heavy rainfall in the catchment areas in Nepal, the water level of these rivers has been rising for several days.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 190 mi…305 km NE of Coatzacoalcos Mexico and about 240 mi…390 km ENE of Veracruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Uganda – Three children have drowned in floods following a heavy downpour in Nyakibigo II, Kasese municipality. Locals say the flooding came from rains from the Rwenzori mountains, ending known as Kyaminyoku. However, some residents have attributed the floods to witchcraft and attacked a suspected resident and beat him to death.

India, Update – As many as 84 people lost their lives in the recent floods in Assam, where 29 of 33 districts were hit by the deluge, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. 25.42 lakh people have been affected by the floods in the north eastern state.

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Houston, Texas, USA – Heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of the Houston metropolitan area on Tuesday. The NWS said a flood warning is in effect for Texas’ northeastern Fort Bend County, eastern Waller County and western Harris County after 4 inches to 6 inches, with isolated amounts more than 8 inches, fell throughout the area early Tuesday.