Kerala residents warned of heavy rain after 1.2 million people evacuated in four states India has issued a fresh flood alert for parts of the southern state of Kerala as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon rose to at least 244. On Wednesday authorities warned Kerala residents of heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst-affected regions of the state.
20 people have refused to leave extended evacuation zone despite repeated warnings An elderly married couple among the Whaley Bridge residents criticised by police for refusing to leave their homes which are at risk of catastrophic flooding have rejected claims they are needlessly putting emergency crews’ lives at risk. Malcolm Venton and Lorraine Ellis said they could not leave their two border collies, Meg and Amy. The couple were asked to leave on Saturday when the evacuation zone was extended, but decided to hunker down, despite the threat of a huge wave rushing out of the damaged Toddbrook reservoir.
Heavy rain swept through eastern China after Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the coastal province of Zhejiang on Saturday. The powerful storm left a trail of destruction after a landslide backed up a river that broke through debris and inundated homes. The death toll from Lekima rose to 44 on Monday morning, according to state media
Plume from unprecedented blazes forecast to reach Alaska as fires rage for third month A cloud of smoke and soot is billowing across Siberia as wildfires in the Arctic Circle rage into an unprecedented third month. The normally frozen region, which is a crucial part of the planet’s cooling system, is spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and worsening the manmade climate disruption that created the tinderbox conditions. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, forest destruction and other human activities are trapping heat and putting more energy into the climate system.
Derbyshire’s deputy chief constable said there are about 20 properties with residents refusing to leave A police chief who has been at the forefront of a near disaster in a Derbyshire town has said some residents who refused to leave their homes had put lives at serious risk. About 400 mainly local people packed a school hall to discuss the damaged dam in Whaley Bridge which is still at risk of collapse.
The annual monsoon has caused havoc in the south-east by flooding roads and destroying bridges Myanmar troops and rescue services have scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country after rising waters caused by the annual monsoon rains forced residents to flee by boat and a landslide killed at least 52 people. The deluge has tested disaster response after the landslide on Friday in south-eastern Mon state was followed by heavy flooding that reached the roofs of houses and treetops in nearby towns.
Toddbrook Reservoir was built in the 1830s and passed a safety check in November England and Wales have about 2,000 dams and there are around 800 in Scotland. These structures were built for a variety of reasons: to make reservoirs that can supply drinking water to nearby towns and cities; to fill local canals; to help farms; and to create places for fishing, sailing and water sports. In the case of Toddbrook’s dam, it was built in the 1830s to create a reservoir that would provide water for the local canal system. It is still owned by the Canal & River Trust.
Anne Clave was celebrating her mother, Julie Davis, surviving cancer when they were caught in the landslide north of San Diego Three women killed were members of a family who had gathered to celebrate one of them having survived breast cancer, authorities and relatives said on Saturday. Anne Clave, 35, and her mother, Julie Davis, 65, died after tons of sandstone were unleashed on Friday at Grandview beach north of San Diego, the county medical examiner said. A family email obtained by KNSD-TV identified the third victim as Elizabeth Cox, Clave’s aunt.
About 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Gran Canaria as firefighters battle a wildfire. The blaze, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, is advancing on several fronts, propelled by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. Sixteen planes and helicopters as well as more than 700 firefighters are working to contain flames of up to 50 metres
Firefighters on island say blaze burning is out of control and spreading on several fronts About 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands, where firefighters are battling an out-of-control wildfire that has burned more than 8,400 acres of land. More than 700 firefighters supported by 11 helicopters and five airplanes are struggled to contain the fire, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda and is advancing on several fronts, propelled by a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
Within three decades more than 386,000 homes in U.S. coastal areas will be at risk of permanent submersion or regular flooding due to climate change, according to a study by real estate website Zillow and nonprofit weather news site Climate Central.
A sandstone bluff gave way on the beach at Encinitas north of San Diego, trapping people under debris Three people have been killed after a cliff collapsed on to a popular southern California beach. The beach remained closed on Saturday after 30-foot long slab of sandstone bluff gave way shortly before 3pm on Friday in Encinitas, a suburb north of San Diego. The area is very popular with locals, surfers and holidaymakers.
About half a million acres of land in the rural Yazoo backwater area in Mississippi is underwater, a devastating blow for a poor region where agriculture is the economy’s lifeblood Dating back to late February, about 550,000 acres of land have been underwater in the rural Yazoo backwater area of the lower Mississippi delta. About half of the acreage is farmland, creating devastating effects in a region where agriculture is the lifeblood of the economy. While flooding in the region is common, this year’s floodwater has hung around longer than ever. Carmen Hancock, James Hancock and Rodney Porter boat down a flooded road near their homes in Valley Park, on 16 July. Floodwater remains high at the Mims Mitchell Hunting Club in Issaquena county, Mississipi, on 20 July. Due to its lower elevation, the area was engulfed by more than 9ft of water at its peak. Photographs by Rory Doyle/The Guardian A home outside of Valley Park remains surrounded by floodwater. The brown line at the bottom of the house indicates the flood level at its peak. Backwater flooding surrounds a farm in Issaquena county. Photographs by Rory Doyle/The Guardian. Residents voice their concerns in Valley Park. Photograph by Rory Doyle/The Guardian Farmland in the lower Mississippi delta remains submerged in floodwater. Photograph by Rory Doyle/The Guardian
PM tells residents that Toddbrook reservoir looks ‘dodgy but stable’ The prime minister has visited the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge, where at least a thousand residents were forced to flee their homes amid fears a dam could collapse, engulfing the community of 6,500 people. Boris Johnson met a number of families affected by the evacuation. He told them he had flown over the dam twice and it was “dodgy but stable”, but police warned there was still “a substantial threat to life” if the dam wall fails.