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Widespread flash floods claim 4 lives in Sharjah, UAE
Widespread flash floods caused by heavy rains hit the Emirate of Sharjah in UAE on May 26, 2020, killing four people and injuring several others near Wadi Al Helo. The victims were initially reported to be missing after three vehicles were washed away by floods. The...... Read more »

Floods kill 285, affect more than 800 000 in Kenya -- crop loss may lead to food insecurity
The death toll from floods that have been pounding Kenya since April has risen to 285 and the number of people affected to 810 655, the government reported in a nationwide briefing €‹ on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Intense downpours caused havoc across the nation,...... Read more »

Dam failure causes flooding, stranding homeowners in Lenroot, Wisconsin, U.S.
A flash flood due to dam failure blocked roads and stranded residents of eight homes in the town of Lenroot in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, Wednesday to Thursday, May 27 to 28, 2020. Roads turned into rivers following the dam failure which took place at 23:20 UTC...... Read more »

Severe flooding hits Nicaragua, life-threatening flash floods expected across Central America into the next week
Heavy rains caused major flooding in several sectors of Esteli, Nicaragua, on Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020. Rivers and streams overflowed, damaging streets and submerging buildings. Heavy rain and life-threatening flash floods are expected across Central America...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: May 20 - 26, 2020
New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from May 20 - 26, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan), Dukono, Halmahera...... Read more »

Delhi records warmest May day since 2002 as North India becomes hottest region worldwide
The capital city of Delhi recorded its warmest May day since 2002, with temperatures hitting 46 °C (114.8 °F) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. During the same day, North India became the world's hottest region as Rajasthan hit a scorching 50 °C (122...... Read more »

Record heavy rains trigger severe flooding in Florida, U.S.
Persistent heavy rains over the weekend triggered severe flooding in parts of Florida, with a total of 185.4 mm (7.3 inches) recorded in Miami over a 48-hour period to Monday, May 25-- the city's heaviest two-day rainfall since 2012. Another bout of intense...... Read more »

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Vanuatu at 07:09 UTC on May 27, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 80 km (49 miles) NW of Port-Vila and 126 km (78 miles) SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu....... Read more »

More than 30 000 affected by flooding in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Floods in Samarinda City, East Kalimantan Province, Indonesia over the past couple of days affected 30 894 people, the disaster management (BPBD) reported on May 25. Inundations started from around May 22, following a period of heavy rain, affecting four...... Read more »

Heavy rains and damaging tornado hit central Cuba
Heavy rains hit central Cuba provinces on Monday, May 25, 2020, flooding low areas of the main cities and forcing evacuations. The storm was accompanied by a tornado with winds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph) which left three people injured. The affected provinces were...... Read more »

Days of extremely heavy rains trigger floods and landslides, affecting 30 000 in northeastern India
Extremely heavy rains have been impacting India's northeastern states since May 20, 2020, causing flooding and landslides that killed at least one person in Sikkim and affected around 30 000 in Assam, where a severe flood situation alert has been issued by the...... Read more »

Historic heatwave expected to cause millions' worth of damage to crops in Israel
The past weeks' extreme and prolonged heatwave in Israel is expected to cause agricultural damage worth more than 8.5 million dollars or 30 million shekels, a spokesperson for the KANAT Insurance Fund for Natural Risks in Agriculture said. The Israel...... Read more »

Record late May snowfall hits Idaho Falls, U.S.
Several inches of snow fell in Idaho Falls on Saturday, May 23, 2020, with preliminary totals showing that the area accumulated 51 to 102 mm (2 to 4 inches)-- the most snow recorded this late in spring, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). "While...... Read more »

Brisbane sees coldest May day in nearly a century as record cold snap hits much of Queensland, Australia
Much of Queensland was hit by a record-breaking cold snap over the weekend, including Brisbane-- the city reached a maximum of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) on Saturday, May 23, 2020, marking its coldest daytime May temperature since 1922. Frost patches are forecast in...... Read more »

Extreme 'once-in-a-decade' storm brings destructive winds and rain to Western Australia
An extreme weather event described as a "once-in-a-decade" brought destructive winds and rain to a wide stretch of Western Australia on May 24 and 25, 2020. Wind speed of up to 132 km/h (82 mph) was recorded at Cape Leeuwin, the state's strongest May...... Read more »

SWARM data suggests north magnetic pole accelerates towards Siberia due to tussling magnetic blobs deep below Earth's surface
For several years now, scientists have been puzzled as to why the Earth's north magnetic pole has been moving rapidly from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia. After studying 20 years of satellite data, researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK and the...... Read more »

Tectonic plate under Indian Ocean splitting apart, research finds
A giant tectonic plate under the Indian Ocean, known as the India-Australia Capricorn plate, is breaking apart at about 1.7 mm (0.07 mm) per year, according to a new study. At this pace, it would take a million years for the two broken pieces to be 1.7 km (1 mile)...... Read more »