The last week has brought chaos world wide. Afghanistan saw a major mudslide, killing an estimated 2,700 people, and prompting international aid efforts. Mudslides occur when slopes become saturated with rain, destabilizing the soil. A small mudslide begins and gains momentum as it rocks, soil and other debris. Another probable mudslide decimated cars in Baltimore, Maryland. After heavy rainfall there, a street tilted, taking a number of parked cars into floodwater before what seems to have been a mudslide washed the hillside under it away.
Pensacola, Florida was inundated with more than two feet of water last week, causing serious damage and claiming the life of one man who was trapped in his car. He was one of more than a hundred stranded drivers, though nobody else seems to have been swept away. The storm system responsible for the flooding has also caused 37 deaths across eight states. Two people were killed in the Marche region of Italy due to flooding there. Cars were floating in the muddy torrents of Senegalia. In Surrey, BC and White Rock, BC, Canada, more rain fell over the weekend than typically falls in the entire month of May. The resultant flooding washed out two roads in the small towns.
In other news, temperatures in northern India peaked at 45.9ºC, (114.6ºF). Temperatures that high can be fatal, and are of particular concern to the elderly, as they may not notice signs of dehydration. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported at this time. In Murrieta, California, firefighters put out a seven acre (2.83 hectare) fire. While the blaze itself is unremarkable in comparison to the gargantuan conflagrations of the past year, it marks the start of a very early fire season. Officials blame the longstanding drought conditions for the fire.
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