A landslide triggered by heavy rain that hit the western Indian state of Maharashtra has killed at least 10 people, with many more likely trapped under the rubble, officials said on Thursday. In this image taken by Associated Press photographer Rafiq Maqbool, a woman holds her loved one’s hand as family members of those are trapped under rubble after a landslide swept away houses.
In Greece, a major fire was contained west of Athens, but authorities on Thursday braced themselves for a new wave of severe weather. Scorching heat across Europe’s southern Mediterranean has maintained high or very high fire risk in Spain, Italy and Greece. And in the Balkans, a storm followed by an intense heatwave killed six people, including an Austrian firefighter.
Here’s what’s happening in regards to extreme weather and climate right now:
—In a refugee camp in Kenya, food shortages left children starving in the midst of a drought even before Russia terminated the grain deal. A farmer is forced to pay much of his produce as taxes to al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled parts of Somalia for years, and the rest is not enough to feed his family during the worst drought in Somalia in decades, Evelyne Musambi reports.
—Temperatures have peaked at or above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius) all July in Phoenix, and air conditioning is a lifesaver for many in the city. Isabella O’Malley and Beatrice Dupuy explain how the heat wave has some residents worried about their electricity bills.
—Travelers, considered a focal point for the U.S. insurance industry due to its size, said Thursday that disaster losses doubled in the most recent quarter as high winds and hail in some areas led to increased claims, Michelle Chapman reported.
—The worst ever wildfire season in Canada that has left much of North America dangerously suffocated for months, coupled with deadly global heat during the summer, is focusing the world’s attention on the dangers of climate change. See photos of Noah Berger here.
—A tornado damaged a Pfizer plant in North Carolina as scorching heat and flooding hit other parts of the United States
“The heat we have in Phoenix right now is extremely dangerous, especially for people who don’t have air conditioning or can’t afford to operate their own,” said Evan Mallen, senior analyst with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Urban Climate Lab.
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