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SEVERE #HEATWAVE KILLS AT LEAST 92 AS #TEMPERATURES SOAR TO #50C IN #BIHAR, #INDIA

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At least 92 people have died in Bihar, India as the severe heatwave takes hold which is also affecting most of India.

The country is experiencing droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.

Other deaths have been recorded in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada, where temperatures have been around 45C.

At least 562 people have endured heatstroke and admitted to various hospitals.

Government officials fear the death toll will rise.

 

Violent #Thunderstorm And #Hailstorm Pounds SE #France

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Firefighters in France’s southeastern Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region have been inundated with hundreds of emergency calls after a violent hail storm pounded nine departments on Saturday afternoon. In Haute-Savoie, a woman was killed by a falling tree.

The 51 year-old German woman was killed when a tree fell on her caravan parked at a campground in Taninges in Haute-Savoie.

Elsewhere in Savoie, the storm caused flooding and some material damage. The firefighters were called out to assist at least 30 times.

Several trees fell on SNCF train lines, in particular between Chambéry and Montmélian.Police opened a nearby gymnasium for people to shelter as they waited out the delays.

The departments of Haute-Savoie along with Haute-Loire, Loire, Rhône, Drôme, l’Ardèche, l’Ain, l’Isère, and Savoie were placed on an ‘orange’ storm warning category which was lifted late afternoon on Saturday.

France’s agricultural minister Didier Guillaume announced on Sunday that a natural disaster zone would be declared in the coming hours.

“The zone will be outlined in the coming 48 hours,” Guillaume told France Info, referring to the damage in the Drome area.

Firefighters were called some 200 times to assist people in the area around the town of Romans-sur-Isère, where farmers were particularly affected by the storm.

A dozen people were treated for minor injuries and 2,300 households were left without electricity until the evening.

“It was apocalyptic,” Marie-Hélène Thoravaldes, mayor of the town, told France Info.

The bad weather also struck western Switzerland on Saturday afternoon, bringing hail and winds reaching up to 110 km/h, according to the national forecaster MeteoSwiss.

A woman drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank, police said.

A man who was in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel from where he fired “two flares”, Joanna Matta, police spokeswoman for the canton (region) of Geneva, told AFP.

The victim, whose nationality remains unknown, was then taken to a hospital in Geneva where she was declared dead.

In a separate incident, the storm also damaged some of the 465 boats taking part in the 81st edition of the Bol d’Or, an annual regatta on Lake Geneva, the event’s press service said.

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‘Massive’ #PowerOutage hits #Argentina, #Uruguay, Paraguay and southern #Brazil

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Millions of people across Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil were left without power early on Sunday after a massive power failure in the electrical interconnection system, according to reports by the energy company Edesur Argentina.

#RAF Called In As Nearly 600 #Homes Ordered To #Evacuate Due To #Flooding In #Lincolnshire, #UK

An RAF Chinook that was deployed to try and stem the flow of water in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire

An RAF Chinook that was deployed to try and stem the flow of water

Evacuations in Lincolnshire continue after a river burst its banks following heavy rain which has battered the UK this week.

A total of 580 homes north and south of the River Steeping in the town of Wainfleet All Saints have been told to evacuate.

Military helicopters were deployed to the area yesterday, after the river burst its banks at Thorpe St Peter.

Temporary repairs on the river have started to deteriorate, officials have said.

A Sky News crew on the ground was told there is a problem with the original breech, which is now slowly seeping, and there is another crack that has appeared further down the bank.

Rescue workers in Wainfleet All Saints, in Lincolnshire

Rescue workers in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire

A Chinook helicopter was deployed to drop sand in Wainfleet All Saints yesterday to try and stop the flow of water from the River Steeping and a Puma was also being used.

Officials say the next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial, depending on the amount of rainfall, as they wait for the waters to subside.

As of 12 June, Britain saw rainfall of 2.6 inches (6cm) since the beginning of the month, but that is not a record amount for June.

The River Steeping breaching its banks at Thorpe St Peter, one mile north-west of Wainfleet in Lincolnshire. Pic: @Richardesty

The River Steeping breached its banks at Thorpe St Peter. Pic: @Richardesty

The Met Office says June 2012 remained the wettest ever with 5.9 inches (15cm).

Spokesman Grahame Madge said: “Although we are at a point where some areas have seen their full amounts of monthly rain, so far we don’t think we’re on track to beat the 2012 record as a wet June”.

“It’s something we do get now and again, which is obviously unwelcome for those people who have wanted to enjoy nicer weather.”

Elsewhere, a landslip near Corby, Northamptonshire, stopped an East Midlands Train from London to Nottingham – and then a second train that came to help also became stuck.

Around 400 passengers were stranded for up to eight hours before being evacuated and one person was treated at the scene in an ambulance by paramedics.

The train operator apologised to customers involved, calling it a “challenging situation” due to rubble and serious flooding hampering rescue efforts.

It also said it was “working hard” to reunite people with their luggage, which it said was being held safely in Kettering.

Forecasters predict more showers over the weekend but say conditions are expected to settle down and it will become milder.

Warmer air building over Europe will see higher temperatures in parts of the South East next week, with the potential of sunny spells hitting the mid-20s.

The Met Office says no further weather warnings have been issued.

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#Listeria #outbreak: Two more #patients #die after eating #hospital #food in the #UK

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Two more hospital patients have died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to an outbreak of listeria.

It takes the number of deaths to five, among nine cases in all of the bacteria infecting patients, Public Health England (PHE) said.

The source of the infection is understood to relate to products supplied by The Good Food Chain and the affected ones have since been removed from hospitals.

PHE said evidence suggests all of those who died consumed the products before the withdrawal happened on 25 May.

The first three confirmed victims were at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.

It is not yet known where the latest two victims were receiving treatment, but PHE said there are seven trusts across the country dealing with listeria cases.

One is believed to have died after the first three confirmed cases, while the other died before.

The first case showed symptoms on 25 April and sandwiches and salads were withdrawn on 25 May.

It is understood that some of the products were sold at hospitals while others were given to patients.

The supplier, The Good Food Chain, meat producer North Country Cooked Meats and distributor North Country Quality Foods have voluntarily ceased production during the investigation.

PHE said: “Whilst any risk to the public remains low, PHE’s Whole Genome Sequencing analysis has identified an additional three cases of listeria linked to this outbreak.

“This brings the total number of confirmed cases to nine. All of the cases of listeria infection were in hospital patients in England.

“Sadly, one of the seriously ill six patients PHE confirmed last week has since died.

“One of the patients confirmed today as linked to the outbreak had already died. This brings the number of deaths linked to this outbreak to five.”

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director at the national infection service at PHE, said: “To date, there have been no patients linked to this incident outside healthcare organisations, but we continue to investigate.

The Good Food Chain said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak. The underlying cause of it remains unclear.

“For our part, we are co-operating fully and transparently with the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and other authorities, and will continue to do so”.

Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis – a form of food poisoning – and can be found in unpasteurised milk and chilled foods, such as pate, certain cheeses, cold meats and smoked salmon.

It is usually not dangerous for healthy individuals, but can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

But for people with pre-existing health conditions and weaker immune systems, the infection can prove more serious.

It is most likely to be found in pregnant women, young babies and the elderly.

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