Extreme weather update: New landslide in China, Russian heat wave over, Pakistan aid starts
Two months of extreme heat in Russia will end after today according to Russian meteorologists, with rains expected in nearly all regions of European Russia.
The two-month long heat wave and resulting drought have caused thousands of deaths, severe pollution, thousands of wild fires and the loss of a third of the country’s wheat crop.
From a Reuters article:
Officials broke the silence over the effects of the heat and smoke on Aug. 9, when the head of Moscow’s health department, Andrei Seltsovsky, said deaths had doubled to 700 per day and heat was the main cause.
Meanwhile in China dozens are feared dead after another massive landslide in the south of the country near the border with Myanmar.
See the following for more on the story, including a video report:
Pakistan, still suffering from devastating floods, is bracing itself for the second wave of deaths due to water-borne diseases. So far 1,400 deaths have been confirmed.
Aid is finally starting to flow into Pakistan, though not enough.
From a report in the Vancouver Sun:
Two million dollars are needed every day to provide water, this is not sustainable. We don’t have two million dollars a day.
– Daniel Toole, regional director for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)