14th August - Today's News: 20 Million Now Affected by Pakistan Floods
This image from the BBC shows the extent of this year's monsoon flooding across Asia:
And the big question is, will the Pakistan floods strike again?
Rain triggers fresh China landslides and I am not in the least surprised to see where the blame is being apportioned...
Our correspondent says people are asking if heavy logging in the area and poor urban planning are to blame for the disaster.
He says reports in the Chinese media say studies carried out by researchers in the 1970s and again in the 1990s concluded the area was vulnerable to natural disasters.
Logging - both legal and illegal - made the problem worse.
The area is extremely poor. Logging was banned there 12 years ago but people continued to cut down and sell trees on the mountainside to make a living.
Heavy rain causes flash flooding in Deal
Thunder and lightning herald rain until November - according to Jonathan Powell that is. He's the guy would forecast record heat last August and that this summer would be the hottest on record ....
In the NW, hosepipe ban saves 3 billion gallons of water - but despite such a wet summer, there's no sign of the ban being lifted.
Rain refreshes Moscow, but wildfires still burning
Two firefighters killed tackling forest fires in Spain
In New Zealand, Tasman glacier calving awaited whilst elsewhere there are warnings over rising rivers as heavy rain falls and after 1100 skiers were stranded overnight, Mt Hutt defends opening as gales forecast.
With up to 53mm rain falling in 30 minutes, little wonder storm floods Winnipeg streets
And a tornado means stormy start to Cropredy festival - though it's more likely it was just a strong downbust. The weather should be better for the Fairports tonight, and indeed for tomorrow's cricket match (I assume they still play that?).