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World weather news, June 2017

Two people are dead after moisture from former-Tropical Cyclone Mora led to quick-hitting torrential rainfall and major flooding in northern Taiwan on Friday. Out of the 163 mm of rain that inundated Taipei on Friday, 120 mm fell in just two hours, according to data from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau. Flooding quickly swamped the area and turned streets into rivers, including in Taipei. Flooded tracks disrupted rail traffic. Torrential rainfall continued through Saturday as portions of the country received additional rainfall of over 600 mm. Two-day rainfall totals neared 1200 mm at Nantianchi in Taoyuan District. Schools and universities were forced to close. More than 300 flights were delayed at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport on Friday.
A Highland Games in a north-east village in Scotland had to be abandoned after a "mini tornado" swept through the site. Villagers in Cornhill, near Banff, had been enjoying the annual event at the playing fields on Saturday afternoon. After a spell of "beautiful" sunshine, the storm blew in, wreaking havoc on the park and lifting the first aid tent over a marquee and into the arena. No-one was seriously hurt, but the games secretary Shona Hay said the noise was terrifying.
Power has been restored to some properties in south Wales after hundreds were affected by cuts caused by strong winds and rain. Western Power Distribution said Monmouthshire had been worst hit, with more than 450 customers affected at the height of the problem. Rhondda Cynon Taff, Carmarthenshire, Caerphilly, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Powys are also affected. ScottishPower has restored power to about 200 homes in Porthmadog, Gwynedd. The properties had been without power since 10:00 BST on Tuesday. They lost power due to an overhead line fault which engineers are working to fix. Meanwhile, firefighters rescued a man and a woman stranded in the middle of a swollen river near Waunfawr, Gwynedd, at 06:00 on Tuesday. The two campers had to be rescued after their tent washed away and they were left stranded on a small patch of land. The A482 Aberaeron to Ciliau Aeron in Ceredigion was shut due to a fallen tree but has since reopened Elsewhere, high winds and fallen trees caused problems on some roads. One lane was closed on the Severn Bridge to protect vehicles from being blown into adjacent lanes. In Vale of Glamorgan, part of the A4050 was closed after a tree fell on an ambulance near Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School in Barry. A section of the A483 in Carmarthenshire was also closed in both directions due to a fallen tree near Sugar Loaf Mountain, between Llandovery and Llanwrtyd Wells. A driver was killed after a tree fell and landed on his car following high winds. The man was driving through Odiham, Hampshire, on the A287 when the tree collapsed at 07:17 BST.
A 42-year-old driver died after a tree hit his car as high winds and rain swept across parts of Scotland. The accident happened on the A85, two miles east of Gilmerton, Perthshire, at about 20:00 h.. Heavy rain overnight has led to flooding across Aberdeenshire and Moray, with people rescued and homes evacuated in the village of Portsoy.
Almost 3,500 people in Uruguay have had to leave their homes after heavy rains caused flooding in large parts of the South American country. The worst affected area is the north-western province of Salto, on the border with Argentina, where almost 2,000 people were evacuated. The provinces of Paysand˙ and Artigas have also been hit. Uruguay's defence minister said the army, navy and air force were helping with the evacuation. More heavy rains have been forecast for the coming days and the authorities fear the Uruguay river could rise further, putting more towns at risk. Some residents who had to flee their homes have been sheltering in temporary accommodation, while others are staying with relatives or friends in drier areas.
Eight people were killed when a storm lashed the South African city of Cape Town following months of drought. Among the dead is a family of four killed in a fire started by lightning, officials say. Thousands of people have been left homeless. The storm comes two weeks after the region declared a drought disaster. It is the worst winter storm for 30 years, according to the South African Weather Service, while local media have dubbed it "the mother of all storms". Schools and universities have shut, roofs were blown off and shelters have been opened for those left destitute. Fallen trees have caused roads to close across Cape Town Many people have been injured by flying debris. Residents of the city's many shanty towns have been worst hit as their fragile homes have been unable to resist the strong winds and heavy rain. In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs had completely dried up. It was said to have been the region's worst drought in more than a century. Several other southern African nations were also affected by the two-year drought, which was caused by the El Nino phenomenon. However, many parts of the region are now experiencing bumper maize harvests.
Nearly 10,000 residents have been displaced in South Africa by the deadly blazes fanned by the strongest winter storm in recent years to strike the region continue to rage. While Cape Town endured the brunt of flooding rain, the storm's strong winds fanned fires in the Eden District of South Africa's Southern Cape. Western Cape Government reported that nearly 10,000 residents of the Eden district have been displaced as fires swept through roughly 20 suburbs of Knysna and the surrounding area Wednesday into Thursday. "At least 300 structures have been totally destroyed, with many more still in danger," a press release from the government stated.

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Last updated 8 June 2017.

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