South Korea
Nine Dead in Seoul Floods
At least nine people have died from flooding over the last two days in the heaviest rainfall to hit the South Korean capital of Seoul in 80 years. The southern part of the city received more than 3.9 inches (100 mm) per hour late Monday evening, with some parts of the city receiving 5.7 inches (141 mm) per hour. Subway lines have been submerged, homes have been inundated, and thousands of vehicles have been abandoned in waist-high water rushing through the streets. Landslides have struck the mountainous areas of the city, prompting evacuations of hundreds of homes. While the rain has eased, it is forecasted to bring as much as an additional 11.8 inches (300 mm) through tomorrow.

This map depicts rainfall levels in and around Seoul, South Korea, where the heaviest rainfall in 80 years has killed 9 people so far in devastating floods. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Al Jazeera
Worst Drought on Record
Another heatwave is baking France this week as the national weather service, Meteo France, declared this year's drought conditions the worst since records began in 1958. France joins almost all of Europe in suffering record heatwaves and crippling drought. In Switzerland, the army was called to help transport huge containers of water up into the mountains from lakes in the valleys below to save cattle from dying of thirst. Wildfires have also sprung up across the continent. As dry conditions reduce grass for grazing animals, grain, which would have compensated for the lost grass, is also facing a reduced harvest. Warmer river water is less effective as a coolant for nuclear power plants, forcing reactors to reduce capacity. Meteorologists predict a return to more normal temperatures by the middle of next week, but it remains to be seen if the hydrological and agricultural impacts will be offset in the coming months.

This map depicts patterns of early-July drought conditions across Europe over the last ten years. Click on the map to learn more.
Further Reading: Bloomberg, ABC News, BBC Weather, RFI
Graphic Source: Financial Times
Stranded Beluga Whale Dies
A beluga whale that had made its way into France’s Seine River has been euthanized after it was removed from the waterway. The 13-foot (4 m) whale was stuck in the river for more than a week, wandering up the river within 43 miles (69 km) of Paris. It weighed 1,763 pounds (800 kg), well below the typical weight of approximately 2,645 pounds (1,200 kg). Rescuers believe it was sick before swimming up the river. The whale had been lifted from the river in a crane in a six-hour process and was being transported in a refrigerated truck to the English Channel port of Ouistreham, where it could recover in a saltwater basin. During the journey by truck, the beluga suffered respiratory failure, forcing the veterinarians to euthanize it to prevent further suffering.

This map depicts the location where the beluga whale was trapped in the Seine River in France. Click on the map to learn more.
Graphic Source: Barron's
Yesterday's Answer
Q: Where can you find the largest glacier in Asia and the world's highest battleground?

A: Siachen Glacier, India 
The Siachen glacier in the eastern Karakoram range of the Himalayas, the site of the Siachen War, is regarded as the highest battlefield in the world at 24,000 ft (7,315 m) above sea level. Both India and Pakistan claim the region and have thousands of soldiers stationed in sub-zero temperatures at Siachen, one of the world's most extreme climates. The conflict at Siachen between India and Pakistan began in April of 1984, with the two nations suffering some 3,000 - 5,000 soldier fatalities combined; however, 70% of all deaths have been due to freezing temperatures and avalanches. In 2003, the two countries signed a ceasefire agreement, and today India administers most of the glacier. The 47 mile (78 km) long glacier is often referred to as the "Third Pole" as it is one of the world's largest non-polar glaciers. 

Today's Question
Q: Located at 77.5536° N latitude, in the Arctic Circle, what archipelago is home to the Global Seed Vault or the "Doomsday Vault"?
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