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'Worst disaster in the history of Poland' - Storm fells record number of trees

© Dominik Kulaszkiewicz, PAP/AFP
Severe storms passed over Poland causing damage to buildings, trees and electricity infrastructure in the Pomeranian province, where five people were killed and at least 30 people seriously injured.
It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

"We're dealing with what is undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of Polish -- and perhaps even European -- forestry," Poland's chief forester, Konrad Tomaszewski, told reporters.

The storms that hit Poland overnight Friday to Saturday killed six people, including two Girl Guides crushed by a falling tree while camping in a forest.

Aerial television footage in vast swathes of forest where trees had been snapped like matchsticks.

According to Tomaszewski, the storms brought down an estimated 8.2 million cubic metres of lumber.

It would take two years to clear the debris and begin replanting trees and decades to recover the lost natural habitats of birds and other wildlife, he added.

More storms are forecast for the coming weekend.

Windsock

Huge sandstorm engulfs Algerian city, turning sky red


The sky over Ain Ouasara turned blood red within seconds.
Incredible footage has emerged showing a colossal sandstorm sweeping through an Algerian city.

The video begins with a group of young men playing football with a swirling red cloud in the background.

Despite being the middle of the day, the sky cannot be seen as it is completely covered by the cloud.

Alarmed shouts can be heard in Arabic as the match grinds to a halt.

Players and spectators begin to run for cover in the direction of nearby buildings as the storm draws closer.


Snowflake

August snow drops in Banff, Alberta

It's not unheard of to see some snowflakes in Canada's northern territories in mid-summer, but it's usually very rare south of 60.

Nevertheless, it does happen, and this year, the first people in southern Canada to see snow were people at Sunshine Village resort in Banff, Alta., and if the video below is any indication, it was more than a few flakes.

The video, captured below, was taken by Matt Wilson and posted on the resort's Facebook page, showing thick snowfall, though with no accumulation. Elsewhere in the range, Banff staff posted a photo of some rainy weather.


Snowflake

More snowfall in August for Canada

Unusual Canada snowfall in August Banff's Sunshine Village, new greenhouse gas study shows that water vapor is causing changes not CO2, and the Sydney Morning Herald with a piece on global warming from humans causing so much ice melt that the water is now changing the axis tilt of the Earth.


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Cloud Grey

Apocalyptic cloud stuns residents of Teixeira de Freitas, Brazil

© João Paulo Magalhães
Residents of a Brazilian town were stunned by the appearance of a strange, menacing-looking cloud Thursday evening, leading some to wonder if it spelled the beginning of something far more sinister.

At first look the obscure cloud resembles a meteorite trail or tornado, frozen in time, seconds before the impending doom. At second glance,it looks more like a freaky cloud formation.


Cloud Precipitation

The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed about 500 and affected over 16 million


Deadly floods hit South Asian states
More than 16 million people have now been affected by seasonal flooding across a swathe of South Asia, say aid officials.

The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India are thought to have killed about 500 people and are expected to worsen.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) says it is becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years.

There are growing concerns about food shortages and disease.


Martin Faller, ICRC's deputy regional director, said more than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal were flooded, while about 11 million people across four northern Indian states were also affected.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced.


Fire

2017 is British Columbia's worst wildfire season on record

© Darryl Dyck
The 2017 wildfire season is officially the worst on record in British Columbia.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said Wednesday that a total of 1,026 wildfires have razed nearly 8,950 square kilometres, surpassing the old record of 8,560 square kilometres set in 1958.

The majority of the activity has occurred in the province's Cariboo region where fires have destroyed more than 6,700 square kilometres.

B.C. Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says there are still 142 fires currently burning in the province.

"Most of those are the major fires that started on July 7, we have done a good job at getting on new fires quickly and keeping them small," he said.


Arrow Down

Man on disability scooter in China accidentally drives into a massive sinkhole


A scooter zoomed into view with the driver so distracted by their mobile phone they didn't see the sinkhole
Checking your phone while driving can have disastrous consequences, but none more obvious than driving into a sinkhole.

Footage from Chinese television shows the ground suddenly give way in the middle of a street, creating a hole almost the whole way across one side.

Some time later, a scooter zoomed into view and drove straight into it without slowing down at all.

Both driver and bike disappeared into the hole just as another man frantically ran towards it in a doomed attempt to warn the driver.


Cloud Precipitation

Landslide kills 40 people in DR Congo

A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official says.

Part of a mountain engulfed "a fisherman's camp after heavy rains caused a landslide," the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP on Thursday.

He said 40 people were killed in the disaster in the village of Tora on the banks of Lake Albert on Wednesday.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), we buried 28 bodies and today we will bury 12 more," said Keta.

A doctor at the nearby Tshomia hospital, Herve Isamba, said they were treating four people injured in the landslide.

The vast country has experienced a number of previous such disasters.

Bizarro Earth

Meteotsunami? Ocean dramatically recedes on South American Atlantic coast as huge waves batter the Pacific side

© El Observador
Ocean recedes at Montevideo, Uruguay on August 11
On August 11, 2017 the ocean suddenly receded in different coastal locations of Uruguay such as Montevideo and Punta del Este. Several hours later the same phenomenon occurred along beaches in Porto Alegre and Tramandaí in Brazil. Some local people feared a possible tsunami.


The Uruguayan Meteorological Institute (INUMET) had issued orange wind warnings earlier for Montevideo, Canelones, Maldonado, Rocha and Lavalleja. According to El Pais as reported in Elonce, the spokesman for the National Navy, Gastón Jaunsolo,said the phenomenon was caused by strong winds coming from the north.