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Lightning kills cricketer during match in Bangladesh


A lightning strike. (File)
A cricketer was killed in lightning during a tournament at Sheikh Kamal Cricket Stadium in Gopalganj Wednesday noon.

The deceased is identified as Tamzid Ahmed, 19, son of Imam Ali. He was a player at Dhanmondi Friends Cricket Academy.

Rashedul Islam, coach of Dhanmondi Friends Cricket Academy, confirmed the incident.

Players of Gopalganj Abahani Cricket Academy and Dhanmondi Friends Cricket Academy were playing a cricket match this noon. Meanwhile, the cricketer was struck by lightning.

Tamzid Ahmed succumbed to injuries as he was taken to Gopalganj 250-bed hospital in a critical condition.


Firefighters tackle Scottish Highlands wildfire that may become UK's largest ever

A Nasa worldview satellite photograph shows the plume of smoke from the fire at Cannich, in the hills above Loch Ness in the Highlands,
© Nasa/PA
A Nasa worldview satellite photograph shows the plume of smoke from the fire at Cannich, in the hills above Loch Ness in the Highlands, drifting towards the loch on Monday.
Firefighters have spent four days battling a wildfire in the Scottish Highlands that officials believe is on its way to becoming the largest by area on record in the UK and which has been photographed from space.

The fire broke out at Cannich near Inverness on Sunday and has grown to an area measuring roughly 8km by 8km (24 square miles). Two firefighters were injured on Tuesday after being in an accident in their all-terrain vehicle while tackling the blaze. They have since been discharged from the hospital, the community safety minister, Siobhian Brown, said in the Scottish parliament on Wednesday.

While firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, the Scottish fire and rescue service is appealing to the public to take great care when outdoors.


Bear attacks police on the roof of a Chinese village barn

In a shocking incident in a Chinese village, a bear attacked police officers on the roof of a barn. The terrifying encounter was captured on video and has garnered widespread attention.

The footage shows the officers attempting to escape from the bear as it charged at them on the rooftop. While there are unconfirmed reports of a person being attacked by the bear, further investigation is needed to verify these claims.

The incident highlights the delicate balance between humans and wildlife, prompting authorities to look into measures for coexistence and wildlife conservation. The affected individuals are receiving support, and efforts are being made to raise awareness about human-animal conflicts.


Landspout tornado spotted in central Alberta near Stettler

A weak tornado was seen east of Red Deer in central Alberta Wednesday afternoon.

Late in the afternoon, Environment Canada meteorologists tracked a severe thunderstorm that was producing a tornado north of Stettler.

The weather agency said its preliminary classification shows it was a landspout.

"So there are two different types of tornadoes — we have a landspout tornado and a supercell tornado," said Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Jesse Wagar.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills woman, 19 head of cattle in Odisha, India

A woman was killed and five others injured in lightning strike in Ganjam and neighbouring Kandhamal on Tuesday as thunderstorm and gusty winds lashed several places in the districts.

At least 19 heads of cattle also died in lightning strike in Badangi of Ganjam district.

At least 10 houses in Badangi also suffered partial damage due to the storm.

The deceased was identified as Mini Pradhan (55) of Dambiri village under Buguda block in Ganjam district. She and another woman were going to collect mangoes on the outskirts of the village, when lightning struck them.

Cloud Precipitation

Canadian River flooding forces evacuations in Valle De Oro, Texas after 10 inches of rain in less than 12 hours

Canadian River floods Valle De Oro homes.

Canadian River floods Valle De Oro homes.
Dozens of families who live near the Canadian River in Valle De Oro are facing a potential tragedy, as the Canadian River has overflowed its banks, triggering widespread flooding.

Several people and livestock have already been evacuated.

"Well, I wasn't expecting to see the river right here in my backyard but here it is," said J.J. Garcia, a resident of Valle De Oro.

The origin of the Canadian River Flood Waters comes from a 1-in-500-year rain event that fell south of San Jon, NM earlier last week. That storm brought 10" of rain fell in less than 12 hours.

Cloud Precipitation

Extreme rainfall in Turkey floods streets, properties

Ankara flood

Ankara flood
Following the warnings of Turkish State Meteorological Services, the capital Ankara was in the grip of the adverse weather conditions, as hail and downpours were effective in Keçiören district. Many streets, houses and workplaces were flooded.

Due to the rainfall, the football field in a neighborhood was flooded and some children playing soccer got stranded.

In his written statement, Turgut Altınok, the mayor of Keçiören, said that after the downpours and hail, the storm drains were blocked, and a major flood occurred in many regions throughout the district.

Altınok pointed out that it is the responsibility of the Ankara Municipality to evacuate the flood waters, claiming that the municipality teams are not properly executing their duty.


Scientists discover rare methane-spewing underwater volcano in Norwegian waters

Image shows fluids and gases flowing from an underwater mud volcano near Norway

Image shows fluids and gases flowing from an underwater mud volcano near Norway
Scientists have discovered a submarine volcano near Norway's Bear Island, or Bjørnøya, in the Barents Sea, which continuously spews methane and mud.

The scientists also revealed that the volcano was located inside a giant crater, which probably formed following a large explosion at the end of the last ice age.

The volcano has been named Borealis Mud Volcano, and it is only the second of its kind ever discovered in Norwegian waters.


Stray dogs kill 3-year-old boy in Gujarat, India

Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Representative Image Image Credit: ANI
A 3-year-old boy playing near an agricultural field was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in Gujarat's Amreli district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place on the outskirts of Damnagar village of Lathi taluka on Tuesday afternoon when victim Ronak Rathva's parents and other family members, all farm labourers, were working in an agricultural field owned by one Madhubhai Sidpara, an official said.

The child was playing alone in the vicinity, said assistant sub-inspector K R Sankhat of Damnagar police station.


Waterspout spotted off Pärnu, Estonia

The waterspout spotted off Pärnu beach.
© Markus Vetemaa
The waterspout spotted off Pärnu beach.
A waterspout was spotted off the coast of Pärnu on Tuesday, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reports.

Water spouts, despite their name, do not suck up seawater but instead form in moisture-laden environments as their parent clouds are in the process of development. or thunderstorm. They sometimes appear in multiple groups.

Tuesday's waterspout was spotted from Pärnu beach, and filmed by several observers - though the beach was hardly crowded due in the relatively cool weather and this early on in summer.

The phenomenon lasted several minutes.

Water spouts, common on the West coast of Estonia's islands, but also off much of the rest of the coast and off the coast of Finland, are more usually seen in August and September, when the seawater is warmer, but colder air masses start to arrive.