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Lightning bolt kills 2 fishermen, injures 10 others in Chhattisgarh, India

Two fishermen were killed and 10 others injured after lightning struck them when they had gone fishing in a reservoir in Chhattisgarhs Rajnandgaon district on Tuesday, police said.

The incident took place at around 1,30 pm under Chichola police station area, where 19 fishermen from two villages of Chhuirya had gone to Lal Mati reservoir, said Ajaykant Tiwari, station house officer of Chichola police station.

Owing to heavy rainfall, they were inside their temporary camps erected on the banks of the reservoir where the lightning struck, he said.

While two of them, identified as Rohit Nishad (50) and Bharosa Nishad (55), died on the spot, 10 others sustained minor burn injuries in the incident, he said.

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Lightning strikes kill 2 people during thunderstorms in Gauteng, South Africa

At least two people have died after being struck by lightning during the severe thunderstorms which ravaged parts of the country on Monday, 5 October 2020.

A woman was killed by lightning in the late afternoon in Melville, Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) confirmed the news to The South African, saying the incident occurred at approximately 16h30.

"The City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services (EMS) received a call yesterday afternoon about an incident that occurred in Melville. On arrival we found a middle-aged female who was declared dead at the scene", said spokesperson Nana Radebe.

Comment: Related: Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Johannesburg, South Africa


Rare tornado hits Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp tornado
© YouTube/Storyful Rights Management (screen capture)
Residents in the suburbs of Antwerp in Belgium witnessed a rare tornado on October 5, according to local media.

Among the local residents to document the meteorological phenomenon was Dennis De Clercq, who recorded this video in the Antwerp suburb of Hoevenen.

The news site HLN said some trees were uprooted and a house reported damaged. Credit: Dennis De Clercq via Storyful


Flash floods hit several low-lying areas in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Giling at Jalan Telipok-Tuaran is inundated by floodwater.
© Borneo Post Online
Giling at Jalan Telipok-Tuaran is inundated by floodwater.
Several low-lying areas, especially in Jalan Tuaran and Telipok, were hit by flash floods following a heavy downpour here.

Kampung Rampayan in Menggatal was hit by rising floodwater, which was inching closer and closer to factories located nearby.

A resident said the flash floods were triggered by heavy rain that lasted all night, which showed no sign of ceasing anytime soon as of 9.30am today.

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Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Johannesburg, South Africa

Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
Motorists in Gauteng have been urged to drive with extreme caution as heavy rain in the province led to flash flooding on Monday 5 October.

A large thunderstorm and "large hail" currently making affecting Johannesburg is causing drivers major headaches, with bridges hit by flooding causing peak traffic to grind to a standstill.


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned on Monday that a "yellow thunderstorm warning" is in place, meaning that residents can expect localised flooding in low lying areas due to heavy rain and large hail and large amounts of small hail which can damage vehicles and property.

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Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead, 600,000 people affected in Mexico

Flood victims salvage their belongings from flooded homes in Tabasco.

Flood victims salvage their belongings from flooded homes in Tabasco.
Tropical Storm Gamma claimed the lives of at least six people in two states and affected some 600,000 citizens as heavy rain and near-hurricane force winds wreaked havoc on Mexico's south and southeast over the weekend.

The worst affected state was Tabasco, where two people died and more than 590,000 people were adversely affected by the storm.

Federal authorities said there was one death in the municipality of Jalapa and another in Jalpa de Méndez. Both victims drowned in floodwaters.

Authorities in Chiapas said that four members of the same family, including two children, died after a landslide buried their home in San Juan Chamula.

Comment: An earlier report: Tropical Storm Gamma reaches coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - trees knocked over, streets flood


Rare weather phenomenon: Water-tornado seen off Mumbai's coast

© Darshan Khatau
Malabar Hill resident Darshan Khatau was pleasantly surprised to spot a rare weather phenomenon on Monday morning. He saw a waterspout or water-tornado — a rotating vertical column or funnel shaped cloud formation as an intense vortex over water —around 3 km off the coast of Mumbai from Malabar Hill, near Prongs Lighthouse at 9.15am.

"I saw it when I had stepped out on my balcony to take photographs of birds like I do daily. The phenomenon lasted for about 20 seconds and I managed to take two short videos. The location of the waterspout may not have been more than 1 km off Colaba early this morning. Owing to cloud cover and haze, the photos were not very clear," said Khatau, an avian and wildlife enthusiast who has documented several bird species.

A similar image of the waterspout was shared on social media by Seju Nair on Twitter. The posts stated that it was spotted near Marine Drive on Monday morning.


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Fiji

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 232 km E of Levuka, Fiji at 10:11:46 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 628.52 km, was initially determined to be at 18.0249 degrees south latitude and 178.4906 degrees west longitude.

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Storm Alex: More dead and missing in France as impact grows

Alpes-Maritimes Storm Alex

Aerial photos from the villages in Alpes-Maritimes show mudslides and devastation after Storm Alex hit.
At least 20 people are missing, at least three have died, and villages in southeast France are still without water or electricity, as the €1billion-plus devastation wreaked by Storm Alex continues to emerge.

In Alpes-Maritimes, the villages of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Roquebillière, Breil-sur-Roya, and Tende are among some of the worst-affected, after almost a year's worth of rain fell in 10 hours overnight from Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 October, causing mudslides and devastating flooding.

At least 20 people are still missing, firefighters in Alpes-Maritimes told news service FranceInfo, as of Monday October 5. This includes eight people "confirmed missing" and "a dozen suspected".

Comment: See the previous report: Two dead, several missing in southeastern France as Storm Alex pummels western Europe with torrential rain


Michigan's Upper Peninsula sees early snowfall

Michigan's Upper Peninsula got its first measurable snowfall in the last few days and it is a breathtaking sight.

We'll circle back and ask you just how beautiful you think it is a few months from now, after you've shoveled, slipped on the ice, and navigated snow-covered roads. But for now, it's lovely.

YouTube user Deependra Nath posted the video below of what appears to be wet, heavy snow weighing down branches in the U.P. The video was taken on October 1.