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Cars submerged as Cyclone Belal sparks flash flooding in Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone Belal pummeled the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion with strong winds, heavy rain, and massive flooding.
Tropical Cyclone Belal pummeled the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Reunion with strong winds, heavy rain, and massive flooding.
The tropical cyclone had already hit the island of Réunion, killing at least one person and leaving many homes without electricity.

Torrential downpours from Cyclone Belal unleashed severe flash flooding in the Mauritius capital, Port Louis, on Monday with cars washed down streets and people seen escaping their submerged vehicles.

The Mauritius weather service raised the alarm from class two to class three as the island nation braced for worse to come. Belal is expected to pass Mauritius at its closest point early on Tuesday.


Two tornadoes confirmed near Port St. Lucie, Stuart in Florida

Tornado forms near Martin Highway and crosses over Interstate 95
Tornado forms near Martin Highway and crosses over Interstate 95
Two tornadoes touched down Monday evening on the Treasure Coast, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

They were reported after the NWS issued a tornado warning about 5:30 p.m. for St. Lucie and Martin counties and extended it through 6:30 p.m.

The first tornado appeared to touch down west of Interstate 95 and travel northwest to North River Shores, said meteorologist Cassie Leahy. Damage to trees and fences was reported near Woodbine Way.

The second tornado appeared to touch down near Becker Road and I-95, Leahy said. No damage was reported.


Infant dies after stray dog mauls her in Rajasthan, India

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A six-month-old girl was killed in Bhilwara district on Sunday evening after being brutally mauled by a stray dog in a village.

The incident occurred around 4 pm in Hajiyas village of Gulabpura police station. Chhoti Devi, the mother of a 6-month-old baby girl named Chinki, had placed her daughter in a swing made of cloth and was engaged in feeding fodder to the cows and buffaloes in the nearby animal enclosure after putting the child to sleep.

A police official said, "A stray dog from the street attacked the sleeping girl.

The girl cried, and following this, her mother immediately came to the rescue and witnessed the dog scratching and growling at the child. Despite Devi's attempts to drive the dog away, the attack continued, resulting in severe injuries to the girl's mouth and jaw."

The family transported the critically injured Chinki to Bhilwara Hospital, where surgery was performed to save her life. However, the girl succumbed to her injuries just an hour after the surgery. The angered villagers rushed to the scene. Later they identified and beat the dog to death following the incident.

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Lightning strike kills 4 family members in Uganda, another kills 18 livestock

Fred Ishungisa, also known as Rukara, a farmer in his 50s and a resident of Ntungamo village in Katenga parish, Kaharo sub-county, Kabale district, is in shock and counting losses after his six cows and 12 sheep were struck dead by lightning.

He recounts that the incident took place on Monday evening at around 06:30 PM while he was grazing the animals at Kinyinya Hill, located in the same village, during a drizzle. In the process, he witnessed lightning striking the animals.

Edmond Tumwesigye, the area sub-county LC3 Chairman, mentions that despite the tragedy that targeted the animals, Ishungisa survived unhurt. He expresses sympathy for the situation, noting that it has strained Ishungisa's income.

This incident occurred just a day after lightning struck four children of a same family in Sheema district. The incident took place on Saturday, January 13, 2024, in Kimondo II village, Kitagata ward, in Kitagata town council. The victims, Mujuni Trevor (11), Akankunda Shanitah (9), Nahabwe Comfort (10), and Ainembabazi (7), were all in the kitchen when the incident occurred.

In December 2023, lightning struck Treasure Arinda, a 13-year-old son of Vincent Wednesday and a primary five pupil at Kacherere Primary School, and Elia Mwebesa, also 13 years old and the son of Patrick Barigigye. They were residents of Kilwa village, Kiruruma ward, Kacherere town council, Rubanda district, and the incident happened while they were collecting firewood.

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33 Malawi rivers flood as 3 die

Officials from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation say at least 33 rivers are either flooding or risk flooding due to heavy rains in most parts of the country.

In a statement, the ministry says the rivers that are experiencing significant increase in water levels in the southern region include Likhubula, Likangala, Mkulumadzi, Lisungwe, Mtemang'ombe, Nkasi, Phalombe, Mombezi, Domasi, Naisi, Thutchira and Ruo.

The central region has Lingadzi, Lilongwe Linthipe, Rusa, Kasangazi, Mpasadzi, Lifuliza, Dwabanzi, Dwangwa, Bua and Nkula.

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Floods death toll rises to 11 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Heavy rains battered the KZN North Coast on Sunday night.
© IPSS Medical RescueHeavy rains battered the KZN North Coast on Sunday night.
Eleven people have now been confirmed dead due to floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

Five people died last night in the eThekwini metro.

Search and rescue teams are searching for two people after their shack was washed away in the Tongaat area.

Hundreds of houses have been damaged in several parts of the province.

The heavy rains have also damaged water and electricity infrastructure.

Meanwhile, eThekwini municipality has closed beaches in the north, and a few in the south, until further notice, due to concerns about water quality.

Meanwhile, more heavy downpours are expected on Sunday.


Multiple earthquakes hit Oklahoma City metro area, including 2 of 4.4 magnitude

A series of earthquakes struck Oklahoma Friday evening into Saturday morning, including at least two of 4.4 magnitude.

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:37 p.m. CT near Arcadia, which is located just northeast of Oklahoma City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

About 10 minutes later, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake was recorded about four miles west of Arcadia, according to the USGS and local ABC News affiliate KOCO.

This was followed by two smaller earthquakes of 2.7 magnitude and 2.5 magnitude, respectively, according to the USGS. On Saturday morning, the earthquakes started again with one of 2.6 magnitude recorded near Acadia around 4:45 a.m. CT.

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Syria floods kill four

Flooded fields in Akkar area of Tartus province, northwestern Syria.
Flooded fields in Akkar area of Tartus province, northwestern Syria.
Four people were killed on Saturday as their car slid off a bridge into a heavy rainfall-induced water stream in the northwestern Syrian province of Tartus, the local Sham FM radio reported.

Numerous villages in the province had experienced heavy downpours and suffered the subsequent widespread flooding, said the report, citing Provincial Governor Hassan Hassan.

The governor added that plastic houses were submerged, and vast areas of agricultural land were inundated, as the rivers, streams, and channels overflowed onto surrounding villages' fields.

Meanwhile, the rainwater seeped into residential areas in the nearby Karad and Kartou villages, with damage still unknown.


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Torrential rains leave at least 11 dead in Brazil - month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours

People look at a car that was swept into the flooded railways of the Acari metro station after heavy rains caused destruction in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.
© AFPPeople look at a car that was swept into the flooded railways of the Acari metro station after heavy rains caused destruction in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.
Torrential rains that turned avenues into rivers killed at least 11 people in Rio de Janeiro, the fire department said Sunday.

The rainstorm hit northern parts of Rio particularly hard, where people died in a landslide, drownings, and electrocutions. Firefighters were still searching for a woman who went missing after her car fell into a river as of Sunday evening.

Water from the storm reached the roofs of cars on some stretches of Avenida de Brasil, a major thoroughfare in the city.

Mayor Eduardo Paes decreed the situation an "emergency" and urged people to stay home for their own safety, and so as not to disrupt rescue and recovery efforts.


Houses set alight as lava from volcano eruption reaches Icelandic town

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© AFP VIA GETTY IMAGESAn aerial photo shows the first fissure erupting on Sunday morning.
Houses have caught fire in the fishing town of Grindavík in south-west Iceland after a volcano erupted for the second time in less than a month.

Two fissures formed near the town on Sunday after an increase in seismic activity that prompted authorities to evacuate the community the day before.

A first eruption began at 8am when a crack opened in the ground about 450 metres from the town. Protective barriers of earth and rock pushed lava from the first fissure away from the town. However, a second crack then opened around midday on the edge of town, measuring around 100 metres by the evening, with that lava engulfing the homes.