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Ethiopia - Flooding continues in several regions, displacing thousands and threatening food security

Floods in the Somali Region in Ethiopia, May 2023
© UN OCHA Ethiopia/Gul Mohammad Fazli
Floods in the Somali Region in Ethiopia, May 2023.
The United Nations reports that continued flooding in Ethiopia has caused widespread destruction and displacement in the regions of Somali, Oromia, SNNP (Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples'), South West and Afar. Over 90 fatalities have lost their lives.

In early April this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported flooding and heavy rain affected or displaced around 240,000 people in Somali, Oromia and Afar regions from mid-March, with 29 fatalities reported. Flooding has worsened since then, causing significant damage and displacements. According to the latest UN report, around 190,000 households have been affected by flooding across the country, with over 200,000 people forced to leave their homes.

The flooding has deepened the vulnerability of populations whose resilience is already highly affected by the impact of a prolonged drought since 2020 as the areas most affected by flooding and drought overlap, UN OCHA said.

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Heavy rains caused floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Currently, there is an extraordinary hydrological situation in the area of the Una and Sana river basins, as was forecast in the Notification on the forecast of an extraordinary hydrological situation from May 12.

The levels for the start of notification have been reached at all hydrological stations that are defined by the Federal Operational Plan for Flood Protection, the Agency for the Sava River Water Area announced.

During the day, new precipitation is expected in the area of the Una-Sana Canton. However, according to the results of simulations of prognostic systems, the water level is expected to stagnate during the day and decrease in the evening in the upper and middle parts of the Una basin.

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Croatian army steps in as heavy rains flood homes, roads and schools

© AP
Rescue teams and hundreds of soldiers were deployed on Monday to help people in parts of Croatia hit by floods.

Heavy rain in recent days caused some rivers to overflow their banks, flooding homes, roads and public buildings in some towns.

Classes in the town of Obrovac were cancelled after water got into the schools there.

Parts of the town were left without electricity, and water covered the centre of Obrovac. In nearby Gracac, about a dozen people had to move to upper floors or evacuate their homes to avoid surging water.


Shark attacks kayak off Hawaii coast in harrowing encounter caught on video

The terrifying moment a huge tiger shark takes a bite out of a fisherman’s kayak off the coast of O’ahu, Hawaii.

The terrifying moment a huge tiger shark takes a bite out of a fisherman’s kayak off the coast of O’ahu, Hawaii.
A shark attacked a man fishing from his kayak off the coast of Hawaii in a harrowing encounter that he caught on video. The man wasn't hurt in the brief attack.

Scott Haraguchi was fishing less than 2 miles off the island of Oahu around midday Friday. After he caught a fish, he told a local TV station he left his GoPro camera running.

"It was incredibly bad luck but incredibly good luck to capture it," Haraguchi told KITV.


Bear attack on angler suspected after human head found at Japan lake

A bear in Hokkaido
A bear in Hokkaido
Police are searching for an angler who went missing at a lake in Hokkaido, suspecting he may have been attacked by a bear after a human head was found in the area Monday, they said.

According to the police, a boat dropped off Toshihiro Nishikawa, 54, to fish unaccompanied at a spot on Lake Shumarinai in Horokanai early Sunday. An employee of the boat operator later saw a bear nearby with waders dangling from its mouth and attempted to call Nishikawa by phone, but could not reach him.

The information prompted the town office to launch a bear hunt operation and a member of the group killed one Monday afternoon, according to a town official.


Waterspout on Lake Moultrie, South Carolina - May 14, 2023

Waterspout on Lake Moultrie as storms moved by, estimated around 6:20 PM.

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IPCC admits many of its gloomy climate forecasts are of "low likelihood"

IPCC session
The credibility of the disaster-addicted Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been dealt a damaging blow with recently-published research showing that 42% of its climate scenarios rely on improbable rises in future temperature that even the UN-funded body believes are of "low likelihood". The research notes the IPCC admission of improbability is "deeply buried" in the full Sixth Assessment Reports (AR6), and is "unlikely to be read by the policy makers". The authors note that significant and important sections of the full IPCC work emphasise these improbable claims, "potentially invalidating those sections of the report".

Climate and emissions outline SSP5-8.5 assumes a rise of around 5°C by the end of the century. It was always somewhat detached from reality and has long been dealt a death blow, given that global warming ran out of steam about 25 years ago. Even the climate alarmist Zeke Hausfather is unimpressed, and his comments can be seen on the right of the graph below. Leaving aside the small natural boost from a very powerful EL Niño oscillation around 2016, warming is little more than 0.1°C over two decades. Nevertheless, SSP5-8.5 gives credence to 42% of the IPCC's work in AR6.

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UK's unusual winter and spring: Colder, wetter, with less sunlight hours - BBC meteorologist

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Tomasz says people often ask if the jet stream — a core of strong winds around five to seven miles above the Earth’s surface, blowing from west to east — is to blame
May is normally when my garden starts to come into its own. I dust off the outdoor furniture, sit out and enjoy my collection of sub-tropical plants, from palm trees to yuccas.

This year, however, I'm feeling as deflated as my enfeebled plants. My BBC weather colleagues and I often exchange stories about how our gardens are doing. Like mine, theirs have been nipped by all the sharp frosts we've had this spring.

Meanwhile, people are stopping me in the street, asking when spring will finally arrive. And what have we done to deserve such cold, gloomy weather dragging on so long?

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Waterspouts form near Foxton, New Zealand

The water spout near Foxton.
© Katrina Fleming
The waterspout near Foxton.
A Foxton woman got a surprise with her morning coffee when two waterspouts started forming over the ocean near her home.

Katrina Fleming and her six-year-old daughter Karuna were home in Foxton this morning when the unique weather system began forming over the sea.

"I was just making coffee in the kitchen and I looked up and I could see them starting to come up...one kept disappearing and coming back but the second one just got stronger," she told the Herald.

Her daughter Karuna said it was the first water spout she had ever seen - and it was "pretty cool, but also quite freaky".


Deadly tornado rips through Texas community

First responders look through rubble after a tornado touched down in Laguna Heights, Texas, on May 13, 2023.

First responders look through rubble after a tornado touched down in Laguna Heights, Texas, on May 13, 2023.

A tornado with wind speeds up to 110 mph tore through Laguna Heights, Texas, killing at least one person and injuring 10 others. NBC News' Catie Beck has the details.

Comment: Elsewhere in the state flash flooding hit Yorktown: