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Infant dies after being attacked by dog in Schofield Barracks home, Hawaii

dog attack
Honolulu police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old who was mauled by a dog Wednesday inside a family housing residence on Schofield Barracks.

The infant apparently was in a car seat when the attack occurred.

Wednesday evening, military emergency personnel and law enforcement responded to a 911 call about a child with serious injuries who had been bitten by a dog inside a home at Schofield, the Army said today in an email.


More than 5,000 dead seal pups on beach in Namibia

Dead seal pups on beach
© Ocean Conservation Namibia
Dead seal pups on beach
The beach at Pelican Point in Namibia is covered with more than 5000 dead baby seals, Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Drone footage taken by the OCN shows the beach full of seal pup bodies.

"We are sitting at the cusp of a catastrophe. There are literally thousands of seal pups being born prematurely and dying almost immediately," OCN said. "This is a natural phenomenon - meaning that when the pregnant female feels she does not have enough reserves, she can abort her fetus. This happens every year to a few individuals, but never on this scale!"

Seals give birth in the middle of November, but sometimes you can see prematurely born seal pups in October. Premature seal pups cannot survive. They are too young and not fully developed.


'This is Crazy': Waterspout spins on Lake Superior before hitting home in Ontario

Storm damage in Old Mill Bay.
© Dustin Graham
Storm damage in Old Mill Bay
A huge waterspout was spotted on the Lake Superior in Batchawana, Ontario, on October 13.

Dustin Graham recorded the video that showed the spinning waterspout quickly approaching his house, bringing lightning flashes and strong wind.

"That's crazy looking," a man's voice can be heard saying in the video.

Graham also told Storyful that the waterspout had brought damages including "trees down, table smashed and carport ripped up."

According to a local media report, Environment Canada confirmed reports of waterspouts on Lake Superior at the time.

Credit: Dustin Graham via Storyful


Deadly floods in 4 states of India with dozens killed

Floods in the streets of Hyderabad, October 2020.
Floods in the streets of Hyderabad, October 2020.
A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has brought days of heavy rain to parts of southern and western India, causing flooding in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.


In Telangana, media report at least 15 people are thought to have died in flood and rain-related incidents after heavy downpours from around 12 October, 2020.

Heavy rains and floods across the state have disrupted power supply in many places. The state government declared a holiday for all government offices and private institutions for 14 and 15 October and urged people to stay indoors.

Telangana's capital, Hyderabad, is among the worst affected areas, with raging flood waters sweeping through city streets, damaging buildings and dragging away vehicles. Nine people died when a wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Chandrayangutta District, according to disaster authorities. Over 1,000 people have been rescued or evacuated in the city by teams from State and National Disaster Response Forces along with military personnel.

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At least 12 killed by flash floods in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

At least 12 people have been killed in flash floods caused by ongoing heavy rains in Tanzania's business capital Dar es Salaam, police said on Thursday.

Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, said in a statement that the victims died after they were swept away by floods. Two children from the same family were among the victims.

The downpour since Tuesday almost brought the business capital to a standstill after they disrupted transport services and slowed down businesses.


Perthshire, Scotland struck by ninth earthquake in just over a month

Blackford, where many of the earthquakes took place

Blackford, where many of the earthquakes took place
Perthshire continues to be rumbled by a series of seismic activity after two minor earthquakes hit the area within five minutes of each other at the weekend.

Saturday's incidents now make it nine tremor events in the area since the start of September.

The first on Saturday took place at 7.23am, with the epicentre near Gleneagles, measuring a 1.5 magnitude at a depth of five kilometres.

Five minutes later a 1.8 magnitude quake was registered a few miles away at a depth of seven kilometres.

Both tremors were felt by residents in Blackford, but there have been no reports of any damage so far, and were recorded at the nearby British Geological Society (BGS).

Blackford experienced the sixth and seventh tremors in the series on the Sunday prior - the former of which being the biggest recorded in over a decade.

A 2.5 magnitude and smaller 0.8 magnitude quake hit the village in the evening with aftershocks reported in Auchterarder and Aberuthven.

Comment: Last month further south in the UK an English town was hit by a fourth earthquake in two weeks.

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Northern Germany hit with flooding after severe storm

A man wading through the flooding in Lübeck.
A man wading through the flooding in Lübeck.
A clean-up is underway on Thursday after severe storms in the northern part of the country.

Water levels rose significantly in coastal areas of Germany due to storms and severe rain on Wednesday.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, flooding reached its peak on Wednesday evening. It brought water levels to almost 1.40 metres above normal, said meteorologist Stefan Kreibohm from the weather station at Hiddensee.

In Schleswig-Holstein, the Trave river in Lübeck and the district of Travemünde rose to around 6.26 metres. This resulted in flooding at the Obertrave in the old town of Lübeck and parts of the promenade in Travemünde. According to the Waterways and Shipping Office, the normal water level is five metres.


3 die in flash floods in Cebu City, Philippines

Search and rescue teams after floods in Cebu City, Philippines, 13 to 14 October 2020.
© Cebu City Government
Search and rescue teams after floods in Cebu City, Philippines, 13 to 14 October 2020.
A tropical depression brought heavy rain caused to parts of the Philippines from 13 to 14 October 2020.

Disaster officials reported at least 2 people died and another was reported missing following floods in Cebu City and surrounding areas. The body of the missing person was found on 15 October. Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) said:

"After 2 days of searching, our responders have finally retrieved the body of the 16 year old boy when he was taken away from the flash flood last October 13."

Snowflake Cold

Late snow falling in parts of Canterbury, New Zealand - Te Anau wakes to sub-zero temps

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin

Late spring snow up on the Pineapple Track, Dunedin
Snow is falling in parts of Canterbury as the South Island plunges back down to sub-zero temperatures as yet another icy blast sweeps up the country.

Snow is coating a number of Canterbury alpine passes and townships including Methven this morning, while further south Te Anau residents have woken to a bitterly cold -4 deg C.

MetService is warning snow is expected to fall to low levels across many parts of the island and even into the central volcanic region of the North Island just days after the country was basking in sun rays, soaking up the summery 20-plus degree warmth.

And the wintry spell is not likely to let up for a few days, with the forecaster warning the coldest temperatures are reserved for tomorrow morning with many centres barely getting out of single digits the entire day.


Drought depletes Paraguay River, water at lowest level in half a century

Cracked earth of the Paraguay River
© AP Photo/Jorge Saenz
Cracked earth is exposed in the riverbed of the Paraguay River in Chaco-i near Asuncion city, Paraguay, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

The Paraguay River has reached its lowest level in half a century after months of extreme drought in the region, exposing the vulnerability of landlocked Paraguay's economy.

Some 85% percent of Paraguay's foreign trade is conducted via the river, which has been depleted because of a lack of rainfall in the Pantanal area of Mato Grosso state in Brazil. The river flows from that area and also runs through Bolivia and Argentina.

The fall in the water level has slowed down cargo vessel traffic on the Paraguay River, causing significant cost overruns for the transport of fuel, fertilizer, food and other imported goods. The crisis has also exposed the precariousness of Paraguay's access to drinking water.

"We have never had a situation as serious as the one we are experiencing now. We are approaching the end of the year, a time when more products must enter," Nery Giménez, president of the Paraguayan Importers Center, told The Associated Press.