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The sting of spring: Late snowfall covers parts of South Island, New Zealand - up to a foot of snow

Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
© Tekapo Tourism
Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
The Manuherikia and Maniototo regions of Central Otago felt the full sting of a spring storm yesterday which brought heavy rain, snow and severe gales to the southern region.

Residents awoke to blanket of snow and motorists were warned to take care on State Highway 85 between Omakau and Kyeburn and in Moa Flat Rd, and Danseys Pass Rd was closed because of snow.

The depth of snowfall differed with about 10cm reported in Naseby and almost three times that in St Bathans.

There was also widespread snow on the hills throughout Central Otago and above Queenstown and Wanaka.

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Woman found dead believed from crocodile attack in Malaysia

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan
A woman was found dead in Kampung Serudung Laut, near here, today, believed due to a crocodile attack.

The body of Fosanih Nansel, 22, was found at 8am by the villagers who were searching for her, after the woman was reported missing in a nearby river since yesterday.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call via MERS 999 at 8.19pm about the victim being attacked by a crocodile.

"From the information provided by the family, a search and rescue operation was carried out today. The victim was found by residents about 300 metres from the location where she reportedly was attacked by the reptile," the statement said.

According to the statement, the victim's body was handed over to the police for further action and the operation ended at 10.27am.

Source: Bernama

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Storm system dumps autumn snow across the West, including Montana, Nevada, California


Snow in Bozeman, Montana
From Montana to Nevada, snow fell in the western U.S. from Oct. 10-11, creating some very early winter wonderlands.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes killed 2,800 in the last 11 years in Bangladesh

Lightning strikes — electric discharges between the atmosphere and the ground — have killed no fewer than 2,800 people in the last 11 years in Bangladesh, according to government data.

The government is planning to launch a project at a cost of Tk476 crore to save people from the deadly natural phenomenon and reduce the toll, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman told a press conference at the secretariat on Tuesday.

Under the project, the government will buy devices that will give a warning 40 minutes before a lightning strikes, he said.

In addition, shelters will be set up to avoid fatalities during lightning strikes.

Rahman said Bangladesh suffers from 16 categories of disasters at present. Lightning strike was added to the list in 2015.

Comment: Read also this pertinent report from a neighbouring country: Yearly lightning deaths in India more than doubled between 1968 and 2019 - from 1,000 to 2,500


Greece earthquake: Crete hit by shallow 6.4 magnitude quake sending shockwaves across holiday spot

The quake struck close to Crete this morning. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck a depth of 10km. The USGS also revealed the earthquake hit the east coast of Crete.

The earthquake was reported at 9.24am UTC, 12.24pm local time.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), this is the seventh quake to strike Greece.

They also warned of a potential tsunami in the region following the earthquake today.


Mega-drought hammers US, in North Dakota ranchers forced to sell off 25% of herd

cow ranchers
© Kirk Siegler/NPR
North Dakota ranchers have been forced to sell off close to 25% more of their herds over last year.
Joey and Scott Bailey are sitting in their kitchen trying to figure out how they'll get through these next few months.

"Just your grass hay that we would spend $30 a bale on, people are spending $150 a bale, and they're driving 250 miles to get it," Scott says.

The Baileys own a ranch on the remote prairie about 60 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, in the heart of what locals boast is the capital of North Dakota cattle country, McHenry County. The county is also one of the most drought-plagued places in the nation, where comparisons are now being drawn to the Dust Bowl.

Ranchers here have been forced to sell off their herds at historic rates and are now worried they won't have enough feed to keep their remaining cows alive this winter. The Baileys sold 20 cows a few months back, because they couldn't afford to keep them fed. It's been so dry that they couldn't grow much of their own hay.

Comment: With costs spiking across the board, it's likely that many farms will never recover, which, on top of crop failures, disease outbreaks and lockdown induced backlogs, waste, means there will be even less food in the supply chain: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Sudden drop in temperatures leads to early snow in parts of China

A photo taken on Oct 10, 2021 shows Liuhu Park
© Xinhua
A photo taken on Oct 10, 2021 shows Liuhu Park in snow in Pingliang, Northwest China's Gansu province.
A sudden drop in temperatures recently have led to early snowfalls in some parts of China, surprising many people.


Early heavy snow, falling branches knock out power in parts of Bozeman, Montana

Multiple crashes on I-90 outside Bozeman

Multiple crashes on I-90 outside Bozeman
Downed trees and branches are causing power outages in Bozeman Monday morning.

Power is out in many areas of Bozeman due to impacts from the heavy morning snow.

Many traffic signals are out of order due to the power being out including; Durston/19th, traffic lights on 7th Ave south of Oak St, traffic lights on Main Street west of 7th

Northwestern Energy, the Montana Department of Transportation, and the City of Bozeman are responding to remove downed trees.

Cloud Precipitation

5 killed and nearly 120,000 evacuated as heavy rain lashes Shanxi, China - 60 coal mine operations suspended - 190,000 hectares of crops damaged (UPDATE)

Nearly 55,000 people have been evacuated and 60 coal mines have suspended operations after heavy rain lashed China's coal-rich Shanxi province, local authorities said Friday.

Recent rain in large parts of the province has led to rising water levels and flooding in multiple local rivers, according to the provincial emergency management department.

Local authorities have suspended operations in 372 non-coal mines, 14 hazardous-chemical enterprises, over 1,000 construction projects, and 166 scenic spots.

The province has also issued a Level III emergency response for natural disasters and allocated 20 million yuan ($3.09 million) to support disaster relief efforts in severely impacted areas.

Comment: Update: Floodlist reports on 11 Oct:
Floods in Shanxi province in northern China have forced more than 120,000 people from their homes.

Local media reported 5 people died on 05 October 2021 after continuous rainstorms battered Shanxi Province. Since then floods and landslides have been reported in 76 districts and cities. China's state news agency Xinhua reported 17,000 homes severely damaged or destroyed. A total of 1.76 million people have been affected, as of 10 October. Emergency management departments have distributed relief supplies including tents, bedding and clothing.

The heavy rain has also caused severe damage to crops and infrastructure. Local emergency management reported around 190,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. A section railway track was washed away by floodwaters in Qixian county on 07 October.

Shanxi is a major coal producing province. The local government said it has suspended output at 60 coal mines due to the severe weather conditions. This comes at a time China is facing an energy shortage which has caused power cuts.

Unusually heavy rain has been falling in this relatively dry region from 02 to 07 October. Media, quoting the provincial meteorological bureau, said over 60 weather stations in the province reported record high accumulated precipitation figures for this period, with some area seeing 3 times the normal average rainfall. Levels of rivers have increased, including the Yellow River, China's second-longest river. A dyke breach along the Fenhe River, a tributary of the Yellow River, caused severe flooding in Yuncheng.

Earlier this month around 50,000 people were displaced by floods in neighbouring Shaanxi Province from 02 October, mostly in areas around Hanzhong City.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) recently released figures for natural disasters in the first three quarters of 2021.

MEM said a total of 94.94 million people were affected by various natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods and typhoons. A total of 792 people were dead or missing; 5.262 million people were displaced; 157,000 houses destroyed and 1.751 million damaged. Massive floods hit Henan Province after 600mm of rain in 24 hours on 20 July 2021. By early August more than 300 fatalities had been reported.

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Body of teen dragged away by crocodile found in Gujarat, India

Body of a 15-year-old boy, who was dragged away by a crocodile in Dhadhar river in Karjan taluka on October 6, was found in a decomposed state in Padra taluka on Friday.

The body of the boy identified as Vijay Mali was found around 5km downstream at Sadad village in the river by the locals. Police said that the body was found in a badly decomposed state with the head and one leg missing.

However, the identity was verified by the injury marks and the clothes on Mali's body. The body was sent to the health centre in Padra for postmortem examination and a case of accidental death was registered at Padra police station.

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