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Lightning strikes have killed 62 people in Bangladesh so far in 2017

Bangladesh has seen an alarming rise in deaths caused by lightning strikes in recent years, yet the government has failed to devise an effective plan to help reduce the risk.

The government declared lightning a major disaster after 217 people were killed by strikes in 2016 alone. So far this year, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief says 62 people have reportedly died, bringing to 1,174 the number of people killed by lightning since 2011.

Experts believe a lack of preventive measures is a major reason for the high death rate.

"People in urban areas are vulnerable to lightning as most buildings do not have a lightning prevention system, even though it is mandatory under Bangladesh National Building Code," said Gawher Nayeem Wahra, director of Brac's Disaster Management and Climate Change programme.

Cloud Lightning

2 buffaloes killed by lightning bolt in Rajouri, India

Two buffaloes were killed due to lightning incident in Darhal area of district Rajouri this evening.

A police spokesman said that it was raining with thunder storm and lightning in the area in the afternoon today.

A strong beam of flash light from the sky hit the two cattle of one Abdul Rashid, son of Abdul Aziz at village Thanna Maang at 5.45 pm today, killing the both on the spot.


Rare waterspout captured in Okinawa, Japan (VIDEO)

© YouTube/WestPacWx (screen capture)

Arrow Up

2 volcanoes erupt just hours apart in Aleutian Islands, Alaska

© U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and Coast Guard Cutter Mellon
Small side vent on the northwest shore of Bogoslof Island formed during one of the later eruptions. Waves can now spill over a section of beach into this small pool.
An eruption at Bogoslof volcano - one of two to erupt in the Aleutian Islands Tuesday - is its first after more than two months of inactivity, causing ash to fall in a nearby community before drifting south over the Pacific Ocean.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Tuesday night's eruption at the volcano about 60 miles west of Unalaska, which began just after 10:30 p.m. and lasted for 73 minutes, sent a plume to an altitude of 34,000 feet.

By midday Wednesday, a lack of further activity caused AVO to lower Bogoslof's aviation color code to "orange" and its alert level to "watch" — down from the more severe "red" and "warning" levels. Staff cautioned in an update that "(a)dditional ash-producing eruptions could occur at any time, however, with no detectable precursors."

Hans Schwaiger, a geophysicist at the observatory, said a pilot spotted ash from the eruption Tuesday night. Although Bogoslof's last previous eruption was March 8, Tuesday's blast is still part of the same eruption cycle that began at the volcano in mid-December.

"Each of these eruptive cycles can be months to many months," Schwaiger said. "It wasn't the strongest of the eruptions in this sequence."


Massive bee swarm descends on London during rush hour

© International News/YouTube
A huge swarm of bees brought rush hour to a standstill in Greenwich, southeast London, on Tuesday night.

Thousands of bees caused frightened pedestrians to duck for cover on Greenwich Church Street, close to the famous Greenwich market.

Footage posted on social media shows a "biblical scene" of insects buzzing around, with onlookers bringing traffic to a standstill.

Abigail Hering, who posted the footage on Twitter, said she saw the bees congregating around the traffic lights as she left her nearby Beadoir jewelry shop.

"When I left work, I went to walk towards my car, they were on the traffic lights.


Earthquake, 'loud sonic boom' startles southwestern Ontario couple watching hockey game

A Wheatley woman says a minor earthquake Saturday night startled her and her husband while they watched the hockey game.

The United States Geological Survey says a 2.2 magnitude earthquake hit around 9:50pm on Saturday.

It was reportedly centred about 5 km below the surface near the intersection of Wheatley Rd. and Essex Rd. 8.

Siobhan Cence says it sounded like a sonic boom shook the house, and it freaked her out a little.

"We heard a loud boom and felt the house shake just once really hard and I was shocked and thought was that me or did I feel something? My husband then looked at me and asked did you feel that and I said yeah," says Cence.

Cence says she can't ever remember an earthquake in Wheatley.

Cence says her husband quickly jumped into action because the bang was so loud.

Black Cat

3 villagers attacked by leopard in Maharashtra, India

Panic gripped Khamble and Bhokni villages as a leopard strayed into residential area from the adjacent jungle and attacked three people, including a girl, at the villages in Sinnar taluka of the district, police said today.

According to Sinnar police, yesterday morning, a leopard entered in Bhokane vasti and pounced on six-year-old girl Komal and injured her. Bhausaheb Davkhar(51), who saw the incident, started throwing stones at the big cat but the animal also attacked and injured him. Later, it run towards Khamble village where he attacked Dayaram Motiram Navle (40) and also injured him.The Khamble villagers gathered on the spot and demanded to catch the leopard.

Police and forest department officials reached on the spot with their team. The forest department team of Sinnar also reached the spot. Two injured have been admitted to Dodi rural hospital while the girl was released after giving first aid.

Source: United News of India

Cloud Precipitation

At least 7 dead following floods and landslides in Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra

At least 7 people have died in Indonesia after a period of heavy rain from 11 May caused landslides and floods in several provinces on the islands of Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra.

Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said that a landslide in East Luwu in South Sulawesi (Sulawesi island) on 12 May 2017 left 7 dead, several wounded and 14 houses destroyed.

A landslide in Kranggan, Setu District, South Tangerang near Jakarta on 15 May destroyed in 5 houses, damaged 26 and displaced 153 people according to Indonesia's Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

DMC also reported that around 35,000 people have been affected by floods in West Kutai regency of East Kalimantan Province on Borneo island. As of 15 May, almost 5,000 homes had been inundated.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall floods parts of Bangkok, Thailand; more expected

© Patipat Janthong
Flooded roads and heavy traffic is a major inconvenience for pedestrians as well as motorists.
It's early in the rainy season, but Bangkok commuters are already fighting through flooded areas of the city and more rain is on the way.

Bangkok commuters were confronted Tuesday morning and again Wednesday with flooded streets and traffic congestion across the city following hours of torrential rain overnight.

Several major streets were under water, including all of Soi Sukhumvit 33, much of Sukhumvit Soi 22 around Sainampeung School and much of Lat Phrao Road, traffic police said.

Traffic came to a virtual standstill on Pracha Chuen Road leading to Phong Phet intersection.

Motorists reported the water in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 21 came half way up their vehicles' wheels.

The water was so deep in Lat Phrao 64, it was impassable for small vehicles
. Pracharat Bamphen Road leading to Ratchadaphisek-Huai Khwang intersection was also flooded, traffic police said.


Grouse Mountain in British Columbia receives 25-cm (9 inches) dump of May snow

© Photo: Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain saw 25 cm of snow fall from May 15-16, 2017.
Monday night's heavy snowfall was good news for skiers and snowboarders in the Vancouver area but for not so much for drivers on mountain highways in the B.C. Interior.

Grouse Mountain saw a total of 25 centimetres of fresh snow skiers. Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour both remain closed for the season.

Meanwhile, snowfall is forecasted to continue in the Interior, and Environment Canada has sent out a warning to motorists to expect winter conditions between Hope and Kamloops, as well as along the Okanagan Connector from Merritt to Kelowna. Conditions are expected to get worse later in the day.