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Heavy rains cause flooding in Kuwait

Heavy rains caused flooding in Kuwait. Flood in desert.


Heavy rains in western Indonesia leave 5 dead, 2,700 homes flooded - floodwaters reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet)

Torrential rains in Indonesia's third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least five people, officials said Friday.

The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for two others who were reportedly still missing, including a toddler, after the heavy rains in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.

At least five people were found dead after being swept away by the floods, which began Thursday evening, the agency said in a statement. More than 2,700 houses were flooded in the city, which has about 2.9 million people, forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies, it said.


Killing of 3 monks by wild elephants shocks Buddhist Thailand

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
Elephants feature prominently in religious and national iconography in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, whose national religion credits the jumbos with embodying the supreme qualities of the Buddha himself.

Yet their status as sacred creatures has not stopped some wild elephants from killing three Buddhist monks in three separate incidents recently within the space of a few weeks. Not surprisingly, the killing of the monks by wild elephants has shocked many of the faithful.

"Elephants injure and kill people sometimes, I know, but I assumed they would leave monks unharmed because of their holy power," Sudarat Saetang, a Buddhist, told UCA News.

In one incident last week, Phra Sombun Bunwat, a 64-year-old monk, was found dead with severe head, arm and other injuries in a grassy area of a village beside the Thong Pha Phum National Park in the central Thai province of Kanchanaburi.

Comment: Related: Elephant crushes scholar to death in Sri Lanka - 121 people killed in 2019 - "The trend is getting worse"

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Hail the size of baseballs and flash floods hit northern Saudi Arabia

Crazy hailstorm the size of baseball in northern Saudi Arabia, Afif

Comment: On December 3:
Heavy rains, especially in the north of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, lead to severe floods in several regions, including the Hafar Al-Batin area.


California wildfire leads to evacuations as 4,000 acres burn

Firefighters Silverado
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Firefighters battling the fire haul a hose while working to save a home in the Silverado community in Orange County, California.
A new California wildfire forced residents to flee their homes early Thursday after the blaze exploded in high winds across more than 4,000 acres in Orange County, according to officials.

After an already record-breaking year of wildfires, California was again hit late Wednesday when a house fire quickly spread to tinder-dry brush, sparking the out-of-control Bond Fire, which grew to over 6 square miles in Orange County's Silverado Canyon.

It rapidly spread across the region in winds that topped 70 mph, and by Thursday was burning about 4,000 acres, the Orange County Fire Association (OCFA) said on Twitter alongside dramatic video clips.

"We have received reports that there may be multiple structures damaged from the fire," the fire department said, saying they were "in the process of verifying the number involved and the extent of damage."

Dramatic video showed the region once again overwhelmed with red skies as officials ordered mandatory evacuations.


Police in Scotland forced to reassure callers that 'explosions' are thundersnow

Scotland thundersnow
The noise heard in Kirkcaldy was "crazy", according to Leanne Duffy
Police have issued reassurances to the public that "explosions" heard overnight in Scotland were in fact a phenomenon known as "thundersnow".

Residents in Edinburgh reported what they believed to be an exploding bomb or collapsing building around 5:00am on Friday. Police Scotland tweeted to say they had received "a number of calls" over the loud bangs.

"Please do not be alarmed, we are currently experiencing thunder and lightning," they said. Other parts of Britain woke up to snowfall overnight and a warning that further wintry weather may be on the way.

The Met Office said that wet snow fell on Friday morning across parts of Kent which may spread northwards with some snow over the Wealds and Downs of south-east England.

Rain, sleet and snow is also expected across a broad swathe of Scotland and northern England. A Met Office weather warning for snow and heavy rain through to Friday at 10am was issued for the east of England plus London and the South East.

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Sri Lanka confirms 2 deaths due to Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi

Cyclone Burevi
Sri Lankan authorities, on Friday, confirmed two deaths due to Cyclone Burevi that made landfall on Wednesday, injuring at least six.

The deceased were residents of Chankanai and Chavakachcheri, according to the Disaster Management Centre.

The turbulent weather had affected 20,814 families including 68,958 individuals, damaging 2,966 homes partially, and 59 completely, official figures show.

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At least 4 killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique

At least four people have been killed by lightning strikes in Mozambique's western province of Tete, which shares a border with neighbouring Malawi.

Meanwhile, a rainstorm accompanied by strong winds, has left a trail of destruction in southern Mozambique.

Those killed by the lightning strikes include an elderly woman and a toddler.

One person was injured and some houses were set alight, according to Tete's National Disaster Management Institute delegate Alex Angelo.


Strange animal behavior: Kangaroo attacks female jogger then waits outside house 'like something from a horror movie'

A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild (file photo)

A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild (file photo)
A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' in Australia which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild.

Tracy Noonan was knocked to the ground and scratched in the back by the kangaroo while going for a run near Melbourne, saying she had 'felt a massive thump in the middle of my back' and turned round to see the marsupial standing over her.

After taking refuge in a nearby house, she looked outside and saw the animal continuing to watch her for the next 20 minutes, she told 3AW radio.

A ranger told her that the scent of the Sarah Jessica Parker perfume she was wearing had likely attracted the kangaroo's attention, she said.


Parts of Kansas saw up to a foot of snow from winter storm

Winter weather moved through Kansas Thursday morning, bringing slick roads that led crashes and slide offs across Wichita.

Westbound Kellogg saw delays all morning after a crash near Washington. Northbound 235 was in a similar situation after a crash near 29th N. There were other crashes across the area, but no serious injuries were reported.

The highest snowfall amount recorded in Wichita so far is 2.4-inches. That came from the 21st and Maize area. 1.7-inches of snow was recorded at the Eisenhower airport.