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2 cars plunge into sinkhole in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Two vehicles were swept away in the Midah Ria flat landslip in Taman Midah, Cheras.
A major landslide occurred at the Midah Ria Flats in Taman Midah, Cheras here this morning, leading to the collapse of a section of the parking area.

Two cars parked in the lot plunged along with other debris and landed in a monsoon drain about 100 metres away.

No one was hurt in the landslide.

The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department was alerted to the incident by a distress call at 6:45am.

Its senior officer Shaharudin Abdul Wahid said that the landslide may have been caused by excessive underground water flow.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 50 goats in north China

Lightning strike in north China's Shanxi killed a herd of 50 goats.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 family members in Uganda

Lightning has struck dead a mother and her three daughters in village four, block 4, zone II in Bidi-Bidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District.

Mr Solomon Osakan, Arua refugee desk officer under the Office of the Prime Minister identified the deceased as Jennifer Dusman, 26-year-old South Sudanese refugee and her three children Mary Kadi,6; Reinda Jokudu,5 and Scovia Yeno,4.

Mr Musoke Abubakar, the Yumbe District police commander confirmed the Sunday incident which occurred at about 2am during a heavy down pour.

"Police visited the scene and bodies were taken to Yumbe hospital for postmortem," Mr Musoke said.

Cloud Precipitation

Nine killed by flash flooding near Payson, Arizona

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Nine people died after flash floods swept away crowds at Cold Springs swimming hole Payson, Arizona, on Saturday afternoon
At least nine people drowned while swimming in an Arizona river when they became overwhelmed by flash flooding following heavy rains in the drought-stricken region, officials said on Sunday.

Authorities were searching for at least one other missing person after the incident on Saturday afternoon in the Verde River near Payson, about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Phoenix, Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said.

Local media reported at least two children were among the dead. The Gila County Sheriff's Office did not give details of the deceased or those missing.

A search-and-rescue operation was under way involving sheriff's deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, as well as members of the local Whispering Pines Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service, Sheriff Adam Shepherd said in a statement.

Snowflake Cold

'Coldest temperature in years' across Australia's south east

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A Qantas turboprop ready to be de-iced.

TEMPERATURES plummeted to a record breaking -12C this morning as winter made its presence felt across Australia's south east.

AUSTRALIA may have just recorded its coldest temperature of 2017 as a series of cold fronts barrelled across the country's south east on Sunday.

NSW and Victoria both had a freezing start to the day dropping to -12C in the mountains. Qantas has been forced to de-ice planes at Melbourne — a task usually only needed in Canberra and Hobart.

Sunday will still be chilly for Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart but temperatures will rise further north.

South of the Murray, the mercury in Ballarat fell to -2.1C, in Bairnsdale to -3.5C and at Mount Hotham to -7.8C.

But that's nothing on NSW and the ACT where residents of Orange woke to a low of -6.3C, and Canberra fell to -7C. But the mountain resort of Perisher knocked it out of the winter ballpark slumping to -12.1C at 3.30am.

Cloud Lightning

Frightening lightning strikes when least expected

Flashes and streaks of lightning in the summer sky can be awe-inspiring. They're also signs to seek shelter as soon as possible.

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As frightening as it is spectacular, summer lightning is both a sight to behold and a force to avoid.
Lately, the force of nature seems to be making its own public safety announcements, with folks being caught off guard in shocking ways.

On Monday, a 27-year-old swim instructor in Florida was walking to work when lightning struck an antenna atop a pole that was 75 yards away from her. The effects of the indirect lightning strike were so serious that she was hospitalized. She said she felt the shock, describing as a burning sensation. A surveillance camera caught her stopping short as the strike occurs, then bolting toward the office door.

Ice Cube

Forget extreme temperatures: Nothing kills as many people as moderate cold

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Some are scoffing at the idea that rising heating costs will kill people. But check out the number-one temperature-killer in 74 million deaths across 13 countries. It's not the extremes that we need to worry about, the deadly phrase is "mildly suboptimal temperatures". Look at the blue finger of death in the graph below, starkly showing how irrelevant "extreme heat", or any other ambient temperature zone, is.

Do you need an excuse to turn the heater on in winter? Low ambient room temperatures will thicken your blood.

Moderate cold accounted for as many as 6.6% of all deaths. Extreme temperatures (either cold or hot) were responsible for only 0·86%.

Join the dots — will we save more lives by:

a) making homes cold now in the hope that lower "carbon" emissions will,

b) mean less deaths from heat in 90 years time despite people probably having better access to heaters and air conditioners?

Would you sacrifice ten years of your life...


Wildfires close in on Williams Lake, BC; thousands ordered to evacuate

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An entire city and surrounding areas in British Columbia were forced to evacuate as raging wildfires intensified by strong winds spread across the region.

An evacuation alert was issued for Williams Lake and surrounding areas in Cariboo Regional District on Saturday.

"All individuals in the City [Williams Lake] and the above areas must evacuate immediately," the order stated.

Around 12,000 people live in the city, and the same number of people in the surrounding areas were also ordered to evacuate, CBC Canada reported.


New eruption on the Reunion island: Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupts for the third time this year

The volcano began erupting early this morning, making it the third eruption this year (after the ones in January and May).

Following an increase of earthquakes over the past days, an intense seismic crisis started 22:20 local time last night - sign of the magma moving towards the surface.

The eruption itself, when the magma reached the surface, began at around 00:50 this morning from a new fissure on the SSW slope of Dolomieu crater near the Chateau Fort cinder cone.


17 villages in Maguindanao, Philippines submerged in flood water for 2 months now

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17 villages in Maguindanao submerged in flood water for 2 months now
Seventeen low-lying villages in Kabuntalan town, Maguindanao, have been flooded for two months now because there's nowhere for stagnant water to go and rivers continue to overflow.

The local government said it expects the flooding to subside by September.

Flood-water levels are almost 2 feet high,
submerging the Sangguniang Bayan headquarters, the police station and several houses.