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14,000 people hit by floods in Oriximiná, Pará, Brazil

Floods in Oriximiná, Para, Brazil, April 2021
© Government of Oriximiná
Floods in Oriximiná, Para, Brazil, April 2021
Authorities in the municipality of Oriximiná in the state of Pará, northern Brazil, declared an emergency on 22 April after days of flooding.

Flooding first struck around 19 April 2021 after the Trombetas river broke its banks.

As of 22 April, the municipal government said flooding approximately 14,020 people are directly affected. An estimated 3,000 homes were flooded and affected in some way. In the city of Oriximiná, streets, businesses, public buildings and infrastructure also suffered damage. Surrounding rural areas along the river also experienced flooding. The municipal government said dozens of communities were affected, with homes, schools, livestock and crops damaged.

Last month authorities declared an emergency situation after flooding in the municipality of Rio Maria in Pará.


Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan erupts sending smoke over 2.3 kilometers into the air

A volcano on Sakurajima in southwestern Japan erupted early Sunday, sending a column of smoke over 2.3 kilometers into the air, the weather agency said.

Following the eruption at 1:09 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an eruption alert, urging people in the cities of Kagoshima and Tarumizu in Kagoshima Prefecture to protect themselves from the potential impact of the volcanic activity. There were no reports of injuries or property damage following the eruption, local authorities said.

The agency initially said pyroclastic flows were confirmed within 1.8 km of the Minamidake crater but said later its on-site observation suggests it was part of the smoke. The likelihood of death or injury is low since people have been prohibited from approaching within 2 km of the crater since February 2016, it added.


'Major incident' declared over wildfire in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland wildfire
© YouTube/Sky News (screen capture)
A 'major incident' has been declared in Northern Ireland over a wildfire burning in an area of outstanding natural beauty. More than 70 firefighters were involved Saturday in trying to contain the wildfire, while helicopters from both Britain and Ireland are set to join the effort. The wildfire started on Friday morning in the Slieve Donard area — the highest point in Northern Ireland, with a peak of 850 meters (2,780 feet).

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills farm worker in Costa Blanca, Spain

Spring has definitely not sprung in Spain's Costa Blanca with unsettled weather bringing rain, strong winds and freezing temperatures for weeks now. On top of horror stories of flooding, electricity and internet blackouts and fallen trees, Murcia has suffered a terrible tragedy after a farm worker died during a storm this week.

Sadly, the raging storm claimed the life of a 45-year-old in the municipality of Fuente Alamo, who was reportedly picking spinach in the rural area of Balsapintada when he was struck dead by a bolt of lightning.

Aemet, Spain's State Meteorological Agency, forecast heavy rains and storms a few days ago and issued weather warnings for no less than twelve areas of Spain.


Winter arrives early as snow turns parts of Southern Africa into winter wonderland

© SkiAfriSki
Winter has arrived!

While we are waiting for South Africa's first snow of 2021 to arrive next week, the first dusting has already been spotted in Lesotho. See the breathtaking images here.

Ventusky reported earlier this week that South Africa could receive up to six centimetres - a "decent amount", according to the forecast - next week, especially along the Drakensberg Mountain Range on the Lesotho border.


Stunning footage of tornadoes and rainbows coinciding in Texas

Incredible footage of tornadoes coinciding with wide-arching rainbows was captured around Texas on Friday.

Comment: More footage of other tornadoes in the state on the same day:

Ice Cube

Gigantic ice drift invades city, nearly crushes passersby in Russia's far east

© Russian Emergencies Ministry
Fortunately, the incident didn't cause any injuries or deaths, with its impact limited to waterfront damage.

A massive ice drift in the Amur River has crashed into the coastline in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk, ripping down a concrete-reinforced metal barrier and nearly crushing passersby who had gathered to watch.

Dramatic footage of the incident was captured by local residents armed with cellphones, with huge slabs of ice seen pushing up onto the embankment.


Waterspouts spotted amid freaky weather in the Bahamas

TORNADIC waterspouts were sighted across New Providence and other parts of The Bahamas yesterday.

Department of Meteorology duty forecaster Sonovia Sears confirmed sightings of the freaky weather and explained what caused it.

"We did have some waterspouts that occurred at various points around New Providence along with some Family Islands according to footage that we have seen," she said.

"That was due to a frontal boundary that was across our area that is sluggishly making its way southward of New Providence. That is what was actually giving that weather in combination with some level moisture. That is what gave rise to what we had.


Powerful storm rips roofs from buildings in Gaziantep, Turkey

Storm demolished homes and ripped out trees in Turkey, Gaziantep.
Gaziantep, city, south-central Turkey. It is situated near the Sacirsuyu River, a tributary of the Euphrates River, in limestone hills north of Aleppo, Syria.


Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Fiji Islands Region, Tonga, on Saturday, 24 April

Date & time: 24 Apr 2021 00:23:37 UTC -

Local time at epicenter: 24 Apr 1:23 pm (GMT +13)

Magnitude: 6.5

Depth: 283.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.84°S / 176.34°W (South Pacific Ocean, Tonga)

Nearest volcano: Metis Shoal (125 km / 78 mi)