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Bear kills man in Slovakia forest in what could be first fatal attack

A brown bear has killed a man in Slovakia. The number of bears in Slovak mountains has risen to estimated 2,760 last year from below 900 two decades ago.
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A brown bear has killed a man in Slovakia. The number of bears in Slovak mountains has risen to estimated 2,760 last year from below 900 two decades ago.
A 57-year-old man has been killed by a brown bear in central Slovakia, in what the state forestry company said could be the first confirmed deadly attack by a wild bear, whose population has tripled in 20 years.

"An autopsy confirmed today that the man from Liptovska Luzna died from injuries caused by this predator," the forestry company, Lesy Slovenske Republiky, said on Facebook.

Bears are common in Slovak mountains, and their numbers have swollen to an estimated 2,760 last year from fewer than 900 two decades ago, said the forestry company, which has argued for legal hunting of bears to manage their population.


Deadly tornado strikes Auckland, New Zealand

One person has died after a tornado hit the New Zealand city of Auckland
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One person has died after a tornado hit the New Zealand city of Auckland.
A tornado has ripped through the city of Auckland, New Zealand leaving one person dead with damaging winds uprooting trees, exploding power lines and battering houses.

The tornado hit before 8.30am on Saturday morning and fire and emergency crews have been called out to more than 100 locations affected by property damage.

The force of the wind was so strong shipping containers toppled at the Port of Auckland, killing one person and injuring a further two who have been rushed to hospital, Stuff reports.

'The tornado caused significant damage to the site and dislodged multiple containers,' a Port of Auckland spokesperson said.

'We are shocked by this freak event and our thoughts are with the people affected.'

Cloud Lightning

Supercell storm hits northern France with 44,000 lightning strikes recorded

Rethel lightning storms
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A supercell storm hit parts of France on June 19, with some 44,000 lightning strikes recorded, the most in a single day this year.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 18 dead, 21 missing after floods and landslides in 26 districts of Nepal (UPDATE)

Floods in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal, June 2021.
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Floods in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal, June 2021.
Five fatalities have been confirmed, with a further 19 people reported missing after heavy monsoon rainfall in Nepal triggered floods and landslides.

Disaster authorities in Nepal have reported over 70 incidents of rain damage, flooding and landslides since 15 June 2021. As many as 26 of Nepal's 77 districts have been affected.

Ten people died in recent flash flooding in a remote highland areas of nearby country Bhutan on 16 June 2021.


As of early 17 June, 5 people have died, 19 were reported missing and 14 people were injured as a result of floods, landslides and heavy rainfall in Nepal. As many as 50 houses have been completely destroyed and dozens of others damaged.

The worst of the flooding struck in Helambu, Sindhupalchowk District, where 2 people have died, 6 injured and 15 reported as still missing. Flooding struck on 15 June 2021. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Comment: Update: The Hindu reports on June 20:
Landslides and floods kill 18 in Nepal

Torrential rains battered Nepal last week, causing widespread flood and damage to critical infrastructure
At least 18 people have been killed due to landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain across Nepal last week, while 21 others went missing, police said on Sunday.

Torrential rains battered Nepal last week, causing widespread flood and damage to critical infrastructure. Officials said the excess rains had led to the rivers overflowing, which resulted in the widespread destruction.

Rescue and relief operations were being carried out by Nepal Police, the Army, and the Armed Police Force.

At least 18 people, including four women and three children, have been killed across Nepal last week, according to Nepal Police headquarters sources.

Four people were killed in landslides and flood in Sindhupal chowk district, 30-km east of Kathmandu, three killed in Doti and one each in Saptari, Kavre, Gorkha, Kaski, Arghakhachi, Palpa, Pyuthan, Jumla, Kalikot, Bajhang and Bajura districts, they said.

Twenty people went missing in Melamchi area of Sindhupalchowk district and one went missing from Bajura, police said.

Meanwhile, the Tatopani border point in Sindhupalchowk has been closed since Saturday, as roads in Larcha and Kodari Bazaar areas were damaged by the flooded Bhotekoshi river.

The dam of an under-construction bridge in Kanchanpur has been washed away by a flooded Mahakali river on Saturday night. A section of the motorable bridge over the river at Odali, Bhimdutta municipality-12 of the district was destroyed, said District Police Office spokesperson Amar Bahadur Thapa.

The floods have caused billions worth loss of properties in the country.


Strong shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes New Zealand's Kermadec Islands

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook the area around New Zealand's Kermadec Islands early Monday, the US Geological Survey reported.

The quake, which struck at 1705 GMT Sunday, had an epicentre located 938 kilometers northeast of Ngunguru, on New Zealand's North Island, at a depth of 10 kilometers, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami. The tiny Kermadec Islands are mostly uninhabited.

Source: AFP

Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Claudette triggers floods in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama - up to a foot of rain overnight

Floods in Slidell, Louisiana after heavy rain from Storm Claudette, June 2021.
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Floods in Slidell, Louisiana after heavy rain from Storm Claudette, June 2021.
Tropical Storm Claudette formed along the US Gulf Coast early 19 June, 2021 bringing heavy rains and some flooding to coastal areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. Flooding also affected parts of Alabama, where one person was reported missing.

The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans said 8 to 10 inches (203 mm to 254 mm) of rain fell across portions of the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi Coast, with some areas near Slidell seeing more than 10 inches.

Gulf Coast Flooding

Flooding was reported in coastal Mississippi, in particular in areas of in Jackson and Hancock counties. Reportedly residents were trapped in their homes due to flooding in Shoreline Park, Hancock County.

In Louisiana, severe flooding affected parts of St. Tammany Parish, mostly in Slidell where flood waters swamped city streets and damaged dozens of vehicles and some buildings.

Damage assessments in Slidell are ongoing. The Parish Government said, "St. Tammany Parish, specifically Slidell, received about 10-12 inches of rain overnight, per the National Weather Service. Saturday morning, Parish President Mike Cooper and other local elected officials visited the neighborhoods that sustained some of the most rainfall to assess damages."

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding in Transbaikalia, Russia - up to 8 feet deep

All television channels have repeatedly shown footage of the flooded cities of the Crimean Peninsula, but for some reason there is very little information about floods in the Trans-Baikal Territory? Over the past three days, June 17-19, 2021, there have been heavy and prolonged rains, which provoked the overflow of rivers.

Roads, vegetable gardens, farmsteads and houses were under water. In seven settlements, 35 residential houses and 44 household plots were flooded, 7 wooden bridges were destroyed, 4 road sections were partially flooded, and transport links were disrupted.

The emergency mode was introduced in Gazimuro-Zavodsky, Mogochinsky, Nerchinsky, Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky, Sretensky, Chernyshevsky and Shelopuginsky districts. In the Nerchinsk region, six villages were cut off from the regional center because of the bridge destroyed by the flood. In the city of Baley, another bridge over the Unda River was closed due to damage. In some settlements, residents were evacuated from flooded houses.

Cloud Precipitation

Roads closed, homes evacuated after floods in Gisborne, New Zealand - up to 7 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Gisborne District, New Zealand,
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Floods in Gisborne District, New Zealand, June 2021.
Another spell of torrential rain has caused flooding in New Zealand, closing roads and promoting evacuations on the East Coast of North Island. Severe flooding last month caused widespread damage in the South Island region of Canterbury.

Gisborne Civil Defence said that serious flooding in Tokomaru Bay has forced some families to self-evacuate. The State Highway SH35 north and south of Tokomaru Bay is closed. Gisborne District Council said at least 4 other roads have been washed out or blocked by landslips. Local media said flooding has damaged a bridge and roads in Waipiro Bay, isolating around 15 houses.

Flooding was also reported along the Wharekahika River. Civil Defence said some families have self-evacuated and teams were working with those families along with Police and Fire and Emergency.


Rampaging bear in Japan injures 4 before being fatally shot

Four people were injured when a wild bear attacked people inside a residential neighbourhood in Sapporo, Japan on Friday.

Four people were injured when a wild bear attacked people inside a residential neighbourhood in Sapporo, Japan on Friday.
A wild brown bear on the loose in a city in northern Japan wounded four people, entered a military camp and disrupted flights at an airport before being fatally shot.

The bear was seen wandering through the streets of Sapporo in the early hours of Friday, triggering a number of calls to police.

Over the next eight hours police said the bear injured a woman in her 80s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 40s.

The bear then forced its way into a military camp, injuring a soldier at the gate, before making its way onto a runway at a nearby airport.

The bear finally fled into the woods, where it was shot.

Snowflake Cold

Antarctica is suffering a near-record breaking winter - 10C colder than usual

Antarctica sun

It could provide clues to how extraterrestrial life might develop on other planets.

Antarctica is experiencing an unusually cold start to winter, cold which is threatening to break the icy continent's lowest temperature ever recorded-
the -89.6C (-129.3F) registered at Vostok Station on July 21, 1983.

'Spare a thought for the hardy crew who are wintering down in Antarctica,' reads the opening paragraph of a recent newshub.co.nz article, 'who are experiencing near-record breaking cold this week of -81.7C (-115F)'-logged at Japan's Dome Fuji Station.

Antarctica New Zealand science tech Jamie McGaw, who is camped 2,400km away from Dome Fuji, at Scott Base, says he "can't even imagine that extreme cold".

"I mean, the coldest I've experienced here, even in wind chill, is the -60Cs and that is pain — that is any bare skin exposed feels like it's on fire."