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5.33 million rai (2.1 mill. acres) of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1 in Thailand

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15.

5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615," said the ministry's Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. "Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household."

Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.

Comment: Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 people in Ghana

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.
According to information gathered from sources, the two deceased were on the farm with five other people on Monday, October 18, 2021, when storms brought in heavy rains.

Around 15:30 when the thunderstorms became immense, it is reported that all seven farmhands run for shelter to ensure their safety.

Unfortunately, in the process, the two men yet to be identified were struck by lightning and sadly lost their lives instantly.

With a report filed to the Kpetoe District Police in the Volta region, the bodies of the deceased were conveyed from the farm and have been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy so it can be preserved and processed for burial.

Meanwhile, the police are conducting investigations into the matter to be sure the two indeed died from the strike of the lightning.


Storms bring giant hail to suburbs north of Mackay, Australia - Record hailstones for country at 16cm (UPDATE)

Yalboroo local Gerard Collins found this massive hailstone after the storm on Tuesday.
© Gerard Collins
Yalboroo local Gerard Collins found this massive hailstone after the storm on Tuesday.
Giant hailstones have fallen north of Mackay in Queensland, damaging vehicles and structures.

The hail storm hit the Bloomsbury and Yalboroo areas on Tuesday afternoon, with locals reporting cricket ball sized stones and larger.

"That's some big ice falling down ... I'm gonna have some dints in the car after this" said one man in video he took after being caught in the storm at Yalboroo.

The State Emergency Service has responded to at least one call for assistance in Yalboroo.

The incident was part of a series of severe weather events hitting Queensland on Tuesday.

Comment: Update:The Australian reports on October 20:
Australian record set as giant 16cm hailstones hammer North Queensland

Queensland: Tornadoes one day, 16cm hailstones the next.

A new Australian hail record is believed to have been set after giant ice stones pelted Yalboroo, north of Mackay, on Tuesday afternoon, smashing windshields and drawing the attention of international weather watchers.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it had seen credible footage of hail measuring 16cm in diameter, which would top the previous record of 14cm set in Brisbane's southwestern suburbs about the same time last year.

"It's very impressive - obviously not for the residents underneath it - but some very impressive hail," senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

"We saw some photos of hail next to a tape measure, the team will be looking at that to see if we can verify it."

Social media was flooded with images of hailstones, some clearly bigger than an adult's hand.

"That's not hail. That's more like a glacier," Karen Gillick wrote on the Higgins Storm Chaser Facebook page.

Giant hail pelted the Yalboroo community north of Mackay.

Giant hail pelted the Yalboroo community north of Mackay.
"Hail this size should be called "Widowmaker" hail," said Patrick Schubert.

"Holt sh*tballs. Looks more like an iceberg. It's true. Everything in Australia is trying to kill us," said Kerrie Murphy

"An insurance company's nightmare," added Bret Dalziel.

Footage posted by Christopher Harvey showed severe damage to his car, with the windscreen smashed in.

Christopher Harvey was caught in the hail north of Mackay.

Christopher Harvey was caught in the hail north of Mackay.
"That is some big ice. Jesus. I'm going to have some dints after this," Mr Harvey said.

Storms are expected to linger over the southeast and central Queensland coasts on Wednesday, with large to giant hail a possibility,

Elsewhere, showers are tipped for the Illawarra and a storm could hit Sydney.

A large weather front and low pressure system over Western Australia had winds of up to 108km an hour battering Rottnest Island and bringing heavy rain. The BoM said this was likely to move into South Australia, pushing hot and damaging winds across the state's north and western regions.

Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are expected to continue across the top end after several Northern Territory towns set October temperature records.

Tennant Creek soared to 42.4 degrees on Tuesday.


Pensioner mauled to death by 2 dogs in Italy

An American Staffordshire dog (file photo)
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An American Staffordshire dog (file photo)
An elderly woman was mauled to death in a savage dog attack after her carer allegedly left her to wander off.

The carer in Italy is facing jail after she failed to notice that an 89-year-old woman she was supposed to be looking after had wandered out of her bed into a neighbour's garden.

Tragically, the woman was killed by two American Staffordshire Terriers in a vicious dog attack.

The carer only realised what had happened when police called about the attack on Carmen Gorzanelli, 89, in the town of Sassuolo in the province of Modena in Italy on October 12.

The news site Rai reported that the incident occurred after Carmen left her house alone and wandered around her neighbourhood before going into a garden just a few metres from her own house. It is believed that the elderly victim mixed up the two entrances.


Woman killed in pit bull attack in Grant County, Indiana

Officials say a Grant County woman has died after she was severely injured by a dog bite.

The coroner reports that Kathleen Bertram, 69, was in the living room of a home in the 300 block of High Street in Matthews, holding her 3-year-old granddaughter.

Someone in another room heard screams.

According to Coroner Stephen Dorsey: "At that moment the pit-bull then attacked Kathleen, biting down on her neck."


Mt. Aso erupts in Japan, sending volcanic smoke to 3,500 meters in sky

Smoke and ash are seen during an eruption on Mount Aso in Kyushu on Wednesday

Smoke and ash are seen during an eruption on Mount Aso in Kyushu on Wednesday
Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture erupted shortly before noon on Oct. 20, sending a massive plume of dark volcanic smoke up to 3,500 meters high.

The first crater of Mount Nakadake erupted around 11:43 a.m., according to the Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory.

The central government set up a liaison office at the crisis management center of the prime minister's office in Tokyo at 11:44 a.m. on Oct. 20.

In the afternoon on the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno spoke to reporters at the prime minister's office.


18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India - Death toll rises to 41 (UPDATE)

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on Saturday.
As many as 18 people were killed and dozens of others went missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the southern state, officials said. "The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement after chairing an emergency meeting in the state capital.

Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts were worst affected due to the torrential rains. Chief minister Vijayan said all government agencies have been directed to take necessary steps to rescue people from the affected regions and evacuate those living in areas prone to landslides and floods. Vijayan also directed the district collectors to open relief camps to relocate the affected people and said the camps should function strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocol.

Comment: Update: abplive.com reports on October 19:
Kerala Floods: Death toll rises to 41

Floods in Kerala have been causing havoc. The death toll due to floods has reached 41 now. On the other hand, IMD has again issued alert in this matter. IMD has predicted more rainfall in the state in the coming days.

Uttarakhand has been suffering due to downpour as well. Five people have lost their lives due to heavy rainfall.

Cloud Precipitation

Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 40 killed (UPDATES)

Topical Storm Kompasu.
Topical Storm Kompasu.
At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

As of 13 October 2021, the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 6,111 families (21,511 people) affected, 11,525 people displaced, 13 dead, 9 missing and 3 injured. Heavy rain caused flooding in 107 locations and 14 landslides across Regions 1, 2, 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.

Comment: Update: Benar News reports on October 14:
Philippines: Death Toll Rises from Floods, Landslides in Storm's Wake

Search and rescue teams have recovered more bodies of people killed in storm-induced landslides and floods in the Philippines, raising the death toll to 30, officials said Thursday.

The toll included 14 people killed by flash floods in coastal towns in Ilocos Norte province and another nine who were buried by landslides in the mountains of Benguet province, according to national disaster management officials.

Both provinces are on Luzon, the northern island that is home to Metropolitan Manila. The other victims came from Cagayan and Pangasinan - also on Luzon - and from Palawan, an island-province in the western Philippines, officials said.

"According to a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, as of Oct. 14, 2021, we have 30 deaths, three injured and 14 missing," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We sympathize [with] and offer condolences to the families of those who died in the storm."

Roque said that more than 7,000 people were huddled at 124 evacuation centers on Thursday after Tropical Storm Kompasu dumped nearly 25 inches of rain after making landfall on Monday evening.

Crop damage from the storm, meanwhile, had reached an estimated 692 million pesos (U.S. $13.65 million), Roque said, adding that the government had sent aid to affected farmers.

When it made landfall in Cagayan on Monday night, Kompasu, which is known as Maring in the Philippines, brought winds of 100 kph (62.1 mph) near the center with gusts of up to 125 kph (77.6 mph), the national weather bureau said.
Update2: NewsGhana.com carried this Deutsche Presse-Agentur report on October 17:
Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines

The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday.

More than 43,000 people were displaced by Kompasu's onslaught last week, while at least 7,399 houses were damaged, the agency said.

The northern province of Ilocos Sur reported the highest number of dead at 14, most from flash floods, while five were still missing there.

Nine were killed in the nearby province of Benguet, mostly in landslides, while seven died from landslides, electrocution and drowning in the province of Pangasinan.

Five drowned in floods in the western province of Palawan, while five died in the northern provinces of Ilocos Norte, Cagayan and La Union.

Damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at more than 3.22 billion pesos (64.5 million dollars), the disaster agency said.

The Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones every year.

The strongest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines was Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people and displaced more than 4 million in November 2013.


6-month-old baby killed after being attacked by family dog in Kodak, Tennessee

dog attack
An infant in the Kodak community of Sevier County died Sunday night in an attack by the family dog.

Sevier County Sheriff's Office deputies were called at about 6:15 p.m. to a home on Apache Lane after the large dog attacked the 6-month-old, police said.

Someone else in the home was hurt trying to protect the child, police said.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dog was aggressive to emergency responders as well and was put down on site.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Waterspout caught on film near Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland

A wild weather phenomenon was caught on video in Maryland over the weekend.

At just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Tessa Gunnell captured amazing footage of a waterspout while crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

In the video, the waterspout can be seen spinning and kicking up spray, and at one point there almost appears to be a second vortex.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water, according to NOAA. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado.

The amazing footage can be viewed below, via meteorologist Justin Berk's YouTube channel...