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Chimpanzees are killing gorillas unprovoked for the first time: scientists

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In December 2019, more than two dozen chimps went after five gorillas.
Chimpanzees have been seen killing gorillas in unprovoked attacks for the first time, scientists said.

The lethal encounters between the two species occurred as they were being observed at Loango National Park in Gabon, according to a study Monday in the journal Nature.

In the first attack in December 2019, more than two dozen chimps went after five gorillas.

"At first, we only noticed screams of chimpanzees and thought we were observing a typical encounter between individuals of neighboring chimpanzee communities," said Lara M. Southern, the study's lead author, in a statement.

"But then, we heard chest beats, a display characteristic for gorillas, and realized that the chimpanzees had encountered a group of five gorillas."

While the adult gorillas were able to escape, the infant separated from its mother didn't survive, the study said.

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Two killed as tornado hits Hebei province in China

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Two villagers were killed after a tornado hit Qingyuan district in Baoding, North China's Hebei province, on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Hebei Daily.

Donglyu village in the district was slammed by the tornado at around 5 pm, leaving several factories damaged. The district also experienced wind and hail for about 30 minutes.

The local government dispatched rescue teams including firefighters and utility workers to the district immediately after the tornado occurred and repaired some damaged electricity circuits and gas pipelines. Other disaster relief work continues.

Many cities in Hebei have suffered rainy weather for about three days, with some southern and western parts hit by rainstorms.

The province's meteorological bureau issued a red alert for rainstorm on Thursday morning. Some parts in Handan, Xingtai and Shijiazhuang will continue to see heavy rains. Handan borders Henan province, which has been hit hard by rain disasters in the past two days.


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Thousands evacuate floods in far east of Russia

Floods in Shilkinsky district Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, July 202
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Floods in Shilkinsky district Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia, July 202
While northern areas of Russia's Far East Region are fighting wildfires, territories further south have seen ongoing floods which have forced almost 4,000 people to evacuate their homes.

In a statement of 24 July 2021, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of the Russian Federation Viktor Yatsutsenko said flooding had affected 99 settlements across Zabaykalsky Krai (Territory), Khabarovsk Krai and Amur Oblast (Region). As many as 2,355 residential buildings, more than 5,000 household plots, 76 low-water bridges and 408 road sections have been damaged. Furthermore, preventive purposes, almost 4,000 people were evacuated.

Most recently, flooding has affected areas in Zabaykalsky Krai, where Shilkinsky district was the hardest hit. The region's EMERCOM office said 2,500 people were affected by floods in the city of Shilka, Shilkinsky district after a sharp rise in the level of the Kiya River following heavy rain from 21 to 22 July. Hundreds of homes and plots have been flooded.


Cloud Precipitation

The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant again affected by floods in Belgium

Namur floods July 24, 2021
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Namur floods July 24, 2021
Thunderstorms broke out in the provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant this Saturday evening, which again causes flooding. The regions of Dinant, Daussoulx, Wépion, Jambes, Yvoir, Neufchâteau, Andenne, Walhain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Saint-Nicolas are particularly affected.

Heavy rains caused significant damage in Dinant, route de Philippeville and in the station area , says Alderman Robert Closset. "There are 50 cm of water and 5 cars obstructing the level crossing," he continues. Other cars were also washed away. "There are 25 cars that were washed away and the tarmac of the Route de Philippeville comes off and hits the railroad tracks. The Athus-Meuse line must be affected. " I have lived in Dinant for 57 years as riparian of the Meuse, I have never seen that " , adds the former mayor of Dinant and current provincial deputy Richard Fournaux.


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Woman dies of dog bite to neck, says Lucas County Coroner in Toledo, Ohio

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The Lucas County Coroner's Office on Thursday determined a 31-year-old central Toledo woman died of a dog bite to the neck.

Emily Kahl, of the 600 block of Hamilton Street, died Sunday, the coroner's office said. Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner, said the woman suffered bite trauma to the neck. Toxicology tests are pending, but the manner of death was ruled an accident.

Toledo police did not have a report or other information immediately available, a spokesman said. A member of Ms. Kahl's family declined to immediately comment Thursday afternoon other than to say the family does not know the circumstances surrounding the incident and is waiting for more information.

The Lucas County Canine Care & Control seized the dog, a "pit bull" named Romeo, on Monday from a relative who had been caring for him and Ms. Kahl's dog after the incident. Romeo's owner, Thomas Holloway, who lives at the same Hamilton Street residence, visited the shelter Wednesday to surrender him. The dog was euthanized Thursday.


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At least 14 fatalities after flash floods in 5 governorates of Yemen

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Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in several parts of Yemen over the last few days.

Figures from the Yemen Meteorological Service show heavy rainfall affected the country from 16 July, 2021.

The Governorates of al-Mahrah, Hadramawt, Shabwa, Abyan and Al Jawf were all affected by floods. Local media, quoting officials, said at least 14 people had lost their lives as a result. As well as causing loss of life, flooding has destroyed crops, roads and communications infrastructure.


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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits south of the Philippine capital

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08 miles).

Some residents in the capital region were awakened by the quake that lasted nearly a minute.

"The quake was deep so there is no tsunami," Renato Solidum, director of the Seismology agency, told DZRH radio station. "In Manila, the intensity 4.0 or 5.0 is strong but not yet destructive."

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Bridge collapse halts legendary Trans-Siberian Railway in both directions after heavy flooding in Russia's far east

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Heavy rains in Russia’s Zabaykalsky Region led to a collapse of a railway bridge located in the section between Kuenga-Ukurey of the Trans-Siberian Railway Network, the regional office of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported.
The world-famous Trans-Siberian railway has been forced to temporarily cease operations after a torrential downpour caused a bridge to completely collapse under the heavy weight of flooding in the far east of the country.

The local Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that the bridge, located in the country's Far East, fell down after heavy rain early on Friday morning. Luckily, there were no casualties.

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Man killed by tiger in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India - 20 such deaths so far in 2021

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One more person has been killed in a tiger attack in Chandrapur district.

"Kashinath Pandurang Talande, aged 62 years, was killed in a wildlife (tiger) attack in the forest of Govindpur Chak village, in Sindewahi Range of Brahmapuri Forest Division around 6.30 pm. He had gone to the forest for grazing cattle," read a press note issued by Chandrapur Chief Conservator of Forest N R Praveen on Saturday.

This was the third human death due to tiger attack in Chandrapur district this month. One death was caused by leopard attack earlier this week.

With this, the number of persons killed in tiger attacks in Chandrapur district this year so far has gone up to 20. Six more have been killed in leopard attacks in the district this year.

Gadchiroli district has seen five deaths while Yavatmal district had seen one death in tiger attack this year, taking the total human fatalities in tiger attacks in Vidarbha to 26.

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China floods: Zhengzhou downgrades emergency response, but heavy rain continues to fall in other parts of Henan

Floods in Zhengzhou, China
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Damaged cars that were washed away by the floods in Zhengzhou.
While the provincial capital continued cleaning up, other major cities in the province were facing further heavy downpours.
Rescue services were working to get supplies to outlying villages and distribute supplies after the authorities said 3 million people had been affected.

The central Chinese city of Zhengzhou downgraded its emergency response level on Thursday as it continued to clean up after this week's devastating floods, but other parts of Henan province were braced for further heavy rain.

The storms have killed at least 33 people across the province and more than 3 million have been affected, the local authorities said. A total of eight people have been reported missing, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, was hit by several days of heavy rain, causing floods of an intensity not seen in decades.

Three thousand military personnel were working in 10 different danger zones around the city, Xinhua reported. On Wednesday it published footage showing the soldiers laying sandbags over a breach in a dam on the Jialu river.

Donation points were set up around the city to distribute essential supplies after residents panic-bought supplies during the first days of the flood.

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