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Superb show of Northern Lights in Iceland

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The northern lights usually appear without notice, but before last weekend, we knew a show was in the making. Iceland's expert on stars, Sævar Helgi Bragason, told reporters Friday night that due to a powerful solar flare which occurred Thursday, an impressive show of northern lights could be expected Saturday night.

"A solar flare," he explained to mbl.is , "is in fact an explosion in the sun, where energy is released, usually in the form of a flare of light. This particular flare was, however, accompanied by a gush of particles from the sun called solar wind." He explained that once the solar wind hit the earth, northern lights would adorn the sky.


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Landslide after heavy rain kills 11, leaves several others injured in Colombia

Search operations were suspended Tuesday because of more rains, to resume Wednesday

Search operations were suspended Tuesday because of more rains, to resume Wednesday
A landslide in Colombia's southwestern province of Narino killed 11 people and left several others injured on Tuesday, according to the country's disaster relief agency (UNGRD).

Dozens more were hurt or missing, UNGRD announced on Twitter.

Landslide brings down houses, injures people

The landslide occurred after heavy rains in the rural municipality of Mallama.

Around 10 people were left injured, with another 15 to 20 missing, the disaster relief agency added on Twitter.


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2 dead after days of heavy rain and floods in Sri Lanka

Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
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Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
Severe weather affected parts of Sri Lanka from 25 October 2021. Two people died in flash floods in Badulla, while another died in a lightning strike in Mulaitivu.

According to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management centre, floods, landslides or rain damage were reported in Rathnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Jaffna, Badulla and Puttalam districts. Three homes had been completely destroyed a further 410 damaged. Over 120 people have evacuated their homes and moved to temporary shelters.

As of 03 November, almost 6,000 people had been affected, with around 2,000 of them in Badulla where the the Demodara Reservoir overflowed.


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Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano in Colombia expels ash to 2,500 meters

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Eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano expels ash at 2,500 meters, alert Colombian populations.


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Waterspout filmed off Eastbourne, UK

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Agnieszka Kucharska captured this waterspout out in the English channel today off Eastbourne.


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Severe, hour-long hailstorm kills 450 ostriches and other livestock in South Africa

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"It was horrific."

That's how a devastated farmer described how it felt to lose hundreds of ostriches to a hailstorm that struck the small district of Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape last week.

Grant Krige, the owner of Chelmsford Farm, said the hour-long hailstorm struck on Wednesday.
"I'm 54 years old and I have never experienced a storm quite as severe as that.

"We lost a whole lot of ostriches, about 450... the [hailstones] struck some of the birds' eyes and broke the necks of others. We also lost some of our goats and sheep, and the infrastructure was blown away by the storm," he said.



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Heavy hail leaves Bolivian town covered in white

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A strong hail storm hit Taija on Sunday, causing floods and damage across the southern Bolivian city.


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Deadly flash floods sweep through Jaén, Cajamarca in Peru

Floods in Jaen Cajamarca Peru November 2021.
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Floods in Jaen Cajamarca Peru November 2021.
Flash flooding raged through streets of Jaén in Cajamarca Region of Peru after heavy rain from late 31 October 2021.

According to Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), one person died as a result of the flooding in the city. Furthermore 1 house was completely destroyed, 4 rendered uninhabitable and 15 others were damaged. At least 30 people have been displaced from their homes and, according to INDECI, were staying with relatives or neighbours. A further 90 people have been impacted by the flood damage.

As well as homes, 2 public buildings and the General de Jaén hospital were damaged, along with roads and water infrastructure. Drinking water supply has been partially suspended.


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Lightning bolt kills 5 children in Liberia

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Residents of Sanniquellie, Nimba County are grieving the sudden death of five children ages 5 and 9, killed by lightning while playing in front of their home. Three other kids who reportedly survived the incident are reportedly admitted to the hospital under critical condition.

Health workers at the G.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, over the weekend, confirmed the death of the five children as a result of a huge thunder strike in a town called Downorpa.

The corpses have been turned over to family and subsequently buried in a mass grave.

The deceased, all from the same family, were children of a Sanniquellie resident identified as Mr. Lawrence Tokpah.

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Lightning strike kills 2 women in Tamil Nadu, India

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The incident happened when a group of women were working on the farm in Karumpakkam village near Sunambedu in Maduranthagam on Sunday.

In the noon, when it started to rain with lightning and thunder, the women started to run towards a tree but before that two women, Mala (31) and Anandhi (35), were struck by lightning and died on the spot.

Police said four other women who were near the deceased became unconscious in the impact.