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11 killed, many injured as torrential rains lash Pakistan - (UPDATE) Death toll increases to at least 23

As the torrential rains coupled with wind storms and light floods continued lashing various cities of the country, at least 11 persons including children and women were killed in roof collapse and electrocution incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other areas of the country during the last 48 hours.

Eight houses were damaged in different parts of the province and standing corps were also destroyed in some parts as the Provincial Disaster Management Authority issues flood alert.

According to reports the rooftop of a house collapsed in Jalala area of Mardan during windstorm and rainfall leaving two children dead, while four other persons sustained injuries in the incident.

Likewise reports poured in of more casualties in various districts of KP where four more people dead while roof tops of the houses, mostly in slum areas, caved in.

Comment: Update: Floodlist on March 8th reports:
Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that severe weather including heavy rain has caused widespread damage in several provinces, in particular Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where over 20 people have died.

Local media said Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also reported 3 fatalities in Balochistan. Rain and heavy snowfall also damaged homes and blocked roads in parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported 23 people have died and 54 people injured. Most of the fatalities and injuries came as a result of collapsing buildings or walls. A total of 127 homes have been damaged, including 13 completely destroyed.

The districts of Mardan (7 fatalities, 17 injured, 10 houses damaged or destroyed), Swat (4 fatalities, 4 injured, 4 houses damaged or destroyed) and Swabi (3 fatalities, 23 houses damaged or destroyed) are among the worst affected areas.

Fatalities were also reported in Peshawar (2), Charsadda (2), Nowshera (2) Buner (1) and Khyber (2) where 11 houses were damaged or destroyed. Eleven houses were also damaged or destroyed in Malakand district.


Rare sunny day landspout filmed in Lake Elsinore, California

High winds in Lake Elsinore, California uprooted trees and created a rare landspout in the mountains on Saturday, March 8, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

A landspout, according to the NWS, forms from the ground up and stretches to the base of a cloud.

Shaina Culpepper shared these videos from Lake Elsinore on Saturday.

Credit: Shaina Culpepper via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

5 killed by flood while praying in a cave in Rwanda

Floods have killed five believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda.

According to local leaders who confirmed the tragedy, there were 11 people in the cave praying at the time the incident happened.

"So far we have retrieved the bodies of the five who died;
they included men and women mainly from Nyanza district," said Bonavanture Uwamahoro, District mayor

According to local sources, members of the prayer group are from Nyamagabe and Nyanza districts in south western district.


Signs and Portents: Goat gives birth to kid with 2 heads, 3 eyes in Kerala, India

Two-headed kid

Two-headed kid
In a bizarre incident, a goat gave birth to a two-headed kid here the other day. The goat kid has three eyes. The goat is owned by Kanjikkuzhi Churulippathal native Kuttiyachan.

The kid was taken out with the help of a veterinary doctor. Though the goat kid seems to be healthy at present, it is being fed milk with a feeding bottle.

Dr Gladis Vembally of Kanjikkuzhi veterinary hospital said that the double-headed kid is born due to genetic disorder and the kid is not likely to survive more than a month.

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Sinkhole 30 feet deep opens up in Charlotte, North Carolina

Crews are monitoring a huge sinkhole that opened up between two homes in northwest Charlotte Sunday night, police said.

Officials were called to the scene on Cub Creek Lane near Capps Hollow Drive just before 8 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the sinkhole was about 15 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang and then saw parts of the yard falling in. Authorities said no one was hurt.

Bizarro Earth

Beaches to disappear once again!

Disappearing Beaches
They also disappeared in 1987.

Where's the Beach?


The strange case of Antarctica's snow turning blood red

Blood Snow
© Andriy Zotov
Streaks of red algae coat the Antarctic ice in "blood snow."
A strange phenomenon variously dubbed by scientists as "watermelon," "raspberry," and "blood" snow has affected part of Antarctica. Here the normally white landscape has been transformed into a variegated red. How has this happened?

The first appearance of the 'red' snow was reported by Smithsonian Magazine, occurring during late February 2020. This was later confirmed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, with the images taken close to Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base (Galindez Island).

The following video provides a scan of the red snow:

The reason for the red snow relates to algal habitat blooming following the onset of melting.
The patterns for snow algal shows diversity, in terms of growth patterns and pigmentation (pigmentation is due to the production of carotenoids).


Blood-red snow appears at Ukrainian polar station in Antarctic

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2 separate avalanches kill 6 people in Austria

An avalanche killed five people on a snowshoeing tour in the Dachstein region of Austria on Sunday, police said.

The five people were believed not to be Austrian, but their identities were still under investigation, a spokeswoman for police in Upper Austria province said.

Broadcaster ORF said on its website that initial indications were the five young victims came from the Czech Republic.

A search has ended and found no more victims, police said.

Source: Reuters

Comment: A sixth person was also killed in the same country by a separate avalanche on the same day.


Spring arriving earlier across the US throwing wildlife into disarray

trout lily
© Katja Schulz/Wikipedia, CC
Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains.
Across much of the United States, a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. In parts of the Southeast, spring has arrived weeks earlier than normal and may turn out to be the warmest spring on record.

Comment: An early and warm spring does not equal a warming climate, because the US and much of the planet are also breaking numerous cold records.

Apple blossoms in March and an earlier start to picnic season may seem harmless and even welcome. But the early arrival of springtime warmth has many downsides for the natural world and for humans.

Rising temperatures in the springtime signal plants and animals to come alive. Across the United States and worldwide, climate change is steadily disrupting the arrival and interactions of leaf buds, cherry blossoms, insects and more.

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Cloud Precipitation

10 drown as flash flood washes away 4 buses in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan

flash flood
At least ten people were drowned as four passenger buses swept away by flooding in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday.

According to rescue sources, the incident took place in the Sakhi Sarwar area of Dera Ghazi Khan where heavy rains caused severe flooding.

Sources further added that the floodwater from the hill suddenly struck at an alarming velocity and swept away the buses.

According to police, a dead body and seven survivors have been retrieved from the flooding torrent on Wednesday morning.